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I've not been on for a couple of weeks as I've been a bit busy but I wanted to give you all an update.
I started L/C about 6 weeks ago with BG of around 18.8 on a morning. I dont take any medication as I am against it but if this doeasnt work after a few more weeks I have agreed to start taking metformin.
Anyway I loved my sweet puds, biscuits, cakes, bread. You get the picture !
So when I started really feeling ill and getting periferal nueropathy in my legs to the point where my mobility was under threat I made a decision to save my life and limbs and went cold turkey low carb. Initially there was slow progress but I have been getting BG lately of between 6.6 and upto 8.9 after food, it seems to want to settle around an average of 7.5 on a morning but when I eat now although it rises it soon comes back down and I dont get the high sugar sleepy feelings I was getting.
My legs have improved, still got weak muscles but that can be improved with excercise but my general health is a million times better. I am more alert, have more energy and can feel very slight changes in my body as if I am mending albeit veryvery slowly.
Weight wise it hasnt dropped off me although I have lost but that was not my main driver, I have cut out sweet stuff, pasta, bread, rice, in fact everything that I felt was contributing to my demise.
Dont get me wrong it has been hard and at times of stress it would be a doddle to get a big fat cream cake or a massive sandwich and although tempted I just keep reminding myself this is for life and if i want to die early or lose a limb then go right ahead and eat it but if not then get something else.
I have experiemented with various things and have been surprised by results. I had a banana to see how badly it would affect me as i need an energy boost during the day as I work 11 hr shifts in a call centre and we only get very short breaks apart from lunch so I had my healthy lunch and the later in the day I had a banana and when I got home my BG was at its lowest so far so I would like your imput on the good old nana. I know they are packed with natural sugar but do they have any benefits mineral wise?
Also Honey, again I know it is sweet but how does this fit in L/C if at all as it is a pure sweetness from nature, again imput would be good. I am not talking about having honey by the shovel load but wondered if a small teaspoon would hurt with my food now and again.
One last question, my partner mentioned almond flour for an alternate pastry / base is this any good and how does it affect BG generally.
Anyway all is good in the hood so far, I am keeping on keeping on and will keep you all in the loop
Thanks for all of the support you gave in the early days
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bananas contain potassium, which is used in sending nerve signals. In addition the amount of sugar depends of the ripeness. i can only eat a bit of a banana or one of the tiny ones i buy for the grandchildren.
Hanadr Grandmother of Amelie and Joshua.
T2 since July 2003
using 2 x 500mg Metformin and reduced carbs
last HbA1c 5.4% August 2009 Feb 2010 5.1% Way hey!!
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I have a banana most days around 1pm (lunch about 11.30) and by 3pm my bg level is usually 4. something. Doesn't seem to affect me.Don't know about honey as I haven't tried it since diagnosis-thought it would be too sweet and would put levels up.
Diagnosed type 2 on 23/09/11
Hba1c: Sept 11-9.5, Dec 11-6.8,
March 12 - 51 (6.8)
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Really glad to hear things are going well for you. I struggle with banana and honey, but I'm not type 2, so probably best to see what other Type 2s advise. Almond flour is good. Does almost nothing to my BG. I use it to bake all sorts of things but especially low-carb muffins -sweet and savoury. Keep them in the freezer and you've always got a low-carb snack available. One word of warning though - almond flour is a bit fattening, so might not help your weight loss!
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