Well, if you are talking about the first one, I would say I did it the hardest and worst possible way. I knew that when I got the results of 5.7 for a three month average it was not a good average. It encompassed the time I was learning to use insulin and experimenting with different foods to figure out how and what to eat. A good portion of that time my readings were well over 200. That means I had way too many really bad low blood sugar episodes. And I did.
(Another indicator that this was happening occurred one day when the paramedics showed up next door with their lights flashing. My dog jumped up in the window, got all excited and wagging his tail. He had come to really like the EMTs that showed up for my lows.LOL)
I was happy about the number, but I knew I needed to do a better job at stabilizing things. I did this by primarily eating very low carbon. In fact, in the beginning I narrowed my diet down to maybe a dozen items so that I could get to a baseline that I could work from.
As my blood sugar began to stabilize in the 120s I began to expand my menu and continued experimenting. My strategy was to consume less than 100 carbs per day and use the least amount of insulin that I could. At one point in time I was able to go two weeks without using any fast acting insulin. I just ate to my meter and used my basil insulin and very moderate exercise.
I began to gradually bring my number down and over time was able to settle in at a normal blood sugar level. I have been able to do that for the last several years eating between 100 and 150 carbs per day. My F SB is usually around 100 and no more than 130. Throughout the day it is usually less than 110 and more than 75. But I must be very careful in watching my intake and activity to avoid going low.
I also have celiac disease so I do not consume any type of wheat or ride. Zero bread, but I do use some gluten-free crackers and chips. I eat pretty much anything I want to (outside of food containing gluten).
I treat things like potatoes as a treat and a condiment never as a portion in my meal. I consume very little fruit other than berries and some apple. I eat most of my carbs this way with meals. I save the treats for snacktime’s.
In the last year or so I have gotten more comfortable being a little more aggressive with my insulin. So I am willing to venture out a bit more in my diet, but this also has helped me to bring my A1c down a bit more. My last one was 4.8. I’m quite happy to stay in that 5.0 to 5.5 range. This one was kind of a surprise.
I still try to use the minimum amount of insulin every time I take it. The majority of the time I use one or two units at a meal. Less frequently I will go to three and rarely four units. The most I have ever taken at one time is six units. I found that when I needed to use more insulin it was much more difficult to calculate, stay safe and have my numbers be anything close to stable.