It's only necessary to reduce carbs in the diet and you can still eat protein and fats. Fats satiate most. I am determined to prove that Masses of medication isn't necessary. I'm in Britain and couldn'r get any of the modern expensive medicines like Sitagliptin or Byetta if I wanted them. Cost is the deciding factor for the NHS. Even terminal cancer patients have to fight for life prolonging drugs.
Wow...too bad you started with an uncaring Dr. I am so thankful for the wonderful help and support I recieved from my Dr., and The Diabetes Center here...they sent me to classes, and i became educated concerning this disease. I highly recommend the book: "Diabetes for Dummies" by Dr.Alan L. Rubin MD...a most excellent resource. I was diagnosed at A1c 10.4 in Feb. of this year. As of a week ago, my A1c is 6.6 mainly due to the changes I have made in diet and exercise, coupled with the metformin.
Wish you all success in getting it under control.
I know how you feel about not getting a lot of help. I found that if I wrote to the company who made my meter they were willing to bend over backwards to get me info. I also went to one of the hospitals and they gave courses on how eat and take care of yourself. I don't know where you live but in my area (100 miles away) there was a very large show that had vendor after vendor all geared toward diabetes, every thing yuo would ever want food, meters, weight loss programs, and many courses. I do know what you mean by being scared, I was also very mad, it all passed and I got on with my life. Well Good Luck
I like to save my chocolate to correct my lows. I also try to stay under 35 g per meal. I like to try to skip carbs at lunch, have a salad with a protein, and eat my carb as a fruit in the late afternoon, like an apple or banana.
Randi , I wonder if I understand you correctly...: you treat your lows( you are a type 1 , so you will have these ) by eating chocolate ??
Chocolate contains a lot of fat ; fat will slow down the absorbtion of the sugar required to get into your cells ...QUICKLY if you have a LOW .And eating chocolate will spike your blood sugar about 2 hours later. It's really an " old wive's tail " to use chocolate to treat LOWS .You need a fast acting source of carbs, such as DEX 4 pills or DEX liquid , apple juice, jujubes, life savers.
Just Imagine what problems we'd all have if we followed the ADA and Diabetes UK dietary guidelines. We'd multiply the medicines bills many times over. The ACCORD study showed just how dangerous that is.. Aiming for the Bernstein ideal of 30g of carbs a day is a target, but we don't have to flip if we mess up and need to take more meds . I'm without a kitchen at the moment (it's being re-modelled and there's still about a week's work left to do.) Means we've eaten out more than we would normally. Thai, Indian and Chinese. I've been careful with choices and used Starlix for each of these meals, where I often do without it otherwise. Starlix is great for BG, but not good for weight loss.
Just as an extra statement. I don't like pizza, so I'm not tempted and my spaghetti portion, admittedly VERY Rare would be about a tablespoonful. I satisfy cravings for foods with TINY portions. The "one square of chocolate" philosophy.
I agree, the ADA wanted me to eat more carbs than I eat now! I think their diet is a modified Weight Watchers. They love loading up on Carbs, in fact their food pyramind has carbs as the largest group to eat from.
I now have most days in the week carb free and eat carbs in small amounts perhaps at the weekend. BG is really good on this and I can do as much as possible to cut medication. My doctor thinks it's not necessary to aim for an HbA1c of less than 6%. I disagree with him. I was 6.1% last time, but I only get tested once a year. I should be better next time my meter average is 5.1mmol/l which is about 92mg/d.
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