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Old 05-21-2019, 16:17   #11
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Its NOT a free ticket to eat carbs but if i were to eat half a piece of toast or a slivr of pizza it would offer me some protection so i dont have to freak out if i eat a few carbs?
I keep trying and trying to redo keto but i am such a sweets and carb junkie it is so hard. The metformin does or has been helping my appetite to a small degree but i increased it tody from 1000 ER to 1500 ER so hoping that will help...i just kept forgetting to take that evening dose so doctor said this is ok.
My a1c a few days ago was 5.1 whihch is up from 5 but its ok!


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Think of it like a math problem. If your fasting blood sugar had been 110 every morning before you started taking metformin and then after starting to take the metformin it was always a 95. If you started every morning off with a teaspoon of sugar (4 grams) in your coffee and each gram of sugar raised your BG 10 points that would be a 40 point rise. So before you started met your BG would go from 110 to 150, after metformin it would go from 95 to 135.

The answer to your question is yes on both parts, it does help to keep your BG lower, but the metformin does not directly lower your BG so it will still go up if you eat carbs. The metformin should help reduce insulin resistance allowing your cells to take in more glucose as fuel and it reduces the excess glucose made by the liver. You would be giving the metformin a better chance to show you results if you reduce the carbs.

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Its NOT a free ticket to eat carbs but if i were to eat half a piece of toast or a slivr of pizza it would offer me some protection so i dont have to freak out if i eat a few carbs?

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My a1c a few days ago was 5.1 whihch is up from 5 but its ok!
Metformin is not a "carb antidote"; it helps your body address the imbalance between carb intake and the insulin your body can produce. But with an a1c of 5.1 it seems you've got that balance under control.

Diabetes is a life-long condition. In my experience, sometimes you deviate from normal because that's what makes a life. Half a piece of toast or a sliver of pizza (do yourself a favor; thin crust and no sweet toppings) are fine on occasion. Maybe you'll choose to find the carbs in another meal and skip them for the day. Scratch the itch and go back to doing what you appear to be doing rather well!

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Back to your cravings...! You mention nothing about your fat intake? One of the principle beliefs, most of us have, is that increasing your fat intake, offsets the lack of carbs in your diet. Accordingly, this increase in fats also reduces or stops craving for food and especially carbs!

In Blood Sugar 101, Jenny Ruhl, the author writes;

"A healthy low carbohydrate diet should not be a low fat diet. Nor should it be a high protein diet. If you are eating less than 100g of carbs a day, it is safe to eat up to 60% to 70% of your calories in the form of healthy fats, eating only as much protein as meets your nutritional needs."

Are you consuming enough fats? Have you seen this detail on the Blood Sugar 101 website (below), you might want to review it again, as it spells out some of the problems and mistakes that are commonly made and gives a good explanation of how to know if you are eating a balanced Low carb high fat (LCHF) diet!

Good luck

http://www.bloodsugar101.com/
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for Low Carb High Fat (LCHF)

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True, a lower dietary fat level can give rise to carb cravings.

Sometimes, though, cravings go way beyond just a satiety response. There are all kinds of cues in our society to eat (At the cinema? Eat! Woke up at 1 am? Have a snack! At a funeral? Here's lunch!). Or people eat to address emotional cues ("It was always pancakes for Christmas morning at our house."). Sometimes another chunk of cheese or a handful of pork rinds just is not going to cut it.

With an a1c near 5, it doesn't seem like alfmaxmollyjack is having serious issues with carb cravings. And, granted, some folks are best avoiding even the first bite (they know who they are). But -- for most people -- if someone's had a pizza fixation or they're at their family holiday meal or it's some other infrequent occasion, half a slice of toast or a couple of spoonfuls of ice cream or a half-glass of wine is not going to founder the ship.

Perhaps the key is to know why you're craving the food you are. And, if you're always craving food (particularly carbs), it's time to re-evaluate your fat intake and make sure you're not skimping on it.

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