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Old 07-13-2015, 19:19   #1
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Hi! My name is Liz and I am from NYC. I have Type 1 diabetes and am looking for help and support regarding diet. I look forward to learning from others and sharing my own experiences.

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Old 07-13-2015, 19:30   #2
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How long since your diagnosis, Liz, and how do you manage your disease? MDI or pump? Dietary restrictions? What was your latest A1c and what are your fasting levels?




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Hi Shanny, I was diagnosed in 2010 with Type 1. I use a minimed paradigm. I am looking to manage my blood sugar and grasp a better understanding on carbohydrate intake. I want to make sure I am eating nutritious foods as well.

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My levels are: 6.6% for A1C, and 128 mg/dL or 7.1 mmol/L

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Welcome Liz

This is a good place to get help and encouragement for managing diabetes. There are several T1s here who are doing very well, and who have lived with T1 for several decades.

The key to diabetes management is diet. And the best way to eat to keep blood glucose (BG) near normal levels and stable is to cut out most of the carbohydrates and increase fats. This way of eating, low-carb/high-fat (LCHF), is good for T2s and T1s alike.

For an overview of this way of eating, check out this site www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

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Hello Liz, welcome! I have been type 1 for 69 years, and eat a variety of foods. I do avoid food containing sugar unless I am going to exercise enough to compensate. I eat no more than a half cup of potatoes or pasta at a meal. Those foods cause the blood sugar (BS) to spike very quickly, so limited portions is necessary. Food with grains can also be a problem. The only bread I eat is a low carb multigrain bread, only 9 carbs per slice. I never eat more than two slices of that bread each day. Those are a few things I do to keep from having high BS.

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Hi Richard, Thanks! I am wondering, have you ever worked with a R.D.? I am considering the possibility and trying to gather some feedback as I continue to look into the option. I appreciate your help and thanks for sharing your experiences!

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Hi VeeJay! Thank you for the support. I agree 100% that diet is key. I am considering working with a R.D. Do you have any personal experience with nutritionists? If so, was seeing one beneficial? I am also wondering how it works for other people with insurance policies and if most physicians and nutritionists work together to help the diabetes patient manage their concerns? Thanks!

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Hi VeeJay! Thank you for the support. I agree 100% that diet is key. I am considering working with a R.D. Do you have any personal experience with nutritionists? If so, was seeing one beneficial? I am also wondering how it works for other people with insurance policies and if most physicians and nutritionists work together to help the diabetes patient manage their concerns? Thanks!
IMO they are useless. I sent an email to my doctor just yesterday and guess what he is at the Diabetes Camp. So this nutritionist calls me and tells me my blood sugar is high because I'm not eating 30 carbs each meal. I've explained and explained until I'm blue in the face, I'm not going to eat carbs. Not one slice of bread or oatmeal or a cob of corn. Not going to do it. What they tell me makes no sense? I said, my eye doctor screams, diet and exercise, and control BG and BP. I can't do anymore. I am going blind and their medical advice is not helping me. Yes I'm mad. . . I have to talk to them about insulin pump adjustments. I want to scream, give it to your endo on call. So really, I think I need a new medical team and not sure how to find one.

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Old 07-14-2015, 17:15   #10
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Hey Roxanne, Sorry to hear about your difficulties. I am taking it your doctors are not in connection with one-another? I am interested in hopefully working with a RD that can connect with my doctor and endocrinologist. Also where have you gotten your information on carb-free diet? Thanks!

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