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Low-Carb to Manage Type 1 Diabetes 18
Don’t Forget Your Checkups on LCHF! 39
New Study: A Low-Carb Diet and Intermittent Fasting Beneficial for Diabetics! 45
Why Do More and More Adults Get Type 1 Diabetes? 17
Breakfast at Europe’s Biggest Diabetes Conference 27
Thumbs Up for an Egg Breakfast 13
The Result of Eating 29 Candy Bars 39
If Certain Foods Make You Sick, Just Take More Medicine 48
The Doctor Asked: “What Have You Done?” 58
Sugar vs Fat on BBC: Which is Worse? 117
Why Are Most Chinese People Heading Towards Diabetes? 39
Small Steps or Radical Changes? 27
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Reversing Diabetes After a Visit to the Emergency Room

Before and after

Before and after

I received a fascinating story from Anthony in Australia about what happened when he ended up in the emergency room, where it was discovered that he had high blood pressure. This led him to search for better health on his own, not following the usual diet recommendations he was given. Here’s his story: Continue Reading →

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“You Have Diabetes and You Are Going to Have It for the Rest of Your Life”

Drugs or food

Drugs or food

Do you have to settle for being sick and taking more and more medications if you get type 2 diabetes?

Yet another person, who didn’t settle for this is Torbjörn Kadebro. Here’s his story about the dietary change he made on his own – and what happened at his checkup with his diabetes nurse: Continue Reading →

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Don’t Forget Your Checkups on LCHF!

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Do you need to go in for your checkups if you, as a diabetic, eat LCHF and have improved your blood sugar dramatically?

I received an e-mail from a physician about this: Continue Reading →

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Yet Another Study Showing Better Blood Sugar for Diabetics on a Lower-Carb Diet

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Actually, it’s obvious. If diabetics eat less of what is broken down to sugar (carbohydrates) their blood sugar levels improve.

It’s been shown in many studies already and now there’s one more. More details here:

American Diabetes Association: Weight Loss, Glycemic Control, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Response to Differential Diet Composition in a Weight Loss Program in Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Reuters: Weight loss plan better than usual diet for diabetes patients

Continuing to advise a high-carb diet for diabetics – without updating knowledge – is irresponsible. It seriously hurts sick people.

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Is Potato Starch LCHF? About Resistant Starch

Low-Carb High-Fat

Low-Carb High-Fat

Is potato starch LCHF? Could it lower your blood sugar? Incredibly enough, the answer seems to be “yes” – if you don’t heat it.

The latest hot trend on health blogs is resistant starch. It seems to have positive effects on blood sugar, especially in type 2 diabetics. Perhaps it also makes you feel fuller and more satisfied, which could facilitate weight loss.

Even more speculative is that it may improve overall gut health, which potentially could be beneficial for those with an autoimmune condition.

It all sounds strange when you first hear about it. How can starch improve blood sugar – isn’t starch broken down to glucose, which raises blood sugar?

How It Works

The beauty of resistant starch is that it doesn’t break down to glucose. It isn’t broken down at all in the body, but instead it becomes food for the gut microbiome in the colon. The gut bacteria digest the resistant starch into short-chain fatty acids, which are absorbed by the body.

Therefore, resistant starch will not act as a carbohydrate. Instead, it is food for gut bacteria and what your body absorbs has been converted to fat.

Resistant starch is in reality LCHF – low carb, high fat – with food for the gut flora as a bonus.

Feeding the good gut bacteria – and the cells of the intestinal lining – seems to be able to affect hormone levels in the body (GLP-1 etc.), that in turn has an effect on blood sugar regulation and insulin sensitivity.

It seems also to be beneficial to ensure that gut bacteria and cells get adequate nutrition. Our ancestors no doubt did so, as there are plenty of sources of resistant starch in nature.

Do you want to try getting more resistant starch? Continue Reading →

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Why Do More and More Adults Get Type 1 Diabetes?

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More and more Swedes get type 1 diabetes, which used to be called juvenile-onset diabetes.

It was previously thought that the increase only applied to children, but now it’s clear that the disease is also increasing greatly in people between 14 and 34 years:

University of Gothenburg: More adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes than previously thought

Nobody knows for sure what causes the disease. For some reason, the immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells and kills them.

The increase in type 1 diabetes follows the rise of obesity – three times more people are obese today, than in the 80′s.

Obese people have greatly elevated levels of insulin in their blood, on average four times more (!) than lean people.

The same Western food that stimulate an overproduction of insulin, making susceptible people obese, may affect other people in other ways. Perhaps a hyper-stimulation of insulin-production constitutes a risk for an attack of the insulin-producing cells.

Perhaps the Western high-carb diet is not only behind obesity and type 2 diabetes in ever more people, but also behind an increased risk of type 1 diabetes? Continue Reading →

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Why You Should NOT Listen to Your Dietitian

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Here’s another good reason NOT to listen to your dietitian if you get diagnosed with diabetes*. A reader sent me her story:

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Discovering Airline Diabetic Meal

Airline diabetic meal

Airline diabetic meal

Airline food is hardly great, and it’s hardly healthy. How about the special “diabetic meal”, would that be an improvement?

A reader decided to try it out: Continue Reading →

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The Result of Eating 29 Candy Bars

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Clever student. I hope they gave him/her full marks!

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Extreme Increase of Diabetes in Cats

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According to recent statistics diabetes has become increasingly common in cats in the last ten years. Something is very wrong!

Fat cats risk becoming diabetic, according to more and more observations:

While the exact incidence is unknown, the number of diabetic cats is increasing at an alarming rate due to the tremendous increase in the number of overweight and obese cats.

VCA Animal Hospitals: Diabetes Mellitus in Cats

Cats that eat cheap cat food based on wheat, oats, rice and corn (carbohydrates) – despite being genetically adapted meat eaters – risk becoming fat AND getting diabetes.

Food with a lot of easily digested carbohydrates may namely raise both the cat’s blood sugar and shoot the fat-storing hormone insulin levels through the roof. The cat will become both sick and fat from new industrial foods filled with easily digested carbohydrates. Just like we do.

Your Diabetic Cat

Cats and Carbs: An Update on Feline Diabetes

What does your cat eat?

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