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Success stories and experiences on how the Paleo Diet has helped with Diabetes.
I have dealt with Gestational Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes for almost 12 years now. Not taking things as seriously as I should have, and depending on my not-regular devotion to low-carb, led to a weight that topped out at 330, BG near 400, and an incident where I passed out while I was having to play single-Mom to my two kids while my husband was across the country trying to find work. As much as I 'tried' I couldn't commit long-term or get my sugars to regulate like I wanted, off meds. It finally came to a head when I received test results in December 2009, showing my Pancreas was dying. I think that would have made me Type 1.5, dependent on injected insulin for the rest of my life. I went back to low-carb (Would maybe have been labeled Primal if not for the tiny portions of grains, beans, etc - had I known about Primal at that point) and did very well, but my blood sugars didn't come down where I felt they should for the level of carbs I was having. That's when I found Primal/Paleo. By February 2010, I was off injected insulin and Metformin. Primal, I started in May/June of 2010, that got the last of the grains and beans, etc out of my diet, and my fasting blood sugar dropped to right around 80. My A1C (3-month average blood sugar) went from over 8 to 5.2. My weight has dropped over 90 pounds so far. My blood sugar rarely goes over 100, and on a compliant Primal/Paleo plan I have seen a reversal of hypoglycemic symptoms, I practice Intermittent Fasting, and I have fasted up to 27 hours without a crashing low blood sugar, and I can tolerate higher levels of carbs (50-80/day as opposed to 20) as long as it's biologically appropriate ones. It's been amazing. I feel like a different person. Definitely not one who could pass out from high blood sugar, or stroke out at any moment. I look forward to the next round of blood tests - I am going to be asking to retest the pancreas function to see if that's improved as well.
I don't have full diabetes, but my blood sugar was pretty much right in the middle of what they would call pre-diabetes for a couple of years. That's when my son told me about this Paleo diet and told me to stop eating all the tortillas. I've really cut back on the carbs for almost 6 months now, and it's still a stuggle some times to keep my blood sugar low, but it seems to be stabilizing now. Maybe if I keep this up I'll be able to stay away from being fully diabetic for a while.
Type 2 Diabete in gone! I am totally balanced...
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