TRANSFORM YOUR DIABETES
If you would like new ways to manage your diabetes to make it easier to live with and to improve your quality of life quickly then this is the most exciting thing you will ever read.
Here is why: My name is Paul Coker and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1977, my parents learned everything they could about diabetes and they taught me to ask great questions. For the first 30 years of living with diabetes I struggled, a lot. I was often in hospital with a life threatening condition called Diabetic Ketoacidosis because my insulin did not seem to be working, it was almost like I was injecting water.
At other times, my insulin seemed to work too well and on more than one occasion I have passed out on the street, in a park and whilst at work because my blood glucose had dropped too low. All of this was happening whilst I was following a very strict and rigid diet and following the advice of my health care team.
I knew I had to ask better questions about my diabetes
I started following an ultra low carbohydrate program in 2002, after my daughter was born, and it was like magic. My blood glucose levels behaved really well and were predictable for the first time ever!
I went back to university to learn more about diabetes. I studied anatomy, physiology and nutrition so that I could manage my diabetes better.
As my studies continued I started to realise that my low carbohydrate diet was giving me a great HbA1c but was increasing my insulin resistance; every time I ate some carbohydrates my blood glucose level would climb really high and stay high.
I learned enough about the physiology of the cell to understand how fats and insulin compete with each other to get across the cell surface to give them energy. The technical name for this is the Randle cycle and it was proposed it 1963, the invention of Function MRi scanners around 1985 allowed scientists to see that this was not just a theroy, for the first time they could observe actually hapening. I also learned that by definition a diet that is low in carbohydrate must be high in fat and this was probably storing up a future of diseases like high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and cardio vascular disease for me.
I came home from lectures one day and said to my wife that we needed to talk about my long-term health. I shared my concerns and we made a decision together; I would continue with my low carbohydrate diet whilst I looked for something that gave me even better management of my diabetes and reduced the risks of complications of diabetes including high blood pressure and high cholesterol; in short it was time for me to ask better questions about diabetes again.
Then it happened!
The day I had always been dreading. I attended eye screening clinic and they diagnosed advanced diabetic eye disease. I needed to have laser surgery to seal leaking blood vessels so that they could save my eyesight, I had the surgery the very same day.
The surgeon told me that he could see evidence of high cholesterol in my blood from the fatty deposits in my eyes and that I needed to go on to medications to lower my blood pressure and my cholesterol immediately if I wanted to preserve my vision. My high fat low carbohydrate diet was causing damage to the small vessels in my eyes and I knew that I had to do things differently.
I learned the hard way that it is impossible to eat a diet that selectively improves your health.
In other words, if you eat a diet that improves the management of your blood glucose levels but increases your risk of a heart attack or a stroke it all becomes pointless.
I spent decades reading about human health and diabetes before I learned the secrets to eating in a way that improves blood glucose levels, quality of life, energy levels, insulin sensitivity whilst also reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and the risks of the complications of diabetes.
The secret to improved health for most of us with diabetes is really simple. Eat more plants.
The challenge for those of us with diabetes is how do you do this and manage your blood glucose levels? After all carbohydrates come from plants. I have spent years learning this and the focus of my MSc dissertation is on how carbohydrate restriction impacts the metabolism of insulin. My personal experiences and academic expertise are the blue print of the Transform Your Diabetes program.
I am inviting you to join me on the Transform Your Diabetes Program so that you do not need to spend decades learning and reading, making the same mistakes that I have made. You do not have to go back to university or do a Masters degree in Diabetes Practise. I have done all of the hard work for you. Over the next 12 I will give you the tools that you need to make this a powerful strategy in your diabetes management toolkit.