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Impact of South Beach Diet on my A1C
  1. #1
    Bernie Guest

    Default Impact of South Beach Diet on my A1C

    I am a type II diabetic who has ben taking lanthus, glucophage and the
    other standard diabetic medications for years. Just before this past
    July, I decided to go on the South Beach Diet after seeing the
    positive benefit it brought to a friend, a high A1C test, and also the
    fact that my 40th college reunion was scheduled at the end of the
    summer.

    At the end of June, I had an A1C exam result that was my highest ever
    - 10. At the end of this September, I visited my doctor to draw
    blood for another A1C test . He couldn't believe it - my A1C was now
    6. He was very surprised at the radical change for the better, in
    fact, saying it might be too low now. He immediately reduced the
    amount of daily insulin I am taking. I also lost 18 pounds over the
    three month period and feel great. I did not watch portion size
    during the diet and merely paid careful attention to what I was
    eating. It is really not a diet since you should eat until you are
    not hungry. It simply substitutes good foods for bad. I highly
    recommend the diet to others.

  2. #2
    Peppermint Patootie Guest

    Default Re: Impact of South Beach Diet on my A1C

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    <[email protected]>,
    Bernie <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I am a type II diabetic who has ben taking lanthus, glucophage and the
    > other standard diabetic medications for years. Just before this past
    > July, I decided to go on the South Beach Diet after seeing the
    > positive benefit it brought to a friend, a high A1C test, and also the
    > fact that my 40th college reunion was scheduled at the end of the
    > summer.
    >
    > At the end of June, I had an A1C exam result that was my highest ever
    > - 10. At the end of this September, I visited my doctor to draw
    > blood for another A1C test . He couldn't believe it - my A1C was now
    > 6. He was very surprised at the radical change for the better, in
    > fact, saying it might be too low now. He immediately reduced the
    > amount of daily insulin I am taking. I also lost 18 pounds over the
    > three month period and feel great. I did not watch portion size
    > during the diet and merely paid careful attention to what I was
    > eating. It is really not a diet since you should eat until you are
    > not hungry. It simply substitutes good foods for bad. I highly
    > recommend the diet to others.


    I think that South Beach is a modified low-carb diet, so it's no
    surprise it improved your numbers. I would have expected you'd have
    noticed the improvement in your post-prandial readings long before
    getting the A1c, though.

    PP, T2

  3. #3
    Loretta Eisenberg Guest

    Default Re: Impact of South Beach Diet on my A1C

    Bernie, I am glad it worked for you. Everyone here is different and
    different foods affect us differently. do yu think I like the word
    different. lol

    that is why we test test test.

    congrats on great results

    Loretta


  4. #4
    Alan S Guest

    Default Re: Impact of South Beach Diet on my A1C

    On Wed, 8 Oct 2008 11:20:48 -0700 (PDT), Bernie
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I am a type II diabetic who has ben taking lanthus, glucophage and the
    >other standard diabetic medications for years. Just before this past
    >July, I decided to go on the South Beach Diet after seeing the
    >positive benefit it brought to a friend, a high A1C test, and also the
    >fact that my 40th college reunion was scheduled at the end of the
    >summer.
    >
    >At the end of June, I had an A1C exam result that was my highest ever
    >- 10. At the end of this September, I visited my doctor to draw
    >blood for another A1C test . He couldn't believe it - my A1C was now
    >6. He was very surprised at the radical change for the better, in
    >fact, saying it might be too low now. He immediately reduced the
    >amount of daily insulin I am taking. I also lost 18 pounds over the
    >three month period and feel great. I did not watch portion size
    >during the diet and merely paid careful attention to what I was
    >eating. It is really not a diet since you should eat until you are
    >not hungry. It simply substitutes good foods for bad. I highly
    >recommend the diet to others.


    Congratulations on your results. You will find very few here
    surprised by that change:-)

    This may help you fine-tune it even more:
    http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/20...ew-adjust.html


    Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
    --
    d&e, metformin 2000 mg
    Everything in Moderation - Except Laughter.
    http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com (Be Smart, Be Skeptical)
    dLife http://tinyurl.com/54get5 (Diabetes Diet Wars)

  5. #5
    ray Guest

    Default Re: Impact of South Beach Diet on my A1C

    On Wed, 08 Oct 2008 11:20:48 -0700, Bernie wrote:

    > I am a type II diabetic who has ben taking lanthus, glucophage and the
    > other standard diabetic medications for years. Just before this past
    > July, I decided to go on the South Beach Diet after seeing the positive
    > benefit it brought to a friend, a high A1C test, and also the fact that
    > my 40th college reunion was scheduled at the end of the summer.
    >
    > At the end of June, I had an A1C exam result that was my highest ever -
    > 10. At the end of this September, I visited my doctor to draw blood
    > for another A1C test . He couldn't believe it - my A1C was now 6. He
    > was very surprised at the radical change for the better, in fact, saying
    > it might be too low now. He immediately reduced the amount of daily
    > insulin I am taking. I also lost 18 pounds over the three month period
    > and feel great. I did not watch portion size during the diet and
    > merely paid careful attention to what I was eating. It is really not a
    > diet since you should eat until you are not hungry. It simply
    > substitutes good foods for bad. I highly recommend the diet to others.


    IMHO - South Beach is too high in carbs for me. I typically run about 30
    to 50 grams of carbs per day. My last A1C was 5.6 - down from 11 at
    diagnosis. I do 4x500 metformin and exercise as well. For me, all three
    components are very important - oral meds, low carb diet and exercise. If
    I ease off on any one of the three my BG soars. For further info on low
    carb diets you might want to look at Dr. Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes
    Solution" and possibly some diet books on glycemic index.


  6. #6
    Oleg Lego Guest

    Default Re: Impact of South Beach Diet on my A1C


    On Wed, 8 Oct 2008 11:20:48 -0700 (PDT), Bernie posted:

    >At the end of this September, I visited my doctor to draw
    >blood for another A1C test . He couldn't believe it - my A1C was now
    >6. He was very surprised at the radical change for the better, in
    >fact, saying it might be too low now.


    Don't let him tell you it's too low without challenging it and
    discussing why he thinks so. Recently my doctor informed me that my
    A1C of 5.2 was too low, and when I asked him why he thought so, he
    cited the ACCORD (and another) study, saying that I was risking heart
    attacks and worse.

    I countered that ACCORD was flawed, in that the patients were fed
    high-carb diets, and then brought into the under 6.0 readings with
    excess medication. I gathered some info from the web, and when I asked
    him for his email address so I could send him the rebuttals, he said
    he had done some reading, and that he agreed with me.

    > He immediately reduced the
    >amount of daily insulin I am taking. I also lost 18 pounds over the
    >three month period and feel great. I did not watch portion size
    >during the diet and merely paid careful attention to what I was
    >eating. It is really not a diet since you should eat until you are
    >not hungry. It simply substitutes good foods for bad. I highly
    >recommend the diet to others.


    My experience is very similar. I brought my A1C down to 5.1 from 8.1
    in three months, and have kept it there for about a year. DUring the
    first six months, I dropped from 247 lbs. to 185 lbs, and have stayed
    there ever since. All of this was from strictly limiting my carbs. FOr
    the most part, I ignore portion size (unless it's carb portions), fat
    content, and calories. I don't think my experience is at all unique.

    Keep up the good work!

    --
    Larry, T2, Saskatchewan, Canada.
    DX 24 Aug 07. D&E
    Metformin 500mg, Ramipril, Simvastatin
    Dx A1c 8.1 - Latest 5.2 (3 Sep 08)

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    Michelle C Guest

    Default Re: Impact of South Beach Diet on my A1C


    "Bernie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >I am a type II diabetic who has ben taking lanthus, glucophage and the
    > other standard diabetic medications for years. Just before this past
    > July, I decided to go on the South Beach Diet after seeing the
    > positive benefit it brought to a friend, a high A1C test, and also the
    > fact that my 40th college reunion was scheduled at the end of the
    > summer.
    >
    > At the end of June, I had an A1C exam result that was my highest ever
    > - 10. At the end of this September, I visited my doctor to draw
    > blood for another A1C test . He couldn't believe it - my A1C was now
    > 6. He was very surprised at the radical change for the better, in
    > fact, saying it might be too low now. He immediately reduced the
    > amount of daily insulin I am taking. I also lost 18 pounds over the
    > three month period and feel great. I did not watch portion size
    > during the diet and merely paid careful attention to what I was
    > eating. It is really not a diet since you should eat until you are
    > not hungry. It simply substitutes good foods for bad. I highly
    > recommend the diet to others.


    Good job, Bernie! And while your doctor was correct to adjust your insulin
    accordingly, an A1c of 6.0 is not too low. The type 2's on this newsgroup
    strive to have A1c's in the 5.0's. (For Type 1's the 5.0s can be
    problematic.)
    --
    Best regards,
    Michelle C., T2
    diet & exercise
    BMI 21.5



  8. #8
    Willy Guest

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    "Bernie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >I am a type II diabetic who has ben taking lanthus, glucophage and the
    > other standard diabetic medications for years. Just before this past
    > July, I decided to go on the South Beach Diet after seeing the
    > positive benefit it brought to a friend, a high A1C test, and also the
    > fact that my 40th college reunion was scheduled at the end of the
    > summer.
    >
    > At the end of June, I had an A1C exam result that was my highest ever
    > - 10. At the end of this September, I visited my doctor to draw
    > blood for another A1C test . He couldn't believe it - my A1C was now
    > 6. He was very surprised at the radical change for the better, in
    > fact, saying it might be too low now. He immediately reduced the
    > amount of daily insulin I am taking. I also lost 18 pounds over the
    > three month period and feel great. I did not watch portion size
    > during the diet and merely paid careful attention to what I was
    > eating. It is really not a diet since you should eat until you are
    > not hungry. It simply substitutes good foods for bad. I highly
    > recommend the diet to others.




    Great job Bernie, and congrats. I go for a1c next week and am VERY anxious
    to see how much I've improved. Hopefully it will be similar to your
    experience. I follow a very low carb diet, less than South Beach, but if
    your body allows you to get away with the extra carbs (and it obviously
    does) then rejoice and enjoy!!!

    Wes



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