My sugar has been around a fasting number of 180/190 most mornings. If I had eaten a lot of sweets, it would be around 210/230 tops. Today, this morning, it was 156. Just an hour ago, before the treadmill, it was 123. I can see where this is going, hopefully!
This is after one day of an all-potato diet. Let's hope it continues to drop. But then what? I doubt dear ol' dad will want to eat potatoes the rest of his life. This got me to thinking...
Dad's had stomach problems his whole life. He describes bloating and "urgency." Could this be connected to his high blood sugar?
Conventional wisdom says that high blood sugar is caused by two things:
- Lack of insulin production by the pancreas.
- Insulin resistance caused from too much circulating glucose.
In the latter case, the "too much glucose" is usually said to be from eating too many "carbs." Low carb diets can sometimes lower blood glucose. Low insulin production almost always requires the use of supplemental insulin injections.
Just the other day, a diabetic friend related that his doctor warned him that eating a potato was like "eating a cup of sugar" to a diabetic. Needless to say, he does not eat potatoes. But could potatoes be part of a cure?
Without going into the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus, I think that there is a major piece of the diabetes puzzle being overlooked by everyone. Leaky gut. The gut should block glucose once glycogen stores are full and there is nowhere for glucose to go. If the gut continues to release glucose inappropriately, it enters the bloodstream with nowhere to go and circulates until it is used through attrition. This excess blood glucose will show as high post prandial blood glucose and contribute to insulin resistance. Fix the leaky gut and we eliminate a huge source of glucose, allowing insulin to react normally and cells to become insulin sensitive, as we desire.
No one is discussing this, but the science is there. Leaky gut leads to high postprandial blood sugar. What causes leaky gut? Lots of the crap we eat! Processed foods, white wheat flour, industrial seed oils, etc... Eating low carb masks the problem, eating whole foods prevents leakiness. This all falls into the same category of bad science that says "dietary cholesterol causes high cholesterol." Dietary glucose is not the cause of high blood glucose. Also implicated in leaky gut are gut bacteria, yeast, mineral deficiencies, i.e. magnesium, and alcohol consumption.
Leaky gut, insulin resistance, or lack of insulin are the causes of diabetes. The potato hack shows that one can eat nothing but glucose-rich food and have better blood sugar readings than a low carb diet. We'll explore this effect of leaky gut in part 2...