Dr. Jonathan Little’s goal is to get type 2 diabetics off their meds.
“It’s called de-prescribing medication,” said the UBC Okanagan assistant professor and researcher.
“If we can get type 2 diabetics to lower their blood sugar with diet and exercise rather than glucose pills and insulin injections then they can lower their doses and then even completely come off medication in the span of three or four weeks.”
In conjunction with pharmacists at 13 Pharmasave stores in the Okanagan, Little has coordinated a research project to help 300 type 2 diabetics.
Type 2, formerly called adult-onset, is the type 90 to 90 per cent of diabetics have and suffers have too little or suppressed insulin to lower blood sugar.