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9/24/09 3:55 P

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Thanks to all of you. It helps knowing there are other people in the same boat with me.

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Beth

One day at a time, sweet Jesus.

Don't reward yourself with food. You are not a dog!

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying,"I will try again tomorrow."


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9/24/09 3:51 P

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Hi Beth,
I just found out I was a diabetic June 2nd with a BS of 377. When I had my H1AC done it was 11.2 and when I had it done early this month is was down to 7.6. My physician started me on Metformin twice a day and I take my BS before meals and 2 hours after meals. I also started at the Hospital's diabetic clinic and they helped quite a bit, with diet and care of yourself. (of course, I work at the Hospital, so I knew this service was available). I would check with your local Hospital and see if a diabetic clinic is available to you and then have your doctor refer you to them. The clinic dietician put me on a diet with breakfast - 4 carbs; lunch - 3 carbs; dinner - 4 carbs; and a snack at night of 1 carb. I stick as close as I can to that, plus doing the minimum exercise (mainly walking) and I lost almost 30#. My sugars are good, lately everything has been under 160 and my morning has been around 120.
I eat fresh fruits, not the juices, vegies, wheat bread, wheat pasta (but only the amount from the diabetic clinic), and my portion sizes has decreased which has helped quite a bit and since I love water, that has increased. The best diet pop/soda I have found is diet Dr. Pepper but I'd rather have water:) I also agree to read all you can about being a diabetic, there are a ton of sites on the internet and from the clinic. Also, some mentioned DLife. com and it also has a TV program (ours is Sundays at 8 PM on CNBC). Take one day at a time and you can do it. You can always come here for some good help.

Linda

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9/23/09 3:26 P

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I have to say I never heard of a doctor tell a patient not to eat any fruits, I can understand about drinking fruit juice being it contains so much sugar.
I do eat fruit and plenty of it.
But I don't eat anything after dinner.
This morning my fbs was 126, still higher than I like.
One of the best books I bought was Diabetes for Dummies, its a great read full of information.

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Doctors are people too, Beth. They each have their own thinkings on how something should be done. But if you are paying him to help you..let him help. 30grams of Carbs is one food source less than I eat(or supposed to eat)as you will see on the listings of food. 15g = one carb source. A slice of bread if you buy the kind I buy allows me to eat two slices of bread with a glass of milk..thus I can make a peanut butter or ham sandwich, or just toast. Add an egg and you have a complete meal. But I can also have a biscuit, egg and milk. Or a bowl of cereal with milk and fruit. It all depends on your combinations and what you enjoy.
A word of caution...the Spark diet plan online (for Me) is not for a diabetic. I clicked on all the foods listed one day and had a total of 300g carbs, which is a lot more than I can have. The spark page on diabetic foods and information has more of a correct picture than the nutritional(diet) page.
Also, the metformin...I found that when I ate more carbs, the after effects, diarrhea, was more certain to happen until I got used to it. Maybe it is just my system tho and won't be the same for anyone else.

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Also, thanks to MamaSue on how to get to the in depth info about Type II Diabetes. What I've read so far is so very helpful. I just don't understand how my doctor can say 30 gm of carbs DAILY and the menu listed on this site says 35-45 per MEAL. I even looked at my instructions from him again to be sure I read right and it says 30 gm daily.

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One day at a time, sweet Jesus.

Don't reward yourself with food. You are not a dog!

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying,"I will try again tomorrow."


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9/23/09 11:19 A

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Almost forgot. My FBS was 266 this morning. My doctor wants me to test in the morning before eating and at night before I go to bed. I start the Metformin today..one a day for a week and then 2 per day the second week. So, hopefully I'll start seeing it dropping.

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Beth

One day at a time, sweet Jesus.

Don't reward yourself with food. You are not a dog!

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying,"I will try again tomorrow."


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9/23/09 11:13 A

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Thank you for all of your advice. My doctor says I shouldn't eat more than 30 grams of carbs DAILY. I am fast coming to see how really difficult this is going to be. The whole grain wheat bread my husband bought for me trying to help has 25 grams in 2 slices. The no fruit or fruit juices is also strange to me. I guess I'm wondering does everyone stick to the diet that your doctor gave you or do you make your own modifications. I mean....everyone is different, right?
Also, can someone please recommend a good diet drink? I started yesterday with some Crystal Lite lemonade and I'm drinking water too, but I hate to buy other brands for fear I won't like them and they are so expensive. I start my metformin today. Say a prayer for me...I know this is going to be hard for me. Thanks again, Beth

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One day at a time, sweet Jesus.

Don't reward yourself with food. You are not a dog!

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying,"I will try again tomorrow."


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Hello Beth, welcome to the team! emoticon
I'm also on Metformin, in the beginning I had a upset stomach but it went away in about a week.
I follow a low carb diet but I do eat fruits.
I usually get between 100 - 150 carbs a day.
Did your doctor tell you how many to eat a day?
I use milk on my cereal about 1/2 a day.
My doctor also told me not to eat pasta, breads and rice.
I take my bs twice a day in the morning and at night.
I also need to lose 100+ pounds.

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Hello Beth, Welcome to Sparks. Please click on YOUR HEALTH menu and on the right hand side of that page you will find a topic entitled Conditions in Depth. At the bottom is a topic Type 2 Diabetes. Click on that and you will find a wonderful library of the most useful information. Carb Counts of foods, etc.

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I was diagnosed with diabetes about three months ago.
I took a diabetic dietic class (which I advise any newly diagnosed diabetic to take) and was told portion sizes and what diabetics can and should not eat. I was encouraged to eat carbs (whole grain breads, fruits, veggies, milk) but in measured amounts totaling 45g per meal. This has worked very well for me. Use your meter to find out exactly how foods affect your BS so you will know what not to do or to do the next meal.
The metformin I take caused diarrhea at first for me. I also take glimpiride. Walking, eating right, taking meds and drinking my water amounts has really helped me. My BS is where it should be and I am hoping that my A1C test comes out okay too.
Read all you can on the spark site. DLIFE.com also is a great provided of help and information.

This may be scary...and confusing...being diagnosed with diabetes is scary. But it is not a death sentence ...YOU CAN CONTROL IT!!...you can live a very "normal" life..just follow all the guidelines here and from your doctor.
Please read the spark page thoroughly. IT IS SOUND AND GOOD ADVICE!!! And Walk walk walk...the exercise I believe is what really has helped me!!!
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Hello, my name is Beth and I was diagnosed today (9-22-09) with Type 2 diabetes. I just turned 52 this past Friday. Last year I got a grandson for my birthday. This year I got diabetes. Can't wait to see what next year holds. :) I'm hoping that by my birthday next year I'll be much, much healthier. My FBS was 197 this a.m. My doctor has put me on Metformin and I will start it tomorrow. He has given me a diabetic diet sheet to follow. It appears to be very much like the "Atkins" diet...no bread, potatos, pasta, sugar. My doctor also told me that I would not be able to eat any fruits or fruit juices. I thought eating fruits and veggies would be ok, but he says no because of the natural sugar in fruits. Does anyone else not eat fruits?? The diet also didn't mention anything about milk, so I'm not sure what to do about milk. Can someone let me know? My mother was a diabetic for 32 years before she passed away from cancer. My sister has been diabetic for 3 years. So, I wasn't really taken by surprise when the doctor told me. I am overweight and need to lose nearly 100 pounds. But after seeing how my mother suffered with diabetes, I want to do this so I can see my grandson grow up and hopefully have more grandchildren to look forward to. I hope I can get lots of support from this group. If any of you take metformin, could you please tell me any side effects you might have or had. My doctor says it does upset some people's stomachs. He talked about putting me on insulin and then said he would try Metformin and Avandia together. However, the Avandia is not on the Walmart $4.00 prescriptions. Since my husband's company closed down in January 2009, we have been without health insurance so every penny counts. My doctor was nice enough today to only charge me $35.00 since he knows that I don't have insurance now, but I have been seeing him for about 10 years now. I asked him to let me try with just the Metformin and diet to see how I could do. He said OK, but I have to go back in two weeks for him to review. Any help, advice, suggestons, would be greatly appreciated. I am on disability for severe arthritis and exercise is hard for me, but I'm going to try to do something. Thank you for you time and I'd appreciate anything you can offer to help me with this battle.

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Don't reward yourself with food. You are not a dog!

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