Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Some Observations

It's been a month since I decided to follow the path of nutritional ketosis, and in this relatively short space of time I have picked up a few observations. I am convinced that more is yet to come, but happy to report that the experience has been overwhelmingly positive.

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!

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