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kar

New Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
I just wanted to say Hi, I was finally diagnosed as type 2 early in March after 6 months of "poking, prodding, blood taking and thoughtful looks by my GP"
I've been told what to cut down on and put on metformin - I've been doing alot of reading (my hubby says too much reading!) and would like to know other peoples thoguhts on low carb diets!
 

sofaraway

Senior Member
Hi Kar welcome to DS,

I think you will find people pretty open minded about low carb diets here, some do follow one, others don't. There is no superiority thng going on for those who do and nobody bashing each others choice of diets- which you may have seen elsewhere.

I don't generally follow low carb, I like to have a varied carb diet some days i can eat around 80g, others around 300g. I do experience more stable blood sugars with lower carbs, but for me it's not sustainable or enjoyable long term.

Sounds like you might have caught it early if your GP has been testing for 6 months then it wasn't a clear cut diagnosis. Which is great for you to get it under control and avoid complications.
 
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Copepod

Moderator
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hi Kar
As you say you're Type 2, on Metformin, you might want to look at low carb diets, and perhaps discuss with your diabetes team / GP / practice nurse / whoever is looking after you, although the general consensus is that Type 2s should eat low sugar diets, rather than low carbohydrate in general. I don't follow that approach, but as Type 1, I can adjust my insulin to fit my food (as well as activity, weather, infection, stress etc). Hope some Type 2 will respond soon.
 

Admin

Moderator
Staff member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hi Kar welcome to DS,
I don't generally follow low carb, I like to have a varied card diet some days i can eat around 80g, others around 300g. I do expereince more stable blood sugars with lower carbs, but for me it's not sustainable or enjoyable long term.

Ha! ha! this is me exactly!
 

Vanessa

Well-Known Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Hello Kar - as you've found the debate rages on low/moderate/high carb diets particularly for Type 2s. Fortunately, this site tends to be very balanced and broad minded in its approach.

Personally I've found the only way to know what works for me is blood testing and then I can make the choices. I'm now having about 130g of carbohydrate a day (moderate carb) and find that has had a marked impact on getting lower blood sugars, particularly first thing in the morning but have not yet had a repeat Hb1Ac since adjusting my diet further. However, I like to have porridge in the morning but need then to do some exercise if I'm to hit the recommended target of <8.5mmol/l 2 hours post meal so I make that a priority

For me it is about balance and moderation - I'm also on gliclazide so need to manage my diet carefully to avoid hypos and to ensure safety when driving. However, I try to keep tight control as I have some very early eye changes

An academic meta-analysis found that low glycaemic index was worth following with wholegrains rather than refined grains as an example. I've found thinking about glycaemic load helpful too (see recommended books for info on GL for Dummies, Greek Doctor's Diet) and I've just picked up "The New Glucose Revolution" to read but haven't started that one yet

Every diabetic is different but, for me, a controlled complex carb approach seems to be helping avoid swings and allows me to stick to about 1400-1600 calories a day in the ongoing challenge of weight management.

Hope this helps
 

vince13

Well-Known Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1.5 LADA
Hello Kar, welcome to the club that no-one really wants to belong to. You will find lots of good advice on here and I hope you find it as much help as I have in the 5 months since I joined the elite D-Club.
 

wallycorker

Well-Known Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Hi Kar,

I'm a new member too from today - also a Type 2 diabetic like you.

I've read Dr Bernstein's book on low-carbohydrate and found that very interesting but considered that it might make life a little bit difficult so I've not really tested it out.

I've made considerable progress with my situation by adoting a low-saturated fat diet after reading a book by Dr Neal D. Barnard - "The Reverse Diabetes Diet".

I've just posted details of it on the recommended books section if that is of interest to you.

Ignore your husband - keep reading! Especially books from the USA!!! It is my experience that is the only way you will learn. I've been diagnosed for about ten years and I'm just starting to learn what I ought to be doing. I've started making major improvements to all my numbers in the hope of keeping claer of any daibetic complications.

Best Wishes - John
 
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