Misconceptions about Overeating When You Are On Diabetes Medication
Whether you are diabetic or not, if you find yourself routinely or frequently overeating, please read my blog Why Do People Overeat? for some general background, either before or after you read this blog.
But this blog is especially for people who are taking medications for prediabetes or diabetes and find themselves overeating or unable to resist “the urge to gorge.” It addresses the false notion that it is ok to overeat if you take medications or inject insulin.
Recently, I witnessed a doctor friend of mine who was on medication for his Type 2 diabetes eating a large amount of grains and grain-based food at a party. He had read my book Eat Chew Live, written specifically to warn individuals to minimize or avoid grains and grain-based food products because, in my opinion, this is what causes elevation of blood sugar leading to the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. Therefore, I wondered what makes a person who had agreed with the concept in my book so helpless when it comes to eating the wrong foods.
A few days later, I came across another friend, also a doctor with Type 2 diabetes, asking me at a party to excuse him so that he can stop our conversation to go and take his insulin. When I asked him, he told me that he calculates the dose of insulin based on the anticipated amount of food he is going to eat. He laughingly admitted that the food being served was so good that he decided to take extra units of insulin on that day, as he does when he expects to eat more than usual.
I was baffled, as these behaviors seemed risky to me. Diabetes is diabetes and every chance you have to change your consumption and gain control of your eating habits is, in my view, a step in the right direction. I wondered why diabetics still have this urge to gorge when they know they are on medications to control their blood sugar?
I suggest that diabetics often believe they are in control of their blood sugar level because they take medications rather than control what they eat. Medical professionals and, of course, pharmaceutical companies promote that philosophy, extolling the virtues of keeping blood sugar numbers at the right level by consistently taking medications.
But this is, frankly, misinformation. If you are like the people above, you need to understand that a medication such as insulin does not allow glucose to get out of the body or force conversion of it to energy to be used immediately after taking it. Any glucose not used continues to be stored as fat or remains in your bloodstream, which is why many diabetics gain weight.
And if you are constantly filling up your natural supply of fat cells, any further excess glucose absorbed from the ongoing overconsumption of food (especially grains) cannot be stored as fat and remains in your bloodstream. In effect, despite taking medications, you are creating a never-ending cycle of high blood sugar and fat in your blood vessels.
At best, you may stabilize your blood sugar at a high level, or lower by a small amount, but you will not reverse your diabetes back to the point of normalcy….unless you stop overeating, especially grains. This is why many people taking medication to “control” their high blood sugar end up graduating from one dosage of medication to another, or need to change medications, or need to increase their insulin injections—they are in a never ending cycle of higher and higher blood sugar and fat. This has the potential of clogging your blood vessels with fat deposits even when your blood glucose level is within acceptable limits.
So, if you believe that you are in control of your diabetes due to a medication, and so it is ok for you to overeat, you are mistaken. To truly take control of your diabetes, truly change your eating patterns.
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