How can we lower high glucose levels, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lose weight and not need to take drugs such as insulin and sulfonylureas which cause weight gain?
Here is the simple answer---the best diet for humans to live longer in superior health is also the best diet for one with diabetes. That is a diet with a high nutrient per calorie ratio as described in my book, Eat To Live. When one eats a diet predominating in nature's perfect foods---green vegetables, beans, eggplant, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, raw nuts and seeds and limited amount of fresh fruit, it becomes relatively easy for people to eat as much as they want and still lose weight relatively quickly. This includes lots of great tasting food, great recipes, but no oil, butter, cheese, flour or sweets. My experience has demonstrated that those choosing to follow my nutritional recommendation have their diabetes melt away astonishingly fast even before they have lost most of their excess weight.
One of Many Success Stories
James Kenney was referred to my office from his nephrologist at St. Barnabus Hospital in Livingston, NJ. Mr. Kenney was originally referred to the nephrologist by his endocrinologist (diabetic specialist) at the Joslin Clinic because of kidney damage that resulted from very high glucose readings in spite of maximum medical management.
At his first visit, Jim weighed 268 pounds and was taking a total of 175 units of insulin per day. He had already suffered from severe complications of Type 2 diabetes, including two heart attacks and Charcot (destructive inflammation) joint damage in his right ankle. In spite of this huge dose of insulin and six other medications, Jim's glucose readings averaged between 350 - 400. This was the case "no matter what I eat," he said. Jim told me that he was already on a careful ADA diet, and was following the precise dietary recommendations of the dietician at the Joslin Clinic.
He started my Eat To Live program right away and I immediately reduced his insulin dose down to 130 units per day. Jim and I spoke on the phone over the next few days, and I continued to decrease his insulin gradually.
After five days, Jim's glucose was running between 80 and 120, and he had lost ten pounds. At this juncture, I put him on 45 units of Lantus insulin at bedtime and 6 units of Humalog regular insulin before each meal for a total of 63 units per day.
At his two week visit Jim had lost 16 pounds. I stopped his blood pressure medications and he was taking a total of 58 units per day of insulin.
After the first month of my Eat To Live program, I was able to stop all of Jim's insulin and start him on Glucophage. He lost 25 pounds in the first five weeks and his blood glucose readings were well controlled without insulin. His blood pressure also came down to normal and he no longer required any blood pressure medications.
Five months later: No more diabetes medication, and a 60-pound weight loss Five months later, Jim was off all medications for diabetes, no longer had high cholesterol or high blood pressure, and was more than 60 pounds lighter. His kidney insufficiency had normalized as well.
This case illustrates not merely how powerful the diet from my Eat To Live approach is, but how the standard dietary advice given to diabetics from conventional physicians and dieticians is insufficient. Jim Kenney would likely be dead by now had his nephrologist not referred him to me for an effective dietary approach.