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   Posted 6/12/2007 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   

I hope you don't mind if I share my latest blood test results with you - if I try and tell my friends and family I may as well be reading the cricket scores in Swahili, I only ever get blank stares, glazed eyes and, if lucky, a 'that's nice, dear'.

Here goes - test results dated 12.06.07:

HbA1C - 4.9%

Triglyceride - 0.5mmol/l or 44.5mg/dl

HDL cholesterol - 3.1mmol/l or 121 mg/dl

LDL cholestorol - 1.8mmol/l or 70mg/dl

Now, I've been Type 1 for 26 years and low-carbing for almost seven of them and not only are my sugars near normal, but I'm pretty pleased with my lipids too. Overall, everything's a million times better than when I followed the conventional ADA / Diabetes UK dietary regime. I'm giving a talk on the subject to a Diabetes UK conference in October this year where I'm bound to meet the usual scepticism and disbelief I routinely find with the so-called specialist clinicians.

What's the feeling amongst you guys? You are all much better informed than the vast majority of the specialists I speak to.

All the best,


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   Posted 6/12/2007 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations! Great numbers and I hope everyone at the conference takes notice.  (And you can say you know someone else [me] who drastically improved her readings in 5 months following a low/no carb diet, too. 
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise

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   Posted 6/12/2007 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
When I brought this up with my doctor she said that it's almost impossible to get people to give up their carbs as a way of life. Our food plans are so tied up in what we ate as children, comfort and stress reduction and socialization that it's a hard sell to new diabetics and longtime ones as well.

It is only when we are really involved with out daily glucose levels and fighting hard to keep everything in line that we see the value of this type of eating. Heck! I didn't recognize how to lose weight myself with meds and insulin until about two months ago when I was forced to give up my Avandia and change my diet. And I didn't buy a book or join a club, I just stopped eating starches and processed grain products. It's amazing how much of our food intake revolves around these dumb grains!

As the primary cook in our home I have had a bit of a time changing the meal plan around here. LOTS more vegetables on the table. Many more canned goods in the grocery cart. Taking a good look at different types of bean salads and bean dishes... And as the hot summer days roll in I'm missing my pasta and potato salads. sad I know I'm being childish about this so I'm trying to find new recipies for the family and keep us all healthy.

Anyway, congrats on the great numbers!!! KOKO!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
"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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   Posted 6/12/2007 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
WOWIE, ZOWIE ... those are some darned fine scores!!!!!!!!!!!!! You must be thrilled. Geeze, *I'm* thrilled for you!!!

I'm a low carber as well ... and I'll tell you what, even a MINOR indescretion shows in my numbers. It IS the way to go!
Cheers -


age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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   Posted 6/12/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your support everyone, it means a lot to me.

Jeannie, I know what you mean about overcoming entrenched social habits but I think the medical profession has a duty to be far more proactive than it is. If doctors really appreciate the health advantages of a low carb diet, then they should be obliged to inform their patients so they can make informed choices at least. If they don't then they need to read up on the subject a little more. I have a physician friend who tells me her entire university education included one lecture on the subject of nutrition. Seriously. One!

Of course it's not easy at first, I feel sometimes we're swimming against the tide of ill-informed dietary dogma. The food industry does not appreciate any sort of challenge to its commercial hegemony either. But if I've done it, then anyone can.

Mind you, I think I might just allow myself a bar of dark chocolate to celebrate my numbers all the same.........


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