I have injected 3 iu of fast-acting insulin three or four times a day, every day since June, 2002. After 16 months and perhaps 2000 or more shots of insulin, I was challenged by an expert to show that my pancreas is still functioning well, and that I have not become diabetic. (Note: I drank this much orange juice because I wanted to demonstrate that my pancreas is still capable of bringing my glucose down without any help from injected insulin after two years of injecting insulin, contrary to what Dr. Richard Schulze wrote would happen: "...the minute your
pancreas detects that you're taking insulin, it will quit making insulin for you. So now you're addicted to insulin.")
So, it is with great pleasure that I took the following blood tests, about one every five minutes for 70 minutes, after drinking ONE LARGE (500 ml) GLASS OF ORANGE JUICE ! (This is about 62.5 grams of SUGAR... I fully EXPECTED and PREDICTED my blood glucose would reach about 160 mg/dl)
If I had become diabetic, my pancreas would not be producing enough insulin, and my blood sugar would rise and not fall below 120 for perhaps three hours, or longer.
"normal" would have been for it to take 120 minutes (two hours) to fall below 120...
So it was very nice to see my pancreas bring the fire within me under control in 70 minutes, just a little over one hour. 35 minutes UP, 35 minutes DOWN...
All blood tests were taken by me, at home, with a simple Blood Glucose Sensor, with an accuracy of + or - 3% according to the manufacturer. See what a nice curve UP and DOWN it shows. (I ended the testing after 70 minutes, because it was 4:00 PM and my lunch was served. I predict my glucose levels would have dropped below 105 at the most 20 minutes later)
The test shows two very important results: 1) that my pancreas is not only still working very well after two years and about 2000 insulin shots later, but it is working VERY WELL!
I DEFINITELY HAVE NOT become diabetic. (On the contrary, my reason to take insulin is to help keep my blood glucose at optimum levels at the same time that it helps my pancreas, thus to keep my pancreas working and to postpone getting diabetes, perhaps for all my life.)
I hope my excellent experience not being a diabetic will help others to lose their fear of taking insulin, and perhaps to try this anti-aging therapy. (Anti-Aging Doctors, especially I think, should try taking insulin themselves.)
2) It also shows that ONE single large (500 ml, estimated 62.5 grams carbs) glass of "delicious and natural" orange juice will cause MY glucose levels to reach 159 in 35 minutes. This is "HORRIBLE" according to my own table of interpretation of glucose levels. It means that my pancreas is not in as good shape as it is in a young person, where blood suger would have remained essentially flat, ie, it would not have risen above 105.
The glucose meter began to move up after a few minutes... Then, for a total of 50 out of 70 minutes (starting 15 minutes after I drank the glass of orange juice), my glucose levels were successively: BAD, TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE (159 mg/dl), then it "cools off" quickly and drops down to BAD (120 mg/dl)...
This happened after drinking ONE GLASS of orange juice, which I have heard many diet "gurus" say is "excellent" for my health!
Note: If I had measured my temperature I could have shown that my body temperature went up, too!
To put the size of the glass of orange juice into perspective, 500 ml is less than the 600 ml. size of some soft drinks meant for one person. According to the Carbohydrate Thermometer, 12.5% (or 1/8 ) of 500 ml. of orange juice contains 500 / 8 = 62 grams of CARBOHYDRATES. I PREDICTED that my glucose levels would rise to about 160, and it did.
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This is MY TABLE to interpret glucose levels:
70 to 90 is OPTIMAL... we cannot age any slower
100 is HIGH... I don't like it this high, but I get it often, before breakfast (fasting glucose), or after eating.
110 is VERY HIGH... I will take insulin to force it down sooner
120 is BAD... Dr. Bernstein says it's bad
140 is TERRIBLE... What can be worse than "bad"?
160 is HORRIBLE... Unless you want to die sooner
180 is DEATHLY... We know it will kill you
Greater than 180 is SUICIDAL... We know it will kill you sooner
If you ask a doctor who specializes in diabetes, he might laugh at me. He might tell you that it is not necessary to want to control blood sugar as strictly as I want to control it. He might tell you that he DOES NOT AGREE with my table because it is much too strict, and nobody will follow it. But he is wrong, because I follow it, easily, without any problem, because I inject 3 iu of insulin before each meal, or 0, 1, or 2 iu after if it is necessary!
This table is correct "according to Ellis" whether you follow it or not. And it is true, even if you are diabetic and cannot avoid it, or if you "cheat" with a little insulin before each meal, and sometimes after a meal. Nobody cares how blood glucose is kept low, it just matters what level it gets to.
"Keep your blood glucose under strict control, by hook or by crook..." - Ellis
So I do...
I have read a FAMOUS DIABETES DOCTOR recommend 140 mg/dl is fine, before going to sleep. That a famous doctor makes a BAD MISTAKE does not make it FINE.
140 mg/dl is still terrible, because Dr. Bernstein has seen patients that have a steady 120 mg/dl show signs of diabetes complications. And we know that about 180 mg/dl for many years will damage the kidneys...
So I do not need any further proof that my table is correct. 120 mg/dl HAS TO BE "BAD" so 140 mg/dl HAS TO BE WORSE, and 160 MUST BE WORSE... and WE KNOW THAT at about 180 or above, sugar spills through the kidneys into the urine, destroying the kidneys in about 15 years... SO 180 MUST BE "DEATHLY"... call it whatever you will, the idea is that above 100 mg/dl is BAD and should be AVOIDED, even if you are not a diabetic!
Try to keep your glucose levels between 70 and 100 for 24 hours per day.
If you cannot control it 24 hours a day, it doesn't matter. The mere fact that you tried will be enough to lower your "hbA1c ( "glycosilated hemoglobin") which indicates that you are going in the RIGHT DIRECTION.
Read my Glucose Theory of Aging here:http://www.rajeun.net/glucose.html The Glucose Law of Aging
See map: The Road to Diabetes