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Driving down those blood sugar readings by going low carb

It may not be self evident from the above graph but I've been trying to drive down my blood sugar readings by reducing my daily carbohydrate intake. This is only less than two weeks of such activity but the results are impressive.

Not only am I losing weight much faster than before I began this regime, but I feel extraordinarily  physiologically different: my skin has become more supple and less oily, my breath is no longer tastey, my mouth feels sweeter, my sinuses are less phlegmy...and I won't mention my little boys room visits.

These changes have proceeded as I roll down my daily carbohydrate intake to  -- at the last few days -- less than 100 grams. I'm doing that despite the fact I am still consuming 650 ml of home brew beer and 1-2 slices of sourdough bread each day. The beer maybe carries 17  grams of carbohydrate and the bread , around 15-18 grams.

But no pasta, rice, potatoes and other high GI fill. No pastry of course. I've switched to a few low carb fruits such as berries -(and pass t on the rest) - and indulge my passion for nuts. I didn't plan to but I'm staying away from legumes as they weigh in at around 15 grams per serve. I still eat yogurt but I'm rolling back the milk volume I consume ( 250 ml = maybe around 16 gram carbohydrate) especially as milk is a glucose booster. However, I get to indulge in cheese -- especially my favorite, Camembert -- as cheese a has low carbs.

 I amuse my gastronomy by grazing a mix of meats, eggs and vegetables in various forms of presentation.

I also get to  chew a lot. Imagine a grazing cow chomping away. Yep ,I do spend more time eating.

The graph above plots my blood glucose readings (blue) and my carbohydrate intake (red). I'm currently testing my blood on waking and two hours after each meal. These readings are going down but how far down I can take them is a moot point. In consideration is how far my diabetes has progressed already and how much of an impact greater weight loss and more exercise will have on my biochemistry. But the research is very affirmative in this regard (see these discussions) and I will surely make further gains up to a point.

I haven't set any goals in way of blood glucose yet as the figures aren't conclusive and I think there are more lifestyle variables I have to address.But after being somewhat morbid  initially, I'm very much more up beat as I feel I have some measure of control over my condition..


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