Life Change

  1. Life Change

    I just got diagnosed with type II diabetes and am wondering if there is anyone else on this forum dealing with this and how it may have changed their training. I already know where I have to change my diet (i.e lower carbs). Any help will be greatly appreciated

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    Fortunately, I don't have this problem. However, I've foudn the Mayo Clinic website to be of great use in researching the medical issues I do have. They talk about alternative treatments such as supplements (and grade them based upon the scientific backing of their use), and advice on self-care. Here is the link for Type II Diabetes:

  3. Well, most bodybuilders make great progress once they can stop looking at food as pleasure and use it as a means for health and regiment their intake. That discipline is too hard for most (including me sometimes).

    You now have two reasons to do it so maybe you will have that as an unexpected windfall -- really dialling in the diet and make some real body improvements - good luck man.

  4. There are people looking at late onset diabetes as being triggered partly by the drop in HGH which lowers IGF-1.

    A HGH raising product such PGH or PGH-T may help.

    R-ALA has been shown to stablize blood sugar of diabetics. It is thought it does this allowing sugar to be stored and removed from the muscles more efficiently. It was discribed by a diabetic body builder as baking soda for blood sugar.

  5. One-Third of U.S. Adults Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic



    FRIDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has now topped 19 million, and a new study says a third of adults with the disease don't even know they have it.

    The researchers found that another 26 percent of adults had "impaired fasting glucose," a precursor to diabetes.

    "So, if you add that together with the 9.3 percent of people with diabetes, that means that fully one-third of the adult population -- 73 million Americans -- have diabetes or they may be on their way to getting it," said lead researcher Catherine Cowie, director of the diabetes epidemiology program at the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

    Her team's report appears in the June issue of Diabetes Care.

    The researchers note that about 95 percent of all cases of diabetes in the United States fall under the category of type 2 disease -- a gradual loss of insulin production and sensitivity that's usually linked to overweight and obesity.

    According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, survey data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 1988 to 1994 and 1999 to 2002 indicate the incidence of diabetes among people aged 20 and older has gone from about 5.1 percent of the population in the older survey to 6.5 percent by 2002.

    "In the 1999 to 2002 survey, participants were interviewed to find out whether they had ever been told that they had diabetes," said Cowie. "In addition, the people had a blood test after they fasted overnight."

    Among the 4,761 adults in surveyed, 9.3 percent had type 2 diabetes -- that translated to about 19.3 million people in the entire U.S. population, Cowie said. "In addition, we found that about one-third of the 9.3 percent don't know they have it," she noted.

    Diabetes continues to affect blacks and Mexican-Americans about as much as whites, Cowie noted. "In fact, in blacks, diagnosed diabetes rose more significantly between the two surveys than it did for other groups," she said.

    "In addition, it rose more significantly in men than in women," Cowie added.

    It's even worse among older Americans. About 22 percent of those over 65 have diabetes, Cowie said. "Combine that with 40 percent of those with impaired fasting glucose, [and] it's affecting 62 percent of the adult population in that age group," she said.

    There is a huge portion of the population who don't know they have diabetes or who are at risk for diabetes, Cowie said.

    "We aren't doing a good enough job of diagnosing these one-in-three people who don't know they have diabetes as well as people who have pre-diabetes," Cowie said. "We really need to be a better job of convincing people that should be adopting healthy behaviors that will prevent these conditions."

    One expert thinks that the number of undiagnosed diabetics and pre-diabetics may be underestimated.

    "The findings suggest that the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes is stable," said Dr. David L. Katz, an associate professor of public health and director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. "This might be true, and due to the fact that as diabetes rates are rising, we're at least attentive to it, and usually finding it when it's there. But this finding might also be misleading."

    Undiagnosed diabetes may be less likely in people who participate in health surveys than those who do not, Katz said. "I am suspicious that there is more undiagnosed diabetes than these findings suggest," he noted.

    "Since type 2 diabetes is often preventable, almost any is too much," Katz said. "Seeing a steady rise in the rates of this serious and potentially debilitating disease we have the wherewithal to prevent is compelling testimony of past failings and future needs," he said.

    This is neither the first, nor the last time this message will be delivered in a scientific paper, Katz said.

    "My hope is that we will do what needs to be done to make healthful diets and activity patterns more accessible to all, and diabetes a bit less so," he said.

    More information

    For more on diabetes, head to the U.S. National Diabetes Clearinghouse.

    For the latest health news & Health-Life Services like tools, calculators, & a physician locator, go to

  6. I also remember a unversity study looking at mixing in various levels of IGF-1R3 in place of Insulin up to 100%. Partly because of the longer half-life and partly because of insulin resistance problems. This could definitely could be dangerous to inject IGF-1R3 as self medication since IGF-1R3 and insulin have multiplication effect.

  7. I havent checked this forum in quite a while but Ive been dealing with type 2 for several years now. Fire away with any questions...

  8. MY question would be with supplements. I've pretty much cut back to multivitamins, protein and creatine with no ill effects on my sugar count.

  9. Most of the popular supplements should have relatively little impact on blood glucose (BG) levels, one way or the other.

    Protein powder can affect it simply because is it a source of energy. Even though protein has relatively little effect on BG, it can affect your overall energy balance, which does influence BG levels.

    Glucosamine has been said to decrease insulin sensitivity. I take it for joints and have not noticed a significant effect.

    Cinnamon, acetic acid (vinegar), and alpha lipoic acid (ALA) have been proven to lower BG. From my experience the effect is relatively minor. IMO ALA is not cost effective for type 2 diabetics.

    A chromium deficiency can be a cause of insulin impairment. Supplementing with chromium will not improve BG if you do not have a deficiency.

    Green tea/caffeine can lower BG by increasing BMR and thus lowering your energy balance. However if you just eat more to compensate, the benefit will be mostly lost.

    Not to sound like a broken record but setting up a meal plan with an appropriate calorie count and macronutrient combination combined with daily moderately intense exercise are by far the most effective non-pharmaceutical factors in BG control.


  10. Are you taking any medication or able to just use your diet. I was originally prescribed to take 2000mgs per day of glucophage(metformin) which with a drastic change in my sugar and carb intake on my part has been reduced to 500mgs per day. The one good side effect from it was that it appeared to lean me out a bit. In the past i have used prohormones I kinda wonder if that caused my problem insomuch as my numbers have regulated very quickly.

  11. I made the switch from Metformin to rapid insulin a little over a year ago. Metformin wasnt enough to keep my levels in check w/o eliminating all carbs. That combination made me quite irritable. The change was well worth it; sushi back on the menu!

    I doubt that your PH use had much to do with your condition. Calibrated is not the first person that I heard say that anabolics actually help BG levels.

  12. Thanks for the input guys


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