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How long for a low carb diet

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by worldtraveller, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. worldtraveller

    worldtraveller · Active Member

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    Please don't misconstrue the below question as someone who has not realized the errors of her diet!!! My problem with foods as I see it now has been my love of grains, cereals, granola bars, etc. Right now I am being extra strict to see if I can get my AC1 lower. I have always been slim, have an A1C 5.9. If I have positive results in my next A1C, do I have to stay with the strict diet regiment that I am on now to maintain. Or do I continue doing exactly as I have been doing to maintain the lower A1C. Or, is it like some diets, once you have reached your optimal weight, you can bring back some of the foods, within reason of course. One more OR... Or do I slowly lower the A1C with the same diet? Just to reiterate, I will always continue with my low carb diet and healthier life style.
     
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    Pinkorchid Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well it seems like you have right idea saying you will continue with the low carb diet .Most here that do the low carb do stay on it to maintain their good blood levels and weight but some have found after they have been doing low carb for some time that they can introduce a few more carbs into their diet but not the amount they did before diabetes
     
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    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I would maintain your low carbing, but introduce more fats and protein to maintain your weight.
     
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    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    @worldtravellor - to be honest, you have to find your own way. Some folks find they can reintroduce some things, some can't, some choose not to, and some just do it anyway.

    If you don't already have one, I suggest you invest in a blood glucose monitor to track your own blood glucose reactions. This real time, personalised feedback would help inform some of your choices, when the time comes.
     
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    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    If you are at 5.9 and using LC for diet, then I'd continue with that. If you wanted to lower that A1c you might have to reduce carbs further, but I have no idea how many carbs you are using.

    You can google low carb versions of the foods you loved, granola bars and breakfast things like porridge. You can tweak those to suit. Plenty of LC options online. Breads as well.

    www.dietdoctor.com has some great meal ideas.
     
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    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    @worldtraveller I probably eat more carbs than many forum members but I have maintained my hba1c in non-diabetic levels for approx 5 years on an average of 100 and 120g carbs per day although I have been known to go higher. The only way is to use your meter, if you have one, and test to see what effects higher carb foods have.
     
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  7. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    What you choose to do will ultimately depend on your requirements and aims, and how your body copes with carbs. It's a very individual thing,so you'll need to find your own best solution. But I'd agree with other comments regarding using a meter to monitor BG/foods, and adjusting protein and fats to manage weight.

    For me LCHF has been a permanent change in eating style (rather than what is commonly termed a "diet") to manage my glucose levels, rather than to lose weight. As a bonus it's helped to improve other health issues, mainly long term chronic migraines. I've eaten low carb now for over five years and my glucose levels are pretty stable. I lost weight fast when I went down to 20-25g carbs a day for a while, and at a slightly higher level it's remained steady within a kilo or so for most of this time. I'm happy eating this way and see no reason to revert to a higher carb diet,which was doing me absolutely no good at all.

    Robbity
     
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    worldtraveller · Active Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I just ordered the meter online. In case you are wondering why I am concerned along with my doctor. My AC1 increased from 5.3 to 5.9 over three years. There have a few diabetics in my immediate family, including my mother who has passed on, one aunt that lost a leg and sight, and a few other aunts as well.
     
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