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I am a 40 year old with congestive heart failure. My diabetes is under control with diet ( low carb ). Have been off diabetes meds for 3.5 years now. My heart is getting stronger, and after having a cancerous growth removed in 2005, I have had no more problems with that. My progress has been slowed by a lot of surgeries( 2 ICD's, a hernia, a burst appendix, and a gallbladder removal), but I just keep at it.
I am a 40 year old with congestive heart failure. My diabetes is under control with diet ( low carb ). Have been off diabetes meds for 3.5 years now. My heart is getting stronger, and after having a cancerous growth removed in 2005, I have had no more problems with that. My progress has been slowed by a lot of surgeries( 2 ICD's, a hernia, a burst appendix, and a gallbladder removal), but I just keep at it.


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HOUNDLOVER1
4/14/2014 5:40:55 PM

I should have had my A1c results today. Only slow mail to blame. I guess they have had a huge increase of the ReliOn lab (Walmart) mailings in the post office where they are located, LOL. People are catching on that this is cheaper than the doctor's office testing.
I'm hoping for an A1c of 5.6 this time (since the last one was only a month away, and then down towards 5.0 very soon.
Thanks for your great input on the messageboards.
Tongight I'm going to the local diabetes meeting, the talk will be about diet. I think it may be worth writing a blog about tomorrow. emoticon
I suspect the most controversial issues will be saturated fats and grains.



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HOUNDLOVER1
4/11/2014 4:17:59 PM

I used to have hypoglycemia all the time before my low-carb days (when I was probably diabetic without knowing), but never so bad that I passed out, just felt grumpy, weak, sugar cravings etc. , I always assumed that as long as you are not on diabetes meds and you are on low-carb that your blood sugar won't go that low, could be wrong though, I think Bernstein explains it somewhere in the book. I can almost set my glucometer by my getting hungry now. It happens right at 85, but if I don't eat then, like today, too busy, then my liver spits out enough glucose that my blood suar doesn't go lower. Maybe it's different for different people. Having some glucose tablets around doesn't hurt in any case. I have some, too, just for when I feel like I'm starving and no easy source for food, altough have not used them in a long time. When I do then usually half to one is enough.



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HOUNDLOVER1
4/11/2014 11:21:40 AM

I was surprised, too, that you could get away with all those tomatoes. I now have maybe one slice or one cherry tomato on a salad. With onions I have just a couple of slices on my salad. I always thought that snow peas were higher in sugar. Will have to look them up.
Why do you think that you may have lows if you skip the tomatoes? I doubt that you will because your body has adjusted so well overall to low carbs. Your pancreas will probably produce just enough insulin for the sugar that your liver produces to make up for the carbs you are not eating. I'm curious if that's going to be the case. I was reading just yesterday in Volek and Phinney "Art and Science of Low-carbohydrate living" that eating low-carb will normalize metabolic function of both the liver and the pancreas. Will have to look again excatly where I read that.



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HOUNDLOVER1
4/10/2014 5:43:29 PM

Yes, Bernstein has really done his research, I guess the N=1 experiment for the last 60 years plus lots of patients, but of course it does not "count" as research. Lots of valuable evidence, I think.
For me the biggest eye opener was that stretching the stomach by eating too much, even of lettuce, can lead to an insulin response, I think that's what he called the restaurant effect. That motivated me to eat a lot less.
I still don't own the book, but will order it together with the Rosedale one ver soon. Me may want to think about linking all of Bernstein's free stuff on the low-carb and diabetes team, this info needs to get out there. There used to be someone on the diabetes team who spoke about him all the times but I think she left Spark.



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HOUNDLOVER1
4/9/2014 5:50:29 PM

I learned that term from my teenage daughter. I find myself using it a lot. emoticon



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