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Drinking Coke at a diabetes info session

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Doug_NL, May 17, 2019.

  1. Doug_NL

    Doug_NL Type 2 · Member

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    I was diagnosed with Type 2 a few weeks ago. I knew it was coming eventually. The really ironic bit is that before I recently retired I managed health care food services. Duh!

    My doctor sent me to a group diabetes education session at the local hospital where (I kid you not) a participant finished a 1L of regular Coke and opened a second. She did not get any ribbons.

    Anyway the session was stuff I already knew and good information about reducing carbs. The dietician repeatedly called Type 2 "progressive" with no mention of reversing.

    Fortunately I'd already found the UK studies on VLCD online. Forget how I found them - maybe a link from UK Diabetes. But anyway I started the VLCD on my own using Boost. The change in fasting readings was immediate and my weight drop was spectacular. I could actually see my body changing (the avatar picture isn't Homer, it's actually the "before" me) in the mirror.

    Before starting this I got my doctor's ok and talked with a dietician at work. Both were ok with the diet although surprisingly the dietician had to look up the studies. I find that the UK is much more advanced in both research and resources than Canada and that Diabetes.co.uk and this forum are wonderful sources of information.
     
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  2. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Not sure I could have sat and watched a T2 drinking a litre of Coke in such circumstances. You deserve a winner badge just for that.
     
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  3. wiflib

    wiflib Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    It must have been the thirst of an uncontrolled BSL...
     
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  4. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah very possibly. I recall in the weeks prior to my diagnosis I had an unslakable thirst for orange juice.
     
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  5. wiflib

    wiflib Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    That vicious cycle!
     
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  6. enb54

    enb54 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The health care system in Canada (and most other nations) is still focused on the WW1 "trench warfare" method of fighting the war against type 2 diabetes. "We know what's best, never mind what works" is the path that many are currently following, so likely it will take a long time to change. There are still people who don't believe in vaccination and others who believe the Earth is flat, it is human nature to doubt things that are undoubtable. Now is that crazy or what? I'll step off the soap box now...
     
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  7. Major Buckmaster

    Major Buckmaster Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Same. I couldn’t stop drinking lemonade and fruit juice together!
     
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  8. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    GI cordial with deceasing dilution over time was mine, sweet green stuff.
    Luckily my teeth did not stain permanently!
     
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  9. Tophat1900

    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    It was gatorade for me.... you know, because it's healthy and good for you and sports stars were drinking it.
     
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  10. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    No training here in the Netherlands, so never met other random, freshly diagnosed diabetics in my area. I was sent to two different dieticians who both told me to eat carbs and cut fats. Going low carb is relatively new.... But most doctors, dieticians and specialists haven't quite gotten with the program yet. I'm my GP's lab rat, really... I'm the only one in the practice who went LCHF and later keto. I'm also the only person in the practice to reverse her diabetes with diet only. Reason? I don't see the diabetes nurse, I don't see the dietician. I just read Fung and dietdoctor.com, keep an eye on my meter and discuss results with my doc, and no-one else in the medical profession. It was a learning curve for both of us, but I love that she took me seriously and agreed to do whatever test I wanted, at any given time. Diabetes isn't her speciality, but since the people who should be in the know about all this gave me advice I wasn't going to follow anyway because it was detrimental to my health to do so, and I got results marching to the beat of my own drum, she wants to keep a close eye on where all this goes. And so far, it goes to a HbA1c of 33, good cholesterol, weight loss, a fixed fatty liver and no diabetic complications. ;)

    Sometimes you just do what you need to. Swim against the current and all. ;)
     
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  11. briped

    briped Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That's excellent exercise too ;)
     
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  12. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Mine was beer, but that might not have been due to the diabetes! :bag:
     
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