OCDiabetic

Low carb living with type 1 diabetes

Don’t drop your HbA1c too fast

My first endocrinologist had a typewriter on her desk that was older than me. I was looking for a doctor that was up to date on continuous glucose monitors and second-generation insulins. My guess was that this wasn’t it. She wrote down a number on a piece of paper…
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Dosing insulin for protein

In the absence of carbohydrates in the meal, the liver turns to gluconeogenesis – the process of converting protein to glucose. I eat up to 30g of carbohydrates with every meal, and I always have to dose insulin for the protein…
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Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution

This is a great diet book. It was released in 1992, as an updated version to the 1972 original, and can easily be read today. The body hasn’t changed that much. The focus not only on weight loss but also weight maintenance, which is often forgotten…
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The art of pre-bolusing insulin

For the uninitiated, I’ll let you in on a secret. Pre-bolusing insulin is key to preventing post-mealtime spikes in blood sugar. So what is pre-bolusing? It simply means that you inject your insulin in advance before eating by up to forty minutes. This gives it enough time to hit the bloodstream and take better care….
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The last avocado

Like many of us, I lost my job in the pandemic. My unemployment payments, which consist of 40 percent of my income, have made it hard to keep myself in blueberries. The sudden tightening of funds led to some radical substitutions in my daily eating habits. Bye-bye raspberries, hello giant cabbage head is one of…
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Book Review: The Diet Delusion

Science journalist Gary Taubes makes a convincing case for why you should eat fewer carbs and more fat in this brick-sized book on 20th-century nutrition. Whereas I can’t verify his 70 pages of sources he makes so much sense that I believe him…

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Happy birthday diabetic girlfriend cake

Doctor Blake Donaldson, who started treating obesity in 1919, had some pretty harsh advice to his diabetic patients: “You are out of your mind when you’re taking insulin in order to eat a Danish pastry.” On the long and short I agree with him, but exceptions must be made. One such occasion is my birthday.…
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Eat to live forever (or 97+)

Last month I visited my grandmother in her summer house in the north of Sweden. She was busy picking apples and pulling the last carrots out of the ground before moving back to her city apartment where she spends…

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Beginner’s guide to insulin injections

If you have a needle phobia, you don’t want to get type 1 diabetes. A lifetime of insulin injections is daunting to anyone. Now imagine you’re so scared of needles that a simple blood test makes you pass out. When there’s a gory injection scene in a movie you have to look away not to…
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When the cat tried to kill me

My first encounter with the hypoglycemic rage monster happened a few weeks after I got diabetes. I was in line at a bookstore waiting to pay when the cashier asked the woman in front of me if she had a club card. She didn’t so they started filling in an application together, full of all…
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