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Good Morning Everybody! Thanks so much for your replies and info to my first Post yesterday. Even though my blood sugar runs anywhere from 175 - 400 these days AND my A1C is 24...I feel good. That's what really shocked the doctors. They said I should be feeling horrible...and possibly way worse. And the fact that I've lost weight is puzzling to them. I appear healthy and slim but obviously something is VERY wrong with my blood. I'm going to make an appointment today with a DIABETES specialist. Originally went to my GP after a bloodsugar of 500 last December and he put me on Janument...then when my bloodsugar didn't do down...he up-ed the dose. .I haven't been good about taking the meds because they give me stomach issues but from what I'm reading on your posts those symptoms will go away if I'm diligent about take the meds.

My question is....and I realized you aren't doctors...but I read someones post that intimated that they overdid the carbs earlier in life and that's why they have diabetes. Could that be true? Carbs was/and is...my favorite food group.
 

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I do not think so, but it will sure make it more obvious ... which may certainly amount to the same thing.

I think a high starch diet in my case obviated an underlying deficiency ... I was roller-coastering my BG's, worse and worse, prior to diagnosis.

Please take a look, though at Blood Sugar 101 website. It explains a LOT. And no, eating too many carbs early in life does NOT leas to Diabetes!!!!

BTW, how about insulin? With those numbers, you need to be controlling your blood sugars more consistently.

And ... how about some testing- for c-peptide and GAD antibodies?

What are you eating, to get those highs?
 

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My Bad....

OK...I just opened up BloodSugar 101 and one of the first things I saw was YOU DID NOT EAT YOUR WAY TO DIABETES!
That's good to know.....I would have hated to have DONE THIS TO MYSELF!. Thanks for all your help.....I'm gonna keep reading. :)
 

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I do not think so, but it will sure make it more obvious ... which may certainly amount to the same thing.

I think a high starch diet in my case obviated an underlying deficiency ... I was roller-coastering my BG's, worse and worse, prior to diagnosis.

Please take a look, though at Blood Sugar 101 website. It explains a LOT. And no, eating too many carbs early in life does NOT leas to Diabetes!!!!

BTW, how about insulin? With those numbers, you need to be controlling your blood sugars more consistently.

And ... how about some testing- for c-peptide and GAD antibodies?

What are you eating, to get those highs?
I'm definitely more aware of reading labels and check the carb levels, For Breakfast a muffin or hard boiled egg; Lunch: sandwich (2 slices of bread, bag of chips maybe for lunch), Dinner: Meat/starch or Pasta with salad. I DO have a big sweet tooth but am trying to keep sweets to a minimum. Dropped almost all sodas...maybe have 1 or 2 a month; drink unsweetened tea or coffee with Stevia.
I don't know about testing for C-peptide and GAD antibodies but I'll read up on that. Thanks!
 

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There's something about industrialization that causes diabetes, types 2 and types 1. These were very rare before. We did not find them in native societies anywhere. I blame it on sugar -- overloading our pancreas plus a lot more pathways, not to mention glycation and oxydization, mineral and nutrient depletion, and disrupted hormone signalling. (I made that sound smart because I really don't know any of this stuff.)
 

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There's something about industrialization that causes diabetes, types 2 and types 1. These were very rare before. We did not find them in native societies anywhere. I blame it on sugar -- overloading our pancreas plus a lot more pathways, not to mention glycation and oxydization, mineral and nutrient depletion, and disrupted hormone signalling. (I made that sound smart because I really don't know any of this stuff.)
That sounds completely believeable. I realized MANY more people are now diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes. :eek:hwell:
 

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I do not think industrialization has anything to do with causing Type 1 diabetes. This is usually something that you are born with, or could be late onset. Type 1 differs from Type 2 in that Type 1's do not make any insulin at all, therefore must use insulin always. A Type 2 is usually insulin resistant/deficient, but usually is still producing some insulin. A diet high in carbs and sugar can lead to diabetes, but does not necessarily constitute an eventual diagnosis of such. Every diabetic is different, and what your body can handle may not be the same as what my body can handle foodwise. However, as a diabetic my body does not handle carbs or sugary foods very well. Obviously my pancreas and beta cells and all the other things that go along with being a diabetic has not remained in a normal state as that of a non-diabetic. So, if I continued to eat carby and sugary foods, I would eventually suffer all the complications of diabetes. By attempting to control my diet with a LC/HF WOE, I am trying to stave off those complications for as long as possible, if not forever. Okay, my mind is wandering now, so I'll leave it at that.
 

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NayNay, Type 1 is any autoimmune diabetes. I still produce insulin.

Accelerator hypothesis does, indeed, include Type 1, which is increasing parallel to the rate of Type 2.
 

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Diabetes is a wierd disease. It may present differently with all of us. I was super healthy before diabetes. I was a vegetarian, worked out at least 2 hours every day, was a normal weight and didn't eat any sugar or fat. My doctor was shocked too. Actually my eye doctor is the one who suspected diabetes when they picked up some small specks in the back of my eyes. When they sent me to a specialist to do a dye test they could see microscoptic tears. The Opthamologist knew immediately I probably had diabetes. Also our bodies get used to the higher bgs. Actually when we begin to lower them to the 70-120 range many of us feel ill and the body will rebell sometimes. The relationship of carbs to diabetes is basically how healthy your endocrine system is. When everything works perfect you eat carbs and your pancreas immediately pushes out insulin to push the glucose from the carbs into our cells to be used as energy. The problem comes when our pancreas no longer pumps out enough insulin or the insulin we do produce is not recognised by our cells and the glucose cannot enter the cells. This is called Insulin Resistance. Some drugs like Januvia and Metformin help us become more sensitive to our own insulin. But it sounds like they aren't working in your case. It does seem you are eating more carbs than your pancreas can handle. Many of us have to cut back on the carbs. I have had to cut back to 10-15 carbs per meal. I cannot eat anything made with wheat flour because it spikes me for hours. So I have cut out all breakfast cereals, breads, muffins, pancakes, chips, etc. Every once in awhile I do a test to see if I can add them back in. I usually fail it every time. I love chips and bread but I will spike to 200+ if I eat them. Luckily a lot of my online friends are great chefs and we have figured out ways to make our own LC breads, cookies, muffins, pancakes, biscuits and even fudge. With bgs as high as yours your doctor needs to take agressive action. Make sure you ask for a C peptide and GAD test , so you know what type of diabetes you are dealing with. I would also ask for insulin to get your bgs back into a normal range. Once you get bgs stabalized you could cut back on the insulin and maybe add back the oral drugs. But changing diet is imperative. Eating a higher carb diet will only make your bgs go higher especially if you are not injecting insulin. But the bigger issue here, is the complications that come with any bg over 140. I know you feel fine now, but damage is going on inside your blood vessels that may lead to serious complications 5-10 years down the road. My dad was dx'd a few years ago in his late 80's. His dietician suggested a high carb diet, he now has severe neuropathy and can barely walk.
 

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My favorite food group is also carbs, the good news is there is a low carb substitute for just about every high carb food out there. If you haven't checked out the recipe section of the forum, you might be surprised what you find there. Faux mashed potatoes and gravy, cupcakes, pies, cakes, cookies and more.

This link will give you an idea of what most of us eat and don't eat and why. LCHF for beginners | Dietdoctor.com
 

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If I were you, Meswyn, I'd be ditching the muffins/bread/chips/pasta. And if I were your age & posting numbers like yours, I'd schedule a c-peptide & GAD antibodies test. You look very like type 1 or 1.5 to me, and if your doc doesn't think you need insulin to bring those numbers down STAT, you may need a endocrinologist. Your levels are dangerously high.
 

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I agree. Sounds more like Type 1 to me. Especially the weight loss.

You should be aware of a condition called Diabetic Ketoacidosis that will happen when you have too little insulin in your system. Happened to me and I almost died.

Trust me you will not feel good for long with those numbers!
Get checked for other types of diabetes. Just because you're not a child anymore does not mean you cannot get type 1 diabetes. And that can't be treated with pills.

On the bright side. If it's type 1, you won't have to diet ;) and you can learn how to have regular sodas with little to no problems
 

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I agree. Sounds more like Type 1 to me. Especially the weight loss.

You should be aware of a condition called Diabetic Ketoacidosis that will happen when you have too little insulin in your system. Happened to me and I almost died.

Trust me you will not feel good for long with those numbers!
Get checked for other types of diabetes. Just because you're not a child anymore does not mean you cannot get type 1 diabetes. And that can't be treated with pills.

On the bright side. If it's type 1, you won't have to diet ;) and you can learn how to have regular sodas with little to no problems
As a Type 1 I do have to watch my diet to minimize spikes and be able to use less insulin.
 

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Yeah avoid the spikes most of the time but why "save insulin"?

I don't care how much Insulin I use. What for? As long as my a1c is great and I'm not overweight or anything
 
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