Hey ADA!!! … Can’t touch this. 10


Do me a favor … play the song below just to get the feel of where I am coming from. :)

You see… the “Purveyors of Pain”, the American Diabetes Ass, the American Ass. of Diabetes Educators and the so called Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics … they all push a ‘high carb, grained based” meal plan for diabetics.   The absolute last thing they should be eating!!!    Their diets can not TOUCH THIS! ===>  “A Meal Plan you can live with“.

… and now… MC Hammer and “Cant’ Touch This”…

 

Diabetics eating the American Diabetes Ass. Way … can not touch this!!!
This post’s Subtitle (or alternate Title):  Steve has a new toy!!! 

What is this new toy?  It’s a “Continuous Glucose Meter”, here’ s a picture of the screen below.  It shows my blood sugar levels continuously.

Below you can see the first 3 hours I used it… is that a thing of beauty??? :)    The range was 67 – 78 mg/dl … I’ll take it!

Those first 3 hours were while I was fasting and without any strenuous exercise.

Note: As long as my sensor is in range of the meter it produces a reading.  Sometimes I forget, that’s why you see small gaps in the trend line.

A very generous person lent me their Continuous Glucose Monitor (they had a spare)

I plan to put it to good use testing many foods and food combinations.

Note:  I’m going to test my normal foods and a few different combinations.  If you have suggestions please add them in the comments.

I have received a few nice suggestions via email…  some I can repeat and some I can’t. ;)

If you look at the picture (click to enlarge), you may not be able to see the exact numbers (I have a file and I’ll publish it later) but the blood glucose range for those three hours was 67 to 78.  (drug and insulin free too)

 

First Day – Approximatly 10:30 am – 4:30pm

Looking at the picture below you can see my blood sugars looking smooth and straight lined initially …

Next you see a climb, guess what that was???  …

That’s not when I ate a piece of bacon! :)   THE SPIKE came when I achieved a personal record in Maximum Kettlebells Swings!  (read about it here)  While that is indeed extreme exercise for me notice one thing, the blood sugars never exceeded the dotted line. I know it’s difficult to tell but the actual readings never exceeded 111  mg/dl, the line signifies 120 mg/dl.  The lower line is 60 mg/dl.

The key thing for me…. it quickly and gradually fell well back into normal ranges.  Kettlebells are a VERY strenuous exercise when attempting to do maximums in 15 mins. I was ELATED when the blood sugars did not exceed 120 mg/dl.

Also of note… I ate boiled eggs, sardines and bacon about an hour after working out… and there was essentially no increase in blood sugar.

 

 

Next Up

The picture below was 5:14am the next day, the chart represents 2:14 to 5:14 AM, the morning of 4/24. It’s a 3 hour chart.

See the smooth line…

 

I just wanted to introduce the CGM or continuous glucose meter… and alert you to upcoming food and activity tests.

MUCH MORE TO COME!

 

Lastly.. I want to end with the phrase … “can’t touch this!”

If someone has a better Continuous Glucose Meter picture… send it to me and I’ll post it!  … especially if they are an ADA  Grain based, high carb advocate.

 

Eat like this!

Play like this!

 

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10 thoughts on “Hey ADA!!! … Can’t touch this.

    • Steve Cooksey Post author

      Java, thanks. :)

      There is a sensor that reads the blood sugar via a needle that is inserted into the skin. The sensor sends the details to the CGM, it’s wireless.

      The one I have is a later model from this company. http://www.dexcom.com/ I am not an expert on this topic… but these are primarily for T1’s. From what I understand, insurance companies rarely pay for these for T2’s… but I could be wrong. I am only using this one temporarily … I must return it at some point.

  • Dextolen

    That’s incredible! I can’t get my medical insurance to approve more than 3 tests a day (I’m Type 2 Diet and Metformin). Think of the savings they would experience as this technology gets more widespread! Lets face it, more testing = better control = less complications = less on doctor bills.

  • Dineen

    I am extremely jealous that you can just borrow a CGM for your experiments; that you have a friend with a “spare”. My husband has Type 1 diabetes and could really use one of those and getting insurance to pay for one is out of the question. He’s had diabetes since he was 3, and there are times when he can barely feel himself slipping low, or the low goes down fast. The alarms on those things would be such a boon to him. But as you said, insurance won’t pay. Why? They don’t want to get out of bed with the companies that sell glucose test strips.

    Anyway, good on you for learning first hand what’s really going on inside as you work out and eat.

    • Steve Cooksey Post author

      Dineen, you raise a point that I will mention in my next post… I was thinking about this earlier today. Too often I get too excited about ‘subjects’ without considering the condition of others.

      1) For type 1’s and even some type 2’s a CGM is literally a life saver. While I am thrilled to have one temporarily and I am hopeful that the experiment can and will help people… I do know this is a ‘serious’ topic for some.

      2) Just so you know, the person who lent this to me is a very gracious and giving person. The person donates supplies to those in need. I do not know the intentions for this unit when I am done but I doubt it will sit in a drawer unused.

      Thank you for your comment and I wish you the best.

  • resourceallocation

    Would freedom of speech be legal in the eyes of the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition if expressed in pig latin? For meat, you could say “eat-may” – or in a rhyming code, “heat.” “Grain” could be “ain-gray,” “bane,” or “pain.” Vegetables could be “egetables-vay” (nothing rhymes with vegetable). Also, since bad poetry is legal, if your blog rhymes, you may have legal freedom of expression under an artist loophole. I have no lawyer’s license, so I hope no one comes after me for making these suggestions.

    The profit models of the toxic-food and toxic-drug industries (which may contribute money to the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition and/or North Carolina officeholders) require that people remain sick. “Better” yet, if people get sicker, “standard of care” medical care gets more expensive for the suffering and more profitable for these industries. Lingering illnesses amd drug side effects, both of which make people too weak to cook healthy food, are more profitable than a quick death, which many would prefer to years of suffering. Industries’ advocacy of avoidable and scientifically demonstrable toxic and fatal diets – and their lobbyists’ “food disparagement” law, under which Oprah was prosecuted for mentioning hamburger on air – may not be an oincidence-cay. (What’s next – prohibition of “poison disparagement” except by a licensed toxicologist? I’ll go out on a limb here and advise against swallowing poison – even if the label on the box says something else.)

    Organiztions that try to silence those who share successful first-hand experience seem willing to endanger the lives of others to protect their own income and prestige. Legal threats and censorship efforts could backfire, making them appear corrupt and ridiculous.

    I’ve read that in the Netherlands, which has strong democratic protections, people live on average four years longer than in the U.S. and are four inches taller. Population height is a proxy for the health of the mother. I’ve read that Cuba, an open dictatorship with one-tenth the average per capita income of the U.S., has the same average life expectancy as the U.S.

    I disparage the idea that diabetics should eat foods that make them die sooner – even if that lowers someone’s profit (each diabetic’s longer, healthier survival will raise someone else’s profit, including that of the healthy survivor). It makes sense to avoid any food group that spikes your blood sugar (safe, delicious alternatives exist) unless specific, based-on-science-conducted-in-a-working-democracy evidence exists that avoiding such a food group would cause an even worse illness. It’s tough for me to believe that our bodies have had time to evolve to tolerate carbohydrates in the few thousands of years agriculture has existed, let alone new man-made chemicals and genetically modified organisms.

    I am not a licensed geneticist or political scientist and hope no one comes after me for expressing these opinions. I prefer health to disability for myself and others, believe corporations are smart enough to figure out non-fatal ways to make money, prefer freedom of speech to the death of debate and truth, and will stand with you if you get in trouble.

    The way you have achieved health success matches the advice of the most sensible and least biased nutrition sources I’ve found in decades of reading about this life-and-death-important topic.