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8/18/15 8:15 P

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Hey everyone, my name is Nicole. I am not diabetic however my husband was just diagnosed and I want to support him in every way I can. I am doing all the cooking and food planning and feeling very lost. I am hoping that I can learn from this group. I have so many questions and am hoping that this group can at least answering them.

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Hi there SSASSY40. Nice to meet you. Sounds like you're doing well already. I'm not on any meds. We'll see how it goes for the next couple of months. My next A1C will be Sept 11.When I was a teen my GTT showed I was borderline but nothing was ever said for all these years. I am now 66 and here I am with a new adventure in my life.

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6/11/15 2:44 P

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Hi,
I was diagnosed Monday (6/8) with Type 2 DM after being pre-diabetic for over 30 years. My first abnormal glucose level was as a teenager. My Hgb A1c was 10.6, which really shocked me, as it had never been over 6.2 previously. I have learned to use my new glucometer, and have brought my blood sugar down from 288 (Monday) to 170 (today fasting) with starting Metformin. I have started being very careful with my eating and have exercised each day this week. I know I have at least 30 pounds to lose, but I first am focused on getting my blood sugars back to the normal range. Any suggestions are welcome!


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6/10/15 11:49 P

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Thanks again James. Have a good night. emoticon

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SASSYSAX,

I knew sugar was something to avoid as a diabetic. The words blood sugar make that obvious.

It took me far too long to understand that carbohydrates that are not sweet tasting, like rice or potato chips are all about the same as eating sugar.

Take control now!

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Thank you James. I appreciate your help. At the moment I was given the glucometer that came with 10 test strips. My insurance wil pay for it, thankfully as well as the classes I'll be taking next month. It's another challenge, and I love challenges, but not this kind! emoticon

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SASSYSAX,

The first thing in the morning, when you haven't eaten in 10 or 12 hours is a good baseline. Your fasting blood sugar, because it gives the bottom number. As you eat or drink things during the day blood sugar tends to go up.

Otherwise you might want to take it just before you eat, log what you eat, both what it is and quantity (get a digital scale with a zero-out feature to weight each item seperately as you add things to your plate. Then take your blood sugar about 45 minutes after eating, to see how the foods impact you, and perhaps again about 2 hours after eating to see how quickly it comes down. Those test strips are expensive, so I've not done this after every meal, or indeed every morning. But after a number of times of this, (4 to 10) you get a pretty good idea of what is up, and perhaps what foods raise blood sugar the most. But you will find the the foods that raise it the most are those high in net carbs.

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Hi everyone. I've been with Spark since 2006, and today I am glad to have found the Spark part of managing diabetes. I was newly diagnosed with type 2 on Friday and don't see a teacher/nutritionist until June 29. I have no idea what to do next. Where do I get help to set up my glucometer? I'm supposed to check it once a day only twice a week? I thought it was supposed to be daily. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Elayne from Florida in the Eastern Time Zone.

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KAYPLUS,

Have a read of my first post in this discussion:
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It relates blood sugar, insulin, and gaining body fat as a preparation for winter. The analogy, though frankly I think more reality, is a bear that gorges on carbs yet is always hungry.

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New Member. Newly diagnosed after being a pre diabetic for about 10 years. A1C 6.1 and on Metformin daily in am. Need to lose over 100 lb. Over 60 yo with OA and limited activity. I had to ask the Clinic Nurse about diabetic classes. . None available in my area she said except about 30 miles away. . Looking today for a class to join. Also limited activity so I like your goal of exercise 30 min daily. I will be more likely to do something so I wil meet my goal that because I need to or want to. Stinky thinking, I know.and I will work on that after I find something I like. Glad to be a part of the team.

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You were right James, so was Dr. Bernstein. I overhauled my whole diet. My daily intake of carbs a day is 6 g in the morning, 12 for lunch and 12 for dinner. I'm eating very clean and nutritiously. Don't mind the salads anymore but now I'm looking into Stir frys to change things up a bit. Watching my protein portions, didn't know that too much could turn to sugar. Also eating until satisfied not until full, didn't realize your body releases hormones when you are full to request more insulin emoticon So, now I'm very mindful of every thing I eat and how I eat.

We went out to eat yesterday for lunch and I ordered the steak with parmessan cheese, mushrooms and broccoli, everything was huge! I started eating, focusing on how I felt not on how much was on the plate. When I was satisfied I stopped. I had so much left on my plate! Enough for two more meals, crazy! Packed it up and took it home.


Everything is looking up.

Btw, be very, very careful what you ask God for. I asked him to change me on the inside last month out of desperation because I couldn't lose weight. Well, he did emoticon I now have Diabetes. So, again be careful of what you wish for!

Barbara

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BLCKKITTY,

I see that you want to looses 77 pounds. First of all, and I don't know why, but excess body fat really impacts blood sugar and insulin work. In other words loose the 77 pounds and things will really improve.

Easy to say "just" loose the weight. If you are like me you've been battling your weight for a long time. If you are like I was then you don't know what to do to effectively do that. I certainly was overweight for a long time, and didn't really know how to go at that.

These days, as a type-2 diabetic, if my blood sugar goes out of whack, and it did recently with too many Easter chocolates, it doesn't recover in a 12 hour period of eating "right", or even within one day. If my blood sugar goes up, it very slowly goes down, not just a meal to meal thing.

So overall, to loose the 77 pounds, and to get your blood sugar under better control, I suggest you eat fewer carbs, like the salad you wrote about. For myself it is a freakishly low 30 grams of carbs a day. You might say how is that possible? Well to give you an idea of how it isn't just misery, let me tell you what breakfast was. A two egg omelet with some shredded cheese and half a pepperoni stick in slices in there. Total grams of carbs in that was 4. Leaving a huge 26 for the rest of my day.

You will find that the 77 pound weight loss is much easier if you cut carbs, have less insulin, and your body fat is not in lockdown due to the insulin response to the carbs.

Send me a note on SPARKMAIL and I'll send you an invitation to a great low carb team.

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Hi, I'm Barbara and Wednesday morning I got the results back from my blood work for my A1C and found out that I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I knew something was wrong with me. I told him back in January when I got the initial blood work done but they missed doing that blood sugar test and I couldn't understand why he didn't do that test for me but he did all the other tests. He is a good doctor but sometimes I feel like he is either too busy or just doesn't treat me with the same seriousness as my husband or my mother-in-law and I don't understand why. He kept waivering back and forth on whether it was prediabetes or Diabetes and I got mad and took the lab paper off his hands and looked at it and read it myself. It clearly said Diabetes A1C 6.6 HIGH. He then gets mad at me and tells me to give it back to him, so I do. At this point I understood that I needed to go to another doctor for my Diabetes care. He gave me a prescription for Metaformin to take at dinner time and told me to check my blood sugar once a day and gives me a referral to Diabetes classes.

My other two brothers (one of them passed away and was a Type 1 diabetic) the other is a Type 2 and they both checked their sugars all the time. So, I've been checking my blood sugar since I got home Wednesday night, before and after each meal and it is all over the place. Always above 130, and the only time it got down to 103 was when I had nothing but a simple salad emoticon

So, went to the library and got some books on what to eat and will be doing some research on the internet too to see what else I can do, I also joined some groups on FB. I found your group so I joined it too. I'm kind of overwhelmed right now with all the information. I signed up for the Diabetes classes with the hospital but I won't be going to them until May 6th (soonest they could get me in).

I'm just glad to finally know what is wrong with me. I looked up the symptoms for Diabetes and I had all 10 out of 10, yes I have a UTI too so I had number 10 female infections emoticon . Making changes on my eating and tracking and writing my foods again and starting to get active again. I need to lose this weight, hopefully with the food changes and the Metaformin I can lose this weight, I was having such a hard time losing the weight before. One step at a time though, I keep telling myself.

I found a real Diabetes doctor who works here at the local hospital and left her a message for an appointment. Hopefully with the right doctor and the right plan I can get this under control and get healthy. Maybe undo the Diabetes, I don't know. But I am praying for the best.

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I'm Becky. Diagnosed with Type 2 about a month ago. My dad was diagnosed with Type II around my current age, so I have been trying for years to NOT be diagnosed with it too, but I failed. I am, however a positive thinker and I am reading 2 books on reversing it, and I hope to learn from those books, this group and other sources.

I'm a strong Christian, left-handed, disabled for a very long time (half my life), and I guess you'd call me a homebody because I like gardening, playing with our dogs. My husband is a long-haul flatbed truck driver, and since he's gone 3-6 weeks at a time, I don't really get out much. I'm also fluent in Spanish. I used to be a bilingual legal secretary, Spanish teacher, paralegal, when I wound up with MS. After 1 "visit" to the hospital every 6 months, I went for disability and it was approved.

About me: I've had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since age 28. I'm 56 now, so that's half my life, and I am still walking on my own, so I think I'm doing something right. I cook almost everything from scratch. I am overweight, have tried for many years to get it under control, but I crave sweet and salty things. I am using Splenda to sweeten things like tea, but I hear bad things about artificial sweeteners in general. I just know that there is just too much info out there on Diabetes, and I wish I had someone sitting next to me, taking me by the hand or at least giving me some guidelines for this new challenge.

Many, many thanks!

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Definitely a combined effort JAMES. I don't think one would work without the other. In fact it took me a long time to start exercising, I just did the diet thing alone. I see a big difference overall now. Most Doctors tell you to start walking. Honestly I feel extreme exercising like work outs, strength training, can be overdone save it for bodybuilders. I am toning just with the walking. I like the "waffling!" lol. Hmmmm never itched with D2. Come to think when I lose weight, there is a bit of itching maybe from changing weights? Not sure of that one. Like the fact you weigh and measure your food, one of the best tools here for a diabetic. I don't eat any sort of breads or pastas, they load up carbs on you fast, and it becomes difficult to keep low carbs. One sandwich can do in your carbs for the day.
It's a known fact for those who say they don't have time to exercise, do sit in front of a TV for 2 to 3 hours. Have to add that even Ezkiel bread has 15 carbs per teensy slice, unreal. I grind it up for a filler like bread crumbs for breading or for meat/or Lentil loaf.

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RAEVENSCROW,
I'll be one of your internet friends!

I did some internet searching and itchy skin can be a sign of high blood sugar. I'm no medical doctor so I'm just taking a big guess on that connection. I am a type-2 diabetic myself. What pushed me over the edge were some steroids I took for other issues. I "probably" had poor body chemistry before and was more or less pre-diabetic and didn't know it.

While taking the steroids I developed really bad pimples. I decided that the steroids were not agreeing with me and quit them days before my doctor called me to go to the emergency room for insulin. I was at risk for a heart attack, but he didn't tell me that. If he did, wel the extra stress...

So maybe your itchy skin is your body trying to get rid of something? In any case as a type-2 diabetic you can do a lot for yourself with lifestyle changes. Do make time for some exercise each day. Just a 20 minute walk helps. If you don't think you have time for that then what about television? If you watch any TV during the day then you have time for a walk.

Also, change what you eat. I've managed my diabetes without medication for 3 years now. I count my grams of carbs. This morning it was coffee with just a hint of milk, strawberry bread (made from strawberry protein powder) and unsweetened peanutbutter on top. A total of 6 grams of carbs. It just so happens that this morning I weighed every item I ate for breakfast, including the peanut butter on my "bread". In my former life breakfast would have included two slices of wheat based toast with strawberry jam, 50 grams of carbs in that alone.

Take control. Be aware of what you eat. Get yourself a digital scale, research the nutrition of what you are eating. All carbs (except fibre) will raise blood sugar. As far as I know dietary fat doesn't impact blood sugar, and protein does but to a much lesser degree than carbs.

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MJLUVSANIMALS,

I could try to weasel out of this by going back and editing my post ...

But I'll waffle a bit. I don't think that exercise burns off many calories. Let's take walking at a moderate pace for an average adult, that is about 300 calories per hour tops.
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Just being alive is about 50 per hour. So walking is an extra 250 per hour. To loose a pound of fat that is 3500/250 = 14 hours. Walk an hour a day, and in two weeks that will be one pounds lost.

However, here comes the waffle part, exercise is still good for your health. I've measued my blood sugar before taking a walk, and after a one hour walk, and it really did lower my blood sugar. It also lowers insulin resistance.


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Good Morning, My name is Michele. I live in Killeen, Texas with my fiance & puppy & cat. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a week ago from my Doctor. He didn't give me any medication yet, he wants me to wait till i go to some classes for it and do another fasting & urine testing. I have been going thru alot of itches on my forehead & arms. It's all god but driving me nuts. Not sure how to get rid of it or what to take to relax it. It's like my skin is burning with having that issue. I need a friend or 2 who i can talk to about this and vent too.. My fiance and i are cutting back on alot of foods and have changed our eating habits on alot of other foods. I went out and bought a blood sugar testing thing. was scared the first time to use it.

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I have to disagree with that JAMES I have found that walking everyday along with watching my diet helps to rid the weight much faster when your older. You know they say if your older you lose the weight much slower, because of metabolism slowing down. Eh no. Not only does exercise help with that, it does help with the disease as well. I am at this point walking 2 miles a day, working to get it to 3 miles, along with healthy choices and low carb eating. Another thing is the fact the thickness in the waist? Another area they also say is part of aging, again wrong. I see a remarkable difference in the waistline as well. It works for me. As soon as I heard the words diabetes 2, sugar in no form was no longer an option. It really scared me into reality of being diagnosed. People need to take this disease seriously. I have one on FB that is driving me nuts, because her glucose is 200+ She thinks it's all a game in how she handles it. It's not a game. But truly the most of it is your food choices, people need to know this. But for me, exercise does help too. Walking mainly.

Time waits for no one. Do it while your still young. It DOES get harder as you age, things don't snap back like it used to.


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JERSEYJO17,

Well I guess I tried to fool myself too when I was where you are. I just denied it, that if I just cut out that spoonful of sugar in my coffee, then things would be fine. That went along for a year or more as my doctor said "watch what you eat".

As for loosing weight, it is 95% what you eat. Exercise makes very little difference in burning off the pounds. Great for fitness, but very little on body weight, so that is actually good news.

Read your SPARKMAIL under "MY TRACKERS" tab, I've sent you a note.

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Hi! I was pre-diabetic for 5 years and never made the adjustments I should have. Now I am diabetic and take oral medication to control. I added exercise to my week, but like life, I only do it when I feel like doing it. I haven't changed my diet, other than stopping soda and snacks. I have been unemployed for the last 6 years and have used that as my excuse to not deal with eating better. I "fool" myself into thinking I am not doing any harm to myself. Basically I am at ground zero and don't know where to start. Help? I have no one to exercise with and keep to myself. I don't leave the house much, unless I have to be somewhere. Oh, I have been the same exact weight for 2 years.

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Hi James,
I can't even imagine that number right now. I call it a good Meal if I can keep it under 30g LOL
We'll see how my journey unfolds.

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Awesome! JAMES Your leading by example will help others to choose their path to health more wisely. Diabetes does not have to rule us!! We rule it!!!

Time waits for no one. Do it while your still young. It DOES get harder as you age, things don't snap back like it used to.


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CJODEN,

Either directly or indirectly I count my grams of carbs. I have a maximum daily carb load of about 30 grams. 50 on a "bad" day.

I much prefer wise food choices to taking pills all the time.

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Good for you! CJODEN that is the attitude to have with this defeatable disease. I heard too much on how many side affects that these medications have. Besides I have friends that decided that the medication will take care of their problem, and they can still continue to eat poorly, and sit on the couch. I didn't like that. I wish more people would work with trying to rid themselves of this disease. Again! Kudo's!! MJ

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Hi everybody! Here's the diabetic scoop on me. I'd tested as a pre-diabetic for about 5 years, last year, probably due to diet changes, my A1c actually went down a tiny bit. Just last October I decided to add exercise to the mix (about time right?) I started getting leaner almost right away I thought man those numbers will go down again!
Sadly, my A1c jumped almost a full point and put me in the diabetic range. What a shock! That was on February 2. After spending three days REALLY depressed, I got busy evaluating "what went wrong?". The long and short of it was that I didn't realize how many carbs lurk in my fruits and veggies of choice (and portion... I admit it). I also started tracking my blood sugars like the doctor asked.
I just had my two week follow-up with the doctor. Drum roll please... and was able to report that my fasting BG was between 88 and 101 for two weeks of diligent carb counting and continued work-outs. Here's the really cool part, my doc says there's a good chance that I'll be able to handle this Dx with diet and exercise alone! As long as my numbers don't climb again
Since I don't like to take any meds unless I absolutely Have to, this is a great motivator to buck up and stop whining about the things I miss eating. Last year I learned to prefer fresh over processed food and avoid the obvious starchy foods. I can learn to like lower carb choices too!

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Hi Meredith...thanks so much for your encouraging post... I look forward to be where you are... ! Hugs, Risa

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Risa, Three months in I'm feeling more in control and have just started branching out a bit diet-wise. First I had to get my sugars under control, then figure out how to keep them there, which is ongoing. For Valentine's Day dinner, we ate hardly any carbs in our dinner and then had a mini chocolate mousse cake (very small portion) for dessert. I tested two hours after I started eating dinner and my BS was fine. So I'm slowly figuring out how to manage things so that I can have the odd treat on special occasions. I have no intention of making it a regular thing, but it's nice to know that once in a while I can indulge in chocolate. Otherwise, my husband, who is an incredible cook, and I have been eating tasty, nutritious meals that have kept us happy and losing weight, with the help of a nutritionist. I'm not even feeling deprived most of the time. It takes time, practice, and diligence, but you can get there.

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Meredith and James, Thanks so much for the welcome... I'm meeting with my doctor next week to discuss "diet" and the result of my test, etc.... I'm trying to read up on diabetes in the mean time....here, online, books from the library, etc....

Joining this team is a great start... my birthday is coming up on Thursday... but I think I can manage without cake... and I'm going out to dinner Low Carb.... sashimi (not sushi) dinner at a Japanese restaurant... things are looking up and I'm feeling better about everything...

Happy to be here!

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Welcome Cathy and Risa!

I'm not newly diagnosed, but I've been there. I remember just ignoring it, the denial, and the "why me?".

Well what stresses blood sugar is carbs. It took me too long a time (measured in many years) to take action and control. So I hope you can learn from my bad example. I just took the prescribed medication and thought that was all I could do. Not true at all.

For the last 3 years I've taken no medication. The cost of that is to seriously cut down on carbs. If you had told me that I would have thought, oh man, I can't eat this, i can't eat that, and rabbit food for the rest of my life ... Bummed out.

The truth is by choosing to eat low carb things I manage my blood sugar, my preferences in taste have fully changed. I'm eating healthier than ever in my life and enjoying it. Fatty things are not out on a low carb diet. Prime rib is not rabbit food.

Carbs also lock up body fat, so if you want to loose weight I think low carb is the way to go.

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Welcome Cathy and Risa! I was diagnosed around Thanksgiving. I've found the support on Spark Teams very helpful. I also went to a terrific diabetes educator/nutritionist and an endocrinologist, both of whom have been very helpful. I've reduced the amount of carbs I eat - but I'm not ultra low carb and I enjoy the variety in my diet. I also exercise a lot. Those two things along with getting a handle on my portion sizes has resulted in weight loss and blood sugar levels that are pretty much under control at this point. I'm still learning a lot, but taking decisive action is definitely very helpful. Good luck with your journeys!

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my name is cathy and I was just diagnosed with diabetes 2 last week it was an emotional roller coaster but I need to fix my health I am here to get s u pport and ideas

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May need to add, I am also getting good readings on my B/P, with changing my lifestyle. At one time I had to take beta blockers because it just wouldn't go down. Now my Dr. is looking at gradually lowering dosage, as I go. Already did once, now looking at a future with no B/P meds as well. My Dr. knows I will not subject myself to the "shoebox full" like parents did, one to do this, one to do that, one that counteracts the other, good grief! I missed my calling should have had my own pharmaceuticals company!!!! lol

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Nice...the recipe looks awesome! Thank you for your response and the recipe, MJLUVSANIMALS!

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Well, it certainly isn't your weight! Great numbers there! My headaches were caused by uncontrolled blood pressure, years ago. But I did take medications for that. At that time, it was no fixing with diet and exercise like you can with D2. Sugar is in everything, all processed has sugar in it's ingredients. There is no getting away from it, unless you drop processed foods. I like chocolate, but I like milk chocolate, not the dark which they say is much better for you. So no chocolate here. I did find a recipe that sounds perfect for a diabetic, no sugar involved at all, I would just trade out the semi-sweet chips for pure cacao. But I try not to involve myself in any form of sweet foods, other than the occasional fruit. I feel that because of my "sweet tooth" That's what got me here in the first place, besides eating wrong for most of my life. You know that old saying "I wish I knew then, what I know now" My life would have been completely different. But alas you cannot turn back time. I just hope that most of our life experiences and choices these days, can help the younger ones to take a look at their lives and how they are living it today. Hope everything works out for you READYRISA and you don't have to take those medications. I will post that recipe in a blog.

Here's the recipe check it out! http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/reci
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I went to the hospital for a horrible headache in December and then learned that I had Type 2 Diabetes! Headache turned out to be a migraine...but it was scary since I had a stroke just last February. So for a followup I had a diabetes test (just last month) and sure enough I am Type 2 Diabetes (just learned of this last week)... so ... no more chocolate for me... and I guess that means those nutrition bars, too 'cuz it's coated with chocolate. Will be meeting with my doctor to discuss next week she wants to see me to discuss... I know my diet will definitely need to be turned around.. anything to avoid any shots or meds! Anyways... happy to find this group! Thank you for being here!

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My Dr. initially wanted to start me on Metformin, I guess it's the go to for new diabetics. But I nixed that right in the bud. I said if I couldn't do it with changing my lifestyle and increasing exercise (actually doing exercise) at that time I just used the treadmill for catching my clothes! lol I'm sure that sounds familiar to the most of us.
But with the low carb, I will not eat bacon and I limit my eggs, I have cheese very rarely. I do no sort of sweets, other than berrys. Going for plums this Summer, they have lowest amt. of carbs. And definitely no processed meats, like lunchmeat, and salted meats. I am strictly all about the veges and limited fruits, plus the seeds and nuts, but those are pretty high in carbs as well. I eventually want to cut out meat as well. ( I am an animal lover, and eating them doesn't seem quite right) This is all about natural, and less intake of processed and medications. Your saying that metformin messed with your memory, another reason I hate drugs, there is always something, my gosh look at all the "if your taking" commercials these days. Good to hear JAMES that you are controlling it mainly with diet. Too many people think that medication is the answer, and they can go about eating all the crap out there anyway. What was your AIC first time you were diagnosed. Mine was 10+. Last known was 6.0 Haven't tested since I started low carbs. Can't wait to see the results of that! And I like rabbit food!! lol Looking at my older nutrition charts, even though I stayed with the calorie goals, my carbs were 120 or more. Now I keep it under 50 or less. So my next testing should be pretty darned good, if this is working for me. It surely is helping to drop the lbs.

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Hi BOBBI,
I was on pills for 9 years. For the last 3 I have managed my blood sugar with diet only.

It isn't all rabbit food. Nope, eggs, bacon, all sorts of vegetables and meat. Eggs, cheese, and the list goes on. In the last year or so I've finally got my protein powder cake recipe tasting like cake. Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla (the flavours of protein powder available).

I eat 30 or so grams of carbs a day. When I started this it was by accident. Years of metformin have ruined my vitamin B absorbtion, and vitamin B is critical for memory. So I started low carb, forgot to take my meds, and the rest is history for me. I do have permanent memory issues, probably from taking metformin, and I'm really pissed about that.

Just google "metformin cognitive impairment"

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Thanks everyone for your comments and in time I am hoping that I too can get off of,
my meds and just eat the right way and make it healthy for me...and I am hoping too lose,
some weight as my numbers get better.

I am doing my best to eat to a healthy way.

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Hi Bobbi,
Welcome to the team! I was diagnosed around Thanksgiving and have taken it very seriously. I seriously cut back on carbs and calories and got myself to a nutritionist/diabetes educator. I've always exercised regularly, but I picked that up a notch too. I've lost over 30 pounds since and have my blood sugar well in control. You can do it too! It takes commitment and - most important - prioritizing taking care of yourself over everything else. If you don't make your health a priority with this disease, you will lose it. Good luck! I'm finding these teams very helpful for support and hope you do too.
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Hi Bobbi. I never took medicine, and refuse to do so, when I know that I can change it with diet and exercise. But then I was never put in the hospital either.
Your best bet is watching what you eat, and do exercise, even if it were a small amount each day.
Share it with your Doctor, what you may be trying to do with improving your health. My Dr. was ecstatic and told me I no longer had diabetes 2. My life's goal is to keep it controlled and stay healthy. My Doctor said I may become a spokesperson to help with all the rest of his patients who would rather take all the medications then do anything to help it go away. Of course he then said, I would put him out of a job and the pharmaceuticals as well! lol He said over half of his patients he has diagnosed with D2 take meds period.
But in your case do what is needed until you can prove you can change it. My Dr. said to get with a nutritionist on the right way to eat for a diabetic, which would probably help too. I didn't but I wasn't taking the medication either.
It is lifelong, it will always be there, it doesn't go away. But we can control it. Hopefully someday you won't have to take the medications. My situation may have been way different than yours, which is obvious, with the Hospital trip.

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My Name is "Bobbi" and I am 5"3 and I am married to my hubby Ronnie of 20 yrs.
I was diagnosed with diabetes on 1/21/15 I was put in ICU,
for 2 days because when I was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia my B/S #815 ugh,
and so I was given Insulin then when I had my follow up after being released....I was took,
off Insulin and was given " METFORMIN HCL 1,000 MG 2 X A DAY" and I am also taken,
"GLIPIZIDE 5 MG" 1 TABLET 2 X A DAY. And was told to do this for 3 months and if,
everything works out then I can stay on the pill but if not then I have to get back on the,
INSULIN ugh...so will do my best to eat good but some times I get the shakes.and I am,
a newly diabetic here...trying to do good in my eating...



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MJLUVSANIMALS,

Amen! I just took my diabetes medication as the only thing I could do for myself (and cut down my sugar intake).

But I didn't understand for almost a decade how bad, and really equivalent, all carbs are, even if they don't taste sweet. Net result, .. Years of diabetes meds led to poor vitamin B absorbtion, which lead to permanent memory problems.

I guess I should have taken my diabetes meds, and vitamin B supplements. Duh, well no, ... I should have changed what I ate and gone low carb about 12 years ago. I wish I had.

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I cannot believe how some can not realize how dangerous diabetes is. I think they need to do a documentary on the many dangers of diabetes, and film actual people who have abused it and died eventually from it. I had blurred vision, and the starting of neuropathy, I had no clue as to why, until the diagnosis. But since that diagnosis, the blurred vision has been alleviated and the neuropathy hasn't advanced, in fact it seems like it actually is subsiding. Like I said before I do not take the medications, I study nutrition and follow a low carb diet, and increase my physical exercise when I can. I value my life. It kills me how some don't. The sugar thing? I was what I call a sugar-holic, and I totally gave it up. I did indulge a bit on the Holidays, but in nibbles and that was enough for me! And I began this new year with no sugar, onward! Your Brother needs to check on it. It's better to get it early and not to the advanced stages of kidney problems. I still lean towards raw foods after seeing the DVD Where they studied a group with diabetes a couple of them with diabetes 1
One man with an outrageous A1C walked out after a week or so, because he couldn't hack eating only raw foods. He won't be with us too much longer, plus he was at the 400 lb mark, as we know this is one of the many reasons so many of us are diagnosed with this horrible disease. Actually I've known people who did not have weight problems but were still diagnosed with it, genetic I am guessing, jury is still out on that one. My friend is very slender, and he is taking meds and insulin, and still eats poorly and is sedentary in his activities, he has already been in the hospital, with the threat of losing a limb. So lifestyle must have a big part of why we get it, not just from our being overweight. Exercise is key. Walking is the best. I am not into the extreme work outs, that can be overdone as well.

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I worry about my family all the time. My brother isn't diagnosed but does show all the signs, and my dad just ignores his diabetes and eats sugar like it is an endangered food. He has some of the visual and physical issues already related to it as well. He won't listen too me, but I hope that by changing my life maybe it will influence him (especially since he has to eat the dinner I cook emoticon ).

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13BAGGIERRA13, Welcome! I was diagnosed in November and it scared me out of my mind - still does. I lost both my father and my younger brother to complications from this disease. It scared me enough to get really serious about taking care of myself, and I'm doing well now. Cutting carbs down has really helped weight loss; I've lost 25 pounds in the last two months. I'm exercising too. As the last post suggests, we can choose quality of life over a horrible way to die. You CAN do this. Reach out to people when you need to. I've found others on SparkPeople to be very helpful.

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13BAGGIERRA13 Try going on the 10 day detox, and eat exactly how they say to. It's all natural no pills or gimmicks. You can drop a lb. a day. You can find it on Dr. Oz's website. The breakfast drink made me gag at first, but after a couple of days it was easy to drink, and the results were phenomenal!! Renewed energy, no more cravings for the "bad" foods. It's kind of a springboard to your future health. I do it after the Holidays because I do tend to nibble on something I shouldn't, but we all do, it's just our human nature. It's all about nutritional eating and portion control from here on out. When I was diagnosed, the first words from my Dr. were "lose the weight" and "drop all white foods" (sugar, flour etc.) I was so scared from the diagnosis (I know down the line it leads to a horrible life) That I from that day vowed to take care of myself and keep this dreaded disease out of my life. It's a choice of quality life or a horrible way to die. I chose quality life!

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This is the day I have dreaded for the past few years. This morning I went to the doctor and found a Diabetic Diagnosis waiting for me. It really wasn't a big surprise as my parents are both diabetic, but I have been really trying to change things around so I could avoid it. I gave up soda 7 years ago, I managed six months on a chocolate free diet and slipped back into the sugar rush. I am 34 and bigger than I care to admit, but more than that I am scared that I won't be able to drop the weight (ever). I have always been larger than everyone I know, and couldn't change it no matter what I did. Here's to a fresh attempt and hopefully a real change in my life...my future is depending on it.


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I was newly diagnosed over a year ago, and have done well with my food choices. I gave up a lot of problem food, and concentrate solely on clean whole foods I don't eat dairy, red meat, sugars, flours (white food) no pastas, no bread. I live solely on limited amounts of nuts seeds, high fats - Organic avocados, EVOO. The rest is vegetables and small amount of fruits (mostly berries) I am trying so hard to keep it low carbs, because I still have a small amount of weight to lose to get to goal, and it's been the hardest to do, because I am guessing it hung around for many many years! I do eat some poultry and fish, but I am cutting back on that as well. I don't eat the high carbs, grains and legumes. I love lentils but they are 29 carbs per cup. And to try to keep within my allowed calories, it's been pretty darned hard. I just completed a 10 day detox that was low carb, I also lost 7 lbs in the 10 day period. (this was Holiday weight) I don't take medication for my diabetes, I do it with just my diet and daily walking.

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James,
I finally have a meter and have been tracking since Sunday. My doctor asked me to take 250 mg of metformin a day starting Saturday, which I've been doing. So far the readings are okay and I'm feeling okay. I think I'll have a lot more information after seeing the nutritionist and endocrinologist. At least I feel a little safer now that I can check my glucose level.

Hi Amber, I'm just starting to figure these things out myself. I'll let you know if I learn anything relevant in the next few days.

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Hi! I'm Amber. I was pre-diabetic for at least 5 years, and then last December I had part of my pancreas removed because I had a cyst on it. I was doing good til June 2014. I started being tired all of the time, and I wasn't really checking my sugars. So I decided to buy another checker, and my levels were 300 to 400 for a couple days. I called my doctors office, and they had me come in the next day. So she my A1C's were 8.4. She put me on glimipiride and increased my metformin. After 4 months, I reduced my a1c's to 6.6. So I wasn't put on insulin. I'm trying to do it with diet and exercise. My problem is when I go exercise my sugar maybe 160 to 200. After working out, my sugars fly down to 60's. Then I have to drink sugar pop to make it rise. What doy ou guys do before you work out so your blood sugar don't drop that low?

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MEREDITHB51,
Are you testing your blood sugar? It sounds like the lower carbs you are eating required less metformin than you were initially prescribed, and if you kept taking that original dosage it would perhaps have driven your blood sugar too low.

Any blood sugar measurement going on?

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RMOLINA68,
Protein and fat won't raise you blood sugar, not much anyway. Carbs are really the only thing that raise blood sugar.

The North American average, for an adult is 330 grams of carbs a day, and this is more than the average diabetic can handle. So you should read labels on things and make lower carb choices. Sugar is of course bad, but it took me a long time to understand that even non-sweet things are bad for diabetics.

Wheat for example is not sweet, but is 70% carbs, only things like sugar, at 100% is much higher. My old breakfast of shredded wheat, with sugar on top, in milk, was a real bad thing for me.

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Hi Rosa,
I'm brand new to this too. I don't even have a blood glucose meter yet and my appointment with a CDE is not until next Friday. I started but had to stop Metformin because I was reacting badly to it or getting hypoglycemic - don't know which. I've been changing my diet to reduce carbs but have no idea what effect that might be having - I'm kind of wandering around in the dark. Feel free to reach out for support as we embark on this journey and I will do the same. With enough information and determination, I'm sure both of us can move past this fear and onto positive action. Let me know how it goes.
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Hi Deean, my name is Rosa and I am just like you. I am new to all these and it is hard to know what to eat. It seems that everything I choose to eat it raises my blood sugar. I guess I have a lot to learn about this disease. If you have any suggestions or aadvice for me I would really appreciate it. I am all alone oon this and so it is a little scary for me.

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I've read sweet potatoes don't raise blood sugar like white potatoes do so it's strange that they have more net carbs. Today I had protein cereal and milk, home made salad with romaine lettuce, baby spinach, american cheese, 4 slices turkey, grape tomatoes,ceasar dressing (low fat). Dinner was my leftover ribs and sweet potato. Snack was a zone bar.

Wish I could make myself get on the elliptical machine but I don't feel up to exercising with swollen knees yet.

Went to the doctor and got good news though. My A1C is now 6.9. Two weeks ago at work it was 7.6. Last May it was 8.8. Strange that the 3 month average would be that different after two weeks but I'll take it.

I mentioned I was using expired test strips I believe. Well, my after lunch test result on the doctor's meter was 192 and on my meter it was 109. I will pick up the new test strips tomorrow. He said that result was fine since it was only 1 hour instead of 2 and he liked my A1c.

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Well by my 6% rule I don't eat potatoes rice or yams. Pretty much every restaraunts has a choice of sides. Yes you sort of feel like a rabbit when you choose a side of broccoli and a side salad, and no starch, so be it.

Here are the net carb percentages by weight:
Potatoes 14%
Yams (sweet potatoes) 25%
Rice 20%
Broccoli 1%

Yesterday I ate at subway. They actually serve a salad, I loaded it with high calorie but low carb things:
Mayonaise 1%. (Yes the stuff is 75% fat, but only 1% carbs)
Guacamole 3%

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I've been tracking everything for 3 days now...2 days were good but today not so good. I had all day training so lunch was Chick-Fil-A grilled chicken and waffle fries. Dinner out with a friend (unplanned) was Texas Road House 1/2 slab ribs, loaded sweet potato (brought home half of each) 1 roll, and a ceasar salad. Funny thing is the salad was the most calories. I know I should have made better choices. I did have splenda in my tea instead of sweet tea.

Blood sugars were about 115 Sunday and Monday. About 2 hours after dinner tonight blood sugar is 133. It could have been a lot worse. I'm on Invokana and didn't take it until about noon so maybe that helped. One of my goals is to get off the Invokana by this summer. Here's my stats:

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Fat 45 67 114
Carbs 97 113 234
Protein 42 99 58
Sodium 573 1779 2349
Fiber 13 18 12
Water 4 6 8

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Thanks, James, for the tips and encouragement. I've found that when I eat more than 50 net carbs a day (sometimes 30 net carbs will do it depending on the food), my blood sugar gets too high for me. I'm trying to keep it under 105 or lower, under 90 is ideal for me, but very hard to do if I eat a normal, say casserole with pasta, rice, potatoes, corn, beans, etc. I love chicharrones (fried pork skins) but topping them with melted cheese sounds so yummy, I'll have to try that soon!

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CANDYCANE2B,

As diabetics, or pre-diabetics, we all know that carbs are an issue for us. We also know that we need to eat "right".

The problem is eating right is not well defined. Diabetes is not like a light switch, on or off, it is a gradual decline in ones ability to tolerate carbs. Everyone has their personal tolerance. My opinion is that it is a slow burn-out of the insulin producing system trying to manage your blood sugar.

That said, I suggest you look at foods in terms of their percentage of digestible carbs by weight. Avoid the high ones and make alternate choices that make you just as happy but with less carbs. Aim for 100 grams of carbs or less per day. When you do that, lower the bar to 90 etc. you don't have to make a change from one day to the next. 100 a day is not all that restrictive.

As for alternate choices, I used to eat potato chips as a snack, those are pretty close to 50% net carbs by weight. Today I eat pork rind puffs, 6%, with melted shredded cheddar cheese at about 1% carbs. Tastes great, and very low on carbs.

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Hi, I'm not really a newly diagnose diabetic as I found out last fall that I had Type 2, pre-diabetes. But after being off Spark People for the summer/fall, I found this team and wanted to join! I need all the help I can to manage this disease before it masters me and to get encouragement and tips and also to encourage others!

Both my mom and my dear sister had diabetes (type 2). Both my mom and sister have passed so I have many reasons why to get a grip on this disease early on. I have been on the Atkins Low-Carb diet for about 4-5 months now. I went off my diet this last weekend and my fasting blood sugar this morning was 142. Not good for me as I'm basically on my own to control this by diet. My dr has basically given me no help except that my sugars "are a little high, you need to eat a more healthy diet like the South Beach, but I don't advise the Atkins"

Well for the first month I did try the South Beach diet, and frankly, it's just too confusing for me and hard to sustain in my situation. I found Jenny Ruhl and her Diabetes 101 website and that helped me a lot. I now am eating low-carb foods to try to regulate my blood sugars so to reduce my possibilities of getting diabetic complications.

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I joined this team to get as much information as I can about controlling my diabetes. I find I stick to my diet much better if I can stay focused. I hope to be able to get advice and support as questions come up.

I've read some of your posts on low carb eating and found them interesting. I want to include more protein and less carbs in my diet although I don't know if I will go as low carb as you have. Just not eating sweets will be a big improvement for me at this point.


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MUMMMZ,
What are your aspirations on this team? To know you are not alone? To get advice, or support?

Tough love?

I'm not newly diagnosed, about 12 years now, but the last 30 months have been medication free for me, and tha wasn't the case for the 9 years before that. Keep posting.

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Hi James,
I don't usually crave salty snacks so I can pass on the potato chips. I eat way too many carbs like pasta and potatoes but my real downfall is candy. When I'm stressed or bored I look for chocolate candy or cake. I'll be retiring in December so I hope the stress level will go down and I'll have more time for exercise.

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How do yo define "not eating right"?

Those are probably things low on the Nutrition/Calorie values. Like potato chips?

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LIVN4HISGLORY,
Type 1. I've got type 2, but if you are counting carbs then I have some advice.

First of all carbs themselves provide nothing that humans need for good health. They provide energy, but nothing else. Fat and protein are needed for good health and calories too.

So if you are trying to keep your carbs low, then I suggest you rate or rank your foods by percentage of net carbs by weight.

Fuhrman has an interesting equation:
Health = nutrition/calories

So if you look at particular nutrient, like vitamin C, you will find that green peppers rate better than oranges by his equation. So though I don't follow much of his book, I do like that equation of his and it really helps focus me on healthy eating and keeping the dead carbs low.

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Hello everyone,
I've been away from SparkPeople for a while and decided to return to try to lose some weight again and get my blood sugar in control.

I was diagnosed as Pre-Diabetic until my doctor's appointment in May 2014 when my A1C result was 8.8. I was put on a new medication, Invokana. I took it for a few months then starting forgetting to take it off and on the last couple of months. My A1C was 7.6 on 11/5/14. This test was done at a health fair at work. I thought the medicine would lower my blood sugar more than that and I had not been eating right.

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Hi everyone! My name is Vic. I was just diagnosed on Monday with type 1 diabetes. I am a college student who is very involved and I am determined to not let my diabetes keep me from living life. I am working on getting the hang of tracking what I eat and counting carbs, but this is only my first day outside the hospital where I actually am doing that stuff on my own. Its going to be a learning curve, but I am determined.

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ANNDEEHI,

The correct foods to eat to manage your blood sugar are foods low in sugar. That is pretty obvious, just from the name. But any kind of carbohydrate, except fibre, is quickly, like in 10 minutes, turned into blood sugar.

So read your food labels. My rule of thumb is if it is more than 6% net carbs by weight, then I don't eat it. As an example, take a look at the label on a box of Fiber One cereal, which I used to eat, but don't anymore.

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30 g of this has 25 g of carbs, but 14.2 g of that are indigestible fiber, so don't count that. 30-14.2 is 15.8 net carbs. A lot of fiber, but 15.2 of the 30 is still digestible carbs, making fiber one just over 50% carbs by weight. Way too high.

Google the nutrition of other foods to find out what they are. Blackberries are just barely OK for example. I've managed my type 2 diabetes free of medication for 2 years now.

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I'm DeeAnn. I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I had gestational diabetes in 2005. I started insulin and Metformin today. My big problem is not knowing the correct foods to eat to keep my sugar levels down. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Welcome CAROLYN1065,

To control your blood sugar via diet you need to be aware that all carbohydrates (except fibre) turn into blood sugar, so not just the sweet tasting ones.

I view foods by their percentage of carbs by weight (not counting fiber), and make choices from there. You could also weigh what you eat and drink and calculate grams of carbs from various sources.

Anyway, the very first step is awareness of where your carbs are coming from.

James

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Hello,

My name is Carolyn and I was just diagnosed with Type 2 this past month after having blood work done under a new doctor. What a bummer! No medicine being recommended yet, just testing my glucose a couple times a week. I am not obese, so my goal is to loose only about 5 pounds. I eat pretty healthy and avoid sweets and processed foods. I have inherited HBP and high cholesterol, which I guess contributes to diabetes. Trying to learn what I can about controlling it all.

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Welcome PATTISLIM2,

The best advice I can give you is to cut down on carbohydrates of any kind. Sugar is obvious, but others like the carbs in rice, potatoes, carrots, etc. are not so clear because they don't taste sweet.

I suggest you record what you eat and drink. For each thing record the quantity, then calories, then grams of carbs, fat and protein.

Learn which things you eat contain the most carbs, then make different choices. For example:

Peanut butter (32 grams)
Calories (190)
Carbs (6 g)
Fat (16 g)
Protein (8 g)

James



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Hi - I'm Patti. I will turn 63 in May and was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I live in the Bay Area of Northern California, married 41 years and have one son, one pseudo-son and one pseudo-daughter! emoticon I need to get the weight off and the sugar down and I can use all the help I can get!!

I'm putting myrself first! The healthier I am, the better I am for everyone else in my life.


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SWEETNIGHTMARE,

I wish I could give you motivation. I took metformin for 9 years. I got depressed about my long term health with the stuff. I also suffered some cognitive impairment from taking it for so long. I've got a Ph.D. In theoretical physics but had a tough time understanding some undergraduate physics classes that I sat in on two years ago. That was depressing.

But rather than throw the towel in I decided to do what I could do. I stopped all diabetes medication, but switched the way I ate. I now avoid all the gratuitous carbs I can, and only eat things with 6% carbs by weight or less.

I just had an evening snack of Greek yogurt (3% carbs) flavoured with Mio (0% carbs) and some blackberries (5% carbs). So it's not all misery.

James

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Good morning. I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after having bloodwork completed. Since the start of this school I have put on about 20lbs from eating poorly and not exercising. I work with an Americorps program at a high school during the day and teach evening college classes. That on top of helping care for family doesn't leave me any time for myself. My dad is also type 2 and takes medicine and insulin. I don't want to have to take those. I'm right over the borderline so if I can get on track I will be fine. It's time I start caring about myself like I care about others.

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Hi
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in September. I have lost 10.2 pounds since then but i still have not really changed much about my diet. I am just not motivated to. I stopped taking my medication (Metformin) in January and just started taking it again this past week. I was also taking Byurden but I stopped because it was such a struggle to take the injections and it caused me to hyperventilate.. every.. time.

I am so bummed because I am very worried about my health but at the sametime I don't care enough to change.

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MACHELLEDW,

I know how you feel. I was in denial about my diagnosis for more than a year. I didn't change much of what I ate during that time, just less pure sugar, like I switched to diet drinks.

But basically I didn't change much of anything. Looking back at it I should have taken the bull by the horns right away.

James

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Hello. I was recently diagnosed with type II Diabetes and am still reeling from the news. Although there is Diabetes in my family my annual physicals never indicated a problem ..and then...boom...suddenly there it is. I am still trying to understand the disease and its impact and adjusting my lifestyle. Scary. But I guess I will learn to live with it. emoticon

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MARYTAZ, SANDRA2BTHIN,

20 months ago I went in a low carb moderate protein diet to loose weight, which I did. I lost 30 pounds.

But early on I found, by accident that my blood sugar was OK without medication. I was at the maximum dose of metformin (plus januvia) insulin was very close indeed.

For your health I STRONGLY suggest you count the grams of carbohydrates (all types except fibre) that you eat or drink. Find out where they are coming from, then avoid the high ones and start picking between the lower ones. For example you may like broccoli as much as carrots, but broccoli has far fewer carbs, so favour broccoli.

I'm at 30 grams of carbs a day, but no medications after 9 years of that. If you take the low carb path, don't try to get down to 30 all at once, but rather whittle away at what you are currently eating.

Send me SPARKMAIL and I'd be happy to invite you to a great low carb group.

James

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Thank you all so much for your support and help! I haven't wanted to tell anyone since I got the news. I guess I'm ashamed of how I got myself this way.

My blood test was on 1/20 and my FBS was 136 and my A1C was 148 (6.8%).

I've been looking at a few things on-line, mostly that I was made aware of from people here (Nutritionix and dLife). A lot of good information. I'm sure I'll get even more information on Monday at the class.

This weekend I've decided I'm not going to freak out about it. Since I don't know how many carbs yet that I should be eating, I'm just going to keep an eye on it.

I do have a gym membership and I'm going to start going back as of tonight. There's a pool and I can swim, as well as a couple water aerobics classes each week. I also have a dog that needs walking. I'm going to start walking a little bit longer and faster.

My weight at the doctor's on Monday was 292 lbs. They want do another blood test in 2 months to see how I'm doing. I really would like to lose 20 lbs. before then. That's my goal and I think it's doable.

This diagnosis has rocked me to my core. My dad died from diabetes complications.

I stopped all my other social media accounts for awhile, aside from this one. I'm going to focus more on my diet and exercise.

Thank you all for you support! It really does mean a lot!

Mary

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Hi my name is Sandra and I was diagnosed with type 2 last March. I am still learning what to eat and what not to eat. When I was diagnosed my BS was 500. A1c was 14.2. Yes it was a wake up call for me. Took me several weeks to get my BS down. I am on Metformin and Glipizide. If I don't eat to many carbs my FBS is 110 I did go to the classes. I do test my blood 2x a day. So far I am not on insulin.So much to learn when you are a diabetic.

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At the diabetes class be sure to ask about what to eat, and the effect of exercise, even just walking, on blood sugar. Don't take drugs as the only option on their own.

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I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes this week. Feeling very lost and alone. I let this happen. I was diagnosed with Pre-diabetes a couple of years ago. I knew where I was heading. Now I have to pay the consequences. My doc is putting me on high cholesterol meds as well. Right now, I don't have to take insulin, but I have to check my blood sugars 2x a day. I get the meter and stuff on Monday and attend the diabetes class.

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