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 Going back to the past This will probably really sound dumb, but does anyone know how a person can get back to an old way of eating? Maybe hypnosis or something? I know that most people came here to change eating habits and that is really what I want to do, now. But I got to thinking about it and I didn't used to eat a bunch of sweets all the time. In fact, sweets were pushed at me. My sweets were malts and otherwise I could take it or leave it. I might not have liked veggies, but was more a meat and potatoes type ... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:39:11 EST New to Team Hi I am Stacy!! I am 36 years old and live in Indiana! I was diagnosed in May of 2017 with Diabetes. I am working on losing weight and controlling the diabetes Sun, 15 Apr 2018 13:49:13 EST Insurance coverage question - Insulin? I don't run into this for my diabetes, but for allergies. I am wondering, though, if those who need insulin have trouble getting coverage for it. The pharmacist told me that many insurances are denying coverage for life saving things and I know that in the last couple of years The changes in coverages I have received show that most insulins have been dropped from the formulary. <BR> <BR> In my case, and what reminded me of this, was an order for Albuterol and it was not approved for coverage... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:19:06 EST Getting off the diabetes train Are you tired of the constant struggle to keep your BGL down AND keep your weight down? INSULIN CAUSES WEIGHT GAIN. <BR> <BR> You will never lose weight and keep it off if you take insulin. This is basic physiology. <BR> <BR> If you want to stop the insanity you need to understand your disease. Science not snake oil. <BR> <BR> Listen and learn from Dr Fung, a kidney specialist who treats diabetes. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link>https://youtu... Fri, 13 Apr 2018 03:06:30 EST Glucose intolerance and the standard diet recommen Are you ready to get off Insulin? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/09/24/diabetes-a-disease-of-glucose-i<BR>ntolerance/ </link> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:08:30 EST Adaptive Glucose Sparing Why is my fasting glucose level not as low as I think it should be? <BR> <BR> <link> fasting-blood-glucose-higher </link> <link> ology-part -ii/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's actually a good thing and indicates that your Diabetes is well under control, AND your body LIKES Ketosos or low carb. <BR> <BR> But if you are off the insulin, when you get your bloodwork done, have them test for insulin as well as fasting blood glucose. Rememb... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:39:24 EST Death by Diabetes - a particularly gruesome death Diabetes is a major cause of high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease and failure, neuropathy, blindness, gangrene in the extremeties resulting in amputation. <BR> <BR> Sounds positively yummy. And yet today doctors do not treat diabetes, they treat the symptoms. They tell you that your disease is chronic and progressive. They rarely say so but they know you will eventually die a gruesome death. <BR> <BR> And so we come here to talk about the weather, discuss anything and everythi... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 22:25:42 EST Hi to all of my new friends Just rejoined sparkpeople. Need some motivation from all of you to get my blood sugar under control. Always high in the am no matter what I eat the night before <em>39</em> Sat, 31 Mar 2018 16:12:55 EST fasting blood sugar I am interesting what fasting blood sugar is regularly every one of us do have. <BR> It is not simple level of sugar but it is treatement we do have and A1c level we do have. <BR> So, please participate. <BR> Myself. <BR> 60mg/dl today, March 21, 2018 <BR> A1c 5.9% last blood work. <BR> Insulin Lantus Solo Star 610 units daily dose right now. <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:06:38 EST New Here Hello! <BR> <BR> I have Type 2 diabetes. I was diagnosed about three years ago with an A1c of 12.2. I am here on Spark to lose weight, control my diabetes better and improve my overall health. I am also dealing with multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. <BR> <BR> I live in a small town of about 1500 people in Upstate NY not far from what was part of the Erie Canal. Some of my town is a National Historic District with all kinds of fabulous old houses. I moved to New York State in 2010 and ... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 23:31:50 EST How to track A1C I am returning to SparkPeople after being away for 6+ months. I am able to find my previous A1C tracked from on a graph on the SparkPeople site. However, I am unable to find a link to track my most recent A1C. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:54:41 EST Glucose monitors? I use a freestyle lite since my insurance covers it and have a relion prime from wal-mart as my back up... for a long time they read within five to seven points of each other but now they read 25-45 points apart. Which means one of them is definitely not working right. But not sure which. <BR> <BR> Anyway question is does anyone use these meters? And has anyone seen a sudden shift in numbers in either of them after using them for a time? I really can't tell which it is, the control solutio... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 22:02:02 EST 6 month a1c <BR> <BR> Diagnosed A1C 13.2% <BR> <BR> 3 month A1C 6.3% <BR> <BR> 6 month A1C 6.0% <BR> <BR> <BR> Small change but a change in the positive none the less! Hopefully on Monday when I talk to my doc she will let me stop with the insulin. Sat, 3 Feb 2018 23:53:31 EST What's for Dinner ? Wedding Soup, salad and grilled zucchini. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:36:04 EST Question I am restarting my program. Does anyone use the smartphone app to track their BG? I can't find a setting that allows me to do that and I was almost certain that I could do that before. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice! I will be checking in more as I set my goals and update my profile. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 21:56:54 EST Low blood sugar My blood sugar is dropping and Im making myself sick trying to keep it up! How do you handle drops that keep dropping! <BR> <BR> I am hitting low 70s. I drank gatorade and it went up to 92. I ate taco bell burrito and an hour later it was dropping again. Was 72 and dietitian said 70 and below is bad! Dont know how to get it back up and stay up without making myself sick from over eating or drinking sugar drinks. Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:16:55 EST HOLIDAY GREETINGS 2017 <link> hi story-of-thanksgiving/videos/kids-hiR>stor<BR>y-the-first-thanksgiving?m=528e3 94 da93ae&amp;s=undefined&amp;f=1&amp;a mp;free=false </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> *****HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!***** Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:43:37 EST New to board I'm new to the board. I'm pre- diabetic and taking it very seriously. I had gestational diabetes with my youngest daughter so I thought I would have a problem later on. I'm open to any and all advise!!!! Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:56:48 EST Januvia? Hi all, <BR> <BR> My A1C last checkup was 6.5 after being 5.4 for most of last year. been fighting some low-grade infections, and on antibiotics most of the last 3 months. have been orr them for about a month, but my blood sugar in the AM is still high for me - 137 vs 110 this time last year. <BR> <BR> My doctor and I discussed additional oral meds (I'm on 1500 mg METformin XR currently). <BR> <BR> Januvia sounded like a reasonable candidate given the relative lack of side effects in t... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 18:51:49 EST Must share good news! Got my A1C done today... 6.3% down from 13.2% three months ago!!! I kicked it's butt!! <em>104</em> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 20:41:19 EST Metformin and fatigue/muscle weakness? I started taking Metformin for my newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes about 6 weeks ago. I started out at 500 mg per day then increased to 1000 mg, shortly after that I became extremely exhausted, leg muscles and calves started hurting, I could barely go up my stairs at home. Horrible brain fog. So I went down to 500 mg a week ago and still feel weak. I've lost about 3 days of work over the past month. I just have a feeling I can't tolerate it, and I'm so tired I can't even exercise! I really wan... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:42:11 EST Metformin and fatigue/muscle weakness? I started taking Metformin for my newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes about 6 weeks ago. I started out at 500 mg per day then increased to 1000 mg, shortly after that I became extremely exhausted, leg muscles and calves started hurting, I could barely go up my stairs at home. Horrible brain fog. So I went down to 500 mg a week ago and still feel weak. I've lost about 3 days of work over the past month. I just have a feeling I can't tolerate it, and I'm so tired I can't even exercise! I really wan... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:41:52 EST How I feel????????? I didn't know where to ask this? I felt pretty good this morning when I woke up, didn't check my blood glucose. I ate breakfast and maybe an hour later I was making my lunch for work and felt so shakey and weak I had to sit down! Any ideas why I did this? <BR> <BR> Another question? Is A1c and blood glucose testing the same, if not, can they both be checked with a meter? I'm pretty new to all of this! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:59:42 EST My experience with METFORMIN This has been an interesting week. I had my diabetes class tuesday and it was really good. I ended up asking about all of these symptoms I have been having for 3 years and the doctor said all these symptoms aren't from diabetes..He told me to stop Metformin for 2 weeks and see how I feel? The next day a lot of the symptoms went away! Wow! I have been going through this for 3 years. Since I have been eating good and have lost 7 lbs now, my A1C went from 7.5 to 7. <BR> <BR> I went to the doct... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:37:14 EST Symptoms Hi I just joined. I been have pretty frustrated, I haven't been feeling good for a couple years, more so this year. At first they said I was prediabetic, about 6 months ago and was never given any instruction about what to do? My last doctor visit I really stressed that I need to take a class or something, I want to feel better. The doctor did set me up with some classes in September. I was reading up on it and realized how many of the symptoms I have! <BR> <BR> Sweating(almost always) back... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 23:00:14 EST Fasting BS help Hello. My doctor wants me to test my fasting BS in the morning. <BR> <BR> The problem is that I do not have a normal schedule and am finding it extremely difficult to work out anytime that would count as fasting. <BR> <BR> I work overnights (11pm-7am) I usually end up eating a snack between 5-6 am (helps me stay awake lol) <BR> <BR> I go to sleep at 8am but only sleep until 11-12 (it just depends on the day). Then I am awake until either 3-4pm and then sleep until 7pm. <BR> <BR> So my sch... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:40:51 EST Hello Hi there, Chrys 37 just newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Been on spark before but left cause I hated the new look of the website. Official reason anyway. back because I need to get my crap together, and I am completely clueless. I been googling alot, but hoping to find a wealth of info from others here on spark. Always open for tips! Specially on how to get my calorie count back up over 1300 a day without a high carb count! Everything i have found says low fat no fat, no sugar, low ca... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 16:27:43 EST Keto Is any one using keto low carb, moderate protein, high fat plan. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:58:20 EST meter suggesti ons/wide variations in readings Hi Everyone! I have a question about my meter. <BR> <BR> I had a True Result meter, but they stopped making strips for it and sent me a free True Metrix meter to replace it, with strips and control solution. I tried using it for the first time this week. The control solution tested fine. But, my readings can vary widely within a few minutes of each other. One after meal reading was 143, and two minutes later a retest was 170, and two minutes after that was 141. So I think that second readin... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:03:23 EST Team Bonus Flags Are Back !!! Team Bonus Flags Are Back !!! <BR> <BR> I thought I would post that our Team Bonus Flags are Back ! <BR> <BR> Just go to your Points Page and under the Community Section you will see <BR> Spark Team Bonus Points ! <BR> Click on it and it will take you to the Flag Page ! You can earn up to 5 spins depending on how many points you have earned each day ! Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:26:12 EST Whole Food Plant Based Starch diet I am not exactly sure what this is called, but has a lot of starchy foods and grains. Has anyone here ever heard of something like that or tried it? The list of to eat has all the whole grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, squashes, beans, peas, lentils, yellow and green vegetables. No more fruit than 2x a day. <BR> <BR> A cyber friend has been on this for a few months. He has lost weight, lowered his A1c from 12.5 to 6.6, and been taken off 4 of his meds. I can't understand how that is l... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 00:32:33 EST Trouble getting used to Freestyle meter I've been using an Accu-Chek meter for years, but I recently had to switch to a Freestyle Freedom Lite (change in coverage). I'm having trouble getting used to it. <BR> <BR> In every other meter I've had, I can see the blood being drawn into the strip. With the Freestyle strip, the blood goes on little black half-circles. You can't see it being pulled in. I feel like I have to push the blood at them. <BR> <BR> I'm getting weird readings, too. High readings that don't correspond with wha... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:04:09 EST Fasting glucose 119 Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:07:52 EST Back.....Again Hello, my name is Samaria and I am a repeat offender. Like my topic title suggests, I am not consistent with logging, diet or exercise. I am Type 2 (diagnosed November 2010) and didn't take it serious until years later. To make a long story short, I am on meds. The meds are doing exactly what they need to. My last A1C was 6.6, however, I got complacent. I lost the weight but stopped doing what I needed to keep the weight off. My next appointment is next month and I need to kick start this pro... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:07:28 EST New to testing # I have gestational diabetes. <BR> So I tested my # about 3 hours after lunch (and I had far too much sugar, as in a aoda, milkshake, and a latte) and my sugar was 86. I got up this morning about 10 min ago, and it's 118. All I had since I woke up was a sip of water. What's going on?? Sun, 28 May 2017 10:38:28 EST Insulin at Night Help? I'm having trouble keeping my blood sugar stable at night. I take Lantus before bedtime but since I've started walking and really watching what I eat, my blood sugar tends to crash at night. I usually check it about 10:30 and take my shot, then go to bed by 11:00....and wake up sweaty and shaky and feeling awful about 12:30 or 1:00am. I've gradually decreased the insulin from 60 units to 50 and that solved the hypoglycemic issue, but then by morning my sugar is between 140-155! <B... Fri, 5 May 2017 10:09:14 EST Keytones What does it mean if you have too much calcium in your urine? What kind of calcium does the Dr. mean? How do I get those numbers down? I don't understand how they get so high. Just this morning my blood sugar number was 258. Where is the link to record my A1C with spark people. My A1C is 7.2 last month. I am already in stage 4 of my kidney damage. I don't want it to go any higher. I need information to help desperately. I don't want to start in kidney failure. I already drink 8 glas... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:28:13 EST Question Hello. My name is Carole and I have been a type 2 diabetic for many years. I had lost 25 pounds, gained it all back, decided to diet again and gained 5 more pounds. Went to a dr. yesterday and he is referring me to a dietician. Also he encouraged me to sign up for the Nutra-system D diet. Has anyone been on this? Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:34:23 EST Reaching out...time for me to tend to me! Hi. I am Dunelady. I am reaching out because I know I can't do this alone. Tried multiple times and have discovered that I am extremely successful at my lack of success with sticking to a plan...even when it is working! Life always happens and I get derailed and wind up right back where I started, which is carrying around 40 pounds of pregnancy weight gained with each pregnancy that I never lost. (Totally not an excuse...youngest is 17, so it's not like I haven't had time to lose the wei... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:48:47 EST Help I'm 52 years old with diabetes. I am currently 243 and have weighed over 200 since high school. Help me figure out how to lose this Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:41:08 EST newly challenged with High Blood sugar Hello to all in this group. I have a familial predisposition to diabetes, and it's tapped my shoulder. I had blood work done last may which showed pre-diabetic numbers, as my blood sugars were on the rise- i was overweight, and my dr recommended dropping 30-40 pounds over the next year, watch my diet, and excersie. <BR> I did. I dropped 20 lbs by December, and went back to the dr's for new blood work. My blood sugars have continued to rise, and i was put on Janumet right away. <... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:37:47 EST 5 Lb Challenge ~~~~~ 1# At A Time <em>212</em> This is a challenge to lose 5lbs at a time, hence the name "5 lb Challenge" <BR> <BR> Anyone can join at anytime. Just copy and paste (All that is here) and add your name to the list. Update your weight as often as you like. When someone loses 5lbs we will start all over again to see who will be the next Big Loser. GOOD LUCK! <BR> <BR> Your Name &amp; start weight , 5 Lbs less, &amp; current weight = 5 Lbs To Go <BR> <BR> No~Name~~START~GOAL~Current~Lbs To Go <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:03:31 EST Need help, desperately Hey, I'm new. I'm pre-diabetic and I've been working on my #s. I've gotten my blood sugar down into 130's and 150's. Occasionally when I'm bad it's 190, but this is not where I need help. <BR> Before the holidays my doctor put me on Januvia 100mg so my sugar wouldn't loose control. I tried Metphormin (or however you spell it) and I'm bad allergic. Yet ever since being on Januvia I've had terrible nightmares, can't sleep, and hurt all over. Is this normal, and if not does anyone reco... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:33:40 EST C Peptide level in diabetes blood test Hi Everyone. <BR> I do have checked C Peptide level. I do not know if it is good or not so good. <BR> My C Peptide level is 1.86 ng/dl. <BR> Did someone have checked C Peptide level and what result it was? <BR> thanks a lot <BR> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:43:46 EST WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ORAL PROBLEMS WITH DIABETES Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I am writing an article about oral health and diabetes and am wondering what people need to know and want to know about oral health as it relates to diabetes. <BR> <BR> Since I am a periodontist, I know quite a bit about this area and am getting really excited about this article I hope to get published in Diabetes Forecast. <BR> <BR> I will make NO money from this article but your input would help me greatly as I need to know what people think about the topic and wh... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 16:23:20 EST A1C and trips My A1C is up a little these past 3 months; From 6.4 to 6.6. My Doctors don't seem to concerned. My weight is down a little to 210 from 220. These past 3 months we made 2 bus trips where the meals were served buffet, All the buffets had high carb foods or food with gravy. This made managing my diabetes difficult. Usually my morning numbers are about 115 to 120. If I am off my diet they go up to 130-140. At bed time they are about 100. I find the higher my sugars are in the AM I haven't slept w... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 13:16:11 EST Morning Blood Sugars. 127 Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:01:17 EST Glad to be here! Hi! I was diagnosed with Type 2 back in 11/2014. For the first 6 months I was diligent about doing daily glucose monitoring, etc. Then I lost my insurance benefits and have been in a financial slump ever since, ignoring the diet I should've been following, eating whatever I wanted, falling into a constant state of denial. In September of this year, I went to a free clinic, had labs drawn and the results were a wake up call...A1C of 7.7 (which I was told averaged a glucose level of 174), my we... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 09:48:13 EST A1C up My A1C went up from 6.4 to 6.6. My BS also went up. This quarter involved several bus trips and eating out not being able to choose what I was eating; I did try to limit the amount I ate. It was difficult when there is a small buffet with food that has cream sauces or gravy or some sort of pasta/ I did not eat dessert. We also had a death in the family. When my husband and I eat out for lunch I will order a hamburger but not eat the roll or order salmon. I have lowered my weight to 215 fr... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:26:13 EST Wheat I don't eat wheat because it is 80% carbs by weight (sugar is 100%, so this is a close second). <BR> <BR> But there are plenty of people who don't tolerate wheat for other more subtle reasons. Arthritis is an example of an issue that can be impacted by a reaction to eating wheat. The continual consumption of wheat (bread, breakfast cereal, cake ...) and you don't even make the connection that this is due to what you are eating. <BR> <BR> Here is an article on arthritis and wheat: <BR> <li... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 21:23:41 EST Resistant Carbs Can someone tell me about resistant carbs like what they are or how they are absorbed and how they affect blood sugar? I was watching Just Eat This and Rocco said that if you eat green bananas they have resistant carbs and not absorbed as much as riper bananas. I know that the riper ones are suppose to have more sugar in them. He had showed how to make a milk shake or smoothie with them. I watch his program sometimes because he often shows how to reduce carbs, fat and calories in differen... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 16:06:38 EST Morning Coffee and Blood Sugar I am new to the diabetic lifestyle (Type 2). I have been tracking my sugars after breakfast. I have noticed that my sugar is higher than it should be even though I stayed way under my carb level for that meal. It's not super high, 225 being the highest. I've been doing some research on coffee and it's effect on blood sugar. I have read that it can have a slight effect on sugar levels. Does anyone know about this and can you share what you know with me? <BR> <BR> Thank you. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:42:24 EST 200-244 Carbs a Day??? If I ate that much in carbs, I would have blood sugar over 200. Adding the diabetic/BS tracking option was a great thing but to disable us being able to change our nutrition goals makes it worthless. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:14:14 EST Easy Low-Carb Dinners in 25 Minutes or Less Easy Low-Carb Dinners in 25 Minutes or Less <BR> <BR> OMG !!! You have to see these !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rb-dinners-in-25-minutes-or-less/?omhi<BR>de=true&amp;plid=EM_PROMO_KITCHME&amp;<BR>crid=EM_091816&amp;utm_source=EM_PROMO<BR>_KITCHME&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_<BR>campaign=EM_091816 </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:35:08 EST Medication - Trulicity Has anyone taken Trulicity? What was your experience? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:21:56 EST Protein Shakes If I eat breakfast with protein and/or fat, I usually don't get hungry until about 4:00. I know that they say to eat every few hours to keep blood sugar steady. Would it be okay to have a protein shake for lunch? I am pretty sure I have one with stevia rather than sugar, which is what I would be using. I just can't eat when I am not hungry unless I am in a point of stress or boredom. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:18:31 EST Trouble with heat intolerance Do any of you have trouble with heat intolerance? Sometimes, when my family is cooking dinner on several different burners, the kitchen gets so hot and stuffy that I can't stand it. Nobody else seems to mind it. I feel hot and uncomfortable, like I'm about to start sweating. Even worse, I feel like I'm not breathing easily, like I'm on the verge of hyperventilating. Also, I get very angry. I feel like I want to shout at people. I imagine it's like the feeling of being trapped in a hot ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:52:43 EST Great article by Andreas Eenfeldt I could not remember if this great article had been posted here before: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:14:49 EST New here Im diabetic and eat lowcarb woe and my last A1C was 5.9....I love eating low carb but hit a plateau...just thought I would find a message board for support...I live in WV, USA and widowed and hope I fit in here <em>30</em> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 14:18:43 EST There are blood sugar lists on the internet. I use the BP Log for my Blood Pressure. <BR> Check it out on he internet. <BR> <BR> Go to the Site your Glucometer is in and they do lists to check with. <BR> <BR> Mine is Accucheck. Pat in Maine. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 17:15:10 EST Printing blood sugar in list, not graph i need to record blood sugars (got that) and print a listing, not a graph! My doctor just likes a listing. Maybe on a calendar would be great! Fri, 2 Sep 2016 12:24:59 EST Diabetes and Soda drinking? Back story: <BR> <BR> I am trying to loose weight. I'm the only non diabetic in my house. My husband, my mom and even our dog is diabetic. I'm trying very hard to kick my nasty pepsi habit to the curb. I know soda is bad for me. I have an idea of what it does to a persons body. I'm at the point now where I drink powdered drink mixes and frozen/bottled juice (yes I know, watch the sugar in those!) and water. <BR> <BR> My husband, dog, I and my mom live together. I'm her home care aid/... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:01:09 EST Levels and exercise I have a question about my blood sugar levels and exercise...I was away from the intense exercise I normally do (CrossFit and HIIT) and my levels were at or below 100. Now that I'm back at it they are higher. What is going on? Sun, 7 Aug 2016 11:35:22 EST Hi Renie (Reniessparkin) and Happy Happy Birthday Hi Renie (Reniessparkin) and Happy Happy Birthday !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day !!! Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:12:35 EST Running into problems figuring what to eat I am trying to get low carb again (I go in spurts, unfortunately). Problem is I have problems with gall stones, which are caused by higher fat, IBS that has a problem with fiber and I can hardly eat many vegetables (cannot eat cruciferous or beans), and now I am having some problems with kidney function so that makes protein bad. What suggestions can I get? Dietitians at the hospital just tell me to eat carbs and that raises my blood sugar, so that is out. I have two diet lists from the d... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:17:46 EST Hello! My name is Laura......type 2 diabetic x 20 years.....just looking for friendship and support. I've been a Sparker since February, was on Lantus insulin for a few months, but have lost enough weight that I'm now off! I still have about 60 more to lose....finding it really hard to exercise these days. I'm a native born Texan and it's HOT down here! And humid....even when I'm inside with AC, my body still seems to know how hot it is. 😖😖😖 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:28:47 EST Hi Jacque (ARTJAC) and Happy Happy 70th Birthday Hi Jacque (ARTJAC) and Happy Happy 70th Birthday !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day !!! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:29:16 EST Fasting Blood Sugar reading This morning reading was 105, doing so much more better with my eating habits. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:11:03 EST Get Fresh Produce from the SNAP Program Get Fresh Produce from the SNAP Program <BR> <BR> For those that need Grocery Help...SNAP Program <BR> <BR> I just read an article from the Farm and Dairy Site that explains the SNAP Program including benefits and phone numbers if you have questions... <BR> <BR> Here is the article.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p-benefits-for-market-and-farm/344532.<BR>html?utm_source=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;utm<BR>_campaign=14d9502924-E_newsletter_7_5_<BR>16&amp;utm_medium=emai... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:06:09 EST How to log blood sugars before and after exercise? Trying to log my blood sugars, but do not know where to log in readings before and after exercise. <BR> Help Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:04:51 EST Glucose monitoring changes (for the Code geeks) Perhaps allowing the addition of custom time definitions (like "before bedtime") to allow a more personalized experience? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:16:40 EST Dry mouth Does anyone experience a dry mouth? Last winter I began experiencing a dry mouth and sore tongue. Dr. Thought it was due to low sodium so he stopped my hydrochlorathiazide for blood pressure thinking that was the cause. Still no relief, then they thought it was allergies or low vitamin D. Still not a lot of relief and both back to normal range. Finally today he said maybe it is from Type 2 diabetes. Guess I will be watching carbs more and trying to eat healthier. My A1c is 6.2 Wed, 1 Jun 2016 15:58:22 EST Hello Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Michelle and I have Type 2 Diabetes. After being out of control for an extended period I decided to make changes in my lifestyle and try to improve my health. I began exercising/tracking my calories 10 weeks ago and have lost 14 lbs. I, also, went to see an Endocrinologist and a Diabetes Educator who have helped adjust my medication and diet to aid me in being successful. My fasting blood glucose was 98 this morning and 85 on Monday which is in my target range (al... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 13:52:17 EST List of drugs that may affect blood sugars Saw this and thought it might be helpful for those who wonder about changes in blood sugar levels (or even why you might have problems with staying high). <BR> <link><BR>-can-affect-blood-glucose-levels/ </link> Tue, 10 May 2016 14:37:22 EST Januvia I have been exercising and eating right for a few years. My blood pressure, A1C, and other numbers are looking better. However, my weight is not coming down any, in fact I gained 10lbs since last year. My doctor has prescribed Januvia added to my Metformin to help further with blood sugar and maybe some weight loss. I was wondering if anyone has tried this combination and had any luck with the weight. Thanks. Thu, 5 May 2016 11:45:05 EST My morning blood sugar is higher now Hi all; I'm new here. I just wrote a lengthy blog post about my blood sugar issues but basically I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong. <BR> <BR> Background: I'm type 2, I take janumet (1000 mg metformin + 50 mg sitagliptin) twice per day + 35 units of levemir insulin every night after dinner. I usually only test my fasting blood sugar in the morning. <BR> <BR> I've made some changes over the years, but really went all out in March. My fasting bs levels were normally between 110 and... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:12:54 EST Healthy Diabetic Snacks I'm looking for some ideas for healthy snacks for diabetics. Any suggestions? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:35:19 EST Here Again Can't get away much from SP because my glucose starts creeping again. I am here again to get support and give support <em>220</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:22:29 EST Evening snacks Do you eat an evening snack and if so what do you eat. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:12:05 EST NOT REALLY SURE So my 21 year old was diagnosed type 2 diabetic not to long ago. Last night we went out for dinner for my daughters 19th birthday. I have been watching what I am eating and have lost about 15 pounds. I decided to let loose last night at dinner. I ordered baby back ribs and ate part of my daughters chocolate desert. All this past week I have not been feeling super good, more tired and colder then usual. Anyways when we all got home we decided to all try my son's diabetes monitor. My husband... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 14:11:30 EST Fasting Spike Control My biggest culprit of high glucose readings is my liver over producing glucose when I'm either sleeping or exercising. I've managed to get the sleeping part under control by taking my metformin just before bed, but I'm waking up in the morning with readings of 90 to 110, and then I workout for an hour and then wait an hour to eat breakfast as one of my doctors has instructed. The problem is, when I test just before eating my breakfast, my glucose readings are somewhere around 150 to 180. And ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:44:15 EST New to the Group I was diagnosed with Type 2 about a year ago. Over the period of 14 years I've gone from Gestational Diabetes to Pre Diabetes to Type 2 and I have a strong family history of Diabetes. I have been living in denial about the seriousness of my condition and what it is doing to my body as I get older. I guess I've been lingering in the state of "it can't happen to me". Well, I was wrong and it is happening I am. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:26:04 EST Timing exercise and meals and testing Just wondering when people exercise in comparison to when they eat and when they test. I got out of control the past year and am now eating lower carb again, but when I test it is still high. I was wondering if you exercise soon after eating and before testing or before eating and testing or what. Just want to do what I need to get my BG back down. I get bad side effects from drugs. Also, since they have told me they have cancelled my medical assistance, I have absolutely NO money to pay... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 15:19:30 EST If your A1C is below 6.0 with consistency pls read This applies to non-geriatric cases, in the case of geriatric issues you can be MORE lenient ... <BR> <BR> New studies! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ssing-the-a1c-test-what-do-i-need-to-s<BR>core-242758/ </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2016 20:07:26 EST Pay this, pay th\at,, reduce diabetes I have been so stupid, I have paid out good money. not just to one company but to about four and they keep on with words like if you want a flat tum then do it this way you only need to pay!!! or if you want to get free from diabetes do this excise but before we show you, you need to commit to paying!!!!!! oh why indeed did I Wanda away from spark people when I have a safe and helpful plan. just because I get desperate and want to lose weight faster, and not have to be put on higher meds wh... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 04:59:29 EST Lunch Ideas I'm looking for some good, healthy lunch ideas. Anyone have any suggestions? Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:19:41 EST Janumet I am just asking whom takes it and does it help with your reading. It does not help keep my numbers in range at all. Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:27:17 EST New to the group Finally ready to work hard to manage this disease in my life. I'm looking forward to being part of a supportive community and learn from others! <em>521</em> I have to do it! Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:19:21 EST Question on how diabetes shows up I really don't know how to put that topic. I was at a surgical consultation this week and the surgeon actually came up with some things that could be a cause of my IBS problems. One is gastroparesis. I have had IBS since I was 18, though not as bad as it is now. I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 54 after I had trouble with neuropathy in my feet. What I am wondering, considering the IBS/gastroparesis link, can a person have diabetes at a low level for years without a fasting BS reading... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 19:16:29 EST Metforim I had been taking Metformin for about 5 years now. I have not been on here for many months. I just had to have a heart cathe for some other reasons, the cathe turned out that I have no blockage whatsoever. Not what I wanted to talk about. The Cardiologist had me stop my metformin and I was to start again at the end of the week. The end of the week is here , I have not resumed the meds as I have not had an attack of neopathy (spelled wrong) spell check won't correct, since I stopped the m... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:11:38 EST diabetic insulin pump Hi, i'm on a insulin pump and CGM and i'd like to have a place to put time and amount that I bolus on my spark page... i'm new and just trying to figure this out and hopefully loose some weight... thanks, T Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:38:51 EST too much protein in the urine what are we supposed to eat if there is too much protein in the urine?? Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:10:32 EST I'm new here - Hi.. I'm back into spark people. I had a Dr's appointment earlier this month and was told I'm diabetic. I have an appointment with my Dr next week, and probably lots of testing for official diagnosis. Needless to say, Ive been through a lot of emotions the last week and a half. I had previous blood work in the pre-diabetes range, but didn't think I was that old or that bad to get Type2 (and here I am). <BR> I've done some research online, and know that I will get a lot of info from my ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:33:36 EST FBS readings not so accurate I took my FBS three times in a row and the numbers ranged by 30 points. Is this normal or do I need a better meter? I have the Relion Prime. Thanks Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:58:54 EST Paleo Diet Has anyone tried the Paleo Diet? I've gotten a few books on it but I find I'm confused by the guidelines. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:45:48 EST Meds Does everyone take meds for their diabetes or just control it with healthy diet? Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:34:58 EST diabetes I have been trying to control diabetes on my own, but I don't think I'm doing a very good job. I hope SparkPeople can help me. <em>41</em> Sat, 19 Dec 2015 21:06:31 EST Please-need suggestions I need suggestions for where to go to find simple meal plans (with recipes included) for breakfast, lunch and dinner for Type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> I've looked at the ADA, and emeals, and (there's a charge for that one) and of course I've looked here at SparkPeople, too, but none of the meal plans and recipes fit my family. <BR> <BR> I've even been to a dietician, but she just told me, "eat a protein and a bread and a fruit for breakfast; eat a salad for lunch, etc., etc. I need m... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 23:33:33 EST Bloodless Glucose Meters I've been trying to research bloodless glucose meters but can't find much information on these. It doesn't look to me that there are any available yet. My fingers are sore from the needle pricks and was just wondering if anyone knows anything promising about these. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:36:40 EST Holiday Diabetic Blues Does anyone else have the holiday diabetic blues? This is my first Christmas season with diabetes. Holiday baking and eating has always been a large part of my family's Christmas. I'm trying very hard to watch what and when I am eating and I have lost 14 pounds so far. My family says I'm not eating enough. How does everyone else deal with being around holiday foods and functions without feeling left out? Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:46:16 EST Eating a snack before bed I just read the "Healthy Living with Diabetes" email and got a little confused. Of course, it makes sense to not eat if your BS is high, but how about if it is protein/fat and not carbs? How does the only eating if your BS is low work with the Dawn Phenomenon? I know that even when I am eating a fairly low carb diet my morning is always 120. How would eating a protein/fat snack like a piece of cheese or some nuts work for that, and would I eat it even if my BS was high before bed? <BR> <... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 12:26:53 EST Anyone Taking Trulicity? My doctor wants to switch me from one of my meds to Trulicity. It is a name brand, no generic available, so it is $200 with insurance for a 3-month supply. I have a coupon card that says I could only pay $25 a month (though I would have to pay $50 due to my insurance costs) but I have to go through Express Scripts for my meds and they do not take the coupon cards. I have a two week sample so I don't have to buy the med right away but at $200, more than 4 times what I pay for the prescription ... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:57:56 EST Hi Hi everybody, this is my second or third cant remember trying sparkpeople. This time around I have a fiance that is encouraging me to stay with it. Im on Lantus 40 units twice a day and still having issues with bouncing blood sugars. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:55:22 EST Accuracy of meter I got a new meter a few weeks ago and I'm not sure how accurate the readings are. I know I could go to a lab and have bloodwork done and check on my meter for a reading to compare the numbers. But, I can't afford my 70 dollar copay to do that. I bought a Relion meter and sent the card in that came with it to receive a bottle of control solution and I never received it. Any ideas? Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:16:59 EST My husband now has diabetes. He has asked for a book about diabetes. He had a stroke in 2006 and his reading skills are not what they used to be. I have to manage his foods, test his BS, give him an insulin shot each night, etc. I'd like to buy a book to have here. My name is Chris. It is wonderful that he asked for a book about diabetes. At first he wanted nothing to do with diet restrictions and trying to be healthy. This recently changed. Hurray! <BR> <BR> Thank you all, chris Thu, 5 Nov 2015 09:11:53 EST Worried about the future I'm worried about the future now that I have diabetes along with some other recent medical problems. I can't sleep right and I can't focus on much of anything else other than my health issues. How does everyone else gear up to be in a good place mentally and emotionally as the new developments of getting older happen? Sun, 1 Nov 2015 23:32:19 EST tradjenta or onglyza Hi everyone, <BR> I need some input, I saw my endocrinologist today because I have been taking Invokana for about 2 months and I don't like taking it. <BR> I have only seen her a few times and whenever she checks my sugars they are high but when I test at home the numbers are reasonable (116 2 hrs after a meal for example). Because the my sugars where 245 in the office (136 at home) she wants me on a secondary med and she suggested tradjenta or onglyza. I know Onglyza is similar to Januvi... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 22:30:41 EST Insomnia Does anyone else have insomnia? It's 4 a.m. and I can't sleep again. Does diabetes cause sleep issues? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 04:10:01 EST New Meds? 142. High today. Avg 120. Dr prescribed new meds yesterday was on metformin 1000 mg. felt like I was doing great! Oct 5 diagnosed BS 228 ( I just went and cked) avging 120. Thought I was a superstar. Nope! <BR> He uped my meds to janument xr 100/1000mg (huge blue pill)" &amp; "prevastatin (Pravachol)40mg to combat colesteral Scared to start taking both. The only meds ever use is Tylenol once a yr! Take children's gummy vitamins. Waiting a wk before I jump in! Any experience with these me... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:10:32 EST Dry skin Since finding out I am diabetic my skin seems to be really dry. Did anyone else notice dry skin after being diagnosed? <BR> Thanks, Trish Thu, 22 Oct 2015 22:16:28 EST Dental issue Hi everyone, I know this site is for diabetic issues but I'm having dental issues and I feel I can't eat or swallow right due to having 3 teeth removed today and a temporary denture placed into my mouth. I haven't eaten all day and needless to say I don't feel very well as I am a type 2 diabetic. I feel like the denture is way to big in the roof of my mouth. I'm in a full blown panic and don't know what to do. Any suggestions as it is 10:45 and 3 hours away from my dentist. Thank you, Trish Mon, 19 Oct 2015 22:45:49 EST Cinnamon question I know the use of cinnamon is controversial and many don't believe in the use of it for sugar control, but my question is for people who do use it. I have read often about it helping, but I have also read that it has to be a certain kind, not the kind you get in most stores. I was thinking it is Ceylon cinnamon that is supposed to help and Cassia was what you find in the spice row at the grocery store. I got some supplement capsules of cinnamon and found out the other day that they are Cas... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:55:20 EST Nutrition tracker notes. On my daily nutrition tracker, I added a daily note every time my doctor changed my dedication. Now I am trying to go back and see my changes over the last 6 months. Is there an easy way to call up this information without looking at every day in the tracker???? Sun, 18 Oct 2015 11:42:15 EST Low carb breads available from grocery store? Does anyone know of a good low carb bread available at the grocery store? We don't have any Whole Foods Markets in my area. Thanks, Trish Fri, 16 Oct 2015 18:44:43 EST Why can't I add fiber to the "other nutrient" list Tried a dozen times. Won't let me type in the box provided. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 19:08:07 EST To Stevia or not to Stevia? I have been researching artificial sweeteners. Stevia seems to be a good option. I know you have to be careful with how it has been processed though. I used to use Splenda but I found that it raised my BS too much so I quit using it. Diet drinks scare me too so I have given up sodas altogether. Does anyone have any thoughts on Stevia? Thanks, Trish Wed, 7 Oct 2015 14:55:17 EST what is the spark diet? What is the spark diet and where would I find this? am a type 2 diabetic on insulin once a day. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:29:15 EST I think I may be developing Type 2 . .. I've been testing my sugar recently, and it's consistently been in the triple digits. Plus, my feet are hot and tingling and my hands are tingling a little bit. And I'm way overweight. I think I may have adrenal fatigue as well. How do I exercise to help with the weight when I'm afraid that overexertion will send me into an adrenal crash, which will send me to bed? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 13:27:52 EST New meter Hi Everyone! My BS meter has quit working! I'm looking for suggestions for a new meter to buy with affordable test strips. There are so many to select from I don't know what's best to buy. My insurance company's copays are generally high so I'm looking for suggestions of what I may be able to pick up without a prescription also. Thanks guys! Trish Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:47:07 EST Eating oatmeal I have T2 diabetes and enjoy a bowl of baked oatmeal with peaches, blueberries and almonds for breakfast about 4 times a week. Lately I have been hearing that oatmeal isn't good to eat for diabetics. Has anyone heard this before? <BR> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:17:23 EST How do I change my diet? Hi Everyone! I was diagnosed type 2 several weeks ago. I am failing miserably at changing my diet. I have cut out the soda which is great but I am still eating way too much and way too many carbs. I need to lose about 70 pounds! We are going into the holidays soon and I'm very scared about how I'm going to do it. It's not even so much about the goodies but it's carbs in general. I love bread and I've always been a meat and potatoes kind of girl. I don't like very many veggies and I like fru... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:32:05 EST Best BG readings I've ever had! Blood Glucose Tracker <BR> <BR> Glucose Value: <BR> <BR> When Tracked: Uncategorized Pre-Breakfast Post-Breakfast Pre-Lunch Post-Lunch Pre-Dinner Post-Dinner Pre-Snack Post-Snack <BR> Save <BR> <BR> <BR> Pre-Breakfast: 4.8 Edit | Delete <BR> Pre-Lunch: 4.8 Edit | Delete <BR> Post-Lunch: 4.7 Edit | Delete <BR> <BR> Yay! Low carb and intermittent fasting are working. <em>334</em> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 06:17:21 EST Newly diagnosed Diabetic Hi Everyone! I've been a member of Sparkpeople for a few years now but I just got the news that Ive gone from pre-diabetic to a diabetic. I'm not on medication yet as I am going to try a lifestyle change of diet and exercise. My fasting bloodwork showed a 138 and a 7.2 A1C. I am 59 years old and have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides. I'm glad to have found this team and appreciate in advance the support I know I will receive! We are in this together! Thank you! ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:49:52 EST Abilify & Pre-Diabetes s/Diabetes?? Hi, my AlC was 6.1 in May. I suffer from Major Depression and OCD. My new psy doc put me on a very low dosage of Abilify. He did not tell me that Abilify can increase blood sugar levels and cause a person to become diabetic, but it can - it's right there in the medication literature and on the pharmaceutical company website. <BR> <BR> I'm so close to the 6.5 A1C mark now and I'm scared Abilify is going to push the A1C even higher and I'll have to start on meds for diabetes as well as everyth... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:22:34 EST Feedback on Diabetes Management Tools I'm new to SparkPeople, and have managed my Type 1 Diabetes for 37 years. I'm getting into the swing of things - monitoring my overall food intake (I carb-count to calculate my insulin dosage when I eat) and I check my BG frequently, usually 7-10 times per day, more often if I'm ill, or not feeling right. <BR> <BR> With all that said, your feedback, as requested: <BR> <BR> I think it's a good start. At the very least, there are three things I would request: <BR> <BR> 1) The ability to p... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:53:41 EST Can I get a WHOOO -- HOOOOO ?!?!? Very few people in my life understand my happiness....but you guys will..... <BR> <BR> Got THE call from the doctor, my A1C is too low....cutting back to just Metformin - no more injections <BR> <BR> WHOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:10:45 EST new to team and diabetes hi i am new to this subject just want to learn and hopefully control my blood sugar. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:24:54 EST Meal plans I'm looking for some good, healthy meal plans besides the ones on Sparkpeople. Anybody have any good meal plans or resources? <BR> Thanks <BR> Marge Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:40:53 EST Diagnosed one month ago, new to Spark :) Hello everyone, it's been one month now since my type 2 diagnosis :) Wasn't too shocked, given a strong family history. FBG was 300! So far so good - with Metformin, diet changes (lower carbs) and exercise it's been down to the 100-105 range every morning now, hooray! <BR> <BR> Working on losing some weight, keeping the exercise going, and hopefully being able to drop the metformin at some point. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 05:50:55 EST Dreamfields Pasta Made a dish last night that called for Pasta, so I used Dreamfields Penne Rigate. I did not not even have 3/4 cup of pasta. This morning my BS reading was 160. That is after working out last night. Dreamfields pasta says healthy carb living. For me I think not. Has anyone else had problems with Dreamfields pasta spiking their blood sugar. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:30:47 EST Advice for high FBS in the morning? Hello. I'm new to the group. My big concern is what to eat for breakfast and snack. This morning, my fasting blood sugar was 175, so I took a 30 minute walk and ate cereal (low carb) with nuts. 2 hours later my blood check was 190. Usually I only test once a day fasting. <BR> <BR> So advice? Thank you so much! <em>265</em> Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:26:11 EST Not so new member Hi , I am Molly from Portland Oregon and I decided that I really need to be a regular on Spark People. I retired 1 + ago and my routine has finally settled done. I start water aerobic classes at my local community center tomorrow with so additional classes as I become my active. A1C has already dropped. My fasting numbers are stable and my blood pressure is done. Yeah for retirement ! Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 13:24:40 EST Quick hello to my new team mates Hello everyone, just wanted to drop a quick hello! I do not have an official diagnosis of diabetes as of yet. My doctor is giving me a chance to develop better eating and exercise habits to manage my sugar. So far in the 2 weeks since I have seen him my sugars are still averaging about 125 at all times. I spoke to my nutritionist earlier this week and she gave me some tips to getting it lower. Hopefully I can learn a few things from those of you who have been at this for a while and I ca... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:35:14 EST Cinnamon capsules! Has anyone in the group tried cinnamon capsules to control their blood sugar? If so, what amount do you take and how often do you take them? How much do they help? My doctor took me off all meds and now I have to manage this disease with diet and exercise and am looking into adding cinnamon capsules, if they work. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:33:15 EST Whats a good glucose range? Hey Team, I started taking 850mg of metformin 2x daily last week. Since then I have been watching carbs and calories, but I am not sure what a good range is. There were two nights when I ate nothing after 7pm, and my FBS the next morning was 201. One night I ate a small piece of fruit about 20 minutes before bed, and the reading the next morning was 184 <BR> <BR> I am trying to not be a wreck about the numbers, but Im not sure what the range should be. My doctor just said just focus on l... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:48:16 EST T2 just kicked my butt! Hey everyone, I joined spark last week, but found this group today. I have had T2 for probably eight years, but thought with oral meds I could ignore it. Got the wake up call last week with a new doctor (the old one wasn't paying much attention and that was fine with me.) <BR> Now, I am on a higher dose of metformin, trying to lower LDL's and overall cholesterol and keep sodium in line. Makes dinner time interesting to say the least. Looking forward to seeing tips and tricks for glucose m... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:59:39 EST Got diagnosed diabetes 2 this week Hi everyone here <BR> <BR> I just got diagnosed on Monday so the nurse called me in for another blood test i had that and now must have another appointment with a nurse end of the month is the earliest. <BR> <BR> So far i'm trying to eat protein with every meal. I'm drinking plenty of water to keep full. <BR> Choosing healthier options. Joined this team so thought if anyone has any tips to help me i would be grateful. <BR> <BR> I also need to check out a couple of videos on youtube to ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:45:19 EST Newly diagnosed on Friday --Type 2 Hi everone. I'm Elayne and was diagnosed on Friday with Type 2 diabetes and am totally confused as to what to do next. My appt with an educator isn't until June 29. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 13:36:30 EST Now my hubby has diabetes too... My husband was diagnosed yesterday with type 2. I've been type 2 for about 4 years now and work very hard to keep my bloodsugars in control with a low carb lifestyle. THe problem is that the way my husband looks at low carb and mine are completely different. He doesn't like to take medication but at the same time he thinks low carb is unhealthy (though I do eat fruit!) I can't convince him that white flour, white rice and potatoes are really not necessary to stay healthy. I cook for both of u... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 12:58:52 EST Confusion on how to eat I put this on another team, but thought that this one might be appropriate to ask, too. Just cannot figure out why certain things are recommended. <BR> <BR> I get totally confused with the different types of diet lifestyles. First off, I cannot understand why a person who is diagnosed with diabetes is told to eat more carbs than they were eating before when carbs are what turns to sugar in the bloodstream. So we choose the low carb eating. Then they say eating higher fat will cause high cho... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 13:32:09 EST Hi new to Spark Not sure if I am posting this to the appropriate forum or not but.... <BR> <BR> Great Place. I was searching for exercise videos and found this. I was diagnosed with type 2 in 2012 and silly me did not do any thing about it. Well past the regrets now of my stupidity but better late then never I guess. My Dr. told me recently I was a heart attack or stroke waiting to happen. Wake up call:) Signed up for diabetes management classes and boy did they get me motivated. <BR> <BR> In my 30's and ... Sun, 10 May 2015 14:39:34 EST "Air shots" with insulin? I went to a class taught by a diabetes educator the other day, and she told us that we should always do an "air shot" before we inject ourselves with insulin. In other words, dial up 2 units, point the insulin pen upwards, and press the plunger. This is supposed to make sure that the dosage we dial up after that is correct. Otherwise, it might be inaccurate. <BR> <BR> I've had diabetes for several years, but I've never heard of anything like that. Is that a real thing? I did what she sa... Sun, 3 May 2015 15:12:45 EST Fast Weight Loss- Will it taper? I got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 17 days ago and I have lost 10 pounds already and I am losing at a rate of 1/2 a pound a day, no joke. Blood sugar is high every morning when I wake up. I take Metaformin at night with my dinner and was told it will take a month for it to kick in. I had 80 pounds to lose, but now down to 70. I overhauled my diet to follow Dr. Bernstein's meal plan in order to give my pancreas a break and allow it to heal and to normalize my blood sugar. I haven't been... Sun, 3 May 2015 00:00:12 EST Meds I am wondering if anyone else here uses Metformin and/or Victoza & if you do, do you suffer from headaches? Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:25:19 EST Please Help I have Type2 Diabetes and I am not sure how many carbs I am allowed a meal and was hoping someone could help me please? <BR> Thanks In Advance <BR> Huggles Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:29:00 EST Its going down FBG 150 <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:00:01 EST skinnyrasven I am many things: retired social worker,cancer survivor. grandmother, and a life long Alaskan. this is my first time to take my weight and health seriously. I love the tracking charts and find that to be helpfull. I don't know about message boards. I do want one of the cute measuring TAPE at the bottom of your messages.t . I think visuals are important especially if you are a left brain kinda person. I am trying to catch up with technology especially when my granddaughter laughed when I ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:22:58 EST Hello My name is Marybeth and I have Type 2 Diabetes and really could use help with this and support.. :) Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:13:55 EST Hi new girl here Hi my name is Debbie. I have had type 2 diabetes for 14 years. This year I began taking insulin. I am 57, married, raising my 8 year old grandson. I love my golden retriever, riding behind my husband on our motorcycle, quilting and sitting around the campfire. I am disabled since 2012 with fibromyalgia and depression. After years of working I am trying to redesign my life. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:24:36 EST Getting of fog glyburide I've been on 3 meds for over a year. After 6 months of working out and eating carefully I've lost weight and had some episodes of low blood sugar. My doctor told me to stop taking glyburide. Yesterday was my first day without it. This morning's test was 72, in the ballpark with last week's readings. <BR> <BR> For those who have stopped taking one or more meds, how did your glucose levels change? What should I expect over the next few weeks? Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:12:48 EST What dietitians/n utritionists eat? I just read an article where they had surveyed dietitians and nutritionists to find out what they ate for snacks, lunches and desserts. For lunch they said something about "heavy" grain like quinoa, for a snack a KIND protein bar, for dessert Cuties or dark chocolate. Those were the only higher carb foods they listed. Mostly they were saying to have protein. After reading that I had to ask, "Why do they eat that low carb and recommend higher carbs to people with diabetes than they had bee... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:19:11 EST New to the team. but not to diabetes Hi! I'm 60 years old and have been diabetic for about the last 15 years. I went in for emergency gall bladder surgery Tuesday, March 3, and after the surgery my surgeon told me they were more concerned about my A1C than then they had been about my gall bladder. I have been trying to manage my diabetes on my own, and with the help of SparkPeople for a long time. Obviously I haven't been very successful (although I have managed to lose 102 lbs. since 1998). I decided maybe I needed to reach o... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:59:43 EST Outstanding diabetes resource on youtube This is the Diabetes University playlist on youtube by Dr. Richard Bernstein, in my opinion the best resource anywhere for diabetes and pre-diabetes. Please pass it on: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02I6IvV6-1s2pL4BPhvMo0Ck_lcY </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:24:39 EST Free online diabetes summit 2015 It was great last year. <BR> Enjoy, <BR> Birgit <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:51:22 EST Rejoining Hi. My name is Marge and I am 64 years old. I have Type 2 Diabetes which I control with diet, no meds. Sometimes I think when we aren't on Meds for this we tend to brush it off and not really take control of it. I really want to be in control of my diabetes and stay off meds by controlling my diet, living healthier and exercising more. I hope to find good advice, support and maybe find some healthier eating habits by being on this team and I will do the same sharing tips, support and recipes ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:35:13 EST Medical Community Catches On! <link><BR>1/150129132918.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Sounds like the medical community is starting to catch on to the link between fructose and Diabetes! <BR> <BR> I don't like, however, that the study recommends incentives for manufacturers to use less HFCS. How about penalties for those who use too much? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 08:56:34 EST Breakfast ideas? I've been doing well with getting my eating under control and blood sugar within guidelines. But when it comes to breakfast, I seem to draw a blank other than eggs/egg white omelets with stuff in them. I generally eat a yogurt snack in the afternoon, so don't use that for breakfast either. Oatmeal isn't working well in my plan, so I suspect cereal will not either. What are all of you doing in the a.m. besides an egg-based breakfast? Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:51:20 EST Good Resources for making your own plan? Hi, <BR> I'm getting a copy of Dr. Bernstein's diet solution on the mail soon. I hope it doesn't matter that I got the first edition from 1997, because it was a lot cheaper and I couldn't afford the newer one. Maybe next month if it's useful. Also I did get a copy of 'Blood sugar 101' from the library, I am about 2/3 in it, and it's an eye opener! <BR> <BR> Finally a book that gives useful information but leaves to you how to include the scientific knowledge into your lifestyle. I am reali... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:54:34 EST morning level 123 <em>282</em> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:09:47 EST FBS FBS 103 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:48:12 EST Thought for today. I dave giving up anything with wheat in it over a month ago. I was taking 3 types of oral medications, now I find myself having to cut back on some of them because of low blood sugars. My average blood sugar for the month is 123. My last A1c was 7.4. Anyone else notice this when cutting out wheat? Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:51:33 EST Diabetes Miracle Diet by Diane Kress? Hi, has anyone tried this version of 'eat to your meter'? It's low carb, in phases of 8 weeks instead of 2 weeks, and you can repeat phases as needed or wanted. I am using low carb to keep my blood sugars in check and I was still failing even on 15 grams of carbs (1 serving) a meal. This plan sets the first 8 weeks at 5 gr per meal, and warns you to eat every 5 hours to prevent glucogen release by the liver. It gave some information specific to diabetes and carbs, timing and amounts, that I d... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:56:15 EST FBS FBS 143 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:47:13 EST Do you take supplement for diabetes I take the following supplements <BR> <BR> Alpa Lipic Acid <BR> Multi Vitamin <BR> Vitamin C <BR> Omega 3 <BR> B complex <BR> D3 <BR> cinnamon <BR> green tea Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:24:25 EST FBS FBS 112 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:32:49 EST ABC;s of AlC test The ABCs of an A1C Test: A Big-Picture Look at Diabetes Control <BR> By Everyday Health Guest Contributor <BR> Published Jan 6, 2015 <BR> <BR> Jo-Anne Rizzotto 172By Jo-Anne M. Rizzotto, MEd, RD, LDN,CDE, Special to Everyday Health <BR> <BR> If you are talking with someone about diabetes, you may hear the term “A1C.” But what exactly does A1C mean? And why is your A1C important for diabetes management? <BR> <BR> The A1C, otherwise known as a glycohemoglobin or hemoglobin A1C test, provide... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:43:57 EST 8 swaps to help lower blood sugar 6 Diabetes Food Swaps That Can Help Lower Your Blood Sugar <BR> By Athena Philis-Tsimikas, M.D. <BR> Published Dec 30, 2014 <BR> <BR> Athena <BR> <BR> If you have diabetes then you know how important a healthy lifestyle is. However, a diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean you can’t eat the foods you love. Instead of completely ditching your old diet, resolve to make a few small substitutions. By replacing a low-fiber food with a high-fiber version, for example, you can help keep glucose levels u... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:10:27 EST why we should eat apples Article on Easy Health Options <BR> <BR> One of my favorite fruits is also a health and weight loss wonder. Anyone who is trying to follow a healthy diet should always have these treats on hand for a quick, satisfying snack. <BR> <BR> My go-to choice for a fruit snack – apples. <BR> <BR> Apples represent some of the tastiest, most remarkably healthy fruits. Aside from being easy to store and consume at the spur of the moment, these fruits produce benefits that continue to impress research... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 04:53:02 EST Neuropathy? Does anyone else suffer with peripheral neuropathy? I searched around but didn't see any discussion of it here. <BR> <BR> A burning sensation in my toes was the symptom that led to being diagnosed with T2 Diabetes, but the Doctors never really addressed it. I am taking Alpha Lipoic Acid 200 mg. 3xday with meals, as recommended by the Mayo Clinic website, and that helps some. I really don't want to have to take anti-depressants or Lyrica if I can possibly avoid it. <BR> <BR> Right now, th... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:29:09 EST Conversation I joined this group hoping there would be a discussion board that had... Well, discussion. The Let's Check up on Each Other board is just a posting of blood sugar numbers. I was hoping for a COMMUNITY of fellow diabetics who were discussing their struggles and successes, things that worked or didn't, etc. Maybe even a "how my day is going/has gone." <BR> <BR> So, how about it. Let's discuss our journeys with our diabetes. <BR> <BR> My name is Jen, and I was diagnosed almost 9 years ago ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:07:31 EST Bicycle for heavy people Right now I am 300 pounds and I am looking at a Schwinn Trike for around $300. Thats about all I want/can spend on a bike. Does any one have a suggestion for other bikes that are rated for heavy folks. I don't mean the expensive bikes you can find on line at specialty stores/sites. <BR> Just a simple bike no bells, no whistles. Just a simple bike I can ride on paved streets without bending the tire frames or blowing out the tires. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:03:47 EST How do you address a cough? I'm new to this and I'm sick with a cold. I deal with it fine except at night, when a constant cough keeps me awake. In the past, a couple of cough drops through the night would adequately address the problem, but that doesn't seem like a good solution now as even the sugar free ones wind up elevating my morning glucose level. Any suggestions for what's worked for you all? Wed, 7 Jan 2015 07:13:56 EST 21 day no junk food challenge Anyone want to join me in a 21 day no junk food challenge. <BR> No chocolate <BR> No candy <BR> No biscuits or cookies <BR> No cake, donuts,or muffins <BR> No pastries <BR> No white bread <BR> No chips <BR> No fast food <BR> No soda <BR> No ice cream <BR> It will be hard for me. But I really want to get my diabetes better. I have my dr appointment at the end of the month <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:55:44 EST News article on pasta Wow! A potential way to eat pasta without a huge rise in BS. Cook, cool and reheat. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>1 <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:11:39 EST Learning more Hello - Went through a trying time this year and now I hope 2015 will be better for me. I have a sedentary job, but am interested in meeting new people who have the same interest and goals as myself. My main goal is to lose weight and to get my A1C numbers down through better eating habits and exercise even if the exercise is just walking at this point. Taking things slow and making changes slowly so that they will be long lasting. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:17:51 EST Getting A1C under control Hello, since I just joined again, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to learn different ways to get my A1C down. At the last check up in Sept it was 8.2. I go back in January for a retest. Currently on Metformin and Glimepiride and want to stay away from Insulin if I can. Looking forward to hearing from others. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:10:06 EST Has Anyone Heard of the Mr. Food Site ??? I stumbled across this site a few weeks ago and found it to have all kinds of Healthy Diabetic Recipes and FREE EBooks... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> After the Holidays, I am going to go thru the Free Ebooks I already downloaded But the recipes I have looked at sound Very Good and as I said, Healthy. <BR> Do check it out ! Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:47:06 EST very high blood sugar and ketoacidosis I am starting this topic after I talked with someone who has very high blood sugar levels, frequently over 300. The person was told that since she is on an insulin pump she did not have to worry about ketoacidosis or check for it. This did not make any sense to me. I'm curious what people here do as far as checking ketone levels. <BR> I'm also curious if anyone has had extremely high blood sugar levels while on a pump and how they dealt with it. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Birgit Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:14:02 EST non - medicated T2 support At the moment I am controlling my T2 diabetes with exercise and diet. I have blood sugar spikes and then other times my BS is great. I am trying to develop a sensible way of evaluating my present routines and working to improve them. I would like to avoid medication for as long as possible. My A1C has gone from 6.5 to 5.9 to 6.0 and last was 6.3. <BR> I am finding that I need to go very low carb in the morning, but dinner must have some carbs and I seem to do better if I have a carby sna... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:01:14 EST Insulin Pumps for Type 1 Diabetics Insulin pumps have bee around since the 80's but, as far as I can tell, the technology hasn't changed much. I keep waiting for a closed-loop monitoring system that can monitor glucose levels every two hours and then send the information to a pump - which could then dose insulin accordingly. <BR> <BR> What are the latest technological advances that people are using out there? Let's hear from those of you who have pumps or those who are interested in getting one but still have questions. <B... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:10:01 EST Exercise and Sugar Readings I've recently changed my exercise routine from mostly cardio to a mix of weights and cardio. It's a Crossfit style program, but a very basic program for beginners. I do notice however, that my sugars are a little higher. I cut back on my cardio, because the other workouts were good workouts of 30 to 45 minutes 3x time a week. I'm thinking I need to add my cardio back in. Any thoughts? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:47:01 EST how many types of diabetes are there? I've got MIDD&#65288;maternally inherited deafness and diabetes&#65289;caused by the same Mitochondria DNA mutation mtDNAA3243G aka Melas&#65288;Mitochondria encephalomyopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke like episodes&#65289;. i have insulin dependant diabetes caused by my Mitochondria disease which causes cellular energy deficiency. my diabetes is not caused by an autoimmune dysfunction. it seems to me that there are many more diffferent types of diabetes that all get labeled as type ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:05:32 EST Testing strips I have been testing for a while and I have become very frustrated. I'm frustrated at the degree of difference in the testing strips. I recently was about to open a new container of strips and decided to run an experiment. In the morning I took my reading with the last strip in the container - it was 95. Then I took a strip from each of the two new containers. I used the same site and got a reading of 137 with the first strip and 120 with the one from the third container. Isn't this a wi... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:10:55 EST Questions Re Type II Taking Insulin Before Meals I have been a Type II Diabetic since 2005. I have been insulin dependent since the fall of 2012. I lost 18 lbs. in 2012 which didn't seem to affect the dose of my medications. I quickly lost another 30 in 2013. I was able to drop my insulin dose from 100 units before bedtime to 50. The end of June in 2014 I tore the Miniscus ligament in my right knee and for 17 weeks I was unable to do much of anything. I still went to the pool and did some stretching exercises for the hour and a half I... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:08:35 EST Insulin and Diabetic shock symptoms recognition Just wondering about how you recognize these symptoms and how you would know which one was which. I was watching Emergency (we have reruns of old shows like that) and there was a guy that they thought was on drugs and OD'd, but he was actually in insulin shock. Around here it seems like the police don't know the symptoms, either, and I've heard of people dying because they were thought to have OD'd on drugs. There were also people arrested because they fought due to diabetic shock. I have... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:10:32 EST And listen to this guy talking about And listen to this guy talking about how tough it is that I will now will be taking notes are sewn heavy duty to issue paper she want to does dry land on Mill the paper an hour America's top just like so if you can see it hope you can hear so drawn on our middle on the less I going to write pre in on the right side going right pose under my nose words Highland Creek on Apple's now for pre I watch list complex crabs so for Capri how congress cars because you want that energy to be sustained w... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:05:01 EST Primer on maybe our free trade tracking Primer on maybe our free trade tracking polls workout but now I'm corporations clues that might work well you're backed a surgeon Xtreme Antler with you sustains working out I E so this appeal is right there com so they go preview workout clothes were girl you always add to this issue common research email me we could continue to talk about it differ out the list little bit more on and if you leave poking I was pretty if you use them on how to re minutes that's on it a man and woman hasbeen c... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:36:20 EST when does insulin kick in when does insulin kick in, when it hits the tounge or when the food is digested? Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:51:56 EST Hi, I'm new to the team. Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for a couple of years now. I was diagnosed with T2 around 5-6 years ago. I was so shocked and scared that within 4 months I took myself from an A1C of over 14 down to 11.5 and then a few months later to a little over 7.0. My daily sugar went from over 350 down to 110 average. I started exercising again and eating right. I kept the weight off that I had lost through no work of my own, but part of the symptoms of the D itself. <BR> <BR> Now I find myse... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:48:27 EST Foot Injury from Exercise I've been doing a lot of 5K's lately, even one 1/2 marathon. Just walking, sometimes crawling. <BR> Last weekend I did my hardest event ever, not it wasn't the 13 mile half marathon. It was the 3 mile insane inflatable, which is a 3 mile walk in the sand crawling over blow up inflatables. Alittle fun, mostly grueling. Doing the half left me with the ability to leap tall buildings. But there is a serious difference in terrain. 13 miles on a dirt trail is completely different than 3 miles in t... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:43:14 EST Mood today <em>381</em> We can do this together. Together we can not be defeated. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:20 EST New A1C Results Sorry if there is a topic for this already.... <BR> <BR> Mine, today, 5.8! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:38:04 EST Blister and toe ulcer I would like to know if anyone has had this.Right now I have started going to a wound treatment center twice a week for care.I am on antibiotics.I had blood work done and I do not have Ostemyelitis[bone infection}I am also staying off my feet almost completely to let it heal.Soaking your feet in Epsom salts is the WORST thing a diabetic can do according to the foot nurseAnd wearing flip flops in 100 degree weather..I will be seeing a podiatrist after the wound heals.Foot Dr. does not do wound... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 17:55:55 EST Let me introduce myself Hello Everyone my name is Rose. I am a mother of 2 beautiful teenage daughters. I am a customer service rep in a local call center. I have been on Spark for a while now. I have not been all that faithful in the last 2 1/2 years due to my work schedule and other issues in my life. I have done the best I can to get where I need to be but have not had a lot of success. I have started to loose the weight I need to get off slowly. I have lost 60 pounds in the last year. Would like the weight to co... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:58:21 EST Byetta Does anyone take Byetta? Are there side effects that I should know about. Is it a weekly or daily shot? Has anyone had success with it? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:32:05 EST Learning how to eat again What do wish someone had told you after you were diagnosed? What were the the most effective changes you made to diet/exercise? I'm reading some ADA and other materials, but would appreciate some insider knowledge from people who actually have experience living with Type 2... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:26:35 EST Hello My name is Penny and I was diagnosed with type II about4 weeks ago! I am determined to get rid of these medications by eating healthy and exercising! I am glad to be a part of this group too cause it will allow me to have support from others who have been successful in their journey! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:16:54 EST What a lifestyle change!!! I was diagnosed about 4 weeks ago and have hope that I am gonna beat this!!! I am not going to continue to live the way I was and resolve to make the changes I need to to get rid of this! I am very strong and determined to change my life! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:07:33 EST Just after being diagnosed... What do wish someone had told you after you were diagnosed? What were the the most effective changes you made to diet/exercise? I'm reading some ADA and other materials, but would appreciate some insider knowledge from people who actually have experience living with Type 2... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:35:38 EST New to Team Hi. My name is Marge , 64 years old and I have Type 2 Diabetes. I have had it for about 7 years and have just been able to control it with diet, not on any meds and really want it to stay that way. I think sometimes when we aren't on meds we just brush off the seriousness of this disease ,almost like denial. I don't want to feel that way. I want to be in control of it and my health. <BR> I decided it's time to get serious about this and do something about I am rejoining this group to ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:31:31 EST Keto Clarity (book) Keto Clarity is a book which advocates that a ketogenic diet can be beneficial to the body on many levels, including controlling type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> I know that many on this board follow low-carb diets, but Keto Clarity diet proposes 20 grams of carbs MAX per DAY. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have experience controlling type 2 on such a low carb diet? I'm nearly at my wit's end -- now trying Janumet (metformin & Januvia combination) to control by out of control nighttime glucose spikes, and... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:55:58 EST Has any one lost weight while on Victoza? I was wondering if anyone else is taking Victoza and has lost weight. My NP told me , it would help and the 1st week it did well , the I have only see a little drop , but it is working well with my levels , so i am just asking everyone else Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:31:20 EST Atkins Diet and modifications Can anyone tell me what a Modified Atkins Diet entails? My doctor told me that is what she prefers I would be on. She was going to print out a food list (I think she actually printed it) but forgot to give it to me. She has never done anything like that because I had real good control until I got ice cream cravings last year. I still get cravings for things, but I am trying to make my own things that are low carb (like ice cream would be cream, stevia, and vanilla). <BR> <BR> My doctor a... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:15:57 EST gastroporesis I am wondering what the symptoms of this are. I'm kind of having the symptoms I had when I had cancer, but I haven't shown any sign of the cancer coming back. I can't seem to eat much and get stomach aches. Even drinking water causes stomach pains. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to know what ways people use to control the problems from it. I know on my feet the neuropathy gets better when my diabetes is controlled better and I wonder if gastroporesis can also get better in that case. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:22:00 EST Blood Sugar and the Liver So, according to my endocrinologist, my liver isn't doing its job properly and that's the reason my blood sugar levels are ALL over the map, despite max dosage of glumetza and doing everything right diet wise. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any experience with Januvia or other similar drugs? I'm only somewhat hopeful that this will actually help balance my blood sugars. Nothing has worked for so long that I'm dubious and would love to hear some personal success (or unsuccessful) stories. <BR> <BR> J... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:48:49 EST Evening Habits I have been for the last 20 years a BAD bad evening snacker. I relax on the couch with a bag of salty something and with a glass or two (at least!) nibble and sip my way through the evening. <BR> <BR> Sadly, I can easily consume a day's calories this way. <BR> <BR> It has to stop, obviously. This is part of the reason I'm in this boat of trouble, but the thing is, that I don't know what else to do? <BR> <BR> What do non evening munchers do until bed time? Sure, I could get a hobby, but end... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:21:36 EST BS discrepancy between Dr and Home check I'm wondering if anybody can shed any light on why my blood sugar results could be SO different between my own check and a blood draw at the doctor's office. Could my own meter be so off? <BR> <BR> Just minutes before a blood draw, I checked my BS with my own meter and it read 183. The "official" blood draw was a good 30 points lower. <BR> <BR> How can this be? <BR> <BR> Jenn Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:53:40 EST Eyesight About a year ago I was diagnosed with type 2. A1C was 7.5 at the time. A few weeks later, I had an eye exam, and my eye doctor asked if I'd had my sugar checked since my right eye had lost 3/4 diopter of acuity. I complimented him on his observation. <BR> <BR> Now, most of the time, I'm averaging 114 glucose readings, indicating I should have an A1C around 5.6 next visit. And at my eye exam yesterday, I have regained the acuity in my right eye, and my left eye has improved, as well! Wea... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:08:10 EST walking following meals I read today that walking 15 minutes following each meal willhelp stablilize blood sugars more than a 45 minute walk daily. Any input on this? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:04:44 EST Walk with me! 1-4 miles a day challenge Anyone want to walk with me. See how many miles we can get in the month of Aug. <BR> My goal is 2 miles a day. Hope to see you on the walking trail Sun, 3 Aug 2014 02:23:19 EST New at Spark I am looking to lower my blood sugar. I have two part time jobs and don't get home until about 8:45. So I need some suggestions as to what would be good to eat so late at night!!! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:58:32 EST Carb Addicts Diet? Has anyone heard of this diet before and have they had any luck controlling their blood sugars with it? <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:36:43 EST Affordable low carb ideas? I am having much trouble trying to get food that is low carb that I can afford. I run out of SNAP benefits before the end of the month most of the time and I have $0 to spend on food. Everything goes to bills and necessities. So I am looking for ideas what I can get. I definitely CANNOT eat beans. Right now I am thinking I will have to eat eggs, chicken (when on sale) and potatoes, though I know the last is not low carb. Problem with the eggs is I can't stand them unless they have chees... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:32:47 EST Happy Happy Birthday Nasreen (Nasfkab) !!!! Happy 72nd Birthday Nasreen... <BR> Have a Super Wonderful Day !!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:05:20 EST blood sugar -Help needed Hi, Everyone I am looking for some help with meal plans for my hubby-his blood sugars are very high.I am getting some recipes from the diabetes recipes spark uses,anymore will be appreciated . Thank's, Theresa Have a Happy & safe 4th everyone. <em>30</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:39:35 EST pizza I found a recipe for pizza using cauliflower as the crust. Let you know how it turns out. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:24:18 EST Does it take a while to get your numbers low? I have a, I hope not stupid question lol. I just started eating healthier and taking my meds. <BR> <BR> If I started with very high BS even if I ate perfectly and took my meds could my numbers still be high for a while until idk my system clears up? lol Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:56:05 EST Finally a good report I just got my A1C results back. My levels have been... 12.4 &#8594; 8.2 &#8594; 11.4 &#8594; 7.4 and now....6.2!! I'm so happy I could burst! All the trials of different meds have finally worked. Sad to say I haven't changed my lifestyle much, but that's slowly changing for the better. This has given me hope and motivation that I can do this (even though I really know it's the meds). I fee like a champion. I'm not longer in danger of all the side effects of diabetes. I know I'm not out... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:15:12 EST 270 fasting BS :( I could really use some support! I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2009. I did really good during that time. Jan that year my A1C was May it was down to 5.7. I was taken off insulin. I had lost weight and was doing beautifully. Then everything went to hell. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I finally got the courage to go to the doctor. Yay me! <BR> <BR> I got blood work so I do not know what my A1C is yet, but I am sure its not good. <BR> <BR> I tested my blood sugar first thing this morning b... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:41:34 EST New to SparkPeople :) Hi all, I'm 48 years old and have just been officially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. As you can guess, this is bringing some unique challenges into my life, but I am ready for them :) <BR> <BR> I currently weigh about 221lbs (I didn't weigh myself this morning) and my initial goal is to get below 200, then to 180 and then to 160. It's easier to think about this in smaller measurements, that way I don't get overwhelmed. Once I reach 160 I'll evaluate things again and see if I want/need t... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:18:51 EST A1C and Glucose Numbers Earlier in the month I went to my doctors for a check up. Upon seeing my glucose numbers (daily numbers range between 145-200, even if its a fasting), my doctor orderd an A1C. the next week the nurse called and told me that it was 5.9. i was concerned but she reassured me that was good. My question is What am i doing wrong? I do not eat white breads or pasta anymore, drink unsweet or splenda sweet tea, limit myself to one sweets day a week. Stuff myself full of fresh veggies and some fruit... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:17:34 EST member to this forum Hi everyone. I'm a new member to this forum and fairly new member to SparkPeople in general. I'm 39 (to be 40 in August) and I've had type 2 diabetes for almost 2 years now. I'm having trouble getting my numbers where they should be. My daily numbers would run between 400-500 when I was first diagnosed. This morning it was 148 which is considerably better, but not what a morning reading should be. I'm on 3 different diabetic medicine and 2 for high blood pressure and a few more for slee... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:33:32 EST Finally Planning Ahead - Applebee's I want my food plan to work with my life style, not against. Trying to make good choices while eating out has been a struggle. I don't want to stop eating out. I certainly have limited it. But I don't want to stop it. That's my life. At this point I probably eat out twice a month. I don't eat appetizers or desserts. I usually eat out for Breakfast and Lunch meals that keeps me in check for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> I'm finally learning how to look up the menus before going. For Father'... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:19:22 EST Today's Exercise 6/14 Water Aerobics Today I did a Water Aerobic's Class - it was 50 minutes long. I really did okay. I like it. At that the time, I was awkward and a little uncoordinated but I was thinking to myself, not so bad. I wasn't sure at the moment that I was really working hard enough. <BR> <BR> After the pool, I treated myself to a soak in the hot tub, then when I changed I went upstairs to the gym and did 25 minutes on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> No one told me, that the whole pool workout was going to kick in, not... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:36:20 EST An Apple a Day I love Apples, but have been staying away from them. I keep most of my fruit choices to Strawberries mostly and then some blueberries. Today I experimented with an Apple. Not to get caught up in size and amount and proper judging, what's a large, what a medium. I made it simple, I chose a prepackaged Mott's Apple Slices. <BR> <BR> Lunch was Turkey Roll Ups - 4 Slices of Blackbear Turkey Breast 4 Slices of Aurricho Cheese Tablespoon of Mayo, and the Apples. I was specifically checking to see... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 20:05:13 EST Body Weight Exercise - Spark Article This Spark Article was floating by on my start page. Often times I find there is <BR> so much great information on here , it's easy to miss. So I thought I would share <BR> this in case you have not seen it. This article is on exercises that can be done <BR> at home. Some basic starting ones. If you are not ready for this type of exercise <BR> yet, just walk, until you are ready. There is also some great chair exercises for <BR> folks that might be at that step of their journey. No matter ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:55:39 EST Infection Does anyone know how long an infection can affect blood sugar? I had an abscess removed three days ago, and my blood sugar skyrocketed the next day to 400 (usually it is averaging 150). It has lowered, but is still running in the 200-230 range. I'm on antibiotics also. I've been really strict on my eating but it's not reducing it any further. Feeling frustrated. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:51:07 EST Ruby Tuesday's Avocado Turkey Burger When will I learn that I can not eat out. Especially at Ruby Tuesday's. I went out today for lunch to Ruby Tuesday's. We always go there, because it so close to my apartment. I ordered the Avocado Turkey Burger, minus the bread, and swapped out the fries for grilled zucchini. Below is the breakdown of what it says is the calories and carbs. Now I'm sure this includes the bread, I have no idea had to separate it out. At the end of the day I'm not even going to try. It was a nice afternoon, I ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 16:56:27 EST Love the movies! Ideas for Healthy snacks? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I love going to the movies! The downside is that there isn't anything healthy to eat - lots of tasty things - but not much healthy. I love popcorn, but i'm not sure if the fat content is worth it because despite having loads of fiber the fat really delays how my body processes it and then i get readings all over the place. <BR> <BR> What are your favourite munchies when you're out and about? Any tips? <BR> <BR> <em>477</em> <em>222</em> <em>480</em> <e... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:51:51 EST And the doctor Said.. I am so excited I couldn't wait to share with everyone. Today was the big check up with my endo. I already knew what my blood results were, which were excellent. A1C 5.5 couldn't believe. When I walked in the nurse weighed me, had me sit down and then very casually, said "so you had surgery recently" I was like no, no surgery does it say that in my chart. She well no but you've lost so much weight since January I thought you had gastric bypass. I was thrilled. I said no, just a lot of hard wo... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:49:32 EST party suggestions please! am having some friends over for a WII party (we will probably end up just taliking <em>211</em> ). <BR> What we usually do is the hostess makes the main course and then everyone else brings sides & desserts. <BR> I was looking for some new ideas since this is about my 3rd party. The last time I made a delicious shrimp salad but that was only for a 6 ladies and this time i am feeding 12 and it's a tighter budget too so if anyone has suggestions for a light lunch we can eat on our laps i'd ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:27:45 EST Interesting article/ fun video <link><BR>-meal-plan-and-menu/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sums up a low carb lifestyle quite nicely, and the video is about why we don't eat properly any more. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:41:09 EST Coming Off Meds.. Have you? I've been able to come off my all of my insulin. Stopped meal time insulin in January and night time insulin since April. My next step is to come off my Metformin. For those of you who have come off your meds, how quick did that process happen. Right now my sugars are 90 - 105. But i am on 2 doses of Metformin, 1000 mg 2 x a day. I recently just started experimenting with stopping my afternoon metformin and see how it affects my sugar. I do have a scheduled appointment with my Endo on June 4... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:33:43 EST Low carb ideas, please Earlier this year I was doing okay with some lower carb eating. For breakfast I would have a scrambled egg with cheese and some ham or sometimes some asparagus. Last month I got a really bad cold and didn't feel at all like cooking, so ended up eating stuff like prepared soups and stuff. I am trying to get back into the low carb, but I cannot stand the eggs now. Does anyone have any ideas what I can eat other than that? I can't eat wheat and such, can't handle yogurt. I have some smoked... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:42:37 EST Fiber - How do you get in yours I'm curious how does everyone get in their fiber. When I look at my tracker, I find that I'm not doing a great job of getting in my Fiber. What ways do you use to get in your fiber. Sun, 25 May 2014 09:37:02 EST Ezekiel Bread and Blood Sugar I've heard a lot about Ezekiel Bread but have never tried it. Has anyone tried it? Taste? Impact on blood sugar. I stay about 40 carbs max that what seems to be working. I haven't had any bread or wraps. I'm wondering if there are any good options out there. <BR> <BR> Any feedback.. Sat, 24 May 2014 14:34:41 EST Good article on low carb <link><BR>e-fed-162400980.html </link> Fri, 23 May 2014 05:05:19 EST trouble getting enough carbs I am eating low carb and I have done this before with sucess, but this time I am having a hard time getting enough carbs. I have a meter, just waiting for the dr to call in a prescription for the lancets and strips, but I don't feel like my bs is dropping or spiking. Any tips for getting more carbs without changing my levels too much and still lose weight? Wed, 21 May 2014 16:49:55 EST Difficulty Gaining Weight: Food Suggestions Please Hello. I was diagnosed Type2 about 6 weeks ago with a critically high A1C (was 15, now 13) and cholesterol. Doc has me on a severe diet until A1C and cholesterol get to safer levels: very few carbs (no rice, pasta, potatoes, bread), 1-1/2 fruits per day, lean meats, lots of veggies. But, she also wants me to gain weight since I'm at the very bottom of my recommended weight range and BMI. The Metformin curbed the weight loss and constant hunger occurring at the time of diagnosis. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 19 May 2014 15:33:59 EST new member hello everyone, I'm newly diagnosed type 2 and beginning my journey to get off the meds....I look forward to learning from this group. I've already gone to a low carb diet and started losing weight...something I knew I needed to do, but being newly retired, I just quit watching my diet and now I'm paying for it. <BR> <BR> Glad to find this board. <BR> Charlotte Sun, 18 May 2014 14:05:33 EST Veggie smoothies What do you think of replacing a meal with a veggie smoothie? Is it a good option for a diabetic? <BR> I have trouble, especially in the morning, meeting my calorie/carb goals. <BR> Does anyone else drink them and how is/does it effect your glucose levels? Any favorite recipes? Sat, 17 May 2014 22:03:45 EST Exercise and Your Sugar Tomorrow I am walking a 5K being held in the local community. I did one last month and really enjoyed it. But here's the question, when I'm exercising outside like that I never know how or where to carry my glucometer? My Keys? In my car I keep an Atkins Drink, it does not need to be refrigerated and will raise my sugar if it drops. For me unfortunately I don't worry to much about lows. My sugar tends to raise after my exercise, then drops like a rocket a little while later. Almost a delayed... Sat, 17 May 2014 21:25:51 EST 4 High-Calorie Foods that Can Help You Lose Weight We talk about this all the time, I saw this on Comcast this morning. I don't know that this is new information, because we discuss this all the time. I thought it was great to see the article though. <BR> <BR> 1. Avocado <BR> 2. Almonds <BR> 3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil <BR> 4. Flax Seeds. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am trying hard to post links correctly. I did use the link button, but I don't think I did this correctly. Please guide me, if you know what I'm doing wrong. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>xfin... Mon, 12 May 2014 15:31:53 EST Ruby Tuesdays - Carbs Sneaking In I went to for a mother's day dinner. I was really responsible with it. I planned my meals light, through out the day, so that my dinner would be free for the balance of my calories. We chose an early dinner time about 4:30 so I could still walk about dinner, and boy will I need it tonight. <BR> I don't want to be one of those people, that becomes obsessed. I'm sure there might be times one day, when I want to dive into some deep friend delious something. If that day comes I want to do it and... Sun, 11 May 2014 18:48:00 EST Standing Still My sugar is doing great, this morning fasting was 87. My exercise has been the best it's been since I can remember. I really think my walks after work about 7:30 are really helping. I mean especially at night. This week was the most ever, last night I walked 2.14 miles, the other days about a 1.5 miles. But that #$#%! Scale will not budge. I am standing still at 200.4 <BR> <BR> It's about 10 days now. My food tracker is shared if anyone has thoughts. At this point it's just time I guess, but... Sat, 10 May 2014 11:00:49 EST Hi everyone! Trying to get better... I've been back and forth as a "good diabetic" since my diagnosis in 2005, but am currently diet controlled, but know I need to lose weight to stay that way. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd join back into this group (I think I was a member when I first joined sparkpeople long ago) and see if I can get some extra motivation and help. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your time! :) <BR> <BR> ~Renee Tue, 6 May 2014 10:35:42 EST Breakfast help! What do have for breakfast to manage your blood sugar until lunchtime? <BR> I'll be starting work at new location with an hour train ride plus twenty minute walk I need to be there by 8 am.So I've been getting up at 4:30 am to get used to the new schedule and going for a walk for 40 minutes in the morning. I can't seem to get past 8 am without low blood sugar, today it was 59. I live alone My so called kitchen has a tiny refrigerator and one small gas burner stove. I'd love some ideas for ea... Mon, 5 May 2014 21:45:24 EST Is This Normal? Let me start by saying that I have spoken to my doctor about this, and he didn't seem concerned... <BR> <BR> I have been on Metformin for about a week and a half now, and my blood sugar levels are already creeping down into the range of normal. (Yay!) My problem is that, when it drops below 100, I begin to feel the symptoms of low blood sugar, even though I have been told that 95-99 is 'okay' for just before a meal. I am suddenly ravenous, shaky, tingly... I test and eat right away, the w... Mon, 5 May 2014 13:49:16 EST Hi everyone. I'm new here. Hi, I'm Jeff, 36 years old, and I've been living in Japan for 13 years now. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Dec. of 2013. My blood sugar has its ups and downs, anywhere from 280 to 45. <BR> I'd find hard to be social and have diabetes. Most of my friends were drinking buddies, so for the past few months I haven't been getting out much. How do you cope with with diabetes and have a social life? <BR> Mon, 5 May 2014 05:43:10 EST Lingering Carb Effects So, what are people's experiences with the lingering effects of carbs? <BR> <BR> I overdid the carbs last night for dinner, and my BS numbers are still high post eating. How long should I expect it to take for my body to clear out the glucose? <BR> <BR> Any experience with this? Sun, 4 May 2014 16:25:15 EST Type 2 since November, HELP!! My name is PhatCryssy I was diagnosed in November of 2013 with Type 2 diabetes. As of right now I am not any medicine my doctor just wants me to loose some weight and and control what I eat and drink. I have been doing what the doctor said but its getting really difficult to keep my sugars at the level he wants. Help please any suggestion or words of advice Fri, 2 May 2014 19:21:55 EST Second Pill Made MH Worse I am having problems with my fasting number. This is the highest of the day, usually over 140. The rest of the day is anywhere from 89 to 120. The doctor told me to take another pill with dinner. I did and the number soared to 174. I stopped the med and it dropped. Am now eating 1/2 cup cereal and peanut butter crackers before bed. Fasting number is dependent on time I eat this snack. The latter the better. Doc unhappy that I stopped second pill. Has any one have/had this problem and how did ... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:30:52 EST My numbers - Your thoughts As I continue to lose weight, there are many changes happening with my sugar and my insulin. Mostly for the positive. I am getting to the point where I think I will be able to eliminate my night shot. Sometimes I can go a few days, and other times not. I've stopped all my meal time shots, my night time shot went from 80 units now I think I will need to drop again to 10. Last night I took 20 units and woke up with a sugar of 73, the day before I skipped my shot and woke to 114. Alittle like t... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:13:19 EST Written by a smart medical student This article was written by the son of Dr. Perlmutter, a respected neurologist and author of the book "Grain Brain". It is about the role of diet on our genes: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tics-new-frontiers/?utm_source=email&u<BR>tm_medium=newsletter&utm_content=Conti<BR>nue%20Reading&utm_campaign=Epigenetics<BR>&utm_source=Newsletter+Signup&utm_camp<BR>aign=a8dc406e9a-Epigenetics4_14_2014&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e07b6602c1-<BR>a8dc406e9a-98881065&mc_cid... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:39:45 EST Interesting study on blood sugar and kidney health I just found this article linked on Dr. Eberstein's webpage Controlled Carbohydrate Nutrition under research (this is the abstract but the full article is free access): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nt/3/1/23/abstract </link> <BR> <BR> Comments? <BR> <BR> Birgit Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:21:48 EST Tears and smiles.... A special little boy, and a precious gift... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-turns-20-into-priceless-gift/ </link> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:20:03 EST Exercise and Sugar I'm entering a new phase in my diabetes. I'm reaching the point when I'm starting to be able to get rid of my night time shot. I am careful to watch my numbers though in this transition. I test at night to make sure that my numbers are not to high, that I don't require a shot, and in the morning I test to see how I am. So far it's been pretty good. <BR> <BR> But this was interesting this morning. First yesterday, I took part in a 5K another new thing for me. When I went to bed my sugar was ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 09:57:46 EST re-introducing myself. / staying in touch Hello to everyone here....I've been out of touch for quite sometime & am trying to come back. I don't know why the absence of myself, but will try my best to stay in touch. OK. I have just lately started to exercise with/at the local senior center. Its a very low impact exercise & so far I"ve been going for about 2 weeks. The class goes for 3 times a week. I feel ready to really start working hard to manage my diabetes & take control of how much & what I eat. I"ve been eating healthier ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:54:06 EST Diabetic Cook Book.. 1917 Off Mark's Daily Apple, a diabetic cookery book from 1917. Lots of fun, you can flip pages at the bottom right, and look at what the suggestions for diabetics was 97 years ago. Looks very similar to low carb diets today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ryr00o ppeiala#page/14/mode/2up </link> <BR> <BR> Tables I - IV look like the acceptable foods list in the Atkins book. <BR> <BR> For those of us who might be willing to admit that Mark's Daily Apple is a low ca... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:24:03 EST New to the Team & Question Hello, everyone. <BR> <BR> I have just re-committed myself to a healthy, blood-sugar-managed life. I was released from the hospital yesterday, after being admitted for heart palpitations and pneumonia. My blood sugar was also through the roof. I have not been good to myself, and the hospital stay was an eye opener. <BR> <BR> According to my doctor I have a good chance of managing my diabetes without insulin, and I've been put on a whole assortment of pills to help manage both my sugars... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:02:25 EST Any one in a hospital lately I just got out of the hospital Monday after being in a week. In the hospital was on no diabetes mess or insulin. I had a cow of how many carbs they wanted me at each meal. 90 carbs. At first they were testing bs. Then had me on a regular <BR> . I told them I was a diabetic. I was just shocked of how many carbs I could have. Of course I self monitor. After 4 months and all the test still do not know what is wrong and they still think I have a virus Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:15:22 EST What # on your meter makes you happy? I am just wondering what number you would need to see after a meal ( 2 hours after ), to be happy. <BR> <BR> At one time, anything lower than 300 was great, and then as I got better control, I would be happy with anything under 180, so a 164 after lunch and I would feel like I did good. <BR> <BR> According to Dr. Bernstein a 7.0 HgbA1c coincides with a 180 average blood glucose level, so wondering if this is the goal of most diabetics. 6.5 would = 160, so 160-180 seems to be the ADA's goa... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:37:40 EST A little hello I'm posting to the forums for my very first time. I don't have a lot of experience doing this but am glad to finally be taking this step. I joined spark people for the same reason that many others join, to lose weight. However, another side to my joining is with the hopes that I can make friends and learn to change my eating habits. I have a strong desire to learn a healthy way to eat. I want to be able to choose the right foods and the right portion sizes to not only lose the weight, but whe... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:46:34 EST 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