Story written and submitted by Dedene Nelson-Court
I’ve been type 1 lada since 2012. I’ve always been very active and conscious of my diet. But when I saw that all the exercise and all the ‘healthy’ foods weren’t really helping, I tried to follow the advice of my Endo and the nutritionist. Of course, high whole-grained carbs or lentils etc. But all I did was gain weight and keep adding insulin. I had terrible highs and terrible lows.
Then I discovered Dr. Bernstein’s book and started a low-carb diet. Since then I’ve dropped my insulin by half. I have no more highs and especially no more lows. I’ve lost some weight but more importantly I feel so much better. I don’t get (what I call) the insulin munchies anymore. I’m not writhing in discomfort from hunger pains 2 hours after a meal.
It’s honestly changed my life and I’m managing my diabetes much better than ever before. When I explained all this to my Endo, she said ‘oh yes, I’ve heard about low carb diets in symposiums. If you don’t get lows, it’s OK.’
So why don’t they teach newly diagnosed diabetics this simple way to beat the vicious cycle of highs, insulin, lows, sugar ?
Good Question, Dedene! Thanks for sharing your story on how you tamed your type 1.