The Photo above hits far to close to home for me. Everyday, at least twice a day I intentionally give myself the equivalent of a paper cut, drop my blood into a machine and hope my blood sugar levels are at least at a reasonable level. I am currently a diabetic, and for the last 3 years of my life I have at differing levels of intensity controlled my blood sugar levels with only diet and exercise. Deciding to live this way was more of a necessity than a choice. I have been put on metformin (a low dose insulin pill) twice now and have had severe reactions to it both times. For two months I could barely get out of bed, hardly ate, and had a non existent sex drive. Needless to say I had to make a change, and after doing some research I discovered that people have been able kick their medication to the curb by solely changing their diet and lifestyle. I was also fortunate enough to discover M.D. Mark Hyman’s book The Blood Sugar Solution at a garage sale and promptly bought it…. and then left it on my shelf for two years. I’m about a third of the way through the book right now and about once every twenty minutes I have to stop and reel in my mind from being blown to smithereens .
A quick quote from page 7 of the Blood Sugar Solution to put things into perspective, “Diabesity affects over 1.7 Billion people world wide. Scientists conservatively estimate it will affect 1 in 2 Americans by 2020, 90 percent of whom will not be diagnosed.“ I think you’re beginning to see what I mean about my mind being blown every twenty minutes. Its numbers like these that are putting things in very clear context. This “dis-ease” is so far reaching and so misdiagnosed that by NEXT YEAR 50% of us are going to be showing pre-diabetic symptoms, whether that be higher blood sugar, mid section fat, or raised insulin levels. And the worst part is that this is 100% preventable because diabetes is a lifestyle disease. Doctor Hyman later in the book dispels several myths surrounding diabetes as well. The one that struck me the most is that diabetes is not genetic. He explains that while one may be predisposed to diabetes, it does not mean that they will get it. What will determine this? Their actions.
Just a little food for thought that I wanted to share with you as I continue to digest all of this information. I highly recommend The Blood Sugar Solution, it is very eye opening and has the potential to transform the way we live our lives moving forward. Now if you will excuse me, I have 2/3 of this book to still dig into!