A significant reduction in the consumption of carbohydrates (strict low-carb diets) will help to control diabetes, and may even result in type 2 remission. The troubling news is that this is only for a time.
Control Diabetes – Strict Low-Carb Diets for Type 2 Remission
Twenty three (23) trials discovered that it is true that low-carb diets are great to help diabetics to lose weight and effectively control type 2 diabetes. The results however lasted only 6 months according to the research results. It took about a year to see the benefits of strict low-carb diets disappear.
One researcher felt that people probably found it difficult to continue strict low-carb diets for an extended time. For those of us who have tried changing our lifestyle before, we know that it can be a real challenge.
One of the experts (Grant Brinkworth) cautioned that even though strict low-carb diets can kick-start weight loss and even result in type 2 remission in the short term, patients should consult and work with their doctors to reduce the dose of their medication.
Please see below for an experience I encountered with my father and very low blood sugar.
My Father and Low Blood Sugar Levels – Type 2 Remission is Possible
One afternoon my sisters and I received calls from my father’s caregiver to say that he was seeing things and people who were not in the house. This was scary. We cried and then went to take him to see the doctor.
One doctor said it was the onset of dementia and psychosis. I was a bit annoyed and failed to trust his prognosis because I told him before he tested daddy that he was blind. Guess what the doctor did? He held up a paper in front of my visually impaired father and asked him to follow the instructions.
You can understand that my sisters and I decided to use the opportunity to use the referral to see another doctor. Well, thank God one of my sisters got a name of a doctor to call and he was close to my home where my dad was staying.
After what seemed like a long, old-time medical check-up, the doctor told us to ignore the given prescription and stated that there was no sign of dementia nor psychosis and that my father was as sharp as a razor blade.
Early Signs of Type 2 Remission?
The problem he identified was that my father’s blood sugar had dropped too low and so he was seeing people that were not in the room and generally speaking foolishness.
He further explained that since we changed his diet to whole foods to control diabetes and rightfully, then his medication should be adjusted. He took him off the blood sugar medication and asked me to monitor the readings and then maybe he could take the medication every other day.
Okay, it’s time for the praises to ring out and for God to be glorified. My father had some ups and downs, whilst we figured it out, but he is still off the blood sugar medication, and with the help of myself, my siblings, and the caregivers he gets wonderful normal readings most days.
Okay, so Mondays tend to be a bit off because my father hates to go outside the church to have a snack, so he eats a heavy carbohydrate-filled meal most Sundays to keep his readings a bit elevated. This was the practice when he was on medication and he refuses to make the change.
Guess what? I have to remember my stress level and accept that I can’t win all the battles, so, this one I will not fight. We also must remember that strict low-carb diets over the long-term are not sustainable even though in the short-term they can result in type 2 remission.
The point here is that whenever we adjust to strict low-carb diets we need to speak with our doctor and understand how and when to reduce our medication or the results could be frightening and could even lead to death.
My Lifestyle Changes – Struggles and How I Control Diabetes
I still struggle to make exercise a routine. I feel great when I finally get up and exercise, but every week I have to push myself to do so. It just does not feel as natural and routine as brushing my teeth after eating.
There is hope because the way I eat to keep the numbers in the normal range is becoming more natural to me now. With that said, let me add something of my own to this research finding. I use strict low-carb diets occasionally when my blood glucose number is worrying. This gives me the needed help so that I can get to a more comfortable number. However…
I find it difficult to remain on strict low-carb diets. Let us take the education out of it now and just hear me out. The plain truth is that I just don’t feel well. I get this lousy, sick feeling, and my bowels are too loose and so I am uncomfortable. My head hurts and I am left feeling like death is knocking at my door.
A Little Something about Whole Foods and Strict Low-Carb Diets to Control Diabetes
Now, I constantly pay attention to my carb intake, but I focus on getting my carbs from whole foods. I eat green bananas, yam dasheen, sweet potatoes, and even Irish potatoes for carbs. Every day is a balancing act. I win some and I don’t do so well some days, but, I am constantly working to kick type 2 diabetes.
When you research strict low-carb diets, you will read that whole food such as yam, green bananas, etc have too much carbohydrate and should be avoided. This does not work over the long-term for ma and so because I am for a lifestyle change, which therefore must be sustainable, then I include healthy carbs, which take some time to be digested and so they slow the rise in my blood sugar.
Stress Can Erode your Victories – But…You Can Control Diabetes
My biggest challenge is dealing with the death of DaMarco – my son. That is more challenging than diabetes and it eats away at my emotional health every single day. My only hope is just to spend more time with God. Yep, He helps.
I mentioned DaMarco because stress can erode the benefits derived from strict low-carb diets and everything we do to keep the numbers low. This is why I work so hard at being happy.
I now spend less time with the people who stress me out and or find ways to cope. Sometimes it means just listening and keeping my mouth shut and praying through the speech/monologue. This can be difficult when you are a leader, but I do the best I can and I am seeing better days.
Modified Strict Low-Carb Diets to Control Diabetes
Now, I am seeing the results from my dietary and in general lifestyle changes, in spite of my high-level stressed life. Yes, to be taking less medication and to awake with readings between 100 to 130s (5.5 to 7,2) for me is truly a blessing.
I don’t feel well when my blood sugar goes below 5 (90), so I have to do a balancing act throughout the day to ensure that with the help of God I awake in the mornings and not sleep away in a coma. Throughout the day, when I get it right, my readings stay in the normal range or close enough.
Again, let me add that I am learning to control diabetes with a modified version of strict low-carb diets. This means for me that it is still fewer carbs than I would normally consume and also different types of carbohydrates.
Some Articles to Support the Above
Below, I will be listing some articles of interest to give you more information and to support the above.
- Norton, Amy. “Go Low-Carb for Type 2 Diabetes Remission?” WebMD, WebMD, 19 Jan. 2021, www.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20210119/go-low-carb-for-type-2-diabetes-remission.
- Streit, Lizzie. “No-Carb Diet: Benefits, Downsides, and Foods List.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 25 June 2019, www.healthline.com/nutrition/no-carb-diet#steps.