“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Michelle sat across from my desk, her eyes brimming with tears. This new patient had just come from her father’s hospital bedside. She told me his last limb had been amputated due to diabetes. Can you imagine the pain as Michelle observed her father’s self-destruction?
Apparently she had argued with him for years to take better care of himself, but to no avail. He refused to recognize that his unhealthy lifestyle was destroying his body. He continued to eat unhealthy, chemically-processed, fattening foods, too many sugary items and he failed to exercise. Now she had received the same diagnosis; diabetes, and she was scared.
What makes someone fight for health while others apathetically accept their fate? Many bloggers who post about their weight loss challenges fight like warriors, battling with self-confidence and discipline, while others give up easily. Health is worth fighting for! Treasure what God has given you. Diabetes needn’t be a death sentence if you are willing to change.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, take control. Never act like a victim! I’ve had patients who actually stated that diabetes was the best thing that had ever happened to them because it was a wake-up call! Not only did my Type 2 Diabetics control their disease with diet, but even one Type 1 patient conquered a 40 year, 4 times daily insulin shot dependency (which is extremely rare!)
Increase fiber to 25-35 grams daily (4-9 tsps.) Fiber allows insulin to enter more slowly into the bloodstream. There are two types of fiber and we need both. Soluble fiber becomes a gel in our system, moving dangerous LDL cholesterol out while lowering blood sugar. It’s like Liquid Plummer. Insoluble fiber is like Rotor Rooter, remaining intact. It clears our intestines so valuable nutrients can be absorbed through the digestive tract.
Choose a variety of fibers including whole grains, (oats, quinoa, long grain rice) fruits, (apples, pears, prunes) and vegetables, (peas, legumes, beans, corn, sweet potatoes.)
Get into a Routine. Ensure that you eat and exercise at regular intervals. This keeps your blood sugar levels steady and reduces stress on your vital organs.
Create a pathway to destress. When our bodies are stressed, it not only raises our insulin levels but also creates a hazardous acidic pH level, making us hungrier and more prone to illness. Create a strategy: take daily walks, listen to music, take soothing baths or simply sit and read on your back patio.
Exercise! Diabetics run the risk of circulatory problems and nerve damage. Walt, my Type 1 patient, whose goal at first was simply to reduce his high insulin intake, ate well and faithfully rode his exercise bike every day. He lost 75 pounds and got himself off insulin entirely, a rare feat indeed! But don’t overdo exercise. This adds stress! Find an exercise routine you enjoy and keep doing it!
Greatly reduce or eliminate artificial sweeteners. (I know this is controversial!) These chemicals never leave your liver. These increase insulin levels because your body is expecting more food! Stevia has an alkaline pH and is a good substitute. My patients consumed small amounts of regular sugar while giving up the simple carbohydrates in donuts, cakes, pies and candy. Better yet, drink water!
Yes, diabetes is a tough disease to manage, but remember you have Strength you might not recognize yet. Our Lord Sustains!