You don't sound flip or smart-ass. Keep reading, keep asking good questions ;)
Thanks jrtpup, I will! I just know how irritating it can be for some newbie to come in and start preaching to people who are living with reality for a long time. I won't find out until Friday for sure whether I have those antibodies, and Friday seems a long way off right now...
OH, NO apologies at all. I apologize if I came across harsh, sorry..not my intention. I guess it just gets frustrating sometimes when people perceive this as easy, like staying in an 80 - 90 range is something easy..maybe it is for some, for most of us, it's a daily challenge.
i'm sorry you had to come here to this 'site' and join this club...it is, however, manageable and this site really does provide a great deal of support and lots of info too. Dr. Bernstein, I don't know...some love him, some do not. You'll have to make that decision as you go through this. It sounds like you're doing great so far...control is the ultimate goal, no? if you can low carb and keep it under control right now, you're doing great! :)
One thing you will realize reading Bernstein is that while he thinks that people with T2 have some struggles with insulin resistance and weight, he treats T1 and T2 essentially the same way. In both cases, he advocates a low carb diet. In both cases, he recommends a variety of treatments. He prescribes a number of T2 drugs for T1 patients. And he recommends early use of insulin. He actually suggests that you learn to inject insulin as soon as your are diagnosed (as a T2), just so you are prepared. And he firmly believes that tight blood sugar control can preserve your remaining beta cell function in all cases.
The spectrum idea is interesting. While the classification of T1 as being a result of autoimmune attack on the beta cells, and T2 as obesity-related insulin resistance is convenient for researchers in studies, it does not take into account the full range of PWDs. You can get a good indication of that range when you observe the people here: there are thin, non-insulin-resistant, antibody-negative T2s, and there are obese, insulin-resistant, antibody-positive, or child-diagnosed T1s. And everything in between. It seems to me that diabetes is just not as simple as the organizations and media make it out to be, and the stereotypes are not helpful in the real world. So, while it may be important to carefully distinguish type in academic studies, it may not be so meaningful in real life. Yes, many people fall squarely into the classic boxes, but a significant number of people do not. So maybe Dr. B has a point.
My personal take on Dr. B's books: they are filled with valuable tips and insights usable by all of us. And he certainly has very tight goals.
But to come away believing that my bg could never be out of the 80's or 90's... again I have to separate "goal" from "attainable". It's surprisingly easy to have the goal be unattainable and then what, is every T1 who ever has a bg above 100 a failure? I don't think so.
The thing I like most about Bernstein is his insistence that diabetics are entitled to normal blood sugars. Being a lifelong Type 1 with no beta cells at all, he has nevertheless managed to achieve a remarkable level of health at age 76. I'm also reading about the amount of damage is done at levels even above 90 on a consistent basis. Maybe I am just unrealistic (or stubborn) but I feel that I have to find out whether his 83 number is at all attainable for me at this stage, though I know that the longer term prospects aren't so good. I am not at all attracted to the idea of toggling sugar and insulin for the sake of being able to eat a "normal" high carb (40-50%) diet. Although this ultra-low carb diet is tough, it's a lot easier now that I'm used to it, and I just discovered I can have a couple of pieces of dark chocolate without getting over 100. So today I'm feeling optimistic, and I realize that if I DON'T end up having the antibodies the chances are good that by maintaining a low carb diet I can restore some of my beta cells. That gives me some hope, too.
What I don't like about Bernstein is his insistence that diabetics are entitled to normal blood sugars. It is like saying that people with mild developmental disabilities are entitled to read and enjoy Finnegan's Wake. Harry Potter or even Hemingway might be possible but Joyce...
I wish you only good luck in trying to keep your blood sugar in a twenty point range but I wouldn't get to attached to that goal.
I understand. At this point I'm holding on to my optimism. It seems better than the alternative.