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    Controlling diabetes with low-carb diet takes some adjustment

    Post by Eddie on Sun Dec 07 2014, 09:18

    A few things I adore: butter pecan ice cream, fresh-baked sourdough bread, and peaches. A few things I no longer eat: butter pecan ice cream, fresh-baked sourdough bread, and peaches.

    (OK, I did indulge in a scoop of homemade butter pecan in Cape May over the summer, which I downed in record time. But it was the first time I had eaten ice cream in a year.)

    I'm not talking about giving up gluten or going on a weird crash diet. Not even about the currently trendy paleo lifestyle.

    For me, it's all about dealing with my type 2 diabetes and finally acknowledging that my high blood sugars were primarily due to eating carbohydrates. And that the only way to lower my sugars without additional medication was to step away from carbs.

    After a one-year experiment with this type of eating, the medical results are in: A test of my average blood sugars - known as an A1c - over three months yielded a reading of 5.7 in August. Anything less than 5.7 is considered normal; 6.5 and above indicates diabetes.

    My endocrinologist, Daniel Rosenberg of Endocrine Specialists P.C. in Willow Grove, was able to reduce my medications to one pill of metformin twice a day.

    And here's the secret: It isn't really that hard. At least not after the first month or so. By adding more protein to my diet (mostly egg whites, fish, and low-fat cheeses) and eating plenty of low-carb vegetables (goodbye sweet corn, hello broccoli), I've been able to keep to it. On occasion, I add a bit of sugar-free chocolate to the mix, but, mainly, if I'm hankering for something sweet, I settle for a handful of nuts. I haven't given up alcohol, and allow myself a drink a day, which does add a few carbs.

    Sure, I miss that butter pecan. But I have to admit: The benefits have outweighed the costs.

    The full article here at http://www.philly.com/philly/health/diabetes/20141207_Controlling_diabetes_with_low-carb_diet_takes_some_adjustment.html#vop5lkaOmECuLfuB.99

    I reckon more high quality fats and less protein would give this woman a chance of HbA1c in the fours. Nevertheless she is doing very well on a low carb diet. Personally I have never known anyone who did not do well on a low carb diet, but hey what do I know.


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    Post by mo1905 on Sun Dec 07 2014, 10:15

    Makes total sense. It's carbs that raise BG levels and it's carbs I have to count whilst working out my insulin dose. OK, I would still need to inject a little for proteins but far less. If I take less insulin, the chances of me getting it wrong are less.
    So, low carbing is a no brainer for any diabetic, whatever meds ( if any ) we take.


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    Post by zand on Sun Dec 07 2014, 10:17

    This is how I started low carbing too. The thing is the results are amazing so that sometimes you don’t bother looking to make it even better. This was me. I have been low carbing (most of the time!) for over 3 years. I was satisfied with my BG’s. However I didn’t lose a lot of weight for the first 2 years. Now I am taking more tips from you guys and I hope to be merely obese in the not too distant future!
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    Post by mo1905 on Sun Dec 07 2014, 10:21

    To be honest, I'll be tightening my belt a little in the New Year. I'm more than happy with my control & HbA1C but i need to lose about a stone or so. Why don't we do it together and we can post here how we're doing, not doing etc ? Anyone else care to join us ?


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    Post by zand on Sun Dec 07 2014, 10:45

    Yes, good idea Mo. Smile
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    Post by Paul1976 on Sun Dec 07 2014, 11:11

    @mo1905 wrote:To be honest, I'll be tightening my belt a little in the New Year. I'm more than happy with my control & HbA1C but i need to lose about a stone or so. Why don't we do it together and we can post here how we're doing, not doing etc ? Anyone else care to join us ?

    Sounds good Mo!

    I'm in the same boat with good control but in my case not enough exercise over the last few months and too much drink at times so I could do with dropping a few pounds after christmas.


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    Post by sanguine on Sun Dec 07 2014, 11:38

    Yep, it's good to encourage/challenge each other (nicely) to avoid getting complacent.

    My last HbA1c was 42 (6.0%) and I want to get under 40 for my next one in March (first anniversary). I've lost 20kg and seem to be holding steady now at around 70kg - not sure how, it's just stabilised.

    I'm not expecting Christmas to be too much of a problem tbh. I can do without mince pies, cake and satsumas, main meals will be meat and veg without potatoes. I might just have a spoonful or two of Christmas pudding though with lashings of double cream.

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    Post by mo1905 on Sun Dec 07 2014, 11:48

    OK, that's great. We can start in the New Year, you can post as much or as little as you like. Hopefully we can encourage and support each other along the way. If you don't need to lose weight, post any workouts you have done.


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    Re: Controlling diabetes with low-carb diet takes some adjustment

    Post by Eddie on Sun Dec 07 2014, 11:48

    Paul wrote:
    @mo1905 wrote:To be honest, I'll be tightening my belt a little in the New Year. I'm more than happy with my control & HbA1C but i need to lose about a stone or so. Why don't we do it together and we can post here how we're doing, not doing etc ? Anyone else care to join us ?

    Sounds good Mo!

    I'm in the same boat with good control but in my case not enough exercise over the last few months and too much drink at times so I could do with dropping a few pounds after christmas.

    Sounds cool to me. I haven't weighed myself in over a year. I lent some super accurate scales to one of our kids some time ago, time to get them back methinks. This was me after three months low carb and a 50 lb weight loss. At diagnosis I weighed over 200 lbs. Around 160 lbs is good from me. I am fortunate in that I can dump thousands of calories per week without trying, and the bonus is the Council can remove that bottle bank from our place. I might tidy myself up and get Jan to take a today picture of me today and post it here at the end of January, with a pic after one month without booze and some heavy duty walking. I'll leave the iron man stuff to Mo and Andy. I defiantly have some blubber to lose, this is going to be fun, who else is up for some blubber bashing ?



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    Post by mo1905 on Sun Dec 07 2014, 11:52

    More the merrier ! And remember, the best type of exercise is the one that you stick to. It doesn't need to be complicated or over strenuous, a 15min walk done regularly works wonders !


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    Post by Eddie on Sun Dec 07 2014, 11:56

    Too right I am going to miss that walk to the Off Licence, how many calories do you burn up un-corking a bottle of wine? affraid

    Of course I realise I am giving ammo to the antis, they reckon all low carbers are alcoholics hick drunken


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    Post by mo1905 on Sun Dec 07 2014, 11:58

    We all know the benefits of red wine so crack on, as long as Unwins or Oddbins is at least a mile each way !


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    Post by Paul1976 on Sun Dec 07 2014, 12:01

    eddie1 wrote:

    Of course I realise I am giving ammo to the antis, they reckon all low carbers are alcoholics hick drunken

    HaHaHaHa!!! Twisted Evil


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    Post by zand on Sun Dec 07 2014, 12:27

    @mo1905 wrote:OK, that's great. We can start in the New Year, you can post as much or as little as you like. Hopefully we can encourage and support each other along the way. If you don't need to lose weight, post any workouts you have done.

    Since I have so much more weight to lose than the rest of you I'm going to start now. I'll start concentrating on the exercise more in the New Year (maybe Wink )
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    Post by zand on Sun Dec 07 2014, 12:28

    eddie1 wrote:

    Of course I realise I am giving ammo to the antis, they reckon all low carbers are alcoholics hick drunken

    lol. I thought we were - that's why I joined you Wink
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    Post by Paul1976 on Sun Dec 07 2014, 12:29

    @zand wrote:
    eddie1 wrote:

    Of course I realise I am giving ammo to the antis, they reckon all low carbers are alcoholics hick drunken

    lol.  I thought we were - that's why I joined you Wink

    lol! lol!


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    Post by Eddie on Sun Dec 07 2014, 12:42


    Working that remote can be knackering do I get any sympathy, NO


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    Post by sanguine on Sun Dec 07 2014, 13:23

    Last night we road-tested a bottle of champagne from Waitrose before deciding on what to get in for Christmas. Very nice too (Heidsieck Heritage Brut), shame really as I could do with some more testing.
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    Post by Eddie on Sun Dec 07 2014, 13:47

    @sanguine wrote:Last night we road-tested a bottle of champagne from Waitrose before deciding on what to get in for Christmas.  Very nice too (Heidsieck Heritage Brut), shame really as I could do with some more testing.

    I think more tests need to be conducted before the Yuletide season, just to be on the safe side. Very Happy


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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Dec 07 2014, 13:51

    Paul wrote:
    @zand wrote:
    eddie1 wrote:

    Of course I realise I am giving ammo to the antis, they reckon all low carbers are alcoholics hick drunken

    lol.  I thought we were - that's why I joined you Wink

    lol! lol!

    lol! lol!

    seriously - an extra walk or two for me in The New Year, sounds a good idea. Will have to try and remember to take a camera to show you the winter's scene sunny

    Like the sound of that champagne ......if you need any more volunteers to test taste santa

    All the best Jan

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