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 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 spark people recipe book.. hmm Slow Cooker Northern Bean and Spinach Soup <BR> <BR> well this seems like alot of carbs in 1 cup and alot of sodium - 590 mg ? are you kidding me <BR> <BR> i can not seem to find a decent recipe in this cookbook I spent so much money on that fits with the Big D ... ... <BR> <BR> what a waste of money this book was - <BR> <BR> why don't they come out with a vegan .. cookbook for the big D with menu plans?? <BR> or a big D cookbook - with menu plans?/ <BR> <BR> probably because they are r... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:23:23 EST bitter melon A few weeks ago i had bitter melon with salt beef and rice.. a meal i used to eat frequently before i was diagnosed diabetic... i tested my bs the next morning it was low for the first time in years.. <BR> Last night a girlfriend called me, she is originally from suriname and she started telling me how good bitter melons are for sugar control.. her DH blends the flesh with lemon and water drinks one or two times a week and he's sugar is now in control.. <BR> <BR> has anyone experienced bitt... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:43:15 EST Juicing - joe cross just wondering -- <BR> <BR> someone in office <BR> referred me to this site <BR> claimed he did 60 days of juicing <BR> lost 100 lbs!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> the person in the office said she did it for 10 days <BR> <BR> i do not know if i could do this ---- <BR> <BR> gosh would be great to loose that amount in 3 months!! :) Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:50:38 EST exercise - wii fit plus Now I know many people are going to poo poo this - wi fit plus <BR> because many say it is not really exerciseing - but I disagree <BR> there is yoga ... moves you can do <BR> and I finally hooked my wii fit up - and last nite i did 30 min of aerobics <BR> mostley the walking and the stepping and the island cycling that was annoying trying to find all the flags i did a couple of yoga moves -- and the kung fu - its all in the timing .. co oridination <BR> and a couple of the balance games -... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:00:28 EST Blood Glucose Reports Forgive me if this is ask and answered somewhere. I searched and didn't find it. <BR> How do I get blood glucose reports for each category? There are 9 different categories to choose when entering a glucose reading, but when I go to reports many of them are lumped together. For example I want my morning fasting level, but it is included in the "pre-meal" category because it was a "pre-breakfast" reading. <BR> Am I missing something? Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:20:12 EST Cupcakes ? Office is selling cupcakes on monday -- <BR> hmm - that is out huh <BR> <BR> I not had a cupcake in ages :( <BR> <BR> dont think i will go to the lunch room that day . then.. too much temptation <BR> <BR> and no drinking water does not curb the want to have one LOL <BR> <BR> stay away from the area -- is way better -- not in sight -- dont want it ... <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:27:06 EST invite to a high tea for sat afternoon I really want to go - but ---- <BR> i went back in nov -- before I knew my demise :( <BR> and now i not eaten bread since jan 6 <BR> or had any pastry type or sweet of any kind for 2 months <BR> <BR> i really liked those little sandwiches <BR> the scones i can do with out and the little chocolate squares .. <BR> <BR> i can drink till for a month of sundays . :( <BR> <BR> should i go ? should i stay home -- temptation .... <BR> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:29:16 EST Keeping an "EYE" on diabetes Last week I had a check up with my eye specialist. This was a three month check up to see if I needed lazer eye surgery due to having spots behind the eyes, related to diabetes..These spots he said could go away.The nurse was trying to fit me in that afternoon for the lazer treatment.My chart said possible lazer.Doc asked me how I thought I was doing.I said I was feeling positive.He said ."keep doing what your doing" NO lazer surgery and I will see you in 6 months.He mentioned to keep my bloo... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:45:16 EST the end of diabetes - book hmm - this author claims he had a patient that had numerous health issues <BR> her AIC was 12.9 <BR> by following his menu plans she lost 150 plus pounds in 6 months <BR> <BR> basically from what I gathered he proposes a person eats 6 oz of animal protein a week <BR> most of your protein would come from beans etc - <BR> <BR> now is that safe to loose that much weight in that short of time <BR> <BR> i got to wonder - I have only skipped around the book - but I am wondering if I am gettin... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:46:59 EST opinions on plexus I have heard good things about Plexus Slim for weight loss. I have done some research and seen the list of ingredients they say are in it. I won't try anything like that without speaking to my dr. Just curious about what you all might think. I am really making an effort to eat better and exercise so I am slowlygetting healthier. And no I won't go extremely low carb. I do watch my carb intake and moderate my intake. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:38:10 EST Tour de Cure bike ride? Has anyone here ever done the Tour de Cure bike ride? <BR> I havent spent significant time on a bike since i was a kid, but, i am intrigued by this. It may just be the boost i need. <BR> <BR> Looking for info, suggestions, support. <BR> <BR> thankyou! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:02:25 EST Need Low carb casserole recipes - Sister is arriving on friday night <BR> she is planning on staying till monday with me <BR> i said - well help me make some low carb recipes -- <BR> <BR> Wondering does eggplant freeze well? <BR> <BR> I wonder if I can use wild rice in a recipe and what else ? <BR> <BR> obviously no potatoes, or pasta -- no cream soups, or flour -- <BR> <BR> i am at a loss <BR> we are suppose to go shopping friday night - but what do we get?? <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:47:48 EST Honey I know that honey is high in carbs and has always been said to increase BG readings just the same as sugar, but today I was watching The Doctors TV and they were talking about food for healing things instead of drugs. They actually were talking about headaches (I think) or maybe colds when they mentioned the honey, but what they said was that honey -- raw and unfiltered -- aided in digestion of sugars. Has anyone heard of that before? I've been using honey in my tea because of a problem wi... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:14:48 EST New to SparkPeople I've had out of control blood sugars for 9 months. I am 4 weeks into carb counting to get sugars under control. Doing pretty well with carb counting. Just had a scare with an abnormal bun-createnine level, indicating I may be beginning kidney failure. I've got to do this. Hoping communication with others will help. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:22:22 EST Been struggling I've been trying to eat lower carbs (not what is considered LOW carb, but quite a bit lower than I've normally eaten). I start the day with protein and fats and usually that will keep me fuller. The last few days, though, I seem to be hungry all the time. Today I just couldn't get un-hungry. That's including drinking more water than I usually do. Any ideas what I can do to quit being hungry (stomach is growling type hungry). Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:50:41 EST Sorry, gang! My router and/or modem has an issue, so I'm at a friend's house right now... I'll be back in business soon, don't miss me too much, ok" <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:07:47 EST dont mess it up As of jan 6 to feb 10 today <BR> lost 10lbs <BR> follow 1000 - 1200 cal menu plan <BR> 40 g fat <BR> 30 g sugar <BR> 105 g protein <BR> 105 g carb <BR> 1200 to 1500 mg sodium <BR> now to add 15 min walking 3 days a week <BR> gradually go up to 30 min a day Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:25:16 EST valentines day well no chocolate or treats for me this year <BR> first time n my whole life i not eaten any chocolate in our 30 days <BR> <BR> never again -- t <BR> i was hoping to go out to meet a fella that nite <BR> but - sister is coming up that night <BR> so that is out - <BR> and she staying till monday - <BR> we get monday off --- so i have that day ---- <BR> <BR> not looking forward to this weekend - not weekend <BR> <BR> she gonna harp on me -- what i am eating -- andm tell me i am not di... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 19:55:19 EST endocronologist What is that? Sat, 8 Feb 2014 18:05:10 EST rough day 3 years ago today <BR> <BR> My mother died of pancreatic csncer <BR> <BR> Just sleeping all day Sat, 8 Feb 2014 17:28:39 EST Diabetes apps Does anyone use an app on their phone/tablet to help track Diabetes related things? I know I can track a lot of them on SP but I am looking for something a bit easier to pull out and show the doctor or to track on while at work. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:26:19 EST low carb casserole s Sister coming next week <BR> Wants to make casseroles <BR> with what? <BR> cant have cream soups <BR> or potatoes or rice or pasta? <BR> What is left? <BR> veggies...... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:13:55 EST Saw this on my local news. Thought it was interesting. <link><BR>l-help-local-boy-deal-with-diabetes </link> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 09:29:49 EST Sweeteners? If you feel the need to sweeten something, what do you use? Regular sugar or something like Stevia or Splenda. I do not like artificial sweeteners. What about honey? What is recommended? Fri, 7 Feb 2014 06:27:50 EST Dr i have is a goof Today is exactly 30 days since he said <BR> i lost 1/2 my pancreas! and i am never getting it back <BR> put me on stupid drug metformin - after having vomiting feelings and diareah <BR> 10 days later he says to stop it -- <BR> <BR> when i finally seen the diabetic counsellor (dont get her mixed up with a dietician cuz she is not) <BR> seen her last nite -- finally <BR> she says .. i lost 10% of it is not fucnctioning properly <BR> i lost 8 lbs as of jan 22 --- <BR> was too nervous to ge... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:29:18 EST carrot cake - brownies Some fool <BR> <BR> brought into the office <BR> carrot cake and brownies <BR> <BR> so i had a piece of each <BR> the size and width of my little finger -- <BR> <BR> I wanted to eat the whole pan of both <BR> <BR> grrrr - this sucks :( <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:18:38 EST Adding blood sugar test results to calander When you register your blood sugar test results is there any way you can make them show up on your calendar? I have be added them manually but it would be nice if they automatically showed up there. I know there is a graft chart and I use that at this time. <BR> <BR> I want to thank this site for all the help as my A1C went from 9.2 to 6.6 with the help of this site due to logging food and realizing what's in all the foods I eat. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Hedomon Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:04:56 EST glucose meter What does it mean when I told <BR> mt aic is 6.7 <BR> And I was told to stop taking metFormin cuz <BR> i had some of the side effects <BR> been counting every morselnof foof since told <BR> this crappy news <BR> I said do i have to do that poke my fingers <BR> end up like cushion??? <BR> <BR> <BR> He said u r not there yet what that mean?? Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:10:56 EST Best food tracker - You will be surprised at which one rated the highest!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's The Best Food and Nutrition Tracking Tool? (Poll Closed) <BR> MyFitnessPal 62.23% (2,293 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> LoseIt 17.12% (631 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople 13.24% (488 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> CRON-O-Meter 1.85% (68 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> FatSecret 5.56% (205 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Total Votes: 3,685 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:26:31 EST How to " cure " Type 2 diabetes. <link><BR>list=PLA0C9BCB564810190 </link> <BR> <BR> We all say there is no cure for diabetes, and I get that, so let's ignore that for now. The idea of the video is one that I find to be true for most people. High fat, low carb causes rapid weight loss, and a stabilization of blood sugars in the 5.0-5.5 A1C range, as well as cessation of meds, and having to test, as long as you are willing to stay on the ketogenic diet. I am almost at 5 years on the die... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:21:11 EST WEB MD article... All about metabolism... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-your-metabolism?ecd=wnl_chl_012814&c<BR>tr=wnl-chl-012814_ld-stry&mb= </link> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:34:17 EST New diabetic I don't recall if I introduced myself to the team or not. My name is Kim and I am from Ohio. I was diagnosed at the beginning of the year as "very" diabetic and put on oral meds. It isn't a surprise to me as it runs in my family and I am overweight. I know I needed to lose weight as I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I am waiting to hear from the diabetic counselor to schedule an appt. I can't wait to figure this all out...what I am supposed to eat and not eat. I am r... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:04:34 EST bipolar, diabetes link. I had a horrid day yesterday which lead to a discovery. I wake at 3 am with a headache, sweety and shaky. I thought it was low blood sugar. I woke up at 6 and decided to take my FBS, to discover I was out of strips. I had orange juice, eggs and a tortilla. Felt better, went to work but within hours I has shaky and had that hollow feeling. I thought it was low blood sugar again so i ate some chocolate and peanut butter. Didn't help so in desperation and feeling really ill and out of it, ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:23:28 EST Jugo Juice gift card A coworker gave me a jugo juice card on thursday <BR> <BR> i didn't know what to say -- i said thank you - but as i said the words i thought <BR> <BR> what on earth can i actually have at this place ---their wraps are 60 g of carbs and sodiumn is so high its ridiculous --- <BR> i'd have to cut one up in 4 little pieces -- and have it for a snack or a lunch with a big salad - with no dressing of any kind --- <BR> <BR> and forget their juices over 60 grams for a drink -- its all in the ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 04:46:53 EST movie treats? i want so badly to go to a movie <BR> <BR> but i look at even a small popcorn on line for nutrition well its very discouraging <BR> <BR> am i never to have a treat at the movie theatre again ? <BR> <BR> this is so sad :( <BR> i guess i can sneak in my celery sticks and 1 tbsp of peanut butter ? and a small water ... <BR> <BR> not the same as m&ms or small popcorn :( no butter -- not the same .... <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:41:33 EST looking for low carb meal ideas I was counting my carb choices, that was not working for me. So I'm counting my grams of carbs. Does anyone want to share their favorite meal. I have alot to learn about meal planning.. Thanks for your help. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:54:12 EST almost there! finally got serious last fall and now 2 lbs away from my first milestone. hoping that by next weigh-in I'll finally be under 200lbs, first time since can't remember when. starting eating for diabetes because I'm on metformin but mostly because a friend is looking at insulin in the near future so to encourage her and because I really needed to do something about my sugars we start eating for diabetes, we are both maintaining a much healthier sugar level and the weight loss is a bonus! yeah for... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:23:57 EST Snack before exercise? Good morning Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I have been walking for about a month now to help get my body back in shape and to help my BSs. It feels great to get out and to move! <BR> <BR> This morning I got out early before I ate breakfast and then wondered if I should be eating a snack before walking so that my body has some fuel for the walk. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:15:29 EST carbs 50g / day -- 100 -150 g /day i need help <BR> i am so overwhelmed <BR> dr said go on dash diet - 0 sugar and 5o grams carbs a day i seen diabetic consultant on tues and she said 150 g carbs a day <BR> well i am doing that on myfitness pal. com <BR> religously recording everything - is this my life from now on ? <BR> dr had me stop the metformin - as i had diarhea very bad and i felt i was going to vomit on wed- and then i had this heavy feeling in my stomach/chest all day wed -- <BR> told me stop taking it --- didnt... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:44:34 EST Climbing Back On the Wagon I have been D2 for about 8 years, on bedtime insulin for almost 2. My first A1C results after starting insulin were fantastic, but the second was starting to creep up. This past one was too high, and I've just given myself a pep talk. First step on the climb back up: Revisit Spark People! It's amazing how tracking food and exercise - and even mood and sleep - can help me to stay on the right path! Thanks to all for sharing the journey! <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:11:07 EST No Grains? I am, as I type this, in a healthy living program at Kripalu, which is a yoga/health center in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. The doctor and nutritionist who lead the program recommend to best manage diabetes and feel good to eliminate all grains, even whole ones from one's diet. They also recommend putting more healthy fats back into your diet. <BR> Has anyone heard of or follow? Any thoughts on this? Thanks for any input. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:30:18 EST banning foods Who are these foods for ? <BR> salty foods <BR> fatty rich desserts <BR> alcohol ? <BR> <BR> fast food places - they now have somewhat healthy choices <BR> <BR> but with this medical condition - cant go there ever again -- <BR> <BR> what am i going to do bring my scale and weigh everything <BR> <BR> i will never go out again to eat -- good i will save money -about time - <BR> <BR> guess it took this slap up side my head to get my bad eating habits under control... <BR> <BR> rant o... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:48:10 EST New to SparkPeople and this Group Hello my name is Diane and i am here for support with my Diabetes and need to lose 180 pounds. I have tried to lose before and have failed. But this time its life or death. I need all the help and support i can get! Thank You for you help and Support....Diane <em>521</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:32:04 EST Lantus and Weight Gain You have probably figured out why I am asking. Over the holidays I ate every thing not nailed down. I gained a lot of weight. Then I read it is hard to lose weight on Lantus and most people gain. Immediately, I panicked. I have worked hard to lose weight and even a small gain sends me freaking out. Is this true about Lantus? I was taking a diabetes ed. class but had to drop it due to insurance reasons. I am working to lose weight and eating between 1200 and 1500 a day. Thank you for any advic... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 10:04:03 EST Extra Lancets I rec'd a letter from my pharmacy that at the begining of the year my insurance company would not be paing for the particular meter I was using so my doctor prescribed another type. I have boxes and boxes of lancets that have never been opened. What should I do with them? I though about calling the pharmacy and seeing if they could give them to another customer or someone in need. I dont care about getting the money back and suggestions? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:14:12 EST Diabetes and Gastric Bypass Surgery I was getting ready to organize my sparkteams and leave some that aren't active or relevant to me anymore and came across this one. I haven't been involved in this one in a long time because I'm not diabetic anymore. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> I'm not here to convince anyone or talk anybody into anything, but wanted to share my story briefly. <BR> <BR> I was prediabetic with PCOS for about 7 years. I decided to have Gastric Bypass done in January 2013. During the pre-op testing/blood work, ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:34:28 EST Back again!!! For me, there are times I don't want to be serious about my diabetes I will usually slip away and do those things I shouldn't be doing....eating too much and the wrong things, not moving, skipping meds, not testing, etc. <BR> <BR> This year, I want to get serious and stay serious. Maybe plan a couple of mini vacations, like for Christmas eating my favorite pasta meal and not worry about portion. So I will be sitting with my calendar today and adding a few breaks. See, I got sick this past y... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:39:57 EST Apples Has any one else have luck eating apples after meals? For the last three weeks I have been eating apples after lunch and dinner. I have found that doing that my blood sugars two hours after a meal have been in the 120 range. I have also been losing weight. This past week I have lost three lbs and the only thing different is eating apples after meals. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:50:37 EST Another Year begins... Look carefully, then move your mouse/cursor over the picture... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:44:47 EST Testing and blood thinner I was recently put on a blood thinner. How does that effect your bleeding when you test. Is their a difference. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:03:06 EST Beautiful poem... The best thing about this time of year <BR> Is the wonderful stories you get to hear, <BR> ..of courage and caring, <BR> ...of love and more, <BR> ...of opportunities <BR> Right at your door... <BR> <BR> Loved this. <BR> <link><BR>l=0 </link> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 19:11:01 EST Discussion about A1c levels on message board I decided to start this topic on the message boards (nutrition forum) because I realize more and more how many people are clueless that they may be diabetic, pre-diabetic or close, in particular people who are of normal weight or children. <BR> I would love anyone here to join in and share their experience. My goal is to help as many people as possible to avoid high blood sugars before they reach dangerous levels. <em>30</em> <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:43:21 EST pre-diabetic hi everyone. i'm new to the group, and feel a little out of place, i am not diabetic yet, i was diagnosed pre-diabetic just last week. i check my blood sugar once a day, and dont take any meds yet. i hope to find a place in your group where i can get some answers, and help with diet tips. like carb limitations, i see people posting they have reached their limits, is there a special limit if you are diabetic? i saw a nutrionist, but walked away even more confused. <BR> someone please hel... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:29:59 EST Metformin for life? So at a recent doctors appointment I asked what my A1C need to be to get off of metformin and my doctor told me that it wasn't my AC1 that determined that, that it was my blood sugar reading and that it would need to be 60 before that would happen. Is that even possible? I don't see my BS ever being that low. This really bummed me out. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:12:40 EST New, but not really new... Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Melissa (as you might guess) and I was diagnosed about 3-4 years ago. At first I did Metformin, lost weight, had amazing numbers, but then for a couple of years just began to backslide. Somehow I just decided I wasn't sick and did whatever I wanted. So this summer my doc put me on insulin. I had been on Janumet and then tried Victoza, but nothing. I take Levemir at night and Novolog (here, it's NovoRapid) to correct during the day, but I'm still adjusting my Levem... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:21:45 EST Diabetic on Edge I am really just starting. I am having a hard time getting motivated to check my blood sugars 4 times a day like I should. I need to get motivated to eat properly and not just eat anything that I want to. I really need a push, so I hope you all can help me with that. All I know is my weight is putting a strain on my heart and I am having problems exercising because of it. I at least need to start dieting properly. Any one got any good diet ideas? <em>4</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:57:41 EST A positive fail So I had my 3rd every month checkup to see where I was at. 3 months ago I went in for my first A1C test after having an abnormal reading on my glucose in my normal yearly physical. It was a 10.4 and my triglycerides (which I've been fighting) were back up to 930+ (OUCH) <BR> <BR> I spent three months fixing my diet, quitting soda, and exercising. I was sadly disappointed when my doctor told me I had not reached my goal of under 7. My second A1C test came out at 7.6. My triglycerides were dow... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:01:00 EST need to vent before i face the clinic tomorrow- a little background-last november 2012- i had my appt and got my prescriptions set up for the year thru nov 2013. in the spring i was referred to an endocrinologist to try and get my A1c down. ok so far,had some appts and did not go to my regular doctor's office all summer. i called in october to the endo clinic to get my meds scripts done for the next year and they said to go back to my regular doctor-ok-so i went to them and had a different provider who basicly did not believe a word i said... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 01:20:15 EST New to this group Hi... I'm new to Spark. Would like to know that there are others located in or near Marietta, GA. Why is it I can look after everyone else, but can't seem to take care of me.... ~_~ Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:03:12 EST Doing "TOO" good ? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> FBS = 111 Then ate a heathy breakfast and my pre-lunch BS was a 62. Guess it is time to adjust the Lantus insulin down a bit. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:45:56 EST Hi! Rejoining Spark people - it's time I am 44 years old. I have kind of been in denial for a few years. I am thin, had "decent" blood sugars. Then I kind of started slipping. Have a brownie here, a glass on wine there. Then I had a FASTING blood sugar of 177. Scared the crap out of me. SO, I am giving up alchohol, starting to exercise, taking my blood sugars again, and TRULY eating right again. <BR> <BR> Fasting blood sugar this morning was 119. LOT better. <BR> <BR> I just got engaged and now that I have the love of ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:08:00 EST SO CUTE!... Smiling is good for our health! LOL <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ed/vDa0z0gEvI4?rel=0 </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 01:20:55 EST A Different Point of View... <link><BR>-are-happening-to-astronauts-returning<BR>-to-earth?g=2 </link> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:30:24 EST Survey - How do you control blood sugar I was curious how people control their blood sugar so decided we might all benefit from finding out what others are doing. <BR> Please share the following: <BR> What is your average blood sugar level measured as A1c? <BR> Do you use diet to control blood sugar? <BR> If yes, what do you do? <BR> -limit carbs <BR> -limit protein <BR> -limit calories <BR> - other <BR> Do you use medication to control your blood sugar? <BR> (If you like share which one) <BR> Do you use insulin to control your bl... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:09:19 EST HI I am Tammy I have insulin-dependent diabetes. I have had it for about 7 years and it is very uncontrolled most of the time, mostly because I struggle with my diet. I would love to talk to others who share my struggles and learn about daily menus that could help me. Thank you! Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:23:08 EST just joined wanted to introduce myself; <BR> My name is Mary Grether, age 67, diagnosed as type 2 diabetes last year. I have been a widow for 16 years, have 3 sons out of the nest. Live in Raleigh,NC. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for the past few years, I even joined weight watchers, but the weight doesn't budge. I am not as active as I used to be and guess thats part of the problem. <BR> <BR> Someone showed me the smart people and thought I would check it out. <BR> I do like what I see.... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:38:30 EST Some MUSIC just for fun... hope you like opera! Just had to share this-- <BR> Wow. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-opera-on-hollands-got-talent.htm </link> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:18:05 EST Re-Joining The Team Hi everyone, I was active in the team in 2009 and 2010, and then kind of fell of of Spark...but I'm back now and re-energized to lose the last 65 pounds to my goal. <BR> <BR> I was DX with Type 2 Diabetes in 1993. I spent many years out of control, and got myself up to 331 pounds in 2009. I had RNY in 2009, and it not only helped me lose 130 pounds, but I came home from the hospital off all my meds (insulin 5X a day along with metformin at breakfast and dinner). <BR> <BR> My diabetes has ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:01:51 EST Greek Yogurt I have been eating Greek Yogurt (1/4 cup) the last couple of days. If I am tracking the protein I eat do I include this, and eat less, fish, chicken, etc.? Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:38:00 EST One Touch Ultra Mini vs. Ultra 2 vs. Verio IQ My insurance company is making me change to a One Touch meter for 2014. I'll have to choose between the Ultra Mini, Ultra 2, and Verio IQ. <BR> <BR> I'm doing some online searching and am going to contact the One Touch company for any info, but I thought I'd see what experience anyone here has had with any of these 3. <BR> <BR> Money isn't a factor. There will be no charge for meter, and my co-pay will be exactly the same for the strips. So it's simply about making the best choice. <BR> <B... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 14:03:43 EST A NEW START PAGE FORMAT! I didn't get a notification from this team, so I'm thinking maybe the leaders just haven't seen it or sent it out yet... I DID receive a notice from one of my other teams: Starting this Monday, the 21st, there will be a new start page. It's going to be a lot easier, especially for newbies... <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=int roducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople_exper ience </link> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:53:22 EST Remember when? <link><BR>layful-siberian-husky-does-the-most-ad<BR>orable-thing-in-a-pile-of-leaves-video </link> <BR> this just made me laugh, and I wanted to share it... <BR> <BR> The dog knows exercise can be FUN!...LOL Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:51:21 EST Recently diagnosed and looking for food journals I was diagnosed with diabetes(type II) about a week ago, and I've been exercising as I can and trying to teach myself how to eat according to the Spark Diabetes plan. <BR> <BR> The problem is, I'm on a very restricted budget, and I can't follow the meal plans they give. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone out there who's managing their blood sugar well, who doesn't have a big grocery budget, who is willing to let me look through their nutrition journals? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance :) Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:07:27 EST low carb and diabetes I am back again to talk about low carb. I know most people hear low carb, and think " Danger! ", but I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2002, at 28 years of age. The list of side effects didn't sound so great. Blindness, kidney failure, and amputation, and of course early death. I was told to " manage " it. How do we manage it? We cut carbs. If we eat 150-200 grams of carbs a day instead of 300, then our blood sugars will drop. <BR> <BR> So less carbs = lower blood sugar. At my diabetic train... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:49:55 EST How Do You Avoid Infection With An Injury? I was using my new vegetable peeler on Saturday to peel an apple and it slipped off the apple and took a chunk of my finger off on the middle finger on the deformed (arthritis) joint just above the nail. There is a hole the size of the end of my finger the full depth of the thick layers of skin (possibly more). It bled like crazy and when I changed the bloody bandage hours later (with a lot of pain and blood), it was still bleeding and soaked right through the bandage again and I had to dou... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 21:02:57 EST Hello Yes I am new..... Hello everyone.... I am excited to be here..... with Spark People and all the groups..... I have been using insulin now for two years and just dont get it...... I am better now with control but I just need to learn more..... I look forward to reading what others have done... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 15:16:17 EST USING REPORTS TO KEEP NUTRITION FOR DIABETES ON TR After I post what I plan to eat in Nutrition for each meal or snack, I always go to Reports in Spark People and run Daily Nutrition Report. It gives you the breakdown for each meal or snack item and a pie chart at the bottom showing the ratio breakdown of Carbs, Fat, and Protein for meals and snacks for the day. This really helps me decide what combination of foods to eat and meet the recommended ranges for the three main items of concern for diabetics. Works really well for me as dropped ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 10:29:03 EST Intro Hi everyone. New to the group. Back on SparkPeople for the 2nd or 3rd time. Hoping to stay this time. From Southeastern MA. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:45:57 EST Just a beautiful moment... <link><BR>ra-captures-firefighter-bringing-a-tin<BR>y-kitten-back-to-life/ </link> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:54:41 EST Newbie, diagnosed with Type 2 last week Feeling pretty overwhelmed with all the information. I was blindsided, had no symptomsl other than a fatigue that has left me unable to even brush my teeth --- had to buy an electric toothbrush and just ...lean on it....LOL <BR> <BR> Lots of conflicting information between the doctor and the 1st education appointment with the local Diabetes Clinic....having some major tummy trouble with Metformin.... <BR> <BR> But have a lot to look forward to, and to live for, so I will manage this! <BR> ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:29:22 EST Medic Alert Bracelet I've been advised to wear a medic alert bracelet (or dog tags) stating my name, Diabetes type II and that I am taking Metformin. <BR> <BR> Do any of the rest of you wear such ID? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Dave <BR> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:28:45 EST Just Been Diagnosed Today I have just been diagnosed today with Type 2 Diabetes. Still trying to get my head around it. But i feel pretty positive about it all. I am looking at this being a new beginning. A starting point to knuckle down and do the right thing as far as my health goes. <BR> <BR> Hope to be quite active in this and the the Diabetes 8 week challenge groups. <BR> <BR> Hope to speak to a few of you. <BR> <BR> Diabetic Runner Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:29:05 EST enhancement requests a couple of thoughts on the tracking. <BR> <BR> 1. allow glucose tracking on the mobile app (i can't find a way to do this on the android app) <BR> <BR> 2. add a notes field to the glucose tracking so that other comments can be saved with the info if i want to keep notes on what was going on (activity before reading was taken, insulin, etc....) Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:58:51 EST just for fun... an 86 yr old wonder! <link> </link> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:58:42 EST Keep on walking... Hi everyone...I've read a few of these posts & all look like about a month old. lol....I haven't been out walking lately....maybe just being lazy? lol..I have been doing a few other chores so I guess I'm getting a little excercise.. I'm here to support anyone/everyone to keep on walking & hope you are enjoy your walks as well. Maybe I can get some encourgement from anyone? lol......Ok folks....Hope you all have a terrific rest of the week! cheers & cheers <BR> <BR> mizzee Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:47:09 EST Can't Afford Diabetes Education? Go to this link: I really wanted Diabetes Education, but just couldn't afford it. If that's you, go to this link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ms/ </link> <BR> <BR> This link will take you to Stanford's website. When you get there, click on "Diabetes Self-Management Programs" in the right hand column. When the next page comes up, clilck on "Organizations Offering our Programs" in the left hand column, and then go to the rosters list and click on "Diabetes Self Management" a... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:46:16 EST introducing myself I am a 65 year old retired school teacher in California. I need to loose 100 pound to have knee surgery. <BR> I just found the limited mobility site. It was wonderful. <BR> I am new to this discussion and new to Sparkpeople (one week) I am still learning how to navigate my way through things. <BR> I am diabetic, but not taking medication at the moment. Blood sugar runs between 100 and 150. I would love to get my morning levels below 100. I have managed to get them from 150 to below 120,... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 23:15:48 EST What Do I Drink? Distilled? Spring? Purified? As a newly diagnosed diabetic (May 2013), I've been researching to find out if I should be drinking a particular water: distilled, purified, or spring. As of yet, I've not read anything that was consistent: Dr. Mercola says not to drink distilled water; Dr. Weil says "distilled water is best" as did another website I came across with comments by 24 different doctors, who also agreed that "distilled water is the only water we should be drinking" and, yet, another one said we should only drink... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 23:16:16 EST BLOOD SUGARS OVER 400 FOR A MONTH CALLED THE DOCTOR AND BEEN TO THE HOSPITAL 3 TIMES BUT NO ONE IS HELPING ME,IM ON A STRICT DIET SO NOT WHAT I EAT,ANY SUGGESTIONS,I NEED TO GET IT DOWN NOW Wed, 4 Sep 2013 03:52:10 EST Carbohydrates definition Coach Tanya, can you help with this? I was trying to explain to my friend that the problem people with diabetes have isn't just sugar, but total carbohydrates. She has had diabetes for over 20 years, but doesn't seem to understand that. For instance, she will eat a little ice cream if it is sugar free, but not if it has sugar and can't understand that the carb count is only 2 g different. When I told her that (in response to her question why the hospital doesn't give her sugar free foods,... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:51:08 EST complex or simple carbohydrates Something today got me confused today, so I thought I'd ask about these. In a new "quick start" diet they were talking about, they said you could have complex carbs only at breakfast, so if you want pasta you have to have it for breakfast. The rest of the day you can have the simple carbs of vegetables and fruits. So I know that sugar, honey, molasses and such are simple sugars, but is a starch like pasta considered a complex carb and vegetables and fruits simple carbs? I thought the vege... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:19:02 EST Made a huge diabetic mistake So I usually buy Splenda, in the yellow and blue package, for my coffee. But the last coulple boxes I have bought were called Apriva, still blue and yellow packages. I thought they were the generic form of Splenda. My blood sugar is getting higher than usual, and I didn't know what was wrong. So I checked online to make sure that it was the right kind of artificial sweetener. Nope its bad for me. <BR> <BR> I don't know a lot about being diabetic, I was told about 2 years ago and I still hav... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:32:37 EST Just Joining the Group Hi....My name is Sandi. I am 63-years-young, and I was just diagnosed Type 2 on May 21, 2013. I have spent hrs on the computer since that time, researching diabetes and how to manage the disease (my doctor told me nothing; just that I was diabetic and he was calling in a rx for Metformin...also found out from my cardiologist in June of this yr., that this same dr. had also failed to treat or inform me that I was prediabetic and had high cholesterol as of my April 2012 visit and that my thy... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:53:44 EST New Member Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm 42, married and mom to a 5 year old girl. I was diagnosed with diabetes about 2 years ago. I still feel clueless about what to eat and what all I need to do to manage my diabetes. But I know it's something I have to do. And I am ready to do it. <BR> <BR> I set a goal for losing 59 lbs, and I rejoined SP so that I could learn healthy eating habits, and healthier lifestyle choices. <BR> <BR> I hope to make friends who also have diabetes. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:24:03 EST Artificial Sweetners I was wondering what which sweetner people use, if any. I'm finding I'd like to add something to my tea. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:03:27 EST How Important is it to Take Your Morning Sugar? I live in Canada and we use a different number system when checking our glucose levels. We aim to be between 4-7 before meals and first thing in the morning and between 7-10 2 hrs after meals. We have a 3 month blood test called an A1C which is supposed to give the average of your glucose level over the 3 month period. I just had mine done and was ecstatic because instead of the 6's and 7's of the past, it was only 5.4 - a normal range! I had to go to my semi-annual check-up at the Diabet... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:21:40 EST excercisin ..whatever works for you. Hi everyone...I see a few of you are out there dancing! Hoooray for all. Wish I could but at the moment anything very physical is difficult for me. So I just get to keep walking for now. Honestly, I haven't walked for a few days. oooopppss! <em>39</em> But this weekend I'll get out there where I usually walk around this field & maybe there will be a local baseball or soccer game to watch too! Have a terrific weekend folks. And enjoy all that you do. <BR> cheers <BR> <BR> mizzee Thu, 8 Aug 2013 20:45:51 EST Ouch Been trying biking for a change in exercise. Took a tumble this morning. Ouch! scraped my knee and the handle bar went in to my right boob. Slipped in the dirt. I have not scraped my knee since I was a kid. Otherwise I am fine. Love and Light Carol Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:12:25 EST Tuesday Tips 06 August 2013 Tuesday and time for tips! <BR> <BR> We just don't know what each minute has in store for us, so we have to live each day to the fullest! <BR> <BR> How's that for a philosophical tip!?! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:00:33 EST walking etc. Hello everyone.....I did another 20 min. walk this morning! Yaaayyy <em>30</em> So this week its been twice & am suppose to walk 3 times a week to start out. I don't walk continuously but have to stop about maybe every 100 steps. ( its a guess). And I will walk again this weekend. <BR> Have a terrific wkend. everyone & keep on walking! CHEERS!! <BR> <BR> mizzee Fri, 2 Aug 2013 16:12:47 EST FDA Warns of Massive Recall of Diabetes Test Strip Hey everyone, <BR> I read this on the AARP Daily notice today: <link><BR>f-massive-recall-of-diabetes-test-stri<BR>ps/?cmp=NLC-RSS-DAILY-BULLETIN-080213-H1 </link><BR>of-massive-recall-of-diabetes-test-str<BR>ips/?cmp=NLC-RSS-DAILY-BULLETIN-080213-H1 <BR> FDA Warns of Massive Recall of Diabetes Test Strips Fri, 2 Aug 2013 14:03:15 EST New here but definately not a newbie lol Hello all, I am known as mzizgayle and have had diabetes for 17 years, controlled with exercise and diet the first 10 years, but have been on metformin since 2005. I didn't fit the norm, not even overweight, everything done in moderation, I am that person who can eat one potato chip. But I use Spark to keep track of my carbs, etc to make sure I am on track with my control. <BR> <BR> When people find out I am diabetic, I get the look and "but you don't look like you have diabetes", which I ... 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