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From Diabetic to Prediabetic with Low-Carb/Keto

A few years ago, I diagnosed my own T2 diabetes using my mom’s old, discarded glucose monitor. My blood sugar was in the 300 range.

I got an appointment with my mom’s nurse-practitioner and before long was on two different diabetes meds.

I was already on a low-carb way-of-eating, and before long I figured out that in spite of my two meds, I only got good blood sugar numbers when I was strict on my low-carb.

Then, I was threatened into an appointment with a distant, not too great nephrologist. She demanded I get off all the meds and prepare to go on insulin.

I got off my meds, and got stricter about my low-carb, and I had better blood sugars than ever.

Then Jimmy Moore and Dr. Jason Fung came out with the ‘Complete Guide to Fasting.’ I started doing Intermittent Fasting, mostly by skipping breakfast, and did a few longer fasts.

The A1c blood test is supposed to tell your doctor what your blood sugars have been for the past three months. I’ve found that if I ‘study’ for my A1c test by being very strict with the keto in the week or so before the test, I get great results even if I had some carb binges earlier in the three months.

I had my most recent A1c not long ago. Unlike most times, I didn’t ‘study’ for the blood test by being stricter. I made the clinic send me a copy of the results like I normally do.

My blood sugar was in the prediabetic range. And not in the top part of that range. Which made me wonder- if I had ‘studied’ for my blood test, would my A1c have been in the normal range?

So here I am. I was on two diabetes meds and about to start insulin, and now my morning blood sugars are normal and I have a nearly-normal A1c. And I feel healthy and energetic.

If you have T2 diabetes, you will have to work with your health care provider to start low-carb. Your meds may need to be reduced before starting Induction. If your PCP gives you grief over low-carb, ask if he knows of a health care provider with experience with low-carb. It’s better to have a doctor in the know. But I’ve never had one like that myself. They do get more encouraging when you start getting good numbers.

If you are a T1 diabetic you will likely always need some insulin shots. But you should read the books by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, himself a T1 diabetic, that outline low-carb approaches for both kinds of diabetics.

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