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Old 07-31-2014, 23:21   #1
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Hello everyone. It's my first post here. I was diagnosed with Type @ Diabetes last week and it was a shock, even though it shouldn't have been considering my weight and other early indicators.

I've met with two RDs (wanted to interview more than one) who advocate completely opposing views/plans for the management of Type 2. It's rather confusing and I feel pretty lost.

I've been lurking here for a while and noticed that many of you are following a very low carb plan, others not as much. I would love to know how you got started on whatever plan you are on. What was your first step in terms of beginning to tweak your diet, what books or resources were helpful (if any), and any other tips or suggestions that you might have.

I've done a search of the forum, but I haven't been able to find much in the way of specifics. That said if you want to link a previous thread that I missed, that would be great, too.

Thank you in advance.

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Type 2, that is. Can't figure out how to edit here.

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Upon diagnosis, my doctor advised me to get my blood sugar down under 140mg/dl (7.8mmol/l), and keep carbs under 100g per day. Those two instructions were not compatible. As I began meeting other diabetics on forums such as this, I realized 100g per day was too much for my individual pancreas to keep up with, so I began to trim my carb consumption.

Over a period of several weeks, I kept trimming and testing, and when I managed to get my blood sugar down to 140 (7.8), I was eating about 40g of carbs per day. I later learned that this technique is called eating to your meter, and it is the one method we agree on here - whatever food plan you adopt, you need to clear it with your meter. If your meter isn't happy with what you're eating, then you need to stop eating it. I have now been on LCHF since 2009, and it controls my diabetes better than any doctor's prescription, and it also regulates my cholesterol levels, my blood pressure and has dismissed every gastic issue (GERD) I ever had. I will never EVER abandon the LCHF way-of-eating. NOT EVER.



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John in France has just posted for another newbie "Hello from Washington..." He has the links to Blood Sugar 101 and several others that might help. My doctor was a little better at it than Shanny's and wanted me to keep my blood sugar around or exactly at 100 and my carbs under 75 per day. As you can imagine, that 75 per day was hard. Fast forward several years and I found the forum. Eating to my meter (a new concept to me) made keeping the carbs under 75 much easier. So did a support group at my local health department. Remember, every body (space intended) is different. Keep browsing. Lots of good ideas on this forum.

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Read everything you can lay your hands on. Since May I've read several books (Diabetes Rising, Eat to Live, End Diabetes Now, Bitter Sweet, Diabetes Type 1 for Dummies, Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes, The Big Fat Surprise), magazines in the waiting room at the Endo's office, websites, blogs, etc. Take what works for you and file away the rest for possible later use. One idea or regimen does not, in my view, fit all. I figure I still have my brain cells and intend to keep using them when it comes to this disease! Good luck and take care!

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Many of us start with very strict LCHF eating. Many start with whatever our doctor/dietician says. Many start with exactly what we ate before we were DXd.

Then eat to your meter testing gradually guides us to the foods and eating patterns that keep our BG at the place it needs to be.

What is that place?

This is a personal decision. Some of us choose to always stay below 140 mg/dl because it has been established the body is damaged above 140. Some of us choose the level our doctor said was best. Some read and study and make a different decision.

So, you are 100% correct. There is no one size fits all...not in the whole world and certainly not in diabetes. We respect each others decisions. We celebrate each others successes and try to be supportive in tough times.

What matters here, I think, is each of us is willing to test, to try, to make those personal decisions and adjust them if/when needed. Oh, and you have to be willing to prick your fingers a lot .

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Thanks guys. Very helpful info here.

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