What if I told you that everything (or almost everything) you have been told about type 2 diabetes and nutrition was wrong? Would you believe me? Would you be more likely to believe me if I was a doctor? How about a doctor that specialized in the treatment of type 2 diabetes? How about if I was a diabetes educator?
Well, I am not a doctor nor am I a certified diabetes educator, but I have been extensively researching nutrition which appears to be the key to reversing the condition of type 2 diabetes. Through the course of this research, I have discovered that many doctors are not well-versed in nutrition especially as it relates to diabetes in general and type 2 specifically.
I have also been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and have dealt with the condition and the related effects on my body and mind over the past 12 years.
Through a multi-part series, I will be sharing some of what I have learned, what I am still learning, how I am implementing what I have learned and how it is impacting my overall health and then specifically as it relates to my specific type 2 diabetes condition.
In the beginning, there was no type 2 diabetes.
It’s true. Back in the beginning of time and even later into our more modern history (think up until about the late 1960s) there were virtually no instances of type 2 diabetes. The cases that did pop up were, as the saying goes, few and far between. In other words, it was extremely rare to hear of someone with type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a relatively new phenomenon which, quite bluntly, we have brought upon ourselves. But more on that later. This isn’t a blame game. At least not at this point.
Fast Forward 50 years
But now, the opposite is true. The pandemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes is skyrocketing. As these numbers continue to climb and more and more people are falling victim to the condition and the very real problems it creates, we are seeing more and more despair as people succumb to the threat this condition poses.
Our eating and the choices we have for eating have changed over the previous 50 years.
Fast food was introduced in mass quantities. Boxed, bagged, frozen and processed foods bloomed in our grocery stores and the days of growing most of our own food was abandoned. Sugar was pumped into foods that had never even existed before. Fat was taken out and replaced with something else to make the food palatable.
We were told we were fat and out of shape, so gyms and fitness centers popped up everywhere and people joined them, but we just continued to get fatter.
People bought into the lie that fat-free, low carb, no calorie absolute junk food was okay.
And now we are a society that has millions of people who are either diabetic or are pre-diabetic.
So What Happens Now?
Where do we go from here? What can we eat? Does exercising make sense?
The answer to these questions is coming. With each post, I will be building on the previous one. You will be reading my story, but it is a story that many of us—in fact, those millions that I talked about above who are diabetic or pre-diabetic—can relate to because we live it daily.
I don’t have all the answers, but I do have my story and I hope that it will help give you hope and maybe a few answers so that you don’t have to spend nearly 50 years looking for them.
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About the author
Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 24 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 12 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org.