In June, Mark Hancock spoke as a patient representative at parliament alongside Dr David Unwin about reversing type 2 diabetes through a low carb real-food approach.
Bulletproof coffee: you’ve probably heard of it. The Diabetes.co.uk forum users can’t stop talking about it.
There are articles about bulletproof coffee all over the internet, every one of which seems to have a different opinion as to the benefits or otherwise of the stuff. Some swear by it, some would rather swear at it.
Less common are guides to bulletproof coffee and diabetes. This is an attempt at a comprehensive one (but I can’t promise that it’s definitive. Opinions, inevitably, will differ).
So: should people with diabetes drink bulletproof coffee? And, if so, is it healthy to have it for breakfast every day? Let’s take a look.
This week there was news from a small study that showed that Novo Nordisk’s Victoza could serve as a viable treatment for type 1 diabetes, as a supplement to insulin.
People with type 1 diabetes can often find themselves dealing with large swings in blood sugar on a near-to daily basis which can be particularly difficult to control. The study on Victoza indicated that the drug helps to reduce the swings in blood sugar and improved overall blood glucose control.
There are a number of discussions we probably all see going on about how people with type 2 diabetes have made themselves fat and brought it upon themselves.
- “They chose to eat this way, it’s their fault they got diabetes.”
- “People overeating are eating away at our tax money.”
- …and such like.
We know that the effects of type 2 diabetes mean that, unless aggressively countered, a vicious cycle is entered into and it takes at least a long and concerted effort to break out of it.
When it comes to diabetes, few topics get as much heated debate as that of whether we diabetics should lower our carb intake intake or not. There are many books available these days that advocate significantly reduced daily carbohydrate levels and it’s always a hot discussion amongst people with diabetes.
Top down healthcare advice from the public sector relies on research to back up it’s recommendations and steers clear of making any hasty moves.
I can quite see why new year resolutions exist; a clean slate and the fact that the Christmas period sometimes allows a little extra time for reflection seem to be the main ones. Then with diabetes there can be an extra reason if Christmas means that blood sugars and control has wavered.
I’ve noticed two ways in which a resolution can be made:
- The first where you feel some kind of societal pressure.
- The second where the resolution comes from within.
In most cases, the second seems to be by far the most effective.