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Blood-Sugar Simplified

Blood-Sugar Simplified
While the biological mechanisms of blood-sugar control are indeed complicated, the basics are quite simple: blood-sugar is an equilibrium between supply and consumption.  Sugar, specifically glucose, is biology's primary fuel.  The drawing above illustrates how blood-sugar is a simple balance between sugar intake and the "burning" of it as a fuel.  Consuming foods from which sugar is extracted or synthesized is the fuel supply - represented in the left-hand scale pan.  The right-hand energy pan represents the sugar flowing in the blood stream ready for "burning" or conversion to energy.  As the sugar is burned, blood-sugar becomes lower.  Just as the fuel in you...
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Useful information, thanks a lot!
Monday, 06 March 2017 08:28
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Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Control Part 2 - When Things Go Amiss

Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Control Part 2 - When Things Go Amiss
By far, the most valuable knowledge I learned at the beginning of my Type-1 diabetes journey is that my blood-sugar is directly controlled by me. The inability to make my own insulin means that my metabolic system is “open-loop”. Open loop means the automatic control mechanism, insulin production, is broken thus requiring manual control. A side benefit of manual control is the freedom to make my blood-sugar whatever I want. It is entirely up to me. But, it is somewhat like riding a bicycle; it isn’t easy at first, but with practice it becomes second nature. Blood-sugar is a balance between glucose burn rate and supply rate. These two ends of the control see-saw change minute to minute. The ...
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Sean Carney
Love this post. Everybody needs to read it.
Monday, 16 March 2015 20:14
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Diabetes! What is it? What’s the risk? What can I do?

Diabetes!  What is it?  What’s the risk?  What can I do?
The percentage of diabetes cases are skyrocketing in the US and many parts of the world. How do you know if you are at risk? Is it genetic? Is it lifestyle? Is it preventable? A clear understanding, even if simplified, is your best defense against becoming diabetic and becoming non-diabetic if you already are. By definition, diabetes is the condition of chronic high blood-sugar. There are two basic types of diabetes; Type-1 and Type-2. Both types are due to an insulin issue. Type-1 diabetes is due to an autoimmune condition where the insulin producing cells in the pancreas have been amputated by the immune system. As with any amputation, they will not grow back. This leaves the vi...
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Ken Thomas
It has been pointed out that the sentence in the last paragraph that reads, "The very fortunate thing is that diabetes is easy to ... Read More
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:12
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Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Control

Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Control
My previous doctor(s) informed me that no matter how diligently I controlled my diabetes that I will still suffer diabetic complications.  I believe this is said because the conventionally prescribed A1C levels of 6 to 7 percent, for Type-1 diabetics are damagingly high.  Further evidence is that my energy levels are lower in the 6 to 7 range as when it is in the normal, non-diabetic 4 to 6 range.  In fact the difference in energy / feel-good level is quite profound.  With that, my interest was / is to maintain normal – non-diabetic blood-sugars at ALL times (70 mg/dl to 100 mg/dl); not just average or fasting, but always, even after an uncomfortably stuffed high carb mea...
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Sean Carney
Ken Thomas strikes again. What a wonderful blog! So informative and helpful. I wish every Type 1 diabetic would give your blogs a ... Read More
Saturday, 17 January 2015 16:15
Mary Jo Oft
Thanks so much for this excellent information based on your experience. I am still experimenting and your experience is quite a mo... Read More
Saturday, 17 January 2015 21:01
Sean Carney
Mary Jo, You are inspiring us. And, I hope many others will find this better way through reading your experience! Sean
Saturday, 17 January 2015 21:57
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Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Logs

Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Logs
In many of my Posts, I mention the fundamental significance of using a log to learn and manage my Type-1 diabetes, not to mention discovering the profound benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Starch Smart diet. It has been requested that I provide a blank copy of my Type-1 diabetic log file, so here it is! My log has evolved over the years of my diabetic journey. The original log was for learning and discovery as well as diabetes management. As I have learned and gained experience, the log has condensed. I thought it would be good to provide both versions. Here is a link to the early version log: Early-Diabetic-Log.pdf Here is a link to the early version log legend and explanation: Early-...
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Sean Carney
Ken, Thank you for being willing to share these logs from your years of diligent observations! What a blessing!
Sunday, 28 December 2014 17:37
Mary Jo Oft
Ken, thanks so much for the log files you posted. I had just begun to log again today after breaking for the holidays.I really ap... Read More
Monday, 29 December 2014 13:51
Guest — Illina
Ken, Thank you for being willing to share these logs from your years of diligent observations! What a blessing
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Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey Part 6: Glycemic Index and Attention Span

Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey Part 6: Glycemic Index and Attention Span
As a Type-1 diabetic, the study of insulin and metabolism has been a subject of obsessive interest for the last 26 years.  From personal experience I have found that maintaining normal blood sugar involves more than simply injecting insulin.  It turns out that it is not entirely a simple matter of matching insulin dose to consumed calories.  Within the first year of my Type-1 diabetes journey, I discovered foods that result in the lowest required insulin doses and ones that result in the largest.  Additionally, the foods that require the lowest insulin also provide the greatest vitality, highest level of energy, stamina, strength and agility.  Later, I discovered th...
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Kens Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Part 4 - My Story

Kens Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Part 4 - My Story
The year 1988 was a pivotal year for me. Prior to 1988 and even the early part of 1988, my health and physical ability was median normal with all my friends and family. In 1972, I was drafted into the US Army and underwent basic combat training for service in the Vietnam War. My physical abilities were also median normal during my Army tour. After the Army, my occupation did not involve a lot of physical activity, but I did go to the gym, took up skydiving and went hiking as often as possible. I had my share of colds, Flu, stomach aches, joint aches and other illnesses just like everyone else. The point is; prior to November 1988, my health was very typical average. Then, at the age of 36 i...
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Sean Carney
Ken, Thank you so much for your blog. My brother just now subscribed to your posts and I hope his son will be here reading very so... Read More
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 22:48
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Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey

Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey
I would like to express my thrill and gratitude to the creators of the Starch-Smart website! It is especially special to me since I discovered the benefits of a whole food plant based starch centered diet way back in 1989, and until now it has been a long, lonely journey. Over the years, common knowledge has been that a healthy diet consists of meat for protein and that you had to have lots of protein to be strong and healthy and that protein only comes from meat. Living on a whole food plant based starch centered diet has kept me in the "weird" or "odd-ball" category with scarce little social acceptance. I got by socially by claiming it was for a medical reason - which is indeed true! Why...
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Sean Carney
I already know some of Ken's story and am so excited that he is willing to share it here! Stay tuned for some very thought provok... Read More
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:07
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