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Discussions and interactions related to Type 1 Diabetes. This group was mostly inspired by Ken Thomas who helps many Typ...
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  •   scarney commented on this post about 10 months ago
    Hi All,

    It has become evident to me that my T1D control method is probably more different from "conventional" than I had previously thought. As mentioned in my "Confession" talk / post ( https://www.drcarney.com/blog/condition-related/my-diabetes-confession), what I learned about T1D control...
    Hi All,

    It has become evident to me that my T1D control method is probably more different from "conventional" than I had previously thought. As mentioned in my "Confession" talk / post ( https://www.drcarney.com/blog/condition-related/my-diabetes-confession), what I learned about T1D control was mostly in an information vacuum. I admit that much of the vacuum was self-induced as I rejected the methods prescribed by my doctor as well as the information from the American Diabetes Association plus what was taught in all of the T1D management classes that I attended. The rejection was because I felt it wasn't working and all of the sources followed the same method. This isn't to say that I think I'm smarter than the experts, it's just that I had a different goal. I didn't want to "survive" diabetes; Instead, I didn't want to be diabetic - even if that requires a lot more effort.

    I mention this because I am discovering that many times when people ask me questions, I'm not on the same "page" or "wavelength". I find that I am not confidently familiar with many of the conventional terms, schedules, methods and equipment. I've been using my method for so long that "conventional" seems foreign.

    With that realization, I have decided to write a book on my method. It is titled; "Synchronous Push-Pull Type-1 Diabetes Control - The Non-Diabetic Diabetic Method" (SPP method for short). I am working on it in my "spare time", so I don't have a completion date projection yet. My plan is to post it here as a PDF download once it is done.

    We are all here to learn from each other, but I wanted to mention this as I suspect that my method may not mix well with conventional T1D methods. Sometimes, when asked a question, I'm not sure if I'm on the same page as the person asking. I think that questions are most often asked from the conventional T1D method viewpoint (of which I have essentially no experience), but I'm answering from my SPP T1D method view point, thus, my answer may not be a perfect fit. I just wanted everyone to be aware of that in our communications.

    Thanks to all,

    Ken


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  •   kenscircus commented on this post about 10 months ago
    Hi Everyone! I'm curious about members' exercise plans, and how you all have been able to balance hypo's with intense exercise. I find that a piece of fruit with a few nuts and lowering my basal by about 80% for 30 minutes prior to and during my workout seems to help. I also have been...
    Hi Everyone! I'm curious about members' exercise plans, and how you all have been able to balance hypo's with intense exercise. I find that a piece of fruit with a few nuts and lowering my basal by about 80% for 30 minutes prior to and during my workout seems to help. I also have been exploring starting with weights and ending with cardio, versus starting with cardio and ending with weights. However, I am quite variable and have found recently that my hypo's have gotten more intense, so I have to stop mid-workout which is quite frustrating!!

    Any recommendations or insights will be helpful.
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    • I am hoping that Ken will be replying to this shortly. :-)
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    • Hi Tara,

      The first thing I have learned in preventing lows (and highs) is to know what to expect. There is a lag to everything so preventing a hypo nHi Tara,

      The first thing I have learned in preventing lows (and highs) is to know what to expect. There is a lag to everything so preventing a hypo needs to take place before it happens. I use my log to know what to expect and when to expect it. Since life is so variable, the log is a continuing thing. The figures I used yesterday or last week can't be reused today. I use yesterday's and last weeks, etc. figures to see what I need to do today - at the moment. It's a predictive process.

      More specifically to your question, however; I find apple juice as the easiest, most effective hypo (I call it "crash") prevention. If I overdo the apple juice, it dissipates rather quickly. If I'm doing any sort of workout that is expected to last about an hour, I will just chug about eight ounces of apple juice about ten minutes before the workout - and log it. If I still went low, then I note the timing, blood-sugar numbers, etc. from the log. The next time, I know to increase or decrease the apple juice or add or subtract the timing, so it fills the low without a spike before or after (that's the timing part). If I'm going to do some kind of long term strenuous activity where stopping is not an option, I will mix apple juice in my water bottle. The ratio has to be derived from previous experience (the log). Unfortunately, I'm afraid that you do have to experience it before you can know how to prevent it. It's a continuing process that has to be continuously honed and fine-tuned. Eventually, the tuning becomes second nature. Note: - and please don't tell anyone I told you this: but more insulin balanced with more sugar may seem a bit tight-rope-ish, but, when well balanced, it sure does provide some incredible energy! (When I say balanced, I mean blood-sugar at 85mg/dl +/- 15 mg/dl throughout.)

      I would also not recommend nuts (or any fats, for that matter)! Nuts have a "satisfying" feel to them, however they have absolutely no benefit in preventing a low. In fact, any effect from nuts does not even occur until the next day or two and that effect is increased insulin resistance making lows even more pronounced and harder to chase. It sometimes may seem that nuts provide energy, but that is a misperception. The unfortunate part is the resulting insulin resistance lasts for a month or more. Adding to the misperception that nuts or candy bars help prevent a low is that the liver reacts to hypoglycemia by excreting glycogen into the blood stream. The process, however is too slow to stop a "crash", but the later rise can make one "think" the nuts or candy bar did it. Instead, the nuts or candy bar just makes is worse later.

      Preventing hypo's, lows and crashes should be easy, but insulin resistance makes it a "spastic" chase. That is why I am so obsessive about keeping insulin resistance as low as I can get it - no fats!

      Please understand that I am not a medical professional in any capacity. This writing is only to share what I have learned from my personal experience.

      Ken



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    • Would just like to clarify that my answer above to use apple juice is for "training" purposes or when caught off guard. When the management; timing, mWould just like to clarify that my answer above to use apple juice is for "training" purposes or when caught off guard. When the management; timing, magnitude and duration has all been mastered, I prefer bananas, because they have a slower onset, longer duration and are far more nutritious than apple juice - or any juice for that matter.

      Ken
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  • Welcome Chris to the Type 1 Diabetes Support Group. We have just set this up and have not yet seen any real action here. But, the thread we had in the Discussion Forum was getting so long that I realized we needed the ability to have a group that could create multiple discussions, share files,...
    Welcome Chris to the Type 1 Diabetes Support Group. We have just set this up and have not yet seen any real action here. But, the thread we had in the Discussion Forum was getting so long that I realized we needed the ability to have a group that could create multiple discussions, share files, share videos, share podcasts, etc...
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    Type 1 Diabetes (6/17/2018 Potluck)
    Ken Thomas, ATX Alive pod member, will tell us how he has successfully managed his Type 1 diabetes with a low-fat plant-based diet for 30 years. As a self-ta...
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  •   kenscircus commented on this post about 11 months ago
    I am interested in learning more about diets indicated for those with diabetes. I have designed a low glycemic dessert line; including a combination of natural sweeteners.
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    In a previous blog post, Ken Thomas provided his diabetic log files that he uses for his diabetes management system. Those files are available for download from his blog located at https://www.drcarney.com/blog/condition-related/ken-s-type-1-diabetes-journey-logs

    However, I also thought it might make sense to upload those files to the new Type 1 Diabetes Support group in the files section and so they can now also be found there at https://www.drcarney.com/community/groups/4-type-1-diabetes-support/33-files

    So, if you are using these logs you now have a consistent place to download them from. I did have to combine the excel files into an archive in order to not place executable files onto the web server.

    Please let us know if there are any other resources we should upload to the files area. 

    We are also interested in listing video and audio podcasts that might be of interest.

    Sean Carney

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