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Old 08-12-2015, 04:53   #1
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My brother has recently moved in with me and I am finding this recipe board so helpful, I have already written down a bunch of recipes to try out.

I was wondering what foods should a Diabetic type 1 avoid?

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Hi Xeena,

Welcome to the forum. I moved your introductory post from Introductions to Friends & Family of Diabetics sub-forum for obvious reasons.

T1 & T2 are differing conditions with somewhat similar symptoms of elevated blood sugar. There are many T1s here who are insulin users and their inputs will be helpful with the management of your brother's diabetes. As a general rule, we advocate a reduction of carbohydrate containing foods as the carbohydrates convert to glucose upon digestion & raise blood sugar. Even for a T1 this rule does apply, as it helps with keeping their BG levels lower & insulin requirements are also reduced. You could google search for Dr. Richard Berstein, who is himself a T1 diabetic. His book Diabetic Solution is for the most part available for free reading on his website. That should be of great help to you at this time.

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This is a link to Dr Bernstein's book Read Online - Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. Official Web Site As SKB suggests, it's well worth reading - particularly for type 1 diabetics.

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hi Xeena.. good to have you with us..

even following the LCHF diet I find I must stay away from fruit, even the low carb ones. They spike me every time..

each of us are different and we just have to watch our meters constantly to know which foods work for us and which ones don't..

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Welcome Xeena

I would like to extend an invitation to your brother to visit this forum. He'll find this to be a friendly and supportive group of diabetics. All of us, both T2s and T1s, have the same goals - to live long, healthy lives in spite of diabetes, and to keep our blood glucose (BG) down to near-normal levels so as to avoid diabetes complications. It's a good group to hang out with.

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Hi xeena, welcome to you and your brother.

Two schools of thought on eating. Some think you can eat what you want and simply take insulin to cover it. Others, including Dr. Bernstein, think the less carbs you eat the better off you'll be. Carbs cause the BG to rise, so the less carbs you eat the less insulin you have to take, and that results in a lot lower chance of highs and lows.

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I avoid anything with obvious sugar in it.
Anything made from grain, including cereals and crackers, breads, pasta, etc.
Any starchy vegetable such as potatoes, peas and carrots, corn
Most fruit except low-sugar content ones such as berries and maybe a Granny Smith apple.

The bottom line is..... what does any particular food do to my BG levels after eating it. BG stays low, then it's IN, but if BG spikes high - it's OUT!

If I were an insulin user, I would think that the criteria would be if it takes a lot of insulin to bring my BG down, then its not a food I would want to be eating much of.

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Do not fall into the trap of thinking that all foods can be "covered" with additional insulin.

Learn, and follow, Richard Bernstein's Rule of Small Numbers.

Read any of his books, all else is just polishing what is already shiny.

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Thank you everyone, I actually already own a book of Dr. Bernstein's but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I will definitely start reading it.

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Type 1 here. I follow the same plan as when I was type 2. VLC veggies, moderate protein and healthy fat. Veggies and a few nuts are my only carbs. No starchy or root veggies, little to no fruit, of course no sugar. I take 1 unit of insulin per meal. I like to keep that low as it is the ONLY way to avoid spikes and crashes. I found that out the hard way. I eat lots of salads and avocado with some protein for meals and snacks are a few nuts or veggies and mayo/mustard dip.

Eating carbs and covering them with insulin is a horrible idea and actually dangerous. With injected insulin it is nearly impossible to get the insulin there in a timely manner with the food. There will be spikes and crashes. Neither are good.

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