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starting lchf while on insulin

Discussion in 'Type 2 with Insulin' started by hognose, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. Nidge247

    Nidge247 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    @Kristin251

    Hi there, sorry to get you confused. I don't take ANY insulin at all now. I've just looked back through my old diaries, and see I last took a single unit of basal on 9-9-15, having stepped it down slowly from 12 units.

    I began reducing my bolus in May 2015 when starting LCHF. With the exception of the rare high carb meal when eating out or takeaway with friends, I have been bolus-free since August 2015.

    [My previous post was not tagged to you as it was a general reply to try and help others on the forum. As I'm answering you directly this time, I've tagged the post to you.]

    Good luck with your LCHF; I'm healthier and fitter now than I've been in years
     
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  2. hognose

    hognose Other · Well-Known Member

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    well saw my dn told her what i am planing to do re lchf,.
    her concrns are my high blood pressure and that iam already eating lc 40 to 50g or less and i ve drop my insulin from 36 per meal down to 26 per meal.
    then she came up with see her in april to go on diff insulins slow one in morning and night and another per meal,

    She didnt want to do it there and then as needs about half hour to explan it all,
     
    #22 hognose, Feb 24, 2017 at 10:21 PM
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  3. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Expert

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    No worries !! I m not as fortunate as you now. Enjoy !!! Lchf helps us all !
     
  4. hognose

    hognose Other · Well-Known Member

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    What do you think ?
     
  5. Alison Campbell

    Alison Campbell Other · Well-Known Member

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    @hognose, I know very little about insulin but I think this will give you the flexibility to choose the diet you want.

    Although a bit of a wait, I think you can use to the time to learn as much as possible about the basal/bolus routine. You will be in total control with guidance from your dsn.

    The first responses to your question in this thread provide a lot information and a good basis for your research. There is an online carb counting course that might be helpful to you.
     
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  6. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Expert

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    I don't know much about mixed insulin but I think basal/ bolus will give you a lot more flexibility. My basal keeps me steady while I sleep. Being vlc I only take a tiny amount somim sure it's presence is scarce if at all by morning. Then I use my bolus for meals as well as any corrections I might need. Much easier to control. I can take as much as I need or as little depending on my meals or my spikes. If you do decide to do this I would ask for a half unit pen. I often use that for corrections or if I ate more than I intended. Some meals ( high fat/protein) can require a staggered bolus and the half unit is great there too to catch the tail end of a rise.
     
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  7. hognose

    hognose Other · Well-Known Member

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    thank you ,there all good answer ive had and thank you for them,
    i didnt know the names of the 2 insulins the dsn has in mind, but does sound like this basal/bolus.
    i do count carbs at the mo avg 30-40 per meal sometime bit more if i pig out/snacks ,cals 800-900
    iam working bring the carbs down futher,and adding some fats.
    the ending this week tally is 29 carbs per day,and 843 cal
    yup i need to learn what about ketones if my carbs are going to be low will i need to test for them ..?
     
    #27 hognose, Feb 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM
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    hognose Other · Well-Known Member

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    Going to stick to 40 carbs till see the dsn.
    Think definitely do the basal and bolus which should be better for me.
     
    #28 hognose, Feb 28, 2017 at 8:02 AM
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  9. hognose

    hognose Other · Well-Known Member

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    well a bit of an update, will be starting on lantus 40u and novorapid 4u per meal ?
     
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    #29 hognose, Apr 4, 2017 at 8:12 AM
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  10. Mep

    Mep Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm on bolus & basal insulins so I just adjust accordingly... but with mixed insulin I don't think it would be that simple as others are saying for you... best to speak to your diabetes team. I'm trying to do one low carb meal per day at the moment but my body doesn't like red meat or vegetables (other medical stuff) so I am struggling. I'm eating non starchy vegetables and paying for it basically as it triggers spasms on me. I did LCHF before and got very high cholesterol so came off it but from memory back then I ate red meats and bacon which I can no longer eat. This time I'm sticking to no red meat or pork and only healthy fats when I do have low carb meal.... so it's usually fish with avocado and non starchy vegetables like baby spinach, etc. I really need to lose weight and trying to figure out how to do that. My body doesn't like it one bit.... I fair better with carbs except I'm sure they're not helping me with my sugar levels or weight. But I hope you find success with changing your diet and you can get your insulin dosage right.
     
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