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A1cNow being discontinued by Bayer

Started this discussion. Last reply by David (dns) Feb 12. 6 Replies

I just started looking for an inexpensive way to check A1c without requiring a doctor visit. Found the A1cNow home test meter which sounded like it would be perfect, but then found it is being…Continue

Tudiabetes data mining

Started this discussion. Last reply by nel Mar 14, 2013. 6 Replies

So I just read a discussion on another forum about a tool for firefox called "collusion". It is a Firefox plugin that monitors websites to see whether websites you visit open and pass information on…Continue

Tu Admins now pushing Low-carb and allowing no responses?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue59 Nov 21, 2011. 89 Replies

It has been my perception for some time that Tudiabetes has a pro-low-carb slant. Which is fine with me since Tu does allows discussion and rebuttal of the issue from all points of view. But it…Continue

What hypo symptom is first for you - seizures or passing out?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Oct 13, 2011. 45 Replies

If you have been T1 for a long period of time you have probably had at least one very low BG. Low BG has many symptoms, but when you get low enough it seems that passing out and seizures are the last…Continue


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Jag1 replied to zzyzx's discussion 'Thank You, 100s of tudiabetes Posters (and a question or two)'
"Actually there are T2's who are very insulin resistant and who need significant doses of insulin per gram of carb. For instance in this T2 post, she is taking 10 units of insulin for 8 grams of carb: LINK In contrast, long-term T1's…"
15 hours ago
Jag1 replied to slystr's discussion '? about insulin use and insulin resistance'
"The formulas in Using Insulin and Think Like a Pancreas are designed for T1 diabetics, unless they state otherwise. T1 typically do not have insulin resistance, which is as you know why your insulin usage numbers are much higher. You could ask your…"
16 hours ago
Jag1 replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"If you aren't able to digest carbs because you don't make the proper digestive enzymes, then of course it makes sense that you wouldn't eat them. I'm sorry you are in that position, but please remember that most of us…"
Jag1 replied to Troy's discussion 'Switching from Humalog to Novolog. .. what can I expect?'
"Another vote for no difference."
Jag1 replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"Excellent answer, I agree completely (except that it is Bernstein himself and not just his ardent supporters who are adamant about strictly limiting carb with his diet)."
Jag1 replied to David (dns)'s discussion 'Not A Big, Earth-shaking Question, But I'm Curious What Others Do'
"I don't use alcohol swabs anymore (I used them for years after I first got diabetes) but haven't since I read swabbing was not necessary for injections even if re-using syringes. This is different for pump/cgm users, I assume?"
Jag1 replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"Yes, but lets not fail to point out that you are a T2."
Jag1 replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"He actually has collaborated on a couple peer-reviewed articles which you can find on PubMed. But as you say he has never set up a scientifically valid test with a control group to look at the effects of his diet approach. To be fair, he is not a…"
Jag1 replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"I don't consider it a complete system, and actually think it is pretty limited in scope, because he is unfortunately stuck with only one bit of advice to lower BG: namely to eat only from his limited diet list and only 6g carb in the morning,…"
Jag1 replied to pancreaswanted's discussion 'better control, but is this ok to do?'
"Yes, of course, you're right. It's 1 unit per 2kg, not 2 units per kg. (The numbers I gave for OP were correct, however - she would be 66 lbs). That's why I always like to refer back to my books. I've only been without them for a…"
Jag1 replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"Once again, David, you are a T2, not a T1. That certainly doesn't invalidate your experience, it just makes it different from mine. I've never had any lipid issues or even a suggestion that I take statins; I don't have any weight I…"
Jag1 replied to pancreaswanted's discussion 'better control, but is this ok to do?'
"Her setup was that she takes only basal, so only 15 units per day and no bolus insulin. Thus she is taking a TDD of 15. There is certainly a range and no one should expect an average to hit their numbers spot-on, but I'm certain the 2 units per…"
Jag1 replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"But you are T2, and T1 is very different in this regard. You don't take any insulin, and apparently his approach works for you as a T2 to keep you off medication. So you should definitely keep doing it as long as you can. Be aware, though, that…"
Jag1 replied to pancreaswanted's discussion 'better control, but is this ok to do?'
"I don't have my reference books (I lent them to a friend who's son was just diagnosed with T1), but I'm pretty sure the average T1 TDD insulin requirement is about 2 units per kg body weight. So 15 units TDD would be the expected…"
Jag1 replied to Christopher's discussion 'Insulin sensitivity and long-distance travel'
"This happens to me when I travel to Japan for work (I think about 40% basal reduction), but in my case I would dispute that my diet and exercise remain the same. As far as exercise, I am just much more active in Japan. At home I drive to my parking…"
Jag1 replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"Really, I'm surprised? All editions of his "Diabetes Solution" book mandate 30g carb per day or less (I have the first edition). Do you happen to know which books those were that were more open-minded?"

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March 1, 1975
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At 5:23pm on April 8, 2014, Mark said…

Thanks, Jag1.

At 10:10am on March 5, 2013, julez_79 said…

ha, than you! what those two are thinking is for you to decide ;) the photo is part of a larger series of staged photography dealing with different aspects of friendship and how we really have as many personalities as we have close friends.

At 12:29pm on March 4, 2013, Josh F said…

Thanks. Glad to see I did not sound crazy. Just a hot button topic for me. ;)

At 9:02am on August 15, 2012, nel said…

I like your profile picture :)

At 6:09pm on June 2, 2012, Cinderfella said…

Jag1--thank you for your offer. I won't be doing any kind of exercise for a long time. I will certainly keep the rowing machine in mind, though. I'm not really in Belmont that much these days, I'm down on the cape mostly. Thank you again for your generous offer. I'll let you know when/if it's something I can use. Cinderfella.

At 7:28pm on November 20, 2011, nel said…

Hi Jag1 I am not always ...you are more RIGHT :) ..have been following your latest ...anf NOT responding by CHOICE ...too compliclated for my simple soul :) ...cheers, N

At 9:38pm on July 6, 2011, Heather said…
Hi, Jag ... Thanks very much for the link to that article on metabolism. Very interesting — I appreciate it. Re. my low-carb experiment, my overall BG control continues to be better than when I'm consuming more carbs (by no means perfect, however). You raise a good point when you say that perhaps it's just the more careful measuring that leads to better control. I've been speculating the same thing myself and wondering whether very fastidious measuring and monitoring would also lead to good control, regardless of the carb quantities. At the same time, I think there's some value to Bernstein's "law of small numbers." In other words, the more carbs and insulin I take in at any one time, the more likely I seem to be to screw up somehow and go high or low. I think what I'll end up retaining from this experiment is a lower carb intake in my regular diet (not Bernstein levels, though) and a tendency to direct much of that intake toward exercise. I do want to be able to sprint, and although the difference hasn't been glaring, I think I prefer carb-fuelled exercise. Hope all is well with you!
At 7:56am on May 19, 2011, Heather said…
Ack ... Jag! Sorry for not responding to your comment on May 1st. I think I've accidentally changed my settings to not receive any email notifications, so I didn't know you'd written. ANYWAY .... to answer your questions, I haven't gone quite full-on Bernstein (more like 40-50 grams of carb per day). All in all, I've been experiencing significantly better BG control, though it's by no means perfect. I think my "protein processing" (to be real scientific!) has become more efficient, or something, so I'm having to work in coverage for that ... which isn't easy (I'm doing it through modified basals). Re. exercise, when I first switched over, I found I didn't really need much in the way of ex-carbs for aerobic activity, which was strange, and nice, but I've started having exercise lows again, so I'm not sure what's going on there. My energy level seems to be about the same, now that I'm past the initial "shock phase."

All in all, I'm finding all the info "out there" very confusing and frustrating, and I'm not really convinced I'm doing the right thing. I decided to give this low(ish) carb program three months, so I'll stick with it and reassess near the end of summer.

Hope you're having a good day!
At 6:54am on October 30, 2010, 870allamerican said…
Thanx for the add. You will be in my shoes one day. But then again, maybe this will be licked before then. Let's hope.
At 7:51pm on July 5, 2010, Sandpirate said…
I have the Medtronic CGM. Apparently the CGM works well for most people, but it is not accurate for me. With this system there is a plus of minus 10 or 15% window( I believe) of accuracy as well as a time lag compared to your actual BG at any time.

My personal issues with the CGM were; the CGM (more than 50% of the time) would not rise with my actual BG after meals at all, and it would alarm at night that I was in the low range when I was fine. After speaking to tech support and my Metronic contact many times I pretty much gave up on it.



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