Just started low carb. Vision

RBB

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Hello to all I'm new here although iv had diabetes for around ten years T2. Iv just started a low carb diet and I'm in my fourth day and my vision is blurry up close. Not sure if it is because iv had a stressful week or it is the diet could anyone help if they experienced the same starting this diet.

Thank you RBB
 

HenryBennett

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I started the low carb diet straight after my diagnosis in February and, yes, I’ve had a bit of blurred vision off and on. I’m no expert but from what I know it is about changing the shape of your eyes.

I’ve stuck with it though and had my HbA1c measured a few days ago and it’s fallen to 38 which is well below the level deemed to be diabetic. I’m sticking with the low carbs though to keep it in remission in the long term. (I’ve lost a lot of weight on the low carb diet too).

Hang on in there.

Henry
 

RBB

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I started the low carb diet straight after my diagnosis in February and, yes, I’ve had a bit of blurred vision off and on. I’m no expert but from what I know it is about changing the shape of your eyes.

I’ve stuck with it though and had my HbA1c measured a few days ago and it’s fallen to 38 which is well below the level deemed to be diabetic. I’m sticking with the low carbs though to keep it in remission in the long term. (I’ve lost a lot of weight on the low carb diet too).

Hang on in there.

Henry
Cheers I'm struggling for what to eat more so breakfast it's hard.
 

HenryBennett

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Cheers I'm struggling for what to eat more so breakfast it's hard.
By measuring my BG before meals then 1 hour & 2 hours after, I’ve worked out what I can and can’t eat. I’m ok at breakfast with a single slice of seeded wholemeal toast - topped with 2 poached eggs (with grated cheese), or a small mashed avocado, or 2 medium scrambled eggs etc. Some days instead of the single slice of toast I’ll have half of a gammon steak or 2 rashers of bacon. I’ve no problem making breakfast interesting and low or no carb.
 

Ditto

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I get blurry vision if I don't do low carb.
 

everydayupsanddowns

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I used to get burred vision when my BGs had been running in double figures for a while.

Perhaps blurriness can come on where BG levels are changing too (I know rapid changes in BG levels can put stress on the fine blood vessels in the back of the eye, but I'm not sure what it does to the osmotic pressure that causes the blurring)
 

rebrascora

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Cheers I'm struggling for what to eat more so breakfast it's hard.
Low carb breakfasts for me are a 2 egg omelette with any combination of mushrooms, onion peppers courgette ham/bacon spinach and cheese.... usually most of those.... with a side salad and a good dollop of cheese coleslaw
or
Creamy Greek Natural Yoghurt with a few (half a dozen ish) raspberries or other berries and mixed seeds and chopped nuts
or
"On the hoof" breakfast is a Nature Valley Protein Bar which is just under 10g carbs per bar. I usually have the Salted Caramel or the Peanut and Chocolate varieties.

If your Blood Glucose levels have been running high before starting the low carb diet, it is likely that the sudden change in BG levels as a result of the diet is causing your eye lens to change due to the glucose content of the fluid in it to change.
Low carb diet is a very powerful tool in reducing BG. Your vision should resolve once your body gets used to the new levels.
Do you know what your latest HbA1c was? Do you have a Blood Glucose meter to test your levels at home? many people find this an invaluable tool in managing their diabetes through diet as it will tell you which foods and how much of them your body will tolerate and which send your BG into orbit.
 

trophywench

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It definitely works when you're reducing BG @everydayupsanddowns - I was told by GP it looked like I had T1 and to present myself at Kidderminster General with me bag packed tomorrow morning at 10am, they'd be expecting me cos he'd already rung em whilst I was in the nurses room having my wee tested. Over the next week my eyesight got blurrier and blurrier by the day! Took a further 3-4 weeks to get it to be sensible again.
 
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