Interviewer: Doctor, one of your other books is Reversing Diabetes. We're talking about Type II Diabetes
Dr. Don Colbert: Correct.
Interviewer: Probably one of, if not, the most talked about health concerns, I think, right now, in the country. How did we get to this point? Let's start with that.
Dr. Don Colbert: Real simple: obesity epidemic. Diabetes epidemic follows the obesity epidemic, and so, as the waistline goes, the blood sugar will go.
So, again, one of the big things we find, that in men, the first thing I do is I get their waist measurement and a man, less than 40 inches. It has the be around the umbilicus or navel or belly button, and you've got to include the love handles. We've got to get the waistline down. There's a few key things, but that's one of the most important.
And then we have to put them on the right diet. Okay? Again, we avoid sugar. We also avoid most wheat and cornstarch. Now you're saying, why on Earth would you take the patients off wheat?' Well, we find that wheat contains mainly two starches. One if Amlopectin A, 75% of wheat is Amlopectin A. That's wheat crackers, that's wheat cereal, that's pasta, that's bagels, that's pretzels, that's anything with wheat, and the other 25% is amylose, which is in beans, primarily, which is a good starch, low glycemic index, fine.
The Amlopectin A raises that blood sugar very rapidly for two hours then crashes, but it spikes that blood sugar, which causes a tremendous amount of insulin secretion. Then it gets you stuck in high insulin levels, which eventually leads to prediabetes, or insulin resistance. prediabetes and Type II Diabetes, it's real simple. So we find that when we cut out our wheat products, our sugar products, as well as our cornstarch, again, I put them on an anti-inflammatory diet. The inflammatory diet is the key, because if we can decrease inflammation, we can generally keep the blood sugars controlled.
Then also what we do is, we put them on a good exercise program. Exercise is very important, but the key. We want to build up the large muscle groups, the thighs, the buttocks, the back. We find by increasing the large muscle groups, it literally sucks sugar out of the blood sugar, lowers the blood sugar beautifully and we combine them with aeorbic exercises or point it to both, the aerobic and the anaerobic weight-lifting exercises to built the muscle up.
The other thing we do is we balance the hormones. We find most pre-diabetics and diabetics have low hormones. In men, low testosterone we check a total and free testosterone. We simply bring it up to normal using transdermal creams. We rarely use injections, but we can use pellet therapy, testosterone pellets. We also balance the other hormones, the DHEA (inaudible[00:02:39]) and because those are generally low, too.
Then in women, the one that really effects them is, the estrogen. We find their estradilol levels are low. We simply balance their estradilol, and we also balance their progesterone with it. We find many of these women, pre-diabetic, actually have too much testosterone so we don't want to give them that. What's interesting, high testosterone in women causes, we see more belly fat. The more belly fat they have, the more testosterone women make. The more belly fat a man has, the more estradilol he makes, which is really unusual. The more c-reactive protein, that both of them make, which is highly inflammatory, associated with heart disease and strokes and cancer, and all these other diseases. So that's simply what we do.
And then we put them on a few key supplements that are very simple, that really lower that blood sugar after they eat. It's the sugar spikes after people eat that really does the damage, and what happens when that sugar spikes up to 200 or 300, we get what is called glucotoxicity, where the high sugar actually damages the beta cells of the pancreas, which secrete insulin. Once those beta cells diminish and die, and there's less than 50% of those beta cells available, the body can not simply produce enough insulin. They're stuck in Type II Diabetes for the rest of their life. It usually takes about 10 years or longer for that to form.
We've reversed so many Type II diabetics, simply with a simple program. It works. It works amazing. Again, the few key supplements, we'll use some green coffee bean extract, and we'll use some cinnamon extract, as well as some soluble fiber. Wow, that like . . . for example, let's say a diabetic eats a piece of bread. That sugar will spike, usually, 70 to 120 points higher. So, in other words, if their blood sugar is around 120, it'll go up to 190 to 240, after eating one to two slices of bread. Non-diabetic, it'll spike 40 to 80 points, see.
So what we've found is, we have to control that spike, and the way to control that spike is eliminate the foods that trigger the spike. That's why I go through the book, What Foods Trigger? White rice, instant potatoes, but especially the wheat, even whole wheat. This is the thing most people don't understand. Whole wheat still has the Amlopectin A. Even sprouted breads will do it, like Ezekiel bread, sprouted breads, which a lot of people don't understand. But it's because of that starch that's in the wheat, the Amlopectin A, spikes the sugar, which spike the insulin, which gets them stuck in insulin resistance, prediabetes, diabetes.
So again, we work on the waistline, we get the waist down, we get the weight off of them, we put them on the anti-inflammatory diet, we exercise them, both aerobic as well as building the muscles with anaerobic exercise, and once we get them really in shape, I switch them over to a high-intensity interval training. What that does is, it really expands the muscles, hypertrophies the muscles, and shrinks the waist. It's amazing how that shrinks the waist better than most anything else. And then just a few key supplements. We balance the hormones and boom, reverse the Type II Diabetes. Real simple.
Interviewer: And if somebody has Type II Diabetes, or is close to getting there, the long term affects of that, I mean, why should somebody want to reverse that? What's down the road for them if they don't turn around?
Dr. Don Colbert: Well, first of all, four to five times higher risk of hear attack and stroke. Also, a much higher risk of cancer. Much higher risk of dying earlier. Much higher risk of developing kidney disease, peripheral vascular disease, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, Alzheimer's disease. It's just like they've signed up for every major disease and it's coming at them at warp speed.
The other thing I tell women, women with diabetes, hey, it makes you age faster. When a person has diabetes, what happens is, the sugar combines with the protein and creates an advanced (inaudible[00:06:29]) end-product. These products cause 50 times more free radical formation. What happens is, they literally affect every organ in the body, every tissue, and they're irreversible once they form. They age the body very rapidly. They can't be broken down, and so these organs get inundated with these toxic chemicals, that are formed from the sugar, and it starts to slowly damage and degenerate organs. The skin starts to wrinkle and age and sag, at warp speed. That's why I tell my women. It wakes them up. You mean I'm aging fast with this? I've got to reverse this now. And the men I say, hey, you're going towards erectile dysfunction. It's just a matter of time. In a few years, you'll have it. You'll be here but you will not be able to resurrect it. It'll be gone. That's it. So I get their attention. So I've found the hot buttons for men, we talked about erectile dysfunction, and we also talked about the disease in women. We tell them they're aging at warp speed and we get their attention.