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Virta co-founders Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek worked with The Ohio State University’s Food Innovation Center to convene a group of esteemed scientists and researchers to discuss recent progress in the science of low carbohydrate nutrition. The conference was hosted by the OSU Food Innovation Center and the video recordings were sponsored by Virta Health. OSU and Virta have decided to make these videos free and available to the public.

Dr. Sarah Hallberg gave an insightful presentation on type 2 diabetes reversal. A physician and exercise physiologist, Dr. Hallberg is the Medical Director at Virta Health, the founder and Medical Director of Indiana University Arnett’s Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program, and an adjunct clinical assistant professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Sarah Hallberg is also the executive director of The Nutrition Coalition, a nonprofit organization advocates for science-based national nutrition policy.

Dr. Hallberg is also a public speaker, and her TEDx Talk, “Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines” has been viewed over 4 million times.

Watch her presentation here:

You can find all of the conference videos here and at the Food Innovation Center.

Speakers at the conference discussed treatment strategies for diabetes, cancer, metabolic, heart, and brain disorders. They also discussed public policy and healthcare guidelines, ketosis in athletes, the molecular functions of ketones, and more.

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    I would like to see the American Medical Association and the American Diabetes Association statement of support for this?

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      There is no money in reversal. They won’t have a positive response.

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        so true. but how typical for the public to respond that way.

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    Excellent as usual!! Can’t get enough of her! I’m totally geeking out about CGM’s!! How cool would it be if people with pre-diabetes could throw one of those on for a week or two to SEE how the foods they’re eating are affecting their blood sugar!!?? I’m calling Medtronics tomorrow!

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    Outstanding. Easily understood.

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    Balbinder singh December 5, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Hi i am on metformin 2000mg a day just had my blood tests done AC1 8.6 prior to this was 7.4 .I weigh 180lbs ideal bmi 6 foot tall been on metformin for 5 years looking at low carb /keto diet on reversing my diabetes how do i go about finding about this diet and also are there any trials available to participate in.

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    1. Virta Health

      Thank you for reaching out! You can go here to learn more about Virta: https://www.virtahealth.com/thevirtatreatment To begin the application process and to schedule an informational call, you can go here: https://www.virtahealth.com/apply

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      There is a lot of great information out there. I would recommend The book Keto Clarity. Dr Ken Berry has some good videos on YouTube. Good luck I’ve been able to bring my a1c down to a 6. I’m still working on it.

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      Check out:
      Diet doctor.com
      Ketogenicforums.com

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    I’m type 2 diabetic for 5 years now. I’ve went from injecting humalog and Levant. Now I’m on irradiance. I’m 58 years old and I weigh 160 pounds. I diet and walk 10 miles a day. I’ve been trying to control it. Low carb and cut back on fruits. I’m struggling non the less. My A1c last time 6.2. I’m hungry. What can I do to get help. I want my life back. Help!!!!!

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    1. Virta Health

      Hi Randy, thanks for reaching out. You can go here to learn more about the Virta Treatment and how to get started: https://www.virtahealth.com/apply

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      Up your fats

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    Dr. Sarah Hallberg message is clear. We can reversed Type 2 diabetes and there is hope. As a Type 2 diabetic I now have the knowledge to improve my health. Dr. Hallberg clearly teaches us how to implement low carbohydrate food in our lives for better health.

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    Hi,

    How do you feel about Prof Ken Sikaris’ study

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9PHHMvTe1Q

    where he draws the conclusion based on data from thousands of patients, that prediabetes is a state of hyperinsulinemia state but T2D is an insulin-resistant state, where you cannot make enough insulin?
    This seems to contradict some of the claims that a diabetic has more than enough insulin, but it does not work because of insulin resistance.

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    1. Virta Health

      Thank you for your question. Hyperinsulinemia is a response to insulin resistance. When you consume carbs, your blood sugar rises in response and insulin is released to move that sugar out of your blood and into your cells. When you are insulin resistant, your cells begin to ignore the signal of insulin. Insulin levels then go up and blood sugar also remains elevated. For some individuals, insulin production does begin to decrease due to pancreatic burn out and they require exogenous insulin (at least for those patients not in nutritional ketosis).

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    As a type 2 diabetic for at least 10 years, I can say that life is vastly different for me now. I will elaborate further on this. 6 years ago, I had a stroke. I currently have about 30% usage of my left side which a month after the event, was more like 15%. It does seem to be slowly improving. My a1c at the time of the event was 11.1 My time in rehab, my nutritionist put me on 60g carbs a day. My a1c was around 5.7-5.9 for 6 months after I left but was constantly going back up little by little.

    At around April of 2018, my a1c was at 6.9 My a1c as of december 24th of 2018 is now 5.1. This was done using two methods. For three months I did intermittent fasting 18/6 then 24 every other day. I still ate my 60g of carbs a day. My numbers did improve to 6.2 in August 2018.

    At the start of september I then started adding keto to the mix but also changed my intermittent fasting to 18/6 every day but at least twice a week, I would fast for 42 hours each. I have lost 62lbs, on no meds for diabetes anymore and still have another 50ish lbs to go. My carb intake though has went from 60g a day to, I give myself up to 30g a day but I rarely ever go over 20g a day. My daily fasting morning sugar level is around 70-90, 2 hours after meals are usually less than 110, most of the time under 100.

    For the last two weeks, I simply have eaten every day but only 2 meals a day and fasting 18/6 every day. I have seen that my blood sugar levels have stayed in the upper 80s and lower 90s during this time. I would usually see several 70s in that mix when adding in 42 hour fasts.

    I also want to mention when dr Sarah did her youtube video on metabolic syndrome, I as shocked to know I had every single symptom. That was very interesting to see. I have knocked 2 of the 5 symptoms out and got 3 more to go 🙂

    With all this said, I want to point out something. Keto alone simply may not cut it for a lot of us morbidly obese folks. Im not morbidly any more but thats due to both. I do not see any weight loss when only eating keto and not having fasts of up to 42 hours a couple times a week. My blood sugar may be fine but weight loss not so much. the combo though really does work well for me. This is with ZERO exercise. With the weight loss I am moving more but not working out at all. I have to say thatI have not felt this good in many years. I cant wait to see what the next 50ish lbs of weight loss can bring me. Im hoping off my blood pressure meds for good.

    I still have one gripe for every dr that says type 2 is reversible or cured. I disagree with both of those terms. I think its only Extremely well managed. The reason for this is that if you go back to eating those high carbs, your numbers will instantly start rising again. So while it can be stopped from progressing, I dont think reversable or cured is the right terms. Dont get me wrong, It may be possible to heal the body enough to cure it, I just havent seen any data at all that says people were able to go back to a high carb diet after curing their type 2 diabetes and it stay gone. I would love to see that data if its out there.

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      If your stats are better, it IS reversed; I don’t think you’ll see Dr Hallberg call it “cured;” you have to continue the low-carb lifestyle in order to keep the good stats. That said, I have heard of people who are able to gradually increase their carb intake, but not to anything like what is recommended on the Standard American Diet, much less what people ACTUALLY consume (I wager it’s 2-3 times the recommendation on “My Plate” for many folks). I’m at 20g/day and can’t envision ever being able to eat 60g/day! All that being said, I’m NEVER going back to high-carb eating. There is too much upside in what I’m doing now, and I don’t feel deprived at all.

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    How can I get a CGM without a diabetes diagnosis? Can I order from Dexcom or Medtronics? My A1C was 5.7 a year ago and there was never a diagnosis. I have since implemented a LCHF diet and inflammation is gone, sleep apnea gone, knee pain gone, brain fog gone. I will never go back to eating carbs given how improved my quality of life is. I would like a CGM to monitor continuously so I can see how certain foods and sugars impact me. Why should I need a diabetes diagnosis to have access to a tool like this?

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    1. Virta Health

      You may not need a diagnosis of diabetes if you are willing to pay out of pocket, however you will need a prescription in order to purchase the monitor. Dexcom and Freestyle Libre both have websites with additional information and tools on how to get started.

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