The Blood Sugar Solution: if you have read it, what are your thoughts about it?

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-04-16 16:22:50 -0500
Started 2012-04-15 14:04:14 -0500

Diabesity: What You Don’t Know May Kill You

What’s in a name: insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, syndrome X, obesity, pre-diabetes, adult-onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes. These are all essentially one problem; some vary by severity but all can have deadly consequences. The diagnosis and treatment of the underlying causes that drive all these conditions are actually the same.

Diabesity is a more comprehensive term to describe the continuum from optimal blood sugar balance toward insulin resistance and full-blown diabetes.

Nearly all people who are overweight (over 70 percent of adult Amer­icans) already have “pre-diabetes” and have significant risks of disease and death. They just don’t know it. Even worse, while the word “diabes­ity” is made up of the concepts of obesity and diabetes, even those who aren’t overweight can have this problem. These are the “skinny fat” peo­ple. They are “underlean” (not enough muscle) instead of “overweight” and have a little extra weight around the middle, or “belly fat.” Currently there are no national screening recommendations, no treatment guide­lines, no approved medications, and no reimbursement to health care providers for diagnosing and treating anything other than full-blown diabetes. Think about that. Doctors are not expected, trained, or paid to diagnose and treat the single biggest chronic disease in America, which, along with smoking, causes nearly all the major health care burdens of the twenty-first century, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and even cancer. But here is the good news—there is a scien­tifically proven solution that I have mapped out for you in this book.

Our current medical practice has not caught up with our knowledge. In 2008, the American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists gathered twenty-two experts and reviewed all the scientific data on pre-diabetes and diabetes. They her­alded a wake-up clarion call for individuals, the health care community, and governments around the world.Their conclusions were as follows:
The diagnosis of pre-diabetes and diabetes is arbitrary. A fasting blood sugar over 100 mg/dl is considered pre-diabetes, and a blood sugar over 126 mg/dl is considered diabetes. However, they found these cutoffs don’t reflect the whole spectrum of risk— including heart disease, cancer, dementia, stroke, and even kidney and nerve damage—which starts at much lower num­bers, numbers most people consider normal.
The DECODE study of 22,000 people examined the continuum of risk measured not by fasting blood sugar, but by blood sugar after a big sugar drink (the best way to diagnose the problem). The study found that even starting at blood sugar levels that were perfectly normal (95 mg/dl), there was a steady and significant risk of heart disease and complications well below the accepted abnormal of less than 140 mg/dl for pre-diabetes and long before people reached the diabetic cutoff of 200 mg/dl.

Bottom line: Even if you have perfectly normal blood sugar, you may be sitting on a hidden time bomb of disease called diabesity, which pre­vents you from losing weight and living a long healthy life. Insulin resistance is the major cause of aging and death in the developed and most of the developing world. This book will help you identify and reverse this explosive situation for yourself. It also lays out a compre­hensive action plan for greater collective action to solve this problem individually and collectively by getting healthy together.

Excerpted from The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now! by Mark Hyman, MD. Copyright © 2012 by Hyman Enterprises, LLC. Published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

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gmagigi 2012-04-16 15:11:08 -0500 Report

Downloaded a sample of the book and then went to the website. Is it for real or just a scam to buy his supplements? I took his "test" to determine which supplements I needed and the cost — per month — was $311!! Sorry, that is not in my budget. Will be getting more info when his next course comes out in 6 weeks.

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 15:38:40 -0500 Report

The review quoted here has information that concurs with much of my reading on the subject. If Dr. Hyman has a website selling nutritional supplements, the selection probably is based on what he believes to be appropriate treatment for the disease or diseases he works with. That doesn't invalidate the information in the book.

We all use our own judgement about supplementation and, following many of these "plans" would bankrupt most of us. When presented with something like the information you say is on his website, I would make my choices depending on my issues and outside information I could get that would establish a claim as hype or real.

For example, the first book I read on diabetes was Dr. Julian Whitaker's Reversing Diabetes (This book came out at least 10 years ago and is NOT the one currently going by a very similar title.) He uses nutrition as medicine, but recommended much more than I was willing to take and would cost more dollars than I had to spend. I didn't throw the whole thing out because of that, I studied and found what parts of it worked for me. No one has the perfect prescription that fits our diabetes and our pocketbook. This really is a do-it-yourself project for us and most of us end up taking snippets of truth where ever we can find them and use them to improve our health.

gmagigi 2012-04-16 15:58:38 -0500 Report

yeah, I'm just so frustrated with all the information out there and what's real and what's a scam. And, I don't feel I can trust most Drs because of their training in nutrition and diabetes in general.

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 16:22:50 -0500 Report

There is a lot of information and mis-information. Sorting through it is a big task complicated by the fact that we do frequently react differently to things. I'm inclined to give people the benefit of the doubt and think that those differences are what generates much of the mis-information, but there is some that is pure hype geared towards sales only.

I think the ones where it is more difficult to discern the good from the bad are the sales sites that sell things that would/could actually help us, but perhaps recommended in higher dosage than needed. I like the variety of what is available, because I can try things and tailor my supplements to my needs.

When I first started, I went back to cooking for real food. I had done this much of my life, so it wasn't a difficult switch. I had just gotten out of the habit as work demands and long hours led me to reach for the microwaved meal more and more often.

Eventually, I went to all organic foods, but that was a few years coming. I also use a PUR filter to filter my water so I don't get all the hormones and chemicals that lurk in the water supply.

For initial supplements, I added alpha lipoic acid (600 mg twice daily) and biotin (5,000 mcg daily). That helped me get some control on my BGs. Walking daily for 2-3 miles was another big factor.

At this same time I took most of the white foods (bread, flour, rice, milk, sugar, etc.) out of my diet. That helped a lot. Gradually, I learned what I reacted to most and removed those from my diet permanently and added some of the lesser reactive ones back in. (I would actually eat a food and take pre/post readings and had to buy a lot of extra test strips that my insurance wouldn't cover, before I could really figure out all the culprits in my diet.)

I'd recommend you start with a more restrictive diet and get your BGs under control, then explore what you can add back in. You want to do this without medication, so you will need to make some pretty definitive changes to get the results you want.

I have a good doc now, but I had little or no real help from the one I had for the first 5 years except knowing he cared what happened to me and did send me to a good diabetic educator … I just used her to teach me some about food and diabetes instead of how to give me shots which was his idea/plan for me. A class could be helpful for you, but even there you will find out of date information. It just gives you a place to start in your search. Good luck!