More Type 1 Diabetes
Friday, October 9th, 2009
Here is an interesting comment. One of two things is at work here:
1-As she notes, this may be a bounce back period in which the pancreas is not completely destroyed and is still working in spurts.
2-They have removed the environmental irritants that CAUSED the Type 1 in the first place (gluten, grains) and her daughter is thus recovering from the disease and might have narrowly avoided a lifelong condition which involves insulin injections, significant health issues and and almost certainty of a shortened lifespan. And the recommendation from the endocrinologist? “Feed her what she wants, dose insulin appropriate to that…”
That’s fracking Avant Garde!
Best case scenario, this little girls will need to limit some foods but will not suffer from this horrible disease as a consequence. Worst case scenario, this little girl can manage the condition better with a low carb paleo diet than any other approach. In fact, she can keep her blood sugar and insulin levels in aange which will not be detrimental to her health. Unlike the current standard of care.
I’m still waiting for Theresa and Eddie to give me their alternative approach for folks to try…
Thanks so much for the blog. My daugher (6) was diagnosed Sept 10. My husband and I are crossfitters (now), but have been into various types of excercise for years (weight training, powerlifting, etc.). About a week after our daughters diagnosis, we realized too that we were feeding her injections and it seemed like we should clean up her diet and then see where we were at.
We (all 3 of us) went Paleo. And the next thing will amaze you, but her blood sugar readings began to drop like a stone, and we began to reduce her insulin injections in order to avoid so many lows. The poor kid was spending more time in the nurses station eating food to bring her blood sugar up than she was in class. Eventually, we had to stop giving insulin completely, as even 1 unit of Levemir would cause her to have lows all day long.
She has been off of insulin for a couple of weeks and we continue to test her blood every 2 or 3 hours. We have located a new Endo who we hope is open to working with us on her diet (previous guy actually said – “feed her whatever she wants and give her insulin accordingly”).
Perhaps this is the infamous ‘honeymoon’ phase, or she was misdiagnosed (the previous endo did not do c-peptide or antibody test – only looked at her and said “shes 6 years old and thin, she must be a type 1?) but I will tell you that her improvements began the very DAY we started the Paleo diet.
Thank you for making me feel like I am not alone!!!
A Cross Fit Mom.