This is meant to be simple, from a diabetic, not a doctor.
Diabetics do not make (type 1), or do make enough (type 2) insulin. Insulin is a hormone that takes the sugar, starches, and other food, and converts it to energy. Without insulin, a type one diabetic would starve, even if eating. The sugar is trapped in the blood, and unusable.
Because it takes time for the insulin we take as diabetics to work, sugar stays in the blood longer. Sugar feeds yeast.
In my opinion as a diabetic, eliminating as much sugar, and starch as possible, and adding Probiotics (friendly bacteria) are the best defense.
Probiotics pills are expensive. I’ve stopped buying the expensive pills, and started making my own yogurt, fermenting vegetables, and extracting oils from herbs.
I started taking Amino Acids a few weeks ago, in an attempt to feel better more consistently. In these changing times, I get very high mood highs, and when the shadow shows up, it feels pretty awful in contrast!
The very first thing I noticed, was my blood sugar dropping. After a week of chasing lows, which means eating quick carbs, I felt fat! I slowly decreased my basil rate, which is the rate of insulin being given throughout the day. I went from a total 14 units per day, to a total of 12. Pretty good right?
Now to get rid of this extra belly. I started eating very low carb, and notice two big things.
First, a massive headache! Because of the extra sugar always in my blood, I have a problem with yeast. I’m sure I’m going through die off. Added extra Probiotics, starting drinking more water.
Second, and this is the exciting part, I went from taking a total of 45-55 units of Insulin a day, (basil and bolus combines) to 16-17 units! My blood sugar normally goes up after eating, until the Bolus for the food intake has time to work. It is why Diabetics wait 2 hours after eating to check. I’m barely taking any Boluses, and not getting the spike after eating. My blood sugar is almost normal, all the time.
There are carbs I really enjoy, and the thought of giving them up entirely is sad, however I have to ask myself if it would be worth the benefits of less Insulin, less yeast growth, and over all stable blood sugar.