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Old 03-30-2016, 02:47   #21
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What I can tell you is this: I was very ill with diabetes, started eating low-carb (no rice, potatoes, sweets, root vegetables, grains, etc), then started adding more healthy fats, and my A1c went from 14.7 to 5.5 - that's what I know.

What I don't know, is how to help you find the inspiration to do the same thing. In my case, I decided I never wanted to be that sick again. I also was motivated by not wanting my diabetes to progress, not wanting to have undue complications, and wanting to go off medication. I didn't view non-vegetables carbs as 'goodies' but as rat poison that would make me sick. That helped.

The carbs I eat come from a large variety of vegetables and nuts, so I have a healthy diet.

It's difficult to understand doctors who think it's healthier for their diabetic patients to be on lots of medication so they can eat more carbs vs eating few carbs to curtail or (if we're lucky) eliminate meds. The reward when we eat LCHF is far better diabetes management and reduced complications.

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2/13/11 .. 14.7 . . . . . . Trig/HDL ratio .. 5.5 to 2.2 in 6 mo
5/23/11 .. 6.2 . . . . . . . Low-carb/high healthy-fat diet
9/8/11 .... 5.6 . . . . . . . No meds, No statin
2/24/16 .... basal/bolus insulin 2-3 days/wk due to steroids

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I am afraid I wont find this conversation again lol. But glad I found what you had written me back so far. Thank you all
Omg I hope you guys are going to say the diet doctor LCHF is a good diet for diabetes type 2 as I am reading it and listening to the courses and so far I am excited about trying it!

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What I can tell you is this: I was very ill with diabetes, started eating low-carb (no rice, potatoes, sweets, root vegetables, grains, etc), then started adding more healthy fats, and my A1c went from 14.7 to 5.5 - that's what I know.

What I don't know, is how to help you find the inspiration to do the same thing. In my case, I decided I never wanted to be that sick again. I also was motivated by not wanting my diabetes to progress, not wanting to have undue complications, and wanting to go off medication. I didn't view non-vegetables carbs as 'goodies' but as rat poison that would make me sick. That helped.

The carbs I eat come from a large variety of vegetables and nuts, so I have a healthy diet.

It's difficult to understand doctors who think it's healthier for their diabetic patients to be on lots of medication so they can eat more carbs vs eating few carbs to curtail or (if we're lucky) eliminate meds. The reward when we eat LCHF is far better diabetes management and reduced complications.
Wow you dropped your AC by alot. That's a nice inspiration right there. Do you still have to take diabetic meds?

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Yes, DebLynn. The dietdoctor LCHF diet is very good for people with diabetes.
This is another really great site especially for someone using insulin:
Read Online - Diabetes Solution - Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. Official Web Site especially The Law of Small Numbers.
Unfortunately the section on using insulin doesn't appear to be available online, but is in the print book, also an excellent resource.

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I recently began insulin 2-3 days/week because of a high dose steroid I must take 1x/week indefinitely for something else. It makes my blood sugar soar within hours, and insulin is the only way to moderate it.

The steroid stimulates the liver to release glucose as well as inhibits glucose transport into muscle cells. The result is brutal. Thinking I might be able to help keep my insulin dose as low as possible, I also began taking metformin again - a small 500 mg dose, which I'm considering raising to 1000 mg.

Trial and error.

But - if not for the steroid, I would be on no meds for my diabetes, all due to LCHF eating. I shudder to think the shape I'd be in had I entered into the steroid-effect world without controlled diabetes! My doc said one of her diabetic patients was hospitalized due to high glucose when he took the same steroidid dose - so we definitely didn't start at the same place! And when I had emergency surgery, I can't imagine what (non) healing would have been like had my diabetes not been controlled, or how they even would have been able to perform the surgery effectively.

Yes, the link you have gives a rough outline of foods which are compatible with a LCHF diet - and which aren't. Our recipe section is loaded with some of our low-carb favorites.

There are so many important reasons to get the upper hand on our diabetes. Here's hoping you'll feel some wind at your back to do that with yours.

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5/23/11 .. 6.2 . . . . . . . Low-carb/high healthy-fat diet
9/8/11 .... 5.6 . . . . . . . No meds, No statin
2/24/16 .... basal/bolus insulin 2-3 days/wk due to steroids

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Welcome back to the forum. I sounds like you have become more motivated to make some changes to get back on track with managing your diabetes. I hope you visit here often. I know, for me, this is the place where I recharge my motivation.

A couple tips for you.

Finding threads and posts you've made:
If you want to find any thread you've started, or any thread you've posted in, there is a quick way to do this. When you log on to the forum, you'll see Welcome DebLynn in the upper right-hand area, between the two black bars at the top of each page. If you click on your member name, it will bring you to your profile page. When it is fully loaded (a few seconds) you'll see a row of tabs - click on Statistics which will give you two links to help you find threads you've either started yourself (like this one), or any threads where you've posted a reply.

Find all posts by DebLynn
Find all threads started by DebLynn

Reading here for motivation:
Reading other members' introduction threads can be very helpful in keeping motivated. This is where you follow their journey from poor blood sugar control to gaining good control with lower BG levels. These threads are full of helpful suggestions and links toward that end. Some issues you won't have, but we all relate to most of them.

I hope you become a regular here. Please feel free to join in the conversation in other threads.

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DebLynn

Welcome back to the forum. I sounds like you have become more motivated to make some changes to get back on track with managing your diabetes. I hope you visit here often. I know, for me, this is the place where I recharge my motivation.

A couple tips for you.

Finding threads and posts you've made:
If you want to find any thread you've started, or any thread you've posted in, there is a quick way to do this. When you log on to the forum, you'll see Welcome DebLynn in the upper right-hand area, between the two black bars at the top of each page. If you click on your member name, it will bring you to your profile page. When it is fully loaded (a few seconds) you'll see a row of tabs - click on Statistics which will give you two links to help you find threads you've either started yourself (like this one), or any threads where you've posted a reply.

Find all posts by DebLynn
Find all threads started by DebLynn

Reading here for motivation:
Reading other members' introduction threads can be very helpful in keeping motivated. This is where you follow their journey from poor blood sugar control to gaining good control with lower BG levels. These threads are full of helpful suggestions and links toward that end. Some issues you won't have, but we all relate to most of them.

I hope you become a regular here. Please feel free to join in the conversation in other threads.
Thank you so much. I think I have the posting down now also

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Yes, DebLynn. The dietdoctor LCHF diet is very good for people with diabetes.
This is another really great site especially for someone using insulin:
Read Online - Diabetes Solution - Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. Official Web Site especially The Law of Small Numbers.
Unfortunately the section on using insulin doesn't appear to be available online, but is in the print book, also an excellent resource.
I think I might have one of his books, probably an older one. Instead of pieces scattered throughout books, I prefer more of a list of things in their diets and what not to have. Thank you for this site, I'm going to read it also.

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I recently began insulin 2-3 days/week because of a high dose steroid I must take 1x/week indefinitely for something else. It makes my blood sugar soar within hours, and insulin is the only way to moderate it.

The steroid stimulates the liver to release glucose as well as inhibits glucose transport into muscle cells. The result is brutal. Thinking I might be able to help keep my insulin dose as low as possible, I also began taking metformin again - a small 500 mg dose, which I'm considering raising to 1000 mg.

Trial and error.

But - if not for the steroid, I would be on no meds for my diabetes, all due to LCHF eating. I shudder to think the shape I'd be in had I entered into the steroid-effect world without controlled diabetes! My doc said one of her diabetic patients was hospitalized due to high glucose when he took the same steroidid dose - so we definitely didn't start at the same place! And when I had emergency surgery, I can't imagine what (non) healing would have been like had my diabetes not been controlled, or how they even would have been able to perform the surgery effectively.

Yes, the link you have gives a rough outline of foods which are compatible with a LCHF diet - and which aren't. Our recipe section is loaded with some of our low-carb favorites.

There are so many important reasons to get the upper hand on our diabetes. Here's hoping you'll feel some wind at your back to do that with yours.
That's how I got on fast acting insulin is because I took some steroids and then when off the steroids, doctor left me on the shots

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I think I might have one of his books, probably an older one. Instead of pieces scattered throughout books, I prefer more of a list of things in their diets and what not to have. Thank you for this site, I'm going to read it also.
Do you all do specific diets or do you just look on the nutrition facts and if it's low net carbs you choose that. I don't know if I should find a structured diet or just find low carb items and recipes and do my own thing.

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