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Uncover Your Path To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Despite Family History

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  • Understand the transition from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes
  • Learn about the motivation behind reversing diabetes naturally
  • Discover the impact of family history on diabetes management
  • This video is part of the Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Summit
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Beverly Yates, ND

Hi. Let me share a story with you about Sandra B. A client that made a wonderful progress. A wonderful, wonderful progress in taking charge of her Type 2 diabetes and reversing her A1c from 6.5 to 5.9 at her last check-up. She worked hard at her job. She’s always been a hard worker her whole life. And at times she was doing the work of two people. There had been a lot of turmoil in her workplace. At times, the stress of that workplace was really demoralizing, leaving her feeling defeated and depressed. She felt that she had no time for her own self-care and she didn’t have the energy for self-care either, to be honest, a true double whammy. She’d watched with horror the devastation of type 2 diabetes in her own family over the years and did not want to get sick like that herself. Then she went to see her doctor and got the news that her undivided attention, wow. And it left her feeling shaken to her core. Her many years of having pre-diabetes within A1c of around 5.9 to 6.2, kind of floated in that range for a while, and now change. Here A1c had jumped to 6.5. She was no longer pre-diabetic. She now had type 2 diabetes full-blown. This scared her. She really was shook. So Sandra was motivated to make the needed changes in her lifestyle but did not know how to go about it. She tried to do this herself on her own, but it didn’t work. So now she was looking for a natural approach, highly motivated to help her reverse her type 2 diabetes and get back to healthy blood sugar levels again.

She realized it was time for professional guidance, so she reached out to get support, an action plan, and for accountability. So these are the five steps of the Yates protocol to establish and sustain healthy blood sugar levels and heal from the damage of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes nutrition, meal timing, stress, sleep, and then exercise along with strength training. Muscles are so important when it comes to blood sugar control. So she started out with a much healthier nutrition plan. She wanted to make it plant-based and she made sure to eat fresh, healthy foods and quickly learned new ways of cooking and preparing her healthy meals. She really seemed to enjoy that part of the journey. Sometimes people struggle with cooking for themselves. Other people take it on and they like it, and some people don’t want anything to do with it. In her case, it was something that gave her joy and there was no suffering in her new nutrition plan either. Her meals were delicious, nutrient nutrient-dense, and they looked good too. She focused on plant-based eating, and that approach worked for her blood sugar levels.

Now, I convinced Sandra along the way of the need to pay much closer attention to her blood sugar levels than she had in the past. She really wasn’t a fan of using a glucometer and test strips. Sometimes people find that very painful to have to constantly stick and prick your fingertip to get a drop of blood and having to test strips, making sure that they’re up to date and have expired and all that goes with that. 

And she was like, you know what? So as I explained to her what a continuous glucose monitor is about, a CGM and how it works, etc., she decided to take it because it would probably be more convenient. And so we got her CGM. Now she could get the critical feedback that she needed in real-time from her body to know what the lifestyle changes she had made, what the results were for her, you know, what was it actually doing, and what further changes that she needed to make. So the CGM health data from the continuous glucose monitor, along with how she was feeling, would let her know in real time what was working and what was not working. In her case, she enjoyed really making a game out of this. She gamified it so she would challenge herself to make improvements throughout the day, do course corrections, and then over the course of a week. And for her, this was fun. It was a thing of joy because she could see directly the impact, the changes she was making, and whether it was improving her blood sugar or perhaps harming it took the mystery out of it. It was really great. So Sandra was completely new to using the CGM, and as a result, she came to understand this was a much easier way to track her blood sugar rather than a glucometer and test strips.

And don’t get me wrong, Glucometer and test strips have their place but for some people, CGM they think is going to be easier and more convenient. You can just tap it or if it’s connected via Bluetooth, if it’s a liberate freestyle three, your phone will connect automatically. Well, you don’t need to do this tapping thing to update. It will update on its own, which I personally am a fan of. I think that’s just so much more convenient. So with Sandra’s wonderful curiosity and practicality, she put the CGM on and used the data from the CGM app to help guide her lifestyle choices every day between her own interpretation of the CGM data about her blood sugar levels and the guidance I provided along the way because I could also see that data she was able to fine-tune what she needed to do to get her blood sugar levels into a healthy range and keep them there day after day. This really took the mystery out of it and made it that much easier to give her feedback. And together we could work so she could understand what were the actionable insights that the number was telling her, whether it was from her exercise, whether she was feeling stressed, if she’d had a poor night’s sleep, aggravation from neighbors like whatever might have been going on. So we used the blood sugar levels that were reported by the CGM and helped guide the way, making it quicker and easier, to discover what to do and what not to do. So the path forward to a healthier, active lifestyle became clearer by applying the steps of the Yates Protocol to what her CGM was reporting as her blood sugar response to her lifestyle.

In our work together, we focused on two of the five steps in the Yates Protocol Health program for achieving healthy blood sugar levels. These steps were in her case, our focus was on nutrition. She was already making great progress there and sustained it the whole time and then stress. Those were the two keys for her of all the five steps and at the last report, her A1c was down from 6.5 to 5.9 in four months. This is excellent progress. I’m so happy for Sandra. She deserves to be well. She’s put the work in and the focus, and now she’s excited to see how much longer she can get that A1c. I have no doubt that if it’s at all possible for her body to continue to heal that way. And once the number will get even lower, she’s doing all the right things together and has not been overwhelming because one good thing has led to another good thing in this case. So it’s great when those things come together. So she’s now on track for a healthy, active, energetic life and freedom from the long-term complications and consequences of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. I’m so glad that you specifically are here at the summit. Thank you for joining us and for prioritizing your own health and wellness. I hope you find encouragement, inspiration, and insight that helps you on your health journey. Take care. Enjoy the other episodes that are available to you today.

 

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