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Old 07-12-2013, 21:08   #1
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Heyo.

I suppose I haven't been officially diagnosed yet. During my annual exam/PAP, I had blood drawn because we suspected I might have diabetes (recurrent yeast infections, constantly thirsty/urinating, am fat, black, runs in family on both sides: grandmothers, paternal grandfather, father, and a cousin with Type 1). About two years ago, during an emergency surgery, the doctor mentioned I was at prediabetic BG levels, so I low-carbed very diligently (eh, for a while), and got my FBG down to 80. But I got lazy, gained weight, etc, you know how it goes.

Now it's 260. Yeah, I know, wat? So I guess I'm not surprised, but somehow, it's still a bit devastating. Trying to skip the whole self-blame phase of this since I know it will get me nowhere. But I know there are those people who are super fit and randomly get diagnosed with diabetes late in life, and they're like, "HOW DID THIS HAPPEN TO ME?", and I'm not one of those people. Also, I'm 24.

I tested at 269 at the doctor's office, but on my home monitoring kit, I've consistently been getting 260ish every morning. 1-2 hours after meals, it gets to about 275, then goes back down. After vigorous exercise, it's about 144.

I have a doctor's appointment on Monday with a GP who specialises in diabetes, so I'm supposing I'll get an official diagnosis then.

Just wanted to say hello, I suppose. I am currently reading Type 2 Diabetes, The First Year by Gretchen Becker and Eat What You Love/Love What You Eat with Diabetes (a mindful eating program for thriving with prediabetes or diabetes) by Michelle May and Megrette Fletcher.

I'm trying to resist the urge to jump valiantly into low-carbing, even though I'm a big believer in it, based on books I've read like Why We Get Fat and Good Calories/Bad Calories...but I also know that it's necessary to do something that I'll be able to maintain. Maybe having terrible BG readings are the motivations I need, who knows.

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Old 07-12-2013, 21:35   #2
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Hello & welcome, WG. I suspect a great many of us had that sneaking suspicion of a diabetes bullseye on our backs, but still when it happens, it's like we've been slapped upside the head. Wish you hadn't needed us, but sure glad you found us.

You've read a lot of really good material about this, and having already tried low-carbing, you have a good idea what you have to do.

When you low-carbed before, were you incorporating high fat with it? That's been the key for me, because I'd never be able to sustain less than 30g carbs per day, if I couldn't count on using butter, cream, bacon, and all the other decadent full-fat products that LCHF allows. And the clincher is, LCHF has rid me of all the digestive difficulties I've battled for years; no more reflux, belching, bloating, cramping, flatulence. Plus it has lowered my cholesterol levels. Yep - high fat regulates cholesterol - much more safely and cheaply than statin drugs.

I'll shut up now before I run this off the bottom of the page, but I'm really glad you're here. Looking forward to getting better acquainted.




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Old 07-12-2013, 21:47   #3
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Hello Wailingiant. You came to the right place for some support and advice. I'm sure the smarter people will be along shortly to give you more information. Everyone has to handle the gut punch of a diabetes diagnosis in their own way. I can relate in that I'm also over weight so while my diagnosis was a shock, it wasn't really a surprise. Blaming yourself is pointless since it sounds like from your family history and background insulin resistance was going to happen anyways. It's also not helpful because unless you have access to time machine you can't change anything that happened in the past anyways. Fretting about what you did before is just going to get in the way of making the life changes that you need to make now. Being a bit lost and depressed when first getting diagnosed is normal. Getting the diagnosis even when you've been suspecting it for a while is a big blow. But even then its something that you shrug off and keep going. Sure, diabetes is life changing but it doesn't have to be life destroying. Once you get in control of managing diabetes it just becomes another part of your day. Checking your blood glucose level is just another chore (and this is coming from a complete needle phobe). You really didn't need to eat all those simple carbs anyways, they weren't helping you. You can pick yourself and beat this.

I got diagnosed in March and I feel way better than I did 6 months ago. I used my diagnosis as the impetus to finally take charge of my health that I should have been doing anyways. I've lost 40 pounds since then. I'm exercising a lot more now and I have a lot more energy than I did.

You can control your diabetes, it doesn't have to control you.

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Thank you so much for your responses!

@Shanny - Indeed, I was eating high fat. Basically, for about 6 months, I ate anything I wanted, but tried to stick to unprocessed foods and keep my carbs below 30g a day. I was doing it primarily to lose weight, and lost 25 lbs, but I got very frustrated when I stopped losing weight (we're talking about a 2-month plateau), which led me back to consuming lots of sugar.

It's such a shame, because my BG levels were great then, and my lipid panels have always been awesome (and even continue to be -- doc was really surprised about how my blood sugar was when compared to everything else, which was in a very healthy range. Le sigh.) I think I'm going to try low-carbing/high-fatting for a bit, but hopefully not get too fanatical that it becomes an obsession. I sometimes feel for me that leads to a really hard fall later. I've been dieting my whole life, since I was 9, and it's always the same. Diet. Lose Weight. Then gain even more weight than I lost after a time when I'm finally not able to stick with whatever program it is any longer.

@segfault - Thank you for your kind words. I'm hoping this will be the impetus for some healthy lifestyle changes. You know, I don't eat terribly, but it's only in the last couple of weeks that I've started exercising and trying to really watch what I eat. BUT BREAD. Ugh. my weakness. Not a big pasta or potato eater, or even a big sweets eater, but I could kill a sourdough baguette by myself in a day.

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Hi, and

You're right, blame gets you nowhere. You sound a bit like me, with the whole overweight and genetic thing going on. The thing is, we know that carbs raise blood sugar, so eating low carb really does make sense. Like you, I had started dieting by the age of 9, maybe even a bit before that.

The nice thing is, you can get control of this, and you can do it knowing that you don't have to risk complications of high blood sugar, later on in life. Glad you joined us.

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BUT BREAD. Ugh. my weakness.
Oh, you're going to love our recipe section and all our bread workarounds - actual bread. Now, I can't promise you SF sourdough, and maybe it's because I haven't eaten bread in 2 years, but lately I've been making =sandwiches= with bread I learned about here and lovin' it.

I have yet to graduate to the real bread that MCS made (he's our resident low-carb chef extraordinaire) but that's right around the corner.

I'm thinking if you stick with us, you'll be able to stick with low-carb

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Hi wailingiant and welcome to the forum!!

Since no one has given you these links, here are a couple sites you should take the time to read. The first is: BloodSugar101, it will give you an excellent overview of how diabetes works and what we can do to control it. It will probably answer a lot of questions you may have.

The second is Dr Andreas Eendfelt's site The Diet Doctor. It really explains how the way of low carb/high fat eating works.

The important thing you have to remember here is this is not a diet that you go on for a while and then quit, this is now the way you will eat the rest of your life to stay healthy. That is why you will see us so often call lc/hf a woe (way of eating) not a "diet".

Good luck to you, looking forward to getting to know you better!

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@Mary - Low carb totally makes sense, yes, and I'll most definitely give it the old college try. I only worry that I'll mess it up sometime down the line, and end up in a worse way than I am now. But, aye, I don't want to go blind, or develop heart disease, or lose a limb, and of course I'd like to be healthy and fit. Let's hope I can manage it. Thank you for the welcome!

@moon - SANDWICHES!!!!! That was another thing about low-carbing before. Sometimes, I just really need a vehicle for the meat and cheese...or even just the butter/nut butter. I can't wait to look at the recipe section. Do you have a particular favourite? The market I frequent has this great low-carb frozen bread. The only thing is, it's only good toasted, so it's hard to pack for lunches. Thank you so much for the kind welcome!

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Thank you, grammaB! Very helpful links, especially that first one! I feel like I've done so much reading my bitty little brain will explode, but it's felt very empowering educating myself.

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I am a newbie here too so I will leave all the great advice to the ones who know what they are talking about but as for falling off the wagon I did that big time. I quit my Meds my diet everything for over a year. It is what it is. I don't regret doing the right thing. I know it was not good for me but it is what it is. It was where I was. I am ready now to try again. I will make it. So don't not try because you might fail. We just have to get back up even if it takes a year to do that.

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