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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Are You Really CURED of Type 2 Diabetes?

I came across a site by Michael Dansinger MD indicating a somewhat stricter standard for measuring Prediabetes and diabetes than I am accustomed to. He indicates that you have prediabetes if your A1c reading is 5.9 to 6.4 and full blown diabetes if your A1C is 6.5 or above. From experience I believe the American Diabetes Association and most clinics use 7.0 or below as getting GOOD control. I apparently need to rethink my own readings in light of these numbers. Dr. Dansinger also indicates that in order to be in DIABETES REMISSION, one needs to have an A1C reading of 6.0 or less and with NO medications during the previous two month period.

To read the full article, click HERE.

"Michael Dansinger, MD is here to provide hope, inspiration, and knowledge for people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes who want to conquer their disease and reclaim their health.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What Is Diabetes Reversal? (Part II)

To fully understand the concept of diabetes reversal, it is important to understand how diabetes is detected, measured and monitored.
Measuring Diabetes
People with insulin resistance can eventually develop prediabetes which typically progresses to type 2 diabetes. In many cases people do not know they have prediabetes or early diabetes, until symptoms of diabetes occur, leading to medical attention and correct diagnosis. It is important to know that screening blood tests can detect the early stages of diabetes, or prediabetes, or insulin excess.

By measuring the levels of insulin, and glucose (sugar) in the blood, we can know whether someone has excess insulin levels, prediabetes, or diabetes. Eating a meal changes these levels, making them difficult to interpret, therefore clinicians often prefer to measure them while a patient has been fasting overnight or for 8 to 12 hours. The fasting levels of blood glucose may fluctuate widely from day to day, and no single measurement of blood glucose is a reliable indicator of the overall average blood sugar level.
Fortunately, we have a blood test that indicates the average blood sugar level, called the HEMOGLOBIN A1c. We often just shorten the name to “A1c”. This test measures how “sugar-coated” the blood cells are, and is an excellent reflection of the overall or average blood glucose control. The higher the A1c, the higher the average blood sugar, and the greater the risk of future diabetes complications. Knowing your A1c means knowing your risk of diabetes or diabetes complications. Normal healthy people have an A1c of less than 6%, meaning less than 6% “sugar coated”. In fact, at our hospital laboratory, normal is 5.8% or less, so greater than 5.8% means prediabetes or diabetes. Diabetes experts throughout the world are working together to achieve a consensus about how to use the A1c to define the official cutoff points for prediabetes versus diabetes. Obviously it is one continuum and the definitions or cutoff points are arbitrary. Lacking official cutoff points at this time, I believe it is fair to say that PREDIABETES is roughly an A1c of 5.9% to 6.4%, and DIABETES is roughly an A1c of 6.5% or higher. An A1c over 7% is considered insufficient control of the diabetes, and clinicians often consider increasing the intensity of the diabetes treatment when the A1c surpasses 7%. A1c’s in the 8%-10% range are considered poorly controlled diabetes, and A1c’s over 10% indicate very poor control, and if such levels are sustained over many years, there is especially high risk for diabetes complications, such as heart attack, stroke, sudden death, blindness or eye damage, foot infections or amputation, or kidney damage possibly leading to chronic dialysis."

(my input)
WOW  I do not think those parameters are being followed closely enough by most doctors treating type 2 diabetes.I went back and read the back cover of DeWayne McCulley's book entitled, "Death To Diabetes" and noticed that he went from a diabetic coma with a blood sugar of 1337 to lowering his blood glucose level to less than 95 and his hemoglobin A1C to less that 5.0 while reversing his diabetes and losing 50 pounds in 4 months. If he can do it folks, then we can do it. He credits his recovery to GOD, his doctors and nurses, his mother, his daughter and a set of accidents (blessings) and his own undying thirst for knowledge.

Leviticus 17:11 "The life of the flesh in in the BLOOD"

Something to THINK about and a higher standard to shoot for. Better to know at the beginning of a race how far away the goal is than 1/2 way through it.

the estimated total number of iatrogenic deaths—that is, deaths induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures— in the US annually is 783,936.......while 553,251 died of cancer.
- Gary Null, et al., Death by Medicine

God's Word tells us that the Word itself is a seed that can bring life and health to your whole being. "My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are LIFE unto those that find them, and HEALTH to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." (Proverbs 4:20-23)

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