Blog Entries With Tag: Dr Bernstein


Posted: Mar 22, 2012

I met up the other night with a T1D who has had diabetes as long as I have.  She had contacted me through Tudiabetes (and I found out she follows me in Twitter as well).  She wanted information on insulin pumping (she’s still on the wall about being hooked up to a “machine”) and had come to Tudiabetes to find out more and found me there.  I don’t blame her with feeling this way, about going onto a pump, since I was the same when my friend Harold had kept on egging me into trying out a pump, despite my having good results with MDI (Multiple Dosage Injections).  So, I told her to take the plunge, just for the experimental bit (she's got really good work coverage for the pump - that it makes me envious of her).  We’ll see what happens, as it is difficult to break out of your comfort zone after so many years of being MDI (for myself – it was 41 years of MDI – before going onto the pump.  I had never intended to purchase - I was pretty adamant about not being wired up to a pump (and as I told her - now in Canada we have the Omnipod which is a tubeless pump).

What was so amazing is that I have this feeling that folks that have been on the juice of life (aka insulin) for so long - somehow age gracefully.  She looked like she was in her 30's (she had a laugh at this but I’m not lying!!). One thing she taught me, which was new to me, I didn't realise that gastroparesis was part of the neuropathy problem related to diabetes!  She's on the a “semi-Dr. Bernstein diet” - but due to some of the foods you are supposed to eat with his way of eating - they don't sit well with her gastro - but she does try to eat no more than 100 grams of carbohydrates a day. 

The other great thing she showed me was that she is now using the Freestyle InsuLinx blood meter .... that I'd blogged about last year.  There's a few things about it that she doesn't like - and technical support seems abit iffy (it's still new here in North America and even I had trouble getting my questions answered when I was doing research on it for my blog).  I personally found the screen difficult to read when she was showing it to me - and Joan from Cornwall in my blog I wrote - had said the same thing - so hopefully that will be changed over time (e.g. make the screen similar to my Animas pump screen).  Still, it's a great device to use to keep track of your insulin coverage, blood sugars, similar to what a pump does, without the expense OR tubing.

I can’t wait to meet up with her again since I rarely get to meet up with T1D’s in person – especially here in Montreal (remember – T1D’s are only 10% according to word of mouth – as I can’t seem to find any concise statistics – even at WHO website or  NDIC).  

Oh, and because of the way she looks - I today used Equal in my coffee (yes - the chemical stuff that I have for so many years refused to use).  She was quite surprised that I used sugar in my coffee when I met up because she thought I was a good diabetic.  Good?  Moi.  Never - I live on the edge .... in my mind!

So, I’m on a high today (not in the BG (blood sugar) area – woke up to 4.6 mmol/l – 83 mg/dl) after meeting up with my new friend here in Montreal (hoping I did not scare her off with my overzealous ways)!!!

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011

I have quite a few friends that follow Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's way of eating - which is to myself - very restrictive for me personally (he really doesn't like fruits to be eaten - due to their effect on blood sugars). When I recently read someone giving advise to a parent of a child with diabetes and telling them not just about low carb being good for their child it started to get me abit upset (even more so - they were giving out details on mixing insulin with saline - that is something a doctor should be advising a patient on).

Anyway, I accept that for some - this is what makes them happy (especially for those Type 2's needing to lose weight) - and I have no problems with that. I respect all ways of eating/controlling your health - except for the claims of cinnamon lowering blood sugars - I don't think the teaspoon a day that I tried for a few weeks made any difference - though my steel cut oatmeal tasted fantastic.  I just know having only 6 grams of carbs for breakfast is possible for me (I tend to average about 30 grams myself for breakfast).



I just know, as a child, I needed those carbs, due to being active along with all those hormonal surges that kids go through.  It didn't have any ill effects on me in the long run I think - of not eating low carb.  So far as I get closer to 50 years of having diabetes - touch wood - I'm doing well with no adverse effects of how I control my diabetes.  I know Dr. Bernstein says that a child following his way of eating can get all the correct nutrients without some of the foods he doesn't allow - but still - what happens when your child goes to a party - where "forbidden" food is available?  I know for myself, I loved going to other people's houses, where foods my Mum didn't have in our own household were readily available for me to sample.  I mean, a kid has to be a kid, to have a juicy slice of watermelon - and spit out the pits at your friends - that is FUN!!!

Also, the aim of having an A1C in the mid-range of 4.2%-4.6% makes me wonder about how this would affect a child.  I seem to be sticking around 6% - and am very happy with that reading - but a recent meeting with an endo I had hoped would be my doctor felt that I probably suffered from many hypos to get that number.  I don't - and my blood meter proved that to her (and no - the endo won't take me on as a patient - she said I am doing fine on my own).    My point here is, I think as a parent of a child, I would worry even more if I was to have them following the goals that Dr. Bernstein wishes his patients to have (all with the goal of avoiding complications from diabetes).
 
Recently I came across a great article at Diabetes UK (I follow them both in Twitter and Facebook) - that explains in what I call "layman terms" what low carb eating is all about.  I have tried to read Dr. Bernstein's books a few times - but I find them to be abit too technical for myself.  It turns out that my way of eating carbs where I'm between 100-120 grams of carbs per day on average is basically a "low carb diet".  Anything under 30 grams a day - which I believe is what Dr. Bernstein's follows is called "very low carb".  Again, I'm just not able to go that low (though my Dad apparently eats this way now according to my Mum now).

So, if you are abit puzzled by low carb eating like I am - check out this link from Diabetes UK and hopefully it'll answer any questions you may have like I did. 


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