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 OldTech 7 hours ago. 7 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 Brian (bsc) 16 hours ago. 29 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

Low Carb Breakfast

Started by Havarti. Last reply by BadMoonT2 yesterday. 4 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

Testing timing with low carb diet?

Started by Karen. Last reply by Brian (bsc) Jul 22. 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

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Comment by onesaint on December 16, 2010 at 3:58pm

In regards to BP and LC, Im thinking that since Im not ketogenic the fat that Im consuming isnt getting burnt, while the protein is (and turned into glucose). So essentially, the fat is extra fat. Im working on figuring this whole aspect out.

Anyone else have an experience like this?

Comment by onesaint on December 16, 2010 at 3:47pm

Funny thing is I eat more veggies now that I ever did eating a carb rich diet. So you would think I should be getting more vitamins. Never taking a daily, have been advised to take BP meds for my 120/80 BP and politely declined. The potassium thought comes from Diabetic Solution. Berstein mentioned leg cramps and potassium. Although, he advised to just use Morton's salt substitute, but I cant find it anywhere!

Comment by Gerri on December 16, 2010 at 3:21pm

Onesaint,

Potassium & sodium have to be in the correct ratio. Taking more of one, throws the other off. Worth having potassium levels tested & it's usually part of a basic blood panel. If your sodium is high you may need supplemental potassium, but better to know for sure first. Too much is just as risky as too little. Lack of magnesium can cause muscle cramps. Magnesium also lowers BP. But again, minerals have to be in the right ratios. They also have to be in the right form to be bioavailable. Multi vitamins tend to use the cheapest form & not have high enough doses to be effective to correct deficienies.

Comment by JaninaWalker on December 16, 2010 at 3:02pm

So, yes you need more supplements than you are even aware of....as in the three years that I purposely went off supplements, I added in potassium so as not to fall into the low potassium problem area that caused Terri Shiavo to go into a coma...remember that story from years ago?

Are you taking medication for blood pressure???  It seems you are and have been advised to take potassium...which points to a life of too many doctors and not enough nutrition studying.  Doctors have heavy training in disease recognition and drugs and little nutrition and disease prevention training.

My own GP said that in his MD degree nutrition was a single optional course and he admits that all he knows is due to his own voluntary study and he uses supplements in his practice so he knows their value.

Comment by onesaint on December 16, 2010 at 2:40pm

wow how curious. Honestly I really just want the potassium from the Vit. I get mean cramps in my calfs.

Comment by Gerri on December 16, 2010 at 2:06pm

It effects blood strip readings. I wish I could find out by how much so it could be factored in. I've searched & can't find info on this.

Comment by JaninaWalker on December 16, 2010 at 1:46pm

I agree with Gerri, the vit C does depress the urine dip stick readings but as long as you are aware of that, I think the value in VitC outweighs this notable detraction.

It also lowers the lab test measures of red cell count so just stop VitC for 3 days ahead of doing blood tests.

Comment by Gerri on December 16, 2010 at 1:40pm

Hmm, I've not heard of low carb raising BP. Need to look into this.

Vit C over 100 mg (I believe that's the dose) effects BG readings by giving falsely lower readings. Vit C reacts with the chemical in strips.

Comment by onesaint on December 16, 2010 at 12:11pm

I havent ever read an Atkins book. Ive pretty much lead a 25 year history of listening to my Endos and lightly managing myself. I wasnt really sure where to look as a teen and was dealing more with being a PWD than managing it. That all said, about 10 years ago I started to look for tighter control methods leading to more testing, the CGM and the Pump - along with some eye surgeries. It wasnt till posting here on TU that the low carb door was open. Atkin always seemed more about loosing weight and the connection to D just wasnt there for me.

Ill do some research on the "breakeven" concept to see if I can get this working right. What Im hoping is that if I can start dumping keytones I can lower the BG and a few pounds as a bonus.

As for Vitamin C, none daily till recently. Now about 6-800mg a day included in my multiV.

My BP rise only came after I went LC. So Im thinking its a result of that in some way.

Comment by JaninaWalker on December 16, 2010 at 11:43am

hey onesaint, have you read any of Dr Atkins' books? You need to invest about $15 in a Bayer container of KetoDiastix....not the ketostix that Dr Atkins recommends, but KetoDiastix have two test pads one for ketones and one for glucose....that will tell you at what level of insulin you switch over....that concept of "breakeven" that I learned from Dr Atkins has served me well over the years.  But with a clean pair of scissors, cut the KetoDiastix into three and make the 100 test strips into 300 because you will need them, but only use them when necessary to save having to buy too many.

I find it hard to believe....you must have read one of DrAtkins books by now, given that you've been a diabetic since 1985. I've been a diabetic since 1981 and I had already at that time read Dr Akins for the weight loss aspect, but he gets my greatest respect for his book on the "Vita-Nutrient Solution" which is like a dictionary about supplements, but well worth getting if you can still find it.

Blood pressure that is high in people is likely due to plaque build up which narrows arteries and even veins.  How much vitamin C do you take daily? I've taken it generously for about 11 years and it accounts for my low to normal blood pressure on top of my low carb diet.  My last BP was 110/60.

 

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