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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Dr. Bernstein Treatment

Started by carlyo7. Last reply by carlyo7 on Tuesday. 12 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

Testing timing with low carb diet?

Started by Karen. Last reply by Brian (bsc) on Tuesday. 8 Replies

I have been following a very low carb diet since diagnosis and reading Dr Bernstein's book and it has helped me maintain fantastic control despite moving to full insulin. I am currently using rapid…Continue

Tips for a Dr. Bernstein diet newbie?

Started by KW. Last reply by roguediabetic on Monday. 11 Replies

Hello everyone!I was super excited to find this group! I'm a Type 1, diagnosed just a couple years ago at age 22. I have been trying to eat low-carb for about a year, on and off, both to keep my…Continue

Exercise and Hypos?

Started by M裏Çhïêvðµ§. Last reply by FHS Jul 18. 9 Replies

I’m just beginning to try out the whole low carb thing and am starting with basically no knowledge (just been reading Dr. B’s book and the posts on here and googling). I’m curious how exercise might…Continue

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Comment by Sheila Fitz on April 12, 2012 at 8:13pm

For me, the frustrating part is that often it is not about what I eat or don't eat, it's pain. I've got most of the antibodies to dx RA, and I exercise intensely to keep bg down. It really works, but keeping a balance is hard. Taking NSAIDS helps me keep bg down. Stress from my kids is also something I can't control. All my doctors get this wild look in their eyes if I even hint that I'm letting up on exercising because it has done wonders, but I'm 58yo in the early stages of RA, and it isn't easy to exercise some days. I got talked into a cardio kickboxing class tonight and was doing burpees. I'll probably be crippled in the am, but the bg will be great.

Comment by Trudy on April 12, 2012 at 5:48pm

Hi Hana. I agree with you that we need good targets, but my fear is that someone who is unable to reach theirs for whatever reason becomes discouraged. Many of us need to work on motivation, especially when so many obstacles can be thrown in our paths.

Comment by onesaint on April 12, 2012 at 1:37pm

Although, I don't think it's a joke, I still had a ROFL at

I have $100,000 invested in a company that manufactures dialysis machines

as an argument for poor control. Thanks!
Comment by Hana Rous on April 12, 2012 at 1:32pm

Trudy
I realise that keeping BG to 85 [4.7mmol/l] isn't easy, but the point I try to make is that it should be the TARGET.
Accepting that something is difficult and may not be achieved, is no excuse for changing the target.
Hana

Comment by Natalie ._c- on April 11, 2012 at 1:29pm

Muleman, I can only speak for the US, but medical scientific caution, and reluctance to treat people who may not actually need it, because of the impact on their lives. Concern for the bottom line is a HUGE issue here, and it better not come from doctors' or industry pockets. Lack of DOCUMENTED evidence for the efficacy of low-carb way of life. (Bernstein's greatest mistake), and belief that people cannot follow it anyway. Political support for one way over another because of intense lobbying. Govt. meddling in medical affairs (intended to be protective and pro-active, but not always so). Old-timers protecting their turf. Did I give you the impression that it's really complex????

Comment by Trudy on April 11, 2012 at 11:41am

It would truly be nice if we could maintain 85 all the time, but it's not always that easy. Thyroid problems, inactivity, all sort of thing get in the way. And then there are those nasty hypos. I think each of us needs to do the best we can given the circumstances at any given time. I do admire both of you, my friends Hanna and muleman!

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.

 

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