I have a Low-Carb for diabetes question. Dr. Gardner, about 12 years ago during a work physical I was found to have fasting BG of 250. My Dad also had diabetes, and was not doing well with diabetes (and died from it a few years after). My doctor did not think that my diabetes was that bad yet, and started me on meds and the standard ADA diet. I did not lose any weight and felt terrible on the diet. After a couple of months of no improvement and frustration a friend who had Insulin Dependent Diabetes told me about the book “Diabetes Solution” by Dr. Bernstien. I started following that diet and exercise regime religiously and in a month had gotten my BG under control and stopped taking all meds. I keep my carbs around 50 a day, and do eat lots of what I call “salad type vegetables” and have been doing this for about 12 years. A few years ago I tried combining an apple with some protein to see if maybe my BG responded positively. It didn’t my BG shot up to 160 after two hours which I consider totally unacceptable. So for the last 12 years I’ve had one piece of fruit, that apple. I wonder what you think about Low-Carb diets for diabetes control?
Diabetes is not a life sentence. Your body is capable of healing; my caution is in the case of Type I, where the insulin producing cells in the pancreas have been damaged and insulin is no longer being produced.
Basically, diabetes type II is severe insulin resistance. This means the cell membrane, which houses the insulin receptors, is unresponsive to insulin and will not let it flow freely into the cell. This is usually caused by years of sugar and too much carbohydrate intake.
The treatment, then, consists of improving insulin resistance. This starts with a low carbohydrate intake, which you have already done. Congratulations on sticking with a 50 gram per day carb diet. Keep it up.
Five other things that improve insulin resistance:
You should already be on chromium, and possibly vanadium and biotin. You will need to get levels of DHEA and free testosterone through a health practitioner who is comfortable with using bio-identical hormones to bring those levels up if they are low. I do not consider age-appropriate levels as necessarily the healthy optimum, but I look at levels we had in our 20s as the most appropriate range.
Incidentally, the last time I looked at the ADA diet, they were recommending 150 to 250 grams of carbs per day for their patients. It is no wonder blood sugar levels are so high in those following the ADA diet. That also means the insulin levels are high, and insulin is the most inflammatory substance the body makes. As the insulin goes up, so does the total body inflammation, which makes you feel rotten. Keep up the low carb diet, and listen to your body.