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Type 1 Diabetic College Student

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Hello,

I am a type 1 diabetic and have had somewhat good control for most of my life. For the past year I have been struggling to maintain good blood sugar control and my quality of life is becoming sacrificed. I am fed up and ready to go paleo. Over the past month I have been reading blogs and educating myself on it's benefits. I have been leaning in the direction of paleo eating, but I am now ready to go full force. I work out daily but and plan to continue, although really don't want to lose any weight.

I would absolutely love any advice on implementing it as a type 1 diabetic and in a college setting. Also any suggestions on how to get my family from thinking i'm crazy would be appreciated too.

Thanks, Hannah

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Thanks! I just started reading it but I'm only in the first section. I'll make sure to finish it before I make any drastic changes in my diet/insulin. I live off campus in an apartment and cook the majority of my meals. I'm most worried about self-control issues. My roommates are Brazilian and eat a very high carb diet.

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Thanks for your advice! My endo does not agree with the paleo diet. I worked at a diabetic summer camp this past year for a few weeks and got pretty pro at adjusting lantus/humolog rates. I'm being very cautious and keeping detailed records.

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on November 13, 2012
at 02:21 AM

I always recommend Type I's read Dr. Richard K. Bernsteins "Diabetes Solution" book. His diet is not specifically Paleo, but there are important discussions in the book about how to adjust your insulin and other meds to avoid problems. You need to understand this before going forward.

And you need a solid plan if you are on a meal plan at school because truly paleo fare can be difficult to obtain in an institutional setting. You may have to make some compromises to get enough food, and always have backups in your dorm fridge and room, so you don't end up eating too little and going hypo.

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on November 13, 2012
at 04:40 AM

Thanks! I just started reading it but I'm only in the first section. I'll make sure to finish it before I make any drastic changes in my diet/insulin. I live off campus in an apartment and cook the majority of my meals. I'm most worried about self-control issues. My roommates are Brazilian and eat a very high carb diet.

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on November 13, 2012
at 01:06 AM

I would exercise caution with this because your new diet could greatly reduce your insulin requirements, particularly the bolus dosages (my Humalog requirements decreased by almost 80%), so check with your physician first.

Paleo definitely makes managing the disease easier.

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on November 13, 2012
at 04:33 AM

Thanks for your advice! My endo does not agree with the paleo diet. I worked at a diabetic summer camp this past year for a few weeks and got pretty pro at adjusting lantus/humolog rates. I'm being very cautious and keeping detailed records.

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on January 11, 2013
at 07:58 AM

I'm a type 1 college student too and have been paleo and been doing crossfit for about 6 months. From what I've read it effects everyone differently. I recommend keeping a running total of your daily carbs to make sure you don't become ketotic which is easy to do in college/on a budget. Check out Mark's Daily Apple (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dial-in-your-carb-count/#axzz2He8MZ2eo)

I also recommend slowly decreasing grains so you feel comfortable as your blood sugars start to change. A CGM has been invaluable in showing me how much paleo helps my blood sugar. Good Luck!!

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