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YES! My daughter is no longer pre-diabetic!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I could not be any happier to know that my daughter will never again have to deal with fluctuating blood sugar levels and insulin resistance again, much less with the severe health problems that go along with type 2 diabetes. Her latest HA1c test came back at 5.3, down from 5.7 and above before.
She is the perfect example for the fact that diabetes and pre-diabetes cause obesity, not the other way around, because she never carried more than about 10% body fat and was always very athletic, being a good High School swimmer and a skilled horseback rider and runner.
She was not eating too much for her activity level but had always enjoyed pastries, sugar and breads a little too much.
She had educated herself very well about the danger of insulin resistance and the addictive power of sugar and wheat (even after she had already eaten gluten-free for about half a year) and as a result she decided to switch to a paleo/low carb diet, a way of eating that my husband and I had already made our life style diet.
After about 6-9 months she has fully regained her health and her swimming times have actually improved as she PR'd in her best event, the 200 Free, improving her time from 2:16,50 to 2:14 about 6 weeks before the swim season even started, showing that it is very possible, if not easier, to do speed events on a low-carb diet with only minor replenishing of carbs at the end of workouts.
Occasionally she still thinks about bread, but it is now an avoidable temptation. Sugar is limit to small and rare amounts. We occasionally buy some nice dark chocolate truffles and have just one or two rather than the whole box.
It has been so worth it for her to gain a life-time of health without even missing any foods any more. I'm proud of her for being willing to make the change, in spite of occasional comments from her team mates who did not quite understand why she would turn down doughnuts or pizza.
If a 16-year-old can do it so can we all.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MINNIE 8/6/2013 2:34AM

    glad for you and her. thanks for sharing. very inspiring

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LOUIE-LILY 8/1/2013 8:30AM

    That is so awesome that she did it at a young age - no doubt you had a lot of input to help her. I'm struggling to have my DT2 reversed now. Keep going!

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_RAMONA 7/22/2013 11:22PM

    Birgit, this is so GREAT!!!! Yeah for all of you!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}

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MRSP90X 7/20/2013 9:03PM

    That's awesome! I am doing the same thing to reverse mine as well!! Thanks for sharing great news and hope for us!

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  This is such good news to share with us all.

I also have gone no processed carbs because veggies and fruit are carbs but they are fresh and whole food carbs there is a difference.

I cut out all sugar in 1991 but could not lose weight till I cut out all processed carbs, no bread, cakes, cookies, pies, pizza, and I also stay away from all grains including oatmeal and eat veggies raw or baked or stir fried and fruit and lean organic protein and all of my cravings are gone.

I eat a few small pieces of chocolate every two weeks but much strawberries and about once a month I eat Greek Yogurt.

I am steadily losing weight by eating like this.

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ABYGAILSMOM06 7/19/2013 12:37PM

    That is wonderful. Such a great example for us all............

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TWEETYKC00 7/19/2013 5:13AM

    Wow, that is such good news!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/19/2013 3:39AM

    That's great. I can see why you are proud. Giver her a hug for me!! emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 7/18/2013 11:52PM

    Thanks everyone for the great comments.
It seems that having lots of tasty food options is key to success for our whole family. This includes spending quite a bit more money on food then if we were eating grains and sugar. But we save that money in medical bills so it's always worth it.

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CINDYTW 7/18/2013 10:19PM

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-LINDA_S 7/18/2013 4:17PM

    Great news! So good that she's willing to do what's necessary and doesn't seem to mind.

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SHIRLANGEL 7/18/2013 1:28PM

    Wow! That's great that your daughter no longer has to worry about sugar levels. I'm impressed that she was able to maintain the dietary changes as a teen - turning down pizza? Wow! That's very encouraging. Thank you for sharing her experience. emoticon

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KANOE10 7/18/2013 8:47AM

    That is a wonderful success story. I was pre-diabetic and did the same thing eating low carb and no sugar. Congratulations to her and to your family for finding a healthy way to live!

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DDOORN 7/18/2013 8:17AM

    Nothing like reaping the rewards of paying your SPARK forward! :-)


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DOVESEYES 7/18/2013 2:45AM

    Fantastic what an amazing turn around. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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FLAMENM 7/17/2013 9:24PM

    Great inspiration!

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OOLALA53 7/17/2013 8:15PM

    And she did herself! I teach high school, so I know it is a feat. Congratulate her for me.

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/17/2013 6:05PM

    Such great news!

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NEWKATHYNOW 7/17/2013 5:33PM

    Good for her! She's an inspiration for all of us.




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FISHER011 7/17/2013 5:17PM

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JUST-ELIZ 7/17/2013 5:10PM

    Wonderful news!!! I'm so happy for you both!!

I have a daughter who was not athletic at all but loved her carbs too much. As a teen it caused her weight to be up slightly. But she was still a kid and active. But now as a young adult, age 23, it has really caused her great distress. She's pre-diabetic and over weight like me in the belly. She's getting married in September and wants to have a baby soon. :o) I am not telling her how to eat, but she is watching me and hopefully my example will save her from having some of my past heart ache!

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JLKL1980 7/17/2013 5:07PM

    So happy for you and your daughter! She is a walking advertisement for doing the low carb lifestyle.

I still eat pizza - I just eat the toppings only. That's the best part anyway. Cheese is okay on Atkins.

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SKATER787 7/17/2013 4:39PM

    Excellent news! Pass on the donuts but she can send the pizza to me.
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WOUBBIE 7/17/2013 4:28PM

    Amen to that!

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NASFKAB 7/17/2013 4:26PM

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MOM2ACAT 7/17/2013 4:23PM

    That is awesome, and impressive that she was able to turn her health around at such a young age. emoticon

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GLC2009 7/17/2013 4:22PM

    emoticon you guys are certainly people to admire with your dedication to educating yourselves about diet, fitness and health issues. i'm always happy to read your blogs and see the improvements you make all the time.
your daughter is lucky to have parents that recognize the importance of the fuel she feeds her body.

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