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Diabetes And A Paleo Diet

Every minute, three people in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes, for a total of 20.9 million people living with the disease (as of 2011, so that number is probably even higher now). That’s up from just 5.6 million in 1980. Currently, about 7% of people in the US have diabetes, but that doesn’t actually tell the whole story. An estimated 86 million more have pre-diabetes (blood sugar high enough to be dangerous, but not enough to be diabetes. Diabetes is sometimes called a “lifestyle disease,” meaning that it’s caused by lifestyle factors like diet and exercise, rather than a particular germ or gene. It’s often (but not always!) associated with other lifestyle diseases like obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, because the same kinds of lifestyle patterns tend to cause more than one of those problems. When the Paleo crowd starts talking about diabetes, we typically start from the fact that it’s almost unknown in traditional cultures, even among people in later middle-age. The natural suggestion from there is to eat like people in those cultures – minimal processed and refined foods. But there are a few problems with this: All those traditional groups Continue reading >>

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  1. dianesue54

    What do you eat to control diabetes with diet alone?

    I have not found the thread that will answer this question as completely as I would like.
    I am type 2 diagnosed in 2009. I am not on meds, my last A1C was 6.3. My doctor is not overly concerned about my numbers at this time as long as I keep in that range. I would like to avoid meds as long as possible. I walk daily and at my job am on my feet and up and down stairs most of the day. I have managed in the last 7 years to lose 26 lbs and keep it off. I am currently at 158 lbs, but could stand to lose another 25 (I'm 5'1"). I am 57 yrs old.
    I have 2 eggs for breakfast ( fresh from a local hobby farmer), usually in an omelet of some sort with veggies and a little cheese. For lunches at work I have a big salad with turkey and avocado with less than the recommended serving size of dressing. I drink tea and stay away from diet sodas when possible. When I get home from work is when I get into trouble. I have a long day. I am up at 4 am and don't get home until after 4 pm.
    What do those of you who manage with diet alone eat throughout the day: breakfast, lunch supper and snacks? What is your carb intake? What path should I take to get my A1C lower?
    I have read a lot of the forum posts, so I am not totally oblivious. French fries are not vegetables, even if they are made from sweet potatoes. I test a couple of times a day.
    I am already doing a lot to help myself, but I need to do more and could use some advice and motivation to get there.
    Both my parents and grandmothers were diabetic as are my brother and sister. My sister struggles daily with her insulin and her numbers, so did my mom. I don't want that life for me.
    Sorry for such a long post and thank you in advance for any help.

  2. jwags

    First thing I would recomend that you do some additional testing. Find out what your specific bg patterns are. In the beginning when I was dx'd 4 years ago I was shocked that I was spiking sometimes when I wasn't eating. This totally blew my mind. So I started to do my own research and found out sometimes with diabetics when your body thinks you are starving the liver will dump glucose keeping you much higher. If this is happening it is better to eat 6 smaller meals or low carb snacks through the day. Even doing that I could not get my bgs below 120, so I chose to go on medication. Your diet sounds fine, the only thing I would add is some more fat like Coconut Oil. Sometimes to lose weight we actually need to eat more of certain foods. I eat about 3 T of Coconut Oil, a few slices of bacon, 3 oz of cheese and usually at least 1/4 cup of nuts per day. I know I am very sensitive to carbs so I have to limit meals to 10-15 carbs per meal. Others may be able to handle more. The way I lowered my HbA1c is testing after each meal. Then I would tweak my next meal to see if I could get the number lower. Using this way of "Eating to my Meter" I was able to lower HbA1c from over 10 to 5.3 in 4 years. But I did add metformin along the line. If you are afraid of diabetes progression you want to save all the beta cells you have now. Sometimes early intervention is very important.

  3. sweetme

    I think Jeanne's advice is spot on. I eat eggs for breakfast, too, with a couple of slices of bacon, and a teaspoon of coconut oil in my coffee. A handful of nuts, like almonds, works well for a snack and I also have found that not eating for a few hours spikes me. When I went in for fasting blood work, which was done three hours after I got up and after taking the metformin, my b.s. was 145! I knew that was because I hadn't eaten. I worried about my cholesterol numbers from eating fats, but my last ones were so good the doctor phoned me to congratulate me so I don't worry about that so much anymore. My high HDL, he told me, was probably from my diet plus exercise and that makes sense to me.
    I understand the reluctance to going on drugs. I was on the maximum doses of three oral drugs a year ago and have managed to get off two. I don't mind the metformin. I know I may need to start using insulin at some point, but I'd like to delay it as long as possible.

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