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Cricket 02-25-2016 18:36

It Is A Pleasure To Meet You!
 
It is a pleasure to meet all of you!

Even though there is quite a bit of insulin resistance and diabetes in my family, (and I had gestational diabetes through each of my pregnancies) it came as a complete shock to me when I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2012. I was in the best shape of my life and walking an average of 5-10 miles a day when I suddenly woke up in a hospital room. The doctor was talking to me about diabetes and I was trying to explain to him that he clearly had the wrong room because I most certainly was not diabetic. I was sure I had simply fainted or something.

He didn't have the wrong room...

Oh how I wish I would have found a forum community like this one when I first found out that I am diabetic. It sure could have saved me a lot of time that I spent learning things the hard way. Doctors and nutritionists taught me the traditional way of managing my diabetes. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me.

No matter how carefully I followed their recommendations, every appointment, my meds were increased. At one point I reached 2,000 mg of Metformin ER daily along with ridiculous amounts of Glipizide ER, high blood pressure meds, etc. Instead of getting better, I was getting sicker and sicker. When the doctor told me it was time to make the move to insulin, I knew it was time to make a change. It was time for ME to choose to begin to take personal control of my diabetes.

It was then I began following the LCHF lifestyle almost by accident. (Trial and error!)

I have never looked back, for one simple reason. It works for me.

RCG 02-25-2016 18:39

So are you going to do like the rest of us do, and tell us about your daily readings, HbA1c, carbohydrate intake, and so on?

Cricket 02-25-2016 18:48

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Originally Posted by RCG (Post 1082514)
So are you going to do like the rest of us do, and tell us about your daily readings, HbA1c, carbohydrate intake, and so on?

I cannot promise that I will always be able to report my daily numbers (I am still working on finding a way to add more hours to every day!) but I will be an active part of the community.

VeeJay 02-25-2016 18:49

Welcome onboard, Cricket

moon 02-25-2016 19:06

Welcome Cricket - thanks for your story, and congratulations on bucking the bad advice and finding what works for your body.

They also started me on 2000 met and glipizide after the hospital.

Like you, I was taught the wrong things, but was fortunate to land here pretty quickly.

What I learned from the experience, was eye-opening in that diabetes is so prevalent, and it's scary what bad information diabetics get when they land at an endo and DE. A DE told me to up my carbs (when my A1C was dropping like a rock on low-carb) to 180/day. This was after she told me that my drop was nearly miraculous! I asked, why would I do that? She finally admitted she was telling me what she was required to say ...

I then began questioning so much medical advice, paying attention to monied interests in health care, etc. When I saw Glucerna (by Abbott Labs) in the diabetic section, and looked at the carbs, I thought - "I'd rather have a real milkshake!"

GordonS 02-25-2016 19:34

Cricket, what a lovely introductory post. So glad to have you here, and ESPECIALLY glad to see that you also found LCHF works for you, as most of us here have. It's so encouraging to see that, especially with respect to the future of this forum. Regardless of how much time you can spare for posting here, just knowing this is reassuring.

Cricket 02-25-2016 19:45

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Originally Posted by moon (Post 1082578)
Welcome Cricket - thanks for your story, and congratulations on bucking the bad advice and finding what works for your body.

They also started me on 2000 met and glipizide after the hospital.

Like you, I was taught the wrong things, but was fortunate to land here pretty quickly.

What I learned from the experience, was eye-opening in that diabetes is so prevalent, and it's scary what bad information diabetics get when they land at an endo and DE. A DE told me to up my carbs (when my A1C was dropping like a rock on low-carb) to 180/day. This was after she told me that my drop was nearly miraculous! I asked, why would I do that? She finally admitted she was telling me what she was required to say ...

I then began questioning so much medical advice, paying attention to monied interests in health care, etc. When I saw Glucerna (by Abbott Labs) in the diabetic section, and looked at the carbs, I thought - "I'd rather have a real milkshake!"

It took me far too long to "question" my doctor and when I finally did, he wasn't pleased with me. I cannot count the times I have heard, "Who is the doctor here? You or me?". My response has always been, you may be the doctor, but I am the one who has to manage my diabetes. These days he has given up and simply says, just keep doing what you're doing....

gailbuf 02-25-2016 20:11

Welcome! I'm pretty new here and new to discovering I have diabetes. I have been on Atkins to lose weight, and have made it more like LCHF since joining here. This has been a very friendly, informative, supportive place to be.

Lawrence D 02-25-2016 20:37

Welcome aboard Cricket.

Sometimes the diagnosis surprises even the healthiest of us..

fangirl 02-25-2016 21:07

Welcome, Cricket. How fortunate you found LCHF - but unfortunate that you had to find it via trial and error after getting bad advice from your medical team.

It really does work!


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