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The Beginners Guide To Ketosis: Investigating Low-carb, High-fat Eating

The only hard and fast rule of health is that health is personal and what works well for one person may not work for someone else. Aside from that rule, there are “frameworks” that seem to benefit large groups of people. One more level down from that are alternative strategies that benefit smaller groups. Ketosis is likely one of those alternative strategies that works well for certain, smaller groups of people. So, right off the bat I want you to understand that Ketosis might not be for everyone. I’m going to lay out the case for potential benefits of Ketosis. If it sounds interesting and beneficial to you, then consider trying it. (see our free cheat sheet to help you). What is Ketosis Ketosis occurs when liver glycogen gets depleted and the body burns fatty acids for fuel. The primary driver of this state is a very low carbohydrate intake. Often, it also requires a low protein, higher fat intake. You can also achieve a state of ketosis by not eating altogether. The creation of ketones is a byproduct of this metabolic state. Ketones are a source of fuel, just as glucose is a source of fuel. Ketones tend to have some added benefits, though. What role does Ketosis play in hum Continue reading >>

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  1. dolby

    WalMart's ReliOn Ultima Reliable?

    I bought WalMart's ReliOn Ultima BG monitor since their strips are among the cheapest. (I have a prescription for Freestyle Lite, but can't get enough strips to test as much as I want.)
    They're both manufactured by Abbott Labs, but ReliOn's lancet device is big and unwieldy. If you're trying to draw blood from either hand, you should be able to hold and fire with one hand. It also slips away sometimes because it's circular (not rectangular).
    The strips are all individually packaged. So in order not to kill any time, you have to remove the strips from the package, then insert them half way to the monitor, then stab your finger, then draw blood, ensure you have enough blood or milk to get some more. Too many steps are involved here. If you stab and then try to remove the strip from the package, you risk having your blood smudged. It's too easy to botch the process and waste strips.
    I've graduated to using Freestyle Lite's lancet device with ReliOn. The strips, however, require more blood than Freestyle's simple black & white strips. You can actually see the blood travelling through the strip to its destination. However, the distance is too long and this often requires milking and oozing blood from the prick. When not enough blood comes out, you have to stab yourself elsewhere. I noticed that if you botch a stab and have to draw blood from another location, the reading frequently will be faulty and unusally low (like 34, 41, 57).
    One other thing: the numbers sometimes seem wildly off. I don't have Freestyle's strips to confirm these numbers. But do people find ReliOn to be Reliable? Dr. Bernstein's office only recommends Accucheck's Aviva. Do people find Aviva to be more accurate than Freestyle Lite or Relion Ultima?

  2. drewgolden

    Originally Posted by dolby
    One other thing: the numbers sometimes seem wildly off. I don't have Freestyle's strips to confirm these numbers. But do people find ReliOn to be Reliable? Dr. Bernstein's office only recommends Accucheck's Aviva. Do people find Aviva to be more accurate than Freestyle Lite or Relion Ultima? Yes, I have found the Relion Ultima to be VERY accurate. It is Abbot's BEST meter technology - and if you live in the UK you get the same great meter with 1/2 the blood required.
    The Freestyle Lite is my personal favorite - only because of the night light / test stip run way light - and code free strips. The Ultima requires coding - sticking the wand in with each pack of strips. And I did not like all of the waste the foil wrappers creates.
    -but- The ultima is more consistent than the Freestyle lite - shocking.
    I have tested all of the Accucheck meters and have found them to have the widest variability in testing. Plus the LARGEST test strips. I know there are a lot of people in the UK in love with it - it's just not got my heart.
    drew

  3. HarleyGuy

    I think the Multiclix(Accuchek) lancet device is the best for me. Really painless for the most part. You can buy it for $20 or so, but I just contacted Roche and asked for one and they gladly sent one. Of course, they now have given me one and I will have to buy the drum of lancets to use it. Smart move on their part.

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