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    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Hi.

      Doesn't look like anyone's posted here for a while.

      So, let's change that ... Hi, I'm Morte, I have Type 2 diabetes and I'm finding a low carb/high protein diet is the best way to control my blood sugars.

      Clearly, I'm not the only one. :)

      So, good to meet you all. See you around the forums.


      morte
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      You've come to the right place Morte. If you cut all carbs your blood sugar levels will be, well, level - & well in the proper range too.

      That's a bit drastic for most folk, of course, the idea is to cut them all out & reintroduce favourite foods one at a time & see what they do to your levels.
      Odille -
      following Primal Lifestyle

      Low fat is so last century!
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Hi Morte
      I have been cutting all processed carbs for 3 1/2 years (I think, maybe more now ). It works for me. No more meds of any kind. Loving my A1c 5.2 and my sillouette. Alcohol has been my downfall. It seems that I have motivated a few pre-diabetics and those with diabetes to make the change too. Having good recipes at your fingertips really helps.
      Fearless in the face of dietary Fat. Increased fat, dropped carbs to very low low and reached target weight and more! Low carber for (my) Life
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Hi there :)

      Yes, I've done the low carb thing before, and found it worked wonders on my blood sugars. Good enough after a few months for my doctor to cut my meds. Then I 'fell off the wagon' and with the lower meds, really blew out. My A1c went from 5.5 out to 10.2 ... so I'm back on all my old meds, and more, and back on the low carb living.

      I'm hoping to stick to it this time, and get the readings down again, and get off some of the meds, and STAY THAT WAY.

      Wish me luck :)


      morte
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Hello everyone,

      I'm also Type 2, as are several of my siblings, father and maternal side grandmother. I always thought that with that kind of genetics behind me it was inevitable that I'd succumb eventually and so did nothing to prevent it.

      The result? Lifelong hormonal problems and infertility, uterine carcinoma and radical hysterectomy (surgical induced menopause) at age 39, obesity, hypertension, depression/anxiety and of course diabetes.
      Now, thanks to low carb I can see a future for myself and am excited!

      Thank you for the opportunity to access this wonderful website resource !!
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Just looking for a few opinions.
      My HbA1c has got quite high (over 10) since I've neglected my low carb diet. I did have it down to 5.2 when low carb.
      I've now started back on my LC and I know it's only early days and that my readings will get better but here's the thing: If I take my medication it gives me the trots. I've stoped taking it :eek:
      I can start on short acting insulin but I'm just a bit scared of doing so.
      My main question is - should I start the insulin or forget the drugs and just wait for the low carb to do it's work - what do other diabetics think ???
      *************************************

      Lord, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
      Courage to change the things I can,
      and the Wisdom to hide the bodies of the people I may have to kill because they p!$$ me off.
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Which drugs are/were you taking, Janal?

      I'm also diabetic, find that my H1bAc is *MUCH* better on low carb (despite my doctors refusing to like the idea). I also go from 10.something to 5.something while doing low carb.

      I'm on metformin, glyade and byetta. I don't have problems.

      Maybe talk to your doctor about your medication, before doing anything about it yourself. Your dose may need adjustment while you're doing low carb, rather than done away with totally.
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      I'm on 2000mg diabex (which is the one that gives me the trots) and 30mg Diamicron (gliclazide)
      Had lunch about 12.30 and ate some pumpkin zuchinni mushroom mix, a small amount of meat (not even a slice) and 2 small peices of crackle. Just did test before dinner and my reading was 12.something. Only other thing I had was a cup of tea, small amount of milk and 2 tabs of splenda.
      Dinner has been meat & veg and I'll do another test maybe in a half hour just to see what I go up to.
      Still think short acting insulin may be a better option.
      Opinions ???
      *************************************

      Lord, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
      Courage to change the things I can,
      and the Wisdom to hide the bodies of the people I may have to kill because they p!$$ me off.
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      You're on a little less than me, of both those. When did you last see your doctor about your medication? Maybe it needs increasing?

      Try adding more protein, and more fat, into your diet. Especially more fat if you're cutting the carbs.

      Beware insulin if you're trying to lose weight. My specialist has told me it's a "last resort" as it will cause me to gain weight. That's why we're trying the Byetta.

      When I'm being 'good', I'm generally around 5-7 before dinner, and 4-6 before lunch. Though in the morning, before breakfast, I'm usually my highest (7-10). We're still trying to work that one out :)

      Oh, more water :) lol .. it's good for you.
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Im on Metformin as well, It is known to give people the trots for a while but your body will get used to it. You wont hypo with metformin alone but may with the Diamicron, Add some more protein and fat to your diet while you cut carbs, as morte said. You will see the benefits. when you get a bit high after a meal, go for a short walk, even on the spot. You will see your BSL's start to go down instantly.
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Was reading yesterday on Dr Bernstein's site how bad Diamicron is for us diabetics. Burns the pancreas out prematurly.
      Did take half dose of metformin last night, and tried 2 units of insulin last night as well, Hmmm my reading went up.
      Tried 3 units this morning and I only had 2 cups of coffee and my BG went up again.
      I am so over this fatigue I'm feeling.
      *************************************

      Lord, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
      Courage to change the things I can,
      and the Wisdom to hide the bodies of the people I may have to kill because they p!$$ me off.
    • Have diabetes type 2 with obesity and high blood pressure

      Hi, have been on metformin and insulin for past few years. Always had high blood sugars even with those. Also have high fasting blood sugars in the morning. Have been working with taking my meformin at different times of the day trying to get my morning blood sugars down. My blood sugars during the day are down very well since doing Atkins and also my blood pressure is way down also. Have read that it takes diabetics much longer to lose weight because of the insulin. Anyone have any experience with this?
      I am looking to eventually get off the insulin, metformin and blood pressure medications. Hope that will happen when I get down to my goal weight of 130 pounds. Started at 181 and am down to 157. :)
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Hi Yolie ...

      I'm on metformin, glyade and byetta ... my H1bAc is down to 6.4, but my fasting is still around 9-10 ... I'm also experimenting with the metformin timing, to see if I can bring it down. Eating low carb certainly helps. Before I went LCHF my H1bAc was 10.2. Just that pesky morning reading now :)

      My doctor doesn't want me to go on insulin while I'm trying to lose weight, because it'll make you GAIN weight. Maybe talk to your doctor about other options.

      Good luck with your Atkins!
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Low carb actually causes a high fasting read. There was a link to a good article on the Primal forum. Found it here on Hyperlipid.

      A little extract - the last bit of the article:

      "Elevated non esterified fatty acids induce physiological insulin resistance and a higher than expected FBG level. A simple switch to higher carbohydrate eating (in myself) allows the normal underlying pancreatic and muscle function to show. It also fits in with the FBG of 3.5mmol/l found in the carbohydrate fuelled natives in the Kitava studies.

      So do I worry about a FBG of over 5.5mmol/l?

      Not while my HbA1c is 4.4%."
      Odille -
      following Primal Lifestyle

      Low fat is so last century!
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      I also read somewhere that having your evening meal earlier has helped some overcome the DP. Suppose that all depends on how flexible one can be with children & husbands to feed and there time scheduals :)

      I'm very excited though today :D :D :D
      For the first time in I don't know how long - I actually feel well, and I mean really well, the fatigue has lifted and my head is clear.
      I've worked out I need about 5 units of insulin and I finally had a reading last night of 8.5 - I know still high but better than 15 :D
      *************************************

      Lord, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
      Courage to change the things I can,
      and the Wisdom to hide the bodies of the people I may have to kill because they p!$$ me off.
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Oh and another thing. If we are doing a LCHF diet our weight loss might be slow but I would still think we should lose
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      Lord, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
      Courage to change the things I can,
      and the Wisdom to hide the bodies of the people I may have to kill because they p!$$ me off.
    • Re: Do you have Diabetes? Come say Hello here!

      Hi. I introduced myself in the main lobby, but thought I'd repeat it here. Almost 2 yrs. ago my doc said I was one point away from being a prediabetic. Luckily I knew that eating lc/hf was the way to go. I have been eating this way since then and have been able to control with diet alone.

      My husband is also diabetic, but he claims to hate veggies and I knew that if I kept sitting a plate with a piece of meat and some veggies in front of him, he wouldn't be able to stick with lc, so I have tried to make it seem as though he isn't eating much different than before diabetes. To do that, I had to go on a quest for good tasting lc recipes for specific dishes, and if I couldn't find one that would work for us, I had to 'invent' my own. I also have to keep him supplied in desserts. It has been quite a journey, I seem to spend most of my time in the kitchen, and the quest never seems to end, but it's well worth the trouble and work. :) Our health is better than it has been in years.