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DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,029
2/24/13 2:05 P

Yes, our SP program for diabetes would be a great starting place.
If you doctor is not statisfied with your results, then you may need to have some diet tweaking with a certified diabetes educator.

Becky




CELTICWAY
Posts: 85
2/24/13 1:26 P

Thank you Becky and everyone else. Becky, couldn't I just rely on the carb range given to me from Sparkpoeple since I choose a diabetic diet plan?



DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,029
2/23/13 9:44 A

This SP article (see link below) will provide a complete answer to your "tracking sugar" question and link you to other reliable resources on ways to track "added sugar".

For diabetes and pre-diabetes---counting "total carbohydrate" intake at meals and snacks is the number one diet therapy. Have you worked with a certified diabetes educator to determine your carbohydrate intake for meals and snacks? Ask your doctor for a referral or check out classes available through your local hospital.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=616




SUNSHINE6442
Posts: 1,648
2/23/13 9:16 A

The answer is different for each individual. Probably the best way to track sugar is to reduce your carb intake as carbs get digested fast and quickly turn into blood gloucose. The fats in beef and cheese can also affect sugar levels and cereals are high in sugar and sodium.

Having been pre-diabetic I tracked carbs, sugar, sodium and found that even wheat surged my sugar levels. I gave up all white and wheat bread and all white and wheat pasta so now I eat only Rye a couple of times per week which digests slowly and helps keep me full. I eat only low carb fruits are apricots, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, apples, kiwi, all kinds of berries as berries have the least impact on blood sugar. I eliminated refined sugars, sodas, fruit juices, & artificial sweeteners from my diet, as well as, dried fruit because dried fruit is concentrated with sugar.

Your physician should recommend you to a registered dietician, if not, ask. Also if you have a Publix Pharmacy in your area and you sign up for their diabetic program you can get a free blood glucose meter...learn to use it, and find out what foods you can eat on your current medicine & diet and what gives you spikes. If you test often in the begining it is very helpful in determining what you can and cannot eat.

Good Luck!



SLIMMERKIWI
SparkPoints: (112,598)
Fitness Minutes: (31,820)
Posts: 20,442
2/23/13 5:04 A

There is more to this than just keeping an eye on sugars - I would be inclined to ask your Dr for a referral to a Dietitian so that you can get qualified advice on your nutritional intake based on your health. Fats can be just as problematic. Below is a link to the Mayo Clinic that you may find helpful:
www.mayoclinic.com/health/prediabetes/DS00
624/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs


I hope that you find this helpful!
Kris

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 2/23/2013 (05:05)


AREEJ_R
SparkPoints: (24,388)
Fitness Minutes: (22,774)
Posts: 2,340
2/23/13 4:00 A

i was wondering as well why there is no sugar tracker ,
thank you for the link





SOTIREDOFTHIS
SparkPoints: (4,964)
Fitness Minutes: (3,419)
Posts: 191
2/22/13 11:25 P

You can track sodium, because I have added it to mine. You need to go to your nutrient tracker. If you scroll past your meals that you are tracking you should see 5 boxes underneath of it on the right hand side. Click on Change nutrition goals. This will take you to another page to Edit your nutrition goals. There is a button for you to Add another nutrient to track click on this and it should open a drop down box. Scroll until you see the nutrient you want to add and then once you find it, click on it. You should see it pop up on your nutrient tracking page in another box below your meal tracker.

I hope this helps.



NANLEYKW
SparkPoints: (41,514)
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Posts: 748
2/22/13 11:19 P

The link Dragonchilde posted explains why there's no sugar tracker, but you can track sodium. Just add it to the list of nutrients you track like any other.



DRAGONCHILDE
SparkPoints: (55,021)
Fitness Minutes: (14,173)
Posts: 9,523
2/22/13 9:53 P

The reason is because tracking sugars via labels can be very misleading. The full explanation is here:

www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
rts.asp?q=85




OPUSEVA
Posts: 1,298
2/22/13 8:34 P

See the FAQs.



POETICA7
SparkPoints: (9,026)
Fitness Minutes: (1,713)
Posts: 727
2/22/13 7:22 P

I have been wishing there was a sugar tracker on SP, and a sodium tracker as well. I'll ask your same question: Any insight on this?



CELTICWAY
Posts: 85
2/22/13 4:52 P

I just found out I am prediabetic. Why is there not an option to track sugars? You can track glucose but on a nutritional label you only get the combined sugar grams. Any insight on this?



 
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