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Listen to Dr. Mowll reveal insights on how to prevent or reverse diabetes.
Dr. Brian Mowll is the founder and medical director of SweetLife® Diabetes Health Centers and serves clients worldwide as The Diabetes Coach™. He is a master licensed diabetes educator (MLDE), CDE, and was one of the first doctors to be certified to practice functional medicine by the prestigious Institute for Functional Medicine. Since 1998, Dr. Mowll has been helping people with all forms of diabetes properly manage their complex health conditions. Additionally, with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, his goal is to not just manage but to reverse these conditions using a natural, personalized lifestyle approach.
Dr. Mowll has spent over 20 years studying and applying clinical nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle management, functional medicine, and diabetes self-management education. He is the host of the popular “Diabetes Summit”, as well as a prolific writer, blogger, and speaker.
In addition, he has written hundreds of articles about diabetes and natural health and has been a featured speaker and contributor on diabetes. Dr. Mowll treats clients locally in the greater Philadelphia area and nationally through his acclaimed Mastering Blood Sugar™ programs.
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[00:01] REENA JADHAV: Hi everyone is Reena Jadhav with the livelong podcast and health bootcamps and here with Dr. Brian Mowll, answering a very important question that you guys sent in which is- how do I reverse get rid of my diabetes its ruining my life and of course there is some of you who are worried about diabetes because it runs in your family and they have asked how do I prevent it how do I make sure I’m not a casualty because I’m about 45, 46 and I’m starting to worry if I’m about to get diabetic. So Dr. Mowll those two questions you know, you run so many great summits, you just had a summit a few months ago as well, talk a little bit about what are the big insights on how to treat and then we will go into how to prevent.
[00:49] DR. BRIAN MOWLL: Yeah, I think its going to be a similar answer because I think to prevent type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes maybe you already have pre-diabetes and you want to prevent yourself from moving into type 2 diabetes, I think the best thing to do is act as if you have it now and make the changes now that you’ll make to reverse it because if you do that you are pretty much ensuring that you are not going to get it in the first place. So I think if you follow the same advice I think it’s going to make a big difference and probably get you where you want to be. So to reverse type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes there are some things that we need to do and its going to go back to addressing the root causes; so if you watched some of our previous videos we talked about the root cause of type 2 diabetes being insulin resistance and same with pre-diabetes. So the question really becomes how do we reverse insulin resistance, how do we become more sensitive to this hormone insulin to allow the body to start to work well. And I will say just one other thing before I answer that question which is, if you have type 2 diabetes and you have had it for many… many years there may be a point where you may not be able to get all the way back to completely normal blood sugar and stable because at some point some of the organs start to malfunction to the point where it becomes nearly impossible to get them back to perfect health; but even with that said you can still get a long way there so I think no matter where you are, no matter how long you have had diabetes, no matter how bad it is, it’s worth it, it’s worth making some significant changes to turn things around. So what do we need to do to improve insulin sensitivity and reverse insulin resistance? The first thing we need to do is address the root underline causes of that insulin resistance to begin with. There is two main ones, one is chronic systemic inflammation and the second one is accumulation of fat around the organs particularly the liver and the pancreas. So the way we are going to do that is by eating a diet that is going to allow us to burn more fat and reduce inflammation. So that becomes a diet that is minimally processed, real food, whole food and foods that don’t contribute to inflammation. One example is processed refined vegetables oils, so many people have been taught that vegetable oils like corn and canola oil and so forth soybean oil are heart-healthy when in fact the research indicates that they are highly inflammatory, highly refined the chemical process they go through damages the fat to the point where they trigger an oxidized stress and inflammatory reaction and they drive inflammation because they are what are called polyunsaturated omega 6 fats which are prone inflammatory. This is just one example of the food which we have been taught is healthy but can drive inflammation, so if we want to eat an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce inflammation we are going to eliminate those refined processed vegetable oils and we are going to focus on things like real foods, plant foods like lots and lots of fibrous vegetables, some fruit which can be healthy as well, certainly if we are going to eat animal proteins we going to eat high-quality grass fed organic free range, free roaming animal products that are grown in a very healthy stress free environment, we are going to eat the same thing if we need eggs we are going to eat eggs which are grown in that type of environment because all of this foods carry information with them that wash over our genes and determine how we express our genes towards diabetes or away from diabetes; towards inflammation or away from inflammation. And then of course the healthy fats like olive oil and avocados and avocados oils this are called monounsaturated fats as well as nuts and seeds which can be healthy for many… many people and then if we are going to eat saturated fats it’s good to get them from plant bases like coconut for example which is much easier to burn. So we eat healthy fats, we eat clean sources of animal protein if we choose to eat animal protein and then we eat lots and lots of healthy of vegetables and some fruits as well. So that’s a real food, whole food diet and then we can use certain botanicals and things like turmeric for example and black cumin seed oil there is lots of other anti-inflammatory botanicals that we can use to help reduce inflammation. The other part of it is burning more fat as I mentioned and fat burning comes by encouraging your body to burn fat over sugar; so this is where I recommend for people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes to eat a carbs restricted diet because if we are eating lots and lots of carbohydrates is particularly refined processed carbohydrates that our body is going to store the fact that we eat and the extra carbs that we eat it’s going to store them as fats as well; we are not going to burn fat, so we have to restrict our carbs to the once that I mentioned and then focus on burning more fat. We burn more fat than we stock around our organs and then we start to become more sensitive to the hormone insulin. To decrease inflammation and decreases the fat stored around our midsection we start to improve insulin sensitivity and then we start to get better control of our blood sugar, we do that over a long period of time in a healing environment by addressing things like stress make sure we are sleeping well, moving our body which we are going to talk about all of those and we can really create healing and reverse this conditions.
[07:33] REENA JADHAV: That sounds incredible, so for the rest of you make sure you tune in to the next set of interviews which are going to be about stress and all the other ways that you can do lifestyle changes to get your diabetes under control. Thank you Dr. Mowll and for the rest of you will see you on the other episodes.
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