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26 Oct

Type 1 Diabetes No Match for Primal Lifestyle!

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

real life stories stories 1 2My name is Shawn and I am 28 years old. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about a year ago. I haven’t seen many stories or articles related to diabetes on the MDA website so I thought I would share how going Primal has helped me take back control over my health and wellbeing.

First of all, I have actually been very healthy most of my life (or so I thought). In college I lifted weights, ran, and did pushups and sit-ups in my dorm room on a regular basis. I despised salad and fresh veggies, and loaded up on Hamburger Helper, cereal, and PB&J because it was convenient and I “worked it all off” during my workouts. I am 6’ tall and my weight maxed out at about 205 lbs (92 kgs) during my last year of college (2007)…perfectly healthy I thought.

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Fast forward several years (during which I managed to drop about 10 lbs thanks to army basic training) to September of 2011. I started losing weight…lots of weight…about 25 lbs in 3 weeks to be exact, I drank water by the gallons, and I could no longer exercise without getting severe cramping in my legs. Something was obviously wrong, so I made an appointment with my doctor who I hadn’t seen in about 10 years. I had a fasting blood sugar level of 350 (normal is 70-99 mg/dL). The last several months of 2011 were very challenging. There was no explanation why I got this disease (no family history) and trying to come to terms with the fact that I would have to deal with this every day for the rest of my life was a bit overwhelming. I started working with diabetes educators and nutritionists at the local hospital and was told that I should take in about 320 CARBS/DAY(!!) based on my activity level. And they call themselves nutritionists?? Even my endocrinologist said I could eat whatever I wanted because the disease “sucks enough the way it is” and I just needed to shoot up with enough insulin to cover the food I was eating. At this point I still did not know any better so I bought into their conventional wisdom.

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Needless to say, my blood sugar control was not good. I would go up to 250 right after meals, but since I dropped down to normal again after a few hours my doctor was fine with it. Being all too aware of the side effects of uncontrolled blood sugar, I decided to educate myself and become my own “nutritionist/doctor.”

Around January of this year a friend exposed me to the paleo diet. I checked it out and was intrigued. I started doing extensive reading and research (during which I came across this website) and decided to give it a try. I slowly started purging out the sugars/carbs/processed foods that were poisoning my body (especially cereal which was a staple of my diet at the time), and whaddya know…my blood sugars and overall health improved drastically, and my insulin requirements dropped like a rock!!!

Fast forward another 8 months to today and life has never been better! Through my faith, support of my wonderful wife and family, and a little help from the Primal Blueprint, I have been able to cope with my diabetes to the point that it is a mere afterthought in my everyday life. My diet includes massive amounts of meat/eggs/veggies/salad/nuts to fuel my active lifestyle, ~120 carbs worth/day with virtually no SAD food (if I do slip up, my blood sugar pays the price!). I do still indulge in some diabetic friendly, Primally questionable foods (quite a bit of cheese, a few peanuts, and the occasional artificially sweetened drink). I guess there is always room for improvement? I still work out quite often, but in Primal fashion: biking in to work as often as possible (~16 miles, 50 minutes each way), sprint sessions when I can’t get on the bike, and circuit-type training with pushups/pullups/core exercises/any other bodyweight exercise I can think up 4-5 days/week . The results: My weight has stabilized at 187 lbs (slightly less than pre-diabetes weight) while also managing to drop a couple pants sizes. I have tons of energy, especially compared to some of my type 2 diabetic relatives who always feel run-down due to their poor diets. (I’m trying to convert them, but no luck as of yet). And of course, combined with the omnipod insulin pump that I am now on (which I would strongly recommend to all insulin-dependent diabetics) I find it quite easy to tightly control my blood sugars (i.e. less than 100 AT ALL TIMES with very few hypoglycemic episodes, i.e. low blood sugar). And possibly the best part, my family/friends/coworkers are noticing these changes and starting to question their own diets and lifestyle habits…it’s like a contagious disease (the good kind)!

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A few stats for the diabetics out there (or non-diabetics) who may be interested:

  • A1C – September 2011=13.0 (newly diagnosed), January 2012=5.7 (pre-Primal), May 2012=5.4 (partially Primal), November 2012=?? (should be under 5).
  • Average total insulin use per day (bolus+basal)=13-14 units (doctor thinks I’m still in the honeymoon phase after 1 year. Possibly, but I think it’s more a result of my diet and fitness level.)
  • Cholesterol levels at diagnosis: HDL=35, LDL=90, Tri=sky high because of high BS. Next test in November, the real indicator of the effectiveness of my new lifestyle!

I look forward to a long and healthy life (in spite of the diabetes) as my Primal lifestyle continues to evolve, and hopefully I can get more people on board! Thanks for reading and I hope this can provide some motivation for the diabetics out there who may need a little extra motivation once in a while!

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  1. facepalm x 100 at your doctors. So glad you didn’t take their advice for long! Congrats, and you look fantastic!

    Alyssa wrote on October 26th, 2012
  2. Your example is desperately needed with diabetes/metabolic syndrome basically being the new plague. Grok on!!!!!

    Andi wrote on October 26th, 2012
  3. If I weren’t in a stable, happy marriage I would be so soliciting a connection…You are a gorgeous specimen of primal potential!…Good on you to have done the research an found the healthy primal lifestyle so fitting with your needs. There is a history of diabetes …Types 1 and 2 in our family…and your attention to what is needed for feeling good truly inspire…Thank you for sharing your incredible story.

    Donna wrote on October 26th, 2012
  4. Thanks for sharing your story – so inspirational for so many. And, in particular, for those with diabetes. There is so much ‘mis-information’ aimed at diabetics it beggars belief sometimes!! Well done :o)

    Katie wrote on October 26th, 2012
  5. Thanks for posting this, very inspirational. I am forwarding this to my diabetic friends!

    WildGrok wrote on October 26th, 2012
  6. Wow. Just, wow. Well done. Outstanding result

    Elaine wrote on October 26th, 2012
  7. Shawn, great story, I too was diagnosed with type 1 a little over a year ago (age 38). The Paleo diet is excellent at controlling my diabetes and I have been able to keep my A1c’s below 6 each time. Thanks for the inspirational story. Keep it up.

    Jason

    Jason wrote on October 26th, 2012
  8. Wowza-you look GREAT.
    Congrats, big time.

    Judy wrote on October 26th, 2012
  9. Shawn,

    Great job.

    The most interesting (and frankly, bluntly – sad) part of your story is your doctor and mainstream medicines response to your diabetes.

    Unlike you, I was caught at the pre-diabetes stage and figured things out before I got put on meds or insulin despite an extremely strong genetic component in the family.

    It’s certainly not always advisable to go against a medical professionals advice, but when it comes to nutrition and controlling a chronic disease like diabetes naturally – you’re kind of on an island.

    Congrats again.

    Ask Curtis wrote on October 26th, 2012
  10. Great to see you have benefited from the paleo/ primal way of eating you are an inspiration don’t stop spreading the word

    Ian wrote on October 26th, 2012
  11. Shawn, Thanks for sharing your story. It is very inspiring. I have recently gone paleo and love how it makes me feel. My brother has been a type 1 diabetic for more than 20 years now and his diet is far from ideal. I certainly can’t preach my new way of life on him, but I hope to share your story with him for possibly a slight kick in the pants to make some positive changes in his diet.

    I hope you will share your November results. I’m very curious to see how your numbers turn out!

    Janet wrote on October 26th, 2012
  12. That looks like the lookout tower at Lapham Peak??

    brad wrote on October 26th, 2012
  13. Whoa- cut. What arms man. : )

    Madama Flintstonefly wrote on October 26th, 2012
  14. As an RN, I have often pondered whether diabetic patients could have much better control over their disease by following the primal lifestyle/diet. Sadly, in medicine, this is not emphasized, more just ‘medicating after-the-fact’. This post is so encouraging to me…individuals advocating for themselves and doing what they can to improve their own health and future! Congrats and hope for the best for you!

    Liter wrote on October 26th, 2012
    • Read the diabetes solution by dr Bernstein. Type 1 diabetics can have blood sugars that are the same as non diabetics, including post prandial. It’s unfortunate for the millions of sufferers that the medical establishment is so negligent when it comes to diabetes care and it’s only some enlightened individuals who really know the score. Between primal and Bernstein my type1 has never been better, ive never been better. Shame about all those who have died from diabetes because their specialists have no idea that what they advise is so utterly wrong. It’s good to hear people like yourself want to know what can be done.

      Greg wrote on October 27th, 2012
  15. Sounds like you’ve learned a lot in a short amount of time, Shawn! I, too, am a late T1 bloomer! I was diagnosed not quite two years ago at the age of 32! I started the Omnipod 8 months after diagnosis. My A1C was 13 at diagnosis and my lowest has been 5.0. Amazing what we can do with careful attention to diet, exercise, and a bit of insulin!

    Melanie wrote on October 26th, 2012
  16. Thank you for sharing you inspiring story. I hope you will add an update when you get your Nov lab results. I hope you are feeling as great as you look!

    I wish my two sisters who had T1 had this information.

    Anne wrote on October 26th, 2012
  17. Hi Shawn. I wouldn’t let the Docs write off your success as ‘probably still being in the honeymoon phase’. I’ve been Type 1 for 44 years (diagnosed at 8 yrs)and since going paleo I average 9-11 units daily. Prior to paleo, it would be more like 20 units. Reckon 44 years is well past the honeymoon phase! :-)

    Annie wrote on October 26th, 2012
  18. I didn’t notice anything about possible proteinuria, which diabetics who eat a large amount of protein are prone to. Lots of doctors recommend less protein to prevent kidney damage. Any thoughts?

    shirley wrote on October 27th, 2012
    • This is only an issue if you have uncontrolled blood sugar, since that is what damages the kidneys in the first place. If your kidneys are damaged, a high protein diet will make things worse. If you can keep you BS at normal levels, you have no higher a chance of gettting kidney damage than a normal person. I get a urinalysis done every few months, and on my last test my ‘microalbumin’ levels were so low they didnt even register on their charts

      Shawn Reimes wrote on October 27th, 2012
    • Hi Shirley.
      According to Dr Bernstein (i’d trust this guy re diabetes before any other Dr) Non diabetics who eat lots of protein dont get kidney disease and the idea is a myth. According to him (he’s type 1 himself and 80 years old and still practising BTW) there’s no higher incidence of kidney disease in the cattle growing states of the US than any other states. The incidence of kidney disease in vegetarians is the same as meat eaters.
      Consumption of carbs as recommended by CW for a type 1 is the problem. It causes excess sugar in the system for hours, it makes you feel like crap all day (im type 1 so i can say eating the wrong carbs for type 1 is horrible) and it ages you, it ages your organs, the list goes on and on.
      Dr bernstein does recommend calcium to counter act the phosphate produced by the protein consumption. He recommends 1 gram calcium for 10 ounces of protein.
      If your interested get his book, i learned more about diabetes control in reading this book than 23 years of ‘specialists’ taught me.

      greg grok wrote on October 27th, 2012
      • Just to add to this my kidney function is normal and i eat a LOT of meat/fish/eggs.

        greg grok wrote on October 27th, 2012
      • Sorry , should be 1 gram calcium for 10oz of protein foods.

        Greg wrote on October 27th, 2012
      • Thanks. I will buy the book. Totally new concept to me and so many others, apparently.

        shirley wrote on October 27th, 2012
  19. Hi Shawn. Amazingly well done on managing this yourself after such a short period of time. I’m type 1 for 23 years and started primal a about 14 months ago and saw dramatic improvements.
    If you’ve not already i’d say read the diabetes solution by dr Bernstein. There’s lot of knowledge in their which i wish i’d known early on.
    i dont agree with that much diabetes specialists usually say as it’s BS conventional wisdom that belongs in history but i’d maybe agree with your dr and say you are still in the honeymoon phase, and i’d advise you to read the diabetes solution because it’s helped people in the honeymoon phase to keep their existing insulin producing islet cells to keep producing insulin. It’s book i wish i’d known to read a long time ago instead of listening to the CW BS.
    Again well done in getting it under control so quickly. Type 1 Diabetes is more difficult than people appreciate but for you to get such good hold on it so early on says a lot to me about the type of person you are and that you’ll control it and not let it control you.
    All the best.

    greg grok wrote on October 27th, 2012
  20. Hey everyone, I appreciate all the responses and am glad to see that this may giving a little extra motivation and hope to some out there who are struggling w/ this disease much like i was at this time last year. There is no reason that diabetics should settle for anything less than normal when it comes to health and longevity, and its so unfortunate that people have to come to this conclusion on their own in the face of CW!!

    Shawn wrote on October 27th, 2012
    • Shawn~ nicely done, my man! Please share your test results after your next doctor visit. Grok on!

      David wrote on October 27th, 2012
    • Shawn, again well done, it’s inspiring. The posts also show how clued up diabetics are.
      I’m interested in your work out regime any any post work outs meals. Do you use protein shakes. I’m interested in your regime as I too only use bodyweight. I can do handstand push ups , supported, and pistols etc so I’m relatively experienced. I’m interested as you’re in amazing shape and I’d like to add the extra pounds of muscle you have, which ain’t easy as a type 1! Cheets

      Greg wrote on October 27th, 2012
      • Hi Greg, I dont have a set workout routine-I used to but got rid of that. As for cardio, like i said in the story i bike to work, ~100 mi/week, at a very fast pace(~19 mph avg) to simulate sprint training. My legs are usually spent after that so ill go on some walks with the fam but not much else. I will run if i cant get on the bike.
        As for wgt training, i do use some free wgts a couple times a week to do some shoulder and arm exercises, usually a circuit of 3 sets of 5 or 6 exercies in a row(20 min total max). On odd days ill do pushups, usually a couple hundred true pushups ie. all the way down, all the way up! :-)
        Abs are usually 3 sets of about 6-8 min straight of planks, leg raises, situps, crunches, whatever else i think up or find online that looks like it would work well.
        Im trying the armstrong pullup program right now..it seems to get good reviews and i would like to hit the 20 pullup mark..not there yet. Thats 5 days on and 2 days off.
        Meals..really just following the primal eating plan. Always have hardboiled eggs and nuts on hand. Eat a big omelet every morning, and a hardboiled egg after biking in to work(these are local raised eggs from a relative down the road). Lots of salad and veggies, i get alot of comments at work about how healthy I eat. I Iefintely take in more protein than carbs, but not sure of an exact number because i dont really keep track…i dont even count carbs anymore for insulin delivery, ive become pretty good at estimating as long as im not eating sad food! :-)
        I should say that i was in pretty good shape before becoming diabetic, i have just fine tuned everything since changing my diet.

        Shawn wrote on October 27th, 2012
        • Thanks for reply, Shawn, it’s appreciated. Sounds like i’m doing a lot of what you are minus the the free wegihts and the huuuuge amount of biking. I think patience is probably the key factor.
          Cheers

          greg wrote on October 29th, 2012
    • Shawn, again well done, it’s inspiring. The reply posts also show how clued up diabetics are and clueless the medical industry is.
      I’m interested in your work out regime and any post work outs meals. Do you use protein shake?. I’m interested in your regime as I too only use bodyweight. I can do Wall supported handstand push ups and pistols etc so I’m relatively experienced. I’m interested as you’re in amazing shape and I’d like to add the extra pounds of muscle you have, which ain’t easy as a type 1! Cheers

      Greg wrote on October 27th, 2012
  21. Hey guys I am a “recovering endurance athlete”. Ten years of Ironman Races, obsessive overtraining and what I thought was a healthy diet left me injured, depleted and feeling a lot like Mark describes in his history. I have committed myself 100% to the primal life style. I eat the right way now. I lift heavy things twice a week, a few sprints once a week and lots of walking. My question is- is there such a thing as too much walking? I walk about 2 hours (8 miles) per day at an easy relaxed pace. This is a huge change from my 2-5 hours of hard core training every day. Is this okay? I enjoy it but I don’t want to compromise my ability to recover, add muscle and return to the world of true healthy lifestyle!
    Thanks, you guys are the best. Greg

    Greg wrote on October 27th, 2012
    • from one Greg to another I’d say that sounds about perfect amount of walking that anyone on primal would aspire to. If you search marks done some posts on it. Wish I had the chance to walk that much! Sounds to me you are doing the whole primal thing which should be the perfect recovery. If you’re not already maybe take the occasional day of not doing much moving at all, I’d say our ancestors did.

      Greg wrote on October 27th, 2012
  22. Well done Shawn! Very cool.

    Mark wrote on October 27th, 2012
  23. Shawn could you email me @ ianmagary@yahoo.com. I’d like to get some more info from you. I’ve been a type 1 for 9 years now, using conventional wisdom to treat with poor results. Thanks!

    Ian wrote on October 27th, 2012
  24. Nicely done Shawn! for me, T2D, D-Day May 6 2010. 518 BG, 16 A1C. Virus took out most of my pancreas – at least that’s what Doc said. Only on one med, never been on insulin. 5.5 A1C now and no signs of T2D risk in my blood work. 10 months of primal kicked my last medication in half.
    So glad you shared your success story! You are an inspiration! When I grow up I wanna be like you! =)

    tcady wrote on October 27th, 2012
  25. Thanks for sharing your success story…I mean your SUCCESS STORY!

    skeedaddy wrote on October 27th, 2012
  26. I’m a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian. I believe that everyone with diabetes is unique and has to find what works best for them. There is no one-size-fits-all in regards to eating with diabetes. Great job Shawn in finding what works best for you. You are a great inspiration! Curious, have you tried a continuous glucose monitor (CGM)? Very cool tool to see your BG patterns.

    Susan wrote on October 27th, 2012
    • Do you have many success stories where diabetics on 300 grams of carbs a day manage to keep post prandial blood sugars in the non diabetic range?

      Greg wrote on October 27th, 2012
      • Type 1 diabetics specifically.

        Greg wrote on October 27th, 2012
  27. Thank you so much for sharing your story in such detail, Shawn. I’ve only recently signed up here and I was despairing of finding any info from people with Type 1 diabetes. It was great to read your insulin doses and A1Cs – very informative.

    One question – how did you decide/calculate how many carbs to eat each day? Did you base it on your weight? Did you experiment on a trial and error basis? And do you share out your carbs between meals or just eat them as and when you like?

    (I’m on an insulin pump too, but a D-Tron Plus because I’m lazy :D )

    Em wrote on October 27th, 2012
    • Hi Em, I just eat until I feel satisfied, or as much as i need to keep my energy levels up. Ill eat more on the days that i bike or do some harder workouts, and less on other days.I find that i can eat alot of meat and veggies and still remain very low carb/low insulin dosage. I usually feel like im ‘pigging out’ compared to ppl around me, but im still probably taking in 1/3 the carbs they are.
      I eat most of my carbs at meals, but i will snack if im home during the day(not at all when im at work). I use the extended bolus feature on my pump every day, and it works great for me! Or ill just give myself small doses throughout the day if i eat something.
      Like people have said, every diabetic is unique in the way they react to diet and lifestyle, so its really just a trial and error and figuring out what is best for you.

      Shawn wrote on October 27th, 2012
  28. Very well done! To your health!

    Pamela wrote on October 27th, 2012
  29. Gotta love a great success story! Actually his SAD diet was my exact diet, and I always stayed slim. It was hard for me to acknowledge how bad those foods were to me because “at least I’m not fat.” Nevermind the IBS problems, rosacea issues, and chronic fatigue/depression. These stories give me so much hope for my own story.

    Rachel M wrote on October 27th, 2012
  30. Congrats on getting your diabetes in control but please don’t kid yourself. To maintain such tight numbers means you’ve got a decent amount of functioning beta cells in your pancreas. 5.7 a1c pre-primal is phenomenally good and has nothing to do with fitness.

    (I’m also 28 with type I but for 11 years now. I too still have functioning beta cells but not nearly as much as Shawn obviously does. And finally, yes: every single type I should be eating this way.)

    Adam wrote on October 28th, 2012
  31. Shawn,

    You achieved your current physique by doing body weight exercises and occasionally sprinting? What is your primal “workout” routine? I am trying to find a good plan to fit into my lifestyle. Any advice/recommendations will help and be much appreciated.

    Doug wrote on October 28th, 2012
    • Hi Doug,
      I really dont have a specific routine i do every day, i try to mix it up. I bike ~100 mi/wk to and from work at a fast pace w/ some walks in there as well. I also will try to do some running sprints just to keep in ‘running’ shape.
      my bodyweight exercises consist of pushups, planks, some free weight shoulder/arm exercises, situps/crunches, and quite a few others that i saw online or in magazines that i dont know the names of. I like to do several circuits of about 8 min each(1 min per exercise), usually the total workout length is no more than 30-45 min, but i try to go to muscle failure every time. I also am doing the armstrong pullup program, you can check it out online.
      Probably the biggest thing though for me is diet. I eat much more protein than carbs, particularly eggs…and LOTS of veggies. Basically just follow the primal blueprint..

      Shawn wrote on October 28th, 2012
  32. Hi Shawn,
    have you ever thought about doing less exercise? Straight question.
    Also you mention carbs and protein, but you don’t mention fat. How much fat do you reckon you’re eating and how does varying the fat affect your diabetes?

    Ulfric wrote on October 28th, 2012
    • thats a good question, and yes i am trying to lighten the intensity a little bit. I just got done w/ a ‘deload’ week because i didnt feel my body was fully healing between workouts. My wife is a phys. therapist assistant and she yells at me every so often to stop and take a break unless i want to become one of her patients! :-)
      I dont really keep track of my fat intake, but im sure its higher than the standard CW guidelines w/ all the nuts and meat i eat. I dont think it affects my blood sugar much, probably about the same as protein which is very little compared to carbs

      Shawn wrote on October 28th, 2012
  33. Thanks for this story and for Mark’ s article on T1D.My husband is originally from Michigan and was raised on SAD he was diagnosed T1 in August aged 39 yo and there is definitely not enough info to support adult diagnosed T1 s and their families.He was in DKA and his BGL was 54 on admission to ER ( Australian units – normal is 7) we are learning about carbs and reading all we can MDA has been very inspiring thanks for giving an alternative view.

    Sofia wrote on October 28th, 2012
  34. Hi Shawn,
    Great researching on your part; I really enjoy hearing about other Type-1 successes. While I was originally diagnosed as Type-2 at age 30 by a General Practitioner, I was RE-diagnosed by an Endo. as a Type-1 at age 31 (two years ago) at which time the endo. promised me I’d be insulin-dependent within 6 months.
    Seeing this as a basic prescription for exactly how I’d die (retinal detachment, loss of circulation, amputations… everything you’ve already memtioned) I delved into my own research journey and am glad to say that I have also reaped the benefits of the Primal lifestyle. I now need NO medications or insulin. I am so glad to say that I am now a believer that our bodies are quite capable of healing on the inside

    Erica wrote on October 28th, 2012
  35. Hi Shawn,
    Great researching on your part; I really enjoy hearing about other Type-1 successes. While I was originally diagnosed as Type-2 at age 30 by a General Practitioner, I was RE-diagnosed by an Endo. as a Type-1 at age 31 (two years ago) at which time the endo. promised me I’d be insulin-dependent within 6 months.
    Seeing this as a basic prescription for exactly how I’d die (retinal detachment, loss of circulation, amputations… everything you’ve already memtioned) I delved into my own research journey and am glad to say that I have also reaped the benefits of the Primal lifestyle. I now need NO medications or insulin. I am so glad to say that I am now a believer that our bodies are just as capable of healing on the inside

    Erica wrote on October 28th, 2012
    • Sorry about the double post!
      I was meaning to continue by saying that bodies are just as capable of healing on the inside as they are on the outside, we just have to give them the right conditions to do so! Best wishes in your continued success, Shawn, and all others who are becoming their own doctors :)

      Erica wrote on October 28th, 2012
  36. I am SO very excited to read your story, Shawn! I have had T1 diabetes for 20 years, my husband for 25 years. I am a diabetes nurse educator and he is an endocrinologist. We counsel patients on “carb poisoning” routinely, and have been primal for about 6 months (I’ve lost 31 lbs!).
    The Paleo lifestyle is an amazing one for T1 and T2 persons with diabetes, and I can absolutely see a difference not only in my family, but my patients, too! Thank you for sharing!!
    I write a T1 blog: SugarstheBNotMe.blogspot dot com
    Take care! Kelley Crumpler

    Nurse C wrote on October 28th, 2012
  37. I can’t even pretend to know anything about living with diabetes, but I congratulate you on your success! Man, you are cut! I’m as jealous as one man can be of another man! On Wisconsin!

    Ken wrote on October 29th, 2012
  38. Hey Sean – great job – I’m a Type I, diagnosed at 32 years old and am now 45. I pump and use a CGM. I went Primal / low carb two years ago and saw my insulin go from 20+ units a day down to around 14, mostly basal. My past three a1c’s are 5.9, 5.7, 5.7. Even though you are probably still producing some insulin – resulting in your very low a1c’s – you should be able to stay in the 5’s on a primal diet. Anything below a 6 is an amazing success.

    One thing I’ve struggled with though is pump placement as someone with very low body fat (5’7″ 155) – be careful of keeping your pump in one general area – you can become susceptible to lipohypertrophy. I change my sites from glute to waist, trying not to hit the same general area more than once every three weeks.

    I’m considering changing to a tubeless pump, but am worried that the “bulge” would be very noticeable on me.

    Do you use a CGM? I find that it makes all the difference in maintaining tight control.

    Robert wrote on October 29th, 2012
    • Hi Robert, i find it challenging also sometimes to find places for the pump. I usually rotate b/w about 6 different places on my stomach, each of my sides, and my upper arms. I cant use my legs or glutes due to my biking. So far i have not noticed any kind of scar tissue buildup. I used to have some problems with bleeding and bruising, but that seemed to go away after i changed my diet(suprise suprise!):-)
      I would strongly recommend the omnipod, i guarantee you would love it and its really not that noticeable unless you are wearing skin tight clothes!
      I havent tried the CGM yet, havent really needed it to this point and seems like just another needle that would contribute to scar tissue.

      Shawn wrote on October 30th, 2012
  39. Thanks Sean!

    I also became a type 1 at 28 and i’m now 37. (No family history, was always very “healthy”.) I can keep my blood sugar around 5.9 and the doctors think i couldn’t do better, but I want to get down to 5.0-5.5 range. I fell off the primal life style a little bit, but I need to get back on track. Your story is inspiring and will give me the jumpstart I need. It’s nice to hear that there are a few others that get what I deal with everyday. Thanks for posting!

    cherese wrote on October 30th, 2012
  40. Thanks for the inspiration and congrats on your success! I’ve been reading Dr. Mercola’s beginner dietary plan which basically goes along with the paleo diet and want to make the switch (especially since I’m the one planning meals for everyone in my house, Hubby and two kids). My cupboard is full of bread, sugar and cream in my coffee, love tacos with tortillas…. I don’t know where and how to start meal planning! Wish someone would just put a shopping list in my hand and tell me where to go! HA! Off to search for recipes!!!

    Nicky wrote on October 30th, 2012

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