krenzel16

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    Graves' disease

    Update - my sister had an appointment with her endocrinologist, and per her doctor, she "no longer has Graves." No antibodies. She is very glad she didn't get her thyroid removed!
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    Pete's Paleo meals

    I've been getting Pete's Paleo for a few months, and they are delicious. They list all the ingredients on the package, and they are all Whole 30 compliant.
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    Type 1 Diabetes

    If you have type 1 diabetes, do you have thyroid issues as well? That may be accounting for the weight issues.
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    Type 1 Diabetes

    I'm 38. My overnight basal was around .5 - .55 before I started the Whole 30. I didn't do the Whole 30 to lower my blood sugar either. I just wanted to feel better (stomach issues). But it has not only helped with stomach issues, it has really helped my blood sugars, not just making them lower but also more stable (I used to bounce between 30 and 250 like all the time). Studies show diabetic complications begin with blood sugars over 140, and now even my post-meal blood sugars are usually under 140. It is crazy when so-called nutritionists say this diet is bad for diabetics. It's the best thing I've done for my health.
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    Type 1 Diabetes

    I've been Type 1 diabetic for 20 years and been doing Whole 30/Paleo for about two years. My A1c has dropped from 6.8 to 5.8, and I feel much better (fewer lows, which leads to fewer highs). With more stable blood sugars, I feel a lot (!) better. I eat three meals a day and around 30 carbs at each meal. I had a big problem with lows when I first started. I carry packages of Juicy Juices with me at all times. The small ones that have exactly 15 grams of carbs. That is what they taught me in diabetes education - if you are low, have just 15 grams of sugar then retest in 15 minutes. If you are still under 70, have another fruit juice. Otherwise, the 15 carbs should be all that you need. (Note: it seems like you already know all this I have an Omnipod as well, and it has helped me a lot in managing lows. I have found with the new diet, I am prone to lows overnight, so my basal rate overnight is actually down to 0.25 (and I still just woke up with a low!). Overall, my insulin needs have been cut nearly in half on paleo.
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    Graves' disease

    Also, I wanted to add, my sister gave me her lab results. For her two tests prior to going on paleo, her TSI tests (antibodies indicating Grave's disease) were 493 and 555 (the lab range shows anything over 140 as being marked high). She just had her antibodies retested (after about a year and a half on paleo), and they are down to 221. So they are still high, but much better
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    Graves' disease

    She has been on a paleo-like diet for about one and a half years (we do eat dairy but mostly follow Whole 30). I'm not sure how long she has been in remission, but she is completely off Methimazole and has been for awhile. She sees an endocrinologist for Graves (and also diabetes) and they test her antibodies maybe once or twice a year. She is very glad she ignored the medical advice to zap her thyroid. Graves disease is an autoimmune disease, not a thyroid disease, so it's the immune system that needs to be addressed, and the best way to support your immune system is through a healthy gut with a diet like Whole 30 (IMO).
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    Graves' disease

    My sister has Graves and has been completely off her medication (in remission although she still tests positive for antibodies) for years while on a Whole 30 (paleo) style diet. Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? is a good book about another autoimmune thyroid disease, Hashimotos, but the author (Datis Kharrazian) talks a lot about nutrition, which would be applicable to Graves as well. If you have an autoimmune thyroid disease, he says that the immune system, not the thyroid gland, is the target for therapy. Going gluten-free is one of his first suggestions. He also talks about the importance of the thyroid in general. Most of the "experts"/doctors want the easy fix (to just get rid of the thyroid); my sister rejected that course and she is much happier now still having her thyroid!