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8 Years without Household Sugar

What does this mean for me? Neither do I have to fight for years with increased blood sugar values, nor do I harm my own body with the sugar sweet white nutritional troublemaker!

It was in April 2012 when fate tried to throw me off track with a diabetes type 2 diagnosis. The doctor left no doubt: I was to be injected with insulin, be “adjusted” in a clinic, and supposedly my life would never be the same again. With threats like heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and foot amputation I was intimidated. If I do not take my medicines well-behaved, the fate would overtake me in form of one (or even several) of the feared late complications, said the doc.

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LOCABA’s mastermind Markus Berndt (53)

Well, none of this has fortunately came true, except for the fact that my life has actually changed tremendously. However, not at all in the sense of the gloomy prophecy of that doctor in charge, but only for the positive! Due to the diagnosis at that time, I have gradually changed my life and today, at the age of 53, I feel much fitter than I was 25 years ago.

(This is the reason why I started LOCABA’s diabetic friendly cakes.)

First, I changed my eating habits and shortly afterwards my physical activity. Without taking any medication I fell into a real fountain of youth and lost 13 superfluous kilos within a few weeks.

To the surprise of many friends, I have not gained a single kilo since then. Although I actually eat more than I used to and I would definitely call myself a foodie! By the way, this has nothing to do with saving calories, I personally don’t think much of calories.

Instead of chastening ourselves, dieting unnecessarily or even counting calories, we should pay more attention to WHAT KIND OF CALORIES we eat every day.

Unfortunately, some of the dietary recommendations we still receive from official sources are absolutely counterproductive for diabetics. Instead of saving calories, we should ideally take care to greatly reduce our carbohydrate consumption. (See low-carb cakes.) Because – besides sugar and fructose – it is bread & pastry, noodles, rice and potatoes, that make our blood sugar spike. This food advances the hated insulin resistance.

As long as we are still told that we should eat a lot of carbohydrates in addition to fat and protein, we will not get healthy. Good for the industry, good for business – but bad for us. Very bad.

How often have we heard that we should eat many whole grain products? Unfortunately, we forget that these too are brimming with carbohydrates. And that whole grains are not automatically healthy for diabetics. Quite the opposite, because a large part of the wholemeal products on the market also contain a considerable proportion of wheat, and this makes our blood sugar soar more than almost any other food. This is due to the fact that about 75% of the carbohydrates in wheat are in the form of amylopectin A. And this compound is unique when it comes to quickly converting carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar).

This is why wheat causes blood sugar levels to rise more than almost any other food.

If we want to get rid of excess weight and ideally reduce blood sugar at the same time, then this is an absolutely realistic goal! It is not witchcraft, quite the contrary, and ideally we can do without medication.

Let’s just forget the negative statement “diabetes type 2 is incurable”.

Lifestyle Therapy Is More Efficient Than Any Drug

At the latest since it is a well-known fact that insulin resistance is reversible, it is also obvious that diabetes (type 2) can also be “reversed”. The only real prerequisite is that the pancreas still produces enough insulin. And the good thing about it, this is exactly what can be found out in the laboratory. How? Simply have the so-called C-peptide value determined at your next blood test. Insist on this test! Even if somebody wants to convince you that this is unnecessary…

In this context: still, no drug in the world is as effective in the fight against diabetes as the so-called lifestyle therapy. But what exactly does this mean? Quite simply, a change in lifestyle. Nutrition, of course is the most important factor in this process. Because it is not genetics, which too often are blamed for our suffering – but rather it’s the fault of ourselves and our way of life.

Our degenerated eating culture, constant sitting and an associated lack of exercise as well as a permanently increased stress level sums up as a reliable recipe for civilization diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

Yet, a clever and healthy form of nutrition is not only pretty easy to convert, it can be also very tasty. Ideally, you don’t notice a difference in taste to the conventional, health-endangering products. It should even taste and feel better! Because after the meal you should experience the pleasant well-being after the meal. No fatigue and a lasting saturation from dietary fibers. (This is generally our goal with our cakes without refined sugar.)

With special herbs and spices it is even possible to reduce the blood sugar even further. Some vital substances almost work like medicine – but can be substantially healthier at the same time!

I personally found my way a long time ago and I thank fate every day anew. Without this hint in the form of a type 2 diabetes, which I guess I understood very well, I would probably have continued to lead my life in the fast lane. Until I probably would have found myself in a much worse scenario. I would probably not have been able to influence the further course of this scenario as easily as I did – and still do – in the case of diabetes.

Because diabetes type 2 is not a fate that you have to accept, quite the contrary. Actually, for a long time – often unnoticed – it is a rather harmless metabolic derailment that can be brought under control again very well with personal responsibility and a few right decisions. And ideally, you will never have to worry about it again!

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Markus Berndt is is a bestselling author and with his lectures and seminars he has led hundreds of interested Type 2 diabetics out of their lifestyle dead end. Markus lives in Austria and has just recently contributed to the book “MedKitchen” published by the Vienna Medical Council. Markus is (ex) type 2 diabetic and LOCABA’s mastermind.
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The Issue of Excessive Carb Consumption and Type 2 Diabetes

The number of type 2 diabetics continues to rise worldwide at an alarming rate, despite all the (sensible and less sensible) measures taken. More and more people are discussing it, but very few have any idea what type 2 diabetes is and how it primarily develops.

The title of a lecture I gave some time ago in Austria was: “Diabetes Type 2: In the field of tension between a harmless metabolic derailment and a fatal disease”. Frightening fact: only very few of those affected are aware that they have the course of the insidious diabetes in their own hands for long periods of time. Almost like being able to control yourself with a joystick.

In the last 7 years I got to know many hundreds of diabetics personally and their stories were always similar.

  • Not a single patient was told that in most cases an existing insulin resistance could be reversed by means of a so-called lifestyle therapy.
  • Not a single patient was explained that it is possible to find out whether his own pancreas still produces enough insulin by means of a certain laboratory value called C-peptide.
  • And not a single patient was made aware of the fact that other forms of therapy than drug therapy also exist.

Today I know that nutrition and a little exercise can achieve more than oral antidiabetics and insulin. Even more: If you want to defeat diabetes in the long term, there is no way around lifestyle therapy. Not a single drug on this earth is capable of preventing the progression of diabetes type 2. A simple change in eating habits, however, can!

You can control type 2 diabetes

Control your metabolism! (Photo by Olia Nayda on Unsplash)

The existing nutrition pyramid is of little help. It fatally still recommends a proportion of carbohydrates to diabetics that is much to high. And also the recently propagated “healthy plate” deals much too little with the fact that diabetics basically show a “carbohydrate intolerance”. Simply because they are no longer able to optimally metabolize carbohydrates. (That’s why our low-carb cakes are diabetic-friendly!)

To recommend carbohydrates to a diabetic (especially those containing starch and those from cereals in general) is about as sensible as recommending dairy products to a person with lactose intolerance or perhaps a particularly gluten-containing diet to a person with celiac disease. (Our cakes are gluten-free as well, by the way ;-))

Do you think that I’m exaggerating? Not at all! Because as long as diabetics continue to load carbohydrates into themselves in this quantity, they will not be able to positively influence the course of the disease. Actually, it is be a quite simple equation: The less carbohydrates (and especially the so-called quickly available ones, such as sugar, bread & pastries from cereals, pasta products, rice & potatoes), the better the blood sugar values as well as the course of insulin resistance. (LOCABA cakes contain no refined sugar.)

Why does nobody tell this to patients, at least according to my experiences in Europe? Don’t ask me…

In my home-country Austria we now have at least 800,000 diabetics (that is 9% of the total population 8,7 millions). In Singapore there were more than 606.000 diabetics (11,8 % of population/5,6 millions) in 2017 at a fast growing rate! It is estimated that in Germany alone every year, around 50,000 amputations are performed as a result of diabetic foot syndrome, and around 250,000 patients suffer from diabetic foot syndrome every year In Singapore, hospitals perform around four diabetes-related amputations a day, or roughly 1,500 a year.

A 2015 report by the International Diabetes Federation revealed that Singapore has the second-highest rate of diabetics among developed nations. 1 in 2 Singaporean adults will have type 2 diabetes by 2050 according to a study from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Let that sink in for a moment.

It is that easy: less carbs, lower blood sugar

Almost each case of type 2 diabetes starts with insulin resistance. And this does not happen overnight. Due to years of malnutrition (as it is now widespread unfortunately) in combination with lack of exercise, we often ruin our bodies in an uncompromising manner.

Insulin resistance is mostly the result of excessive carbohydrate consumption, which overtaxes the pancreas. This is because carbohydrates are converted into glucose in the course of metabolism and insulin is needed to “introduce” blood sugar into the cells. This insulin is formed in the pancreas in the so-called Langerhans islets or Langerhans cells.

Over time, excessive carbohydrate consumption overtaxes the pancreas and our cells become increasingly insensitive to their own insulin. This is the start of insulin resistance and thus also diabetes type 2 disease…

It is not really difficult to see how to avoid, stop and reverse this process. The solution is so simple that it’s mysterious why every affected person does not choose it. We remember the “formula”? The less carbohydrates, the lower the increase in blood sugar.

My personal recommendation for diabetics who still have a well-functioning pancreas (see C-peptide!): Generally limit your carbohydrate consumption a little and – if you are not a top athlete – avoid “quickly available carbohydrates” such as wheat and sugar, as well as pasta, rice and potatoes in general. Those who manage to do this for a few weeks will be able to celebrate their first successes with their next laboratory findings.

From personal experience I know too well that you don’t have to sacrifice your pleasure or taste. Quite the contrary! Especially in the area of desserts, there are now excellent alternatives to the usual sugar bombs! Just try it. It’s worth it, believe me!

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Markus Berndt is is a bestselling author and with his lectures and seminars he has led hundreds of interested Type 2 diabetics out of their lifestyle dead end. Markus lives in Austria and has just recently contributed to the book “MedKitchen” published by the Vienna Medical Council. Markus is (ex) type 2 diabetic and LOCABA’s mastermind.

PS: Believe it or not, but I discovered that my blood sugar is always better if I eat a decent portion of LOCABA Tiramisu after dinner than if I don’t. (Meaning: the postprandial blood sugar level is lower!)