I stayed on a low carb diet for 16 years. I spoke with numerous doctors, a few registered dieticians and read numerous books on the subject during this period. Some doctors agreed with a low carb diet, some disagreed, and a few took a neutral stance. These doctors consisted of endocrinologists, interns, family physicians, and naturopathic doctors, all specializing in diabetes. Some of these doctors also employed diabetic teams and educators. While on this low carb diet, my bg generally stayed between 90 and 110. I did have a problem with my fasting bg 1st thing in the morning. It was anywhere from 130 to 160, but by 10am or 11 am it was within 90 to 110. My a1c has always been under 7 and is currently 6.1. I rode a bicycle anywhere from 10 to 30 miles a day at least 3 or 4 days a week, and incorporated some strength training. To this day, I have not been diagnosed with any diabetic complications. About 1 year ago I suddenly experienced severe constipation and cramps. I spoke with several doctors, got several different explanations, and still had the same problem. Next, I spoke with a team of diabetic educators and in turn an RD. The dietician told me I would alleviate and possibly eliminate the constipation with her recommended low fat diet. I took her advice, and it worked! I am currently and for close to a year now on a low fat diet. The constipation is gone. It was in part do to my meds also, but the new diet still overcame it. Simply put, my dietician believes that a greater variety of healthy foods, inreases the odds of getting all the nutrients that the body needs. Portion size is a big factor also. My a1c and bg have remained about the same. I enjoy much more freedom when it comes to food. Here is my point without much further detail. I believe that both low carb and low fat diets each have their advantage and place. It all depends on your circumstances at any given point in time. I don't believe I would change my diet previously or currently with the experience I have gained. WHATS YOUR TAKE ON THE SUBJECT?
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