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Old 07-16-2009, 17:35   #1
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I have type II diabetes and have been struggling with getting my blood sugar under control. It would rarely go below 110 and would spike widely after eating. Knowing that I needed to get my blood sugar down and under control I decided to go on the Atkins diet. It's been a bit over a week and the change has been dramatic. I've lost over 10lbs and my BG ranges from 75 to 100!! I've been metering not to long after I eat and the BG is still below 100!!

Has anyone else with type II diabetes tried Atkins? If so did you get the same results I did? If so did they last?

PS - I know that Atkins is controversial and my intention isn't to start a "diet war".

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I have type II diabetes and have been struggling with getting my blood sugar under control. It would rarely go below 110 and would spike widely after eating. Knowing that I needed to get my blood sugar down and under control I decided to go on the Atkins diet. It's been a bit over a week and the change has been dramatic. I've lost over 10lbs and my BG ranges from 75 to 100!! I've been metering not to long after I eat and the BG is still below 100!!

Has anyone else with type II diabetes tried Atkins? If so did you get the same results I did? If so did they last?

PS - I know that Atkins is controversial and my intention isn't to start a "diet war".
Of course you are having controlled blood sugars now because you have cut out carbohydrates! That is a good thing. Breads, grains, cereals, dairy and all of those refined sugars we crave and love are all of the evil things that make us diabetics fight with extreme blood sugars.
Carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, and breads turn into sugars in our bloodstream as our body breaks them down and it causes a spike in blood glucose about 1.5 to 2 hours after you eat. You will also notice that you will feel less "floppy" when you cut back on refined sugars and white flour substances... they are bad for the blood sugar too!
You can find a way to work breads back into your diet, by adding ONE slice of whole grain bread or ONE serving of oatmeal with no sweeteners- maybe just some nuts or dried fruits on it...
Congrats and keep up the good work!

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After almost two weeks on Atkins I've lost ~25lbs and more importantly my average BG has dropped nearly 20mg/dL (hope the units are right)!! I also feel a lot better then I have in the past. Without the wild swings in BG I don't get the swings in energy levels, moods, etc that I got before!! I can see sticking with this for a while.

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Old 07-31-2009, 14:47   #4
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Nice but Atkins is dangerous.

Atkins Facts - Dietitians Warn of Low-Carbo Diet Dangers

Atkins Diet Danger and Risks

Health 101 - Articles - Dangers of the Atkins Diet

In January I was 200lbs when I was diagnosed with type 2, today I weight 160 pounds and doing fine, I'm learning to deal with the troublesome little complaints diabetes causes.

Atkins to me is insanity, you can't abandon all carbs and pile on fat and colesterol. Sure you'll lose weight....for bone loss, weak teeth and blocked arteries.

You should take another good look and think again about your diet and where you want to be 5 years from now.

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Contrary to much popular belief including authors of the links you provide. Atkins is not a no carb diet. I don't know where the authors got that idea from. The diet also doesn't eliminate fruits and vegtables. In fact very early on in the Atkins books describing the plan he clearly wrote that Americans don't eat nearly enough vegtables.

The truth of the matter is that the US has through the process of eliminating fat, counting calories, dieted itself into the most obese country in the world. The ugly truth is that the low cal, low fat, high carb diet is a large part of the problem. As far as my current diet goes I can see me continuing with it for the rest of my life. I don't have access to the studies that I've seen regarding low carb diets and diebetes here at work but can post the links when I get home. I'm personally not interested in the opinions of people that don't understand what the diet is and how it works. I'll stick to the science.

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Here's a link I found prior to deciding to follow the Atkins diet as a means of controlling my BG levels:
A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat type 2 diabetes

Here's a link with an announcement from the ADA:
New Advice for Doctors Recognizes Evidence of Low-Carb Diets for Weight Loss

Something to consider is that under the Atkins diet the very restricted carb consumption levels of 20 grams a day only lasts from 2wk to a maximum of 6 months!! After that the daily carb consumption is increased until weight loss slows and then stops at desired target weight or in the case of diabetics until BG increases beyond "desired" levels. With the desired level being determined by the person and doctor.

The recommendation from Dr. Atkins is that diabetics only start the diet (way of living really) under the close and direct supervision of a doctor. Although I've only posted a couple of links the science is showing that Atkins is not only effective but safe!!

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Just found another very interesting article discussing the use of a carb controlled diet to control BG.

Low-carb Diet Improves Type 2 Diabetes Control | Diabetes Forecast Magazine

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