I am a proud low carber, lol. In three months' time, I was able to bring my A1C down from 14.7 to 5.8 by adhering to 35 grams of carbs or less each day. I also do calorie and sugar restrictions, staying under 1400 calories and 25 grams sugar each day. I'm awaiting results from recent bloodwork to see if this low carb/low cal/high protein diet had any impact on my cholesterol levels - I'll check back and give y'all the results once I find out. ;)
I was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic when I was placed into the ICU on October 30 of 2008. However, now I have my PCP and endo both questioning that diagnosis because my bg readings have improved so much, often being on the low side if I'm not careful. My PCP has talked with me about considering oral medication instead of (or possibly with) insulin; I have an appointment Thursday with him and will know more then. I had been able to lower my insulin dosages prior to taking statins to lower my cholesterol. (I tried three different brands.) The statins had a very negative impact on my bg - especially fasting, and I have been off them for almost two months now and am still trying to regain ground that I lost because they raised my bg readings so much. I haven't lost any weight lately, but I don't blame it on my diet, as several of the meds I am taking actually cause weight gain. Also, with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome, my exercise level has dropped immensely from when I was first diagnosed as a diabetic. I am hoping to resume exercise again soon, as I've started acupuncture for the fibro pain - it's also worked to control my appetite.
Just for what it's worth - Dr. B is a genius in my eyes. I'm grateful to have found his work and writings so early on in my diagnosis - and I'm also very grateful for a PCP that supports my decision to practice living life low carb. I've had many folks who have questioned my decision to go low carb, but honestly - I've had more who support (and practice) low carb. To me, it just makes better sense to lower carb intake and lower insulin requirements than to continue high carbs and have to raise insulin requirements because of them.
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