Low carb for type 1?
I am type 1, diagnosed in 1945. I knew nothing about an appropriate way of eating. My doctor told me to take my insulin before breakfast and to avoid sugar, but there was no other advice given back then. I could eat anything I wanted, and as much as I wanted, if it did not contain sugar. I lived on a farm, and there was soooo much to eat. I drank milk from our own cows with every meal. We had an orchard with many kinds of fruit, and an acre of garden space. I ate tons of carbs every day, but I did not eat sugar, so my parents thought that was OK.
There was no device for testing my blood sugar until the mid 1980’s. I survived and thrived that way for 50 years until the 1990’s. I started testing my blood sugar with a glucometer, and before the dawn of the 21’st century, I was counting carbs and using a fast acting insulin. I began gaining weight. I had never been overweight until then. I was diagnosed with insulin resistance in 1998. Yes, type 1 diabetics can have insulin resistance. I started taking oral meds for the insulin resistance. With Metformin, eating an average of 130 carbs per day, and getting a lot of exercise, I lost all of the extra weight. My A1c’s were in the high 5’s and everything seemed good, but then I started having diabetes complications. Retinopathy and neuropathy were diagnosed. The roller coaster control, with too many highs and lows gave me a good BG average and A1c, but the complications were there.
I started using a pump in 2007. There were fewer highs and lows. My diabetes management improved so much that the retinopathy disappeared, and the neuropathy was not much of a problem at that time. My A1c’s have remained in the 5.4-6.4 range for about 15 years. I am averaging 150 carbs per day, and I am not overweight. I am obviously not following a low carb diet, but my diabetes management is good. I am using a pump and a CGM, and my complications are under good control. Why should I follow an even lower carb diet? There are many type 1 people following a very low carb diet but I don’t think a low carb is necessary for all diabetics.
What do YOU think?