Why The Current Guidelines For Type 2 Diabetes Are Not Working

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At Kick Start we often come up against conflicting advice and information on Type 2 Diabetes.

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It is such a hot topic, with the massive increase in the amount of people being diagnosed.

In our  Kick Start classes we are seeing people every single day with the condition, they are having to take increasing amounts of medication and suffering from terrible side effects….. but the AMAZING news is that TYPE 2 is totally reversible with diet and lifestyle changes.

I would imagine that everyone reading this article knows someone with Type 2 Diabetes.

Once diagnosed you are advised  to eat the NHS “healthy diet” with plenty of starchy carbs and low fat foods and take your medications.   You are informed that  diabetes is progressive and  potentially will lead to problems with organs, eyes, kidneys and possible stroke and heart disease.

But the evidence is clear  and the number of case studies show you CAN reverse the condition… NOT be constantly increasing medications but by addressing diet and lifestyle.

But why is this information not getting out there?

Type 2 Diabetes is costing the NHS millions and millions so why with lifestyle and diet intervention is this information not reaching the people who need it?


Reversing Type 2 Diabetes  is done by removing the cause.  Which is excessive consumption of sugar and starchy carbohydrates, which result in so much glucose in the blood that the body is unable to cope.

Sadly the official dietary recommendations are in direct conflict with this strategy which includes:

‘’Starchy foods such as potatoes, bread, cereals, rice, pasta should make up about one third of the food you eat”


Here is an interesting article researching the positive effects reducing sugar and starchy carbohydrates and the reversal of Type 2:


Medications and insulin do nothing to slow down the progression of the organ damage, because they do not eliminate the toxic sugar load from our body.

PLUS most medications come with a whole wraft of nasty side effects

You can’t use drugs to cure a dietary disease.

Conventional Medication for Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is typically treated with the following classes of drugs:

  • Sulfonylureas
  • Biguanides
  • Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors
  • Thiazolidinediones
  • Meglitinides
  • Dipeptidyl-peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors
  • Sodium-glucose transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors

These medications vary in their mechanism of action. Some increase the secretion of insulin, others inhibit the release of glucose from the liver, and still others suppress appetite.

But none of them address the real, underlying causes of type 2 diabetes: the environmental factors that lead to blood sugar problems in the first place.

These include poor diet, lack of exercise and too much sitting, and poor sleep, among others.

****While there’s no doubt that some people with type 2 diabetes do need medication (those that have completely lost the ability to produce insulin, for example), the list of side effects suggests that these drugs should only be used when other safer—and often more effective—treatments fail.

A Paleo/ Kick Start Nutrient Dense Diet for Type 2 Diabetes

A diet which  emphasises real, nutrient-dense food is key. It features meat and fish, vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, and some starchy plants like sweet potatoes.

Studies have shown that the Paleo diet is an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes and metabolic problems in general. For example:

  • A study which compared the Paleo diet with a standard, low-fat “diabetes” diet in people with type 2 diabetes found that the Paleo diet lead to greater improvements in weight, blood sugar, triglycerides, blood pressure, body mass index, and waist circumference than the diabetes diet. (1)
  • Another similar study compared the Paleo diet with a low-fat diet in obese, postmenopausal women and found that the Paleo diet led to greater fat loss and metabolic improvements than the low-fat diet. (2)
  • A third study (also of obese postmenopausal women) found that a modified Paleo diet improved several metabolic markers, including weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and kidney function. The Paleo diet also decreased the amount of fat stored in the liver by 50%. (3)

These studies clearly indicate that a Paleo diet is not only an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, it is often more effective than the standard “low-fat” diabetes diet that is recommended by  Many GP’s and Medical practitioners.

Lifestyle changes are also key.

Sitting less, getting enough exercise, sleeping 7–8 hours a night, healing your gut, and managing your stress are also important steps you can take to prevent and even reverse type 2 diabetes and metabolic problems. These changes can often have profound effects:

  • People who work at a standing desk burn up to 75 percent more calories per day than people who sit for most of the day. (4)
  • The more breaks you take from sitting, the lower your waist circumference, body mass index, and triglycerides, and the more stable your blood sugar. (5)
  • A single night of partial sleep deprivation causes insulin resistance even in healthy people with no preexisting metabolic disease. (6)

My goal as always is to give you the best information I can to help you become a diet and health detective and  this includes conflicting information you may get from your GP.

I’d love to hear your views tweet me @RachelHolmes

Best Wishes



Some extra reading.

“Time for a new policy on Diabetes” read here

“Mountain Man Diabetes UK” read here

“Letter to the Prime Minister on Diabetes” read here



Read some of our success stories:

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Tony Higgins type 2 diabetes

Tony Higgins couldn’t even walk up a hill for feeling out of breath before KSFL and since transforming his diet has lost weight and improved his fitness; as well as being taken off all of his medication for diabetes! https://www.kickstartfatloss.net/tony-higgins/

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