Dr. Bernstein Diabetes Solution Group

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Dr. Bernstein Diabetes Solution Group

This is a group for anyone that is using Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution in full or in part (using a very low carb diet of around 30g/day) to manage their diabetes.

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Staying on track/motivation

Started by Havarti. Last reply by Negg 11 hours ago. 16 Replies

For those of you who've managed to stick with this diet long term...how do you do it? What is some tangible advice/tips to stay on track? What do you eat in a day (sample breakfast, lunch and…Continue

Dr. Bernstein Treatment

Started by carlyo7. Last reply by Negg 11 hours ago. 37 Replies

Hey everyone! I was so shocked and excited to find this group involving Dr. Bernstein! I was a former patient of his and went into his treatment plan 2 months after my diagnosis. I was treated very…Continue

You need fat to absorb vitamins

Started by BadMoonT2. Last reply by BadMoonT2 Aug 15. 6 Replies

Here's an interesting blog post by Registered Dietician Lily Nichols.Quoting the post titled 5…Continue

Low Carb Breakfast

Started by Havarti. Last reply by BadMoonT2 Aug 2. 7 Replies

Hi everyone,So I've been reading about Dr. Bernstein's methods for treating D, and am finally jumping on the bandwagon. I've been eating 2 slices of Country Naturals brand bacon every day for…Continue

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Comment by muleman on April 11, 2012 at 11:28am

Great Info, Hana. But, oh how can the medical professions be so chaotic in their views?
I was thinking I would get better treatment for my T2 in England. Obviously not!
Everyone in the medical profession here I have spoken to tell me that 120 on my meter is fine and 125 is acceptable. But that is at the top end of everything you have been told? So who is running the asylum?

Comment by Hana Rous on April 11, 2012 at 6:06am

Janina
All meter used in Britain have been Plasma meters for some time.
Nevertheless, Sureely the ONLY sane TARGET is NORMAL blood glucose. Pity so few medics know what that is. On a survey, a couple of years ago, I asked a few "front-liners" including a triage nurse, what normal glucose is. All of them quoted the diabetes UK figures of 4 - 7 [72 - 126] Bernstein gives 4.7 [85] as the normal. My meter leaflet gives a figure of around 5[90]. As I've written before, I don't expect everyone to hit the target all the time, but aiming for it is sensible. I know many diabetics who happily aim for "up tp 7" [126]. Some of these are motivated people who would aim for 5 [90] if they knew to.

Comment by Hana Rous on April 11, 2012 at 5:44am

Natalie
Here in Britain with the NHS, Stable T2s are discouraged from self testing. the real reason is cost, butpatients are told that testing leads to depression and anxiety and sore fingers. I pay for my own supplies [out of my ungenerous pension] and have trouble getting any strips prescribed, even with new driving regs which say I should test before any drive and every 2 hours on a long journey. I'm also supposed to cqarry glucose in the car. Since I use mainly diet plus 2 x 500mg Metformin per day, I'm not really subject to hypos and I suppose the regs probably don't apply to me, but I'd not like to have to contest it in a court. i have a pack of glucose in the car, but certainly don't test every time I drive. I don't have enough strips for that. My way round the probem is to WALK locally and use the bus for medium journeys. Fortunately, we have an excellent public transport service here in Reading.

Comment by JaninaWalker on April 10, 2012 at 7:28pm

Here is the most succinct explanation
http://www.joslin.org/info/plasma_glucose_meters_and_whole_blood_me...
So the old range we were given was 80-120 and now it is 90-130, but I am saying it is not making things easier for us, but just more accurate. They didn't raise the range so it could be easier to achieve.

Comment by Natalie ._c- on April 10, 2012 at 6:49pm

Janina, meters used to read in whole blood numbers, which are lower than plasma numbers. So they added in an algorithm to make meters read as if it were plasma to make it easier to compare lab readings to meter readings. That makes it easier to check your meter against the lab reading to make sure your meter is functioning adequately. Is there any other reason that concerns you that I'm not aware of?

Comment by JaninaWalker on April 10, 2012 at 4:55pm

Put the below into a search engine and you will see why they raised the hoped for range.....it was not to make things easier. Try this in google.....
whole blood vs plasma glucose levels

Comment by BadMoonT2 on April 10, 2012 at 11:05am

Re targets: it's a cruel joke to set targets higher just so patients can reach them and then have them develop complications because the targets are too high. Just give it to me straight doc I'm an adult after all.

Comment by muleman on April 10, 2012 at 10:46am

You know. Your all right. I just read all these and your all right! Badmoon makes a great (sadly) case.
I seriously thought of printing an A4 sheet in Spanish I would hang on a card around my neck when visiting doctors. It would state:.
"I am neither stupid, expendable or invisible or a statistic. I can read, and I can surf the Internet! So I have accessed to writings of the greatest medicals minds in the world. I know you could if you cared enough; stop me going blind, or losing one or more of my feet and legs. You could stop my daily pain and the instant risk of my death from heart failure due over consumption of miss prescribed non compatible medicines. You could get me back to a normal life by providing the therapies at your disposal. You could refer me to a wide assortment of specialists. But then you don't expect me to survive anyway do you!
Albert Vickers,2012 Dying with the help of to many Physicians.

Comment by Hana Rous on April 10, 2012 at 10:18am

As to what is a Normal blood glucose; I found figures on the leaflet which comes with the test strips for my meter. My T1 husband has similar info with his strips. The numbers are a bit lower than those recommended by Diabetes UK and probably the ADA too.
I cannot see any reason for the bg TARGETS! for diabetics to be higher than NORMAL blood glucose numbers. I appreciatee tha some people cannot hit these targets, buts that's no excuse for making the targets EASIER. To suggest an archery analogue; not everyone will be able to hit the gold, but everyone can aim at it. There's no point in having another bigger/nearer target. It won't improve your aim.
Hana
Hana

Comment by BadMoonT2 on April 10, 2012 at 10:17am

As far as T2's are concerned it's a self fulfilling prophecy. They never see anyone doing a good job controlling their blood sugar because patients never get advice on how to effectively do it. Then all patients deteriorate because they are not controlling their blood sugar. And around and around. It's hard to break this cycle as long as they insist we need carbs to fuel our brains, and that our #1 enemy is fat. Oh well preaching to the choir I guess.

 

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