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COPD & Diabetes — The Insulin Resistance Connection

September 11, 2019


My fasting glucose is 81 mg/dL and my A1c
has dropped from 6.7% to 6.0% which means I’m
pretty insulin sensitive. And within two months I dropped 15 kilos. Now if I wasn’t on the diet that
you guys recommend, I’d hate to think where I’d be Life really wasn’t worth living. I wanted to be there for my kids and grandkids,
but my quality of life was so bad when I was 110 kilos, that’s
242 pounds, on a five foot seven and a half frame, it
wasn’t easy to move, it wasn’t easy to do anything. All I wanted to do is sit in front of the
television and eat my chocolate, and eat my cookies, and whatever else I could get my
hands on. Only when I saw pictures of myself after my
son’s Bar Mitzvah that… “That can’t be me! I don’t
look like that, that’s not me”, and that’s where it all started, now it’s a long time
ago. But I never
really got my health back, like it is now, until I switched to the whole food diet. Steroids actually make you more insulin resistant. They also damage internal organs, in my
case it’s my pancreas, I got the results of the c-peptide, and my pancreas is almost dead. The
range is from 0.9 to 7, I’m at 1.0, which means my pancreas is really not producing
much insulin. But my fasting glucose is 81 mg/dL and my
A1c has dropped from 6.7% to 6.0% which means I’m pretty insulin sensitive. And within two months I dropped 15 kilos (33
pounds). Now if
I wasn’t on the diet that you guys recommend, I’d hate to think where I’d be. Really, I’m pretty much close to being type
1, and I will be in the next couple years, but that is
what it is. When it’s only your diet and the advice from
you guys that’s keeping me normal, not needing medication, not needing insulin, that’s
where I was when I started, exactly a year ago,
but it took me five months before I transitioned. I’m not CD, but I’m OD, which is obsessive
disorder. It’s like Texas Hold’em, I always go all-in
and if I don’t know what I’m doing, I don’t do it. I was a cheese addict. I’d keep a kilo of cheese in the fridge and
eat it every two or three days. But I was eating a healthy diet, you see,
and when I get the diagnosis, that’s it. I’m eating a
healthy diet, I’m not drinking Cola, I’m not eating sugar. I’d only eat cookies, I’m a cookie addict
as well, I was a cookie addict. And that’s when Cyrus and Robby started to
talk about cutting the fat, and type 2 diabetes is fat
being in cells that are not meant to store fat. Cyrus Khambatta, PhD: Just like you guys said,
insulin resistance is caused by the storage of fat in tissues that are not designed
to store fat. So, remember that insulin
resistance is caused by the storage of fat in tissues that are not designed to store
fat. From now on you guys are world’s expert in
insulin resistance, if anybody asks you what it is, you repeat that sentence right there. Fat being in cells that are not meant to store
fat. That’s when the light bulb went off. And that’s
when I switched a hundred percent to a whole-food, plant-based, limited oil, salt and sugar,
no animal products, no processed foods, and within
two months I dropped 15 kilos (33 pounds). Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be
tasty, and once I made the switch, and I said food is
fuel, nothing more, then it became easy. I’m down to 30% line function, which in reality
should be in my flat apartment, with a bottle of
oxygen next to me, and unable to move, that’s a medical
reality. But in reality, I still work a full day, I
still ride my bike about 250 kilometers a week. But, every
winter normally can’t breathe, I find it very difficult. Except for this winter, I went through this
winter with no problems, and that can only be the diet, and looking at the science, because
I’m also a bit of a science nerd, the way I’m
eating has reduced inflammation. So, if I’m reducing
inflammation everywhere, the lungs are less inflamed, which means breathing is going to
be easier, so it makes sense from a scientific
point of view. No inflammation, breathing is easier,
and so I feel great eating this way. The first four months, I didn’t do anything. I learned, I wanted to know where I could
get my calcium, and we know cows don’t make calcium. It’s number 20 on the periodic table, so they
can’t make calcium, but I wanted to know what I could eat to get my calcium. And what I had to
eat to get my protein. And what I had to eat to meet my nutritional
needs. So, I spent 4 to 5 months learning, and once
I’d learnt and made a list of everything, where I
could get all the nutrition I needed, zinc, and magnesium, and phosphorus, and iodine,
because a lot of the salt here is not iodized. Now once I’d learnt all of that, then the
transition was easy, and once I heard the testimonials
about carbohydrates don’t cause type 2 diabetes, it’s fat. Then, the transition was easy. And I don’t like to use the word vegan, because
vegan can be just as unhealthy as any other diet. I take steroids, actually since I’ve gone
this way I’ve cut out about four medications, I’ve cut
out calcium tablets with vitamin D, I’ve cut out the statins, and my cholesterol, what
is it, was 177 with my HDL at 76, which is a great ratio,
so I’m not worried about it. It was at 276, my
cholesterol. So it’s come down, and it’s come down since
I’ve dropped the statins, I dropped the statins, I’ve dropped aspirin, since I realized
I don’t need it, I’m getting enough vitamin K from
the berries that I’m eating. Four medications, gone.

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