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ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,365)
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8/3/13 2:45 P

I was "right on the edge" 6 years ago, with a fasting glucose of 122 and a HA1C of 6.1. I went low carb for a while ... then added some carbs back into my diet after I got both my blood glucose and carb cravings under control. Now I eat "lower' carb, just BELOW the range recommended by SparkPeople. I started exercising regularly.

I've lost 50 pounds and have never needed meds for my diabetes. My fasting blood glucoses are consistently in the high/normal range, somewhere between 95 and 100 -- and my HA1C's are consistntly around 5.5. I will always be "at risk" for problems with diabetes and will have to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep my blood glucose (and carb cravings) under control. That risk will never go away. But I have been able to improve my status and keep things under control with my dietary and exercise changes.

Good luck to us all!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
8/3/13 8:35 A

my hubby is pre-diabetic.
He now has to track his blood sugar, and eat carefully.

We have tried to cut out a lot of processed foods, and those with added sugars.

I've cut out more than he has; but his blood sugar levels have improved vastly since we have made such adjustments.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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8/3/13 8:02 A

My highest fasting blood sugar was also 108. I cut out almost all junk food from my daily life, reduced portion sizes, started exercising moderately, and lost 45 pounds. About halfway through that my blood sugar was down to 83 or 84; I haven't tested recently. That's all it took for me.

KPA1B2 Posts: 785
8/2/13 11:00 P

My husband was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic about 5 years ago. They put him on Metformin and told him to lose weight. We went on a low carb diet, he eventually stopped drinking pop (he drank almost a 6 pack of regular pop a day) and watched portion sizes. Due to back problems he can't exercise a lot, but he does do daily stretching and walking.

It took about a year for him to lose 50-60 lbs. and to go off of the Metformin. He does test his blood periodically. Now to get him to eat more veggies!

JESSAELINN SparkPoints: (22,120)
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8/2/13 9:38 P

My fasting blood test was 108 before I lost weight. I am not prediabetic, but I came very close to it. I decided to control my diet before it became prediabetic. I think one of the important things for me has been not too eat too much sugars (which was unsuccessful today... oh well), that way I don't get sugar drops and get ravenous, which is what tires out the pancreas in teh first place. I have a tendency to want sugary coffee in the early morning, so it sets me up to fail the rest of the day. I learned to have Splenda and Splenda-sweetened coffee creamer/syrups, and I do much better.

IAMJOYFUL2 Posts: 4,001
8/2/13 9:35 P

Thank you for your responses. They were very helpful. I am prediabetic and working on eating mostly plant base foods, portion control and being as active as I can which isn't very much as I have heart failure.

This morning I felt a little sad and wanted to comfort (insane thinking) myself with a cookie. To distract myself, find some motivation, and learn something, I started this thread. I want to know what works for others who want to avoid become diabetic. The other stuff I wrote to remind me to eat well and exercise.

I am still pondering on your responses.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,252
8/2/13 1:16 P

I don't understand what you are asking? Are you pre-diabetic? Diabetic? Most Pre-diabetics are NOT on insulin, so when you say "don't need as much insulin to keep blood sugar normal" I am assuming you are a full blown diabetic. Are you taking Metformin?

There is more to avoiding sugary drinks and foods...and eating fruits veggies, and's about a balance of carbs and protein and moreover....

Its about monitoring carb intake as how much and what kind of carbohydrates you eat matter, staying hydrated, staying out of hot weather and heat as that affects blood sugar as well. It's also about eating timed snacks so your energy levels and blood sugar stays steady.....getting enough sleep, etc.

and monitoring protein intake is important in maintaining healthy blood glucose levels....

and eating healthy healthy fats are better for your heart and blood vessels. They are mostly found in plant foods, such as nuts and oil. They include unsaturated fats, monounsaturated & polyunsaturated & omega3's and omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3's are in walnuts, flaxseed oil, and fish such as tuna, salmon, and sardines, anchovies and lake trout, olives, avocados, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

Broccoli is the best source of natural chromium. Natural chromium from food is a good insulin regulator & green beans are one of the low glycemic index foods.
Cabbage is very low glycemic index food and a good source of fiber
Cauliflower is very low glycemic index food and a good source of fiber
Brown rice is good for diabetics, as it’s full of fiber, B vitamins, manganese, phosphorus, and other beneficial minerals, however portion control must be followed

Even Birth control pills...they can affect your blood sugar levels...Diuretics used for high blood pressure, called water pills, can also raise blood sugar levels if you have diabetes
Stress may cause your body releases hormones that can cause your blood sugar to rise.

I was pre-diabetic and my endocrinologist told me if I don't watch myself I would become a numbers have been normal for 3 years now. I watch daily everything I eat.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
8/2/13 11:28 A

As a diabetic who has been off all meds for about 38 months now, I find that low carb worked best. The diabetic diet was a complete failure. Most diabetics I know ( Type2 ), have issues with carbs, which cause them to overeat. Obesity, and diabetes are symptoms in my opinion. The idea that obesity caused the diabetes is challenged by the fact that there are skinny diabetics.

When I eat most carbs, my blood sugars soar, and I get cravings. The high blood sugars are diabetes, and the cravings lead to my obesity. They are both caused by carbs though. Not all carbs, just certain kinds, namely sugars/starches. Fibrous, low glycemic carbs don't spike them as much, and I find I need some to avoid low blood sugars.

Only after dropping my blood sugars to a normal level did I start losing weight. In one year I was off all meds, but only because my doctors were cautious. I started having low blood sugars within weeks of starting low carb, and through trial and error, have figured out how to get some with each meal. Since 3 weeks into low carb ( over 4 years now ), I have rarely tested over 120 blood sugar. If I did, it was because of a cheat.

I can say without a doubt, that barring further damage to my body, as long as I don't cheat on low carb, I should never have another high blood sugar. Most days it is around 70-90, and my A1C has been 5.1-5.4 for the past 2 years.

You should test out your theory that brown rice and brown bread won't spike your blood sugar. I find it to be a lot different. Over years of turkey on rye, with water to drink, I found it to move my blood sugars over 300. Same with high fiber oatmeal, and 1/2 a banana for breakfast. Even rice with chicken breast, and broccoli pushed it north of 200.

Meanwhile, if I eat the chicken breast, and broccoli, it will be around 80.

First is pre-diabetes. I think that is just a myth. A slow way to let you come to the realization that you are a diabetic. What was your fasting blood sugar? Back in 2002 when I was diagnosed, they didn't have pre-diabetes. They simply called you diabetic if you had 2 tests over 130. Luckily, my first test was, so no waiting. I am not sure if it is a gift, so your insurance doesn't jump due to your new disease, or just easing the idea of diabetes to you, but diabetes is simply your body not using Insulin properly, or you not producing enough. If it doesn't do it twice, it will continue to not do it. You have to make some changes.

I tried the diabetic diet for 7 years. I would eat great for 3-4 days, and average 170-220. Then I would be so hungry I would cheat, and it would be 650. Low carb worked in a month, and I was off meds in 1 year, and as long as I stick to it, I have no cravings whatsoever. That has allowed me to lose 147 lbs so far.

This does not mean you should do low carb yet. Maybe you have no issues with many carbs. As stated, you should start by cutting out sugar, cola, fruit juice, sweets, and packaged meals. Eat healthy whole foods, and maybe you will never have the doctor say you are diabetic. I hope it works for you. The best thing you can do is lose weight. Health is like fat loss, you get healthier all over,not in spots. So losing weight will improve everything, including blood sugars/Insulin function.

Doctors never explain diabetes well, and you need to do some research at the library. Try the diabetic diet, and see if it helps relieve cravings so you can eat the right amount of food, lower weight, and blood sugars. If it does, great. If not, consider a lower carb diet. Anything from Atkins to South Beach. Sometimes it is the quality of the carbs that make the difference.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,145)
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8/2/13 10:45 A

I believe in low-carb via whole nutrition in conjunction with staying as active and free of stress as possible.

IAMJOYFUL2 Posts: 4,001
8/2/13 9:56 A

Anyone trying to avoid diabetes? What worked for you today?

Because the cells that make insulin have essentially become worn out, eating a healthful diet (high-fiber grains, fruits and vegetables, avoiding sugary drinks and foods) gives those cells a rest.
Every time you exercise, your muscles suck up glucose and you don't require as much insulin to get it into the muscles, When you eat high-fiber food, like brown rice or brown bread, it takes longer to digest and you don't need as much insulin to keep blood sugar normal.

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