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Basal testing- can I eat fat?


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Old 10-29-2013, 19:58   #1
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Background: I'm on Lantus and Humalog pens, and have been using a CGM for a few months. For years, I felt very dialed in, and even with a very hectic schedule and heavy athletic activities I usually was accurate with my doses and knew what to expect. When I was low or high, it was easy to look back and see where my mistake had been.

Over maybe the past year, my glucose and reactions to insulin seem to get more and more unpredictable. I'm 34 and female, been Type I for 12 years or so. Maybe my hormones are changing, who knows. My endo (whom I don't go see nearly enough, of course) told me a few months ago to do basal testing. I'm supposed to do the 4 different time zones, like skip dinner one night, skip breakfast another day, etc. I've been procrastinating since I hate not eating and have a hard time getting anything done. But it's time to do this!

Here's my question: I've read that some people, instead of fasting, just eat no carbs for say 24 hours. This doesn't make sense to me, because if I eat high protein dinner I see a predictable steady rise in my glucose like 4-5 hours later. But what about eating just fat during the fasting periods? I'm thinking heavy cream in tea, coconut oil, things like that to keep me from feeling so crap from fasting. Is there some obvious concept I'm missing, or can I add fat to basal testing and still get the same data?

Thanks for your insight and experiences!

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I've heard 10% of fat is converted, per Bernstein, so, no, I would not.

I bolus for 50% of protein, by the way.

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Thanks- I guess I will just have to suck it up and do the real fasting! It was a nice idea while it lasted.

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