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Posted by Alan on August 10, 2000 at 18:37:47:

In Reply to: type 2 control posted by Route66 on August 10, 2000 at 13:47:50:

: Hi. I am 30. My mother has had type 2 diabetes for just about as long as I can remember, but she hasn't taken really good care of herself and now she's starting to have complications. I am sort of worried because it looks like I am starting to have preliminary symptoms--fatigue, muscle cramps. Nothing serious but just enough that I don't really want to go to the doctor for it. ;) Seriously though, when I go to my doctor, I don't want to be diagnosed with diabetes. Is there anything I can do to prevent it from blowing up? If I start controlling my diet, exercising, all that, can I keep it from ever happening? I haven't followed a strict diet or anything, but I have watched what I've eaten since I was a kid, in part because my mom just didn't have a lot of sugary stuff around the house because of her condition.

: Do you guys have any advice?

The best advice that I can give is to get a copy of "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution". He answers your questions in his book. You can order the book from Amazon like I did and you can also read on-line reviews of the book there. Note that Dr. Bernstein has Type I diabetes and has been treating diabetics for many years. He advocates a low carbohydrate diet. A lowcarb diet reduces the blood sugar spikes and reduces the amount of insulin required. Type II diabetics may not require any with the proper low carb diet. And high levels of insulin circulating in the bloodstream also has adverse effects (increases fat storage and increases risk of heart disease). Alan

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