I've considered buying an A1C test but just not $motivated while I have some test strips left form that huge bulk supply that I bought 4 years ago.
I can say that my fasting BG is usally about 100 to 105 and sometimes (hmmm post thanksgiving) it will drift up toward 110-115 (right now its 111 and I've not eaten today, this a.m. it was 115). I also am at a 200 lbs while I "should" be at 165.
So if I had an A1C today my best guess is it would be between 5.0 and 5.5. AND that it would be 5.0 or less if I kept my weight where I should. (yea a bit annoyed at myself for the wt).View Thread
"I do not use the word "cure" because the diabetes will re-emerge if the lifestyle changes are not sustained, and can even relapse despite ongoing adherence and weight loss. Whether patients can sustain remissions for decades remains to be seen. "
Hi Mike, To advocate a reversal, you need to suggest at least the hope of a real "cure". Again curing obeasity would be a good analogy. People can but there are perspectives about making such a use of the terms. Still its a victory that's needed so please go all the way on it. As a cured type 2 I'll do my best to back you up. I've also cured obeasity (though you can see I'm not 100% cured of that - more like 70% lol). Suggested update:
"I hesitate to use the word "cure" because the diabetes will re-emerge if the lifestyle changes are not sustained, and can even relapse despite ongoing adherence and weight loss. Whether patients can sustain remissions for decades remains to be seen.Yet, like obesity can be considered "cured" when the individual believes and demonstrates they have gained personal control and perspective, I hope the same for Type 2. "View Thread
"Over time, as the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas continue to wear out, the blood sugar levels rise further and we recognize this as type 2 diabetes. "
IMHO, the the "wear out" phrase doesn't perfectly fit there. Sure some cells may wear out, die, others may grow, and yet more may recover. But as long as a person is T2 its IMHO the cells are not worn out completely. Where I think your text is correct is that the constant assault on the pancreas damages and weakens the cells that are presently in the pancreas which effects future cells. Suggestion:
"Over time, as the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas continue to weaken, the blood sugar levels rise further and we recognize this as type 2 diabetes. "View Thread
Hi Mike, thanks for producing and sharing such a greatly needed work.
So far with 1 screen-full of reading my 1st impression is to leverage OBESITY REVERSAL as an analogy for TYPE 2 REVERSAL. The text seems to need that readily tangible concept of what reversal means. Like a once fat person CAN live and eat normally without temptation to return to 5K calories/day.
What's so nice about you writing this Mike is the ENCOURAGEMENT aspect it offers people for having hope in reversal. A thing that's been denied while its voice eliminated (eg: mine is often controversial due to it sounding "out there").
I hope you're work grows nicely into a book like Burnsteins and McCulley's. IMHO both of them are so extreme and seem to never get to the full revesal-maintenance. So instead they're left with cultish-feelings of biggest-looser or some sort of fitness-forever. Good initial science indications, successes, but not the full pictures like you and I seem to grasp for.
Also, my senses as a gradualist enjoy what I'm reading so far as it allows for the context of the indivudals... Diving back in!View Thread
Thanks td101, and Nursejennifer for re-enforcing what I said. DeWayne's book was excellent.
I must admit my challenge wasn't so severe (BG=417, reversed copletely over 3 years ago). I followed the same approach DeWayne did, but not 100% of the guidance. Instead I let testing and gradual changes work for me - and it did. I applied his general concepts - as an engineer myself.
By the time I read his book I already had read a dozen others - his was by far and away the best of any of them - and resonated with my "engineering methodology". Treating the body like a complex system seems smarter than drugging it - and I'm a "Systems Engineer".
Nobody likes being told what to do, especially to take deadly drugs by someone who's not even as knowledgable as themselves. Sure some follow their Drs like their Gawd - but I do believe if I had done that I'd be dead like a family member who did just that. Forgive me for calling them names like Dr Pusher and the Insured Death of the big pharma.
I do hope those corporations and individuals can find profit in doing good rather than locking in long-term return-visits by keeping people sick. In that regard THANK YOU Michael Dansinger and others who are actually making an effort to learn form individuals that have overcome this challenge. This is the first "mainstream medical blog" that doesn't seem to ban anyone who doesn't go along with the "mainstreme thinking". For example diabedes.com banned me after only 4 posts. Many others from Dewayne's community have had similar experiences (banned quickly from mainstream diabetes blogs).View Thread
Have you read DeWayne McCulty's book Death To Diabetes? I read over a dozen books 3.5 years ago and his the best - have been diabetes free for over three years. My approch wasn't exactly like his - the "engineering" with excessive testing was key for me. After testing every possible food choice the cause/effect of "glucose blasting" becomes more and more clear - while the #s keep getting better. Another point is that changing favorite foods w/o the test-based-feedback certainty is hard enough if only guessing. Thus IMHO the purchase of over 1000 test strips and commitment to testing every 20 minutes after any unknown foods are critical to LEARNING what matters. One thing I would say about Dewayne's book is its over-technical for many and you might hit a home run with a simplified application and a newer practicing audience. I'd recommend you joing us on his web-page and facebook page - there is a Dr there already too - but he seems way less hopeful than you do - still blames the patients. Hope that helps!View Thread