I have volunteered to give a talk on Bernstein and his aproach to my "triabetics' team mates.
What do you personally feel are the most valuable things you've learned from Bernstein?
For me is 1. That I have the right to have normal bloood sugars and 2. that it can be done! 3. the importance of having the right information and tools to achieve this.
Any comments on applying Berstein to the 'athlete' population.
In addition to your list, the Law of Small Numbers. Great that you have this opportunity!
We all have to find our own 'right'. I find if I eat more than about 30 carbs a day my BG is whacko - not fun. I'm super carb sensitive :( So, more carbs is for an occasional treat. I know some Ds who seem to need a lot carbs for their bodies to function properly.
Oh, good discussion. When my son was first diagnosed with T1 I picked up Dr. Bernstein's book thinking that it probably was another 'cure diabetes with this plan' type of thing, but I was surprised to discover that he's the real deal with solid facts, research etc. My son has followed his concepts in managing his diabetes and it has been working for him in achieving normal blood sugars. My son has some eye complications and I feel that Bernstein's management approach offers him the best chance of reversing those complications. I suppose the law of small numbers is the most useful concept e.g. low carbs= lower insulin needs= fewer hypos/highs. Most of all, Bernstein through his own tireless battles against wrongheaded medical dogma, has given us courage to continue what we are doing even though as recently as two days ago we were told by my son's ex-endo that "diabetics can't have normal blood sugars" because they might die from a hypo. My son is not an athlete, but he has started a rigorous exercise program per Bernstein and it is doing wonders for his wellbeing.
I agree wholeheartedly with everything said above, and would add: the importance of approaching everything about diabetes empirically. Bernstein is relentlessly empirical: not, "this is what I know," but rather "this is what I've measured."
That mind set must inform everything we do concerning management and control. As we know, everyone's diabetes is individual and behaves differently. The only what to know what's right for you is to try things, measure and record the results, and analyze and compare to find out what works for you.
I downloaded it to use as a handy quick reference for myself. Maybe you should run your presentation by Dr. Bernstein himself. He might find it useful to use in his own lectures ?
Oh, by the way, I'm not the greatest speller, but shouldn't sulfonureas be sulfonylureas and keytones be ketones?
I am very active in my local support group. The PPT would be very useful. Can I obtain a copy?
I admire your efforts. Good luck with it. The lack of credible knowledge in the general population is terrifying to me because people suffer needlessly every day.
I agree the main things are law of small numbers and the right to normal blood sugars.
And of course that by maintaining normal blood sugars we can hopefully avoid the complications which the medical establishment predicts are inevitable for us.
Lately I happen to speak to various people with diabetes who 'can't give up carbohydrates'. The way I see Dr. B's approach is that if you have a body that can't deal well with carbohydrates, don't ingest them. It seems quite logical to me.
In addition to all of the previous answers:
The need to have a consistent amount of protein for each meal.
I find that when I forget or don't have time for enough protein at dinner, for example, my blood sugars will drop during the night. On the other hand, if it something quite tasty and I eat more than the usual amount, my blood sugars will escalate through the night. This can be corrected by pump users by increasing the basal rate, though this is probably a no-no for those adhering closely to the DS (Diabetes Solution).
That is now the only time I ever have lows - when I fail to have enough protein at a meal (eg, if I have soup and salad, with a minimal amount of meat in the soup), or forget to bring a can of sardines to have with my lunch (which is mostly salads).
My diabetes nurse is quite amazed at the evenness of my blood sugars, and is beginning to think the low-carb diet is the way to go.