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Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool

Posted by EllieK on July 18, 2003 at 10:03:14:

Hi Walt.
A good friend of mine, male age 57, has had type 1 diabetes since age 19. Recently he's been having a lot of trouble controlling his sugars, almost certainly related to job stress (his department, which he runs, is in jeopardy). He's also started having borderline high BP for the first time and has some mild atrial flutter. I talked to him about the 3-legged stool, and he wanted to know which part was most important to focus on first.

He usually exercises 4-5 times a week (leads a karate class 4 days and bicycles on the weekend), but this has been sporadic at best since the work stuff started. So my guess is that the stress itself, plus the decline in exercise, are leading to his problems.

He used to do TM and was very interested in what I told him about doing SR twice a day for 20 minutes. He currently does just a 5-minute meditation at the beginning of karate. I've also said I'll lend him my copy of Beth's book so he can start to follow the PWFD. Currently he follows the ADA recommendations, which allow absurd things like refined flours, some sugar, and even ice cream!

Re: priorities, obviously he needs to do all 3 legs of the stool, but where should he start--getting his exercise back on schedule, doing SR, or following the PWFD?



Re: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 19, 2003 at 07:37:16:

In Reply to: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool posted by EllieK on July 18, 2003 at 10:03:14:

Hi, EllieK.

This guy is a walking miracle to have survived Type 1 Diabetes so long.

The fact that he got it at age 19 makes it entirely possible that he was misdiagnosed. Now there is an epidemic of type 2 diabetics in teenagers. Back then that would have been unthinkable. Now, the crumby diet and stress has made this phenomenon very common. My guess is that he was one of the first and has type 2 diabetes=-which his doc at the time would likely not have even considered (He was 19, therefore he must have juvenile diabetes.) Most conventional physicians, who would have seen him over the years, would never have thought to actually test him and would have just taken what the first doc said as gospel. This happens so often as to not even be remarkable.

Now, having said that, I would suggest he get out of that job as quickly as possible. Since he has a long term habit of exercise, that would be the easiest thing for him to do first. The SR is the next best thing for him and learning about the benefits of the WFD (Beth's Book) can just be a study during the time he is getting the others re-established.

IF he can be convinced of the immediate benefits of the PWFD, and watches his sugars carefully, this would be the fastest way to get his sugars under control but he has other problems that would be better dealt with as above.

Hope this helps.

Walt



Re: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool (Archive.)

Posted by EllieK on July 19, 2003 at 10:58:23:

In Reply to: Re: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on July 19, 2003 at 07:37:16:

Thanks, Walt. I'll pass that info along.
Interesting idea, that he might have type 2. Does type 2 present with the same symptoms -- ie weight loss, thirst, peeing all the time -- as type 1?



Re: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 20, 2003 at 07:28:22:

In Reply to: Re: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool (Archive.) posted by EllieK on July 19, 2003 at 10:58:23:

Thanks, EllieK.

Yes but type II allows the individual to live much longer with the problem than type I. A series of the newer blood tests (not available only 20 years ago) could now determine this for him.

Just the fact that he is doing this well, after all these years, practically guarantees that this is type II.

Walt



Re: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool (Archive.)

Posted by EllieK on July 20, 2003 at 13:53:50:

In Reply to: Re: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on July 20, 2003 at 07:28:22:

Thanks, Walt.
And if he does have type 2, I guess that opens up other options for the conventional medical management of his disease -- like using insulin sensitizers and/or oral hypoglycemics and decreasing his insulin (which I imagine he'd still need some of at this point). Is that right?

What are the blood tests that distinguish the 2 types? (Of course his endocrinologist knows, but it would be good to know what my friend should ask for).



Re: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool

Posted by R. on July 20, 2003 at 17:49:11:

In Reply to: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool posted by EllieK on July 18, 2003 at 10:03:14:

Actually, ice cream, if made of quality ingredients, is a good food.

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Re: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 21, 2003 at 08:07:13:

In Reply to: Re: Type 1 diabetes and 3-legged stool (Archive.) posted by EllieK on July 20, 2003 at 13:53:50:

Thanks, EllieK.

Wnat it mainly means is that his bodymind would respond better to serious wellness with type II.

I do not know the exact tests since they were developed (and are still being developed) after I left practice.

Walt

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