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Old 08-17-2017, 21:15   #1
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Recently, my daughter asked me how I knew if I was making the right decisions regarding how I control my diabetes, especially since I have a habit of ignoring my doctor.

Well for me, the answer was simple.

RESULTS

It's all about YOUR results.

As many of you already know, when I followed the diabetes educator's advice, I got sicker and sicker. Every appointment my doctor was increasing my meds and adding new ones.

I don't know when I reached the turning point of deciding that the ONLY person that could take my 100% control of my diabetes was me, but I am sure glad I did.

With the exception of a few stumbles early on, I've never looked back.

I don't believe there is only ONE WAY to do things, but I do know that for me, a KETO lifestyle made all the difference in the world.

With all the conflicting advice out there, how do you know if your treatment and nutritional choices are best for you?

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Same as you. RESULTS

It does take some experimentation though. It's not like just one thing is going to do it. Carbohydrate metabolism in a T2 diabetic is more complicated than that. I am fortunate that diet alone keeps my BG low. But others need more than just this one tool in their belt.

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Same as you. RESULTS

It does take some experimentation though. It's not like just one thing is going to do it. Carbohydrate metabolism in a T2 diabetic is more complicated than that. I am fortunate that diet alone keeps my BG low. But others need more than just this one tool in their belt.
Agreed. So far, I am not one of those people that has been able (yet) to give up Metformin, but I no longer need all the other scripts that were prescribed, so I am good with that.

Depending on my next A1c I may find that the Metformin will disappear from my life as well. Time will tell...

I shared this in another thread, but I am adding it to my response here for how I know what works for me.

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Wow...I hope to be like y'all someday. My BG has never been that low. As a newbie, I'm still trying to figure it out. I'm finally learning that I cannot really eat tomatoes or tomato based products. I know y'all are probably thinking DUH...LOL! I just thought I could have some salsa.

For instance, yesterday evening, I ate 2 ground beef tacos without the flour tortillas. It came with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. I also ate a salad with the tacos. I didn't add any tomatoes. Everything on the salad was very Dr. Adkins. After the 2nd hour, my BG was 127. I didn't snack the rest of the evening, and I ate around 6:30 pm.

This morning, my fasting BG was 133! For breakfast, I had 3 slices of Hormel turkey and 1 boiled egg. Two hours later, my BG was 130. I'm just wondering if my meter is off. I'm using a different one than the one I used when I started. My insurance didn't cover the more fancier meter, so I switched.

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Everyone is different, so I can only share what has worked for me.

First, when I finally got 100% serious, I began tracking every single bite that went in my mouth. This was important for me because it really helped with the "eating to your meter" concept, so I could track exactly what was and wasn't working for me.

That was how I discovered that I might be eating a bit too much protein. I have since made some minor adjustments to my macros. They are now, 5% carbs, 20% protein and 75% fat. I don't always hit my fat goals because I use that more as a guide based on if I am feeling hungry or not. Somewhere in that process, I learned to use food as a fuel. No clue why that helped me, only know that it did.

The second thing I did was to do some research and testing to see if there were any supplements that might help with my dawn phenomenon challenges. During that process I started seeing overall better numbers, not just in the morning. My testing (for me) is ongoing.

The final thing I did was find ways to meet my nutritional needs during times that I am extremely lazy so that I wouldn't reach for junk food.

We are all a work in progress.

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Oh, I forgot one more thing that really clicked in my head for me.

Back in March @hftmrock used an analogy of "being allergic to carbs" in a thread. For some reason, that really resonated with me. If I was allergic to nuts, I wouldn't even consider a taste of nuts, a cheat meal with nuts or even take a weekend to enjoy some nuts. I wouldn't want to suffer the consequences, ya know?

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Some of it is trial and error but the specialization of labor as it's called in economics is an important part of why our system is the best in the world-while not perfect. No one can know everything. Always evaluate if the individual or organization is credible and trustworthy or are they just trying to make money selling you something like supplements. There was a good program on PBS recently about the subject. It's not a very highly regulated industry like the pharmaceutical industry is. They went to several major retailers and bought many different supplements and then had them analyzed in a lab. Many of the products did not have what was supposed to be in the product or at least not in the stated amount and/or the product had something in it that should not be. In some cases we're talking about things that can be downright harmful. You should not trust anything that was made in China for example/as least not something that you are putting in your body.

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You can go to the library right now and find books by MD's who give the complete opposite diet advice. Now with the internet it's impossible to read everything. Half of what is online in BS! Many people are gullible. Look how many people bought the book=natural cures they don't want you to know about by Kevin Trudeau. He's now in prison. There's another quack/crook who calls himself Dr. Robert Young who wrote the pH miracle for diabetes. He was just sentenced to 3+ years in prison.

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Those recent numbers don't sound so bad. Your next A1c should be a good bit lower than the 10. if you stick with the plan.

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Some of it is trial and error but the specialization of labor as it's called in economics is an important part of why our system is the best in the world-while not perfect. No one can know everything. Always evaluate if the individual or organization is credible and trustworthy or are they just trying to make money selling you something like supplements. There was a good program on PBS recently about the subject. It's not a very highly regulated industry like the pharmaceutical industry is. They went to several major retailers and bought many different supplements and then had them analyzed in a lab. Many of the products did not have what was supposed to be in the product or at least not in the stated amount and/or the product had something in it that should not be. In some cases we're talking about things that can be downright harmful. You should not trust anything that was made in China for example/as least not something that you are putting in your body.

@Hillary Clinton as I mentioned in a previous thread sometimes we have to agree to disagree. If what you are doing is working and you are happy with your results, please do not consider changing a thing. Do not however, discourage others from discovering what does or does not work for them. That simply isn't what we are about around here.

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