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Is Your Fasting Blood Glucose Higher On Low Carb Or Keto? Five Things To Know

Is Your Fasting Blood Glucose Higher On Low Carb Or Keto? Five Things To Know

This past spring, after 18 months of great success on the keto diet, I tested my fasting blood sugar on my home glucose monitor for the first time in many months. The result shocked me. I had purchased the device, which also tests ketones, when I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes in the fall of 2015. As I embarked on low-carb keto eating, I tested my blood regularly. Soon my fasting blood sugar was once again in the healthy range. I was in optimal ketosis day after day. Not only that, I lost 10 lbs (5 kg) and felt fantastic — full of energy with no hunger or cravings. Before long I could predict the meter’s results based on what I was eating or doing. I put the meter away and got on with my happy, healthy keto life. When my doctor ordered some lab tests this spring, I brought the meter out again. While I had no health complaints, excellent blood pressure and stable weight, she wanted to see how my cholesterol, lipids, HbA1c, and fasting glucose were doing on my keto diet — and I was curious, too. To check the accuracy of my meter against the lab results, on the morning of the test I sat in my car outside the clinic at 7:30 am, and pricked my finger. I was expecting to see a lovely fasting blood glucose (FBG) of 4.7 or 4.8 mmol/l (85 mg/dl). It was 5.8! (103 mg/dl). What? I bailed on the tests and drove home — I didn’t want my doctor warning me I was pre-diabetic again when I had no explanation for that higher result. The next morning I tested again: 5.9! (104). Huh??? For the next two weeks I tested every morning. No matter what I did, my FBG would be in 5.7 to 6.0 (102 to 106 mg/dl), the pre-diabetic range again. One morning after a restless sleep it was even 6.2 mmol/l (113 mg/dl). But my ketones were still reading an optimal 1.5-2.5 mmol/l. I was still burnin Continue reading >>

Low Carb Vs. High Carb - My Surprising 24-day Diabetes Diet Battle

Low Carb Vs. High Carb - My Surprising 24-day Diabetes Diet Battle

Twitter summary: What I learned from doubling my carb intake: the same average blood sugar, but four times as much hypoglycemia, more work, stress, & danger. As a teenager, I ate a high carb diet that included lots of Goldfish crackers, white sandwich bread, pasta, and white potatoes. It was tasty, but it put my blood sugars on a wild roller coaster every single day. Things turned around in college when I learned about nutrition, got on CGM, and spent time with health conscious friends. I soon realized that eating less than 30 grams of carbs at one time was a complete gamechanger. I’ve stuck with that approach ever since. But is this lower carb method actually better for my blood sugars, or have I just been fooling myself? To find out, I took on a somewhat terrifying self-tracking experiment: 12 days of my usual, lower-carb diet, which averaged 146 grams of carbs per day (21% of daily calories). My carbs were primarily from nuts, seeds, vegetables, and a bit of fruit. 12 days of a higher-carb, high whole-grain diet, which averaged 313 grams of carbs per day (43% of my daily calories). My sources of carbs were NOT junk food: plain oatmeal, whole wheat bread, quinoa, wild rice, and fruit. Neither of these was unrealistic. My lower-carb diet was nowhere near Atkins level (20 grams per day), and the higher-carb diet was consistent with the “average” 45% carb diet in people with diabetes (according to ADA). Even though this was a one-person (n=1) experiment, I wanted to be as scientific and fair as possible: eating whole, unprocessed foods in both periods; counting and tracking every single gram of carbohydrate (LoseIt! app); wearing CGM 24/7 and downloading the glucose data to document what happened (Dexcom G5 and Clarity); taking insulin before meals (5-15 minutes pr Continue reading >>

The Dawn Phenomenon – T2d 8

The Dawn Phenomenon – T2d 8

The occurrence of high blood sugars after a period of fasting is often puzzling to those not familiar with the Dawn Phenomenon. Why are blood sugars elevated if you haven’t eaten overnight? This effect is also seen during fasting, even during prolonged fasting. There are two main effects – the Somogyi Effect and the Dawn Phenomenon. Somogyi Effect The Somogyi effect is also called reactive hyperglycaemia and happens in type 2 diabetic patients. The blood sugar sometimes drops in reaction to the night time dose of medication. This low blood sugar is dangerous, and in response, the body tries to raise it. Since the patient is asleep, he/she does not feel the hypoglycaemic symptoms of shakiness or tremors or confusion. By the time the patient awakens, the sugar is elevated without a good explanation. The high blood sugar occurs in reaction to the preceding low. This can be diagnosed by checking the blood sugar at 2am or 3am. If it is very low, then this is diagnostic of the Somogy Effect. Dawn Phenomenon The Dawn Effect, sometimes also called the Dawn Phenomenon (DP) was first described about 30 years ago. It is estimated to occur in up to 75% of T2D patients although severity varies widely. It occurs both in those treated with insulin and those that are not. The circadian rhythm creates this DP. Just before awakening (around 4am), the body secretes higher levels of Growth Hormone, cortisol, glucagon and adrenalin. Together, these are called the counter-regulatory hormones. That is, they counter the blood sugar lowering effects of insulin, meaning that they raise blood sugars. The nocturnal surge of growth hormone is considered the primary cause of the DP. These normal circadian hormonal increases prepare our bodies for the day ahead. That is, glucagon tells the liver Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar Levels

Blood Sugar Levels

Home Our Story Your Stories Why Low Carb/High Fat? The Edify Food Pyramid Where Do I Start? What Can I Eat? Cooking Tips Eating Out Drinks Life Without Bread How Do I Shop? Carb Cravings What We Eat Meal Ideas Low Carb Recipes The Resource Room Articles Videos Books Websites The Science Initial Side Effects Blood Sugar Levels Frequently Asked Questions Our Blog LCHF Forum Snippets The Permi In Us Disclaimer Contact Us Have you ever wondered why you feel hungry a short while after having a feed full of carbs? You are full straight away, but an hour or two later you are looking for a snack to tide you over until the next meal. This is believed to occur because of the body's reaction to a big intake of carbohydrates. The carbs are quickly absorbed into the blood stream sending your Blood Glucose levels sky high. Then over the next few hours your levels drop. They drop so far that they go below the normal recommended levels, then slowly rise back up. This occurs over a 6 hour period (around the same time you are ready for your next meal). The problem is, while your blood sugar levels are dropping down after the carb rush, your hunger starts to kick in. This usually occurs between 1 and 4 hours after eating a high carb meal. Dr Andreas Eenfeldt (The Food Revolution video) performed his own tests on himself regarding blood glucose levels (see attached image). He recorded his blood sugar levels over a 6 hour period after eating two completely different kinds of meals. Meal 1 : Piece of non-lean steak and veggies (all fried in butter) with Bernaise sauce (egg yolk and butter sauce). Meal 2* : Tuna sandwich, apple, tub of yoghurt, a chocolate bar and a bottle of water. * This meal was provided to doctors at the International Conference on Obesity 2010 in Sweden.... Go figure! As Continue reading >>

What Is

What Is "high Blood Sugar"? - The Low Carb High Fat Dietitian

Glucose is the sugar that is found in your blood and comes from two sources (1) the food you eat and (2) your body making it in the liver or breaking it down from glycogen stored in your muscles. Your body needs to have glucose in the blood as a source of energy for your cells, but the glucose needs to be at specific levels. When the glucose level is higher than normal, this condition is known as hyperglycemia or high blood sugar. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps move glucose from digested food into your cells and the pancreas releases insulin into the blood, based upon the blood sugar level. Hyperglycemia doesnt cause symptoms until glucose values are much higher than normal for a long time (>11 mmol/L) which is why diabetes is called asilentdisease. Its important to have your blood sugar levels checked by your doctor, especially if you are at risk. Watch for: Sometimes, the body stops making insulin (as in type 1 / juvenile diabetes). Other times, the insulin does not work properly (as in insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes). In insulin resistance or in those with diabetes, glucose does not enter the cells properly, creating high blood sugar levels. HOW CAN BETTERBYDESIGN NUTRITION CAN HELP? Our Registered Dietitian provides BetterByDesign Nutritions clients with the necessary tools to make healthy food choices and supports dietary changes in a variety of clinical conditions. BetterByDesign Nutritions experienced Registered Dietitian would be glad to help support the lifestyle changes you are seeking. For more information, or to set up an appointment, please click on the Contact Us tab, above. Continue reading >>

Why Your Fasting Blood Sugar Might Still Be High On Low Carb

Why Your Fasting Blood Sugar Might Still Be High On Low Carb

It’s not too uncommon to have slightly high fasting blood sugar on low carb and keto diets. Is this a problem? It depends on your insulin levels, as outlined by Dr. Ted Naiman below. If you’re insulin sensitive, and have slightly higher fasting blood glucose, it’s likely just fine. More The dawn phenomenon – why are blood sugars high in the morning? Insulin Advanced low-carb topics Diabetes Dr. Naiman Earlier with Dr. Naiman All earlier posts about Dr. Naiman Continue reading >>

How You Can Have High Blood Sugar Without Carbs

How You Can Have High Blood Sugar Without Carbs

How You Can Have High Blood Sugar Without Carbs Can you have high blood sugar without carbs? Well, its important to look at common beliefs about high blood sugar first. High blood sugar is bad. Carbohydrates raise blood sugar. Therefore carbohydrates are bad. The theory is simple, and yet incredibly flawed. The truth is, you can have chronically high blood sugar even while religiously avoiding every starch and sugar in sight. Low-carb forums are littered with posts asking a very relevant question: Why is my blood sugar so high when Im not eating any carbs? The answer is simple, yet often overlooked. The Hormone that Raises Blood Sugar: No Carbohydrates Required If the body were an engine, glucose would be its fuel. Most people think glucose only comes from carbohydrates (sugar and starch), but protein can also be turned into glucose when there arent enough carbs around to do the job. This is called gluconeogenesis, and its performed by one of the major stress hormones cortisol. When you have high cortisol levels (from diet, lifestyle, etc.), the cortisol rapidly breaks down protein into glucose, which can raise blood sugar levels considerably. For some folks, this results in chronically high blood sugareven if they are on a low-carb diet. The trouble is, cortisol isnt just breaking down the protein you eat. Its doing something far more destructive. The body is quite a smart machine, and it has no problem taking detours to get energy if necessary. If your body isnt getting the energy it needs from your diet, it has a back-up source: its own tissue. It sounds kind of cannibalistic, eating your own lean body tissue for energy. I mean, I seriously doubt any one of you would relish cutting off a chunk of your leg for dinner. I know I wouldnt. But every time your body uses c Continue reading >>

Low Carb-high Fat Diet And Diabetes: A Detailed Guide For Beginners

Low Carb-high Fat Diet And Diabetes: A Detailed Guide For Beginners

If you are a regular reader of our site, you would already know that we highly endorse the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet for reversing diabetes, losing weight and improving your overall health and well-being. The reason why a low carb diet for diabetes comes highly recommended by doctors and nutritionists alike is the fact that carbohydrates are the main culprit behind elevated blood sugar levels. Once you eat fewer carbs, it automatically becomes much easier for the body to attain stable blood sugar levels. Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) Diet for Diabetes: Why It Works? Carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars during digestion. These sugars enter the blood stream and elevate blood sugar levels. As a diabetic, your body either doesn’t produce insulin at all, or doesn’t produce enough insulin to minimize this blood sugar spike before it causes irreplaceable damage to internal organs. This is the reason why your body’s dependence on insulin goes down when you eat lesser carbs. A UK study tried to understand the short-term effects of severe dietary carbohydrate-restriction advice in type 2 diabetes. It found that restricting carbohydrate intake is an effective method to lose weight as well as improve HDL ratios. This was a randomized controlled trial studying 102 patients over a course of 3 months, and the results were published in the Diabetic Medicine in September 2005. Another research group from Duke University Medical Center studying the effect of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-glycemic index diet on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes patients, found that 95.2% patients had managed to reduce or eliminate their glucose-lowering medication within 6 months of being on a LCHF diet. A low carb diet works very well in lowering blood sugar and insul Continue reading >>

Lchf Diet And Blood Sugar Levels

Lchf Diet And Blood Sugar Levels

Abby, I see salad and vegetables (both proteins) and then protein shakes....where's the fat? You're consuming so much protein and the excess is being converted to glucose. Try upping the fat and lowering your protein intake and you should notice better numbers. Many LCHF followers have low sodium so compensate with a bit of salt if you feel it will help. As for the potassium, is it that you don't like spinach or that it isn't providing adequate levels of potassium? Regardless, try adding brussel sprouts with bacon, asparagus and cabbage into your salads or as a side dish (not both). 126 may be good postprandial for a full meal, but 2 cups of salad and 1 cup of broccoli mixed with green beans? To me it seems that my diabetes is still showing up even though I'm on Atkins. I've run into a similar situation, where if all I have for a meal is salad, then I'm running in the 120's. I attribute it to poor meal proportions (fat to protein to carb), since it's nearly all carb (good carbs, but carbs nonetheless) except for the dressing. The dressing doesn't provide enough fat to offset the carbs. Not familiar with the Atkins shakes so I have nothing to say there. Abby, I see salad and vegetables (both proteins) and then protein shakes....where's the fat? You're consuming so much protein and the excess is being converted to glucose. Try upping the fat and lowering your protein intake and you should notice better numbers. Many LCHF followers have low sodium so compensate with a bit of salt if you feel it will help. As for the potassium, is it that you don't like spinach or that it isn't providing adequate levels of potassium? Regardless, try adding brussel sprouts with bacon, asparagus and cabbage into your salads or as a side dish (not both). Okay I use butter and cream, here's my Continue reading >>

Lchf And Diabetes

Lchf And Diabetes

Can a Low Carb, High Fat diet be used to manage Diabetes Type-1 or Type-2? Yes! We believe this is far and above the best way to manage diabetes and there is growing interest in returning to carbohydrate restricted diets as a tool in managing diabetes complications long term. If you have Type-1 or Type-2 Diabetes it is important to understand that decreasing your consumption of carbohydrates that raise your blood sugar will decrease your need for insulin and other medication used to lower blood sugars. Taking the same dose of insulin or medication as you did prior to adopting a Low Carb, High Fat diet may result in hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). If you have Type-1 or Type-2 Diabetes get the approval and supervision of a medical professional before commencing a Low Carb, High Fat diet. A well-formulated Low Carb, High Fat diet can help Type-1 and Type-2 Diabetics achieve long term normalised blood sugar levels. For more resources on LCHF and Diabetes we recommend the works of Dr Richard Bernstein and Dr Jason Fung as well as the videos from Dr. Troy Stapleton, Lisa Scherger and Dr. Wendy Pogozelski below. My Story: Managing Type-1 Diabetes with LCHF “Hi, my name is Fiona and I’m a Type-1 diabetic. I have had diabetes for 23 years. I use an insulin pump to manage my diabetes and had always followed the standard Australian dietary guidelines. I ate whatever I wanted and just gave myself enough insulin to cover the amount of carbohydrates I was eating. After having my two children I had put on a significant amount of weight and it kept creeping up. I needed to change something in my life and it began with the discovery of David Gillespie’s book ‘Sweet Poison’. I read the book and it all just made sense. I quit sugar and found that my blood sugar levels began to Continue reading >>

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Do you have type 2 diabetes, or are you at risk for diabetes? Do you worry about your blood sugar? Then you’ve come to the right place. The disease diabetes (any type) means that you have too much sugar in your blood. This page will show you how to best check this. You can normalize your blood sugar naturally as needed – without pills, calorie counting or hunger. Many people have already done so. As a bonus, a normalized blood sugar usually makes you healthier and leaner. Table of contents: A disastrous epidemic Two types of diabetes Normalize your blood sugar Become your own evidence A disastrous epidemic What’s wrong? Why do more and more people become diabetic? In the past, before our modern Western diet, diabetes was extremely rare. The disease is now becoming more and more common. Around the world, more and more people are becoming diabetic: The number of people with diabetes is increasing incredibly rapidly and is heading towards 500 million. This is a world epidemic. Will someone in your family be affected next? Your mother, father, cousin, your child? Or you? Is perhaps your blood already too sweet? Those affected by the most common form of diabetes (type 2) normally never regain their health. Instead, we take for granted that they’ll become a little sicker for every year that goes by. With time they need more and more drugs. Yet, sooner or later complications emerge. Blindness. Dialysis due to faulty kidneys. Dementia. Amputations. Death. Diabetes epidemic causes inconceivable suffering. Fortunately, there’s something that can be done. We just need to see through the mistake that has led to the explosion of disease – and correct it. This can normalize your blood sugar. Many have already succeeded in doing this. If you already know that you are diabe Continue reading >>

Blood Sugars High On Lchf Diet

Blood Sugars High On Lchf Diet

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community I have type 2 diabetes so decided to try LCHF diet. I have adjusted to it well after two weeks and lost 4 kilos. The only problem is my BS levels remain high. The range is 8 -12 throughout the day. I take 1500 metformin daily. Worry now about the high levels and any advise would be much appreciated. Thank you. carol43 Type 2 (in remission!) Well-Known Member Hi Mairead, can you tell us what you usually eat perhaps you are having something that is spiking you. Are you testing before eating and 1 and 2 hours afterwards? I'm sure @daisy1 will be along shortly with her advice. Breakfast - omelette ( two eggs, onion, mushrooms, cheese) coffee Plain yogurt( 10% fat) cream, berries, nuts Lunch - Mixed salad with tuna or prawns ( olive oil, Mayo ) Dinner - Chicken or turkey or fish ( fried in butter ) Mixed veg roasted in olive oil and garlic, I make other recipes from the Diet doc as well. Above is what I would eat most days. I can't speak for you, but I really need to avoid carbs first thing in the morning, because that is my highest BS. I can tolerate yogurt & berries fine, but only later in the day. When you say 10% fat on the yogurt, that makes me think it is not full fat. Which means the carb count/sugar will be higher than full fat plain. To be honest I think 10% fat on yogurt is the highest, but I will stand corrected. I think you should give it a bit more time for your body to become adjusted. For that breakfast recipe I followed the "Diet Doctor".They used 10% fat plain yogurt ( no sugar) and 40% cream. I am another than spikes a lot if I have any fruit for breakfast, but can tolerate it later in the day. I also limit my berries to either 2 strawber Continue reading >>

Will Low-carb Diets Cause Blood Sugar Levels To Drop?

Will Low-carb Diets Cause Blood Sugar Levels To Drop?

Video of the Day If you're accustomed to eating a very high-carb diet and suddenly switch to a very low-carb diet, you could experience rather dramatic drops in your blood sugar during the first few days or weeks of your transition. This low blood sugar can cause notably uncomfortable side effects and intense cravings. Carbs and Blood Sugar Your body converts consumed carbohydrates into glucose, a type of sugar. When the glucose enters your bloodstream, it leads to an increase in your blood sugar level. The pancreas produces insulin in response to spikes in blood sugar, which helps your body store the sugar for energy. This insulin release subsides when your cells absorb the sugar and your levels stabilize. In a healthy body, the surge of blood sugar and insulin is relatively moderate and keeps you evenly motoring through your day. When you eat lots of carbohydrates, your body's blood sugar remains consistently high and your system constantly pumps out insulin. This chronic elevation of blood sugar and release of insulin causes inflammation, an increase in fat storage and an inability to burn stored fat. Chronically high blood sugar levels increase your risk of disease, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. You crave carbohydrates regularly for energy, because your body isn't efficient at using stored fat for fuel. How a Low-Carb Diet Impacts Blood Sugar If you regularly consume a large amount of carbohydrates, especially refined ones like white bread and soda, you may experience a notable drop in blood sugar when you drastically reduce your carb intake. In the first week of carb reduction, your body will seek to maintain your high sugar intake. You'll crave carbohydrates and may even feel weak because your body hasn't yet become efficient at burning fat for fuel Continue reading >>

High Blood Sugars | Fat Loss At Fifty

High Blood Sugars | Fat Loss At Fifty

How the Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle Rescued Me from My Genetic CurseDiabetes Earlier this month, Brian, my life partner shared his story with you. He was able to turn his health around. More importantly, he has added many years to his life. But Im the lucky one because I get to spend those years with him. One of the people who helped to keep Brian motivated was his good friend, Steve. I think it made things easier at work, having someone else who was living a low carb lifestyle. These men are an absolute inspiration and I am very proud of them! I asked Steve if he would share his testimony with my readers. Below is his story. How the Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle Rescued Me from My Genetic CurseDiabetes If youve taken the time to read Brians testimonial prior to my own, Ive already been introduced. Brian and I are coworkers and friends. Craft beer drinking buddies, although weve reduced that pastime considerably since we both discovered the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) way of life. Even though we see each other every workday, we stumbled upon LCHF independently and, coincidentally, right around the same time. Having Brian and Wendy to bounce around ideas, experiences and discoveries has been a tremendous advantage for me and, I feel, to them, as well. So when Wendy asked if Id be interested in sharing my testimonial, I was more than excited to oblige. I feel Ive found a tremendous secret. I say secret because the info every person struggling with weight, high blood sugars and diabetes should know is kept hidden by Big Pharma, our government and others around the world. The food pyramid, which the mainstream authorities have recently replaced with the Plate, are guidelines that fail to incorporate important scientific research that bears out the truth about nutrition that c Continue reading >>

Lchf For Type 1 Diabetes

Lchf For Type 1 Diabetes

I spend a great deal of time in my clinic dealing with the problems of type 2 diabetes. But occasionally, people ask about type 1 diabetes (T1D) as well. The reason why it is so rare for me is that I treat adult patients where T2D outnumbers T1D by at least 9:1. I was looking at a fascinating study that my friend, Ivor Cummins (The Fat Emperor) had alerted me to a few months ago. Dr. Richard Bernstein is a fascinating character. He had developed T1D as a child of twelve and began to have complications by his 30s. He eventually went to medical school in order to learn better how to treat his own disease. Eventually he decided that the proper treatment was a low carb diet. This was in direct contradiction to the prevailing wisdom of the time (1990s), which included treating patients with insulin and a diet high in carbs. Dr. Bernstein opened up a controversial clinic to treat T1D with a low carb diet and also wrote several best selling books discussing the same topic. Over the years, it has proven to be a safe treatment for T1D. While there are few long-term studies, Dr. Bernstein himself is living proof of the low carb T1D paradigm. In many ways, T1D and T2D are exact opposites of each other. T1D typically affects children who are usually quite skinny. T2D typically affects adults who are usually quite obese. This is not absolute, and we are seeing much more T2D in children as their weights have increased. There are also cases of normal or even underweight patients with T2D. But in general, that is the case. T1D is the severe deficiency of insulin where as T2D is the severe excess of insulin. Nevertheless, people often treat both types of diabetes in the same manner. Both are treated with medications or insulin to keep blood glucose in acceptable levels. Wait, you might Continue reading >>

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