Education about Type 2 diabetes can help you to achieve effective management of your diabetes on a day-to-day basis -- as long as the information being provided has been researched, tested, proven; and, contains the key elements of a Type 2 diabetes management program.
So, what are the key elements of an effective Type 2 diabetes management program?
The key elements include the following:
-- Blood glucose testing
-- Cleanse and detox
-- Doctor visits/Physical exams
Diabetes Education Platforms
You can obtain your education of Type 2 diabetes management via the following methods or platforms:
-- Training Classes
-- Health Coaching
-- Documentation (Books & Ebooks)
However, there is another key component to an effective diabetes management program -- you must be willing to change your diet and lifestyle. Studies have shown that people who are willing to change their diet and lifestyle have an excellent chance to improve their diabetes and blood sugar levels.
If you would like to learn more about how to implement the steps of a "get-well" diabetes management program, visit our Get-Well Plan web page.
The following are some of the benefits of our diabetes program to you and your loved ones:
-- Lower and stabilized blood glucose levels
-- No need (or less need) for diabetic drugs
-- Able to avoid the "insulin addiction trap"
-- Able to lose weight and belly fat
-- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
-- Able to avoid diabetic complications
-- Less pain and discomfort
-- Less hospital visits and surgeries
-- Financial savings
-- Able to enjoy eating without the anxiety
-- Less stress within the family
-- Can enjoy weddings, picnics, birthdays, etc.
-- Happier outlook on life
-- A lot less stress at work and elsewhere
-- Able to enjoy a better sex life
-- Able to help others after you get well
Note: Some of the benefits of this program have also been achieved by our non-diabetic clients.
Diagram: Type 2 Diabetes Management
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that requires your attention every hour of every day. Consequently, after you have gone through any of our training classes, you can't expect to remember everything from the class! :-)
You need something that will allow you to take the information from the class and use it on a daily basis. In other words, you need a system or a process that will help you to manage your diabetes and your blood sugar level.
That system or process is known as the Diabetes Management Program (or Process). And, the author has documented that program/process in his training classes and his diabetes book, based on his clinical research and his personal experience with diabetes.
Let's take a look at the key elements of the Diabetes Management Program.
As you are aware, proper nutrition plays a key role in being able to control your diabetes and your blood sugar levels.
When the author was dealing with his diabetes, he was surprised to discover that certain "healthy" foods caused his blood sugar to increase.
For example, eating oatmeal for breakfast caused his blood sugar to spike! When he mentioned this to his family doctor and his endocrinologist, They were also surprised. Of course, you may not respond the same way -- that's why it's so important that you measure your blood glucose.
During his recovery (and research), the author discovered key foods that helped him to lower and control his blood sugar such as vegetables, fish, nuts, etc.
Note: Refer to the Diabetic Diet web page for more details.
Exercising plays a key role in effective diabetes management because exercise helps the body to burn glucose. And, this, in turn, helps to lower your blood sugar.
In addition, once your body is able to burn glucose, this lowers your insulin levels and enables your body to burn fat!
Key Point: Most diabetics gain weight because their bodies are producing 2 to 3 times the amount of insulin. And, insulin being a fat-storage hormone, converts the excess glucose to fat! In addition, the excess insulin prevents the body from burning fat!
So, excess insulin creates a double-whammy -- it increases fat production and it prevents fat metabolism. And, this combination leads to unwanted weight gain.
However, please keep in mind that you must exercise on a consistent basis in order to achieve a consistent lowering of your blood sugar levels.
Please Note: Certain exercises are more effective at burning glucose and fat stores. Refer to the Exercise web page for more details.
Blood Glucose Testing
Most people really don't like the idea of pricking their finger several times every day, right?
However, blood glucose testing is very important because the data can be used to better manage your diabetes and your blood sugar level.
Note: Refer to the Blood Glucose Testing web page for more details.
Cleanse and Detox
Now, you may be wondering what does cleanse and detox have to do with managing your diabetes and lowering your blood sugar.
Normally, your liver, kidneys and colon do a lot of the cleansing and detoxing of your body's cells in order to remove chemicals, toxins and waste products. However, when you're diabetic, your liver and kidneys spend a lot of its time trying to remove the excess blood sugar from your blood.
So, your body may need some help with the cleanse and detox processes. This can be accomplished by eating fiber-rich foods and limiting your intake of processed foods that contain various chemicals and toxins.
Note: Refer to the Cleanse & Detox web page for more details.
Nutritional supplementation can help with diabetes management by supplying key nutrients that you may not be getting from your food.
However, you cannot rely strictly on taking a bunch of vitamins to help you with your diabetes! You still have to eat healthy foods.
Note: Refer to the Supplementation web page for more details.
Doctor Visits/Physical Exams
It is very important that you work with your doctor to help with managing your diabetes. If your doctor can't help you, especially when it comes to proper nutrition, he/she will usually refer you to a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator to help you.
If your doctor prescribes any diabetic medication, make sure that you understand how the medication is supposed to be administered.
If the medication causes any type of discomfort, please notify your doctor immediately.
Getting support from your family, work and community is very important. You can't fight this disease alone. There are many local and online support groups that can help you.
In addition, make sure that you get enough sleep and look for ways to reduce the stress in your life. Too much stress in your life can cause your blood sugar to increase.
Education and Research
Of course, education is key to managing your diabetes. Look for local and online training classes and programs to help you with your diabetes.
In addition, you should do your own research to understand diabetes and to discover other available resources that can help you. When you do your own research, you'll learn who can really help you and who can't.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of diabetes websites out there that claim that they can help you. So, be careful -- if someone makes a lot of promises, investigate the company before you purchase any of their products or services.
FYI: The author has mapped these key components in his diabetes book as a series of steps that you can use on a daily basis (see below).
Diagram: Type 2 Diabetes Management
The primary goal of this diabetes management process is to provide instructions to guide you in order to control your blood sugar, reduce the chronic inflammation, and, hopefully, prevent the complications of Type 2 diabetes, e.g. blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, etc.
Here is an overview of the 10 steps:
1. Acquire knowledge about diabetes and its complications, nutrition, exercise, and drugs to increase your knowledge and provide direction on your journey to proper management of your diabetes. Visit your local library, go to medical-related websites, take classes, and talk to other (healthy) diabetics.
2. Eat the 5 “live” super foods, including green and bright-colored vegetables, dark-colored fruits, raw juices, sea vegetables, grasses, plant protein, plant oils, cold-water fish, legumes, lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, filtered water, and (some) organic whole grains. Drink raw juices in conjunction with eating plant-based super meals to optimize your nutritional program to reverse your diabetes faster. Buy a steamer, blender, juicer, Foreman grill, and grinder (for flaxseeds).
3. Stop eating the 5 “dead” processed foods, especially white flour, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, “enriched” foods, starches, trans fats, animal meat, vegetable oils, processed foods, fast foods, and drugs. Foods to avoid include bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, beef, pork, cereal, corn, pastries, coffee, canola oil, soda, diet soda, bottled fruit juices, tap water, tobacco, artificial sweeteners, OTC drugs, and prescription drugs. Avoid your food triggers, e.g. driving past a fast food place.
4. Perform blood glucose testing at least 4 times a day, including a post-meal test to customize your nutritional profile. Use a journal/logbook to record, track, analyze and make corrective changes, especially to what you’re eating and how frequently you’re exercising.
5. Exercise on a consistent basis by stretching/walking 30 to 45 minutes four to six times a week in order to increase glucose uptake andhelp reverse your diabetes. And, add 10 to 15 minutes of weight/resistance (anaerobics) exercise on alternate days.
6. Perform cleansing/detoxification periodically to remove the toxins and waste that have accumulated in your cells and tissues in order to help repair your cells and reverse your diabetes.
7. Take a wholefood or food-based nutritional supplement to complement your nutritional program and accelerate the body’s healing process.
8. Visit your doctor and get a physical exam on a regular basis. Work with your doctor, diabetes health coach and other healthcare professionals to communicate your health goals and build your relationships. Ensure your treatment is focused on repairing your body and reducing your drug usage/dependency and not just suppressing the symptoms.
9. Obtain emotional support by connecting with your inner spirit and building your support team. Utilize exercise, prayer, yoga, other meditation techniques and connect with others to relax and help relieve the stress. Find some quiet time for yourself each day, even if it’s only 5 minutes. Join a local support group to get information and share your problems with other diabetics. Your insight may help someone in the group and will motivate you to continue making progress.
10. Develop an overall (proactive) wellness plan to manage your diabetes and improve your overall health. If possible, work with a diabetes health coach to help you with your wellness planning.
This program is designed to support and enable an effective diabetes management strategy.
Note: If you would like to try the program free of charge, get the author's free ebook.
Diagram: The 10 Steps of the Type 2 Diabetes Management Program
When I became diabetic, I was overwhelmed by all of the new things that I had to do!! Watching what I ate, measuring my carbs and calories, pricking my finger, measuring my blood sugar, taking my insulin and other meds, meal planning, grocery shopping, exercising, visiting my doctor, getting regular physical exams/blood tests, etc.
I also learned very quickly the importance of being organized and performing all of these activities to manage my diabetes throughout the day. Being an engineer turned out to be a blessing, because, if you know anything about engineers, we tend to be very structured and methodical, and analytical. :-)
Whenever I ignored my diabetes, I would pay for it later with a blood glucose spike, a headache or an upset stomach. I learned not to ignore my disease. :-)
I also realized that (after I got out of the hospital) that I couldn't remember everything that I needed to do every day. So, I bought a notebook to record everything; plus, I created an activity tracking sheet to use a daily reminder. Ironically, this became the genesis of my 10-step program and, later on, my book! Who knew?
Proper Type 2 diabetes management provides the necessary guidance and structure to guide you throughout the day -- from the moment you rise in the morning to the moment you go to bed that night.
This diabetes management program is documented in a series of steps to make it easier to keep track of your progress. And, that series of steps are further documented in my diabetes book so that you have a reference document to remind you of what you need to do each day.
So, you see, having an effective diabetes management program is very important when it comes to being able to effectively manage this disease.
Diagram: Type 2 Diabetes Management
DeWayne McCulley is an engineer who almost died from a diabetic coma with a blood glucose of 1337 -- more than 1200 points above normal!
Fortunately, he was able to use his background in engineering and biochemistry to safely wean off the insulin and other drugs within 3.5 months. Needless to say, his doctors were shocked at his recovery.
After DeWayne returned to work, he joined the American Diabetes Association to help increase diabetes awareness and education. He ran 3 diabetic support groups and conducted diabetes education and training classes to hundreds of diabetics in the community and various churches.
With encouragement from his mother and daughter, and so many requests from the community, DeWayne became an author and continues to help diabetics around the world via his diabetes education and awareness programs.
Author Sidebar: With the success of my diabetes books, ebooks and CDs/DVDs, we have been asked to provide online and onsite training to various health organizations and corporations.
We have also been asked to simplify the content on our web pages in describing diabetes, nutrition, meal planning, etc. -- without getting bogged down into the science, cell biology, etc.
As engineers, we tend to get carried away with the details and provide too much information, instead of focusing on just the education and diabetes management.
So, we will try our best to keep the message simple and concise without boring you with the science. :-)
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