I have a very easy time of it. Being a type 1 diabetic that is. Compared with the difficulties other T1Ds experience, I’m almost embarrassed.

I don’t prick my fingers 6-10 times a day, the Libre takes care of that. I inject only twice a day, 3 units of long acting Levemir at breakfast, 2 units at the evening meal. I don’t bolus or correct with rapid acting insulin injections. I don’t count carbs. I don’t get serious hypos. Any spikes exceed 15mmol (270mg/dl) on sick days only. My HbA1c is 5.6%. Other than Levemir I take no medications, no statins, no blood pressure meds, no nexium etc. The only supplement I take is a B12 tablet twice a week. BMI is 20, blood pressure 115/60, resting heart rate high 40s, and total cholesterol 2.4 mmol/l (93 mg/dl).


This week I celebrate my first anniversary as a vegan. I eat mainly carbs. Lots and lots of carbs. All plant based, as little processed as possible, focus on starchy foods. 80% of daily calories comes from carbs, 10% from protein, and < 10% from fat. I religiously avoid all added oils and fat. If it has a face or a mother, I don’t eat it. No meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs, and NO OIL.

I love exercise. Some say I’m addicted to it. Walk 6-10 km, ride my bicycle 45km per day. Rain, gale or shine, I’m out there. It keeps me fit, keeps bad thoughts at bay, and makes me super sensitive to insulin.


Just two: Nobody, apart from my wife and immediate family, believes me.  Not even my endo. And, I get frustrated when seeing the crackpot science in my Facebook feed that says “carbs are bad”. The least they could do is qualify that statement and say “carbs are bad, if consumed as part of a high fat diet”. And ‘high fat’ means the standard Australian diet. Read the labels: everything has oil added to it.

Below is a report from my Libre, the last two weeks of my blood sugar readings. Five units of basal, zero bolus, three hours of exercise, and lots of oats, rye, barley, chia and flaxseed, bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, legumes, fruit and vegetables went into the making of this.

It goes without saying that the vegan whole foods plant based no oil way of life has been a revelation and blessing to this little black swan diabetic.

I am deeply thankful.


About the author Rien

dutch by birth 🇳🇱 | australian by choice 🇦🇺 | type 1 diabetic 💉 | married ❤️⚭ | grandfather 👴🏻 | fujifilm photographer 📷 | boat builder and sailor ⛵️ | seeker no more 🚫📖

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  1. Happy anniversary Rien.

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  2. I believe you! The problem is T1Ds and T2Ds find comfort in being ‘managed’, be it via attention from a Dr., and/or so they can continue enjoying the good life. Not everyone is inherently as determined as you either… Keep on, Galileo!

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    1. Determination is his middle name.

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  3. I believe you Rien! You’re amazing! I wish I had that kind of control. Happy anniversary!

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