Fear of Sugar – Part 2
In the prior blog, Fear of Sugar Part 1, I discussed what the fear of sugar prompts persons with type 2 diabetes to do—such as substituting no-calorie sweeteners for sugar—and how this can potentially cause problems when that person tries to treat symptoms of low blood sugar with sugar tablets. In this blog, I would like to discuss the fear of high blood sugar exhibited by doctors who treat persons with Type 2 diabetes.
But first, let’s review some basics about blood sugar (glucose). After a meal, you end up with glucose in your blood that comes from foods you eat. In between meals, your body also releases glucose from stores in the liver to keep a level of sugar needed for your brain to function properly. The liver also makes glucose from amino acids that come from proteins you eat (and also from proteins stored in your own muscle cells such as when you are starving for a period of time).
Doctors would like to keep your blood sugar as close to the normal range as possible, between 70 to 120 milligrams per deciliter of blood. If they suspect you may be diabetic, they will often ask you to measure your own blood sugar level by pricking yourself and placing a drop of blood into a meter that detects your blood sugar level. Doctors usually want to know if you get a reading over 240 twice in a 6-hour period.
Doctors who treat Type 2 diabetes are concerned with several potential complications of high blood sugar. Some persons can experience gradual elevation of blood sugar to levels of 300 and above, which if sustained over months of time can cause complications such as loss of feeling in the nerves, impairment of vision, impotence, and kidney failure. Consistent levels of high blood sugar can cause people to experience dehydration, due to your kidneys eliminating vast amounts of water in an effort to rid the body of excess sugar. If the person is not drinking enough for any reason or if he or she is taking medications that provoke increased urination, the levels of dehydration can be worse.
These concerns create a “fear” in doctors, whose responsibilities are, of course, to protect and save their patients’ lives. As a result, doctors who detect high levels of blood sugar in patients are often quick to prescribe medications to increase the rate of insulin production in the pancreas or, to provoke the kidneys into releasing glucose. Doctors can also put patients on dosages of injectable insulin, sometimes using different types of insulin, each having variable durations of action in an attempt to keep blood sugar levels under control for the whole day.
A major concern for doctors who treat persons with diabetes is what happens to their blood sugar after a meal. The sudden elevation of blood sugar from the consumption of carbohydrates (which digest into sugars) could result in the very robust release of insulin from the person’s pancreas, which in turn could lead to a very low blood sugar immediately thereafter. This concern has resulted in doctors asking patients to shoot insulin even before a meal is consumed.
The urge to prevent complications related to high blood sugar prompts doctors to keep increasing the dose and types of diabetic medications prescribed for each patient. It is not uncommon for a person who has been on diabetic medications for a few years to end up taking two or three medications, in addition to insulin. Since less than 10 percent of patients ever get completely off diabetic medications, through lifestyle changes, doctors have minimal experience in learning to prescribe less medication.
As explained in my book, Eat Chew Live, I believe that diabetes is a condition resulting from overconsumption, especially of grains and grain-based carbohydrates, rather than a hormonal disease related to insulin resistance. If you are a doctor, I hope you will read my book and learn the scientific reasons I have researched over 20 years that validate my theory. You will be pleased to know how you can teach patients to lower their blood sugar, and help them lower their diabetic medications.
If you are a patient with prediabetes or full diabetes, I offer you good news. A significant reduction or elimination of your intake of grain and grain-based foods will result in very little absorption of glucose into the body. If glucose is not absorbed in significant quantities after a meal, you may have very minimal need to take medications such as insulin injections to control your blood sugar. You might even be able to reverse your diabetes by avoiding grains and grain-based products.
But please note: I have had reports from many persons taking insulin to control their diabetes, that when they began avoided grains and grain-based foods, they experienced symptoms of low blood sugar because their doctors did not reduce their insulin dosages in a timely fashion. Please be aware of this possibility and inform your doctor about your new diet and ask him or her to treat you using a new strategy of decreasing insulin dosage since you are not eating grains or grain-based products.
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