Update from Doctor.

Shawn Grant
By Shawn Grant Latest Reply 2014-09-24 05:33:37 -0500
Started 2014-09-16 17:34:21 -0500

I recently saw my doctor for check up how my diabetes is doing. My blood work came back excellent. My LDL, HDL, and triglycerides are much better than average. My A1C went from 8.8 about 8 months ago when I was first diagnosed to 5.4.

When he called to give me my results he said you changed your diet didn't you. I did 3 weeks after I was diagnosed. I am an ultra low carb diet that resulted in my great A1C and Cholesterol.


21 replies

Littlesister56
Littlesister56 2014-09-21 15:32:24 -0500 Report

I started a low carb diet also July 24th, down 15 lbs, and next Endo appt is in Nov. I am hoping my 7% A1c will be much lower. I was taking Byetta and Metformin and a 1 mg Prandin at meals in addition to Humulin N Insulin at night, with Endos approval, I stopped the Byetta and now take Metformin and 1/2 mg of Prandin and Insulin. I have trouble though staying under 40 grams of carbs, tend to be at 50. Have to kick the Coffeemate creamer habit. I am hoping to see the same kind of results you have achieved. Congrats on the dramatic change!

Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-09-21 16:13:09 -0500 Report

Littlesister, watch your sugar closely. With that amount of medication, an ultra low carb diet can cause blood sugar to be too low.

I use whole whipping cream for my coffee.

seabelly
seabelly 2014-09-19 05:46:58 -0500 Report

Congratulations! That is fantastic. You're actually staying under 40 grams of carbs a day? How is that possible, are you only eating meats and vegetables? Are you following a particular plan? I don't mean to be so nosy, but yours are the kind of results I think everybody would like to have.

Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-09-19 18:13:49 -0500 Report

Seabelly, yes I stay under 40 grams of carbs a day. It is the only way I can have normal blood sugar which is the most important goal of a diabetic to have. I don't really follow a named diet plan so to speak. 2 weeks after I was diagnosed, I read Dr. Richard Bernstein's book diabetes solution and used its meal recommendations as a guide. You are right I just eat meat and non-starchy veggies. I also eat cheese, whole cream and butter. The book is the reason why my cholesterol is down and my A1C is good. I am not on any medication at all. I plan to stay at A1C of 5.5 or below for the rest of my life.

seabelly
seabelly 2014-09-20 05:21:51 -0500 Report

Shawn,

Thanks so much for the reply. I've seen Dr. Bernstein's name; now I'm going to check him out. Have you had any problems with hypoglycemia?

seabelly
seabelly 2014-09-20 05:21:28 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for the reply. I've seen Dr. Bernstein's name; now I'm going to check him out. Have you had any problems with hypoglycemia?

seabelly
seabelly 2014-09-20 05:21:16 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for the reply. I've seen Dr. Bernstein's name; now I'm going to check him out. Have you had any problems with hypoglycemia?

seabelly
seabelly 2014-09-20 05:21:05 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for the reply. I've seen Dr. Bernstein's name; now I'm going to check him out. Have you had any problems with hypoglycemia?

Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-09-20 07:07:49 -0500 Report

No, I have never had hypoglycemia. 30 to 40 grams of carbs a day is enough to prevent that. My carbs are slow acting from veggies like spinach, broccoli, cabbage, peppers and other non-starchy veggies. This is a slow, stead release of glucose in my blood that my body can keep up with and will sustain me till the next meal 5 to 6 hours later.

I do check my sugar closely and carry glucose tablets just in case. Never used them other then to test how much they raise my sugar so I know the correct dosage.

ReaderReader12
ReaderReader12 2014-09-17 14:59:49 -0500 Report

Great news…I trying to do the same thing and it is going pretty good. It has not been as hard as i thought it would be. I carve salmon now. Who knew? I love it. Keep up the good work.
Pam

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-09-16 20:38:23 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing the excellent news about the decrease in A1c due to the changes you've put in place. That's awesome! ~Lynn @Glucerna

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-09-16 18:19:10 -0500 Report

that's great Shawn
What is your total daily carb consumption?
hoping to get in that A1c area on my next labs (5.8 now) already seen the cholesterol & blood pressure ("ideal" according to my doctor) benefits of low carb.