Excellent discussion, more about circulatioln and complication protection.

RosalieM
By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-03-01 16:44:14 -0600
Started 2015-03-01 08:35:56 -0600

When I was diagnosed and before that even, I was totally on my own. Keto diets weren't known.
There was no internet, no diabetic connect and I didn't know another diabetic. Information available was a brochure from the ADA. That was it. My mother had health problems that made her unable to communicate, she had dementia, MS. She was fairly young when this happened to her. It caused me to grow up very quickly. There were eight of us kids and a lot of work to do.
Needless to say this had a profound effect on me. I was concerned I could become like her.
I made up my mind I would do everything I could learn to do to stay healthy. That was my intention. I followed through on it my entire life. My motivation was very strong. When diabetes came along, it did not deter me from my goal. I gained weight because of the American Heart Association preached don't eat fat, eat carbs to protect the heart. So much for science. It was dead wrong. Now I question everything even science. I lost the weight by shear will. I counted every thing I ate. I still didn't know about a Keto diet or the dangers of carbohydrates. I gained the 55 lbs again and had to do it all over again. I remained fit even being overweight for a time.
My circulation remained good as did my blood pressure. I never had metabolic syndrome as most diabetics do. I attribute that to my consistent healthy lifestyle as I understood it at the time. I don't know if I was insulin resistant either, my pancreas is damaged. That is my story. The lowest my blood sugar ever has been A1c of 7. I have escaped all complications. I have never eaten processed food. That may have figured in as well. What is the answer then.


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Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-03-01 15:26:37 -0600 Report

I don't think there is any "one" answer since diabetes has a genetic component as well as reacting to what we eat and how we exercise. I was diagnosed in 1976 at age 27 but it wasn't until the early 2000's that I became aware of the effect that carbohydrates have on BG and began to reduce them. I credit reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution" for that revelation. (Dr Bernstein developed his low-carb approach by analyzing what worked well for him as a diabetic and returned to school to get his medical degree in his 40's to gain credibility for his approach.) I don't think that there is any doubt about the benefits of "natural" vs processed foods. Congratulations on your good results Rosalie!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-03-01 10:03:35 -0600 Report

Rosalie,
I appreciate your life filled with health. But I don't understand how you
gained weight on a low carbohydrate diet. Frankly, I find that hard to believe. I've lost 1/2 of my large body, 90 lbs. on low carbohydrate diet. I have 60 lbs. to go. I plan on staying on my low carb diet now and only bump it up a bit as not to loose more weight. Vl

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-03-01 11:50:52 -0600 Report

Valentine,
I didn't gain weight on a low carb diet. I was on a high carbohydrate diet at the time because the American Heart Association preached hot and heavy, don't eat fat, eat carbs. My goal was to be healthy. They were focused on cholesterol. I was dumb enough to believe them at the time because they were the "experts" and they had science behind them. Their science was wrong and it contributed to the diabetes epidemic today. Food processors took the fat out of everything increasing the carb count in the process. The ADA and AHA are still recommending cut the fat out of everything for diabetics. Now I question everything! I was lucky because I was ignorant.
Not eating processed foods may have helped too. Don't know for sure.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-01 10:07:42 -0600 Report

Cyber high 5 for all the weight loss…I just busted through the 100 pounds lost barrier…all be it only the last 50 or so pounds were from low carb dieting…the rest was pre diagnosis from giving up soda and sweets…

YankeeLady
YankeeLady 2015-03-01 16:44:14 -0600 Report

yes I'm sure it seems this way — just know you are far from alone in these feelings — if that helps — I find it very good to try something new- read something different or find something uplifting — just change channels as they say — just saying is all — I have had two major losses since Christmas— the last putting down my beloved Chihuahua on Feb 20— I am still reeeling from that one— but life goes on — I do what I say and try not to dwell on it — finding lots of inspiration here and there — blessings to you

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-03-01 11:22:26 -0600 Report

JibJab,
Thank you so much that means allot. Cyber high 5 to you for reaching 100. Getting to 100 is hard work. The last 50 should be a piece of cake. Loved your post about Bill Murray .movie. I died laughing. VL

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-01 08:51:28 -0600 Report

It's like I am living in the flipping Twilight zone…or in that Bill Murray Movie Ground hogs day…I keep..living the same day over and over and over again…and I cant find out how to make it stop…maybe if I had some damned writers!!!!!