Mary shared her story of how she learned–on her own, at first–that foods that raise blood sugar, such as grains, cause you to “need” diabetes drugs. Not eating foods that raise blood sugar causes you to not need diabetes drugs.
“I started going grain-free in December, 2014 as a last-ditch effort to get a handle on my diabetes.
“My extreme reaction to metformin–stomach problems from diarrhea to esophageal spasms–made me give it up for good early last year. My blood sugars were out of control, but my doctor did not want to start me on insulin. My blood sugar numbers were regularly around 200 mg/dl and once in a while to nearly 400. I was then put on a medicine that is proven to cause bladder cancer and I just couldn’t force myself to risk it, as my father died from bladder cancer. Then I tried an injection, Byetta, that made me so sick I actually lost weight from not feeling well enough to eat. The warnings of side effects of pancreatitis and death were enough to make me stop after the 2nd month.
“So I became a really good blood sugar checker, testing after everything I ate to see what would make it spike. I quickly discovered it was things like bread, oatmeal, corn on the cob, and rice. So I decided to just not eat them and noted a good dip in my blood sugar numbers. A week later, while channel surfing, I saw Dr. Davis on our local PBS TV station talking about ‘Wheat Belly.” So I got the book and read the blog and followed on Facebook. I learned so much and felt encouraged to keep up with going grain-free. That was in December, just about the time this first picture was taken and I haven’t looked back.
“My weight loss has not been dramatic. I weighed 165 lbs. last September. I am at 150 lbs. I am 70 years old and a caregiver for my husband who has Parkinson’s. We will be married 50 years next January. It is still amazing to me how much better I feel with my blood sugar numbers hanging out pretty much within normal limits. I am still taking a diabetes medicine, glipizide, but have been able to stop taking any medicine for acid reflux which I have used in one form or another for more than 40 years. I feel healthier and stronger than I have felt in years. The second picture is one that a friend took of me just a few days ago. I think you can see a difference.”
Connecting the dots is so easy in diabetes: If you eat a lot of foods that raise blood sugar to high levels, you will have high blood sugars. How much simpler can it get? Over time, high blood sugars generate resistance to insulin, visceral fat grows and inflammation develops, sending blood sugars even higher. After all, Mary, a 70-year old woman–not a doctor, not a healthcare professional–taking care of herself and her husband, figured it out. Her observations were confirmed through the Wheat Belly message, but she essentially figured out that foods that raise blood sugar oblige blood sugar-reducing medication; not eating foods that raise blood sugar do not oblige blood sugar-reducing medication. But her doctor bumbled and stumbled his way, resulting in awful side effects, while likely advising her to eat foods that raised blood sugar to high levels and obliging the “need” for such toxic agents.
Such is the terrible and inexcusable status quo in type 2 diabetes, the same message supported and promoted by the American Diabetes Association, with many generous donations received from Big Food and Big Pharma as a result. Diabetes is a prototype example of dietary and health mismanagement, a condition that displays all the awful warts and other ugly aspects of “healthcare”: cause a disease or cause it to be worse with flawed, even dangerous dietary advice–cut your fat and eat more healthy whole grains, sugar in moderation is safe, high-fructose corn syrup is okay in moderation, eat a balanced diet–then step in with drugs and procedures. This is not healthcare. It is an astounding mistake on a huge scale.
And did you notice Mary’s loss of facial edema? It reflects the retreat of inflammation from grain elimination.