Good graph and it does prove the point of "low is better" -- each to his own, but I would compromise certain foods and maybe some performance if that means I can cut in a FIFTH my chances of going blind by maintaining a 5.5% A1C compared to 7.5%, I will happily do that, thank you.
What I also find interesting is that most people here are opposite to very low carb without even trying! This part is beyong my understanding. The number of severe lows and shaking has dropped in my experience and others on a VLC that I talk to. Guys, I've done the other way, raced fast and trained hard on "higher" carbs (150g on an easy training day and 250+ on a tough training day)
In the end we are NOT healthy as people make it sound, this is a very, very serious and deadly disease, either you take full on control and bring your levels to normal, or wait a couple decades (at a best case scenario) and pay the price. If you want to speed the learning process go and see a dialisys clinic, every second person has diabetes, plus is the leading cause for blindness in the US among young people.
Take this serious, you can still race triathlon fast, but performance should be secondary to health.
type 1 diagnosed 2005
i've cycled all over the world, continental level so UCI races, i'm by no means a TDF winner but i can get out of my own way on a bike
I'm on levemir and novorapid and holes in my finger and on my bike a lot. I have used a CGM, it's too much diabetes and a bit of a waste of time, test lots in training and when you're racing just get on with it!
FWIW i don't think that, below 7.5 hba1c has that much meaning and some of the people i know who suffer most from diabetes do so in order to maintain a stupidly low a1c. the risk of complications comes at much higher a1c (above 8) (see below) and i don't believe a low carb diet is necessary or beneficial
i run a project workign with cycling and type 2 diabetes in a native American community in Tucson http://www.facebook.com/pascuayaquibike
and i'm happy to help anyone who has any questions but don't you dare whine about your diabetes! if you're able to access the internet you're (on a global scale) pretty rich, people in sub saharan Africa die within 12 months of diagnosis, for them diabetes is a burden and a problem for us fortunate few it's a t most a hindrance and for me it's the reason i am able to maintain the (admittedly mediocre) career i've had at the top level of the sport.
Vinnie Santana, Multisport Coach http://www.ironguides.net
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