As a diabetic who has been off all meds for about 38 months now, I find that low carb worked best. The diabetic diet was a complete failure. Most diabetics I know ( Type2 ), have issues with carbs, which cause them to overeat. Obesity, and diabetes are symptoms in my opinion. The idea that obesity caused the diabetes is challenged by the fact that there are skinny diabetics.
When I eat most carbs, my blood sugars soar, and I get cravings. The high blood sugars are diabetes, and the cravings lead to my obesity. They are both caused by carbs though. Not all carbs, just certain kinds, namely sugars/starches. Fibrous, low glycemic carbs don't spike them as much, and I find I need some to avoid low blood sugars.
Only after dropping my blood sugars to a normal level did I start losing weight. In one year I was off all meds, but only because my doctors were cautious. I started having low blood sugars within weeks of starting low carb, and through trial and error, have figured out how to get some with each meal. Since 3 weeks into low carb ( over 4 years now ), I have rarely tested over 120 blood sugar. If I did, it was because of a cheat.
I can say without a doubt, that barring further damage to my body, as long as I don't cheat on low carb, I should never have another high blood sugar. Most days it is around 70-90, and my A1C has been 5.1-5.4 for the past 2 years.
You should test out your theory that brown rice and brown bread won't spike your blood sugar. I find it to be a lot different. Over years of turkey on rye, with water to drink, I found it to move my blood sugars over 300. Same with high fiber oatmeal, and 1/2 a banana for breakfast. Even rice with chicken breast, and broccoli pushed it north of 200.
Meanwhile, if I eat the chicken breast, and broccoli, it will be around 80.
First is pre-diabetes. I think that is just a myth. A slow way to let you come to the realization that you are a diabetic. What was your fasting blood sugar? Back in 2002 when I was diagnosed, they didn't have pre-diabetes. They simply called you diabetic if you had 2 tests over 130. Luckily, my first test was 526...lol, so no waiting. I am not sure if it is a gift, so your insurance doesn't jump due to your new disease, or just easing the idea of diabetes to you, but diabetes is simply your body not using Insulin properly, or you not producing enough. If it doesn't do it twice, it will continue to not do it. You have to make some changes.
I tried the diabetic diet for 7 years. I would eat great for 3-4 days, and average 170-220. Then I would be so hungry I would cheat, and it would be 650. Low carb worked in a month, and I was off meds in 1 year, and as long as I stick to it, I have no cravings whatsoever. That has allowed me to lose 147 lbs so far.
This does not mean you should do low carb yet. Maybe you have no issues with many carbs. As stated, you should start by cutting out sugar, cola, fruit juice, sweets, and packaged meals. Eat healthy whole foods, and maybe you will never have the doctor say you are diabetic. I hope it works for you. The best thing you can do is lose weight. Health is like fat loss, you get healthier all over,not in spots. So losing weight will improve everything, including blood sugars/Insulin function.
Doctors never explain diabetes well, and you need to do some research at the library. Try the diabetic diet, and see if it helps relieve cravings so you can eat the right amount of food, lower weight, and blood sugars. If it does, great. If not, consider a lower carb diet. Anything from Atkins to South Beach. Sometimes it is the quality of the carbs that make the difference.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 183.4