The downside of this is that the amount of information on the site can be overwhelming to new visitors. So I've put together a new introductory page which sums up the message of the site and helps the visitor decide which pages they want to visit.
Here's what I've come up with. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement please let me hear them:
THE NEW SITE INTRO:
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.
- Prolonged exposure to blood sugars over 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/l) damages your organs and causes diabetic complications.
- 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. Carbohydrates are the main thing that raises blood sugar. Replace starch and sugar with protein and non-trans fat.
- If cutting your carbohydrates down to about 15 grams a meal doesn't give you normal blood sugars, ask your doctor to prescribe Metformin ER.
- If Metformin ER doesn't help or isn't appropriate, try Byetta for a short time and continue using it only if you get strong results.
- 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. Used properly with a lower carb intake, insulin will always work. If it isn't working for you, you need to find a doctor who can help you fine tune your dose.
- Lowering blood sugars to normal levels can reverse some diabetic complications, most notably nerve pain (neuropathy) and early kidney changes.
- Diabetes is not caused by gluttony and laziness. Research shows it is a genetic disease caused by many different genetic flaws.
- Diabetes is often Not Diagnosed Correctly and Undiagnosed Diabetes Causes Complications
- Not all Type 2s are overweight or insulin resistant. Those who don't fit this stereotype often fail to get diagnosed until diabetes has had years to ravage their bodies, especially those with very high post meal blood sugars and near normal fasting blood sugars.
- To determine if you have diabetes, you should test your 1 and 2 hour post-meal blood sugars. If your doctor tests you, make sure he orders a post-meal test, too. The Fasting Plasma Glucose test most doctors use often fails to diagnose diabetes especially in women.
- Many "diabetic" complications begin at blood sugars that the American Diabetes Association does not currently define as "diabetic"
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!