This book The Diabetes Code by Dr. Jason Fung helps me understand the technical side of Type 2 Diabetes.
It's vacation week, and I always bring something that I can read in the car while my DH drives down the road. This trip, I chose to read and discuss how I can continue to manage T2D from Hillsboro, New Hampshire to Cornish, Maine and then up to Acadia National park, we contemplated how the book discusses how to prevent and reverse Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) naturally. On the way to Vassalboro where my grandson graduated from the Maine State Troopers Youth Program, we looked up a lot of technical terms like hyperinsulinemia and Metabolic Syndrome that I really didn't understand. The main premise of the book takes up about 50 pages, while the first 173 pages discuss the T2D epidemic, insulin resistance, sugar and the rise of T2D and how not to treat T2D. Over our campfires and our driving, the book was looked at page after page after page as the miles went by.
I have not followed the Dr. Fung method in a strict manner, based on my doctor's recommendations not to do a complete fast. However, anyone can give up sugar, carbs, and alcohol for 24 hours at a time without negative effects on the body. I eat my breakfast 2-3 hours later in the day, and I only eat when hungry. The changes have been minor, but the results have been major!
Since I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) I have worked on limiting my carbs (but not my fats). I have never cut carbs totally out of my diet because I have found that no carbs create a "carb craving" and I end up overindulging. This raises my blood sugar levels and defeats the whole purpose of my diet changes. I also limit sugar intake by reading labels and cutting out all sugar possible. I believe as Dr. Fung states, that too much sugar in my diet caused T2D. When we eat sugar, our bodies secrete the insulin to move it to the cells for energy. The excess sugar (in the form of glucose) stays in your blood. High levels of glucose in the blood is a primary symptom of T2D. After our bodies have produced lots of insulin to deal with the excess glucose, our bodies become insulin resistant and bigger problems arise. T2D affects every organ in the body.
According to Dr. Jason Fung in his book The Diabetic Code, "the practice of carbohydrate restriction for Diabetes dates back over 100 years." This theory has been revived, referring to it as a framework for the "carbohydrate-insulin" hypothesis. Currently, research is emerging from 4-5 clinical trials that prove that T2D is preventable and reversible. While the American Diabetes Association has not said much about the Carbohydrate Restriction approach or the Intermittent Fasting (IF) approach, I am willing to explore this area in depth. Why? Because my health depends on it, and because I have a good support group at SparkPeople.com who I can turn to if I need help.
I learned a lot about triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. They are the most common type of fat in the body. Triglycerides are necessary for health but in excess amounts, they may be harmful and may increase the risk of heart disease. For this reason, scientists think that triglyceride levels may be an important measure of metabolic health. https://www.livescience.com/54
Nothing in this book discusses the low blood sugar levels that can be experienced from fasting. No information on when and how to end a fast or the medical problems that can arise from fasting. Dr. Fung needs to give more information before I would feel comfortable committing to his program!
I also learned that a beta cell produces insulin and that is important in type 2 Diabetes scheme of things. I was also motivated to listen to the talk about Sugar: the Bitter Truth https://www.youtube.com/watch?
I have lost about 15 pounds in the past 10 years, but I've gone down 10 dress sizes. I started at a size 12 (sometimes 14) and now I wear a size 2 (sometimes 0). Who knew that a body could have so much inflammation? I don't fully understand why my body has shrunk so much without me losing much weight. I know that because of my exercise program, some of the fat has turned to muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat. It may be that I have both lost weight, gained muscle and also lost some of my size from reduced inflammation. What do you think? Has anyone else experienced a similar occurrence?
I'm looking for a new book for my next adventure. So many books, so little time!