SparkPeople Managing Diabetes Group! Team Messageboard We are Managing Our Diabetes! And we will get it under control with good healthy eating and exercising, and the support of our Spark Friends! Come Join Us in your Quest to Become Healthy! SparkPeople Managing Diabetes Group! Team Messageboard Very interesting video about diabetes. Between 3-5 minute he talks about why a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet makes sense. I also find it crazy to eat a lot of the macronutrient that spikes blood sugars the most, and then take meds/Insulin to offset this. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you think about this way of thinking, or anything related to eating this way?.. even if you don't agree. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:53:50 EST Some music for the soul... ... amazing group of men singing on Britain's Got Talent (can you say, "goosebumps"?) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> P.S. Happy Easter! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:35:11 EST What is the goal? Did you achieve them? You find out that you are diabetic, and the doctor suggests a plan. Probably the " diabetic " diet. You start testing your blood sugars, and exercising, while following the diet. <BR> <BR> If you could look into the future, how would you describe success on this plan? or any plan you follow? What are your goals? Without goals, how would any of us know that the plan worked. So if you wouldn't mind how would you quantify success, and hitting your goals? Is it a certain HgbA1c, or a reduction ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:01:04 EST Need the Accountability I came back in January, however, it was too soon. I am still dealing with after surgery issues such as exhaustion. I would have loved to jump right back into life, however, that wasn't possible. Since then I have gained and lost a few pounds here and there. I had several lows with my insulin so I decided to eat right and come off of it. My sugars are doing surprisingly well when I eat correctly and this is what I need accountability to do. It is so easy for me to get side tracked when stress... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:11:17 EST fbs fbs early this morning 126. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:37:16 EST Hello, I'm new to this team I was diagnosed on January 19th - after getting a biometric screening done at work. I have had blood work done an a yearly basis so I expected no issues with this one but pretty much a lot came back with problems - a huge surprise to me. So the nurse practitioner wanted me to see a doctor asap but work wouldn't let me off so I sat up an appoint for the middle of February and the nurse practitioner wrote me a prescription for metformin 500mg 2x a day - at around the same time I got pink eye ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:49:51 EST New to the Group :) Hey all, I'm Jessica and I've had my diagnosis for about 5 years now. I've been really slack lately and it has worsened my diabetes(type II) to the point where my eyes are paying for it-I was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy on St. Patty's day. No fun, let me tell you. <BR> Needless to say, I've been really scared to eat anything...sometimes to the point where I'll starve all day and binge all night. Definitely not good. <BR> So while eating earlier, I realized I need to get some meal plan... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:43:26 EST diabetes /high blood pressure Hi everyone, time to get serious on this health that I am having Wed, 2 Apr 2014 18:46:06 EST 5.0 Hemoglobin A1C When I found out I was diabetic, my first blood sugar was 526, and I weighed over 350 lbs. (2002) <BR> <BR> The first goal they gave me was a 7.0 Hemoglobin A1C, and told me to aim for 130 daily blood sugars. At that time my morning blood sugars ranged from 180-300, and after eating breakfast might go UP, might go DOWN, but were always high. After 7 years on the " diabetic diet ", I was still over 350, but I was below 8.0 A1C, and had days where I didn't go over 150 blood sugars. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:31:03 EST Best Insulin Pump? / New Pump Recommendations Hello. After 20 years of doing multiple daily injections with a syringe I am going to switch to a pump. My endocrinologist would not recommend one. She wants me to pick my own. I've attended a local pump group session where reps from all the companies had booths. Yet I'm still unsure. <BR> <BR> Does anyone love or hate their pump? Is your current pump better or worse than your old pump? Any idea which pump would be best for a pump NOOB? <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:14:09 EST Invokana I was just reading a book published by the Joslin Diabetes Center, and they mention the newer medication Invokana, for Type 2 diabetes. I wondered if anyone here has used Invokana, and if so, what kind of results did you have? <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:30:51 EST Coach Tanya, Help! Carb totals in nutrition track hello, <BR> i am perplexed. i just read (in a spark people email) and know from my dietitian that: <BR> <BR> A general recommendation is to eat about 2-3 carbohydrate servings (30-45 grams) at each meal for women and 3-4 carbohydrate servings (30-60 grams) at each meal for men. Both men and women should limit carbohydrates at snacks to 1-2 carbohydrate servings (15-30 grams). <BR> <BR> Why then is my Nutrition tracker telling me that my ranges are <BR> <BR> Meal: 41-52 carbs <BR> Snac... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:44:38 EST The power of words... My niece sent this to me. She's a mom with six kids, two of whom have CF, and she's a full time nurse putting her husband through school. And she still finds time to look for the bright things in life... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/Mormon-young-men-bring-smiles-to-36-<BR>girls-faces-video-reaches-thousands.html </link> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:25:33 EST Brands and Prices of meters & strips - help newbs I found it impossible to get a grip on the mechanics of testing my blood in that first week. Maddening! <BR> <BR> My insurance, Wellmark said I had to use an AccuCheck meter, which was provided free, and the test strips are $70 (my co-pay) for 100. That's a 2 month supply for me. <BR> <BR> When I first received the Rx for these things I tried comparison shopping, and that got me no where, no one would explain to me how the pricing worked, and my local pharmacy was clueless, they kept sa... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:54:46 EST Blood sugar testing easier, better than tracking This is just my experience: <BR> I have never wanted to spend the considerable time to record everything I eat, count calories, count carbs or generally track. I can keep that up for no more than 3 days. <BR> So as far as my food choices I simply decided to stick to those foods that I KNOW won't spike my blood sugars. I avoid anything that will raise my blood sugar over 120 and those foods that raise my blood sugar over 110 I only eat rarely and in small quantities. <BR> To make this work I ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:52:33 EST survey - how often do you test (should test)- why? Just 3 pieces of information: <BR> 1. How often do you test your blood sugar? <BR> 2. How often do you think you should test your blood sugar? <BR> If there is a difference between the two, why? <BR> 3. How do you apply what you learn? <BR> I'm hoping to find out how testing can be made easier/more helpful and how people can get better blood sugar results. The more we share with each other the better we can do. <BR> <BR> Birgit <BR> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:02:26 EST Need some ides for lunch I have to be careful what I eat for lunch or my sugar will spike a lot higher than at breakfast or supper. I need some ides for lunch please? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:40:48 EST New Research --- was told jan 6 2014 -- my aic was 6.7 <BR> having lost 11 lbs since then -- i am praying i brought my aic down some ... <BR> was on meds for 10 days - got symptoms -dr said to stop taking meds -- <BR> and never said to go on any other type - so i started tracking calories - carbs etc. - <BR> for 6 weeks - then since mid feb i have not tracked and i still managed to loose weight -- <BR> no bread ever -- no butter, no potatoes... no pasta -- i even dont go to my high tea meetups anymore cuz... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:51:03 EST Reversing diabetes summit - free This conference is online and it goes over 12 days with 5 speakers each day. <BR> Here is the link to sign up: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The way these things ususally work is that you can listen to each days speakers for free, but at the end there is the option to buy the whole package for people who could not listen. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is the link that lists the speakers: <BR> <link><BR>contact_key=8e235d44e7edfe4b45c96a... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:54:13 EST recorded drops in blood sugar My Dr informs me that I m no longer considered Diabetic because my sugar stays between 70 and 97 being he highest.THanks to taking cinnamon, Milk thistle, tumeric ,cayenne pepper and ginger. Ginger and cinnamon I have the most. I. Have one or the other most every day. And they say there's n cure for diabetes. None that they can make a quick buck on! But these work. <BR> <BR> What brothers me, the Dr and the healthcare insurance will no longer pay for the test strips for me to check and I can... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:39:37 EST spark people diet plans Hi, my name is Helen. I have been on spark people off and on for awhile now, and controlling cholesterol has been my main focus. Recently my husband has expressed interest in also using spark people diets to control his diabetes. I have no problem with also using the diabetes nutrition plans but obviously his caloric needs are greater than mine. Is there any way to sync our diet plans so we are both getting the same diet plan? I mean the same meal selections. Does this make sense? Than... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:59:36 EST Missed me? I'm back! LOL It's been a lo-o-o-ong time! TOO long. Six whole weeks, and the whole time I was pretty much living what my sister always says "you're not being driven crazy... it is your permanent address!" LOL <BR> <BR> It feels so wonderful to be sparkin' again. I really missed being able to KNOW how many carbs I'm getting, and how much sodium and potassium--- guessing was a real pain in the you-know-what!--- but the thing I missed the most? <BR> <BR> All of you! <BR> <BR> There's no place like home...... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:52:25 EST On the road to recovery I know what I have to do...I just wasn't doing it. Lost 40 lbs. on Atkins 3 years ago and have gained 17 back from "cheating a bit". Since joining last Saturday I am -3 pounds. My cravings are gone and my meals plans are quite simple. My carb addiction is the same as any other addiction. The more I had the more I wanted. There is a line that just can't be crossed and I kept crossing it and fooling myself. Back on target, hopefully for the long term! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:12:04 EST Why isn't this working? For the last couple of months I have been eating somehat lower carbs than usual (50-75 grams). I know it has lowered my calories, too, so they are often lower than the recommended. My problem is that I lost about 14 pounds, but as soon as I get below 206 I start gaining it back. It has been doing this ever since I got on SP in 2008. How do I stop that from happening. I have even been doing yard work so getting more exercise. Nothing seems to work for me. I am also trying to lower my A1... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:51:50 EST Walden Dressing Has anyone tried Waldens dressing? It is awesome no calories no carbs. <BR> It is my new best friend, they have about 7 differnt kinds. <BR> Let me know what you think of it, if you have tried. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:46:25 EST not enough carbs does anyone else have trouble with finding an appropriate amount of carbs. <BR> <BR> we have decided to (mostly) eliminate processed foods, and i am trying to go (mostly) gluten free. which cuts out the usual Fiber One bars that I used to rely on. and Dreamfields low glycemic pasta. <BR> <BR> i am finding that i often don't have enough carbs— i am HIGH on protein, and fat— but, sometimes too low on BOTH calories and carbs. (OF COURSE, there are other times when i am way HIGH on all of t... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:44:55 EST Hi everyone, I'm Cat! Hi all! I've been a member of this group for a while, but not active. I would like to become an active member, and meet some new friends along the way. <BR> <BR> I'm Type 2, diagnosed about 5 years ago. I'm on oral meds and insulin, and at this point am not well controlled. I'm working hard on it, but man is it tough! I have an appointment Tuesday with the endo, and I'm hoping to get some good info from her to help me get things under control. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know some of you ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:02:01 EST Dawn Phenomenon I have been working to get my BG down and off the metformin since it is causing problems (can't hardly go out of the house). This morning I took my fasting BS and it was 144. I have been averaging 50-75 g carbs/day (yesterday was 84, though). I am wondering how I might be able to control the dawn phenomenon without having to go back on the metformin. I don't want to go on any of the other meds because they are now in lawsuits or have been linked with worse side effects. Would eating a pi... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:47:58 EST Low on calories Since I have been trying to eat lower carbs I am ending up with below the amount of calories than called for on the healthy lifestyle of Sparkpeople. I am a little afraid to even ask for help on that cause I will gain back the weight I've lost. I have been getting between 750 and 950 calories a day. Also have been reading books on diabetes control. I usually get about the same ratio of the protein and fat and usually between 50-75 g carbs. On those days I haven't been hungry to eat more... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:15:17 EST Been Struggling Hi, Everyone, this is Ali, <BR> I have some really good news, this morning I weighed myself and finally the scale moved in a downward direction finally! Since I joined SP, I have either been maintaining or gaining weight. <BR> Now, just past one month in the program, I am finally losing weight. My weight this morning went from 235.8 down to 233.4, that's not a lot of weight but it's a start in the right direction and I'll take any loss right now! <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone is doing be... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:46:42 EST LADA - Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults I was doing some research on how to reduce blood sugar levels and why some of us have so much more trouble than others in reducing ours even with a low-carb diet. <BR> <BR> If you find yourself with higher than ideal blood sugar levels (over 5.3 A1c) and have reached maintenance weight you may want to continue reading. <BR> <BR> Here are some articles that I've found: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-dont- get-type-2-diabetes-think-again </link> <BR> <BR> <lin... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:19:36 EST What carb did you pass on today? I passed on the bread basket.. Before I would of ate 3-4 dinner rolls. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:04:37 EST Reducing Belly Fat I was reading one of the books that someone recommended somewhere and a guy they were talking to said he had always been a healthy weight, but he did have a larger belly. He said he had to give up things like cereal and chicken burritos. I know that the cereal (he ate large bowls for breakfast) are usually pretty high in carbs, but was wondering about the burritos and if they are a problem because of high carbs or if they are a problem for the belly fat because of the spices they use or wha... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 18:00:08 EST oops At work on friday <BR> i have not had bread or red meat since jan 6 <BR> Having lost 12lbs with no.meds <BR> I was really wanting a burger <BR> so I also limited my salt too <BR> so I gave into my brain and had one <BR> tossed half of bun and cheese out <BR> boy about 2 hrs later I was so hungry <BR> Had salad mixed greens cuc 2 oz avocado red wine vinegar <BR> and bumbleberries...... <BR> <BR> Lesson dont ever eat burger again not worth it.. <BR> <BR> Go back to my boring food 2 oz prot... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:27:39 EST ONLY High Fasting Numbers I'd love to hear from some of you who, at first, ONLY had high fasting numbers. My post meal numbers are excellent, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to get my fasting numbers down. <BR> <BR> If I have a snack before bed I'm in the 160 range in the morning. <BR> <BR> No snack, 200 or over :( <BR> <BR> I'm on glumetza 1000 x 2/day. <BR> <BR> Other than losing 100 lbs (which I'm also struggling with), does anyone who's been there, done that, have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Je... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:40:38 EST Craving certain desserts I'm making this general so it can be used for more than one dessert. I have been craving a light, fluffy cheesecake for over a week now. I am trying to find a way to make one (no-bake) without using the frozen whipped topping (hydrogenated oil) that would be lower carb enough to have. I plan to use a sugar substitute -- either stevia or Splenda -- and no crust since I don't really care about it. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried this or have any ideas how to go about it? I have done pumpkin, cr... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:58:13 EST Officially Type 2, But Not New News Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I had gestational diabetes first 10 years ago with my first child, and then again with my second, 5 years later. Today I've been diagnosed as type 2 and not only am I wayyyyy overweight, but my numbers are also wayyyyy out of wack. <BR> <BR> I've been taking 2 x 1000 mg glumetza, at breakfast and dinner, and my fasting numbers are still in the 160 range. My fasting before glumetza was 191. <BR> <BR> I'm worried that, like when I was preggo, the only way I'll be able... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:30:35 EST spark people recipe book.. hmm Slow Cooker Northern Bean and Spinach Soup <BR> <BR> well this seems like alot of carbs in 1 cup and alot of sodium - 590 mg ? are you kidding me <BR> <BR> i can not seem to find a decent recipe in this cookbook I spent so much money on that fits with the Big D ... ... <BR> <BR> what a waste of money this book was - <BR> <BR> why don't they come out with a vegan .. cookbook for the big D with menu plans?? <BR> or a big D cookbook - with menu plans?/ <BR> <BR> probably because they are r... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:23:23 EST bitter melon A few weeks ago i had bitter melon with salt beef and rice.. a meal i used to eat frequently before i was diagnosed diabetic... i tested my bs the next morning it was low for the first time in years.. <BR> Last night a girlfriend called me, she is originally from suriname and she started telling me how good bitter melons are for sugar control.. her DH blends the flesh with lemon and water drinks one or two times a week and he's sugar is now in control.. <BR> <BR> has anyone experienced bitt... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:43:15 EST Juicing - joe cross just wondering -- <BR> <BR> someone in office <BR> referred me to this site <BR> claimed he did 60 days of juicing <BR> lost 100 lbs!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> the person in the office said she did it for 10 days <BR> <BR> i do not know if i could do this ---- <BR> <BR> gosh would be great to loose that amount in 3 months!! :) Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:50:38 EST exercise - wii fit plus Now I know many people are going to poo poo this - wi fit plus <BR> because many say it is not really exerciseing - but I disagree <BR> there is yoga ... moves you can do <BR> and I finally hooked my wii fit up - and last nite i did 30 min of aerobics <BR> mostley the walking and the stepping and the island cycling that was annoying trying to find all the flags i did a couple of yoga moves -- and the kung fu - its all in the timing .. co oridination <BR> and a couple of the balance games -... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:00:28 EST Blood Glucose Reports Forgive me if this is ask and answered somewhere. I searched and didn't find it. <BR> How do I get blood glucose reports for each category? There are 9 different categories to choose when entering a glucose reading, but when I go to reports many of them are lumped together. For example I want my morning fasting level, but it is included in the "pre-meal" category because it was a "pre-breakfast" reading. <BR> Am I missing something? Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:20:12 EST Cupcakes ? Office is selling cupcakes on monday -- <BR> hmm - that is out huh <BR> <BR> I not had a cupcake in ages :( <BR> <BR> dont think i will go to the lunch room that day . then.. too much temptation <BR> <BR> and no drinking water does not curb the want to have one LOL <BR> <BR> stay away from the area -- is way better -- not in sight -- dont want it ... <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:27:06 EST invite to a high tea for sat afternoon I really want to go - but ---- <BR> i went back in nov -- before I knew my demise :( <BR> and now i not eaten bread since jan 6 <BR> or had any pastry type or sweet of any kind for 2 months <BR> <BR> i really liked those little sandwiches <BR> the scones i can do with out and the little chocolate squares .. <BR> <BR> i can drink till for a month of sundays . :( <BR> <BR> should i go ? should i stay home -- temptation .... <BR> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:29:16 EST Keeping an "EYE" on diabetes Last week I had a check up with my eye specialist. This was a three month check up to see if I needed lazer eye surgery due to having spots behind the eyes, related to diabetes..These spots he said could go away.The nurse was trying to fit me in that afternoon for the lazer treatment.My chart said possible lazer.Doc asked me how I thought I was doing.I said I was feeling positive.He said ."keep doing what your doing" NO lazer surgery and I will see you in 6 months.He mentioned to keep my bloo... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:45:16 EST the end of diabetes - book hmm - this author claims he had a patient that had numerous health issues <BR> her AIC was 12.9 <BR> by following his menu plans she lost 150 plus pounds in 6 months <BR> <BR> basically from what I gathered he proposes a person eats 6 oz of animal protein a week <BR> most of your protein would come from beans etc - <BR> <BR> now is that safe to loose that much weight in that short of time <BR> <BR> i got to wonder - I have only skipped around the book - but I am wondering if I am gettin... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:46:59 EST opinions on plexus I have heard good things about Plexus Slim for weight loss. I have done some research and seen the list of ingredients they say are in it. I won't try anything like that without speaking to my dr. Just curious about what you all might think. I am really making an effort to eat better and exercise so I am slowlygetting healthier. And no I won't go extremely low carb. I do watch my carb intake and moderate my intake. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:38:10 EST Tour de Cure bike ride? Has anyone here ever done the Tour de Cure bike ride? <BR> I havent spent significant time on a bike since i was a kid, but, i am intrigued by this. It may just be the boost i need. <BR> <BR> Looking for info, suggestions, support. <BR> <BR> thankyou! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:02:25 EST Need Low carb casserole recipes - Sister is arriving on friday night <BR> she is planning on staying till monday with me <BR> i said - well help me make some low carb recipes -- <BR> <BR> Wondering does eggplant freeze well? <BR> <BR> I wonder if I can use wild rice in a recipe and what else ? <BR> <BR> obviously no potatoes, or pasta -- no cream soups, or flour -- <BR> <BR> i am at a loss <BR> we are suppose to go shopping friday night - but what do we get?? <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:47:48 EST Honey I know that honey is high in carbs and has always been said to increase BG readings just the same as sugar, but today I was watching The Doctors TV and they were talking about food for healing things instead of drugs. They actually were talking about headaches (I think) or maybe colds when they mentioned the honey, but what they said was that honey -- raw and unfiltered -- aided in digestion of sugars. Has anyone heard of that before? I've been using honey in my tea because of a problem wi... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:14:48 EST New to SparkPeople I've had out of control blood sugars for 9 months. I am 4 weeks into carb counting to get sugars under control. Doing pretty well with carb counting. Just had a scare with an abnormal bun-createnine level, indicating I may be beginning kidney failure. I've got to do this. Hoping communication with others will help. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:22:22 EST Been struggling I've been trying to eat lower carbs (not what is considered LOW carb, but quite a bit lower than I've normally eaten). I start the day with protein and fats and usually that will keep me fuller. The last few days, though, I seem to be hungry all the time. Today I just couldn't get un-hungry. That's including drinking more water than I usually do. Any ideas what I can do to quit being hungry (stomach is growling type hungry). Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:50:41 EST Sorry, gang! My router and/or modem has an issue, so I'm at a friend's house right now... I'll be back in business soon, don't miss me too much, ok" <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:07:47 EST dont mess it up As of jan 6 to feb 10 today <BR> lost 10lbs <BR> follow 1000 - 1200 cal menu plan <BR> 40 g fat <BR> 30 g sugar <BR> 105 g protein <BR> 105 g carb <BR> 1200 to 1500 mg sodium <BR> now to add 15 min walking 3 days a week <BR> gradually go up to 30 min a day Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:25:16 EST valentines day well no chocolate or treats for me this year <BR> first time n my whole life i not eaten any chocolate in our 30 days <BR> <BR> never again -- t <BR> i was hoping to go out to meet a fella that nite <BR> but - sister is coming up that night <BR> so that is out - <BR> and she staying till monday - <BR> we get monday off --- so i have that day ---- <BR> <BR> not looking forward to this weekend - not weekend <BR> <BR> she gonna harp on me -- what i am eating -- andm tell me i am not di... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 19:55:19 EST endocronologist What is that? Sat, 8 Feb 2014 18:05:10 EST rough day 3 years ago today <BR> <BR> My mother died of pancreatic csncer <BR> <BR> Just sleeping all day Sat, 8 Feb 2014 17:28:39 EST Diabetes apps Does anyone use an app on their phone/tablet to help track Diabetes related things? I know I can track a lot of them on SP but I am looking for something a bit easier to pull out and show the doctor or to track on while at work. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:26:19 EST low carb casserole s Sister coming next week <BR> Wants to make casseroles <BR> with what? <BR> cant have cream soups <BR> or potatoes or rice or pasta? <BR> What is left? <BR> veggies...... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:13:55 EST Saw this on my local news. Thought it was interesting. <link><BR>l-help-local-boy-deal-with-diabetes </link> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 09:29:49 EST Sweeteners? If you feel the need to sweeten something, what do you use? Regular sugar or something like Stevia or Splenda. I do not like artificial sweeteners. What about honey? What is recommended? Fri, 7 Feb 2014 06:27:50 EST Dr i have is a goof Today is exactly 30 days since he said <BR> i lost 1/2 my pancreas! and i am never getting it back <BR> put me on stupid drug metformin - after having vomiting feelings and diareah <BR> 10 days later he says to stop it -- <BR> <BR> when i finally seen the diabetic counsellor (dont get her mixed up with a dietician cuz she is not) <BR> seen her last nite -- finally <BR> she says .. i lost 10% of it is not fucnctioning properly <BR> i lost 8 lbs as of jan 22 --- <BR> was too nervous to ge... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:29:18 EST carrot cake - brownies Some fool <BR> <BR> brought into the office <BR> carrot cake and brownies <BR> <BR> so i had a piece of each <BR> the size and width of my little finger -- <BR> <BR> I wanted to eat the whole pan of both <BR> <BR> grrrr - this sucks :( <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:18:38 EST Adding blood sugar test results to calander When you register your blood sugar test results is there any way you can make them show up on your calendar? I have be added them manually but it would be nice if they automatically showed up there. I know there is a graft chart and I use that at this time. <BR> <BR> I want to thank this site for all the help as my A1C went from 9.2 to 6.6 with the help of this site due to logging food and realizing what's in all the foods I eat. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Hedomon Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:04:56 EST glucose meter What does it mean when I told <BR> mt aic is 6.7 <BR> And I was told to stop taking metFormin cuz <BR> i had some of the side effects <BR> been counting every morselnof foof since told <BR> this crappy news <BR> I said do i have to do that poke my fingers <BR> end up like cushion??? <BR> <BR> <BR> He said u r not there yet what that mean?? Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:10:56 EST Best food tracker - You will be surprised at which one rated the highest!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's The Best Food and Nutrition Tracking Tool? (Poll Closed) <BR> MyFitnessPal 62.23% (2,293 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> LoseIt 17.12% (631 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople 13.24% (488 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> CRON-O-Meter 1.85% (68 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> FatSecret 5.56% (205 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Total Votes: 3,685 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:26:31 EST How to " cure " Type 2 diabetes. <link><BR>list=PLA0C9BCB564810190 </link> <BR> <BR> We all say there is no cure for diabetes, and I get that, so let's ignore that for now. The idea of the video is one that I find to be true for most people. High fat, low carb causes rapid weight loss, and a stabilization of blood sugars in the 5.0-5.5 A1C range, as well as cessation of meds, and having to test, as long as you are willing to stay on the ketogenic diet. I am almost at 5 years on the die... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:21:11 EST WEB MD article... All about metabolism... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-your-metabolism?ecd=wnl_chl_012814&c<BR>tr=wnl-chl-012814_ld-stry&mb= </link> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:34:17 EST New diabetic I don't recall if I introduced myself to the team or not. My name is Kim and I am from Ohio. I was diagnosed at the beginning of the year as "very" diabetic and put on oral meds. It isn't a surprise to me as it runs in my family and I am overweight. I know I needed to lose weight as I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I am waiting to hear from the diabetic counselor to schedule an appt. I can't wait to figure this all out...what I am supposed to eat and not eat. I am r... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:04:34 EST bipolar, diabetes link. I had a horrid day yesterday which lead to a discovery. I wake at 3 am with a headache, sweety and shaky. I thought it was low blood sugar. I woke up at 6 and decided to take my FBS, to discover I was out of strips. I had orange juice, eggs and a tortilla. Felt better, went to work but within hours I has shaky and had that hollow feeling. I thought it was low blood sugar again so i ate some chocolate and peanut butter. Didn't help so in desperation and feeling really ill and out of it, ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:23:28 EST Jugo Juice gift card A coworker gave me a jugo juice card on thursday <BR> <BR> i didn't know what to say -- i said thank you - but as i said the words i thought <BR> <BR> what on earth can i actually have at this place ---their wraps are 60 g of carbs and sodiumn is so high its ridiculous --- <BR> i'd have to cut one up in 4 little pieces -- and have it for a snack or a lunch with a big salad - with no dressing of any kind --- <BR> <BR> and forget their juices over 60 grams for a drink -- its all in the ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 04:46:53 EST movie treats? i want so badly to go to a movie <BR> <BR> but i look at even a small popcorn on line for nutrition well its very discouraging <BR> <BR> am i never to have a treat at the movie theatre again ? <BR> <BR> this is so sad :( <BR> i guess i can sneak in my celery sticks and 1 tbsp of peanut butter ? and a small water ... <BR> <BR> not the same as m&ms or small popcorn :( no butter -- not the same .... <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:41:33 EST looking for low carb meal ideas I was counting my carb choices, that was not working for me. So I'm counting my grams of carbs. Does anyone want to share their favorite meal. I have alot to learn about meal planning.. Thanks for your help. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:54:12 EST almost there! finally got serious last fall and now 2 lbs away from my first milestone. hoping that by next weigh-in I'll finally be under 200lbs, first time since can't remember when. starting eating for diabetes because I'm on metformin but mostly because a friend is looking at insulin in the near future so to encourage her and because I really needed to do something about my sugars we start eating for diabetes, we are both maintaining a much healthier sugar level and the weight loss is a bonus! yeah for... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:23:57 EST Snack before exercise? Good morning Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I have been walking for about a month now to help get my body back in shape and to help my BSs. It feels great to get out and to move! <BR> <BR> This morning I got out early before I ate breakfast and then wondered if I should be eating a snack before walking so that my body has some fuel for the walk. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:15:29 EST carbs 50g / day -- 100 -150 g /day i need help <BR> i am so overwhelmed <BR> dr said go on dash diet - 0 sugar and 5o grams carbs a day i seen diabetic consultant on tues and she said 150 g carbs a day <BR> well i am doing that on myfitness pal. com <BR> religously recording everything - is this my life from now on ? <BR> dr had me stop the metformin - as i had diarhea very bad and i felt i was going to vomit on wed- and then i had this heavy feeling in my stomach/chest all day wed -- <BR> told me stop taking it --- didnt... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:44:34 EST Climbing Back On the Wagon I have been D2 for about 8 years, on bedtime insulin for almost 2. My first A1C results after starting insulin were fantastic, but the second was starting to creep up. This past one was too high, and I've just given myself a pep talk. First step on the climb back up: Revisit Spark People! It's amazing how tracking food and exercise - and even mood and sleep - can help me to stay on the right path! Thanks to all for sharing the journey! <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:11:07 EST No Grains? I am, as I type this, in a healthy living program at Kripalu, which is a yoga/health center in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. The doctor and nutritionist who lead the program recommend to best manage diabetes and feel good to eliminate all grains, even whole ones from one's diet. They also recommend putting more healthy fats back into your diet. <BR> Has anyone heard of or follow? Any thoughts on this? Thanks for any input. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:30:18 EST banning foods Who are these foods for ? <BR> salty foods <BR> fatty rich desserts <BR> alcohol ? <BR> <BR> fast food places - they now have somewhat healthy choices <BR> <BR> but with this medical condition - cant go there ever again -- <BR> <BR> what am i going to do bring my scale and weigh everything <BR> <BR> i will never go out again to eat -- good i will save money -about time - <BR> <BR> guess it took this slap up side my head to get my bad eating habits under control... <BR> <BR> rant o... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:48:10 EST New to SparkPeople and this Group Hello my name is Diane and i am here for support with my Diabetes and need to lose 180 pounds. I have tried to lose before and have failed. But this time its life or death. I need all the help and support i can get! Thank You for you help and Support....Diane <em>521</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:32:04 EST Lantus and Weight Gain You have probably figured out why I am asking. Over the holidays I ate every thing not nailed down. I gained a lot of weight. Then I read it is hard to lose weight on Lantus and most people gain. Immediately, I panicked. I have worked hard to lose weight and even a small gain sends me freaking out. Is this true about Lantus? I was taking a diabetes ed. class but had to drop it due to insurance reasons. I am working to lose weight and eating between 1200 and 1500 a day. Thank you for any advic... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 10:04:03 EST Extra Lancets I rec'd a letter from my pharmacy that at the begining of the year my insurance company would not be paing for the particular meter I was using so my doctor prescribed another type. I have boxes and boxes of lancets that have never been opened. What should I do with them? I though about calling the pharmacy and seeing if they could give them to another customer or someone in need. I dont care about getting the money back and suggestions? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:14:12 EST Diabetes and Gastric Bypass Surgery I was getting ready to organize my sparkteams and leave some that aren't active or relevant to me anymore and came across this one. I haven't been involved in this one in a long time because I'm not diabetic anymore. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> I'm not here to convince anyone or talk anybody into anything, but wanted to share my story briefly. <BR> <BR> I was prediabetic with PCOS for about 7 years. I decided to have Gastric Bypass done in January 2013. During the pre-op testing/blood work, ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:34:28 EST Back again!!! For me, there are times I don't want to be serious about my diabetes I will usually slip away and do those things I shouldn't be doing....eating too much and the wrong things, not moving, skipping meds, not testing, etc. <BR> <BR> This year, I want to get serious and stay serious. Maybe plan a couple of mini vacations, like for Christmas eating my favorite pasta meal and not worry about portion. So I will be sitting with my calendar today and adding a few breaks. See, I got sick this past y... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:39:57 EST Apples Has any one else have luck eating apples after meals? For the last three weeks I have been eating apples after lunch and dinner. I have found that doing that my blood sugars two hours after a meal have been in the 120 range. I have also been losing weight. This past week I have lost three lbs and the only thing different is eating apples after meals. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:50:37 EST Another Year begins... Look carefully, then move your mouse/cursor over the picture... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:44:47 EST Testing and blood thinner I was recently put on a blood thinner. How does that effect your bleeding when you test. Is their a difference. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:03:06 EST Beautiful poem... The best thing about this time of year <BR> Is the wonderful stories you get to hear, <BR> ..of courage and caring, <BR> ...of love and more, <BR> ...of opportunities <BR> Right at your door... <BR> <BR> Loved this. <BR> <link><BR>l=0 </link> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 19:11:01 EST Discussion about A1c levels on message board I decided to start this topic on the message boards (nutrition forum) because I realize more and more how many people are clueless that they may be diabetic, pre-diabetic or close, in particular people who are of normal weight or children. <BR> I would love anyone here to join in and share their experience. My goal is to help as many people as possible to avoid high blood sugars before they reach dangerous levels. <em>30</em> <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:43:21 EST pre-diabetic hi everyone. i'm new to the group, and feel a little out of place, i am not diabetic yet, i was diagnosed pre-diabetic just last week. i check my blood sugar once a day, and dont take any meds yet. i hope to find a place in your group where i can get some answers, and help with diet tips. like carb limitations, i see people posting they have reached their limits, is there a special limit if you are diabetic? i saw a nutrionist, but walked away even more confused. <BR> someone please hel... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:29:59 EST Metformin for life? So at a recent doctors appointment I asked what my A1C need to be to get off of metformin and my doctor told me that it wasn't my AC1 that determined that, that it was my blood sugar reading and that it would need to be 60 before that would happen. Is that even possible? I don't see my BS ever being that low. This really bummed me out. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:12:40 EST New, but not really new... Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Melissa (as you might guess) and I was diagnosed about 3-4 years ago. At first I did Metformin, lost weight, had amazing numbers, but then for a couple of years just began to backslide. Somehow I just decided I wasn't sick and did whatever I wanted. So this summer my doc put me on insulin. I had been on Janumet and then tried Victoza, but nothing. I take Levemir at night and Novolog (here, it's NovoRapid) to correct during the day, but I'm still adjusting my Levem... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:21:45 EST Diabetic on Edge I am really just starting. I am having a hard time getting motivated to check my blood sugars 4 times a day like I should. I need to get motivated to eat properly and not just eat anything that I want to. I really need a push, so I hope you all can help me with that. All I know is my weight is putting a strain on my heart and I am having problems exercising because of it. I at least need to start dieting properly. Any one got any good diet ideas? <em>4</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:57:41 EST A positive fail So I had my 3rd every month checkup to see where I was at. 3 months ago I went in for my first A1C test after having an abnormal reading on my glucose in my normal yearly physical. It was a 10.4 and my triglycerides (which I've been fighting) were back up to 930+ (OUCH) <BR> <BR> I spent three months fixing my diet, quitting soda, and exercising. I was sadly disappointed when my doctor told me I had not reached my goal of under 7. My second A1C test came out at 7.6. My triglycerides were dow... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:01:00 EST need to vent before i face the clinic tomorrow- a little background-last november 2012- i had my appt and got my prescriptions set up for the year thru nov 2013. in the spring i was referred to an endocrinologist to try and get my A1c down. ok so far,had some appts and did not go to my regular doctor's office all summer. i called in october to the endo clinic to get my meds scripts done for the next year and they said to go back to my regular doctor-ok-so i went to them and had a different provider who basicly did not believe a word i said... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 01:20:15 EST New to this group Hi... I'm new to Spark. Would like to know that there are others located in or near Marietta, GA. Why is it I can look after everyone else, but can't seem to take care of me.... ~_~ Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:03:12 EST Doing "TOO" good ? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> FBS = 111 Then ate a heathy breakfast and my pre-lunch BS was a 62. Guess it is time to adjust the Lantus insulin down a bit. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:45:56 EST Hi! Rejoining Spark people - it's time I am 44 years old. I have kind of been in denial for a few years. I am thin, had "decent" blood sugars. Then I kind of started slipping. Have a brownie here, a glass on wine there. Then I had a FASTING blood sugar of 177. Scared the crap out of me. SO, I am giving up alchohol, starting to exercise, taking my blood sugars again, and TRULY eating right again. <BR> <BR> Fasting blood sugar this morning was 119. LOT better. <BR> <BR> I just got engaged and now that I have the love of ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:08:00 EST SO CUTE!... Smiling is good for our health! LOL <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ed/vDa0z0gEvI4?rel=0 </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 01:20:55 EST A Different Point of View... <link><BR>-are-happening-to-astronauts-returning<BR>-to-earth?g=2 </link> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:30:24 EST Survey - How do you control blood sugar I was curious how people control their blood sugar so decided we might all benefit from finding out what others are doing. <BR> Please share the following: <BR> What is your average blood sugar level measured as A1c? <BR> Do you use diet to control blood sugar? <BR> If yes, what do you do? <BR> -limit carbs <BR> -limit protein <BR> -limit calories <BR> - other <BR> Do you use medication to control your blood sugar? <BR> (If you like share which one) <BR> Do you use insulin to control your bl... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:09:19 EST HI I am Tammy I have insulin-dependent diabetes. I have had it for about 7 years and it is very uncontrolled most of the time, mostly because I struggle with my diet. I would love to talk to others who share my struggles and learn about daily menus that could help me. Thank you! Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:23:08 EST just joined wanted to introduce myself; <BR> My name is Mary Grether, age 67, diagnosed as type 2 diabetes last year. I have been a widow for 16 years, have 3 sons out of the nest. Live in Raleigh,NC. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for the past few years, I even joined weight watchers, but the weight doesn't budge. I am not as active as I used to be and guess thats part of the problem. <BR> <BR> Someone showed me the smart people and thought I would check it out. <BR> I do like what I see.... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:38:30 EST Some MUSIC just for fun... hope you like opera! Just had to share this-- <BR> Wow. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-opera-on-hollands-got-talent.htm </link> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:18:05 EST Re-Joining The Team Hi everyone, I was active in the team in 2009 and 2010, and then kind of fell of of Spark...but I'm back now and re-energized to lose the last 65 pounds to my goal. <BR> <BR> I was DX with Type 2 Diabetes in 1993. I spent many years out of control, and got myself up to 331 pounds in 2009. I had RNY in 2009, and it not only helped me lose 130 pounds, but I came home from the hospital off all my meds (insulin 5X a day along with metformin at breakfast and dinner). <BR> <BR> My diabetes has ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:01:51 EST Greek Yogurt I have been eating Greek Yogurt (1/4 cup) the last couple of days. If I am tracking the protein I eat do I include this, and eat less, fish, chicken, etc.? Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:38:00 EST One Touch Ultra Mini vs. Ultra 2 vs. Verio IQ My insurance company is making me change to a One Touch meter for 2014. I'll have to choose between the Ultra Mini, Ultra 2, and Verio IQ. <BR> <BR> I'm doing some online searching and am going to contact the One Touch company for any info, but I thought I'd see what experience anyone here has had with any of these 3. <BR> <BR> Money isn't a factor. There will be no charge for meter, and my co-pay will be exactly the same for the strips. So it's simply about making the best choice. <BR> <B... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 14:03:43 EST A NEW START PAGE FORMAT! I didn't get a notification from this team, so I'm thinking maybe the leaders just haven't seen it or sent it out yet... I DID receive a notice from one of my other teams: Starting this Monday, the 21st, there will be a new start page. It's going to be a lot easier, especially for newbies... <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=int roducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople_exper ience </link> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:53:22 EST Remember when? <link><BR>layful-siberian-husky-does-the-most-ad<BR>orable-thing-in-a-pile-of-leaves-video </link> <BR> this just made me laugh, and I wanted to share it... <BR> <BR> The dog knows exercise can be FUN!...LOL Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:51:21 EST Recently diagnosed and looking for food journals I was diagnosed with diabetes(type II) about a week ago, and I've been exercising as I can and trying to teach myself how to eat according to the Spark Diabetes plan. <BR> <BR> The problem is, I'm on a very restricted budget, and I can't follow the meal plans they give. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone out there who's managing their blood sugar well, who doesn't have a big grocery budget, who is willing to let me look through their nutrition journals? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance :) Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:07:27 EST low carb and diabetes I am back again to talk about low carb. I know most people hear low carb, and think " Danger! ", but I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2002, at 28 years of age. The list of side effects didn't sound so great. Blindness, kidney failure, and amputation, and of course early death. I was told to " manage " it. How do we manage it? We cut carbs. If we eat 150-200 grams of carbs a day instead of 300, then our blood sugars will drop. <BR> <BR> So less carbs = lower blood sugar. At my diabetic train... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:49:55 EST How Do You Avoid Infection With An Injury? I was using my new vegetable peeler on Saturday to peel an apple and it slipped off the apple and took a chunk of my finger off on the middle finger on the deformed (arthritis) joint just above the nail. There is a hole the size of the end of my finger the full depth of the thick layers of skin (possibly more). It bled like crazy and when I changed the bloody bandage hours later (with a lot of pain and blood), it was still bleeding and soaked right through the bandage again and I had to dou... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 21:02:57 EST Hello Yes I am new..... Hello everyone.... I am excited to be here..... with Spark People and all the groups..... I have been using insulin now for two years and just dont get it...... I am better now with control but I just need to learn more..... I look forward to reading what others have done... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 15:16:17 EST USING REPORTS TO KEEP NUTRITION FOR DIABETES ON TR After I post what I plan to eat in Nutrition for each meal or snack, I always go to Reports in Spark People and run Daily Nutrition Report. It gives you the breakdown for each meal or snack item and a pie chart at the bottom showing the ratio breakdown of Carbs, Fat, and Protein for meals and snacks for the day. This really helps me decide what combination of foods to eat and meet the recommended ranges for the three main items of concern for diabetics. Works really well for me as dropped ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 10:29:03 EST Intro Hi everyone. New to the group. Back on SparkPeople for the 2nd or 3rd time. Hoping to stay this time. From Southeastern MA. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:45:57 EST Just a beautiful moment... <link><BR>ra-captures-firefighter-bringing-a-tin<BR>y-kitten-back-to-life/ </link> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:54:41 EST Newbie, diagnosed with Type 2 last week Feeling pretty overwhelmed with all the information. I was blindsided, had no symptomsl other than a fatigue that has left me unable to even brush my teeth --- had to buy an electric toothbrush and just ...lean on it....LOL <BR> <BR> Lots of conflicting information between the doctor and the 1st education appointment with the local Diabetes Clinic....having some major tummy trouble with Metformin.... <BR> <BR> But have a lot to look forward to, and to live for, so I will manage this! <BR> ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:29:22 EST Medic Alert Bracelet I've been advised to wear a medic alert bracelet (or dog tags) stating my name, Diabetes type II and that I am taking Metformin. <BR> <BR> Do any of the rest of you wear such ID? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Dave <BR> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:28:45 EST Just Been Diagnosed Today I have just been diagnosed today with Type 2 Diabetes. Still trying to get my head around it. But i feel pretty positive about it all. I am looking at this being a new beginning. A starting point to knuckle down and do the right thing as far as my health goes. <BR> <BR> Hope to be quite active in this and the the Diabetes 8 week challenge groups. <BR> <BR> Hope to speak to a few of you. <BR> <BR> Diabetic Runner Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:29:05 EST enhancement requests a couple of thoughts on the tracking. <BR> <BR> 1. allow glucose tracking on the mobile app (i can't find a way to do this on the android app) <BR> <BR> 2. add a notes field to the glucose tracking so that other comments can be saved with the info if i want to keep notes on what was going on (activity before reading was taken, insulin, etc....) Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:58:51 EST just for fun... an 86 yr old wonder! <link> </link> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:58:42 EST Keep on walking... Hi everyone...I've read a few of these posts & all look like about a month old. lol....I haven't been out walking lately....maybe just being lazy? lol..I have been doing a few other chores so I guess I'm getting a little excercise.. I'm here to support anyone/everyone to keep on walking & hope you are enjoy your walks as well. Maybe I can get some encourgement from anyone? lol......Ok folks....Hope you all have a terrific rest of the week! cheers & cheers <BR> <BR> mizzee Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:47:09 EST Can't Afford Diabetes Education? Go to this link: I really wanted Diabetes Education, but just couldn't afford it. If that's you, go to this link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ms/ </link> <BR> <BR> This link will take you to Stanford's website. When you get there, click on "Diabetes Self-Management Programs" in the right hand column. When the next page comes up, clilck on "Organizations Offering our Programs" in the left hand column, and then go to the rosters list and click on "Diabetes Self Management" a... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:46:16 EST introducing myself I am a 65 year old retired school teacher in California. I need to loose 100 pound to have knee surgery. <BR> I just found the limited mobility site. It was wonderful. <BR> I am new to this discussion and new to Sparkpeople (one week) I am still learning how to navigate my way through things. <BR> I am diabetic, but not taking medication at the moment. Blood sugar runs between 100 and 150. I would love to get my morning levels below 100. I have managed to get them from 150 to below 120,... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 23:15:48 EST What Do I Drink? Distilled? Spring? Purified? As a newly diagnosed diabetic (May 2013), I've been researching to find out if I should be drinking a particular water: distilled, purified, or spring. As of yet, I've not read anything that was consistent: Dr. Mercola says not to drink distilled water; Dr. Weil says "distilled water is best" as did another website I came across with comments by 24 different doctors, who also agreed that "distilled water is the only water we should be drinking" and, yet, another one said we should only drink... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 23:16:16 EST BLOOD SUGARS OVER 400 FOR A MONTH CALLED THE DOCTOR AND BEEN TO THE HOSPITAL 3 TIMES BUT NO ONE IS HELPING ME,IM ON A STRICT DIET SO NOT WHAT I EAT,ANY SUGGESTIONS,I NEED TO GET IT DOWN NOW Wed, 4 Sep 2013 03:52:10 EST Carbohydrates definition Coach Tanya, can you help with this? I was trying to explain to my friend that the problem people with diabetes have isn't just sugar, but total carbohydrates. She has had diabetes for over 20 years, but doesn't seem to understand that. For instance, she will eat a little ice cream if it is sugar free, but not if it has sugar and can't understand that the carb count is only 2 g different. When I told her that (in response to her question why the hospital doesn't give her sugar free foods,... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:51:08 EST complex or simple carbohydrates Something today got me confused today, so I thought I'd ask about these. In a new "quick start" diet they were talking about, they said you could have complex carbs only at breakfast, so if you want pasta you have to have it for breakfast. The rest of the day you can have the simple carbs of vegetables and fruits. So I know that sugar, honey, molasses and such are simple sugars, but is a starch like pasta considered a complex carb and vegetables and fruits simple carbs? I thought the vege... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:19:02 EST Made a huge diabetic mistake So I usually buy Splenda, in the yellow and blue package, for my coffee. But the last coulple boxes I have bought were called Apriva, still blue and yellow packages. I thought they were the generic form of Splenda. My blood sugar is getting higher than usual, and I didn't know what was wrong. So I checked online to make sure that it was the right kind of artificial sweetener. Nope its bad for me. <BR> <BR> I don't know a lot about being diabetic, I was told about 2 years ago and I still hav... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:32:37 EST Just Joining the Group Hi....My name is Sandi. I am 63-years-young, and I was just diagnosed Type 2 on May 21, 2013. I have spent hrs on the computer since that time, researching diabetes and how to manage the disease (my doctor told me nothing; just that I was diabetic and he was calling in a rx for Metformin...also found out from my cardiologist in June of this yr., that this same dr. had also failed to treat or inform me that I was prediabetic and had high cholesterol as of my April 2012 visit and that my thy... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:53:44 EST New Member Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm 42, married and mom to a 5 year old girl. I was diagnosed with diabetes about 2 years ago. I still feel clueless about what to eat and what all I need to do to manage my diabetes. But I know it's something I have to do. And I am ready to do it. <BR> <BR> I set a goal for losing 59 lbs, and I rejoined SP so that I could learn healthy eating habits, and healthier lifestyle choices. <BR> <BR> I hope to make friends who also have diabetes. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:24:03 EST Artificial Sweetners I was wondering what which sweetner people use, if any. I'm finding I'd like to add something to my tea. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:03:27 EST How Important is it to Take Your Morning Sugar? I live in Canada and we use a different number system when checking our glucose levels. We aim to be between 4-7 before meals and first thing in the morning and between 7-10 2 hrs after meals. We have a 3 month blood test called an A1C which is supposed to give the average of your glucose level over the 3 month period. I just had mine done and was ecstatic because instead of the 6's and 7's of the past, it was only 5.4 - a normal range! I had to go to my semi-annual check-up at the Diabet... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:21:40 EST excercisin ..whatever works for you. Hi everyone...I see a few of you are out there dancing! Hoooray for all. Wish I could but at the moment anything very physical is difficult for me. So I just get to keep walking for now. Honestly, I haven't walked for a few days. oooopppss! <em>39</em> But this weekend I'll get out there where I usually walk around this field & maybe there will be a local baseball or soccer game to watch too! Have a terrific weekend folks. And enjoy all that you do. <BR> cheers <BR> <BR> mizzee Thu, 8 Aug 2013 20:45:51 EST Ouch Been trying biking for a change in exercise. Took a tumble this morning. Ouch! scraped my knee and the handle bar went in to my right boob. Slipped in the dirt. I have not scraped my knee since I was a kid. Otherwise I am fine. Love and Light Carol Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:12:25 EST Tuesday Tips 06 August 2013 Tuesday and time for tips! <BR> <BR> We just don't know what each minute has in store for us, so we have to live each day to the fullest! <BR> <BR> How's that for a philosophical tip!?! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:00:33 EST walking etc. Hello everyone.....I did another 20 min. walk this morning! Yaaayyy <em>30</em> So this week its been twice & am suppose to walk 3 times a week to start out. I don't walk continuously but have to stop about maybe every 100 steps. ( its a guess). And I will walk again this weekend. <BR> Have a terrific wkend. everyone & keep on walking! CHEERS!! <BR> <BR> mizzee Fri, 2 Aug 2013 16:12:47 EST FDA Warns of Massive Recall of Diabetes Test Strip Hey everyone, <BR> I read this on the AARP Daily notice today: <link><BR>f-massive-recall-of-diabetes-test-stri<BR>ps/?cmp=NLC-RSS-DAILY-BULLETIN-080213-H1 </link><BR>of-massive-recall-of-diabetes-test-str<BR>ips/?cmp=NLC-RSS-DAILY-BULLETIN-080213-H1 <BR> FDA Warns of Massive Recall of Diabetes Test Strips Fri, 2 Aug 2013 14:03:15 EST New here but definately not a newbie lol Hello all, I am known as mzizgayle and have had diabetes for 17 years, controlled with exercise and diet the first 10 years, but have been on metformin since 2005. I didn't fit the norm, not even overweight, everything done in moderation, I am that person who can eat one potato chip. But I use Spark to keep track of my carbs, etc to make sure I am on track with my control. <BR> <BR> When people find out I am diabetic, I get the look and "but you don't look like you have diabetes", which I ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:47:28 EST walking etc. Hello to all......I had already wrote a little on the other group "general discussion" on the subject of walking and/or other exercising. I imagine there are many of you who are trying to exercise. For now I am just walking. I am in contact with my nutritionist & with her help I've set my goal to walk for 20 mins. 3 times a week. I may do more if I feel up to it. Also I need to start walking between 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. before it gets toooo HOT! lol...For this month I've only walked once. ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:45:30 EST T2D Checking in Ok this weekend went by without with no complaints. I got a lot accomplished but most of all, I took the advice about checking my glucose as soon as I wake up. Saturday morning, I am usually up at 5:30 preparing for my Saturday morning walk/runs. Instead, I slept until about 7:00. Woke up, checked glucose and it was 135. Sunday morning, woke up about 7:30, checked it and it was at 110. This morning, woke up at 5:30, checked it and it was at 113. Dont know what I am doing but it may (or may no... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:55:41 EST Hello, I'm new to this group My Diatitian told me to count regular carbs with each meal. Said to have no more than 45 per meal No more than 150 carbs per day. No counting sugars or calories..Yay! I'm ready to get started: Bought a couple of cartons of eggs to boil. Lots of fruit and tomatoes, & sugar free jello. I had a taco salad last night & it "Rocked"! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:00:38 EST Thank You Thank you!!! I really appreciate the posts and encouragement. I realize that I do not check my glucose until after I've arrived at work. I can change that as well as start checking before bedtime. I am learning to increase my water and exercise. I am also glad that I got back on SP and decided to actively join (and particpate) in group discussions. You just dont know how that made me feel when I logged on and saw that so many had replied to my post. I know now with the right motivation and su... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:03:58 EST Today Was a struggle, but in a good way. Today we had hot dog luncheon and I only had 1 hotdog + bun and very little sides. I skipped the chips, ate brocolli & corn salad. The struggle happened when I went in for desserts. Miniture Red Velvet cupcakes, fudgy brownines, oreo cookies, animal crackers plus dip, and my favorite -- homemade pound cake! Lets just say I went in on the red velvet miniature cupcake (only ate half, didnt like it.) Did not touch the brownies or the cookies but I did have a sl... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:54:53 EST Today Still a little sleepy, fasting glucose 136 (definitely an improvement) <em>334</em> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:03:13 EST thank you note To all from this Diabetes Group: Thank you for some ideas, encouragement & support. I will keep trying to do what we all have to do. Its a job to stay healthy isn't it!! lol...I am working harder to check my blood sugar & my food intake. It has been a long time since I"ve done so. <BR> Thanks again for all the notes. Cheers to all who are taking this journey to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> mizzee Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:20:45 EST blood surgar ct. I'm not sure if this is a good place to put this. I'm still new here & so I'm posting my b.sug. ct. to show where it is. I took it yesterday before lunch & it was 180. <BR> <BR> This morning I took it again & it showed 167. I am taking blood sugar meds. as well. <BR> <BR> I'm also looking for a little encouragement, support etc. to help me remembering to take my b.sug. ct & help w/dieting. I'll be checking in here as much as I can. I'm sending to everyone on this difficult journey all t... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:58:23 EST another newbie :) Hi everyone...I am Diabetic 2 since about 6 yrs. ago, & would appreciate all & any encouragement, support etc. for eating in portion control, checking my blood sugar regularly and anything else about have been eating healthier since being diagnosed, I have purchased several Diabetic ckbks., try my best to follow recipies, but find it sooo difficult on portion control. My next challenge is to try eating on a salad plate & try not to go for seconds for 3 times a wk. I haven't... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:52:32 EST New to team Just wanted to say Hi all! <em>213</em> New to the team but not Sparkpeople. Type 2 since April 2006. <BR> <BR> Val Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:54:06 EST Introduction Hello All!! <BR> <BR> I was diagonsed with Type II a couple of years ago. I found out through a health screening at work in December 2009. I was in denial although I was experiencing a lot of the symptoms. It wasn't until January 2010 that I decided to make a phone call to a doctor. The way I saw it, my previous doctor should have said something but she didnt. Even after I made the phone call, I was still in denial. I did not take my meds as prescribed nor did I change my exercise/eating hab... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:34:36 EST Hi All! Newbie here...sorta Hi All! <BR> <BR> My name is Liz and I am a late 40's-something wife, mother and grandmother, living in South Central PA with my husband, teenage daughter, adult daughter and her three children (my adorable grandbabies). Can we say "stress?" I love having my family all around me, but there are are just some days I really wish I was a "traditional" grandma. You know, those days when I can send them home? LOL <BR> <BR> I am not new to SparkPeople. I've been a member on and off (changed user ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:55:47 EST Need Help with Morning blood check I have been checking my fasting blood level in the mornings. It has come down "some" but is still a little high. Between 130-150. Not sure what I am doing wrong. I have been exercising and I have lost almost 20 lbs. My blood sugar was around 165 in the mornings. Does is it take awhile to see results? Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:34:51 EST Sign Petition for Better Blood Glucose Meters Please join me in requesting that the standards for glucose meters in the U.S. are improved. Diabetics need the proper tools to address our health. Sign my petition and share this information with your friends and family. We can make a change. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kathy <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ns/food-and-drug-administration-u-s-co<BR>ngress-set-higher-accuracy-standards-f<BR>or-blood-glucose-meters-sold-in-the-u-<BR>s?utm_campaign=share_button_ac... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:13:29 EST So Excited I went to the doctor yesterday and he increase the dosage on my Januvia 50mg and I woke up this morning my fasting sugar was 107 reading.. YES!!! it was most of the time 135-145. I am so excited. People with diabetes will understand. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:48:04 EST SAYING GOODBYE I wanted to post here to say my goodbyes to the group. I've taken a co-leader position on the Type 1 Diabetes forum which promises to keep me busy as we're trying to grow the groups activity. If you're type 1 and looking for another group to join, it's here: <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=13537 </link> <BR> <BR> Be well! <BR> Valerie Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:22:09 EST Cause of my low blood sugar. I have been eating low carb for 4 years with no issues ( blood sugar wise ), and was in the hospital this week. I have CHF, and diabetes, so sometimes I have chest pain, shortness of breath etc. I was just in overnight, and everything checked out fine. <BR> <BR> However They only gave me a turkey sandwich in the first 26 hours, and I had a low blood sugar. I am on no meds for diabetes, and my A1C is 5.3, thanks to low carb. They gave me some apple juice, and later some Coke, and that aftern... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:29:31 EST Weird Readings I'm new to this. I found out I have pre-diabetes a few months ago at 108 FBS. I've lost about 25 pounds since the test (I had been losing for some time even before my initial test.) <BR> <BR> My blood sugar is a weird case, my doctor doesn't seem to be concerned and doesn't even want to look into anything if number is even one point less than 110 - that's how it's done in my country, so I bought a home meter. My blood sugar seems to be too stable for comfort – stable at a borderline high nu... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:48:36 EST Just Joined the Group I just join the group after knowing what my diabetes sugars not being good. I got my A1C results and they were 8.8. So have really be watching my carbs. I knew things weren't good for a while and then I asked my dr to test my A1C. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting everyone. <BR> <BR> Roxanne Thu, 4 Jul 2013 20:13:54 EST Hi everyone, I am a newbie I just found this site today and I like what I have seen while clicking thru different areas eg: forums, meal tips, health, etc. <BR> I am 62 years old, I work in a health clinic on campus for deaf/hard of hearing students. I love my job! <BR> I am interested in improving my health, especially since the last 3 years have really been a challenge. I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Irritable bowel syndrome, and multiple issues with my back. I don't want sympathy, just encouragement to... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:27:53 EST Hello, I'm a newbie Hello folks, my name is Linda and just my blood work results after fasting. My blood sugar is slightly elevated and I need to watch the sugar and simple carbs in my diet. I'm a bit stressed because of my work hours can be unforgiving and since I work in a grocery store food choices can be a bit challenging to say the least. <BR> I'm a bit overwhelmed and I will need some guidance at first. <BR> What fruits are the best to have on a daily basis that are diabetic friendly? Is watermelon ok? ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:26:16 EST A physician's admission of fault, diabetes ,obesity I already posted this on my blog yesterday but decided to link it to this team as well. Please feel free to discuss. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>f_we_re_wrong_about_diabetes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:57:47 EST lousy night with stomach had a bad stomach in the middle of the night and my sugar is 200 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:43:16 EST hi Im sue from ny have type 2 diabetes since age 42. will be 57 in aug and have been struggling with my blood sugar Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:34:03 EST Going out for breakfast I plan on going out for breakfast tomorrow. Any good, healthy suggestions for a good breakfast in a restaurant Sat, 22 Jun 2013 21:39:35 EST Checking blood sugars How often do you check your blood sugars every day? What times during the day do you check your blood sugars? I'm not on medication, so I was told By my doctor I only need to check them once a day, just rotate the times of day. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:41:27 EST statins and diabetes I recently learned that statin drugs for lowering cholesterol can contribute to the onset of type 2. I have been taking one for a few yrs. In march 2012 I presented with type 2. My A1c was 6.6 which put me in the diabetic range. I am on metformin which helps control it. I am not being very successful with the diet and exercise yet. I am wondering if anyone has any info or advise on use of statins. I researched enough to know it is true but not enough yet to know if stopping helps. i think th... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 01:51:40 EST snack suggestion within these ranges: hi <BR> i'm having trouble meeting all the ranges for snacks. <BR> <BR> calories carb fat protein <BR> 150-194 19-24 5-6 8-10 <BR> <BR> any suggestions? Thu, 6 Jun 2013 13:35:17 EST my first A1C I just got the results of recent blood work. AIC 6.3 FSB 117 Triglycerides almost 400 <BR> I have a family history of diabetes so the doc put me on a very low dose of metformin <BR> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 18:15:32 EST Back I have been gone for a while, but am back. Missed you people. Time for me to get serious about my diabetes. Had a foot wound and it scared me very much. time for confidence not depression and diabetes. going to conquer these problems, if it kills me! Because if I do not, they will. Wed, 29 May 2013 20:22:12 EST whoa. Wasn't sure where to put this, but I really wanted to share it... <BR> <BR> A friend sent me this video--wow. This moved me to tears. I've totally been there on some of the things they touch on... my friend's message with it said that this was something everyone should see... and I agree! <BR> Thought provoking... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Kathy <em>407</em> Tue, 21 May 2013 18:56:08 EST Portion Sizes My doctor asked me to change my portion sizes - I think I would actually be ok with this - but I don't know a good way to do it! For example, when I make a sandwich, it's really 2. I think I just make 2 out of habit. I eat 2 out of habit. I might really be that hungry, but who knows?? If I don't find a way to just eat one and find out if I'm really hungry or not, I'll never know. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Tue, 21 May 2013 01:39:58 EST Time Stamp on Glucose Tests is wrong: How do I fix the times on my glucose tracker? Mon, 20 May 2013 22:38:36 EST finally made a connection i finally made a connection. between my type 2 diabetes and the various infections i have been getting. now i hope I CAN REMEMBER THIS when i am faced with less than the best food choices. <BR> <BR> my A1C numbers have been up and down but still within an appropriate range for a few years, then all of a sudden there was a huge jump. from 7.1 to 8.0!!! i was flabbergasted. but, started working harder, doing better and was able to get it back down to 7.3. i am still working on lowering ... Mon, 20 May 2013 11:10:57 EST Did you replace your lancet, today? I did. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:24:58 EST hELLO EVERYBODY Happy Mothers Day to all of us moms. It's good to be able to come to a new group <BR> that addresses the issues and dilemmas of diabetes. I am a type2 diabetic who use to be on the Omnipod insulin pump. The past 3 weeks I have been insulin free and glad not to be a human pin cushion any more. In the process of being free I had to find the right combinations of meds that would work with my system.(lactose intolerant) plus experience insulin resistance since Oct 2012 gained 40 lbs .That being... Sat, 11 May 2013 21:22:13 EST sickness when your blood sugar normalizes? My girlfriend was put on the maximum dosage of januvia in addition to a maximum dosage of metformin by a new endocrinologist a decision neither of us particularly agreed with since we had been doing green smoothies and lowered her a1c by 3% in a matter of a month. At this point we're both drinking green juices 2-3 times a day she's supplementing magnesium and b vitamins (she was severely deficient in mag and metformin depletes b12) we're eating vegetarian with lots of leafy greens nuts seeds ... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:25:30 EST what to eat help Don't know if this team is good for asking this or not. I've tried the message boards and wound up with to eat beans and rice, so it wasn't of any help. To start, I CANNOT eat beans because I will be sick all day (I might lose a ton of weight, though, because I won't absorb much of anything). I don't have much to get food. I am currently totally out of money for food and have been for a week already and won't have anything for another week. I need protein ideas because that is the only t... Sat, 4 May 2013 09:19:33 EST gallstones ---surgery or not was just wondering if anyone out there has gallstones or has had surgery to have gall bladder removed??? i have had diabetes 20+yrs and was told wed that i have gallstones.. not doing anything right away... i have another health issue to tend to first... also wanted to gather info before i decide anything... <BR> <BR> thanks.. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:17:49 EST Hello Hello, <BR> My name is Latisha and I am 37 years old, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when I was 25. Actually they said I was a "Pre-Diabetic," but that status didnt last long. I would say that I was in denial for a long time until I started to feel some of the effects that happen because of being a diabetic. Numbness in the toes and fingers, always thirsty, being tired and so on. My levels have been as high as 500. Almost two months ago I decided to go into the Dr and start to get myse... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:11:13 EST Unexplained Pain I went to bed last night perfectly fine and when I woke up this morning my ankle was killing me. This happens kind of frequently (every few months) and I'm wondering if this has anything to do with being diabetic? My doctor gave me a prescription for a anti inflammatory and that helps but it takes a few days. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:49:13 EST Greetings To All. Hi I, am new to this and just starting on my journey with Type 2. I am nervous and scared about this diagnosis I want to learn as much as I can! I am so relieved and thankful to have found this site. Best wishes to everyone. <em>213</em> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:44:45 EST Trouble meeting daily food requirements I'm having trouble eating enough calories, carbs, protein and fiber each day. Any suggestions? Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:25:54 EST Peripheral Neuropathy How many of you have this and how do you deal with it? I have it and I currently take Lyrica 100 mg 3x day. The mornings are ok, by lunch my feet are reminding me I have this horrible thing going on and by 4pm...I want to scream. <BR> <BR> When I lay down at night is of course the worst and I move my feet all over trying to make it stop and I get shooting pains sometimes in them too. I've been known to cuss/swear like a sailor when this happen. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any good suggestion... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:11:53 EST foot failure Recently I have been having problems with my feet; swelling, blisters, pain when walking, excessive sweating. Has anyone else had these problems? Any advice? Thanks. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:12:03 EST life scan meter recall from diabetes self management magazine this am <BR> one touch meter recall <BR> ONE TOUCH VERIO IQ <BR> ONE TOUCH VERIO PRO <BR> ONE TOUCH VERIIO PLUS <BR> (JUST METER RECALL NOT STRIPS) <BR> LIFESCAN 800.717.0276 <BR> the lady mary posseing through Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:16:09 EST Some Suggestions Please I always have a hard time when I come home from playing Mah Jongg. <BR> <BR> i leave the house a little after 11 and get home close to 5:00. Today I brought a turkey sandwich and an apple for lunch. <BR> <BR> When I got home I was really hungry (real hunger). I had 2 rice cakes with hummus. Drank some water. Still hungry. I ate some stuff I should not have. <BR> <BR> My question - should I just have eaten dinner? Are there some snacks that would satisfy the hunger until dinner? <B... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:19:03 EST anxiety tomorrow is my fasting A1C test. i am anxious. the last time i went from 7.0 to 8.1. i had been walking daily and NOT eating TOO BADLY. i was blown away. the doc upped my meds, and i have really really upped my game over the last 2 months. the first month i was depressed and shocked and didnt do very well. <BR> <BR> so, tomorrow is the day. and unfortunately i have to wait a week for results, which will also make me anxious. <BR> <BR> i am afraid of what might happen if my numbers ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:56:23 EST New to Diabetes Type 1 I just had surgery 2 months ago where I had to have my pancreas and spleen removed, and then they transplanted what they could of my islet cells from my pancreas to my liver to help with my diabetes. Since I had my pancreas removed, I instantly became a type 1 diabetic instead of a type 2 because my body is new to the insulin, etc. If anyone has any suggestions on how to help control my diabetes and low fat recipes, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:39:33 EST New to Team But Not Diabetes. Hi. I'm Debbie and I was diagnosed with T2 in late March, 2012. I work hard to keep my levels low by losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising more. I take Metformin 2 times a day and check my levels 3 times a day. Please welcome me and take care. <em>213</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 19:37:22 EST New to posting, but not diabetes, Spark, team Hi Everyone, <BR> I joined this team previously, but wasn't very active. I've been diabetic for many years, but just recently started to work on gaining control. I'm T2, on Metformin, Glipizide, & Lantus. <BR> I've done low carbing on & off for about 2.5 years. <BR> Currently, my FBS is doing well: 77-110 most days. I'm working on getting good numbers 1-2 hours after eating and increasing exercise. <BR> My most recent A1c was 7.5 - the lowest in over 6 years. <BR> I'm looking for suggesti... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:57:33 EST hi I just rejoined, but forgot a lot about how to do things on here. I'm not even sure this is the proper way to post... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:22:20 EST Hello! Just joined the group, although I've been a Type 2 for 15 years now. I also just started seeing an endocrinologist, and posted another topic on that journey. I have been on the diabetic roller coaster for a long time now, and hoping that I can finally get a handle on this disease and start feeling better in many ways. I'm looking forward to meeting others and sharing our experiences. My PCP had good intentions, but it seems he only managed to make things worse for me by not referring me to an... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:30:15 EST Bydureon Users? Hi everyone. My endocrinologist started me on Bydureon 3 weeks ago. I'm hoping to find others here that use it also. I've been a Type 2 for 15 years, and unable to get off insulin since having a child 8 years ago. I just started seeing an endocrinologist, as my PCP was managing things until now. He had me on 2 different insulins (Humalog and Levemir). My BS was all over the place. So he sent me to the specialist thinking I needed an insulin pump. She told me I was the last person that needs a... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:25:51 EST Returning to SP - New to Diabetes Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have just learned that my T2 Pre-Diabetes has jumped to the next level. Diabetes. Went to the Drs. for something unrelated and learned that my BGL was sitting at 18 mmol/l [324mgdl/l] and that I must be diabetic. Had the 2 hour GTT and am awaiting the fall-out from that. I have since been monitoring my BGL's and they fluctuate between 17 to 24 mmol/l [or 306 to 432 mgdl/l]. I go back to my doctor tomorrow. Right now my head is just spinning from the shock of the reali... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 03:30:44 EST Hormones For many years even though I exercised ate right etc. No matter what I did I could not lose weight. I will not go into all the details But in Dec/Jan I had a scare of cancer. Had all kinds of test etc. Well it turns out it was not cancer it is that my hormones are wacked. Was put on a hormone and since 29 Jan I have lost 8 lbs without trying. My Doctor said this could have even brought on diabetes for me. She feels that once I get my hormones balanced that I will be able to get off of i... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:54:52 EST Cinnamon Supplements I've been taking cinnamon supplements because I heard it helps to lower your bs. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried this and did you see any results? Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:48:59 EST Adding more snacks to theblood sugar tracker I have a total of 3 meals and 2-3 snacks every day. I love how I can add those to my nutrition tracker but the blood sugar tracker just has pre and post breakfast,lunch, dinner and one snack. Is there a way to add more snacks to the tracker as I test before and after each snack. <BR> I love Sparkpeople you have rocked my world. Thank you Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:18:37 EST Skipping meals ? I was talking to a friend today (the one who is always telling me "you can't eat that") and she said that she has gained 20 pounds and the doctor got after her about eatiing too many carbs. But she doesn't eat much. She said when she is at home she has a sandwich for lunch. When she is not at home she doesn't have lunch. Those days she eats breakfast at 8 a.m. so she said she doesn't need anything the rest of the day (I couldn't live like that, though often I will not even think to eat un... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 14:25:28 EST weight gain Have been using Lantus since November and weight has gone up fifteen pounds. Exercise three times a week and have banished pop and juices from home. I walk on days I am not at gym but am becoming totally frustrated. Anyone have same issue. Thankyou Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:09:33 EST New Health Coach Class at our hospital They started a new class at our hospital on "Take Control of your Diabetes." This is different than the usual Diabetes classes and I learned a couple things. One lady brought several flyers she had picked up at the Diabetes Expo and mentioned about the classes they have at those. One thing she mentioned that they talked about in one of the classes was getting dizzy or light headed. Often you hear about that with hypoglycemia, but seldom with hyperglycemia. But you can often get dizzy wit... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 18:56:49 EST My name's Mindy and I'm a diabetic. :( I'm in the process of preparing for weight loss surgery, and my medical history included PCOS, insulin resistance and pre-diabetic for probably 8+ years. <BR> <BR> I received a call this morning from my surgical team and they said my blood work came back with my A1C at 10 and the doc needs it below 8 to do the surgery. This also means I am diabetic. While this shouldn't have come as a surprise, it kind of did and also hit me really hard, emotionally. I accept that I've been in denial and ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:06:15 EST Hello!! Hello ,My name is Connie Gonzales ,I am 60 years old and have been a Diabetic type 2 for 15 years. I weighted 182 when I found out I now weight 155 I have stayed this weight for the last 7 years .My Diabetes is under control right now but I have to work everyday and I do get upset and some days just want to give up controlling it . But then I look at my 80 year old mom who is a type 1 and she gave up along time ago with hers and she has so many medical problems now ,I say to myself I do not w... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:43:16 EST Carbs I was under the impresstion that I was to eat just 3 carbs a meal and 2 carbs a snack ? When i do my meal's I am way over .On this site do they stell use the 15 grams eqal 1 carb so is the total carbs real carbs or grams .I hope someone can help me :) Really confused right now :( Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:53:12 EST choosing new meter i brought this up one other time... about choosing a new meter... one that gives 7-14-30 day averages.... <BR> well i think i have found one and looking for opinions on it... its the one touch verio IQ... it seems to have the features i wanted.. and have had one touch products for years.. <BR> <BR> i have a doctors appt next thursday to get a prescription for one.. <BR> <BR> thanks... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 05:12:52 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Debby and I am currently a type 2, on insulin, diabetic who suffers from depression and other health ailments. I am trying to get my blood sugar numbers down and just be healthier in general. I am willing to accept any support that you can offer. I am just getting started on here and currently logging all my food and trying to stay within my numbers. I have a great friend who is cheering for me and has offered to help me train/exercise if I decide to take him ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:24:06 EST From the NY Times It’s the Sugar, Folks <BR> <BR> (exerpt) To read the whole store, click on link at bottom <BR> <BR> Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one. <BR> <BR> A study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. A... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:56:53 EST New to Spark People Hello All...I have made the choice finally to join Spark Team and become part of a great bunch of folks that are going throught the same things that I am. I am 65 years young, have four grown kids and eight grandchildren. I am a diabetic on insulin and diabetic diet. I have <BR> been a diabetic for about 15 years runs in my family ... I have felt so isolated for a good while now...this my decision to become part of Spark People...when you are around other folks who are in the same "b... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:39:21 EST New to Group and Diabetes I just found out about two weeks ago that I am type 2. The doctor straight away put me on meds. I'm already feeling better, but still have trouble with my vision and numbness in my feet. So hello everyone! I'm here to learn, encourage and get healthy! I look forward to finding a new lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:05:57 EST Metformin - question I was told to take this with food at evening meal. <BR> <BR> So my question. do you take it before you eat or after? Does it matter? <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:38:43 EST Checking In After being checked out!! At my dr visit in January I was officially taken off Metformin, my A1c was 6.0 and he decided that I could take care of myself with diet and exercise! I don't have to take blood pressure meds either anymore, but I have to take the cholesterol meds, apparently I make more than my share no matter how well I eat. <BR> I have had a cold for the last couple of weeks, nothing serious, just one of those annoying hanger ons that you get sometimes, (at least I dodged the flu) so exercise has been o... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:08:39 EST Needing help Please, no one yelling that I am just doing wrong. I am having problems getting things back in control. Early this week I couldn't get my pork chop tender enough to eat and did not have anything else protein that I could eat. All I had was carbs, which I have been controlling all this year so far. Since I had that night I am having problems getting my eating under control. I am trying to start the day with protein like egg or meat, but I am still eating too much during the day and now I ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:38:40 EST not new to Spark but new account I am not new to spark but had to change my account because of my e-mail being hacked. I was here on and off for years. Did good for awhile then would falter. Was almost 260 at my heaviest and now weigh 225. I am not looking to be a model but I would like to look good on the beach. We travel a lot and I want to not feel like a heavy weight next to all those young ones. <BR> <em>218</em> <BR> My morning fasting sugar level have been steady in 150s-170s. I just had my A1C done and have appo... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:34:15 EST FBS fluctuating so much? Hi all, <BR> <BR> Does anyone else's fasting blood sugar fluctuate often? Mine will be anywhere from 90s to 140s. <BR> <BR> ~Jenn Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:43:56 EST Newbie Hi everyone my name is Kim and I found out I had type 2 diabetes in March 2011. After finding out and being hospitalized for several days I was doing very well with getting my blood sugar under control. Then in May husband got very ill. Spent the whole year taking care of him. Then Jan of 2012 my husband passed away. I have struggled since then to get back on track. I have been in a very dark place since he died. I have to get my eating under control again. I really need the support so I t... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 20:58:46 EST NEW-30 Day Blood Sugar Average Hi, for those of you who have meters that will show you your blood sugar averages over time (eg. 7-day, 14-day, 30-day) lets start posting those numbers here along with your daily FBS reading. You can post all the averages or just the 30 day. For me, when I look at my 30 day and it is not where I want it to be, it motivates me to pay closer attention to managing my Diabetes. <BR> <BR> I have the Accu-Chek meter and all you do is turn it on and press the right arrow button after the screen... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:08:47 EST What is the weather in your area? It is minus 32.4 C outside right now--sunny and cold--with snow coming this evening- <em>334</em> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:05:17 EST Questions for Diabetics in Maui Hi! <BR> <BR> We're leaving for Maui in 2 weeks for a month and I'm looking for some tips. Here in Canada we can get a whole range of sugar-free, fat-free foods (yogurt, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese etc.) but I have a very difficult time finding any such thing when we're in Maui. <BR> I'm particularly looking for advice on yogurt and cottage chese.. I've hear Kroegers makes suarfree/fat-free yogurt, but there's no Kroegers listed in Maui. <BR> Would one of you wonderful Hawaiians pl... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:30:05 EST Diabetes Expo 2013 Does anyone go to these? I went Saturday. There are a lot of booths that actually do relate to diabetes, but I am wondering why they have a couple that are pushing things like gluten-free foods (bread, pancakes, brownies, etc) and hiigher carb foods like flavored milk. I had a sample of the flavored milk (tasted like vanilla ice cream) and the pancakes. The pancakes I found out right away were entirely carbs. The milk I thought would be a nice substitute for the ice cream. WRONG. It is... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:19:07 EST Atkins Diabetes Revolution Anybody read this book? I am just now reading it. It is like reading how low carb affected me. Within a year I was off all meds, and been off them for almost 3 years now. Most of the people end up around 5.5 A1C. Mine is 5.2-5.4 <BR> <BR> I can explain what it did for me, but if you are skeptical, I would recommend reading this book. I believe that low carb can get most people completely off meds. Even some of his patients got off Insulin, which I was told was impossible. <BR> <BR> I find ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:33:38 EST Surgery and Diabetes Have you had surgery with above normal blood sugar? Controlled only by diet and exercise. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:30:08 EST Help! I need help joining the group. <BR> <BR> Ellen Sat, 9 Feb 2013 15:34:02 EST Help us please!!! weighed in again and another week gone i was exercising like crazy got that exercise dvd of...Leslie sanone its a walking dvd great I love it but my weight did not move...a month and a half and measurements are also the same totle weight loss from Jan 1st is 4 lbs to date...what am I doing wron? I am tracking my food and trying to stay within my 1200-1550 cal a day...just finished 4 mile workout , I do any this dvd 6 days a week...what is wrong with me....sorry for ranting on I know a lot of... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 15:27:15 EST Emoticon to show your mood to-day <em>334</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 06:40:19 EST Reduced A1C from 8 to 5.8 in 3 with NO meds! So excited! Had an A1C at a diabetes class today and they have results in 5-10 minutes. On October 13 I was told my A1C was 8 and my Dr. 'suggested' I take a pill. I decided to see what I could do for myself with diet and exercise alone and I DID IT! Hooray! My BG is under control and in the process I've lost 27 lbs so far! Feeling great! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 15:14:27 EST Points to-day! 7/5 <em>334</em> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:08:21 EST FBS - when do you test? I was wondering do you test as soon as you get up in the morning or before you eat breakfast? Wed, 6 Feb 2013 06:02:03 EST Middle of the night sugar "lows" The good news is that I've been losing a lot of weight (hit the 75lb down milestone last night) and I've definitely become a lot more active. I took my A1C from 10ish down to 6-7. I'm due for my next checkup in about a month. <BR> <BR> I "was" on 22u (breakfast), 16u (lunch), 22u (dinner) Novolog and 75u Lantus before bed. My doctor, last checkup (Nov), took me down to 0/5/8 Novolog and to start ramping down Lantus depending on my blood sugar levels. <BR> <BR> Well, I've started getting "lo... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:01:18 EST Hello! Checking in for the first time! Hi: <BR> <BR> I just joined Sparks today. I hoping this will give me better control of my blood sugars and also help me lose this 40 pounds that somehow found it's way on to me! <BR> <BR> I've been a diabetic since 2001. I was first put on metformin at the start of my diagnosis. Now I'm still on metformin, amaryl, and 36 units of lantus at night. <BR> <BR> I struggle with emotional eating and also my horrible sweet tooth. Sweets are a huge problem for me. <BR> <BR> My goal is t... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 16:14:25 EST getting back at it was away a few days and missed 3 days exercising..but started back on track yesterday and today doing a longer work out ....feel great . didn't feel so good while I was away and not moving much, sugars fell out of wack... boy it doesn't take much for the BS to get messed up..think i'm back on track now though...don't think i'll go away for awhile now...hope you all feel great and if not get out there and walk... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:40:06 EST Missed yesterday's sign in I missed checking in yesterday - I had gone to trade our jeep (which is difficult for me to drive) in on a Camry. I found out that one of the Big Three credit reporting companies indicated on my credit report that I was dead. They must know something I don't know! It was rather scary too - wondering if it was an omen. I had no idea it would be so diffifult to get them to change their reporting. I attempted to explain the problem to them via telephone and after about 5 run arounds from indivi... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:30:33 EST Overwhelmed - What changed? Where to start? So the first two years with the "Big D" as a lame friend put it, wasn't too rough. I was taking Metformin and maintaining good numbers, both daily BS readings and my A1c hovering around the 6.0 mark. Now, since early December, not so much. From the end of summer, my morning BS reading has been slowly increasing. On Dec. 4 my A1c was 7.0. My Dr. increased the Metformin & added Glipizide. Despite my re-doubled efforts to work on the BS #s and really track my foods, exercise, I had new lab... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 01:14:10 EST Tuesday I tracked all my food yesterday and put breakfast in today. I just need to stay at it. Packing today to eventually move out of motorhome. <em>41</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:15:17 EST Good Morning Ok - made it two days checking in. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:12:36 EST Death of husband Just checking back in. My husband passed away Oct 2012 and I have been in a very dark place. I totally went off grid as far as tracking food and blood sugars. I think I lived on Cheetos for about a month or so. Didn't care if I lived or died. My life totally changed - we were full-time RVrs and traveled to Arizona each winter from Washington State. I decided I could not drive the motorhome so would stay in Washington as my only child lives here and I have many friends from my work life. Also,... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:13:58 EST Newbie reporting in Hello friends. I am a typeII and have been ignoring it for a long time. Have to make some serious lifestyle changes. Hoping to learn from you all. <em>304</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:42:51 EST GRATITUDE JOURNAL-What are you grateful for today? having the house to myself today - alone time. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:30:42 EST Nervous and Scared Don't know if any of you are compulsive overeaters and/or bingers - if you are you can relate to the following: <BR> <BR> I have so many issues with food. I use it for everything and the sad thing is I know it and do it anyway. <BR> <BR> I had popcorn chips left over from my mah jongg game the other day. Kept eating them till I finally crushed them and threw them out. <BR> <BR> After lunch I really wanted chocolate for dessert. Thankfully I don't have any in the house. Went out for hai... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:07:58 EST not sure about my nutrition report today HI . I found some suggestions on Sparks in an article today about Chinese. So, I ordered Moo Goo Guy Pan - steamed. It had chicken and LOTS of oil or stir fried stuff. But all the steamed veges were sooo good that I ate 2 cups instead of one. Plus Sparks suggested Egg Drop Soup (4 oz). <BR> <BR> When I checked my Daily Nutrition report I was 18% over the suggested Fat and under 13% for the suggested Carbs for the day.. I worked hard to find something to eat there via ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:13:17 EST bad balancing fat and carbs I had 18% fat over my recommended and 12% under my recommended carbs. <BR> Is this a very very bad ratio? What will happen to me? <BR> I used the Spark suggestions to eat MOO Goo Guy pan- steamed but the large plate of veggies were sooo good that I ate 2 cups instead of one. The chicken with this was also steamed. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:02:08 EST still on track Still on track after 21 days and BS are good feeling great exercising regularly and down 2 lbs..trying not to focus on the scale as many of you told me, but wish the darn thing would move down a bit more. perhaps its all that exercising ....hope you are all doing as well... <em>244</em> from <em>636</em> <BR> <BR> winemaker Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:12:09 EST How many steps in a mile? I was thinking about joining the 10000 step challenge, but I have no idea how far I need to walk to accomplish that. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Jim Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:39:15 EST Hi! From SW MO. I was diagnosed with diabetes 3 years ago, and admittedly, have not done a very good job of managing it. Joined this group looking for ideas and support to help me deal with this awful disease. <BR> <BR> Jim Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:08:16 EST I'm so disappointed... Last Saturday morning, I had my husband check my blood sugar - he has Type 2 and I "supposedly" don't have diabetes. I was lying flat in bed last week and my blood sugar was 109. That scared me (because it was over 100) so I gave up my great loves - chocolates, candy, ice cream, etc.) and this morning he took my blood sugar and it was 116 - I had gotten out of bed, but that was the only difference. <BR> <BR> I really thought giving up sugar (except in fruits, etc.) would put me under 100 aga... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 07:24:56 EST Need some help I have diabetes for over 15 years. it has always been controlled by food and exercise. My food has been out of control and now I find myself having to go on Metformin. Also I haven't tested in many years and now have to get a meter. <BR> <BR> My questions - Is anyone on this medicine. I don't like all the side effects and am so reluctant about taking it. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on the type of meter I should get? <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> <BR> Nomi Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:28:30 EST weigh in day yeeee hooooo 1 lb down thats 2 lbs total since jan 1 only took me 19 days to loose 2 lbs but it is a loss...I feel good my BS are still on track so all kinds of little good steps...need to know though is it the calorie count at the end of the day that counts or if I go over at certain meals and under on others thatmesses you up...maybe if I was more perfect at each meal I would loose more..What do you guys think?..still trying to get in my 8 glasses of water a day and hard to fit in all... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 19:17:24 EST Hi there The VA just diagnosed me as having type 2 diabetes. Dr. told me that having been exposed to Agent Orange made us suceptible (I was in combat for two years before I came home.). <BR> <BR> I am taking Metformin and am learning how to eat right. Due to the severity of my wounds I have not been very active. I joined a Medical Exercise out fit and I am now exercising regularly. <BR> <BR> I also have a severe case of PTSD which we try to controll with medications. <BR> <BR> Any helpful suggestio... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:47:32 EST was at diabetic clinic today went to clinic today my ac was 9 but that was before xmas months,,,doing better now the diet and exercise is working the weight is not coming off but I am certainly feeling BS are better so I do have some success...I need to go back end off lets hope by then some weight will be off and I am still on track...this is a great place to come and vent even if noone ever reads my posts .i at least feel accountable ....Thanks people...everyone keep up the good work.. <em>252</em... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:58:35 EST workout/fasting sugar Hi, <BR> I'm a type II for about 4 years. Had many ups and downs, but my question is when I work out, I do it at night after dinner around 7p. If I do 30min on a stationary bike, fasting sugar in the morning is 90s-100s. If I do more than 30 even 40min its at least 10-20 points higher. I don't know what to do. Should i eat something before, after?? I just don't understand. Anyone have the same issues? <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:09:37 EST Hi all.... I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in Sept. I have gone through the crying stage, anger stage and rebellion stage...everybody tells me I will lose, I lost 6 then I got mad and quit. I am back trying hard (so many different diets) I have been told to go wheat free...that it is best. But I don't know. What is your thoughts? Whats best to get the weight off? Wheat free or the diabetics diet? But when I eat that I don't lose.....frustrated Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:47:04 EST New To This Gouup Hi, my name is Linda and I am a Type 2 Diabetic. Just 6 months ago that would have been hard for me to admit. I've been in denial for a while, but finally started taking care of my disease in mid November. My blood glucose has dropped from 342 to 160 in a little over 2 months. I have a long way to go before I am healthy, but know I will do it. I turn 50 in June and am determined to lose 50 pounds by then. 50 by 50. Sounds like a plan to me! I am 76 pounds down from my highest weight. Since No... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:15:18 EST 1 lb down lost 1 lb... not a big success but small steps better than a gain I guess...sad though that it is a 1 lb loss in 2 week period..I was a little down and tired today so the diet didn't go so well and did not exercise so I will chuck no exercise to a rest day...I will try harder tomorrow...I think I was a bit discouraged when i weighed myself this morning and ended up blowing the whole blood sugars were up to so I guess that explains the tiredness...hope you all did well..tomorrow is an... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:17:01 EST Is WHOLE WHEAT bread REALLY bad for diabetics? My husband has Type II and I am pre-diabetic. He has recently stopped eating whole wheat bread because he read something that said it's worse for people than regular bread. This scares me because a dietician said that whole wheat is better for diabetics because it has more fiber. <BR> <BR> Can anyone set me straight on this? Should we stop eating bread altogether? If not, should we be eating whole wheat, whole grain, or just plain old enriched bread (I thought plain enriched white bread was ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:21:25 EST Help, now and in future, please HELP! I had my husband take my fasting blood sugar reading this morning before I even got out of bed. It was in the "pre-diabetic" range. So, I've decided to stop eating & drinking sugar completely - no exceptions. My daughter is skeptical and says she thinks I'll be back to the sweets by 5:30pm today. I know I'm not good at making big changes and sticking with them. I'm not even good at making small changes and sticking with them! And I know I'm addicted to sugar and chocolate, but I really,... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:34:43 EST dietitian I have to ask, how close do you follow your dietitian? <BR> I have just started to see one and I am not that happy with what she is telling me. <BR> Since I had gall bladder surgery last spring, I have lost some weight. I am eating smaller meals, not skipping meals. I have had diabetes since 2004. My AC at the highest was only 6.8. I have now got it down to 6.2. I take 2 Metformen at night and that is all. My Endo doctor is very pleased and said she will only need to see me once a year to kee... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:07:24 EST Blood sugars are stablelizing.. Hi , hope you are all doing well...I am still on track since Jan 1..I don't see or feel much different in my weight but I am seeing small changes in how I feel. I am not near as tired and my blood sugars are stable I know I need to keep this up...If i watch what I eat and don't exercise My sugar will go high If I exercise and don't watch what I eat my sugar will rise..If I exercise and watch my diet then sugars stay good...guess I have to be perfect with everything food, exercise and medicin... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:29:51 EST no wheat or dairy allowed...which carbs are left? I can't eat wheat or sugar, and I am super hypoglycemic. Where can I get enough carbs? Ideas? <BR> Anyone have metfromin make them more hypoglycemic? I got so dehydrated I almost had a seizure. I quit taking it. The doctor is not happy with me. I do feel much better when taking it for the first three days anyway, but then I'm afraid I'll pass out while driving so I don't take it. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 23:39:56 EST Frustrated with Morning Blood Sugar Count I had started at 10 units of injectable insulin in Jan 2012. I had to increase to 16 units per night by summer, and was good. I get bloodwork every 3 months. Something must have changed because at the last appointment in November, my doctor didn't like my A1C and said to increase my insulin at night by 2 units and take a morning blood sugar count. If it wasn't under 10, increase by another 2 units (and so on). <BR> <BR> I'm up to 40 a night and there is NO change in my morning blood sugar... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:04:27 EST so disappointed started my program on Jan 1, weighed in for yesterday's date cause new week starts today apparently...I thought I was doing so well, stayed on track with calories ,fat ,protein and carbs but nothing changed . I did not loose a single pound and exercised every single day even went over on my exercise goals it was low impact aerobics mind you, but a whole lot more then I was doing . I was sure I would have at least lost a lb.. was very disappointed to say the least...I felt so good about myself... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:29:19 EST BEDTIME BLOOD SUGAR? Hi, so my bedtime sugars have been between 94 and 110. Should I eat a snack? is my bg to low or it's fine.My morning sugars are between 94 105. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 02:50:33 EST I feel good I had my blood work done won't know anything till 16th at the clinic...did good proud of myself.......good work to all who are on track and those who are struggeling today I will say a prayer for you tonight just don't give up u can do it..lets keep going ok <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> winemaker491 Fri, 4 Jan 2013 19:52:50 EST yah!!! I totally stayed on track today...Oh I feeeel good...Yah!!! hope yas are all doing well as well...thinking of all of you today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> winemaker491 <BR> l Fri, 4 Jan 2013 19:41:09 EST Victosa Anybody use Victosa? Did it make you sick? Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:26:59 EST doing it this time Thanks for all the advise. it sure is nice to be able to tune in hear when you need that little bit of encouragement. sounds like this may be the team for me.sorry about your brother-in law..I had an uncle who also to me looked grey in color and I also told my sister the same thing he didn't look good ...he died a month later silent heart i know well what diabeties can do it took pretty much everyone in my family..guess thats why I am here a bit scared from it all ,but yet I always... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:05:21 EST New here!! Hi <BR> <BR> I am new started new years day...I am diabetic and really need help getting this under control.I Take insulin 4 times a day do well as long as I exercise and watch my diet ,but haven't been doing well in 2012..ready for a new lifestyle but may need help to stay motivated.. just wanted to say hi for now. <em>381</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:47:42 EST The Holiday For most of us, it's a very busy time of year, and I am no exception... <BR> <BR>'s also a time of year when most of us reflect on the past and consider what we want to do in the time ahead of us. I do it a bit earlier... my birthday is three days prior, so... <BR> <BR> ...but I do the same at the end of every month... <BR> <BR> ...and every week... <BR> <BR> ...and even every day. <BR> <BR> Because EVERY DAY is a new chance to forge ahead, to track my progress toward my goals, to ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:20:08 EST Onward in 2013 I am diabetic, and need all the support I can get. My 2013 first week goal is to exercise for 20 minutes every day this week, and to do 5 minutes of stretches daily. Even with snow, I am capable of exercising indoors and out. I want to make this a daily habit, not the effort it is now. Keep me goin', Sparkers. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:22:57 EST How or Why does my BS reading skyrocket? Hello eveyone. <BR> <BR> How or Why does my BS reading skyrocket when I don't eat? <BR> <BR> My meters disagree wildly about my BS readings. How can I check them for accuracy? <BR> <BR> Love, Judy <em>30</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:42:01 EST Eliminated Wheat Thought I would share with you all that since my DH has eliminated wheat, and a few other things, his morning BS readings are falling! <BR> <BR> Who would have thunk it?? We both are doing much better without it and figured bread would be missed....but it is not at all. So many great recipes to make without it! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:34:54 EST Any Vegetaria ns/Vegans here? I'm trying to make a change to become vegetarian and eventually vegan. <BR> My problem at the moment is getting enough protein and not using beans, TVP or tofu every day. Fat is under my goal too. <BR> I'd be grateful for any suggestions & tips. <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:03:02 EST IPhone/Android Tracking Apps Hi all, <BR> <BR> We are needing to find a good food tracking app in order to keep up with daily intake of carbs and all. Hopefully one where all you do is enter the food and the info auto calculates carbs/protein/fats. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 20 Dec 2012 08:11:47 EST Food diaries I'm stuck for ideas for meals. Is it possible for everyone to post their food diaries for a while? Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:35:46 EST Hi Hi I'm Don in Fresno CA <BR> <BR> I just got out of the hospital the other day from complications from celuitis. It was a wake up call. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 3 years ago. I have ignored it till now. I been trying to eat right, watch my blood sugar and exercise. It's been difficult to walk I am about 333 lbs. I started walking yesterday, inch by inch its a since right. but can only walk about half a mile right now. Even though I have been eating right my blood sug... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:26:03 EST Dry itchy skin. Ever since I've had diabetes my skin is so dry and itchy when the weather is colder. Are there any good moisturizers that aren't oily feeling or have fragrance? What do you do for your dry itchy skin? Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:09:38 EST Hello!! I just wanted to stop by and say hello! I'm a 26 yr old single mom and student. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last February. I've been having a really hard time dealing with this! I used to be able to eat what I wanted and stay the same weight, everything is so different now!! My problem is food cravings, I have a hard time saying no to ice cream, candy, and fast food. I'm happy to join sparkpeople, and am hoping to lose the weight and start living healthier!! (: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:20:11 EST Need To Get On The Ball It's time for me to get organized and get on the ball with SparkPeople and get my diabetes and weight under control. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:37:12 EST Help with AM Blood Sugar Hi, <BR> I'm still fairly new to the testing my blood sugar thing. My dad has diabetes as well, and he's telling me that my fasting numbers are too high. I'm perplexed about this, and I am planning on seeing my doctor to ask her, but I wanted to get some information from you guys as well. <BR> On average, my blood sugar before bed is 100-110 at the most. I don't eat anything after that point. When I wake up my blood sugars are typically in the 120s. The past 4 days it's been 121 on the dot ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:22:32 EST SQUEEE! One of THOSE days!!! (HAPPY!) The holidays are here, and birthdays, and unexpected outings to boot. Not the best time for watching what one eats! The first week in December we ended up eating out 4 times in the same week, and only two of those trips were planned. This week had both a planned and unplanned excursion as well. <BR> <BR> You can imagine, then, my happy dance when I hopped on the scale and saw that it'd dropped - AGAIN! I had to step off, then on, then off, then on again. Down nearly another 2 pounds from ear... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:16:43 EST Ignored This For Too Long Hi! <BR> My name is Becky and I have type 2 diabetes. I am now 30, but I was diagnosed about 5 years ago. I have to admit. I've ignored it. <BR> I have an extreme phobia of needles, and I've neglected my blood work. I have also neglected checking my sugar each day. Recently, I've been feeling off, and I started checking my sugars the way I know I should. Of course, they have been high ranging from 117-157 in the mornings before I eat. That scared me, and I think I've reached one of those tu... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:10:17 EST Anyone using Victoza? I was just taken off Kombiglyze and placed on Victoza (injectable) and metformin (oral). I was wondering if anyone else is using this, and how it's going. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:08:50 EST EXTREMELY Discounted Diabetes Supplies! I saw someone ask about inexpensive diabetes supplies on another thread and decided to start a new thread since the other topic was branched off from an intro post. <BR> <BR> Inexpensive strips. Several companies have savings programs! These aren't income-based programs like you see on commercials where it'll say 'if you can't afford your medications, call blahblah blah." These are more like customer loyalty cards. <BR> <BR> Accu-chek has one: <BR><B... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 18:04:19 EST Now... why didn't I think of this? So, confession: I love, love LOVE cajun red beans and rice. That said, I've always made it from a box - usually Mahatma but sometimes but sometimes Tony Chachere's. I've always added a bit of sausage. I've loved it ever since college. It's a food that has very fond memories for me. There were a group of us, all poor college students, and once a week we'd get together and cook a huge thing of beans and rice. Everyone would chip in and we'd buy a couple of the beans & rice packages and a packag... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 13:25:02 EST Anyone here cook authentic Indian? Tonight at Casa SulaBlue: <BR> <BR> Rogan Josh, curried/pan-fried eggplant, dosas (little crepes made from ground lentils, spices and water), and carrot halwa. <BR> <BR> The rogan josh is going fine and my mouth is watering. Eggplant will be easy-peasy. The dosas I'm eyeballing warily. <BR> <BR> The carrot halwa. Oy. I tried to make it with almond milk and stevia. It TASTES vaguely like what I remember, but the texture and the color leaves something to be desired. It's not as neon orange a... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:25:41 EST How do you educate family? My husband's family has no real idea of what "planning" is. For instance, today is my MiL's birthday. My SiL called at 4:30, right as I was about to start dinner, to say she was taking her MiL out for her birthday and did we want to go. Problem number one: Giving me less than 2 hours notice! Then she said they weren't going to eat until later, around 7pm (which, with them, means closer to 7:30 or even 8pm). Problem number two: That's going to be way later than when I normally eat. Oh, and als... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:57:17 EST Fiber Adding fiber to our diet can help regulate blood sugar, partly because we feel full longer so we are less likely to overeat-- and I thought this was an interesting slide show that gives some good ideas: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fits-11/slideshow-high-fiber-foods?ecd<BR>=wnl_din_120312&ctr=wnl-din-120312_ld-<BR>stry&mb= </link> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 10:47:32 EST Eating out frustration - Come on, Waitstaff! I just need to VENT! <BR> <BR> I've been doing SO WELL this past week. This morning my husband and I went out for breakfast. It was Golden Corral but I did good! I stuck mostly to protein, looked up nutrition information before we left, and calculated my insulin needs BEFORE I hit the breakfast bar. <BR> <BR> So, what's the frustration? <BR> <BR> Waitstaff. That's what. <BR> <BR> I asked for a Pepsi Max because I like my morning jolt of caffeine to be cold. The first glass was just fine. ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 00:49:12 EST Good Grief - New Again Hello, All. <BR> <BR> I'm 38, and have been a Type 2 for nearly 10 years. Usually my HbA1C is "OK" - around 7. I went through a HUGE bought of depression, stopped taking care of myself, and had the highest I'd ever had: 13.2 Yikes. <BR> <BR> I finally broke the 400 pound mark - going in the entirely wrong direction :( I've gotten my weight back under 400 this week (yay me) and I've gotten my FBS down to an average for the week of 150 (which is way better than the 300s it was at!). It certa... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:48:02 EST HEADACHE,RED EYES AND ROCKY FEELING QUESTION? Hi Team, I have been feeling like my head is rocking back and forth, headaches, and I noticed my eyes have been really red in the inner and outerpart of the whites of my eyes,I feel like this everyday. I know they say you get a headache, dizzy, and drunk feeling when your BS are high or low, but I check my BS , and it's not high or low. I feel like this from waking until bed. Does anybody know what could be going on?. I see my doctor on Monday, and I have told her about this,but she gives me ... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:47:06 EST I need some help and advice I have a colonoscopy scheduled next Tues (12/4). I am told I need to not eat any fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts from now till then. I can handle not eating the nuts and seeds but I've worked very hard to incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables into my everyday diet. I am now managing my sugar levels with diet and exercise. I haven't a clue how to not eat fruit and vegetables from now until Tues. <BR> I could use any help. Any advise for those here who have gone through this. I'm worried... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:40:26 EST Who is controlling type 2 diabetes with diet only? I'm curious after having been on this forum for only a short time. Who is controlling their type 2 diabetes with diet only and what are your carb amounts? What are your blood glucose levels (A1c or daily reading)? If you are not currently do you expect to ever have to go on medication? <BR> <BR> The reason I am interested is that I found out that official Spark recommendations for diabetes are 50% carbs and from all the reading I have done I can't see how anyone could possibly be able to con... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 01:38:09 EST LOW CARB.? NO CARB? Hi everyone, a friend of mine told me that the best thing I can do for my diabetes managnent is to go low carb, or no carb. I want to know if any of you are on this type of lifestyle .WHat do you recommend? what should I eat, or how should I go about this? <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:21:13 EST New to the Group Hi this i my first time posting in this group. I have been a type 2 Diabetic since 1998 and my managment of my diabetes has been off and on. I drive a truck for a living and that lifestyle has mde it hard to keep my sugar levels down. I have had to leave the road twice before to get my sugar levels under control. I recently lost my job because my Dr. put me on insulin and my company informed me that they WILL NOT keep on insulin diabetics. but since my Dr. put me on Insulin my sugars have ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:24:46 EST blood sugars during my hospital stay I had bronchitis, and ended up in the hospital because I was short of breath, with chest twinges. I have CHF, so they kept me overnight. I had to tell them I was diabetic, since I have been off meds for 30 months.So they checked my blood sugar, and it was 105. They rechecked on Sunday morning, and it was 98. <BR> <BR> I owe those numbers to low carb. I had to have the levels adjusted for my Digoxin, and Coumadin, but they said absorption of meds is affected sometimes by being sick. They gav... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:19:38 EST Soooo irritated!! Hi everyone. Does anybody else experience extreme irritation with their loved ones? This seems to happen with high blood sugar?! Or am I just looking for an excuse? Am I just experiencing a form of depression? HELP. I don't like myself lately! Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:06:14 EST Switched to insulin and not being good about it I just joined this group so I thought I would put in writing, and out to the public, the challenge I'm having taking my daily insulin. I was diagnosed with Type 2 more than a decade ago and have been taking oral medications. My doctor switched me to insulin in July and I have not been consistent about taking it. It actually hurts more than I was led to believe. I've switched to a pen (smaller and shorter needle) and will start that tonight. <BR> <BR> I need to take my insulin - I know that i... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 18:50:43 EST To introduce myself Hi, my name is Helen. I am 57 years old and I have been diabetic for at least 15 years. I live in Queensland, Australia. I take 2000 mg Diabex MR daily. I have been living in denial for too long relying on exercise to keep me more or less healthy and trying not to think too much about the diabetes. <BR> <BR> Early in 2011, I was unwell for a long period of time and stopped exercising. At the same time I started taking thyroid medication which has slowed me down a bit. I then became busy wi... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 07:04:59 EST Daily Feedback I find it frustrating to not be able to see my daily feedback until the program decides I've recorded enough. <em>234</em> I am struggling with pre-diabetes and reactive hypoglycemia, and seeing how things stand at any point during the day would be a great help to me. Why do you allow software to make those choices for us? <em>28</em> It's one thing to advise, it quite another to block access to our own info. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 21:02:14 EST 110 fasting - pre-diabetic? If my fasting blood sugar is 110 - then that means I'm pre-diabetic, right? My husband has diabetes so he checked my BS for me. <BR> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:50:11 EST BG QUESTION? Hi, I always check my bg on my left fingers, and my fasting bg is alw ays between 98-110. My before bed bg is always between 101-127. I decided yesterday morning to try my right hand fingers, and my morning reading was 117 and last night it was 142. and this morning 115 I never have it this high on my left fingers, I immediately did it on my left finger and it was 99.Which side is right does anybody know why this is? So confused <em>24</em> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:47:14 EST change in meds my A1c was up a bit yesterday... so the doctor put me back on oral med along with my insulin.. instead of going back on metformin we are trying janumet xr <BR> has anyone tried it?? or is on it now?? any side effects?? Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:13:03 EST Boils from diabetes? I have been off my meds for 30 months now, and my last A1C was 5.1. Recently I have had a few bumps on my head, and one popped, but the other one has bled, but remains. I shaved my head. It is spongy, and hurts, and is red. A coworker had similar issues from diabetes several years ago. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine who has a nursing degree, said it is common among diabetics.Might be a cyst, or a boil. Probably boil, since it isn't hard. Anyone else have these issues, and since I haven't had an... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 08:43:40 EST