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Monday 17 September 2012

My experience with a low carbohydrate diet by Kate

My name is Kate, a lively 63 years young, living in Cornwall with my husband and dogs, lots of family and grandchildren close by. My Mother, who sadly died in June this year, aged 92 had Diabetes Type 2, was not overweight and until Alzheimer's changed her life, was fit and healthy. I have always been aware that because my Mothers Mum, my maternal grandmother also had Diabetes, it was not unlikely that I would also develop it at some stage. I have always prepared healthy food but admit to maybe enjoying my food too much!

I have also suffered from high BP throughout my adult life, another legacy from Mother, plus Hyper Cholesterolemia, same source, which means that without help, my body does not deal with cholesterol efficiently and so it lays stored, I have been taking statins for some years now and generally have no ill effects, I also take Atenolol and Ace Inhibitors for an erratic BP. Three years ago, a routine blood test showed elevated levels of sugar and so I took a Glucose Intolerance test, the results showing Pre Diabetes. I was given very little advice, just handed a booklet to read, no tea and sympathy ! Because at that time, I didn't know any better, I followed the advice in the booklet, eat plenty of starchy carbs, which I did and soon noticed the weight gain! 

I spoke to my Doctor who said not to worry, carry on doing what I was doing, so carry on I did !  We then moved house and had to change Doctors and shortly afterwards, my new Doctor ordered blood tests to check on my liver function due to the statins, the results showed a high blood sugar and so the test was repeated two weeks later, the BG was even higher this time and an HbA1c showed 8.8, definitely Diabetes !  I was devastated, I felt betrayed and angry and from that moment on, I decided to take charge of my own disease and destiny, embarking on a read, read and more read programme, it soon made perfect sense that the carbs were the culprit !

My newly appointed Diabetes nurse was aghast at my new regime of low carbing, "On your own head be it" were her words !  Pretty soon, she had to eat her words as the BG began to fall without the help of medication and although I wasn't grossly overweight, my body became toned and healthy at a near perfect 9 stones. The HbA1c result after 8 months was 5.7 and at this juncture, the nurse no longer had an argument, indeed she began to ask me about my regime, taking notes whilst I sang the praises of low carbing, what sweet irony !! Its no use being bitter, I try to be resolute and embrace my new way of life even though there are the odd times I come close to falling off the wagon, but so far I am clinging on for dear life !


LeonRover said...

Let us hope this Diabetes' Nurse began to devise a low-carb protocol for those who expressed a desire for same.

If so, some potential gains for others.

Kay said...

A lovely heartwarming story. Yet again we see that a change in lifestyle can work, all you need is a bit of determination to stick with it. Once you get used to looking at things through a 'fresh pair of eyes' so to speak, you're surely onto a winner, as a lot of low carb converts out there will testify too.

Many thanks to Kate for sharing her good news, keep up with the new regime.

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed reading the success stories that have been made available through this blog. It does show the varying stages of support in some cases almost ridicule in others that the health care professionals show.

One thing that shines through is the determination by each of the 'storytellers' and the willingness to share their road to success. We all have to have the willpower to do it, what annoys me the most is I didn't appreciate how easy it is to keep on a lower carb way of life. I'm very pleased I discovered it.

Thanks go to Kate here but also to Alison, John and Ian for sharing their good news stories and the uphill battle they found along the way. Slowly, slowly more doctors and nurses are believing that low carb can only help.

We must do our bit to spread the word.


Kate said...

I just had to read this because we are the same name, I'm sure there are also a lot of other Kates ! A very good success story, yet another one we can all take notice of.