“I was told I was “diabetic” and had to go on drugs to control it”

Mike Healey

A normal blood sugar with LCHF in just a couple of days

I just got an email from Mike, who was told he was diabetic and that he had to go on drugs to control it.

However, he chose another path, the LCHF diet path. Here’s his short story:

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Try to Get It Right Next Time

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The world’s largest meeting on diabetes research is over, but next year it will be in Stockholm, Sweden – almost my home town. I’ll be there and my suggestion to the organizers is simple. Try to get it right next time.

At least, do have the courage to discuss all the research showing that today’s lifestyle advice isn’t working for people with diabetes, but instead unfortunately makes people sicker. To ignore this fact is unreasonable and unethical when 5 million people die from their diabetes every year.

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Another Reason to be Skeptical of Artificial Sweeteners

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Bad for your blood sugar?

According to exciting new research, several common artificial sweeteners may have a previously unknown side effect. They affect the gut flora and may thereby elevate blood sugar. Not only in mice, but also in humans.

Science Daily: Certain gut bacteria may induce metabolic changes following exposure to artificial sweeteners

Forbes: Could Artificial Sweeteners Be Contributing To The Obesity Crisis?

The study:

Nature: Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota

This is of course a result that needs to be repeated in more and larger studies in order to learn more about its significance. But it’s already another reason to play it safe and use caution when it comes to artificial sweeteners. Personally, I almost never use them. This is truly a matter of habit. More than a decade ago I used to drink diet soda regularly. Now I never do and I don’t miss it one bit.

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My Blood Sugar After Two Different Meals at the Diabetes Conference

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Here’s the obvious thing, that is being ignored at the diabetes conference. Instead, medications, advanced tests and molecules are discussed.

Above are my blood sugar levels after the lunch bag (with chips and chocolate) at the conference, and then after a decent low-carb lunch, that I bought at a restaurant.

The tests are represented above with red circles (the chips lunch) and green triangles (eggs, olives and tuna fish salad and a goulash soup), respectively. Unfortunately I measured my blood sugar far fewer times after the second meal, but the difference is still obvious.

These are the results in a healthy, lean person. How much bigger do you think the difference would have been for a diabetic that really doesn’t tolerate large amounts of carbohydrates?

None of the drugs presented at the conference are without side effects. Yet, even combined, they won’t come close to providing the same effect that you get from just changing what you eat – which also provides many more benefits than just blood sugar improvements.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to make money from serving diabetics quality food. There’s big money in daily pills and injections. And it’s hard to make scientists and pharmaceutical business leaders change their view if it leads to a loss of income. Continue Reading →

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Another Lunch at the Diabetes Meeting – and Another Test

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Perhaps a somewhat better lunch the day after the last one, which says a lot about how horrible the former lunch was.

I didn’t eat from the conference bag above, but instead I went to a restaurant where you could buy real food. The idea was to test my blood sugar and compare with the last test:

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Where’s All the Research on Lifestyle and Diet?

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Professor Nyström and Dr Tengblad

What’s wrong with the world’s largest meeting on diabetes research? Nobody talks officially about the real problem. A problem that has been demonstrated in two gigantic studies in recent years. Studies nobody has the courage to talk about.

The market for diabetes research and diabetes medications will only increase as long as the silence continues. More and more people will get sick unnecessarily.

At the meeting, I got the chance to talk quite a bit with Professor Fredrik Nyström and Dr Anders Tengblad. They both have, just like I do, a keen interest in the importance of lifestyle for diabetics.

Official discussions about this were almost entirely absent from the conference. Despite over 1300 presented scientific articles and discussions, there were not very many about eating significantly less of what diabetics don’t tolerate (carbohydrates). How many do you think? The correct answer is… zero!

It’s in the context of this that the junk-food lunches are not only ironic, but also a symbol of the total silence about the real problem. Continue Reading →

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The Result of My Diabetes Lunch

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What happened when I ate the junk-food lunch at the diabetes meeting?

Above, you can see the blood-sugar graph. My blood sugar predictably shot up from all the sugar and starch. It peaked at around 160 mg/dl (9 mmol/l). The red circles above represent actual measurements, the line represents an average of two consecutive  measurements.

A normal fasting blood sugar is between 70 mg/dl and 100 mg/dl (4 and 6 mmol/l). After a meal, blood glucose should stay below 160 mg/dl (8.7 mmol/l) to be considered normal.

Fortunately I don’t have diabetes, but still the blood sugar spikes to levels that usually only diabetics attain. The more often you do this, the worse it is. Or well, worse for the person who eats. But the better for those who sell diabetes medications and other diabetes-related things here at this conference.

With 15,000 participants here for an entire week, one might wonder how many will get type 2 diabetes from eating the junk that is served at the diabetes conference. Some of the participants will probably become part of the rapidly growing diabetes epidemic that feeds the entire diabetes industry.

There’s potential for an even bigger conference next year.

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Lunch at the Diabetes Conference

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Here’s the lunch bag we got at the diabetes meeting. And here are the contents: Continue Reading →

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What’s Inside the Bags?

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What kind of lunch is offered at the world’s biggest scientific meeting about diabetes research? This one.

These are the lunch bags all participants at the meeting are offered. The question is what’s inside the bags. What do you think?

Continued: Lunch at the Diabetes Conference

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A Secret Conference

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Unfortunately, I can’t offer you any pictures from the gigantic exhibition hall in Vienna, where all the pharmaceutical companies are. It is “strictly forbidden” to take pictures…

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