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Posted by Susan, edited on May 13, 2000 at 00:33:48:

In Reply to: Re: Easiest diabetic diet? posted by Susan on May 12, 2000 at 17:50:52:

: : : : : I'm trying to help a friend who has Type II diabetes. He's overweight, and I'm hoping the diabetes can be eventually controlled with diet and exercise. The literature says diabetics need to count carbs and fats. I know my friend--who lives alone--will find a lot of detail overwhelming. Is there an easier way?

: : : : : I've been eating low-carb for four years and found it the easiest way to lose weight. Does wonders for my triglycerides, too. Is an extremely low-carb diet dangerous for someone with adult-onset diabetes? Thanks for the help.

: : : : A low carb diet such as Atkins or Protein Power is recommended for a diabetic. Keep the carbs down, especially the sugars and refined carbs, and you keep the blood sugar down, along with all of the complications. And don't worry about the fat. Fat has little to no effect on blood sugar levels. An excellent book for diabetics is Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, which is available through Amazon. In the book he recommends a very low carb diet for Type I or II diabetics. Alan

: : : Is Atkins also safe for someone who has had an MI? Due to clogged arteries? Am presently taking Lipitor. Can't seem to lose weight. Just maintain. Thanks for your feedback.

: : Yes, a low carb diet would be beneficial for you. Get a copy of Dr. Atkins diet book or better yet, a copy of Protein Power by Dr. Eades. These explain WHY a low carb diet is of benefit not only for weight loss but also for good cardiovascular health. The problem is high insulin levels caused by the consumption of excess carbohydrates, not saturated fat. These books are relatively inexpensive (I paid about $6.00 each) and available at any bookstore. Alan

There are some cautions to be heeded with the extremely low carbohydrate diets for diabetics and those with heart disease or high cholesterol. You need to be very careful to monitor your body and lab values. One thing that is deficient from the Atkins diet is the adequate amount of fiber to protect your body from heart disease, help control the blood sugars and prevent some cancers.
: A modified version of this diet might be a safer way to go - still see the weight loss, but be on a less restrictive, and healthier alternative to long-term health.
: Susan
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