I am diabetic, been eating Zero Carb for 2 weeks and my blood sugar is still too high, why is this?
Since this question comes up a lot I (Dana) decided to post Caitlin’s answer, so I can direct people when she’s not available. 😉
This sometimes happens to diabetics in the early days of ZC (Zero Carb Diet). That level is high for someone in good control, but it is not dangerously high. For those that stick with ZC, their levels come back down within 4-8 weeks.
No worries about measuring protein or anything, either. Depending on how long you have been diabetic and the extent of damage from years of high blood sugar levels, you may find in the future that lower fat meat will be necessary to bring your levels down to a healthy level. But the majority of diabetics on ZC have reduced or eliminated their need for any insulin or oral medications. (Talking to type 2s. Type 1s will likely always have a need for insulin – their pancreas produces none.)
If after several weeks of ZC (Zero Carb), your levels are well above 120-140, you might try at that time to consciously choose leaner meats, which reduces the amount of fat intake, or some people have to increase their fat intake – it can be tricky. But as I said, probably not likely. No need to panic yet.
Your body is adjusting – your insulin and blood sugar and glucagon – they haven’t got the signals fully functional yet. Adaptation can take 6-8 weeks, especially for those with diabetes or other health issues.
If you are taking any medications, please ask your doctor is there are any adjustments necessary if your levels go up or down. Very important!
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