This January 10th, it will be 4 years since Gabriel was diagnosed. That day is seared in our minds. After many ups and downs, Gabriel stabilized well after about a year. That year included his older brother, Nathan, being diagnosed 4 months after Gabriel. Nathan took much longer to stabilize. He was diagnosed in May of 2008, and he really didn’t achieve good stabilization until about a year ago. It was well worth all of the effort to get him there, but it definitely took him much longer.
After several months on the diabetic-alkaline lifestyle, we started introducing more transitional foods (still no gluten, grains or dairy) because both boys had very good blood glucose levels. They even ate a “test drive” meal of 90 carbs, and their blood glucose levels were 101 and 103. We were very encouraged. Post-prandial blood glucose levels were all within a healthy range.
After several more months, their A1cs began climbing just a little each quarter. We decided to go back to eating what we term “therapeutic foods.” and within a few months, both of their A1cs plummeted to 4.7. Three months later they tied again on their next A1c at 4.9. We were very pleased with these A1cs. We agree with Dr. Berstein that it is best for long term health and avoidance of complications to keep the A1c at 5.0 or lower whenever possible.
Most of the cells within our body replace themselves at various life-cycle rates. Our red blood cells, for example, replace themselves every 90-120 days (quarterly A1c testing is based on this fact). Other cell cycles are as long as 10 years, and some are not believed to be replaced at all (like the brain’s neuron cells). We believe that our boys’ bodies are still recovering and healing, so we want to give them the opportunity to achieve the best health possible by adhering to the diabetic-alkaline lifestyle at least long enough for the vast majority of their cells to be replaced by new ones in an optimal environment.