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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.

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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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Mary,
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.

James

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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.

Mary

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James - thanks for the food look-up site! Wow, that is so great.

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FLYER99,
If you can avoid metformin by eating low carb, do it.

I was on metformin for 9 years, and very slowly cognitive impairment crept up on me. Google "metformin cognitive impairment".

I now have poor memory. It was a slow process, you take those pills every day, and in my case they slowly chipped away at me. No one day that I can point to.

James

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MOMAW24,
No you're not supposed to be hungry all the time. If you are hungry I suggest eating something fatty, like cheese. Just cheese, no crackers.

You can go to this site, enter the food of interest, generic name or brand name stuff and find out the nutritional information
m.nutritionix.com

Cheddar cheese for example has virtually zero carbs, and you don't want carbs.

Frankly carbs are addictive, like heroin. Your desire for cake and ice cream (probably chocolate bars etc.) is telling me you are carb addicted. I know that I used to be.

Yes it sucks being a diabetic, so what now? The key thing is to find enough low carb things that you do like. Here is a low carb muffin recipe (3 grams of carbs per muffin )
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Here is a low carb pancake recipe (5 grams grams of carbs per pancake)
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You are allowed 40 to 45 grams of carbs per meal. My blood sugar would not be under control if I ate that way. I'm at about 30 per day. But I 'm medication free and I was taking meds for years.

James

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Hi all! I am new to this stuff so please bear with me. Being diabetic sucks. I have been a diabetic for about 8 years however never really knew anything about it other then to take my meds that my doctor prescribed and everything in moderation. Well, my doc retired and I found a new one. After doing labs which I hadn't had done for a couple of years, I found out my blood sugars are way out of control. What a shock when I was told my blood sugars were averaging 398 and my A1C was 12+. She immediately started me on new meds. After being on them for 2 weeks she said they weren't helping and wanted me to go on Byetta, Victoza, or Byduren. I totally freaked out! She refered me to a Diabetic Educator who was a total _____________! They checked my blood sugar at the office and I told them I had just finished eating pizza and had a coke. My blood sugar was over 500. When the educator came in, all she talked about was putting me on insulin. She was not listen to me about learning what foods I can and can not eat. She degraded me and belittled me for 30 minutes. When she took me back to the person to teach me about giving me injections, I lost it and left the office bawling! I was a mess. Two days later, I called and made an appointment with a diabetic counselor.dietician. She was so helpful and I learnt so much however I am still struggling with the total lifestyle change.

My whole life, food was the center of everything: family gatherings, birthdays, holidays, Sunday lunch... I think you get the idea. Now I am having to learn a whole new lifestyle and it is hard. Trying to figure out what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat. I have not been able to go anywhere other than the market because I am still learning how and what to eat. This really sucks! My birthday is coming up and I can't have cake, I can't have ice cream, I can't have my birthday dinner! I know there are people out there with far more issues however for me this sucks! My husband was going to take me to the poconos for my birthday however I think we are going to have to cancel because I don't know how I will eat when I am there.

I am allowed 40-45 carbs per meal and have to have cardio exercise 30mins 5x per week and resistance training 3x per week for 10-20 minutes This really is not all that bad however I want my life back!

My blood sugars have been dropping since starting all of this on Thursday. This morning they were 258. I know this is still high however it must be low for me. My body is not regulating yet. I am hot then cold, then sweating like nobody's business and this is at night when I am trying to sleep. The important word there is trying. Like I started off saying, THIS SUCKS!

One question, am I suppose to be hungry most of the time?

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Hi there. My name is Bob and it wasn't a happy Friday the 13th for me as I was diagnosed as Type 2 today. My doctor and I have been doing A1C's for years and it crept up now to the point where he prescribed Metformin today. Kinda nervous about that as I heard it has side effects. Anyway, I am going to meet with a diabetes educator and meantime going to cut carbs, drink more water, exercise more and space my meals better. Also going to try and get better sleep and try and reduce stress. Good luck to all here. Cheers!


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My Dr asked me to go to a diabetes education class and I went today.
I learned a lot and they answered our specific questions. It was helpful to hear other people's questions also! emoticon
Have most of you also gone to these classes (through hospitals usually)?

I was diagnosed with Type 2 just 7 weeks ago... the day before I had surgery to replace my left knee! (I m scheduled for other knee to be replaced 12/17/13)


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Ladybird57,

It took me almost a decade to realize that all carbs (except fibre) raise blood sugar, not just the sweet tasting ones. I used to eat my Big Mac and fries with a diet coke and feel like I'd done all that I could, but look at this:

Big Mac: 44 grams carbs
Medium fries: 40 grams carbs (supersize is 70 grams)
Medium coke: 58 grams (supersize 113 grams)

So while having a diet coke helped I was still eating about 100 grams of carbs. For starters avoid the carbs that are easy to avoid. Learn the nutrition of all that you eat and drink, calories, grams of carbs, fat, protein. It only takes a few weeks to figure out what is in the most common things you eat.

James



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Hi LadyBird57!

Have you met with a nutritionist yet? Mine was a big help in planning meals and snacks based on my favorite foods and my work schedule.

Leanna (newly diagnosed type 2 last month)




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Hello,

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a few weeks ago, and as I was going on a trip to London, I decided to suspend trying to figure out what to do until I got back. So I'm back now and have to face the reality of the situation. This is my wake-up call. All help is appreciated. emoticon

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Krys,
Your short list is all good except for the fruit. Lots of carbs, of the sugar type.

Normally one would say fruit is healthy for you, and it is, but not as a diabetic. Don't worry about vitamin C, you can get that from places other than fruit. Bell peppers and broccoli have high vitamin C too.

I'm going to invite you to a low carb group.

James

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Thanks! Since I eat mainly fruit, vegetables, fish and poultry plus exercise, I'm in a daze as to what happened!

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MAMAJO1958, KRYS210,

The first step is to track what you eat.. Write down all you eat and drink. Track calories, grams of carbs (which includes sugar), grams of protein, grams of fat.

Each gram of carb or protein has 4 calories. Each gram of fat has 9 calories.

After a week of monitoring figure out where most of your carbs are coming from, there is probably a pattern. Change the pattern to reduce grams of carbs. Years ago I happily ate potato chips as a snack. They didn't taste sweet, so I thought that was fine. Potato chips are half carbs, and from a blood sugar point of view it might as well be half sugar.

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Got the report from my doc yesterday, not sure how I managed to get to this point, but here I am.

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You are doing great with your weight. Hope your sugars are doing as well! emoticon

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Hi all-
My name is Jo and I am 55. I was just diagnosed Friday and will see my doctor on Monday. I am 70-80 pounds overweight. I am a nurse...but diabetes is not my specialty so I have a lot to learn and am hoping you all can help me through this! emoticon

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Margot,
I've said it before, but I'll say it again, type 2 diabetes can be managed without drugs by eating low carb (about 80 or fewer grams per day).

That is what rescued me from 9 years of diabetes meds.

James

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Hello Group!

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a few weeks ago, and immediately decided to convert my SP account to track nutrition, fitness, and glucose readings. I have been reading lots of articles here on SP, too, and thought it might be a good idea to find a group of other diabetics for support and education. So Hi! :D

Cheers,
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Hi Projax,

You may want to check into your state university to see if they have an education extension program in your county or surrounding area. Our offers diabetes education classes for free. Also check your local health department or American Diabetes for classes.

Wish you much luck!


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Hi Lorraine, PROJAX,

I remember feeling that way. This can't be happening to me.

After about a decade on medication I am med free with my doctor's approval. Let me save you 10 years of pill taking. Trust me it is a pain to take that stuff every day, to take it with you on vacation, etc.

The solution for me was to eat low carb. Carbs of any kind turn quickly into blood sugar. Insulin tries to store away excess blood sugar as body fat. But a few things are happening here. As you store fat you don't burn fat. Your body chemistry gets so carb oriented that you get hungry when you don't get carbs. It won't even go after its own fat reserves.

To break the carb addiction takes about a week, after that things get pretty easy, and it is so worth it. I took metformin for years as my easy solution, but I now have cognitive impairment, poor memory. I didn't check out the side effects of metformin. Just google "metformin cognitive impairment". I did see a dietician years ago, but she knew general stuff but not what was needed for diabetes.

Eating low carb is what you need. Besides helping lower blood sugar has another great benefit, you have less insulin swimming around, your own fat reserves are chemically accessible, and weight loss happens, and you won't be so hungry for carbs. Start by tracking what you eat and how many grams of carbs you are eating. Start by making choices to lower that. Over time try to reach 60 or fewer grams a day.

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Hi everyone. 48 y/o lady from Newfoundland, Canada. I was diagnosed with diabetes 5 days ago. I really had no symptoms that made me think I was at risk other than frequent urination (which is not uncommon for me) and tiredness (also not uncommon). So after getting some blood work results back, my doctor called me in to see him. It was then that he informed me that I am a diabetic. Most of my weight is belly fat and he said that I have to lose that because it's absorbing the insulin created in the pancreas. Then he told me my cholesterol was up (but I knew that). It was 4.99 and 5 is the cut off before cholesterol pills are necessary. However, you are diabetic so we need your cholesterol to be 2. I'm thinking There has to be a mistake...this is not happening to me...the blood work report is wrong. I was shocked and upset and I don't know where to go from here. I'm currently following the Spark People diabetic meal plan and I hope that helps. I don't want to believe this has happened, but it has and now I need to know how to handle it.

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Hello everyone, I am 45 f from Washington State....I went to visit my parents a couple of weeks ago and wasn't feeling well ....swollen feet and ankles...(edema sufferers do not ride the bus.) My mom is a diabetic and when we were sitting there she took my bs level...it was 283 we were shocked and tried it again just about the same...she insisted I go and see her doctor...long story short I have full blown diabetes...I would have burst out crying had my 10 year old son been sitting there...all of these things went running through my head...biggest one where do I start?? Well I have no insurance and that doctors visit took a huge chunk of my savings...I an not able to go see a dietician like I was prescribed...Doctor said they would tell me what to eat, when to test and all of that so since I can't go I need to figure it all out on my own....I was happy to have found the tools from sparks this will help ....any advice ....and encouragement will be greatly appreciated...

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54, F, Ohio, high blood pressure, thyroid. Diagnosed w/Type 2 three weeks ago-July12th. Was told pre-diabetic around 5 yrs ago. After 2 months of sever exhaustion, sleeping 17 hrs/day!, I thought I had mono or lyme desease - Blood work showed otherwise... Doctor said non-fasting glucose was 300 and Al1 was 9.5.

Lost 10 pounds in my first two weeks, partially b/c the diabetic pills were making me sick for about a week. Still trying to figure out the grocery store, what to buy, what not to buy. The biggest shock has been cooking... I used to cook.., due to life situation 2 yrs ago I got away from it and started eating out a lot and cooking Pre-pared stuff. I have forgotten how long it takes to wash, chop, and prepare everything! Signed up for Weight Watchers, but they don't have anything for diabetics. Had tried Spark a yr ago but it was confusing and overwhemlimg at the time. Upon checking it out again I find lots of info about about being diabetic even tracks your glucose! Cancelled WW and working to log consistantly in Spark. Not really working out much yet as I'm still sleeping about 9-10 yrs a day, although that is the next step... Hugsss to all!



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Hello everyone , I got my news today..... my fasting sugars was 394 this AM. My PCP will not even see me til next week , told me its nothing to worry about , but my Heart Dr says it is and is really upset , I know it is very high and I am really scared and worried.
Both of my parents are insulin dependant so I know all of the things that can go wrong. I joined this group to support others and right now get support

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Hello everyone, My name is Jessie. I was newly diagnosed a few weeks ago. I was already taking Glucophage because of PCOS and infertility. I am now trying to watch my diet, but I am having some difficulty with that. If I do not eat at regular intervals I become nauseated and at times have vomiting. I am having a problem thinking of good snacks that are quick and easy. Everything I think of is either high in carbs or high in fat. I have been a nurse for a while now, so you would think I would have a better grip on the diet. I am going to see a dietican Monday, so maybe that will help. Any support or advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Hey everyone!
I'm Robyn. 29yrs old, live in Eugene Oregon..any other Oregonians here???
Diagnosed 3 months ago with Type 2.
I have lost 25lbs so far..but am finding it hard to find support ... it's hard to find balance for me.

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Hello to all. I am actually not newly diagnosed, however I am new at actually doing something about it. I have to admit I've been in denial for several years. My numbers are out of control and it's time for me to take this disease seriously and to stop hiding. I'm joining the groups for support and inspiration. Also to rid myself of the denial. Thank you to all.

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Hi! New to this board. I'm 62 and diagnosed in Sept as pre diabetic, Dr said to control with exercise and diet. I went into denial and promptly dismissed it all (A1C of 6.3 must have been a lab error). Went back in to Dr. in May - A1C now 6.6 plus I had gained 20 pounds. Time to get serious and face facts. With the help of Sparkpeople, hoping to get my weight down. Joined a gym and am working out every other day right now.

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Hi, I'm Irene and just DX T2 in March. I have lost about 15 lbs but need to lose about 30 more, not real sure yet where I should be.
My Dad was diabetic and my sister and cousin are.
This is a kinda scary journey and I hope to learn lots from all of you and maybe encourage you also.

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Starting to feel more comfortable with exchanging food items with those that I am not allergic to! I am building up my "Favorites" in nutrition to where I can plan and execute healthier meals! emoticon

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Hi everyone! I am a recently diagnosed (04/03/2013) Type II diabetic. Diabetes runs rampant though both sides of my family, Mom, Dad, 3 out of 4 grandparents, little brother, you get the picture, so I can't say this is a surprise. I am only 31 years old, and although I know I may end up having to take medication eventually, I am working hard to try to control my blood sugar with diet and exercise. Tracking everything you eat is a pain!!! I am a divorced mom of two wonderful boys, Jordan 12 and Tyson 10. I look forward to working with everyone to acheive our goals emoticon

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My other comorbidity, hereditary high blood cholesterol - which resulted on my being on statin drugs for over 17 yearsnow THAT probably tipped the scales in favor of getting diabetes.

The diabetes diagnosis came on just as suddenly as the high blood cholesterol diagnosis had, back in 1996.

I had been keeping my weight down...until I had what i call my "metabolic meltdown"

Now my weight is even MORE down than ever before.

Low blood pressure again.

But I dieted and exercised my numbers down from 195 and A1C of 8.3 to 107 and A1C of 6.5, along with oral medication twice per day.

No regrets. What does *that* do?

Just have to move forward, and ... welcome emoticon

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 4/22/2013 (10:08)

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Hello everyone,

Back in February, I was diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic. My A1C was 6.7. My doctor believes that I can control it with diet and exercise so I am not taking medications. I had been diagnosed as pre-diabetic a few years ago and really didn't do much about it. Did that happen to anyone else? I have been battling with the "woulda, coulda, shoulda" syndrone. emoticon

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i have been a pre diabetic for two years, i went to the doctors for a numbness in my left hand from a car that rear ended me. he took my blood sugar and it was 270 so now i am on two pills a day. my mother was on 2 injections a day, she tried to self medicate. that did not do well she lost her leg 15 years ago and died 2 weeks later.
i am married with a one left in the nest he is my pride and joy he is 17. i was 315 in december and not i am at 280.

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I wrote my story inmy blog Sugar Level \]


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Hi Everyone,

I am a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic. I've been insulin resistant for years due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I am not on insulin at this time. I take both Metformin and Glipizide. I am supposed to check my blood once a day. I have been to the one on one education where they showed me how to check my blood, but I have not been to any other diabetes education. The plan is to try and go in April. I know I have a lot to learn. I have a lot of bad habits to break and changes to make. I hope to learn a lot here.

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Update: I qualified for the Bridge Plan ... It starts 1st of April.

I will have to go off this expensive medicine I take (for a condition other than diabetes) because I am tired of paying for it, in favor of something in the "formulary" ... it's not for a "comorbidity", so I have some wiggle room on it ...


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@Darion, Your story saddened me.

Sometimes, diabetes comes on without warning.

In my case, and in retrospect, all my "grey area" problems (including bladder pain and problems), masked nearly all my indications that Type 2 diabetes was imminent.
My diabetes--if I were paying attention--could have been diagnosed about 9 months ago. With the A1C test, since my fasting glucose had been at 94 back then.

Also, I think it would have paid to be and/or have been more of a hypochondriac.

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 1/31/2013 (13:22)

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Hi Everyone. My name is Darion. I'm 19 and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes April 24, 2012. It's been a really big struggle for me. Going from eating whatever whenever to three meals a day with portioning and then my three Novalog shots with the meals and then my Lantus Solostar shot before bed. I feel like I'm failing at this life and I need to change it. I live with my boyfriend and his three kids and they don't understand my needs sadly and aren't very supportive with what I must eat. It's hard feeling like I'm on my own and well, if I'm gonna be on my own I sure am gonna do it right. My biggest supporter that I have is my mother who lives two hours away in my hometown in Wellington, Ohio. Even though I don't get to see her very often she is always a phone call away and still tells me, "if you don't take care of yourself... well I brought you into this world and I'll take you out of it, so you better take care of yourself." I also didn't know how expensive it was to be a diabetic. I figured since so many people in the world now-a-days have some sort of diabetes it would be a cheaper, but that's a load of bull. I just found this website today and I'm very happy that I found it. I don't know how to plan my meals and create an affective exercising plan. I've never done it before.. When I was diagnosed my BS was only 489, a lot lower than a lot of people that I've heard from, but my A1C was 16.6... I started noticing the changes in my body my about halfway through my senior year in high school. I am class of 2011. Around September of 2011 other changes started and by christmas of 2011 I had dropped 20lbs., was going "tinkle" every twenty minutes on the dot, CHUGGING at least two gallons of water in less than an hour in a half, my irritability was nuts... If you looked up the "b" word in the dictionary my picture was there, I was only sleeping a total of at least three hours a night, I had a YF that seemed to never go away even when I went to the "lady doctor" and he gave me medication for it, it was back within a week in a half, my eye sight had poorly decreased at a rapid rate to where I couldn't even see three inches away from my face... I tested my eye sight, and then in March of 2012 I got the flu, the 24hr flu... I was always healthy as a child, let me just say. My sister Brianne, who is 5 in a half years older than me was the sick one. I was the child that was always healthy, till I needed both my tonsils and apendix out, I just broke bones. But then I got that 24hr flu... it lasted for five days. I couldn't even get out of my bed. All I did was sleep, and on top of that 20lbs that I already lost, that was another 18lbs. I was all skin and bone and gross looking. That was when I knew something was wrong. My sister Brianne had told me for awhile that she thought I was showing signs of diabetes and needed to be tested. Well, when I was better I finally went to the doctor.... I was in the hospital for a night and at first they thought I was type 2, but then my doctor came and told me I was type 1 diabetes. So it's been rough. I really just want to say to my diabetes, " I run the show, not you. Not stop putting pounds of weight on me from the insulin. Your 'humor' is not wanted here". I don't know how to live this life... and I want to gain control of my life again. AND THE RIDICULE PEOPLE GIVE YOU WHEN YOU SAY YOU HAVE DIABETES!! What is that crap?? I'm sorry, this wasn't my choice. I was healthy, my body just took a crap on me. I want people to look at me and say, "you have what? but your not fat." Diabetes doesn't mean your fat dumb dumb. I was made fun of by my ex-boyfriend's friends when he told them. I want to show people this is a serious matter. Can't wait till you get it and need advice on how to change over your life, only I won't make fun of you. I'll be there. I wish someone was there for me when it happened. People in this world are mean, and I'm not going to become apart of their ridicule. I wan't to prove to people and myself I can do this and be healthy, but I don't know how to do it now. So I'm taking the first steps that I should have taken as soon as I found out I had Diabetes. I'm looking for help from people who understand what it's like. To help support me and I can help support them. And if friends come alone, that would be amazing. who doesn't like making friends?

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@MISCHIEFBOI, I have to check my blood only twice a day.

I hope I don't have to check it any more frequently in the future.

Hypoglycemia is not a benign condition. If it turned into diabetes there is a reason you may now have to check sugar lows.


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Misinformation corrected, to anyone interested: the premiums are actually $421.00 in the New York City area. Still high if I am unwilling to switch to their "Exclusive Providers". Seems like an HMO for special populations.

If diet and exercise do not work (as they had not for me) ...

Well, I think my chronic inflammation caused this diabetes. Bear in mind I also have been a cholesterol patient for the past 17 years. (Blood pressure is normal, previously was low).

www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2
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[Things the Drug Companies Don't Want you to Know]

I think I got unlucky while on statins ...

I also never had C-reactive protein tested.


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EEEEYOW!!! The price of testing strips has gone up. The clerk told me the price went up last week. If I'd just gone in and bought them a few days ago.....all the more reason to work hard on dieting and exercising this pre-diabetes away. What an expensive disease!

And some people have a terrible time getting any health insurance!

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Hi Everyone.
Tis been a few years since I've been on here.
Was quite surprised that the low blood sugar I've had for years, has turned into diabetes.
Now I am trying to learn what to eat, When to take the meds. , how many times do I have to take my blood?! Good grief, just call me bloody fingers, at the moment.
DO you really have to check your blood 6 times or more a day?
Anyway, hopefully with patience this boi shall learn from you all. Have a good day:) emoticon

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The test is commonly called A1C (technical name for it is HgA1C) .. and with the first such test in years (since actually being insured), I came in at 8.7, with a glucose reading of 195.

In light of everything these results are borderline danger zone.

I bet that Curves, done vigorously, is the ticket for you.

As it is, I find that I have to drop most of those yoga and pilates sessions (limited time) in favor of more than minimal cardio. Even 1/2 hour of cardio is not enough for me.

I have orthopedic problems, and I will have to tell them about the diabetes, too. They will have to give me a much firmer prescription.

As for my insurance affordability problems, the state I live in has a "Bridge Plan' to the state exchanges. After having had "grey area" problems for years, the diabetes diagnosis (if my doctor is willing to back it up with a letter) qualifies me for affordable health insurance ... the GHI Alliance premium had become unaffordable well over a year ago ...

There is a possibility my boss could reimburse a large fraction of the premiums of the new plan, should I get it. Premiums are over $500 a month, individual.

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 1/20/2013 (10:23)

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I did not need medicine.

A year ago, well, it wasn't the doctor, it was the Physician's Assistant who was on the ball and ordered a diabetes test. I have the bad feeling the doctor would not have thought to check. I got that A-something number of 6.1.

I had recently joined Curves and had just a day or two before decided to do the Curves Complete diet, which involves not only food but lots of exercise, too.

Well, getting that diagnosis told me that I'd made the right decision. I worked on losing weight and getting my sedentary, lazy, sluggish butt up off the chair and into really moving.

Some four months later I got another blood test, and my number was down to 6.

In September it was down to 5.9. I kept on working hard on the exercise.

A week or so ago I went back to the doctor who was all smiles. My number was down to 5.7, a two point drop. I get that 5.6 is considered the boundary between pre-diabetes and normal.

My Curves Coach is really running my butt off! She has me doing vigorous hiking. Today we are going to go out up a mountain. It's windy and cold today, so I will be wearing all sorts of layers and stuff. If I keep hustling and hiking and really exercising maybe my number will be 5.6 in May, and maybe I'll go below into normal by September.

I'm going to see a dietician in February. Yes, I do know the Curves diet program, but I want to talk to a dietician about sodium and how to improve what I'm doing. I know there isn't a "diabetic diet" per se, but I need some advice about some things, including how to cook for my Sweetie who really seriously needs to reduce the sodium. It's like I know what's right, but I have ADD and have problems sorting things out and coming up with something that works on a daily basis. I know how to reduce calories and lose weight, and I know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but I need some better advice now on how to fine-tune things.

My Sweetie's mother had horrible diabetes, and I do NOT want to end up like that.

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Did you avoid taking diabetes medication?

I have a prescription in my hand for it, and I've yet to fill it.


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1/19/13 8:28 P

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I'm getting my pre-diabetes number down. I hope later this year to be normal and out of the pre-diabetic range.

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1/19/13 7:59 P

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I'm Tina, and I have been diagnosed with diabetes two days ago. Neither my doctor nor I saw it coming. I consider myself quite well versed in nutrition, and I had to blog about all this and how unbelievable this is.

I've been on Spark for over 3 years and am 58 years old. Never had been prediabetic.

BOOM, I'm diabetic!!

having ordered only the most skeletal of blood tests ... due to my being uninsured. No HgA1C test until 2 weeks ago. I "made the cut" with blood glucose of 195, up from 124, taken 5 months previously; despite some changes to diet.

Lifestyle--a different story. I've been living in pretty intolerable conditions of neighbor noise and building vibrations, just when I should be getting my sleep. Also, with this lengthy commute to my job. A chronic pain condition. Feeling demoralized. And a job shift that has kept me deskbound for the last 2 years of my job. No family history of diabetes Type 1 or 2.

Despite this, my weight is hardly higher than it was back in 2008.

The Health at Every Size folks were right ... correlation does not equal causation ... diabetes happens to all sizes (and degrees of fitness).

Incidentally I have been on cholesterol meds for 17 years, many of those years on the lowest possible manufactured dose.




Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

- Igor Stravinsky

Find a way.

--Diana Nyad

(Said after swimming from Cuba to Key West without fins or shark cages)

My blog is at tiniertina.wordpress.com/ (topics vary; words are the most important things)

Now 103 pounds less than at age 24w/o surgery!
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1/2/13 4:08 A

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Hello, my name is Gina.

I've been diagnosed diabetic for less than a month.

I'm a reader, blogger, crafter. I have a love/hate relationship with the gym. Don't like laundry or housework but love my washer and dryer. Go figure. I'm a SAHM but my youngest is 23 (years!). I have an undiagnosed sleep disorder but maybe someone will take me serious now.

If I could do anything right now? I'd go for a run. Or read a book. ;-) It's too dark and cold to be out but if I had a treadmill at home.... well, the gym opens in 3.5 hours, I could read til then :D

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1st Goal: 206
2nd Goal: 185.5
3rd Goal: 167
Final Goal: Fit, Buff, Sleek & Sexy


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1/1/13 11:17 P

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Hi! My name is Chaya, and I havent been living up to my name. My name means "life". My mother use to tell me that I should always live me life to the fullest. But I have not heeded her advice. I have been overweight most of my life and became a diabetic not too long ago. So far they told me to lose weight and everything will be ok. I am on a low dose of metformin but honestly it is hard for me to even take that medication. I don't like to take drugs of any kind. But I know better than to play around with diabetes. Not only does it run in both sides of my family, but my mother and husband are both diabetics. My mother manages her diabetes fairly well, but my husband seems like he is always sick. It has gotten really bad with him as of late and his last words to me..don't end up like me. Take care of yourself. You got to. I can't watch you suffer the way that I am now.

So this new years resolution is to get myself back to a healthier me! Get back in shape and get off all my meds! But I can't do it alone. I need help and encouragement!

Chaya Miriam Cajas


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12/30/12 3:00 P

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Hello, Marion...Canada? Then maybe you'll do better when it comes to getting things paid for. Maybe things won't be quite as expensive as they are down here.

Eye exams, yes. I'm 71, and while I'm pre-diabetic rather than all the way type 2 diabetic, I'm kind of wondering here. I lost weight, and I exercise a lot, and for six months it looked like my number was slowly dropping. What is that number? something with an A, A-something. I was feeling optimistic, but lately my morning blood sugar tests have been going up. It may be that I will go diabetic in spite of anything I do.

And I've noticed that my vision isn't all I'd like it to be. I don't know if that's due to the pre-diabetic condition or not.

I have so much to learn about all this!

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12/30/12 9:48 A

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Thanks for the tip.
I've been told by my doctor that I'm getting the reader for free at the diabetic clinic and I learned that I get eye exams for free now, not sure how many per year though, I'll find out tomorrow (OHIP is paying, I'm living in Canada).
Not sure if the test strips are covered. I'll be looking around, including WalMart.

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