OCDiabetic

Low carb living with type 1 diabetes

Do we need carbohydrates to live?

The food we eat has three macronutrients – carbohydrates, fat, and protein – plus some micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. A lot of the energy goes to power our large mammalian brains. We estimate that the brain needs 130g of glucose, the end product of all carbohydrates, per day. We also draw the line for…
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The scanning addict

It’s been a month since my last freestyle libre sensor and I’m still alive. The first week was tough, I would swipe over my arm in a nervous twitch. When you’re used to getting a blood sugar reading every waking half hour of your life, you feel a bit lonely without it. My endocrinologist…
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Non-diabetic blood glucose

The bear decided to enjoy some Burger King for lunch. I pestered him about testing his blood glucose, so we could see the effect of the meal. He had a Texas Whopper Box, which included the burger with barbeque sauce, fries, onion rings, and 400ml of Pepsi. I know the bear is non-diabetic because I…
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Fast food nation

A damning report on the fast food industry, this book has some interesting trivia. For example, did you know that McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc and Walt Disney served together in the same World War I ambulance corp before they went on to set up two of America’s corporate giants? Both from Illinois, they were masterful…
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The best basal insulin

Since I was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago I’ve taken three basal insulins: Lantus, Toujeo, and Tresiba. For me the winner is Tresiba. I started on Lantus with 12u every night at 11 pm. The problem that soon became evident was nighttime hypoglycemia. I woke up sweating in the 3 mmol/l (54 mg/dl) range.…
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Stone agers in the space age

Does it make sense to eat like our paleolithic ancestors? This is the core idea behind the paleo diet, the third most googled diet after keto and intermittent fasting in 2020. Arthur De Vany, known as the grandfather of the paleo diet, came up with a variant in his book called The new evolution diet.…
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Why do we measure insulin in units?

When I first got diabetes, I found it weird that we don’t deal in milliliters or milligrams as we do with most other drugs. What was the story with the insulin unit? A unit of what? As it turns out, we’re talking about rabbit units.  When Banting and Best were experimenting with insulin in the…
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Below 7: Zoodles Bolognese

My love affair with zoodles continues. One thing I really missed after going on the keto diet was spaghetti bolognese, and zoodles is a tasty low-carb substitute for spaghetti. The best thing is that they don’t spike your blood sugar the way pasta does. Zucchini is a low-carb vegetable with 3g of carbs/100g, and a…
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The NovoPen Echo

One of the best things I have in my diabetic toolkit is the NovoPen Echo. It uses insulin cartridges, and the build quality is a lot better than that of plastic pens, so it makes injecting insulin nicer. You also do your part to reduce the carbon footprint and save the environment. My favorite feature…
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Alcohol & Type 1 Diabetes

After ten months without alcohol, I fell off the wagon over Christmas. It reminded me of why I stopped drinking in the first place. When everyone had gone home after a successful dinner I drank the rest of an open bottle of wine while feasting on the leftover potato dauphinoise and chocolate-coated walnuts. I then…
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