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insulin & low carb.

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by ben1972, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. ben1972

    ben1972 · Member

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    can i do a low carb diet & be on insulin ??
    i am going on insulin next week for type 2 diabetes as it is getting worse even though i have done everything right. i have lost weight & train.
     
  2. PhilT

    PhilT Family member · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but the reduced carbs needs to be reflected in reduced insulin dose.

    Personally I would try low carb before starting on insulin, as it may make the latter redundant.
     
  3. ben1972

    ben1972 · Member

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    i have been on a low carb diet for years & it doesn't help.the only thing that keeps my sugar levels down is not eating at all all day.
     
  4. damienmyers69

    damienmyers69 · Member

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    Hi ben,
    I feel ya pain, there are so many of us out there that normal regimes don't work for, and nobody ever seems to listen do they!!!

    I too am sensative ato almost every form of sugar, be it sugar alcohols like maltitol or even worse normal sugar, even fruit and veg which i got told to have plenty of sends my BG's sky high.

    If your new to insuin, and this is just for my body personally, yours will be slightly different, especially with you exercising.

    Check your sugars before you exercise, then again before you eat/drink anything, just to see if the exercising has brought your levels down before you have the food/drink.

    Then work out the units lowered if any by the time spent working out, so it gives you a foundation of how much ya sugars get lowered while exercising.

    Check the carbs in the food/drink your going to have, also the carbs that sugar, for me personally I find the most important.


    For the first month it going to be trial and error, seeing how your body reacts to your favourite foods, as well as how it copes with the insulin.

    Keep in slices of meat and packets of cheese, then if you get hungry it something to nibble on that will hardly effect your BG.

    And only take what your GP/diabetic specialists say .

    But please please please dont starve yourself, it aint the answer and will actually do you more harm than good.

    I hope that helps

    PS: it's how I have kept control of mine for the past 20 months now.
     
  5. Spirit of Eden

    Spirit of Eden · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to sound off like this but please be careful giving any specific medical advice .

    Ben didn't say what type of Insulin he will be taking .

    .. thats good advice :)
     
  6. damienmyers69

    damienmyers69 · Member

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    Re: insulin & low carb.

    No offence taken, totally agree with ya, why i try to make it clear it just what i done for myself, if it came across that i was telling others to do it then my apologies, was not my intentions.

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  7. PhilT

    PhilT Family member · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting, how many grams of carbs do you eat per day ?
     
  8. chrissyp

    chrissyp · Member

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    PLEASE !!! HOW do you measure grams of carbs ???I have been trying for months and am no further forward than I was at the start !I have wonderful diabetic nurses and a consultant,I`m not a stupid person yet I just CA :cry: NNOT get the carb count right !
     
  9. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Re: insulin & low carb.

    There are apps that help.
    myfitnesspal or carbs & cals are probably the best. There is also a great book called carbs & cals which you can get from Amazon. Also, most food items will have the nutritional information on the packaging as well. There is also something called "DAFNE carbohydrate portion list". You can Google it and download it. Good luck.


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  10. Abrienda

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    The simplest thing you can do for better insulin sensitivity is to eat a high-protein, low-carb diet that favors a low-glycemic response. A number of recent studies have shown high-protein diets to be effective for weight loss because of how they support insulin health and better energy levels.
     
  11. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    When diets or eating plans have been compared, low carb High FAT has been shown to be the most effecive for most people.
    Hana
     
  12. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    PS Dr Richard Bernstein, is himself a T1 diabetic [for over 60 years!] and he advocates "the doctrine of small numbers" i.e. low carb supporteed by low doses of insulin. It reduces the tendency to violent swings in bg levels. I think he quotes his own hbA1c as consistently in the mid 4s
    Hana
     
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