Author's Perspective: Ironically, because I was on insulin, it was actually easier to wean off the insulin than it would have been to wean off the diabetic pills. Why? Because I could safely reduce my insulin dosage by one unit at a time and not have any negative reactions or blood glucose spikes.
But my endocrinologist told me that I was going through the "honeymoon period" and would eventually be back on insulin ... well, he's still waiting for me to go back on insulin ... :-)
I should point out that I was more motivated to get off the insulin because of my fear of needles. :-) I believe that if I had been taking pills, I would have felt morecomfortable and, therefore, would not have been as motivated to want to get off the pills.
Drug weaning is the process of slowly reducing the dosage of a specific drug without harming the body and eventually reaching a dosage level of zero.
Drug weaning is important because it prevents your body's cells from becoming biochemically dependent on the drugs, chemicals and toxins contained within the prescription medications that you're taking.
Drug weaning is also important because it helps to reverse your diabetes and prevent the onset of diabetic complications.
So, what should you do when you start our diabetes program? When and how should you start to (safely) wean off the medications?
Concerning your medications, for legal reasons and for health reasons, we can't tell you specifically to stop taking your medications.
There are just too many factors to consider when it comes to how everyone responds to different medications.
Key factors include your age, your medical history, your blood test results, how long you've been diabetic, how long you've been taking meds, and what specific meds you're taking.
Other key factors include your nutritional profile, exercise regimen, detox therapy (if applicable), supplementation, your stress level, your finances, and lifestyle changes.
However, we can share with you that many of our clients have safely weaned off the drugs and have stopped taking all of their medications while others continue to take a smaller dosage of their meds.
In general, drugs do very little (if anything) to stop the progression of your diabetes -- that's why your health deteriorates even though you are taking the drugs prescribed by your doctor.
In fact, the drugs mask the symptoms of your diabetes by artificially lowering your blood glucose, giving you a false sense of security that the drugs are actually working!
Some recent studies have shown that diabetic drugs actually keep your body in a diabetic state! In fact, one study demonstrated that 100% (that's right, 100%!) of all diabetics who took metformin eventually ended up on insulin!
Another study showed that diabetics who kept taking insulin for more than 2 years found that they had to increase their dosage while still becoming susceptible to frequent infections and developing one or more diabetic complications such as kidney failure, partial blindness, or lower leg or foot amputation.
In general, we can share with you that when our clients start to exercise and eat better (i.e. the Super Meal Diabetic Diet), their body's need for drugs begins to subside. Consequently, they were able to reduce their drug dosage until they reach a dosage of zero.
When the author started to eat better (more vegetables, no bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, etc.) and exercise on a daily basis, his body's cells began to increase their uptake of glucose. This, in turn, reduced his cells' insulin resistance and the need for a lot of insulin.
As a result, he was able to slowly reduce the amount of insulin that he was injecting as his fasting blood glucose and post-meal blood glucose levels continued to decrease each day.
One of the keys for him was the performing of blood glucose testing several times a day -- to make sure that he could safely reduce his insulin dosage and to make sure that he wasn't doing anything to harm his health.
In addition to testing his blood glucose, the author tested his hemoglobin a1c, blood pressure and cholesterol levels on a periodic basis. He also visited his doctor and endocrinologist at least once a month for a physical exam, blood testing and monitoring of his overall health.
Similarly, other clients have been able to do something similar, with the guidance and support from their medical doctor or naturopathic doctor along with increased blood glucose testing. However, other clients were unable to do something similar because their health has deteriorated much further and some of the drugs they were taking were difficult to wean off without negatively impacting their health.
In general some drugs such as statin drugs are easier to wean off, while other drugs such as beta blockers are more dangerous because the body becomes biochemically dependent on these drugs.
Other factors that can influence your personal timeline for weaning off your diabetic drugs include your age, your overall health, your nutritional program, the number of drugs you're taking, the types of drugs you're taking, how long you've been diabetic, whether you're experiencing any major diabetic complications, etc.
There are 7 key strategies that are required in order to safely and successfully wean yourself off any diabetic medication, including insulin, metformin, or any other diabetic drugs:
1. Knowledge: You must have the knowledge of how to safely wean yourself off any drug or medication. Get our DTD Drug Weaning ebook to help you.
2. Test Data: You must monitor and test regularly to determine your blood glucose, A1C, blood pressure, etc. You must also have regular physical exams and blood test results from your doctors.
3. Tools: You must have the proper tools to help you during the drug weaning process. Examples of tools are the DTD Meal/Blood Glucose Tracking Chart and a journal or notebook.
4. Diet and Lifestyle Changes: You must make the appropriate changes to your diet and exercise regimen to reduce your blood glucose and insulin levels.
5. Motivation/Willingness: You must be willing to change your body’s biochemistry – by eating the right foods to remove the biochemical and hormonal imbalances. And, you must have a strong desire and motivation to want to stick with the dietary and lifestyle changes and want to get off the drugs.
6. Discipline/Mindset: You must have the focus and discipline to follow a structured process (as defined in the DTD Drug Weaning ebook) to gradually and safely wean yourself off the medication.
In addition, you have to change your mindset about drugs. Most of us accept taking drugs as "normal". We also believe that taking drugs will help and is safe because it's coming from a medical doctor. Nothing could be further from the truth!
7.Inner Spirit: You must be confident and have a strong belief or faith in yourself that is more powerful than the intimidation of your doctor, who may not be happy or cooperative in helping you to wean off the drugs.
Author Sidebar: During our classes and workshops, everyone loved my procedures that explained step-by-step how to safely wean off the drugs. They were pleasantly surprised that it was so easy and straightforward.
Because of this and since most diabetics wouldn't be able to see these procedures unless they signed up for a class, the students asked me to write an ebook that explained these procedures. And, so I did -- it's called the DTD Drug Weaning ebook.
Later, when I created a drug weaning flow chart for an online webinar, everyone felt that the flow chart made it even easier to understand how to wean off the drugs.
And, so, per their request, I ended up creating a colorful Drug Weaning Flow Chart.
Note: The DTD Drug Weaning Process and Flow Chart can be used for weaning off other types of drugs, such as drugs for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.
FYI: Engineers use flowcharts to communicate how a process works or should work; and, also for design and development purposes.
For more information about drug weaning, refer to Chapter 12 of the Death to Diabetes book and the DTD Drug Weaning ebook.
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