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Before & After: 14 Patients Share Their Experiences
You're the only person who can be responsible for normalizing
your blood sugars. Although your physician may guide you, the ultimate
responsibility is in your hands. This task will require significant changes
in lifestyle that may involve some sacrifice. The question naturally arises,
"Is it really worth the effort?" As you will see in this chapter,
others have already answered this question for themselves. Perhaps their
experiences will give you the incentive to find out whether you can reap
G. Watkins is a forty-year-old journalist. His diabetes was
diagnosed twenty-three years ago. For the past nine years he's been
following one of the treatment protocols described in this book for
people who require insulin.
Purcell is a seventy-six-year-old retiree who, like many of
my married patients, works closely with his wife to keep his diabetes
on track. Eileen, who goes by the nickname Ike, tells the first part
of his story.
Delaney is a fifty-three-year-old mother and financial editor.
Her story is not unusual.
About half of all diabetic men are unable to have sexual intercourse,
because high blood sugars have impaired the mechanisms involved in attaining
erection of the penis. Frequently partial, albeit inadequate, erections
are still possible; such "borderline" men may still be able
to enjoy adequate erections for intercourse, after extended periods
of normal blood sugars. We have seen such improvements in a number of
patients—but only in those whose problem was caused mainly by neuropathy
(nerve damage), as opposed to blockages of the blood vessels that supply
the penis. When we initially saw L.D., he asked us to evaluate his erectile
impotence. We found that the blood pressures
in his penis and his feet were normal, but that the nerve reflexes in
the pelvic region were grossly impaired. L.D.'s comments refer in part
to this problem.
M.D., is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He has been
following one of the regimens described in this book for the past three
is seventy-one years old and has three grandchildren. He still works
as a financial consultant, and was a naval aviator in World War II.
His blood sugars are currently controlled by diet, exercise, and pills
called oral hypoglycemic agents. Thanks to the diet described in this
book, his cholesterol/HDL ratio, an index of heart disease risk (see
page 51), has dropped from a very high risk level of 7.9 to a below-average
level of 3.0. His hemoglobin A1C test, which reflects average blood
sugar for the prior four months, has dropped from 10.1 percent (very
high) to 5.6 percent (nearly in the nondiabetic range). His R-R interval
study (see Chapter 2), an indicator of injury to nerves that control
heart rate, has progressed from an initial value of 9 percent variation
(very abnormal) to a current value of 33 percent, which is normal for
Watkins is a sixty-eight-year-old grandmother and associate
executive director of a social service agency. When we first met, she
had been taking insulin for two years, after developing Type II diabetes
thirteen years earlier. Her comments relate in part to the effects of
large amounts of dietary carbohydrate, covered by large amounts of insulin,
while she was following a conventional treatment plan.
is a fifty-five-year-old former typesetter whose diabetes was diagnosed
fourteen years ago. As with many other people who use our regimen, his
test of average blood sugar (hemoglobin A1C) and his tests for cardiac
disease risk (cholesterol/HDL ratio) simultaneously dropped from high
levels to essentially normal values.
Kent is fifty-one. He has known about his diabetes for approximately
six years, and we suspect that he probably had it for three to four
years prior to his diagnosis. He has a family history of diabetes, and
his story is fairly typical.
is a sixty-seven-year-old business executive who had had Type II diabetes
for twenty-four years, and had been taking insulin for twenty, when
he started on our regimen. He writes the following:
Candido has had Type I diabetes for more than twenty years and
has been my patient for ten. She is in her sixties, and she and her
husband, Lou, her "copilot," work together to keep her blood
sugars normal. Like a lot of happily married couples, Lorraine and Lou
sometimes almost speak as one. When Lorraine comes in for treatment,
Lou is with her. When she calls on the phone, Lou is on the other line.
They talk about how starting the program changed their lives:
L.: It isn't unusual for people with diabetes to make major
changes in other aspects of their lives once their blood sugars have
been restored to normal after years of poor control. The changes that
we see include marriages, pregnancies, and reentry into the workforce.
The story of Elaine L. falls into the last category. She also points
out the disabling fatigue that she experienced
when her blood sugars were high. This problem has led other diabetics,
desperate to retain their abilities to function productively, to abuse
amphetamines. Elaine is a sixty-year-old mother and artist. Her story
is not unusual.
DeLuca is in his early sixties and has had Type II diabetes
since about age forty-five. Like many of my patients, he had been in
"standard" treatment and found his condition getting progressively
M.D., is one of many physicians with diabetes. He is board certified
in pediatric medicine. His lovely wife not long ago gave birth to their
third child. His story has a number of parallels with my own.
All of these people have been patients of mine and have seen wonderful
improvements in their health. If you’re curious about how people have
fared using the original edition of this book, I urge you to look at
the testimonials on the Web site for this book at www.diabetes-book.com/testimonials/testimonials.shtml
and those in reader reviews of the original edition on www.amazon.com
to see similar reactions from people who have tried the program but
have never been under my direct care.