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Please reconsider the healing crisis paradigm, and take it slow. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I went to the health store and bought psyllium husk and betonite clay. Why would the ADA advocate the very diet that made us sick in the first place? Hi Well done for givin up I know how hard it is but keep going! A friend suggested trying L-Tryptophan to help with withdrawl.

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People that eat Vegan, Paleo and Keto have one core thing in common… to try their best to eat whole, natural, unrefined and unprocessed foods. Travis, get off this feed. This is a helpful article. But there are some inaccurate things too.

I have type two diabetes and use a keto genie diet to lose weight 45 so far. I was able to get my cholesterol down, Triggs down, and my A1C to 6! I went off and followed a Mediterranean diet for a year.

I gained back 15 and my diabetes got worse. So I am back on keto. I am using a closer to Mediterranean keto both then and now. Studies not mentioned in your article. As for gaining weight back, The truth is anyone who stops a Healthy diet and returns to a crappy one will gain weight back.

Also your keto food pyramid is off; protein is not the base! Duke University has done a lot of clinical work and research with positive results. Thank you for your feedback! First of all, I want to congratulate you striving so hard to find a diet that works for you. It is true that before we had insulin, people with Type 1 Diabetes in particular were treated by severely restricting carbohydrates…so restrictive however, it was semi-starvation. Some patients actually died of starvation.

Luckily today, we do not have to treat any type of diabetes with this barbaric method. There are so many healthy food options for most people today in modern society. In America, most of us are blessed to have access to healthy food options. I did see the research that Dr. Westman has completed at Duke University and did reference one of his articles above reference 7 https: You will lose weight which will have wonderful effects on every aspect of your health. Do you think every author of all those books actually does that?

My question is, what quality of life do they really have if they have? After seeing thousands of patients now for years and from personal experience, I still believe it comes down to staying away from processed foods and cooking at home whenever possible. Eating a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fiber.

Also, cutting out any sugary liquid calories; staying away from sodas, juices and the infamous sweet tea! Keeping stress levels under control and incorporating exercise into your routine will also be key to breaking through challenging times when you are having trouble with continued weight loss. Also recognizing what worked 6 months to 1 year ago may not work today.

Our bodies change over time and we have to adapt to those changes. Many of my patients throughout the years have came to me feeling so defeated because now they have to go on medication or insulin. They are so relieved to hear this may not be due to anything they have caused by overeating or weight gain, it may be just the unfortunate natural progression of diabetes.

Until we discover cures for the different types of diabetes, this is what we face. I hope this has helped some and good luck to you Kate! I had ketogenic pizza the other night and it turned out great. Lots of great resources out there for food options. There are a lot of wrong ways to do keto though, and doing the diet correctly has a moderate learning curve. It means everyone out there know what is real and what is not….

You keep saying how can you stay on keto for life. Well if I were an achoholic I better not drink alchol ever again. It is choices you make. Do I want to feel good and live longer or do I eat anything and die early or worse yet go blind, have a limb amputated ect. I choose to live longer. I am T2D, and my doctor, who specializes in diabetes, told me to stop eating sugar, carbs and she said that in a perfect world, I would stop eating fruit, as it contains sugar.

This has been my answer, and I truly think that if we did live in a perfect world, more things like this would be taught to those of us who need better choices than medications. Your pyramid is wrong. Fats should be on the bottom and protein above it. Protein as your largest Macro would be something like an Atkins diet. High protein can convert to glucose and would not be effective. I see several inconsistencies, one being a strict 20 grams or less of carbs, most Keto followers I see aim for closer to 30, and even as high as 40 per day.

The writers hatred for this w. She recommends consulting your physician before attempting this w. The 60 grams of complex carbs in meals, and 20 or so with snacks.

That way allowed me to ride a dangerous daily rollercoaster, with damaging highs, and very dangerous lows. Yet my Endo was pleased with my sub 7 a1c, even though I was always tired. Did they die strictly from lack of nutrition? Or did they die from diseases that we have eradicated? You say keto is a highly controversial topic.

For those of us following a keto diet, there is no controversy whatsoever because the diet proves itself efficacious very quickly.

You say there are not many studies on the keto diet, and I disagree with you. One aspect that is not often mentioned is carb cravings. The high-fat keto diet has pretty much eliminated those carb cravings. It is wonderful to not be under the control of those cravings anymore.

I think the high success rate of keto diets is that you are not hungry and have no cravings. We have all heard of essential fatty acids EFAs and essential amino acids EAAs , but have you ever heard of essential carbohydrates?

The human body is capable of burning fat for fuel. If the body can burn fat for fuel, why would you ingest a substance carbohydrate that raises your blood sugar, raises your insulin levels, and makes you sick? Why would the ADA advocate the very diet that made us sick in the first place? One of my favorites is Keto Mocha Mousse https: One of the keto researches commented, I think it was Steve Phinney that change will come about only because enough of the the public will be become educated about this and will demand that the ADA change their recommendations because those recommendations are just wrong.

What is the proof they are wrong? If you eat g of carb daily, you will continue to have diabetes, and the epidemic will continue as it has for the last 25 years. I know you have to earn a living, Tammi, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, would you consider that what you are advocating, which was taught to you by mainstream medicine, might actually be harmful?

And if it is, what will you do about it? That is the real controversy. I can tell how passionate you are about this subject. This is the major difference between Ketogenic diets and a consistent, low carbohydrate diet CDEs advocate for. Eating this in the form of a Mediterranean diet is what I recommend and what my article outlined. In a perfect world, we try to have people steer clear of anything artificial or processed when possible. Just eat fresh foods, like our grandparents did, who never had these types of health problems.

There are many physiological reasons for eating enough carbohydrates throughout the waking hours to maintain a steady blood glucose level…a couple of important reasons are to minimize the hepatic release of glucose from the liver and to help prevent hypoglycemia which can be very dangerous and lead to hypoglycemic unawareness over a short period of time.

Each person is different of course.. The reality is, most people with diabetes do; it can be very dangerous for some to not get enough carbohydrates at each meal. We are all supposed to be eating 5 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables per day. That provides you with all the essential vitamins and nutrients needed to run a healthy body along with the protein you choose to consume alone with them.

I guess if you can fit those into a Ketogenic diet and make that work for you for a lifetime, I would have to say that is absolutely wonderful! I just know, I have a lot of willpower and I only made it 1 year back when I tried. It was just too restrictive. I see too many stories like that.

The blogger I wrote about, all the studies, most participants had dropped out at 6 months. No study I have seen has shown anyone who has stayed on it for 10 years, 15, 20, 30, 40 years. If you know one, please let me know! Elizabeth lays it all out quite nicely — my favorite part is having almost no cravings whatsoever — talk about freedom!

On the other hand, being in ketosis does make low blood sugars less negative as an experience. This is not unawareness but it is less reactive.

The crazy thing is it is not hard, if it matters. Sure I can see it being hard for someone who does it to lose weight, then when they get closer to their ideal, they want to have treats, etc. Thanks so much for starting this conversation and continuing to explore and learn along with the rest of us.

The comments defending the keto diet suggest that the individuals are successfully using the keto diet to help them maintain a healthy weight and a healthier A1C level.

The individuals also suggest that they view it as a way of life rather than a diet. This is good news for many of us who are facing the question of whether it will be helpful and necessary to reduce carbohydrate intake to keto producing levels in order to halt or reverse the onset of type II diabetes.

I think like those individuals, Tami is speaking from her own personal experience where she had success losing weight, but had difficulty maintaining the keto diet long-term. I am sure that though you have been successful, you can understand that there are many who might find it difficult to maintain. I too have been given very bad guidance by Medical Doctors who lean on old Med School information to practice medicine rather than continuing to broaden their knowledge base and learn more about nutrition.

Those years are gone and the destruction to my body is not reversible. But I think that expressing anger toward those who disagree with our personal experience, is not solving the problem. Hopefully we can change the ADA guidelines by respectfully urging them to reconsider their position based on the sheer volume of the comments they receive from successful people like you, who are living the keto diet lifestyle and living better.

I commend you for becoming your own best health advocates. Thanks for your encouragement and your passion. And thanks to Tami as well for sharing her personal experience and the information she had collected. We all have to be true to what we believe and we all have a right to come to our own conclusions. It is good to know that there are success stories out there. I wish you all good health and continued success. The system is failing so many of us.

I will only believe diabetic advice from diabetics. Thank you for your wonderful comments Marcia. To share more about me personally with you all…I am not a completely non-diabetic Certified Diabetes Educator.

I tested my own A1c and found it was 5. There have been years when my A1c dropped to a normal level of 5. My last A1c in May was 5. I feel it everyday, I wonder what my A1c is going to be just like you every 6 months when I go to have it drawn. My A1c did jump to 6. The constant pain and inflammation for 6 months caused the increase. Once I had the manipulation done, completed physical therapy and the pain was gone, my A1c dropped back to 5. Most already wear an insulin pump and continuous glucose sensors CGMs also.

When I first became certified on each new pump and CGM, I would wear them and check my BG times per day for weeks, not only to learn the technology really well, but to gain a sense of how my patients must feel having to wear them 24 hours per day.

These are the units where most of the people with diabetes are, so I had seen every horrific complication that diabetes can cause. We really do only want to try and share the knowledge we have through seeing thousands of different patients with complex issues over decades with all of you.

Physicians jump at the chance to have a CDE see their patients in their practice or in the hospital because they know our value. They know how thorough we are when assessing their patients and often find issues that may have been overlooked for years. We live and breathe it and are very passionate about helping people overcome their hurdles. I do hope sharing some of my personal experience with all of you will help, but I am here if you all have more questions anytime!

I have type 1 diabetes, diagnosed in when I was 24 years old. I have to say that following a keto diet has made managing my diabetes A LOT easier. Trying to manage by covering 45g of carbs per meal, then watching my BG spike, then plummeting soon after, was a daily norm for me. If you have diabetes, you know how fatiguing of a disease it can be. That alone tells me that keto is working for me. I hope my story has helped someone in some way.

Keep up the good work. And, I have to say again, choosing the keto way of life as a type one diabetic is a lot easier than one would think, right?!. It is so rewarding, as you point out, and actually quite easy lose the carb cravings and enjoy eating everything that you can! Also the decrease in inflammation is awesome. Fruit is tasty and enjoyable, but it is not a necessity.

Also, there are plenty of vitamins and minerals in vegetables and nuts and seeds and eggs, etc. Fruit is mostly sugar, not mostly nutrition. I love keto and I wish someone could have made me see the light many years earlier than I did.

I was diagnosed in with Brittle Type 1 diabetes, peripheral and autonomic neuropathy, and Hypothyroidism. A short time later with Gastroparesis due to the nerve damage from diabetes. Since then, I had followed every guideline and rule that the Endocrinologist and Primary Care Doctors had told me to follow. In fact, I was gradually getting worse. So many ups and downs. Extreme highs bgl to seizures from crashes drop from to 13 in no time.

It was a constant battle with adjustments in insulin intake and different insulins NPH, R, Novolog, Humalog, Lantus , carb intake, exercise and one contributing factor was the Gastroparesis. Meds were taken for the Gastroparesis but I always had side effects from meds. I was kicking a dead horse and I told them this.

My sister and mom had come across the ketogenic way of eating and it dramatically improved thier lives. Mom was diagnosed way back with Type 2 and within a week or two she was off of her meds completely. I was totally interested. So, I decided to go for it on April 17, I did go through some rough patches of what they call Keto Flu.

It did pass after a couple weeks. I was gaining so much energy like never before as well as mental focus. I was on a sliding scale of Humalog or Novolog. From units per meal and then there were the corrections throughout my day some daily totals could be up to 40 UNITS! No more nights up stinging, burning and RLS restless leg syndrome.

So, in my life, there are no questions or hardships on whether I can get off of this way of eating. If someone truly wants to have a better life, they can. I am in the uk and a diagnosed t2d. I am also a nurse, although I am in end of life care. Up until my diagnosis I am ashamed to say the I believed in exactly th. Our health service actively promotes a carb rich diet for t2d. It was not until I did some actual research and looked at the science that I came to see that what I had been taught and what I really did believe to be the best advice was quite simply wrong.

I am not going to go on about the benefits of keto, because everyone else has admirably covered that, but I would like to address some comments made in the article. One simple thing is that at the beginning it says that most of the vegetable s are root veg.

Also, as I believe is mentioned, this diet has been around for along time and was the only way to treat diabetes. And some people did die. However, people still end up dead from t2d even after all the diet advice from educators and with all that pharmacy has to offer. An industry which gains nothing if people just choose to eat less.

But has lots to gain if we just keep taking the tablets. It is a very useful tool for epilepsy. It is extremely successful in reducing the number of seizures per day, mainly in children but also in adults.

I am sure that followers of the epilepsy diet, which has been used since the s have not all starved to death. Iwould also think that the followers of this diet are also motivated to stay on it, not eat a slice of birthday cake and keep all thier brain cells.

I think what bothered me most about the article was the way in which the writer has put her own fears about living without cake onto the shoulders of any diabetic she might treat. I must admit that when I was researching this diet I did worry that I would not have the stamina, but the thought of going blind is a useful motivator. Iwould hope to meet a diabetic nurse in the uk who was open minded about keto, but that has not been my experience as a patient.

As a nurse speaking to colleagues as an equal and frmy experience has been very different. All have said they would do keto. It is very difficult to admit that something you have believed to be true is wrong. Even harder when you have made your living by telling people that you knowhow to keep them healthy when in fact your advice has done the exact opposite. But that is no reason not to research, look at and try and understand the science. And maybe change your mind.

They have amazing gut health and no t2d. Would you like to guess at the type of diet they follow? This would be the caveman diet that the writer mentions, and yes these people might not live as long as us but the cause of death is never a lack of motivation to stay on a keto diet.

This is what some doctors ask for…essentially asking for the Ketogenic diet and most of my patients are in shock!

One slice of cake is certainly not going to harm anyone with diabetes and hopefully you know enough about carbohydrates and their short term effect on BG levels to know this too! Are you a Neuro RN? TheDiabetesCouncil did just post another article where 25 Registered Dieticians weighed in regarding the Ketogenic Diet, so I would encourage you all to check that out!

It takes a very special, highly motivated patient to maintain this type of diet for the rest of their life.

If you are one of those people, good for you! I wish you well! I guess I must be a very special, highly motivated patient then. I, of course, would never have said that about myself. My high motivation is trying to get over the hatred of food that being Diabetic gave me.

Even to the extent of telling me to not include the tsp of agave that I was having in my coffee once a day because sugar is sugar. I was diagnosed as T2 diabetic in Jan with an A1C of I come from a family dominated with T2 diabetics. And fasting usually in the low 80s. Diabetic complications run rampant in my family. Kidney disease and dialysis, retinopathy, neuropathy, etc, Two days ago my brother had all of the toes on his left foot amputated.

Is the diet hard to follow. Of course it is! As for what an ethical dietician would recommend. The one I was sent to had me on 45g net carbs per meal and 15g per snack 3 times a day. I was supposed to eat at least every 4 hours. I still have the sheet he gave me. He also told me that I was in horrible shape, that I would need a lot of medication, and that because I was T2, insulin would do nothing for me. I still remember walking out of the building after.

I felt like shooting myself. My brother had just gone blind from retinopathy 2 months earlier. There was no hope for me. High numbers were inevitable. I followed the guidelines I was given with little improvement and a lot of depression. I now do 30g total not net carbs a day and no medication with an A1C under 5. Most dieticians I have met are over rated and under educated. This article somewhat proves me out.

Congratulations on your accomplishments. I have been in Ketosis for a couple of months now. I have lost 28 pounds. No sugar No Bread Nothing from a box lol. Only good fats and Meats and good veggies dark greens mostly and a few macadamia nuts now and again and a few berries now and then.

I think even the dieticians being human are also addicted to sugar and unable to give it up so they play down ketosis unconsciously because they are just jealous! I am sorry you had this experience. I feel that this educator was not giving you good advice. All my women who want to lose weight are recommended to consume 30 grams of good carbohydrates at each meal, and 15 at each snack.

If you were not trying to lose weight, I would have recommended I find this is all it usually takes to begin to lose some weight as you start to get active. Patients set their own goals with motivational help from their Certified Diabetes Educator. Our intent is never to insult, and you should not have gone through that. It sounds that you have now found the right path. There are many CDEs who could help you, so see what tools and motivation others may offer.

Many CDEs are also diabetic. Keto Diet is NOT strictly 20 grams of carbs per day. Not only are you biased but you are not being truthful.

Many people can consume 40, 50 even 60 and 70 grams of carbs per day and stay in ketosis. It depends on the person. Age, size lifestyle and exercise all factor into how many carbs can be allowed and maintain ketosis. It is ok to not recommend a diet but when you leave out important aspects you do both your readers and yourself an injustice. You even have root vegetable and a picture of a carrot.

Carrots are not part of a keto diet and as far as I have seen never were. They have 2 much sugar content and are discouraged except in very small amounts. Are you sure you tried it? Great article in many ways but outdated in others. I think that is missing the point entirely. So many people are getting their triglycerides down, losing weight reducing stroke possibilities lengthening their very lives.

It is just not fair to not at least point out a few of these things as much as the risks you made sure to point out. How about the risks of not doing something? How about the list of people that found this and turned their lives around. Also, I know several people who have been doing keto for years. Hello John, I will speak with the editor about switching out the picture of the carrot. I will tell you the story of a friend of mine, whom I worked with.

He has a website. You may view it here: I think that he is some proof that yes, it does work. And it may be that some people do need keto. I have had reversal with regular ADA diet in my clinic. Not just a few! However, I just want for keto dieters to find a clinical trial.

We do need more information. We must understand what happens in the long term on keto diet. I personally did Atkins years ago, which was 20 grams. I had a very hard time to stay on it. I lost 20 pounds, and then I did gain it back. I just could not live without some more carbohydrates than this allowed. It seemed I was out of it at 22 carbs. Anyway, this was not for me. Maybe it is for you. No one is saying that one should never go on a keto diet, but we are wary of it.

We need more science behind it. Therefore, I am just going to put this out here now. I will paste it down the page so that others may see it. They are taking participants. Then we can be more positive about it, and recommend it if the science is there. Here is the link to the clinical trial. Thanks for your comments:. What about those of us who are not, or never have been, obese?? There in lies the first problem.

How long can it be maintained? The real question is, how long is one committed to changing their life, and how strong is their desire to do it. They require a life-style change. Unfortunately, many first-world daily diets namely American incorporate many foods that are addictive which can cause cravings.

And yes, the cravings are scientifically prove-able, and have been proved. Conditioned living if you will. There are many cultures on this planet that DO NOT grow up eating as many carbs and sweets as the American Diet, and do perfectly fine without all the sugars and carb cravings.

And incidentally, they also lead healthier lives too… Go figure. Fats are the main source of calories with it—NOT protein. Fats and proteins ARE essential for the body. The 20g of carbs are for net carbs, NOT total carbs. With fats being my main source of calories, my body and energy levels have never been better. When I educated myself on it and understood the science behind it, it was clear to see why my joints started feeling better, and ailments started to go away.

I believe that nature teaches us in wonderful ways about what works. Take the four seasons for example. I workout a lot, and a focus of mine is increasing muscle mass and strength. I go about 3 weeks of being in keto, and then for a couple of days, I eat whatever I want. That means, I can eat cake, cookies, pies, whatever I want, for those two days. I even get to enjoy birthday cake ;.

Then after that, I go back to keto. We just have to understand how to listen to them. Hence the many ailments and medical conditions that keep increasing. The point is, there are many variations of following a ketogenic way of eating, and it DOES require a life-style change.

Just like any other recommendation from a dietician or educator. Here is the link for the clinical trial: I am a T2D, finally fully keto starting at the end of March. I am down 28 lbs. My goal is 50, so I am feeling encouraged and fitting into smaller sizes already. In May my A1C was 5. I believe that is fairly accurate based on my blood sugar readings, which are staying well below I am sleeping better, my emotions are very even, I have a noticeable improvement in my energy level, and I am enjoying what I eat day to day!

The keto lifestyle sounds daunting, but it really is not. One thing many fail to mention is the hormonal shifts that occur that regulate your appetite. Give this a little time, and you will be astounded at how easy it becomes to pass on the stuff you found addictive previously. I will refer you to the comment to John J Dozier, Jr above.

Here is the link to the clinical trial:. Thank you for this info. I will be copying the link to send to some folks ready to jump on this new trend. He was unable to speak with me so I spoke with his wife. The man had come in after having a TIA. He was a diabetic, as well. The wife told me that she had her husband 9and herself on a keto diet. We have to grow old together. My grandfather died when he was 45 and he was diabetic.

My uncle died when he was 60 and he was also diabetic. Also note that longevity is gradually improving as science advances.

I have not been diagnosed with diabetes but think I am prediabetic. There is a family history of diabetes. So I have been monitoring my glucose levels in the morning and after meals. My fasting glucose levels in the mornings are above and sometimes after meals over if I have extra carbs.

But majority of the time after meals its in the s or less. My question is should I see a Dr. I had a heavy breakfast as usual and then an hour later did the test. My blood sugar was 2.

My Mothers family passes down diabetes. And I was hoping it would skip me. I have a 1yr old who constantly wakes me up periodically throughout the night and I have been feeling nauseous in the morning. My blood sugar after sleeping for 4hrs is How can I stop this? AMS, here are some ideas for prevention of type 2 diabetes: My blood sugar today was 71 4 hours after eating… I felt very shaky and freezing and sweating I checked again it was I drank juice it went to 93 after 20 minutes.

See your personal physician. I was diagnosed with diabetes. My blood sugar was at What does that mean? Your experience is not unheard of. I am 74 female and had a reading this morning of This fasting just waking up after eating and waiting two hours later it was Your answer is up above in the original article.

All the numbers in this post are for adults in general. We do know that blood sugars tend to rise with age. I am quite impressed with this indept analysis.

It is highly educative and it will for sure serve as a precursor to so many diabetics. Dear Sir,I am a 62 year old male and I keep having accruing colds cough soar throats so I keep doing my blood sugar level first thing mornings and the readings are Blood sugar is 94 to before bedtime, however — without fail first testing in morning is always or over. To be honest you are all dumb. Shame on you for promoting ketogenesis which is a literally natural sick state for the body on these people.

My fasting sugar and postman sugar after 2hrs i am taking half tablet Glycomate gp1 morning before break fast and evening before dinner yr sujjestion. I took another reading after eating and my blood sugar level dropped to 7. My fasting blood sugar is 4. I am trying to limit my sugar intake because my dad has a very critical case of diabetes. I am non diabetic I had a monitor at home I keep for guests just in case. Anyway I was feeling gross so my doctor told me to do it 4 times a day for two weeks.

Usually two hours after a meal. The blood tests came back normal. How can that be. For my American readers: If so, your home monitor may be inaccurate. Hemoglobin A1c reflects average blood sugar levels over the last three months. If your HgbA1c is normal but multiple fasting glucoses are really around 8.

My fasting blood sugar read 4. I am scared of increasing my sugar level because my dad has a serious diabetes problem. Wat do i do? Your web site and clear concise replies are much appreciated by this year newly diagnosed old female. A brand new journey at my age, who would have thought? I have recently begun monitoring my blood sugar due to brain fog with numbness and joint pain in my hands and feet. I do not understand why my fasting morning blood sugars are consistently between and If I eat a meal with meat and some carbs my 60 minute post meal results are usually between and which is when I have the most tingling in my extremities.

If I eat oatmeal my 60 min post test results average 84 which is when I experience the most brain fog. My A1c is 5. I am confused by my test results when combined with my physical effects. Can you shed some light? With regards to your symptoms, I suggest you have your personal physician rule out or in other possibilities before attributing them to blood sugar levels. I was diagnosed with type2 diabetes September 8, , my A1C level was 7.

I have a very healthy diet. I do drink wine maybe 3 glasses a week. It often can go from directly after I eat and then shortly perhaps half an hour it drops to 70 or even lower. So, long story for short questions, could large amounts of insulin in my system be causing the seizures? Thank you for your time! Higher-than-average protein intake, and avoidance of rapidly processed carbohydrates, is a standard approach to reactive hypoglycemia. See what your doctors think.

I would kindly request you to let me know that should i increase the Dose Currently 7. I will be thankful to your for your response. Hi… I am very confused, I had blood test done and it came up that I have a1c of 5. I am a 48 year old female in good shape, do spinning at least 3 times a week, no diabetes history in my family. The doctor told me to cut carbs almost completely because I was considered to be pre-diabetic. But how can the two tests show such a different result.

Aida, hemoglobin A1c reflects an average of your serum glucose over the preceding three months. It would be like checking a fingerstick glucose every hour for ninety days, then averaging the numbers. On the other hand you have compared your HgbA1c to a single fasting serum glucose value. Oh, and surprise, that drug causes elevations in Blood Sugar, in addition to other lovely side effects.

I was very concerned that he would be given insulin and then refuse to eat. My A1c number, last it was checked about 2 weeks ago, was 7. I feel fine, and while I avoid carbs and sugars, I do continue to enjoy my favorite meals, including Mediterranean, Mexican, Asian, and Cajun cuisine, while avoiding bread, rice, pasta, candy, etc. My name is Ajay Kumar. My fasting sugar was 85 early morning. One hour and three quarters after I started eating was My fasting sugar level was 77 and after eating breakfast and waiting for 1hour 55 minutes sugar test came out to be 70….

What is going on? Should I go for another random sugar test? I got my fbs result thru glocumeter which is My last meal at 8pm then i test 6am.

So, is this accurate? Do i need any medicine to get rid of it? Thank you and more power. So when it reads , the true value could be anywhere between and These numbers sre off the too of my head; no calculator used. You need more data points. Hi ,i am a type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed 2years ago.

I was being on insulin till one year before i dropped them for meal. Since this present one year ,my readings never crossed after 2hours of meal and after 4hours unless when i drink one can of beer without exercise. Unlike before when i usually clock upwards. Please what will i do to reverse it to normal. No one in my family has it.

Its usually disturbs my right toe when its ranging i guess. What will i do. I also need to get weight. I used to have 85 on weight but now 68 I went this morning for my yearly labs and has the nurse to check my glucose readings also. Is there an alarm at this point? My AC1 is 5. Amy, the American Diabetes Association website has a calculator that converts average glucose readings to hemoglobin A1c , and vice versa. For instance, if your blood sugar was always , it would be equivalent to A1c of 6.

I am not diabetic, but do have many other health problems…what Could make my Glucose go from 56 to in one week…I had 2 blood tests during that period??? This is a paid article. People like the author of this article are usually paid by pharmaceutical companies. But here it is being mentioned much below that.

For maintenance of sugar levels within tight limits as mentioned by the author of this article, one will surely depend upon the medicines of pharmaceutical companies, what this author actually wants. I want folks with diabetes to use fewer diabetes drugs. Ok I was told that I have been prdiabetic since I was 27, however, at that I was over weight. I have list over and have kept it off for the last 20 years. I am now at my goal weight of and go by the Mediterranean diet plan on an every day for the last two years.

I usually have pretty good fasting readings, and my A1C was 5. But this morning my fasting was at an astonishing high of I did not alot for dinner just regular veggies 5 , 2oz of fish for prtein, I ecen took a 30 minute walk after that meal. I do work out at 4- 5 days a week playing basketball, swimming, treadmill walking for 30 minutes and sometimes 50 minutes a day. So please help me with what I am doing wrong here, I do not drink soda, or any caffeine at all, just plain water, and no sugar or sugar substitutes, no junk food in my diet all, so no, I do not get it at all.

I always eat very healthy maintain a healthy lifestyle and very fit for my age 51 , I can not understand what is going on and why this is happening.

Usually my bs run at between in the morning and are stable during the day. Due to limits of technology, your true reading could have been You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Time for a brief daydream.

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Hope this is helpful. February 2, at 5: February 3, at 8: February 17, at February 18, at 4: October 4, at October 12, at 5: February 21, at February 27, at 7: March 6, at 3: March 21, at March 8, at 6: March 12, at 9: April 26, at 1: I missed on writing it. Do I have reasons to be concerned?

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I see him quarterly for A1C, etc, Thanks for the reply. March 11, at 1: Your targets however are much better than the ADA and for that your patients should be grateful. March 13, at April 15, at 4: March 24, at 9: April 15, at 5: April 21, at 5: May 18, at 2: May 25, at May 25, at 5: May 25, at 7: Steve Thanks to Mr.

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May 9, at May 14, at 7: May 17, at 4: May 18, at 4: May 20, at 5: June 15, at 9: July 21, at 5: I have been told that metformin can cause kidney stones. Is there any truth to that? July 30, at 8: August 18, at 5: September 7, at 8: September 12, at 2: September 12, at 4: September 23, at 2: September 18, at 1: September 24, at 3: All my research kept pointing to diabetes, which I thought was impossible given my physical state and the lack of diabetes in my family, but to be on the safe side, I bought a blood sugar monitor and gathered the below results: Fasting bs level — 59 1 hour after a bagel — 2 hours after the bagel — 3 hours after the bagel — 70 1 hour after lunch — 79 Are these normal levels?

September 29, at 5: But check with your personal physician. September 28, at 8: October 1, at Hi, Myself 29yrs old female, yesterday I had a check for blood glucose as prescribed by my physician, the results are as follows: October 26, at 3: October 30, at 1: November 8, at 8: November 11, at 2: November 5, at Steve, My blood glucose always was normal in the past.

November 18, at 7: My sugar level is 90 before fasting and 87 after 2 hours of eating. November 21, at 4: November 24, at December 11, at 3: December 11, at 7: January 4, at 3: Hi, My 95 year old father was a type II diabetic staying in a nursing home that failed and would not let him take a finger stick or any other kind of blood glucose test for 3 months. January 5, at 6: January 5, at January 6, at I must mention that I was at the gym yesterday and was working in the garden picking up bricks Why would my bloodsugar all of a sudden go up like that.

I measured my bloodsugar on a monthly basis and it is always between 4 and 5. January 12, at 1: January 9, at 7: January 14, at 7: January 27, at 3: February 11, at 5: I done my blood sugar test I am 37 years of age women my result is 79 is this nirmal for me? February 20, at February 20, at 1: February 27, at 8: February 25, at 6: March 3, at Hi Steve, My recent A1C level is around 6.

Can you help to give me an advice Thanks, Trinity. March 5, at 2: Thanks for answering my question. March 16, at 3: May 26, at April 5, at 9: April 13, at April 16, at 6: April 16, at April 17, at May 12, at 8: May 15, at 4: May 20, at 6: Are the levels the same for people post gastric bypass operation? May 24, at 1: Ygri, the values defining diabetes and prediabetes would be the same before and after surgery.

May 28, at 7: June 11, at June 18, at 4: July 27, at 5: I see a lot of physicians prescribing metformin for prediabetes. July 28, at July 31, at 2: I am severely addicted, diet drinks have literally been the only liquid I consume other than milk in cereal. I have been addicted over 10 years. The first time I gave it up the symptoms were the same but this time they are much harder to handle.

The first symptom to manifest is emotional, floating from anger to sadness to frustration. I had to leave work early today. This addiction is no laughing matter and I long for the day when the dangers of this poison are more widely known and taken seriously. My real problem started when I moved to Canada.

I am used to drinking cordials in UK which do not contain aspartame. I rarely drank much diet coke. I have gained weight and basically having problems with the food and drink here all the additives I realized this week it appears I have symptoms of aspartame poisoning, so I gave up diet coke three days ago. I found some English Elderflower drinks which do not seem to affect me.

My first day I felt sick and had cravings for sweet things. My second day I felt flu like feelings and my glands were raised. My third day today I developed a terrible migraine and had to lay in a dark room and I have buzzing in my ears. I am however determined to eat healthy now and loose weight. I have gained around 60lbs since moving to Canada yep 60lbs but I am determined to loose it all and regain my health.

So three days into my new life. The good thing is I am finally able to shop more healthy and have worked out the system here. So wish me luck. Pepper drinker for about years now. And I definitely suffer from aspartame poisoning. And i only just realized my symptoms: I would catch myself mid thought and forget was I was tasking about.

For no reason at all. No good reason at least. Lamenting over my stressful, but good life. That was my big aha…something is NOT right and I thought it was more than jsut regular depression. Today I had a couple cans…I guess tomorrow starts the detox. So not looking forward to it: Day three off Diet Coke for me. I have been consuming diet coke for over ten years at about oz a day am trying to make it thru third day cold turkey and the headaches dont stop im to the point of tears didnt think i would notice the caffiene withdraw but i cant seem to stay awake much outside work hating myself and should have listened to ppl along time ago.

For years I have been hearing terrible things about aspartame and diet sodas, and unfortunately, did not give it a lot of thought. I so wish that I had been paying attention because over the last 15 years I have developed arthritis and it has gotten worse.

It started in my left knee, then my fingers have started swelling. I have gone to doctors about my joint pain, and have asked if diet soda was a factor, and I was told no. It may be because they do not realize how much of it I drink. I am going to stop drinking Diet Coke. I drink two to four 12oz. I should probably reduce to maybe one per day, so that I can wean away from it.

I will miss the carbonation the most. I can switch to iced tea with lemon. I do on occasion get headaches, and it probably is from the aspartame. I also get frequent flare ups with my arthritis. The pain has gone to arms. It is sometimes hard to move when I want to turn over when I sleep.

I drank some diet coke with splenda. Besides not tasting that good, it gave me a bad migraine for three days. I am happy to read on some posts that some of you have said that since quitting aspartame that symptoms have diminished.

I hope that the aspartame did not do so much permanent damage that the effects can be reversed. That would be an incentive to use aspartame anymore. Hi Guys, I was very worried when I saw these comments but just recently I had to visit our imminent Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia, I was lucky enough to be treated by one of our best specialist in Australia. He told me not to worry and that I should continue to drink it, that there are many theories re Aspartame as far as he was concerned it was A OK..

Doctors typically have very little training on diet. Not sure why this is, but it is a bad place to get food related advice my researched opinion. Doctors get very little class time on nutrition. Keep in mind the FDA was the one that approved aspartame despite all the evidence against it, and if you research how it was approved it will surpise and appall you. Keep in mind the FDA pushes through drugs every year, that after enough people die, they take it off the market. When it comes to things like this, listen to your body.

I did wean myself off of it slowly, slowly reducing it from 6 cans down to one can a day for the last five days before quitting for good. I drink plain seltzer water for the carbonation. Wow, it is actually very good news to see someone else has experienced anxiety as a result of withdrawing from Aspartame! I quit cold turkey after a 1. Thanks for having such a blog for this substance! I told a few people about having to quit aspertame. Going through the withdrawels during work has been tough.

I have to push myself to work. Going through being so tired that all I want to do is sleep. Going through the headaches, body aches, and trying to stay focused to do my job has been tough. Although a lot of the symptoms has have not come on as strong. The numbess in my fingers and legs is gone. I am not as tired. I still get the little rush that feels like a shock is going through my brain, if that makes sense.

My gums would tingle and feel numb at times when I was drinking soda. It has almost stopped now. My ears are still ringing. But time will tell. I hope it gets better soon. My ears ring also and I have been asked by doc if I drink a lot of caffeine. Ringing of the ears, anxiety and my body fat probably being mostly from the effects of caffeine, aspartame and sodium in the diet coke should give me more then enough reason to quit.

Not to mention that I would probably be in much better health over all. My body is so very sensitive to any change so I try the weaning but once I can down to just say a can a day the cravings start hitting hard again. I also can relate to someone else saying that their self confidence takes a hit.

I have been a diet Dr. Pepper addict for ten years. I consumed at least a liter a day. I have kicked the habit for over a month and yes the withdrawals were terrible! I now have noticed a decrease in the severe fibro pain I suffered from daily but sadly I know this drug, and it is a drug in so many ways, has caused permanent damage.

It has now been cleared to be used in non diet products as well so be careful…this includes gum and lower fat coffee creamer. I will never willingly consume this product again or any other that has the one of aspartames many aliases. A month out and I can say I am thrilled to be free of something more addictive for me than even smoking was! Hang in there because it is so worth detoxifying! Also the water flavoring products contain artificial sweeteners as well….

Good luck and I wish you all the best of life and health! On a side note my sugar cravings sky rocketed at first but only for the first two weeks and now I am swollen far less often and have begun to lose weight. I can also actually taste food again…this was the first thing I noticed! It altered my ability to truly taste all food! I have quit Diet Soda and Sweet n Low for iced tea and just a few days ago chewing gum.

I had major headaches for a week, still have some but not as painful. My high blood pressure has come down a great deal. This web site has been most helpful for me! Thank you so much for all the comments and encouragement. I am determined to keep up the determination to better my health. Good luck to those just starting your journey of omitting this bad poison. Giving up diet dr pepper for lent thus today is day two and hopefully giving it up forever. Have given it up before, but have always slowly picked it back up.

It has way too much control over me, when I want to be free instead to follow God, to be at my best, and to do what is right!

And now the withdrawl…I was completely exhausted last night, turned in early something I very rarely do and then overslept. A friend suggested trying L-Tryptophan to help with withdrawl. This has caught me off guard, and demonstrates how badly I needed to cut it out of my life.

Thanks for your helpful site. I went to an ear throat and nose specialist. I went to see him because my ears have been ringing for a few months. Also have had the same symptoms as Gwenda I started googling Tinnitus and saw that it might have a link with Aspertame.

I drank so much Coke Zero. Put Aspertame sweetener in my coffee everyday. The specialist didn;t mention Aspertame. I also have stopped using Aspertame. But everytime i eat something of drink juice. I am trying to find out what ingredience are in the food I eat.

It has been a week since I stopped soda, Aspertame and coffee and suger.. Little anxiety at times. But I have faith that i will get better. Hi Giuseppe, I hope this post finds you free from the addiction of this aspartame and caffeine. Have you had any luck with your ears? I work through each day, and actually feel ok some days. Any light work has me feeling like I built the pyramids! To everyone going through withdrawal … hang in there. Quit this stuff permanently. And my eyesight in my best eye, which had been getting blurry has improved dramatically verified by my eye doctor , since i quit.

I posted back in early January , after I had quit 3 weeks earlier, after using diet Pepsi, and Equal for about 30 years. I finally got rid of the pinchy withdrawal headaches after about 6 weeks. But, here I am about 10 weeks later, and it still seems to be in my sinus tissue. My sinus is the weak spot in my body so it makes sense that the aspartame poisoning settled there.

Any insights out there? The thing that helped me get past the cravings is that I juice. It helps me tremendously. This may sound odd, but ask your body what it wants to help it feel better and see what answer comes to mind.

I am going through detox for drinking huge amounts of diet coke and more recently coke zero. I feel awful, but my will to get better is stronger. My symptoms are headaches, fatigue, joint pain, stomach cramping, nausea, dizziness, confusion and I feel really slow! I went through the same type withdrawals you are experiencing.

The stomach cramping and nausea went about within 14 hours of taking. It will make you feel so much better! If you stick with it through all the pain and tiredness, it will be well worth it. I can sympathize with you. I went through the same withdrawal for 4 weeks. My best friend was orange juice … As odd as that might sound. I recently was diagnosed with low white blood cell count, I have been drinking, Tab, Diet Coke and Coke Zero for over 25 years maybe more.

Does anyone know if this can contribute to low white blood cell count? I have gone cold turkey for the last 2. I am having tests to see why my white cells are low.. Good luck to you all, Gwenda. Please let us know what you find out. May you keep feeling better and better. I gave up all aspartame products back in September and lasted almost 4 months then my parents visited end of December and I was back on it!

All was going ok til about a month ago and now I am back to an odd feeling in my ears, my allergies are worsened, my stomach is ultra sensitive, my legs ache and have weird bruises, my fingers ache, I get tingling and numbness in my hands and feet, depression and anxiety.

This time I need to quit for good!! Sarah I have had swelling in the legs, headaches, ringing in the ears,aching joints, bad skin, tingling and numbness in my hands and feet, depression, anxiety at times.. Hi Gwenda, your post has inspired me. I am totally addicted to diet coke and I want so badly to be able to quit and trying to prepare myself to try again. I know I am unhealthy and I know I am probably slowly killing myself. I am wondering if you were able to continue being free from the addiction and how your symptoms are now.

Did the ringing in the ears stop? But, unfortunately it never lasts longer than 6 weeks. I started taking progesterone to help. But, then I remembered someone mentioning aspartame to me about five years ago and I blew off the warning.

So, I looked it up and sure enough, I found it causes miscarriage and birth defects. I was drinking diet caffeine free Dr Pepper. I have been drinking purely soda as my only fluid since high school at the latest.

So, since at least , when I was I miss the sharp carbonation on my throat, but my future baby is more than worth it. If you know that, please email me. Thanks for all this info. I want to see the long list of the complications of aspartame too. I just quit Diet Coke, after a friend telling me about aspartame. I was telling him how bad my finger joints had gotten in the past few weeks. I had gotten to where I had to quit my business because I could not use my fingers. Swollen joints, high pain from joint movement, and excruciating pain when I would even just move my fingers.

Many things just got impossible to do. After him telling me about aspartame I quit in 2 days, from several a day to one a day, for the next 2 days, and then none. I was amazed, but not sure if it was true or not. As I got up and started moving my fingers, I noticed the extreme joint movement pain was not happening.

I still have a stiffness in my hands, and finger joints, but also, I only took about 4 Tylenol yesterday,, I was taking 4 Tylenol- about times a day. My wife quit too, she was only drinking about one a day, but feels better too. I am working on finding other drinks and waiting to see if the swelling in my fingers goes down, and the stiffness goes away!

Thank God for this site and Spell check. I had shooting pains in my head for probably the first month or two. Within in the first month my brain fog really lifted and I had some computer issues at the time and it necessitated checking all my files to my backup. I was stunned to find where things were filed. I realized how much my thinking has improved since I got off aspartame. During the flush the part of my head — only where my hair is, and especially in front where my hair had thinned, was like a spinkler system of sweat during the detox — must have kicked out a lot of aspartame.

I believe in time all these things can be reversed back to good health. Clean the filter and your back in business. I noticed that because I was juicing daily it really cut down my symptoms and stopped my cravings.

It really surprised me how much easier it was to quit because it calmed my nerves. Figure out what substitutes help you. I drink seltzer water when I want bubbles, and I have a regular Coke once every or every other week, and that works for me.

Thanks for your website, and comment section. I must admit that this is tougher than I thought it would be. After getting many of the symptoms of aspartame poisoning, I finally realized that it was the aspartame doing it to me.

I also used about packets of equal a day for sweetening coffee, tea, and other things. I had no idea how addicted I was am. One niece who drank Diet Pepsi heavily throughout her pregnancy refuses to consider the possibility that it caused her son to be autistic.

Now she has lupus, but of course, the aspartame is not the reason. Has anyone else been as addicted as me, and if so, how long did it take for the headaches to go away? My headaches went away after weeks. Cold chills and sweats after weeks. Sounds like your almost there. I was drinking Diet Dr.

Peppers a day for at least 15 years. Yesterday, I got the headache between my eyes that came and went a few times throughout the day and I was grumpy, so I googled aspartame withdrawals.

Anyway, I am hoping this mild headache is the only withdrawal symptom I have. How long does it take before these other possible symptoms to occur? If I were going to have other symptoms would they have already started?

Everyone reacts differently to the withdrawal. For example, my Mother had almost no side effects from the withdrawal other than the constant craving for Diet Coke. I am looking for comments from people who have successfully quit and the noticeable positive differences they have experienced. Like, they no longer have anxiety, depression, brain fog and etc. I am wondering if those things go away or if the damage is done?

I started drinking diet drinks when I was about 25 and never had any anxiety issues. At 26 or 27, I developed issues with anxiety and I am thinking this could be why and I am hoping the end result will be no more anxiety. Are their success stories anywhere? Yes…I quit diet coke almost 3 months ago. I feel better but it took awhile.

The headaches and nausea were terrible for a few days and gradually everything got better. It seems like my memory is better. I absolutely am saving a ton of money.

I think the aspartame in the Crystal Light I was drinking daily was a huge factor. I also have to say that just prior to letting go of aspartame, I also went gluten-free. So that probably contributed, as well. But I think I remember that my headaches went away after giving up the aspartame. I have struggled with some of those other things you are mentioning — brain fog, depression, anxiety, etc. The Paleo diet is actually a great place to start. You also might consider getting your thyroid levels checked.

Many most docs will only rely on the TSH thyroid stimulating hormone but that is not a true picture. The Free T3 and Free T4 show how much active thyroid hormone is truly in your system. Very treatable with the right medication, diet and lifestyle. If any of this rings true for you, or you are at least curious, then do some online research. Thanks to both of you. Today, is a week without any diet drinks or aspartame and I feel very blessed because I feel fine.

People have suggested that I get my thyroid checked because my hair has been thinning, also. However, I read that aspartame can cause thinning hair, mostly in the temple area which is where mine is and in six weeks, if aspartame is the cause their will be a noticeable difference. But, their is a family history of thyroid issues.

My moms is underactive and my grandfather on my dads side was overactive. I never had problems with anxiety until I started drinking diet soda in , it has only been 4 days off for me but so far I am feeling a lot less anxious and my blood pressure has come down. I have been on a diet coke binge for years. Being type 2 diabetic was one reason to drink them. I have been drinking 2 — 2 liters a day for about 5 years.

I have a horrible memory and deal with depression. A couple a days ago I made my mind up to quit. I started having flu like symptoms, headaches, and body aches.

I knew then it was the aspartame. My mind has been foggy, cloudy. Yesterday I started to feel worse so my husband and I came across your article looking for answers. He finally went and got me a 2 liter and about and I glass later I began to feel better. Should I just stop cold turkey or began to quit them slowly? I now know how a crack addict feels!

Please tell me how to get off these diet cokes! Hi Val, I had the same symptoms about 3 months ago now. It took me 3 full weeks of flu like symptoms…. Find what tastes good and go with that. For me it was orange juice watered down a bit. I think it mimicked the acid of the carbonated soda. Just go through it and it will be worth it in the end.

The withdrawal was worse than any symptoms I ever had from drinking the soda. It can be done…you can do it. Pure Stevia only is natural and perfectly healthy. The problem the big companies have is that they want to patent everything and so they combine it with other things that are not healthy to control the market under their brand name.

Like the person above said Truvia is not Stevia. Thanks for the post. I am working on an article on this subject. I hate to see people going from Aspartame Poison to Truvia Poison.

The Omica Stevia on this page is the only way I would go. It is such a great product made by a great company. Trusting companies like Cargill and Coca-Cola or PepsiCo for that matter seems foolish given the research available.

I have been an gum chewer for years, Trident bubble gum. Some days I would chew 3 value packs, and some days chew more. I knew it had aspartame in it, but did not realize until I checked it on the internet. I threw out all my gum, and this is the first day that I have not chewed gum in years. I do have a headache. Noticed not as hungry. I am hoping my body will recover from all of this poison I have been ingesting all these years.

The FDA is not doing its job. You have to trust your own body, and do what is right. I am on my 14th day of no aspartame. I noticed headaches and fatigue since stopping. Not only drinking diet soft drinks but the chewing gum I have bought for years also contains aspartame. I was shopping for a new gum yesterday and I could not find one that did not list aspartame as part of their ingredients. Has anyone found a gum that is safe to chew?

Last time I checked, there was a brand at Trader Joes without Aspartame. I connected all that and decided to quit again. Its so bad a heating pad is the only relief. The headaches have been horrid as well. It was only in may. Being exhausted and not being able to sleep is torture. I experienced the same withdrawal and it lasted 3 weeks.

The flu-like symptoms are the worse along with profuse night sweats. Take heart…it will pass. I am having similar symptoms, too nauseous to eat but I force myself with toast and it does help. Also, the all over pain at night! Add to that some dandy dizzy spells and a few headaches. I have noticed that drinking a lot of water does help. I think organic sugar is the way to go. In the end, I would go with what has worked for hundreds of years.

Real, natural, organic sugars like honey or maple syrup in moderation are great. Everything else is an experiment.

We do not know, what we do not know. I had the exact same withdrawal symptoms. If you hang in There for a couple more weeks you will feel better. Just sleep as much as your day permits. The cold chills and sweats will subside. Never again for me either. Please know that there are many who have kicked the diet Pepsi habit who are pulling for you as we hare suffered the same effects.

Thank you to all who have given testimonies here. Been drinking diet side for many years. Of course, as soon as I can, I go back on the diet soda. The fatigue is the worse. Sleeping about 14 hours a day…or more. The support of this site has been very helpful. When Diet Coke came on the market, they stopped advertising Tab but I can still get it at the store. I tried Diet Coke and two cans later reacted very badly to it and went back to the store to get Tab.

I immediately calmed down. I wrote Coca-Cola to find out the percentage of aspartame because it is mixed with saccharin. I also read somewhere that even though saccharin had been safe for years that once aspartame came along the makers of saccharin were told they could be in limited products if they contained a cancer warning. The percentage of aspartame in Tab at least when I inquired was much less that Diet Coke.

I also wrote Coca-Cola again, many years later about the possibility of using Stevia. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in , so if it was added around that equals about 7 years after they added aspartame lower amounts into Tab. I also had other health problems with my spine. I tried numerous times, but would go back. My doctors have basically done all they can and I have been on a search for other healing modalities.

But I kept thinking about it, and I remembered how good I felt when I was juicing regularly. The movie is inspiring, and it occurred to me that it is probably my answer because the people in this film reversed their illnesses and got off of all medications.

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