First Low Carb A1C

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MattsPop
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   Posted 8/15/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I started a low carb diet 10 weeks ago, 2 weeks after an A1C of 8.0. Yesterday, my results came back 6.2. During that period I also lost about 15 lbs, which was more of a bonus because I really wasn't too concerned about my weight, although I'm glad I didn't get rid of some old pants. I went down 4 notches on my belt so I was happy to lose the weight in the right place. smilewinkgrin

I mentioned to the doc that I hoped to get down into the 5's next time, but he said that anything 6.5 or under was good. I got the impression that he didn't want me to get much lower.

During this period, I had a few breaks in the diet where I didn't maintain. I went to Banff for a week with my grandson and breakfasted at McDonalds most of the time and went a little whacko at dinner a few times. After dinner testing showed readings as high as 10.2 a couple of hours later.

But all in all, I stuck to the regimen and the results show.

I found that smaller portions were easy to stick to, probably because I live a sedentary life style. As well, I guess the less you eat, the less you want.

Anyway, that about sums up my first 10 weeks of the diet. Thanks to all of you at HealingWell for providing me with the information needed to improve my health.

Maybe I should add that all my related tests improved as well. Cholesterol level was way down and BP down from 155 to 130.

Cheers

Phishbowl
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   Posted 8/15/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
That's fantastic!!! I'm so totally ecstatic for you and your success!

I'm sure you're looking better, felling better and genuinely glad you made a few changes to your lifestyle to get such mileage for your efforts. You've got a great attitude - keep it up :-)

P.S. I LOOOOOVE Banff in the summer ('cept maybe the skitters - they grow 'em big out there :-) Jasper is totally awesome, too, especially if you like to camp :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


TVEditor
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   Posted 8/16/2009 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, GREAT JOB! Isn't it amazing? You set out to lower your BG and you end up with a bunch of positive side effects -- weight loss, lower cholesterol and BP, more energy, extra money (just kidding about the last one ;-)

You can get down into the 5's --I did (even got into the 4's once). I suspect your doc is just concerned about nutrition and too rapid a change. Your body isn't stupid; in fact its kinda smart. It tends to find its own healthy levels in terms of weight and general health. I have found that my weight loss has leveled off or slowed and that my A1C's are averaging out in the mid 5's now.

Don't worry too much about a slip in the diet here & there. As long as you're eating right as the norm and only making exceptions once in a while, you'll be OK. (see my signature)

Yes, eating smaller portions ... and more often (snacks ... I eat more nuts than all the squirrels in my backyard;-) is the way to go. There is some evidence that eating carbs makes you crave more carbs. I found that once I cut out the bags of chips and marshmallows and Ju Jubes (I STILL think gumdrops should be in a special food group of their own but ...), I no longer felt the hunger for them.

Keep up the good work MP! Its worth it turn
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


MattsPop
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   Posted 8/16/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that eating peanuts kills the appetite very quickly. I have a bowl of peanuts and a bowl of cherries next to me while on the computer or watching TV. I also bring some with me down to the dock where I go fishing every day. It's a good thing I like them. :)

Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/20/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
MattsPop,
I haven't had a chance to welcome you because I've been absent from the forum a bit... (I'm a wedding cake designer and I've been averaging 2 to 5 cakes a weekend.) I am so happy to hear that you are having great results with your new food plan. It's life changing and hard to not just go around and shout it to every Type 2 diabetic you meet. Keep on doing your best and you will continue to have great results. I used the nothing white but cauliflower & cottage cheese food plan to get off insulin.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


MattsPop
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   Posted 8/20/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, Jeannie, you did in fact welcome me to the forum in the thread 'Another Newbie' a couple of months ago. :) Cheers.

MattsPop
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   Posted 12/3/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I had another A1C done a couple of weeks ago and it was 5.4. So, I went from 8.0 to 5.4 in a little over 6 months. My weight is holding at around 163, which is what it was after the first 3 months. Which kinda leads me to believe that on this diet there is an initial sizable weight loss and then a leveling out. At least, that's the way it seems to be working for me. I'm kinda lucky in that regard because this is where I want to be.

Cheers

Warren

TVEditor
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   Posted 12/3/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on the 5.4 Warren! Another doctor miffed by common sense! I love it :-)

Yeah, you'll notice that the weight loss is kind of a 'roller coaster' -- a few pounds lost, sometimes you gain a couple back, then lose a lot but even a roller coaster levels out some time (back at the station). Your body has to get used to the new diet but it will figure out when your weight is just right.
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 53 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


LanieG
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   Posted 12/3/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news, Warren.  It's wonderful when we can see results from a change in lifestyle, and not just weight loss but controlling the blood sugar and better cholesterol.  I nosh on almonds or macadamia nuts (the ones from Costco are super but I couldn't find them the last trek there.) and cheese cubes.  They do take the edge off feeling hungry in between meals.
Lanie
 
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet


MattsPop
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   Posted 12/3/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Lanie, I accidentally seem to have deleted your post. Lol. I was going to to reply and wondered what those little icons were and unfortunately clicked.

Anyway, I just wanted to comment on the Nutrisystem folks. It seems that all they are doing is shipping out foods low on the glycemic index, and making a small fortune at the same time. If folks would just eat foods using the glycemic and load indexes they would save a lot of money.

Cheers

Warren

PS: Can you get your post back? :)

LanieG
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   Posted 12/4/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Uh oh, I think Warren put me on ignore by accident.  sad   We'll sort this out.  smile
Lanie
 
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet


MattsPop
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   Posted 12/4/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Oops, that's exactly what I did! Anyway, I found out how to get you back and it's all good now.

Cheers

Warren

LanieG
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   Posted 12/4/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Great!  (Don't you wish we could do that in 'real' life to some people?)  tongue
Lanie
 
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/7/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Warren,
The little pencil lets you edit your own posts.
The little "X" lets you delete one of your own posts.
The little "!" in the white square balloon lets you start a post with another member's post in quotes.
The Thumbs down puts that member on ignore (which I believe you have figured out.)
The "!" in the yellow diamond is for sending an alert to the site owner about a disturbing, spamming or wonderful post.

Hope this helps you and others.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


MattsPop
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   Posted 12/7/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie!

Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/8/2009 11:34 PM (GMT -7)   
And congrats on learning something about how your body reacts to your food plan. It would be nice if everyone's was the same... Me, I can eat a wee bit of potatoes but rice is like candy and corn should be outlawed. (sigh!)
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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