Reader Question: How to Reduce HIGH Blood Sugars 11


No... this is not my test. :)

You know… I could answer this question in a single sentence…

“Cut the carbohydrates, especially the glutenous grains.”

However, I need to throw a rant or two in the mix… so here it goes. :)

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If you are a diabetes educator and you were asked this question by a diabetic,

“How do I reduce my high blood sugars?”

… the response from most of the Diabetes Educators would be…. <drum roll>

“Take more diabetes drugs or insulin…. “

Some might say, ‘eat more whole grains’ , ‘eat less saturated fats’.

Unfortunately, that’s the opposite of what you should do!!!

According to the “North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutritionists”, I can not answer that question if I am asked, even though I successfully self treat my diabetes through diet and exercise.

Why can I not exercise my freedom of speech?   … because I am not a licensed nutritionist or dietetic.

 

I do not heed the nutritional advice of the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutritionists… so I am sure as hell not going to heed their constitutional opinion regarding free speech.

Therefore … I am going to share my answer to that question as well as a few other comments I’ve made recently…. even though I will be ‘breaking the law’….  who knows, it may save a toe, an eye… maybe even a life.

Note:   Here is my disclaimer at the bottom of each page on the blog … :)

I am not a doctor, dietitian nor nutritionist… in fact I have no medical training of any kind. If I can figure this out so should they… if it wasn’t for their …

A) Intellectual Laziness

B) Willful ignorance

C) Greed

D) All of the Above 

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Note 1:  Keep in mind, as you eat lower carbs, you will need to adjust drugs and insulin requirements.

Note 2:  As you reach Ketosis, you will again need to pay special attention to your carb to insulin ratios and watch blood sugars closely.   (Here is a post on Ketosis, I don’t measure often, but every time I measure I am in Ketosis)

Note 3: I rant against a ‘drug first’  diabetes treatment plan … and rightly so in my opinion.  However, proper blood sugar control is THE key.  IF you need drugs or insulin to control your blood sugars… DO IT!

 

How to Reduce High Blood Sugars?


“Blood Sugar Control is THE key to long life….  especially for a diabetic.”

Cut the CARBS … ONLY eat meats, fats and leafy green vegetables.

I typically eat between 20-30g of Total Carbs. I primarily eat meats, fats and leafy veggies. Fats being primarily animal fats (including butter) and coconut oil.

Occasionally I’ll eat a few nuts but it’s rare.

Occasionally I’ll eat fruit … like tomato in chili or a handful of blueberries … but it’s rare.

** I do NOT recommend that YOU eat any nuts nor fruits until you have normal blood sugars and preferrably drug and insulin free. (obviously type 1’s will require insulin)

It really is simple,  don’t over complicate it,   Sometimes we over complicate things so we can use it as an excuse, do not do it!

… just eat animal products, coconut oil and leaf veggies.   By the way, meats = any animal products and include eggs, poultry, fish etc etc.

Once your blood sugar normalizes in regular non-diabetic ranges… add things back like higher carb vegetables and fruits etc.
However, at all times  ‘eat to your meter’… in other words, don’t eat carbs that push you out of non-diabetic normal ranges.

Reached a Blood Sugar Plateau?

Twice now I have experimented with “fat fasts”.   I always eat what most would could consider a high fat diet, typically in the 65% range of calories from fat.   Here is the first, “Coconut Oil Fast”  and the 2nd, “Fat Fast Intro“.

IF you want to reduce blood sugars more quickly …  it’s very simple, reduce the carbohydrates and protein.  A diet that is almost all fat will cause a drop in blood sugars, no doubt about it. (obviously Type 1’s have a more complicated formula)

HOWEVER … the alerts above concerning monitoring and adjusting drugs and insulin requirements are EVEN more important  if you eat an ‘almost all fat’ diet.    Additionally, I do not recommend sticking to this plan more than a couple of days.

… I am a fan and believer in MEAT! :)

 

Summary

The common thread through most … if not all of my posts, EAT LESS CARBS!

If you want to reduce blood sugars, reduce carbs and if needed reduce the protein.

Why listen to me?  I’m just a type 2 diabetic successfully self treating diabetes with normal blood sugars… drug and insulin free. :)

 

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11 thoughts on “Reader Question: How to Reduce HIGH Blood Sugars

  • ICDogg

    I’m not exactly on a paleo diet but I am now on a very low carb diet and it has a lot in common with what you recommend, perhaps with a little less purity, since I will have a Nathan’s hot dog sans bun or an egg that was not from a free-range chicken, or tuna from a can on occasion. (Gotta say, though, I get that grass fed beef when I can.) I started doing what I’m doing as a result of raging, out of control diabetes, where I was continually above the range of the meter despite copious amounts of insulin and Avandia. 4 1/2 months later, my bg readings are almost now always in either double digits or at least under 110. And the only diabetes medicine I haven’t stopped taking is metformin. Don’t know if I’ll ever get off of that one. I’m not too worried about it, it’s probably the least harmful one of the bunch. Oh, and I don’t need to take a statin any more either, for my cholesterol, which has improved. I’m still taking a blood pressure medication, though my blood pressure has improved now to the point where I’ll probably no longer need that.

    But here’s the thing. The diabetes educators and nutritionists seem to be convinced that if I don’t have at least 110g of carbs per day, which they consider a “low carb” diet even though it’s probably closer to the number of carbs I have in a week, that somehow I will have some serious nutritional deficiencies, or will lack energy, or have some kidney problems, or something. And I’m not sure where they get these notions. And I think what they don’t get is that it’s not an either-or situation for me. If I eat that many carbs, I will need to take insulin and probably something like Actos again. And if I don’t, I won’t have to. Nutritionists don’t think about the other side of the risk-reward equation. By “depriving” myself of whatever little that carbs have to offer, I do not need to take medicines that I believe could harm me far more.

    I think that the diabetes educators and the nutritionists are well meaning but ultimately they are offering advice that is wrong for me and in fact harmful. I think if this is true for me, it is probably true for others, but I can only speak for myself. It’s apparently not legal for me to pass on my advice to others. :)

  • offtoworkigo

    Has there been anyone else in the entire state of North Carolina that has written a BOOK on their personal diet, with the intent that others will read it and glean information to apply to their own lives? A cookbook (which, by exhorting the readers to make the recipes, is essentially giving diet advice and/or changing the diet of those that read it)? A blog or web post?

    Does no one in the entire state, whatsoever, write about cooking or food?
    It seems unthinkable that no one else is sharing their personal journey with others in the ENTIRE state of NC.

    I guess what I’m asking is: do every single one of the writer of the blogs on healthy living noted in the following link have a license to dispense advice on diet and fitness?

    http://healthylivingblogs.com/location/united-states/north-carolina/

    That seems highly unlikely. Which begs the question…why YOU? Why is YOUR blog the one they’re trying to shut down, and not these other blogs? Is it because they adhere to Conventional Wisdom and you don’t?

    I remember when I used to live in America. I mean, I still reside here…but it’s not the same America, is it, when the rights guaranteed to us by the first ten amendments to the Constitution are constantly being trampled.

  • LCHFinCanada

    I can’t believe the ridiculousness of dieticians and nutritionists.

    At diagnosis myself I was advised to eat at least 300g of carbohydrate a day on a 2,500 calorie a day diet… Was given the “Canada Food Guide” pamphlet and told the insane CDA (Canadian Diabetes Association) guidelines to keep Post-Prandial #’s under 180mg/dl (10.0mmol/L).

    I’d already begun researching and testing, and told her if I ate that much carbohydrate, my blood sugar would be through the roof! She said if it stayed high, I’d likely need insulin and perhaps more medication. (Dumb answer, in my opinion.)

    Instead I ate under 100g of carbohydrate a day on a 3,200 – 3,600 calorie a day diet, and about 150g a day when eating 5,000+ calories a day (long bike-riding days of 3 to 5 hours of intense riding).

    I now eat about 2,800 calories a day and 45-60g of carbohydrate most days, all from non-starchy vegetables and the very-occasional piece of sprouted-grain bread. My typical fat intake is about 70% of my calories.

    So here’s my results: Diagnosed January 4th, 2011 with Fasting of 267mg/dl (14.8mmol/L) and an HbA1c of 12.1%. I was around 320lbs, 48″+ waist, hypertensive (170/110) with horrible lipid profile. My own MD told me I should start on insulin and statins immediately, but I refused.

    Today? Fasting BG’s typically under 100mg/dl (5.5mmol/L) with an HbA1c of 5.4%. My BP averages around 130/80 (I’ve always run high as a big guy), my lipids are great and I weigh 225lbs as a well-muscled mesomorph with a 35″ waist.

    All this thanks to advice/blogs of people like you.

  • Rob R

    Howdy Steve, I’ve haven’t visited this website in a while. In fact I haven’t been on the internet in a long time. All I want to say is THANK YOU!! from the bottom of my heart…