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Old 12-21-2015, 02:58   #1
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As a new guy, may I say that I hope to learn and teach from this forum.
I'm 72, physically quite fit with tennis, golf, the gym and diet as my enjoyment to control my AIC numbers. I've had the affliction for 7 years. I've done well up to now, but may be slipping a little. (fast number creeping above 7). Since I have aspirations to live to minimum 110, I've got work to do. On a scale of 1 - 10 my ability to work out physically is an 8 or 9) My ability to resist the things I shouldn't eat are about 6). Looking for advice.

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Welcome

You've come to a good place for help and encouragement. We like to direct new folks to Blood Sugar 101 where you'll find lots of good and accurate information about diabetes. Pay special attention to the section "How To Lower Your Blood Sugar" You'll find as you read through the threads that many of us follow a low-carb/high-fat (LCHF) way of eating. And we follow the testing protocol (in the article above), which on the forum is usually called "Eat To Your Meter". These two things allow one to be very successful in lowering and keeping blood glucose (BG) low and stable.

Do tell us what your current way of eating is and what you've been doing to managing your BG for the last 7 years.

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Thanks VeeJay
7 days a week
8:00 am - peanut butter on 1 slice grain bread
10:00 am - Bowl Cheerios with Bran Buds added(1 % milk)
12:30 - sandwich either egg salad, tuna, grilled cheese, chick. noodle soup
4:00 pm - red or white wine w. crackers and Asiago cheese.
6:00 pm - dinner - chicken or fish, or pork or beef, potatoes, or rice w veggie
sometimes pizza, or chinese, or burger
9:00 pm - nuts or chips or low sugar snack, (probably too many carbs in it)
trying to get off diet pop (soda), I drink a lot of water.

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Hi Gunner, welcome to the forum. As VeeJay suggests, give BloodSugar 101 a read. You will see that the majority of things you listed that you currently eat will not pass the "eat to your meter" test.

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Hello Gunner. Since we've mentioned eat to your meter, here is the technique - how the method works, and it involves keeping your blood sugar under 7.8 (140) at all times, even postprandial readings. This is because - contrary to the information we get from CDA/ADA and the medical community - reputable research shows that blood sugar levels above 7.8 are already damaging our organs and setting the stage for complications down the road. Our goals are to avoid complications down the road - we like our fingers/toes and our eyesight - we especially like our functioning kidneys!

Professionals are forever telling us diabetes is a progressive disease. Oddly enough, it progresses only because of the lax treatment they prescribe. As long as we maintain non-diabetic levels, it does not progress - why should it? There's nothing to cause damage when we control our blood sugar to non-diabetic levels.

Many members strive to gain and maintain levels under 6%, which is referred to as being in the 5% club (and several have attained A1c in the 4% range - even better!). Here is a good discussion of why this is beneficial and not the horror story many professionals would have us believe: Why Lowering A1c Below 6.0% Is Not Dangerous

The LCHF way-of-eating referred to earlier is the best management method we've found, and it is outlined here by Prof. Grant Schofield. There is one caveat, since Prof. Schofield is not specifically addressing diabetics, we have to ignore his suggestion for a 'whatever day'. Diabetes takes no days off, so as you know, neither can we.

Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to a good long friendship with you.




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My ability to resist the things I shouldn't eat are about 6). Looking for advice.
My advice is to go fully to LCHF. The amount of carbs you are currently eating keeps you craving more. When you keep carbs down to less than 50g a DAY, then the cravings go away (after an adjustment period of usually 3-7 days) and you will find you really CAN make this a lifestyle. The added fats keep you satisfied and free from hunger much better than a high-carb way of eating does.

Just looking at your example I'm seeing high-CARB and low fat.

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7 days a week
8:00 am - peanut butter on 1 slice grain bread
10:00 am - Bowl Cheerios with Bran Buds added(1 % milk)
12:30 - sandwich (bread) either egg salad, tuna, grilled cheese, chick. noodle soup
4:00 pm - red or white wine w. crackers and Asiago cheese.
6:00 pm - dinner - chicken or fish, or pork or beef, potatoes, or rice w veggie
sometimes pizza, or chinese, or burger
9:00 pm - nuts or chips or low sugar snack, (probably too many carbs in it)
trying to get off diet pop (soda), I drink a lot of water.
I think if you looked up these foods for their carb count and added them all up you would be astonished. Bear in mind that one slice of bread is 14g carbs or more - more than many of us on LCHF will have for one meal.

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Gunneroo....welcome! I think as you read and learn about the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) lifestyle we all have adopted, you are going to be amazed.

I am 65 and found this website at the beginning of this year. I have been a type 2 diabetic for over 9 years now. I was able to 'control' it with drugs, exercise, up until last fall when my A1c reached 7.8! I worked hard at changing my eating habits for 6 months, but my A1c only came down to 7.3 and I was starting to have some diabetic complications in my feet! I knew then I had to find something else, as I had increased my nightly injections of slow acting insulin to 126u, which is a lot of insulin to take every day! Then I found this website!

After spending a full month reading the recommended reading (noted above) looking into much of the research noted on those websites, and doing a lot of my own research, I decided to try following the LCHF model. So I purchased a new testing meter and 500 strips, so I could "Eat to my meter" as outlined in the reading and set a start date of 5/1/15!

I began and for a couple of weeks I still had cravings after dinner for sweets, I had a few days where I was very tired, which is one of the symptoms that can occur as your body adapts to LCHF. But right away my blood sugar reading were good and getting better all the time.

Jump forward to my Doctor appointment in July. My results were nothing short of miraculous! My A1c was at 5.8! My Cholesterol and Blood Pressure (125/70) were at better than they have been since I was 30, and I had lost 14% of my weight, going from 320 down to 275! My doctor was thrilled, but not as much as I have been. It was easy to do this, after two weeks I had no cravings, I never feel hungry. Yet when I eat the food tastes so good. I am still losing weight, have tons of energy....I can do this for the rest of my life....! By the way I have reduced my insulin injections down to 32u! I too believe I can live a long life, now that I have learned how to eat healthy. My wife who is not diabetic has also started this diet. She was a bit overweight, but not a lot. She too has lost 14% of her body weight and she has leveled off at that weight...she looks like she did in college! WOW! What's not to like about this....

One word of caution, do all the reading, knowledge of how and why this works is at the heart of making it work! You can do this and the issues with food will be resolved, maybe you can live to be 110.....!

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