Living With and Conquering Diabetes

I hear that nearly a third of the U.S. population is diabetic or prediabetic. That’s tragic, when there is help available now. I remember when I was diagnosed more than 25 years ago, like it was yesterday. I was depressed, and one day Vicki said, “You’ve got to get over it! People live with it, so you need to figure it out, but please stop this depression!” That was a wake-up call for me.

I became a student of the disease, and I read and digested everything that I could find about diabetes. To my surprise, the answers were so varied that there was no true direction for living with diabetes. My first doctor gave me the this worn-out but practical advice: “If it tastes good, spit it out.” (He was also a Type 2 diabetic.) I did not like his advice, as I like to eat and enjoy fine dining, or comfort dining–actually I just like eating. I took pills of different names and brands for the next ten years at the suggestion of my doctor. It was not long before I realized that my doctors were like car mechanics: “Try this and let’s see if it works!” No one seemed to know.

I decided that, since no one really seemed to have the answers, I would check my blood glucose levels before and after I ate. So if I wasn’t feeling good, the first thing I did was to check my blood sugar level. I learned that, on the pills, I had no way to “fix” a high blood sugar, but that a low blood sugar was actually good if I was around food–especially candy, cake, and ice cream (my favorite) that I had not allowed myself to eat. So that meant I could pig out. But the sad result of that was a very high blood sugar in just a few hours.

There seemed to be no real hope. One doctor suggested more exercise, but with my busy schedule running a business and all the other activities, I realized that would be difficult. In addition, I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I went to a new doctor and discussed with her the possibility of my going on insulin rather than pills. Insulin gave me the ability to correct a high blood sugar quicker, it seemed to promise a better life style and easier living, and she agreed. After being a diabetic for ten years I started taking insulin.

The first insulin was the long-lasting, 24-hour one. When I would do any activities I would become sick, and I learned that it was the low end of insulin called “insulin shock.” Insulin shock is a terrible feeling, and the only correction is sugar–fast sugar–but I always overdid it because of the panic that sets in with insulin shock. After reading and studying, I suggested to my doctor that I use Humalog insulin before each meal and adjust after the meal. The doctor said, “Are you sure you want to take 5 to 6 shots a day?” So she recommend a pump, and I agreed.

Isn’t it strange, looking back on things now, that I’m the one asking my doctor to do certain things? Maybe that’s why all the pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars on ads to get patients to tell their doctors to prescribe medication for them. Isn’t that all a bit backward? What an upside-down world we live in.

For the next couple of years I suffered through the regular changing of the insertion into my stomach; it was very painful. I was up to 138 units of Humalog insulin, gaining weight, and feeling bad, but my A1C number was 5.7, so that part seemed to be working. All the “experts” said that if you can maintain a good A1C, then you will live a longer, happier life.

I felt so bad that I got online and found a doctor who claimed to help diabetics live longer and healthier, so I booked an appointment to see him in Las Vegas. That seems crazy, going from one of the medical capitals of the world–Houston, Texas–but I was looking for answers and there seemed to no solutions, and I was feeling worse–not better.

The doctor in Las Vegas took me through his exam, which was very different from any other doctor’s. He worked with me for about five hours, and then said, “The pump is killing you! Let’s get you off the pump and get a routine that will save your life and provide a higher quality of life for you.” He recommend taking no more than 6 units of insulin 15 minutes before a meal, and checking the glucose levels an hour after the meal, and then take up to another 6 units, avoiding white food (breads, potatoes, pasta, cake), etc.

He said that exercise should be done daily before going to bed (not in the morning), and he said to do 30 minutes of reverse pyramids with heavy weights, which he called “anthropic.” He said, “pick an exercise using the heaviest weight you can for one time; reduce it by 10 pounds and do it again; reduce again by 10 pounds, and repeat that 5 times.” He said to do 3 different exercises, not resting between sets, and that it would take 20 to 30 minutes.

At first that hyped me up before bedtime, but after a few days I was sleeping like a baby, and when I woke up, my blood sugars would be 100 to 120. Normal! He told me to never miss a meal, and to eat mostly protein. When I stayed on this program, my A1C fell to 4.8 and was never higher than 5.5. This worked for about another 10 years, but during the summer of 2013 my A1C got way out of control and nothing helped. I was under a lot of pressure, so I attributed the high sugars to that and the fact that my insurance plan did not want to pay for my prescriptions.

I have now learned about the role that metabolism plays in the awful disease of diabetes, whether it’s Type 1 or Type 2. Here is what I first came to understand: The myth is that you do not become diabetic by being overweight, and you do not become overweight because you are diabetic. Millions of diabetics, and even insurance companies and medical service providers, have failed to learn the reality of how improper resting carbohydrate (glucose) metabolism leads to the making of fat and the ravenous hunger brought on by the late and high production of insulin after the food is gone.

People become overweight because of these diabetes-related, late insulin levels that cause their brains to require them to eat some type of carbohydrate. When carbs are eaten in the presence of extra insulin, fat is both made and stored. And since carbs are designed to be at least 60% of the energy source for the human body, sadly, when the body cannot burn and use carbs, it slows down its metabolism to conserve energy–making fat harder to lose. Due to this improper metabolism, diabetics are essentially “starving in a sea of food.”

Our liver produces the necessary enzymes that cause the mitochondria in every cell to metabolize carbs, which lowers lipid metabolism and causes the tissues to have more cellular energy. The pancreas tells the liver to produce those enzymes. When the pancreas fails to do its job and stimulate the liver, then the disease of diabetes sets in. The patented procedure offered by Diabetes Relief℠ is one that restores impaired pancreatic pulse and mimics the activity of a healthy pancreas, stimulating the liver to produce the enzymes, which then in turn sends messages to the pancreas to produce insulin, which stimulates the liver, and on and on the cycle goes. This process of returning the pancreas and liver to their normal healthy state actually heals the tissue beds! This is what relieves patients undergoing the treatment of the complications of diabetes, such as neuropathy, high blood pressure, non-healing wounds, and others.

So this treatment has provided me answers I have been seeking for many, many years, and I have not felt this good since I was diagnosed with diabetes. With God’s help, this miraculous treatment can be shared with diabetics all across this great country and the world.