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.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 183.4