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Reader letter: My food experiences after a diabetes scare

PUBLISHED: 13:26 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:39 11 January 2018

Lynn Jackson cut down on pasta rice after a diabetes scare

Lynn Jackson cut down on pasta rice after a diabetes scare


One reader gives advice on how to eat healthier after a diabetes scare.

The other year I had high blood sugar numbers. My mum’s family all had diabetes so I set about learning what I could do to get my numbers down.

I did carbohydrate swapping, high carbohydrate foods are sugar 100pc, pasta 75pc, rice 75pc, pastry 80pc, oats 60pc, bread 50pc, biscuits 90pc.

So I thought what am I going to live on while getting my numbers down. I chose root (underground) vegetables, potatoes, swedes, butternut squash, parsnips, sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots, beetroots and leeks, all these vegetables are under 20pc carbohydrate so a much better swap from the high carbs.

I never counted calories as I was within my BMI, I just swapped carbs. To start with I missed the pasta and rice, bread, but soon I felt a lot better as I was never hungry. I lost some weight but I was eating more, yep, high carbs spike blood sugars and wheat is an inflammatory food.

I took around 10 months to get my numbers down to normal, but someone with higher blood sugars would take longer.

I don’t hold with less calories as we feel starved all the time and can’t go to work on less food, the maths is obvious, whereas low carb healthy fats we feel great on.

I have written a couple of books about health, if anyone needs any help understanding it all. Type two diabetes is a high carbohydrate intolerance, so unfair.

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