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Isolation Therapy For Type 2 Diabetes: Not As Crazy As It Sounds

April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 129

My brother never had type 2 diabetes, but he did have several other problems that were arguably just as serious. My brother went to a barmitzvah when he was fourteen yeas old. He was served some wine at the post barmitzvah celebration and a day later told me he really liked it, and looked forward to the next time he could have some. Little did I know then, that, that would be the beginning of a long and troubled life for my brother that would end for Chris when he was only forty-two years old. You see, my dear brother became an alcoholic and eventually addicted to cocaine when he was in his early twenties. One late Friday night while attempting to cross a street he was hit by a pick-up truck. He died approximately three weeks later, never having regained consciousness.

During the twenty years or so that Chris struggled with his addictions there were so many times when I would lay in bed at night and try to come up something that I could do to change the direction his life was headed. Early on I thought a good talking to would do it. I didn't understand the disease. As time went on I came up with other ideas. None worked, however, the idea I thought was the most likely to be successful I never tried. I never tried it because it was too unrealistic, at least I thought it was.You see, I had finally come to realize that unless I could get Chris out of that environment, totally away from the people that supplied him with drugs and the alcohol he would buy, nothing would ever change.

I imagined what would happen if Chris and I were stranded on a deserted island. Then what would he do? No alcohol, no drugs. If we wanted to eat we would have to hunt it or pick it. My days would be spent seeing my brother withdraw from the chemicals he had been ingesting, gradually getting back to the brother I knew. Early on, Chris would most likely be trying to figure out a way to escape from the island so he could get back to his addictions. My theory was that the longer I could keep him away from the drugs (or clean) the less likely he would go back to them. I never had a chance to try out my theory.

As unpractical as it may seem, imagine for the next few minutes, (bear with me here) the benefits of "Isolation Therapy" (as I will call it for lack of a better description) to some people with metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, weight management issues, and obesity. It is well known that the modern way of eating, characterized by convenience, excess and indulgence combined with the current trend to make life as physically easy as possible, leads to least seventy-five percent of what ails us.

What do you think would happen if someone that is overweight with type 2 diabetes that has a difficult time making wise food choices and getting exercise, is taken to a relatively secluded island for two months in the summer where they have to hunt, pick or pull from a tree their food. They have to clean it, prepare it and tidy up after themselves. If they want shelter from the elements they have to make it.

This is what I think. For those people that could stick it out for two months or so living this way, their lives would never be the same. My guess is that many of them would never return to a lot of the poor food habits and excesses that got them to where they were prior to the isolation therapy. I also hypothesize that by the end of the isolation period, there would be significant improvement in nearly all parameters of health and wellness.

Think about it. Maybe the idea is not as crazy as it initially sounds. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Milt Bedingfield is a certified diabetes educator and exercise physiologist. Milt has been teaching people with diabetes about the disease and how to care for it for the last 18 years. Milt was in charge of overseeing an in-house exercise program for people with diabetes from 2000-2006. Milt believes that performing regular exercise is not stressed as much as it needs to be by health care providers and is always trying to change that for the better. Milt is the author of: Prescription For Type 2 Diabetes: Exercise. This book is very entertaining and easy to understand. Milt's websites can be found at: http://www.NewlyDiagnosedDiabetes.com and http://www.TheExerciseDiabetesLink.com. Milt has a Twitter account. His user name is: MiltBed. Milt's email address is: MBedingfield@yahoo.com

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