Curing Type 2 diabetes on a Splurge Friday, 10/12/12

Things That Drive Me Crazy about Curing Type 2 Diabetes

The good, the bad and the ugly of the information out there.

 

Curing type 2 diabetesSeveral times this week I have read in articles that curing type 2 diabetes is not possible.

That’s the ugly.

Type 2 diabetes can be cured, controlled, reversed or fixed in so many cases.  I have do doubt of that.

African Americans are at a higher, and growing , risk for type 2 diabetes.  The rise is particularly troubling among African American women.  The reason is not entirely certain and the usual suspects are named, poor diet, no exercise, genetics and environment.

That’s the bad.

The good?  A lady Parla Mejia cured, controlled, reversed or fixed her type 2 diabetes. She did it the right way, too, with diet and exercise.

Her tale of getting diabetes is all too typical today.

She was way overweight, weighing 370 lbs. at her highest weight, in the extremely obese range.  She just liked to eat and eat too much of the bad stuff.  Just like me.

Her symptoms, and not recognized by her as symptoms, were constantly being tired and sleepy, never seeming to get enough rest.

Those were mine, as well.  Small world.

She learned of her condition only after falling into a diabetic coma and spending some time in the hospital.  Her fasting blood glucose level was 680 mg/dl.  Really, she is lucky to be alive at all with those kind of numbers.

That is getting into the fatal range.

She also had a family history of it and I bet the cause for it was the same as hers, poor diet and no exercise.  Simply put, obesity.

To add to the fun, the medicine prescribed for her diabetes, metformin, made her sick.  So the choice became a simple one, change or die.  Boy,did she change.

Out went the fat and the simple carbohydrates, including her five Cokes a day habit.  She also started to exercise, working up to five hours in the gym a day doing both cardio and resistance training.

That is amazing dedication and determination. Somewhere, Jack LaLanne is smiling.

The result is she lost 230 lbs, rode 50 miles in the Tour de Cure, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.  All of the signs of type 2 diabetes are gone.  To me, she’s cured, and she is not going back.  It’s too good being thing and healthy.

Yet right there in this article is a quote from a doctor who says curing type 2 diabetes can’t happen.  Wrong, Doc.  Just look at Parla.

My numbers on this curing type 2 diabetes splurge Friday.

Not as dramatic as Perla’s, but I’m happy with it.

The Numbers:

  •  Fasting Blood Glucose Level:  79 mg/dl  A personal best.  Can’t cure it, eh?
  • Weight:  184ish lbs.
  • Exercise:  Didn’t do any. My knee is sore for some reason and just decided to give it some rest.
  • Mood 7.5.
The Menu:
  • Breakfast:  Usual morning fruit medley and a bagel.
  • Lunch:  Chicken sandwich on whole wheat and butternut squash.  Leftovers.
  • Dinner:  Tex-Mex.  Can’t wait.
  • Snacks:  A nice big fresh plum.

 

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Curing Type 2 diabetes on a Splurge Friday, 10/12/12 was last modified: October 12th, 2012 by Dave LeBlanc
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