There’s more to managing one’s diet as a type 2 diabetic than just watching carbs, and I don’t want to go into this too much here since this is just a basic discussion, but we do want to monitor how all the foods we eat may affect us.
There may be some lower carb foods that don’t affect us so well, and carb counts are just part of it, and we need to look at the other macros as well and look to balance both the meals and our diet in general, striving to find the right particular foods and the right mix of macronutrients overall.
We also need to be aware of sensitivities we may have to certain foods, and this can show itself in not only your blood sugar numbers but the way you feel generally. A certain amount of carbohydrate may be necessary for you to have a reasonable amount of energy, keeping in mind that many people have great energy on very low carb intakes, but this does differ among patients.
We do need to be aware that when lowering one’s carb intake, there is an adjustment period that often occurs, and it may take you a week or two to adapt to this lower intake, and among other things, your body will transition to burning more fat for energy instead of glucose, and we can get all the energy we need from burning fat, if our metabolism is up to it.
Yours may be up to it to one degree or another, and there’s no substitute for experimentation here, and no one can tell you how this will go for you or what is best for you or how you will end up with a certain intake because there’s really only one way to find out and that’s to do it.
So Dr. Hite covered this M with meals, ours is manage, and manage here does involve managing more than just our meals, but that’s the cornerstone. We’re going to have to manage a lot of things actually, and ultimately we’re going to have to bear the responsibility for managing it all, perhaps with the help of others of course but if anyone thinks that managing diabetes well is a passive activity they indeed have a lot to learn.
There is some overlap between these, at least with mine, and for instance my manage one is going to overlap with the medicate one, Dr. Hite uses medication but we really want to be picking verbs here, action words, these are the actions you need to pay attention to.
You are the one medicating by the way, and therefore using a verb here may take people like Dr. Hite out of their comfort zone, suggesting a level of empowerment for us that they may not wish. This isn’t my view though and I feel quite the opposite way, we must bear full responsibility for all of our medications and we are the ones that are fully deciding these matters, hopefully not out of ignorance like most people but from an informed and engaged perspective.
Medicate for me may or may not involve prescription medication by the way, people are free to choose that if they wish, even though it’s quite apparent to me that none of this stuff is good for you and none of it works either.
There are a variety of natural medicines that work as well as prescription anti diabetics do, and actually do serve to address the underlying causes of diabetes, making you more well over time instead of more sick.
So my suggestion is always to go off and learn, and then make up your own mind, it’s never good to blindly follow anyone, whether that be a conventional medical doctor or a natural health practitioner.
Should one actually be insulin deficient, then it then becomes necessary to raise it up, for instance with type 1 or type 1.5, and insulin levels do need to be restored in these cases, in spite of injected insulin not working very well, which is another story for another day.
I should do a few articles on type 1 actually but it’s pretty misunderstood as well, people think that it’s just a deficiency of insulin but the real problem is an excess of glucagon, the real problem isn’t metabolizing the glucose in your diet because insulin isn’t really needed for that, the major problem is too much glucose being added to your blood by your liver from glucagon not being suppressed.
So when you inject insulin, this does not suppress glucagon like natural insulin does, and you have to elevate your blood insulin levels several times higher than normal, which in itself creates some real problems, as well as making blood sugar control difficult. However, there’s not a lot of other options at this time, but there may be in the future, things like increasing leptin levels, or finding a safe way to control glucagon apart from raising serum insulin.
So there are diabetics that require prescription medication to not only manage their condition but to even stay alive, the type 1’s, with type 2 we’re out to manage our long term risks, so we should be choosing things that actually do this, improve our condition long term, and this is where prescription medications, including injecting insulin, fail miserably.
If someone suggested to me that I take this stuff because I need to be worried where I’ll be in 5 or 10 years we’ll say, I would ask them what this will do for me then, and if the answer is, well this medication fails over this time, and they all do, I’m not going to get too excited about this.
Then when I look into the mechanisms of action here and discover that these things actually make the disease worse, for instance by worsening insulin resistance over time, and therefore will make my disease harder and harder to manage as time goes by, this will not excite me either. When I also learn of all the possible side effects, including some deadly ones, I’m really not going to be getting happy at this prospect.
Diabetes does require active management, and we should all be looking to use medications to help ourselves, and everyone should be looking to improve their health with medications actually, although our definition of medication needs to be broadened. I take a number of medicines every day for my diabetes, berberine, gynostemma, creatine, black seed oil, bergamot, cinnamon, and others, I take several times more medication than the average diabetic under a doctor’s care, that’s for sure.
Every one of these things has been shown to work as well as the prescription stuff by the way and unlike prescriptions, you want to be stacking these, and there’s no reason not to, because they aren’t dangerous like prescription meds are, and you get the benefits with virtually no side effects.
Now one thing might work better for one diabetic than another, but that’s true of the prescriptions as well, as each medicine addresses a particular defect, as the prescriptions do, and this is not just as simple as swallowing a bunch of pills, it never is, you do have to work on this, manage it, our second M.
I’ll pick this up in Part 11.