As a person with Type 1 diabetes, I know a lot about what works and does not work for maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. When I was first diagnosed, I was actually misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This is because I was 45 years old. Although it seemed ridiculous that someone as thin as I was and who ate as mindfully as I did would have Type 2 diabetes, I took my (mis)disagnosis seriously and moved full-force into attempting to reverse the disease.
I studied and implemented vegan diets by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and then Dr. Gabriel Cousins. Neither worked at all to lower my extremely high blood glucose levels. I exercised just like these doctors said to do, and I ate exactly what I was supposed to eat. It was mind-numbingly frustrating to read about all of the people who were able to be successful using their protocols, and yet I was only failing miserably. Afterall, I hadn't been eating a SAD (Standard American Diet) in the first place and I didn't have anything to detox from my diet, which is part of what these diets would accomplish. I had already started on an insulin pump, but I couldn't stop the spikes I would get after eating.
After 6 months of this craziness, I took matters into my own hands and went a completely different way. I found Dr. Richard Bernstein's Diabetes Solution book and implemented his low carb/high protein diet for diabetes. The results were immediate. Blood glucose levels were significantly lower and I stayed consistently below 140 mg/dl.
Dr. Bernstein's method works for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. I recommend it with all of my heart for Type 1's. Type 2's have to figure out exactly what they need before choosing a diet. If they need to detox due to an unhealthy lifestyle, I recommend Dr. Fuhrman's low fat/vegan diet. If they need to lose weight, they will do so on either diet. I do not recommend a raw vegan diet, however, as I feel strongly that it does not provide enough vitamin B12 and protein. (Please keep in mind when I say this that I was a vegan for almost 25 years of my life.)
The priority for Type 2's is to lose weight. There are two ways to lose weight through diet:
1. Significantly limit carbohydrates and eat healthy fats and protein - LC/HP&F
2. Significantly limit fats and eat carbs and protein - HC/LF
If you combine carbs and fats, you will not lose weight. If you continue to eat carbs, you will force your body to make more insulin, which will make you gain weight. So I don't recommend the low fat/vegan option for the long-term.
Again, the second choice is not for Type 1's, who are physically unable to naturally process the glucose from carbohydrates. Eating large amounts of carbs will cause bg spikes and force you to use a lot of exogenous insulin. Using a lot of insulin will result in dangerous lows from hypoglycemia.
If you have any type of diabetes, run, do not walk, to find Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution book. It will empower you to save your life and prevent the complications that occur from having consistently high blood sugars.
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