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Glycogen stores, hypos and low carb/keto diets

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by EllieM, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Moderator
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    Good points, and I didn't mean to suggest that brittle diabetics (those with very sharp hypos) all had glucagon issues, just that glucagon issues could cause it. And if I had brittle diabetes I think I would try keto to avoid it. (Just psyched myself up to try dropping my carbs some more and maybe some more serious fasting :))
     
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  2. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ellie, my Mum was described as having brittle diabetes (over 40 years) and they said that meant no matter how much effort went into controlling her levels (and a LOT of effort was made), her levels shot up and down chaotically, most of the time leading to several hospitalised hypo's and hyper's. Her Consultants devoted hours and hours and hours trying all sorts of solutions mostly to no avail. As with diabetes in general, there are many facets to it. x
     
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    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi there, pretty much spot on. I'll tell you this, if MY levels were to drop into the low 3s and they often do, I will NOT be relying on my liver to step to my rescue on the basis that 'oh, eventually, probably after several hours unconscious, it'll have done its job'. By which time I imagine it would have dropped into the 1s! I just think even giving the impression this is somehow a solution to a hypo is dangerous, personally. My Consultant said that hypos (prolonged and often) can cause damage to the brain if left untreated and I believe him. x
     
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  4. PeteN11

    PeteN11 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My understanding of Cholesterol readings is that HDL readings are the good ones and LDL readings are for the bad ones. If overall cholesterol increases it does not necessarily mean increased risk of heart problems it depends on those LDL readings.

    I was recommended Statins pre diagnosis but declined however since I have gone on them and my Cholesterol has declined. Depending on next years blood tests I may try 6 months without, as long as I stay low carb that is.

    I do not intend increasing my fat levels whilst low carb as I believe I am carrying more than enough to keep me going for many a year.
     
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    I follow the Diet Drs, too, and also Dr. Richard Bernstein and his book, The Diabetes Solution. He was T1 since 1946 when he was 12, so he has many years of doing research, mostly using himself as a guinea pig. (And, he's still going strong at 86 yrs old). I like to think that he has lots and lots of experience, both with the old method and the low carb method. If he can do it, then I can, too. I was diagnosed T2 at 69, then T1 at 71 after a serious DKA episode and I'm now nearing my 73rd birthday. I'd like to live a healthy life for as long as I can, with no complications. Take care and stay safe.
     
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    I can get great BG control with very low carb and lots of exercise, sadly I fall off the wagon frequently. But my T1 diagnosis at 51 made me reevaluate much of my diet and some of my lifestyle. Like pretty much everyone over 55 I have had statins pushed at me. I always decline, as although they will reliably reduce LDL-C, there is no evidence that they improve longevity for post menopausal women. I am already very stiff jointed, so not keen on known side effects of muscle pain and increased insulin resistance. I have always had high HDL-C levels, but evidence that this is protective is being questioned.

    So how to manage my CVD risk - obviously both T1 and more so T2 are contributory risks. To cut a long story short, my go to resources are PeterAttiaMD.com and Thomas Dayspring. So I'm basically discarding the trad total Chol , HDL-C, LDL-C metrics. Instead focusing on Triglycerides & Apo B (more accurate LDL marker). I have also had lipo (a) measured - you only need this once as it is a genetic marker. Very recently I had an elective CT CAC scan - did show some coronary artery plaque. Only reliable way to reverse is significant fasting, so now exploring how to manage this as a T1...
     
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    #26 oldgreymare, Nov 30, 2020 at 10:44 AM
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