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  •   DiabeticDNA commented on this post about 1 year ago
    Hey Ken I would love your help if you get the time.
    I'm a 26 yr old diabetic and I've tried several methods of eating to control my blood sugar better but I haven't been able to get vegan to work for me yet though it sounds like the best option.
    From what you were saying in your post (correct me...
    Hey Ken I would love your help if you get the time.
    I'm a 26 yr old diabetic and I've tried several methods of eating to control my blood sugar better but I haven't been able to get vegan to work for me yet though it sounds like the best option.
    From what you were saying in your post (correct me if I'm wrong) you inject a long acting insulin such as lantus for example and wait for a bit and eat some fruit etc to make sure your sugar doesn't go low?
    Or are you using fast acting insulin still to cover meals and just timing it?


    Your help would be greatly appreciated to get me stepping in the right direction

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    • Hi DiabeticDNA,

      Welcome to DrCarney.com!

      I have written many blogs regarding my diabetic control method, but I have come to realize that the natureHi DiabeticDNA,

      Welcome to DrCarney.com!

      I have written many blogs regarding my diabetic control method, but I have come to realize that the nature of blogs is just an overview, lacking real workable detail. Upon that realization along with also realizing that my method is considerably different from traditional, I have decided to write a book on the subject. I have just basically started, and it looks like it may take a while to finish. The title of my book is, "Synchronous Push-Pull Type-1 Diabetes Control - The Non-Diabetic Diabetic Method." I will be posting it on this website as a PDF download as soon as I get it finished.

      In the meantime, back to your question; my control intent is to maintain blood-sugar between 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) and 100 mg/dl (5.5mmol/L) at all times; before meals, after meals, between meals - always. I do take Lantus once per day just before bed time. The Lantus dose is adjusted to maintain a constant downward blood-sugar ramp throughout the day - between meals. I take fast-acting Humalog with each meal - and I never wait for anything. The method is predictive. I precede each meal with Humalog by a timing derived from my log. The log is a vital item in my control "tool box." The log provides a continuous prediction of insulin precede timing and dose. It provides fine-tune level tracking throughout all the variables of life. The Humalog dose is to overwhelm the meal with enough insulin to prevent any blood-sugar rise or spike. Then the predicted low (from the log) is preempted by a calibrated (from the log) fruit snack. Another vital tool is my glucometer. Lots of testing is required to track the blood-sugar direction and rate of change. Twelve tests per day is not unusual. I typically double test for each test. That is; I test twice, about fifteen minutes apart in order to predict when my blood-sugar will cross the 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) limit. This allows me to know how to time the fruit "dose" to preempt the low. I suppose a continuous glucose monitor may be helpful here, but I have no experience with that. I am happy with and tend to prefer the manual method.

      The vegan diet makes this method possible. I was never able to gain this much control when not a fat-free vegan. By the way, the fat-free part is paramount. Fat induces insulin resistance which makes the whole control effort very "spastic". Unfortunately, the "spastic" effects of animal proteins and any fats lasts for months. It took me about a year before it finally cleared. And it only takes one little taste to add another month. The long delay makes it appear that the diet doesn't work, because we expect a more immediate result. So, I'm afraid it does require a lot of diligence and patience - but it is worth every bit of the effort. Note: by fat-free, I mean no ingredient in any dish having greater than 10% calories from fat, regardless how trace the ingredient may be. I have learned that there is no such thing as a "little bit".

      My method is not for the purpose of making blood-sugar control "easy". Instead, it is to make it non-diabetic normal. The whole food plant-based fat-free diet, however, makes that effort easy - or at least possible.

      Regards,

      Ken

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    • Thank you both so much for your responses I will definitely start trying some of this out and see how I can make it work for myself too. I agree thatThank you both so much for your responses I will definitely start trying some of this out and see how I can make it work for myself too. I agree that a log is always a great idea to seeing how certain activities and choices affect blood glucose levels.  More ...
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