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Controlling diabetes with diet?

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  • #258337
    MuklukMukluk
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    I know there are a few diabetics on here.  Enlighten me, how do you control your diabetes with your diet?  I am not just asking about eating low GI or low sugar, I am also asking if there is anything that you eat that helps you even out blood sugars.

    I do not have diabetes as such.  I kind of am the opposite, I produce way too much insulin.  This means that if I eat high sugar foods my body pumps out the insulin and my blood sugar drops dangerously low very fast and I am unable to function.  Doctors are not helpful and simply suggest eating more sugar.  I did that at the doctor’s once to show them how ridiculous that suggestion was, they measured my blood sugar before and after, scratched their head, and said they did not know what to suggest other than eating healthy and keeping away from sugars.

    I have been careful to eat low GI foods and avoid refined sugar and know what makes me react poorly.  I am careful to eat little snacks throughout the day to stay even.  Overall I have not thought too much about it as I am in a rut that works and don’t believe doctors can help.

    Recently I stayed with some friends who are from India and they cooked me dinners.  They cooked with many spices and things I have never eaten.  Strangely my blood sugars were fine during that time, I even had a cup of tea with sugar one afternoon and did not stumble into things afterwards.

    I think something or several things they fed me helped my body regulate blood sugars.  I want to learn more.  I know when I eat yacon and drink water kefir I tend to have more even blood sugars for a while.  I have read that chilli can help regulate blood sugars in rats. 

    I would love to hear what else people can suggest and hear what works or does not work for them.

    #538683
    SnagsSnags
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    They probably had cinnamon in the curries and probably cloves, ginger,turmeric and chillies.All are good in different ways.

    #538684
    SnagsSnags
    Member

    5;2 is supposed to be good too and low carb and probably Paleo as well as its fairly low carb

    #538685
    SnagsSnags
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    I caught this a month or so back on TV.
    ABC Catalyst basically grow the good bugs in your gut and fix most of your health problems.
    http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/gut_reaction_part_1/

    #538686
    MuklukMukluk
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    Thanks Snags.  I think the good bugs in the gut is part of the solution here as kefir seems to help.

    #538687
    Andrew HobbsPardalote
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    Hi Mukluk,
    High insulin, or hyperinsulinemia, can have a number of causes, many of which can be quite serious. It is not a condition to treat lightly.  I know you suggested that doctors don’t have much of an idea, (I presume you meant your GP) but I would strongly suggest asking for a referral to a specialist endocrinologist who will have a very good idea and can work out exactly what is wrong.
    One major cause is insulin resistance and can be a sign of development of type 2 diabetes. Fortunately this is often amenable to treatment by diet and exercise.  But see that endocrinologist.
    Cheers
    Andrew

    #538688
    MuklukMukluk
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    Hi Pardalote,

    yes I did mean GPs, I have absolutely no respect for them and believe that their profession is one of a pointless middleman.  But that is a rant for another time. 

    It is good to hear that an endocrinologist may be able to help, as someone with no medical training it is difficult to know where to head once you see a GP and ask if they can refer me to someone and they simply shrug and ask who you would like a referral to.  I will try to get a referral now I know where I need to go.

    #538689
    Andrew HobbsPardalote
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    I wouldn’t comment about your GP, but at a basic level, at the very least, the job of a GP is to filter out and deal with the trivial problems (eg simple colds, flu, cuts, simple fractures, and to give vaccinations), and then to refer real problems or conditions he doesn’t understand to the appropriate specialist.<br>
    So at the very least a GP should have a good understanding of specialties and which specialist is appropriate for particular problems.<br>Without GPs or someone of similar training, few patients would have any idea of which specialist to see, and specialists would be inundated with patients seeking treatment for conditions for which the specialist is not qualified to treat (There are about 50 specialties. and many specialists would possibly be just as clueless as the GP on how to treat a condition outside of his specialty).<br>
    Cheers<br>
    Andrew.

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