Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy and healthy with no insulin injections for 2 months!

The past two months without requiring insulin injections has been quite incredible. I traveled this summer to San Francisco and Chicago without needing any insulin supplies.
I have had no hyperglycemia nor hypoglycemia since taking no insulin. My lowest reading was 68mg/dL and highest was 126mg/dL. My fasting blood sugars range from 70-100mg/dL. My after meal blood sugars are usually around 100mg/dL. Unlike when I was on insulin injections, I now have no fear of falling into a coma due to hypoglycemia nor do I have to make mathematical calculations or stick a needle in me whenever I eat (ouch!).

I feel treating my type 1 diabetes with the paleo diet is far superior than injecting drugs in myself because the paleo diet takes away dietary triggers that may play a role in the autoimmune disease process. Secondly, I would rather not take drugs just so that I could eat food that I couldn't properly digest anyway and most likely cause me another autoimmune disease!

Here's an article about a recent study linking type 1 diabetes to wheat.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090820124038.htm

For the actual study and commentaries:
http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/58/8/1789.abstract
http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/58/8/1723.extract

So far I've been paleo (grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free) for almost 8 months. Next blog will have a new A1C. Thanks for reading!

25 comments:

  1. Fascinating blog. Thanks. I've posted a link about you.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Michelle,
    I'm really happy for you but what do you say to those folks who think you were misdiagnosed as type 1 and are actually type 2?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hey, way to go, Michelle. Yes, your story is an inspiring example of what can be accomplished when one consumes the foods that we have evolved to eat. I am very happy for you that you've found your way, though I'm not at all surprised by the results. This is by no means meant as a denouncement of your accomplishment (it's a huge step for anyone -- especially someone of your age -- to overcome cultural conditioning) -- but is only meant to state "how can it *not* work??

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks Sue. Good question. I would say I was correctly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for one, the obvious reasons...I was not overweight instead I looked famished at 100 lbs. Also, I was only 20 years old and the symptoms came on suddenly.

    Secondly for the real proof, my blood tests showed that I was positive for all the islet cell autoantibodies such as glutamic acid decarboxylase antibodies (GADA), islet cell antibodies (ICA), and insulinoma-associated (IA-2) autoantibodies. Type 1's have the autoantibodies because type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease.

    Other blood tests that proved I'm type 1 were C-Peptide which was below normal when I was diagnosed. My c-peptide was low at .3 with reference values of .8- 3.5. Type 2's typically have high c-peptides.

    I also have a family history of type 1 diabetes(my grandpa, great aunt, and great great grandmother were all type 1). I never had insulin resistance either which is characterized by type 2 diabetes.

    Thanks Sue again, I should have made a blog entry about that!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Theorytopractice-Thank you very much for the encouragement! Based on the research, I thought the paleo diet could maybe help but I did not expect it to work so well!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow, Michelle!
    I am really impressed and inspired. Thanks for blogging. I hope your message reaches many, many people. So many need to hear this.

    Ramona Denton
    http://lovinitlowcarb.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. WOW!! This is truly amazing. But how can you be sure it's not just a honeymoon phase?

    ReplyDelete
  8. Ramona, thank you!

    Elizabeth- Thanks and yes it is! What makes me think it is not just a common honeymoon phase that most type 1 diabetics have is that I had to about quadruple my insulin needs for about week and half when I reintroduced grain and dairy in my diet for a day. But honestly you're right, I really can't be sure, the symptoms may come back, which is why I say "remission", which is basically what the honeymoon phase is anyway or at least a "partial remission". So technically you could call my remission the honeymoon phase but it appears that I control it with dietary manipulation. If it does come back, I will surely but disappointingly, write about it. Thanks again. Are you type 1?

    ReplyDelete
  9. Michelle, I am very excited for you! Thanks for answering my question. I wonder if you can keep your remission going indefinitely. I sure hope so! It's wonderful that you found the paleo diet. Yes, I'm a type 1, for 16 years now, and I follow Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, author of Diabetes Solution.

    Do you find you can get away with eating fruit? I am very intrigued (and also missing peaches and cherries and cantaloupe), and I'm wondering if vegetables would taste just as good with lard as they do with butter, the thing besides chocolate I would find very hard to give up (Lindt 85% cocoa, low carb).

    Are you tempted to do an experiment where you try cutting out only the gluten or only the casein to see if it's really both that trigger the diabetes? I notice many people with food intolerances are sensitive to both.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm 21 now and about 140 pounds and only 5'8". I have resently been diagnosed with type one diabetes myself and my insulin either drops me way too low or at times doesn't lower me much at all. Basically my main diet is chef salads and meat,cheese, and veggie omlets and peanutbutter on a slice of wheat bread when I'm low. My doctors are telling me that I do need small amounts of carbs to help stay healthy. What do you do about carbs and are you now able to eat fruits with out your sugars going up or are you excluding the fruit part?

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Christopher, sorry about your diagnosis. I get most of my carbs through fruits and vegetables. For the first 6 months on diet I ate about 100-130g of carb per day while using insulin and since going off insulin, I did decrease the amount of carbs to 70-90g per day. I think I will slowly increase it as the months and years go by. I watch how much fruit I eat but I still include it in my diet.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi Elizabeth, yes I definitely eat fruit. For the first six months on the diet I ate TONS of fruit and had a carb intake of about 100-130g/day. For those months I did take insulin but very low amounts of about five units or less total per day. The fruit did not give me high postprandial blood sugars. Since being off insulin I now eat less fruit and my carb intake is about 70-90g per day. Yea I love eating fruit, my faves are strawberries and plums. Lots of people on the paleo diet use lard, I just use olive oil with my veggies and yea, the 85% dark chocolate is what I use to have. I haven't found any good alternatives for that, maybe almond butter?

    That's a good experiment to do! It would be great to allow more foods. I don't think it's just the gluten in certain grain and casein in milk. I think it could be several other components/proteins/molecules that may be acting as a trigger if indeed they are. Studies show different parts of cow's milk, not just the casein, may interfere with the immune system. And also studies show that removing gluten by itself will not reverse type 1 diabetes. So I have no idea really. There is actually another type 1 diabetic little girl that removed grain and dairy and her type 1 went in to reverse and she can have goat's cheese! So maybe one day I'll have the guts to experiment with that ;) Her family has a blog at http://livingwithouttype1.blogspot.com/

    So how long have you been on Dr. Bernstein's diet? The paleo diet definitely allows much more carbs. Thanks for all the questions.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you for taking the time out to talk to us, and congratulations on your fabulous new A1c!

    I never had a honeymoon phase really and that I put down to being misdiagnosed as a T2 in the first place and put on Micronase for 9 months. I finally got sick of it and put myself on insulin, and my eventual C-peptide test indicated that I am indeed a T1 (plus I weighed 114 lbs. and was 20 at the time of dx). I have been on Bernstein's diet for a few years now, but I have to say I spend about as much time off it as on. I cheat a lot, which is really NO GOOD. When I was pregnant I was fairly careful, though, and will have to be when I do it again soon. It would be nice to be CURED before that, though. Diabetic pregnancy is no fun at all.

    I figured that gluten itself couldn't be the sole problem, since there are a number of celiacs out there with T1. They would surely have noticed themselves having a miraculous cure after cutting out the gluten.

    Are you following Dr. Denise Faustman's research? She looks like she's close to a vaccine that might help some of us. In the meantime, though, I wish you luck in extending your remission forever.

    I am curious as to why a paleo diet would involve "lean meats" though, because wouldn't our ancestors have wanted to get as much fat as they could? I find http://www.westonaprice.org/ to be a fantastic resource for all things nutrition, and wanted to pass that along to you too.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Elizabeth-
    Wow, 9 months on orals must have been hard! My doctor did the same thing and put me on orals for about 3 days and my blood sugars were still running in the 200-300's, after that I started insulin. Yea I am following Dr. Faustman's research, the fall 2009 newsletter said the results from phase one trial should be published early 2010. It would be amazing if the vaccine would work! And about the lean meats, they are supposedly more paleo because the leaner meat has similar nutritional value to wild animals. Most wild animals aren't fat all year long. Thanks for the link :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I am 26 and was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes yesterday. My doctor says I need to start with insulin shots today but I dont want to do the shots, I would rather treat it with my diet. Please give me any tips or advice on what to do. I am clueless

    ReplyDelete
  16. This blog is really a great source of information for me. Thank you for giving me such important information.

    FOR BEST INFORMATION ABOUT DIARRHEA.

    ReplyDelete
  17. This blog is great source of information which is very useful for me. Thank you very much.
    BEST INFORMATION ABOUT DIABETES.

    ReplyDelete
  18. thnks for the valuable information. my sis too is type 1 diabetic and she is on insulin. can u please just tell me about this paleo diet in bit detail.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Quick question, with your type 1 does your pancreas produce any insulin or does it produce no insulin?

    ReplyDelete
  20. Treating type 1 without insulin is very dangerous. Michelle may be dead now. I wish be would keep us updated to his condition. Insulin is required by the body so that the cells can use glucose. Type 1 diabetics can't produce insulin. Keyoacidosis can develop, and puts the diabetics at risk for coma. Ketones develop as a side effect of the body metabolizing body fat to produce energy (in large amounts they are toxic). The liver will also start to manufacture glucose to provide the body with energy, and if the body doesn't have insulin the blood sugar will rise even without consuming carbs.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I want to thank Dr.okorom for helping me, because ever since February 2010, I have been diabetes positive it was confirm by my doctor that I’m diabetes positive. So one day as I was browsing through the internet I saw a testimony on how this great man called Dr.okorom help a girl called Emil cure her diabetes, this was really terrible, as i rush to quickly contact him for a cure, as i contact him and he told me not to worry that he will help me, that i should give him 1 day to cast the spell oracle {spirits} to tell him what to do, he later told me on what items and materials i am to buy over here in my country, i purchase them, so after the next day he call me to go for a test and i go for the test and i was now diabetes negative I’m very happy now that I'm diabetes negative I’m thankful to Dr.okorom for helping me his email address: dr.okoromspellhome@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. My name is Kate Morrison, i live and work in Oxfordshire, UK. My life is back!!! After 2 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids, I felt like ending it all, i almost committed suicide because he left us with nothing, i was emotionally down all this while. Thanks to a spell caster called Dr.Trust of Ultimate spell cast which i met online. On one faithful day, as I was browsing through the internet, I came across several of testimonies about this particular spell caster. Some people testified that he brought their Ex lover back, some testified that he restores womb,cure cancer,and other sickness, some testified that he can cast a spell to stop divorce and also spell to get a good paid job so on. He is amazing, i also come across one particular testimony, it was about a woman called Vera, she testified about how he brought back her Ex lover in less than 2 days, and at the end of her testimony she dropped his email.After reading all these, I decided to give it a try. I contacted him via email and explained my problem to him. In just 48hours, my husband came back to me. We resolved our issues, and we are even happier than ever.Dr.Trust you are a gifted man and i will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man. If you have a problem and you are looking for a real and genuine spell caster, Try him anytime, he is the answer to your problems. you can contact him on solutionoflovespelltemple@gmail.com, he is the best caster that can help you with your problems.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hello every body
    Am Henry West wood, from USA, MY HIV DISEASE WAS CURED BY Dr,iayaryi FROM AFRICA, WITH HIS HERBAL HEALING SPELL/ (driayaryi2012@hotmail.com ).
    Dr,iayaryi is the only Dr who could ever get my HIV-AIDS cured with his healing spell, I have tried almost everything but I couldn't find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, I always spend a lot to buy a HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day I was just browsing on the internet when I come across a great post of! Michelle! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of these great powerful healing spell doctor, sometime I really wonder why people called him Dr iayaryi, I never knew it was all because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so I quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and he said a thing I will never forget that anyone who contacted him is! always getting his or her healing in just 6 hours after doing all he ask you, so I was amazed all the time I heard that from him, so I did all things only to see that at the very day which he said I will be healed, all the strength that has left me before rush back and I becomes very strong and healthy, this disease almost kills my life all because of me, so I will to hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said I am HIV negative, I am very amazed and happy about the healing Drcharles gave to me from the ancient part of Africa, you can email him now for your own healing too at: (EMAIL HIM ON: driayaryi2012@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete

  24. My names SANDRA ABLE, I am here to give my testimony about a doctor who help me in my life. I was infected with HIV virus in the 2010,i went to many hospitals,churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life, I lost everything I have my husband run away from me and also took my children along because of my sickness. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me out that’s the reason she normally come here to help people so that thy can be cured because she was into this problem before, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that i should go for an HIV test and which i did as he told me and the result was negative. so if you are also heart brokened and also need a help you can also email him at of hivspelltemple@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete


  25. My name Douglas dashy from Oxford,UK ...HIV has been ongoing in my family for long..I lost both parents to HIV and it is so much pain have not been able to get over.As we all know medically,there is no solution or cure for HIV and the cost for Medication is very expensive..Someone introduced me to a man(Native Medical Practitional)in oxford..I showed the man all my Tests and Results and i told him have already diagnosed with HIV and have spent thousands of dollars on medication..I said i will like to try him cos someone introduced me to him..He asked me sorts of questions and i answered him correctly..To cut the story short,He gave me some medicinal soaps and some herbs(have forgot the name he called them) and he thought me how am gonna use them all..At first i was skeptical but i just gave it a try..I was on his Medication for 2 weeks and i used all the soaps and herbs according to his prescription.. that he will finish the rest himself..and i called him 3 days after, i arrived and i told him what is the next thing..he said,he has been expecting my call.. he told me to visit my doctor for another test..Honestly speaking,i never believe all he was saying until after the test when my doctor mention the statement that am, HIV negative and the doctor started asking me how do i do it....Am telling this story in case anyone may need this man his email is: prophetekpen@gmail.com or call him now at +2349038409325

    ReplyDelete