Diabetics Should Keep Their Bread in the Freezer

low carbohydrate pre diabetic diet and metabolic syndrome x blood sugar controlI have previously posted about the type 2 diabetic patient that I see regularly who has contracted bladder cancer possibly related to taking Actos to manage his blood sugar levels.

He informed me today about a couple of things. One is that he received a letter from the attorney representing his health insurance company. They essentially want information from him that would be helpful in their lawsuit against the makers of Actos…No comment.

He also shared some good news that seems to have come out of this. He has been taking metformin and glyburide to help manage his blood sugar level, however he was told that his levels have been running high and he may need to go on insulin.

Well, this really motivated him. He has cut down his carbohydrate intake, has lost 25 lbs, and has experienced improved blood sugar levels. He commented that since he now eats bread so infrequently, he has to keep it in the refrigerator so it doesn’t go bad.  I told him the next step is to move it to the freezer.

Carbohydrates are sugar. Prediabetics and diabetics do not metabolize sugar properly, therefore they need to minimize their intake of carbohydrates. This is especially true of refined and processed carbohydrates. This doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself to improve your blood sugars. It is uncanny how often the terms “reduced carbohydrate diet” and “low-calorie diet” are interchanged in the diet literature. Do not starve yourself. This will cause further deterioration in your health and metabolism. Eat real foods including protein based foods such as fish, chicken, and some red meat if you like it; obtain some carbohydrates from plenty of vegetables and some fruits. These foods contain carbs, but the fiber in these foods lessens their impact on your metabolism.  Not to mention the fact they they are real foods that were actually alive, and not produced by a machine.

Naturally I encouraged my patient to stay the course and don’t look back. He has more weight to lose, but already has a noticeably healthier appearance. You can do the same. Make the move to change your health now. As if the complications of diabetes are not enough motivation, diabetes and diabetes medications have been implicated in a number of cancers.  If you are prediabetic, you still have time to stop prediabetes, and prevent full blown diabetes.

Depending on your individual case, it’s possible that you may be able get off your diabetes medications with the right approach to food.  Do this with the guidance of your doctor.  He or she will be pleased and amazed to have such a motivated patient.

By the way, my patient is also doing well with regard to his bladder cancer treatment.

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.

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