Doing what they said couldn’t and shouldn’t be done!

Modern typography number 1I had a huge cause for celebration one week ago.  I met up with Canon John Rendall who has just had his second 6 month checkup at his GP surgery, a full 12 months since he completed the RebalanceDiabetes programme. You might remember that, at the end of his 13 week programme, John, who has Type 2 diabetes, had lost weight, reduced his HbA1c and withdrawn completely from insulin. Well 12 months later he is still taking no insulin, has kept off all the weight he lost, and, to both our complete delights, has just been told that his HbA1c continues to fall.

I have another huge cause for celebration today. Simon Crack, who completed his RebalanceDiabetes programme about 7 months ago, has also just had his second subsequent 6 month check up at his GP surgery. He called me this afternoon to thank me – his HbA1c has again fallen from the 5.8 it was at the end of his 13 week programme to 5.2. He has also kept off the weight he lost, and is feeling great. His diabetes nurse told him that this is really good news – because any improvement in someone with Type 1 diabetes is “bucking the trend“.

I have another secret (well obviously not so secret now I am sharing it with you!) cause for quiet celebration.  You see a year ago a Senior Diabetes Nurse with whom I shared the details of the RebalanceDiabetes programme wrote to me to say it couldn’t and, in her view, shouldn’t be done. These are her words:

“The nutritional elements of the programme are very detailed. Whilst I have no doubt that this has shown great results in self-funded, motivated and intelligent patients, it will not meet the needs of a lot of potential clients who don’t have the intellectual capacity to process and make use of the information…

I feel strongly that type 1 and type 2 diabetes are very different diseases requiring a distinctly different approach.”

Well today I have some wonderful evidence that the same nutritional programme can work wonderfully well for both Type 1 and Type 2 clients.  I am so happy that I followed the courage of my own convictions that it could and, in my view, should be done!

I don’t know about the “intellectual capacity” of either John or Simon, or indeed anyone else who has followed RebalanceDiabetes in the past year. I don’t test IQs! But I am emboldened to trust my own convictions again – I am not prepared to judge who should or shouldn’t be given access to the information, nor to judge whether “it will not meet the needs of a lot of potential clients who don’t have the intellectual capacity to process and make use of the information“.

I am certain of one thing. If you deny detailed nutritional information to people with diabetes you absolutely deny them the opportunity to make use of it!

Happy Birthday RebalanceDiabetes, and many happy returns!

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