SparkPeople Living With Diabetes Team Messageboard This is a group for diabetes in any form: Type 2, Type 1, Gestational, pre-, IR, PCOS or anybody who wants to ask questions or just talk about diabetes. EVERYBODY is welcome! SparkPeople Living With Diabetes Team Messageboard Diabetes World Summit 2015 I saw this on the Diabetes main board. Not sure if anyone else is interested, but I signed up (it's free) <BR> <BR> It looks like there will be some interesting speakers and presentations..... I thought I was for this week, but upon further reflection, it is for next month..... Where did I loose a whole month? lol <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:47:03 EST How to eat Healthy on Vacation Being disabled and on a limited fixed income, I don't "take" vacations..... But I think the tips and hints here are good for everyone, even those who stay at home..... <BR> <BR> Do you have any tips and coping strategies for when you are on vacation? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l/healthy-snacks-on-vacation.aspx?pos=<BR>1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthDietandNutritio<BR>n_20150213 </link> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:36:11 EST Quick hello Hi everyone! Just call me CJ. I'm looking for an active team, posting wise. Just diagnosed with T2 and I've kept my blood sugars low enough these past two weeks that the doctor and I agreed to try diet and exercise alone to bring things under control. <BR> My latest proud innovation is to use my mason jars to pre-portion things into 15 carb 'chunks', so I just pick a fruit or veg, protein and carby jar for each meal. Gonna make packing lunches soooo easy! <BR> I haven't been to see the d... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:28:34 EST Mealtime Tips To Help Your Blood Sugar. How closely do you monitor your mealtime blood sugar levels? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/diabetes-treatment-and-management/blo<BR>od-sugar-at-meals.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_ev<BR>erydayhealthmanagingdiabetes_20150215 </link> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:05:24 EST Technology can help diabetics manage their care... I found this to be a very interesting article.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pulse/diabetes-technology-takes-center<BR>-stage-consumer-electronic-show/?pos=4<BR>&xid=nl_EverydayHealthManagingDiabetes_20150212 </link> <BR> <BR> Would you consider any of these devices? <BR> <BR> I would love a continuous glucose monitor but am allergic to tape so that is out for me -- for now at least.... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:56:00 EST Extend the life of fresh fruits and veggies....... Some of these I had heard of, but others I had not..... Do you have any tips to share? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ets-ways-to-keep-food-from-going-bad/#01 </link> <BR> <BR> I never buy potatoes anymore because I don't use them up fast enough. My sister has a large family so I get a few from her big bag occasionally.... But I had never heard of putting an apple in the bag to help them keep longer.... <BR> <BR> Last summer I threw out a lot of strawberries... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:45:29 EST Insulin for Type 2 diabetics...... Adding insulin may be what your diabetes management needs..... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2/treating/insulin-for-diabetes.aspx?p<BR>os=2&xid=nl_EverydayHealthManagingDiab<BR>etes_20150212 </link> <BR> <BR> This article talks about insulin as a temporary measure, but many Type 2 diabetics take insulin as part of their long term program..... (me included) <BR> <BR> If you need insulin to get your sugars under control, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor. ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:21:40 EST diabetes friendly snacks Some ideas for diabetes friendly snacks. What is your favorite snack? <link><BR>s_article_page/dfriendly_snacks </link> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:30:58 EST Take your medications on that trip..... Are you planning on going on a trip and must take your medications with you? Here are some things to consider...... <BR> <link><BR>l/traveling-with-medications.aspx?pos=<BR>1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthManagingDiabete<BR>s_20150204 </link> Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:57:34 EST Morning Highs? Have you ever set your alarm to wake you up between 2 and 3 am just to check your blood sugar level? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lideshows/handling-morning-highs?utm_s<BR>ource=Update-20150130&utm_medium=eNews<BR>letter&utm_content=Update-newsletter&u<BR>tm_campaign=dLife-eNewsletter& </link> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:23:55 EST A Letter to the Newly Diagnosed A Letter to the Newly Diagnosed <BR> What you need to know when first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes <BR> By Wil Dubois <BR> Welcome to the family! What? I'm the first to say that to you? Well, now that you've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you're part of a HUGE family, and more people than you can imagine are facing the exact same challenges you are. In fact, more than 5,000 Americans were diagnosed with diabetes on the very same day you were. And the same thing is happening today. And... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:33:39 EST Sorry I have not been around much lately. I have been having some more problems - this time both medical and computer, so have not been able to get on site much lately. I do hope I can get my BIL to take my computer in to be checked sometime in the next month. Winter is a really bad (as in busy) time for him so I am not sure when he will be able to do it..... <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season, and wish all the best for everyone for 2015. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:28:30 EST Can a Pancreas Transplant Cure Diabetes? For Type 1's <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es/pancreas-treatment.aspx?pos=1&xid=n<BR>l_EverydayHealthManagingDiabetes_20141009 </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting article.... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:58:07 EST Can exercise prevent Type 2 Diabetes? <BR> <link><BR>rmation-10/misc-diabetes-news-181/can-<BR>exercise-prevent-type-2-diabetes-your-<BR>genes-may-be-key-692155.html?utm_sourc<BR>e=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_camp<BR>aign=20141002&utm_term=692155&utm_content=Consumer </link> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:57:55 EST Howdy Hi! My name is Erin, and I actually am a wife to a diabetic. My whole family is trying to make some changes right now. We are trying to move more and eat a healthier diet that will help my husband keep his blood sugars under control. We live in Parkersburg, WV. I am a 3rd grade teacher and my husband is a stay at home dad. We have two daughters. One is 12, and the other is 5. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 16:07:44 EST New Meds After 6 years living with no meds or metformin only I have now gotten out of control and have to go on meds again. I cannot tolerate metofrmin anymore, terrible stomach issues. I am looking for suggestions and experiences with the other drugs out there. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:36:00 EST 6 Years controlled...No longer Hi, I was dx'ed in 2008 with Type II diabetes. I have kep good control until this year. I have started to eat more, almost like a food addict. Well not almost, how about a full blown food addiction. I lost my mother in a car accident alomost 9 weeks ago and it has been worse, gaining almost 10lbs since her death. Need support. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:32:49 EST Why is everyone getting diabetes and prediabetes? Some very interesting ideas presented as to the cause of diabetes and prediabetes. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es-causes/colberg/causes_of_diabetes?p<BR>age=1 </link> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:34:59 EST Don't let Diabetes Steal your Eyesight. A checklist for good eyesight and when you should see your eye doctor. <BR> <link><BR>/the-eye-exam.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> How often do you visit your eye doctor? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:02:56 EST Are you in the Know about the A1 C Test? Interesting quiz. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.html?quizId=8363900&utm_source=Update<BR>-20140912&utm_medium=eNewsletter&utm_c<BR>ontent=Update-newsletter&utm_campaign=<BR>dLife-eNewsletter& </link> <BR> <BR> I got them all right, although I was just guessing on 2 of them. How did you do? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:41:41 EST Low Fat or Low Carb for Heart Health? As a diabetic, I am also concerned about my heart health. <BR> <BR> Here is some food for thought. <BR> <link><BR>-bunch-rhythm-of-life/low-fat-low-carb<BR>ohydrate-whats-best-for-your-heart/?po<BR>s=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthDietandNutrit<BR>ion_20140914 </link> <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on this? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:26:28 EST Controlling Type 2 Diabetes with Mindful Eating Great article and advice on Mindful Eating, <BR> <link><BR>es/controlling-diabetes-with-mindful-e<BR>ating.aspx?pos=2&xid=nl_EverydayHealth<BR>ManagingDiabetes_20140914 </link> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:02:48 EST Simple Secrets to Living Longer From Every Day Health <BR> <link><BR>simple-secrets-to-living-longer-4309.a<BR>spx?pos=2&xid=nl_EverydayHealthDietand<BR>Nutrition_20140911 </link> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:27:28 EST Glycemic Index and or Glycemic Load from the Everyday Health website <BR> <link><BR>/cs-type-2-diabetes-glycemic-load.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Do you consider the Glycemic Load or Glycmic Index when planning your meals? <BR> <BR> I must admit I have not heard much about Glycemic Load. I will have to do some research on this. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:51:05 EST Keep Your Bladder Healthy I received this in an email today. <BR> <BR> "People with diabetes are especially vulnerable to bladder problems. But you can make healthy lifestyle changes to ensure bladder health. <BR> Find out how." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>h-pictures/keep-your-bladder-healthy.a<BR>spx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthManagin<BR>gDiabetes_20140906 </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:02:37 EST Team goodies sent for August, 2014 Congratulations to MRSRIGS1 for logging 1224 minutes in August. <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Everyone who visited the team in August also got a goodie, except for 4 members who do not appear to have Spark Pages. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your interest in and participation on the team.... <BR> <BR> Stay tuned for the next challenge....... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:57:22 EST Today is last day for fitness Summer Challenge min Today is the last day to record your minutes for the fitness Summer Challenge. <BR> <BR> I want to thank those people who participated. and I will be sending out goodies this evening. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great day, and a wonderful long weekend (Labour Day in Canada, Labor Day in the US) <BR> <BR> Stay safe..... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:12:53 EST Kitchen tips and shortcuts. Again, not a "diabetic" article, but it does have some good tips ..... Like using a peeler to shave onions for very fine strips. I love that one..... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=11828&memberid=871665#.U_4rTjKwL6s </link> <BR> <BR> Lots of neat ideas here. I love the green onion frozen in a soda bottle. I never seem to use up a whole bunch in time and end up throwing so much away.... <BR> <BR> I also love the idea of scooping out an apple and filling with... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:06:32 EST How Stress affects Type 2 Diabetes. <link><BR>/type-2-diabetes-lifestyle/stress-mana<BR>gement-helps-type-2-diabetes.aspx?pos=<BR>2&xid=nl_everydayhealthmanagingdiabetes_20140820 </link> <BR> <BR> How do you cope with stress? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:27:26 EST 8 Low Carb Veggies for Diabetic Diets <link><BR>ures/8-low-carb-veggies-for-diabetic-d<BR>iets.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthD<BR>ietandNutrition_20140820 </link> <BR> <BR> I don't like broccoli unless it is in a soup, I don't like spinach and I refuse to eat asparagus, but I like the other 5 and try to eat often (Brussels Sprouts has always been a special addition to any holiday feast! I've never cooked fresh, always frozen....) <BR> <BR> How about you? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:17:15 EST New Insulin delivery system coming soon? This new delivery system sounds interesting. I wonder how long until it is ready for market? <BR> <link><BR>id=10940#.U_PUFvldW2E </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:51:18 EST Other uses for tin foil this has absolutely nothing to do with diabetes, but I thought some of these tips were interesting and maybe some of you may find so as well....... <BR> <BR> Check it out.... <BR> <link><BR>id=11712&memberid=871665#.U_OO4PldW2E </link> <BR> Anything new there? Or ones you already use? <BR> <BR> I use tin foil in my drip pans on the stove. Makes it so much easier to clean.. <BR> <BR> I use tin foil in the oven, just have to make sure it toes not tou... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:59:16 EST 6 Emergency Complications of Type 2 Diabetes <BR> <link><BR>es/type-2-diabetes-complications.aspx </link> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:18:28 EST Somogyi effect VS. Dawn Phenomenon Here is an interesting article on the Dawn Phenomena vs Somogyi Effect, although both seem the same, there is a slight difference. <BR> <BR> The liver is involved in both scenarios. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>anagement/garnero_0106 </link> <BR> <BR> Comments, anyone? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:35:24 EST Calorie Counting and Low BGL Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> This may be a repeat of an earlier topic, but I couldn't find anything on it. My question is, when treating your lows, do you include those calories in your daily limit? <BR> While trying to get my high bgls under control, I am now going low at least once a day. Until I can get a finer control on this, should I be counting the glucose tabs and treatment snacks in my calorie count? Help! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:30:58 EST 9 hidden risks of High Blood Sugar Spark People article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=831 </link> <BR> <BR> Have you read it? what do you think? Post your comments.... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:48:56 EST Brown fat vs White fat From WebMD <BR> <link><BR>/healthy-brown-fat-may-cut-odds-for-ob<BR>esity-diabetes </link> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:26:24 EST Still here I think Sorry for my absence, this last month has been insane! <BR> My cousin came into town and I had not seen her for more than ten gosh, we are a loud family, lol! <BR> Couple of trips downtown to the Shedd Aquarium and have been sick ever since then. I thought I caught something, then I was sure it was allergies, and after a trip to the emergency room last night...nope, bronchitis and my asthma is back with a vengeance! I have to start using my inhalers again (Boo!) <BR> <BR> Did n... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:10:58 EST How to earn a team Goodie for August So for August, I am going to shake things up just a bit. Instead of getting a goodie just for visiting the team in August, only those members who actually POST ON THE TEAM WALL will get goodies. <BR> <BR> Keep it short, Keep it fun. And we hope to see you there. <BR> How many members can we get to join in???? <BR> <BR> <BR> There is still one month left in the Summer 2014 Challenge. Besides a Team Participation Goodie as outlined above, you could also earn a Challenge Participation Go... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:45:16 EST Summer 2014 Challenge -- August posting only Month THREE of our summer challenge (August) <BR> <BR> Here is a challenge to get you going, if you are not already, or keep you going if you are. <BR> <BR> DURATION OF CHALLENGE: June, July, August <BR> <BR> WHAT: Post your MINUTES of exercise here and the date you did them. Post Daily. <BR> <BR> Do NOT post comments on this thread. Post only Minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> The people who post DAILY will get a goodie at the end of the challenge. <BR> <BR> There will be an addition... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:31:37 EST Team goodies sent for July, 2014 Congratulations to MRSRIGS1 for logging a whopping 1177 minutes in July. WAY TO GO <BR> <BR> Everyone who visited the team in July also got a goodie, except for 5 members who do not appear to have Spark Pages. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your interest in and participation on the team.... <BR> <BR> Now, who is up for August? <BR> <BR> This will be the last month of this particular challenge. In order to win a Spark Goodie, all you have to do is post your fitness minutes for each day. ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:27:04 EST Diabetic Kitchen -- Oatmeal Do you eat oatmeal (also called porridge) ? <BR> <BR> If so, how do you measure the oats, by weight or by cup? Do you cook them 1:1 ratio or 2:1? <BR> <BR> Believe it or not, this WILL make a difference to your food counts.....A stiff or thick oatmeal will have more of the actual oats in that half cup serving, while a thinner oatmeal will have more water as part of the serving..... <BR> <BR> How do you prepare it? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:07:23 EST Exercise intensity and fuel I have a 2 part question. <BR> The first is: How intensely do you exercise? <BR> <BR> The second part is if you exercise for an hour or longer or have a tough workout, what should you (meaning ME, lol) be using for fuel? <BR> <BR> The reason I ask is because I am gaining miles and time on my bicycle. Right now I am around 10 miles and an hour or so at a time. I have been trying to continuously pedal because I am pretty slow and my bike is heavy so it loses momentum fairly quickly. <B... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:45:47 EST Peripheral Neuropathy and Diabetes From WEBMD <BR> <link><BR>lications-10/all-about-dpn?ecd=wnl_dia<BR>_071714&ctr=wnl-dia-071714_nsl-ld-stry<BR>_2&mb=Qljlu%40iw1cl%40oGmXtW0zK%40HnVe<BR>v1imbCLjXnAH6l20M%3d </link> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:47:03 EST Team Wall Character Limit There has been a lot of concern and discussion over the length of some Team Wall posts. On some teams, members were using The Wall to introduce themselves, ask questions, carry on conversations, etc making the wall awkward to navigate to the bottom to get to the actual team forums.... <BR> <BR> As a result, SP will be launching a slight change tomorrow, now limiting wall posts to a maximum of 140 characters. There will be a countdown so members can see how many characters they have left fo... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:37:39 EST Spark Team Bonus Spins If you normally use the Spark Team Bonus Spins, you may have a little problem this week in accessing the "pendants" <BR> <BR> This is apparently due to a temporary sponsorship on the site and should be back to normal next week. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, you can still access the team bonus spins by going to your spark page and scroll down to section 3, then selecting the third box down "SparkAmerica Team Bonus Points" <BR> <BR> Just in case anyone is wondering...... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:22:57 EST A new way of testing for BS? From WEBMD <BR> <link><BR>/saliva-test-might-someday-replace-nee<BR>dle-prick-for-diabetics?ecd=wnl_day_07<BR>1414&ctr=wnl-day-071414_nsl-hdln_3&mb=<BR>Qljlu%40iw1cl%40oGmXtW0zK%40HnVev1imbCLjXnAH6l20M%3d </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:29:05 EST How often do you test? Fasting? <BR> Before Meals? Which Ones? <BR> After Meals? Which Ones? <BR> Before Bed? <BR> <BR> Or just once in awhile? <BR> <BR> Do you react to your readings, (have a snack if too low, take insulin if too high, etc) or just record and report to your doctor? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:51:54 EST More July Special Days VATWELL and DBELLE39 Happy Belated Birthday to VATWELL July 7th Hope you had a great time and enjoyed your day <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday Donna (DBELLE39) July 10th Hope you have a special day tomorrow <BR> <BR> If I have missed anyone, please send me an email. Thanks so much.... <BR> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:35:43 EST Are your Blood Sugars Out of Control ? from WEBMD <BR> <link><BR>iabetes-11/slideshow-control-your-bloo<BR>d-sugars?ecd=wnl_dia_070814&ctr=wnl-di<BR>a-070814_promo_1&mb=Qljlu%40iw1cl%40oG<BR>mXtW0zK%40HnVev1imbCLjXnAH6l20M%3d </link> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:39:13 EST Happy Anniversary, Sparkversary and Birthdays Our team member SALLYANDGENE has 2 "versaries" to celebrate today, July 1. <BR> <BR> Anniversary and Sparkversary. <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> Also this week, team member VATWELL has a birthday on July 7th, <em>244</em> <BR> Team member DBELLE39 has a birthday on July 10th <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Sending you all best wishes for Happy Sparkversaries, Anniversaries and Birthdays. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:43:45 EST Summer 2014 Challenge -- July posting only. Month TWO of our summer challenge (July) <BR> <BR> Here is a challenge to get you going, if you are not already, or keep you going if you are. <BR> <BR> DURATION OF CHALLENGE: June, July, August <BR> <BR> WHAT: Post your MINUTES of exercise here and the date you did them. Post Daily. <BR> <BR> Do NOT post comments on this thread. Post only Minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> The people who post DAILY will get a goodie at the end of the challenge. <BR> <BR> There will be an additional go... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:16:05 EST Happy CANADA DAY / INDEPENDENCE DAY <em>636</em> <BR> <BR> We are going on a picnic, small little park near sis's place. <BR> <BR> I am taking BBQ chicken (in the crock pot right now) and will also make some gluten free, low carb, oven fried chicken. <BR> <BR> Sis is taking some veggies and dip, hot dogs and burgers and small potato salad for the guys, and made the birthday cake this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Hope the weather will be nice and not rain..... <BR> <BR> What are your plans, my fellow Canadians? <BR> <BR> <em... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:10:24 EST Okra Water...I am certainly not chancing it! I've seen this around FaceBook for a couple of days now...drinking okra water will 'cure' diabetes, they even go as far as to say that it will replace insulin.... <BR> <BR> BAH! (-----that's my official opinion. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.asp </link> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:10:20 EST What is your go-to breakfast? My usual breakfast for the last month or so has been 3/4 cup cottage cheese (1%), 1/2 cup blueberries, and 1/4 cup almonds is , and one packet of stevia...because I have never eaten cottage cheese without something sweet...thanks Grandpa! <BR> <BR> I have been so burned out on eggs (well, egg whites anyways!) and didn't want to overload on carbs with cereal, I was having a really rough time finding anything that I wanted to eat for breakfast. <BR> <BR> I usually don't buy fresh berries othe... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:48:20 EST Eating blah, feeling blah I spent a couple of days paying less attention to what I have been eating and I think I am paying for it. My bg has been ok, but I have been without energy for a few days now. <BR> <BR> I have gotten my eating back on track yesterday and today, but still haven't gotten the energy back. <BR> <BR> Just blah. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:38:50 EST Pancreas not working? There's an app for that! I know that all inventions start somewhere, some in the most unlikely of places! <BR> While reading the article, I understand how much this would help some T1's out. <BR> <BR> But since I am also quite snarky and sassy....I could not help the thoughts that crossed my mind. We have an app for everything now! I admit, there were some thoughts about iphone maps and phone finder, lol! <BR> is the link for the article in case you missed it. <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:04:17 EST Father's Day Well, Sunday is Father's Day. Do you have any special plans? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:10:18 EST Irritated / Hurt This has been bugging me for a couple of weeks... <BR> My older sister is always telling me how terrible she feels, she has a LOT of different food sensitivities and has a pretty decent diet. <BR> She did, however, grow up eating the same way I did...carb-loaded and cheap. She is overweight and has always had problems with her knees since she was little, so she doesn't get a whole lot of exercise. <BR> <BR> She has sat and listened to me cry about being pre-d and offered all sorts of supp... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:45:40 EST Diet vs. Exercise Do you rely on one of these more than the other to help with your management? <BR> <BR> Some days, I feel like I am floundering to keep up with both. Whether it is because the child in my mind REALLY wants junk food, or the physical issues that I have with my joints make me not want to work on exercise....and then there are times that I am just tired, either from working or keeping up with life in general! <BR> <BR> I try to make sure that if I am lacking in the health aspect of my diet,... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:59:20 EST New Team Co-Leader Please join me in welcoming _MOBII_ as a new co-leader of this team. Check out her page and get to know her and support her in this task. <BR> <BR> <em>229</em> and I hope you stick around for a while..... <BR> <BR> I am still here, still a team leader, and in fact would like to find at least one other person to help out. If anyone is interested, please email me and we can talk..... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:07:39 EST Got meds? Out of curiosity, are you on medication specifically for diabetes? <BR> <BR> Being pre-d myself, I am not yet on any medication although I have had no change in my last a1c reading (5.7) and my doctor mentioned Metformin. I am still tweaking my menu and hoping that my next reading will show normal. <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:56:21 EST Busy bee! I haven't been around too much, but there is a lot going on! <BR> We are ramping up for our busy season at work, and I think my boss has some sort of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ailment. <BR> Seriously, she is driving me nuts! <BR> <BR> I had a bad time of things also with my last a1c results. It didn't get worse, but it didn't improve either, I am still hovering at 5.7...its maddening. It threw me into a bit of downward spiral with my depression for a bit, but I am still working on it! <BR> <B... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:15:11 EST Woo Hoo Day What is your Woo Hoo moment for this past week? Anyone care to share? Thu, 5 Jun 2014 08:44:54 EST New Team Goals I have set up both suggested team goals. Take a look. Some may want to do just one, others may want to do both.I will review targets when we've had a chance to see if anyone uses them.... <BR> <BR> Best wishes. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:53:39 EST Summer 2014 Challenge -- Comments and questions Post any and all questions or comments here. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:37:00 EST Summer 2014 Challenge -- June posting only. Here is a challenge to get you going, if you are not already, or keep you going if you are. <BR> <BR> DURATION OF CHALLENGE: June, July, August <BR> <BR> WHAT: Post your MINUTES of exercise here and the date you did them. Post Daily. <BR> <BR> Do NOT post comments on this thread. Post only Minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> The people who post DAILY will get a goodie at the end of the challenge. <BR> <BR> There will be an additional goodie for the most minutes of exercise, and another for... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:29:22 EST Looking for a new co leader for this team. Here's wishing Frank all the best as he goes forward. <BR> <BR> In light of his decision to step down a co-leader, I would like to know if anyone would be interested in becoming a co-leader. <BR> <BR> If you would be interested, email me and we can talk. <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:04:17 EST Team Goals Apparently Spark will NOT be bringing back the old Huddle Wall despite many complaints from members, This new Wall is here to stay (until another trend comes along) so I am going to remove this from our team goals. <BR> <BR> At the same time the goal to "Earn 20 spark points per day" caught my attention. I am going to delete that goal. It does nothing to promote healthy lifestyle for diabetics. <BR> <BR> So I am looking for goals to replace these. One will be about planning daily menus... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 21:05:32 EST Do you use the Spark Calendar and Planner? If you do, then you may want to back everything up. <BR> <BR> There is talk that Spark will be removing this feature on June 10th. So you have 10 days to back everything up to a new calendar and /or Planner. <BR> <BR> As it stands, this may NOT happen. Many team leaders have expressed concern about this removal, so one of the coaches has said "they" will be discussing this on Monday and get back to us. <BR> <BR> I will keep you posted if (when) I hear anything else on this.... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 01:21:13 EST Where do you ..... Where do you get your recipes from? <BR> <BR> Cookbooks ???? <BR> On line ???? <BR> hand-me-downs (from mom, Grandmother, friends., etc) ???? <BR> make up as you go ???? Fri, 23 May 2014 13:34:38 EST Mother's Day Mother's day is fast approaching. Do you have any special plans? Sun, 4 May 2014 13:52:41 EST A different kind of question (about labwork) Actually several of related questions...... <BR> <BR> How long have you been diabetic? <BR> How often do you get your labwork done? <BR> Do the techs have any problems drawing samples? <BR> What do they have to do to get the samples they need? <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:14:53 EST Changes coming to Team Pages next week..... There are some changes coming to the team pages sometime next week. I am not sure if these changes are for all team members, or just team leaders, but check it out on You Tube if you would like to see what is going on..... <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:05:53 EST Next week is Easter...... Are you hosting Easter dinner: If so, what will be on your menu? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:10:34 EST 4 year old son with type 1 Hello <BR> <BR> I'm a 25 year old mom (without diabetes) and found out my son has type 1 on March 24th. It's been pretty scary but we are getting used to it. Are there any other moms with young children managing diabetes? Or any of you diagnosed at a young age with type 1? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:55:51 EST Wedding cake When you go to weddings, do you eat any of the wedding cake? Tue, 8 Apr 2014 03:58:02 EST BS Monitor I had no idea that they wore out although I should have guessed it because I sure have enough experience with other electronics! <BR> <BR> Even though I am only dx with pre-d, I thought I should start keeping an eye on my fasting bs. <BR> I was using a Reli-On that was a couple of years old. <BR> My morning readings fluctuated between 85 and 105, with relatively the same diet (still haven't figured out my whole diet plan), and eating the same time in the evenings. <BR> <BR> I read that so... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:34:36 EST Prediabetes or diabetes? Is there REALLY a difference? <BR> <BR> I know that the A1C numbers are classified as pre-diabetic and diabetic, but is pre-d just a nice way of saying you are just a little diabetic? <BR> Wouldn't that be like saying that someone is just a little pregnant? <BR> <BR> Or is it that when your A1C reaches 6.5 %, there is no fixing it? <BR> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:22:01 EST My Diabetic Kitchen - Vegetables What is your favourite COOKED vegetable? Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:46:52 EST Breakfast proteins? I am at a huge loss as to eat for breakfast...I shouldn't eat eggs every day because of the cholesterol, but I am getting SO tired of egg whites! <BR> As things are right now, I have a hard time getting in my minimum calories and am dropping weight pretty rapidly...not that I don't need to lose, but it is worrisome how fast it is going. <BR> <BR> I've tried peanut butter also, but I don't want to over-do that because of the fat. <BR> <BR> Help? Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:17:07 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Tracy. I was dx with pre diabetes at the beginning of March and have been trying to gather information on what I need to do and not do. I got very little info from my doctor, she basically said my A1C was 5.7 and that I needed to cut out the white carbs. <BR> I do know a bit about diabetes though, my dad was type 2 and I also have worked for several years in nursing homes when I was younger and helped to care for many I know about the risk of eye problems/blind... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:07:27 EST Diabetic Kitchen - Pot lucks When you go to pot luck dinners, what kind of choices do you put on your plate? Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:35:21 EST From my Diabetic Kitchen Do you ever have pot luck dinners at work, at church, or other social gathering? <BR> <BR> If so, what is your "go-to" item to take? Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:13:51 EST HELP, I've switched from carb snacks to fat snacks Hi Everybody - <BR> <BR> I've been diabetic for years now, but the last few years have been the toughest. A condition that used to take care of itself with a couple of pills has turned into a life where I'm constantly exhausted, fighting just to get through the day. <BR> <BR> I decided to take the bull by the horns, committing to lowering my carbs in the hope of lowering my AIC. My daily levels have been much better, but I'm finding myself eating high fat foods instead of high carb ones... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:46:19 EST Rant/confession I have a confession. Honestly I sometimes doubt this diabetes thing. Don't know why. Maybe it's because I'm diet/exercise controlled. I don't deal with the meds or injections at this time. <BR> <BR> Then I get hit with a bg of 228 (Friday night) and I say, "Yup, I'm diabetic" Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:33:30 EST In my Diabetic Kitchen: Do you have a microwave? Have you heard the controversy about their use and is that an issue for you? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:26:11 EST Snacking habits of family members How do you deal with the frustration of watching family members (spouse) eat what and when they want? <BR> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:36:44 EST Chemo affecting my blood sugars My T2 diabetes has been in remission for nearly 2 years now. I was Dx'd as large B cell Lymphoma in July of this year. I immediately started chemo using the all powerful, does no bad things, takes no space chemo cocktail called R-CHOP. No effect on blood sugars and started out working as well as billed. Suddenly my body rejected it and I was put on GEM/OX plus ritoxin. Same thing, no blood sugar abnormalities but I rejected it as well. <BR> <BR> This week I started a new regimen that include... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:46:09 EST Wife of T2 diabetic Hello everyone! <BR> when I saw that you also welcomed people who had questions (but maybe not diabetes themselves) I got excited. My husband is really a wonderful guy. We're both in our late 40s and about 7 years ago he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It runs in his family. <BR> However, throughout the last 7 years it has been a constant fight (some times literally) to get him to take care of himself (checking sugar on a regular basis, learning what carbs are, getting him to read ANYT... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:16:23 EST Numbers under better control! So... my BF went on insulin back in September (I think?) because his numbers were way out of control. His NP told him to start with a small dose and raise it by a couple of units every couple of days until he started getting consistent readings at or lower than 120 every morning. She said if his sugar was at or below 180 at bedtime, he should not take the insulin. He reached those number after only a couple of months. He also changed his diet and lost some weight. He hasn't had a shot of... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:20:51 EST Just a quick note I am still having some major computer problems. I think I almost have enough saved to take it in to get it looked at..... I hope .... I almost wish I could afford a new one..... <BR> <BR> It may take another week or so before I can get it in to a technician so please be patient with me..... I will be back as soon as I can.... <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I hope everyone had a great holiday and surviving the cold weather...... <BR> <BR> BEST WISES TO ALL Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:25:56 EST Diabetes and a Vegan diet? I am reading Dr. Neal Barnard's Reverse Diabetes book. He is recommending a completely vegan diet for folks with Diabetes. His main emphasis is no animal products whatsoever. No fish meat, no chicken meat, no eggs, no diary. Pure plant base diet. He also shuns using oils like olive oil to cook with. I am curious if any of you out there are vegan. I am already eating a mostly vegetarian diet since September. I eat chicken maybe a few nights. Once or twice a week I eat fish. I haven't had red m... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:50:04 EST Diabetic Friendly Dessert? Anyone know of anything chocolate? I need something for a holiday dinner where there will be several diabetics (at least three that I know of) <BR> <BR> Also, does anyone know how to exchange sweetened condensed milk for unsweetened condensed milk with splenda or some other sugar substitute added? Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:12:00 EST Medical ID Hi! I wanted to get your input on this topic. <BR> <BR> I use to have a medical ID Necklace, but after a period of time it started to bug me. So I stopped wearing it. A little over a month ago, I became insulin dependent and figure out a way to turn the once necklace into a bracelet. Upon visiting my Diabetes Educator, she was surprised I even had one, but also informed me that I should get a new one that stated I was taking insulin. My old one has my first and last name, and states I am Di... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:48:02 EST In my Diabetic Kitchen: Salads, part 2 Cesar Salad or Tossed Salad? Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:19:59 EST Sugar level I am so frustrated with my sugar level i try so hard to keep it down between 80 and 120. i had to get a new meter because my other one was not working properly i did not realize how bad my sugar has become i have had a high of 241 last night. i try to eat right and it seems anything i eat is making my stomic upset . It is like my system is fighting the food i just do not know anymore <em>33</em> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:46:10 EST Diabetes Education We attended the first of four group classes yesterday of a Diabetes Education class put on by one of our local hospitals. It was a pretty good class, but boy, was it an eye-opener, in terms of how much misinformation and ignorance there is out there! <BR> <BR> Let me say first, that when my BF was first diagnosed, we scoured the internet and the library for information about the disease and how to treat it. He had old information because his mother was diabetic for most of his life, but a ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 15:58:34 EST In my Diabetic Kitchen: Salads Of the two below, what is your favourite salad? <BR> <BR> Chef's Salad <BR> Greek Salad <BR> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 23:28:30 EST Food and exercise! Hi Y'all. <BR> Today I got out and Walked! My goodness, I can't believe that a 20 minute walk would make every muscle in your lower body hurt so bad! lol It was a total wake up call as to how out of shape I am! <BR> <BR> Food!.... I've been reading several postings where people are talking about portion control, weighing your foods... etc... <BR> I don't have the first clue how to do any of that! Is there a special scale I need to get? I'm totally lost! Your help would be greatly apprec... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:18:47 EST Diabetic looking for Support Howdy Y'all! <BR> My name is Bobbi, and I'm new to SP. I decided it was time to get my health back on track and get moving. I was newly diagnosed with diabetes a couple years ago. However, Due to my severe depression, I haven't taken it very seriously. My intentions are good, but after a period of time I stop taking my medication and stop checking my blood sugar. Since joining SP, I've restarted everything. The kind words and advice has really encouraged me this time around. I come here sever... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 22:44:30 EST In my Diabetic kitchen: Casserols Do you eat or even like casserols? If so, what is your favourite? Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:03:24 EST In my diabetic kitchen: feasts We are getting into that time of year when we meet with family, friends and co-workers to enjoy the bounty of the land. <BR> <BR> What to you do to prepare for the many food choices you will be facing? <BR> <BR> 1. Loose it before hand so you can indulge? <BR> 2. Eat what is offered and worry about any weight gain after the event? <BR> 3. Pick and choose or limit the amount you eat? Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:03:56 EST In my diabetic kitchen: snacks How many snacks do you have each day? Thu, 3 Oct 2013 05:43:33 EST Home Blood Glucose Monitoring "How to's" This is a great Spark article on choosing and using monitors to test your blood sugar levels at home. <BR> <BR> If you don't currently test at home, this article can help you sort out the whys and wherefores. Even if you are confident in your technique of home testing, the article is great for a refresher course. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>articles.asp?id=1501 </link> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 05:41:10 EST Diabetic Husband Hi, I need help! My husband is prediabetic and he wants me to figure out what he can eat within the confines of what he likes, he does not want to learn to like healthier choices. I'm thankful he at least gave up the sweets. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any recipe ideas for me? <BR> <BR> His diet mainly consists of meat and potatoes, bread, cereal and milk. <BR> He does not like most vegetables, he will only eat peas, carrots and corn. <BR> He does like some fruit, bananas, apples and grap... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:58:49 EST TEAM COOKBOOK <em>227</em> DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE. <em>227</em> <BR> We would like to make the following instructions easy for all members to access without having to scroll through multiple postings. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***** <BR> Did you know that we have a TEAM COOKBOOK that is accessible simply by clicking on the team picture on the team homepag... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:34:20 EST In my Diabetic Kitchen: What is your fav soup? What is your most favourite soup of all time? Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:52:21 EST In my Diabetic Kitchen: Soup - Homemade or canned? Do you eat soup? Do you make your own, open a can or a combination of both? Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:57:57 EST About finding the right doctor Hi all, I just joined this team today. I am not diabetic myself, but I live with my long-term BF who was diagnosed in 2009. At the beginning of this year, he started developing neuropathy pain and by July, he'd been "laid off" from his job because he could no longer perform the physical labor it demanded and his employer couldn't make any reasonable accommodation for him. He's now on Medicaid and is in the process of applying for disability. <BR> <BR> He's on his second PCP (demanded by h... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:24:22 EST The Great Bread Experiment I love sandwiches. This is what I am going to miss most out of my eating habits. I was eating Klosterman Homestyle wheat bread. It jacks my blood sugar really high. So I went with no bread for a few days. I thought I would try Pita Bread today with my vegie burgers. Well, whole wheat Pita bread is out of the question. It jacked my blood sugar 128 points after 1 and a half hours. *sighs* So what next? I guess I will have to try tortilla shells for my sandwich cravings. Any suggestions? Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:42:02 EST Team Goals I was looking at our team goals. <BR> <BR> Drinking water is an important part of our healthy living, and huddling with the team gets members to check in on the team at least occasionally. But there is one that is used by only 1 person and another that, while easy, does not really align with our purpose of living with Diabetes (spark points). <BR> <BR> I am wondering if we could replace these two with something more in keeping, such as exercise, taking daily BS readings -- or somethi... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 18:09:24 EST In my Diabetic Kitchen: One is one too many...... Is there a food that you find you cannot stop eating once you start? Mon, 9 Sep 2013 00:26:07 EST Hello! Hello All. I am a new team member but not new to SparkPeople. I have neglectly my health a lot of the years. i was told in 2007 I was heading down a road of Type 2 diabetes. I stopped going to the doctor and thought I could fight this all on my own. I decided to go to the doctor again last week just to see if anything was going on that I didn't know about. My cholesterol is a little high but my fasting blood sugar was out of whack. So I am back on metformin and I am now on the dreaded insulin... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 10:07:21 EST In my Diabetic Kitchen: Food most often found What is your go-to food? That is, what do you make the most and why? Sun, 1 Sep 2013 18:54:43 EST Hi! I'm Cat! I am a Type II diabetic, and although I am not new to diabetes, I am just now making the serious promise to myself, my dh, and my dr that I will get this under control. I'm already dealing with some of the effects of the disease, namely kidney problems. I know I have to work hard at this to avoid being in my grave in 5 years. <BR> <BR> I hope to make lots of new friends here! <em>30</em> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:55:46 EST In My Diabetic Kitchen: My Favourite gadget What is your favourite tool, small electrical appliance or gadget in your kitchen? <BR> <BR> How do you use it to keep on track with your diabetic meal plan? Sat, 24 Aug 2013 18:44:44 EST Victoza I've been on Victoza for about 3 months now. Stuff makes my blood sugar reading in the 90-140 range, but I've been having some side effects and I wondered if anyone else here takes it and what your experience has been, good or bad. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:25:30 EST Update on Frank (Firecom) Just wanted to let everyone know that I talked to Frank yesterday (via email) and he says he is doing fine, had his second round of chemo and other than some dizziness and balance issues, is doing fine. Only 4 more rounds to go. <BR> <BR> He continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> Linda Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:07:02 EST Summer Vacations Do you take a vacation during summer? If so, where did you go and what did you do? <BR> <BR> If you have not yet had your vacation, when do you usually take it? Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:31:19 EST Giving it another try Hello All: I'm giving getting healthy and back on track another try. I'm hoping to be a good motivator as well as making some new connections in order to keep me in check. Christine Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:03:02 EST Canada Day and Independance Day It is getting to that time of year again when Canadians celebrate CANADA DAY and Americans celebrate INDEPENDANCE Day. Other countries have their own patriotic days - sorry, I am not sure what they are........ <BR> <BR> <em>636</em> In Canada, we are lucky to have our day fall on a Monday this year, so we get a long weekend and of course the weekend starts on Friday, right? lol <BR> <BR> We have not decided for sure yet, but we may go on a picnic on Monday. We have 5 birthdays to ce... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:10:25 EST lifescan meter recall just out on the internet through diabetes self management magazine <BR> lifescan meter reacll (not strips only meters) <BR> ONE TOUCH..VERIO IQ <BR> ONE TOUCH VERIO PRO <BR> ONE TOUCH VERIO PROPLUS <BR> 800.717.0276 for life scan ans meter replacement <BR> the lady mary posseing through <BR> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:12:07 EST Howdy! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kim, and I'm new to the group. I was diagnosed with type 2 on January 5th, 2012. Biggest eye opener of my life. My BG was 301 at the Dr. office. I also had hypertension and high cholesterol and high blood fat. I was 34 at the time. My doc put me on Metformin, Lovastatin, and Lisinopril. <BR> <BR> A little over a year later, I've been taken off the blood pressure and cholesterol medications, and continue to take 1,000mg Metformin twice daily. It's been an u... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:44:23 EST Pre-diabetes Been diagnosed with the above since June 2012. How do you know when you <BR> have progressed to Type II ? Although I have'nt checked my blood sugars levels for a while, <BR> they are averaging around 137-140. Also, as a symptom, does smelling fish all the time mean anything? Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:01:43 EST DEXCOM Glucose monitoring system Thank goodness for this device--It is working well and so much easier to work with than we anticipated. It's taking a huge load off my mind and giving his fingers a rest! Not as worried with the constant "is he low while driving? etc"...Although he doesn't seem to hear it during the night, at least I do, and it's better than the days of me not sleeping and hovering over him, seeing if he seems low and whether or not I should finger stick him. Anyone else using it or a similar system? If your ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:23:49 EST February Challenge Past challenges have been about moving, (walking, etc) so this month we are going to switch it up just a bit. <BR> <BR> Category: Strength Training exercises <BR> <BR> What: Biceps and Triceps, squats, and core <BR> <BR> How: 3 days a week, do Biceps and Tricepts on day 1, squats on day 2 and core exercises on day 3. Repeat for the remaining 4 weeks of February. <BR> <BR> The challenge: Most of us already do some form of exercises so the challenge will be to POST them here on this th... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:06:15 EST Huddle wall goodies have been sent Goodies have been sent to team members who huddled on the huddle wall during the combined months of December 2012 and January 2013. <BR> <BR> I thank all of those who took part and hope you enjoy your goodies. You have earned it. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great beggining of the year, and that next month will be even better..... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:56:23 EST Team Icon I have been doing a lot of thinking about the team icon, and while it is nice for mothers and or babies, I don't think it is really represenative of the majority of us. We do have some members who are type 1 or have (or had) gestational diabetes, but I believe the majority of us are Type 2's. <BR> <BR> So I would like to change the team icon and this is your chance to have your say. What would you like to see? <BR> <BR> Not everyone here is on insulin, so a picture of a pump would not... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:41:30 EST Do you want challenges? Last fall I posted a challenge (walk it off for Christmas), and several people did say they would do it, but not one person posted any results. Did anyone do that challenge? <BR> <BR> Do you even want challenges? And if you do want to see challenges, what kind of challenges would you like to see? Walking, times, strength training, eating, whatever ---- I really would like to hear for you. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:30:51 EST HI.. I am starting AGAIN.. I need help. I talked with Nancy at the drs office yesterday and she helped me start, set a few goals. Now I need to talk daily, so am hoping there are other folks out there starting now so we can work together. <BR> Goals: keep carbs daily less than 110, walk daily (rain or shine) 30 minutes and track my sugar levels 4 times daily. Well I have done all now for two days. <BR> my weight is 220, I am hoping that the reduced carbs will reduce my weight also. Not sure now though. <BR> juanita..... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:05:59 EST Good Breakfast foods I was really having a difficult time with my blood sugar spiking after breakfast <em>234</em> . Looked for a really good bread where I can actually have 2 slices of toast without my blood sugar soaring... <BR> <BR> I finally found the COBS cape seed loaf. 2 slices have 270 calories, 30g carb, 8 g fiber (so only 22g net fiber) and a whopping 13g of protein! I don't know if it's the seeds that make it clearly low on the glycemic index, but I'm thrilled to actually be able to eat 2 slices of... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:02:33 EST caregiver Up monitoring my husband's night time blood sugars as usual- New Dexcom monitor in place but he doesn't seem to be waking to the low blood sugar alerts-Thought this was going to make my life easier! Just so frustrated with his lack of keeping his daily log....Not telling me how much insulin he's taking etc.,so I can know and be better prepared, or know how to best correct things. I know it's not easy- I know it's a chore- a drudge- He's had a major car accident and seizure's these past few mo... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:42:19 EST Countdown to Christmas, what is left to do? Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. Did you put a penny in the old man's hat? <BR> <BR> There is always so much to do at this time of year and it is easy to get stressed or overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> How are your Christmas preparations going? What are you working on, what do you still have to do? <BR> <BR> How do you cope? Sun, 9 Dec 2012 21:25:01 EST Hello! My name is Selina...I will be 47 in January..have been a diabetic for most of my life...I found out when I was 20...I have taken every medicine known to man for this disease..and yet I still can't get my numbers under downfall is sweets...I know..I know...but ever since I have joined SP..(which was only a few days I have started eating a LOT better...doing some of the cardio video workouts..and have a MUCH better mind frame..knowing that there are other people out there... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:09:01 EST Hi everyone! I'm Cat, and I'm new to the forum and to SparkPeople. This is my first week, and it's really awesome! I'm trying to find a community to be a part of, for the support, and also to help occupy some of my time. Free time can be the devil in disguise! <BR> <BR> I'm a Type 2, diagnosed 4-5 years ago, when I was 27 or 28. I don't remember exactly when. But it has taken until now for me to get really serious about managing it. I started out on Metformin and Glipizide. I didn't do what I shou... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 14:04:16 EST Walk it off for Christmas challenge In October I posted the challenge "Walk it off for Christmas" <BR> (See the CHALLENGE FORUM below.) <BR> <BR> To date, one person has signed up, but no one has posted any results. <BR> <BR> IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO START THIS CHALLENGE. Let's give it our personal best and see how many miles (or kilometers) we can each walk before Christmas. <BR> <BR> So get your MP3 players loaded up and enjoy walking! Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:58:26 EST Huddle wall Goodies for December Because December is a very busy for most people, I will not be doing Goodies for Huddle Wall participation at the end of December. However, those that do join us there will have their huddles added in with January's huddles so you could win an even bigger Goodie in January. <BR> <BR> Here's to a great month of December and I hope everyone is able to stay on track. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:04:21 EST November goodies have been sent. Congratulations to all those who took joined us on the Huddle Wall in November. and a special Congratulations goes to ADKISTLER who never missed a day.... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:59:28 EST Black Friday free e-book downloads, today only These are not specifically about diabetes, but free is always good, if anyone might be interested...... <BR> <link><BR>llness-friday-15-free-e-books-black-fr<BR>iday-sales/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_<BR>medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheC<BR>oconutMama+%28The+Coconut+Mama%29 </link> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:32:56 EST Hi! Hello fellow diabetics! Argh, that sounds awful, we need a cute nickname like sparkabetics or something like that. Do we have one? Anyway, I'm Suby, Type 2 for the last 2 1/2 years, and I'm not living with diabetes, more like against it. I don't really think of diabetes as a disease, but my body sabotaging itself in one more way - like natural tooth decay or aging are not enough. <em>30</em> <BR> Ironically enough, I was okay with the whole diabetes thing for the first year, kept it under... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:31:37 EST Could finger poke testing be a thing of the past? Would you opt for this technology when it becomes widely available? <BR> <link><BR>le-free-blood-sugar-testing.aspx?xid=n<BR>l_EverydayHealthManagingDiabetes_20121119 </link> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:07:46 EST October goodies have been sent. Congratulations for all who joined us on the Huddle Wall in October. Everyone who participated has been sent a team goodie. <BR> <BR> I would like to especially thank ADKISTLER who not only shared trivia about National "days" (who knew there was a national babble day????) but he also huddled all 31 days and gets a big applause. <BR> <BR> Thank you one and all........ Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:10:55 EST Challenge 2012, Walk it off for Christmas How far can you walk between now and Christmas? That is 77 days. <BR> <BR> Each week, come here and post either the miles (KM for those that use metric) you walk. <BR> <BR> If you can't walk, don't worry -- you can still join in.... Just post the equivelent miles OR the time you spend on your exercises. <BR> <BR> All final posts must be updated by the 24th of December. <BR> <BR> I hope you will all join us on this challenge. Are you ready boots? Start walking......... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 01:41:35 EST Huddle Wall Goodies Do you huddle? If so, you could earn a Team Goodie. <BR> <BR> I will monitor the Huddle Wall and at the end of each month, will give out goodies to members who have huddled. <BR> <BR> I look forward to seeing you there...... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 17:19:57 EST I'm back as a Team Leader I had to leave as Team Leader about a year ago due to medical problems, but the other day realized that the current leaders have been inactive so I signed back on again. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? Is there anything you need? What would you like to see? Any new goals you would like to see? Challenges? <BR> <BR> Feel free to email me or post here any comments you may have..... <BR> <BR> Yours in Health....... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 16:48:36 EST the benefits of exercise In June, I started walking and riding my bike - daily. I track my food and don't eat anything sweeter than a 25% less sugar granola bar. <BR> Due to the walking , bike riding, and now going to the gym, I have been able to get off insulin and drop my A1C from 9.6 to 6.5 with NO WEIGHT LOSS!!! I also got off insulin because of it. <BR> Yesterday I had a bad bout with vertigo, so I didn't exercise at all, yet still kept my regular diet. My morning numbers were 190! It shows the benefits of ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 10:18:46 EST Tour de Cure in 16 days! I'm very nervous! I'm going to be cycling 50K. Wish me luck! Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:45:12 EST To join me in the STEP Out and Tour de Cure events Hi, I'm the team captain for Team Red Tampabay participating in both the STEP Out and Tour de Cure events for the ADA in the greater Tampa area. Looking to see if some of the Spark People would like to form their own or join Team Red for either of these events <BR> STEP Out - 10 Nov 2012 at USF - <BR> Tour de Cure SW FL 7 Apr 2013 at Lakewood Ranch - <BR> Both events have fund raising obligations, but the ADAs mission should be close to heart for most active... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:36:21 EST Eyesight I finally have my blood sugars down to where they should be, but I'm noticing my eyesight isn't as good. I wear glasses, but I feel like things are more blurry now, causing me to feel like I have motion sickness - YUCK! <BR> Anyone else experience this? Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:48:56 EST Pre-diabetic saying hello! Hello, friends! <BR> <BR> I'm Danny, officially pre-diabetic and diagnosed with PCOS. I've been having some troubling blood sugar problems recently and I'm going to the doctor today to talk about my pre-diabetes maybe being something worse. Weight loss has always been difficult for me and most of my life has been spent overweight or obese. I started trying to cut refined carbs and sugar (which is so much harder than I thought!) and am on the Spark*D eating program. <BR> <BR> Other than that... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:49:34 EST Hi Team I am a 50 year old mother of four and grandmother of 10. I work full-time as an Administrative Operations Coordinator at a youth detention center. I have type 2 diabetes, and I am trying to gain better control and reduce my meds by eating healthier, cutting down on carbs, and being more physically active. Three of my neighbors and I have formed our own little walking group and we walk at least two miles every day. I look forward to being a part of this team. <em>213</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 01:53:54 EST Joined the team recently and need help Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I just joined this team recently but haven't been able to check in lately. We have moved and I don't have my internet up and running yet. Company taking forever to hook me up. Long story! I should have it by next Friday. I am using a friends computer and will be checking in once in awhile. Don't like it but I will do what I have to do. <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Sparkpeople but I have been away for awhile. I have been off my diabetic meds for over a year now. Trying to ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:20:17 EST BEST Video on What Diabetes Is, BS & A1C Testing. I just ran across this Video on the Diabetes Health Website and How Awesome it Is !!!! <BR> <BR> It's a Very Basic Explaination...A Must for all Diabetics to help you understand what's going on in your body. <BR> <BR> Please do click on the link below.... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 11:51:17 EST Just joining Hi! Im Sherry. I am a type 2 diabetic. I was diagnosed in October 2006. When I was diagnosed my A1C was 15.2. It has been a long hard 6 years but I am happy to say my A1C is now 7.8 and gettting lowerr every time I see my endocrinolgist. I have been using an insulin pump for 5 of the 6 years and it is a life saver. My goal is not necessarly to no longer need insulin because my doctor feels my pancreas is too damaged for that to happen. My goal is to get my A1c under 7 and be healthy. ... Sat, 19 May 2012 13:31:47 EST Living With Diabetes New Member Hi my name is Melanie Louise Jackson (aka Grease 31), <BR> <BR> I have joined this particular group, as i have not long been diagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic, i would apreciate any advice/hints/tips that you could give me to help me to manage my Type 2 Diabetic conditon, as god knows i need all the help that i can get!!!!, if anyone wants to visit my sparkpage they are quite welcome to do so, as all my information is on there i hope top hear from you all soon. <em>212</em> <em>247</em> <em>... Fri, 18 May 2012 07:36:25 EST Insulin Side Effects I have been taking insulin twice a day for gestational diabetes since 4/30. This evening after taking my insulin I felt really I had taken too much of something and needed sleep to make the feeling go away. This is the first time I have felt like this. <BR> <BR> Most every other time I take my insulin I feel really "antsy". I can't sit still, get comfortable, or focus. Does anyone else feel like this? <BR> <BR> When I check my sugar two hours after taking the insulin, it is alw... Mon, 14 May 2012 22:33:05 EST Add Some Inspiration For All to Share!! I failed my way to success. <BR> Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> We can do this! Every time you fail you get another chance to try! Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:41:04 EST Reading about Diabetes Awhile ago I asked if anyone had read any books about Diabetes and what you thought were good books. Since then I have seen some pretty good, safe sites on the internet. One of them is Real Age by Dr. Oz and another one is the Joslin Diabetic Center which is part of a hospital that was recommended by my Diabetic Educator. <BR> Any other recommendations that are safe to research? Of course the Spark is pretty darn good also. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:19:20 EST Need Some Advice Had blood work done at the dr last week and I am borderline being Type 2 diabetes. I need to lose weight, which I already knew and I am working on, but I need to know how to eat to not go over that line and lessen my chances of being a person with Type 2. I would appreciate any info on what types of foods to eat and not eat and what kind of meals you all follow. Anything would be greatly appreciated. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 19:08:18 EST Insulin question I have recently been advised by my endo to take Novalog before each meal, as well as Levimir at night. I have been walking daily, or bike riding, and really trying to eat more veggies and less snacks. <BR> I've gained 5 lbs!!! Can the extra insuling cause this? I'm very discouraged... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:46:40 EST Weigh In 179.6 <BR> Same as last Saturday. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 07:14:45 EST Hi I Have A Question I am having trouble managing my blood glucose levels. Even on the pill I am between 200 and 300 on my readings. I'm trying to eat healthy, but I don't know how to cook. I've tried raw vegetables, juicing, and healthy choice meals. What are some ways I can choice healthy meals without eating fast food? I am really struggling here. I need some help. Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:19:12 EST protein Has any one used a protein bar that was advistised as having on 2 gms of sugar in it? I think is something like Nu so. Did it taste good? Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:31:49 EST Help for high morning (fasting) blood sugar levels I just went and got my A1C results and my fasting blood sugar level was 9.8. when I am taking it myself it seems to be in the low 9's or high 8's. <BR> <BR> Can anyone suggest anything to avoid these highs in the morning??? I would really appreciate all suggestions as I do not want to go on more drugs Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:24:56 EST Evening Lovelies Evening Lovelies, <BR> <BR> Witchy here, just wanted to let you all know that I've joined. The group looks active and fun which has me excited. <BR> <BR> A bit of background on myself (and I want your opinons on this please) <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed as type 2 diabetic on April 12,2011 ('s been almost a year) <BR> while in the hopsital due to a server reaction due to some medication I was on. <BR> <BR> This is the odd my knowledge most diabetics are diagnosed T... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 18:19:57 EST Anyone Doing the Super Bowl Celebration? What are you doing to have fun this Sunday? Anyone watching the game? <BR> If you are what will you do to keep healthy? <BR> <BR> I'm working on healthy snacks. Setting up the card table in front of the TV and games in the back room. Sat, 4 Feb 2012 10:47:27 EST I gave my heart to a diabetic <3 Hello everyone. My name is Ashley. I am very happy to be part of the Living With Diabetes team. I don't have diabetes, but my husband does (Type 1). We have always eaten fairly healthy, but after a DKA scare in 2010 we are really buckling down and making the necessary lifestyle changes. We are staying active, paying closer attention to our eating habits, and I am taking a more involved role in my husband's health needs (testing, bolusing, etc). We are keeping each other motivated, and I look... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:33:37 EST Facebook Option Removed Hi Everyone, <BR> Just in case you missed it - here is the update on the flag for Facebook. <BR> <BR> They removed the option because there were so many complaints of how it was rolled out. <BR> I appreciate that they did this - means they really listen to us! <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:24:39 EST Rice Diet Is there anyone on this team who has heard of the Rice Diet, read the book Rice Diet Solutions, or visited the Rice house in NC. If you haven't, please do NOT respond to this thread. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 15:12:43 EST Correct diet for diabetics The prevailing theory is to limit carbs because they make our BS go up. Dr Neal Barnard espouses another theory. Eliminate FAT because fat in the cells causes insulin resistence. I wondered how many sparkers have heard of this, have tried it, and have had success with it. His book is titled "Reversing Diabetes" Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:43:05 EST Beta Blockers Hi, <BR> I've been taking Inderal for many years. First to help control migraines and then to lower blood pressure. I just read that Beta Blockers can contribute to the development of diabetes. Does anyone have information on this subject? I won't see my doctor until the end of January for more blood work. <BR> Thank you. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 01:48:50 EST Hi Hello everybody,I am not new to this team, don't know what happened but I was told I was not a member,so Hi again,I'm Cheryllann and I have diebeties for several years now. Been blessed by not having to do insulen,just pills and diet have helped me. I have lost 25 pounds and plan to loose more! <em>252</em> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 14:42:46 EST Hi! I'm new here and I have gestational diabetes Hi to all... <BR> <BR> I'm Eidothea and pregnant for the first time in my life. I was diagnosed as (gestational) diabetic at the start of my 3rd trimester and am now 36 weeks pregnant (getting close!). Being pregnant I am NOT SUPPOSED to loose weight, but in the last month or so I have lost about 10 lbs (luckily I had some "excess" to loose and doctor doesn't seem too worried), but I would love to find a way to eat enough calories for me and the baby so that I am not loosing weight, but also... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 22:09:16 EST Team Leaders!!! August Team Leaders - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> SWEETIE81 <BR> RSILVERSEA <BR> HOPE2BE <BR> SUGARSMOM2 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> SWEETIE81 <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> WOWEETOO <BR> GRANNYSUE9 <BR> SUGARSMOM <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:22:16 EST Challenge: September 3 through November 19 It's been a quiet summer and I need to get moving. Sign up if you want something to help you move into the holiday season in better shape. Let's get a head start on the holidays! <BR> <BR> The vision collage part of the challenge is for the first week: We will switch/add things as we go. <BR> <BR> 1. Create a vision collage - 50 points. If you've never done this before or it's been awhile, now is a good time to put some pictures in front of you that remind you where you want t... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 12:41:22 EST Question re. switching doctors I see a podiatrist regularly. Today I saw a different doctor in the same office because my regular guy was on vacation. I think I connected better with this other doctor and I'd like to see him instead. <BR> <BR> If I switch, would that be weird and cause hard feelings? I don't know how doctors take these things. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 02:08:51 EST Indy Step Out walk, October 2 I plan to walk in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes here in Indianapolis on October 2. I currently plan to walk as an individual, so please let me know if any of you are planning to walk on a team and would like another team member. Fri, 5 Aug 2011 18:40:46 EST Questions My dad's girl friend found out this past Christmas she's diabetic (almost lost her toe to gangrene). They are coming down next week for a visit and I want to be able to cook and have food available that she can eat. I've located Pepperidge Farm Carbstyle bread but I've been told she won't eat whole grain bread. I'm hoping she will at least eat whole wheat since we don't have white bread in the house. I use a sugar substitute but I do have sugar in the house (used only when baking which is... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 16:42:47 EST Type 1 with 42 yrs Training Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am a very healthy IDDM for 42 yrs although tend to have low BGL's <em>30</em> I am a registered diabetic educator who decided dealing with horses was an easier career choice than dealing with non compliant diabetics (sorry for my rant) <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing everone a Ab Fab week Cheers from Down UNder Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:44:34 EST testing Have any of you wondered if you got a bad batch of test strips? I have been going "nuts" and getting frustrated because my glucose number didn't seem to be coming down, even though I have stuck to the diet, took the meds, and gotten on the treadmill 3-5 times a week. This morning it was 163. I had to switch to a new bottle of strips for the pre-dinner check & it was 122. I didn't exercise today at all, but did stick to the diet & take the meds. <BR> How does one know if it's the strips? Was ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 19:17:32 EST My name is Lisa. I love a diabetic. I myself do not have diabetes, but am obese. I am working to improve my health through healthy eating, exercise, and weight loss. My husband seems less motivated to take care of his health in spite of his diabetes. He takes his medicine regularly and has somewhat reduced the amount of food he eats. He does not exercise regularly or seem to concern himself too much with the types of foods he eats. It is painful to be in a spot where health is important to me, but not to him. I am learnin... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 11:02:12 EST Question from a new diabetic I have a question for you people who have experience . . . <BR> <BR> Actually my daughter was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. She went through the nutritional training on Thursday but is feeling overwhelmed by the advice to eat every 2 hours. She feels like she is stuffing herself with food and not getting in all her water because she's too full. Her snacks have been a piece of fruit or crackers. How bad would it be if she cut back and only ate when she felt full? <BR> <BR>... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 06:10:02 EST Colorado newby to the board, but not to diabetes o I am new to this board but not to diabetes or SP. <BR> <BR> My name is MaryAnn, I have been on SP several years, <BR> but have restarted a couple of times. <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed since 2005. Have had an up and down trip so far. <BR> This last month I was put on insulin since I have 200+ FBS daily for quite <BR> a while. 2 shots of insulin (Lantus 80 units in all) daily and several prandin. <BR> I am hoping to convince the doctor to take the prandin off and add more <BR> insulin a... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 18:33:07 EST Happy Birthday Linda Happy belated Birthday to LITTLEWIND53 - her birthday was yesterday. Hope you had a wonderful day! And a wonderful life going forward! <em>107</em> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 09:43:34 EST Very new hi my name is Tina iam 30 yrs old iam a diabetic and have hypothyrosidm however you spell it so if anyone could tell me how to work this out and so i can start on my way to tracking my fitness and calories i would apperciate it Thanks <BR> Tina <em>224</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 22:14:09 EST Question of the Day: Sunday, June 5, 2011 I apologize for being away for so long, but I have been on an extended project at work that involved a lot of traveling throughout our state. Even when I was home, I was super-involved with this project and when I got home, I usually ate and just went to bed. <BR> <BR> Ironically, I am considering going on medical retirement. The extended work and travel have been difficult for me. I now have built up the time with our Retirement System and am looking at what my benefits would be as far as... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 18:09:59 EST Help! Walking and a Baker's Cyst? Hello All. I'm new to this forum, and used to be on Slimgeneics diet, but was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I'm doing pretty well, losing weight and walking twice a day per doc's instructions, but I've developed a Baker's Cyst behind my knee. They found it while checking to be sure that the blood clots in my legs were gone (they occurred after minor arthroscopic knee surgery for torn meniscus). So blood clots are gone now, but this cyst is tight and somewhat painful, and I'm not su... Mon, 30 May 2011 12:30:18 EST A-Z Veggie, Fruit, or Exercise! Name a vegetable, fruit, or exercise that will help keep your sugar level. <BR> Go from A-Z <BR> <BR> Aerobics !!!! Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:26:33 EST How are feeling today? I feel wonderful - like I could run all day! <em>104</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:16:22 EST HAPPY EASTER To those who observe, HAPPY EASTER <BR> <BR> To those who don't, have a great weekend ! Sat, 23 Apr 2011 06:22:42 EST New here Hi, <BR> I'm new to this group but not to Spark People. I have gestational diabetes but my doctor highly suspects that I may have type 2. I will have to wait to see after this baby is born. Diabetes runs in my family so genetically I have a bit of a battle. I am 30 years old and pregnant with number 5 and due in August. After this baby is born I will probably have around 10-15 pounds to lose to get my bmi back down to 21/22ish. My dh is a chiropractor and my greatest nutrition advocate so I a... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 18:45:40 EST hi new to this just started taking humalog just don"t seem to get it right numbers are all over the place Fri, 1 Apr 2011 23:20:14 EST New Month New month - working to keep the A1c in check - how will you do it? <BR> Exercise? Diet? Both? Keeping Stress Down? All of these? Other? Fri, 1 Apr 2011 22:41:28 EST Just diagnosed Hi there, everyone! I've just been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and I'm really nervous. I know that with proper diet and eating habits, as well as regular exercise, I have a good chance to reverse this diagnosis. I'm looking forward to getting to know you. <BR> <BR> Sacha <em>126</em> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:46:04 EST confused and new Hi, <BR> my name is Julia and I am almost 49 years old. I recently lost 46 lbs and have 25 more to go. <BR> A visit at my doctor's office shocked me. He said that my glucose was high. The number was 104. He said we can regulate it with diet and exercise. Since I already lost most of the weight I am worried. <BR> Not sure what I am actually supposed to do. <BR> I usually eat just an aple for breakfast and in the afternoon a salad with chicken and low fat dressing. <BR> Wondering if anyone kno... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:50:50 EST Spring Changes What will you be doing for Spring to make your lifestyle more healthy and get or keep your diabetes in check? <BR> <BR> I'm pumping up the outside exercise when I can and changing to fresh fruit and vegetables as they come in season. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 10:58:30 EST Counting Carbohydrates I'm sorry if this has been asked before or if the information is on here somewhere. I have tried looking but cannot seem to find it. <BR> <BR> My dietician has told me that when counting carbohydrates to subtract the grams of fiber from the total grams of carbohydrates to determine the net grams of carbohydrates. I have been using the nutrition program on here and it does not seem to do this calculation. My sugars have actually started to drop quite a bit recently so I have adjusted my or... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:23:37 EST new to diabetes Hi, my name is Dawn and I live in AZ. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and high cholestrol when I went to a doctor (first visit in 15 years) to have my thyroid checked on December 13 of 2010. Since then it has been a roller coaster ride of check ups, specialists and even surgery to catch me up on all of the testing I should have had done and never bothered with. I received a clean bill of health (relatively speaking) after having surgery to have an growth removed from my uterine wall, whi... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 07:57:12 EST Question of the Day: March 12, 2011 Folks, <BR> I am sorry for being away so long, but it was unavoidable. Mid-February, I had a vein rupture in my lower left leg and I lost a lot of blood (internally). I was in the hospital for a week and then I was out at my sister's where I did not have access to the internet. It has been awful not having access to my stuff. <BR> <BR> I will be going back to work on Monday, but I still cannot put full weight on my left leg and am on crutches for a few more weeks. Fortunately, I can still d... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 22:10:57 EST Hi everyone! New to this team I'm new to Spark! Just started checking my calories about a week ago. I'm type II diabetic and my goal is to drop 28 lbs by Nov. Question: is 9 mos too long or is my goal typical? Because amazingly I've lost 2.5 lbs just by tracking what I eat, eating better and trying stretching exercises. Didn't expect to lose so quickly. Since I have back problems, I an unable to do normal exercises. Also, the articles are great help, such as ways to simply increase activity in small steps <BR> Glad to fi... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 01:09:52 EST A sincere apology I am writing to all of you with deep regret for falling off the planet for such a long time now. Everything is ok as far as my Diabetes and Transplant situation, thank God, life has been hectic and overwhelming to say the least. Although my health is certainly continues to be filled with MANY doctor appointments on a regular basis and constant concern as I am sure all of you can relate. To put it simple....I have this problem of biting off more than I can chew for m... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:05:06 EST Hello Glad To Be With You I Have A Question Hi there my name is Peggy anf i have type 2 Diabets glad to have found you. <BR> <BR> There are times that i feel so so tryed but al my blood levels are a ok. <BR> Is this normal to get like this at times? <BR> <BR> Thursty to somtimes I feel like all I want to do is drink and drink I do.i do not don't do soft drinks becuse they tend to blow me up but i have been doing pleanty of tea and water so is this to narmol? <BR> <BR> I know i will have more questions but right now that about ... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 23:29:41 EST New to SparkPeople and looking for friends Hi, I have been diabetic for many years but an not motivated to take care of me. I am looking for people who are willing to chat with me and help me to get motivated and get healthy. I have two kids, four grandkids, nine brothers and sisters and need to choose to live healthy. Thanks to everyone in advance for helping. I am excited to be here and want to help you too. <em>213</em> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 14:32:28 EST Can not eating enough really make you retain weigh I have only eaten one meal a day (between 2 and 4 p.m.) for years. I was drinking probably 8-10 cups of coffee with sweetener and powdered creamer (lots) daily. And, yes, I went out to eat (and over ate) occasionally. But the fact remains...I existed on the one meal per day and all the coffee for most of the past 10 years. My daughters insist my weight stays on because I do not eat enough and/or often enough for my bodily needs. My diabetes, triglycerides and cholesterol have all crept hig... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:27:28 EST New to the Team, but not new to diabetes Hi, My name is Edith. I was diagnosed with type 2 in 2002 while preparing for major back surgery. I have all the maladies that seem to attach themselves to a person who does not know how to deal with diabetes: high BP, high triglycerides, heart problems, obesity (215 lbs), along with depression, fibromyalgia, arthritis and, not so long ago, a real scare with pancreatitis! I don't really let this all get me down. Maybe my meds help keep me level most of the time. However, the big "D" (diabet... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:21:57 EST Diabetes management with your family and friends As a Type II diabetic on insulin, I try very hard to stick to a schedule all day at home and away from home. The biggest challenge is family and friends not understanding my need to stay on a schedule and blowing me off when I insist I need to eat at certain times. <BR> <BR> How have you dealt with this issue? Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:09:40 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2011 Well, my Steelers lost, but a team from a smaller populated area than most of the NFL teams (like NY, Chicago and New England) did win and they had a lot of community support in their bid to win the Super Bowl. I know in my Weight Watchers group that their support is a factor in my continued efforts to lose weight. <BR> <BR> So, my question today is how good is "your community support" in your effort to lose weight or control your blood sugar levels? <BR> <BR> I have good support at work ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 08:50:13 EST My Apologies I am sorry I have not been on the website that much over the past week and a half. My agency is in the middle of a computer conversion to a new system and it has meant a lot of overtime to get all the necessary changes done before the changeover. <BR> <BR> This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday (Go Steelers!), but it is also my birthday. I have already dealt with my state's DMV to get my new license, and the picture was worse this time than it was the last time. Now folks, you would not think th... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 21:18:01 EST Encouragement Hi - it's been said that encouragement helps everyone stick with their plans, exercise, and work harder: Soooo: <BR> Lets see how many words of encouragement we can come up with to help us. <BR> I'm going to start with the letter A: <BR> Help me out please. <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> Achieve! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:09:38 EST Returning Newbie Hi, I joined once before, but didn't have the right motivation to stick around very long. I am more determined now...I have to be. <BR> <BR> I have type 2 diabetes and sarcoidosis. Thanks to the meds used for sarcoid, I am now insulin dependent. It's really hard to get control of the blood sugar numbers! <BR> <BR> Michelle Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:24:26 EST Play-Off Sunday Hello, fellow sparkers!! <BR> Today is playoff Sunday. I am for the Green Bay Packers over the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers over the New York Jets. <BR> <BR> My question today is how are you going to handle all the munchies during the games? I have picked up some of the Tyson Buffalo Wing Chicken Tenders, will microwave them, and weigh out a 4 oz portion (diced)to put on my salad with light ranch dressing to counter the buffalo sauce. <BR> <BR> I may fix some nacho chips... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 14:15:10 EST Substitutions When Cooking <BR> I tried something different today. I went to the grocery store and they had ground chicken on sale. I made some chili with the Chili-O mix, diced tomatoes, chili beans and the ground chicken. The chili was great and didn't feel as heavy as what ground beef would have been. <BR> <BR> How often do you substitute ground chicken or ground turkey for ground beef? <BR> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:33:20 EST Your Bucket List I love the movie "The Bucket List" as it makes you think what would you have on your "bucket list"? <BR> <BR> Well, I would like to ask you not only what would you have on your "bucket list", but how would you have to plan to do it, given that you have diabetes. I would like to go on a cruise, but would have to plan on where to store my insulin and be able to have diabetes oriented snacks given the fact that you have to buy just about everything on the ship. I would also have to check to... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:23:19 EST Health Insurance Issues Linda and I spoke on Thursday evening. I explained that I work with Health Insurance in my job. I'd like to try something. If you are having an issue with your health insurance, I may be able to help you contact the people who may best assist you. Since I only know my state's laws, I can give general insurance information, but I may have to do some research for other contact information. It may take a little time, but I will get the information for you. So, if you would like to address an... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 08:13:54 EST howdy and help Hi, I'm new to this team but have been trying to lose weight off and on. Been diabetic type 2 for about 2 years. I need to know how to decrease more carbs and increase proteins in my diet. Seems like that is the hardest thing to do as I'm tracking my food log. Also should I be taking in less carbs then the food log indicates. Thanks for any help and suggestions Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:40:26 EST Young Type 2 Diabetic + PCOS Hi, I'm Jennifer from Las Vegas. Originally born and raised in Houston, TX. I'm 31, married to Robert, no children yet, but 3 adorable furbabies. Border Terrier named King, Tabby Manx DSH named Isis, and Orange Tabby DMH named Tres. <BR> <BR> Officially diagnosed Type 2 Sept. 15th, 2009. Officially diagnosed with PCOS Dec. 17, 2010. Did have a Dr. try to tell me I had both in 2007, but did not seek proper help or treatment. Other Dr.'s disagreed with opinion. Didn't really believe dia... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:24:50 EST Carba-Nada Pasta I'm in love. LOVE. love love love love. With this pasta. <BR> <BR> It's AWESOME! carb count for this wonder food? for a 2 0z dry portion it's 18g of carbs. Yep, that low... guess what? It tastes like white pasta! Well more like egg noodles but, it's really REALLY good. <BR> <BR> Here's the link <link><BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> The only down side is that it's a little on the expensive side for pasta. But then again, if you want a real pasta meal with... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:46:49 EST Carba-Nada Pasta I'm in love. LOVE. love love love love. With this pasta. <BR> <BR> It's AWESOME! carb count for this wonder food? for a 2 0z dry portion it's 18g of carbs. Yep, that low... guess what? It tastes like white pasta! Well more like egg noodles but, it's really REALLY good. <BR> <BR> Here's the link <link><BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> The only down side is that it's a little on the expensive side for pasta. But then again, if you want a real pasta meal with... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:40:17 EST Alternatives To Carbs Lets see how many different things we can use to substitute or replace high carb foods for our diabetes management. <BR> <BR> I have yogurt with almonds for breakfast. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:32:52 EST New Diabetes Pages Have you read your Spark Secrets Today? One of the secrets was about the new Diabetes pages and included the address. Let me know what you think of it and have you started using it? <BR> <BR><BR>er.aspspiid=114 <BR> I have been using the nutrition and today will start with one section at a time and give a little update as I go. If anyone else wants to join in and give there perspecitive - it would be fantastic! <BR> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:24:01 EST Survived another heart attack now it's time fight <em>101</em> Had another heart attack 12/30. I am new to group. Would love any advise or support from other diabetics who are also fighting heart diagnosises. To continue living I have to do this. Need to lose 50#, bring down cholestrol and A1c. I am 53 yo female. Thanks everyone! Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:21:00 EST New to this team and somewhat new Diabetic I was diagnosed just about a year ago. For about 6 months I was really good and actually lost over 60 pounds, 45 of which I have kept off. Then I got lazy and allowed other stressors to side track me. <BR> <BR> I see my glucose levels creeping back up and since I want to stay off medications, I have to take this serious again. I am currently on the diabetic exchange diet, which was designed for me by a nutrionist last year. When I was strict on myself it worked well, the weight came off, an... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:12:32 EST Welcome to a New Year!! Welcome to a New Year with new possibilities. What would you like to achieve in controlling your blood sugars or acquiring new skills in handling the different needs of diabetes? <em>38</em> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 10:11:33 EST I'm new on this page Hi, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. I've had diabetes for about 8 years now. I am a Mom to 2 beautiful daughters ages 2 and 5 and am married to a wonderful guy who tries his best to help me with weight loss. I've decided that the year 2011 is going to be a year of getting me healthy. I've been working on getting my A1C down the past few months and it has dropped, now I just need to get the weight to start coming down. I hope everyone has a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:53:43 EST New Year Challenge Any ideas for a New Year Challenge? <BR> <BR> Thought since there are so many great folks on the team that I would throw it out to you - give me a heads up with ideas and we can go with it. Mon, 27 Dec 2010 13:26:14 EST What Books Have You Read on Diabetes? I like to keep up on new information on diabetes and recently found one at my local library. The book's title is "A Life of Control" by Dr. Alan Graber. Both he and the two nurse practitioners who co-authored the book, Anne W. Brown and Kathleen Wolff, have been in practice at the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Center. <BR> <BR> The book is based on stories by their patients on different situations, but all of the stories show what we know, in order to live with diabetes successfully, we must... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 07:39:31 EST test strip recall <link><BR>lth-diabetes </link> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 20:25:54 EST Sharing about me I thought I would share a bit about me so when I post you can understand it. <BR> Insulin dependent diabetic, taking 5 needles a day down to 2 or 3 now. <BR> Serious back injury surgery failed so have to go to the hospital for pain releif every 6mths hospital just happens to be a 10hr drive one way. So by the time I get there I am usually in a mess. <BR> Just had a back treatment beg. of dec so all good now. <BR> Fell off my bike 16th Dec last year just seen orthopedic specialist and my arm... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 22:37:35 EST Blood sugar after workout. have decided to workout in the morning before breakfast so I get it out of the way. I check my blood sugar before and after and have seen that my blood sugar goes up. I feel fine after a 40 minute work out on the treadmill but I am wondering if this is normal. I was expecting the blood sugar to go down after the workout. Has anyone had this happen? I tried to do a search but nothing came up. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pounds lost: 25.0 <BR> <BR> 0 31.25 62.5 93.75 <BR> 125 <BR> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:43:22 EST Blood sugar after workout I have decided to workout in the morning before breakfast so I get it out of the way. I check my blood sugar before and after and have seen that my blood sugar goes up. I feel fine after a 40 minute work out on the treadmill but I am wondering if this is normal. I was expecting the blood sugar to go down after the workout. Has anyone had this happen? I tried to do a search but nothing came up. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:04:09 EST New to this team.... I just wanted to say HI to everyone. I have been on Sparks for a while now but have promised my mom that I will start to take my Diabetes serious and start taking care of myself. I had gestational diabetes with both of my children and was diagnosed about 2 years ago as Type 2 diabetic. I am on all sorts of medication that I dont always take and I havent been follwoing the doctors orders very well. I some how think that if I ignore it is will go away. <BR> I am here to make the changes that I... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 12:56:53 EST I will be quitting as team leader. Due to recurrances in my medical conditions, I have had to come to the realization that I must let go of my team leader rolls. <BR> <BR> Linda (GLOMER) is willing to stay on in the roll and will do what she can. But she didn't sign on to be sole leader so if anyone is willing to help her out, it would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Even if a couple of you are willing to help out, that would be even more wonderful. And I will be available to help your transition should you have any qu... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 22:59:19 EST Happy Birthday, SPIRITSEEKER2 Many Happy Returns of the Day <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>44</em> Fri, 3 Dec 2010 00:40:45 EST Has you ever heard of the diabetes drug Dialon? A lady who is currently outside of the US for several months, has been told that Metformin is not available where she is. The pharmacy there gave her Dialon. She tried to find some information on this but all she could find is that is is NOT available in the US, and it has a couple of different ingredients in different countries where is is avaialable - but which neither of us has ever heard of. She has not been able to get in touch with her US doc to get any further information and does n... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 02:53:14 EST The new year is fast approaching.... I am thinking of ways to spark up the team. We have a good group of people, but we can always do more, right? <BR> <BR> SO I am asking you what you want to see on your team. What do you want to get out of it. <BR> <BR> I am thinking stealing an idea from another team I am on. She has a thread and everyone posts on that thread (the date and then anything else they want to say) and she allots a point to everyone who posts for every day they post. (The reason we put the date in is because ... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 23:48:46 EST Thankful Thursday. Today is especially meaningful being Thanksgiving in the US. <BR> <BR> Even if you are not in the US, what are your thankful for? Thu, 25 Nov 2010 04:03:38 EST Woo Hoo I know Wednesday is almost over, but do you have a Woo Hoo to share. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:03:46 EST Team Leaderboards Nov 14 to 20th Congratulations to the top 5 on our leaderboards for this week <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> JOLEEVA <BR> HOPE2BE <BR> POOHBEAR1733 <BR> WOWEETOO <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> MATEYMATE1 <BR> WOWEETOO <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> JOLEEVA <BR> GRANNYSUE9 <BR> <BR> Way to go every one. We are proud of you and your efforts. <BR> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 04:47:19 EST Hi from West Virginia Hi!! <BR> I am a type 2 and was diagnosed in 1993. I started taking insulin in December, 2006. I also take Metformin and Glipizide. <BR> <BR> I work with life & health insurance in my day job. I am currently working on losing weight and am going to Weight Watchers with my doctor's blessings. <BR> <BR> I also am with the Diabetes Complications team and thought I would see what other information on diabetes would be available to me. <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! Sun, 21 Nov 2010 15:05:08 EST Hi I'm new Hi! I'm new to this group. I had Gestational diabetes and was on insulin when I was pregnant. My son is now six months old and I thought that my diabetes had gone away. Well been checking my blood sugar and it's all really high again. I am devasted, I am so lost and just feel like I have been defeated. I know it's not the end of the world. I will survive but I was so excited to be able to not be pregnant anymore and just assumed that it was gone since the placenta was gone. I just want to hav... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 10:16:41 EST New A1C results Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Just heard the good new and decided to share. One year ago it was 6.5 which was down from 7.1 one year prior. My newest A1C came back 5.6. Yay! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:17:27 EST Team Leaderboards week ending Nov 13, 2010 I want to start to post leaderboards again. May often not be on the Sunday, but will try to get to it early in the week. <BR> <BR> Congratulations to the top 5 on our leaderboards for this week <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> JOLEEVA <BR> HOPE2BE <BR> POOHBEAR1733 <BR> WOWEETOO <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> WOWEETOO <BR> JOLEEVA <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> MATEYMATE1 <BR> GRANNYSUE9 <BR> <BR> Way to go every one. We are proud of you and your efforts. <BR> <BR... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:50:13 EST Have you have snow yet where you live? Have you had any snow where you live? What is the earliest in the year that it has snowed? Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:19:59 EST Interesting articles This site has a lot of articles. Some are several years old, some more recent. Check it out for yourself. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ry/articles/blood-sugar-support/fish-o<BR>ils-help-activate-anti-diabetic-genes.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ry/articles/blood-sugar-support/vitami<BR>n-d-supplements-have-anti-diabetes-pot<BR>ential.html </link> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:21:41 EST Do you have a bucket list? Someone said something yesterday that got me thinking about my own personal "bucket list. <BR> <BR> I didn't have one, but I have started one now. So far only 1 item on that list. I am sure I will add more later. <BR> <BR> Do you have a Bucket list? Fri, 12 Nov 2010 04:06:33 EST Have a great Rememberance Day Canada aka Armastice Day. <BR> <BR> I never go to the cenetaph for the ceremonies, I can't stand that long, but I usually watch on TV. Today I will be out, so I will tape them and watch later. Not quite the same, but . . . . <BR> <BR> Who else has a special day today? <BR> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:07:36 EST Spark will be down for maintenance tonight Noted on the Start up page, Spark will be down for maintenance from 11 pm to 7 am (eastern time) Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:43:12 EST Stevia Has anyone tried this product? How was it for you. Mon, 8 Nov 2010 15:31:54 EST Welcome to our newest team leader I am so happy to let you know that GLOMER (aka Linda) has agreed to help me out as our newest team leader. <BR> <BR> I hope you will all join me in welcoming Linda to her new role. <BR> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>345</em> Sun, 7 Nov 2010 22:29:29 EST Point Challenge from now until Christmas. CHRISTMAS POINT CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> I borrowed the idea for this challenge from another team and modified it a bit for our team. <BR> <BR> This challenge will run from Friday, November 5, 2010 through to December 24, 2010 for a total of 7 weeks. <BR> (starting on Friday because Christmas Eve is on a Friday) <BR> <BR> Here’s how it will work. <BR> <BR> - 1 point for checking your bs every day <BR> max 1 per day. <BR> <BR> - 1 point if you did a minimum of 15 minutes exercise <BR> max 2 ... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 05:00:33 EST Please delete this post Sorry, I though I was posting something interesting but Sarah doesn't think this should be posted Fri, 5 Nov 2010 04:37:04 EST Hello everyone Just wanted to introduce myself. New to the group and diabetes. Just recently diagnosed with type II. I am hoping to gain some information on cutting down on my carbs <em>4</em> Thu, 4 Nov 2010 20:31:21 EST We need a new co-leader! I sent Patrice an email when I got back but still have not heard from her. I notice she does not seem to have been on Spark for over 2 months. <BR> <BR> So.... Would anyone else like to step up to the plate and volunteer to be a co-leader for the team? <BR> <BR> I would appreciate the help, and of course, new ideas and suggestions are always welcome. <BR> <BR> If you are interested, send me an email. Thanks. Wed, 3 Nov 2010 00:22:01 EST New Non Diabetic Hello Everyone, <BR> I'm new but I am not diabetic. With it running in my family and my weight issues, I feel that if I don't be more proactive, it might just be a matter of time. So eating better, exercising more and knowing what to watch out for is my interest. Also, I have a boyfriend who is diabetic but it is under control. Not knowing much about it, I also hope to pick up interesting information so that I don't have to 1) grill him about it all the time, 2) engage in activities and habit... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 12:03:38 EST And When You Fail..... ....Try, Try Again. <BR> <BR> *stands up* <BR> Hello. My name is Saille and I'm a recovering carb addict. Years ago I had excellent control of my diabetes. I was walking four miles a day, I was counting every bite and sip that went into my body, I had totally weaned off one medication and was working the metformin levels down. <BR> <BR> Yesterday one of my doctors told me I've got until a follow up appointment on Nov. 17th to get my act together or I'm going on insulin to get these n... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:35:42 EST Victoza shots to help ppl with type 2 diabetes? Just wondering if others are taking this medicine, and if so what effects have you had? my dr. recently put me on a low dose Victoza shots...not insullin. and he said it would make me lose weight. Well ive lost a couple pounds sense on it..and its help my blood sugar to stay allot lower. but ive also had some nausia, and just feeling alittle light headed but not bad. anyways just wondering what results others have had on it. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:13:00 EST so proud of my self!! I woke up this morning, at 7:30 stayed in bed until, 8:30 in which I did not want to, just lazy I guess. Got with usuall routine, and it was pouring down rain, outside. I thought :UGH" soooooooooo I ponder on this, put my jacket on and took my umbrulla and lo and behold, I walked 9708. WOW,, <BR> i WAS SOAK AND WET, BUT SOOOOO GLAD i DID IT, AFTER ALL ITS ONLY WATER, RIGHT??? <em>224</em> Mon, 4 Oct 2010 11:39:01 EST Hello all not sure what to say. i need to lose weight a lot of wieght for my health. I have an 7 yr old g-son that I like to beable to walk,play ect with. he thinks his g-ma is the best. I have a lot of stress in my life right now my g-son dad over seas in the war, the ex ( that won't let go) taking me back into court again, a ill mother, where i rent the landlady has not paid for the house, tying to find a place ro live on ssi. it just lives up and downs. i hope i get you know you better. <BR> h... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 21:28:57 EST insulin advice Hi! My name is Lynn. I'm still getting adjusted to SP and just joined this group. Though I've had diabetes for several years I've been mostly in denial, though I did take my meds religiously. This past week I was started on insulin (Lantus) and each day since then I have become increasingly ravenous. At this point I could eat food photos from magazines. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks! Sun, 19 Sep 2010 09:23:25 EST Hi! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kristen, I'm 22 and live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I have a young son, eight and a half months old, who keeps me on my toes and I am getting married next June. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with diabetes just over three years ago now and it was during my pregnancy the doctors discovered that I am not a Type 2 diabetic as was originally though but a slowly progressing Type 1. I am insulin dependent and since my son was born I have had ups and downs with my blood s... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:10:41 EST Welcome to all who joined the team while I was awa As many of you may know, I was having some difficulties over the summer so I have not been around much. <BR> <BR> If you joined the team while I was off recovering, I want to take this moment to say WELCOME! <BR> <BR> As you may have already figured out, this is a very friendly and knowledgeable team. We are all here to support and encourage each other, so if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask. We are here for you! <BR> <BR> Best wishes, and again WELCOME t... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 23:53:52 EST New to SP but 40 years Type I <em>213</em> Hi, Everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm fairly new to SparkPeople (almost one week), but quite experienced with Diabetes, diagnosed Type I in 1970. 40 years Type I, there have been many advances -- tiny, fast, home bg monitors, rDNA human insulin, software tools, microfine, narrow gauge syringes, and the internet with SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> By contrast, I started with "double voids" and urine testing tablets for very inaccurate, delayed bg's; lab or doctor visit... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 20:58:39 EST Many Thanks I have gotten so much response from you guys for having joined your team, I thought I would just say thanks to all of you for your words of welcome. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 18:18:51 EST Hi team. Just checking in. Hi everyone. Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I am slowly getting better (I hope) but still having a lot of problems with the edema and resultant sensitive skin. I hope to be back full time in September (medical permitting!) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great summer. Take care of yourselves. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 02:47:03 EST Introduction I joined this team, not because I am diabetic but because I have a friend who is. I tried to get her to join, but she is reluctant. I want to receive some of your e-mail and other related information so I can pass on to her. I don't mean to offend anyone by my action, so forgive and send me all your e-mails and I will read them and pass them on to her. Bye and good luck with all goals that have been set. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 12:31:54 EST CHANG MY CARB AND CALORIES GOAL i WENT TO MY DIABETIC DR TODAY AND HE SAID I SHOULD BE DOING CARBS OF BETWEEN 140 AND 150 PER DAY. MY NUTRITION TRACKER IS SET WAY TO HIGH AND I NEED TO CHANGE IT CAN SOME ONE TELL ME HOW? iF YOU TRACK CARBS HOW MANY DO YOU USE IN A DAY ? Thanks ED Thu, 29 Jul 2010 22:24:28 EST New with questions Hello, I have just been diagnosed with diabetes. The dr put me on 4 insulin shots a day. I think this is excessive. Is this normal? Will I be on insulin forever now or will I eventually get off of it if I lose more weight and start eating right? Tue, 27 Jul 2010 08:03:25 EST I'm new to SP I just joined sp 5 days ago....I am trying to get myself familiar with this website. I can not believe how extensive and useful this site is.......I have been faithful to drinking my water which is an accomplishment in itself. I haven't been this faithful to daily water intake in over two years.....A few more days to go and then my first weigh-in.......I'm nervous about that...... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 16:15:16 EST An article from the Globe and Mail This was posted on another team of mine and thought it might be of interest to some of you. Sorry, the poster did not post a link to the actual article. <BR> <BR> From Thursday's Globe and Mail <BR> Published on Thursday, Jul. 08, 2010 10:58AM EDT <BR> Last updated on Thursday, Jul. 08, 2010 11:11AM EDT <BR> The question <BR> <BR> I keep on getting painful muscle cramps. What’s the deal? <BR> <BR> The answer <BR> <BR> Nothing brings a pleasant run or bike ride to a grinding halt li... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:21:01 EST Summer plans? Are you going on vacation this summer? What are your plans? Tue, 6 Jul 2010 00:07:00 EST Diabetes 2 Reversed Successful ly...Spark Blog I just read this blog written by my sparkfriend, EMMABE1, and wanted to share with the team. Just wanted you to know that we can fight the good fight and be a winner!!! <BR> This link will take you to Ann's blog: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3399623 </link> Mon, 5 Jul 2010 18:12:26 EST I can't believe I didn't find this team sooner Hi! I can't believe I didn't find this team sooner. I've been on SP for about 4 months now and I'm surprised that I never saw this team when I was searching for diabetes teams. <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> I've had great results on SP (check out my spark page and recent blogs) I hope that I can get more valuable information on my journey as well as help others along the way. Fri, 2 Jul 2010 22:04:52 EST Patriotic Canadian <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My nephew played this for me today and I love it so much I just have to share for all our Canadain members.... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 01:57:12 EST Team Leader boards Jun 27, 2010 Congratulations to the top 5 on our leaderboards for this week <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> JOLEEVA <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> LYNNEJ5 <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> CAPTNSHORTBOB <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> LYNNEJ5 <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> WOWEETOO <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> KAYWEB555 <BR> <BR> <BR> Way to go every one. We are proud of you and your efforts. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 03:20:47 EST Site enhancements for diabetics launched today. There will be more enhancements added later in the year. Keep an eye out for them..... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> <BR> <BR> If you have any comments to make about this round or future enhancements, please click on the link within this blog. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 16:23:16 EST New to SparkPeople Hi, I just signed up last night and am trying to learn how to navigate...I have type 2 diabetes and want to get control of my life! Sun, 27 Jun 2010 21:02:21 EST Hi I'm new to this team I'm new to this team and not sure how to blog. I hope I can catch on. Sun, 27 Jun 2010 09:01:09 EST grams of protien per body weight? Some time ago I read a post where someone -- who worked in a medical clinic -- was saying what the recommendation was for grams of protein per body weight. I ment to bookmark the post, but forgot and seem to have deleted the email notification for that thread. This post was inresponse to a thread but I don't remember the name of the thread. Even worse, I cannot remembr what team it was. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else remember reading this post? And if so, do you remember what team & what thre... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 18:59:21 EST Eating healthy over the long weekend. Do you have friends coming over for Canada or Independence Day? Or are you going to visit friends then. <BR> <BR> What strategies will you use to stick with your plan and stay on track? Will you stick strictly to your meal plan, allow yourself a treat or go all out? Fri, 25 Jun 2010 13:13:24 EST For times when your sugars are high. When you have high bs, what do you do? How do you deal with it? Fri, 25 Jun 2010 11:31:30 EST Just a note Hello to all! I hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying the summer weather! Not sure how everyones weather is all over.. but here in Michigan it has been HOT and HUMID.. definitely summer weather!! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to pop in since I've missed a few days here and there coming onto Spark. I've been busy with a sick kitty that we picked up from the Animal Shelter who came out with the upper respitory infection that seem to be common when coming out of those shelters. Poor little k... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 15:54:54 EST For times your sugars are low.... Do you keep glucose tabs or raw sugar or ... something else on your person at all times for those hopefully rare occasions when your bs drop? Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:22:54 EST Testing blood sugars How do you feel when your blood sugars start dropping? Dizzy? Blurry vision? or ??? Wed, 23 Jun 2010 01:18:31 EST Today's Health article-a diabetes article <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=640264 </link> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:17:12 EST Team Leaderboards June 13th and 20th I apologize for not getting the leaderboards posted last week. I promised myself I would get this weeks posted on Sunday, and here it is Monday evening already. So without further ado . . . . <BR> <BR> Congratualations to the top 5 on our leader boards for LAST week June 13th <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> MOMSUE1 <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> CAPTNSHORTBOB <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> WOWEETOO <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> MOMSUE1 <BR> WOWEETOO <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> CA... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:26:21 EST Another Diabetes site Recipes, articles and information: <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 23:13:54 EST How often do you test your blood sugar? How often do you test your blood sugar? <BR> Once a day? Twice? Three times? More? Mon, 21 Jun 2010 21:46:09 EST Happy Fathers Day To all the Fathers everywhere, I wish you a very Happy Fathers day. Get out the BBQ and have a great one! lol Sun, 20 Jun 2010 13:56:55 EST Looking for another co-leader. I am wondering if there is anyone here who would be interested in becoming a co-leader of this team. <BR> <BR> We have a great team here, and I really appreciate Patrice being back, but I am having a few medical issues of my own and have to cut back just a little. <BR> <BR> If you might be interested, send me a spark mail and we can discuss it. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:45:41 EST It's been too long... Hello to everyone!! <BR> <BR> I know it has been quite sometime since i have surfaced some of you know, I have been struggling with a foot condition since March and it really pulled me down. My foot continues to be in a hard cast for another 3 weeks. It has been on for 6 and we are hoping for the unveiling at my next visit ini 3 weeks, YAHOO!! <BR> <BR> Regretfully, I have fallen off the weight loss train as well. More or less... everything kind of went.... BLAH! I'm being... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 13:04:26 EST Team leaderboards for week ending June 6, 2010 Congratualations to the top 5 on our leader boards for this week <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> MOMSUE1 <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> MAUREEN19640824 <BR> KAYWEB555 <BR> CAPTNSHORTBOB <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> MATEYMATE1 <BR> MOMSUE1 <BR> KAYWEB555 <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 <BR> WOWEETOO <BR> <BR> Way to go every one. We are proud of you and your efforts. <BR> Sun, 6 Jun 2010 21:08:18 EST Share your thoughts on this new research A possible new way to test blood glucose levels. If research becomes a reality, would you consider it? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=639811 </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> Sat, 5 Jun 2010 00:01:22 EST Good news. Spark people have just added a new category in thier Secrets to Success. The Category is called (get this) Living with Diabetes. Isn't that great? Check it out and leave some of your tips for success! <BR> <BR> There will be more tools and articles comming up so keep watching for them. <BR> <BR> I am so exciting about these additions. <em>244</em> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 21:42:13 EST How often do you test? This is mostly me just being nosey <em>20</em> I was wondering how often everyone tests their blood sugar. I test 4-6 times a day. I feel like I need that feedback. Plus, I have a lot of lows, so I tend to test more often when I feel low. Mon, 31 May 2010 19:49:47 EST