Lance, I re-read your post and really appreciative your advice that “all we can do is make positive incremental change and be happy for finding new things that work better.“ Keep things in perspective with a pragmatic approach. Yes I understand now and strive to use meal as a tool to get needed protein and carbs “with a minimal glucose/insulin excursion.” I hope to be able to rule out whether or not I have beta cell issues. I started with Tri Sugar Shield today – for lunch 1/3 banana + 5 blackberries on flax pancake didn’t spike bg over 120; but for dinner ½ carrots + ½ kiwi in a large green salad got bg over 148. I hope over time it will help reduce bg spikes enough to allow me …
Frank, forgive my ignorance, what do you mean by “Total caloric intake for sure, unless you keep losing muscle tissue.” On average I eat about 1200kcal/day and chronometer says I burn 1500kcal/day. But I am not losing weight, staying at 112-114lb for weeks. I gain weight easily but not so much muscle. I can walk for hours but dislike going to weight training.
Silver, thanks for sharing your experience. Makes me feel better that after all you can manage your wild glucose swing with success. No body else in my extended family has glucose problem and everyone gets to eat what they like to eat. And I am the only one who ate a mostly low fat vegetarian diet for 25 years - that might have something to do with my current problem. I also wonder if my surgery (removing ovaries and uterus) 6 months ago has something to do with my current glucose problem. But my A1c was 5.9 last May. Thanks for your encouragement and I sure hope to make some progress with all my effort and so many of you here helping me!
George, at this point I would feel so lucky if I have IR but not no beta cell function. I hope you are right, George! Yes I agree that figuring out whether I have IR or LADA or whatever would be a very high priority. I am waiting to hear if my primary care doctor would order the glucose insulin test for me. (I have had no luck to get a appointment with a good endocrinologist in Portland Oregon – every one seems overbooked for months ahead.) If not, I will get a test without a doctor. Google shows a LabCorp service a few miles away. I also found Bob Briggs’s a blog on “Kraft Prediabetes Bloodspot Profile Test” from Meridian Valley Lab. It's a 4hr test with blood spots provide at home, and his result matched Kraft’s Pattern 5. What do you think of taking the test this way?http://www.buttermakesyourpantsfalloff. ... e-insulin/
Julie, I am inspired by you and many here working to find solutions to difficult problems, with success! Yes so far I feel LC diet and controlling BG swings is the right direction for me. In the last month or so I have dropped carb intake from 130+g to under 75g per day. I learned about flax meal pancake from George’s food posting. This week I baked a bread for the first time with almond flour. Those are helpful to fill in for my carb craving, and I look forward to making tasty new items to make my diet enjoyable again.
Update: I have since gotten a glucose/insulin tolerance test order from my primary care doctor. I just need to schedule it with a better lab in Portland so nothing gets messed up during the long test. I wonder if I should up my carb intake to 100g/day a few days before the test to make the test more accurate???