I'm a Type 1 Diabetic since 2002 and for many years, I followed the recommended diet plan from my doctors.
(This "plan" was no plan at all; Eat What You Want & Cover It With Insulin.)
I was exhausted from the high and low blood sugar swings. I was constantly hungry and would eat the entire kitchen if I had a low (which was often). I was 35 lbs overweight and knew there must be a better way.
I found that way in early 2014 but I didn't want to believe it.
I read Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution and while it made sense to me, it seemed drastic and restrictive. I was not ready for it. I thought I couldn't do it. I kept thinking about the book but I didn't want to have to limit myself.
After dabbling with Paleo eating and the Whole30 program (which I completed twice in a year), I re-read Dr. Bernstein's book and in January 2015, I knew that I had to try it.
After a day of eating low-carb, I found an immediate and dramatic change in my blood glucose levels. After a week of eating low-carb, I felt better with less brain fog and more energy. After 3 months of low-carb, I realized that this is a way of eating to last a lifetime. The results are so good, and the meal plan is manageable and sustainable for the long-term.
My A1c (Glycosylated Hemoglobin) was historically "good" (ranging from 7.8% at the high end to 6.3% at the low end) but was a result of many highs and lows. When I started eating Low-Carb, my A1c went from 7.1% in January 2015 to 4.4% at the end of April 2015. I still use insulin (Type 1 Diabetes is not curable with diet and exercise, but certainly manageable) but my insulin amounts are greatly reduced. My insulin requirements went from 40+ units of insulin (bolus and basal) to a current total of 20 units per day.
What i've Achieved
- Greatly reduced risk of Diabetic complications
- A1c in the upper 4% to low 5% range
- Completely normal blood profile
- Physically stronger than I've ever been in my life.
- More daily confidence
- Lowest weight in the last 10 years (since pre-pregnancy).
- More energy/less fatigue
- Clearer skin
- No daily blood glucose rollercoaster!
My intention is not to be self-righteous or strong-arm anyone (although my arms are strong!!)
I don't have all the answers, but I work hard to find them. I must share what I've learned over the last year of eating Low-Carb because I feel so strongly that this is the key to Diabetes management that no one has been telling us. I wish I knew about this 13 years ago when I was first diagnosed.
Low-Carb eating is not a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. It's not some sort of quack snake-oil treatment being sold from the back of a Van.
It's in the news more and more recently. Books are being written, studies are being conducted and more people are having successes with Low-Carb. The word is spreading.
It's hard work and it's commitment but once you see the results, it becomes a no-brainer. I truly believe that this way of eating makes sense for anyone with Type 1 Diabetes and it WILL improve your quality of life.
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”