It is a model that can also help fight other chronic diseases, he says.
After being diagnosed with diabetes more than a decade ago, Armando Alvarez was at a crossroads.
“My number one goal was not to die,” he said. “It was a cascade of issues. What started as diabetes became chronic heart disease, and I was facing a triple bypass heart surgery.”
George Guthrie, an AdventHealth physician who specializes in lifestyle medicine, is determined to help people like Alvarez and reverse the trends around diabetes that are affecting the United States at an alarming rate.
In the U.S., about half of deaths caused by type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease were the result of poor dietary habits, according to a 2017 study published in the Journal of American Medicine Association (JAMA).
- George Guthrie is a board-certified family medicine physician with a focus on community and lifestyle medicine. [Photo: AdventHealth News]
- Eat Plants, Feel Whole: Harness the Healing Power of Plants and Transform Your Health, the new book by George Guthrie. [Photo: AdventHealth News]
More than 100 million Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of the 1 in 3 Americans living with prediabetes don’t even know they have it, meaning they will likely develop type 2 diabetes within five years if their lifestyles go unchanged.
Rather than prescribing medications to manage certain health issues, Guthrie has found success in addressing the underlying cause of the disease, and in some cases, reversing certain chronic diseases.
“In our Winter Park [Florida, United States] practice, over the last three years, we have had 24 individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes who now have normal A1Cs [sugar measure] and no longer need any diabetes medications,” Guthrie said.