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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