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Old 07-31-2013, 22:38   #1
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But, I do wish it was under different circumstances

I've been diabetic now for about 5-6 years (I need to ask my PA when I first came to their office) and, like everyone else, I've had my ups and downs.

This past year has been extremely stressful and, as a result, my bg has not been as good as I like. In the past year, my 91 yo mother fell and broke her hip and collar bone and had to have surgery. I'm in Texas and she is in California. Thankfully, my BIL took responsibility for her and things came out well. That was in August. Early September, I lost my youngest brother, totally unexpected. He just walked in the door of his doctor for a routine visit, past out, went into a coma and four days later died. Then my oldest sister, with breast cancer, fought it with her whole being but lost the battle last month. Now I'm worried about my mother because she is trying to help take care of my remaining sister who has severe vascular dementia.

So with all of this, my A1C has been everyplace. Six months back I was about 5.6, then 6.0 and two weeks ago 6.2. I'm now on 1000 metformin at night and 0.8 Victoza in the morning and I'm doing much better. I won't be surprised, if at my next visit, I'm back down in the 5s.

I am curious about the ketogenic diet. I've read about it, seen threads about it and I guess I'm just not too bright because it is very complicated to me. So any information about (simple, easy-to-understand information) would be greatly appreciated.

Anyway, I think I'm rambling but hope to get know some of you well over time. Have a terrific evening.

Bye for now.
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I'm sorry, I just re-read my post and did not do a very good job of typing this nor of keeping my thoughts together. You would think being an admin as many years as I have I would not post something prior to looking it over. Again, I will be pleased to meet any and all of you.
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Hi, carrilyn! Welcome and accept my condolences on your stressful time. I really think calling it that understates the case!

In any case, in short ketogenic is when you cut your carbs really low and begin to burn fat either on your body or eaten for energy and your body learns to use it for energy instead of sugar (carbs). It takes a while to learn, but it does and most people feel a lot better with more energy.




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Hi, Cariielyn and welcome. I'm sorry you've had such a stressful period to live thru. That seems like a lightweight phrase for what you've been thru.

In short ketogenic is when you cut your carbs down to the minimum and your body learns to use fats (body or eaten) for energy. Most people report more energy and feel a lot better and the blood glucose drops rather dramatically and the need for drugs lessens.
I keep my carbs under 30 a day.




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Hi Carrolyn, welcome to the forum.

I am so sorry for all you have had to go through lately. ((hug)) You will find us a very friendly and supportive bunch here, anytime you need to vent, etc, feel free. We have all done it at one time or another.

For a good introduction to the ketogenic diet check out this site. And this site also. Also read the threads here to learn even more! Also check out Dr Andreas Eendfeldt's site The Diet Doctor for lots of info on the low carb/high fat way of eating that many of us have great success following.

Looking forward to getting to know you better.

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Thank you for the welcome!!

And, the links. When I have a few extra minutes I will definitely check into them. I've seen others refer to their diet and how they would eat with a ratio of F:P:C and give percentages. Wow, all I've gotten is confused so I'm hoping this will help me.

Personally, I have a hard time with meds. As with others, I have the normal side effect with Metformin, so over the years, I've been on Januvia, Starlix, Invokana, Actos, Victoza and quit them all. Actos had me gaining weight very fast, oh yeah need that. Starlix will burn out my pancreas, though it did seem to work. I don't remember why I'm not on Januvia anymore. Victoza worked well until the doctor put me on the 1.8 dosage and, darn, more weight gain. So I stopped it. She then put me on Invokana and swore up and down I would loose weight....wrong....gained. She said it was impossible and I said I'm not taking it anymore. She then asked me to stay on the met and go back on the Victoza, so.....I started at .6 and I've worked up to .8 and will not take over the 1.2 dose. This combination seems to be working. My numbers are good. Plus, I'm trying work some exercise into the mix.

If a keto diet will help me get off of or reduce meds then I am willing to try and if weight loss is another side effect, woohoo. I would love to drop about 40 pounds.

Again, thanks for the welcome and hope to talk with you again soon.
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