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The 800 Mile Read with Dr. Fung

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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!
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    Each body has its own food profile so you are smart to watch the effects of changing your food plan on your body. There seem to be questions that do not have good answers like the one about low blood sugar and fasting.
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    I'm amazed with your accomplishments. II have read another of your blogs stating that you have been following Dr. Fung's book about the carbs Going down so many sizes,I do believe that your life style has a lot to do with it as well. I have gone down from a 14 to an 8. I'm going to listen to that UTube tomorrow to hear about carbs even tho I do not have T2D. Thanks for writing once again.
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    You always impress me with your proactivity! emoticon
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    Glad you are finding and experiencing things that support you in improving your health. Keep at it.
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    Thank you for your comment on my blog! I have to find a good 10-year-old photo of me and post it soon to show the change that has come because of carb restrictions, exercise, and IF.
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    the triglycerides link did not open for me
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    most people would have gone the opposite way with their weight over a 10 year period
    so emoticon
    OLA found that by transitioning to IF that it greatly aided her weightloss and well being.

    what i have found
    by eating less and within a window i am not hungry
    also satisfied with less
    looking at my weightloss chart
    there is now a downward series of bumps and drops
    i am less preoccupied with food
    cheers richard
    521 days ago
    It’s great that this is working for you!
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  • BERRY4
    If you want to learn more about Dr. Fung's program involving fasting, his book, "The Complete Guide to Fasting : Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting."

    The reality (so far) that I've found, is that the modern medical association cannot "safely" verbally allow "fasting". (IMO they have NO IDEA about the impact & the studies & the data & the history re. the benefits!) -- They go "sideways" whenever I've brought it up. Never mind if it is working! I actually have noticeably IMPROVED health! Others have noticed & commented.

    Anyone diagnosed w/ D2 & on meds, really needs support in attempting to fast for longer than 24 hrs. But even 24 hrs can be done w/ meds if blood sugars are carefully monitored (ie. 4x's a day).

    And that's impressive re. your change in dress size! (I have to wonder if it's how "sizing" has changed?) -- Do pics taken from yrs ago & now look noticeably different? -- Maybe your scale is "stuck" on that old number?!
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    Thanks for a great evaluation of Fung's "The Diabetes Code".I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic for over 20 years, but have never systematically evaluated my choices and responses. As I reflect, I've certainly been aggressive with exercise over the years. I've alsoindulgeded in Intermittent Fasting, although I never knew it had a name.

    Based on my results the far, I'll [robably not change much, except to focus a bit more on excess sugar elimination.
    521 days ago
    Wishing you a wonderful adventure/vacation. I do enjoy your blog and learn alot. As you know my son has Type 2 diabetes. He was eating his 3 meals a day and 3 snacks. His doctor told him he is eating too much food. He was instructed not to eat as many snacks and to eat when hungry. He has stepped up his exercise and monitors the type of food he is eating. A new direction for him. Sounds like some of what you discussed. It is awhile to his next appointment so I am hoping it helps. In the mean time I will be checking in on your blog! Safe travels.
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    Comment edited on: 7/1/2018 9:22:32 PM
    emoticon I love the saying so many books, so little time!!
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  • LIS193
    Great blog! Inflammation in the body causes all sorts of problems, weight gain being the least of them.. diabetes is not a concern in our family but arthritis is. I notice a difference in my joints (and my weight!) if I eat or not eat processed carbs - wheat seems to be the main culprit.
    522 days ago
    I read most of the diet books that come on the market but some of them are much better than others.
    522 days ago
    Wow you have lost a lot of dress sizes!
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    Interesting and informative blog. Thanks for sharing what you've learned!
    522 days ago
    Very informative thank for the great post.
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    Thanks for sharing.
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    It's encouraging to know that the scale really is not the best indicator of body health. I'm finding it extremely hard to move the scale indicator down. True a bit of it may be increased muscle, but I have also noticed a migration of my fat to the middle (stomach) area. Interesting.
    522 days ago
    What a great blog, glad you are using what suits you best :) congrats on the losses !!
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  • MARTHA324
    Interesting. I'm not a diabetic emoticon but it runs in my Mom's family so careful. I actually eat a high carb diet full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains and did that while losing weight and now maintaining.

    I actually lost about 80 lbs and did go down many sizes. Did see a slight bump up in my weight last summer when I started taking barre classes 3 times/week, but also we lost our dog and wasn't doing as much walking either.

    You are amazing with our quest for knowledge. emoticon
    Have a great vacation.
    522 days ago
    I read his book- good read!!!

    Dr. Alan Goldhamer is another great source of info about fasting.
    Chef AJ (who also used to be here on sparks) lost her weight with his advice- not hat you have too do that... but it is that info that helped her. Fasting- good carbs.
    522 days ago
    I agree w/you totally that you cannot give up carbs totally. Tbehy are a nutrient that we need. However, the main source of carbs, I feel, should be freggies. That's where I eat my carbs. For sure, it is amazing how our bodies respond to eating properly.

    I cannot handle fasting as such, either, but I do let 14 hrs. pass from my last meal of the day to breakfast the next day. No problems. And I don't have hunger issues. It helps.

    Good for you for continually learning new things to find what will work for you . . . and know what doesn't!
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  • EVANS1848
    Enjoy your words today, I hope a lot of people get that book on type 2 diabetes. Thanks for sharing good luck with your journey. I love reading your blog have a great weekend
    522 days ago
    I have started doing the eTRF he recommended in one of his Medium posts and have broken my plateau and am down another 5 lbs. All calorie consumption between 5:30 AM when I have my first cup of coffee and noon when I finish eating dinner.
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  • CINDY247
    Thanks for sharing!
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  • FITBY2016
    I was told carb free per dr request but they are hidden everywhere. I am no bread or pasta, grains, bananas, or yogurt, but I still love red peppers!
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