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    No, I don't need more carbs.

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    My glucose level was stable for about 7 years with Metformin - ~120. In the last few months, it has shot way up, >200, despite taking more Metformin. Several nice people here in MDA have suggested I have become physiologically insulin resistant and should eat lots of carbs for several days.

    I had lots of fun eating 150+ grams of carbs for 3 days - potatoes, white rice, bananas, etc. The result was to push my glucose to 350+. So I ended that experiment.
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    How about more steak?

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    Thats a nice declaration and all, but I'm not sure I would put much stock into a 3 day experiment. The body is resilient, but 3 days of bumping up carbs is really too short to be effective or conclusive for someone who has been long term LC and diabetic. To know for sure if it is physiological IR, an A1c should be more revealing. if your a1c is also higher, you can rule out simple PIR. If you really think PIR could be the issue, I would suggest incorporating more carbs slowly. Overwhelming your body is only going to create more problems, as you experienced.
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    White rice was a truly terrible choice for your experiment. I'm not saying it would have necessarily worked otherwise, but don't eat white rice if you have issues with blood sugar.

    If you feel like trying again, which you probably don't, eat beans, plantains, mango, sweet potato and quinoa.
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    Thanks all. No, not willing to experiment more. I had been trying getting a few more carbs. So far as I can see, my carbs and glucose are in a completely linear relationship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedonist2 View Post
    No, not willing to experiment more. I had been trying getting a few more carbs. So far as I can see, my carbs and glucose are in a completely linear relationship.
    Thumbs up for common sense.

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    your post made me actually wince, hedonist

    i have enough diabetic relatives that i wish i could have said 'hey wait, no' before you tried it
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    You're a smart guy, Hedonist2. Nobody needs a ton of carbs. A little is fine. If you are feeling good, you're good.
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    People should not be giving a diabetic advice if they have no personal experience with it.

    If indeed you are interested in experimenting with your ability (or not) to tolerate carbs - upping them in increments of 10 grams a day or so would be the best approach. Once your sugar stabalizes (if it does) on the increased carb dose, move up another small increment.

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    You might have over done it a bit, me thinks. I just recently pulled a 5.0 A1c (from a peak of 9.9), after slowly reintroducing carbohydrate(now to the tune of nearly 250 a day), and lowering fat a bit. Try to slowly add them back (20-50g at a time) in a couple weeks maybe?

    edit: I'm not on metformin anymore.

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