SparkPeople Managing Diabetes Group! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=629 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=629 Keto Clarity (book) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x58981844 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19440x629x58918848 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58887668 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x58868298 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x58798084 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58764752 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58761671 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58760712 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19441x629x58742876 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19441x629x58726070 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x58620350 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58502980 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58491706 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) !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58417375 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58411706 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x58404937 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x58403827 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x58336518 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 :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x58334094 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 11..by 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x58272718 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x58270228 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 Hello...new member to this forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x58259632 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58224391 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58219280 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58165168 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58150191 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x58149525 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58142172 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x58121222 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.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58113370 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58081711 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58080927 <link>authoritynutrition.com/low-carb-diet<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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x58002227 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x57996668 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57991090 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57983835 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57968985 <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/big-fat-lie-v<BR>e-fed-162400980.html </link> Fri, 23 May 2014 05:05:19 EST trouble getting enough carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57953001 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x57928005 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57915146 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x57909022 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57908666 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57848762 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57838574 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57825472 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57777935 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57771698 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x57766811 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57760982 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x57755027 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57734385 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x57716394 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57692980 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57678558 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>www.drperlmutter.com/dietary-epigene<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57677703 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>www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/conte<BR>nt/3/1/23/abstract </link> <BR> <BR> Comments? <BR> <BR> Birgit Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:21:48 EST Tears and smiles.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57669301 A special little boy, and a precious gift... <BR> <BR> <link>www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-8-year-old<BR>-turns-20-into-priceless-gift/ </link> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:20:03 EST Exercise and Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57662409 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57656122 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57650973 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>www.archive.org/stream/diabeticcooke<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57641376 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57630223 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57628277 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57623880 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57613913 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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=epsSVosmtUc </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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57570670 ... amazing group of men singing on Britain's Got Talent (can you say, "goosebumps"?) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob5UJS2WwQ8 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> P.S. Happy Easter! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:35:11 EST What is the goal? Did you achieve them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57551132 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57473802 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57469184 fbs early this morning 126. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:37:16 EST Hello, I'm new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57422715 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57363570 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57362369 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57328961 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x57309004 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x57308302 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x57302901 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57301307 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>www.deseretnews.com/article/86559960<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57294400 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57293656 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57285818 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x57276318 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 --- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57275223 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57270718 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>thediabetessummit.com/ </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>thediabetessummit.com/schedule/?inf_<BR>contact_key=8e235d44e7edfe4b45c96a... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:54:13 EST recorded drops in blood sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x57258601 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57257711 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57222286 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57187134 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x57185317 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57178834 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x57160059 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x57137092 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x57114156 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x57094770 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x57094671 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57094488 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>chriskresser.com/think-skinny-people<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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19440x629x57089250 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57054231 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x57050027 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x57030040 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56988657 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x56985647 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56925391 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56918525 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56912290 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> http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/rebooting/ <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56911222 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56883045 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 ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56864040 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56861983 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56851801 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56845698 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56842650 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56813824 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 - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56761173 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56755273 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x56753833 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x56742963 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56728535 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56723131 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56712894 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x56699113 What is that? Sat, 8 Feb 2014 18:05:10 EST rough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56698794 3 years ago today <BR> <BR> My mother died of pancreatic csncer <BR> <BR> Just feel.like sleeping all day Sat, 8 Feb 2014 17:28:39 EST Diabetes apps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56696583 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56694375 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56693777 Thought it was interesting. <link>www.13abc.com/story/24666159/dog-wil<BR>l-help-local-boy-deal-with-diabetes </link> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 09:29:49 EST Sweeteners? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x56679905 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56675097 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56674982 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56637645 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56613871 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 a.pin 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 - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56590581 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56588446 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4y8-1J_Jqw&<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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19440x629x56556709 All about metabolism... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-boos<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x56519987 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x56512062 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56505454 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56503652 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x56490417 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x56458563 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x56425662 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x56406571 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56387038 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x56356606 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56331307 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56258672 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x56210085 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56194469 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56186382 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x56164956 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56117344 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56116717 Look carefully, then move your mouse/cursor over the picture... <BR> <BR> <link>www.elion.ee/docs/joulukaart/eng/ </link> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:44:47 EST Testing and blood thinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56057121 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56053590 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>www.youtube.com/embed/WxjZB5S_g7s?re<BR>l=0 </link> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 19:11:01 EST Discussion about A1c levels on message board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x56051552 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>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<BR>oard.asp?... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:43:21 EST pre-diabetic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x56002011 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55991640 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x55984068 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55951115 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55931891 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- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55915890 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x55730560 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 ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x55718667 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55690402 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!... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55675193 Smiling is good for our health! LOL <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/emb<BR>ed/vDa0z0gEvI4?rel=0 </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 01:20:55 EST A Different Point of View... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55659101 <link>www.upworthy.com/some-strange-things<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55652180 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x55632094 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x55631484 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55625151 Just had to share this-- <BR> Wow. <BR> <BR> <link>www.flixxy.com/9-year-old-girl-sings<BR>-opera-on-hollands-got-talent.htm </link> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:18:05 EST Re-Joining The Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x55536365 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55420660 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55412468 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55336255 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>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=int roducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople_exper ience </link> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:53:22 EST Remember when? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55330912 <link>www.dogheirs.com/george/posts/4089-p<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x55272701 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55212897 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x55180454 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..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x55163276 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x55160469 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55116144 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55115126 <link>www.mostwatchedtoday.com/helmet-came<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x55089657 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x55034072 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x54961460 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54945516 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54943847 <link>safeshare.tv/w/cdaBSBkGKr </link> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:58:42 EST Keep on walking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x54868074 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: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54867563 I really wanted Diabetes Education, but just couldn't afford it. If that's you, go to this link: <BR> <BR> <link>patienteducation.stanford.edu/progra<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54846412 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54785615 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54774229 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54771719 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54720908 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54692030 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x54690788 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x54673848 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54578587 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x54499382 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19441x629x54450809 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54418860 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54417825 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19441x629x54370616 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x54369401 Hey everyone, <BR> I read this on the AARP Daily notice today: <link>blog.aarp.org/2013/08/01/fda-warns-o<BR>f-massive-recall-of-diabetes-test-stri<BR>ps/?cmp=NLC-RSS-DAILY-BULLETIN-080213-H1 </link> http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/01/fda-warns-<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x54354746 Hello all, I am known as mzizgayle and have had diabetes for 17 years, controlled with exercise and diet the first 10 years, but have been on metformin since 2005. I didn't fit the norm, not even overweight, everything done in moderation, I am that person who can eat one potato chip. But I use Spark to keep track of my carbs, etc to make sure I am on track with my control. <BR> <BR> When people find out I am diabetic, I get the look and "but you don't look like you have diabetes", which I ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:47:28 EST walking etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x54331530 Hello to all......I had already wrote a little on the other group "general discussion" on the subject of walking and/or other exercising. I imagine there are many of you who are trying to exercise. For now I am just walking. I am in contact with my nutritionist & with her help I've set my goal to walk for 20 mins. 3 times a week. I may do more if I feel up to it. Also I need to start walking between 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. before it gets toooo HOT! lol...For this month I've only walked once. ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:45:30 EST T2D Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54309734 Ok this weekend went by without with no complaints. I got a lot accomplished but most of all, I took the advice about checking my glucose as soon as I wake up. Saturday morning, I am usually up at 5:30 preparing for my Saturday morning walk/runs. Instead, I slept until about 7:00. Woke up, checked glucose and it was 135. Sunday morning, woke up about 7:30, checked it and it was at 110. This morning, woke up at 5:30, checked it and it was at 113. Dont know what I am doing but it may (or may no... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:55:41 EST Hello, I'm new to this group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x54309121 My Diatitian told me to count regular carbs with each meal. Said to have no more than 45 per meal No more than 150 carbs per day. No counting sugars or calories..Yay! I'm ready to get started: Bought a couple of cartons of eggs to boil. Lots of fruit and tomatoes, & sugar free jello. I had a taco salad last night & it "Rocked"! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:00:38 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54278066 Thank you!!! I really appreciate the posts and encouragement. I realize that I do not check my glucose until after I've arrived at work. I can change that as well as start checking before bedtime. I am learning to increase my water and exercise. I am also glad that I got back on SP and decided to actively join (and particpate) in group discussions. You just dont know how that made me feel when I logged on and saw that so many had replied to my post. I know now with the right motivation and su... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:03:58 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54277985 Was a struggle, but in a good way. Today we had hot dog luncheon and I only had 1 hotdog + bun and very little sides. I skipped the chips, ate brocolli & corn salad. The struggle happened when I went in for desserts. Miniture Red Velvet cupcakes, fudgy brownines, oreo cookies, animal crackers plus dip, and my favorite -- homemade pound cake! Lets just say I went in on the red velvet miniature cupcake (only ate half, didnt like it.) Did not touch the brownies or the cookies but I did have a sl... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:54:53 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54262525 Still a little sleepy, fasting glucose 136 (definitely an improvement) <em>334</em> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:03:13 EST thank you note http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x54260218 To all from this Diabetes Group: Thank you for some ideas, encouragement & support. I will keep trying to do what we all have to do. Its a job to stay healthy isn't it!! lol...I am working harder to check my blood sugar & my food intake. It has been a long time since I"ve done so. <BR> Thanks again for all the notes. Cheers to all who are taking this journey to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> mizzee Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:20:45 EST blood surgar ct. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x54255726 I'm not sure if this is a good place to put this. I'm still new here & so I'm posting my b.sug. ct. to show where it is. I took it yesterday before lunch & it was 180. <BR> <BR> This morning I took it again & it showed 167. I am taking blood sugar meds. as well. <BR> <BR> I'm also looking for a little encouragement, support etc. to help me remembering to take my b.sug. ct & help w/dieting. I'll be checking in here as much as I can. I'm sending to everyone on this difficult journey all t... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:58:23 EST another newbie :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x54240840 Hi everyone...I am Diabetic 2 since about 6 yrs. ago, & would appreciate all & any encouragement, support etc. for eating in portion control, checking my blood sugar regularly and anything else about dieting..lol..I have been eating healthier since being diagnosed, I have purchased several Diabetic ckbks., try my best to follow recipies, but find it sooo difficult on portion control. My next challenge is to try eating on a salad plate & try not to go for seconds for 3 times a wk. I haven't... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:52:32 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x54239784 Just wanted to say Hi all! <em>213</em> New to the team but not Sparkpeople. Type 2 since April 2006. <BR> <BR> Val Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:54:06 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54238278 Hello All!! <BR> <BR> I was diagonsed with Type II a couple of years ago. I found out through a health screening at work in December 2009. I was in denial although I was experiencing a lot of the symptoms. It wasn't until January 2010 that I decided to make a phone call to a doctor. The way I saw it, my previous doctor should have said something but she didnt. Even after I made the phone call, I was still in denial. I did not take my meds as prescribed nor did I change my exercise/eating hab... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:34:36 EST Hi All! Newbie here...sorta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x54222909 Hi All! <BR> <BR> My name is Liz and I am a late 40's-something wife, mother and grandmother, living in South Central PA with my husband, teenage daughter, adult daughter and her three children (my adorable grandbabies). Can we say "stress?" I love having my family all around me, but there are are just some days I really wish I was a "traditional" grandma. You know, those days when I can send them home? LOL <BR> <BR> I am not new to SparkPeople. I've been a member on and off (changed user ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:55:47 EST Need Help with Morning blood check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54133005 I have been checking my fasting blood level in the mornings. It has come down "some" but is still a little high. Between 130-150. Not sure what I am doing wrong. I have been exercising and I have lost almost 20 lbs. My blood sugar was around 165 in the mornings. Does is it take awhile to see results? Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:34:51 EST Sign Petition for Better Blood Glucose Meters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x54122334 Please join me in requesting that the standards for glucose meters in the U.S. are improved. Diabetics need the proper tools to address our health. Sign my petition and share this information with your friends and family. We can make a change. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kathy <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitio<BR>ns/food-and-drug-administration-u-s-co<BR>ngress-set-higher-accuracy-standards-f<BR>or-blood-glucose-meters-sold-in-the-u-<BR>s?utm_campaign=share_button_ac... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:13:29 EST So Excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54110764 I went to the doctor yesterday and he increase the dosage on my Januvia 50mg and I woke up this morning my fasting sugar was 107 reading.. YES!!! it was most of the time 135-145. I am so excited. People with diabetes will understand. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:48:04 EST SAYING GOODBYE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54101019 I wanted to post here to say my goodbyes to the group. I've taken a co-leader position on the Type 1 Diabetes forum which promises to keep me busy as we're trying to grow the groups activity. If you're type 1 and looking for another group to join, it's here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=13537 </link> <BR> <BR> Be well! <BR> Valerie Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:22:09 EST Cause of my low blood sugar. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x54094892 I have been eating low carb for 4 years with no issues ( blood sugar wise ), and was in the hospital this week. I have CHF, and diabetes, so sometimes I have chest pain, shortness of breath etc. I was just in overnight, and everything checked out fine. <BR> <BR> However They only gave me a turkey sandwich in the first 26 hours, and I had a low blood sugar. I am on no meds for diabetes, and my A1C is 5.3, thanks to low carb. They gave me some apple juice, and later some Coke, and that aftern... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:29:31 EST Weird Readings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x54033083 I'm new to this. I found out I have pre-diabetes a few months ago at 108 FBS. I've lost about 25 pounds since the test (I had been losing for some time even before my initial test.) <BR> <BR> My blood sugar is a weird case, my doctor doesn't seem to be concerned and doesn't even want to look into anything if number is even one point less than 110 - that's how it's done in my country, so I bought a home meter. My blood sugar seems to be too stable for comfort – stable at a borderline high nu... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:48:36 EST Just Joined the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x54004470 I just join the group after knowing what my diabetes sugars not being good. I got my A1C results and they were 8.8. So have really be watching my carbs. I knew things weren't good for a while and then I asked my dr to test my A1C. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting everyone. <BR> <BR> Roxanne Thu, 4 Jul 2013 20:13:54 EST Hi everyone, I am a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x53994858 I just found this site today and I like what I have seen while clicking thru different areas eg: forums, meal tips, health, etc. <BR> I am 62 years old, I work in a health clinic on campus for deaf/hard of hearing students. I love my job! <BR> I am interested in improving my health, especially since the last 3 years have really been a challenge. I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Irritable bowel syndrome, and multiple issues with my back. I don't want sympathy, just encouragement to... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:27:53 EST Hello, I'm a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x53973561 Hello folks, my name is Linda and just my blood work results after fasting. My blood sugar is slightly elevated and I need to watch the sugar and simple carbs in my diet. I'm a bit stressed because of my work hours can be unforgiving and since I work in a grocery store food choices can be a bit challenging to say the least. <BR> I'm a bit overwhelmed and I will need some guidance at first. <BR> What fruits are the best to have on a daily basis that are diabetic friendly? Is watermelon ok? ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:26:16 EST A physician's admission of fault, diabetes ,obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53922385 I already posted this on my blog yesterday but decided to link it to this team as well. Please feel free to discuss. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ted.com/talks/peter_attia_what_i<BR>f_we_re_wrong_about_diabetes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:57:47 EST lousy night with stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53921453 had a bad stomach in the middle of the night and my sugar is 200 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:43:16 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53900442 Im sue from ny have type 2 diabetes since age 42. will be 57 in aug and have been struggling with my blood sugar Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:34:03 EST Going out for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53848746 I plan on going out for breakfast tomorrow. Any good, healthy suggestions for a good breakfast in a restaurant Sat, 22 Jun 2013 21:39:35 EST Checking blood sugars http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x53705110 How often do you check your blood sugars every day? What times during the day do you check your blood sugars? I'm not on medication, so I was told By my doctor I only need to check them once a day, just rotate the times of day. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:41:27 EST statins and diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x53640404 I recently learned that statin drugs for lowering cholesterol can contribute to the onset of type 2. I have been taking one for a few yrs. In march 2012 I presented with type 2. My A1c was 6.6 which put me in the diabetic range. I am on metformin which helps control it. I am not being very successful with the diet and exercise yet. I am wondering if anyone has any info or advise on use of statins. I researched enough to know it is true but not enough yet to know if stopping helps. i think th... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 01:51:40 EST snack suggestion within these ranges: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53632637 hi <BR> i'm having trouble meeting all the ranges for snacks. <BR> <BR> calories carb fat protein <BR> 150-194 19-24 5-6 8-10 <BR> <BR> any suggestions? Thu, 6 Jun 2013 13:35:17 EST my first A1C http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x53563552 I just got the results of recent blood work. AIC 6.3 FSB 117 Triglycerides almost 400 <BR> I have a family history of diabetes so the doc put me on a very low dose of metformin <BR> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 18:15:32 EST Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53527431 I have been gone for a while, but am back. Missed you people. Time for me to get serious about my diabetes. Had a foot wound and it scared me very much. time for confidence not depression and diabetes. going to conquer these problems, if it kills me! Because if I do not, they will. Wed, 29 May 2013 20:22:12 EST whoa. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53429202 Wasn't sure where to put this, but I really wanted to share it... <BR> <BR> A friend sent me this video--wow. This moved me to tears. I've totally been there on some of the things they touch on... my friend's message with it said that this was something everyone should see... and I agree! <BR> Thought provoking... <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcvA2pdpuSU </link> <BR> <BR> Kathy <em>407</em> Tue, 21 May 2013 18:56:08 EST Portion Sizes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x53420362 My doctor asked me to change my portion sizes - I think I would actually be ok with this - but I don't know a good way to do it! For example, when I make a sandwich, it's really 2. I think I just make 2 out of habit. I eat 2 out of habit. I might really be that hungry, but who knows?? If I don't find a way to just eat one and find out if I'm really hungry or not, I'll never know. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Tue, 21 May 2013 01:39:58 EST Time Stamp on Glucose Tests is wrong: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x53418847 How do I fix the times on my glucose tracker? Mon, 20 May 2013 22:38:36 EST finally made a connection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53411430 i finally made a connection. between my type 2 diabetes and the various infections i have been getting. now i hope I CAN REMEMBER THIS when i am faced with less than the best food choices. <BR> <BR> my A1C numbers have been up and down but still within an appropriate range for a few years, then all of a sudden there was a huge jump. from 7.1 to 8.0!!! i was flabbergasted. but, started working harder, doing better and was able to get it back down to 7.3. i am still working on lowering ... Mon, 20 May 2013 11:10:57 EST Did you replace your lancet, today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53315536 I did. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:24:58 EST hELLO EVERYBODY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53308805 Happy Mothers Day to all of us moms. It's good to be able to come to a new group <BR> that addresses the issues and dilemmas of diabetes. I am a type2 diabetic who use to be on the Omnipod insulin pump. The past 3 weeks I have been insulin free and glad not to be a human pin cushion any more. In the process of being free I had to find the right combinations of meds that would work with my system.(lactose intolerant) plus experience insulin resistance since Oct 2012 gained 40 lbs .That being... Sat, 11 May 2013 21:22:13 EST sickness when your blood sugar normalizes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x53282786 My girlfriend was put on the maximum dosage of januvia in addition to a maximum dosage of metformin by a new endocrinologist a decision neither of us particularly agreed with since we had been doing green smoothies and lowered her a1c by 3% in a matter of a month. At this point we're both drinking green juices 2-3 times a day she's supplementing magnesium and b vitamins (she was severely deficient in mag and metformin depletes b12) we're eating vegetarian with lots of leafy greens nuts seeds ... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:25:30 EST what to eat help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x53215065 Don't know if this team is good for asking this or not. I've tried the message boards and wound up with to eat beans and rice, so it wasn't of any help. To start, I CANNOT eat beans because I will be sick all day (I might lose a ton of weight, though, because I won't absorb much of anything). I don't have much to get food. I am currently totally out of money for food and have been for a week already and won't have anything for another week. I need protein ideas because that is the only t... Sat, 4 May 2013 09:19:33 EST gallstones ---surgery or not http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53110169 was just wondering if anyone out there has gallstones or has had surgery to have gall bladder removed??? i have had diabetes 20+yrs and was told wed that i have gallstones.. not doing anything right away... i have another health issue to tend to first... also wanted to gather info before i decide anything... <BR> <BR> thanks.. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:17:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53108454 Hello, <BR> My name is Latisha and I am 37 years old, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when I was 25. Actually they said I was a "Pre-Diabetic," but that status didnt last long. I would say that I was in denial for a long time until I started to feel some of the effects that happen because of being a diabetic. Numbness in the toes and fingers, always thirsty, being tired and so on. My levels have been as high as 500. Almost two months ago I decided to go into the Dr and start to get myse... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:11:13 EST Unexplained Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x53066673 I went to bed last night perfectly fine and when I woke up this morning my ankle was killing me. This happens kind of frequently (every few months) and I'm wondering if this has anything to do with being diabetic? My doctor gave me a prescription for a anti inflammatory and that helps but it takes a few days. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:49:13 EST Greetings To All. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x52957461 Hi I, am new to this and just starting on my journey with Type 2. I am nervous and scared about this diagnosis I want to learn as much as I can! I am so relieved and thankful to have found this site. Best wishes to everyone. <em>213</em> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:44:45 EST Trouble meeting daily food requirements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52909936 I'm having trouble eating enough calories, carbs, protein and fiber each day. Any suggestions? Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:25:54 EST Peripheral Neuropathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x52884074 How many of you have this and how do you deal with it? I have it and I currently take Lyrica 100 mg 3x day. The mornings are ok, by lunch my feet are reminding me I have this horrible thing going on and by 4pm...I want to scream. <BR> <BR> When I lay down at night is of course the worst and I move my feet all over trying to make it stop and I get shooting pains sometimes in them too. I've been known to cuss/swear like a sailor when this happen. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any good suggestion... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:11:53 EST foot failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x52882842 Recently I have been having problems with my feet; swelling, blisters, pain when walking, excessive sweating. Has anyone else had these problems? Any advice? Thanks. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:12:03 EST life scan meter recall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52813911 from diabetes self management magazine this am <BR> one touch meter recall <BR> ONE TOUCH VERIO IQ <BR> ONE TOUCH VERIO PRO <BR> ONE TOUCH VERIIO PLUS <BR> (JUST METER RECALL NOT STRIPS) <BR> LIFESCAN 800.717.0276 <BR> the lady mary posseing through Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:16:09 EST Some Suggestions Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52802255 I always have a hard time when I come home from playing Mah Jongg. <BR> <BR> i leave the house a little after 11 and get home close to 5:00. Today I brought a turkey sandwich and an apple for lunch. <BR> <BR> When I got home I was really hungry (real hunger). I had 2 rice cakes with hummus. Drank some water. Still hungry. I ate some stuff I should not have. <BR> <BR> My question - should I just have eaten dinner? Are there some snacks that would satisfy the hunger until dinner? <B... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:19:03 EST anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52800632 tomorrow is my fasting A1C test. i am anxious. the last time i went from 7.0 to 8.1. i had been walking daily and NOT eating TOO BADLY. i was blown away. the doc upped my meds, and i have really really upped my game over the last 2 months. the first month i was depressed and shocked and didnt do very well. <BR> <BR> so, tomorrow is the day. and unfortunately i have to wait a week for results, which will also make me anxious. <BR> <BR> i am afraid of what might happen if my numbers ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:56:23 EST New to Diabetes Type 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x52785423 I just had surgery 2 months ago where I had to have my pancreas and spleen removed, and then they transplanted what they could of my islet cells from my pancreas to my liver to help with my diabetes. Since I had my pancreas removed, I instantly became a type 1 diabetic instead of a type 2 because my body is new to the insulin, etc. If anyone has any suggestions on how to help control my diabetes and low fat recipes, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:39:33 EST New to Team But Not Diabetes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x52770055 Hi. I'm Debbie and I was diagnosed with T2 in late March, 2012. I work hard to keep my levels low by losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising more. I take Metformin 2 times a day and check my levels 3 times a day. Please welcome me and take care. <em>213</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 19:37:22 EST New to posting, but not diabetes, Spark, team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52677187 Hi Everyone, <BR> I joined this team previously, but wasn't very active. I've been diabetic for many years, but just recently started to work on gaining control. I'm T2, on Metformin, Glipizide, & Lantus. <BR> I've done low carbing on & off for about 2.5 years. <BR> Currently, my FBS is doing well: 77-110 most days. I'm working on getting good numbers 1-2 hours after eating and increasing exercise. <BR> My most recent A1c was 7.5 - the lowest in over 6 years. <BR> I'm looking for suggesti... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:57:33 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52606178 I just rejoined, but forgot a lot about how to do things on here. I'm not even sure this is the proper way to post... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:22:20 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x52588445 Just joined the group, although I've been a Type 2 for 15 years now. I also just started seeing an endocrinologist, and posted another topic on that journey. I have been on the diabetic roller coaster for a long time now, and hoping that I can finally get a handle on this disease and start feeling better in many ways. I'm looking forward to meeting others and sharing our experiences. My PCP had good intentions, but it seems he only managed to make things worse for me by not referring me to an... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:30:15 EST Bydureon Users? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x52588385 Hi everyone. My endocrinologist started me on Bydureon 3 weeks ago. I'm hoping to find others here that use it also. I've been a Type 2 for 15 years, and unable to get off insulin since having a child 8 years ago. I just started seeing an endocrinologist, as my PCP was managing things until now. He had me on 2 different insulins (Humalog and Levemir). My BS was all over the place. So he sent me to the specialist thinking I needed an insulin pump. She told me I was the last person that needs a... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:25:51 EST Returning to SP - New to Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x52568318 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have just learned that my T2 Pre-Diabetes has jumped to the next level. Diabetes. Went to the Drs. for something unrelated and learned that my BGL was sitting at 18 mmol/l [324mgdl/l] and that I must be diabetic. Had the 2 hour GTT and am awaiting the fall-out from that. I have since been monitoring my BGL's and they fluctuate between 17 to 24 mmol/l [or 306 to 432 mgdl/l]. I go back to my doctor tomorrow. Right now my head is just spinning from the shock of the reali... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 03:30:44 EST Hormones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52524898 For many years even though I exercised ate right etc. No matter what I did I could not lose weight. I will not go into all the details But in Dec/Jan I had a scare of cancer. Had all kinds of test etc. Well it turns out it was not cancer it is that my hormones are wacked. Was put on a hormone and since 29 Jan I have lost 8 lbs without trying. My Doctor said this could have even brought on diabetes for me. She feels that once I get my hormones balanced that I will be able to get off of i... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:54:52 EST Cinnamon Supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52520790 I've been taking cinnamon supplements because I heard it helps to lower your bs. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried this and did you see any results? Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:48:59 EST Adding more snacks to theblood sugar tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52448267 I have a total of 3 meals and 2-3 snacks every day. I love how I can add those to my nutrition tracker but the blood sugar tracker just has pre and post breakfast,lunch, dinner and one snack. Is there a way to add more snacks to the tracker as I test before and after each snack. <BR> I love Sparkpeople you have rocked my world. Thank you Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:18:37 EST Skipping meals ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52430006 I was talking to a friend today (the one who is always telling me "you can't eat that") and she said that she has gained 20 pounds and the doctor got after her about eatiing too many carbs. But she doesn't eat much. She said when she is at home she has a sandwich for lunch. When she is not at home she doesn't have lunch. Those days she eats breakfast at 8 a.m. so she said she doesn't need anything the rest of the day (I couldn't live like that, though often I will not even think to eat un... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 14:25:28 EST weight gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19441x629x52426698 Have been using Lantus since November and weight has gone up fifteen pounds. Exercise three times a week and have banished pop and juices from home. I walk on days I am not at gym but am becoming totally frustrated. Anyone have same issue. Thankyou Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:09:33 EST New Health Coach Class at our hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52418165 They started a new class at our hospital on "Take Control of your Diabetes." This is different than the usual Diabetes classes and I learned a couple things. One lady brought several flyers she had picked up at the Diabetes Expo and mentioned about the classes they have at those. One thing she mentioned that they talked about in one of the classes was getting dizzy or light headed. Often you hear about that with hypoglycemia, but seldom with hyperglycemia. But you can often get dizzy wit... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 18:56:49 EST My name's Mindy and I'm a diabetic. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52403144 I'm in the process of preparing for weight loss surgery, and my medical history included PCOS, insulin resistance and pre-diabetic for probably 8+ years. <BR> <BR> I received a call this morning from my surgical team and they said my blood work came back with my A1C at 10 and the doc needs it below 8 to do the surgery. This also means I am diabetic. While this shouldn't have come as a surprise, it kind of did and also hit me really hard, emotionally. I accept that I've been in denial and ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:06:15 EST Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52371277 Hello ,My name is Connie Gonzales ,I am 60 years old and have been a Diabetic type 2 for 15 years. I weighted 182 when I found out I now weight 155 I have stayed this weight for the last 7 years .My Diabetes is under control right now but I have to work everyday and I do get upset and some days just want to give up controlling it . But then I look at my 80 year old mom who is a type 1 and she gave up along time ago with hers and she has so many medical problems now ,I say to myself I do not w... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:43:16 EST Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52370670 I was under the impresstion that I was to eat just 3 carbs a meal and 2 carbs a snack ? When i do my meal's I am way over .On this site do they stell use the 15 grams eqal 1 carb so is the total carbs real carbs or grams .I hope someone can help me :) Really confused right now :( Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:53:12 EST choosing new meter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x52334549 i brought this up one other time... about choosing a new meter... one that gives 7-14-30 day averages.... <BR> well i think i have found one and looking for opinions on it... its the one touch verio IQ... it seems to have the features i wanted.. and have had one touch products for years.. <BR> <BR> i have a doctors appt next thursday to get a prescription for one.. <BR> <BR> thanks... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 05:12:52 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x52328002 Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Debby and I am currently a type 2, on insulin, diabetic who suffers from depression and other health ailments. I am trying to get my blood sugar numbers down and just be healthier in general. I am willing to accept any support that you can offer. I am just getting started on here and currently logging all my food and trying to stay within my numbers. I have a great friend who is cheering for me and has offered to help me train/exercise if I decide to take him ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:24:06 EST From the NY Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19440x629x52320243 It’s the Sugar, Folks <BR> <BR> (exerpt) To read the whole store, click on link at bottom <BR> <BR> Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one. <BR> <BR> A study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. A... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:56:53 EST New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x52318102 Hello All...I have made the choice finally to join Spark Team and become part of a great bunch of folks that are going throught the same things that I am. I am 65 years young, have four grown kids and eight grandchildren. I am a diabetic on insulin and diabetic diet. I have <BR> been a diabetic for about 15 years now..it runs in my family ... I have felt so isolated for a good while now...this my decision to become part of Spark People...when you are around other folks who are in the same "b... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:39:21 EST New to Group and Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x52298622 I just found out about two weeks ago that I am type 2. The doctor straight away put me on meds. I'm already feeling better, but still have trouble with my vision and numbness in my feet. So hello everyone! I'm here to learn, encourage and get healthy! I look forward to finding a new lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:05:57 EST Metformin - question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52277351 I was told to take this with food at evening meal. <BR> <BR> So my question. do you take it before you eat or after? Does it matter? <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:38:43 EST Checking In After being checked out!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52264906 At my dr visit in January I was officially taken off Metformin, my A1c was 6.0 and he decided that I could take care of myself with diet and exercise! I don't have to take blood pressure meds either anymore, but I have to take the cholesterol meds, apparently I make more than my share no matter how well I eat. <BR> I have had a cold for the last couple of weeks, nothing serious, just one of those annoying hanger ons that you get sometimes, (at least I dodged the flu) so exercise has been o... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:08:39 EST Needing help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=474x629x52226199 Please, no one yelling that I am just doing wrong. I am having problems getting things back in control. Early this week I couldn't get my pork chop tender enough to eat and did not have anything else protein that I could eat. All I had was carbs, which I have been controlling all this year so far. Since I had that night I am having problems getting my eating under control. I am trying to start the day with protein like egg or meat, but I am still eating too much during the day and now I ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:38:40 EST not new to Spark but new account http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x52209079 I am not new to spark but had to change my account because of my e-mail being hacked. I was here on and off for years. Did good for awhile then would falter. Was almost 260 at my heaviest and now weigh 225. I am not looking to be a model but I would like to look good on the beach. We travel a lot and I want to not feel like a heavy weight next to all those young ones. <BR> <em>218</em> <BR> My morning fasting sugar level have been steady in 150s-170s. I just had my A1C done and have appo... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:34:15 EST FBS fluctuating so much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52189743 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Does anyone else's fasting blood sugar fluctuate often? Mine will be anywhere from 90s to 140s. <BR> <BR> ~Jenn Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:43:56 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52167918 Hi everyone my name is Kim and I found out I had type 2 diabetes in March 2011. After finding out and being hospitalized for several days I was doing very well with getting my blood sugar under control. Then in May husband got very ill. Spent the whole year taking care of him. Then Jan of 2012 my husband passed away. I have struggled since then to get back on track. I have been in a very dark place since he died. I have to get my eating under control again. I really need the support so I t... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 20:58:46 EST NEW-30 Day Blood Sugar Average http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x52159237 Hi, for those of you who have meters that will show you your blood sugar averages over time (eg. 7-day, 14-day, 30-day) lets start posting those numbers here along with your daily FBS reading. You can post all the averages or just the 30 day. For me, when I look at my 30 day and it is not where I want it to be, it motivates me to pay closer attention to managing my Diabetes. <BR> <BR> I have the Accu-Chek meter and all you do is turn it on and press the right arrow button after the screen... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:08:47 EST What is the weather in your area? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52158430 It is minus 32.4 C outside right now--sunny and cold--with snow coming this evening- <em>334</em> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:05:17 EST Questions for Diabetics in Maui http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52141404 Hi! <BR> <BR> We're leaving for Maui in 2 weeks for a month and I'm looking for some tips. Here in Canada we can get a whole range of sugar-free, fat-free foods (yogurt, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese etc.) but I have a very difficult time finding any such thing when we're in Maui. <BR> I'm particularly looking for advice on yogurt and cottage chese.. I've hear Kroegers makes suarfree/fat-free yogurt, but there's no Kroegers listed in Maui. <BR> Would one of you wonderful Hawaiians pl... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:30:05 EST Diabetes Expo 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52093635 Does anyone go to these? I went Saturday. There are a lot of booths that actually do relate to diabetes, but I am wondering why they have a couple that are pushing things like gluten-free foods (bread, pancakes, brownies, etc) and hiigher carb foods like flavored milk. I had a sample of the flavored milk (tasted like vanilla ice cream) and the pancakes. The pancakes I found out right away were entirely carbs. The milk I thought would be a nice substitute for the ice cream. WRONG. It is... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:19:07 EST Atkins Diabetes Revolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52089942 Anybody read this book? I am just now reading it. It is like reading how low carb affected me. Within a year I was off all meds, and been off them for almost 3 years now. Most of the people end up around 5.5 A1C. Mine is 5.2-5.4 <BR> <BR> I can explain what it did for me, but if you are skeptical, I would recommend reading this book. I believe that low carb can get most people completely off meds. Even some of his patients got off Insulin, which I was told was impossible. <BR> <BR> I find ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:33:38 EST Surgery and Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x52071919 Have you had surgery with above normal blood sugar? Controlled only by diet and exercise. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:30:08 EST Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x52053064 I need help joining the group. <BR> <BR> Ellen Sat, 9 Feb 2013 15:34:02 EST Help us please!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52053005 weighed in again and another week gone i was exercising like crazy got that exercise dvd of...Leslie sanone its a walking dvd great I love it but my weight did not move...a month and a half and measurements are also the same totle weight loss from Jan 1st is 4 lbs to date...what am I doing wron? I am tracking my food and trying to stay within my 1200-1550 cal a day...just finished 4 mile workout , I do any this dvd 6 days a week...what is wrong with me....sorry for ranting on I know a lot of... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 15:27:15 EST Emoticon to show your mood to-day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52033010 <em>334</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 06:40:19 EST Reduced A1C from 8 to 5.8 in 3 with NO meds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19439x629x52009477 So excited! Had an A1C at a diabetes class today and they have results in 5-10 minutes. On October 13 I was told my A1C was 8 and my Dr. 'suggested' I take a pill. I decided to see what I could do for myself with diet and exercise alone and I DID IT! Hooray! My BG is under control and in the process I've lost 27 lbs so far! Feeling great! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 15:14:27 EST Points to-day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52002241 7/5 <em>334</em> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:08:21 EST FBS - when do you test? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x52001735 I was wondering do you test as soon as you get up in the morning or before you eat breakfast? Wed, 6 Feb 2013 06:02:03 EST Middle of the night sugar "lows" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x51990976 The good news is that I've been losing a lot of weight (hit the 75lb down milestone last night) and I've definitely become a lot more active. I took my A1C from 10ish down to 6-7. I'm due for my next checkup in about a month. <BR> <BR> I "was" on 22u (breakfast), 16u (lunch), 22u (dinner) Novolog and 75u Lantus before bed. My doctor, last checkup (Nov), took me down to 0/5/8 Novolog and to start ramping down Lantus depending on my blood sugar levels. <BR> <BR> Well, I've started getting "lo... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:01:18 EST Hello! Checking in for the first time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x51977137 Hi: <BR> <BR> I just joined Sparks today. I hoping this will give me better control of my blood sugars and also help me lose this 40 pounds that somehow found it's way on to me! <BR> <BR> I've been a diabetic since 2001. I was first put on metformin at the start of my diagnosis. Now I'm still on metformin, amaryl, and 36 units of lantus at night. <BR> <BR> I struggle with emotional eating and also my horrible sweet tooth. Sweets are a huge problem for me. <BR> <BR> My goal is t... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 16:14:25 EST getting back at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x51932713 was away a few days and missed 3 days exercising..but started back on track yesterday and today doing a longer work out ....feel great . didn't feel so good while I was away and not moving much, sugars fell out of wack... boy it doesn't take much for the BS to get messed up..think i'm back on track now though...don't think i'll go away for awhile now...hope you all feel great and if not get out there and walk... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:40:06 EST Missed yesterday's sign in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x51912266 I missed checking in yesterday - I had gone to trade our jeep (which is difficult for me to drive) in on a Camry. I found out that one of the Big Three credit reporting companies indicated on my credit report that I was dead. They must know something I don't know! It was rather scary too - wondering if it was an omen. I had no idea it would be so diffifult to get them to change their reporting. I attempted to explain the problem to them via telephone and after about 5 run arounds from indivi... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:30:33 EST Overwhelmed - What changed? Where to start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x51889888 So the first two years with the "Big D" as a lame friend put it, wasn't too rough. I was taking Metformin and maintaining good numbers, both daily BS readings and my A1c hovering around the 6.0 mark. Now, since early December, not so much. From the end of summer, my morning BS reading has been slowly increasing. On Dec. 4 my A1c was 7.0. My Dr. increased the Metformin & added Glipizide. Despite my re-doubled efforts to work on the BS #s and really track my foods, exercise, I had new lab... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 01:14:10 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x51880193 I tracked all my food yesterday and put breakfast in today. I just need to stay at it. Packing today to eventually move out of motorhome. <em>41</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:15:17 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x51880155 Ok - made it two days checking in. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:12:36 EST Death of husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x51863046 Just checking back in. My husband passed away Oct 2012 and I have been in a very dark place. I totally went off grid as far as tracking food and blood sugars. I think I lived on Cheetos for about a month or so. Didn't care if I lived or died. My life totally changed - we were full-time RVrs and traveled to Arizona each winter from Washington State. I decided I could not drive the motorhome so would stay in Washington as my only child lives here and I have many friends from my work life. Also,... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:13:58 EST Newbie reporting in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x629x51846687 Hello friends. I am a typeII and have been ignoring it for a long time. Have to make some serious lifestyle changes. Hoping to learn from you all. <em>304</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:42:51 EST GRATITUDE JOURNAL-What are you grateful for today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x51831293 having the house to myself today - alone time. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:30:42 EST Nervous and Scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x629x51809632 Don't know if any of you are compulsive overeaters and/or bingers - if you are you can relate to the following: <BR> <BR> I have so many issues with food. I use it for everything and the sad thing is I know it and do it anyway. <BR> <BR> I had popcorn chips left over from my mah jongg game the other day. Kept eating them till I finally crushed them and threw them out. <BR> <BR> After lunch I really wanted chocolate for dessert. Thankfully I don't have any in the house. Went out for hai... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:07:58 EST