How I Beat Type 2 Diabetes

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How I beat diabetes and got off all my medications and have none of the accompanying side effects that go with it.
I wanted to share this live. I'm not reading a script. I want to tell you my story. It started in 2007 and there was a mole on my back that was kind of funky. And a couple of friends at the pool noticed that... we had a condo in San Diego at the time. And they said, you know, you really need to get that mole looked at.

And I said, okay, well actually I didn't say okay right away. But after enough nagging, they finally got me to call the doctor and go in and have the mole looked at.
Well, I went, look, I had it looked at and the doctor she looks at and she goes, there's nothing wrong with that mole.

So I felt great that day until she called me two days later and they had taken a standard blood panel as doctors usually do and said, I need you to make an appointment as soon as possible.

One of those dreaded words, I said, well, what's up, we'll talk about it when you come in, why do they always do that? Honestly, why do they do that? Why won't they just tell you on the phone? You know, we've got some issues we want to discuss. Let me give you a little heads up and I could have researched. I could have been a lot calmer by the time I got in there. So I made my appointment. It was like the next day, it was really fast. They did get me in right away.

But, uh, I made my appointment and I went in there. I sat down and I gotta tell you I'm scared to death. I thought, oh my God, what have I got? What's wrong? So she tells me to sit down. I mean, I was actually standing and she said, she wanted me to sit. I was like, okay.

And so finally she says, I've got to tell you, we got your blood numbers back. And there were a couple of issues that were really disturbing... the stuff going through my head... like I said, why do they do that every time, drag it out big and dramatic.

Anyways, that's not the point of this. The point of this is she informed me that my blood sugar was 200, my fasting, blood sugar, and my A1C, which is the average of three months of blood sugar tests was a 14.7, which is sky rocket high.

I didn't know it at the time I sat there looking out over the blank stare and saying, what does that mean?
She goes, well, it means you're a type one diabetic. We're gonna have to get you on insulin, right away.

Well, you know, here, here's a guy who's a little squeamish about needles and I'm being told that I'm going to be injecting insulin into me... multiple times a day if needed.
That was a little unnerving.

She said, you might want to go talk to an endocrinologist and just, those are, those are doctors that specialize in, uh, in diabetes. And I said, okay, I'm going to go talk to him.

So I made an appointment. It took me about a week to get in and he sits down with me. He says, Dave, you know, these high numbers don't necessarily mean you're type one.
He checked some things. He interviewed me, he ran a few tests and he informed me that no, I truly think that you're a type two diabetic and that we control this with medication.

Well, I found that to be quite a relief. See I've never taken any medication on my life for anything. I've been really blessed. I've worked hard, my whole life to stay healthy, and I was willing to take the medication. I had no idea that could be side effects from the medication.

The first medication he prescribed for me was Metformin. I went through a couple of different dosage adjustments with that. I won't get into that. Just let it be said that my blood sugar numbers came down a little bit, but not far enough.

He also sent me to a registered dietician. I had to meet with three different times and she showed me... she laid out the whole American diabetes association eating plan. Basically the food pyramid, and really insistent that I eat, eat to the letter the way this was prescribed.

I did, I did, but you know what? My numbers still didn't resolve. They didn't go down to where they needed to be so that I can remain healthy.

I went to the doctor and I said, you know, what are we going to do?

And he said, well, you know what, there's another medication I can prescribe for you. It's called glyburide. It works with Metformin to help you bring your numbers down. And basically what it does is when you eat, it brings the numbers down.

So I said, okay, sure. Why not? Let's do this. I want to be healthy. I understand the risk of diabetes, the heart disease, the neuropathy, the different things that come along with it, the eyesight, cause I'd done my research by them. And, uh, at least as to what it was.

So he prescribed this for me and it did work. That is until it didn't work.

The first night it didn't work let me tell you what happened. I went to bed. I was feeling pretty good. I woke up at like three in the morning. I felt really dizzy lying there and I couldn't figure out why I was dizzy.

I opened my eyes and I couldn't see, all I saw was a dark haze with bright flashing lights, all around the outside of my eyes and scared me. I laid there breathing for a while and I finally picked up the phone. I reached over for the phone, my cell phone that I kept in the bed table and I brought it all the way up and bring it all the way up I could punch the numbers out.

I called my wife and fortunately she was on speed dial also. So I hit the number one and there she was. She answered the phone. I mean, three in the morning, she was still up, but what else is new with my wife? So she got me calmed down because I was pretty upset at this point and got me to reach over to the nightstand and grab my meter on my test strips.

It still wasn't a star testing my blood sugar, but I was able to get the strip inserted, and able to punch a hole on my finger and run the test.

The test said my blood sugar was 38! 38 is extremely low blood sugar. That's right on the edge of going into a diabetic coma.

I didn't know that at the time. All I knew was I got the meter up to my eyes and I'm squinting and I find targets, it looks like 38 and peg goes 38? She says it can't be. And I looked, you know, turning around and yeah, sure enough, it was 38.

She told me we had bought some... part of the whole training... they have you buy these sugar tablets.
So I had sugar tablets in my nightstand. She said, find them eat a couple. I did and I ate a couple more. And within about 10 minutes, my head stopped spinning and my vision started to return.

That was really scary. So I called my doctor the next morning and I said, you know, this is strange.

He goes, well, the glyburide, you know, if everything's working, the Metformin's working, sometimes it will cause low blood sugar. And I told him what the number was. He said, nah, couldn't have been, couldn't have been well, it was, it actually happened again a couple of nights later.
So I got up the next morning, I threw my glyburide away. Never, never to eat it again. And I didn't ask my doctor. I highly encourage you don't ever do that. In my case it worked out well. But check with your physician before you make decisions like that. Threw my glyubride away. And I was right back to square one back with the Metformin, with the increased dosages of Metformin.

Taking it two, three times a day. I forget how many, but taking it more often than I would have liked to, and also is getting some little side effects here and there. Just things, a little nausia and nauseous and things like that. So I went to work. I said, okay, there's got to be a better way than this.

I'd ask my doctor and he said, no, not really. Not really. We'll get get you... we'll get your dosages figured out. Get your medication right?

I did some research and I found something interesting. There were tons of professionals and some doctors, physicians who said, you know what, the worst thing you can do, the worst way you can eat when you're a diabetic... short of tons of ice cream... but the worst thing you can do is eat the American Diabetes recommended diet.

That was shocking to me. How can that be? So I checked it out.

That diet was established in the 1940s. That has not changed since. They've made no adjustments as more information has come to light, as technology has come to light to the eating plan.

So I read and I read and I read and I found out that the number one suggestion was to get regular exercise. Okay. Check. I was already doing that except I threw in a little, some movement and you know, I'd been doing a lot of weightlifting. I was in good shape. I mean, that's what was surprising about the diagnosis of diabetes.

I felt I was in really good shape. Didn't think I was overweight. Although it turned out later I was... just carried my weight a little bit differently than most people. And so it wasn't obvious and, and, and there was no history in my family. Nobody had ever been a diabetic in my family. I called everybody that was still around and they all said, no, no diabetes that we know of.

So I didn't have any of the symptoms, but they said the number one thing to do is exercise. And the number two thing to do is eliminate sugar from your diet. I didn't think that was possible. It turned out it wasn't that hard. They said cut down on your processed foods. Try not to eat processed food. Cut out the breads, the pasta, the potatoes... bread, pasta potatoes... those are some of the foundations of the American diabetes association diet. Cut those out.

Basically what they were recommending was a low carb lifestyle. And to be sure not to snack between meals.
I implemented those things and boy, my numbers started coming down. My, my morning fasting numbers were in the eighties and nineties, normal fasting numbers.

It was amazing how quickly, just a couple of weeks. I felt my numbers were normal so I called the doctor up and said, I would like to stop taking my metformin. He wasn't real thrilled with that, but he did agree to stop for 90 days. If my numbers went up in the morning... and I was to test every day... if my numbers went up, I needed to call him.
If they didn't go I could go for 90 days, then make an appointment and we'd test my blood sugar numbers.

Well, I was fine for the 90 days. I don't think I ever went over a hundred. I was eating so strictly on this low carb regimen, I was going at least four hours between meals, not snacking... and the results were stunning.

So I went in 90 days later and we ran another blood panel. Fortunately, he had a machine in his office that did the A1c instantly. We checked my A1C and it was 5.7. So in 90 days I'd gone from a 14.7 to 5.7, which is totally normal blood sugar. I was so thrilled and the doctor smiled and said, Dave, I think you got it under control.

As long as you eat this way, as long as you maintain, but keep checking your blood sugar. He suggested once a week, it's become a habit. 14 years later and I'm still testing every day. Um, that's okay. I'm a little obsessive over things like that. I don't want the diabetes to come back and it's a way of testing what I ate the day before to make sure it worked properly.

I don't want to get too long with this, but I wanted to let you know, I have kept my diabetes under control with diet and exercise for 13 years. I've helped multiple other people do the same. I had one gentleman was taking... I forget how many medications he was taking. It was like 42 pills a day. And one day he came in and we together destroyed his medications.

We took them down and we turned them in. It was so awesome. He also has been in the five-point club for years now, and many others had similar results. It is possible.
So I just wanted to share this with you to give you hope. To let you know, that diabetes can be controlled... type two diabetes can be controlled with eating and exercise.
How amazing is that?

I want as many people as possible to realize there is hope for controlling your type two diabetes.

So with that move well, stay healthy, be happy. Live with passion. We'll talk to you very soon.
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