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.