Managing Diabetes 2
In order to work toward a happy ending, the reader will have be realistic and confront some unpleasant facts. The reader will also have to be open to discover some new ideas and a whole new approach to living. The good news is that a happy outcome is the reward for those who pursue changes in the way they live, eat, work and play.
Here is the Preface
Diabetes 2 (DB2) is an endemic disease in all affluent countries of the world. Some refer to an epidemic implying that the disease can spread internationally, like an infection. DB2, vascular disease, obesity and dementia are four aspects of the same diet-related problems. The incidence of diabetes related to obesity and DB2 is rising quickly in the US and Canada. Experts fear that the increased demand for medical services will bankrupt the health care system in both countries. No-one has all the answers for DB2.
I developed DB2 in 1993 when I was 50 years old. I was 15 kg overweight. After many years of daily aerobic exercise and weight lifting, I became more preoccupied with a busy medical practice and other projects; I stopped exercising and gained weight. The first rise in blood glucose occurred when I was sick with a viral infection, probably influenza. Since then, I have followed the advice in this book and managed DB2 with the right diet and daily exercise. Each time I was infected by a virus that caused diarrhea and lung symptoms, fasting blood glucose levels would rise to levels up to 20 mmol/L.
In the summer of 2006 I became very sick with a respiratory fungal infection and experienced unstable blood glucose levels. In December 2006 I started taking metformin 500 mg twice a day and controlled food intake very carefully; blood sugar levels became normal again and were manageable for another year. In January 2008, I became ill with an influenza virus infection that began with diarrhea and progressed to shortness of breath and a cough that lasted 5 weeks. During the first week of this viral infection, I experienced high fasting blood sugars of up 20 mmol/L. Diabetic ketoacidosis developed suddenly for the first time. I started taking insulin (Novulin 30/70 twice a day) and ate only the lowest glycemic foods, which restored near normal blood glucose levels within 4 days.
My experience is fairly typical for DB2. I did well for 13 years and then began to lose control because of infections. It appears that my ability to make insulin decreased slowly until I reached a low/no insulin state typical of insulin dependent diabetics (DB1). This progression appears to be common if not inevitable; it is a matter of how long it takes. Needless to say, I am concerned that viral infections that involve the pancreas may be the cause of this progression from insulin dysfunction to insulin deficiency.
Drug companies have established marketing strategies to sustain a multi-billion dollar a year market for drugs that lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure and lower blood cholesterol. The drug companies propose that each diabetic will take between 4 to 10 of the most expensive brand-label drugs every day to mitigate the consequences of DB2. The safety record of these drugs is sometimes in doubt and unpleasant surprises have emerged even after years of drug use.
Early interventions are most effective. I found that well-motivated, moderately overweight people with early DB2 could restore more normal function if they dropped their energy intake to below 1000 calories. They used the Alpha Nutrition Program as a diet revision strategy and were allowed only a limited food list (Phase 1) when they began the program. After blood sugar regulation improved, they would then re-introduce Phase 2 foods and slowly increase caloric intake.
Maintaining food control is not easy. Humans by nature are compulsive eaters. Food control is a learned discipline that must be practiced with skill and understanding. Each person must discover their reactive body and learn how to stay within their comfort zone of safe foods. Self-monitoring and self regulation are essential skills for staying well.
This discussion of DB2, its associated diseases and its solution is intended for the intelligent, well-motivated reader who can develop the understanding and skills required to solve the problem and remain well.
Diabetes 2 is intended to be used with the Alpha Nutrition Program and provides background knowledge, helpful in understanding adult onset Diabetes 2 and the relevance of diet revision. Author Stephen Gislason MD
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