I was recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes, but I am still confused about what I should eat. I know from experience that eating carbs makes me feel lazy and it also makes me crave more carbs so I had adopted a low-carb diet upon finding out that I was diabetic. I quickly lost 20lbs and my fasting sugar levels dropped down from 165 to 145. I then went to a diabetic nutritionist at my gym who explained that lowering my carbs was not a good decision. I am confused. I thought that anything I did to lose the excess weight and lower my blood sugar was a plus. I altered my diet to her plan and immediately put on about 5 lbs. My fasting level jumped back up by 6 pts to 151. I am craving carbs again and don't feel as well as I did when I was managing my diet with a lower carb intake. Does anyone have good solid information about how I should be eating. I hate to read nutritional books but I will read one if I can get agreement from several people as to the validity of the information behind them. Call me a doubter but I am so skeptical about studies these days. It really seems as though pharmaceutical companies pay for many studies to benefit their drugs so how does anyone really know if the study is accurate information. Also, my doctor basically just told me I have diabetes and left it to me to figure all this crap out. Thanks a hell of a lot Doc! I have no idea how often I should test, how long after meals I should wait and what my range is. I am 6'2, 250 lb guy. I have a large frame and most people tell me they don't consider me overweight. I do exercise at least 3 times a week. I would be grateful for any advice. Honestly, this disease scares the crap out of me!

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Jenny
I read the article on your site about A1C as a predictor of heart disease and I absolutely agree. From my recent blood work, my total cholesterol was less than 140 ( 38 HDL, 96LDL). They calculated my risk was 0.48, which anything less than 1 was considered low risk.
My A1C was 9.5, but in reality, it was probably much higher at the time of the heart attack. The doctors were quite certain that undiagnosed type 1 diabetes was the #1 cause of the heart attack.
The bad news is that once you have a heart attack, the damage is permanent and the chance that I will have another heart attack is much higher than the average person.
My best chance for a full, healthy life is to control my blood sugar through low carb diet and tight BG control using insulin.
Chuck,

Though you may have some damage to contend with, you are young and once you get your blood sugar back under control your youth and physiological resiliance will be a huge asset. My ex-father-in-law had a heart attack when he was pretty young in the mid-1970s and he's still very much alive.
Chuck, sorry to hear about the awful way you discovered you were Diabetic.

As a 31 year T1, I don't eat a low carb diet. I average about 200 grams daily and my last A1C was 6.2. The key to good glucose control with carbs is the proper timing and dose of insulin balanced with the carb intake. And test frequently. Eating a low carb diet definitely works at keeping glucose low, but it's not the only way for a T1.

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