Managing Diabetes 2
In order to work toward a happy ending, the reader will have be realistic, open to discover
some new ideas and a whole new approach to living. The good news is that a happy
outcome is the reward for those who pursue changes in the way they live, eat,
work and play.
Here is the Preface
Diabetes 2 (DB2) is an endemic disease in all affluent countries of the
world. Some refer to an epidemic implying that the disease can spread
internationally, like an infection. DB2, vascular disease, obesity and dementia
are four aspects of the same diet-related problems. The incidence of diabetes
related to obesity and DB2 is rising quickly in the US and Canada. Experts fear
that the increased demand for medical services will bankrupt the health care
system in both countries. No-one has all the answers for DB2.
I developed DB2 in 1993 when I was 50 years old. I was 15 kg overweight.
After many years of daily aerobic exercise and weight lifting, I became more
preoccupied with a busy medical practice and other projects; I stopped
exercising and gained weight. The first rise in blood glucose occurred when I
was sick with a viral infection, probably influenza. Since then, I have followed
the advice in this book and managed DB2 with the right diet and daily exercise.
Each time I was infected by a virus that caused diarrhea and lung symptoms,
fasting blood glucose levels would rise to levels up to 20 mmol/L. Diabetic ketoacidosis developed suddenly for the first
time. I started taking insulin (Novulin 30/70 twice a day) and ate only the
lowest glycemic foods, which restored near normal blood glucose levels within 4
My experience is fairly typical for DB2. I did well for 13 years and then
began to lose control because of infections. It appears that my ability to make
insulin decreased slowly until I reached a low/no insulin state typical of
insulin dependent diabetics (DB1). This progression appears to be common if not
inevitable; it is a matter of how long it takes. Needless to say, I am concerned
that viral infections that involve the pancreas may be the cause of this
progression from insulin dysfunction to insulin deficiency.
Drug companies have established marketing strategies to sustain a
multi-billion dollar a year market for drugs that lower blood sugar, lower blood
pressure and lower blood cholesterol. The drug companies propose that each
diabetic will take between 4 to 10 of the most expensive brand-label drugs every
day to mitigate the consequences of DB2. The safety record of these drugs is
sometimes in doubt and unpleasant surprises have emerged even after years of
Early interventions are most effective. I found that well-motivated,
moderately overweight people with early DB2 could restore more normal function
if they dropped their energy intake to below 1000 calories. They used the Alpha
Nutrition Program as a diet revision strategy and were allowed only a limited
food list (Phase 1) when they began the program. After blood sugar regulation
improved, they would then re-introduce Phase 2 foods and slowly increase caloric
Maintaining food control is not easy. Humans by nature are compulsive eaters.
Food control is a learned discipline that must be practiced with skill and
understanding. Each person must discover their reactive body and learn how to
stay within their comfort zone of safe foods. Self-monitoring and self
regulation are essential skills for staying well.
This discussion of DB2, its associated diseases and its solution is intended
for the intelligent, well-motivated reader who can develop the understanding and
skills required to solve the problem and remain well.
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Diabetes 2 is intended to be used with the Alpha Nutrition Program
and provides background knowledge, helpful in understanding adult onset
Diabetes 2 and the relevance of diet revision. Author Stephen Gislason MD
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