This is great! I'm delighted it's working for you guys. I've been doing the low-carb thing for 7 years now and it works brilliiantly for me too. Last 3 HbA1C's of 4.6, 5.3 and 4.9%.
I hope you have an open-minded and understanding doctor because it's amazing the number of experts who refuse to believe the evidence of our experience.
We held a Diabetes UK conference here in Edinburgh in November and the main event was a debate between me (for a low carb approach) and a dietician (definitely against). Of about 150 people in the audience, 30% were for a low carb diet, 30% for the traditional high carb regime, with the rest undecided. By the end, around 75% of the audience voted to look into the benefits of low-carb for themselves, which I was really pleased about. Yet it's unlikely many of these people will find support and encouragement from their doctors. In which case, we just have to go it alone I guess!
I've yet to meet someone who has tried it who hasn't found a great improvement in their condition, so the unbelievers may just need a large slice of humble pie in their diets too!?
Well done you guys,
I understand why many T2's find the idea of going on insulin alarming. It probably seems like a condemnation that the disease is winning? But it's not so bad really! If it's an entirely natural hormone which helps to normalise blood sugars and possibly ensure the preservation of some beta cell function, then it has a lot on its side. I don't think there are any oral meds which can achieve those things. T2's can always stop the insulin therapy once the blood sugars are completely under control.
Self administered insulin injections are also a persuasive confirmation of the fact that carbohydrates in our diet have to be very carefully controlled.
As a T1, I'm afraid the insulin shots are just a fact of life for me.
All the best,
I am a vegetarian, and I am relatively low carb. Bernstein recommends 6/12/12 = 30. I eat about 60 grams (net) per day. This is in line with the thinking of Atkins (diabetes); the Eades Protein Power approach, Rosedale, and South Beach.
I find that I can maintain an A1c of about 5.0 with no extreme highs or lows. I am currently phasing (slowly) off Januvia and take 2000mg of metformin/day. We will continue to reduce the meds if my A1c stays in place. (My doctor would be happy for me to stay around 5.5- I told her 5.0 is my more my style!).
I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I eat greek style low carb yogurt, Quorn protein, tofu, seitan, eggs (not many- I don't like the taste), cheese, nuts, lentils and most beans as my protein sources. That's one reason why my carbs tend to run higher than Bernstein levels. I also eat oats (steel cut oatmeal) and barley (in soups). I have had no difficulty eating the required amounts of proteins. Many days I eat more like a Bernstein low carber than the other approaches.
Hope this helps!