Q. Ray, how were you diagnosed with Diabetes? Is it now controlled, or cured?

A. Ray Kurzweil writes, "I was diagnosed with type II diabetes when I was 35 (1983). The conventional treatment (insulin) made it worse by causing me to gain weight. I then developed my own program based on nutrition, exercise, weight management, and supplements. I have been free of type II diabetes for the past twenty years, and have continued to develop my health program. Over the past six years, I have collaborated with Terry Grossman, M.D., a longevity expert in Denver, and we coauthored the book, Fantastic Voyage, Live Long Enough to Live Forever (Rodale, November 2004). My diabetes is as if cured in that my levels are completely normal and I have had no effects or complications. My lipid (LDL, HDL, triglycerides, homocysteine, C-reactive protein, etc.) are also at ideal levels, although prior to this program, were far from ideal. If I were to return to an unhealthy pattern of eating and lifestyle, of course, my type II diabetes would return.

 

Q. What suggestions can you make for controlling diabetes?

A. If you are already taking suggested supplements (see recommendations in Fantastic Voyage), and are following the basic nutritional guidelines: moderately low carb - about one sixth of calories, avoiding high glycemic index carbs such as sugar and simple starch, eating anti-inflammatory fats such as fish, nuts, extra virgin olive oil (because insulin resistance is caused by an inflammatory process), avoiding trans fatty acids and saturated fat, then I would suggest emphasizing weight loss. Even a small amount of extra weight is sufficient to trigger the inflammatory response that causes insulin resistance. This was shown recently in research at the Joslin Diabetes Center. We recommend that people get into the lower part of their normal weight range. That combined with the above items is usually sufficient to resolve insulin resistance and bring glucose and HgA1c levels to normal. This Joslin research also showed that salicylates resolves insulin resistance - in fairly high doses, too high for aspirin so the idea is to take plain salicylates, not aspirin. This observation is preliminary, more research is needed before a recommendation regarding salicylates can be made.