The tasks involved in self-management are relatively easy, once you have
learned how to do it. There is more and more help available as the concern about
increasing prevalence and cost of DB2 increases. The American Diabetes
Association published revised Standards of Care for diabetes, emphasizing that
high-quality diabetes care must be individualized to reflect the needs,
interests, and abilities of each patient. The primary goal is to reduce blood
glucose levels to normal. You self-monitor blood glucose levels at home and have
HbA1c monitored very 3 months. The secondary goal is to monitor for and, if
detected, promptly treat any developing complications.
Coping with the Need to Change
Among our diabetic patients, there has been a consensus that eating-control
is difficult to achieve, even when wrong food choices involve serious illness.
The consensus is also that some foods trigger compulsive eating, uncontrollable
by ordinary acts of consciousness. We think that compulsive eating is as much
part of diabetes as is elevated blood sugar. The problem with proposing diet
revision as therapy is that eating behaviors are not rationally determined. The
social basis of eating patterns often conflicts with individual needs and
opposes the attempts made by an individual to modify diet as a means of
restoring and maintaining health. The idea of " a diabetic diet" as a fixed set
of instructions and a restricted food list is stubborn and fits with a
passive-dependent attitude of the patient who says "fix me".
We think that
compulsive eating is as much part of diabetes as is elevated blood sugar. The
control of diabetes is, therefore, more complicated that it seems at first
glance. It is not simply a matter of choosing the right foods but it is a matter
of learning a whole new way of coping with hunger, desires, cravings, social
pressures, and a host of self-regulatory challenges that most people never deal
A new attitude of approach to
diet revision is required especially when you have a chronic illness. The new
attitude is based on self-responsible, self-monitored and self-directed change.
The Alpha Nutrition Program assumes that the patient is in charge and makes his
or her own decisions. The professional role is to support this effort and assist
in trouble-shooting when symptoms recur or the irrational aspect of eating
behavior is dominant.
There are several key concepts that help us understand
the process of "healing" a chronic disorder. First we consider the resistance to
change, then the lifestyle pattern of the patient, then the tendency of patients
to have irrational behaviors around food - to experience food cravings,
compulsive eating and relapses even after they have discovered the important
benefits of diet revision.
Reducing caloric intake is a key to success
If you follow common arguments about diabetic diets, then all diabetics
should eat a low carbohydrate, low fat, low protein diet. The only way you can
achieve all three goals is to eat a low food diet. Indeed reducing caloric
intake is the key to success. Another key to success is to increase your energy
expenditure by leading a more active life.
The Alpha Nutrition Program is a standard method of diet revision that
proceeds in a simple, logical manner. You eat more vegetables, less meat, less fat and
balance your new diet according to the best nutritional ideas. The program
leaves out foods and food products that are higher risk and includes foods that
have protective and beneficial effects.
The Alpha Nutrition approach includes Alpha DMX a specially designed
elemental nutrient formula. We invented Alpha DMX to solve the problem of
nutrient deficiency when you reduce your caloric intake. With 25 grams of Alpha
DMX per day, your nutrient intake reaches recommended daily intakes goals for
all vitamins and minerals even if you eat no food.
The Cardinal Rules of DB2
Eat less, exercise more.
You adjust the food you eat and your activity level to bring glucose
utilization into balance with intake.
You monitor blood glucose frequently at first until you understand what
different foods do in your body.
You use exercise to lower blood glucose if the levels go too high.
If your blood glucose is too high, you can skip meals, take Alpha DMX twice
a day and snack on low calorie foods such as celery, lettuce, apples and carrot
The basic problem with proposing diet revision, as therapy is that eating
behaviors are deeply rooted in a psychosocial matrix and are not rationally
determined. Diabetic food management requires rational determination of eating
behaviors and food selection. The social basis of eating patterns often
conflicts with individual needs and opposes the attempts made by an individual
to modify diet as a means of restoring or maintaining health.
The idea of "a diabetic diet" as a fixed set of instructions and a
restricted food list is stubborn and fits with a passive-dependent attitude -
"fix me" A new attitude of approach to diet revision is required especially when
you have a chronic illness. The new attitude is based on self-responsible,
self-monitored and self-directed change. The Alpha Nutrition Program assumes
that you are in charge and you make your own decisions. The professional role is
to support your effort to self-manage and assist you in trouble-shooting when
symptoms recur or when irrational eating behavior is dominant and you need help
complying with the healthy path.
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self-help book explains how to manage diabetes.
The book offers the good news that the impending disasters are optional if
eating and living conditions are changed correctly. Newly diagnosed diabetics
should act to design a new diet with increased physical activity. 2018
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