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   Posted 12/6/2007 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I have a blood sugar of 78 today:) I am going to check a lot today so I don't go too low but this so so great. I have Dr. Bernstiens(SP) on order for a Christmas gift too. I have found my body does not like any carbs at all or the sugar level really spikes. Even 1 slice of apple sets it off.Hopefully when I see the doctor today he will agree with this diet because it sure works for me. I need to know...if the sugar level is good and I am not hungry, can I skip a meal or should I have a salad or something anyway? I just don't get hungry on this diet. A big thank you to Lanie for telling about this diet and it's benefits:) Without it mu sugar levels would still be over 200. Have a happy day:)

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   Posted 12/6/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes Ceebee, I really thought I was controlling my bs well, and actually got lazy about checking them because I was doing so well for a while on Lantis. Lately I started checking more and they were definatly up. Not so high that I was worried, but still higher than I want them. Two days ago I went carb free, and I mean less than 50 carbs per day (not easy to do) and my bs have dropped consistantly by at least 100 to 150 one hour after meals. I am going to stick with this. Good buy carbs and all their wonderful flavor and hello to living a long life!
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   Posted 12/6/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   

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,



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   Posted 12/6/2007 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I for one am sticking to the low carb diet no matter what. I let my doctors almost kill me by not diagnosing my diabetes until almost too late. I will listen to them but do what works for me and my body. I feel so much better without carbs in my diet and do not even miss them. Besides, I have cheek bones and hip bones again:)

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   Posted 12/6/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Ceebee, that is awesome. And fergusc is right...you pretty much have to go it alone. However, I am hearing of more and more docs beginning to figure out that the low carb diet is the way to go for diabetics. I have an appointment with a new doc (an endo this time...been letting a internist monitor this for 11 years) and we'll see what her take is on it. After finding this forum in August and hearing for the first time ever about eliminating carbs, my numbers have been better and I've lost 46 lbs since mid June. I still am having a devil of a time with the dawn effect. The rest of my numbers are pretty good...anywhere from 80 t0 110 during the day. But the morning ones are averaging about 140 to 150. When I called my doc about this she wanted to put me on insulin! That's when I decided it was time for an endo. I just keep eating the way I know is right and hopefully as more and more weight comes off the morning will level out, too. But there is no way I would ever go back to eating the way I did. I feel too good now! Keep up the good work, ceebee!!
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   Posted 12/9/2007 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Karen,

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,


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   Posted 12/9/2007 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
hello fergusc:) I do take lantus 28 units at night plus the metformin pills. My A1c was 15.2 last month and I need to get this down. My prednisone also raises the sugar levels. The very low carbohydrate diet is really helping me do this. My bs was 878 so this is really frightening for me. I lost my sister to diabetes when she was 49, after watching her go through strokes and amputations. Sometimes I am terrified but using this diet and concentrating on getting my body back in shape helps me stay calm(most of the time!).This group is saving my sanity:)

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   Posted 12/21/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone and anyone who care to answer me!

When you Low carb; what exactly it means. I am vegetarian. What can I it as Low carb? Any ideas?


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   Posted 12/21/2007 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   

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!


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   Posted 12/21/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
So, durejakk, you see what Sandy (gelchick) eats.  Low-carb means nothing with flour or sugar, no rice, pasta or potatoes.  Read labels for carbohydrates on all packaged food.  Be careful with fruit; it has fructose.  You can eat most vegetables, eggs, cheeses.  You can eat beans and nuts but watch the amount because they do have carbs but since they also have protein, they may only account for a slow rise in blood sugar.  The bottom line as always is to test your blood sugar. 

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