Blood sugar control, there is no magic bullet but diet and weight loss, not even drugs.

RosalieM
By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-02-25 18:30:10 -0600
Started 2015-02-24 13:23:51 -0600

Having been diabetic for so long, I have tried everything and I mean everything. The only thing that keeps one healthy is low carb diet no, grains, potatoes and rice and taking weight off and keeping it off. Weight is the major factor in insulin resistance. When the weight goes down the insulin resistance goes too. Learning to add lots of fiber of different kinds to food allows for a just little leeway and helps fill you up and keep weight off. But that is it. I have found that fiber (all kinds) including Hi maize 260, inulin, oat bran and ground flax seed and I think chia seed helps. There is no way we can go back to eating grains again. Our bodies cannot handle carbohydrates. Drugs don't prevent complications either. In my experience over many years, it is better to have A1c a little higher than to have a great A1c with diabetic drugs. The diabetic drugs allow you to eat too many carbs and allow you to think you are getting away with it. Your cells know better even if your blood looks good. This is reality. On the bright side, I have been able to stay perfectly healthy, with an A1c of 7. and maintaining normal weight and staying active.. If I were to gain weight again, all bets are off. The more quickly a diabetic accepts reality, the greater chance of keeping good health. I could take more insulin and lower my A1c, further, but my weight will go up as insulin causes weight gain so I would be insulin resistant again.


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Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-02-25 18:30:10 -0600 Report

Hello Rosalie:
I am impressed by the quantity of your many threads/writing. You and I are very different, life experience, gender, type of diabetes, a lengthy list of many, varied things…

I accept you have found a way in which you sound content(ed). My question are with pieces of your view, though I hope respectfully so.

I am intimately familiar with a loathing of medication(s). Yet as a T1, I do not have the choice to eliminate insulin ever. Reduce it, alter my activity, change my eating habit(s), perhaps, but insulin will always be part of my unfortunate routine. Without it, I and my T1 peers suffer very quickly.

I ask a question of philosophy, where does our common aversion to meds come from I wonder? Some kinds, some types keep us very much alive. Others, not nearly as directly.

In any arena I can name, I know of people who refuse to use "medications" of every type and variety, for almost every reason imaginable. Some are ridiculously bad scientific understanding, while others are simply choices I do not understand easily, often entirely irrational (IMHO), but theirs none the less.

Perhaps this is one of those common elements between our different flavors of diabetes? There are many medications I am offered, but few I willinging take. I take none without reluctance, and definate concerns.

I am not averse to supplements of some narrow kinds, but have little faith in the very minor effects, most typically possess regardless of their advertisements. Medicines easy to measure in blood chemistry, determine their effects. More subtle approaches, far more difficult to easily attribute often.

Is distrust the right word? Lets clarify which type(s) of insulin(s) are you speaking of…

RebDee
RebDee 2015-02-25 13:32:30 -0600 Report

I don't want a magic bullet but if I did I would want it to banish my Diabetes altogether. Instead, I keep plodding on with what I know will work: my No White Diet. It keeps me off meds. And is easy on me.

My friend Sam is also Diabetic and he is following my diet and it is working for both of us. We are able to go out to eat often and either share a meal or take half of our own meal home for the morrow. We are both losing weight. It is amazing how much we have the same and at the same time how much we are different: We both have diabetes, and are blind in one eye. On the other hand he speaks 7 languages while I just get by on American English and a bit of Yiddish. He loves gray while I love color. However, we love each other and love bing together no matter what we do: movies, shopping, walking, dogs, children and grandchildren, and food, food, food.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2015-02-24 14:16:51 -0600 Report

I take 500 mg of metformin twice daily (my doctor suggests stopping, but I'm waiting 3 more months) … it has no effect on how my body deals with the foods I eat … rather it reduces the release of hepatic glucose.
I eat grains, at least 1/4 cup of uncooked rolled oats, every day … my A1c has been under 6 for years. Up until 6 months ago I had been eating 1 cup cooked rolled oats every day for 2 years.
Diet (nutrition) is not just a function of individual components, but more about how they all fit together as a whole and how they affect you as an individual. It is far too simplistic (IMO) to point to single foods and label them as villains.

Steve

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-02-24 13:51:30 -0600 Report

I have been grain free for two months now and I really like it. I thought I would hate it, but even the family doesn't really notice. And if they want a grain product, they can order one when we go out. It has really helped me I believe. I will know more in about 4 more months, as I will do a 6 month recap and see how I have improved.

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