Welcome to the team. Valerie is a wealth of knowledge. So do not be afraid to ask her questions. I am a type 2 on insulin. I am down to 10 units of insulin once a day ( I was on a lot more). Yes watch those carbs/exercise and drink plenty of water. Love and Light Carol. p
Bummer! Sorry to hear of your recent surgery. I've not heard of transplanting islet cells to the liver; didn't know it could be done. Are they hoping they'll help with insulin resistance?
I'm also curious why you're interested in low fat recipes. Many diabetics these days recognize the importance of carb counting (carbs = insulin = fat storage) and try to remain fairly low carb. Diabetes is a carbohydrate intolerance disease. You can actually eat as many carbs as you like, but you'll need larger amounts of insulin to keep your blood sugar in the normal range. The more insulin you use, the more likely you'll be to gain weight.
Because fat doesn't raise blood sugar rapidly, many of us don't worry too much about our fat intake. I'm not a big believer in 'eat fat with abandon' but with an ultra low carb diet, a large portion of daily calories comes from fat.
I choose to control my blood sugar through eating as few carbs as possible (only through veggies) so I can use the smallest amount of insulin as possible, while still keeping my numbers tight.
Exercise is also an important component. Regular exercise helps your body process insulin and food so your blood sugar will remain more stable.
Are you injecting insulin or considering pumping? I've been pumping for about 10 years now (diagnosed over 20 years ago) and would never go back to injections willingly. Pumping is considered the gold standard of diabetes care; it affords some wonderful flexibility.
Valerie type 1 diabetic, showing this disease who's boss!
February 2013: NEW GOAL! I've lost 60 pounds to date, so it's time to kick these last few to the curb!
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I just had surgery 2 months ago where I had to have my pancreas and spleen removed, and then they transplanted what they could of my islet cells from my pancreas to my liver to help with my diabetes. Since I had my pancreas removed, I instantly became a type 1 diabetic instead of a type 2 because my body is new to the insulin, etc. If anyone has any suggestions on how to help control my diabetes and low fat recipes, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
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