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Is it catching?

Late in the summer (maybe early in the fall, actually), I was chatting with a friend who I hadn't seen in a while. He told me how his doctor diagnosed him with diabetes months earlier, but he'd been exercising and eating better. Now he wasn't on medications and his glucose was at normal levels.

This past Friday, I spoke with another friend who related the same story. He had an HbA1C result of 10 (! — that's a lot, for those who don't know). But after three months, he brought his weight down 50 pounds through diet and exercise. His doctor has not yet taken him off the meds, but the glucose results are now normal and at the next quarterly checkup, the meds likely will be gone.

And on Saturday evening, another friend related suddenly finding herself this summer with a glucose reading of around 400 (that's the other test, the short-term one, and that's a high number too) after feeling like crap for a while. She has changed her diet, got a dog that needs daily walks, and is back to normal readings, or close.

So if you heard those reports over the last few months of the "coming epidemic" of diabetes, and were doubtful... I wouldn't doubt. But given that the three tales above are not only of getting diabetes, but working successfully to lessen its medical impact, one ought not lose hope. I know this isn't news to some who might read this, since they may be living it themselves. I guess I'm remarking on it because there seems to be a convergence in my little corner of the world.


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Dec. 21st, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
I can't tell for sure, the evidence is of course not clear - but it seems the combination of [refined seed oils, high fructose corn syrup, and refined grain products] that became a normal diet when I was a kid is showing its effects all at once as we turn 40-ish.
Dec. 21st, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
That fits... the youngest friend in my post is 41, the oldest 62, and the third is probably in her early 50s or maybe a little younger (wild guess).

Those ingredients are so pervasive in pre-packaged food. Unless one works really hard and shops very carefully, the only alternative is to prepare everything from scratch, which of course was usual practice 40–50 years ago but has fallen out of favor for convenience's sake. Turns out that we (well, many of us) have made a dangerous tradeoff. The food industry would fight anyone saying that tooth and nail, of course.
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that is where most of the opposition is coming from. "Correlation is not causation." - true enough. But good enough to suggest dropping those from kids' diet, for instance.
Dec. 22nd, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
There has been a TV commercial here featuring a typical mother walking through the soft drink aisle of a grocery, complaining that the government wants to take away her right as a mother to determine what her family eats. I wonder if anyone on that side of the discussion gets how bad that looks. I mean, they never set foot in, say, the produce department for even a second. Commercials are paid for by a junk food industry lobbying group, of course. And of course, Mama Grizzly has weighed in publicly on that side of the argument in her warm, nurturing way.
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