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Posted: 23 May 2018, 10:07
I have recently been diagnosed with prediabetes Has this happened to anyone and did you reverse it? I was told diet and exercise will help.

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Posted: 23 May 2018, 10:58
Recent testimonials I have read have stated that a very low carbohydrate, moderate protein and high fat diets really do seem to do the trick! Check the carbohydrates on EVERYTHING you eat, really easy with packaging these days, steer clear of high protein meats and up your fat intake ( preferably steering away from dairy due to the high calories ) and get the doctor to check you again in a month. I'm sure if you stick to this regime you may be in for a pleasant surprise! Good luck pumpkin x

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Posted: 23 May 2018, 11:17
Thank you, I will!!

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Posted: 23 May 2018, 11:47
Pumpkin456, I'm 64 years old and have been a full-blown non-compliant diabetic for over 17 years now. I have complications as a result. Don't follow that path! I urge you to get control of this condition now!

The good news: After less than three weeks on a LCHF regimen (even with cheats days), I've been able to reduce my weight by almost 10 pounds and my blood pressure to normal. My arthritic pain is nil. Most importantly, my average blood sugar has dropped over 80 mg/dL (from 215 to 134) to while reducing my anti-hyperglycemic and eliminating anti-hypertensive medications.

The standard dietary advice is a "lower"-carb, low-fat diet, calorie-restricted -- that most people still get from doctors and diabetes consultants -- is outdated, mostly because it's not low-carb enough. It encourages progression, rather than control or reversal, of pre-diabetes.

BTW, some professional sources say there really is no such thing as "pre"-diabetes, which is when your blood sugars consistently average between 100 and 125 mg/dL. If your blood sugar is higher than normal (i.e., over 99 mg/dL), you are having a "diabetic" response to carbohydrate and you must act immediately to prevent the onset of full-blown T2DM.

Also, the glycated hemoglobin, or "HgbA1c" test provides a better measure of your carbohydrate metabolizing capacity than does the in-the-moment snapshot of blood sugar (finger stick) test. The A1c is a measure of average BS over a three-month period. A reading of 5-5.6% is generally "pre-diabetic"; over 5.6% is "diabetic." The A1c should be a standard annual test -- more often if your readings are higher than 5.6 percent. (A simple finger stick is all that's required.)

Weight loss, if you're overweight or obese, and exercise can help you metabolize glucose more normally, but maintaining low carbohydrate consumption is the most effective way to lower your average blood sugar.

I strongly recommend viewing Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt's talk, The Food Revolution. It will give you an overview of and the rationale for the low-carb/high fat and ketogenic ways of eating (LCHF/keto) to reverse and eliminate diseases associated with metabolic syndrome. That is characterized by obesity (especially abdominal fat), Type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertriglyceridemia. IOW, weight gain and high blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood fats.

Briefly: "Ketosis" (not "ketoacidosis," a dangerous medical condition that can afflict mostly type 1 diabetics) is the state in which you body uses ketones, produced by burning fat, for fuel instead of glucose.

Ketosis generally requires carb consumption limited to 20g or fewer per day, high fat intake, and moderate protein intake. YMMV -- Your Mileage May Vary! To help you approximate the optimum proportions of those macronutrients (macros) that will bring on ketosis, try the calculator at Rule Me.

However, it's important to note that being "in ketosis" -- or even maintaining a "very low-carb" (VLC) diet -- is not necessary to experience benefits of a LCHF eating style. Generally, you incur a "carb deficit" at less than 100g/day, and under 50g/day can be effective in controlling weight and blood sugar.

Here's an article on LCHF v. "ketogenic" levels of carbohydrate consumption, technical in spots but very useful.

Dr.Eenfeldt also founded, a site that will provide all the information you need to get a good start on this WOE without spending one red cent -- except for buying food, of course!

I also heartily recommend the videos of down-to-earth-guy Ken D. Berry, M.D. He explains things very well and also provides tips, hints, and advice.

Many people are successful in controlling and even reversing the signs and symptoms of "metabolic syndrome" with this way of eating. Doing some research on this WOE has been essential for me to really develop an understanding. I also recommend the FS group "Keto for Beginners."

Good luck and best wishes!

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Posted: 23 May 2018, 15:52
Lowering carbs will reverse T2 diabetes in 3 months

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Posted: 24 May 2018, 16:10
I would add that when checking nutritional info on websites, don't go for just one, check out a few. For instance, tonight I was trying to find the cal/carb/protein/fat content of Mackerel, 100g. They ranged from 202 cals to 490. Carbs from nil to 28g (total rubbish!). Or invest in a good app.

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Posted: 24 May 2018, 22:25
I don't truly know if I'm pre-diabetic or not. Hubby is, so he has the finger stick machine, etc. My blood registers at 85 with his gadget but the doc said my blood tests showed pre-diabetes. I'm overweight anyway, so I figured I'd lose some weight and re-take the blood tests.
My goal is to reduce inflammation and lose some weight. I call it the "Shut Your Big Fat Mouth" diet. I think it will work.

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Posted: 27 May 2018, 18:56
SoCalPam wrote:
I don't truly know if I'm pre-diabetic or not. ... My blood registers at 85 with his gadget but the doc said my blood tests showed pre-diabetes. I'm overweight anyway, so I figured I'd lose some weight and re-take the blood tests.

SoCalPam, a single "finger stick" BS test is only a snapshot. At the time you tested, your serum glucose was normal (between 75 and 99 mg/dL). That means little. What you need to know is how your body responds to blood glucose, either consumed or metabolized by the liver.

The "glycated hemoglobin" -- aka "hemoglobin A1c" or "A1c" -- test provides an approximate three-month serum glucose average. It shows how much glucose is "stuck" to your red blood cells. It correlates to an average serum glucose level:
-- Up to 4.9% = up to 99 mg/dL - normal
-- 5.0% to 5.5% = 100-125 md/dL - "pre-diabetes"
-- 5.6% plus = 125mg/dL plus - type 2 diabetes
The higher the percentage, the higher the risk of complications.

The traditional approach is that diabetes (insulin resistance in most cases) inevitably progresses. The ADA diet includes fairly high levels of dietary carbohydrates with corresponding prescription(s) of anti-hyperglycemic medications, progressing from oral to injected, in ever-increasing doses. Newer research indicates that this approach only increases insulin resistance.

A low-carb/high fat diet means reducing consumed carbohydrates, moderating protein consumption, and eating high amounts of fat (within a restricted calorie range, if weight loss is needed). The resulting decrease in excess weight, if needed, and lower carb intake provides the pancreas with a much-needed "rest" and begins to improve insulin sensitivity.

A diabetic, or a person with "pre-diabetes," has a damaged pancreas. The insulin-producing beta cells may be just tired, or dying, or almost dead. Depending on the degree of beta cell recovery possible, insulin sensitivity may improve to the point that medication may be reduced or even eliminated.

Most internists, endocrinologists, and diabetic dieticians still hand patients the standard ADA diet. It is a death sentence. I've only become sicker trying to adhere to it.

Many doctors now strongly recommend the LCHF/ketogenic diet to ease or even reverse T2DM. See (Andreas Eenfeldt, M.D., Jason Fung,M.D., for a complete rationale, menus, recipes, food lists, tips, hints, and helps!I

This diet is showing quick results for me. I'm already taking less injected medications and, last year, eliminated metformin. I've also stopped one blood pressure medication and have cut another to 25% of what I needed before. I know this trend will continue. It's exciting!

Please see my post of May 23, 2018, in this thread for other info and links.

Good luck and best wishes on your journey!

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