My Wife Looked At How We Can Beat This Thing
(Editor's note: Here are some thoughts from a man I've known for a number of years. I've actually known his wife's family my entire life. I wouldn't classify him as a regular reader at books-empower.com. He has read some of the specific pages that apply to his situation.
He agreed to let me post his words, but didn't want his name used nor did he want to write anything. I'll call him "Joe" in this page and will present his views as he related them to me.)
Joe grew up as a good athlete. His children inherited that from him, so sports were always very important in their home. He has always been a big guy. As he grew older, there was that spread around the waist that is usually just fodder for jokes, but never considered a reason for concern.
Following a routine physical that included blood sugar and insulin levels, his doctor gave him some news that set him back. "Pre-diabetic" was the word he heard for the first time.
"When I was told that I might develop diabetes, I had dozens of thoughts race through my mind. I didn't know of any family history in this area. And I didn't really know that much about it. I was given a pamphlet with some ideas about changing what I eat and told that we would monitor this situation."
Joe didn't know that this is a far too common dilemma for many people. He faced the daily stress of running a business. He wasn't as physically active as in years past. And most of his diet was processed or fast food. Fortunately his wife is an avid reader and very good at research.
"My wife didn't want to just monitor the situation. She began to look into things well beyond the words on that pamphlet. She discovered that nearly everything I had been eating was a driver of diabetes. I read about what diabetes could do to me. I became angry. I wondered why no one had ever told me that carbohydrate overload, in particular bread from processed grain was pushing me into this health risk.
I knew that too much sugar wasn't good, but I didn't understand the long range effects. I was mad and scared. Luckily for me, my wife didn't stop reading when she learned what diabetes could do. She looked at how we could beat this thing.
I read the page on this web site about diabetes. And I read "Grain Brain." We both read them. At first I just got madder. But she pointed out that we didn't have to do all that much to overcome this condition. She said from now on, we needed to drop that "pre-diabetic" term. We needed to consider me as having diabetes and attack the problem head on.
I grew up on lots of bread. Grain products are, or at least were part of every meal. Fruits and vegetables? Not so much. Leaner cuts of meat? No, I went for the big steaks, the chicken smothered in cheese and the fresh rolls or bread they placed in front of me at the restaurant tables.
I didn't have time to walk after work. Being self-employed, my days don't always end at 5:00 pm. And there were games to attend. It was easier to just roll through the drive through lane and eat two double cheeseburgers on the way to a basketball or softball game."
Joe's wife made the switch for them. And as you've already noticed, once he got rolling, the words began to flow much easier too. I think the most important part of his message is that decision to move past the relative comfort of "pre-diabetic." Facing reality was the catalyst to moving forward with determination and better knowledge.
Joe continues, " My wife made the decision that our diet choices would be changing. She just about cut out grains. We took the time to prepare a more healthy lunch in advance. I took it with me so there was no need to race through the fast food pick up lane.
And we slowed down. We set aside the time to walk everyday. Both of us. In the winter we use the community buildings that were opened up for exercise. In the summer, we walk outside.
I still wish I had known years ago about how empty carbs and sugar lead to diabetes. I still wish I had made better choices over the past ten years. But I didn't and I can't go back.
But I can be an example of changing out bad choices for better decisions. There are at least two young people who have seen the results. They live in our house. The information is out there. If you are facing a situation like mine, know that it can be reversed."
Dr David Perlmutter's book "Grain Brain" is listed in our classic book section, found in the left margin of every page. To read our page about type 2 diabetes, please click the link below.
Type 2 Diabetes
Thanks to "Joe" for sharing. And thanks to his wife for not accepting test results as foregone conclusions of bad things ahead, but rather just an early warning to make course corrections.