Nutrition

In this category I will be including all the articles I write about nutrition and food for diabetes.

This is chapter 13 (part II) of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all chapters of the book published until now here. There are a variety of diets and treatments, from hundreds or thousands of years ago to the present day, to treat diabetes. Some have been more studied than others, and others have been passed from generation to generation by word of mouth and collective experience. Now I will mention the different ways of understanding and treating diabetes which I have been studying and applying during these 15 years of research. I will summarize very briefly what each one is about, since explaining each of them in depth would make this book twice as long. Let me start with the diets for diabetes mentioned in the comparative table from last week: Dr. Stefan Ripich and Jim Healthy holistic diet (book […]

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This is chapter 13 of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all chapters of the book published until now here. This chapter has been the one where I struggled most with deciding how to approach it and what to write. Surely, because I know that it’s the topic where you might be most interested. This can be a long one, so if you want to reach the comparative table with the different diets for diabetes, go ahead to the bottom of this post. Since I am not a nutritionist, biologist, nor chemist, and I have not yet had the experience of having cured my type 1 diabetes with some particular type of diet, I cannot (and, I think, I should not) recommend a specific diet as the better one. I thought of working together with an expert in nutrition for diabetes […]

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I have already written about the Roman’s family here before. Since I found the case of their two sons with type 1 diabetes and how they have approached it very interesting, I interviewed them. You can read the answers here below…I hope you can get inspired or learn something that you can apply to yourself or your children if they have diabetes. Please, share briefly with us who you are and why are you involved in the diabetes world. What type of diabetes do your children have/had and when were they diagnosed? We are Dan and Sally Roman, the parents of two type 1 diabetic children. Dan was the former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a specialty pharmacy and disposable medical supply company, and Sally was a Registered Nurse before becoming a full time mother to 6 children. Together, we are co-founders of Health-e-Solutions. After quickly experiencing the limits […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2013

Just the fact that a doctor (Peter Attia) is asking this question is very promising. The problem is, that it seems to be one of the very few ones with this attitude: a combination of humility, profound respect for the life of his patients and curiosity and an open mind to question the dogma. I loved this TED Talk and I can imagine you will as well. Peter Attia just gave me hope again, that one day the medical community will embrace an attitude similar to this one. He is dedicating his life now to find out what’s the connection between obesity and insulin resistance (and therefore type 2 diabetes as well) You can find more about Peter Attia at The Eating Academy, and at the Nutrition Science Initiative. And here the video. Prepare some tissues for the end!

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By Charlie G ❘ 2013

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 […]

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Just in case you didn’t heard about the one million ex-diabetics campaign organized by Jim Healthy, I wanted to write a quick shout out for you. What is the 1 million ex-diabetics (“1MILX”) campaign? Type 2 diabetes is the fastest-spreading medical condition on the planet today – and the largest financial burden on the world’s health care systems. Currently, at least 10 percent of the world’s population has been diagnosed with this condition. But the scarier statistic is that three times as many people are walking around with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes unaware. Even worse: Type 2 is now attacking children in unprecedented numbers (this used to be an adults-only condition.) This explosion of Type 2 among children is the reason why some experts afirm that kids born after the year 2000 will be the first generation in the history of humanity to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. That’s […]

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I just watched a video of a doctor talking about a recent case of a child with type 1 diabetes that has caught my attention. After watching the video I looked for more information and I found the study published in PubMed on June 21, 2012 that reports about this case. It is the case of a 6 years old child who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Although he was also checked against celiac disease, to see if he was allergic or intolerant to gluten (since type 1 diabetes and celiac disease are related), the results were negative. That is, he was not celiac. Even knowing that, two or three weeks after diagnosis he began a gluten free diet that allowed him to go without needing insulin. At the beginning of the gluten-free diet, his HbA1c was 7.8% and stabilized at 5.8% -6% without insulin. His fasting blood glucose […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2012

Some weeks ago I purchased the book “The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle” by Franklin House, M.D., Stuart A. Seale, M.D. and Ian Blake Newman and recently finished reading it. Since my last review seems to have helped many people, I wanted to review this one as well in hopes of helping improve even more people’s lives. Both books have basically the same title or message but approach the diabetes treatment from different perspectives (although in many aspects they agree). The basic difference between “The 30 Day Diabetes Cure” by Dr. Ripich and this book is that the first allows you to eat meat, milk, eggs etc. while this one reviewed here is based on a plant based diet (vegetarian). Both are backed up by research and present convincing arguments. And both of them are getting excellent results, such as getting diabetics off drugs (or reducing them) and improving outstandingly their overall health. […]

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I’ve wanted to write this post for a while now and when I read the news about the TV chef and cookbook author Paula Deen today announcing that she has type 2 diabetes and became the spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, I said: enough is enough! Apparently, Paula Deen has had diabetes for 3 years now, but she didn’t make it public until now. Considering that the recipes of her TV show are full of high fat and calorie foods, one might think, she should have said something before and maybe started reeducating her audience with better and healthier food choices, instead of continuing being part of the problem by encouraging people to cook such hyper-caloric meals. As many doctors and scientists affirm, diet is one of the leading causes of diabetes (clic that link to know other 21 possible causes of diabetes), so being diabetic and keeping cooking that way on […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

It seems to me that most people are totally unaware of diabetes facts. It is shocking how many people actually suffer from diabetes in the world today. The prevalence of diabetes is increasing rapidly especially in developing countries like China and India. The WHO (World Health Organization) attributes this partly to increased obesity, changes in traditional eating habits and a more sedentary lifestyle (you can also read my post “The 21+1 Causes of Diabetes“). If diabetes statistics continue at their present levels of acceleration, the WHO predict diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in the entire world within 20 years. Here are 9 diabetes facts you should keep in mind:   Diabetes Fact #1: In 2010, there were an estimated 346 Million people suffering from diabetes worldwide according to the WHO. Of these, 25.8 million live in the USA. The USA ranks number 3 in the world […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

Throughout the 18 years that I have lived with Type 1 Diabetes, I read a lot about the subject, visited different types of physicians, and tried different diets and alternative treatments. My research and experience made it clear to me that there are many possible causes for diabetes and, therefore, there are many types of therapies or treatments for it. I am providing a list of all possible causes (of either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes) that I’ve heard of or read about. Many of them will not be “officially” recognized as causes of diabetes, but if you know me you also know that “official” matters little to me! Since no one seems to know the exact causes, the list is more of a collection of hypotheses of possible causes. Many doctors and websites say that the main cause of diabetes is the body’s inability to produce insulin or […]

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As a follow up to my recent blog post titled “The 30 Day Diabetes Cure Review” I wanted to give some extra insight into what can you expect from this book and from this diet/plan. Therefore, I asked someone in the sales team of this book if I could use some of the information revealed in the book in my blog. They agreed, so here you have and overview of what to expect from Dr. Ripich and Jim Healthy’s diabetes cure plan (I wrote it literally as it appears in the book.) I hope this encourages you, as it did with me, to give it a try. The 30-Day Diabetes Cure Structure: PHASE ONE: Blood Sugar “Boot Camp” “This is the strictest stage of the plan. During the first 10 days, you‘re going to go “cold turkey” off all the diabetes-causing foods, beverages, and bad habits that have been making you […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

This time I come with good news, especially for those with type 2 diabetes. Two days ago newspapers and online news sites started publishing news referencing the discovery that British researchers have made in which diet can cure type 2 diabetes. In my opinion, this shouldn’t really be news today, because there are several methods (in this blog you can read about some of them) who long claim that with proper diet and sport diabetes type 2 can be reversed. Anyway, all the hype that is being given to this news will be good too. In a nutshell, they have discovered that taking a 600 calories diet for 2 months, type 2 diabetes disappears with the elimination of fat around the pancreas. This is also what they are doing in some hospitals to remove obesity (and diabetes) in obese people. Of course, such a treatment costs about $20,000. With the […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

After some years of research, trying and writing about all possible treatments to cure diabetes, I recently stumbled upon a magnific source of information for all of us, searching hopelessly for guidance and/or a therapy to heal our diabetes, be it type 1 or type 2. The book is called “The 30 Day Diabetes Cure” (The drug-free solution to America’s #1 health crisis), by Dr. Stefan Ripich, ND, CNP and Jim Healthy (America’s Health Coach) as co-author. In this post I’m going to review this book, explain what I like about it and what I don’t, and hope that this will help you decide whether you too want to give it a try or not. First of all, I don’t know about you, but I do care a lot about my health and the potential consequences of my diabetes. For many years (soon it will be 13 years since I […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

In my nearly 13 years with type 1 diabetes I’ve tried many things, diets, therapies … without total success (which does not mean they couldn’t work for others.) I am convinced that each of us is different and what works for you may not work for another and vice versa. But my recent researches are leading me toward something that seems to be common to all, as it is on the biological basis of our body as a human species. I mean the glyconutrients. Many scientists believe that research on glyconutrients is the greatest advance in health and nutrition. Science, the world’s most popular magazine for researchers and scientists, dedicated one of his runs entirely on educating the medical and scientific community about Glyconutrients, Glycobiology and glycoscience (March 23, 2001 issue: Carbohydrates and Glycobiology) It also demonstrates the importance of the fact that 4 out of the last 9 Nobel […]

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