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Healthy lifestyle can prevent diabetes (and even reverse it)

September 6, 2018

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Dr. Monique Tello is a practicing physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, director of research and academic affairs for the MGH DGM Healthy Lifestyle Program, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, and author of the evidence-based lifestyle … See Full Bio
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Susan Mango
September 29, 2018

Hi. I see no other way to comment. This is in regard to a June article on intermittent fasting. the article used 6 hours feeding and 18 hours fasting. Your article says 8 hour feeding and 16 hours fasting. here is the article:
i wanted to mention it so you could tell people.

Brandon Roch
September 10, 2018

As someone who has a long line of diabetes history in the family, this article helps put things in perspective that there is SOME control we can exercise on our pre-disposition to diabetes through proper diet and exercise.

I’ve heard that intermittent fasting is also a great tool to help keep diabetes in control as it increases insulin sensitivity. This occurs when food is introduced to the digestive tract after a long bout of not eating, insulin responds better and is able to more effectively shuttle nutrients to cells. But, hey I’m just a personal trainer, not a full blown nutritionist. Great read.

Brandon Roch,

Douglas Lee
September 10, 2018

Fasting works similarly to bariatric surgery, but it’s much cheaper and easier. Read “The Diabetes Code, ” by Jason Fung.

September 6, 2018

Unless, of course, you’ve been exposed to Agent Orange (or TCDD). Not only Vietnam War veterans but quite a few people in the US have been exposed, via aerial spraying of Agent Orange on national forest land in the 1980’s and it may have been sprayed into the 1990’s on some private timber lands.

Exposure to Agent Orange has been causationally linked with development of diabetes.

DMII isn’t always due to “life style” choices, despite what many health care providers, Dow Chemical, Bayer/Monsanto, et al, may tell you. Healthy food choices and exercise are always a good idea plus reviewing the Environmental Working Group’s list of fruit/veg that you should buy organic if you possibly can and which are ok/reasonably safe to buy “conventionally grown” (any and all pesticides/herbicides used–not just those okayed for organic growers to use). If you have space and time to grow some of your own veg/fruit (organically) you get the freshest of fresh (and possibly enough to freeze for the winter) veg/fruit while getting exercise as well.

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