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7/4/13 3:18 A

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Russell, I could not agree more. Thanks for sharing so passionately. I know it will save lives.

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7/3/13 8:35 A

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I love Peter Attia's explanations of diabetes, and how to reverse it.

I also had problems as a heart patient. I sat in my bed while 2 doctor's discussed whether it was worth it to perform a procedure. I was 32 and 350 lbs, and they were deciding if I was healthy enough to have it, and whether I would live long enough to need it. They didn't want to waste their time, if I was just going to fie on them. Luckily they determined that I was worth it, due to my youth. I had a 5 hour hernia operation, ten years after it happened. It allowed me to start exercising once I recovered, and was no longer in daily pain. Eventually in 2009, I started low carb, and along with exercise, I got off my diabetes meds in 2010, and cholesterol meds in 2012, as well as losing 140 lbs. The reason for their doubts was my congestive heart failure, and risk of infection due to diabetes. I had a 6 month life expectancy, so they didn't think it was worthwhile to fix me.

I had to argue that I had gotten off of oxygen, dropped my A1C to around 7, and promise to lose weight before the surgery. I am not sure if begging helped, but fate intervened. My appendix burst in December 2005. I had to give myself antibiotics at home for 12 weeks, and then I had surgery. After this, and since I had lost 20 lbs, they finally decided I could handle another surgery, and I had the hernia surgery a month later.

Listening to doctors who know how to fix what is wrong with you debate whether it is worthwhile is demeaning, but they passed judgement on me, based on my weight. I continued to struggle with my weight until I started low carb, and was close to being put on Insulin because my blood sugars were all over the place.

I started low carb, and on my second morning, my blood sugar was 90. That was enough for me. As he said in the video, I corrected my blood sugar, and THEN, my weight started to drop. My getting off diabetes meds 12 months later was not from losing weight. I was still almost 300 lbs, but I was having low blood sugars. Now I have to eat more carbs to keep my blood sugars above 70, including beans, and an occasional fiber bar. The diabetes is a result of too many refined carbs and sugar. The obesity is a result of the diabetes/ insulin resistance. We still need to find out how to administer a diet that can reverse this. We have low carb, but many people do not need to be so strict, they just need to alter what they eat, and in what quantities.

Obesity is not about laziness, unless you are talking about us not working to cook our own meals. We have allowed for processed foods to help us out, because it is convenient, right up until it is no longer convenient.. healthwise, usually in an E.R., or doctor's office.

The thing that upsets me the most is that when I watch the video, I don't think of all the people who might be saved by attacking the insulin resistance. I know that Peter Attia is in the minority, and all over America, doctor's are prescribing a diet that isn't helping many diabetics. The complications will continue to happen, while I sit here, believing that if they just tried low carb, or a diet that reduced processed carbs, sugars, etc, that diabetes, and obesity would be a rare thing. Heart disease, and cancer would also be much more rare.

With one dietary change, we could fix most of our diseases that have become more usual since we changed the American diet. Instead I sit here thinking of the millions who will die, because they listen to doctors, who " know " they are right. We may not know exactly how to administer a diet that fits all people , but low carb will work to lower your blood sugar much better than a " diabetic diet ". I would rather overshoot on cutting out harmful foods, than wait till they get it perfect. It has taken me a few years to get to a higher level of carbs, but I don't feel like I am missing out on any foods. I am not hungry, and my A1C is 5.3 after 3 years off all diabetes meds. It is time we consider that low carb may be the answer for diabetics.

"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "

- Albert Einstein

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

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7/1/13 8:02 P

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my endo went to teach the new and upcoming ones full time i was devastated but you know he has decided to start endos training in the first year instead of the third..he feels that will produce better more informed docs with better bedside manners..and i will say this rom pbsevation..the doc is not there to hold your hand every minute of the day and you have to participate..most people go in and just whine about things when they shuld be full of questions and ready to write those answers down..any doc who won't do that would never get my business fortunatly my endo has taken me back as i have all kinds of those complications and he's not teaching usual stuff he's teaching the results of complications and how do we solve these problems now..i am so glad to have himback for sure..i have been gifted again lol the lady mary
we are as users of the field of medicine obligated to find out every single thing we can and what we can do..i have relapsed into chronic kidney disease but i beat it once and i will do and am doing it again..and my docs are there for me making sure i get questions answered
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6/30/13 1:58 A

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I know the kind of doctor he talks about in the beginning...

I have always had this "feeling", for lack of a better word, that the medical profession had the wrong end of the stick. I had one endocrinologist tell me once that "you can do everything right and things can and will still go wrong", She was right.

Once I knew the basics of how insulin works, and what happens to the excess sugar in my system when it's present... well. My current endocrinologist in the beginning of our working relationship, said to me, "You do know you need to lose weight..." I said of course, but then I asked, "... with all the insulin I take storing the excess sugar as fat, just how am I supposed to do that?"

He looked at me with the saddest expression I ever saw, and he said, "I have no clue."
A doctor who really understands is a rare find. (He's retiring in September, and my next appointment is in October...*sigh* )

I really liked this video. Thanks for sharing it!
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6/29/13 9:28 A

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HOUNDLOVER1, Thank You So Very Much for the advice. I will check out functional medicine practioners.

Thank You Again,
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6/28/13 11:32 P

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SWIMLOVER,
glad you benefited from the video. Unfortunately you have to be extremely selective where you put your money as far as doctors. You may be able to get most of the info you need by following a few key blogs written by physicians online and just use the doctor's office to run tests. Another thing to check out, but no guarantee that you will get a good doctor, is to check out functional medicine practioners. They have a website.
Birgit

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6/28/13 8:10 P

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Thank You So Very Much for posting this excellent video. I am trying to find a doctor who will listen to me. I have Hashimoto Thyroid which is part of my problem of losing weight. In the meantime I will eat healthy and exercise.

I was going to a family doctor who told me just to cut back on my portions and would not even look at my food diary. Now I am saving up to go to a diabetic doctor who also specializes in Hashimoto Thyroid.

Again, Thank You So Very Much for posting this video!

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6/28/13 6:14 P

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What an excellent video! Will look @ this again as there's lots of information to absorb!



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6/28/13 4:51 P

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Coach Tanya,
I know what you are talking about with the thyroid issues and the lack of understanding from most people who are not familiar with it.
Even physicians can't specialize in everything, but unfortunately they put themselves in the situation of authority even when it is not warranted by their experience and training. Sometimes we as patients put them in that role.
There is nothing like being our own health advocate, the time is almost always well-spent.
Birgit

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6/28/13 3:38 P

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I think the mentality is very slowly changing. I believe that most of those in the medical profession need to walk a mile in our shoes. The majority of them never had to practice what they preach. That is what made the difference for the man in the video.

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6/28/13 3:04 P

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I watched the video, Thank you for posting. I became a diabetic three years ago. I was under a lot of stress and even before becoming diabetic I was eating right and exercising but was gaining weight. I had a doctor 16 months ago who did not believe me that I was eating right and exercising. My husband even told him I was. All he wanted me to do is have the gastric by pass surgery. I have since changed doctors. I finally got the new doctor to listen to me. She did other test and my hormones were wacked and I also have thyroid problems. I hope more doctors start listening to us. We are not crazy and know something is not right with our bodies. Not say we need to eat less and exercise more. or that your older and this is the way it is. I am finally starting to lose weight and my diet has not changed. Love and Light Carol

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6/28/13 12:50 P

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Thanks for sharing this great video!! Years ago, I worked as an RD with transplant patients in a teaching hospital. I worked with many patients with end stage kidney disease secondary to diabetes. Many of them did everything right but still ended up with many horrible complications from the disease. Many of the docs felt as this one in the video did originally, that the patient had the ability to change their outcome and just wasn’t willing.

After having part of my thyroid removed over 11 years ago, I became one of those patients that doctors talked down to and saw as someone that simply wasn’t willing to control my life choices related to eating and exercise. They believed my increasing weight was totally under my control (even though I had never had a weight problem before thyroid disease). They preached at me that if I did what I needed to do and ate less and worked out more (even though I was training and running many half marathons), weight loss would naturally happen. I knew better from my training and experience yet there was no way to make the top endocrinologist in the city understand because he felt as this doc did at the beginning of the video.

Through my work at SparkPeople over the last eight years, I have come across many, many members that walk this same path of feeling judged that they can simply make changes and turn their life around and they must not want it badly enough if they aren’t losing weight. I know that many of our members with medical issues follow their Spark plans and medically provided plans to the letter to see few results. They become frustrated when others suggest to them that they must be doing something wrong or cheating because if they were doing it right (calories in/calories out), they would be reaching their goals. I empathize with all of you because I understand on a professional and personal level.

For those of you in this team reading this -- don't give up, don't listen to those that try to judge or put you in a box -- keep going to make your life and journey as healthy as it can be. Remember that you are not your weight or your medical condition!

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6/28/13 11:57 A

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I already posted this on my blog yesterday but decided to link it to this team as well. Please feel free to discuss. emoticon


www.ted.com/talks/peter_attia_what_i
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we_re_wrong_about_diabetes.html


Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 6/28/2013 (11:58)
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