Welcome aboard, Tarby.
I think you're doing exactly the right thing by using your diet and exercise regime to combat diabetes. This will make an enormous difference to your condition. I have Type 1 diabetes, and have to use insulin as a result, but since I changed my lifestyle, I've reduced my needs to around 25% of my former use! With the reduced insulin came reduced body weight and greater health and fitness. I've been exercising and following a low-carb diet for 7 years now and every aspect of my health is better as a result. If you still need medication once you have tried your lifestyle changes, you will certainly need much less and quite possibly none at all if you're Type 2.
More and more people on the forum are trying these changes now, and I think pretty much all of them are enjoying much better health.
So you've come to the right place I think.
All the best,
Tarby, Karen, Jeannie and Fergusc, amen to all you've said. I wish I had been enlightened years ago, but it doesn't help to feel sorry about ignorance then. The doctors whom we all trusted didn't raise the warning flag probably because their idea of "normal" blood sugar was too high as we now know. As long as I can keep my numbers under control with diet, I'm happy to do so. (And, yes, I miss bread,too.) I just got back from visiting an old roommate whose mother is a "diet-controlled diabetic". I asked her what her readings were and she didn't know. She said a nurse takes her blood once a month and doesn't tell her. She has no diet to follow other than just to eat "moderately". At lunch, she had mashed potatoes with gravy with her chicken, and a roll. Later on I expressed a little concern to my friend who said that, well, all she knew was that the nurse didn't want to upset her mother. Her mother is 80. What can you do?
Tarby, what supplements do you take?
Post Edited (lanieg) : 9/12/2007 7:50:12 PM (GMT-6)