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    Hi Denise,

    I would like to add that out of all the many vegans that I know, very few are dedicated to healthy eating. A large population of vegans are vegan for animal rights concerns and not for health. Most vegans that are vegan for health, seem to think that "a little bit (of something...

    Hi Denise,

    I would like to add that out of all the many vegans that I know, very few are dedicated to healthy eating. A large population of vegans are vegan for animal rights concerns and not for health. Most vegans that are vegan for health, seem to think that "a little bit (of something unhealthy) won't matter". My question is: what is "a little bit"? I see health oriented vegans often eating oil, high fats, heavily processed foods and even foods that are not entirely vegan. Many health oriented vegans still eat (what I believe to be unhealthy) foods they believe are healthy because they are advertised to be healthy; following advertising firm created terms like, "heart healthy".

    I would like to think that when connected to religion, the dedication would be a matter of belief. I have found that belief is a very powerful driving force, far more powerful than knowledge or designated supposed to's.

    I have also learned to be careful about "studies". In my career field of electronics design, studies are a routine basic element of design development. However, these studies are performed by people and people are inherently biased. It's not a choice. With that, In design engineering; testing is a required element of the study to learn what is real. In that testing, however, all variables must be accounted for and as many removed as possible, because all variables influence the result. This makes me untrusting of any study with data derived from a survey(s).

    Just my two cents,
    Ken

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  •   DiabeticDNA commented on this post about 1 month 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

    Regards
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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 nature Hi 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 that 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 that a log is always a great idea to seeing how certain activities and choices affect blood glucose levels.  More ...
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  •   scarney commented on this post about 1 month 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/entry/my-diabetes-confession), what I learned about T1D control was mostly in...
    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/entry/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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    Fire-by-Andy-Watkins-on-Unsplash-800 On Sunday, June 17, 2018 I gave a talk at the ATX Alive potluck meeting titled, "My Type-1 Diabetes Confession". The talk was to tell my story about how I discovered the Whole Foods Plant-Based Low-Fat Oil-Free diet. I thought I would share the text of that talk here: My Type-1 Diabetes Confession Everyone in this roo...
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