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Old 11-11-2017, 16:17   #1
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I'm Quinn Living on Yell, Shetland
Recently (March) diagnosed T2 but have apparently been diabetic for "some time". Diagnosed through the "complications". Went first 3 months without meds. Got A1c down from 10.2% to 7.5% then put on metformin now on 2000mg per. day 2x500mg twice... last A1c 6.4% but stalling, having a lot of problems getting the fasting No. down always high! Using LCHF but looking to try Keto, problem up here is getting good quality food, and fresh!

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Hi Quinn, welcome to the forum.

Going low carb should help because carbs are the things that are converted straight to glucose in food. Going keto (lower carb) should help even more lowering your BG. But please do be patient, the fasting number usually takes longer to come down. I hope you are testing before and after meals to see how the food you eat affect your BG.

Takes a lot of testing at first, but once you know what foods make your BG go up and either eliminate or minimize them, then you can test less. BloodSugar101 is a good read and has a section about lowering your BG and testing.

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Hi Quinn.....welcome! I am empresses that you have improved your blood sugars as much as you have. Many, when first diagnosed do not make the effort that you are making. As far as the morning fasting's, you are not alone there. Most of us, if we are having problems, find the morning one to be the hardest to maintain! We even have a name for it "The Morning Phenomenon"....

By joining with us on this website, you have surrounded yourself with 100's if not 1,000's of fellow diabetics. We will share our experiences and tell you how we have accomplished taking control of what we eat and learning what specific foods do to our blood sugars.

The first step for all of us was to gain the knowledge. Go through website above and you will then have a basic understanding how we all control our blood sugar. Although eating fresh food is always preferred, the real important thing to do is to radically reduce eating carbohydrates, they are poison to diabetics...

Problem is when you cut most carbs out of your diet, you will fill hungry and have cravings for carbs....and in time they wear you down....but we have a solution to avoid that problem.....and that is to add more fat to your eating, lots of fats, bacon, cheese, eggs, etc. etc.

Read to blood sugar 101 and it will be explained a lot in more detail....

Again, welcome and good luck...You can do this...we all have!

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Hi Thanks mbuster,
Been checking foods, main problem was wheat, all forms cause a spike, also potatoes, parsnips and most root veg. all carbs seem to have been the problem which I ate a lot of. Never ate sweet things or refined sugar at all, although a good Sauternes was never refused, or passed by!! The only regular sweet things I'd eat was fruit, didn't realise how dangerous they can be!

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And thank you dive2live,
You got it in one! Carbs! I've been fortunate, never believed the "fat is bad for you" hype. So always ate and love fat!

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You will definitely want to take a moment to watch the video below. It is the perfect place to start and well worth the 18 minutes to watch it.


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And thank you dive2live,
You got it in one! Carbs! I've been fortunate, never believed the "fat is bad for you" hype. So always ate and love fat!
Quinn....you are again, ahead of most...you understand that fat is good for us, to many refuse to supplement fat for carbs....and in time they fail due to hunger and cravings....

When I found this website in 2015 my A1c had been creeping up and hit 7.9! It scared me, my doctor wanted me to take some new types of meds, my instincts said NO! Then I found this website and started lowering my carb intake to less than 50g per day, most time stayed at 30g per day. In 4 months my A1c hit 5.8.................as of September of this year it is 5.9............I lost 55lbs so far, not from exercise or dieting, just substituted fats for carbs.....my blood pressure is like 110/68 today....I am 67 and loving this new body and how well I feel....

For me no root crops, no rice, corn or wheat products, or grains of any kind. No fruit, although I can get away with 3-4 strawberries or a small handful of blue berries from time to time. Maybe 1/2 of a banana, but not often. And of course nothing with sugar or honey or syrups....

Good news is I can drink a light beer with less than 4 carbs, Whiskey and Scotch Whiskey is ok if with water or soda. Vodka and red wines are also ok...all in moderation....

I eat lots of meat, cheese, and vegetables and actually within 6 months I had found a lot of good foods, snacks (Pecans or Walnuts or maybe some fried pork rinds), and a drink that works well for me.....most on here are the same....it is a change, but not really a diet!

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Quinn....you are again, ahead of most...you understand that fat is good for us, to many refuse to supplement fat for carbs....and in time they fail due to hunger and cravings....

When I found this website in 2015 my A1c had been creeping up and hit 7.9! It scared me, my doctor wanted me to take some new types of meds, my instincts said NO! Then I found this website and started lowering my carb intake to less than 50g per day, most time stayed at 30g per day. In 4 months my A1c hit 5.8.................as of September of this year it is 5.9............I lost 55lbs so far, not from exercise or dieting, just substituted fats for carbs.....my blood pressure is like 110/68 today....I am 67 and loving this new body and how well I feel....

For me no root crops, no rice, corn or wheat products, or grains of any kind. No fruit, although I can get away with 3-4 strawberries or a small handful of blue berries from time to time. Maybe 1/2 of a banana, but not often. And of course nothing with sugar or honey or syrups....

Good news is I can drink a light beer with less than 4 carbs, Whiskey and Scotch Whiskey is ok if with water or soda. Vodka and red wines are also ok...all in moderation....

I eat lots of meat, cheese, and vegetables and actually within 6 months I had found a lot of good foods, snacks (Pecans or Walnuts or maybe some fried pork rinds), and a drink that works well for me.....most on here are the same....it is a change, but not really a diet!

Good luck
Unfortunately my tipple was dark rum, that does make me spike (one of the first things I monitored! ) Otherwise my diet is similar, but I do have difficulty getting fresh vegetables, and a variety even harder, (nearest shop 7 miles, nearest supermarket is not even on this island!) am trying to grow some but the little land I have is more peat bog than fertile soil! So it gets boring eating the same few veg all the time! Have our own chickens, both for meat and eggs, probably get a couple of weaners in the spring, so meat not a problem and fatty at that! Exercise not a problem, but harder with peripheral neuropathy, and vision problems. Biggest headache is just getting good fresh food.
Morale is good, never been one to fixate. All in all I'm optimistic that I can get this thing under control.
Thanks for your support.

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Quinn, welcome to the forum! I see you have some challenges to your food supply because of where you live. I'm looking forward to posts from you describing how you address those challenges -- you certainly seem to have the spirit to do it!

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