Can You Control Type 2 Diabetes With Diet?

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Type 2 Diabetes

Print Diagnosis To diagnose type 2 diabetes, you'll be given a: Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test. This blood test indicates your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. It measures the percentage of blood sugar attached to hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells. The higher your blood sugar levels, the more hemoglobin you'll have with sugar attached. An A1C level of 6.5 percent or higher on two separate tests indicates you have diabetes. A result between 5.7 and 6.4 percent is considered prediabetes, which indicates a high risk of developing diabetes. Normal levels are below 5.7 percent. If the A1C test isn't available, or if you have certain conditions — such as if you're pregnant or have an uncommon form of hemoglobin (known as a hemoglobin variant) — that can make the A1C test inaccurate, your doctor may use the following tests to diagnose diabetes: Random blood sugar test. A blood sample will be taken at a random time. Blood sugar values are expressed in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or millimoles per liter (mmol/L). Regardless of when you last ate, a random blood sugar level of 200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L) or higher suggests diabetes, esp Continue reading >>

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  1. utshell

    I've been nervous to post this, but I'm just going to throw this out there...does anyone use Metformin to "optimize" insulin and (potentially) weight loss? All current signs point that I'm one of those women Dr. Gerber described in the last podcast - insulin sensitive, lab work excellent, but just hold onto weight and difficulty losing it. Insulin test is pending - that said, my A1C has been excellent for years so my provider expects my insulin to be good, but maybe not optimal.
    I do strict keto, IF, and up to 72 hour fasting. My latest stall is at 6 weeks.

    Thoughts? I know using medication to basically optimize could be controversial. (And berberine hasn't done anything.)

  2. Cocoplum

    I take 1000 mg per day of metformin, up from 500 mg last year. My primary care physician was totally cool with writing the prescription when I asked. My goals were a wide range of health benefits; my weight after 2.5 years in ketosis is great (same as freshman year college), and my HA1c is 5.0, so weight loss wasn't my goal. A great survey paper on metformin is available (free full text) here:
    All the best,


  3. utshell

    Thanks! I've read quite a few LCHF researchers/experts take it and aren't necessarily diabetic. I'm not sure if that's true or not. I figured it won't hurt anything. My A1C fluctuates between 5-5.2, and has been as low as 4.9. But I still carry a bit of excess weight that even on strict keto and fasting is very slow to come off and has stalled for over 6 weeks now. I figure really working on the insulin level can't hurt the situation I can't find literature on this application specifically and was curious if anyone here has had any experience with this.

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