I was chatting with a dietitian friend not long ago and found myself explaining my feelings about low-carb eating.  I've been given some grief in the past by the Atkins devotees that I'm not gung-ho enough about the low-carb lifestyle.  Well, now that I've formulated my thoughts on the subject, l can tell you why:

Low-carb for me, and for many people with Type 1 diabetes, is not about weight loss.  I am, thankfully, not struggling with my weight on any grand scale.

For most people with Type 1 diabetes, eating low-carb has not set us free from our formerly overweight bodies, transformed our life for the better, or done us any favors at all, actually.

Low-carb for us is about one thing: keeping our blood glucose in check. And being essentially forced to eat low-carb to control our diabetes ain't much fun.

I personally never gorged on carbs in the past.  But I sure did enjoy fruit. And cereal. And rice. And a little pasta now and then.  I enjoyed being able to drink a glass of apple juice without feeling like the wrath of God was coming down upon me.  I enjoyed having open choices of what to eat and drink without the stress and the repercussions.

News nuggets from around the diabetes community

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Carlos Santana's nephew Adam Lasher shows off Dexcom G4 during live performance.

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So is low carb useful for diabetes? Yes, of course it is.  Just don't expect me to like it.

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