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Old 10-29-2017, 21:49   #11
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I've learned two things:

1. LCHF works. It doesn't work for everyone and it's easier for some than others. But HF balances the LC and makes that way of eating sustainable. The benefits come from there.

2. We all need to be our own medical advocates. I kind of learned this a while ago watching other family members address serious illnesses. But dealing directly with it with my T2 confirmed it.

American medical care is driven by profit -- getting it and keeping it. Drug companies always are looking for their next "purple pill". Care providers are paid to react to illnesses rather than prevent them. Because of "efficiency" metrics, doctors (and nurses) see too many patients to care for them properly. The tort system has made care providers go belt-and-suspenders on tests to avoid lawsuits. And I don't think we have any idea how much corporate money influences supposedly-neutral things like basic university research and the USDA "food pyramid".

If I'd meekly listened to my PCP and the diabetes "educator", I'd be on two more drugs now (met and a statin) and likely wondering why I didn't have enough energy to gain ground on my T2. But with the help of forums like this one and other reference sources, I learned about alternatives which actually work for me. I can discuss my condition with my PCP -- and she'll listen.

But I have to do the legwork myself. I can't count on anyone in the medical profession to do that for me, despite how well-intentioned they are. The system doesn't work that way.
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But I have to do the legwork myself. I can't count on anyone in the medical profession to do that for me, despite how well-intentioned they are. The system doesn't work that way.
Truer words were never spoken. At least for the area of nutrition and T2 diabetes.

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hftmrock summarized the key points real well!

If I can add:

Track your progress and do not get disappointed with the ups and downs of your blood sugar levels; press on and eventually you will succeed.

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I'm still learning, but I learned from my Mom that if you limit your carb intake, you can live a healthy and normal life.

I learned from my Dad that if you don't maintain your sugar level, you will develop complications.

I've learned that it's important to join a support group. Y'all are my support group
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Just when I think I've learned something...the last sentence of what I'm reading says, "Then again...we're all different!"
Yup and this is a good thing , and soooo true

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diabetes is a misunderstood condition.
Type 1 diabetes is MUCH rarer than type 2.
Folks with Type 2 have more latitude in diet solutions.
There's a real need to take control either way.
Always have juice on hand (or smarties) if you take insulin!
If you don't test, you won't know.
Colleagues really don't get it!
There's no winning answer - we are all on our own path.
LCHF is not an answer if you are already underweight (or near normal BMI).
Taking insulin makes the border between high and low quite narrow!
It's genetic!
You don't eat your way to diabetes.
Funded research is not always our friend.

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I have learned that I have to fall off the wagon sometimes and just use a more insulin and then get back on again. I have no control over half my meals, so that impacts my success, so I just have to watch what I eat when I DO have control over meals. Finally, I understand the value of metformin and despite its problems, I try to revisit it, even if it is only temporary.

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I've learned that we must educate ourselves. We cannot simply just trust whatever advice our medical caregivers relay to us, because in a way, they are trained just like the overseas based customer support people are trained, just follow the script put before you in the binder.
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Now that's funny right thereHILARIOUS!

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Ok, despite the fact that we rag on them, the doctor is sometimes right. It's having a doctor that you can trust and that doesn't toe the line for the ADA or other drug company supported doctor organization.

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Ok, despite the fact that we rag on them, the doctor is sometimes right. It's having a doctor that you can trust and that doesn't toe the line for the ADA or other drug company supported doctor organization.
the doctors you mention are unicorns

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Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

""You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever the doctors want you to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." "
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