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I have been a diabetic for 13 years. Intitially, I was able to control my BS with small amounts of medication and diet/exercise. After a while I was on max. medication and my doctor was talking about insulin. I joined weight watchers and lost about sixty pounds. At that point I again reduced my medication to very small amounts. Since then I strayed from the path and and my A1C went up to 8.9 and I was maxed on oral meds. I started taking insulin once a night, watched my diet better and my last A1C was 6.3. I also stopped taking all my oral meds except for metformin (I still take 1000 mg of that along with the insulin which I also reduced).

Last week I found this forum after reading a book by Dr. Barnard. Apparently the topic was closed and the moderator made a comment about me pushing that trash or something similar. I really wasn't pushing anything I just wondered if his plan was any good. From the reply, I am guessing it is not well regarded on this site. Ok, I can accept that. So I guess what I am really looking for is a diet I can live with (I doubt I could have made on the all vegan diet) and that works.

Sorry if I offended anyone. I am just looking for answers.
 

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Hi there Grif. Most diabetics that are controlling their blood sugars well through diet and exercise (and/or meds) are eating as low-carb as possible.

My best advice is to read the "How to Lower Your Blood Sugar" page at Blood Sugar 101, it's all about what to do with diet, testing, etc., and it works...
 
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welcome Grif :) I've been type 2 for about as long as you... diagnosed in 1998. I was also maxed out on oral meds for quite some time. I'm now on full time insulin and have been since February 2010 because my pancreas no longer produces enough insulin for my needs. I'm finding controlling BGLs with insulin a lot better. I do get more hypos... but I also have other medical conditions, one of which causes my BGLs to be rather unpredictable. I find people on this site advocate high fat/low carb diet. I'm not one of those people. I believe in all foods in moderation which works for me. I eat carbs regularly but I stick to low GI carbs mainly and I stay away from vegetable carbs if I can help it as I know they don't work for me. I stick to wholegrain carbs. I also eat low fat and this is because when I did increase my saturated fat intake my cholesterol went up. I'm not prepared to eat high fat either when there's heart disease in my family... my father died of a heart attack (he was a big meat eater from my memory of him... and not much carbs). I do listen to my docs and specialists. I figure out for myself what works for me... I'm very independantly minded and I don't necessarily "go with the flow" at times. We're all different that's for sure. I can enjoy my porridge every morning, but others may not be able to do this. The most important thing is to continue to do what works for you and keep continually testing your BGLs. I'm sure you will find lots of support and info here. Keep us posted on how you're doing.
 

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Grif, diabetics do all sorts of diets. Some of us get uspet when people like DrBarnard promise you can cure your diabetes with a vegan, no fat diet. For most of us diabetes can't be reversed, but if it works for you, Great. Everyone here chooses the diet that gives them the loest bgs. I ate a diet similar to Dr Barnards before diabetes- no fat, vegetarian, lots of grains and fruits. My bgs raised to 240-fasting. So it didn't work for me. But diabetes encompasses lots of lifestyles and there is no one way of lowering bgs. Welcome to The Forum.
 

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I am looking at the Atkins diet now. The first phase restricts carbs by alot. Later on, you can add more if your BGL allows. Seems like a good place to start.
 

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I think Atkins, SouthBeach, Protein Power are all good low carb diets. I do a combination of Dr Bernsteins diet and several others. I believe in eating to your meter to the best you can. I usually don't have a problem with food spiking me. For me it is usually exercise and yard work that spikes me more than food.
 
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