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Blood Sugar 101

Hi! I'm Jenny Ruhl, the author of this web site.

I'm 67 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.

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 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.

For reasons no one can explain, my blood sugar control has improved over the last 3 years. So I currently control my diabetes by usually taking only metformin, while keeping my carbohydrate intake to a moderate level and fasting two days each week using the "5:2" Fast Diet approach. I will occasionally take a very low dose of Prandin if I'm going to eat a high carb meal. My A1c, as of September 2014 was 5.6%. In June of 2015 it was 5.7%

I currently weigh 145 lbs. After losing 30 pounds with a ketogenic low carb diet in 2004 I kept weight in the middle 140s for a decade. My current BMI is within the normal range for my height.

Back in 2004 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. I started tracking through the research articles 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.)

The information I found, much of it differing dramatically from what doctors were telling patients about what caused diabetes and how it should be treated, 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.

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. Please use the Google search you'll find at the top of most pages on this site to search the site for answers to your questions before you email me with a question that you could answer simply by searching the site.

Besides this site, I also maintain the following diabetes/diet sites on the web: