How Long Can You Live With Diabetes

How Long Can You Live With Diabetes

November 2, 2019 0 By Jose Scott


How long can you live with diabetes? What
is the life expectancy of a type 1, type 2, or even a type 1.5 LADA diabetic
such as myself. The latest research is showing some exceptional news. You can out live your non-diabetic peers provided you are aware of the main factors
influencing your health. And what are they, which we will discuss in detail
today. One, how fast and accurately have you been diagnosed. Two, your doctor’s overall
view on the a1c and their ability to tailor your treatment to your specific
diagnosis. And third, and most importantly how promptly you execute on the correct
diet plan. And what is that correct diet plan? Before we begin, let me welcome all
of you Resilient Diabetics out there. This is the channel we turn ordinary
struggling diabetics into extraordinary well controlled diabetics. If you don’t
know who I am and you are brand new to this channel I welcome you. My name is
Jay Sampat, and I am an insulin dependent diabetic diagnosed a little
over 6 years ago. So the proud owner of a pancreas that’s gone on a permanent and
lifelong vacation. So not only am I diabetic just like you, where we will be
walking that walk, and talking that talk together, but I do also have a University
of Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics, and that does come
in handy in discussing all the intricacies of being a diabetic. The
unique information presented today will only be found here on the Resilient
Diabetic. New life-changing episodes are released weekly so if you want to learn
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notifications. And of course if you liked what you’ve seen and learnt
today, please hit that LIKE button. Having diabetes won’t necessarily change
someone’s life expectancy. Its how diabetes progresses over time that
really, really matters. The first question we all ask ourselves upon diagnosis is
how will this disease affect the length of our lives. But diabetes is complex
with many different variables and possible complications. And each one of
us is different from one another. So it’s hard to know how the condition will
affect life expectancy. However we do have some hard statistics that bear out
some truths and realities. A 2010 report from the United Kingdom estimated that
type 2 diabetes life expectancy is reduced by up to 10 years, while in type 1
diabetes is reduced by at least 20 years. That is staggering! I am a LADA type
1.5 diabetic which is technically a type 1 because there’s no pancreatic
functioning, the only difference I got this later in life due to a severe
gluten allergy attack. That is where my immune system subsequently killed all my
pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin in attempt to protect the whole
body. But what’s worse for me just like a type 2 diabetic my body can become very
resistant and very quickly if the wrong diet and medications are in play. So
getting this right from the very very beginning and circumventing all the
noise has been my biggest challenge. So in order to live that long healthy life
free of complications there are some factors, key factors, that will influence
the end result that we all must be aware of. And I bet this will come to a big
surprise for many of you today. The first is how fast this disease was caught. The
faster one catches this disease, the higher the probability of saving the
pancreas. Each one of us has different pancreatic functioning, meaning we all
have varying amounts of insulin production. From not at all to a hundred percent functioning but with only slight
resistance issues. In my case it was due to a latent autoimmune attack. But for
many diabetics the pancreas has just been worn out or is burnt out due to
years of excessive carbohydrate intake. The body has become highly resistant to
insulin due to the fats known as triglycerides that have been stored in
all the wrong places such as inside our muscle tissues, within the liver and in
and around all the body organs. But as we have discussed, these fats are not coming
from the fats we eat but rather from the excessive carbohydrates that have been
consumed, both the good and the bad. It is then our livers that are converting
these carbs into fats which is the cause of insulin resistance.
Remember in type 2 diabetes years of the pancreatic beta-cells having to pump out
ever-increasing higher and higher amounts of insulin because of the
resistance then begins its own demise. It just gets tired and worn out. But
another very important point to factor in is that all this can occur years
sometimes decades prior to being diagnosed. So by the time of diagnosis
50% of the beta cell functioning may have already been lost for many many
diabetics. And this is where every diabetic is unique. I was completely
misdiagnosed at first, and unfortunately many of you will be too.
You will be given the standard playbook and shuttle out that doctor’s door with
a bag full of medications confused and lost for years. I was just assumed to be
a type-2 diabetic even though the evidence was staring my doctors right in
the face. I had lost significant amounts of weight in a very short period of
time. But I was still treated as a type-2 diabetic with all the wrong medications.
You must upon diagnosis know the functioning of your pancreas and track
it over time with the right test. The c-peptide test
is one of those important tests. But I must warn you, it takes a very very good
doctor who can interpret the results. A c-peptide test in isolation means
absolutely nothing without knowing the corresponding blood sugar levels at the
time of the test. Those doctors who are aware of all the new groundbreaking
research will first find a way of allowing a newly diagnosed diabetic
especially a type 2, to rest the pancreas, thus saving it over the long run. Meaning,
their therapy will be different from the standard playbook all doctors will use.
They may actually give a diabetic not only insulin, which allows the pancreas
to rest and regenerate, but just as if not more important component, have them
modify the diet. And have the patient lower the amount of carbohydrates
consumed. And all of this should be done immediately upon diagnosis for the best
long-term results. They know that if the pancreas is pushed and worked too hard
and to a certain point, it will continue to fail. The remaining cells that are
left just cannot keep up and they subsequently die. So what happens to many diabetics whose pancreas are failing? The doctors may incorrectly put them done
only on Sulfonylureas, which makes your pancreas work harder, but then they’re
still put on a high carbohydrate diet by the nutritionist. Can you see now how
this would affect life expectancy! Next is a hard one to swallow. Your doctor’s
view on blood sugars and the corresponding a1c values. This will
undoubtedly make or break one’s life expectancy. The body’s blood sugar range
is carefully controlled in a healthy individual ,which will usually measure
around 80 milligrams of deciliter in the blood. So how much blood sugar or glucose does the body want at any given time. Well think of it this way, the body
contains approximately five liters of blood. This amounts to around four grams
of sugar in the blood at any given time, which is less than
a teaspoon of sugar. Any more than that it becomes toxic to the body. There is
one more important component every diabetic should know, because this is
where the first piece of the puzzle comes in when it comes to life
expectancy. What are the normal blood sugar ranges for those without diabetes?
Fasting blood sugars in the morning before eating are usually between 70 to
90 milligrams a deciliter. One hour after a meal, it’s usually between 90 to 130
milligrams a deciliter. Five or more hours after eating it’s back to that
baseline of 70 to 90 milligrams a dis liter. So let me repeat this because it’s
so critical to understand. Five or more hours after eating it is back to that
baseline of 70 to 90 milligrams of deciliter. During the day levels tend to
be their lowest before meals. Now what about us diabetics, well as you
know our goal post gets unjustly moved. Depending on your doctor, your exact
diagnosis, your health condition, your age, they would want your fasting blood
glucose levels between 80 and 130 milligrams deciliter. Your two hour post
meal levels to be 180 milligrams deciliter or less. Type 1 or type 1.5 diabetics such as myself that are insulin dependent generally even have a
higher threshold due to fear of hypoglycemia. There have been some great studies done on the hemoglobin a1c blood sugar levels and mortality. The big shot
came from a British study that looked at the a1c levels in people with and
without diabetes. Regardless of whether person had diabetes, the studies show that for every 1% increase in the a1c, upped the risk of death
from all causes by 24% in men and 28% in women. Nearly three-fourths of the deaths
in the study came from people with moderately elevated hemoglobin a1c
levels between 5 and 6.9. In people with type 2 diabetes they found every 1% rise in the a1c added 18% to a person’s risk of heart disease. And there was a 28 percent jump in risk
of peripheral vascular disease. In normal people a1C ranges from 4 to 5.6.
But in people with diabetes that can range from around 5.7 to around 20. So a
1% change is clinically significant to our health. My first set of doctors wanted
my A1C to be in the mid to high fives. My new endocrinologist
wanted it much much higher. Some doctors want their patients to be in the eights.
But this is not rocket science, there is damage being done to the body
with sugars constantly that high. So the next question is. Why would doctors and
the American Diabetes Association recommend very high blood sugars and
higher than normal A1C especially for us diabetics? There are three reasons.
The first one is a kicker, and it’s a total letdown by our medical community,
but the truth is the truth. And I’ll quote the great engineer turned doctor.
Richard Bernstein MD, a type 1 diabetic himself, who’s arguably broken more
ground than anyone in history when it comes to diabetes living normal lives.
He’s now 84 and still has a vibrant practice. The central principle of Dr.
Bernstein solutions for diabetics is that they have the right to normal blood
sugars like a non diabetic would. Even when we eat he wants our blood Sugar’s
to remain constant and within those healthy ranges. He believes in an a1c for
a type 1 and type 2 diabetics to be in the fours, yes I said it, the fours. And he
shows you how, and how to do it safely. And he states the reason for the ADA’s
standards is so that doctors can hedge their bets and avoid the risk that a
diabetic patient could die from hypoglycemia or low blood sugars. Dr.
Bernstein said “if they go too low the doctors are afraid of getting sued, so
they don’t want any part of it.” Imagine a doctor who specializes in diabetes
that has over 2,000 patients. If they go blind, suffer congestive heart failure,
kidney disease, or their legs get amputated, then that is a natural
consequence of having diabetes. If the patient suffers diabetic complications
with blood sugars that are in the ADA’s target ranges then the long-term known
consequences of disease could never justify a lawsuit. He continues to state,
if a patient with chronically high blood sugars gets a foot amputated because of
non-healing ulcers insurance companies will pay for it and the doctors won’t
get sued. Now, if one patient out of those 2,000 dies of hypoglycemia then that
doctor can get sued. For example they get into a fatal car accident because they
pass out. So for safety margins they’re not going to allow their patients to be
anywhere near normal blood sugars because of the risk of hypoglycemia
becomes far too great. So to hedge their practices and their organizations as a
whole they would want blood Sugar’s to be two or three times higher than what
is considered normal. The bottom line it’s not really about your health per se,
but about the survival and the profitability of the institutions. I’ll
put a link to the great doctors videos down in the description box for more
details on proper blood sugar control. Second, as you are now where because you
are subscribed you know that doctors are not nutritionists. Diabetes is a disease
of the diet. And for the most part they have not had a single course in
nutrition during the entire stint of medical school. So they have to stick to
the high carbohydrate food guide pyramid diet protocol for all of their patients
including us diabetics. Thus, diabetic patients are then encouraged to eat
clean wholesome carbs at every meal, including starches, fruits, snacks. But
they just have their patients clean up their diets by say substituting brown
bread instead of white bread, replacing sodas for juices, oatmeal for cereals, but
as you now know a carb is a carb is a carb, especially to
that overworked pancreas. What is worse, the only way of treating that is with
the heavy-duty fast acting insulins, that violently whiplash ones blood Sugar’s up
and down like a roller coaster, thus making it impossible to maintain low and
controlled blood sugars. The violent swings and blood sugars not only impact
life expectancy, but your day-to-day life. Mood swings, the hunger, work productivity, relationships, depression, to even one sexual health and drive, it’s devastating!!
Many doctors don’t have that team including an in-house nutritionist
trained and knowledgeable in low carbohydrate diets. Such as using
above ground cruciferous vegetables and lean proteins, and then using the
corresponding oral medications and slower, flatter insulins, like Regular insulin and NPH for well controlled blood sugars. This then creates that
flat-line and easily controllable blood sugars in that target range. And before
you blame the doctors, we also have to look at the other side of the equation.
How many patients who are once diagnosed would be compliant with a low
carbohydrate diet right out of the gate. The vast number of doctors who also
happen to be diabetic, follow a low carbohydrate model for themselves as we
have been discussing on this channel. But what one doctor has said to me in
private already is that his patients do not for the most part want to be told
what to eat, they are set in their ways. Those of you who are watching this right
now, you are motivated to live that long healthy life. But for many diabetics they
are unfortunately not willing to make those hard sacrifices. They still want to
eat and enjoy this high sugary kids breakfast cereals in the morning. But hey,
they’ve been given those fast acting insulins which the doctors say and I’ll
quote take as much as you need. You and I are in full control of our fate.
Diabetes will not be an easy road for many of us to navigate. But you now know
what needs to be done and the obstacles in your way. It all revolves around one
key element, controlling and understanding carbohydrates. The simple
truth, keeping blood Sugars as flats and as control as possible will extend
your life. But finding that healthcare team that understands this core
principle will be your other biggest challenge. In the description box below I
will have those two important links for you to watch from Dr. Bernstein. One on
blood sugars and the other an eye-opener on protein requirements. For those of you
brand-new this channel. I’ll create an important play-list for you with videos
related to what we as diabetics can eat. In the video, Can Diabetics Eat Sweet
Potatoes, our nutritional experts claim sweet potatoes can prevent diabetes and
help control blood Sugar’s better. They even call it a superfood? Is there
something special a sweet potato has over traditional white potatoes or any
other starchy based carbohydrate. In the video, Can Diabetics Eat Watermelon. You
will understand the impact watermelon will have on your blood Sugars. Does the
nutrient value of this fruit outweigh the sugar content and the consequences
it will have on your health. Many of our experts flat-out state
watermelon is healthy for you as a diabetic to eat….. really…. okay. Today you
will presented with new knowledge, a deeper understanding of the relationship
between sugars and fruit and how the body metabolizes and uses it. You will
know if this fruit in particular is right for you. If you’re on a desktop or
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