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Old 11-13-2017, 14:19   #1
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I?m not sure if I have this in the right category so o apologie if I don?t. I just wondered if taking metformin makes it so you can eat some carbs but nothing crazy but just some carbs?

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Simple answer.....NO!

Depending on your specific condition relating to being diabetic, you probably can safely eat 30-40g carbs per day. Most of us can and do! Let your meter be the guide, as we all react differently! Test your blood sugar at 1 hour and 2 hours after eating your first bite of each meal. Within a few days, you will know if you are eating a low enough carb intake to be safe.

I target to never let my Blood Sugar go over 120 when doing these tests! Many use 140 as their target as that is the point that blood sugar actually begins to damage cells in your body. I use 120, just in case my meter is off a bit. Meters are generally consider ok if they very by 20%, so I leave myself some margin.

Good Luck....most of us consider carbs, poison to a diabetic. That's a really strong statement. You really cannot avoid eating some carbs as they are in small amounts in most foods. But carbs are not needed to live, they make many people fat, and our society over the years have made carbs our primary source of food in that most people eat more carbs than anything else....

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Thank you for your response. I was doing keto for quite a few months then did carb creep and have struggled since which is a couple months now to get back on it with no success: I?m still trying though. I have such an awful addition sweets moreover than carbs but I still love a bit of toast and a teeny bowl of cereal now and then: I currently take 500 a.?m and 500 p.m ER but am to take 1000 a.m and 500 p.m and though maybe that additional 500 would allow me a bit more freedom but guess I?ll have to try experimenting like you suggest: thank you again.

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Thank you for your response. I was doing keto for quite a few months then did carb creep and have struggled since which is a couple months now to get back on it with no success: I?m still trying though. I have such an awful addition sweets moreover than carbs but I still love a bit of toast and a teeny bowl of cereal now and then: I currently take 500 a.?m and 500 p.m ER but am to take 1000 a.m and 500 p.m and though maybe that additional 500 would allow me a bit more freedom but guess I?ll have to try experimenting like you suggest: thank you again.
Yep, I know it is a struggle....I had the same problems on the South Beach Diet. I lost weight, my blood sugars were good............but the cravings, Lord help me the cravings.....and as always with me I slowly rationalized my way back into carb eating...

Then in April of 2015 when I weighted in at 320lbs. and my A1c had creeped up to 7.9. Yikes! I found this website and did the reading on...

Blood Sugar 101

http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

After reviewing these I did lots of reading on this website what others were saying. And then did research on the web for anything else I could find on Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) eating. After all of that I really did think that if I started craving I could eat some walnuts or pecans. Or maybe snack on fried pork rinds with some salsa, or cook an egg and some bacon, or eat some cheese, etc. etc.

I decided "I can do that" and they say eating the fat stops the cravings....so I started following LCHF on 5/1/17.....

It worked, boy did it work.....now 55lbs. lighter, A1c at 5.9 and my doctor tells me I am a poster child for old guys who are diabetics...

Have you read those websites....if not check them out, and get the knowledge we all have.....you too can take control of your diabetes and your cravings.....

Join us.....

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Can you eat carbs? It depends on your body and your goals.

I don't eat LCHF, and thus I have a higher A1c than a lot of the people on this board. But that's my choice. I want to eat bread, put sugar in my tea, and occasionally have a small bit of dessert. So I do, and I pay the price.

I've given up breakfast cereal (which I love), potatoes, pasta, and most fruit. Right now, that's as far as I want to go restricting carbs. Down the line, I may decide to do something different. My body, my choice.

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WV Mom....Yep we all have choices we can make some good some not so good! High sugars over a period of time bring on all the classic complications....I find this list from the Mayo Clinic to be a REAL motivation for me....but I guess that's just me!

According to the Mayo Clinic…

Long-term complications of diabetes develop gradually. The longer you have diabetes — and the less controlled your blood sugar — the higher the risk of complications. Eventually, diabetes complications may be disabling or even life-threatening.

Cardiovascular disease…coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke and narrowing of arteries (atherosclerosis).

Nerve damage (neuropathy). Excess sugar can injure the walls of the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) that nourish your nerves, especially in your legs. This can cause tingling, numbness, burning or pain that usually begins at the tips of the toes or fingers and gradually spreads upward. Left untreated, you could lose all sense of feeling in the affected limbs. Damage to the nerves related to digestion can cause problems with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation. For men, it may lead to erectile dysfunction.

Kidney damage (nephropathy)…kidney failure or irreversible end-stage kidney disease, which may require dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Eye damage (retinopathy)… blindness. Diabetes also increases the risk of other serious vision conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma.

Foot damage. Nerve damage in the feet or poor blood flow to the feet increases the risk of various foot complications. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can develop serious infections, which often heal poorly. These infections may ultimately require toe, foot or leg amputation.

Skin conditions. Diabetes may leave you more susceptible to skin problems, including bacterial and fungal infections.

Hearing impairment. Hearing problems are more common in people with diabetes.

Alzheimer's disease.

Type 2 diabetes may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease. The poorer your blood sugar control, the greater the risk appears to be. Although there are theories as to how these disorders might be connected, none has yet been proved.

Good Luck...

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Metformin helps reduce the amount of sugar the liver puts out into your system, along with a few other things. If you find that you cannot do the keto diet, for whatever reason, it certainly can help. Sometimes, you have to make choices depending on your health and finances. Yes, we have some members who are a little bit over the top about low carb. It is certainly a first choice to get your blood sugar UNDER CONTROL. However, for a lot of us, a permanent low carb lifestyle isn't possible every day of the week. Your blood sugar will show that. (note: some people are very low carb and still have very high blood sugar without meds, but they are not the majority of people here).

My suggestion is to consider alternatives - if you can't maintain your KETO diet, try having two meals a day that are very low carb, and just have the carbs at one meal a day. Your numbers will be higher than the KETO diet, but perhaps that is what you can do to maintain rather than continually creep up.

I don't have control over my evening meal and sometimes lunch. Breakfast is nearly always very low carb. So, that's what I can control. I'm trying to figure out ways to increase my exercise despite my current hip problem. That also can reduce blood sugar by quite a bit after a carb meal. So, just plan some things instead of beating yourself up about it.

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