Open Future HealthA Diet for Type Two Diabetes

Type Two Diabetes killed Dr Noakes's father. There is no reason with correct knowledge, that anyone should get Type Two Diabetes, it takes 20+ years to develop, and corrective action should be taken years before the problem presents as a disease.

If a person is diagnosed with type two diabetes, SIMPLE dietary action everyone can do, can resolve the problem. One needs to eat a different diet. That's a choice. If you choose wisely your life can be normal and probably medication free.



Doctors follow the protocol.
Diabetes Dietary Confusion

Around the world there are both doctors and dietitians who have been placed under restriction or have lost their practicing certificate for disregarding the protocol for treating diabetes patients. That's why the wrong treatment is entrenched, and people are still being given the wrong advice.

Very slowly there is greater recognition that something is wrong, aided greatly by the Internet. People can read for themselves how Richard K Bernstein managed his type one diabetes, and can talk to him online if they wish.

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Anyone can go to Youtube and hear Dr Jason Fung deliver more than nine hours of lectures about the causes of obesity and diabetes.

The "Cooking from the Heart" web-site says that: "At least 80% of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancers can be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle, which include making healthier food choices." Comments which Dr Noakes would entirely agree with.

Then they give the totally discredited advice and information in this slide. If you have diabetes, the only sensible diet is a low-carbohydrate diet. Dr Noakes recommends less than 50gm of carbohydrate a day. Dr Richard K Bernstein recommends 13gm of carbohydrate in each of three meals.

Exercise is always desirable, but it's not relevant to reducing the excess insulin in the blood stream caused by a faulty diet.

If the dietary principles are understood and followed there will be no need for any medication for most type two diabetics, and type one diabetics will minimise the amount of insulin they need to use.


Prevalence of Diabetes Since 1976

This page is largly based on video 26 ( 27 min)


The strong increase in diabetes diagnosis in the USA

There seems to be a rule, that it takes 20 years on a bad diet, for type two diabetes to develop. You can see it in the graph above.

A high carbohydrate diet eventually triggers a hormonal response that is toxic to the body. It's the bodies way of trying to protect itself from a bad diet. The homeostatic process has been out of order for a long time.

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"My father was told to eat a normal diet and correct his blood sugars with insulin. His diabetes got progressively worse and eventually killed him, because this is exactly to wrong treatment. The correct target is the insulin level. You can easily reduce the level of insulin if you severely restrict carbohydrates. In some cases it may be necessary to control protein intake too. A low-carbohydrate diet doesn't stimulate the production of insulin."

We've known since the 1980's that carbohydrate restriction works really well. Why don't we do that? We might call it the "Semmelweis Effect," the purposeful rejection of a process that works, because we it contradicts some norm, or belief, or paradigm, we are trying to protect.

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(From Wikipedia) Described as the "savior of mothers", Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as "childbed fever") could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics. Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal, with mortality at 10%–35%. Semmelweis proposed the practice of washing hands with chlorinated lime solutions in 1847 while working in Vienna General Hospital's First Obstetrical Clinic, where doctors' wards had three times the mortality of midwives' wards. He published a book of his findings in Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever.

Despite various publications of results where hand washing reduced mortality to below 1%, Semmelweis's observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions of the time and his ideas were rejected by the medical community. Semmelweis could offer no acceptable scientific explanation for his findings, and some doctors were offended at the suggestion that they should wash their hands.

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"Effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on glycemic control in outpatients with severe type 2 diabetes" - Japan, 2009

The study group had previously restricted carbohydrate for diabetes patients to 45% of the diet, about 225gm of carbohydrate a day with success in reducing the HbA1c level.

In this study they took patients with severe diabetes, and restricted them to about 140gm of carbohydrate a day. They describe this as a "low-carbohydrate diet," using similar terminology to that of Stellenbosch University. This is technically correct, but Dr Jeff Volek's lab has shown, that better results are obtained when carbohydrate in the diet is less than 130gm a day. On the Banting Diet we recommend less than 50gm of carbohydrate a day, a very low-carbohydrate diet.

"This study demonstrated that good glycemic control with a tapering off of sulfonylureas and improvement of the serum cholesterol profile can be achieved with a 30%-carbohydrate diet among outpatients with severe T2DM at an outpatient clinic. The mean HbA1c level decreased by 1.0% per month during the first 3 months."

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The iceberg of common metabolic (lifestyle) diseases. Above the waterline we see the features of metabolic syndrome, as identified by Gerald Reaven. Questions are asked about other common problems that may have a connection to this same pathology. Cancers and dementia in particular.

Below the waterline we see the underlying problems that are causing metabolic syndrome. Chief among these is insulin resistance. Not mentioned in this slide is fatty liver disease, the importance of which has only recently been established.

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Holding the orthodox line on diabetes, is a way of not thinking about the problem. The recommended protocol makes type two diabetics sicker, it does not cure them. A very low-carbohydrate diet, removes all symptoms of type two diabetes, and in most case all need for any medication. There are no symptoms and no need for medication. That is an effective cure, so long as the diet is maintained.

For type one diabetics, like Richard K Bernstein, a low-carbohydrate diet gives much easier control of the need to use insulin. Keeping insulin use to a minimum, is the key to a long happy life, even with type one diabetes.

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