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Old 07-12-2019, 11:16   #1
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Male, 50, skinny, Prediabetic A1c 5.6

Almost Keto diet. 12to15 hours fasting daily. Some days energy low, feel flat. Have cit carbs, sugar by 90%. Exercise moderately.

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Old 07-12-2019, 14:06   #2
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Thanks, Carel. Sounds like you're doing very well in managing your diabetes. I'm looking forward to seeing posts from you in upcoming conversations!

Now with less sugar!

A1c 09-15-2020: 5.6; no meds. Thank you LCHF!
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Old 07-12-2019, 16:10   #3
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Hi Carel, welcome to the forum. Lots of good information on this site.

Did you lower your A1C to 5.6?

13 Oct 20:
A1C: 6.2%
Cholesterol: 175
Crestor 5mg
Metformin 1000mg
BP: Cozaar 50mg

Hoping to work myself back to the 5% Club.

Wishing y'all Peace & Love!
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Old 07-12-2019, 18:19   #4
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Thank you All. Yes I am very impressed by this site. Alomogirl for 50years I was carbs,sugar. Readings always about 5.0. Nov2018 my luck ran out and i got a prediabetic badge from my dr for 5.5. I've cut carbs,sugar by a lot. Still, 3months later 5.7. I cut more. May2019 5.6.
I became even more strict and wil see what Aug will do... Funny one...

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Old 07-14-2019, 21:35   #5
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I believe a "skinny" diabetic is often the result of someone with a truly lousy diet (way too much high glycemic, junky food), is genetically predisposed, is actually type 1.5 diabetic (ie, body attacking pancreas to some degree), or some combination thereof. You may wish to learn your C-peptide level. This will tell you if you are insulin resistant (lots of insulin only to be rejected at the cellular level) or the opposite (insufficient insulin being produced). Regardless, going on the sort of diet recommended here can only be helpful.

Although I was never skinny I was never obese either. When I was younger I ate an awful diet but my fasting blood glucose was in high 70s/low 80s. But when I turned fifty I was shocked to see my fasting blood glucose had risen to 95 (.. of course my doctor didn't say anything). So it seems my crappy eating habits caught up with me. But when I turned 53 I started eating Paleo (no gluten or dairy) and my overall carb intake was halved (at least). My fasting blood glucose dropped to the high 80s, and at one point my a1c was 4.8. Unfortunately several years later with an a1c of 5.5 I am going down the same road as you. It really does seem that aging affects blood glucose levels, for the worse. One of the smarter internet doctors Chris Kresser mentions this. He thinks that by the time you are 70 a fasting blood glucose of 90 is perfectly normal.

Sorry for blathering on! Welcome, and keep us posted on your progress.

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Old 07-15-2019, 09:34   #6
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Lazza thanks for your interesting post.
Yes I will do that C test asap.
Oh hell, like all of you, how I now regret my 5 decades of foolish eating. Now everything seems so obvious...

I'm just glad my new diet is as enjoyable as my old (bad) one.

I just hope 2 things, a) my pancreas beta cells have not been damaged too much b) that my new fat adopted diet is not yet another science mistake...and that the WFPB team is not maybe right after all!

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Old 07-15-2019, 11:58   #7
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We were preached (lied) to for years about what a healthy diet was, low fat, not too many eggs, whole grains, and led to believe that the body's main and preferred choice of fuel was carbohydrates. Listening to and following what was supposed to be sound advice from those who are supposed to be experts at the time should not considered to be foolish. In hindsight, however, it was, but we had no idea at the time.

I watched a 5 part video on YouTube right after I joined this forum called the Big Fat Fiasco by Tom Naughton that made me do more looking into the change in nutritional recommendations and how they are actually causing more of the very things they were supposed to prevent, obesity, heart disease, diabetes.

Think I've had this since 2003. Told I was Type 2 lean on 2/13/12.
a1c 8.8 (8/2011) 5.2 (02/2020)
TC 183 LDL 102 HDL 65 TG 52 (02/20/2020)
Supplemental vitamins and electrolytes
65 YY Love the LCHF diet. The cheese goes well with my whine

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Old 07-15-2019, 17:13   #8
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My understanding of type 2 diabetics suggests that to be diabetic you must have some family history contributing to the existence of the disease. It is said to be inherited!

Once you have the gene's your eating habits dictate the onset of the disease...this is clearly demonstrated when many people who are athletes and in great shape, get type 2 diabetics. The other comment relevant to this is that we are all different and react differently with diabetes...

I also believe that the term 'Prediabetes' that the medical profession uses on many who have the 'onset of diabetes' gives a person a false expectation. It suggests that if you do everything they say, you can get cured! In fact diabetes can be controlled but not cured! Like being pregnant, you either are or you are not!

As you already know, diabetes can be controlled by diet and sometimes with meds. Controlling the disease will protect you from getting the many health issues associated with diabetes.

Good luck, and welcome....I will put a couple of websites many of us use for further research on controlling all has worked very well for me! lists foods for Low Carb High Fat (LCHF)

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