Thanks for a great post Pasha. Without wanting to form a mutual appreciation society I hope you stick with this forum, as I hope all the members stick with us and post on a regular basis. No criticism of your post, but a few points I think are worthy of discussion. I expect you and others know what I am saying, but worth mentioning I reckon.
You said “I had plenty of insulin but for many reasons the mechanism by which it operated had been compromised.” Around 90% of diabetics are type two, around 80% are overweight at diagnosis. Most medical professionals and type two diabetics are unaware a heavily overweight diabetic at diagnosis can have over three times the circulating plasma insulin levels as slim non diabetic. So, the obvious test for a pre diabetic or newly diagnosed diabetic would be a plasma (blood) insulin level check. If the patient was very high in plasma insulin, the medic would know many things. He would know the beta cells were in good shape. He would know the main problem was acute insulin resistance. The last thing he should do is offer insulin, insulin mimetics, a most type two drugs.
The second test he should do is and R and R interval test. This is a very cheap and simple test, a bit like an electrocardiogram but only using four electrodes. This measures the difference of a diabetics pulse rate when breathing in and out. This tells the medic how much damage the diabetic has succumbed to the main nerve in the body, the vagus, this would tell the medic how aggressively he needed to treat the diabetic. Early detection of nerve damage can be reversed if treated swiftly, correctly and aggressively.
These tests are never carried out by the NHS. Without these tests a medic is completely in the dark and why we see such lamentable statistics trotted out by the audited NHS diabetes reports every year. I have talked to medics and diabetes nurses who have never even heard of the tests, but they are amongst the first carried out by in my opinion the world's leading blood glucose expert Dr. Richard Bernstein. The bottom line, most medical professionals know next to nothing about human metabolism and the good control of diabetes. Most dietitians are a complete and utter health hazard to the average diabetic. And far to many people modding forums do more harm than good. And it should be remembered, in the UK many diabetics cannot get free prescription test strips, what chance do these poor souls stand?
I appreciate there is no more biased low carber than me, I have waited over seven years for a fellow diabetic, or healthcare professional to show me a better way, I will wait forever, because there is at the present time no other way that works. Many profess to not needing to low carb, they wax lyrical and vilify low carb and a higher fat diet at every opportunity, but never ever offer a sound alternative. Some people make a lot of noise (no names no pack drill) but over the years they have shown themselves to be at best, totally incompetent, and at worst, out and out liars.
As I often say to Graham. The betus, it's a funny old game.
Sorry Paul looks like our posts crossed but great minds think alike eh mate.