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Type 1 Diabetic Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 06, 2011 at 5:12 AM

As a type one diabetic myself I have a goal of getting my glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) under 5.0. I'm curious if any other diabetics have accomplished such a feat?

Pre-paleo I was hovering around 7.0. After 8 weeks of paleo and tighter control of my blood sugars I went down to 6.5 - an improvement to be sure, but not as much as I had hoped for. I'm up for a new round of lab tests soon.

Has anyone had even more success? If so I'd love to hear your tips.

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on February 06, 2011
at 06:24 AM

As you become more adapted, your BS perhaps might plunge a couple of times because you are eating only meat and fat and therefore not spiking you BS and then your med is over controlling your sugar level. Keep a few almonds in your pocket for just such an event.

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on February 06, 2011
at 06:21 AM

As you become more adapted, you BS perhaps will plunge a couple of times because you are not spiking you BS and your med is crashing the sugar. Keep a few almonds in your pocket for just such an event.

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on February 06, 2011
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Thanks! Yes I definitely have a measurable amount of beta cell activity. In fact, for a week or two after going Paleo I did stop taking insuling just to see if I could. I "could", but my glucose levels tended to be around 140-160 from the gluconeogenisis. I'm back on Lantus to get even better control.

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on February 07, 2011
at 06:01 AM

I am now Type 3...Type 2 burning out the betas to become Type 1. Also called double Diabetes. After BS over 800 at diagnosis, I wandered in the ADA desert for 8 years. My BS and A1c thru the roof. Then I read Dr. Bernstein's book...http://www.diabetes-book.com/...read this. It is mandatory! My A1c dropped to 5.3 then into the 4.6-4.9 range currently. I have to eat ultra low carb and take H insulin and Levemir at night. My dosages of insulin are less than a "normal" person produces. Dr. Bernstein shoots for an A1c of 4.3-4.6 and he hits it. He is almost 80 now with no diabetic complications. Then read Dr. Ron Rosedale and everything you can to understand the role of Insulin and its inherent dangers. To keep BS and Insulin low and Leptin low and Mtor low you must eat ...high fat, moderate protein and LOW carb. See my web where I try to explain Dr. Bernstein and Rosedale in an easy read. www.tribaldiabetics.com. Good luck, you are now part of a community (Paleo Hacks) that will give you the REAL information that will save your life. You have to pass it on and spread the word as payment for being saved. Hallelujah!!!! Praise the lard...Can I get a Holy pat of butter here brother...yeah!

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on February 06, 2011
at 05:31 AM

See my response in this thread about the success of one of my friends that is/was a type II heading to a type I. http://paleohacks.com/questions/21307/should-diabetics-eat-dairy/21311#21311

The fact that your A1C has dropped while eating paleo indicates you still have some insulin T cells that are secreting some insulin. Just keep on doing what you are doing and do not cheat...at all and your fasting blood glucose will get down to 95-100 and then you can kiss your drugs goodbye....of course under the guidance of your physician.

Good luck to you.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 06:21 AM

As you become more adapted, you BS perhaps will plunge a couple of times because you are not spiking you BS and your med is crashing the sugar. Keep a few almonds in your pocket for just such an event.

4f61f7c4a8bb1adeb9cf45aa9e3f9e7d

(281)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:57 AM

Thanks! Yes I definitely have a measurable amount of beta cell activity. In fact, for a week or two after going Paleo I did stop taking insuling just to see if I could. I "could", but my glucose levels tended to be around 140-160 from the gluconeogenisis. I'm back on Lantus to get even better control.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 06:24 AM

As you become more adapted, your BS perhaps might plunge a couple of times because you are eating only meat and fat and therefore not spiking you BS and then your med is over controlling your sugar level. Keep a few almonds in your pocket for just such an event.

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on August 22, 2013
at 08:03 PM

This is a belated answer, but for those new to this site it may offer some more info.

I have been a T1DM for 44 years. My blood glucose (BG) levels are very difficult to control. Sometimes I would spike up to 300 mg/dl even with careful carb counting and an insulin pump. On starting the paleo diet that all changed. My A1C was always 6.something. My last one was 5.7. I have not changed the amount of carbs I am eating. It is the type of carbs. I did not buy into the paleo rationale but thought the diet would be good as an elimination diet to see what I could avoid that would help. As it turns out I cannot stray at all from the paleo diet. Everything that is recommended right down the line is true for how my body reacts. And I've experimented a lot pushing the diet. I tested a lot and paid a lot of attention to this before paleo and so nothing else has chnaged about my control except the diet. The 5.7 A1C was over a period of 3 months where I was testing my limits so it is not as good as I can do by following a strict paleo.

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on November 13, 2012
at 09:44 PM

I am a type 1, I just started paleo and i'm at an a1c of about 7.0! So glad if found this post, my first goal is a 6.5. Thanks for being a motivation. I'm currently reading Dr. Bernstein's book. Any advice on what really worked for you?

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on December 02, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I have successfully fought my a1c down to. Low. 4.6 on a 30 carb Bernstein diet. I commend "the diabetes solution" by Richard Bernstein. J.

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on April 22, 2011
at 01:11 AM

I've been type one since I was 8 (going on 15 years now)... my A1c results vary in the 6-8 range, and since my last test result (8.2!!! ugh!) I've been on paleo almost 100%. I can't wait to see how my next one goes because my blood sugars have been so much more stable lately. (It probably helps that I'm actually tracking them now, too... ha)

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