I know your time is limited, and this site is very big--90,000 words at last count--so here's a quick rundown of what you'll find in its pages. The emphasis is on teaching you how to bring your blood sugars down to the level that peer reviewed research has shown will prevent complications. The statements you'll find here are not just opinions. They're backed up by mainstream medical research which you can read--and evaluate--for yourself as we provide links to the actual journal articles.
Here's a summary of the most important topics you'll find on this site. Each topic is followed by a link or links to the pages that go into each point in detail.
You Can Avoid Deterioration and Complications No Matter How Bad Your Blood Sugar is Right Now
- Type 2 diabetes does not have to be a progressive disease. Doctors think it is progressive because they don't recommend blood sugar targets that are low enough to prevent deterioration.
Do People with Type 2 Always Deteriorate?
How Blood Sugar Control Deteriorates
From Normal to Type 2
- Prolonged exposure to blood sugars over 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/l) damages your organs and causes diabetic complications.
Research Connecting Organ Damage to Blood Sugar Levels
Healthy Blood Sugar Targets
- No matter how bad your blood sugar right now, you can get it down to a safe level.
Inspiring Stories of People Who Did
- The way you get your blood sugar down is to do the following:
- Cut back on your carbohydrates. The starches and sugars you eat are what raise your blood sugar. All of them, even the ones nutritionists mistakenly recommend as "healthy whole grains" or "Low Glycemic Foods." Replace starch and sugar with protein and healthy fats (i.e. not trans fat.)
How to Get Your Blood Sugar Under Control
A Diabetes Diet is Different from and Easier Than a Weight Loss Diet
Is the Glycemic Index a Scam?"
- If cutting your daily intake of starches and sugars to a level you can sustain for years and decades to come doesn't bring your blood sugars down to a level low enough to avoid heart disease and diabetic complications--typically one that results in an A1c under 6.0%, ask your doctor to prescribe Metformin ER. If that doesn't help, the only other fairly safe oral drug is Repaglinide. It may be helpful if your diabetes is caused by defects in certain genes involved in the secretion of meal time insulin.
The rest of the much newer oral drugs (and some injected drugs) currently being prescribed lower blood sugar very effectively for some people, though many have only a very minor effect. All have extremely troubling side effects, including the very real possibility that they may shorten your life by promoting cancers in ways that are not detected during the drug approval process. Avoid them all until they have run up much longer track records and all their true side effects have become apparent.
Over the past decade every time a previously profitable blockbuster drug has lost its patent, researchers publish studies showing these drugs caused much more severe side effects than were hitherto reported. Drug companies fund so much academic research that researchers are bullied into keeping silent until these drugs are not profitable.
Insulin Stimulating Drugs: Glyburide, Repaglinide, etc.
Oral Drugs--A Quick Summary
DPP-4 Inhibitors: Januvia etc.
GLP-1 Agonists: Victoza etc.SLGT2 Inhibitors: Jaridance, Invokana, etc Be Safe with Rx Drugs
- If you still don't have normal blood sugars talk to your doctor about adding basal insulin. If basal insulin doesn't give you normal blood sugars, use insulin after meals too. Afrezza is a new, inhaled insulin that some people with Type 2 find very helpful. Used properly with a lower carb intake, insulin, prescribed in the proper doses that match your carbohydrate intake will always work. If it isn't working for you, you need to find a doctor who can help you fine tune your dose.
Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes
Afrezza: Inhaled Insulin
- Lowering blood sugars to normal levels can reverse some diabetic complications, most notably nerve pain (neuropathy) and early kidney changes. It will also make it much less likely you will develop diabetic blindness.
Diabetic Kidney Disease
Retinopathy: Diabetic Blindness
- Diabetes is not caused by gluttony and laziness. Research shows it is a genetic disease caused by many different genetic flaws. Much evidence is accumulating that many of these genetic flaws are caused by toxins in our environment including common herbicides, arsenic, plastics, and pharmaceutical drugs.
You Did Not Eat Your Way to Diabetes
Obesity Doesn't Cause Type 2 Diabetes-The Diabetes Genes Cause Obesity
- Diabetes is often Not Diagnosed Correctly and Undiagnosed Diabetes Causes Complications
There are many more topics covered on this site, but these are the ones that are most important. I invite you to come and read the whole site when you have time. The information you find here could save your health!
Our Facebook Page is Where You'll Find the Latest Diabetes NewsYou'll find us at The Blood Sugar 101 Facebook Page HERE. We also maintained a blog for a decade. There are almost 500 articles posted there which cover research and topics of interest to people with diabetes.
The "Updates to Blood Sugar 101" Blog Tracks Important Updates to This SiteAll changes to this site are posted in a special update blog. Each blog entry lists a significant change made to the pages here, with a link to the changed page and a brief description of the change.
Here's the Site Update Blog
Our Old Low Carb Diet Web Site Has Been Integrated into this SiteYou'll find all the pages that used to be on that site, which discuss how to make low carb and ketogenic low carb diets work more effectively listed on the "Diet" tab found on the pages of this site.
Blood Sugar 101 Diet Index Page
Search This SiteThis site is huge. You'll find a Google search bar you can use to find what you are looking for at the top of the left hand column of every page. This search will search both the Blood Sugar 101 main site and main blog.
Remember to use caution when responding to any ads Google displays. We monitor these ads on a regular basis and block any that we see that are clearly bogus, but occasionally abusive ads slip through. So please don't fall for "miracle cure" claims for supplements and diet products.
Now There's a Book Version of This Site's ContentOur Amazon diabetes bestseller is now available in a fully rewritten second edition up to date as of the beginning of 2016. It's available in both printed and ebook form and can be purchased from a long list of online bookstores. Take it to the beach with you. Give it to your friends or relatives who are having trouble controlling their blood sugars.
We have also published a full length book about how to use low carb diets most effectively which analyzes the available research to reveal the uncomfortable facts that other diet book authors omit or gloss over. Two e-book "Short Reads" are available for those who want only the facts and essential techniques and aren't as interested in the studies and explanations that back up the points we make.
Book: Blood Sugar 101: What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes
Book: Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets
Ebook Short Read: Lower your Blood Sugar
Ebook Short Read: Low Carb Problems Solved
How to Leave Feedback and Communicate with UsJenny Ruhl, the author of this site, welcomes your emails which you can send to the address you'll find on the "Contact the Author" page you'll find linked at the top of every page.
Please keep in mind that Jenny is not a doctor and cannot answer specific questions about your medical condition or that of a family member. She cannot help you collect evidence for legal actions involving medical malpractice. She is not able to recommend local doctors whose practices are in line with what we discuss here. She does not give diet advice beyond suggesting that you try the technique you'll find described HERE.