Twitter RSS

An Open Letter to Tom Hanks From Dr William Davis: Don’t Be Diabetic!

Published on October 16, 2013,

Tom Hanks has recently announced  that he has recently been diagnosed with diabetes after many years of struggles with blood sugar. In this open letter from his blog, Wheat Belly author Dr William Davis shares with Hanks what he describes as “the blueprint” he has been using to help people get rid of diabetes…

English: Tom Hanks at a ceremony for George Ha...

Tom Hanks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Mr. Hanks–

I believe it was very courageous to share your diagnosis on television with a national audience. I am sure you will be flooded by well-wishers as well as many people with advice. I’d nonetheless like to alert you to several issues relevant to diabetes:

The majority of diabetes is reversible. Most people can make the choice to have diabetes or to not have it. I hope that you choose not to have it. This is because it is caused by diet. Sadly, it is caused by conventional advice to “cut your fat and eat healthy whole grains.” People often blame too many soft drinks and junk food, but there are many people like you who, I’m sure, try to eat well and don’t drink or eat sugary foods–yet have diabetes. This is due to grains.

More than sugary foods, grains raise blood sugar to high levels. The glycemic indexes, for instance, of whole wheat bread, oatmeal, and multigrain breads are among the highest of all foods. They ENSURE having high blood sugars. (To see for yourself, use your glucose meter and check a blood sugar immdiately prior to a meal; consume the food in question, then recheck a blood sugar at 1-hour after eating, not 2 hours as often advised to assess the adequacy of blood sugar control on diabetes medication. You want the blood sugar peak, which is around 1 hour. You will see blood sugars of 200, 250, or 300 mg/dl after eating grains.) High blood sugars from “healthy whole grains” are also toxic to the beta cells of the pancreas (“glucotoxicity”), making blood sugars go even higher. In some people, the loss of beta cells means there can be no reversing diabetes, but this is less common early in the diagnosis.

Ignore conventional dietary advice. Even better, do the opposite. Unfortunately, in the world of conventional diabetes advice, including that from most healthcare professionals, “Stupid is as stupid does.” The diet advised for people with diabetes makes fasting blood sugar and HbA1c (the 90-day measure of blood sugar) go higher, not lower.

–There are a number of other reasons that grains, especially wheat (white and whole) can be blamed: The gliadin protein of wheat is degraded in the gastrointestinal tract to small peptides that act as opiates and bind to the opiate receptors of the human brain. This triggers appetite for carbohydrates, the worst foods to eat for anyone with diabetes. Wheat germ agglutinin, another protein in wheat, blocks leptin and cholecystokinin, both of which should trigger satiety. In the presence of wheat, appetite is not satisfied.

Beyond the powerful strategy of grain elimination, we do not restrict fats but get plenty of olive oil, coconut oil, and the fats from animal organs and meats and supplement with:

Vitamin D–The insulin-sensitizing effects of raising your 25-hydroxy vitamin D level to 60-70 ng/ml helps regain control over blood sugar. A typical male requires 6000 units of D3 in gelcap form to achieve this level.

Magnesium supplementation–While the effect is modest, correcting common magnesium deficiencies stacks the odds in your favor of regaining control over blood sugar. I advocate magnesium malate, 1200 mg, twice per day.

Omega-3 fatty acids–from fish oil. After eating a meal, there is a flood of particles in the bloodstream (lipoproteins), representing the digestive byproducts of the foods consumed. These particles can block insulin. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil activate an enzyme that accelerates clearance of after-meal lipoproteins, reducing their insulin-blocking effect. I advocate 3000-3600 mg per day of the EPA + DHA omega-3 fatty acids, divided in two doses for assured day-long reduction of lipoproteins.

Those of us who follow the above principles drop fasting blood sugar and HbA1c precipitously, often enough to get off medication, reduce HbA1c into the 5.0% range, and become assuredly NON-diabetic. Even if you are among the few who have impaired pancreatic beta cells and produce insufficient insulin, elimination of grains will minimize need for medications. And, by the way, we should also pass this information onto David Letterman, who also admitted to having high blood sugars during your interview.

My sincerest hopes that you benefit from these suggestions, I remain

William Davis, MD
Author, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health

More at:  An open letter to Tom Hanks: Don’t be diabetic!

Diabetes Timebomb Warning Over Doubling In Cases In Two Decades

Published on October 2, 2013,

The UK media is reporting that Britain is “sleepwalking into a public health disaster” with a predicted doubling in the numbers suffering from diabetes within two decades being announced in new forecasts from a diabetes charity. This is from the UK’s Telegraph newspaper…

Central Obesity 008

Central Obesity 008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Forecasts from the charity Diabetes UK warn that 5 million people are expected to develop the disease by 2025 – twice the number recorded just five years ago.

The vast majority of sufferers have Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles.

The charity said the NHS was already under “huge strain” with 10 per cent of its budget now spent on treating the disease.

More than 70,000 deaths a year occur among those suffering from the condition – one in seven of all deaths.

Patients with Type 2 diabetes are 36 per cent more likely to die in any given year than those of the same age without the condion.

An ICM poll of 1,000 people for Diabetes UK found that just 13 per cent of people were aware that the condition increased the risk of death. Less than one in three were aware of other major complications of the disease, which can cause blindness, amputations, heart attacks and strokes.

Around 85 per cent of diabetes sufferers have Type 2, which can be helped by exercise and an improved diet. Such patient do not produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce does not work properly.

Experts believe the vast majority of such cases could be prevented by a healthy lifestyle…

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “You only have to spend five minutes talking to someone who has lost their sight or has lost a leg as a result of Type 2 diabetes to realise the devastating impact the condition can have.”…

More at:  Diabetes timebomb warning over doubling in cases in two decades

Video: How To Cure Type 2 Diabetes

Published on June 10, 2013,

It Diabetes Week in the UK and that seems the perfect time to view this fascinating recently posted video interview between the Diet Doctor Andreas Eenfeldt and Dr Jay Wortman all about how to cure type 2 diabetes through what you eat rather than medication…

The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

The interview covers Dr Wortman’s own story of weight gain followed by development of type 2 diabetes, his personal research into a treatment, the unexpected and dramatic impact of eliminating carbohydrates from his diet (symptoms disappeared and weight dropped off), the long term health benefits he has experienced eating high fat/very low carb for over 11 years, the impact on first nation’s people of moving from a traditional protein and high fat based diet to one based on far more refined carbohydrates and sugars (they started to experience far high rates of diabetes and obesity), and how the damage was reversed by removing the starches (“My Big Fat Diet” documentary).

It’s good stuff: please share with anyone you know who is affected by or concerned with type 2 diabetes.

You can visit Dr Wortman’s blog here

See more from the DietDoctor

Here is the My Big Fat Documentary on YouTube (3 parts)…

The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

© Low Carb Diet News