Management Type 2 Diabetes

Managing type 2 diabetes can be a real challenge.

Maintaining consistent blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes is the goal and the consistency of those blood glucose levels needs to be within medically defined limits so as to reduce the likely damage that out of control sugar levels can cause.

If you follow the traditional medical advice, and depending on the levels of blood sugars when you were diagnosed, the typical path seems to follow start off of food controlling your blood sugars. (This inevitably fails as there is very little in the way of effective professional ‘in the know’ advice and monitoring to change the behaviours of a person who is newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Consequently the next stage usually occurs within several years after the initial diagnosis, and you may find yourself on the tablet train, or the oral drugs that they prescribe you. The makeup and the strength of these drugs may increase over the next few years as you continue to fight what seems to be a battle you can’t win. Eventually, you are prescribed insulin injections as a last resort, when all else has proven to be ineffective, and your blood sugar levels are no longer within those defined acceptable limits.

Does it have to be that way?

I personally don’t believe it has to be.

Whilst I find myself on the diabetic train headed in the wrong direction, I do feel and believe there are alternatives to having to follow a medical professional that really doesn’t seem to give a toss.

I think of the general medical doctors and practitioners as sheep. They are told by the drug companies what to prescribe to their patients and they follow along as if they have no better suggestions for their patients. Consequently, they don’t treat each patient as an individual and really delve into the reasons and causes as to what may have made the patient type 2 diabetic to begin with. They just lump everyone into the same basket. Your levels are x, therefore I’m prescribing you this, or your levels are y, therefore I’m prescribing you that.

My philosophy is and always has been that type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder created out of eating too much processed foods and other non enriching foods. I figure that anyone with type 2 diabetes (assuming they became diabetic as a result of eating the wrong foods, being overweight, or obese or living an unhealthy lifestyle) has just as much chance of becoming ‘un diabetic’ as they did ‘become diabetic’. There have been a lot of examples of people with type 2 diabetes who have sent their diabetes into remission through a massive change in eating, exercise, and lifestyle contributing aspects. Take a raw food diet for example. It has been proven that if you were to suddenly eat ONLY a raw food diet for the next 60 days, you would reverse your type 2 diabetes. (This also goes without saying that if you reverted back to your old unhealthy eating habits, that your diabetes would return just as quickly)

My Own Advice and Recommendations

I guess the point I’m making is that to achieve effective management type 2 diabetes, you need to take responsibility for your own food intake, your own exercise levels and your own lifestyle. Some time back I acquired a Magic Bullet NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender/Mixer System, which I can testify to (and actually can’t speak of highly enough) has actually helped me to change my eating, improve my blood sugar readings including my Hba1c. A lot of naturally healthy foods that ordinarily I would find difficult to stomach, I can hide within my healthy smoothies that I now consume for breakfasts, and dinners. This system is absolutely fantastic because it gives you the ability to consume a raw food diet without the boredom (I’ve tried the raw food diet for a few weeks with great diabetic results, but for me, found it unsustainable long term) making it more sustainable.

I’ve learned from my diabetes over the years, what foods work for me and what foods work against me and even though in theory, we should eat pasta, and basmati rice, and whole grain breads, for me, these don’t work, even though they are relatively low Glycemic index. So, its a matter of understanding what works for you and in the Nutribullet system, I’ve found a great way to restrict my calorie intake, eat very healthy (raw food), feel full (rather than hungry) lose weight in the process, and make me feel alive again. The system even has a section on diabetes along with books containing diabetic friendly recipes, so if you’re struggling to get control of your blood sugar levels, follow my advice, get one of those NutriBullets (the 900watt one is the stronger one and the one I’d recommend). If you want to ensure you get it at the lowest possible price, I would suggest buying it fromAmazon. (They usually also have free shipping.)

I wish you well in your blood sugar battles.

FDA Approves First Eye Drug to Treat Diabetic Retinopathy

Courtesy of  http://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog

This article first appeared on diaTribe.

The FDA approved Lucentis as a treatment for diabetic retinopathy in people with diabetic macular edema on February 6, making it the first-ever eye medicine approved to treat diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a long-term complication that stems from high blood sugars damaging the blood vessels in the retina (the back part of the eye that responds to light and is necessary for good vision). Please see this Mayo Clinic page for more information on diabetic retinopathy.

LucentisLucentis works by stopping the negative effects of the protein that causes the abnormal changes of these blood vessels in the retina. The drug is a once-monthly injection given by a healthcare provider (the number of treatments depends on an individual’s case). Data from the RISE/RIDE clinical trials suggested that people with diabetic retinopathy on Lucentis experienced significant improvements in vision after two years compared to the vision of people not receiving treatment. For more information on Lucentis, including its insurance and co-pay information, please visitlucentis.com.

Lucentis has already been approved for the treatment of diabetic macular edema, and this recent approval for diabetic retinopathy is a major step for patients in our view. Recent data from the NIH shows that 40%-45% of people with diabetes have some level of diabetic retinopathy – that is absolutely astounding to us (we had no idea it was that high, but this also probably speaks to the stigma of diabetes and complications). To address such a pressing need, the FDA granted Lucentis a “priority review” to quicken its approval process for diabetic retinopathy and help it reach patients sooner – thanks so much for that, FDA!