20th June marked 15 years since I was hospitalized and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
On the one hand, it seems like yesterday. On the other hand, it seems long ago, as if it had happened to another person. It seems as if the young person I was (23 years old) when I made my debut was quite different from the person that I am today. And indeed, I’m quite different.
I want to take this opportunity to do a little summary of the past 15 years and give you an update about my diabetes, what I’m doing, and the results I’m getting.
From young, insecure man to parent and author
I have several theories as to what caused my diabetes. Although I’m not one hundred percent sure which one was the trigger, I have an intuition that makes me believe quite securely in one or two of these hypotheses as the cause.
First, just one year before I started to notice the symptoms of diabetes, I had a traffic accident, where I fell sleep for 1 second while driving the car on the highway. I hadn’t slept in 23 hours, and I paid the price with an accident. Fortunately, despite leaving the highway and entering directly into a piece of land at 70 mph, I didn’t get hurt. The car didn’t work again because the engine and the bottom broke after running over many large stones. I was able to stop the car about 30 feet from where there were many trees, where I would have surely crashed the car. I guess that was not my destiny, and I left without any injury, at least physically.
Emotionally, I think it caused some sort of trauma or lack of self-esteem by telling myself that I was a bad driver, that I would not drive anymore, and that I had wrecked the car from my parents. I felt very guilty.
Apart from trauma, there is also the possibility that my body was so tense during the braking of the car that any of my vertebrae in the spine could have been blocked, not letting pass the “information” that the body sends to the pancreas to produce insulin.
Although I went to a chiropractor several times, that did not stop my need for insulin.
Somewhere I read that a very high percentage of people with type 1 diabetes had a traffic accident or a trauma awhile before they started noticing the symptoms of diabetes. This theory is very plausible with my diabetes, and I am quite sure that it caused my diabetes.
On the other hand, there is another theory stating that diabetes is generally caused by a rejection of something/someone, or not confronting something/someone, or repudiating and feeling disgusted by something/someone.
Here, too, I have something that happened just before I debuted with diabetes.
It was the last year of college. I was kind of stressed (another possible cause of diabetes) from having to go to class, study for finals, and work in the afternoons to pay for college. Adding to this situation was the fact that the end of my student life was approaching, and soon I would have to face the working life, a world that I didn’t know very well, where I would surely work in a hotel serving clients in different languages. And that visualization wasn’t very appealing to me. Possibly, I even unconsciously rejected it.
According to that theory, not wanting to deal with it, and even internally rejecting it, could have caused the symptoms that made me leave the job as a hotel receptionist one day after starting it. I was hospitalized and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
It’s amazing to see and feel how you develop and grow when faced with difficulties. From the insecure boy afraid to face the world that I was back then, I’ve come to almost perfectly know my body. I married an amazing woman, had 2 lovely children, created and manage one of the most read sites in Spanish about the diabetes cure (now available here in English as well), and I even wrote my own book about diabetes (soon in English, as well).
If someone had told me 15 years ago that I would write a book on this subject, I would have thought that he was out of his mind. But the Universe (or God, or whatever you call it) puts everything in place, if you let It.
Diets and treatments
During all these years, I have been trying a lot of diets and other treatments that I found that are supposed to cure diabetes. Some with more success than others, and others without success.
Concerning treatments, I tried PXP glyconutrients and autohemotherapy; I have taken capsaicin, stevia, yacon, and others that I cannot remember right now.
Some of the diets that I’ve tried are: the vegan diet (whole and raw vegetables), Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, paleo diet, alkaline diet, holistic diet… With some of them, I saw more improvement than others. But there are two reasons why I make no claims that these diets do not work:
- Most of these diets are most recommended for type 2 diabetes, and I have type 1.
- I didn’t follow them long enough to notice changes (except the vegan diet that I followed for eight months and ended up with no energy and very thin, possibly due to a lack of vitamins, minerals, or protein).
Even if I had followed a diet a long time and had not been successful, I wouldn’t claim that it doesn’t work, because each person is different, and what works for someone may not work for another one, and vice versa.
But those who know me know that I don’t give up. I keep trying to find the solution to my diabetes.
A few months ago, I visited a doctor in Germany that, although he is an allopathic doctor (conventional medicine) specializing in food, has a training in the Avicenna applied medicine. It has some resemblance to Ayurvedic medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, but is not exactly the same.
This doctor has succeeded in treating people with diabetes, but as he says, it’s a process and it takes time. We cannot pretend that something that has been building for a long time may be removed overnight. In my case, since I had been injecting insulin for 15 years, he said, it could take up to five years to recover the functions of my organs.
He prescribed a diet that I’ve implemented for some months now, and the results are fantastic. One of the main things I did was remove dairy and gluten (since I have gluten intolerance, I had already removed it from my diet a few months before) Now, I neither eat gluten nor potatoes, rice, or any products made from flour (neither with nor without gluten). What I can eat are chickpeas and chickpea flour.
But according to this diet, in my case (each case may vary, depending on several factors) I can eat eggs, meat and fish (preferably from grass-fed animals), vegetables, and even some fruits that I was surprised by, because of their sweetness, such as mango, raisins, and dates (although I’m not eating dates).
I have to complement all this with plenty of fluids, preferably tea and hot spices, to warm my body from the inside (the doctor told me that my interior was very cold and dry). I need to drink 2-3 liters a day. Now I’m drinking 1.5 liters of cinnamon and clove tea each day. For the remaining amount of fluid, I drink water.
Apart from noting that this tea makes me need less insulin, I also have fewer colds and fewer allergies. In fact, in recent months I’ve just been sick in bed one time, when before it would have been several times.
According to this theory, I eat 3 times a day, no snacking between meals.
I exercise regularly. It’s funny, because before starting this diet, I even needed one unit of insulin before exercising (since my BG rose rather than dropped during sports). Since I have followed this diet, I do not need that insulin anymore, and sports do not raise my bloodsugar. It’s a relief because I was so angry to have to inject insulin to do sports!
The results obtained so far on this diet are excellent, in my opinion. I lowered the insulin dose in half! Sometimes I even need less than half the insulin as before. For example, before, I needed 12-13 units of insulin for a bowl of gluten-free cereal (40 grams) with milk for breakfast. Now, I have 2 eggs, chickpeas (40 grams) or 1/2 mango, tomato, a slice of turkey, and walnuts for breakfast, and I just need 2-3 units.
Previously, I required an average of 45 to 60 units of insulin per day. Now I just need 15 to 20, spread throughout the day! And every day I feel that I need less. We’ll see how far I can go. I hope until I don’t need insulin anymore.
The good thing is that I’m not starving, and I’m more alert and active than I had been in the last 15 years eating everything (except sugar) and taking all the insulin I needed for that.
I have also noticed that I have much more resistance and strength while exercising.
I would like to finish this text encouraging people who have just been diagnosed with diabetes. The world does not end when you have diabetes. It’s a process. At first, it’s painful and scary, but you overcome it and grow a lot. You can even do things that you never thought possible, like in my case writing a book to help other people with diabetes (be it type 1 or type 2) to find the possible cause of their diabetes and learn ways to solve it.
And for those who have had diabetes for some years, I encourage them to never give up. Keep searching and trying until you find what will improve your health.
In order to help you with this process, I will be translating my recently published book in Spanish into English, and will publish it here on this blog, chapter after chapter, initially for free.
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