The post read "the disease deteriorates in many people with type 2 diabetes" not in ALL people. Much of the course of the disease depends upon the individual, their lifestyle, heredity, ethnicity, culture and foods, and some things that the scientists haven't even identified yet. Getting someone on a low income who has always lived on tortillas and refried beans or fried catfish and ham hocks with sweet potato pie to change to salads and lean meat may be almost impossible. It takes the hard work of a dedicated nutritionist to find ways to change familiar fare to something with lower saturated fats and less carbs.
Many people, especially low income people, don't have access to a nutritionist and have to try to find their way all on their own. Unfortunately it is the way of our culture to give people medication rather than to try to re-educate them because nutritional re-education often flies in the face of custom, familiarity and habit. I had an acquaintance who came here from Haiti and she treated her diabetes with rice and fruit because she was sure that those pure foods could never hurt her. I tried to help her understand the new way to eat but she just couldn't accept it.
Readings can be affected by so many things it's difficult to gauge what made your readings go where. Did you test two hours after the meal? Did you have a carb loaded lunch? Did you do any exercise that day? Exercise can burn up most of the available blood glucose which sets off an alarm in the brain. In Type 2's if glucose levels reach a certain low point the brain signals the liver to release glucogon, a stored form of glucose, to raise blood sugar levels. (The brain runs on pure glucose and will do ANYTHING to keep it's supply going regardless of the problems it may cause in the rest of the body.) You could have had a low before the meal that signaled the release of glucogon and then ate the meal... The salad dressing could have been loaded with carbs... It's been my experience that 'low fat' dressings are very high in carbs so I base my purchase choices on the carbs per two tablespoon serving as written on the label. Dressings that are higher in olive oil usually are lower in carbs and vinegar and oil is carb free. You may be having holiday stress or the whole thing may have been because it was a Tuesday...
This is why a journal is so helpful. You can note foods and amounts, exercise, blood sugar readings, moods and anything else you think may matter. Helps you see patterns and will help prove to your doctor that you are headed in the right direction, or if your body stops cooperating you'll have a record of what's up and see when and if you need to start some meds to help keep those numbers in line. Remember it's all about the numbers, not the meds or diet that causes them. Doing what it takes to get the numbers right is the goal, however you get there.
"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross