Dr. Phil Opens Up About Living With Type 2 Diabetes For 25 Years

More than 25 years ago, Dr. Phil went to his doctor for a thorough physical — and is coming with life-changing news.

“I was having a lot of energy fluctuations. Everybody bonks, when you simply run out of gas, but it was happening to me a lot. I believed, this is just not right, ” he recalls.

The doctor, Dr. Phil says, is coming with both good news and bad news: “Bad news is you’ve got a disease, type 2 diabetes. The good news is that it’s manageable. You can’t cure it, but it’s manageable .”

Dr. Phil, 65, has been successfully managing it ever since, and has now partnered with AstraZeneca in hopes of helping the more than 28 million Americans who are living with type 2 diabetes get educated and feel empowered to take control of the disease by making necessary changes to their lifestyle. Another 86 million people in America are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

“This is one of those illness that has a stigma. There’s a lot of shame that goes with it, because people think if you’ve got the disease it’s because you’ve been lazy, you haven’t eaten right, ” Dr. Phil explains. “Some of those factors can aggravate the condition “if youre having ” the disease, but you’re genetically predisposed to this. The truth is that the stigma is actually grounded in a lack of information .”

When Dr. Phil got the diagnosis in his 40 s, the first thought he had was “Let’s get on it .” He wanted to immediately are actively involved by get educated, changing his lifestyle with diet and workout, and managing his stress levels and sleep. More than 25 year later, those terms still hold true as he helps bring awareness to AstraZeneca’s “On It ” Movement, a campaign that begins with Dr. Phil’s 6 Rules To Get ON IT .

“This is not something where you can really bear down for 2 week and get this under control, ” he explains. “You’ve got to create a new normal, a new lifestyle .”

He continues, “You’ve got to get educated, because every time you make a alternative, there’s a consequence. You’ve got to replace bad habits … The discrepancies between a dreaming and a aim is a timeline and accountability. If you’re going to set a aim, when are you going to get there and what steps are you going to take to achieve them? Some people have a hard time get the initiative on their own. That’s why the ‘On It’ Movement is so important .”

Take action to manage your diabetes with Dr. Phil’s 6 Rules To Get ON IT .

Diabetes Self-Management Review

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT, now including DIABETIC COOKING with 40 delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes in every issue, provides practical information that focuses on nutrition and diet, exercise and fitness, and strategies to help you take control of your diabetes and live a happier, healthier life!

Mark’s Note: I have picked this up on the newstand and found it had some good information.  I would look carefully at carb counts and portion sizes in recipes and ingredients though.  I am wary of any mass media publication as they often follow ADA (American Diabetes Association) guideines which in my opinion and situation are too liberal,

Diabetes Travel Kit Carrying Case for Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems , Syringes , Pens , Insulin Vials and Lancets by USA Gear – Works with ACCU-CHEK Nano , Bayer Contour , TRUEtest and More Kits

Diabetes Carrying Case / Travel Kit by USA Gear. Rugged Protection – Constructed from a durable hard shell exoskeleton with weather-resistant Nylon , this case is ready for anything. And to provide that extra peace of mind , the case also features a scratch-resistant interior lining that keeps everything within secure and cushioned. Get a case that provides protection from within and from without , so you never need to worry about your gear. Smart , Versatile Design – Puts all of your devices in one organized place AND protect them from damage! The interior features three removable , customized storage compartments for all Diabetic care-related accessories , such as lancing devices , test strips , and much more. The inside also contains a velcro mesh side pocket for storing those larger pieces of equipment that won’t fit in some of the more compact pockets. Take it with you on the road , off the road , and everywhere in between to give your equipment the ultimate protection. WORKS WITH: ACCU-CHEK Nano , ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus , ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert , ACCU-CHEK Compact Plus , ACCU-CHEK Softclix – AlphaTRAK 2 , AlphaTRAK Lancets – Bayer Contour Next Blood Glucose , Bayer Microlet Colored Lancets , Bayer Contour Next Ez , Bayer Contour Next Test , Bayer Breeze2 Blood Glucose – BD Ultra-Fine 33 Gauge Lancets – [email protected] Areta 10 Parameter – Freestyle LITE Blood Glucose , Lancets – HealthWiser pH Test Strips – Ketostix Reagent Strips – One Touch Ultra Blue – Phinex 10 Parameter – Puna PH Strips – TRUEtest Test Strips , TRUEResult Blood Glucose Starter Kit , TRUEtrack Blood Glucose , TRUEplus Sterile Lancets 28 gauge – UniStrip Test Strips…And Many More Diabetic Care Products and Accessories

Product Features

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Mark’s Note:  Having traveled with the flimsy case offered by most diabetes testing meters this looks like it would work well to keep everything organized.  Definitely worth a look!

Blood Sugar 101: What They Don’t Tell You About Diabetes

Completely revised and expanded for 2016. Based on the award winning Bloodsugar101.com web site, this book explains what peer-reviewed research published in top medical journals has to say about: + What is a normal blood sugar? + How does diabetes develop? + What really causes diabetes? + What blood sugar levels cause complications? + Must you deteriorate? + What diet is right for you? + How can you make that diet work? + What medications are safe? + What supplements lower blood sugar? Written in clear and understandable language, this book provides all the tools needed to understand how blood sugar works and achieve blood sugar health. “…this book should be read by all diabetics because of the valuable material that cannot be found elsewhere.” –Dr. Richard K. Bernstein


Mark’s Note: I am going to pick this up and read it and provide a more in depth review in the future.  From reading the reviews on Amazon though it is in agreement with my view that keeping your blood sugar levels below 140 is the goal.  I am interested in her views on diabetic medications.

Diabetes For Dummies

Mark’s Note: I have not had a chance to look at this myself but I know the Dummies books generally are well researched and offer a lot of valuable information and are kept up to date ( Note 5th editon). Worth checking out!

The straight facts on treating diabetes successfully

With diabetes now considered pandemic throughout the world, there have been enormous advances in the field. Now significantly revised and updated, this new edition of Diabetes For Dummies includes the latest information on diabetes medications and monitoring equipment, new findings about treating diabetes in the young and elderly, new ways to diagnose and treat long- and short-term complications, updated nutritional guidelines, new tools for measuring blood sugar and delivering insulin to the body, and much more.

There’s no question that the burden of diabetes is increasing globally: it’s estimated that 387 million people worldwide are living with diabetes, and that staggering number is expected to increase an additional 205 million+ by 2035. If you or a loved one is part of this overwhelming statistic, you can take comfort in the sensitive and authoritative information provided in this hands-on guide. From monitoring and maintaining your glucose to understanding the importance of exercising and eating right—and everything in between—Diabetes For Dummies takes the guesswork out of living with diabetes and empowers you to take control and keep your life on a healthy track.

  • Reduce your risk of diabetes complications
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If you’re one of the millions of diabetics or pre-diabetics in search of an accessible and up-to-date resource to help you manage this disease, Diabetes For Dummies is the trusted guide you’ll turn to again and again.

The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (The Complete First Year)

The go-to step-by-step guide that walks you through the first days, weeks, and months of your diagnosis–fully revised and updated

Gretchen Becker was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1996; over the past twenty years, she has educated herself on every aspect of the condition by reading medical texts and journals, talking with doctors, and corresponding with others who have type 2, sharing everything she’s learned in a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide. Now in its third edition, The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes takes you through everything you need to learn and do in your first year with diabetes, offering the most up-to-date information on new medications and supplements. In clear and accessible language, Becker covers a wide range of practical, medical, and lifestyle issues, including:

Coming to terms with your diagnosis
Choosing the diet that’s best for you
The role of exercise in diabetes management
Daily blood glucose testing routines
Insurance issues
Getting support
And much more

Pepperjack stuffed Turkey Zuchinni Meatloaf Recipe

Mark’s Note: Here is another recipe I tried the other night. It was delicious!


Crack Slaw Recipe

Mark’s Note: This recipe looked a little weird but after looking it over I gave it a try. It was delicious, light and low carb.


Mayo Clinic The Essential Diabetes Book

More people than ever before have diabetes. The disease affects an estimated 21 million adults and children in the US and many people with the disease don’t have it under control. Unlike years ago, you have a good chance of living an active and healthy life with diabetes – provided you work with your health-care team to take the necessary steps to control your blood sugar. This title covers: the pre-diabetes stage – taking charge to prevent diabetes; types of diabetes; symptoms and risk factors; treatments and strategies for managing your blood sugar; avoiding serious complications; advances in insulin delivery and new medications; and, recipes

Nature Made Diabetes Health Pack, 60 Packets

Mark’s Note: This is the supplement I take daily and it contains a lot of the recomended supllements for diabetes sufferers including alpha lipoic acid which helps nerve function (Neuropathy) and magnesium which helps to lessen muscle cramps. Other ingredients assist in the body supporting healthy blood sugar.
The Nature Made Diabetes Health Pack is scientifically formulated to supply nutritional support for people with diabetes, and provides important nutrients that may be lacking due to the strain diabetes can often put on the body’s health. How might some nutrients help support healthy blood sugar levels already in the normal range? – Research shows that chromium helps support healthy glucose metabolism. What can individuals do to minimize risk of getting diabetes? – Individuals should maintain a healthy body weight, eat a well-balanced diet, and stay active. Consult with your primary healthcare providers before starting a new exercise routine, and meet with a Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionist for support building a well-balanced diet. KEY INGREDIENTS: • Multivitamin/Mineral – Provides essential vitamins and minerals for nutritional support of the body. • Fish Oil with Vitamin D3 – Provides important omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are key omega-3 fatty acids that help support a healthy heart. Vitamin D helps support healthy bones, teeth, muscle, and the immune system. • Magnesium – Participates in more than 300 reactions in the body. It is critical for many functions in the body, such as nerve, muscle and heart function. Magnesium also supports healthy bones and teeth and helps convert food into cellular energy. • Vitamin C – Helps neutralize free radicals and helps iron get absorbed in the body. Vitamin C also helps support immune system. • Alpha Lipoic Acid with Green Tea – With antioxidant properties help protect against damaging free radicals. • Chromium – Necessary for proper carbohydrate metabolism and utilization and helps support healthy glucose metabolism.

Product Features

  • Each box contains 60 packets of multi-vitamin and mineral supplements for diabetics.
  • Provides essential vitamins and minerals for daily nutritional support
  • Contains a comprehensive combination of key vitamins, minerals, and other supplements including EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, which help support a healthy heart
  • Nature Made Diabetes Health Pack is scientifically formulated to provide daily nutritional support for people with diabetes or prediabetes