I'm a T1 with a Medtronic Paradigm. I use the Bolus Wizard and don't think much about how I'm taking.

Once in a while, I check my totals:
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My lowest daily total was 40u. My highest was 85u. Monthly avg. was about 55. The numbers surprise me.

I am curious. How much do others pump?

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I'm 5'10" and 150 lbs and eat about 160 net carbs per day. No cakes, an occassional 5 carb cookie and I don't remember what Maple syrup tastes like. It's more like apples, legumes, sprouted wheat bread and low fat dairy.

Sounds like we eat a similar diet. Same height. I'm about 30 lbs heavier than you. I take > twice as much insulin. Interesting.

No, never. Well, maybe a cookie or something occasionally. I actually lost my taste for sweets a long time ago.

A sandwich is usually about 60g. A reasonable serving of Pasta or pizza: about 75. That's why I'm amazed people can eat 20 or 30g in a day.

I've tried cutting carbs, find myself starving all the time, despite eating handfulls of peanuts. I'm fairly skinny and active, so often correcting lows.

I'm going to try to do a better job of restrict carbs and make some changes, though.

I read somewhere that the average American eats 500+ carbs! When I look back to my college days before D, I can easily see that. Although I was very active in college, I never was over 200 lbs, and I am 6'3. Now obviously I wouldn't recommend that to anyone, D or no D, but it goes to show that depending on your activity level and metabolism, some can and needto eat more. I found that just by changing all my snack food to no/ low carb, I cut about half of my carb intake down. I probably average somewhere between 200-250 a day. I'm still honeymooning, so I do have an advantage. One day I'm sure I will go lower carb, may even try low carb, but with relative high activity, I don't see a need in the overkill on carbs now, especially when my numbers are looking good. If I start gaining weight or losing control, I'll start cutting back.

I could see that; including regular soda, desserts, etc.

I would encourage you to rethink your diet as well. With tight control, you may be able to preserve beta cell function. My numbers were good, too, for a few years after I was diagnosed. They went downhill fast. We know a lot more about D, now than we did then. There are many things I'd do better if I had a time machine.

I feel like I have tight control now. I haven't had a follow up a1c yet, so I'm just saying that by my average readings on my meter being below 120. Even though I'm eating carbs, and keeping good control, do those carbs increase cell destruction?

I'm be curious to hear what others have to say about this. I really don't know. I'd also be tracking c-peptides, antibodies, etc. I've never had any of these tests done, myself. According to Dr. Faustman's research, we may be able to hang onto some beta cell function for decades.

My endo has said that tight control MIGHT preserve beta cells. I think there are hints out there but no definative studies.

Maurie

I think the issue is that Ben's control may be pretty good, but what's left of his beta cells are probably working pretty hard to keep it that way. Will that kill them or provoke his antibodies? If he takes more insulin or eats less carbs, will they produce less?

I am really curious about this. I am enrolled in Dr. Faustman's trial, and I'm really curious about my results. Since it's a double-blind trial, I doubt they'll give me much (if any) information.

When I had my C-peptide tested 3-4 years ago, it came in at less than .1 (ng/mL?). So, I've just taken it for granted since then that I produce no insulin. I really wonder if that's true, even after 27 years of DM type 1.

Tom

Saw a couple things that make me want to come back to this. Noticed US RDA is 300g carbohydrate. Also read about a few accounts of honeymoon period lasting years, possibly indefinitely by avoiding carbohydrates. Something you might want to look into. Good Luck!

Low day was 12.xx, highest 24.xx last 50 days or so, average around 17 per day probably.

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