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Old 11-01-2015, 17:44   #1
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I have a step-daughter and her husband in their 20's who are both diabetics, my step-daughter within the past couple months and her husband about 3 years ago. My step-daughter's mom died from complications from Type 1 diabetes as did her husband's dad. They both use insulin. I have been told I am on the border of diabetes and just told I need to start on oral medication but I am wanting to try to lower my blood sugar with diet and exercise which I know means lowering my carbs dramatically. My step-daughter and her husband don't seem to try to lower carbs at all and eat tons of carbs at one meal. I'm not sure on how insulin dependent diabetics monitor their carbs with their insulin. Is it possible that some insulin users just eat whatever they want and then adjust their insulin? What would be the consequenses of doing that?

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Of all the ways to "treat" diabetes that is the worst, with the conspicuous exception of total neglect.

Don't even think about it, and don't even think about medications until you have tried LCHF and regular monitoring of your blood sugar.

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I'm on insulin. I, too, know way too many diabetics who eat everything, then "cover" with insulin. As a rule, it doesn't work very well.

Injected/pumped insulin cannot match the timing of a healthy pancreas. Consequences include ever-increasing doses of insulin, general lack of control, such as rollercoastering numbers -- spikes and hypos in rapid succession. And, of course, severe complications.

Unfortunate. But your relatives may not be totally to blame.

Regrettably, many (not all) doctors will actually advise us to (mostly) stay away from dessert, but eat pretty much everything else. Some will even insist that we maintain high A1cs -- in the 6s or even the 7s -- because they fear possible hypos more than the certain damage caused by high glucose.

Our docs may not train us in proper dosing or testing.

(Of course, if we do happen to know better, then Personal Responsibility kicks in.)

On top of that, exact carb measurement can be impossible to achieve, unless one prepares all of one's own food -- in which case, it's merely seriously difficult.

Moreover, carbs are addictive. Most mortals, especially those of us who must limit them, find it extremely difficult to stop eating them once we've started. We also find it extremely easy to fool ourselves as to how much we've consumed.
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I'm sorry to say that this issue isn't local to the USA. "Eat what you like and cover it with insulin" is all too often the advice doctors give in almost every language.

It's a great idea - shame IT DOES NOT WORK.

Shalynne sums it up. It's next to impossible and the only approach that has a chance of working is to adopt the rules that Dr Richard Bernstein describes as his "Law of Small Numbers"

In essence, eat very low carb and keep the insulin dose small. Then you have a bit of a change to stay off the roller coaster ride to complications. But it takes a lot of self discipline to stick to it particularly when your professional advice says that you don't need to.

The best gift that your step-daughter could receive is a copy of Bernstein's Diabetes Solution.

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Excess insulin is known to cause:

Low blood sugar.

Weight gain, insulin is also the fat storage hormone.

Lower cellular levels of magnesium, a mineral that is essential for keeping your blood vessels relaxed and your blood circulation efficient.

An increase in sodium retention, which leads to holding excess water in your system, which causes high blood pressure

Increased amounts of inflammatory compounds in your blood, which can cause direct physical damage to your blood vessel walls and encourage the development of blood clots which can lead to heart attacks and respiratory failure

A reduction in HDL, an increase in small molecules of LDL, and an increase in triglycerides, all of which increase your risk for heart disease

A higher risk for cancer due to insulin's ability to contribute to cell proliferation

More can be found in this paper on Insulin and Insulin Resistance
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