Diabesity: A Reversible Epidemic

By Mark Hyman, MD Chairman, Institute for Functional Medicine Founder and Medical Director, The UltraWellness Center Author of The Blood Sugar Solution

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Obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes, or what I call diabesity, which now affects 1 in 2 Americans arises out of existing social, economic and political conditions. In fact, obesity and diabetes are social diseases and need a social cure and collective action on many levels to reverse the tide. 

Over 10 years, these conditions will cost America over $3.5 trillion in direct costs, not including lost productivity and the costs in quality of life. From 1983 to 2008, worldwide diabetes rates increased sevenfold from 35 million to 240 million. In just 3 years from 2008 to 2011, the roll call for diabetes increased another 110 million.

Children less than 10 years old now get type 2 (or adult onset) diabetes, and have strokes and heart attacks by age 15 or 20. One in three children born today will have diabetes unless we do something differently.

I wrote The Blood Sugar Solution to tackle this problem head on.  

It is a personal plan that breaks through myths about obesity and diabetes that keep us sick and fat. And lays out the seven key steps to preventing, treating and reversing diabesity by dealing with the underlying causes. It is an 8-week plan that takes you through step-by-step how to reboot your metabolism, lose weight, and reverse type 2 diabetes.

It is a plan for us to be more successful by working together to get healthy. We do twice as well and lose twice as much weight when we get support from others in our community. We are better together. 

We recently did a “beta test” of this program with about 150 people. Their results were astounding:

  • The group lost a total of 1536 pounds in just 8 weeks. That’s an average weight loss of over 10 pounds per person!
  • More than half the group lost more than 10 pounds. Some lost as much as 28 pounds.
  • Average waist size decreased by 1.5 inches, and some people lost so much of their waist that they had to go out and buy new clothes. One woman lost 8 inches from her waist. Imagine, 8 inches in 8 weeks. No medication can help you do that.

But The Blood Sugar Solution is about far more than weight loss; it’s about taking back your health and your life. People who completed the program reported an average reduction of 14 points on their systolic blood pressure; their fatigue evaporated and they had more energy than they had felt in years; their joint and muscle pain vanished; the program improved their mood and sleep, eliminated their brain fog, and a provided a deep sense of well-being. The Blood Sugar Solution gave these people a new lease on life.

Dr. Mark Hyman

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