I am so inspired by Dr. Bernstein, who has been able to control his Diabetes so well that blood tests would not show that he has Diabetes at all. It is something we should all aspire to. And why not? As he put it, “Diabetics should have the same privilege, or right, as a non-diabetics in attaining good blood sugar control and perfect, non-diabetic A1C results.”*
Below are some highlights from his last webcast:
- Ideal Blood Sugar is 83 at all times: before, during and after meals. Though this is much more difficult to be so precise with a Type 1, who takes insulin, as opposed to a Type 2.
- What is Gastroparesis? Delayed stomach emptying, which many Diabetics experience, and will affect blood sugars. The digestion of food becomes delayed as nerves are damaged over long periods of time with elevated blood sugars. Some symptoms include heartburn, nausea, constipation and.or diarrhea, and just about any other symptoms associated with poor or irritable digestion.
- Many think that fruit is a necessary part of any diet. However, “Fruit does not contain any phytonutrients that vegetables do not. Therefore there is no reason to choose fruit, which only contains one thing that vegetable do not, SUGAR, over vegetables.” What are phytonutrients? According to Glyconutrients Reference, “Phytonutrients are nutrients derived from plant material that have been shown to be necessary for sustaining human life.” And what is it that we Diabetics are not supposed to eat…SUGAR! So veggies are the way to go. YAY VEG!
- “Eating a couple pounds of cheese per week should not increase your cholesterol when you follow a low carb diet.” Huh! I found this very interesting. Dr. Bernstein said he eats about a pound and a half of cheese every other day, and his cholesterol numbers are almost non-existent!
- Januvia can be given to a young child to prevent beta cell burnout if you fear he/she will develop diabetes. This is definitely something you would need to discuss with an endocrinologist, and one who is proactive.
- Deiodinases & T3- I don’t recall the exact question that was asked, but this mention of Deiodinases and T3 made me curious. Deiodinases are enzymes that work with thyroid hormones, at the cellular level, to make different things happen depending on what the body needs, and the body’s present conditions. According to the National Academy of Hypothyroidism, because the deiodinase enzyme works at the cellular level, a typical thyroid test, testing serum levels, may not be accurate for what is really happening inside the body. See this site for more information about Hypothyroidism and why a regular TSH test result may not be telling the whole story.
- Less T3=Higher LDL: According to Cornell University, T3 stimulates the receptors for LDL. Therefore if the receptors are not stimulated (T3 is low) to take in the LDL, there is more floating around in the blood causing a higher LDL count.
- What are the best tasting protein shakes? Many like Atkins, or Jay Robb and it can flavored with Walden Farms sugar free chocolate dip.
Don’t forget to tune into the next Webcast on Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 8pm. Click here to register for Dr. Bernstein’s Free Live Teleseminar and Webcast. You can send a question to ask! Click here to read more about Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution.
*Dr. Bernstein was quite frank about why the common medical community in the US does not encourage A1C’s at non-diabetic levels: as the test result is an average, it is assumed that there will be some highs and lows, and to obtain an A1C that low, doctors fear patients will be experiencing too many low blood sugars, for which they can be sued if a patient dies. The doctor cannot, however, be sued because his patients’ blood sugars are too high resulting in any number of complications. Interesting…