A reader writes: I am a type II diabetic. I have had everything under control for five years and
all of a sudden I have gained 35 lbs. I eat ice cream and chocolate in huge
amounts daily. Sugar cravings. I just do not understand. My A1C has been 5-6
and now it is over 7. Help!
My response: You have already identified your problem–sugar intake raises blood sugar and insulin. Your insulin resistance is worse since starting this sugar binge. Insulin blocks your body’s ability to break down fat and utilize fat for energy, and it causes the body to convert glucose into fat for storage. Your fasting glucose levels have probably risen from 90 to 110 before to the present levels of 130 to 160, while your fasting insulin is probably in the teens or 20s (the ideal should be 5 or below). Treatment starts with stopping sugar intake, and reducing all carbohydrate intake to 60 to 100 grams per day. We have available a Sweet Freedom From Sugar program that has helped others get over their sugar addictions and cravings. Let us know if you are interested and we will put you on the interest list.
A reader writes: Once you have diabetes or arthritis or anything like that can your body heal itself with proper eating or something else?
All diseases or ‘labels’ have a cause. As long as the cause is not addressed and changed, there will be no treatment or cure for diabetes or arthritis. The usual cause in Type II diabetes is taking in too many carbohydrates (especially sugar) into your body for too many years. The solution in reducing carbs significantly and making sure the nutrient deficiencies caused by the bad years are corrected–especially including magnesium, chromium, vanadium, biotin. Exercise also helps. Arthritis is more complicated and difficult, but the principles remain the same. I have many tools to help your body to heal itself. If you call my office, I can send you some more information. 801-302-5397.
A reader writes: grams of carbohydrates in foods for diets for those with high blood sugar?
High blood sugar is related to the amount of sugar (carbohydrates) that are eaten and how responsive your cells are to insulin and its ability to facilitate transfer of sugar into the cells.
It takes years of high sugar intake for the cell membranes and insulin receptors to become resistant to the normal insulin task of transferring sugar into the cell. This is called insulin resistance, a precursor of diabetes mellitus. Once this takes place, you have high blood sugar in the blood and high insulin in the blood. The insulin is being produced by the normal pancreas in response to the high blood sugar levels. Both high sugar in the blood and high insulin in the blood both cause problems in the body, so the goal is to make the cells less resistant. The treatment starts with lowering carbohydrate intake to 60 to 100 grams per day. There are also 3 minerals and 2 hormones that improve insulin resistance and assist in the treatment.
Keep That 1876 Journal Handy, It Just May Help Treat Diabetes
Renewed interest has been generated in a drug called salsalate, similar to aspirin (salicylate), by Dr. Shoelson at the Harvard-affiliated Joslin Diabetes Center. The Wall Street Journal reports that, as an anti-inflammatory, salsalate may have the capability of reducing Continue reading Our Grandmothers Knew What They Were Talking About!