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Old 03-29-2018, 03:48   #1
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Hello,
I just looked around the forum and am feeling overwhelmed by all the info, but am impressed and encouraged by the help that is offered here.
I'm Jack. I'm 60, 5'8", 250 lbs, and have Type 2, which was diagnosed (I think) in 2010. I'm good at avoiding and ignoring, so I have been faithfully taking my prescribed meds, but know very little about diabetes.
Presently, I am taking 1000mg of Metformin 2x a day and 1.25 mg of Glyburide 1x.
Last week I saw some videos of Dr Jason Fung on YouTube and have since read two of his books. I have been fasting for 5 days and feel terrific.
What brought me to this forum was the question whether I am okay taking my meds or might cut back some. I know it's a question for my doctor, but I feel the need to do research before seeing him, since he is very traditional in his approach, and I (perhaps wrongly) presume he won't know much about IF.
Anyway, I've gone on long enough, but wanted to post something as a way to get started.
Any words from you would be welcome.
Thanks.

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Welcome to the forum, Jack!

I pretty well match your bio, give or take a number or two. There is a lot of information here, of all types, but that's good because it means someone (or a few someones) oftn is thinking about what you're thinking.

I'm not very familiar with fasting as a means of controlling blood glucose, but I know Dr. Fung's work has been discussed often here. If you haven't already, you might want to click on the word SEARCH on the black bar at the top of the page (Web page, anyway, it may work differently on a tablet or phone). Type in Dr. Fung and you should find discussion threads posted by people who are fasting to help manage their diabetes. Some of those folks might chime in here, too.

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Thanks, Steve, for the reassuring and helpful welcome.

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Welcome Jack

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Welcome to the forum Jack. I understand about being overwhelmed with all the info on this site. I was overwhelmed at first and thought I would never get it. I'm still learning. The beauty of this site, is if you cannot find what you're looking for, just ask. Everyone here is so helpful and supportive.

Hope you continue to post.

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JackM....welcome aboard! You have just surrounded yourself with a very large group of follow diabetics, many of which have traveled down the same roads you are now on! We can share experiences and in doing so help you make better decisions as to how you can get and keep control of your diabetes....

I am a 67 year old married man that has been diabetic for over 12 years. I found this website in 2015 and after reading all the website information on following the Low Carb High Fat lifestyle, I decided to give it a try....it changed my life. I have maintained a healthy A1c every since I started and all of my health indicators, e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol, A1c, etc. have been in the normal range since July of 2015! I was also able to radically reduce the drugs that I was taking.

On top of that I have now lost over 65lbs. I should mention that folks who go on the LCHF lifestyle, that do not need to lose weight, do not seem to have trouble staying at their weight....this suggests to me that this LCHF will help you 'normalize' your weight.....

What's not to like? I am attaching the websites that will give you the information on LCHF lifestyle....check it out, do your own research and give it a try....it will improve your life also.....

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http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

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On top of that I have now lost over 65lbs. I should mention that folks who go on the LCHF lifestyle, that do not need to lose weight, do not seem to have trouble staying at their weight....this suggests to me that this LCHF will help you 'normalize' your weight.....


I myself would have to agree with this. I am doing low carb and it has nothing to do with me being overweight by all means , I dropped a few pounds and that's it so you don't wither away to nothing.
Being a T1 on a pump I decided to try it myself with the thought that less in carbs would be less insulin and also narrow my window for a bolus errors since there were fewer carbs.

All I can say is it works , takes a little getting used to but stick with it and after a while it gets pretty easy .

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On top of that I have now lost over 65lbs. I should mention that folks who go on the LCHF lifestyle, that do not need to lose weight, do not seem to have trouble staying at their weight....this suggests to me that this LCHF will help you 'normalize' your weight.....
I gotta agree with crankincraig - I eat LCHF, not to the same extent as some but I do it to regulate BGs and it tends to cause less of a spike after eating.

My weight hasn't varied any more than 5 pounds over the past few years. Probably from not taking in a lot of carbs. This time of year I'm usually at my heaviest - 5' 11'' - 188 pounds - (32 inch waist) if the trend continues I'll likely balance out to 185 pounds once the summer weather gets here.

If I wasn't watching my carbs I suspect there would be more variance to my weight and waist size.

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I gotta agree with crankincraig - I eat LCHF, not to the same extent as some but I do it to regulate BGs and it tends to cause less of a spike after eating.

My weight hasn't varied any more than 5 pounds over the past few years. Probably from not taking in a lot of carbs. This time of year I'm usually at my heaviest - 5' 11'' - 188 pounds - (32 inch waist) if the trend continues I'll likely balance out to 185 pounds once the summer weather gets here.

If I wasn't watching my carbs I suspect there would be more variance to my weight and waist size.
Looks like we have quite a bit in common besides that hairdo from the 80's in your fishing picture, 32 inch waste and right at 185 LBS and that only fluctuates by a pound or so at any given time.

I am sure that lower carb also does play a big part in helping control sugar levels as well.

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