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Old 10-10-2014, 23:06   #21
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My doc spent the entire first year after my diagnosis telling me I was testing too often and eating way too low-carb (we hadn't gone into the high-fat part yet - heheh ), but he couldn't argue with the numbers either. And I tried to be nice - I took his damned statins for that whole year. Then I decided the statin side effects were too dangerous, so I stopped those and have refused them ever since. After another year or so, my lipids had squared up beautifully and he was overwhelmed that I'd done it with only LCHF and without statins. It was prob'ly into the third year when he finally asked me what exactly DO I eat! (I said 'bacon, bacon & more bacon! )

He's been our doc for 20+ years, specializes in geriatrics and is the best doc in the world. He has come around to the LCHF ethic and is my staunchest defender now. Lord I appreciate a doc who keeps an open mind!




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Old 10-10-2014, 23:38   #22
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I like my doc as well. When I was called in after the labs, I was pretty sure what I was going to be told. So I spent that time before official Dx researching and deciding on the changes I would make. I took her perscriptions (Metformin and Vit D) without qualm (A1c of 8.0), was assigned a "Diabetes Team" and sent on my way.

And I went to all 3 classes, 1 a week. At the 3rd class a nurse noticed how much weight I had lost. This was about a month after no gluten and 40g/carbs day. I failed to mention what I was doing, knowing it was against the company line.

My next A1c was 5.6, 3 months later.

I have since "fessed up" to both my DE team (complete with sources cited via email) and my Doc. And with my numbers, exactly what were they going to argue?

I will note that at my 6-month follow-up, I got to educate my doc on what the DE team was saying. She was under the impression that the guidelines they were giving were 40g per day. She was rather surprised to hear they were saying 45g per meal, PLUS SNACKS.

At the end of this month, I'm rather looking forward to my annual exam!

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TCh 196 : 146 : 208 : 211
Tri 220 : 107 : 108 : 96
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Old 10-10-2014, 23:47   #23
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You wouldn't believe the horrified stares I got from previous professionals when I suggested 20-30g of carbs was what I ate for the day
I don't know which is worse, the doctor whose eyes bug out when they learn what you eat, or the doctor WHO NEVER BOTHERS TO ASK. I just had an appointment like that from the doctor who was supposed to be my new doctor (my great Kaiser doctor left, and it's time for another round of doctor roulette).

This is the look I've seen so many times. He sees the obese middle aged woman in front of him and sighs inwardly. No point in caring what I eat because he has already decided that I'm hopelessly lazy and stupid and it's only a matter of time until my diabetes diagnosis, heart attack, and stroke.

If he bothered to ask, he would learn some things about me, like I've already lost 75 lbs and kept it off for three years, like I watch my diet and blood sugars carefully and even get some exercise. Like PCOS was present long before the obesity and I am still fighting the hormonal effects. But he took one look at me and concluded I was not worth time or dignity--this has happened many times before.

At least a doctor who expresses shock about your diet cares enough to ask.

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At the end of this month, I'm rather looking forward to my annual exam!
I ain't gonna lie -- I'm looking forward to your annual exam, too!

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At least a doctor who expresses shock about your diet cares enough to ask.
Too true, Janknitz.

And I am a military hospital drop-out for the exact reasons you stated. They were great to me when it came to acute care. They seem baffled by chronic disease. Not to mention the fact that I had three different doctors within six months due to PCSing. Continuity of care? Sh'yeah. Right.

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Hi bugellen, welcome to the forum. Unfortunately it is more the norm to get a T2 diagnosis and turned out to pasture to fend for yourself with only a 'change your diet, exercise, and lose weight' for guidance. No 'how to' unless it is in the form of recommended ADA advice. Congrats on being able to see thru the BS on controlling BS. It really truly is common sense that saves us.

Good luck in your efforts to go against the current teachings without receiving some sort of sanctions.

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I don't know which is worse, the doctor whose eyes bug out when they learn what you eat, or the doctor WHO NEVER BOTHERS TO ASK. I just had an appointment like that from the doctor who was supposed to be my new doctor (my great Kaiser doctor left, and it's time for another round of doctor roulette).

This is the look I've seen so many times. He sees the obese middle aged woman in front of him and sighs inwardly. No point in caring what I eat because he has already decided that I'm hopelessly lazy and stupid and it's only a matter of time until my diabetes diagnosis, heart attack, and stroke.

If he bothered to ask, he would learn some things about me, like I've already lost 75 lbs and kept it off for three years, like I watch my diet and blood sugars carefully and even get some exercise. Like PCOS was present long before the obesity and I am still fighting the hormonal effects. But he took one look at me and concluded I was not worth time or dignity--this has happened many times before.

At least a doctor who expresses shock about your diet cares enough to ask.
I actually teared up reading this! I just have no words. (((Hugs)))

You are beautiful and such an inspiration. And you are not alone.

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Old 10-11-2014, 00:21   #28
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Holy cow, die?? Seriously? That must have felt so good to come back with those numbers. Did they at least want to know what you did?

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Janknitz, so true!! My boyfriend couldn't keep his blood sugars down on his doc's advice to eat complex carbs.. I showed him how his carb load the day before was contributing to his morning BS.. so he finally switched to low carb. BS are close to normal most of the time now, doc didn't even ask what he did differently. I have no respect for that doc now. Seems to me if he really wanted to help people, he'd ask.

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Hi mbuster, thanks for the welcome.

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