Diabetes Ask Me Archives


Question:
Does vitamin B-12 help prevent mosquito bites or, at least reduce the affect of bites? If B-12 isn’t the answer, what is?

Answer:
There is some debate on this matter.
The use of B12 is mixed. You can try using B complex (50 to 100 mg a day), especially B1 (50 to 100 mg one to two times a day) and B12 (1,000 mcg a day) to prevent as well as a mosquito repellent. Vitamin C helps reduce histamine release, resulting in a milder reaction, and can be considered. Bromelain (250 to 500 mg four times a day between meals) is a proteolytic enzyme that has anti-inflammatory effects. All three when taken together as a “cocktail” can be helpful, but it is not 100%.
According to Joseph Conlon, technical advisor at the American Mosquito Control Association, ingested vitamin B-12 alone has not been shown to have any repellent effect on mosquitoes in controlled studies. Garlic has also failed to pass muster in this regard. However, the Association offers excellent information on ways to repel mosquitoes:
http://www.mosquito.org/mosquito.html


Question:
My mum is a diabetic (over 35 years a diabetic) and is tablet controlled. She also has a high cholesterol (heart) condition. We regularly buy salmon which is high in omega-3 fats for her. Is this ok? Also she loves avocado and I keep reading conflicting info that this is not good for her cholesterol. Is this correct?

Answer:
Salmon is good, but unfortunately nowadays, it is laced with mercury unless you get the virgin Alaskan salmon. Mercury can lead to a host of other neurological problem when one gets older, including association with Alzeiheimer’s Disease. In fact, fish is no longer recommended for those who are contemplating pregnancy to avoid passing onto the baby during pregnancy. I think moderation is ok for those over 45 years of age. 8 ounces a week is plenty. The smarter way is eat the fish in moderation, and supplement with pharmaceutical grade high potency fish oil that is high and has less than 1 part per billion heavy metal. Take one tsp two times a day together with polycosinaol and gucculipid and cholesterol will normalise nicely.
Avocado is ok but don’t overdo it. The correlatin between diet cholesterol and blood cholesterol level is only about 15%. Most people are unaware of this. It’s ok to take, but in moderation if she already has high cholesterol.


Question:
I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in May of 2002. I have lost 30 pounds by diet and exercise and have reduced my A1C from 7.4 to 5.3. However, I am concerned about my LDL level. It has actually gone up by 50 points, but my regular doctor has not prescribed a satin drug.
Below are lipid levels:
2-25-03 5-20-02 6-6-01
Total 210 230 204
HDL 42 31 32
VDL 16 NA 17
LDL 151 NA 100
Triglycerides 83 638 359
A1C 5.3 7.4 6.3

Answer:
Your LDL goes up because you are doing better with the drastic reduction in Triglyceride. Total cholesterol = hdl + LDL + ( trigglyceride /5 ). Once you understand how the laboratory comes to these numbers, you will realize that as your triglyceride comes down (and that is the key), the LDL will go up temporary, and while the HDL goes up too, the degree is not as significant. You are doing well. Keep it up. No meds needed in my view. Recheck in 3 months and you should see the LDL coming down then.


Question:
I am 49 years old man. A few days ago I took fasting blood sugar and was 147. Two months ago was 126. I am on hypertension medication for the past 2 years. I pretty much control my diet, but I drink 3 glasses daily of juice with sugar. I smoke and I don’t exercise but my job in the lab keeps me on my feet 6-8 hours a day. I weigh about 175 lbs and height 5’9”. My Cardiologist said that my heart is good and my blood pressure ranges between 130 and 140 over 80-90 with medications. The interesting part about the high FBS is that I don’t feel anything, no physical symptoms, such as sweating or tiredness…Etc. What is your opinion? Is there any other test I need to do to confirm whether I am a diabetic or not.

Answer:
If your fasting blood sugar (fbs) is above 125 mg/dl, you are by conventional definition a diabetic. We now know that if your fbs is between 90-120 (read more here: Fasting Blood Sugar, your risk of cardiac problem already increases by 280%. Your goal is to maintain fbs at 90 mg/dl for optimum health. The first step to take is to stop the fruit juice and limit your grain intake. Read more about my diabetic protocol here: Diabetes
It is not unusual for you to experience no symptoms, but your cellular metabolism is damaged, and you should take it seriously despite your seemingly normal blood pressure.


Question:
I have had Meniere’s disease for some years now and recently had a bad flare up of symptoms. As diabetes has run in the family on my mother’s side I wondered if this would increase the chances of my having a high blood insulin level. Also as I have been taking betahistine (serc) with little success. Would this tend to indicate that the problem is not connected to blocked arteries?

Answer:
If you have family members with diabetes, your chances of getting the same increases. The good news is that 90% of adult onset diabetes can be controlled, and even reversed once diagnosed. Keep your grain intake low, monitor your blood sugar to maintain your fasting blood sugar level between 80-90mg/dl, and you have little fear of diabetes. You can also measure directly your blood insulin level (the lower the better). This will screen you for the related Syndrome X and insulin resistance issues.
Betahistine is an antihistamine. Histamine release is linked to a variety of allergic response and vascular luman dilation issues. The fact that it did not help you simply means that histamine release as a possible cause of Meniere’s disease in your case is unlikely. You therefore may wish to pursue other causes, including metabolic and blood flow issues as mentioned in my article. While the disease is not fatal, it is annoying and there are limited tools we have in conventional medicine to help other than symptomatic control. During “attacks”, take drugs to control the symptoms as best you can. When you are asymptomatic, that is the time to start studying and modifying your lifestyles, one factor at a time, and see if that elicit a longer “remission”. Everyone is different, and patience is needed.


Question:
How do I treat blood pressure and diabetes with chelation?

Answer:
Chelation comes in oral or IV form. You should do both. It removes the heavy metal, thereby allowing the endothelium to secrete nitrous oxide, resulting in vasodilation and reduced blood pressure. The other thing to do is to drink a lot of water if you have no heart failure or kidney problem.


Question:
I am a 75 year old woman. Last January I was told I was diabetic. I am not a cake or sweet eater, and I don’t use diet soda. I watch my diet but I cannot seem to lower my blood glucose in the morning when I get up. It varies anywhere from 170-190. What puzzles me even more is that I can eat the same thing and get different readings. The lowest I had in the morning was 133-144. This does not happen often. Presently I am taking 10 mg glucatrol and 4 mg. avandia. For breakfast I have yogurt with cantaloupe or apple. For a snack I have a 1-2 tbs. of peanut butter at times with an apple. Lunch usually consists of a mixed salad, sardines, turkey, beans, and lentils. Dinner usually consists of chicken, turkey, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, onions. Recently I have been using whole grain, bulgar or kashi. I also use tofu and bean threads as a means of pasta and cheese. I did see a dietician and was discharged because I was eating everything right. I really don’t know what else to do to lower the blood sugar. I am very active and move around a lot. I am a walker and go up and down the stairs many times a day. Please let me know what I’m doing wrong.

Answer:
You are certainly eating a very nutritious well balanced diet. I need to know your height and weight to see if you are within normal weight. You don’t look like you are the overweight type. Our pancreas does wear down with age. At a young age of 75, this may be the case of wear and tear. These are some of the things you may do to help keep the sugar down.

  1. Walk for 10-15 mins after each meal.
  2. Minimize your whole grains to small portions, about 1/2 cup per meal. Try to avoid rice and wheat products.
  3. Stay away from potatoes.
  4. Include chromium polynicotinate (400-800 mcg) in your supplemental program.
  5. Maintain below ideal body weight.

Question:
What is normal if you are not fasting for blood sugar? The result that I got was 94 – Is that normal?
Should I get a blood sugar test fasting?

Answer:
When not fasting, the sugar level is highly dependent on the food intake. It can go up to 200 mg/dl if you have just eaten a cake, for example. The normal reference range depends on the laboratory used. Generally speaking, the accepted range is from 90 to 120 mg/dl. I like to keep all my patients under 90 mg/dl. The best way is to get a fasting blood sugar.


Question:
For oral chelation treatment, what procedure is most effective: Taking EDTA treatments with meals or taking it in the evening just prior to bedtime without a meal?

Answer:
As long as the O-chealte has a near 100% degradation/ absorption, there is no problem. It can also be taken with other supplements and during meals.


Question:
Do you have a recommendation for an effective oral chelating formula (possible brand name) that is specifically targeted toward treating or preventing coronary artery disease? My father died (at 58) from coronary artery disease when I was 17 years of age in 1972. As an MD himself, there was much he was trying to do before his last fatal heart attack. I wish he had looked into alternative medicine at the time but (of course), they didn’t know as much as we do now.

Answer:
If your cardiac risk factors are low, you may not need chelation, oral or iv, in the first place. The best way to know is to check out your cardiac risk factors ahead. Two advance markers are homocysteine and lipoprotein(a). They are available today but not widely use due to high cost. These both are far ahead in terms of sensitivity than simple total cholesterol, Hdl, and ratios commonly available in blood panels.
Your doctor may not be familiar with them so you can print the above out and educate them if needed.
The one that I use for my patient is called O-Chelate and available from eAntiaging at 877-912-9918 . You can ask for Eugene, the nutritionist there. I think you can get it elsewhere, but it is important to make sure that The EDTA is not calcium bound but magnesium bound. That is the key. The absorption from oral form is only 5%, so you need to take 300 mg pills, three of them at 2 times a day. You also have to make sure that you have adequate minerals on board, as the EDTA will bind out all minerals, good and bad. Chromium is especially important to have on board. If you father die so young, you may want to ask your doctor to check you out for advance cardiac risk markers to make sure you don’t have the genetic predisposition.
Since your father is an MD, I will share some medical history with you. At that time in 1972, anyone who talked about Vitamins as treatment was considered a quack. I recall when Dr Linus Pauling wanted to give a lecture at our medical school in the late 1970s and was rejected because of political reasons and the fact that he is not an MD and “only a PhD”. In effect, many of the greatest discoveries this century on medicine are the works of PhDs and other health professionals. When politics and pride blind us from medical advancement, people suffer unnecessarily. I have been in preventive medicine for 20 years, and only in recent years are people beginning to see the wisdom of prevention and doing something about it. The fortunate thing is that we have the technology now to objectively measure, at the cellular level, what we know of for years. Dosages of vitamins etc have been carefully worked out in the past 3 decades, so we are no longer shooting in the dark.
If you follow the conventional track and pay attention to news, you will no doubt be convinced that bad news is coming out almost daily on drugs and their side effects. Last week, the hormone replacement therapy protocol using synthetic estrogen for women are finally is rebutted with 2 large scale studies showing its direct correlation to breast cancer, which now afflicts one in 10 American women and a runaway epidemic. This is after 40 years of continuous mistake and millions of women dying of breast cancer unnecessarily. Those of us in natural medicine know it for years already. The said part is that there are alternative solutions that works out there, but simply ignored as “unscientific” but that carries no risk, yet we are prepared and willing to expose millions to “scientific” evidence only to turn out be carcinogenic after all.
The next bomb is going to be the cholesterol lowering statin drugs currently promoted to save life across the board, but it will be another 10-15 years at least before the bomb explode. The worse is yet to come on the drug dependent track promoted by conventional medicine blinded to natural therapies as the first line of defense. There are simply too many side effects. I treat many physicians who want to get off drugs themselves, whether it is high cholesterol or diabetes. There is obviously a reason they don’t want to be on them. I hope you are not on too many meds.


Question:
I am an epileptic free from seizures but would like to know if it would be safe for me to take Vitamin E, spirulina, beta-carotene, kelp, milk thistle (silymarin) and chlorella? I take 2 types of medication – Phenobarbitone and Lamyctal. However I would like to do a detox plan that recommends all the above supplements.

Answer:
The supplements you mentioned are overall good for general wellbeing and well tolerated. With regards to their specific suitablity for seizures, I do not have the data to support any unsafe issues. Having said that, you should always check with your personal physicain to get clearance first. Most interactions we know of today deal with blood thinning effects, and there are not enough studies that have been undertaken as far as I know addressing seizures. You have to be careful because you don’t want unnecessary things to trigger any more seizures. You can consider taking one at a time and slowly scale them in if it is ok by your physician.


Question:
I’ve heard so much about chelation therapy for cardiovascular health. Which is more effective: IV chelation or the pill form? What are the risks for the IV form? What is your recommendation for a brand in the pill form?

Answer:
IV and oral form complement each other, as they work on two separate pathways. The IV form works on the vascular system, while the oral form, due to its poor absorption, works to reprevent reabsorption from the gut. In my view, both are complementary. It is also important to make sure you have all good minerals on board because during the process, good and bad minerals get chelated out.
Many oral chelation agents use sodium/calcium as the binding mineral. Magnesium/potassium is much better form.


Question:
I have heard about chelation therapy. I will be fifty years old and started last year on a vegetable and fruit diet. Presenty I am taking colon cleansers, coq30, garlic, ginko and multi-vitamin. Also, I take colonic therapy. At one time I suffered with acid reflux, and always thought I was having heart attack. Before going on this program, I was having problems with liver and pancreas being abnormal. I was also being treated for high pulse rate with high blood pills. I am also considered to be border line diabetic, but was never treated with medication. I am now only on vitamis listed above. Do you think I would benefit from the chelation vitamins and if so what else would I need to go with it? Thank you.

Answer:
It appears you are on the right track as far as diet and supplements are concerned for general well being. Make sure you are getting optimum dosage of what you need since you are in menopausal age. Here is an article on the amount you may wish to consider.
Chelation therapy is approved for detoxification of heavy metals such as lead. The use of IV chelation is of considerable controversy. The Journal of American Medical Association had an article in Feb 2002 saying that it is useless for athrosclerosis, which is where the controversy is. Many naturally oriented physicians critize that report and are firm believers of chelation for the simple reason that it works.
If you are in good health and have no signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease, going on IV chelation, as some people have done, for preventive health is an option. Those who have diabetes will find it particularly attractive. You may also choose to do oral chelation. The oral dose is less and equivalent to IV once a month, since oral dosage is 1800 mg a day and absorption is only 5% into the blood stream. Oral chelation does stop the resabsorption of heavy metals form the gastro intestinal track and in that respect works on a different pathway as IV chelation. The most important thing is to find a doctor you are comfortable with near you and who can take care of you as a series of IV therapy is required. Oral program are much more convenient. Do remember that during chelation, all minerals are chelated out, so you have to make sure you have extra good minerals such as Mg and Cr on board. For more info on oral chelation, read this: Chelation


Question:
I just had a triple by-pass surgery where there were 3 blockages, 80%, 90% and 99%.
Other blockages consisted on 50%, 50%, 40%, 30%, 20% and 20%. No by-passes or stints were necessary in these.
A friend of mine informed me after the by-pass that IV Chelation saved him from having his leg amputated 4 years ago after three surgeries and guaranteed amputation by several cardoilogist. He is now on oral chelation and doing fine. He suggested chelation therapy for me.
I am afraid to just start taking oral chelation EDTA without some type of professional recommendation from a specialist dealing with this. I do not have time in my job to start IV Chelation and I want my system cleaned from any dangerous heavy metals and I want my arteries cleaned from plaque eact that blocks them. Can oral chelation do this?
What test do I need before taking this drug, what dosage should I take and for how long, and what test do I need to take to measure its effectiveness after I take it? I live in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and what doctor would you recommend in this are there any in Louisiana to start treatment or determine if oral chelation is right for me? I live about 60 miles from Baton Rouge, 60 miles from New Orleans and 75 miles from Lafayette, Louisiana.
My Internal Medicine Specialist told me when I asked him about this and he has heard of it, but did not know enough about it to make a decision without messing with enzymes, he was not comfortable with getting involved with it. He did suggest that I take Co-Q10 with Flax Seed Oil. He is a friend and believes in herbal medicine but told me that he did not say that for the record. He is also a personal friend.

Answer:
Your sure have your hands full with rampant atherosclerosis. Check out the following article for oral chelation.
Due to the non approved nature of chelation (oral or IV) for cardiovascular disease in the USA by the FDA, I am unable to advice you on specifics. I can tell you that on a personal basis, I am on oral chelation EDTA myself. The normal dose is 300 mg a tablet and 6 a day. It is very important to be on the right kind of oral chelation. Many suppliers pass their product as oral chelation but they are nothing more than multivitamins unfortunately. Also you need to make sure you are on chromium and other mineral supplementation during the process as they can get chelated out of the body as well.
Please read this landmark article which sums up your problems: Cardiovascular Disease


Question:
I read your opinion/recommendation and want to start using regular bottled water after 10 years of drinking mostly distilled water. I am low in Magnesium, iron, Manganese, selenium and very high in Mercury and sometimes Aluminum.

Answer:
Very good question. Continue your magnesium and other minerals to build it back up. Take at least 500 mg to 1000 mg magnesium if you have healthy kidney, 200 mcg of selenium, 200 mcg of chromium, and calcium 500 mg. Avoid iron and copper. Also try to avoid other acid forming foods like coffee, alcohol, and meat that can cause depletion of minerals from your body. Eat plenty of mineral rich green leafy vegetables. That is the key. Follow my food choice pyramid and in 3-6 months, you should be back to normal.
You are on the right track. By the way, you should note that true mineral levels can only be obtained from doing intracellular red pack cell studes and not from plain blood serum. On the matter of your tinnitus, you may want to consider high level of vitamin B complex which helps the neurological function.
If your mercury is very high, you will need to be on chelation agents either by IV or by oral route to bring it down over time.


Question:
What I would like to know is can people with Type 1 Diabetes take ultra apple cider vinegar tablets for energy and weight loss? I mainly need something for energy that won’t affect my diabetes.

Answer:
Apple cider vinegar tablets are used for weight control purposes, not for gaining energy.
To help regulate your blood sugar, chromium polynicotinate is the best. When your blood sugar is regulated better, you will have more energy.
A balanced cocktail of supplements would certainly boost your energy level by balancing all your body needs. Additional food supplements such as Ginseng, Bee Pollen, Vitamin Bs, will also help boost your energy level.


Question:
My mother is diabetic. I have always been overweight. Several years ago after getting divorced, I met a gentleman who was constantly ridiculing me about my weight, so I pretty much ate grilled chicken salads and lost 40 pounds, from 176 to around 131 give or take. I walked about 5 miles a day when I could. Since that time I moved to Florida with this gentleman, however, I have not been able to walk the 5 miles as I did before due to the neighborhood we live in, as well as his decline in health, (massive heart attack). Over this past two years the weight began to creep back up into the 140’s, 150’s. I have tried the high protein diet, the low carb diet; I went to a thyroid specialist thinking the weight gain was due to my thyroid (a handful of cases on my mother’s side) who prescribed xenecal which was an awful experience, then Mederia. He also had me on an antidepressant, one of the Serotonin Reuptake ones, which he felt would relieve the stress and help me to loose weight. After all of that I gained 5 pounds and seem to be steadily increasing to now 160. I am physically exhausted; I fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow, and wake up as tired as if I had never slept. Granted I work all day, and then taking care of George in the evenings, I have a full day, and I don’t think I should feel as bad as I do at 49 years of age. I eat two pieces of rye toast with plum jelly for breakfast along with a cup of coffee with cream and sugar. At lunch I have salad greens with grilled chicken with a vinaigrette dressing, usually only 2 T of the dressing, along with a few crackers. At dinner I have a piece of meat along with a vegetable, sometimes some rice or noodles, no potatoes. At the time I went to the doctor he said my cholesterol was high. I was trying the Adkins diet and he blamed that for the results and told me to discontinue with that. In the past month I have gained 8 pounds and spiraling out of control for some reason. I have not added additional food. The only medication I take is moduretic (amiloride) to decrease fluid in my system due to Minere’s Disease in my inner ear and to prevent the debilitating vertigo that goes along with it. I have been taking this medication or 23 years. Could it be the medication? My blood pressure is normally low. I had blood work done last year and everything was fine. For the past month I have been trying CLA as I read that it can help weight reduction. With what history I have given you, would I fit into the Syndrome X profile? I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter.

Answer:
You have presented a picture of long standing problems with some workups through the years and a yo-yo picture of weight control typical of an internal metabolic system not well balanced. Your history is further complicated by the meds you have been and are taking now which can have side effects including some of the symptoms you mentioned. Unfortunately, your picture is complicated and warrants a complete history and physical examination to be able to further dissect the problems on hand and return you to optimum health.
As far as syndrome X is concern, you need to read my article which eludicate clearly the criteria if not already done so.
The key parameters of overweight, high triglcyeride, high LDL, high total chol/triglyceride levels and high fasting sugar. I dont have the numbers so it is not possible to give you more details on this subject.
I am more concern looking at your history of two matters which I think you need to address in the broader perspective that I think warrants further investigation to get to the root of the problem instead of trying to suppress symptoms which are simply warning signs of underlying problems.

  1. possible adrenal exhaustion
  2. female hormonal balance.
  3. Thyroid function

These two are inter-related. Especially for women, it is critical to be well balanced. You have not given a hormonal history such as your periods and flow etc, and you are right at menopause. That alone can cause many of the symptoms you mention. Ask your doctor to check your estrogen and progesterone to make sure you do not have estrogen dominance syndrome. You claim that your thyroid function is ok, so that is good news. Do make sure that you have a free T4, free T3 , and TSH level to satisfy yourself of proper thyroid function.
With the stress you are going through, pay attention to the adrenal gland function. Do a cortisol and DHEA test to see where you stand in terms of adrenal functions.
I hope I have not confused you more than helping you. You are best in my view to find a naturally oriented physician near where you live to look into your health. Your problems are complex and need time, blood test, and follow up to sort it out.
One thing you are right is that at your age, you should be able to run 5 miles a day at 10-13 minute pace and be full of energy. You are smart in taking steps to look into the problem.


Question:
Do you have a recommendation for an effective oral chelating formula (possible brand name) that is specifically targeted toward treating or preventing coronary artery disease? My father died (at 58) from coronary artery disease when I was 17 years of age in 1972. As an MD himself, there was much he was trying to do before his last fatal heart attack. I wish he had looked into alternative medicine at the time but (of course), they didn’t know as much as we do now.

Answer:
If your cardiac risk factors are low, you may not need chelation, oral or iv, in the first place. The best way to know is to check out your cardiac risk factors ahead. Two advance markers are homocysteine and lipoprotein(a). They are available today but not widely use due to high cost. These both are far ahead in terms of sensitivity than simple total cholesterol, Hdl, and ratios commonly available in blood panels.
Your doctor may not be familiar with them so you can print the above out and educate them if needed.
The one that I use for my patient is called O-Chelate and available from eAntiaging at 877-912-9918 . You can ask for Eugene, the nutritionist there. I think you can get it elsewhere, but it is important to make sure that The EDTA is not calcium bound but magnesium bound. That is the key. The absorption from oral form is only 5%, so you need to take 300 mg pills, three of them at 2 times a day. You also have to make sure that you have adequate minerals on board, as the EDTA will bind out all minerals, good and bad. Chromium is especially important to have on board. If you father die so young, you may want to ask your doctor to check you out for advance cardiac risk markers to make sure you don’t have the genetic predisposition.
Since your father is an MD, I will share some medical history with you. At that time in 1972, anyone who talked about Vitamins as treatment was considered a quack. I recall when Dr Linus Pauling wanted to give a lecture at our medical school in the late 1970s and was rejected because of political reasons and the fact that he is not an MD and “only a PhD”. In effect, many of the greatest discoveries this century on medicine are the works of PhDs and other health professionals. When politics and pride blind us from medical advancement, people suffer unnecessarily. I have been in preventive medicine for 20 years, and only in recent years are people beginning to see the wisdom of prevention and doing something about it. The fortunate thing is that we have the technology now to objectively measure, at the cellular level, what we know of for years. Dosages of vitamins etc have been carefully worked out in the past 3 decades, so we are no longer shooting in the dark.
If you follow the conventional track and pay attention to news, you will no doubt be convinced that bad news is coming out almost daily on drugs and their side effects. Last week, the hormone replacement therapy protocol using synthetic estrogen for women are finally is rebutted with 2 large scale studies showing its direct correlation to breast cancer, which now afflicts one in 10 American women and a runaway epidemic. This is after 40 years of continuous mistake and millions of women dying of breast cancer unnecessarily. Those of us in natural medicine know it for years already. The said part is that there are alternative solutions that works out there, but simply ignored as ” unscientific” but that carries no risk, yet we are prepared and willing to expose millions to “scientific” evidence only to turn out be carcinogenic after all.
The next bomb is going to be the cholesterol lowering statin drugs currently promoted to save life across the board, but it will be another 10-15 years at least before the bomb explode. The worse is yet to come on the drug dependent track promoted by conventional medicine blinded to natural therapies as the first line of defense. There are simply too many side effects. I treat many physicians who want to get off drugs themselves, whether it is high cholesterol or diabetes. There is obviously a reason they don’t want to be on them. I hope you are not on too many meds.


Question:
Can you tell me what the daily fat allowance for a man is please? I am trying to reduce my body fat down to 10% for the purpose of developing my abdominals and this is the level I have been informed of that I must get my body fat down to. My understanding of this is that if a man is allowed 95 grams of fat in his diet per day then I am only allowed 10% of this allowance? Is that correct?

Answer:
The general recommended fats in a diet are around 25-30%. You need this for optimal health. There are some diets that recommend only 10% fat. I don’t think this is feasible.
For a man eating around 2000 calories, 25-30% fat = 55-67 gm of fat.
1 oz of meat/chicken/fish/cheese = 5 gm fat
1 tsp butter/marg/oil = 5 gm fat
Exercising at 60-70% your targeted heart rate will also help you to burn more fat. Low-intensity activities such as walking strongly stimulate breaking down of fats. In contrast, the rate of fat oxidation is highest during moderate activity such as easy jogging.


Question:
I have emailed you before and mentioned that I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I have been reading one of your articles where you talked about the importance of complex carbohydrates in the diet. I keep hearing about two options for diabetics: High Protein/Low (Complex) Carbohydrates diet or High (Complex) Carbohydrate/Low Protein diet. Everyone I know that is diabetic is on the High Protein/Low Carb way of eating and says they have good BS control. Please could you give me your advice about High Protein/Low Carb eating for diabetics? I am afraid of a high carb meal plan, but also feel it is healthier for a diabetic. This has been my main source of confusion.

Answer:
The Low Carb concept is quite deceiving. It would be more appropriate to consider eating the Low Glycemic Index carbohydrates instead. These carbohydrates keep your blood sugar in a more constant level.
It is best for you to include Low Glycemic Index carbohydrates in your meals. Follow the Pyramid that is suggested in the follow link, so that you are ensured of balance meals.


Question:
I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 about 5 years ago. I was given a ‘diet’ consisting of 186 grams of carbs daily. This sounds extrememly high to me. Allowed on this diet is 5 slices of whole wheat bread daily. I have heard others say that only 30 grams of carbs daily is allowed. That bread is an absolute No No. I have also read several articles about how dangerous the different Diabetic medications are. I was on Glucotrol XL. I am not currently taking medications and not seeing a doctor. I have lost confidence in doctors and am afraid of taking the medications. I have read Dr. Whittakers book on reversing diabetes and Dr. Bernsteins book of Diabetes blood sugar control. Each swears by a totally opposite means of treating diabetes and they oppose each others methods. I don’t know what to follow anymore.

Answer:
I can sympathize with your plight and seemingly confusing picture presented by various health professionals. The key in reversing Diabetes is not only to bring sugar down by diet so simply. The key is to maintain a good and balanced blood sugar all the time in the body. When your blood sugar is balanced (and not bouncing around up and down as with most people), hunger signals will not be sent to the brain and as such, you will not be instructed to eat by your brain. On top of this, you need to exercise etc. The key is not to split hairs on what to eat and what not to eat. You have a life to live, and the key is balanced good carbohydrates (such as vegetables, brown rice) , good proteins (fish and bean) and good fats (fish, olive oil ) and stay away from bad carbohydrates (refine sugar, white bread), bad proteins (animal meat ), and bad fats (cookies and french fry). Don’t forget that any vegetable that is grown under the ground, while it is a vegetable (such as potato), behaves like a sugar in your body and generally should be avoided.
On top of dietary adjustments, exercise and nutritional supplementation is the key. Key nutritional foods important for blood sugar control include chromium polynicotinate (not regular chromium)
For lay people, the amount of conflicting info is mind boggling. But I think if you concentrate on the basics and understand the pathology and physiology of how the body works, the answer will be obvious. This may be hard to do if you don’t have a medical background, and I suggest you start by reading my take on it at: Diabetes
It appears that you are not on meds at this time which is good. Enjoy your life, eat a balanced diet per my suggestion, take the special chromium polynicotinate to supplement and balance your blood sugar level.

Question:
Hi, my husband is a diabetic and he has had his sugar controlled with glucophage within the 120 range for over a year now. Before he started taking this medicine his cholesterol was 120, and the drs. said it was a little high for a diabectic but not to worry. Now that he has been on it for a year, his bad cholesterol is up to 140. The drs. say it’s genetic, yet none of his family have this problem. The strange thing is that his good cholesterol is right where it should be, it’s just the bad that’s not right. The drs. want to put him on Lipitor, but he is worried about the side effects. We eat very little red meat, mostly skinless chicken and turkey. We use olive oil and take vitamins/minerals. Can you tell me what the cholesterol reading for a diabetic should be and if his is dangerously high in the 140 range? Also can you tell me how we could try to lower his cholesterol naturally? We walk 5 miles a day, five days a week, so we just don’t know where to go with this anymore. We would appreicate any advice you can give us. Someone mentioned Kyolic garlic extract yet another said the garlic must have allicyn so we’re confused as to what’s best. Thanks.

Answer:
Your problem need not be complicated. Diabetes and cholesterol are independent of each other, although both are risk factors of heart disease and it is common to have sugar imbalance for both. You need to be able to deal with each one and bring it down slowly. The 120-140 you are mentioning actually is low. Please review the unit measurement you get from your laboratory report. The normal total cholesterol is 150-200 mg/dl. The ideal level is 180 or thereabouts, witha total cholesterol / hld cholesterol ratio or 4.5 or lower. Ideally it should be around 3. If possible, ask your doctor for other cardiovascular risk test including Lp(a), ferritin, homocysteine, and CRP. Cholesterol is an important marker but these others are also very important. You may wish to study my article on cholesterol to understand more about how easily it can be treated at
There are multiple ways naturally to lower cholesterol, including guccolipids, plant sterols, polycosinol, niacin, fibers, and chromium. They work best in a nutritional cocktail but in low doses. Cholesterol drugs such should be considered if natural ways fail.
Garlic in high doses does have a mild cholesterol lowering effect. It is generally not the nutrient of choice for this purpose.
The blood glucose of 120 is worrysome. Try to get it down to 90 mg/dl gradually. Sugar will kill you faster than fat will. Watching your grains intake is the key to lower both diabetes and cholesterol. Yes, it is the grains and not the fat! Don’t get confused with the lay press which is years behind in their thinking.
I am not sure what kind of supplements you are taking. If you take the right combination, there is no problem over a 6 months period to correct both your mild diabetes and cholesterol problem easily is my experience.


Question:

  1. How many Grams of sugar = 1 Teaspoon of refined Sugar
  2. How many Calories are in 1 gram of fat
  3. How many Calories needed to burn 1 Pound of bodyfat @ 242lbs/5’8″
  4. How many Pounds equal 1 inch, for instance, to drop from a 20 to a 14, which is approx. 8 inches, how many pounds must a person loose.

In Brief

  • Convert Grams of fat to Calories
  • Convert Calories to 1 pound of weight
  • Convert 1Lb of weight to Inches
  • Convert Grams of Sugar to teaspoons

Answer:
How many Grams of sugar = 1 Teaspoon of refined Sugar
Answer: 1 level tsp sugar = 4 gm carbohydrates = 16 calories

How many Calories are in 1 gram of fat
Answer: 1 gram of fat = 9 calories

How many Calories needed to burn 1 Pound of bodyfat @ 242lbs/5’8″
Answer: to lose 1 pound of body weight = 3500 calories

How many Pounds equal 1 inch, for instance, to drop from a 20 to a 14, which is approx. 8 inches, how many pounds must a person loose.
Answer: I won’t be able to answer you on # pounds loss = 1 inch. If you exercise more, you will gain muscle weight and lose fat, as a result your total weight loss may be less, but your inches loss is more.

To calculate your ideal body weight:
Man: 106 lb + (6 lbs x every inch above 60 inches)
Woman: 100 lb + (5 lbs x every inch above 60 inches)
For exmaple:
Man 68 inches tall: = 106 + (6×8) = 106+48 = 154 lbs.
Woman 65 inches tall: = 100 + (5×5) = 100+25 = 125 lbs.


Question:
I read your article on Diabetes and it is stated that potatoes are not good for diabetes. What about potato juice from raw potatoes, is it Ok for diabetes? Potatoes juice is highly recommended by a german doctor for curing the liver and diabetic patients and potatoes are potassium rich as well, would appreciate very much your advice.

Answer:
Thanks for your many links. I have saved them and will take some time during the weekend to go through and study them. I can tell you from clinical experience that 90% of all type 2 diabetes can be cured with weight reduction alone and nothing else. When I first use this method (and not insulin) some 20 years ago, that was considered unorthodox. Hundreds of successful patients loved me, and many hated me and switched doctors as they say I refused to treat them with the easy way (with oral agents or insulin which is a dead end street) which is a fact. Supplementing with fish oil will help, but many cannot take the fish oil odor after a while. Chromium polynicotinate is the best to balance sugar while weight loss is underway. They work hand in hand. Of course other supplements like niacine and fiber will also help. These are some of my thoughts.


Question:
Dr. Lam, I am an 83 year old male and have had Diabetes for the past 8 years. I am taking 90 units of insulin daily. For the past 10 months I’ve had double vision and have seen an ophthalmologist and neurologist, who indicated that I have ocular myasthenia gravis. To aid my vision, I’ve got prisms in my glasses and was on Time Released Mestinon (which I’ve had to discontinue due to sever side effects). My major problem however is diabetic neuropathy which is so severe that I don’t fall asleep until about 5 AM because of the gnawing in my toes. I take Elavil and Ambien pre bedtime so that I can sleep. Is there anything else that I can do so I can get a night’s rest?

Answer:
You have very advance case of complications from diabetes which you are well verse and aware of. At this advance stage, we are in a damage control and salvage operation mode. Whatever we do is for palliative and obviously we have to go for the exoteric modalities, such as hyperbaric oxygen and low level laser therapy to improve oxygen and circulation to your extremity. Lymphathetic draining needs to be encouraged either through superficial massage or photon type stimulation of lymphathetic system and improve circulation
Of course you need to make sure you are loaded with anti-oxidants as well as B vitamins for your neuropathy. You may also wish to talk to your doctor about a drug called Neurotin that is non-addicting and helps with peripheral neuropathy.
The best way is to get in touch with a naturally oriented physician in your area. There is no guarantee that any of the above works in your case due to the advance nature of your disease, but it’s worth a try. Since these therapies have no side effect. The worse that can happen to you is nothing.