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Diabetes Chronicles 4 – Plus a helpful article about low carb diets


https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/low-carb-diet-for-diabetes

The last few days except yesterday I kept my sugar/carb count very low. Yesterday I lost control and had more sugar than I should have. I had to adjust my insulin injections to bring my numbers down to the near normal numbers I want. The dr wants them higher because I did suffer a low in there. I know how to fix a low so he needn’t carry on so. It is important to keep the numbers down near the numbers normal people get because they are starting to find out that spiking at 120 or higher is dangerous and speeds up the diabetes damage.

I see an endocrinologist who is supposed to be a specialist in diabetes, but even he believes we should keep our carbs higher and our numbers higher. I hate fighting with my dr all the time, but I do believe that low carb is the way to go and that it is possible to bring our numbers nearer to normal. No, it won’t ever cure the diabetes, but we can reap the benefits of the normal numbers just like a normal person.

I wish I could just dial a number in my insulin pen that is in the normal range and it will dispense the required units of insulin. I have to work on my correcting dosages to add to the sliding scale the doctor has given me. I admit I do mess up a bit now and then and he would rather I be too high than have a low. If I couldn’t fix my lows with glucose tablets than maybe he would be right, but I can fix the lows with a minimum of fuss. If I am asleep it does wake me up feeling weird like that. To a seasoned sufferer of Diabetes it is hard to miss. They should concentrate on their new patients.

The above article touches on a lot of things about low carb diets.

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Diabetes Chronicles 3 – some research that fits my beliefs


I have long believed in low carb diets.  Here is a article that agrees with this:

http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/why-a-low-carb-diet-should-be-the-first-approach-in-diabetes-treatment-2/

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).

Diabetes Chronicles 2


I did some major thinking today. I know low carb is the answer, but I am not getting results like the others claim they are. There are also many low carb diet groups out there and they are not as restrictive as the one I have been following.

My cooking sucks, I hate most veggies and the few foods I will eat as part of this group are very little choice-wise. They are high fat and what they add to foods to make it high fat makes me want to puke. Adding butter to coffee, I just think that is gross among other things.

So basically I am unhappy with all their things we can’t have and not happy with what we can other than bacon and eggs. I stopped the Sugar Free Jello and have nothing sweet in my diet. I can’t keep this up. I tried to talk it up yesterday, but I am not really into it.

I am going to stay low carb, but not be as strict on the kinds of foods I can have. There are many types of low carb diets out there and who can say which is right. Right now I am going to just try low carb and not follow the super restrictive diet I have been trying to follow. It is not working for me. This current group cuts out a lot of food groups and doesn’t believe in moderation either. They tell me and so have other research that sugar causes inflammation and to stop it would stop the pain. 6 months of very little carbs/sugar and it definitely does not cut down on the pain. My current round of steroid shots should show that.

I understand the need to keep my blood sugar counts low, but as to what carbs I need to cut out is up for change right now. I may start my own research rather than just listen to all these people and their two cents.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).

Diabetes Chronicles 1


Those of you who know me well, know that I have Diabetes Type 2, Insulin Dependent. I have had the Diabetes for about 20 years and didn’t care. I was in denial and ate what I wanted and now I find myself on insulin.

I started the insulin in June of 2017. I never thought I could inject myself as I am deathly afraid of needles, but I learned injecting myself was a lot less painful than sticking my finger for the blood checks. I do blood checks around 4 times a day or more if I have a low reading and I give myself injections 4 times a day. With each meal and one long lasting one at bedtime.

The biggest thing with this disease is following a low carb diet. Considerably lower than the American Diabetes Association recommends. They have not updated their medicine and diet guidelines despite all the new research out there that the lower the carbs per day the better off we will be and some of us eventually get off meds, lose lots of weight and get more normal readings and A1c readings.

I belong to a FaceBook group and they are adamant in this way of eating (WOE) and it really does work. It is a shame though that so many people are avidly following the ADA and dying young or losing limbs, or eyesight or having damage to their other organs.

I am following a diet of less than 50 carbs per day (LCHF), not meal as the ADA recommends. They recommend 45 carbs per meal and 15 grams per 2 snacks per day. Though 50 is the highest they recommend per day in this group most eat less than 20 grams per day. The Keto diet. If nothing else I follow the Low Carb High Fat diet and no I don’t want to discuss how the fat is or isn’t bad or any other parts of this way of eating. Read up on Keto diets and low carb high fat  if you are interested. If you want to join the group, I will be happy to give you the name and you can join the group and get all this information much better than I can explain it.

I just had to go back to the basics. I wasn’t getting the results that others were and I was still struggling with the sweets.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).

My Health Pledge


I pledge to be held accountable for my health. I will exercise (silver sneakers at a local health club), eat right and cut out sugar, get rid of the insulin and diabetes pills and eliminate my diabetes entirely and lose weight so I can get rid of my myriad other illnesses and pills.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Healthy Eating (Danny Ray)


Danny you have been inspirational in my quest for healthy eating. Although I occasionally will have a treat (the sugary kind), it isn’t often anymore. My fridge has veggies and some fruit and meats. Protein is important especially to offset the carbs.

As others have said, as bad as diabetes is and being on insulin injections is no fun, it may ultimately save my life. No more grazing non-stop on sugary, high carb treats all day and night. I have to have a regular meal to go with my insulin. I am learning what my body can tolerate. My pancreas no longer produces insulin itself or not much the doctor says.

I had to go to an endocrinologist for my help with the diabetes. The general practitioner was useless. Insulin is serious, but it has been a wake up call.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com