Type 1 Diabetes

Here you will find all the articles on this website that specifically address the issue of type 1 diabetes.

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

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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By Charlie G ❘ 2013

Review of The Matrix Assessment Profile showing you how to finally address the root cause of your chronic symptoms from type 2 Diabetes, naturally Whenever I find someone focusing on the root cause of a disease, I start to pay attention… and you should too! In this article, I will take you through what The Matrix Assessment Profile is, and how it can help you finally put an end to your diabetes symptoms naturally. Not long ago I attended a webinar that told me all about The Matrix Assessment Profile (MAP) treatment for diabetes. I got hooked up and stayed until the end of the webinar. What I heard was very different to what we usually hear from doctors. The MAP is aiming at discovery of the root cause of your Type 2 Diabetes symptoms instead of just managing the symptoms of diabetes and its medications. What is causing your […]

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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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I just stumbled upon a great video that explains in a very simple way why type 1 and type 2 diabetes occur. It helps you have a mental picture of what’s happening in your body when your pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the insulin receptors are desensitized. I already knew how this works, but I thought that many people with diabetes still don’t know it, and this is the simplest way I found to explain it. The video is called “Glucose Insulin and Diabetes: The basics of Type I and Type II diabetes”. Kudos to the auhtor of this video!    

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By Charlie G ❘ 2012

As you already probably know, exercise is one of the 3 main pillars to control and treat diabetes (the other two being the diet and insulin or other meds, depending on each case). While physicians generally consider insulin/meds as the most important pillar, alternative approaches to deal with diabetes stress the right diet and regular exercise. It always shocks me to hear people say, after years of having been diagnosed with diabetes, that they do not exercise regularly because no one ever explained to them how important this is to manage blood sugar levels and health in general. My explanation is that either doctors trust in drugs too much and recommend them too often or these people with diabetes didn’t want to hear the part about the importance of exercise when their doctor explained it to them. But that much is clear: Exercise is so important for diabetics, that docs should ask […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2012

Following with my series of posts dedicated to the people new to the diabetes world, this time I wanted to write about the most typical diabetes symptoms. This doesn’t necessarily mean that if you are having one of these symptoms you have diabetes. But, specially if you are experiencing several of these symptoms at the same time, you could decide to visit your physician just to check. If your doc does mention the word “diabetes” don’t panic (I know it’s easier said than done). I remember when I was told that I had diabetes. I didn’t know anything about it and was completely lost. Now, almost 14 years later and a lot of research and experimenting different treatments, I feel I know a lot about the topic and confident that I can control this diabetes. I post all I know and experience here in this blog, so that people like […]

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Recently I realized, that people visiting this blog come from different backgrounds and are in very different stages regarding of how long they’ve had diabetes and how much do they know about it. So, what for some of us may seem basics, for other recently diagnosed may be essential to know. That’s why I decided to put together a list of the most common terms and vocabulary related to diabetes that you’ll find over and over again during your years with diabetes. I’ll try to define the terms as clearly and shortly as possible so that anyone can understand it. I classified them into several categories to be easier to access, as well as sorted alphabetically. If you happen to stumble upon a term or jargon not listed here, please let me know it in the comments section below, and I’ll do my best to find the answer and add it […]

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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

We are again at this time of year, when everyone seems a bit more aware about diabetes and there are plenty good intentions. The truth is that many people are honestly and sincerely devoting their time and motivation to make life more bearable for those with diabetes. I take my hat off to those people. To whom I don’t take my hat off is to the companies or organizations that are apparently promoting (with words and advertising campaigns) the cure of diabetes, but in reality make it impossible for a cure to go public. That strikes me as the worst hypocrisy. But anyway, I didn’t want to talk about that, but what awaits me in this next “diabetic year”. It’s funny that just today, the World Diabetes Day I got in touch with a German doctor who claims to have patented a treatment to cure type 1 diabetes. I have […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

Recently I read a news that I thought had to share with you all, especially the ones with diabetes type 1. Scientists in Israel are testing a new drug that can avoid the need for insulin injections. “It has been developed to block the process which causes the body’s immune system to attack the pancreas.” Since it stops the attacks to the pancreas, if your pancreas is still producing its own insulin, you could have a good chance to live without insulin shots. Therefore, this drugs seems to be aimed to newly diagnosed type 1 diabetics who still produce insulin. Trials are taking place at centres in Europe, North America, South Africa and Israel and they expect it to be available in 3 years. Let’s see if this is not another treatment to give us hope but is never available to the public. And if it doesn’t have side effects. […]

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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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