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Old 11-15-2017, 08:30   #1
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As most I am fighting Diabetes. I was diagnosed about a decade ago with pre-diabetes and was also fighting a health problems stemming from a car accident which immobilized me for a number of years helping me to become morbidly obese.

I was at 457 lbs and needed to lose weight fast so I had a bariatric bypass in like 2007. That helped me into the low 300's <350 but eventually I started have weight fluctuations until eight weeks ago, when I started a 30 day diabetes reversal. I have lost 16 lbs since then so now I am at 288 today.

I lost my health insurance at the beginning of this year 2017 so I haven't seen my doctor recently but I am going to be on Medicare parts A, B and D as I turn 65 in Jan 2018, thus I made an appointment Jan 2, 2018 and then I will probably learn what my A1c is.

My skin is clear, my feet are free of any wounds or open sores, my vision seems to be better so I am hoping that this new lifestyle of as much raw foods, and little if no processed foods, no HFCS, no sugar just stevia, whole grain bread, even cauliflower crust pizza.

So that is the gist of my story and I am sticking to it. If Diabetes won't be cured, it will at least be reversed Shalom O

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Hi, and welcome

This is a great place to learn and be motivated. We are all on the same journey of gaining control of diabetes and we help and encourage each other.

I know what it's like to not have insurance - I didn't have it for about 15 years before becoming eligible for Medicare. It wasn't until after that time that I developed diabetes. But thanks to knowledge gained from this and other diabetes forums I found that making a change of diet to low-carb/high-fat (LCHF) was all I needed to bring my blood sugar down to near normal levels.

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Welcome, skypeace! You'll find lots of help here in your journey.

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Old 11-15-2017, 16:11   #4
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@VeeJay and @itissteve
Thanks guys for the welcomes and as for the amount of knowledge and assistance here, I have begun to find out. Kind of gives you the warm and fuzzies,

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skypeace....welcome aboard. You have just surrounded yourself with a very large group of fellow diabetics. Many of us have traveled some of the same roads you have traveled. We can share our experiences telling you what worked for us and did not work for us. Through this you will find that you will be better informed to make decisions and you will also gain confidence into what you should be doing....

First, if you have not already done so, I recommend you review and read through these websites. In it you will find tons of good information regarding the lifestyle of Low Carb High Fat!

Blood Sugar 101

http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf


I do not refer to this as a diet, because we do not cut back on food intake or caloric count! We substitute fat for carbs....that is the miracle of it all....you do not get hungry, ever, or you are not doing it correctly...and you lose cravings for carb-ie food!

When I started LCHF on May 1, 2015 I too was morbidly obese. My A1c had creeped up to 7.9, I weighed 320lbs. my blood pressure was like 135/95, and my doctor was after me to take more new diabetic meds....which I feared! Then I found this website....did the reading, did tons of research of what I could eat and what not to eat. Ordered a ton of blood test strips (600) and started following LCHF! My weight and blood sugar improved immediately, I lost like 17lbs in the first 3 weeks....and I ate lots and was never hungry! It was then I realized I can do this, I can do this forever!

At the end of 6 months I had dropped 50lbs! My blood sugar A1c tested at 5.8, and my blood pressure was 110/75 (eventually I had to reduce my blood pressure med to 1/2 a pill as my BP was getting to low!)

So there you have it, my story is not unique, most everyone on here have similar stories...so get the knowledge first (links above) so we all speak the same language.

Good Luck....I am glad you joined us....

By the way, my last doctors appointment in September my A1c was 5.9, weight 265, and BP 120/80, and Cholesterol numbers were all at or better then recommended levels for diabetic! My doctor has been amazed, not me though I am just happy I learned to take control of my disease and my life.....

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Thanks @div2live for the warm welcome and awesome testimony of your diabetes reversal, (would reversal be appropriate) as would like that to be my story also some day soon.

I have read the 101 and it kind of follows the course I have been on with The 30 Day Diabetes Cure by Dr. Stefan Ripich which got me on the track to ketosis and the HFLC lifestyle.

Just took a look at the low carb page and the carb picture charts are helpful. You guys are winners in the best sense of the word. Here, I am like a kid in a candy store, whoops I mean a fat store. I am down with the HFLC lifestyle, just finding the right edibles is where I am at. Since I am retired, my health and living right by making my food my medicine, has become a full time job.

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Welcome skypeace!

I was diagnosed about 1 1/2 years ago and led me to ketogenic living (VLC/HF) and have improved from 396bg to 75 (no medication) and in my opinion fully reversed. I dont have high BG anymore and I lost 92 pounds in 10 months.

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Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

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Thanks @div2live for the warm welcome and awesome testimony of your diabetes reversal, (would reversal be appropriate) as would like that to be my story also some day soon.

I have read the 101 and it kind of follows the course I have been on with The 30 Day Diabetes Cure by Dr. Stefan Ripich which got me on the track to ketosis and the HFLC lifestyle.

Just took a look at the low carb page and the carb picture charts are helpful. You guys are winners in the best sense of the word. Here, I am like a kid in a candy store, whoops I mean a fat store. I am down with the HFLC lifestyle, just finding the right edibles is where I am at. Since I am retired, my health and living right by making my food my medicine, has become a full time job.
Actually, I think you are already off to a really great start. I found out about my diabetes over 12 years ago. I took meds and did try some to control my eating, but over the years my A1c slowly went up. I was panicking in 2015 when, thank the good Lord, I found this website. A few month later when I realized that I could do this for life and take control of my diabetes, life got much sweeter....

I too am retired and my eating and health are very much in focus now. I do not like to think of what I have accomplished as a reversal, as that make it sound a bit as a final solution, regardless of what I do, I am still sugar intolerant and always will be. No such thing as a cure either.....but if I can eat good and generally take care of myself....I can maintain low sugars, below 140 where cell damage begins (I use 120 in case my meter reading are off), then I can control this disease....and doing this on LCHF is easy, peasie, ....speaking of candy store....here is my favorite cheese cake recipe! It is a low carb delight, it keeps well in the freezer so you can sneak some anytime it sounds right....

Enjoy....if you don't cook or are not with some one who does, find someone who does and share...they will be your best new friend.

Cheese Cake-Low Carb
Ingredients:
• 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
• 1 cup extra-fine whole milk ricotta cheese (to refine, process in a food processor for 1 minute)
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 1 1/2 cups sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)
• 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1 tablespoon no sugar added vanilla extract
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 2 eggs
• 3 egg yolks
• Special Equipment: 1 (8-inch) spring-form cake pan
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Spray the spring-form pan with nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray. Set aside. In a shallow roasting pan big enough to fit the cake pan, pour about 1-inch of water and place it on the center rack of the oven to preheat.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat softened cream cheese, ricotta, sour cream and sugar substitute on low speed for about 1 minute until well blended.
In a separate bowl, using a wire whisk, mix heavy cream, vanilla, lemon juice, eggs, and egg yolks until blended.
Turn the mixer on medium speed, and slowly pour the egg mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Beat just until blended and then turn off; be careful not to over-whip.
Pour batter into the greased springform pan. Place pan into the heated water bath. Bake for 15 minutes, and then lower the oven temperature to 275 degrees F. Continue baking for 1 1/2 hours, or until top is light golden brown and cake is pulling away from the sides of the pan. Turn the oven off when finished cooking and leave the cake in the oven to cool for 3 more hours. (This will keep the cake nice and tall.) Then remove cake and refrigerate before serving. Serve chilled.
Total Time: 10 hr 15 min
Prep: 30 min, Inactive: 8 hr
Cook: 1 hr 45 min
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Yield: 12 servings
Nutritional Analysis:
Per Serving-slice
Calories 299, Fat 28 grams, Saturated Fat 18 grams, Carbohydrates 7 grams

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Hi skypeace, welcome to the forum.

Congrats on the success you have achieved so far. I wish you continued success and look forward to your future posts as you continue your journey. Really interested in how it goes with the transition to Medicare. I'll be 63 in April, but I better start studying up now.

Curious if by chance you tested your blood sugar before and after your gastric bypass. Some claims have been made that bariatric interventions actually lower one's BG and reverse/cure type 2 diabetes. You were certainly not cured or if you were you have become a born-again-diabetic. Just guessing you probably didn't test back then, because most doctors probably said it wasn't necessary.

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Welcome skypeace!

I was diagnosed about 1 1/2 years ago and led me to ketogenic living (VLC/HF) and have improved from 396bg to 75 (no medication) and in my opinion fully reversed. I dont have high BG anymore and I lost 92 pounds in 10 months.

I would also watch this video

https://youtu.be/da1vvigy5tQ

If you have any questions, dont hesitate to let us know
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That is an awesome testimony. I have watched that video previously and enjoyed it along with many others in my quest to gain knowledge and understanding into the truth of health matters. It is quite empowering to learn that much of what the medical community is locked into will actually kill you. Thank God I am set free!

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