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Old 02-15-2017, 04:49   #11
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there are no carb protein shakes... ISOPURE NO CARB is a great one. it REALLY fills you up too

it was daunting for me too at first but if I can do it... you can too...

I went form 396BG to 75 with no medication. its not impossible to do.

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Here are some good starting points to read

Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:05   #12
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Impressive!

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Old 02-15-2017, 16:55   #13
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Kirt,
I can see by your blood sugars (BS) that you are struggling to get control of this disease. I was where you are back in the Spring of 2015. My BS was always high when I tested...I had tried low carb dieting, but after a few days my craving for carbs always wore me down, it was a vicious cycle. My doctor wanted to start me on more meds, but many had very long list of potential side affects...so I did not want that solution! My feet were beginning to burn and I was very concerned about all the terrible disease complication that come along with high blood sugars....you know, blindness, loss of limbs, heart problems, kidney failure, Liver problems, etc. etc. Pretty scary stuff, I knew I had to get control of my blood sugars once and for all!

Through my efforts to search out a new way to deal with this I found this website. The first thing I did was read the recommended website bloodsugar101! I learned about eating very low carb all the time! Then the big surprise, the reading also said to offset the lack of carbs, replace it with high fats, things like Heavy Whipping Cream, real butter, bacon, eggs, cheese, etc. etc. The theory is that your body will adapt to using fat for energy instead of carbs! In doing so the "cravings" for carbs stop! And the fats are used efficiently in the body not causing you to gain weight. I thought, this is not a diet, because if I am not satisfied I can snack on cheese or bacon, etc. I thought I can do that!

Of course I worried about the Cholesterol impact, but as I read more both in 101 and on line, it was spelled out that most of the old beliefs regarding fat intake and high cholesterol leading to heart disease has been debunked!

Knowing that my current blood sugar path was killing me in little bits at a time, I choose to give this low carb high fat (LCHF) life style a try. I began on May 1, 2015...At first I struggled with what I could and could not eat. It took time to find foods/menus that I wanted to eat that met with my goals for low carb w/fat! But within 6 months I had figured it all going and I was consuming less than 100g of carbs a day. My first doctor appointment was amazing for me and my doctor. My A1c dropped from 7.9 to 5.8! My weight dropped from 320 to 270! My blood pressure dropped from 135/95 to 120/75!! My cholesterol had come up a bit, but still within norms (and during the second year they dropped back to my normal area).

Here we are 2 years later, my A1c is still at or below 6.2! My weight is still 270 or sometime less, and my doctor refers to me as his 66 year old, poster child! I also had a heart scan and stress test last summer, just in case, since both my father and his father had major heart attacks at 65...! My results were amazing, even at 65, 270lbs, I have a clean bill of health. My arteries are clear with no chance of heart problems.....This Low Carb High Fat life, has saved my life!

You have to do the reading, get the knowledge to understand how it all works...then give it a try....!

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Old 02-16-2017, 03:05   #14
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Hi Kirt, thanks for posting. As the others said the key to getting control and getting the BG numbers down into a safe range is best done with what you eat or rather what you don't eat, carbs. They have to be greatly reduced. Dietdoctor.com is one place to learn about food to eat and food to not eat.

I'd be very hesitant to trust any thing claiming to be low carb or diabetic friendly and let my meter tell me if it was OK to eat.

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