Peter Langmead's CSR

I suffer from Diabetes type 2. It is a self-inflicted non-infectious disease that is very common in Zambia and Africa, and increasingly around the world. This is my CSR page that explains how I manage this disease on a daily basis. If I do not manage it effectively, I suffer from tiredness and blurred vision, I get up several times a night, and my feet hurt. If you suffer from these, please see your doctor as soon as possible. Diabetes also makes me susceptible to heart disease and pneumonia, and COVID-19.

Otherwise, I am a Film Director, Screenwriter, Composer, Steadicam operator, Social Documentary Photographer. My latest film is The Borderline, released on December 4, 2019.

My CSR Project 4: Too Many Carbs by Far

One glass of wine may control the carbs from your beans, lentils or peas without going for a walk, but two glasses adds a lot more carbohydrates. I note my hypothesis that I could eat potatoes, bread, rice, nshima, pasta and couscous at anytime with two glasses of wine failed to be accepted. They are too many carbohydrates by far.

Strawberries, raspberries and any other berries are good for youStrawberries, raspberries and any berries. Great with real cream.

Potatoes are not vegetables. I do use the Glycemic Index to classify my diet to some extent; the theory is fine, but I do not rely on it. Once you get your sugar level under control, experiment. For me, grade 1 is fish, cheese, meat, seeds, nuts, oils and full cream, okay to eat at any time in reasonable quantity. Grade 2 is porridge oats and selected fruits, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries, generic berries, milk and yoghurt, all with exercise, and apples just, in my case, and never in the evening. In grade 3, there are beans, peas, lentils and quinoa, with meat, lunch only, even with a glass of red wine, but an expectation of exercise in the afternoon.

In porridge oats, and meals made with pulses, I will add fenugreek and cinnamon lower my BS and chia seeds slow digestion, reportedly. In addition, carbohydrates seem to accumulate and having carbs for breakfast and lunch can push my BS to 8 mmol/L overnight, even if with no dinner.

I can never eat potatoes, pasta, bread, rice, nshima or couscous and I doubt you can. For many years, I took blood tests systematically, before every meal and two hours afterwards, six times-a-day. Although the glycemic index provides a sensible classification of how carbohydrates are processed by the body, it is not reliable for diabetics.

A ‘no carbohydrate’ diet will get your BS under control. Long-term sufferers of diabetes type two eventually figure out they can control the disease by not having carbohydrates at all. Confusion reigns because one NHS camp says no carbohydrates at all, which is practicable, and the other says you should have a balanced diet that includes carbohydrates, which may be desirable but impracticable for most.

The magic ingredient is exercise, but nobody can explain why or what. My doctor told me to exercise regularly and that he walks two kilometers every morning: he was on his fifth heart attack. It has taken me seven years of study to get a measure of this.

I am not going to cheat at breakfast, porridge with fruit is the worst it is going to get, and I control that with a 45-minute walk. It is not going to be dinner because I do not want a high sugar level to carry over to the morning, and I can still have a nice meal anyway. Lunch is the liability: if I have a no-carbohydrate lunch, I can have two glasses wine or a couple of beers; if I have beans, peas or lentils with meat, eggs or cheese, followed by fruit, I can have a glass of wine or beer. If my sugar goes too high, I can take revenge with a 45-minute walk.

I do not have bread, pasta, potatoes, couscous, nshima, rice, or any other ‘staple’ carbohydrate of any type. These I cannot control. I do not believe diabetes can be reversed. I do know I can control it with eating food that I like and can happily live on. And that is the best I can hope for.


Peter Langmead

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