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MORSEY2,

You know, your whole set of issues kinda goes together. Look at my weight ticker. I used to be about 50 pounds heavier than I am now. Type-2 diabetes, ignored for a few years, then on medication for 12. I have hypothyroid.

Anyway, with all of those similarities, I'm here to tell you that you can take control. That you can eat healthier if you just know what to eat. I'm here to help guide you, I love helping.

Post some more and so will I.

But as a first crack, I'll tell you the obvious. Cut the high sugar and high carb stuff. So none of this:
- soft drinks with sugar
- rice
- potatoes
- sugar
- pasta

Any carb is essentially the same as sugar as fat as blood sugar goes, even if it doesn't taste sweet.

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Welcome Morsey! Don't be afraid to ask questions. I've learned that someone here has usually walked the same path as me so I can learn from them.

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Hello, I am a newly told I have type 2, altho they have told me for 2 years I might be or it was caused by the many medicines they have pumped into me. High BP, high cholesterol, screwed up thyroid, and of course over weight. I am new to Sparkpeople, had a page from a few years ago when my daughter told me about it, but didn't go on much, now I am the heaviest Ive ever been, time to get going and stop denying!!!!! Part of my problem is staying motivated and working too many hours in retail where I cant do my water and small meals!!! But heck with it, I am going to find a way!!!
Im a 63 yr old female, mom to 3 and grand mom to 3 and I want to be around to see them grow up!! Have a new endo doc going to this Oct., the one I was with never said to watch numbers, in fact all the doctors, tell me I am, gave me a reader, sent me home that was it. So today is the day I figure it all out on my own with the help of this blog page!! Just have to get on the computer more and hook this up to my phone. And tell hubby time for a change in eat habits too. Im not a terrible eater, just the wrong times and too much on my plate. Downfall I have veggies!!! OK off to the foot doctor, yes, foot pain today has also scared the bejesus out of me, so time for a change. Be back later, thanks for being here.

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7/20/16 3:50 A

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Ten things about me:
- diagnosed with type-2 diabetes 17 years ago
- ignored the diagnosis for 2.years and cut back on sugar anyways
- my metformin dose went up for 13 years, to the maximum
- my last 5 years are drug free, but eating low carb
- I like dogs
- I have a daughter born in France, and one in Germany
- my wife is German
- I am Canadian
- I have a Ph.D. in Physics
- I love the science of nutrition and biochemistry

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MOMLYN,
You take care of your daughter. I've got no advice for type-1 diabetes, which is no insulin. That is a balancing act between carbohydrates (sugar being just one of those) and insulin.

Type-1 diabetics produce no insulin, so external insulin is required,mand it is a balancing act.
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For type-2 diabetes, and pre-diabetes, I have plenty of advice. Don't just take pills as a management. Food choices are huge. My advice is to read labels and always make lower carbohydrate choices. All carbs will raise blood sugar. Insulin will try to lower it, but sometimes not enough. So avoid high blood sugar in the first place.

I read all labels when shopping, I divide the amount of carbs in a serving by the portion size to calculate the percentage of weight that is carbs.

Fibre is technically (memo a molecular structure) point of view, is a carbohydrate.

However few animals can digest it. Termites can, which is why they can eat wood, for humans though, we can't. For the above scientific reasons they are listed as a subcategory on nutrition labels, but subtract them out from total carbs to get the digestible, or net carb count.

Here is a label:


So 28 grams of this has 6 grams of carbs, so about 21% of its weight. But when you forget the 4 grams of fibre, 6-4 is 2 grams of net, or digestible carbs. One of those 2 is sugar, the other is something else. Labels don't always give a full breakdown of the total carbs.

But 2 of 28 is 7% of the weight as net carbs, which happens to be my personal cutoff. Above 7% and I don't eat it, and hopefully not buy it.

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My 13 year old daughter just nearly died from Type 1 that we didn't know she had. It was horrible. Her blood sugar was 677 and pH was 6.8 a1c was off the charts, too. We had planned to be on vacation this week and I had already purchased a couple diabetes books to read during the trip. I was diagnosed pre-diabetic a few months ago. My Dr. said "here's some pills, they'll take care of it." That was IT, no advice, no info, nothing. So I knew I needed to learn more. Then, I stopped home on my lunch hour to find my daughter had turned gray, her skin was sunken and leathery, eyes sunk in and rolling in different directions like a chameleon, and she was panting. Even then, she insisted she felt fine. Due to the holiday, a lot of the people we should have spoken with before leaving the hospital are on vacation. My daughter's personality is very different and a lot of her developmental delays seem gone. She went form about a 6 year old level to a 10 year old level. But her vision is blurry and she is ravenous all the time. Eventually, I'll get back to learning about type 2 and pre-diabetes, for now, I'm focusing on keeping her alive.



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7/1/16 2:08 A

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Hi! I am so thankful
l to have found this team!

I have not felt well for about 4 weeks.....had blood test sugar was 565.....I was not a diagnosed diabetic.....never.....so after 3 days in the hospital......I am pretty much in shock that I am a Type 1 diabetic...and pretty clueless! Got the basic training the hospital...but SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN.

Looking forward to reading posts and being a member of this team! I am a retired school teacher-Mom to twin 36 year old guys. Great hubby of 40 years! Live in Washington State on the peninsula. Like to read and quilt.

Any and all advice and suggestions are sooooooooooooooo welcome!



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Thanks James. I REALLY need help with the food because there's so many good things that I like that I send my sugar through the roof (Simply Lemonade, chocolate, potatoes, and fruit). I'm still trying to figure out how do you eat half of a banana! emoticon I've had a couple of bad run-ins with watermelon and I had a granny smith apple take me down! So ANY advice you have would be well received.

Oh and please, call me Loren. emoticon

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6/23/16 11:34 P

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MRSLATHAM1,

Even if this is often a quiet team, I watch it like a hawk. I check it everyday.

So, like you, I too was in denial for about a year. But a couple of high blood sugar tests finally forced me to reluctantly face the truth.

I hate needles too. By the way, if you prick your finger on the side, say half way between your finger tip and your finger nail, it hurts less. There are fewer nerve endings there, plus the side of a finger is more out of the way for regular life, like picking up a drinking glass. That way the small prick heals easier on the side too.

If you only test once in a day then after you wake up, but before eating or drinking anything is the best time.

I have plenty of advice on what to eat. Just return and I'll guide you.

- James


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Hello. I finally got the courage up to face my demons and accept that I am a diabetic, and that I should join the team. I've been diagnosed since late December 2015 and I still have food struggles. I work full time and I usually take two college courses a semester so depending on the course load, workouts can be impossible and non-existing. In contrast, I am very good about taking my meds (Metformin 500mg, twice a day), and even though I HATE needles, I'm even better about checking my levels; so good in fact that my diabetes coach suggested that instead of testing twice a day everyday, that I test once in the morning one day and the next day test at night after dinner. Did I say that I HATE NEEDLES?? emoticon

Anyhoo, what made me finally join the team was an email I got about an 8 week challenge and I love a challenge! Well, actually I like anything that is going to help me get on track with my diet and exercise regimen... emoticon Also, I would like someone who can help me when I'm down about my numbers and meals being out of whack. My husband tries really hard but it's not the same when he's eating anything he wants... emoticon In closing, I'm looking forward to being a part of the team. emoticon

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Oh yes, and if you decide to test yourself, of course wash your hands first, let completely dry, and prick yourself just off the side of a finger tip, not right in the middle of a finger tip. It hurts less (just a few less nerve endings there), and the side of the finger tip has less"traffic", it is less touched as you do regular things in life.

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If you have a prescription, and health care coverage, then some of the expense of the meter, lancettes, and test strips is covered.

If you don't have that, I'm pretty sure you can buy it yourself. The meters seem to run around $40, and the lancettes are cheap, but where I am each test strip is around $1.

When I test myself, and it isn't often these days, it is first thing in the morning when I wake up. That gives you a good indication about overall general levels. My body is such that if I eat too many carbs one day, it is still high in the morning, about 12 or more hours later. Then of course I resolve to eat fewer carbs, which I do, and the next morning it is yet better.

Another thing to do is to test after a meal, say just to see if rice is bad for you (it is). But do a test before the meal. That way you know what it was before eating, and can see just how much the meal impacted your blood sugar. I mean if you ate toast with jam for breakfast, then had a chocolate bar at morning break, then had lunch of an egg omelette, and then measured your blood sugar after lunch, it would be really wrong to blame the eggs.

So test just before a meal. But then how long afterwards a meal? Apparently if you are not a diabetic your blood sugar peaks around 45 minutes after eating, but for a diabetic it is peaks higher and later, so about 90 minutes after eating. If you missed the peak at 90 minutes,Mel all the better, it means you are closer to normal. On the other hand if it is still high, then you probably need to figure out what did that and change your eating habits.

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Basically you are looking for morning fasting numbers, which is a good overall indication of things, then you are loin to see how high a meal drives your blood sugar, and if you can afford the strips, how quickly it comes down. The closes time between subsequent measurements, to see how blood sugar comes down is about 1 hour.

For a non-diabetic, everything settles down to pre-meal values in about 2 hours. Not for me though. I settle down after about 20 hours.

I my case I rate foods by the percentage of their weight that is carbs. I can spot the culprit pretty easy that way. Bread is about 50% carbs, sugar is 100%.

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6/5/16 9:35 A

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I don't. The doctor didn't tell me I needed to test. I was thinking about getting some anyways, but wasn't sure if I needed a prescription for insurance or if I should just go buy one.

How often and when does one test? And what would I be looking for?

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ZOEWMU,

Do you have the test strips and all that to measure your blood sugar at home?

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If you cut carbs and take your medication your blood sugar could get too low, so careful there. But you will feel it if your blood sugar gets too low.

Weak, dizzy, perhaps even sweaty. If that happens, eat some carbs to bring your blood sugar back up.

But in general fewer carbs and more fat, that will both lower your blood sugar and help with weight loss. One way to reduce carb intake is to count and watch grams of carbs, say 40 or 50 grams of carbs a day. But these days I just choose low carb things. I read labels. If it has more than 6% of its weight as carbs I just don't buy or eat it. A few exceptions, but then I'm super careful with quantity. Like one square of very dark chocolate, like 85% cocoa, not 3 or 4 squares.

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Thank you so much for the information. When I did low carb before, I was trying to lose weight. I didn't count calories; I only counted carbs. I also used artificial sugar, which I am not doing this time around. I love fat....the fatty part of a steak, butter, cream. What I don't like is eggs unless they are hard boiled.

I'm going to get there. I just need to figure out what to do. If I'm doing low carb, do I need to take my blood sugar? Can I take the medicine and low carb or is that a bad plan?






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Ok, I found it. A Big Mac, medium fries, medium Coke has 151 grams of carbs.
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Times 4 for calories in the carbs, 604.

If you walk at a normal pace probably two hours of walking.
www.nutristrategy.com/caloriesburned
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If you actually wanted to burn all the calories in that meal, then about 4 hours of walking.

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So stuck between a rock and a number of hard places. I myself have eaten low carb for 5 years to manage my blood sugar. But I also eat quite a bit of fat. So I eat all sorts of meat, fatty or not, and cheese, eggs, whipping cream in my coffee, you name it. So I'm not hungry all the time, no.

I'm guessing that your previous venture into low carb was also low calorie, with a focus on weight loss rather than blood sugar management. Am I right?

You can ask "why me?", you can be in denial like I was for a few years. But in the long run it is better to take control, and sadly make some dietary changes. I know you probably don't want to hear that. I myself was on metformin for 12 years with some bad long term, permanent side effects. So I really dislike that stuff. I'm always annoyed with the diabetes adds on TV, they alway have the line "when diet and exercise aren't enough, take ..." The truth is diet makes a huge difference.




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Good morning, and now I've got some coffee in me.

So there are a few angles to this. Here are the macro nutrients and their impact on blood sugar:

- dietary fat has no impact on blood sugar
- protein, up to about 70 grams a day has no impact and is used to maintain muscles and organs
- carbohydrates up to about 30 grams a day are used by part of the brain, but after that raise blood sugar

Your body needs some dietary fat, about 60 grams a day as a minimum. How high you go is really whether you want to loose weight, whether you want to eat more nice things, whether your spdigestion can handle it. But a lot of flexibility on dietary fat.

Your body needs protein, like about 70 grams a day. Meat is typically about 30% protein, so roughly triple this to say 250 grams of meat, about half a pound.

So let's say you want to eat more than 30 or 40 grams of carbs a day and don't want your blood sugar to go up. You have a few options:
- exercise it off
- take metformin

Metformin makes existing insulin more effective. Insulin helps get carbohydrates (blood sugar) out of the blood, and into cells. Both lean cells and fat cells. So, though I've read about metformin helping with weight loss, I can't for the life of me understand why, insulin has the nickname of "fat storage hormone".

Alternately you can exercise carbs off. Let's look at a Big Mac, medium fries and a medium Coke, how many grams of carbs it has, and how long you have to walk to burn just the carbs in that.



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ZOEWMU,

I'm exhausted at the end of my day, and time for bed. But I will be back and post more tomorrow.

For now I will just try to answer the why now question. Type-2 diabetes is a sliding scale. It isn't like you've got it or you don't. In reality ones ability to manage carbs and blood sugar slowly degrades, and one day when you cross an arbitrary line in the blood sugar "sand" they say you have type-2 diabetes.

Excess body fat also is a factor. Your body tries to store excess carbs away, out of the blood sugar, and into body fat. Sort of like nuclear waste in a salt mine. But again, at some point insulin finds it harder and harder to do this.

Oh, I wrote more than I thought I would. I'll be back with some advice. Bye for now.

James

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6/3/16 8:29 A

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Hi! My name is Susan. I'm a 48 year old woman from Michigan. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 3 weeks ago. A week before that, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure.

I was on sparkpeople last year and lost about 25 pounds. Then, all of a sudden it seemed like, my motivation was just gone. I would start out with great intentions and then, by evening, if it wasn't nailed down I was eating it. I didn't realize at the time that an increased appetite is a sign of diabetes. Neither did my doctors because I told them what was going on and they all treated me like I had a moral failing or a character flaw, not a symptom of a problem.

I'm on metformin now. I still struggle with hunger after dinner, but not nearly as bad as before. My doctor didn't tell me to get a meter or check my blood sugar. He didn't do an a1c. He didn't tell me to follow a diet. He just told me to take the pills and come back in 3 months. (time to get a new doctor). So, I know nothing. I do go to the specialist in 2 weeks because I also have fatty liver disease. I'm going to set up an appointment with an endocrinologist too, I think. I would like to know why this is happening to me. No one in my family has diabetes, not even my parents or grandparents. No one has liver disease. It's weird.

For now, I'm following a sensible calorie diet. I try to eat an apple and some walnuts every day and lots of veggies. I'm thinking I'll end up on low carb, but I'm just not ready to commit fully to that right now. I've done it in the past, and it's hard to do long term. I do try to low carb dinner, just because I'm used to eating that way. I'm trying to avoid sugar both regular and artificial. So I'm drinking lots of water and tea.

I'm not sure if what I'm doing is right because I really don't know what to do. Any guidance would be helpful.

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FIDDLER4JESUS,

yup, my denial lasted for about a year and a half. If I just ate a little better, didn't have ice-cream day before the blood test ...

Well, it was a lot more than that. Get your blood sugar under control. It is a very slow sort of rusting from the inside. Not your catastrophic injury that you see the difference from one moment to the next. No, so slow that it is imperceptible, but over time it adds up.

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Hi everyone! I am new,, hope to accomplish the right way to eat before I see my doctor again on June 10th. He is just a medical doctor. But, he informed me that I needed to start the medication because of my blood work. My blood sugar was 132, too high,as he said. And, it runs in my family. I have been borderline for many years and have had plenty of warnings. So, here I start and am really glad I found this team. I do look on the internet at American Diabetic Assoc. for recipes. Thank you for any help you can give me!



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emoticon emoticon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi to all and hope you have a good day.
Tues is weigh in day for me. I'm down 2.5 this week.
think thin
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I totally agree with Susie.

The old saying is "you can't exercise away a bad diet". In the case of type-2 diabetes, any carbs raise blood sugar and contribute to a bad diet. So exercise for fitness, or because you like it. I do.

Get yourself a digital scale, make it a numbers game.

Carb counting works great. Absolutely investigate the nutrition of what you eat. I have a digital scale at home, with a zero out feature, so in this case I can weigh the cheese on the plate without the weight of the plate.

I ate breakfast of 30 grams of cheese on one egg:







Yah, I know that the scale should say 74 grams, but freakishly close, maybe the egg was 2 grams short of 44?

Cheese and egg (180 calories)
Carbs (0 g)
Fat (14.5 g)
Protein (12g)

So still 30 g of carbs for the rest of my day. If I eat 30 grams a day or less, then my blood sugar is under control drug free.

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Hi Artsky,
As James said, take extra B12
You might want to follow a ketogenic diet, and follow it as close as you can. I rid my house of processed foods, beans, rice, bread and other starchy foods, sugar, any sweets, even high sugar fruits.
Ketogenic is like counting calories, you count your carbs. I suggest you read Jimmy Moore's Keto Clarity book. listen to his podcasts. Please explore this this group and saturate yourself with keto knowledge.
It has been proven to be the best for type II diabetics.


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Hi I have just been dianossed with type 2. I've been heading that way for a few years. I', 70+ and can not walk well. I do lead an arthritis swim class 5 days a week. Thats my best exercise.
Onice and a while I 'll walk a short way. Most days I put from 2000 to 4000 steps. I know not much but the best I can do.
I'm on Metform also. I didn't know about the forgetfulness. Thats nnot good for me. I' already forgetful.
I'll try this team and see if we can help each other.
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I can't really tell you what to do.

I however was on metformin for 12 years, due to low vitamin B12, a possible side effect of taking taking Metformin my memory is irreversibly damaged and I'm n long term disability due to that. (Just google metformin and B12 together). Needless to say I was p*ssesd and depressed for a while.

So if you take metformin be sure to take extra B12 to counteract that. It is a very gradual decline in memory.

So that is one path.

The other path is to change what you eat. I am now free of diabetes drugs, and have been for the last 4 years. No more remembering to take my pills, which quite frankly by the end of my first 12 years I was forgetting 1 or 2 days out of the week.

So now I have chosen to eat healthier, no sugar, few candies, just a little dark chocolate. No rice, pasta, potatoes. Low carb stuff only. Yup life is different, life is healthier.

Now it is your choice.

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My A1c was 6.7 and I started eating cleaner fresh produce. No caffeine, no dairy, very little meat. Some coconut oil, cold pressed evoo and avocado. I stay clear of sugar alcohols too. Also did not eat less than 3 hours before bedtime.
It's 2 months later and now my A1c is 5.7

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Well, hello all. My doctor called today and said my A1C is 6.6. My question...is that number truly considered Diabetes? She has prescribed Metformin but I'm not sure I want to start that. The A1C was done as a result of having high blood sugar results more than three times over the last year. She told me three months ago to watch the sweets but obviously I didn't do that well. And, so, here I am. I guess I am just wondering if I can correct this without medication at this point? Just don't know whether to start the Metformin or not.

P.S. My daughter has Type 2 and is insulin dependent and my son is on the diabetic diet but for other health reasons. So, I have a good grasp on the diabetic diet and carb counting yet I still find myself in this situation.
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look at www.fattoskinny.net , It shows some great meal plans with 20 net carbs a day.

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Susie,

That doesn't make sense to me too. 20 grams a day is quite low, in fact very hard to get lower because lots of healthy vegetables have a few grams here and there.

I wish I could provide some suggestions. But it puzzles me too.

Only one idea. How many grams of protein do you eat in a day? One's body typically needs about 60 grams a day to maintain lean tissue, like muscles. More than that will turn into glucose via gluconeogenesis. In other words more is not better. Easy to get too much protein if you drink protein powder shakes. Just a thought... Maybe?

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Hello, I'm Susie. I lost over 90 lbs slowly on low carb(20 carbs/day), fresh healthy foods. Now my doctor says I am diabetic. A1c at 6.7. This does not make sense since I been low carb for years. Now I have cut out most dairy, sugar-alcohols, caffeine.

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I don't know! I 've not been in the habit of counting them. As yet, I haven't been told to llimit anything except sugary things (which I avoid anyway, as I don't have a sweet tooth), and eat a healthy balanced diet! 'Try and lose some weight' they said - as if that was a novel idea. (it isn't!).
I'm waiting to see a diabetic nurse next week, but I've also booked an appointment to find out about gastric balloons and weight loss surgery. I'm seriously thinking of going down this route, which I gather can 'turn off' the diabetes.



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CING56,

Watching you carbs ... excellent. How many carbs, or rather grams of carbs, do you eat in a day?

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Hi,
I have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which is obviously not welcome. I'd gone to the doctor having had 5 months of one virus after another - really bad colds mainly. I'd put on weight - mainly because I'd not felt well enough to exercise (which I enjoy), but couldn't lose it and felt pretty rubbish.
About 10 years before I'd been diagnosed with Grave's disease (overactive theyroid) and had to take medication for about 2 years. I thought maybe my thyroid had become underactive but apparently my thyroid is fine - not so my glucose levels.
I had 2 lots of blood tests 6 weeks apart and by the time I had the second lot it appears I had developed fully blown diabetes, which is strange because I feel so much better now that I've got over the virus I had in January.
I'm waiting to see a Diabetes nurse specialist and have just been told to lose weight if I can. I'm trying, but the think is, I have a pretty healthy diet (I think) and love swimming, cycling, tennis and walking. I don't like sweet things so I don't eat them. I also watch my carbs and everything else and know I don't eat more than I'm meant to (about 1200-1400 a day on my diet). I'm feeling very unsure about what to do for the best.
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IAMSUNNYHOWARD,

Those percentages for fat, carbs and protein, are those percentages of the calories in a day?

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IAMSUNNYHOWARD,

Steroids (prednisone) was likely a big factor in my developing type-2 diabetes. Although I had problems that seemed to need steroids, if I could do it all again I would have left my body heal itself and never have taken the steroids.

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Hi,
My name is Sunny. I live in Mesa, AZ. I am 66, retired and today my Endocrinologist put me on Metformin, and told me I have Type 2 diabetes. I have many appointments in the next 2 weeks, and in the back of my mind, I am thinking, no it is something else that is causing this.

Tomorrow I meet with a nurse for training on how to read and interpret my glucose readings.Oh boy. I was recently diagnosed with parathyroid disease and will be discussing surgical options soon. I have scans this week on the parathyroids.

I have another test to see if my adrenal glands are OK, because if they are producing too much cortisol, that could be why my A1C was so high.

I know I feel like I am falling apart. I started Sparking in earnest in September 2015. In October 2015 I quit smoking and am still smoke free. I saw a dietician at the hospital and she gave me a food prescription. In a nutshell is it 18% protein, 25% percent fats, and 57% carbs. I am comfortable with that amount. I will see her mid-March. I completed the 1st Spark Coach program and really felt that I had this! I am not feeling that way at the moment!

I am trying to maintain a positive attitude, although am thinking at this moment, what is the point. Every step I have taken to improve my health feels like a step backwards.

Anyway, I am here to learn about diabetes. Adjust my 'tude, and hopefully get back into a supportive role for my fellow Sparkers.

I realize God doesn't give us more than we can handle, but right now I am feeling a bit overwhelmed.

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Amber (WOODSPRITE63),

T2 diabetes is a line in the sand of ones ability to handle carbs and keep one's blood sugar under control. So "full blown" is just crossing that arbitrary line. That said, it is still an indication that something needs to change.

You had a cortisone shot, I took prednisone, but both are steroids, and both seem to either cause or expose ones blood sugar issues.

I agree with your instincts on carbs per day, the lower the better. At around 30 per day, if you can get there from a practical point of view, you should be in great shape, not 30 per meal.

At 100 in a day my blood sugar is out of control, and if persists being high until the next morning. So they are right, the morning is a key time to measure. That said, if you want to measure at other times (before a meal, 90 minutes after a meal ...) then as long as you don't mind the pokes, or the cost of the test strips, go ahead. All information is good to have.

I personally rate foods by the percentage of their weight that is carbs, and higher ones, well I just don't eat them.

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Hi all! My name is Lisa. I'm 52, a web developer for university. A week ago I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes and hypertension. I started Metformin this Monday, and am supposed to start Lysiniprol next Monday.

Ever since having gestational diabetes 16 years ago, I've tried to balance proteins and carbs, so I think the rise in BS was stealthy. I was warned that I would probably develop full blown T2 in the future considering my family history and my own health history. Didn't notice anything until I had a cortisone shot in my shoulder in October and ended up peeing for a week and a half. Don't know if that would have still been in my system enough to have skewed my A1C higher or not or if I'm really sitting at 8.4. I definitely don't want another shot unless I have to have it. I am supposed to go in for shoulder surgery for a torn tendon 1/29, but the diabetes and hypertension diagnosis may cause a reschedule (I hope not a total cancellation). I'm not quite eligible for retirement yet and who knows, I might want to be a trapeze artist when I reinvent myself into Lisa v2.0!

Eighteen months ago I started doing a walking program at work (10K steps/day) and did low carb. That brought me down 27 lbs and I've dropped another 4-5 lbs since the last visit to my docs on 12/19. I went to the nutritionist today and was surprised how many carbs she wants me to aim for. I'm actually a bit uncomfortable with it - 30 at every meal and 15 at each snack. Another thing I was told was that I only need to test my BS in the AM. I'm testing more often because I want to know how certain foods/exercise affect it. I may back off later. Fasting runs between 144 and 166. My best (which was before lunch) was 128.

I have lots of reading and lots of learning to do! I do like to cook and have a family who is pretty tolerant of new foods and recipes I try. I ordered 2 of the Amer. Diabetes Cookbooks, so we'll see what I can come up with!

Glad to be part of a group where I can ask questions and learn as I go!

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Hi all, my name is Patty. I was officially diagnosed with Type 2 in August...but I knew it for quite awhile before it was official. I'm having a tough time balancing the right things to eat...but I'm working on it. I do very well for several days in a row then just don't pay close attention. Same thing with my meds...I often miss 2 days in a row after a couple of weeks of remembering every day. Next then I feel crappy..groggy, irritable. OOPS! time to get it together again! And so it goes. I hope checking in with this group will help keep me on the straight and narrow. Another step in the right direction. Thanks in advance for keeping an eye on me.

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CROUCHINGFLEA,

I know that overwhelmed feeling from 15 years ago.

Here is how I motivate myself to eat right. Let's say I used to eat a peanutbutter and jam sandwich for lunch. Everyone knows that a diabetic, or someone with blood sugar issues shouldn't eat pure sugar by the spoonful.

Pure sugar is 100% carbohydrates, so logic dictates that carbohydrates are what is bad for blood sugar. What if you eat something that is essentially half sugar. How much "better" would that be than eating pure sugar? Again, logic would dictate that while better, that this still wouldn't help a whole lot.

So let me look at that sandwich, and what fraction (percentage) of each constituent is carbodydrates, and is therefore about the same as sugar:
- bread (48%)
- butter (0%)
- jam (65%)
- peanut butter (14%)

Yikes! So I look at the carb percentage of everything, read labels, etc.

As for your veggies, virtually all of them are great. I love zucchini, just cleaned, sliced, and I dip it in ranch dressing.
- zucchini (2%)
- ranch dressing (6%)

For myself 6% s my "typical" cutoff.

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Hi, I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and am just like you just described James, just barely above the line considered diabetic. I'm not on any medication, the doctor wants to try diet and exercise first and really wants me to lose weight. I agree, I don't want to be on medication unless I have to. Right now I'm only checking my glucose first thing in the morning and if I get feeling bad. I have been working on trying to change my diet since the diagnosis first became a possibility a few weeks ago, but now am much more serious about it. I'm really at a loss on how to tame my sweet tooth and how to introduce new veggies that I don't know how to prepare. I love veggies, so I've got that going for me, now to figure out more ways to eat them.

I had an echocardiogram done last Wednesday, same day I was diagnosed, because of an irregular EKG. Not sure what is going on there, but my heart rate is too high.

There is so much information out there, I'm trying to learn all that I can. I'll be going to the education classes soon too. I guess you could say I'm a little overwhelmed.

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SUSEEE,

you sound like you are at a point where you are just on the edge of being considered a diabetic. Really it is just a soft transition from "normal" to "diabetic". Let's make a comparison with being overweight. At what point are you overweight. Say 180 pounds. So if you are 179 then you aren't technically overweight, but it isn't like suddenly everything is fine.

Same with diabetes. It is just a line in the sand.

Absolutely, eat real foods. If it gets ground up, processed, or comes in a box, like breakfast cereal, bring it to question. If you must bake it or cook it in order to eat it (like rice or wheat) the same thing, probably don't eat it. Don't eat white things (this cuts out bread, rice, sugar ..)

If you can eat it raw, then eat it, even if you choose to cook it. Meat is something you can eat raw if it is fresh enough (think sushi and steak that is very rare on the inside).

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Hi. I was just diagnosed and am feeling overwhelmed. I am a nurse and know some--but not enough. I will be starting on Metformin and am worried about the side effects. My initial A1C was 7.1 Since diagnosis in November, I have lost 5 pounds on my own. I am scheduled to see a nutritionist and diabetic educator as well as podiatrist, ophthalmologist. I have been walking regularly and cutting out the "white" foods- though not completely. I also got a pneumonia vaccine even though I'm not old enough by age criteria. I'm just wondering if this is overkill. My FBS on diagnosis was 126. Two years ago it was 124 so it has been gradually coming. Do I really need all these specialists now when I don't have any symptoms and am in the early stages?

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WALKIN4JEANIE,

Exercise is good but eating healthy things is key. My experience with the glycemic index is that it is a good idea to avoid blood sugar spikes, but my trouble has been general carb load. My body can't manage carbs well, and my blood sugar goes up and stays up a long time.

So I need to have my total carb load across the whole day very low. Read your labels, look at where your carbs are coming from.

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Hi. My name is Jeanie. I was diagnosed yesterday. I have a family history of diabetes, so have lived with it a long time. I lost my grandmother, my favorite uncle, and my dad to diabetes. My sister and my dad both lost legs to diabetes. This is a very scary diagnosis for me.

I avoided diabetes for as long as I could. My sugar was always just perfect - 94 for years and years. I was psycho about having it checked every six months. Even when the insurance company wouldn't pay for the tests. I paid out of pocket. Now it is 107. With my family history, this is my wake up call.

We are starting with diet and exercise in the hope that this will bring my blood sugar back down to normal levels. I was told to lose 14 pounds by finding and following a low glycemic diet and walking at least 150 minutes per week. He will check me again in six months. He told me now is not the time to panic. He didn't want to use the word diabetes until I had consistently high blood sugar, but with my family history, he wanted me to make major changes to my diet.

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Robert is sooooooo right.

I know exactly what I did over the years that stressed my body's ability to handle carbs. I think way back to elementary school and the vending machine with chocolate bars and Coke, and the convenience store I frequented after school, and mom's apple pie desserts with ice cream on top, and mashed potatoes, and ....

Eventually my body couldn't take the stress. And yes, what can I do about that? But I can eat healthier now, and the good thing is that I really like what I eat. It's different than before but just as enjoyable.

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Welcome aboard! I am also still dealing with the frustration of thinking "Why didn't I eat better 20 years ago then I wouldn't be diabetic ..." etc. etc. But that doesn't help. Forward, onward! I feel better now than before, so already I'm better off. Good luck to us all.

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SLUNDY65,

You are so right. Exercising and eating right will help you loose weight, get fit, and get your blood sugar under control.

My biggest mistake was to think that only sweet things, well basically sugar, was what I needed to cut to manage my blood sugar. That is part of it, but even things that are not sweet raise blood sugar. Even Cheerios, just regular Cheerios, which don't taste sweet to me, are 65% carbohydrates, and might as well be 65% sugar.

Would you, as a diabetic, eat a bowl of sugar for breakfast? Would you think that 2/3 (around 65%) of a bowl of sugar would be better?

Start by checking labels in your house, and when you shop. If it has a significant amount of carbs percentage wise, don't eat it or buy it.



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Thanks James,

I can use all the advise I can get. What got me here, probably making poor choices, knowing my families history and letting the pounds pack on.

I know that exercise and eating healthy is the best way to get off metformin.

That is why I am back on here to make changes.



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SLUNDY65,

Too bad. But now what? Do you know what got you where you are? Are you willing to make changes? Clearly something should change. Metformin is not the ultimate answer.

I'll be reading and replying and give you advice/support. Why do I do that? Baecause I care. I do check this group almost every day.

James

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Hi my name is Susan, My families history of diabetes has caught up with me. Being over weight does not help the fact. I just started on metformin. I am really upset with myself that I let this happen knowing my families history, but I need to move on with this and make change. I am not good at taking care of myself. I know with the support I am getting from my husband and children will help. I also hope I can make some new friends on Sparks that can help me and I can help support them through our journey to get healthy.

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Roxie,

Yup, I know the denial. I was in that state for about a year.

Actually it's not as bad as you think. I've managed my blood sugar without metformin for a little over 3 and a half years. I eat differently. I actually eat a bigger variety of things and enjoy my food more. Stay in touch here.

Have you seen a dietician yet?

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Hi, I'm new to Spark, this group, and type 2 diabetes about 4 months ago. I have metformin, which I have to admit I have not taken since the first week. I think it's because I'm trying to deny I have diabetes. But I have to get myself into better shape, lose weight (for many reasons for health), and relearn to eat better and exercise. Please be patient with me because even walking is difficult for me right now due to back issues (which I had xrays done today for so I can start walking).

I look forward to your knowledge, encouragement, guidance, and direction....and hope to be able to help someone too. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Hi Robert.

You are not alone. There are two major factors that impact blood sugar when you are a type-2 diabetic. One is excess body fat, which somehow makes you insulin resistant. So less body fat and your existing insulin is more effective.

But the second thing is to not eat foods that raise blood sugar, and those are high carbohydrate foods. Frankly you want to limit your total carb intake to be as low as you are comfortable with. That said, the fewer carbs you eat, the less you crave them, so it isn't suffering and denial for the rest of your life.

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Hello everyone. It's great to know I'm not alone. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes on my 56th birthday. But this doubles my determination to continue my weight loss and increase my exercise.

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I'm Gigi, age 45, from south/central Texas. I had gestational diabetes twice and now it's back. My mom has it (as did her mom) so I have lots of positive support. I'm looking forward to meeting others newly diagnosed so we can help each other, share meal ideas and recipes. I'm married and have three red headed daughters.

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Hi! Just got diagnosed on Thursday. Started Metformin on Friday. Been a little down about the whole thing because I already have high blood pressure and now this. I know I have got to lose weight. I know both come from being over weight. I have recently taken up walking again now I just have to work on the food part. See a nutrientist at the end of this month to learn about diabetes. My husband is also diabetic and has been for about 3 years but chose not to see a nutrientist. He doesn't watch what he eats and eats whatever. I just hope I can do this for my health.

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Great changes for the better. What is different?

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My name is Susan, and I was diagnosed with diabetes about a month ago. My fasting blood sugar was 116 and my A1C was 6.6. Since 7/20, I'm down 24#. While my post dinner blood sugar seems reasonable, around 90-100, my mornings have been 105-110.



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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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2/22/15 3:42 A

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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!!!

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2/21/15 1:45 A

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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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