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Welcome to bingbleu.com. This site is dedicated to educate people about diabetes through my learning experiences as a diabetic.

 

Managing my diabetes is still challenging because I love to eat. What I eat directly contributes to my blood sugar results. I get it and it is much easier writing about it than actually doing it. Well, thats where I share my personal experience with dealing with the three silent killing diseases. They are called silent killers because there are no apparent symptoms that you have them unless you have your physician run tests. They are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

The Medical News Today, says that heart disease is the number one cause of deaths in the United States of America.

The American Diabetes Association says that 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with having diabetes every year. They also noted that in 2012, 29.1 million Americans had diabetes and diabetes is still the seventh leading cause of death in America.

Mellitus Diabetes                                                                       Heart Attacks

The question is why are so many new cases of diabetes being diagnosed every year? and why is heart attack the number one killer in the United States?

 

Before I give you my answer to these questions, let me define what happens to people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

  •  Consume food.

  • The food turns into glucose in the blood stream.

  • The pancreas produces a hormone called insulin, but the insulin the pancreas produces is not enough to get all the glucose into the body’s cells.

  • Glucose stays in the blood stream

  • The pancreas produces more insulin to try to get the remaining glucose into the body’s cells but fail due to being overworked.

  • Blood sugar levels remain high

Diabetes is a greek word that means “siphon”… due to the symptoms of excessive urination associated with such a disease. In 1675, Mellitus was added, which means sweet like honey in greek because the patients diagnosed with diabetes had sweet tasting urine that ants were attracted to.

 

Here is what happens to people effected with type 1 diabetes.

  •  Consume food

  • The food turns into glucose in the blood stream.

  • The pancreas fails to produce any insulin.

  • Glucose stays in the blood stream.

  • Blood sugar levels rise and remain high.

This is how the body properly digests food.

  • Consume food

  • The food turns into glucose in the blood stream.

  • The pancreas produces a hormone called insulin.

  • The insulin moves the glucose into the body’s cells.

  • The body uses the glucose for energy.

 

Getting back with the two questions why is there so many new cases of diabetes? and why is heart attack the highest death in the US?

I believe that it is all related…diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are all dietary diseases. Change your diet….manage the disease.

The American life style has evolved into having a busy daily schedule of things to do and places to go that fast food has become the staple meal plan for many families in the US. Mc Donalds, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box are just a few fast foods that you may have gotten your last meals. These types of food has so much preservatives and chemicals added to make the food taste better. A lot of food products have corn syrup or fructose added. just check the ingredients on the labels. All these types of foods with preservatives, corn syrup, high fructose will effect your body eventually. Americans consume so much more food products that contain sugar that I’am not surprised that the number of new diabetes patients are increasing every year.

There are many answers to the questions mentioned above. The most apparent one can be found on my post.

 

I have learned about the two lies the medical industry states about type 2 diabetes. The first lie is diabetes is a chronic disease and the second lie is curing the symptom of high blood sugar, instead of, curing the root of the problem. Too much insulin in the blood stream.  Click here to go to video.

 

Managing Diabetes with Healthy Eating Choices

After watching the video of Dr. Jason Fung, I started on my journey to reverse my diabetes. I cut out all simple carbs like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes out of my diet. I also cut out sugar from my diet. I noticed in two days my blood sugar was not spiking up and my fasting blood sugar was under 100mg/dl. The doctor was right. I became a vegetarian for about a month and lost about eleven pounds. I went from 160 pounds of body weight to 149 pounds.

Controlling Blood Sugar

I was still on my medications for High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, and Diabetes. I was taking Metoprolol ER 50mg, glipizide ER 2.5mg, Atorvastatin 40mg, 1,000 mg of metformin.

My challenge is avoiding going out to eat because my choices on food is very limited. Take notice to any menu at any restaurant and you will know what I mean. A lot of the sauces and salad dressings have sugar in them. A lot of dishes on the menu have some type of corn fructose or corn syrup in the ingredients.

I thought I was doing good because of my healthier choices when it came to eating. My doctor would say that I could consume simple carbs once in a while in moderation. My a1c blood test was at 5.9 and my doctor asked to raise my dosage of metformin to 2,000mg/day. That is double what I was taking already. I was shocked because my eating habits changed 180 degrees. I got so mad at myself for treating myself once in awhile for being so good about my diet. I realized that what I was doing was not working. That’s when I decided to become a raw vegan.

 

The cure to diabetes

 

Being a raw vegan was really hard at first. I had to get used to using a food processor. I did not eat anything that was processed or man made. I stayed on this vegan diet incorporating my 18 to 20 hour twice a week fasting for 30 days. During this time, I stopped taking all my medications. On my next doctors visit the doctors said I couldn’t take my medications because my blood pressure was 98/65. My blood tests showed my bad cholesterol at under 100, and my a1c blood test showed 5.7.

 

 

I bumped into a good friend that I haven’t seen in a long time. He mentioned to me how I was looking really healthy. I shared my story with him. He was so inspired of my story… He said he would be encouraged to start eating healthier too. He was going to become a vegetarian. I was so happy that he was going to try something different with his diet because he was taking medication for high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. He did such a good job re-roofing my house the other year. Here is his website. http://www.discoveryroofing-oahu.com. I hope he will stick to his healthier eating choices. I know if he does stick to his new diet, he will not need to be medicated for long.

 

Lifestyle and Blood Sugar

 

Having a true understanding about my type 2 diabetes, has helped me make better choices when it comes to my meals. As Dr. Jason Fung has defined type 2 diabetes, having too much sugar in the blood stream. I have cut out all simple carbohydrates from my diet like pasta, bread, potatoes, noodles, and rice. I also avoid eating anything with sugar. I check the sugar content of products at the grocery store before I purchase. I limit going out to eat because it’s harder to control the sugar content in the foods the restaurant serves.