More success here. Three years down the low-carb way of living and my latest results are in. I only get them done once a year now as they are always spot on. I take one metformin tablet at night.
HbA1c 5.1 Up from last year when it was 5.0 (he he!) Lipid ratio 2.7 trigs 0.7
I eat only vegetables, proteins and fats. No Burgen bread, one potato or a small portion of pasta, rice or anything else, but with the occasional low-carb pud and some fruit and nuts thrown in. I still miss those blasted carbs but that's because I'm addicted to them and any addict will tell you the craving never goes away. I'm never hungry and I'm 6 stones lighter with another 1.5 to go. I have to remember that a stone of that is the loose, baggy skin that wont go anywhere without costly and vain surgery.
When it comes to choice, I choose my eyesight, feet, healthy heart and reduced stroke risk over a boiled potato or a spoonful of rice anytime.
wiflib wrote:When it comes to choice, I choose my eyesight, feet, healthy heart and reduced stroke risk over a boiled potato or a spoonful of rice anytime.
Me too. Since being diagnosed 3 months ago, I've manage to reduce my Hb1ac from 10.2% to 5.2%.
Like wifilib, I have an almost zero tolerance approach to carbs, I aim for <30g a day, mainly by eating low or zero carb food for breakfast and lunch, so that I can eat as many vegetables as I like with my evening meal (and I never eat pasta, bread or rice).
I haven't missed the carbs at all. I feel 100 times better, and 20lbs lighter.
Im a type 1 diagnosed about a year and a half ago...initial control was quite good but once exited the honeymoon stage have struggled...last hba1c was 10 (up from 6.7) and when I'm really trying to be 'on it' I hypo all the time! My energy levels are terrible, have constant dry mouth and feel dizzy quite a bit. Feel really uplifted reading about your successes with low carb and want to give it a go!! I would also like to loose a bit of weight (around 10pounds or so) for my wedding in november...is it advisable to go for the foundation ketone producing stage for two weeks?? Also how do you figure out how much insulin to give with protein? Or do you just use long acting injection? I'm currently on lantus.xxx Steph x
Hi. Have been doing a low carb diet, mostly meat and veg, porridge in morning. No bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, cakes or soft cheeses, basically doing without all of my fav things. I take Tablets to control my diabetes however due to my very low blood sugar levels I am now being told to reduce my tablets, have gone from 4 metformin and 4 Glidlazide to half the amount and looking to reduce more, is it possible to be tablet free and just control with diet??? Good part about this diet is I have lost a stone still more to go.
Bardon wrote: is it possible to be tablet free and just control with diet???.
It certainly is possible and, for some of us, achievable. My success story is on this thread and to date I am still totally medication free since around April 2009 by following a VLC diet. Porridge doesn't help my BGLs, only shoots them up but soft cheeses (not cottage cheese) like camembert, are OK.
Every little thing is going to be alright......... Bob Marley
I am 61, have Type 2, and at the time of review in July 11 was approx 19st 8lbs. My HBA1c has been rising over the years and was 9.1 at the review. My medication is 4xmetformin plus both glimepiride and sitagliptin. My GP increased another 2mg to the sitagliptin, but said that was probably the end of the road for oral medication.
Not being the sort of person who would take kindly to sticking needles in myself, I decided that it really was time get myself together. I started researching low carb diets and in mid-July started on the Dukan diet. I found it pretty hard, but in just three weeks, I lost nearly 20lb and my fasting blood glucose fell to 5.4 mmol/l.
I went on holiday in Scotland for the last 3 weeks of August and the Dukan diet fell by the wayside a bit, even though I tried to keep the calories down. I was about 18st 5lb when I got back from hol. I continued the research and started to read one of the Atkins books.
I restarted on a low carb diet on 7 Sept 11. I had to reduce my medication a couple of days back when my BG fell to 3.4 mmol/l just before bedtime and I felt a bit jittery (I believe you call that a hypo). The bottom line is that I have ditched the glimepiride and sitagliptin. For the last couple of days, I have just been on 4xmetformins and my BG is now 5.4 fasting. I also test during the day, about 90mins after meals and it is generally 4.6-5.4 mmol/l.
I think there might be scope yet for reducing or eliminating the metformins too. I am really rather hoping that I can eventually eliminate the metformin, keep the fasting BG at 5-5.4 mmol/l by diet alone, weigh under 17st and have an HBA1c of under 6 when I go back for another blood test in about a months time.
I've bought a rowing machine too (which hasn't yet arrived). I'm sure exercise will help, but cannot get on with walking or jogging.
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HBA1c: Jul 2011 - 8.9, Oct 2011 - 6.7, Mar 2012 - 6.8, July 2012 - 6.6
Started low carb diet: 9 Sept 2011 Stopped taking metformin: 1 April 2012, Started Newcastle diet: 21 April 2012, Started Atkins induction: 13 June 2012
The Low carb diet is working for me, its tough leaving behind all those so called staple foods, I think of the bakers shop as the door to the undertakers, come to think of it the same door is available at the italian, chinese and indian restaurants. I learned to treat all carbs as sugar, i measure all food, without cutting out carbs altogether, I use an excel spreadsheet to calculate insulin doses which produces a weekly analysis of BG levels, weight, calorie intake, insulin doses. Willing to share exel spreadsheet, PM me.
Hi Fergus and all other posters on this subject I was diagnosed with type 2 (probably 2007)- diet controlled at first and am now on metformin. Numbers have not been so important for me until I found this site. I was always told I was ok. After heart health rpoblems etc I decided to take control of my diabetes because I didn't want any extra health complications. I asked for a meter etc but was refused so I bought my own. I joined WW and put on one and a half stones! Persevered and found out that one of my heart tablets had affected my thyroid so I now had extra weight to lose.I tested and my morning readings are higher than some of yours 7-9. Sometimes later in the day readings have been 10.5 but I can equate these with eating chocolate or going out for a meal etc.I have now become besotted with low(er) carb eating. I have just treated myself to Dana Carpenders 1001 recipes. It's like learning a different language and finding some of the things to use has been really difficult BUT my readings have dropped after about 3 weeks of consistently trying. My before dinner tonight was 5.5 (for the first time) and my +2hours was only 6.8 and this was after scoffing half the recipe for stuffed peppers instead of one sixth........I feel tons better. I'm sleeping better etc The only issue I may have and I'm watching it like a hawk is that I take warfarin and I'm not sure how all the changes will affect my INR. Extra seeds and nuts etc. Soya milk whizzed up into interesting shakes etc etc
My recommendations are find what works best for you. I have never had an education course or seen a dietician so this site is fantastic. I have thrown out the carbs. Literally. Re-organised my kitchen cupboards and changed my shopping habits.
When I see the DN next month I shall ask her what my relevant numbers were last year and what they are now so I can start comparing properly.
As an aside do not try Slimming World's low carb crispbreads they are DISGUSTING !
I have learnt how to cope with the sad death of ketatoes and not being able to cook all the recipes in Dana's book until I found the recipre for a clone ketatoes...........see what I mean. I am learning a different language. Sad being that I am I'm really enjoying discovering how to low carb any meals. My family have stopped asking what I'm doing in the kitchen. I think they hope it's just a phase!
Hi Guys Forgive my intrusion, but i'm so motivated and eager to learn more about how the Dukan Diet can help people with Diabetes. I am T1 and have been for some 32 years, I am now at the point where my high HBA1C is driving me and my medical team MAD I desperately want to loose all of my post baby weight and I am very concerned that my doctor's have said that loosing weight on insulin is very hard as that hinders weigh loss...(not much support there then...) If anyone who is Type1 and has tried the Dukan diet, did it actually work and was reducing your insulin dosage a hard process??
I am not using any particular diet, just reducing carbohydrates, it seems that the fewer carbs you consume the lower your insulin doses will be, i also count calories and try to stay below the recomendations for six out of seven days of the week. I eat huge numbers of eggs; fried, boiled, scrambled, poached, omelettes etc etc any amount of chicken or fish. When i was first diagnosed type two i just cut down on sugar, looked at the nutritional breakdown of food and just looked at the sugar content, BIG MISTAKE, I firmly believe my diabetes is entirely down to the amounts of carbohydrates I have consumed, often in an effort to avoid fats. My diet now is only about carb avoidance no longer concerned about fat, have gone back to butter on my single slice of bread each week, or my solitary jacket potatoe. Weigh all your food and understand the nutritional information on food packaging, your insulin doses can be tailored to each and every meal in relation to the carbohydrate level you consume. Within a short space of time you begin to learn the levels of carbs present in foods, fruit and veg carb levels are quite interesting, leaves you making some interesting choices when you know all of the carbohydrate values. Learning about the GI can also be useful to help you understand your Blood sugar level readings when sometimes they can confuse you.