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Paleo diet and type 1 diabetes

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 07, 2013 at 6:23 PM

I recently have done a lot of research on the paleo diet for a research paper. I have discovered that there are numerous benefits to adhering to a paleo diet. However, I am a type 1 diabetic and cutting grains from my diet would result in me becoming hypoglycemic frequently even with adjusting insulin levels. My question is: how would I raise my blood sugar levels throughout the day while still sticking to a paleo diet?

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on March 15, 2014
at 05:31 PM

Also, do this gradually and consistently. I began by halving my portions of grains etc, favoring the protein. This led to removing them completely. DO NOT eat very low carb one day, and then regular or high the next - it's asking for trouble and gives your system no time to adjust.

Never up the carbs to match insulin, its the biggest fallacy that us type 1 diabetics are told. Moderate carbs and reduce insulin.

Just my two cents

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on March 07, 2013
at 09:43 PM

+10000000...this, exactly. Dr. Bernsteins book should be read by both T1 and T2 diabetics!

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on March 07, 2013
at 08:45 PM

"I am a type 1 diabetic and cutting grains from my diet would result in me becoming hypoglycemic frequently even with adjusting insulin levels." Bernstein's Law of Small Numbers tells us that smaller doses of insulin = smaller errors.

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on March 07, 2013
at 08:39 PM

"1 diabetic and cutting grains from my diet would result in me becoming hypoglycemic frequently even with adjusting insulin levels." Bernstein's law of small numbers tells us that smaller doses of insulin = smaller errors.

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211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on March 07, 2013
at 07:38 PM

I think it would make more sense to decrease your insulin dosage to accommodate your reduced carbohydrate intake rather than trying to find something starchy or sweet to graze on all day to match your current dosage.

As always consult with your physician first though.

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on March 15, 2014
at 05:31 PM

Also, do this gradually and consistently. I began by halving my portions of grains etc, favoring the protein. This led to removing them completely. DO NOT eat very low carb one day, and then regular or high the next - it's asking for trouble and gives your system no time to adjust.

Never up the carbs to match insulin, its the biggest fallacy that us type 1 diabetics are told. Moderate carbs and reduce insulin.

Just my two cents

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on March 07, 2013
at 09:37 PM

I'm type 1 and it works for me. Buy and read dr bernsteins the diabetes solution. I learnt more from that book in a week than the previous 23 years of having diabetes. Buy, steal it, whatever, just get it. For hypos make sure you have glucose tablets with you at all times. You want to make sure that your fasting blood sugar levels are okay, then you lessen the likelihood of hypos and highs. Fast for half a day to get an idea what your blood sugars do without food and short acting insulin. You need to have the long acting insulin right, presuming that's how you treat your diabetes. Going primal, diet/excercise, and reading that book are the best things that ever happened to my diabetes. I look back now and can't beleive that I used to eat bread pasta cereal every day. Those foods made me feel like crap and I didn't even know it. Plus the resulting high sugars are killing you slowly but surely. Initially I went very low carb but have been able to reintroduce more carbs into my diet. Going primal may mean your insulin requirements lessen so just be vigilant but stick with it, it'll pay off. And any doubters who tell you you shouldn't and to eat grains, until they're diabetic and try primal/paleo they don't know what they are talking about.

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on March 07, 2013
at 09:43 PM

+10000000...this, exactly. Dr. Bernsteins book should be read by both T1 and T2 diabetics!

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on March 07, 2013
at 07:57 PM

I'm a type 1 and have made the paleo diet work. It has changed my whole approach to diabetes and made my quality of life so so much better. I have the occasional low but I lot less than when I was eating grains and when my blood sugars were always on a roller coaster. I usually eat a 10 carb paleo food to bring up lows, like a small apple or a mini box or raisins. Are you a pumper or MDI?

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on March 15, 2014
at 05:34 PM

@unelunebleu just to check, are you writing from personal experience that you have had hypos when you eat no grains? I would suggest keeping a journal including food and insulin intake (and exercise if this affects you greatly, though if you're eating and exercising primally, then it shouldnt be too much of an issue.

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on March 15, 2014
at 05:28 PM

As another type 1 diabetic who eats primally I thought i'd add my two cents. For me it was as simple as reducing my insulin intake, with only my 24hr dosage being enough (i've cut out my short acting insulin completely, unless i have a cheat meal, which is rare because it usually makes me feel sick again).

Here's the analogy I like to use regarding primal eating that should hit a chord for type 1 diabetics. When I was diagnosed and started treatment, I stared feeling a lot better from the extremely sick person I had been for months before. It's like I had to get better to know how sick I was. Well, the same is true for ditching grains, legumes, and artificial sugar. You wont know how bad you felt before until you eat wholesome, natural food that we are built to eat and ditch the grains. And believe me, you start feeling pretty good.

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on March 07, 2013
at 08:20 PM

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