Greetings Prof. Zajicek,
As you said, I've let your ideas "absorb"
slowly, and since our meeting I've tried to incorporate a few changes
into my lifestyle:
1. I've tried to gradually decrease the basal insulin amounts on my pump, in the beginning at night time and later during daytime.
2. I'm slowly adjusting my schedule towards more regulated sleep hours and MUCH more exercise - I now bike almost everyday from Kiryat Yovel to Haddasah and back - That's 1.5-2 hours of intense exercise everyday (spread over two sessions). (I remember your advice about meditation, that's on my list, but it will take more time until I get to it.) The bottom line - I cut down insulin consumption (both basal and bolus) by 20-30%, and I plan to slowly try and reduce it further. However, I must admit I believe the reduction in insulin need is due to the increase in exercise and not due to slow beta cell regeneration or WOB adjustment. Maybe its both?
What do you think?
I intend to go on with this and try to further reduce insulin consumption (very gradually). I would like to think at least the basal can go down to zero - but then again you have the example of an Olympic swimmer and an Olympic rower who have type 1 and still need insulin despite the amount of exercise they perform. Still, they don't think they might do without insulin.
I admire your decision to become an Insulin-Yogi.
Here are some clarifications. An Insulin-Yogi
knows how to manage with less insulin, which he achieves
in two ways:
1. Sport makes the target organs more efficient.
1 a. Muscles utilize resources (glucose) more efficiently and require less insulin to deliver glucose into the cells.
1 b. WOB learns how to deliver enough glucose with less receptors.
2. There are two reasons for hyperglycemia:
2a. The brain requires more glucose.
2b. Insulin deficiency.
On one hand sport requires more insulin, while on the other it makes tissues and brain more efficient and so require less insulin. In addition, by meditating and guiding his imagination, Insulin-Yogi trains his brain to require less glucose, reducing the brain induced hyperglycemia. He can do little to reduce insulitis, which has to be considered as given. Insulitis and the virus causing it drive the disease. Nevertheless, despite insulitis Insulin-Yogi manages to be healthy.
How can you be certain that insulitis is virus driven and not caused by other factors? I have a feeling (speculated, of course) that my case is more nutrition and stress oriented. of course, I have no way to know retro.
Officially Type-1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease since patients have the so called auto antibodies. I oppose autoimmunity since WOB does not commit suicide. I regard the antibodies as indicators of a chronic inflammation (insulitis). You may be aware of the latest nonsense which was published in Nature. Two groups of scientists concluded that insulin may cause type-1 diabetes.
Anyway for you it does not matter what drives diabetes, since as Insulin-Yogi you can overcome it. Which applies also when your diabetes is driven by stress or nutrition.