Newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetes

Suzanne posted this story of her son and family’s experience with newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetes:

My young son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 4 months ago. The “specialist diabetes” dietician told us that there is no such thing as a diabetic diet any more and you can eat whatever you like, even food from a very famous American hamburger fast food restaurant. (I won’t name names!) Yes, that’s exactly what she said. Did she actually go to university to learn this amazing piece of advice???

The day he was discharged from hospital, my whole family started the grain-free/paleo diet. When his diabetes educator found out about this diet, I got a prompt smack over the knuckles, yet in her very next sentence she praised my son for having such good blood glucose [BG] levels and told him he could be her poster boy for diabetes control! How does she think he has such good BGs??

His paediatrician looked totally puzzled when he looked at my son’s BGs and couldn’t believe that, after only 3 months since diagnosis, his levels were so perfect. He then told him to keep eating healthy wheat cereal for breakfast.

I absolutely refuse to follow any of their advice. I fully intend for my son to live a full and healthy life despite his diabetes and the proof is in his blood test results. If he ever eats even one slice of bread, his BG’s are high for the entire day, regardless of how much insulin is injected: that’s how destructive it is.

I wish I had never fed my family wheat. But I can’t turn back time and I can only live with this new information I now know to be the truth. Some other health benefits gained by my family: weight loss, off blood pressure meds, no more asthma or gut aches, clear skin. And by the way, his diabetes educator could cut back on grains too, if you know what I mean–-not a great example for the patients.

While people with type 2 diabetes can frequently and easily become NON-diabetics by following this wheat-free path, people with type 1 diabetes enjoy much better control over blood sugars and are spared all the other destructive health effects of modern wheat, such as hypertension, mind “fog,” appetite stimulation, depression, paranoia, skin rashes, joint pains, and autoimmune phenomena such as rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

It’s important to also remember that, in many cases, type 1 diabetes is CAUSED by wheat consumption in the first place. There are human data, there are experimental model mice data, there are experimental model rat data that all suggest a powerful cause-effect situation. (See the original Wheat Belly book for the discussion, page 112; references to these data, pages 277-278.) And note that type 1 diabetes is on the rise, increasing by about 3% per year, average age of onset: 4 years–a condition for a lifetime. Even if the damning discussion about modern wheat were ONLY about this association, it would be enough, in my mind, to put a stop to the widespread advice to eat more “healthy whole grains.”

Diabetes educators and endocrinologists are knowledgeable people. They know a lot about 1) how to use medications to control blood sugar, and 2) how to identify complications of diabetes. They are emblematic of everything wrong with the healthcare system: Virtually no true insight into or understanding of nutrition, despite its incredible power to help control this disease, instead steering people towards revenue-producing services, products (drugs, devices), and procedures.

So it is truly wonderful to hear from a parent like Suzanne with the courage and wisdom to do this on her own, steering her family down a path she knows is right–despite the misguided advice of the medical people.

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90 Responses to Newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetes

  1. Susan says:

    Dr. Davis,

    After getting admonished by an ER doctor during a gallbladder attack for being on a high-fat, low-carb diet, I reverted to a low-fat (resulting in a high-carb) diet. After my gallbladder was removed, I felt very unwell and could eat only minute bits of fat, and had to first take digestive enzymes in order to do so. So, a few years of being on this high-carb nightmare as I watched my stomach expand, I went to my GP who diagnosed me with insulin-resistance, pre-diabetic. I had not had sugar, or eaten white bread, rice, potatoes etc. for many years, so he told me it was due to too much saturated fat. He told me to take mulberry leaf extract after any sweets or carbs. Needless to say, this didn’t work. Quite the opposite. I saw Dr. Davis on the Dr. Oz show and the light bulb went on! Why was I told to take mulberry leaf extract after eating carbs, but there was no mention of cutting back on the saturated fat? I started Wheat Belly a couple of days later, cold turkey. No withdrawl! My horrible digestive issues disappeared almost immediately. My stomach and bowels thank me after every meal (and so does my family). My brain is more alert, I’m less jittery, no more heart palpitations. Even a nagging LCL injury has improved. No weight loss yet, unfortunately, but the digestive improvement alone has deemed me wheat free forever! One thing that I am unsure about, though, is the amount of carbs that those of us who are insulin-resistant should be having (50g net, less?). And when counting those carbs, do you include nuts, that you can apparently eat unlimited quantities of? What about veggies?

    • Dr. Davis says:

      After you find yourself a smarter doctor, Susan, carb counting is a helpful strategy for those of us who want to absolutely kiss all pre-diabetic phenomena goodbye.

      Count “net” carbs: Net carbs = total carbs – fiber. We find that 15 grams “net” carbs per meal (or 6-hour time period) works well for most, adjustable depending on factors like age and activity level.

      Most people with your sorts of struggles also do well with several weeks supplementation with a high-potency probiotic, e.g., 50 billion CFUs per day.

      • Susan says:

        Dr. Davis,

        Thanks for such a quick reply. I’ve been doing it right so far. I guess a little more time to see any weight-loss results in the mid-section.


  2. Monique says:

    Dr. Davis,

    I have just completed one of your videos on youtube and am amazed, but I also need help. I am 33.5 weeks pregnant, and have been told that my blood sugars are to high. When I went to see the dietician, she gave me a book, and told me that I too, should have all manner of carbs (way above the level I previously consumed) , and have them 6 times a day. A few days of this proved to be chaotic for my blood sugar numbers, and then I just changed it to protein and vegggies (spinach, cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes) and my numbers came down between 97-115. However, this is not good enough for the folks at the office, because I have to have a fasting blood sugar of 94 or lower and 2hr blood sugar after meals below 120. If I dont, they want me to start insulin shots! I am terrified of needles and have been looking for a way to change this.
    They told me I am a diabetic, and then when I questioned them on my numbers based on what the American Diabetic Association said, I was told, “Well, yeah, but a gestational diabetic and were probably you’re pre-diabetic before you got pregnant.

    I saw the ob the other day, and he said he was proud of the progress I had made. When I asked him what I could do to decrease the fasting number, he said to eat 100% whole wheat bread, so dutifully, I did, and all of my numbers are 10-20 higher. I also felt VERY sluggish all day!

    What should I do? I feel like I am being forced into a treatment that I dont need.

    thanks in advance!

  3. James says:

    Dr Davis , I have been type 1 diabetic for , 17 years I have tried every diet sunder the sun, vegan ,raw foods nothing never worked as I was still eating breads and gluten to replace the meat what was missing in my diet , now I’m eating organic meat full fats , and now I have been heavily reserching gluten , and gave now stopped that and all grains , do u think it will be possible for my body to recover , if I detox and get off the insulin , it could happen couldn’t it ?

    • Dr. Davis says:

      No, not in this chronic situation, James. If an attempt is going to be made to halt the destruction of pancreatic beta cells, it must be done immediately upon diagnosis.

      This is NOT to say that you still cannot obtain plenty of other benefits, including much easier control over HbA1c and blood glucose. Also, note that type 1 diabetics show outsized potential for celiac disease.