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Deep Dive on Diabetes for Practitioners


I am so excited to share this Facebook Live and THESE POWERFUL PEARLS of functional medicine with you. At SAFM we honor that scientific knowledge is always evolving. That’s why we regularly revise our content in light of new research findings.

This information is CRITICAL for ALL practitioner modalities.

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Are you confident in your metabolic dysfunction knowledge?

Although you may already be a savvy practitioner, I am certain you will learn something new in this video. You’ll walk away with pages of notes and practical pearls you can use in your practice right away.

Here are some of the things we’ll be discussing:

  • The #1 lab marker that could turn the tide on the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic.
  • Surprising Root Causes that have Nothing to do with Diet
  • The keto craze and the fasting fad. As usual, the Devil is in the detail!
  • A low carb diet may drive Up blood sugar. Huh? Yes! Do you know why?
  • To fat or not to fat for diabetes? An important catch-22 about increasing good quality fats for diabetics.
  • The Resistance continues: from Insulin to Leptin!
  • Are the Microbes in charge again on this one too? Dis-ease begins in the gut yet again!
  • “You can eat a perfect diet, exercise regularly, and ______ can still cause early death.” (and often, Type 2 Diabetes!)
  • Downstream disease: Kidneys, Eyes, Neurons, and then the Liver! Alas, a classic downward spiral.
  • Remedies that work! Even better than medication (true data, not hype).

Thank you ALL for participating and sharing your inspiring comments, learning, and virtual hugs!

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139 Questions for “Deep Dive on Diabetes for Practitioners”

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    Michal Patten says:

    As always, I enjoyed this fast-paced, information-packed webinar. To cite something different from other respondents, your reminder that hypothyroidism has major implications on insulin resistance. That makes perfect sense to me and I’m surmising that with long-term, untreated low thyroid function, it will be nearly impossible to avoid insulin resistance especially if you are sedentary.

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    Jordan Z. says:

    This FB live came at a perfect time! A couple acquaintances who have type II have recently inquired about assistance with their disease and improving their gut microbiome. The Deep Dive Course would be such a blessing that would ultimately be a blessing to them and many others! There were many pearls but the ones that stand out to me are the ones that offer simple help to individuals that they can take a very active role in such as reducing stress and increasing movement. I would be ecstatic to take a deeper dive into this topic to help clients on a deeper level.

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    Melaina Marion says:

    I am a RD and I wasn’t sure how much I’d get out of today’s live. I learned so much! My favorite pearl from today’s live: utilizing fasting insulin as tool to get in front of this disease! I also discovered how to fix my own problem with reactive hypoglycemia. I love these lives so much! Thank you for sharing your knowledge! -Melaina

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    Jenn Krusinski says:

    I appreciated the discussion about instances where fasting glucose and Hem.A1C don’t match up, as I’ve seen this recently in two clients. It’s the cortisol awakening response. My clients have Hashimoto’s, and often there is upstream or downstream effects of adrenal/cortisol production. The high morning surges of cortisol make a lot of sense as to the connection to fasting blood sugar. Also, I appreciate how you explained the alternative to Keto so we can offer a sustainable lifestyle. Thank you.

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    Meredith says:

    Thanks for such a super informative video! I will definitely be watching it again because I couldn’t take notes fast enough!! :). I was very interested to learn about fasting insulin and using this marker to be proactive in changing the course before the system turns to insulin resistance downstream. Being interested in low carb and Ketogenic diets as therapeutically beneficial, I was also interested to hear about the importance of fat oxidation (sorry if I got this wrong – need to re-watch!!) and that it is important to go slow and focus more on MCT fats. Can’t wait to become a student!! I’ve been dreaming for two years now!!!

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    Lisa says:

    Great Webinar! What was interesting and of note, for me, is how an increase in insulin can cause vasoconstriction/hypertension. Thank you

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    John van Vlaardingen says:

    Lots of different pearls but I always overlook the impact of stress. Highlighting it here was a great reiteration of how important this is and the big impact it can have on T2D

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    Rob Lamberton says:

    Thanks for the presentation.

    I am a product formulator as well as a practitioner.

    A couple of additional points about berberine vs. Metformin:

    – berberine provides CV benefits whereas Metformin does not

    – there is some suggestion in the literature that Metformin can contribute to mitochondrial
    dysregulation and this is one of the key reasons why I believe berberine is preferable to Metformin

    – berberine also provides neuroprotective effects and there are some indications that it may be beneficial
    in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Julie Hager says:

    Thank you for a very informative video!

    The pearls I gleemed today were:

    1. Insulin Resistance starts in the legs
    2. The importance of conquering stress because it’s just as powerful as food in contributing to insulin resistance,

    3. If post menopausal women are doing intermittent fasting and having hot flashes in the middle of night, can be from liver trying to rescue self from too low of blood sugar

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    Teresa Hulme Janowski says:

    Thank you so Much!!! What an Awesome Webinar!!! Thank you for the reminder that the body doesn’t need food to spike blood sugar! That STRESS of mental emotional and physical can drive up blood sugars and cause Insulin Resistance!!!
    Thanks again

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    Rohit panwar says:

    One thing that fascinated me how ongoing use of gluten/ low vitD/ antibiotics/ NSAID/ steroids/ ocp/ anti depressants can lead to intestinal permeability ( leaky gut), which leads to inflammation leading to higher oxidative stress and high lipo poly saccharide which in turn impairs insulin sensitivity and leads to insulin resistance. A true example of upstream root cause, having a downstream impact

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    Nicole Woods says:

    I was interested to learn about the pre-diabetic stage of increased insulin leading to episodes of hypoglycemia. It makes so much sense to hear as this used to happen to me quite often before changing my lifestyle. I cannot wait to learn more from you! I cannot get enough!

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    Stephanie Wagner says:

    I’m a Diabetes educator and found this so informative. I really like the pearl about low blood sugars during phase1/2. This is a factor often not discussed nor looked at.

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    Samantha Press says:

    Learning how our microbial friends play a role in insulin resistance is very interesting to me. I have heard that obese individuals do carry different microbial friends than lean, but never thought about the IR connection. aq

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    Lolly Brilliant says:

    So interesting in all you say wow would
    Love to have your knowledge. Can I come live with you

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    Robin Reynolds says:

    Amazing hour, so much info to absorb! I see alcohol as a big contributor in my practice. Learned about 8ohdg as a biomarker, will have to incorporate that. Already use fasting insulin.
    Thank you Tracy!

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    Dawn Rigel says:

    I’m so grateful for the wisdom shared here! The pearl that struck me today was to watch for disconnects between the FBS and HbA1c and if there is one, then be looking for an exaggerated cortisol awakening response. Great stuff!

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    Dawn says:

    I love the reminder that high morning fasting insulin can be due to cortisol awakening response. I often have my clients monitor their morning and post prandial glucose as they are making changes and this is a good reminder to consider CAR when the morning numbers aren’t improving but the post-prandials are.

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    Molly says:

    Enjoyed the FB live on Deep Dive with Diabetes and insulin resistance. PACKED w/ actionable insight and tips. Patience and persistence is important to shift insulin resistance. 3-6 months to see longer term shift. Some things are quite simple: MOVE, reduce refined carbs and work those thigh muscles. Most importantly know your fasting insulin regardless of fasting glucose and keep an eye on it. Thanks and keep up the good work!

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    Dawn Cordone (Dawn John) says:

    I didn’t realize the connection between sitting and increase risk of insulin resistance. I have seen increase fatigue in myself from sitting long periods of time in front of the computer for school and work related projects. I will actually get up and start move more frequently ,maybe using the MP3 player while i am listening to my lectures and walking. Thanks for the awesome tips from today!!!!

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