What Is The Diet For Diabetes?

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Diabetes Diet, Eating, & Physical Activity

Nutrition and physical activity are important parts of a healthy lifestyle when you have diabetes. Along with other benefits, following a healthy meal plan and being active can help you keep your blood glucose level, also called blood sugar, in your target range. To manage your blood glucose, you need to balance what you eat and drink with physical activity and diabetes medicine, if you take any. What you choose to eat, how much you eat, and when you eat are all important in keeping your blood glucose level in the range that your health care team recommends. Becoming more active and making changes in what you eat and drink can seem challenging at first. You may find it easier to start with small changes and get help from your family, friends, and health care team. Eating well and being physically active most days of the week can help you keep your blood glucose level, blood pressure, and cholesterol in your target ranges prevent or delay diabetes problems feel good and have more energy What foods can I eat if I have diabetes? You may worry that having diabetes means going without foods you enjoy. The good news is that you can still eat your favorite foods, but you might need to eat Continue reading >>

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  1. Diana

    I'm new and hope you can help. Maybe I should start with a brief outline of my history. I've had a binge eating disorder all my life, at least I thought it was a disorder until I heard recently about low carbing and the addiction carbs can cause. Having beaten myself up for years for being "weak" and lacking motivation, sought help from doctors and counselors, tried slimming clubs etc.etc.(tried it all!!) I now think I've found the answer!
    I started Atkins at beginning of September and have lost about 1.5 stone. Have another 4.5 to lose. I'm over the moon with the result and best of all, my food cravings have diminished considerably and my appetite is under the best control of my life.
    The problem is that my weight loss has stalled. I've lost nothing for 4 weeks and this week I put on a pound. I realise the fast weight loss won't continue and things will be slower after a while, but I've never gone so long without losing something and am getting quite depressed. My conclusion is, I was eating too much fat and have cut back, however I'm now wondering if it has something to be with my diabetes.
    I became Type 1 diabetic 40 years ago and at the time, thought my binge eating would be a thing of the past. Sadly it wasn't and for 40 years I've struggled to control my blood sugars, until now. My HbA1C's have always been in the good range (about 6.8) but the peaks and troughs have been bad to achieve those results.
    My question is, I'm confused about how Atkins can work properly for a Type 1 diabetic, when I have to inject insulin. My understanding is, that low carbing suppresses insulin production and brings on nutritional ketosis. Although I am low carbing (I've tried to stay on Induction throughout) I have no choice but to inject insulin, albeit low doses (bolus is around 6 units for breakfast,5 for lunch and 5 for dinner, plus 12 basal at night).
    However, I wonder if any introduction of insulin will prevent nutritional ketosis, and if that is my problem for not losing any more weight?
    Sorry if this sounds a bit complicated and hope someone, maybe another Type 1, will understand what I'm getting at and can help!
    Thank you in advance.

  2. Linda

    Hi Diana,
    Welcome to the forum! I'm sorry to hear about the struggle you've had in the past and it's a common theme on this forum as many of us have faced these battles with food. Your weight loss is great so far, well done, and it's true that you do see the initial big losses as you cut carbs as you shed excess water weight, as well as fat. I'm sure if you continue then weight loss will resume but I urge you to post a few day's of what you typically eat. It could be as simple as too much protein, portion sizes too large, or too much of a certain food. Also other things to consider - are you losing inches (use a tape measure), are you due to menstruate as this could contribute to the 1lb weight gain, are you constipated? This can also prevent the scale from moving.
    As you are Type 1 diabetes, this doesn't mean that you won't get results and there's no doubt that Atkins can help to control blood sugar and spikes in insulin levels, however you will have to make some changes.
    As you have diabetes you don’t need to eat special foods but your fat intake should be slightly lower than the typical Atkins plan. So lowering fat is a good idea and include lots of fibre in the diet too. You can still cut carbs, in that you can avoid bread/sugary foods/rice/pasta etc, but you do need fruits & vegetables for their fibre (veg more than fruit, but I'd include some low GI fruit, like berries). As you need to balance your insulin intake with the amount of carbs you eat, it's very important that you work with your doctor on this. Also don't cut your overall food intake/calories too low and make sure you don't skip meals.
    So, to cut a long story short, you can get the weight loss and health benefits from Atkins however there's been very little research on Type 1 diabetics and low carb diets, so it's important that you do seek medical advice.

  3. gordon

    Hi Diana i am also a type 1 diabetic and proof that atkins works for us to, i started in march and have lost 3st 3lb to date and my hba1c have dropped from the high 7s to the mid 6s, i have been able to dramatically reduce insulin and even dropped from 4 to 2 injections some days, the only difference is that we put are insulin in manually normal people make their own, i do sometimes wonder if our condition slows down weight lose as it is a sort of balancing act , i have also had a run of 6 weeks of no lose in september and i reduced protien as i found to much was putting blood sugar up and that seemed to kick stat weight lose again, just try and stick with it.

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