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Straight Talk About Diabetes

Straight Talk About Diabetes

"Should you be eating that?" "I found this article online, and it says that people with diabetes need to ..." "Have you tested your blood sugar today?" If you have diabetes, you've probably heard questions and comments like these at least once from some friends and family members -- the people who seem to think that by nagging you, they can help you manage your condition better. How can you teach these well-meaning folks to offer the kind of help you need, instead of what they think you need? Erase myths with education. "There's a lot of misinformation about diabetes, and it's important that people understand what's true and what isn't," says Dawn Sherr, RD, a practice manager at the American Association of Diabetes Educators. "For people who are close to you -- spouses, family members, or close friends -- encourage them to attend a diabetes education class, or ask them to accompany you to an office visit to get a better understanding of how diabetes is going to affect you." Figure out what support means to you. For example, some people see reminders about what to eat or what to buy at the store as helpful -- others don't. "If someone asks me if I've tested my blood sugar today, I see it as showing that they care about me," says Elizabeth Mwanga, owner of a health care tech company. "But for other people, that can feel like nagging." Sit loved ones down and explain the kind of help that works best for you. Make family and friends part of the solution. "If you're newly diagnosed with diabetes and trying to become more physically fit or eat better, encourage your friends and family to be supportive and participate themselves," Sherr says. If you make lifestyle changes a group effort, it allows them to feel like they're contributing and lets them see just how hard you're Continue reading >>

Low Carb For Diabetes

Low Carb For Diabetes

To celebrate World Diabetes Day, this is a guest post “Low Carb For Diabetes”, from an eminent Low Carb Diabetes Educator, Kelley Pounds RN. Kelley is a registered nurse, certified diabetes educator and certified insulin pump trainer that conducts a very successful diabetes education program in her community, specifically working with patients that have been unable to achieve their blood glucose and A1c goals with standard advice (Type 1 and Type 2). See below for details of her diabetes programs. Medical Disclaimer -Before embarking on any change in diet or activity, I highly recommend a physical exam and thorough healthcare screening with your primary healthcare provider. This article should not be construed as medical advice, nor should it be substituted for medical advice from your healthcare provider. By continuing to read this article, you assume all responsibilities and risks for instituting lifestyle management of your diabetes. Many with Diabetes are confused by the conflicting dietary advice they receive. And no wonder. The dietary advice given to those with diabetes has been extremely poor. For decades, people with diabetes have been told center their diet around carbohydrates, many being counseled to consume 250+ grams of carbohydrates per day. No person needs to consume 250+ grams of carbohydrates per day, let alone the very people who are unable to effectively process them, those with diabetes. Eating this much carbohydrates daily would mean that one would HAVE to be consuming a great deal of sugar or refined, processed foods. It would be extremely difficult to consume this amount of carbohydrates while EATING REAL FOOD. Further, many are told “calories from sugar can be substituted equally for other carbohydrates as part of a healthy balanced diet f Continue reading >>

Nurse Comes Off Type 2 Diabetes Medication After Going Low Carb

Nurse Comes Off Type 2 Diabetes Medication After Going Low Carb

Nurse comes off type 2 diabetes medication after going low carb Nurse comes off type 2 diabetes medication after going low carb Insulin discovery could shed light on how to treat insulin resistance 01 February 2018 A nurse with type 2 diabetes has completely turned her health around after following a low carb lifestyle. Gillian Crowe, from Rushden in Northamptonshire, was overweight and plagued with other health issues, such as psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis. Day to day, moving around had become cumbersome and she was also experiencing some of the classic symptoms of diabetes such as hot flushes, extreme thirst and frequent toilet trips. The 62-year-old was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes six months ago and was prescribed metformin to treat her type 2 diabetes. However, her vision became blurry causing problems with driving. It was then she decided enough was enough, deciding to follow a low carb lifestyle , cutting out pasta, rice, cakes and biscuits. She said: "I ignored the NHS instructions regarding diet and medication and instead opted to follow a low carb healthy fat diet and I started losing weight straight away. "Not only have I lost significant amounts of weight, but my cholesterol and blood fat levels have returned to normal without statins and my HbA1c levels have come down so much that I have come off metformin completely." Gillian is continuing to take better care of her health by walking on a daily basis, which has also improved her mobility problems. She is now always on the look-out for new ideas and health tips, choosing to use a popular online community forum for regular support. She said: "I use the Diabetes.co.uk website for reading discussions; information and help with my way of eating. The information about low carb is very good and I have Continue reading >>

Dr. Bernstein’s Low-carb Diabetes Diet

Dr. Bernstein’s Low-carb Diabetes Diet

Dr. Richard K. Bernstein is a legend in the diabetes community. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over seven decades ago, created the movement to check blood sugars at home, developed a diabetes management program built on the philosophy that “everyone deserves normal blood sugars” – and then became an endocrinologist so others would take him seriously. In this article, we will look at Dr. Bernstein’s diabetes diet. In essence, it is a low-carb, high-protein and moderate fat diet. He recommends this approach because it maximizes the chances for achieving normalized blood sugars. If you are interested in a less restrictive, more general-purpose low-carb diet, read How to Start a Low-Carb Diabetes Diet. Before we go into the diet itself, let’s look at Dr. Bernstein’s fascinating story. Dr. Bernstein was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 in 1946. Dr. Bernstein was diagnosed with diabetes during what is commonly referred to as the diabetes “dark ages”. He had to check his urine for sugar by using a test tube heated over a flame. He had to sterilize his needles and glass syringes by boiling them each day. In Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution, he explains how his blood sugars were not well managed during this time. In fact, back then fat was deemed the ultimate health culprit and so he was put on a low-fat and high-carbohydrate diet. During the first two decades of his life with diabetes, he says his growth was stunted and nearly all his organs quickly began to suffer the consequences of chronic high blood sugar. Heartbreakingly, he suffered many serious complications of diabetes as a young man. Luckily, blood glucose meters were just becoming available. Wikipedia explains: In October 1969, Bernstein came across an advertisement in the trad Continue reading >>

The Ketogenic Diet And Type 1 Diabetes: What I Eat

The Ketogenic Diet And Type 1 Diabetes: What I Eat

I recently began writing about the ketogenic diet and type 1 diabetes in an attempt to optimize my blood sugar in relationship to athletic performance. This podcast episode can provide some additional perspective about how I arrived at the ketogenic diet for type 1 diabetes. It started with a low-fat plant-based diet and I have recently changed my approach (dramatically) to a Ketogenic diet (low-carb, high-fat). The results have been remarkable and I feel like this dietary approach is a worthwhile consideration for anyone who is in a position to optimize their diabetes management–or who just wants better energy with no “crashes” throughout the day. In case my standpoint isn’t obvious, let me clarify, there is no should or shouldn’t implied in my writing about this or any other diet. Some people eat pizza. Some people drink diet soda. Some never consume either–or do but always feel guilty. Still others know the drawbacks and act in moderation and feel great about it. My goal is to inform those who are interested in trying something new or just knowing what else is out there–not to persuade those who are happy with an already satisfactory approach. I wrote an eBook compiling my experiments with the ketogenic diet and type 1 diabetes which you can check out here: In my last blog I focused on the comparative results between the two diets, and this blog will hopefully answer the one major question I got–‘what do you eat on a daily basis?’ Not all low-carb diets are Ketogenic, but the Ketogenic diet is low-carb. In the coming weeks I will be sharing more about how my transition to this diet came together as well as mistakes I made along the way. I will also probably put up a post along the lines of “What is a Ketogenic diet?” although that is lower pri Continue reading >>

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Do you have type 2 diabetes, or are you at risk for diabetes? Do you worry about your blood sugar? Then you’ve come to the right place. The disease diabetes (any type) means that you have too much sugar in your blood. This page will show you how to best check this. You can normalize your blood sugar naturally as needed – without pills, calorie counting or hunger. Many people have already done so. As a bonus, a normalized blood sugar usually makes you healthier and leaner. Table of contents: A disastrous epidemic Two types of diabetes Normalize your blood sugar Become your own evidence A disastrous epidemic What’s wrong? Why do more and more people become diabetic? In the past, before our modern Western diet, diabetes was extremely rare. The disease is now becoming more and more common. Around the world, more and more people are becoming diabetic: The number of people with diabetes is increasing incredibly rapidly and is heading towards 500 million. This is a world epidemic. Will someone in your family be affected next? Your mother, father, cousin, your child? Or you? Is perhaps your blood already too sweet? Those affected by the most common form of diabetes (type 2) normally never regain their health. Instead, we take for granted that they’ll become a little sicker for every year that goes by. With time they need more and more drugs. Yet, sooner or later complications emerge. Blindness. Dialysis due to faulty kidneys. Dementia. Amputations. Death. Diabetes epidemic causes inconceivable suffering. Fortunately, there’s something that can be done. We just need to see through the mistake that has led to the explosion of disease – and correct it. This can normalize your blood sugar. Many have already succeeded in doing this. If you already know that you are diabe Continue reading >>

Engineering A Cure For Type 2 Diabetes

Engineering A Cure For Type 2 Diabetes

With the failure of forty years of dietary guidelines to arrest or improve the incidence of diabetes and obesity, new thinking and approaches are needed. Applying an engineering mindset to nutrition has attracted attention as some of the new thinking has emerged using root cause analysis and other engineering tools. This has resulted in new insights for the medical and nutrition communities. This is not really new, I pay homage to doctors like Dr Bernstein who trained as an engineer first, then as a trained doctor realised how controlling diabetes was like an engineering control problem. Recently, however, as a recovering type 2 diabetic, I plotted my HbA1c against the results of a long-term vegan cure for diabetesstudy to see how it compared. I was astounded by the superior result and tweeted that it was a fifteen sigma improvement. While not reallycorrect, it got me thinking of my recovery in terms of engineering control theory and quality management. Putting aside whether a cure is possible (for type 2 diabetes) and considering treatment, what if we view diabetes as an engineering control problem and applied control charting to understand the quality of different management options? Note that while I have type 2 diabetes, the glycaemic control problem is common to type 1 and so much of this analysis also is relevant to them too. Glucose comes from sugar and other carbohydrates (carbs) like starch from bread, rice and pasta. Your body uses about 130g of glucose a day (about 33 teaspoons). Normally, there is no more than about one teaspoon of glucose in your blood at any one time. Simply, if there is not enough glucose in your blood, you can black out or die as your vital organs cannot function. As your muscles, brain and other organs consume glucose as fuel, your liv Continue reading >>

Low Carb-high Fat Diet And Diabetes: A Detailed Guide For Beginners

Low Carb-high Fat Diet And Diabetes: A Detailed Guide For Beginners

If you are a regular reader of our site, you would already know that we highly endorse the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet for reversing diabetes, losing weight and improving your overall health and well-being. The reason why a low carb diet for diabetes comes highly recommended by doctors and nutritionists alike is the fact that carbohydrates are the main culprit behind elevated blood sugar levels. Once you eat fewer carbs, it automatically becomes much easier for the body to attain stable blood sugar levels. Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) Diet for Diabetes: Why It Works? Carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars during digestion. These sugars enter the blood stream and elevate blood sugar levels. As a diabetic, your body either doesn’t produce insulin at all, or doesn’t produce enough insulin to minimize this blood sugar spike before it causes irreplaceable damage to internal organs. This is the reason why your body’s dependence on insulin goes down when you eat lesser carbs. A UK study tried to understand the short-term effects of severe dietary carbohydrate-restriction advice in type 2 diabetes. It found that restricting carbohydrate intake is an effective method to lose weight as well as improve HDL ratios. This was a randomized controlled trial studying 102 patients over a course of 3 months, and the results were published in the Diabetic Medicine in September 2005. Another research group from Duke University Medical Center studying the effect of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-glycemic index diet on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes patients, found that 95.2% patients had managed to reduce or eliminate their glucose-lowering medication within 6 months of being on a LCHF diet. A low carb diet works very well in lowering blood sugar and insul Continue reading >>

Lchf: The Ultimate A-z Resource For The Low Carb Diet

Lchf: The Ultimate A-z Resource For The Low Carb Diet

LCHF: The Ultimate A-Z Resource For the Low Carb Diet The low carb diet is one dietary system that some people have a lot of success with. Providing it emphasizes the right foods, it can be very beneficial. There are many people with knowledge of the low-carb high-fat (LCHF) way of eating. However, there are also many beginners who are looking for basic information on low-carb diets, guidance and resources . So, here is an A to Z guide that brings some of the best online resources together. All the information you need to be successful is contained within. From authors to doctors, dietitians, meal plans, studies and even pizza recipes; this is a guide for all those interested in LCHF. Some accomplished authors are writing about the benefits of the low carb diet. Gary Taubes is one of the biggest names in the whole nutrition world. He has published several books that question conventional diets and look at the benefits of low-carb: Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease (2007) Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (2010) Garyhas also won several awards for his science-based journalism. Karen is a wellness advocate, food addiction expert and author. As Karen had past troubles giving up sugar, she can provide motivation to help others beat unhealthy relationships with food. You can read her views on nutrition either on her website or in her first book: 8 Weeks to Freedom From Sugar and Carb Addiction (2016) Nina Teicholz is also one of the biggest names in the nutrition world. An investigative journalist famous for her award-winning book of 2014, which is one of the most interesting nutrition books around. The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet Her book is incredibly well- Continue reading >>

Type 2 Diabetes Straight Talk

Type 2 Diabetes Straight Talk

This group is for those who are taking their type 2 diabetes seriously and aren't afraid of some straight talk when it comes to constructive criticism. We promote a LOW CARB way of eating to help manage our diabetes, with emphasis on LCHF. We DO NOT follow the ADA guidelines (this means NO GRAINS, SUCH AS WHEAT). We define LCHF, low, and high carb as the following: * LCHF (low carb high fat) or (ketogenic diet): 20-50g / day or <10% of calories, based on level needed for ketosis *Low Carb: <130g / day or 10-25% of caloric intake *High Carb: >130g / day or 26-45% of caloric intake This isn't a place for anyone looking to have a pity party. We're kicking diabetes in the rear, one person at a time. Join us if you really want to change your life. 1. Be respectful. Treat others as you want to be treated. Keep it PG. If you find a post offensive, report it to an admin. If someone contacts you privately without your consent in a harassing manner, report it to an admin. 2. "NO SOLICITING. Only admin approved links will be permitted." 3. Pictures or suggestions of high carb meal choices will be deleted without warning. 4. Please post only LCHF recipes. Normal recipes that have not been converted already will be deleted without warning. 5. No political or religious posts / comments. 6. While we want to get to know each other and build camaraderie, please keep in mind that this is a type 2 diabetes support group. We're not qualified as life coaches or psychiatrists. Please seek out other support groups or professional help with issues of a personal nature that are not directly affecting your diabetes treatment. 7. This is a closed group. That means what we share here needs to stay here. If you friend someone in this group, remember to respect this and ask before you post somethin Continue reading >>

Experts Weigh In On Ketogenic Diet For Diabetes Type 2

Experts Weigh In On Ketogenic Diet For Diabetes Type 2

Ketogenic diet has taken us by the wind in the recent years. There are numerous resources available online for people who are considering going on one. A ketogenic diet, in very simple terms, is a very low-carb diet. It has been claimed that going on a ketogenic diet is beneficial for people seeking to lose weight and to improve their health. This probably sounds very charming to a person with diabetes who is looking to lose excess weight and to improve their overall general health to avoid or prevent any diabetes related complications. But, is it really worth all the hype it has generated? For someone who has diabetes, a healthy and nutritional lifestyle is extremely important. Though lowering the consumption of carbs from your diet can aid you, is it actually recommended to restrict yourself to a very low carb diet if you have diabetes? We can’t claim to know but we reached out to respected experts who have shared their thoughts on the diet and whether they recommend it to their patients. Read on to find out whether or not you could benefit from going on a Ketogenic diet. 1. Gina Keatley, CDN I would not recommend the ketogenic diet to any patients other than those suffering with epilepsy. The proper ratio of fat to protein to carbohydrate calories (80-15-5) is extremely difficult to maintain over any period of time. In many research studies over half of the participants drop out of studies before they have completed due to this difficulty and in other studies the researchers do not get institutional approval for such a strict limit of carbohydrates and use one with far more protein and carbohydrate (usually a 60-30-10 ratio). That being said what has been shown to lower blood sugar levels over the long term is losing weight–a diet that is calorie controlled and f Continue reading >>

Is The Ketogenic Diet Meant To Be A Long-term Plan?

Is The Ketogenic Diet Meant To Be A Long-term Plan?

It seems like everyone is talking about the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet. It’s the eating style of choice for celebs like Vanessa Hudgens and superstar trainers like Kirsty Godso, and has been touted as the go-to food plan for treating diabetes, anxiety, and to lose weight. But a big question that keeps popping up is, how long are you supposed to keep it up, exactly? It is meant to be a lifelong plan or a short-term fix? Expert opinions are divided on the topic. Case in point are the two I asked for this article. Simply Keto author Suzanne Ryan has been eating low-carb for seven years (and all-out keto for almost four). Not only has she lost 120 pounds—chronicled on her website Keto Karma—she says sticking to it long-term is crucial for managing her diabetes. But registered dietician and Read It Before You Eat It author Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, CDN, not only cautions against doing keto long-term, she doesn’t think it’s all that great to do for a short while, either. Here, both argue their cases, leaving you to be the judge. Is the ketogenic diet a sustainable long-term eating plan? Keep reading to find out. The case against following the keto diet indefinitely “This is just another fad diet,” Taub-Dix says of keto. While she does say it can be an effective way to lose weight relatively quickly, it’s not something she advises, let alone recommends, for a lifelong eating plan. “Carbs are not bad for you,” she says of the food group demonized by devout keto followers. “They’ve really gotten a bad rap over the years, but it’s more about choosing the right carbs.” Taub-Dix says whole grains, for example, are a great source of vitamin B and fiber, a nutrient that’s even more important than you might realize. She points out that there’s a diffe Continue reading >>

Keto In The News | Healthful Pursuit

Keto In The News | Healthful Pursuit

Commit to happiness and health get your FREE 12-page Keto Starter Guide + weekly recipes, straight to your inbox. Keto diet may increase memory, reduce mortality. Exciting news for humans studies on mice have linked keto to improving memory as well as extending lifespan! New Study Favors Fat Over Carbs. This article from the New York Times links to The Lancet study that found that a higher fat intake puts people at a lower risk of mortality in comparison to high carb diets. Not only that, but the study led researchers to reconsider antiquated guidelines about saturated fat! Is Cancer Really Caused By Food? For decades, doctors and scientists have thought that it was chromosomal damage that caused cancer. It was widely also assumed that in addition to exposure to carcinogenic compounds, cancer was caused by genetic predisposition. But what if there was something far more innocuous that led to the development of cancerous tumors? What if it was simply a matter of eating the wrong things? The Skinny on Fats. Fats for years have been touted as a main contributor as to why people are overweight/obese Cancer patients life saved simply by cutting down on sugar. Cancer patients life saved simply by cutting down on sugar The Low-Carb Diet That Can Reverse Diabetes And Make Medication A Thing Of The Past. You see Im at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes; its not because of my lifestyle or my dietary habits: Im in danger because both my parents are Type 2 diabetics Why The High-Fat Low-Carb Diet Works! A talk University of Cape Town sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes gave recently at a Low Carb Downunder event in Melbourne, Australia, on his low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet. It sheds light on what makes him so incendiary to fellow academics, scientists, medical doctors and dietitians Continue reading >>

Grocery Lists For Type 2 Diabetes: What To Buy And What To Avoid

Grocery Lists For Type 2 Diabetes: What To Buy And What To Avoid

Diabetes is best managed by being mindful of carbohydrate intake, eating smaller meals regularly, and choosing nutrient dense, healthful options. Knowing what food to eat can make a huge difference to controlling, and, potentially, reversing type 2 diabetes. Making informed food choices can be helped by writing out a grocery list of foods that improve overall health, and benefit someone who has type 2 diabetes. Contents of this article: Lists of good foods A person who has type 2 diabetes can make it easier to avoid buying unhealthful foods by going to the grocery store armed with a list. Choosing healthful, satisfying foods that meet individual nutrition requirements can help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition. By making smart food choices and buying the right foods, a person can ensure they have enough diabetic-friendly ingredients on hand to take them from breakfast through to the last meal, or snack, of the day. Vegetables Vegetables are the base of a healthy diet. Not only do they offer excellent sources of vitamins and minerals, but they are fibrous, too, and help the body feel full and satisfied. This in turn can deter overeating, which may cause blood sugar issues. Some vegetables to add to the shopping list include: salad greens broccoli cauliflower squash green beans asparagus Brussel sprouts red, green, orange, or yellow peppers Beans and legumes Beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein. They can often be used in place of a portion of the protein that is needed in a diet. Here are some examples of what beans to pick up in either their canned or dried forms: black beans lentils white beans chickpeas kidney beans pinto beans Fruits Despite their high sugar content, fresh or frozen fruits pack a powerful nutritional punch with t Continue reading >>

Fasting Cures Type 2 Diabetes – T2d 4

Fasting Cures Type 2 Diabetes – T2d 4

While many consider Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) irreversible, fasting has also been long known to cure diabetes. In our previous post, we considered bariatric surgery. While extreme, these surgeries have proven the point that the metabolic abnormalities that underlie T2D (hyper insulinemia, insulin resistance) can often be fully reversed after a short (weeks) period of intensive treatment with bariatrics. Many early studies were done with the heavy-duty Roux-en-Y surgery, which is the heavyweight champions of surgeries. The best weight loss. The most complications. This is the surgery that has ‘Go Big or Go Home’ tattooed on its massive bicep. But even milder forms of bariatric surgery show the same reversibility of T2D. A gastric band is essentially a belt implanted around your stomach. They keep tightening the belt so that you can’t eat. If you try to eat too much, you’ll puke it all back up. Loverly. It ain’t pretty, but it sure do work. Again, long term results are kind of iffy, but short term results are pretty good. You can see the results of gastric banding versus medical treatment from the graph above. Patients randomized to the gastric band showed a significant and pretty damn good drop in their fasting blood sugars. In other words, T2D was reversing in a b-i-g way. Those given medicines alone didn’t do very well at all. Basically they stayed the same. They were no better than before. So, yes, even gastric banding these 500 pound patients with 20 years of diabesity can reverse within weeks even before the weight comes off. One of the main questions is why? There are many hypotheses – which we will consider in a later post, but it is the sudden severe restriction of all calories that causes this beneficial effect. This is the same thing as the time teste Continue reading >>

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