T2D BG Testing / Education Project

As you know, I’ve been stressing the importance of BG testing as a means of understanding your particular shape of T2D. It’s useful when reversing your diabetes but possibly even more important in the maintenence phase, as you go on learning about what foods spike and which don’t.

This project is aimed at precisely that and has been brought to our attention by Phil at the Barrow group – thank you Phil!

Have a look and let me know what you think in the week:

https://www.type2testing.com/

Daily Mail Article

Articles on T2D reversal seem to come thick and fast these days and thank you to our reversee friend Patrick for passing this link on to us:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4384362/NHS-spend-millions-diabetes-cure-exercise.html

The headline is repeating the idea that T2D is caused by a lack of exercise, which as Michael Mosley says underneath is only part of the picture.

It won’t tell most of us Dia-Beatists more than we already know, but it’s interesting to see this information gaining more and more traction.

As always, the comments underneath the article are sort of interesting, a mix of the intolerant and the more informed.

Cheers!

Legumes!

You know the old schoolyard rhyme: ‘Heinz Beans, good for the heart / The more you eat, the … better you feel’ (sic)

I’ve been wrestling with legumes for a while now – which is not a pretty picture, I grant you.

The thing is, the little fellers are undoubtedly good for the average person. They’re full of all sorts of good nourishment and fibre … but they’re also perhaps rather carby. We know, for example, that one of our Kendal group has a problem with chickpeas and BG spikes.

This isn’t the case for everyone though. So, experiment with your legumes. Have a nice portion and then an hour / two hours later, check you BG and see if they made a spike or not. Try this a couple of times, to be sure.

If they don’t upset your BG, dig in, as these little fellers are tasty, eco-friendly and a good source of plant protein. Obviously, be careful of the aforementioned canned beans, as they come in a very sugary sauce. A low sugar version is available and not so bad, if you sieve out most of the sauce.

Read more legume news here:

http://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2017/mar/legumes-lower-type-2-diabetes-risk-by-35-per-cent,-research-reports-96421673.html

By the way, you’re probably already familiar with diabetes.co.uk but if you’re not, it’s a great source of information and worth checking on regularly. Their forum is great.

Robert Lustig – ‘Sugar – The Elephant in the Kitchen’

This is TED talk is excellent. Robert Lustig has been posted on this site before, do scroll down if you want to see ‘Sugar: The Bitter Truth.’

This is more condensed and none the worse for it. I came across the link to this in my old research notebook. All you on the Dia-Beat This! course will get a lot more out of watching this now than you would 12 weeks ago.

Do have a look, it’s 22 mins long and well worth the time. Yes, as far as you’re concerned, it’s preaching to the now-converted but if it helps fuel your sense of injustice that our diets have got this bad and if it feeds you some more food for though, it’s worth a watch.

Joanna Blythman – ‘Swallow This’

As promised, here’s a link to Joanna Blythman’s ‘Swallow This.’

If any of you still need to be put of processed food, this should do it once and for all …

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Swallow-This-Serving-Food-Industrys-Darkest-Secrets/0008157855/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1490694298&sr=8-2&keywords=swallow+this

It’s worth noting that the book is a journalistic polemic against processed food, not a scientific primer on the subject but, as with Gary Taubes’ work on sugar, you get a good sense of where the problem areas are.

‘Catalyst’ – Great Aussie TV Programme on LCHF

The Australians are streets ahead of us in terms of the quality of the TV coverage they’re giving to LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) and T2D reversal.

As well at the excellent Insight TV programme which you can find elsewhere on this site (scroll down, posted 5.2.17), which features both Michael Mosley and Roy Taylor, this 30 min programme on LCHF and T2D is clear, concise, informative and comes to us via Dr David Unwin – thank you, David.

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/lowcarb/

If you want to give someone the lowdown on LCHF and its role in T2D reversal, this would be 30 mins of their time well spent. Even for people like ourselves, who now know the dangers of sharb-infested waters, this is an interesting watch.

If you want to be mildly scandalised (but probably not all that surprised), there’s a good bit about 24 mins in, where hospital food is being discussed, notably a sample breakfast of toast, cereal and OJ which breaks down to a glycemic equivalent of 14 teaspoons of sugar.

At some point in the not-too-distant future, people will look back at where we are now and think, ‘Why was that ever tolerated?’ Come the day …

Dr David Unwin

It’s been an interesting weekend.

Another great piece of news is that, time & place allowing, Dr David Unwin has agreed to come and speak with us. We’ll thus be possibly looking at doing a one-off event and getting all four groups together to meet Dr Unwin.

Dr Unwin is a major figure UK T2D reversal, so we can’t understate what a great opportunity this is for us to hear him speak first hand.

(BTW, David loves what we’re doing and he’s looking forward to meeting us all).

David is a GP, practicing in Southport. From what I’ve read, he was becoming disenchanted with medicine until he decided that there had to be more that could be done for the growing number of patients in his practice who had overweight, obesity and T2D.

Almost by chance, he discovered that a low carb diet made huge differences to the health of his patients and, under supervision, a number of his patients with T2D have achieved reversal. David has been rightly celebrated for this achievement, which saves his practice £30K p/a.

David is now a passionate advocate of dietary therapy and, along with a group of other health professionals, is on the advisory board of the Public Health Collaboration, a charitable body ‘dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decisions for better public health.’

They are here:

https://phcuk.org/

And here David is:

And more here:

The Big Interview – Dr David Unwin

Carlos Cervantes Email & Guest Speaker Patrick for Kendal

Two pieces of good news:

We have our hero reversee guest speaker Patrick coming to Kendal on Thursday 16th. We’re going to bring the Grange group to Kendal, so there’ll be a good turn out for him. If anyone else who checks this site wants to attend, get in touch: info@diabeatthis.co.uk. For anyone interested in Type 2 diabetes reversal, I guarantee an interesting couple of hours. 7.00pm Castle Street Community Centre, Kendal LA9 7AD.

Also, Dia-Beat This! participants are welcome to invite a favourite diabetic nurse or GP, just let us know who you’ve invited.

The second interesting piece of news is that I’ve been in touch with Carlos Cervantes in the US, who’s sent us an excellent email, which is full of personal insight into overcoming T2D and keeping the reversal going into the future. We’ll be going over this email in some detail and it’s included in full in this week’s handout.

For anyone who’s missed Carlos’s story, here’s the man himself telling it firsthand. As with Sarah Hallberg’s TED talk below, this is highly recommended viewing.

As before, many thanks to Richard Doughty for making the video available and for putting us in touch with Carlos.