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4 lessons from Dr Bernstein’s The Laws of Small Numbers

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Dr Bernstein started practicing medicine at the age of 49. The history behind this is quite phenomenal. Dr Bernstein had diabetes since he was 11 years old. He had a long, complicated struggle with the disease that involved various experiments to normalize his blood sugar. His experiment with an ER device led to the development of ‘self-monitoring of blood glucose’. He also became a staunch proponent of the low carb diet. The then medical establishment opposed many of his ideas and research. To publish his findings, he got an MD degree and became a medical practitioner.

In his book titled “Diabetes Solution”, he proposed an idea called ‘The Laws of Small Numbers’. Many call it ground-breaking. It also has its own fair share of critics.

The philosophy behind The Laws of Small Numbers is “Big inputs make big mistakes; small inputs make small mistakes.” Dr. Bernstein suggests that restricting your diabetic diet to small amounts of slow-acting carb will automatically lead to your body requiring smaller amount of insulin injections, thus helping you normalize your blood sugar and making it easier for you to predict your blood sugar levels and monitor your diabetes.

Here are 4 lessons from Dr. Bernstein’s The Laws of Small Numbers:

1. Stick with low levels of slow-acting, nutritious carbohydrates. In addition, stick with foods that will make you feel satisfied without causing huge swings in blood sugar. Simple.

2. As a rule, a single insulin injection must never exceed 7 units.

3. If you consume only small amounts of slow-acting carbohydrate, you can actually prevent postprandial (after-food) blood sugar elevation with injected preprandial rapid-acting insulin. In fact, by restricting carbohydrate intake, many type 2 diabetics will be able to prevent this rise with their phase II insulin response and will not need injected insulin before meals.

4. Smaller meals throughout the day can be a very effective way of maintaining a constant level of blood sugar.

Here is Dr. Berstein’s website for more information. Please check with your health care provider for new diets or treatments.

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