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Old 10-28-2017, 18:46   #1
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A lot of people here have been having a lot of success with low carb or Keto ways of eating. Many of us heard about it here on this forum, but many come here already being aware that LCHF is very diabetic friendly.

Where did you first learn about low carb? Who suggested trying LCHF/Keto and what convinced yall to give it a try? If you can, give a little history and any success or failure stories.

I learned of LCHF here on this forum when I joined several years ago. I was very skeptic at first so I started reading links that were posted here and googling for other things on the subject. I knew first hand that just reducing sugars, eating the ADA recommended carbs, or eating low glycemic index did not work for me to get and keep my BG at "out of the danger zone" levels. Why not give it a whirl. Lo and behold, I was starting to see some positive changes. As things continued to get better, I started going more Keto. The rest, as they say, is history.

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As things continued to get better, I started going more Keto.
It sounds like your changes were gradual. I think this is going to prove to be the case with me.

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this forum was the final straw to get me to go Keto. I was already on the path and my story has been shared but I'll go again...

Once I got my diagnosis from my GP, I had 5 weeks to work on fixing it before my appointment to an endo. I started doing research online with articles and videos and found things that started my journey

Carbs and sugar causes problems for diabetics
doctors want to give you medicine and you must eat carbs to make sure your blood sugar doesnt go too low.

so carbs are the enemy and you need to eat carbs to help with the medicine????

this made no sense to me so I kept going back to Keto and very low carbs. there is no reason to ever eat carbs.

I started keto and found this site and never looked back.

I am currently diabetes free for over a year with no medication

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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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Knowing I was at risk for T2, I had consciously lowered my carb intake years before I got here. I had pulled humungous buns off burgers and avoided breakfasts at the Waffle House for a long time. I just felt better doing it, so I did.

An actual diagnosis and some possibly-related T2 symptoms woke me up. In looking around for support from a group of diabetics like me, I found this site. So many people extolled the virtues of LCHF that I had to look into it.

It never made sense to me to bump up the amount of carbs I was eating only to knock them back down with met or insulin or something else. Once I learned that bodies do not need that many carbs to live happily, ultra-low-carb certainly made sense. But the high-fat part? It's all so contrary to everything we've been taught about nutrition. But I did my research, on and off this site.

I figured I'd try it. If nothing else, I'd been eating for years like I wasn't diabetic; what was another few months?

Since July I've pulled down my A1c from 6.9 to 5.8 with LCHF and more exercise. My cholesterol went down some and my triglycerides a lot. And I lost ten pounds. I'm a believer now.

It's still hard at times. The first holidays since diagnosis are coming up and there will be lots of temptations. I still occasionally find myself at places that serve food that is pretty much off-limits to me (Caribou Coffee is the worst). But I feel better, my BG control is pretty tight, and the 5.8 kind of puts me in remission. That keeps me going.

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It sounds like your changes were gradual. I think this is going to prove to be the case with me.
I had already quit doing sugary things by the time I had found the forum. After deciding to go LCHF, I actually dropped the carbs pretty quickly, but the BG didn't drop as abruptly as the carbs. I was still eating too much protein and not enough fat to get into ketosis.

That transitioning from more protein to more fats was what went a little slower. I had gone pescatarian for a little while prior to going to low carb. That first Thanksgiving, it was our turn to host the family get together. I had a can of tuna and a salad while everyone else had turkey, ham, and every other carb laden thing you can imagine having for a Thanksgiving meal, even the green beans had been adulterated. So I can do things "cold turkey". I probably would not have made it sustainable had I tried to ween myself of of carbs. Cigarettes, snuff, and chewing tobacco I had to just drop, only one more would be never ending.

How ever you do it, never take a step backward.

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I got DX as diabetic in 1986 I stopped eating sugar. in 2000 I gat medical insurance and saw an MD. (Fasting 360) He gave me a meter and insulin. I went home and tested BG and quickly figured out it was carbohydrates that raise MY BG. So I reduced carbs to about 50gr a day. then in 06 or so I found Diabetes news groups who spouted LCHF..... who knew.....

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I learned about low carb from my Mom when she was diagnosed with diabetes. Even though she followed ADA guidelines, she managed to avoid any complications.

Later on, I started to body build and learned about the Adkins' diet. It was stricter than what my Mom was following. I lost weight rapidly. It was magic...LOL! I ate that way for a long time cheating from time to time on birthdays and special occasions.

But then life changed. I got married, raised my stepson, went back to college, and started eating what they ate.

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