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Old 08-13-2020, 02:51   #11
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cecilia, I'm sorry this eating plan isn't doing it for you. You've struck on an essential: it's easier to keep at it if you (at least generally) like what you're eating. If you don't, it will feel like work, no matter how good it is for your blood glucose. And though it can be an adjustment for most people to go low carb, you've been trying it for at least a couple of months.

Maybe an intermediate level is in order. There is a wide range between the amount of carbs you eat with keto/low carb and the amount that the standard diabetic diet calls for you to eat. Maybe meet somewhere in the middle?

A big issue in managing diabetes is keeping your blood glucose range narrow and, ideally, low, though studies suggest that the narrow range is more important than keeping the number as low as it can go.

Keeping the range narrow, though, is kind of hard to do if you're taking in 45-60 grams of carbs in at each meal and then having to counteract that with met or other drugs or insulin. But maybe you could live with 15-20 grams of carbs per meal and then address that with whatever controls it best? 15-20 grams is a slice of bread or a portion of noodles or some fruit. You'd still be controlling your BG better than many people and you might not feel deprived all the time. You might need to go even higher at some meals to make it work for you.

Of course, all this gets run past your health-care providers because they'll have to work with you on it. But if keto/low carb just isn't viable for you, maybe something a little more expansive will do the job for you without requiring all the meds and causing all of the side effects.

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