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Old 05-07-2014, 14:37   #1
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I am new here trying to understand and educate myself,I am all ears and eyes at the moment. This forum is proving to be wonder house of information and support so thank you to everyone.

For last six weeks my BS has been dangerously high for example my worst score was 25 and my best about 12.

So in looking to help myself I have spent considerable time here reading the suggested links,general posts etc.

Two days ago I went on a strict very low carb diet thanks to the clues in " recipes" today just two days later and two hours after my main meal my reading was 8.4 WOW !! High I know but better than the Average of 18 I have been having at this time for over a month.

See the Dr. Tomorrow for my first insulin pen. Looking good hey?

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Congratulations on taking control, Peter! You're right, this site is a lifesaver and the people here are awesome!!! Welcome aboard! Have you been on any medication at all before insulin? Metformin and low carb has kept mine under control for 5 years now.

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Diagnosed six years ago progressed from Metformin to a month ago taking galvumet 50/1000, something I wish to stop. Don't like the sound of it.
Can some one tell me once on insulin do all other drugs stop?
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If you are insulin-resistant as well as insulin-deficient, you should prob'ly continue taking plain metformin, but not combos like galvumet or other oral diabetes drugs, IMO.




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Looks good, indeed. Just make sure you add the high fat component to the low carb- it is a two-fold lifestyle (you may be eating HF and just said "low carb"- just making sure. I see you are following recipes here). And, watch the protein levels! They can get you.

Those are good results in a relatively short period- congrats and welcome.

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So you are are closing in on that magic reduced-risk-for-complications, less-than 140 number and have cut your highest value by 2/3rds and best read by nearly 1/3rd in just TWO SHORT DAYS....after a month of stubbornly static values? Those results are no less than spectacular, Peter how!

What you and your MD decide on how to proceed is none of my business, but if it were me, I'd be strongly stating my case for possibly delaying a medication change to which the gut reaction is discomfort, just to give a little more time to assess this dietary change that has achieved such impressive results WITHOUT the new addition. I'd also be talking up the expressed point-of-no-return concern about the Galvumet with the doc, since I'm utterly clueless about that, though there IS abundant anecdotal evidence that LCHF mgmt has helped so many either reduce or eliminate medication requirements. Your body. Your call.

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You are doing good on diet change. Just don't be surprised if you see the lower numbers swing up occasionally for no reason. Your body sees the high numbers as norm and when getting under the norm a bit, your liver will try to get your BG back up. As you hold your BG down with your diet, the set point gradually lowers and your liver assist less and less on trying to get back to the old numbers.

I haven't taken insulin, but the quantity needed will be less and less as your numbers drop and carb intake lowers. Lots of testing at first to see the results. Hopefully insulin usage can be stopped and diet/exercise/metformin will be all you need.

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Way to go!!! You rock!

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mbuster,

IMO this simple, sensible statement is very helpful for those of us who are in the initial stages of LCHF. Reminds me of a comment my MD (with whom I have a great casual rapport) let slip out when she delivered my DX news: "Ewww, your body got used to all that sugar!" Your description is precisely what my LCHF results looked like the first week or two. Left field spikes with no rhyme nor reason have leveled off nicely one month into the plan. Now it seems to be more of a steady drift downward my meter is revealing in the 7-, 14- and 30-day averages.

Something else that really excites me happened this morning. FBS, the bane of my existence, has lowered by about 30-40 points, now well under the 140 mark at 122 in 4-5 weeks, with a more narrow spread when compared to PPBS values, now ranging between 105 and 112. Next goal is to turn triple digits into double digits.

Peter how, I hope your BG descent patterns surpass mine. A distinct possibility, judging by these early returns.

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