My dad has type 2 diabetes and he wants to change his diet and reverse it. He hasn't used sugar in years but sometimes eats candy(the single wrapped kind) that people give him which he has stopped. He works at a fast food restaurant on the weekends so he eats food/lunch there and the rest of the week food from home. His diet staple is rice, and alot of it. He also can't give up the pasty supermarket bread. He did start eating butter again though and coconut oil, chicken with the skin on etc. but he still thinks it is going to make him fat, or "give him cholesterol" as he says. So what my question is, if he was willing to give up anything necessary to reverse his diabetes and become healthy again what are the steps? How did any of you reverse your diabetes? What should his diet look like? If he can have carbs how much can he have a day, and can you compare that to something he can relate to such as small bowl or how many tablespoons/cups etc.? If I missed asking something that you think would be beneficial you can comment on that. You can also write some meal ideas for work/breakfast/dinner/ etc. I think you all get the point that any information would be great. Oh and I almost forgot, what should his blood glucose levels be? When should he test throughout the day? How much is it after eating etc?
The general answer, as in the one I would give my family members, is a low carb paleo approach with an appropriate amount of both HIT and walking.
In sizes thats no grains, no legumes, no startches. After a period of time with stable blood sugar he may be able to increase his carb amount, but this is how I would start.
Dr. Eric Westman at Duke University Lifestyle center has a wonderful community clinic for his proven "No Sugar No Starch" diet. If your dad's on FB, he can join the open group and interact with many people who have reversed their T2D with this diet.
The advantage of Westman's "version" is that it's extremely simple to understand and has been tailored to win acceptance from the average American. Westman's in the South, so his approach has been able to wean his peeps off their Red Velvet cakes and Paula Deen food - it certainly works. If your father has a similar temperament, he might like to start with Westman.
I think you said it, he should give up the rice and bread. He might complain or whatever but I think it's fairly obvious that those foods and diabetes are linked.
It sounds like if he gives up the empty carbs, he doesn't want to replace them with fats and proteins, so doesn't know what else to eat. You could talk him into some kind of lean protein (heck chicken breasts are better than poofy bread), or some kind of crunchy vegetables. Maybe just get him to try it for 20 days and see how he feels, I suspect he'll feel great.
Intense exercise would probably be beneficial. I am not in my 60's like your dad, but I find that intense exercise kills my appetite and moderates my mood, and I suspect it counters insulin production. If he isn't an intense exercise kind of guy then some serious walks, like 30 minutes a day, would probably be a big help.
hey soul - i am actually in an extremely similar situation. Rice is part of my family's culture, and it's considered blasphemy to think ill of it... and as well as ridiculous.
My dad has blood sugar issues, and while it hasn't been confirmed that he's borderline diabetic, i'm pretty certain that this is the case. He's incorporated a lot of the paleo guidelines into his diet recently, but like your dad, my dad also keeps having little "harmless" pastries here or there or some other treat. oh yeah, he keeps those treats and a massive bowl of rice with every meal. He's not willing to give them up for one reason or another and it sucks donkey b@lls watching him digging his own...well, you-know-what.
I wish diabetes was a disease that can be cured by simply removing carbohydrates. However, i have known a few people where this didn't help at all.
Because of this, I don't think sugar/ carbs is necessarily the main cause of diabetes... There's a lot of evidence out there that the PUFAS and other crap added into processed food that is desensitizing the insulin receptors - which then leads to diabetes.
Cutting out carbs may not necessarily be the long term solution here... diabetes isn't a disease caused by sugar, it's a disease caused by the inability of one's body to manage blood sugar... Even though many people here have cured their diabetes by reducing or eliminating carbs, i know of people who are unaffected by this strategy.
we also see people here with chronically high fasting levels of insulin while on a longer term low carb diet... so something doesn't quite add up correctly with sugar/ carbs and how it relates to diabetes.
I honestly don't know what approach our dads should try first (eliminate sugar or eliminate PUFAS) Either strategies should produce some effect (whether it be short term or long term). I think the answer may lie in the latter approach, but it's not really up to us, is it? No one ever changes for other people -sure, outside influence/pressure maybe a driving force, but it ultimately boils down to the person in the spotlight. Perhaps it's time for us to present our dads their two ultimate choices.
I did it through a solid paleo diet. Not even 4 weeks to turn things around. But there is no cure so much as the ability to manage it. His pancrias is still worn out and will need lots of healing time. High fat low carb (50grams a day). Some excercise (though I am a fairly lazy guy). I dropped the diabetes and I'm 70lbs down in 7 months. BTW grated cauliflower that's cooked in a pan with a bit of oil and chicken stock makes an outstanding rice replacement.
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