If you employ diabetics, I hope you’ll share this with them.

Type II Diabetes: Life-changing video

If you’ve attempted to implement a disease management program, chances are, Type II diabetes was one of the driving forces. Unfortunately, most of these programs show results that are limited at best. As one of 25 million US diabetics, I can share some insight. Diabetics don’t need a phone call reminding them to lose weight. They don’t need reminders to take their medication. We’re embarrassed enough – and these programs, however unintentionally, are humiliating. It’s easier to avoid the discussion and take a pill.

It’s just so easy to take a pill!

My diabetes diagnosis came in 2005. And like most Americans, I was relieved when my doctor explained that it could be managed with diet, exercise, and oral medication. I was already into exercise. And as it turned out, I really didn’t need to adjust my diet much – the meds were more than sufficient to correct my sugar levels. Over time, the medications became less effective and more were prescribed to compensate. 

Six months ago, my physician informed me that oral meds were no longer sufficient and that I’d need to start taking insulin injections. We all have our snapping points. That was mine. I refused the prescription and started my quest to understand exactly how my body was failing. What I found was a video that changed my life. 

If you are a diabetic, you need to see this. If you employ diabetics, I hope you’ll share the below video with them.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth is a presentation by Dr. Robert Luskin, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, at the University of California – San Francisco. Get ready for a new understanding of your metabolism. And if you’re a diabetic, get ready to learn exactly why your body is failing and how much of the solution is in your control.
After watching this video, the changes I made in my diet alone have resulted in a significant reduction in my oral medication and a return to normal blood sugar levels. No insulin. No injections.

Like I said, we all have our snapping points – that point at which we decide to do anything and everything to overcome a problem. This video helped me take the bull by the horns. It’s technical. It’s a little dry. It’s ninety minutes! But it’s enlightening beyond words and worth every second.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Sadiya wrote:
If hyperglycemia goes uratetned, diabetic ketoacidosis is a complication that occurs when high levels of ketones build up in the blood and urine, according to University of Iowa Health Care. When your body does not produce enough insulin, the cells are unable to use glucose for fuel. As a result, the body begins breaking down fat for energy, a process, which produces ketones. Although the first symptoms of hyperglycemia can develop slowly, diabetic ketoacidosis is a medical emergency. Symptoms include loss of appetite, significant weight loss, frequent urination and confusion. Vomiting is another sign of ketoacidosis that requires immediate medical attention as loss of consciousness and coma can occur.Gastroparesis is a condition where food moves slowly down through the digestive tract. High blood glucose levels can damage the vagus nerve over time. When this occurs, the muscles of the GI tract can no longer move food easily out of the stomach into the small intestine where it continues the digestion process. Symptoms of gastroparesis include loss of appetite, weight loss, heartburn, abdominal bloating, gastroesophageal reflux, nausea and vomiting undigested food. Additional symptoms such as high or low blood glucose levels and stomach spasms can occur. The condition makes blood glucose levels more difficult to control.His medication has been adjusted but if these problems continue they should be addressed. There are tests that the doctor can give your dad in order to determine if there are other underlying conditions to his weight loss along with increasing the insulin. Talk to your Dad and have him speak to his doctor about testing to diagnose any other underlying conditions that are complicating his condition. There are medications for gastroparesis. Also you can have your dad see a dietician who can help him with his dietary meal planning suited for his individual needs. I can't believe the doctor hasn't referred him to a dietitian. It is a good thing you are looking out for your dad.Hope this helps.

Mon, May 21, 2012 @ 4:10 AM

2. Rick wrote:
Thanks for your comments, Sadiya. A visit to a dietitian is important - and I think you'll find that the video from Dr. Luskin prepares you for a better discussion. I'm amazed at how many dietitians led me to believe that oranges and grapes were and important part of my diabetic diet. It seems like everyone needs to revisit the impact of fructose (natural or processed) so we can all get on the same page.

Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 10:18 AM

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