My name is David, and I’m a newly diagnosed, 57 year old, prediabetic.
When I got the news it felt like a death sentence. My doctor told me I’d likely have full-blown diabetes in a few more years. I was told that I needed to work on my diet, get more exercise, and that I’d need to go on metformin to control my blood sugar. He wrote me a script, gave me some pamphlets to read, then sent me on my way.
I’m six foot tall. When I got the diagnosis I weighed 211 pounds. I have a slender build, and all of my extra weight was on my belly and waist. It’s been growing for the past 8-10 years.
Yep, I was over-weight and out-of-shape, and I did it to myself!
When I put my stats into the Center for Disease Control’s Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator, I learned that my BMI is 28.6. Here’s what that means:
|30.0 and Above||Obese|
Most of my adult life I was at the low end of normal. Then my life changed. Perhaps your story is similar.
In 2007 I retired from my military career and took on a “desk job”. At the same time I became single and was living alone. I began a habit of comfort eating, drinking too much coffee with artificial creamer, and consuming wine several times a week. I did this while also living a mostly sedentary lifestyle, sitting behind my desk or in front of the TV.
Refusing to be a statistic, I decided to fight back and told my doctor to stick his pharmaceuticals where the sun don’t shine. I got myself into this mess, and I can darn well get myself out of it.
And that’s exactly what I did.
BloodSugarBasics.com was a Merck website. Merck, a global pharmaceutical manufacturer, makes metformin and other blood sugar control medications. The irony that I now own the website, and I’m using it to educate people on how to get off of blood sugar control medications, is not lost on me.
With the new and improved BloodSugarBasics.com, I’ve taken the sound information put out by Merck, and approved by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), and combined it with my research and my personal actions.
My goal is to completely reverse the damage I’ve done to myself and restore normal health.
If this is your goal, you’re in the right place.
What I learned about the epidemic of diabetes and prediabetes occurring in the United States, and around the world, horrified me.
What I learned about the causes of obesity and type 2 diabetes blew me away.
What I learned about how to reverse my blood sugar problem, lose my excess fat, and how easy it really is, shocked me.
Now I want to share what I learned with you. I have nothing to sell you. I’m freely sharing this information, and my own success, because I care.
What You’ll Learn
- How Disinformation is Making the Diabetes Epidemic Worse.
- Why What You Think You Know About Insulin and Blood Sugar is all Wrong.
- Who is Really Behind the Epidemic and How to Fight Back.
- Which Diabetes Drug Caused Over 100,000 Heart Attacks… And the Government Did Nothing!
- What You Must Do to Reverse Your Diabetes and Restore Good Health.
I put my core research into a series of blog posts that I recommend reading in order. At the end of each blog post I’ve added a link to the next to make it easy to navigate. I condensed weeks of research into 30 minutes of reading that will make you angry. I hope it also inspires you to take action.
I also merged another blog I picked up, called Life as a Plate (LAAP), with BloodSugarBasics.com. LAAP was a food blog focused on sugar-free, gluten-free, Paleo and Primal diet recipes. The stories and recipes helped me a lot, and I know they can help you, too.
NEXT » Defining the Real Problem.
Some of my research sources include:
- CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report.
- Clinical Scientist Sets the Record Straight on Hazards of Sugar.
- Rogers D. Bigger Subsidies Under New Farm Bill Program.
- Effect of Rosiglitazone on the Risk of Myocardial Infarction and Death from Cardiovascular Causes.
- Avandia Heart Attack & Congestive Heart Failure.
- Red and Processed Meat Consumption and Risk of Incident Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes Mellitus.
- Eating Processed Meats, but not Unprocessed Red Meats, May Raise Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes.
- Trans Fatty Acid Intake Is Associated with Insulin Sensitivity but Independently of Inflammation.
- Glycemic Changes after Vitamin D Supplementation in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and Vitamin D Deficiency.
- Serum 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D: A Predictor of Macrovascular and Microvascular Complications in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.
- Vitamin D Status in Relation to Glucose Metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes in Septuagenarians.
- Levels of Vitamin D and Cardiometablic Disorders: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
- Healthy Behaviours and 10-Year Incidence of Diabetes: A Population Cohort Study.
- Resolve to Be Healthier May Actually Help Reduce T2DM.
The commentary on BloodSugarBasics.com is meant to supplement your knowledge of type 2 diabetes, its cause, and healthy lifestyle changes that can lead to your recovery. All diabetic patients should follow the professional medical advice of their healthcare team, including nutrition, physical activity, testing and medication.