There is no cure … but there is a way you can beat type 2 diabetes and postpone almost indefinitely the horrendous consequences of this silent disease.
Type 2 diabetes will eventually damage your heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves, feet and hands … it will increase your risk of heart attacks and blindness … you could even end up having your feet amputated … unless you learn how to control this sneaky disease.
To avoid these awful outcomes … you have to control the levels of glucose (sugar) floating around in your blood.
Most people try to control their blood glucose using medications only. They fail. Their diabetes gets progressively worse.
The result is a slow, messy, painful death at an early age … a prospect that stared me in the face a few years ago.
But how do you control your diabetes?
That was the big question that confronted me as my diabetes continued to worsen … despite the medications I was on and the medical advice I was following.
The solution, I discovered, is surprisingly simple … all you have to do is eliminate certain foods from your diet … as detailed in Beating Diabetes.
For the last few years I have been successfully controlling my blood glucose levels … using diet alone. Once my diabetes was under control I also added a bit of daily exercise.
Exercise however does not seem to be necessary for beating diabetes. But it is crucial for controlling blood pressure … a life-shortening medical condition that, along with cholesterol issues, seems to go hand-in-hand with type 2 diabetes.
The great thing about the simple solution … minor changes in diet and life-style … I describe in Beating Diabetes is that it helps you control your cholesterol and blood pressure levels as well as your diabetes.
When I say that the solution to beating diabetes is simple, I mean it’s all very simple once you know what you need to know. But getting that knowledge was, for me, extremely difficult.
I was first diagnosed with borderline or early onset diabetes in 2001. I was given some good advice at the time but failed to follow it and my condition gradually grew worse. Five or six years later I was a full-blown diabetic. I got sense and began following the advice of my local diabetes clinic concerning medications and diet.
But, despite the professional advice I was following, my condition continued to worsen. I knew that I had to get a grip on my disease, so I began asking questions and reading up on the subject. I took to the internet and used my experience in business and economic research to track as much information as possible on diabetes. The results were an eye-opener.
Though I’m not a doctor, clinician or research scientist, I am a highly experienced consultant with excellent research skills … I know how to find, gather, analyse and digest data on most subjects. In addition, I was highly motivated … by an urgent need for a solution to my quickly deteriorating health.
My consulting experience enabled me to weed out the incredible. And believe me, in the word of internet medicine, there are lots of amazing claims and unbelievable instant cures aimed at the gullible.
Eventually I found a credible explanation as to what causes diabetes. The cause did not give hope of a cure but it pointed to a way to beat diabetes, put off its horrible outcomes.
What I did worked for me … so it should also work for you.
So what’s in the book?
Beating Diabetes opens with My Story as an introduction, a simple description of how I found a way to control my diabetes. The rest of the book explains my based understanding of type 2 diabetes and what I did to beat it … this is divided into four sections.
Here’s what you’ll find in each section:
Section One: The Fundamentals
… outlines the basic information you need to understand diabetes and how it can be beaten. In this section you will discover:
- What happens when you eat?
- How your glucose-insulin system works
- What’s going wrong when you get type 2 diabetes
- The horrendous consequences of diabetes and why it is vital that you bring your type diabetes under control in order to avoid severe disabilities and a painful premature death
- How you can monitor your diabetes
- The relationship between diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight
- Why, if you suffer from one of these conditions, you have an 85% chance of having two of the other conditions
- How to control you blood pressure
- How to control your cholesterol and triglycerides
- Why you have to give up smoking
- How I managed to finally give up smoking using simple practical techniques
- Why you need to control your weight
- Practical advice and tips on controlling you weight
- How exercise can help
- Three simple daily exercises that take less than five minutes
Section Two: Diet Essentials
… presents the information you need to be able to make informed decisions about the foods you should eat. You will discover:
- The diet I use to beat my diabetes
- Processed foods and their benefits
- How processed foods can be harmful
- The effects sugar has on your body and why you need to eat foods that are low in sugar
- Why your diet needs to be low in fat and how you can ensure that it is
- Why you need to minimise the salt in your diet and how to do so
- Dietary fibre and why you have to ensure that you eat a high-fibre diet
- How the speed of digestion effects your blood sugar levels and why you need to eat foods that have low Glycemic Index (GI) values
- The various vitamins and dietary minerals present in most foods
- Why you need to take a nutritional supplement
- Why water is vital to beating your diabetes and how much you should drink
Section Three: What Foods
… shows you the particular foods you should avoid in order to beat your diabetes. It is organised into separate chapters for:
- meat and fish
- dairy products
Each chapter also contains a list of the foods (under that category) that need to be avoided in a diabetes-beating diet … and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many different kinds of food you can still eat once these foods have been eliminated from your diet.
Section Four: Outroduction
… wraps up Beating Diabetes with some very practical suggestions. In this section you’ll find:
- Practical tips on cooking and how to preserve nutrients while processing your food
- A checklist of what you must do to monitor your condition
- A checklist of the foods you should not eat
- A checklist of the foods you should only eat a little
- Practical advice on shopping for food
- Links to Reading Food Labels, a short handy checklist of ingredients and nutritional content you can download, cut out and keep in your wallet or purse, which you can refer to when choosing what food to buy. I use this list, whenever I find a new food on display in my local supermarket, to decide whether the food if for me or not.
That’s it … you’ll now have the knowledge you need to beat your diabetes.
My solution involves no weird diets, no strenuous exercises, no costly medicines … nothing more than a simple change in diet … a free yet effective solution.
I now feel a lot healthier and more energetic. And beating diabetes … putting off the effects it was having on my body … has improved my prospects of living to a ripe old age.
And food tastes so much better too.
If it worked for me, it should work for you too.
But even if my diet does not help you as much as it helped me, you will still be eating good food, so it won’t harm you, and it certainly won’t make your diabetes worse.
And you can always switch back to your old diet at any time … but I don’t think you.
When reading Beating Diabetes, remember that I am not a doctor, not a scientist and not a dietician. I have no knowledge of diabetes or any medical matters, other than what I have found through ‘second-hand’ research on the internet.
However my training as an accountant and auditor, and decades of experience as a consultant has equipped me with the necessary skills to find, assess, cross-check, filter, and interpret useful information. In addition my sole criterion over the years I have spent researching ways to beat diabetes has been the effect on my health and well-being. My desire for the truth was based on urgent self-interest.
Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, you should think carefully before following my example. Read what I have written and then discuss the matter with your own doctor or diabetes clinic before switching to my diet.