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Old 12-29-2013, 20:14   #1
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I was called by someone I know, who knows I eat low-carb and am diabetic. She was told this last week by a P.A. in her dr's office that her blood test showed she is diabetic - FBS was 112. While that's not all that high, she has since bought a meter and tested after meals - upwards to above 140 - which still isn't serious numbers, but she is convinced (especially when her husband tested 90 after eating a candy bar.)

She is determined to control her diabetes through diet first - meds if needed in the future. So we discussed low-carb eating. She's ready to make the change. I printed off the Atkins Phase I diet plan from the website (she doesn't "do" computers), along with some recipes of mine and some basic do's and don'ts and brought them to her today when we met. I also brought along the book of Blood Sugar 101 which she was glad to borrow - and expects to buy her own copy.

WOW - what a turn-about this woman is doing. Talk about Diabetes meets Type A personality. She had bacon for breakfast and loved it and wasn't hungry mid-morning as usual. She was going out for lunch and we talked about an omelet and more bacon.

I warned her of the "Atkins Flu" so she's prepared for that, too.

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You know, people sort of ignore me when I talk about low-carbing and it's health benefits. But when they need it - they want to talk to me then! It's good to be able to help someone.

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Amazing how some "get it" right away and others NEVER do! Glad you were able to get her started on the right path!

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Good for you VeeJay!! Glad you were able to help her get started the right way.

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What's really impressive is that she's ready to move before complications and/or a trip to the ER force the issue! That, and the fact that you were there for her with all the right info!

Good On Ya Two!

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Wow - it must be so uplifting to get a response like that! She'll thank you for the rest of her long healthy life!




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What's astonishing is that she's in her 70s - and I'd have thought way too set in her ways to change. Goes to show, you never really know someone else.

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Every once in a while, my sister in law will ask "what will this meal do to your sugars?" Doesn't matter if it's pasta (which I avoid), wings (we had those last night and I had 'mild', which have almost no sauce).

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It is a nice change of pace to a) hear about someone diagnosed early and b) is willing to change. She's lucky to have you.

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Now, imagine if DOCTORS gave people sound advice. We always lament poor "compliance", but if doctors were telling people this - which actually WORKS and works quickly, unlike anything they're giving us - I think "compliance" would be a lot higher than most of us think. But, certain corporations would cry all the way home.

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The back story on this.

she had an appointment for a blood draw for several issues. Because her doctor had left the practice, the P.A. called her to tell her "your fasting BG is way too high!!!!!" It took several minutes with repeating the question: "What is it?" to get the P.A. to stop saying "it's just too high" and to tell here the actual number, which was 112. The P.A. wanted her on medication immediately, as if it were a crisis (Metformin, as it turns out).

Well, she's no dummy and didn't think 112 was seriously high. She called a son who knows about such things and he said what everyone here would have said - elevated, but not that high.

When she talked to me she said - "I want to control with through diet without going on meds." Again, she is a smart lady. I know she'll to it because she is determined. And she is very overweight and I think has dabbled with low-carb eating for weight loss, so she at least knows a bit what that's about.

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