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    Lucky bugger - I'm still cursed with Type 1 and have been now for 26 finger-pricking & injection stabbing years ....

    You mentioned a low calorie diet - specifically for diabetics, it's not calories that are critical, its the carbohydrates.
    So low or no carbs means low or no insulin requirements - which for type 2 diabetics is not a problem - for type 1's this simply doesn't work as the only insulin we get must be injected and if we stop taking any insulin, Keytoacidosis will quickly kill us.

    So, I'm very envious ....
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    Isn’t this remission?

    I have type1 diabetes, and my doctor tells me there’s only one cure.
    T1D here also, 18 years in May. Have either of you got or been on the trial for the Libre?

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      If you want to lose weight, give up the booze.
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      If you want to lose weight, give up the booze.
      Very true I've had no alcohol since I started the diet as this was stated on the original Newcastle University diet.
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      Very true I've had no alcohol since I started the diet as this was stated on the original Newcastle University diet.
      Congratulations on a great achievement. Can I ask what you do for vitamins? Can't see any mentions of fruit/veg other than rice in your posts.
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      Congratulations on a great achievement. Can I ask what you do for vitamins? Can't see any mentions of fruit/veg other than rice in your posts.
      I ate a lot of fruit and veg as it's low in calories and fat and high in vitamins. I also had one high level of vitamin c tablet per day 1000mg from Asda. Also one Red Kooga Korean Ginseng with multi vitamins from Holland & Barrett this seems to have everything I need. Careful if you buy It, there are 2 versions, the cheaper version has all the multi vitamins whereas the more expensive one dose not.
      One thing I also did was to eat a lot of the food with crushed Chillies, for some reason I always felt more full when doing this.
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      Very true I've had no alcohol since I started the diet as this was stated on the original Newcastle University diet.
      Good work . Great news to hear you’re getting well. You’ve earned it.
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      Just to be clear - we need to clarify some key diabetic facts here ....

      It's carbs and not calories that are the diabetic's main concern - carbs come from all the 'oses - sucrose, maltose, glucose, lactose & fructose
      Calories - 1 gram of carb contains 4 calories - 1 gram of protein also contains 4 calories - 1 gram of fat contains 9 calories. If you look at the food label [I spend my life doing this] and do the maths, you'll see how the KCal adds up close to the above formula.

      Insulin converts glucose in the blood [from carbs eaten] to enter in to the muscles and liver to store as glycogen. Without insulin the glucose remains in the blood stream = high blood sugar and all the long term diabetic complications that may arise from this.

      Here's the important bit - the difference:

      A type 1 diabetic's pancreas has irreversibly and completely stopped producing ANY insulin - they need to inject insulin or they will die from ketoacidosis. I inject insulin at least 4 times per day - once with a slow release background [basal] insulin and then a fast-acting [bolus] insulin every time I eat carbs. The insulin dose is calculated on a grams of carbs per unit of insulin each time - so I have to know how much carb there is in everything I eat to try and control my blood sugar level with the required insulin dose.

      Type 2 diabetes is very different - these peeps are still producing their own insulin but their bodies have become resistant to its effects causing glucose to remain in the blood stream. The cause of the resistance is the key and most commonly this is a combination of poor diet [too many carbs], overweight [BMI over 25] and lack of exercise. Fix all of these and there is every chance the insulin will once again be able to process the carbs to maintain a normal blood sugar level. This is not really remission as the problem is fixed, but the diabetic symptoms could return if the diet / weight / exercise becomes poor again - but the wake-up call may prevent this.

      So, if you go on a zero carb diet [like Atkins] as a type 2 diabetic you will be able to [potentially] reverse diabetes but zero carbs for a type 1 can be lethal. This is because when there are no carbs in the system the body turns to fat burn for its energy [great for weight-loss] and in fat-burn mode ketones are created as a waste product. For a type 2, their own insulin will usually manage the keytones, for type 1's, without any insulin in their body, the ketones will build up as a poisonous toxin in the body eventually leading to death by ketoacidosis (KDA).

      Sorry to have waffled on a bit - hope some of you found this useful. I have recently completed the STILE course on type 1 diabetes so happy to share some of my newly acquired knowledge on top of the 27 years of living with type 1 diabetes with NSC chums.
      My daughter is type 1 and her teachers at school just don't get it. As this is by far the best layman explanation I've ever read I will print it off(with your permission) and will be giving them a copy - kind of reverse homework
      Thank you.
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      Nice one fella, good work.
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      T1D here also, 18 years in May. Have either of you got or been on the trial for the Libre?
      Ah, the Libre. It’s a system sort of like a bar code stuck to the skin which allows one to scan for blood sugar level and tell whether it is rising or falling. The pin pricking monitors don’t do this, so it’s a big improvement. Sadly, it’s expensive, and my health authority told me the hoops I’d need to negotiate ( number 1, I have to ask for it!). The hoops continued until I failed so I was told to ask the hospital specialist if I could be made an exception as I only failed on my bmi being a smidgeon too high.....though as an insulin dependent diabetic of 45 years standing, I’ll probably get the equivalent of the Gallic shrug, or computer says no when I get the chance to ask. I’ve reached my three score years and ten, as well, so I’m willing to accept that there are probably needier patients, and continue to be a total prick-er.
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      Well done.. The timing of your post could not have been better for me as I have just been diagnosed with type 2 on Thursday. This came completely out of the blue and had only been discovered due to a blood test for Cholesterol. Thanks for the inspiration. Its good to know this illness can be reversed.

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