The Diabetic Whiplash Effect

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If you have ever played whiplash in school you know that slight movement at the head of the line can cause some crazy movement at the end of the line. It is no different in managing your diabetes. Factoring in the absorption of nutrition, how the liver stores it, and the pancreas tries to stay up with everything, I am surprised we don’t have more trouble than we do.

Some days your morning numbers are up and you have no idea why based upon how you ate the night before. The fact that liver is our wild card in the management of our diabetes have confused many. It is extremely efficient and converting and storing glycogen to be dumped into the blood stream when the body thinks it is starving. And trying to balance the exact amount of nutrition eaten each day is like walking a tightrope with no feeling in your feet and being blind. It just cannot be consistently done.

That is why the Low Carb / Mod Protein / High Fat is the only thing that works in the long run. Before the creation of insulin this WOE was the best way to manage diabetes. With the creation of insulin and all the meds now available, our doctors moved away from this because it is a lot easier to write a prescription or two then try to teach people how to eat. I feel this is where they missed the mark. Probably through arrogance (looking down their noses) at us and thinking we aren’t capable of eating a controlled diet. I like the better option of using their meds as needed combined with our WOE. Now, how to do that?

80/15/5 – That number is a macro number that most low-carbers shoot for each day. 80% Fat, 15% Protein, and 5% (or less) carbs. Individual adjustment will be required to convert you from burning glucose to ketones. This is called ketosis, or ketogenesis. 

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