Treating Diabetes with Insulin – Are You Doing It Wrong?
When you were first diagnosed with Diabetes and prescribed insulin, you were probably taught how and when to administer your insulin. It went something like this:
- Before a meal, test your blood glucose.
- Take the appropriate sliding scale dose of insulin.
- Eat a meal.
- Wait until right before your next meal, then test blood glucose.
- Take the appropriate sliding scale dose of insulin,
- Eat your next meal.
And so this continues throughout the day. Well, this way of treating your Diabetes is illogical. Because with this method, your blood glucose is seesawing up and down all day long, and there are long periods of time between meals when your blood glucose is elevated, but you don’t find out about it until the next meal.
There are two other ways of treating this problem that make more sense, and are healthier.
- Before eating a meal, estimate the number of carbohydrates in the meal you will be eating. As you start the meal, take your insulin shot. That way, the insulin is lowering your blood sugar at the same time as your body is producing the glucose, so your blood sugar levels will not get as high and won’t be high for long. One hour after the meal is over, test your blood glucose again to see if your estimate was close to correct. If you are still a little high, you can take another small shot to even things out.
- Adopt the Ketogenic Lifestyle. A ketogenic diet is a very low carbohydrate diet -less than 20 carbohydrates per day. This means you will be eating mostly meat, eggs, cheese, butter, and non-starchy vegetables. This lowers blood glucose extensively, and prevents the chronically high insulin levels that cause inflammation and fermentation. These conditions are the cause of all the damage done to your body by Diabetes. People who adopt the Ketogenic Lifestyle very often are able to totally reverse their Type 2 Diabetes, improve their kidney function, heal or significantly improve peripheral neuropathy, lose weight, and heal conditions caused by inappropriate levels of inflammation.
Not sure eating all that meat, butter and eggs are good for you? The American Academy of Cardiologists came out with a study in June 2020 in which they stated “Most recent meta-analyses of randomized trials and observational studies found no beneficial effects of reducing SFA intake on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and total mortality, and instead found protective effects against stroke.” SFA is Saturated Fatty Acids. So there is no reason to worry about eating these foods. View the study.
Learn more about the Ketogenic Diet
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