Miraculum's Journal, 17 March 2019

"Monday Weigh-in Minus One" Day. I like it!
215.0 lb Lost so far: 70.0 lb.    Still to go: 47.0 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entries for 17 March 2019:
1461 kcal Fat: 124.22g | Prot: 54.28g | Carb: 34.57g.   Breakfast: Lidl Heavy Whipping Cream, Water, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Safeway Stevia. Lunch: Scrambled Egg, Water, Canadian Bacon, Butter (Salted). Dinner: Corned Beef Brisket (Cured), Water, Cooked Green Cabbage, Butter (Salted), Friendly Farms Whipped Dairy Topping, Harris Teeter Red Raspberries, Harris Teeter Frozen Blueberries. Snacks/Other: Water, Harris Teeter Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts. more...
4229 kcal Activities & Exercise: Reading - 6 hours, Resting - 2 hours, Watching TV/Computer - 6 hours, Sleeping - 7 hours, Cleaning - 3 hours. more...
on diet LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet   losing 5.8 lb a week

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That is great!!! Congratulations 
17 Mar 19 by member: liv001
Thanks, liv001! Intermittent fasting is really helping. And despite those "dietetic-NOT" Dove ice cream bars last night. We'll have to see if and when they show up later this week... 
17 Mar 19 by member: Miraculum
I agree about the fasting. Long periods between meals works so well with keto. I was just telling my daughter I need new running/walking pants. All old ones are falling down. Well those bars are history now. I had my own sugar craving day yesterday.  
17 Mar 19 by member: liv001
Wow! You are rocking that scale Mira!!! 
17 Mar 19 by member: FullaBella
IF is supposed to help reduce insulin levels, and to gradually reduce insulin resistance. I wonder, is there a test for insulin levels, or do they estimate it from other tests?  
17 Mar 19 by member: gz9gjg
@gz9gjg - I use a phone app called "Diabetes:M" to get an estimated HbA1c. But I have to use a glucose meter and log the readings religiously for a month to 3 months.  
17 Mar 19 by member: keyten77
Ask your doctor about a 2 hour glucose tolerance test. 
17 Mar 19 by member: Kenna Morton
Congratulations! I feel so much better with IF. Way to go! 
17 Mar 19 by member: jaime30024
Thanks keyten, I use a keto MOJO meter to measure ketones and glucose. There's charts to correlate A1c and glucose reading, too - Apparently insulin can be measured directly when the fasting BG test is done - but my Dr didn't order it. 
17 Mar 19 by member: gz9gjg
None of my doctors, since I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes in 2001, has ever done a serum insulin test. My guess is that they conclude that insulin, whatever its level, is insufficient to process carbohydrates. Some do their own estimate of insulin *deficit* ("need"), based on hemoglobin A1c (a three-month average weighted to the more recent time). Or, if they're really behind the times, based on a glucose tolerance test (a one-time blood sugar level two hours after ingestion of a 75g-glucose load). [CONTINUED]  
17 Mar 19 by member: Miraculum
More recently, patients are instructed in how to calculate their "insulin-to-carb ratio." The patient tracks number of carbohydrate grams planned for a given meal and injects a minimal dose of short-acting insulin just prior to the meal. He also tests and records the immediate "pre-prandial" (before-meal) and two-hour "post-prandial" (after-meal) blood sugar levels. When the two-hour post-prandial blood glucose level is deemed "optimal" (say, 150 mg/dL), the dose of short-acting insulin is set as that needed to "cover" that meal's carbohydrate load. [CONTINUED] 
17 Mar 19 by member: Miraculum
Instead of being told to REDUCE his consumption of carbohydrate, the patient is advised to inject "x" units of short-acting insulin immediately before consuming "y" level of carbohydrate. Let's say 1 unit of insulin will 'cover" 10g carbohydrate; for every 50g of carbohydrate in a planned meal, the patient will thus inject 5 units of short-acting insulin. One fly in the ointment is that patient stop testing and injecting, keep over-consuming carbs, and gets sicker. *However*, even if the patient "manages his sugar" perfectly, EVERYONE who takes short-acting insulin will eventually reach a point where the "established" dosage of insulin fails to produce the "optimal" two-hour post-prandial blood sugar level. The conventional medical advice is to then *increase* the dosage of insulin to "cover" those carbs *instead of* advising reduced consumption of carbohydrate. And, VOILA! "T2 diabetes is a progressive disease."  
17 Mar 19 by member: Miraculum
And then, the patient with "progressve" T2 diabetes develops progressively severe diabetic "end organ damage": heart disease, kidney disease, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral neuropathy, and/or diabetic retinopathy. They suffer heart attacks, strokes, end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis, skin breakdown and ulcers leading to gangrene and amputation (toes, then feet, then leg...), retinal detachment requiring laser repair but eventually advancing the blindness. At this point, the person WISHES they would just suffer a fatal event that will put them out of their misery.  
17 Mar 19 by member: Miraculum
All that, instead of just reducing consumption of carbohydrate, moderating consumption of protein, and eating high levels of fat, thereby allowing their pancreas to heal (if it still can) so that they may, after some time, be able to *judiciously* increase the amount of carbohydrate they can consume. If caught early enough, the body will slowly become less insulin resistant, the result of which is that they become more carb-tolerant. And, VOILA! "T2 diabetes is a reversible disease." 
17 Mar 19 by member: Miraculum
I've already stopped taking metformin, one of my hypertension meds, and the statin, and reduced the dosage of my long- and short-acting insulin, the remaining HTN medication, and anti-inflammatory medication. It's my hope that the LCHF/ketogenic WOE will reduce my weight enough that I can stop taking all insulin and be able manage the remaining "insulin resistance" -- if there still is some -- with continued consumption of a more moderate LCHF/keto diet, AND reduce or eliminate my need for medication for hypertension, gout, osteoarthritis, and peripheral neuropathy. Every bit of progress I'm making indicates that I can reach these goals within the next 12 months. Happy Camper! 
17 Mar 19 by member: Miraculum
Patients are told to reduce their carbs, exercise more and reduce weight. Most do not follow the advice. Start taking responsibility for your own health and stop trying to find someone else to blame. That is the first step to a better life in all aspects. just not your health,but also your weight, your job, your finances, your relationships.... 
17 Mar 19 by member: hbfgvv
So, I'm not just just eating LCHF/keto to "lose weight and look better." That was my motive for the last 53 of my 65 years, so far. I'm doing it lower my insulin resistance, improve my carb tolerance, preserve *what's left* of my health and then improve it, so I can enjoy a healthier and longer life.  
17 Mar 19 by member: Miraculum
@hbfgvv, I'm 65 years old and am retired on a good pension with great benefits, thank God. I have a great marriage and friends and family I cherish. I don't "blame" my doctors for my poor choices. Yes, I should have followed your sage advice when I was 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 61, 62, 63, and 64. Too late for that now. I can work with the health and time I have left, and that's exactly what I'm doing. However, I *do* blame the medical profession, Big Pharma, and the American Diabetes Association for pushing a failed treatment paradigm for the last 75 years from which they have profited handsomely, and I urge people to seek alternatives that will give them the much healthier life that I forfeited. 
17 Mar 19 by member: Miraculum
Nice drop 
17 Mar 19 by member: eatolive4life
Good luck, Miraculum, looks like you are on the right track. My comment was not personal and was made before I read your profile and realized you have diabetes. It is meant for every one, including myself. No I am not diabetic, but I have the same disease as most people, of instantly blaming someone or something else for anything that is wrong. I am trying to correct that with mindfulness. It is actually a relief to know that lot of things are your own responsibility, which means you can do something about it.  
17 Mar 19 by member: hbfgvv

     
 

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