The Two Big Lies of Type 2 Diabetes – Video Lecture

At the Intensive Dietary Management Clinic we treat many people with type 2 diabetes.  Patients often come to our clinic with two ‘facts’ established in their minds.  The first is that type 2 diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease.  They are often told that they will have the disease for the rest of their lives and they should get used to it.  Actually, it is not true at all.  Type 2 diabetes is an entirely curable disease.  However, taking medications will not cure the disease.  Only dietary management has a hope of reversing diabetes.

The other big lie in the treatment of type 2 diabetes is that ‘it is all about controlling blood sugar’.  Actually, it makes virtually no difference at all.  The disease of type 2 diabetes is excessive insulin resistance.  It is this insulin resistance that leads to high blood sugars.  In order to treat/ cure diabetes, you must reverse the insulin resistance.  The high blood sugar is only the symptom, not the disease.  Therefore, treating the symptom alone is useless.

Imagine that you have a life threatening infection.  The infection causes a high fever.  But instead of treating the infection with antibiotics, you treat the symptom of fever with Tylenol.  It is not useful.  You must treat the disease and not the symptom.  The same is true in type 2 diabetes.  This is a disease of too much insulin resistance resistance.  Yet we treat the symptom of high blood sugars.  Medications don’t even attempt to reverse the underlying insulin resistance.

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Dr. Fung is a Toronto based kidney specialist, having graduated from the University of Toronto and finishing his medical specialty at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. He is the author of the bestsellers ‘The Obesity Code’ and ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting’. He has pioneered the use of therapeutic fasting for weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal in his IDM clinic.

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Paula

I am on Metformin 2000mg. By doing low carb diet I just came off glipridie 1mg. If I do fasting would it be safe to do without Metformin if I carefully monitor by sugar level? Also the auto was bad at the end. If I fast when liquids can I have besides water?

kfacwpup
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You can drink water, tea, coffee or bone broth. No sugar or sweeteners. For medication issues, you must consult your own physician. More details can be found at https://idmprogram.com/patient-resources/

Christoph Dollis
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Hi, Dr. Fung. When you say tea and coffee is OK during fasting, but no sweeteners, what about cream or non-dairy creamer?

I assume they break the fast where you’re concerned, or are they OK as they’re high in fat, low in carbohydrate?

Thanks in advance.

kfacwpup
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I think a small amount of cream is OK, although this is technically breaking the fast, it improves compliance. I never use non-dairy creamer – it’s basically chemical.

Breaking the fast – just be sure not to overeat when breaking the fast. You will probably feel kind of crappy. It’s generally a self-correcting problem, though.

Anthony
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Anthony

Doctor Fung I’m a recently diagnosed 54 YO male T2 diabetic with a fasting BG of 130 and an AC1 of 6.8. I’ve immediately adopted a low carb diet (zero refined foods, starches or added sugars). I’m also incorporating high intensity interval training and weight training. I just started supplementing with cinnamon and ALA as well as chromium and magnesium. My doctor seems suitably impressed but I’m not sure he is on the same boat as you. Do you know any top level physicians in Southern California who follow what to me seems to be obvious – treat the insulin… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

I was diagnosed with type ii diabetes during/after a 10 day hospitalization for a bad case of cellulitis on my lower right leg. I was amazed that non of the doctors including infectious disease doctors, could tell me why I had this infection and how to prevent it. A young hospitalist, also named Jason, recommended that I do two things…. cut out the carbs and eat natural foods… and pointed me to several resources…. Dr Mark Hyman… Dr David Perlmutter…Grain Brain… Gary Taubes… Good Calories Bad Calories…ETC and so after I was prescribed statins and metformin by my diabetes doctor… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

06/30/2014 HA1C 7.4 % Diabetic
12/31/2014 HA1C 5.4 % CURED

SO MUCH FOR DIABETES BEING A CHRONIC DISEASE!!!

Salomon Ramirez
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Salomon Ramirez

Scott how did you accomplish this?

Christoph Dollis
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He said in his comment that he went on a low-carb, high-fat diet, and ate natural foods, by which I assume means he cut out processed foods. So a diet like at http://DietDoctor.com Now I’m not personally convinced this is the optimal diet and I’m eating a plant-based diet and have lost about three pant sizes despite only so/so compliance with it, whereas I struggled to lose weight on LCHF because it would always come back as I found it increasingly distasteful and would therefore eat carbs, usually processed junk and/or mixed with lots of fat. Now I can eat… Read more »

Natlie
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Natlie

Im newly T2 and am in need of some guidence please. …

kfacwpup
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mohancanand
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mohancanand

how can i go on your fasting program

christopher
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christopher

dear sir
i went through a preventive open heart quintuple surgery and after 6 months found my self with type2 diabettes and my doctor prescribed metformin 500X2 a day….i would love to fast …due to my medicines of asprin/and cholepedogrel …how do i fast….i am 55 years old asian weighing 78 kgs and a very active person mentally and physically….please advice

kfacwpup
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I only advise fasting in this situation under strict medical supervision. Your physician will need to provide guidance on how to take the medications and adjust the fasting.

RAIGAMAGE PEIRIS
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RAIGAMAGE PEIRIS

I am 63 years old Asian man 20 years tipe2 diabetes, doctor gave me janumet no good resalt, now I am fasting no proper instruction but I am fasting my self 12hours( Flowing a E book) Eat only 11 AM try to do 36 hours but Iike get your proper advise Thank you.

christopher
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christopher

thank you so much

Tony
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Tony

I am recently diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. My doctor wants to put me on metformin but I want to do everything I can with diet and exercise as aggressively as possible before taking medications. I notice you mention fasting however I do not see any mention as how, how long, whats involved, etc in regards to fasting.

Thanks

Mustafa
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Mustafa

Dear sir
I am recently diagnosed with Diabetes via HbA1c Test which is 11.4 % . My doctor wants to put me on glimepiride 1mg & metformin 500 mg drug before breakfast .As my BP & thyroid is in normal condition although I am taking medication. I had seen your video and I would like opt your natural diabetes reversal theraphy of fasting and maintaining diet. so could you please provide me instructions how to start this process along with other medications.I humbly Appreciates you work for the mankind.
Thank you So much

Thanks

Shawn
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Shawn

Dr. Fung: Thank you for your very inspiring lecture on the 2 big lies of type II Diabetes. I have been struggling with the disease for over 6 years. I am on 2000 mg of Metformin; glipizide; and most recently VICTOZA. I am 5’8″ 49 years of age and have the dreaded “tire in the middle” that all Type II patients have. My doctor keeps chasing the glucose numbers and I am on the exact path that you have describe. My Dr. now states that I need to go on Insulin. I have said no and that is my line… Read more »

erdoke
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erdoke

An idiot devoted a full blog post to “debunk” the science which he does not understand:
http://www.diabetes-warrior.net/2015/04/24/what-the-fung/

He even goes ahead and notes: “I waited to post negatively about Fung, hoping others with MD, PhD or other credentials would do so… they have not.”
I wonder why it did not occur to him that there was a reason?

erdoke
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erdoke

I mean devoted to debunking…

kfacwpup
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Haters got to hate, hate hate. I don’t really mind disagreement, or debating since we all learn that way. He, however, degenerates quickly into name calling. No place for that.

Vince De Mello
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Vince De Mello

I was recently diagnosed type 2 in February 2015. I can certainly confirm that the NHS in England are completely behind on current research. My GP immediately put me on Metformin then started a plan to increase the dosage then said my diabetes will get worse and to prepare for different drugs then finally insulin. All they did was give general advice about avoiding sugar and bad carbs. I also went on an NHS course called DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Managment for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed). This made me even more depressed as they stressed the same old stuff about… Read more »

Sue
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What a breath of fresh air you are, Jason Fung! You have put into words all the anxieties I have had over the past 10 years, in terms of how I have been treated for Diabetes Type II. I’m currently on the max dose of Metformin extended release, and am on 88 units of basal insulin a day, as well as a rapid acting for those carby times. I tend not to use that so much now I have gone low carb High fat (well, moderate fat… I get to feeling a big sick if I have too much). However…… Read more »

Rikard
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Rikard

Hello,
Dr. Wong, what do you think about connection between fatty pancreas (which you mention) and migraine?
There seems to be a connection between overactive pancreas with too much insulin resulting in hypoglycemia, the body responds with release of adrenalin which give migraine. This theory is based on Rudolpho Low. He means that migraine actually is a kind of reversed diabetes.
Keeping a steady bloodsugar with small snacks every second hour helps to keep the hypoglycemia away and no migraines appear.
Can this overactive pancreas be the result of fatty liver and pancreas? Would fasting help?

giriprasad
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giriprasad

recently,i have been diagnosed with DMT2. when tested for first time, FBG was 165 and PPBS 367. cholestrol 375 triglyceradess 265. the consulting doctor has advised voglitab M-03/500. i have put myself on low carb, protein rich diet. after 15 days FBG was 92 and PPBS 122. however, i am interested to reverse the DMT2 once for al. please help.

Larissa
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Larissa

Hi doctor. I am 30 years old & I was diagonised with Type 2 Diabetes in Jan 2014. Initially I was put on metmorfin medication then gradually this year Feb 2015 I was put on insulin. Now my insulin dose is 30 in the morning & 20 at night before meals. I have not been exercising quiet often but my sugar levels keep increasing after a certain while. Today as I am writing to you my sugar levels have not been below 300 at all. I dont understand where I am going wrong. I need your guidance. Will fasting help… Read more »

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

@Larissa… No one can answer your question with the lack of information provided. What is your current diet? How many calories each day? How many carbs are you consuming? You say you are not exercising very often… Why? The good doctor says to walk 4-5 days a week… how many times a day are you walking? How far? There is no silver bullet here. You gotta help in the cure… read the website… a light bulb might light up for you.

Pat
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Pat

dear Larissa and giriprasad,
I am following the Distance program that Dr Fung and Megan Christie have going and fully endorse it as the way to go to get the information and support needed to cure this dreadful
disease. It is also the very cheapest program there is for weight reduction, and is extremely effective. I would encourage you to go to the page to join, and join! Good luck to you both. You WILL be diabetes free.

BobM
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BobM

I have to say that that was one of if not the best videos I’ve ever seen. The theories that you outline in the video are the first things that make absolute sense to me. I’ve read many books in the low carb/anti-low fat area, and each of them has benefits and detriments. However, the theories you present in this video explain issues that are lacking in many other books. I really think you win some type of award for this research. Unfortunately, you are going against common and widely-held beliefs.

BobM
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BobM

By the way, in the video you say you treated one of your patients with the old “keep giving them higher values of insulin” technique. What made you change your mind and how did you determine everything you knew about treating T2D was wrong?

Razman Ramedan
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Razman Ramedan

hello dr fung,

i would like to follow your IDM program. how can i get the membership? how to register?

Dr. Jason Fung: Look under the ‘Join’ tab for more details

Razman Ramedan
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Razman Ramedan

i don’t see any “join tab” … i could only see “login”….

https://idmprogram.com/join/

G Davis
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G Davis

Hi Dr Fung
I am really new to all of this and very much want to be healthy with out using medications~~~ I live in Utah and not able to come to your office, is the long distance plan work the same way only with Megan?

Gayle J
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Gayle J

Dr. Fung. I just received a call from my doctor’s office asking me to come in to begin a Treatment plan, as I have been diagnosed with Type II DIabetest. I have since been scouring the internet for information and hope. Ihave been listening to your lectures and feel that there is hope for a better way than to go the conventional path (which my mother did–she ended up with kidney disease, neuropathy, etc) I see that you are in Canada–I am in Phoenix Arizona. I have two questions. 1) Do you know of a knowledgeable, proven doctor in Phoenix… Read more »

Priyanike Ratnaya
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Priyanike Ratnaya

I am wish type 2 diabetic for more than 30 years. Now I am taking Lantus 15 units twice a day, Humaloge 10 units in the morning and 8 units with lunch and dinner. I take 2500g Metformin daily. Insulin intake is reduced from 30 units to 15 units and Humaloge from 17 units (m) to 10 units and and 12 units ro 8 units with lunch and dinner. My doctor priscribe me Victoza in July. Now I do not feel hungry and lost nearly 10 lbs for 1 and half months. I would like to know it is ok… Read more »

hisham mohammed
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hisham mohammed

Dear Dr.Fung I am 49 years old and I am have the 2 diabet
Pls. Can you help me or show more detail about the way of fasting like a tables of food or the way to practical fasting or any thing else that you see it is good for me
Thank you and god bless you
Best regards

Assia Bennouar
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Assia Bennouar

HI, Dr Fung What you did is fabulous, one of my patient who has T2D and who is getting metformine, started your diet, doing your diet he didn’t took metformine at all for five days and he is very well, so thank you i want to ask you a diet for an other patient who had type 2 diabetes and who has high blood creatinin betwin 30 to50 he is taking insulin betwin 100 to 120 plus metformine, he is a parent and i am a general physician from Algeria so how can i reverse his diabetes? thank you so… Read more »

Shannon
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Shannon

I am an LVN who worked in home health before I stayed home with my kids, and am now going back to school for my RN. I saw sooo many people with poorly managed diabetes, and felt so helpless doing wound care, over and over, with the best products and protocols, and seeing such poor results, and terribly slow or non existent healing. Your videos explaining insulin and LCHF have really helped me, personally, because I was very invested in the ADA model, and I myself was developing metabolic syndrome, PCOS and HTN, and was referred to a cardiologist. LAST… Read more »

Shannon
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Shannon

Oh, and I am combining LCHF with IF 18:6 every other day.

Rick Nelson
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Hi Dr Fung, I just wanted to say thank you for your excellent video which is put simply enough for anyone to understand, and I wanted to provide some background on me for you or others. I am 45 years of age, 6 foot 1 of large frame and was a 150kg and my first diabetes diagnosed blood sugar was 25, from 19 I was diagnosed with fatty liver and again when I was around 40 but no Dr had ever made me stressed about this condition. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes just 4 weeks ago when I… Read more »

Cyndi Seafeldt
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Cyndi Seafeldt

Do you have dr or clinics in the area that use this method in the greater Seattle area. I am located in Auburn Wa.

M. Murphy
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M. Murphy

Dr. Ted Naiman is in the Seattle area. He is of the same mind as Dr. Fung, see videos on diet doctor.com

Trisha
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Trisha

Hi everyone, Just seeking a bit of assistance from “those in the know”. My mother was diagnosed with T2D, placed almost immediately on insulin, and was dead within 2 years. So I was of course terrified when I was diagnosed and (after 3 years), the doctors suggested I start insulin to “get my sugars down”. I complied with them for about a month or so, but for the very reasons that Dr. Jason addresses in his lecture (2 lies….), I quit and went in search of another primary care physician. I am now working with doctors at CCF/Center for Integrative… Read more »

mustafa
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mustafa

surprisingly I adopted the same approach without knowing what Dr. Fung contributions, in fact before 4 years approximately June 2012 I were diagnosed with T2D and a physician put me on metaformine 500 for one month, but I was some how reluctant to get into such treatment, I read many posts indicating the side effects and previous treatments by many bloggers both patients and doctors , within one week I stopped the metaformine. I tried other things which include some local herbs in Sudan, some times I used to eat onion it worked very well, then I realized during RAMADAN… Read more »

mustafa
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mustafa

we strongly support Jason Fung for the useful presentation, wish him all the success

cobina
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cobina

Cobina

Dear Dr Fung, I am biochemist and I have been following your post and videos on the subject. , there are people who loose weight unintentional as type 2 diabetics. recently I read somewhere that if you are able to loose 0 .6g of fat from the pancreas it will start to reproduce insulin. my question is, why is it that people who loose weight unintentionally not reverse their diabetes automatically

cobina
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cobina

hello no reply

Gary
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Gary

I think they lose weight because of very high sugar in the blood if not on medication.

cobina
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cobina

hello

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Abhishek Agarwal
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Abhishek Agarwal

I am 34 years old and recently found during accidentals tests that my sugar levels were 240 fasting & 325 PP. Doctor told me to start with insulin for 1 month. What shall I do? I would also like to enroll in the program. Please help!

Gary
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Gary

start fasting

Jon
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Jon

My comment is: How can you call diabetes as “cured”, when you can not eat what is normal. A non diabetic person can eat carbs and their body works at keeping there blood glucose at normal levels. A diabetic may get off their insulin and meds, but they have to stay on a strict diet. This is not “cured” to me. This is defeating the effects of diabetes, but the disease is still there. I am not saying this is a bad thing. It is certainly better than taking meds and insulin, but what is the reality of people being… Read more »

Terri
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Terri

Jon: a non diabetic person can’t just ‘eat what they want’ in terms of carbs without usually seeing their blood glucose levels getting worse over the years. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have such an epidemic of diabetes around the world. Diabetes is caused by constantly provoking an insulin response, etc. and it’s mainly carbs that do this. Eating ‘excess’ protein will cause the release of insulin also, but carbs are the main culprit and will eventually cause problems for many people.

Michelle
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Michelle

Hi Dr. Fung. I’ve read/listened to pretty much all of your lectures. I am a T2D for close to 10 years now. I was on 40 units of insulin and 2000 mg of metformin daily and still my sugar levels were uncontrolled and seemed to get worse over the years. I started IF in the last 6 months and I am no longer taking any insulin at all. I take about 1500 mg of metformin a day only now. My sugar levels are the same as they used to be when I was taking insulin so this is progress for… Read more »

Terri
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Terri

Michelle, personally I would eliminate the creamer and the equal and see what happens…

Kelly W Maynard
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Kelly W Maynard

I have always heard that fasting ruins your metabolism. Is that true? If you fast to lose the live fat, what do you do when you come off the fast? Do you just live a fasted lifestyle from that point on? Or can you follow a low carb diet from that point forward?

Yvette
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Yvette

I was diagnosed with diabetes 10 years ago. I am not yet on insulin however the ketogenic diet is no longer working to keep my glucose numbers down. I have read both of your books. I am ready to start fasting and was wondering if homemade Kombucha is also a liquid that can be consumed during fasting.

Joseph
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Joseph

I had an a1c of 7 in February, 2017 (never had above 6.5 before). I cut out almost all carbs (potatoes, rice, pasta, beans, peas, bread, etc.) and sweets (except a little fresh fruit). As a result, my a1c was 5.8 three months later, and lost 30 lbs (doctor visits three months apart). I take no medication for diabetes and never did; the doctor said with an a1c of 5.8, I don’t need to. I still put Stevia in my coffee, as I do need it sweetened, but that’s only usually at breakfast. I have eggs every morning instead of… Read more »

John Kay
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John Kay

Yeah! That’s true. I’ve seen it on a book. And there were a lot of other lies and misconceptions about diabetese. As an doctor 8 highly recommend you to read that book. Here is the link. https://bit.ly/2JpJ7KV

Kathleen
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Kathleen

After my DIABETES TYPE 2 diagnosis, I had typical symptoms of thirst, lethargy, severe tiredness, urinary frequency, hearing loss and ringing in the ears, vision problems, dehydration and weight gain. I was placed on metformin twice daily for several months, the symptoms only seemed to worsened. I began to do a lot of research and learnt about a DIABETES HERBAL TREATMENT from Rich Herbs Foundation and their success rate with the Diabetes treatment, i immediately started on the treatment, i started experience decline in major symptoms, the severe thirst, dry mouth, tiredness, urinary problems, dehydration and fatigue. My doctor took… Read more »