Reader's Digest's Reversing Diabetes Guide ... What?!

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2011-04-12 14:58:35 -0500
Started 2011-04-07 16:52:27 -0500

Have you heard about the reversing diabetes guide that Reader's Digest is publishing in May? I have always trusted the information that I received from the Reader's Digest for the most part. But when I saw this I got a little bit riled up. We have had this discussion here on Diabetic Connect before about the fact that there is no cure for diabetes. Although there are ways to control it, it is in no way reversable.

From what it looks like the information is probably accurate, but their choice of words is just bad. People tend to get a little upset when they are told that a disease that they have been battling for years can be reversed if they just try harder. I am one of those people. Many of us here on DC are trying everything that we can to keep our diabetes under control, so it is no one's place to tell us that we can reverse our disease by just doing better.

Here is a link to one of the many bloggers that has decided to make our view known.

Let us know your thoughts on the subject and what you think needs to be done about it.

22 replies

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-12 14:58:35 -0500 Report

Okay. We need to infect all the people at Readers Digest with diabetes! LOL!
I had a lot more confidence in RD years ago when they were owned by a different company/person. My trust level dropped from a 10 to about a 7.
My brother has the same attitude. "It is curable, you just need to try"

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-04-12 13:08:33 -0500 Report

I am a novice Type II. I have worked with a dr. who helps me with what I eat and should not eat. I saw a book and read a article that agrees. It makes me feel good when other "experts" agree with the choices I'm making. Ex: sugar, whole wheat, OJ, "low fat" foods, pasta, cereals, crackers interfere with absorption in the intestine. Processed foods hurt the liver because they are harder to break down. Use only 1 ingredient foods. Use them in combination. Don't be hungry as quality not calories is the need of the body. Try sprouted grain bread, rice flour, spelt, quinoa, sweet potatoes (never white), fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Avoid hydrogenated oils, canola oil, soy, margarine, substitute butter, and high fructose corn syrup. Use real butter, whole eggs, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, avocados, and raw nuts. Using only real food is less restrictive. One doesn't have to buy supplements or bars.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-04-11 15:26:13 -0500 Report

This is typical of the sensationalist, misleading headlines that are tossed out as a way to sell magazines at the checkout counter. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Type1Lou 2011-04-08 19:03:45 -0500 Report

Ditto. As a Type 1 diabetic for 35 years, I know that I cannot "reverse" my condition. I do my best to manage it. This is the same issue I had with Suzy Cohen's book, "Diabetes Without Drugs"…it took her until chapter 16 to state that her recommendations would not work for Type 1 diabetics. Unfortunately, the popular perception is that diabetes is caused by what and how much we eat…!!? There are some habits and lifestyle choices that may CONTRIBUTE to or exacerbate diabetes but there are no simple, easy solutions as those of us struggling to control our conditions are all too well-aware of. I do not hide my condition and do try to provide my friends and family with information about diabetes so they can better understand it.

iwillbeatthis 2011-04-08 17:35:02 -0500 Report

The only way that i keep my Diabetes under control is eating very small meals. Not that i ate a lot in the begining is just that i hate eating small meals through out the day and when i don't eat like that my sugar gets high and i feel so hungry if i eat a salad within two hours it drops so low like maybe 100 and i feel so jittery, what does that mean? im comfussed and my doctor can even explain it but i decided to do something different for one week i ate three meals totaling 1,800 calores exercised and didnt take my medicine and you know what? it worked. maybe i should listen to my body. the only medicine i take I Glipizied 10x twice a day and metforman 1,000 mg do you think i made the wrong choice?

DonHenault 2011-04-08 08:10:19 -0500 Report

From what I have read and heard about it. It is totally a bad choice of words. I didn't choose to get Diabetes. I work hard to keep it under control has my reading come down, yes they have and I am very grateful from that. But is disease gone no, I must continue to work and teak my diet and exercise schedule to maintain the control over Diabetes. I think that Reader's Digest should issue an apology for their poor choice in words.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-07 22:15:57 -0500 Report

Funny you mention this. At Wally World today I saw a booklet in the baking aisle titled Reversing Diabetes. Must be something in the air or water. I guess people have gotten used to the notion of reversing things like aging the meaning of the word has evolved.

cajunrbuckeye 2011-04-07 21:28:20 -0500 Report

And the people that wrote the article probably doesnt have diabetes either. But to make statements like that shows that someone is not reading the articles before they are getting pulblished for sensitivity.

GabbyPA 2011-04-07 19:50:54 -0500 Report

Sometimes, people just need to get a good old fashioned dictionary out and look at some of the words they choose. I am reading an entire book this way and boy does it open your eyes to the lack of understanding of the words we use every day.

Headlines are just that. Attention grabbers. They can bend the body of the article to work around it, but I hate it when the grab is based on incorrect findings.

Armourer 2011-04-07 21:18:03 -0500 Report

Amen to what you pointed out Gabby! My family is choosing a word a week and we discuss it and its meaning to each of us. Last week was my turn and my word was bear. We found that there are over 50 meanings to the word depending on how it is used.

GabbyPA 2011-04-08 05:44:12 -0500 Report

I love it! I am kind of a word nerd that way. I have gotten lax in my improvement on it though, you have inspired me.

RAYT721 2011-04-07 19:06:25 -0500 Report

I agree completely with you on the wording!!! It annoys me when I hear of diabetics told by their doctor to control their weight and they don't need insulin. Excuse me! Insulin is determined by the body, not the person's height or weight or anything. Yes, REVERSING is a horrible title because it gives the same kind of false hope to those who so desperately wish they were not diabetic. I have a co-worker who was told by his doctor that he was "cured" … WHAT??? Funny you mention Reader's Digest because right now I am reading a publication of RD called "Food Cures" and love it. At least the text doesn't promise cures to ailments but rather explains the benefits of certain foods and how certain studies have brought relief from certain pains and conditions. I can live with that but "CURES" in the title is also a sort of false hope! I will definitely check out the book because so long as the information is accurate and backed up with fact, it can only help make us happier, healthier or maybe saner. Well, maybe!

Marley319 2011-04-07 17:30:06 -0500 Report

I think it is a sensationalized title for the guide which may, at least, provide good information about what a person can do to lower blood sugar. Still, people read headlines/titles first in any situation and this one will surely give the wrong message to a lot of hopeful people. In this day and age, with everything that's already been done, it's surprising to me that people - and companies - are still so insensitive to the real facts about Diabetes. NO, it cannot be reversed. At least not until there is a cure.

As for the Readers Digest magazine, what can we do at this point? Can they change the title? I will be happy to do something if there is something that can be done.

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