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Blood Sugar 101


About Me

Hi! I'm Jenny Ruhl, the author of this web site. I'm 69 years old. I was first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 1998. Several years ago I discovered that I may actually have a form of MODY which is a genetic form of diabetes different from both Type 1 and Type 2.

After my diagnosis in 1998 I ate a very low carb diet for 7 years to control my blood sugar. Then I used fast-acting insulin at meals with a higher carb intake for another 4 years. I then switched to Prandin (repaglinide) for a year as this turns out to be the best drug for the form of MODY I appear to have. Then, for reasons no one can explain, my blood sugar control improved very suddenly about 5 years ago. So I currently can control with diet alone, though I will occasionally take a very low dose of Prandin if I'm going to eat a high carb meal. My A1c, as of August 2017 was 5.7%.

I currently weigh 147 lbs. After losing 30 pounds with a ketogenic low carb diet in 2004 I kept my weight in the middle 140s for over a decade by watching carbs and calories. Unfortunately, a few years ago I made the mistake of eating a 5:2 fasting diet for two years. The diet started off impressively, with rapid weight loss, but ended up being the first diet I have ever followed that left me fatter than I was when I started out, unlike the low carb diet with counted calories. My experience with 5:2 intermittent fasting is described in more detail HERE.

For now, my current BMI is just above the upper limit for the normal range for my height. However, at my age, it turns out that being slightly overweight correlates to better long-term survival than does normal weight, so I do not intend to do any more weight loss dieting. However, I always make every effort to keep my post-meal blood sugars within the target range that will prevent complications. So far, 19 years after diagnosis, I do not have any of the classic diabetic complications.

Why I Created This Website

Back in 2004 after losing the weight via a very low carb diet I exercised daily for a year and got my body fat down to 24%, which put me into the "Fitness" category for a woman my age. But despite what my doctors had told me, this weight loss and fitness regimen didn't do a thing for my blood sugars, which got worse.

This raised my curiosity and I started tracking through the many research articles about diabetes available for free on the web. (Many of them, now, alas, are no longer free, but I was lucky that I started my research back in 2004 when they were.)

Much of the information I found differed dramatically from what doctors were telling patients about what caused diabetes and how it should be treated.

That research became the kernel of this web site. My goal was to answer these questions: What do scientists actually know about Type 2 diabetes? Why do doctors miss diabetes diagnoses until long after people already have diabetic complications? And what blood sugar levels are truly low enough to prevent further damage to the organs and beta cells?

I learned where the current practice recommendations most doctors follow came from and why they are inadequate to protect people with diabetes from complications. Fortunately, I also found some very solid information about what blood sugar levels seem to be low enough to prevent complications.

Since posting this information, I have heard from literally thousands of people who have found it useful. I have also written a book, Blood Sugar 101: What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes which presents the information you'll find scattered around this site in a clear, well-organized manner. That book, my bestseller, is currently in its second edition (and third revision.)

In 2017 I wrote a brand new book which supplements my bestseller and answers over 200 questions of the type that readers and site visitors have been emailing me over the years. That book is Your Diabetes Questions Answered.

Please Read This Before Contacting Me

I enjoy hearing from readers of this site but please keep in mind that I am not your doctor and I cannot give you personal medical advice. I do not review blood sugar logs or recommend doctors. I also ask that before you email me with a question, you use the Google search box you'll find at the top of most pages on this site to search the site for an answer so that you don't waste my time by asking a question that you could have easily answered with a few moments of effort.