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LanieG
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   Posted 6/2/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Because of some changes here causing erratic schedules, I went and bought a liquid meal replacement:  Slim Fast Low Carb (chocolate).  The label says 6g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 190 calories.  So, this evening I tested before drinking a can and then twice after.  I used 2 meters to see if there were any big differences.  Before drinking it, I tested out at 95 and 91 on the meters.  90 minutes after drinking it: I was at 99 and 100.  2 1/2 hours after drinking it, I was at 88 and 83.   This means that after a rise of about 4 and 9 points, I ended up lower than when I started after 2 1/2 hours.  Now, this surprised me.  Do any of you have any thoughts about this?  Has anyone used these meal replacement drinks and had similar results? 
Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


ceebee
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   Posted 6/2/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie:)

Makes sense to me. If you used the Slim Fast for a meal and it is only 2g net carb. If you are used to more carbs in a meal, the 2g wouldn't keep your blood sugar up at all. It woild almost be not eating for a diabetic. Just my thought on it.

LanieG
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   Posted 6/3/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your answer, ceebee, :)  It's the first time I've bought this so I didn't know what to expect even though the can said 6 g carbs.  Another nice result was that my morning fasting numbers (8 1/2 hours after my last test last night) was 82 and 75 on the two meters.  I've got one more can left and I'll try this little experiment again if I can.  It's been a little crazy here and I haven't been able to have a normal meal or even test a lot.  Good luck with your doctor's app't this week.

Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


ceebee
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   Posted 6/3/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie:)

I might try the Slim Fast. Maybe it would give me some calories without many carbs. I don't want to lose any more weight right now. My clothes are falling off again and I can't afford new ones again! I have lost 100 pounds and feel good here at this weight. Looking anorexic here. I have to get off this prednisone and get my body back to normal. The endo said that once I am off the pred, the weight will fall off. Plus, I am so hungry all the time. I am having trouble the last couple of weeks keeping the bs up. Falling in the 50's. I don't get any warning signs when I fall but get hot if I go to 120. The doctor said the pred might be doing it.
Subtract the fiber from the carbs to get net carbs:

6g carb-4g fiber= 2 net carbs in the Slim Fast.


Someone told me nuts and olives would bring up the HDL? Thanks for you answer:)

gelchick
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   Posted 6/3/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Lanie

Considering that meters can vary by up to 20%- I'd say that you really didn't change at all- basically stable blood sugars. I don't count any variations of +/- 10 points as a change. I use the slimfast lo carb and atkins shakes all the time when I'm traveling. I can always be sure I'm getting some protein that way. I've always foudn them to be bg neutral in my case.

 

For ceebee:

To get my HDL up- my doctor told me to take 1500 mg of non-flushing niacin a day. I do this as three capsules (500 mg/each) one with each meal.  Also, exercise raises HDL levels. Since I've been doing this, my HDL has gone up from 47 to 60- my doctor is so happy :-)  Are you sure your LDL Is 10? That is very low. I recently read that having LDL levels that are too low can be dangerous- I can't find the article now- but you might google it.  great numbers_YAY! sandy


I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


ceebee
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   Posted 6/3/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks gelchick:)

I will definitely try the shakes and see if they work for me. The letter from the doctor said 10 for the LDL. I was concerned it was too low. I see the doctor Thursday and ask if that was a mistake and if not if it is too low. Maybe I can put more varied food in my diet. As it is, I eat almost nothing but veggies and cheese and yogurt and not much of that either. A chocolate shake sounds sooooo good:)
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