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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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    Jacqueline Folch says:

    Thank you very much for all the great information you shared in this video ! One of the Pearls that capture my attention was that increased exposure of the systemic body to lipo polysaccharides end up with impaired insulin signalin that impacts on insulin receptors, which contributes to insulin resistance. And another interesting Pearl was regarding to our sedentary life style: insulin resistance begins in the large muscle of the legs first.

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    Cheryl says:

    Pearls, Just the basic definitions of glucose versus insulin was helpful and an interesting Pearl was how LPS can interfere with insulin function. I usually think of managing insulin and glucose with diet and exercise so the addition to LPS involvement was it awesome addition.

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    Micki Contini says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful information. I loved how you talked about the effects stress has on blood sugar/insulin. I always forget to include that in my client recommendations.

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    Pamela Bartee says:

    Thank you so much Tracy!

    You really shed light on a very complex topic in a very consumable way. I am greatly appreciative of your ability to do so.

    What gave me an Ah- Ha moment today was, regarding the ketogenic diet.
    I know that those who are insulin resistant may have a difficult time getting into ketosis due to the body’s preference for sugar as its primary source of energy. You said, try using short chain and medium chain fats such as MCT oil , which are more easily used by the body, while the body is more insulin resistant. Yes yes yes!! Makes more sense to me than you will ever know.

    Once again….thank tou!


  5. 56
    Molly says:

    The idea that a low carb diet can drive up blood sugar is drawing my interest and inspiring me to learn more.

  6. 55
    Rachel Romaine says:

    My hope is in the following clinical pearl. With the awareness building, health care will one day truly prevent type 2 diabetes. Since diabetes develops over a decade before it is diagnosed on labs, functional medicine labs can see the pattern early and coaches can educate the client to make the lifestyle changes.

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    chris says:

    I am absolutely passionate about this subject. I went through endless dieting and an eating disorder for more than 20 yrs. and am now on mission to guide women. As there won’t be good psychology without good physiology!!! Regarding insulin resistance starting in the big muscles (legs), I’ve read that happenes[only] if untrained muscles.. which means that trained muscles pick up more efectively glucose. Would that be accurate? Thanks in advance! I love how you teach and explain.

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    Kristen Graves says:

    I am a integrativehealth coach and getting to SAFM is a big goal for me – so thank you thank you for all of the free content you share, it is soThere were soo valuable to me.

    Today had many pearls of wisdom for me. Recently diagnosed with Antigad markers and not so great C-Peptide results, I have have been confused about how this could happen to me with such a great diet. 1). Learning that stress has a huge role 2). Learning about IR starting in the legs! What? This is a big one for me (Ive not been nearly active enough) 3). Learning that A1C of 5.3 is a warning sign and I will give you just one more 4). The Fasting Insulin test (which like you mentioned, no one has recommended yet).

    Thank you again, for all of the free content you provide, it always helpful!!

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    Mandy Buker says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful information. I wasn’t aware of the autoimmune connection with glutamine acid decarboxylase antibodies. It also interests me to know that raised insulin promotes vasoconstriction and that insulin resistance begins in the leg muscles.

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    Alexandra Diaz says:

    Hi Tracy you are an amazing gifted teacher! I am so happy to join your school and I am so exited. Diabetes run un my family and I Lost many loves one with side effect of this disease. My dad has diabetes type II and I help him to contort by applying ketogenic diet but more focus in vegetables because also suffer kidney failure . Many diabetes patients suffer of kidney disease. Is this side effect of taking too much drugs ? Well I love your information you shared today. This is true exercise and intermitente fasting help to regenerate cells. I agree what you say we need to be careful when we work with our clients. No all protocols or diet with for everybody . That’s why I like functional medicine because is personalized according to the person’s gene, histories, etc. Thanks again Tracy 🙂

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    Sue Johnson says:

    I think the thing that you mentioned that I’ve also learned recently but want to delve more into is how important the fasting insulin level is vs. fasting BS level. As T2D and prediabetes are progressive diseases of an underlying metabolic problem that can possibly not manifest itself for years or decades, the fasting insulin level seems like it is a much more important marker for discovering a sugar issue before it becomes debilitating. I’m not sure why more traditional medical practitioners don’t run this test as part of the standard lab tests they do for an annual physical. It could nip T2D in the bud so much quicker and earlier. Thanks for ALL the wonderful info in this video today–I could listen to you talk for hours on this subject. I personally reversed my own diabetes 4-5 years ago and am trying to help a number of family members right now that have this, so learning all I can about the topic is really helpful.

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    Jill Connelly says:

    It was new to me to learn that insulin resistance begins in the legs. Move more. Sit less. Build muscle.

    The interplay of fastingg insulin and fasting glucose was also quite interesting

  13. 48
    Dawn-Marie Valdron says:

    My key nugget was that movement of any kind,especially in the legs, helps with insulin resistance. Thanks for all your efforts to educate!!

  14. 47
    Sailaja Reddy says:

    Excellent lecture. I am an internist. Though I am trained in Integrative and functional medicine, still in conventional practice. Love Tracy’s energy. Pearl I could use in my practice – check fasting insulin. Has not been doing this as I am in conventional medicine practice. Great tips on dry skin treatment.

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    Kathleen Ronzio says:

    I took this course and loved it! Today’s webinar was a great refresher – Thank you so much. The pearl that stood out for me was that Type 2 Diabetes can begin in the legs! We sit way too much – myself included. I was not aware of that.

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    Jennifer Ofstein says:

    Thank you for sharing these pearls today especially the part about insulin resistance can begin in the large muscles of the legs along with pointing out how important it is to just stand up and walk around.

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    Yesenia Ramos says:

    Thank you for sharing your video with us. What an honor to be enrolled as a new student… I am eager to begin. Your video shared many enlightening points. My favorite was when you discussed how patients can have diabetes developing over a decade before it is discovered on labs, but it is so preventable, as long as the patient makes the lifestyle changes needed.

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    Annette Falconett says:

    Thank you for the great information.

    The info about insulin resistance starting in the large leg muscles was great. Thanks. My child is a Type One and she has much better glucose control when she runs. Her need for supplemental insulin need actually decreases when she works out regularly.

    While I agree all diabetics need to cut back on sugar and alcohol, sometimes alcohol can be used to bring down blood glucose. Some Type Ones refer to alcohol as “cheap insulin”. This doesn’t apply to all alcohol. My daughter can bring her glucose down with clean, low sugar wine, and a couple of others. I do not promote this in my coaching but it is interesting.

    Thank you again!

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    viktoriya Pleshkan, FNP-C PhD says:

    Hi and thank you very much for such a wealth of information once again! I have several family members who have been struck and are struggling with DM who have me as their primary source of information, which is my primary driver in learning more about reversing this illness. I agree with you that dietary approach should be highly individualized but I am leaning toward chemical free, whole foods, mostly plant based, no grain, no dairy type of intake at this time. I am learning that consuming carbs from clean whole foods such as veges and fruits increase insulin sensitivity and thus decrease the amount of insulin needed daily.

    I love your teaching so much that I have it in my long term goals to join your courses regardless if I get picked in this drawing or not…but it will take time before I could do so (PhD was costly and I am in the process of trying to finance that now, but it will be doable).
    Thanks again for sharing this wonderful and helpful information and for this fantastic opportunity to learn and to connect !

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    Kelly Kurek says:

    Pearl from todays live….Cortisol surge in the morning can boost blood sugar, if this is happening catch this before the HPATG Axis is affected. Stress and the Adrenals is a factor here and can be an early sign to look at Insulin Resistance and Adrenal function.

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