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Dr. Bernstein’s Low-Carb Diabetes Diet

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 ma Continue reading

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Towards Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Towards Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Towards Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
Protective Responses
Over 50% of American adults are estimated to have prediabetes or diabetes. The twin cycles (hepatic and pancreatic) are not simply rare metabolic mistakes leading to disease. These responses are almost universal because they serve as protective mechanisms.
Protective? I can almost hear you gasp. Insulin resistance and beta cell dysfunction are protective? Yes. Absolutely. What do they protect us from? The very name gives use the vital clue. Insulin resistance protects the liver from too much insulin. Our body is resisting the excessive insulin, which is harmful.
Imagine the liver as a balloon that can be filled with sugar and fat, the two storage forms of food energy. Normally, when we eat, insulin goes up, storing some of this food energy. When we stop eating, during fasting, insulin levels fall, releasing some of the stored energy for the rest of the body.
When insulin levels stay elevated for a prolonged period, the liver fills up with sugar and fat, like an over-inflated balloon. The pressure inside the liver goes up and up, making it increasingly difficult to move sugar into this overfilled liver. This is insulin resistance. The liver simply cannot store any, so rejects the incoming sugars, becoming resistant to insulin’s normal signal. Glucose piles up outside the cell in the blood.
This provokes a compensatory hyperinsulinemia. Like trying to inflate the over-inflated balloon, it works for a time. However, it becomes more and more difficult. Ultimately, the liver was only trying to protect itself from the damag Continue reading

Dr. Phil’s 6 Rules to Control Diabetes

Dr. Phil’s 6 Rules to Control Diabetes

T wenty five years ago, Dr. Phil was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Today, the popular TV host and counselor shares his successful secrets for living well with a chronic condition. In this exclusive article and video interview, you’ll get details on the plan that changed his life…
Phil McGraw, PhD – better known as “Dr. Phil” to millions of TV viewers – is famous for his no-nonsense, “get real” style. So, after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes 25 years ago, he took his own advice.
“All right, then. Let’s get on it!” Dr. Phil told his physician.
Last year, at age 66, Dr. Phil publicly opened up about his condition.
Read on as Dr. Phil shares his six rules for managing type 2 diabetes, and tells how he created a new “movement” to inspire those with the disorder to “get on it!”
How did you find out you had type 2 diabetes?
About 25 years ago. I went to a friend who’s an internist. After all the tests ... he said, “I’ve got good news and bad news. Continue reading

Pill for diabetes that costs just £1.30 a day also cuts the risk of heart and kidney disease by 14%

Pill for diabetes that costs just £1.30 a day also cuts the risk of heart and kidney disease by 14%

A cheap anti-diabetes drug slashes the risk of heart attacks and kidney disease, a major study has found.
Experts last night said the study, carried out among 10,000 patients in 30 countries, heralds a ‘new era’ in the treatment of type two diabetes.
Canagliflozin, a pill taken once a day before breakfast, is designed to lower blood sugar levels and keep weight down.
But the new study, presented last night at the American Diabetes Association Conference in San Diego, reveals the £1.30-a-day drug also has a remarkable impact on cardiovascular problems and kidney disease.
Because these issues are strongly linked to type two diabetes, the drug could make a huge difference to the four million people in the UK who have the disease.
The findings, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, found canagliflozin reduced the overall risk of cardiovascular disease - which includes heart attacks and strokes by 14 per cent.
It also slashed the risk of being hospitalised with heart failure - a serious problem in which the heart does not pump enough blood around the body - by 33 per cent.
And patients were 40 per cent less likely to suffer serious kidney decline - a major side effect of diabetes.
Professor Bruce Neal, of The George Institute for Global Health at Sydney University, said the findings offer real hope to the 500million people around the world living with type two diabetes.
He said: ‘Coronary heart disease is the biggest killer by far for people with type 2 diabetes.
‘Our findings suggest that not only does canagliflozin significantly reduce the risk Continue reading

DIABETES DIET: Fast-acting low calorie ‘Super’ diet of soups and shakes help in fight

DIABETES DIET: Fast-acting low calorie ‘Super’ diet of soups and shakes help in fight

Breakthrough research found that nutritionally balanced soups and shakes can help people with advanced Type 2 diabetes to lose weight and reduce their dependence on insulin.
Preliminary findings of a randomised controlled UK trial to be published today were described as “exciting”.
Obese patients put on an 800-calorie-per-day liquid diet cut back their insulin dosage more and saw greater reductions in blood sugar and body fat mass levels than a control group on standard NHS care.
It is the first evidence in Britain that diabetes patients can improve by losing weight and lowering insulin use, said the study leader Adrian Brown, a weight management dietitian at Imperial College London.
He added: “Insulin therapy is now commonplace in Type 2 diabetes to help control blood sugar levels.
“But it can be associated with significant weight gain and cause people to eat more through fear of low blood sugars. It can create a Catch 22 situation.
“There is a real need for workable interventions to help them lose weight and cut back on insulin.”
The liquid diet is based on powdered skimmed milk and soya protein flavoured with sweeteners.
Occasional chocolate bars are allowed.
The drinks also contain vitamins and minerals to make up for a lack of fruit and vegetables in the diet.
Study co-author Professor Gary Frost, from Imperial College and the Hammersmith Hospital, London, added: “There is other good work suggesting that 10 to 15 per cent weight loss can reverse early diabetes. But there is no reason why weight loss and metabolic improvement should be restricted to early Continue reading

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