Firstly, my blood glucose readings have dramatically improved. Before the switch away from carbohydrates, I had what most would consider to be average control over my BG levels. As soon as I cut out carbs, the numbers dropped. I have tested frequently and the majority of the time I have been pleased with the results. This is what my glucometer tells me:
90 day average: 11.8 ("average" control indeed!)
30 day average: 10.7
14 day average: 9.4
7 day average: 9.0
This alone is enough incentive to continue the diet, and I have to say it feels great to see these numbers. I am especially pleased because it shows that I have avoided the risk of ketoacidosis.
Secondly, I was prepad for, and indeed experienced the much publicised "withdrawal" effects. As a diabetic, I can assure you that these are nowhere near as significant in effect as a single episode of hypoglycaemia. Don't be out off by reports of feeling sluggish for a day or two. It passes and the ill effect is massively overshadowed by the pleasure of regaining glycemic control.
Thirdly, and finally for this post, I have noticed a visual change in my appearance. Sadly I don't have access to a set of scales, but I am convinced I have lost an appreciable amount of weight. My midsection is looking more toned than it has in a long time! This could also be down to the great sunny weekends I've been enjoying in Sydney though! I look forward to verifying this observation as soon as possible.
As a T1 diabetic, the changes have also sparked some questions specific to my condition...
1) On days when I consume literally no carbohydrates (there have been enough), does a rise in my BG levels between meals mean (indirectly) that I am in ketosis?
2) Is the ratio of mmol of BG to insulin the same as it was when the glucose was the byproduct of carbohydrate consumption?
3) I have had only 2 episodes of very mild hypoglycaemia so far this month. Does eating high GI carbohydrate food to alleviate the hypo destroy the gains I've made in achieving nutritional ketosis?
I hope to resolve these queries over time. For now, I am enjoying the journey!