If you want to know why I am so certain that the comparison testing will prove Atkins to be so effective, it is because in our clinical practice we have treated over five thousand Type II diabetics. Of those taking insulin-stimulating drugs (sulfonylurea) we were able to get the vast majority off those drugs. And of Type II diabetics taking insulin, more than half were able to cease their injections. Here is one of thousands of exciting case histories.
Janet Drake credits doing Atkins with saving her life and her leg. Only 47 years old, she had been diabetic for seventeen years. When she got a blister on one toe, it turned into cellulitis, with a red line extending up her leg to her knee. One of the doctors at the hospital where she then worked as a nurse warned her that she might have to have the toe or the whole leg amputated if she didn't get her blood sugar down fast. Janet knew that her glucose level was around 290, far too high despite the fact that she gave herself insulin injections two or three times a day and had been prescribed both Glucophage and Glyburide, oral medications that help control diabetes.
The next day she went to see her eye doctor because she had been having headaches. He told her about an earlier edition of this book. Janet went directly to the mall, bought the book, came home, put her foot in a tub of Epsom salts and water and started to read.
"I started doing Atkins that day at lunch," she recalls. "By Friday my foot was healed, my headaches were gone and my blood sugar was down to 190. I dropped 16 pounds by the end of the second week. A week later my blood-sugar level was consistently 150 and my doctor took me off insulin. When I had lost 30 pounds, I was able to stop the oral medications as well."
Janet's numbers tell the whole story. Before doing Atkins, her blood pressure was a frightening 180/90. It now stands at 110/70. Her glucose level of 290 is now 114-well within the normal range. Her total cholesterol has gone down 30 points to 180. Her HDL (good cholesterol) is up 6 points. Her triglycerides are now normal. Her weight has fallen by 49 pounds. Janet has gone from being a diabetic woman who was probably entering the final decade of her life to being a fit and healthy woman who recently started her own wellness center to counsel people-particularly diabetics-about nutrition and its role in health. Many of her patients are sent to her by doctors who were as impressed by her experience as she was.
The Atkins Nutritional Approach is not only the most effective treatment for diabetes currently available in the United States, but it is also a certain way to put an end to the epidemic nature of the illness. Modesty may not be my strong suit, but I would be a traitor to mankind if I said anything else.
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.