• Type 2 diabetes: People with type 2 diabetes have high blood sugars, high fasting blood sugars, high after-eating blood sugars, and are often on insulin and/or oral diabetes drugs to reduce blood sugar.
• When you remove wheat and grains, and thereby the Amylopectin A that raises blood sugar, you’re going to see a dramatic and abrupt decrease in after-eating blood sugars.
• That means a person with diabetes, has to cut back the insulin and the oral drugs right away because you don’t want hypoglycemia, low blood sugars.
Low blood sugars, particularly below about 60 or 70 milligrams per dL, can be an acute threat.
• Higher blood sugars are allowed in the beginning. Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars, are not an acute threat.
They’re a chronic threat to health. No higher than preferably 180, 190, 200 tops, but allow that in the near term so that they’re protected from the low blood sugars.
• It’s not uncommon to have to cut their insulin doses in half. For instance, if you’re taking 30 units of NPH – long-acting insulin – at bedtime, it’s not uncommon to have to cut it to 15.
• It’s not uncommon to have to cut their regular insulin injections prior to each meal from, say 20 to 10, right off the bat, because you do not want hypoglycemia at any cost.
• You may have to search for a practitioner who is willing to work with you on this, because a lot of the doctors who prescribe insulin and oral diabetes drugs in the first place, don’t know how to get their patients off very easily, because they’re not used to seeing diabetes go away.
• The worst drugs for reducing blood sugar, that is, that are most dangerous to this situation, are all forms of injectable insulin and the drugs glimepiride, glyburide, and glipizide. Those are the four agents you want to drop, slash, right off from the start.
• Other drugs, like metformin, and the injectable drugs, are not quite so dangerous - unless they are used in conjunction with other drugs.
• Weight loss can flood the blood stream with triglycerides and fatty acids from the fat stores and fat cells, and that can block the action of insulin. There can be a lot of erratic blood sugars and some high blood sugars, as long as your client is losing weight. That’s not bad. That’s simply natural.
• Once weight plateaus, so let’s say they start, say it’s a female and she starts at 210 pounds, she drops her insulin needs, she gets off insulin probably, and let’s say she’s down to 140 pounds and she plateaus, let’s just say – that’s where you’ll see blood sugar then drop again, when there’s no more fatty acids and triglycerides being mobilized into the blood stream.
• Bottom-line: is as you proceed to help your clients become non-diabetic, or minimally diabetic as possible, do not allow any hypoglycemia. You also have to advise your diabetic patient to check blood sugars more frequently so that they do not chance any hypoglycemia.
• Type 1 Diabetes: Grains can also cause type 1 diabetes, because it’s that Gliadin protein that initiates the first step in auto-immune diseases in the intestinal tract. Many cases of type 1 diabetes in children are initiated by the Gliadin protein of wheat and related grains.
• Problem: by the time most kids are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes they have destroyed most or all of their pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin.
• Similar to above, when you take that Gliadin away from the diet with wheat and grain elimination, blood sugars will plummet, and the same cautions about not allowing hypoglycemia apply to type 1 diabetics as well, for kids and adults.
• However, you will not have regeneration of pancreatic beta cells. So that person will remain a type 1 diabetic, but their need for insulin or other drugs will plummet. It’s not uncommon, for instance, for a type 1 diabetic to live on say, 30 units of insulin per day,… now they’re on 5 units per day, 6 units. They can’t stop it cause we don’t want the ketoacidosis of type 1 diabetes. But they can reduce their dose to very, very small levels.
• Preliminary evidence suggests that type 1 diabetics who have these incredibly well-controlled blood sugars, are spared the complications of type 1 diabetes. You may know that type 1 diabetics tend to develop kidney failure, and dementia, and cancer, and heart disease and stroke at young ages. Well those diseases seem not to occur in people who have this wonderful control over blood sugar.