Diabetes is a medical phenomenon whose symptoms have been baffling physicians for centuries. As of yet, we have no cure for this disease, and, although we do have some accepted standard treatments, many people disagree about the efficacy of these and more experimental treatments.
But who knew two entirely opposite arguments could both be so compelling?
Below are two very convincing TEDx talks. Both speakers, as experienced medical professionals, are highly qualified to give talks on these subjects and claim to have helped a lot of people reverse type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance with very simple solutions. But they argue for treatment plans that are almost exactly opposite of each other.
After you watch the first video, you’ll likely be entirely ready to cut carbs out of your diet and increase your intake of healthy fats. Until you watch the second video. Then you’ll wonder if perhaps getting rid of fat is the solution. It’s hard to know whose side to be on in this complex issue.
So what do you think? Is Sarah Hallberg right? It would seem that carbohydrates are a much bigger problem than we realized. Could it be true that we actually don’t need to eat any carbohydrates to survive? And could it be that we should really be eating more fats? Everything from food labels to physicians suggest otherwise, but this video is so compelling! Fat affects our blood sugar the least and therefore will not require medicine to bring our blood glucose levels back into the normal range after we eat it. Carbs will do the opposite. It makes so much sense!
Now watch the other video. Is Neal Barnard right? Do we actually need carbohydrates for fuel? Is the problem really that fat is getting in the way of insulin’s ability to unlock the door to our cells so that glucose can get into them and give us energy? If you believe this man’s argument, it would seem that we need to turn Sarah Hallberg’s recommendations completely around. Now we need to eat carbs and cut out fats from meat and vegetable oil. Should we actually all be vegetarians?
Could there possibly be a scenario in which both these individuals are correct? Is it possible that either of these solutions work, or that they each work for specific types of individuals? If only we could get Hallberg and Barnard in the same room for a while to discuss this issue together!
For now, we’ll let you be the judge. Have you tried either of these diets? What has worked for you? If you think you know the answer to which one of these medical professionals is on the right track, comment below to let us know!
Ready for an argument with a slightly more clear-cut solution? Read The Great Debate: Artificial Sweeteners next.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?