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Type 2 Diabetes And The Diet That Cured Me

Why me? At 59 I was 10st 7lb, 5ft 7in, and had never been overweight. I ran and played cricket regularly and didn't drink alcohol excessively. Yet at a routine check-up I was told that I had type 2 diabetes. In 10 years I could be dependent on insulin, it could affect my sight, feet, ears, heart and I had a 36% greater chance of dying early. In type 1 diabetes, the body produces none of the insulin that regulates our blood sugar levels. Very high glucose levels can damage the body's organs. Patients with type 2 diabetes, however, do produce insulin - just not enough to keep their glucose levels normal. Because I was fit and not overweight (obesity is a major risk factor in type 2 diabetes; however, a number of non-obese people, particularly members of south Asian communities, are also prone to it), my doctor told me I could control my condition with diet alone. Desperate for information, I headed to the web, where I found a report about a research trial at Newcastle University led by Professor Roy Taylor. His research suggested type 2 diabetes could be reversed by following a daily 800-calorie diet for eight weeks. When our bodies are deprived of normal amounts of food they consume Continue reading >>

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  1. ilovecats54

    OMG, sorry, 3rd attempt to begin my own thread (did as "conversation" at first, oops)
    Hi all, I just found this forum, and have a question. Currently I am feeding newly diagnosed sweetie, Chester, the DM pate. He is very skinny, so have any of you had your furbaby gain weight from DM pate? I know many times kitties are overweight when diagnosed, but my little guy desperately needs to gain weight. Also, how long will it take to start putting on some weight? I am by nature lacking patience, and worry excessively about everything, but am hoping to find someone who's kitty has put on weight, to put my mind at ease. He probably should gain about 2-3 pounds. Thank you!
    Also adding, Chester is about 13 or so (not exactly sure), and was diagnosed on 1/2/17. I was told in July 2016 he was BG 199, then about 2 months before diagnosis was at 297 (or so) and then on 1/2 is was 397 I believe. So Chester is a cat that will not allow constant fussing - I have 4 outside rescues (he being one of them) and he just won't allow it. He'll scratch, growl, and hide (has been his pattern over the years). So the vet knows this and also has to sedate him whenever doing anything. Chester had a bad inner ear infection which brought on vestibular syndrome (vertigo) and had been battling skin issues and trying to grow back hair after it was said he had dermatitis (but probably actually caused by diabetes I'm sure). Anyway I was told the ear infection was being treated with long-acting antibiotic pack in his ear and in the recent past he's had lyme baths to assist his skin condition, which seemed to be working, as some hair has/is growing back but they'd also given him long-acting steroid for the "dermatitis", which I now know didn't help matters. So after I was told he had to be on insulin shots 2x per day and "so what do you want to do?", I said I'll take him home and think about this. So then I found a local vet who is educated in both eastern/western medicines for pets and decided to go there for a 2nd opinion, along with a wonderful supplement I found online called PetRemedy Glucose Support, which is working at the cellular level to assist his body in getting back to doing what it is supposed to do - but it takes time for it to take full effect. So in the meantime I have cut out ALL dry food for all outside furkids (should have done long ago), and Chester is currently on the DM pate, and the others on fancy feast or friskies canned. Vet has been doing glucose curves, giving vetsulin as indicated by glucose levels, and sub-q fluids. I've been taking every day in morning, and picking up at night for last 2 weeks. Glucose levels seem to be normalizing and I am now taking him every other day hoping to stretch to skipping 2 days, and vet will keep testing glucose when I go. He is just weak and still wobbly, probably a little still from vestibular syndrome slowly improving, and some from being weak from losing weight. Again he probably should gain about 2-3 pounds. So I'm hoping with the supplement working the way it does, that he will be able to gain some weight back, testimonials indicated other's cats have had that success.

  2. Pati

    I have never fed DM. But if you are asking in general about weight gain... when we adopted Morris he was 9#. He now weighs 15# which is a good weight for him. We just fed him a lot more and of course the insulin working.

  3. Kris & Teasel

    Whew! You have your hands full for sure! To clarify: does Chester live outside all the time? This makes managing his diabetes that much more complicated. I'll try to answer your questions to the best of my ability.
    ilovecats54 said: ↑
    I am by nature lacking patience, and worry excessively about everything, Treating feline diabetes requires patience. We always say it's a marathon and not a sprint. Some cats will become regulated quickly and some take a very long time.
    ilovecats54 said: ↑
    he just won't allow it. He'll scratch, growl, and hide (has been his pattern over the years). This will need some intensive training and lots of positive reinforcement. It sounds like the vet is doing all the glucose testing and insulin injecting. Am I correct? I don't have any experience in training a hostile cat but many here have managed to teach their kitty to accept the handling that BG testing and insulin injecting requires by making it a positive experience that happens in a specific location. They begin by mimicking the actions that ear poking and insulin injecting involve but not doing those things. The kitty is rewarded with petting, scritches and lots of freeze dried meat treats. You could repost here with a specific question about training a difficult cat.
    ilovecats54 said: ↑
    long-acting steroid for the "dermatitis", which I now know didn't help matters. When was the steroid given? It might well have triggered the diabetes. Some cats will go into remission after the steroid is terminated. It's true that diabetes can cause poor coat condition but some cats have allergies that cause dermatitis.
    ilovecats54 said: ↑
    insulin shots 2x per day Twice a day insulin is standard therapy. Cats metabolize insulin very quickly so they need doses twice a day for optimal BG control.
    ilovecats54 said: ↑
    I have cut out ALL dry food for all outside furkids (should have done long ago), and Chester is currently on the DM pate, and the others on fancy feast or friskies canned Excellent move! All cats benefit from a wet low carb diet. Chester can eat the Friskies and Fancy Feast as well if they're the pate types and not sauce/gravy types (too high in carbs).
    ilovecats54 said: ↑
    Vet has been doing glucose curves, giving vetsulin as indicated by glucose levels, and sub-q fluids. I've been taking every day in morning, and picking up at night for last 2 weeks. This will become very expensive in the long run and I'm not sure it's sustainable. Also, many/most cats are stressed at the vet's and this will cause elevated BG. It can result in too high a dose of insulin being prescribed. We strongly advocate testing BG at home (after you've worked on treat training your boy!) and injecting the insulin yourself. These are easy skills to learn and we can help.
    ilovecats54 said: ↑
    Glucose levels seem to be normalizing and I am now taking him every other day hoping to stretch to skipping 2 days, Do you mean that you hope to reduce insulin administration to every 2 days? I'm sorry if this is disappointing to hear but I don't think that will happen. Some cats do achieve remission but it's a process of using insulin in twice daily doses over time until the dose needed to keep BG at a healthy level dwindles and eventually is down to to zero. The cat is then regarded as a diabetic still but a diet controlled diabetic.
    I don't know about the supplement you're giving but many people here use various supplements to help their kitty in other ways. The thing they usually want to know is whether a given supplement will affect BG levels negatively.
    Our "tried and true" protocol we use here can be summarized as:
    test blood glucose before each injection AM and PM to know whether the planned dose is too high or not (no food at least 2 hours prior to these tests)
    feed, wait 20+ minutes if using a fast-acting insulin like Vetsulin
    inject insulin
    test at least once every day in the mid range of the day or night cycle (the 12 hours between shots) to see how low the dose if taking the BG.
    do a full curve occasionally to see the full picture of a dose's effect.

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