Find out in this episode what is type 2 diabetes and the multiple ways of having it. Also learn what is the best response to this disease and how you should determine what route you must take in dealing with it.
Dr. Jackness: Why are there curist's to hepatitis c, why are there curist's for other diseases but no cure for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a multi organ disease. There are issues with the liver producing too much sugar, there are issues with the pancreas producing too much insulin. There are even issues between the small intestines and the brain and the hypothalamus, so no one really has targeted one specific thing because there are multiple factors.
Dr. Gage: What we have are a whole host of treatment for type 2 diabetes, so we have the permanents weight loss program which is the natural way of approach and there will be a lot of people that will do it, especially when they hear what they have and they understand what they have and that's really getting into an exercise and nutrition program. We have to stop regain of weight. If we stop that then we'll be very successful, even when people just keep their weight off for two years, there still major advantages down the road.
Dr. Jackness: The easier it is to take a medication the more adherent the person would be. Now what's interesting is that some medications are once a week, some are once a month. It seems like the once a day medication is really the best medication because people forget if they have to wait a week. Number of things the pharmaceutical industry has done to make this easier, they have developed different programs, different websites, 24/7 support. The medications are easier to take. Very few patients use syringes and needles to take insulin if that's what they need, it's all pens, automatic injectors and then there's a lot of oral pills that people could take once or twice a day and there trying to make these easier to take and nothing is forever in diabetes. If the numbers really go down a lot of people get off different medications. If they really embark on a lifestyle change, if their able to lose weight, their able to adjust their diet, manage stress, all these things contribute to the reduction of blood sugars and the management of diabetes.
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