Blood Sugar Control, Nutritional Therapy, Type 2 Diabetes
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Start Doing: Most Patients Don’t Need A Pill, But A Diet & Lifestyle Change

Managing type 2 diabetes is about taking personal responsibility and committing to diet and lifestyle change. It is not the responsibility of your doctor, consultant, nurse, dietitian or therapist.

It requires hard work and adjustment to reap the benefits of better control. Once adjusted the road is a lot smoother and easier, health improves dramatically. There will always be blips, bad days and giving up days, that’s because we are human. In the end the consequences of poor control and feeling like crap, puts you back on the right track pretty sharpish. When you know what health feels like, being unwell feels pretty bad.

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic condition, where you have lost the ability to manage your sugar/carbohydrate metabolism. The root cause is insulin resistance: however you developed diabetes whether through medication, diet and lifestyle, genetic predisposition or any other trigger or mediator, it is always the same. Insulin is the driver, adding more insulin to the fire is not the answer, this increases resistance, meaning glucose is unable to move into your cells.

To manage your blood sugar you need to manage your carbohydrate load to your own personal tolerance level. You need to keep insulin low, this helps to overcome resistance. To keep insulin low you need to manage your carbohydrate and protein load to within your own personal tolerance limits. Your source of energy will come from a moderate intake of healthy fat, allowing the body to use fat and ketones (derived from fat) to run your metabolism, alongside stable levels of glucose.

There is no miracle diet, no magic pill, no undisclosed ingredient, no amazing supplement or any other type of magic reversal secret. Stop waiting out for it, it will never come.

Food choices and lifestyle change beat everything hands down. Drugs can’t outrun poor dietary choices, it just requires more drugs. All drugs have side effects and consequences. Only take drugs if absolutely necessary. Don’t use drugs so you can continue to stay on the same path and eat poorly, you are just fooling yourself by hitting the road to complications. Some of you will require insulin long term if there is severe metabolic damage, still you are able to take control by keeping insulin doses low through dietary and lifestyle change. Some of you will require insulin short term.

There are supplements that can be as effective as some drugs, this requires a personal prescription, based on your unique biochemistry and genetics. Supplements support the diet and assist change. Depending on your metabolism and diet, some supplements are long term, others remain short term. They are pillars that support you and address deficiencies or help you adapt, they are not magic solutions.

Remember, the majority of large research studies are funded by the food or pharmaceutical industry, which more often than not predetermines the outcome. We have never lived in a society before, which is so full of fake news, fake studies, misinformation and corruption. We take more notice of celebrities than we do of qualified individuals when it comes to diets.

Our nutritional guidelines and the NHS eat well plate is decided alongside board members from the food conglomerates. Government guidelines for nutritional daily amounts is low, so that the majority fall within the parameters of reaching the target, these are minimum amounts before deficiency presents in many cases. They are not designed for optimum health.

Do your own research, educate yourself.

To find out more about online education, support and coaching options for blood sugar control, check out The Sugar Hunter Program.

Hi I’m Beth, a nutritional therapist and coach (BSc N. Med mFNTP CNHC) at Clinicanutrition, I’m the creator of The Sugar Hunter Program, an online self-management toolkit and group coaching support program for blood sugar control.
  • Claire

    Fabulous post Beth and so very true