More Dr. Oz on Diabetes

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Earlier today I posted some comments from watching a video of Dr. Oz and Randy Jackson, and I showed it to my wife, and she said that must have been an old interview that she has never seen.  She said the one she saw was from a couple of days ago and I managed to find it online here.

So I did tell her I’d do an article on this particular show so here it is.  It starts out with some guy talking about eating some off the beaten path fish, things like squid and such, which he says tastes good too and is cheaper.  So I guess people who are looking to save money on fish might have been helped here.

Next, Randy Jackson makes an appearance, to encourage diabetics to get their eyes tested.  They get into a brief discussion of retinopathy.  That’s beautiful, just let yourself go, but be sure to get examinations, and once they decide you are bad enough they can do expensive and dangerous operations on you.

That’s all they got by the way, for the most part anyway, although there is a movement with eye doctors to actually encourage people to take some preventative supplements, things we have some very good science on as far as preventing retinopathy and other serious diseases of the eyes.

Of course there are detractors to this that say they aren’t aware of the evidence, because they haven’t bothered looking, so anything they don’t know about is deemed worthless and they look to dissuade you from helping yourself.

While it’s fine to get your eyes checked out once in a while, it is far, far more important to take care of your eyes to look to prevent diabetic retinopathy.  Many people think that this is just a matter of managing blood sugar, and blood sugar does increase the potential for oxidative damage in the eyes, as well as elsewhere.

However, while that does matter, it’s actually even more important to take care of one’s health generally, to bolster one’s own integrity, and it’s only when the body’s natural defenses are overwhelmed that we get the significant damage that causes these diseases, so it only makes sense to focus on maintaining that, first and foremost.

So my message here would be first of all, if you are a diabetic, take care of your eyes, take care of looking to limit excessive oxidation and glycation, as well as looking to combat it by taking things like antioxidants, and in particular, things that raise our body’s own antioxidants, such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase.

Most importantly though, we need to focus on things that combat glycation, the things that people only tend to take after they get the damage, such as alpha lipoic acid, benfotiamine, carnosine, and a few other things that really help with this.  It’s easier to prevent a fire than to fight one.

Next, Dr. Oz introduces his 60 day challenge, where he recommends people go on his diet, and we see a sample of it presented.  There’s a lot of grains in it, starting with cereal in the morning, and doesn’t really look any different than the diets that dietitians prescribe for diabetes.

Of course people aren’t asking why this sort of diet would be good for diabetes, although to be fair it is probably less unfriendly to the disease than what people are probably eating now, and less harm is better than more, but even less harm is even better.

The way to tell whether you should be eating this or that if you’re worried about how things affect your blood sugar is to test out foods, there is no other way.  Diets like this don’t get tested out, no one even talks about that, just eat it you are told.  These one size fit all diets are just stupid actually.

If Dr, Oz had a clue he’d be telling people just to eat to their meter and compare different things, starting with very low carb and then adding carbs to tolerance.  This is the only way to do it if you do actually care about your blood sugar, this is not like someone going up to the mountain and bringing down tablets with a diet on it.  This needs to be individualized, although if we were prone to make generalizations we would say that his diet would be unsuitable for most diabetics at the very least, due to their grain and carb content alone, degrees that type 2 diabetics are unable to eat without it raising their blood sugar too much.

Now diabetics are often in situations, especially during the early part of dietary treatment, where their blood sugar is going to be too high regardless, even if they skip the meal.  This is why we need to measure the effect of the food, how much it puts you up, compared to how much something else puts you up, and you choose the foods you can tolerate the best.

I also saw the three meals a day plus a couple of snacks that dietitians love to recommend.  The more often you eat, especially if there are carbs in the meal, the higher your blood sugar will be.  The reason some people eat more often is to keep their blood sugar up, but if you’re a diabetic, guess what, this is not something you either need or want.

So the woman lost 4 pounds on this diet, although she could stand to lose a lot more to be sure.  Losing weight is an important marker to see how a diabetic person is doing, especially if they are overweight, but dietary management is the cornerstone of the treatment of diabetes and we certainly don’t want to eat any old diet like is suggested here, especially ones that would not be suitable for diabetics generally.

So next they do a product placement with a glucometer they are promoting, I don’t have a real problem with that though, TV shows are a business, even though this is a little cheesy.  When one lowers one’s carb intake, we’re going to see an improvement, and they bring on a lady who reports one, but all this means is that this has been better for her.  Better is good but it is nowhere good enough when you’re managing a disease, she’s lowered her insulin requirements, the fact she still “needs” it to maintain control tells you that this diet is simply not good enough, and it isn’t either.

The numbers she shows us are definitely good, but what we really need her to do is to stop the medication and then see how she does with this.  She says, no reds, but she’d be seeing them now and then she’d see the real picture of what foods do to you, and would find that she probably wouldn’t be able to tolerate a lot of this stuff.

I’m actually bothered to see those good numbers with someone on exogenous insulin, that tight control, this is the sort of thing that is not desirable at all, the stuff that has been shown specifically to lead to much greater incidence of cardiovascular disease and increases in mortality rates.  Not that any exogenous insulin is appropriate for a type 2, this takes us in the complete opposite direction to getting better, although it’s easy to brainwash people into thinking otherwise, and this is how they do it, with that meter.

So they talk about the meter which I skipped over.  Next they have a dietitian talk about reducing your risk of diabetes, by eating “healthy” and being more active.  Getting active won’t even help you if you don’t eat healthy, and these people do recommend eating that is definitely healthier than the way a lot of people eat, being utter carb hogs.

However, we need to ask ourselves what the ideal intake is, and whether the amount they recommend exceeds it, and has been shown to, at least if one seeks metabolic health.  Less poison is better than more, but that alone isn’t enough to address the problem optimally, or even close to it.

For the most part, dietitians have been brainwashed into prescribing diets that are quite unhealthy, and if they deviate from this, they can get in trouble and even lose their license.  They need to know their place which is to act as puppets for the global health care business, ensuring we eat the wrong things that will make us sick and need to spend more on conventional medical care.

She ends with the remark that “you want to make sure that you take your medication,” which clearly tips her hand as to what her role is, to help market these medications.  They do a good job at that, especially with diabetes.  So you eat what they tell you, it puts your blood sugar up too much, but wait, your doctor can give you medications for that.

That’s as far as the video went, but apparently there’s more to this episode according to my wife, Dr. Oz explaining his knowledge of how diabetes affects hormones, and I would have loved to see that, because I’m pretty skeptical that he has much of a good idea here, and they sure don’t teach you much about this in medical school.  The MDs that do have a good understanding have actually gone out and looked at this, apart from the textbooks that they are given and certain journals they are told to read, all mouthpieces of their master, big medicine.

From the account from my wife, the discussion proceeds by his explaining that when we eat, our pancreas secretes insulin, and when we don’t, our liver secretes glucose, and there’s some suggestion that eating will inhibit this extra glucose from the liver.

That’s actually an argument that people use to encourage us to eat more, but as it turns out, in type 2 diabetics, the extra glucose from the liver, which is supposed to be shut down by eating, actually increases, so there goes that argument, but you have to be actually familiar with the physiology to know this.

This is all pretty pedestrian to me, and certainly isn’t going to set the people free, by basically just reiterating the same old crap that conventional medicine tells us.  Maybe some day he’ll actually spend more time reading about this disease and get in a position where he can really help a lot of people.

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