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LCHF lifestyle

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Highland La55, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. Highland La55

    Highland La55 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Highly recommend this way of eating LCHF allowing you to be in control of your body and any medication you are on.Im type 2 and have been for 11 years. Have improved my health considerably in past 6 weeks following this.
     
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    zand Type 2 · Expert

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    Hi, welcome to the forum. It's good to hear of your success :)
     
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  3. Clivethedrive

    Clivethedrive Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi highland la55 , yes it is very worth the effort to do lchf the benefits are profound, well done you
     
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    kateincornwall Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome, good to hear of your success :)
     
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    JAY1JAY1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry just removed my reply . And will try again now I'm out of the strong sunshine.
    Hi and welcome
    If you've had type 2 for 11 years your looking good on it and it seems your doing well on the LCHF it's nice to hear of someone doing well should think you can tell us a few things about diabetes but I will tag @daisy1 and she will give you the advice for newbies to the site.
    Look forward to reading your posts
    Keep well stay safe JJ
     
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  6. Highland La55

    Highland La55 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I am type 2 diabetes. Diagnosed 11 years ago. Couldnt quite control it with diet alone. Got put on Metformin. Suffered terribly with this so got put on slow release metformin. Realised this tablet was just passing through me went back on ordinary metformin. Recent blood results showed my B 12 was too low. Metformin was depleting it from my body. In total i was on 4 metfromin ,4 gliclazide, 3 lisinopril blood pressure tabs, 1 Lipitor for cholestrol, now taking 2 cyanocobalomin for B12 deficiency. My blood pressure was 159/101, blood sugars sky high. Use a site called dietdoctor.com I have followed LCHF for 6 weeks and have lost 17lbs in weight, blood pressure down to 126/83 now only take 2 tabs for BP.Dont take gliclazide any more. Awaiting blood results which i know are going to be lower than before. Last Sunday they were 4.8 mid afternoon. never been as low as this . Feeling great eating this way.My diabetic nurse wasnt too pleased that ive altered medication myself. Check BP daily and sugars twice a day. Im not lining pharmacuticals pockets a minute longer by taking drugs unnecessary.
     
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    JAY1JAY1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Great good on you
    You will find lots of people on the forum do LCHF and will give you some good tips on food
    Very pleased for your success keep it up JJ
     
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  8. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @Highland La55

    Hello and welcome to the forum:)

    Well done with your success so far. Here is the information we give to new members and I hope this will give you further help. Ask as many questions as you need to and someone will help.


    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you’ll find over 150,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.
    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:

    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates

    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/diabetes-and-whole-grains.html

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to bloodglucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
     
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  9. msmi1970

    msmi1970 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic!! Well done.
     
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  10. NoCrbs4Me

    NoCrbs4Me I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Excellent job! I love the Diet Doctor. I even bought his book and have loaned it to my diabetes nurse. Can't wait to find out what she thinks at our next consultation.

    I'm looking forward to hearing about your further progress back to health.
     
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    sanguine Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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  12. Highland La55

    Highland La55 Type 2 · Newbie

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    You must be so pleased about your results and reaping the benefits of having reversed your diabetes. I too bought The Diet Doctors book along with diabetes no thanks and a few others. Its a new lifestyle and a lot better than feeling rough with all the medication they throw at you. Keep up the good work.
     
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  13. Highland La55

    Highland La55 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Congratulations on your results following the LCHF way of eating. I intend to get off all medication for diabetes., BP as well. Keep up the good work.
     
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