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    Diabetics – Blood Sugar Solution

    All, I have been Primal now for almost 1 year, Sept 5 will be my Primal Birthday, as of today I have dropped 94 lbs. I have gone from 370 to 276. I am a Type two diabetic. Unlike a lot of Type II’s who have gone Primal, I have not been “Cured” of my diabetes, in fact, I have gotten worse. A year ago, I was on insulin. It was the insulin that helped take me up to 370. After reading Mark’s book, I decided to take myself off of insulin, staying on the oral medications that I was taking. My morning fasting blood sugars have been steadily creeping up over the year and lately they have been in the mid 200’s.

    I have been considering going back on insulin. Armed with the food knowledge I have gained from being Primal , I am sure I can keep the weight gain at bay. I mentioned going back on insulin two weeks ago on another thread when someone mentioned to me to check out the Blood Sugar Solution book by Dr. Hyman. Dr. Hyman has a six week plan to “cure” you of Type II diabetes. I though what the hay and bought the book on my nook. Dr. Hyman’s Solution is basically Whole 30 with a bunch of supplements. Since it is six weeks, we will call it Whole 42….. He does allow Legumes, but no fruit. His program is pretty much Paleo, but he is not pushing fats.

    I decided to follow it, keeping the eating Primal, but no fruit. It is a butt load of supplements, takes three mouthfuls to get em all down. I am tracking the whole N = 1 experiment in my journal (see the link below if you want to follow along).

    I am cautiously optimistic at this point. I am on day three, here are my fasting blood sugars.

    Day 1 = 264
    Day 2 = 204
    Day 3 = 184

    Going the right direction quickly. I really hope this is it…. I don’t remember who told me about the book, but drop me a PM so I can thank you and give you credit.
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    I am also interested in your journal because I have a friend who's mom has type 2 diabetes. Maybe I can give her some recommendations after I see your success. Keep us updated !

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    strange that you haven't increased your insulin sensitivity, just the act of weight-loss alone aids in that.

    I've read some stuff about the blood sugar solution, and I came to the same conclusion you did. Pretty much primal, less emphasis on fat. Having been a type II diabetic, I kinda enjoy reading all I can about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldingHank View Post
    strange that you haven't increased your insulin sensitivity, just the act of weight-loss alone aids in that.

    I've read some stuff about the blood sugar solution, and I came to the same conclusion you did. Pretty much primal, less emphasis on fat. Having been a type II diabetic, I kinda enjoy reading all I can about it.
    Hank, that was what was frustrating me the most, you would think with just the weight loss I would have been doing better. Having read Dr. Hyman's book, I think I have worn my pancreas out. I have been type II for 13 years. With insulin sensitivity, your pancreas kicks out more and more insulin to bring down the blood sugars, at some point it poops out and type II's can become type I's. I think I am getting close to that. The good news, one of the herbs that he recommends, gymnema sylvestre has been proven to help the pancreas rebuild. Hoping that I have caught everything in time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TorMag View Post
    Hank, that was what was frustrating me the most, you would think with just the weight loss I would have been doing better. Having read Dr. Hyman's book, I think I have worn my pancreas out. I have been type II for 13 years. With insulin sensitivity, your pancreas kicks out more and more insulin to bring down the blood sugars, at some point it poops out and type II's can become type I's. I think I am getting close to that. The good news, one of the herbs that he recommends, gymnema sylvestre has been proven to help the pancreas rebuild. Hoping that I have caught everything in time...
    Type 2 Diabetics may indeed damage their pancreas beyond repair and will always be diabetic, but recovery is possible. Type 1 diabetics have antibodies to their pancreatic cells that utterly destroy their pancreas and cannot be cured, only controlled, and with insulin. But there's an interim Type 1.5 diabetes (diabetes insipidus) that shares characteristics with Type 1 in that antibodies may develop much later than usual, thus confounding the diagnosis. D.I. is marked by huge thirst and liquid intake, but often can be controlled enough by diet to avoid insulin for months or maybe years. Eventually, as far as currently known, insulin is on the horizon. My mate has a diagnosed Type 2 diabetes, but so far can manage with very strict (most times) carb control. But it is accompanied by a great intake of water, and bathroom visits. Still wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paysan View Post
    My mate has a diagnosed Type 2 diabetes, but so far can manage with very strict (most times) carb control. But it is accompanied by a great intake of water, and bathroom visits. Still wondering.
    Lots of water and frequent bathroom breaks are huge signs of raised blood sugars, I don't think he is managing at all. Just an opinion from a Type II.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldingHank View Post
    Lots of water and frequent bathroom breaks are huge signs of raised blood sugars, I don't think he is managing at all. Just an opinion from a Type II.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WeldingHank View Post
    Lots of water and frequent bathroom breaks are huge signs of raised blood sugars, I don't think he is managing at all. Just an opinion from a Type II.
    That is why we question the Type 2 diagnosis. All of our kids have been hearty drinkers since birth, just like their parent. The blood sugars are fine, says doc a week ago. I don't agree. Metformin has a zombifying effect; insulin not warranted. Glucose monitors used frequently show any deviations from strictness; and work to keep us honest.;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paysan View Post
    Type 2 Diabetics may indeed damage their pancreas beyond repair and will always be diabetic, but recovery is possible. Type 1 diabetics have antibodies to their pancreatic cells that utterly destroy their pancreas and cannot be cured, only controlled, and with insulin. But there's an interim Type 1.5 diabetes (diabetes insipidus) that shares characteristics with Type 1 in that antibodies may develop much later than usual, thus confounding the diagnosis. D.I. is marked by huge thirst and liquid intake, but often can be controlled enough by diet to avoid insulin for months or maybe years. Eventually, as far as currently known, insulin is on the horizon. My mate has a diagnosed Type 2 diabetes, but so far can manage with very strict (most times) carb control. But it is accompanied by a great intake of water, and bathroom visits. Still wondering.
    I don't think this is correct, actually. Diabetes insipidus is the inabilitiy of the kidneys to retain water, but it has nothing to do with blood glucose control. The only thing the two have in common is the name diabetes but they are very different diseases.

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    I love Dr. Hyman's books. His Methabolism book cured me from CW sugar hunger in 2 days! I read Blood Sugar Solution as soon as it was available from the library. His recipes are crap, but his approach is spot on (save for all the supplements he is pushing, lol). He is one of the smartest reads I have gone through.

    TM, my sugar problems are insignificant compared to yours (I am just fighting to keep pre-diabetic sugar counts at bay), but I hope it helps you to get healthy!!!

    And yay for Kettlebells!!!
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