Originally Posted by rider44
Fully agree your points. For your "eating to my meter", do you have to monitor BG level very closely? Say, how many times per day?
The reason that I want to reverse my diabetes is that nowadays many people claim diabetes can be reversed, I thought it would be great! That's why I come to this forum to learn as much as I can, or at least to learn from people like you to manage my diabetes better.
Thanks for your points, very helpful.
There are people who say you can reverse diabetes but it's never happened for me - even at a healthy weight with ample exercise. None of my doctors has ever seen it happen, either. But if it does someday in the future, great surprise!
I test as follows:
First, I get a fasting number as soon as I'm up. If I don't feel well, I test to make sure I'm not too low or high. I may test before bed, too; if my number at that time is low enough I might have a snack to keep my body busy for a while, which may result in a lower fasting number the next day.
Then I test around meals. I know how most foods affect my BG now, but if it's a new food (or I've changed medication or something) I test immediately before eating, one hour after the first bite, and again two hours after the first bite. So for instance:
12:00 noon - Right before I eat, tells me where I'm starting
1:00 pm - Tells me roughly the peak, or how high the spike was from what I ate
2:00 pm - I should be back to where I was at noon
If the peak number was high, and/or at 2pm I'm not where I think I should be, then I know something about what I ate wasn't great. It could be one ingredient or the whole thing. I'll try again another day, probably one ingredient at a time, until I've figured it out. Some ingredients might be off the table for good as a result, or maybe I find out I can have it but in a smaller portion.
Keeping a journal of all of this while you're learning will help you make better choices in the future.
It's good to note that not all LC foods will impact your BG the same way. There are some LC foods that spike me like crazy, and those I don't eat anymore even though on paper they seem like they should be safe. Also, what spikes me might not spike you and vice versa. It's a lifelong project, but we are up for the challenge.