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Insulin-Dependent Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis Improved by Food Choices

December 14, 2006 | 19,269 views

Insulin-dependent diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are both autoimmune diseases where the body starts to react against itself and destroy vital tissue that if left untreated is typically a fatal condition. 

Greg is one of our patients at the Optimal Wellness Center who responded exceptionally well to optimizing his food choice for his unique biochemistry.

Greg is a 50-year-old who was diagnosed in 1987 with type 1 diabetes at age 30. He has used an insulin pump since 1989. Prior to coming to our clinic, Greg's glucose levels fluctuated between extremes (as low as 30 and as high as 500).

To add to his health challenges, in 2000 he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, this is not surprising; we see many patients with multiple autoimmune diseases as they frequently have similar underlying predisposing causes.

The rheumatoid arthritis primarily affects his hands and toes. This was particularly debilitating because Greg was an equipment mechanic, using his hands and lifting equipment all day long at his job. He had been taking Enbrel for four years to treat his rheumatoid arthritis. Fatigue and depression developed since he started taking Prozac and methotrexate, which suppresses his immune system. 

One of the main things that contributed to Greg's health problems is that he had a very unhealthy lifestyle. For 12 years prior to 1987, he drank seven to eight 12-oz. cans of Mountain Dew daily during the summer months. He consumed a lot of cereals, refined carbohydrates, caffeine, and alcohol. Greg is also a smoker, smoking one pack per day or less for the past 30 years.

He consumed two to three drinks of alcohol mixed with Diet Coke every evening for the past eight years. Unhappy with the side effects from his arthritis medications, Greg later started taking antibiotics to treat his rheumatoid arthritis for eight months, but eventually started to feel worse. His rheumatoid factor initially decreased, but then remained the same for four months, so he discontinued use. Greg recently had to leave his job and go on disability.

Over a period of 20 years, Greg had seen multiple physicians for treatment. He was often times misdiagnosed and followed many different drug protocols with less than desirable results. During this time, he became frustrated with the medical system and was tired, depressed, in constant pain, and unable to control his blood sugar levels.

Amazing Results After Eating Right For His nutritional type

Greg was assessed as a protein type after taking his nutritional type test. He has been following our program for a total of four months, adhering to his 'protein' type diet plan (consuming high-quality foods, including organic, grass-fed meats and raw dairy products) 80 percent of the time. He has stopped drinking all diet sodas and has significantly reduced his alcohol consumption. 

As a result, Greg has felt so much better and has been able to cut his Enbrel dosage in half. Further, his insulin has been reduced by 20 units per day, and he is completely off Methotrexate. His glucose readings have stabilized and are now typically between 80-120. In the near future, he would like to work on smoking cessation. 


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

This is an amazing testimony as to how something as simple as changing one's food choices can have a profound impact on what diseases you have. If you would like to learn more about nutritional typing you can simply take our free Mini Course.

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