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Old 03-26-2016, 01:41   #1
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Iím here to support my wife and 15 y.o. daughter. I thought my wife had diabetes but she tells me itís pre-diabetes. She takes metformin and eats low carb, high fat. She lost a lot of weight and is a lot healthier, but she is frustrated because her weight has been stuck for a long time even though she sticks pretty closely to low carb.

My wife has PCOS and we have a daughter with PCOS who is also on Metformin. Our daughter doesnít want to eat low carb (she is not overweight), but we eat pretty healthfully at home, mostly whole, organic, Mediterranean-style (fresh foods, lots of greens and herbs, lots of olives and olive oil, lemons, tomatoes, etc). At dinner we eat some pasta and grains, but since my wife wonít eat them we donít eat them too often. The kids and I eat bread at other meals.

My wife would like to see our daughter eat fewer carbs, but I worry because she is so thin already. I worry she wonít get enough nutrients because she doesnít eat a lot to begin with. And my wife agrees that if my daughter isnít willing to change her diet it may have a negative effect to force the issue at her age. She has pretty bad acne and some dark spots on her neck. My wife said those are from insulin resistance. But they seem to be getting better since we started her on fish oil, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin K2 supplements, so Iím not sure LCHF is necessary.

Iíd especially like to hear from parents of teens who maybe donít have diabetes, but insulin problems and any tips or ideas.

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Welcome Jeff! You've found a great place. Others with more knowledge should be chiming in soon. I have 2 teenage boys, but neither are diabetic so I can't help you there. Teens can be a real challenge for many reasons.

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Thanks, Gail. She's a good kid, very bookish and sweet.

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My wife would like to see our daughter eat fewer carbs, but I worry because she is so thin already. I worry she won’t get enough nutrients because she doesn’t eat a lot to begin with.
IF... one increases fats, and eats plenty of leafy green vegetables, eating low carb will not make her nutrient deficient. And there's no reason she should lose weight if she eats enough fats (like butter, cream, cheese, cream cheese, bacon, avocados, etc.). Fats are calorie dense so one doesn't need to eat a whole lot.

If one tries to eat low-carb and continues to keep to a low-fat way of eating, that amounts to a starvation diet and, of course, one would lose weight and, quite frankly, would put their health in jeopardy.

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Here's a site that discusses development of acne and the role of high blood sugar and insulin resistance. It might be an eye-opener for your daughter and make her more inclined toward lower her carb consumption.
Sugar And Acne The Role Of Insulin And Other Hormones

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Thanks, VeeJay. We're not afraid of fat in our house! ;o)

We eat real butter, full fat dairy, avocadoes, olive oil, etc., we don't take the skin off poultry (we all like dark meat) or trim our red meat, although the grass fed meat we eat tends to be somewhat lean. Daughter is a big fan of full fat Greek yogurt. I don't know how much more fat I could get her to eat, TBH.

But I do worry because she's only got a BMI of 18% and we get nastygrams from her school because she's out of the "normal" range for BMI. If dropping carbs helped my wife lose weight, wouldn't reducing them also make my daughter lose weight???

I know my wife has given our daughter a lot to read on acne and insulin resistance (and also the role of dairy in acne), but she said she doesn't want to restrict her diet right now. We've agreed as a family that we can give her the information, but at this age she has to choose for herself whether she wants to change her diet. She may feel differently later on, and at least she will have the information available when she's ready to make the commitment.

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Thank you. Counsiler. ;o)

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Changing your weight is hard! Until I was in my 20's I was stick thin regardless of what I ate. Food affected my blood sugar, but not my weight. Now, I'm overweight, and regardless of what I eat, mostly don't lose weight like I should.

I think it's important to find a way of eating that helps your daughter feel healthy and content. Does she have diabetes? If so, then monitor her blood sugar and adjust based on what keeps it steady and in a safe range. If it's just PCOS, then monitor how her diet and exercise helps manage those symptoms instead. Having a good relationship with your body, instead of hating it 1+ weeks a month, is a gift to any young woman.

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