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the nutrition tracker at Spark is good

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emoticon Elaine. Glad you joined us and hope to see lots of activity from you. You can do this and we are here to help.

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My blood sugar has been rising over the years, and I think my doctor's chart has called me a diabetic or diabetic suspect for years. Had gestational diabetes 25 years ago. Also, my blood sugar was out of whack in 2000 when I was recovering from a kidney stone experience and septic shock.

Deep down I was not surprised when my doctor said I have to stop sitting on the sidelines and actively fight this. Quit eating sweets and trying to avoid sugar 10 days ago, but I realize now it is more than just sugar that raises blood sugar.

Been on Spark people for awhile, but not very active. Swtiched my tracker to diabetic, and that is very helpful. Fifty pounds overweight, but seem to "carry my weight well" as some friends and family would say. I have kind friends.

Looking forward to reading this forum.

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Kathy,

I understand about the depression. Finding out you have a "disease" can be very frightening and overwhelming. I was depressed before I got the diagnosis and I looked at it as a chance and a very good reason for me to finally put myself first and do something about my overall well-being and health. After finding out it was a real wake up call for me.

I have used this time to turn a negative into a positive and honestly feel better, emotionally and physically than I have in a long time. Think of this as positive motivator rather than a negative downer. You have the choice to battle this, make changes and learn along the way. Put yourself first above everything else and really work hard. You will see and feel the changes if you do this, I guarantee it.

Use this site, read all the articles you can, and be your own advocate. It's up to you to educate yourself and bring your questions and concerns to your GP and class leader. By September, you will be well on your way.

You can do this. Have a great Sunday.

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You are very right. I know little about this disease and expected (expect) to take a pill, wait a couple of days and everything will be back to normal. Might have to take the pill for awhile, but aventually I'll be fine. I had no idea all that was involved. The medical profession gave me very little information and just sent me on my way. If it wasn't for this site and all the wonderful people who have responded to my questions and concerns I would know nothing.

I'm scheduled to start class in Sept. (classes shut down through the summer), the woman who runs them brought me in, should me how to use the meter, gave me a 1200 a day calorie plan and sent me on my way. I call this 1200 diet the "doomed to failure plan". I am always hungry. I did email her a question and she didn't respond.

So I am depressed, which I understand is normal being so newly diagnosed, and angry at the lack of information I am getting from the medical profession.

Thanks for listening to me.
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Kathy,

While I am certainly no expert but can throw in my 2 cents, I would say that patience is the key along with figuring out what works for you and what doesn't. I love your enthusiasm and desire to see the "normal" again but I believe it takes some time. Follow your Dr.'s orders and your eating and exercise plan because this is essential (along with your meds for now) to bring your numbers down. I was diagnosed in Nov. 2011 and am still stuggling even though I have lost weight and have totally changed my lifestyle. Don't expect a change overnight but instead take your journey in small steps and learn and listen to your body and tests along the way. You can do this and we are here for you. emoticon

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Good Morning!
I'm still having some problem consuming all the water I need to, but the cucumber has helped a lot. I understand the importance of me drinking this and will continue to drink more until I like it (?).
Can any one tell me how long it takes for the meds to kick in. I've been on 500 mg of metformin 1x a day for 8 days and have seen my bb drop, but not near the normal range, however the rest are worse.
I'm testing 2x a day

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6/6/12 8:46 P

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wish there were fewer ads for sugar free candy here

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I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners. Aspartame gives me the worst headaches...also makes me shaky. Since I have been staying away from sweets, I really don't want them. Healthy food tastes so much better now than it ever did before. I don't always like plain water, so a little lemon or lime or a tea bag dropped in the water gives it just enough flavor. Just saying.
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dislike the taste of artificial sweeteners

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Thanks for the clarification and personal insight Kathy about the effect of artificial sweetners for you. I am going to cut down on my use of water packets in any case.

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I avoid Crystal Light and similar products--NOT because of blood sugar or even diabetic issues, but because they trigger my fibromyalgia symptoms, sending me automatically into a flare-up.. I've been told this is all in my mind, but I had no clue it was doing that until I stopped using them and then had a holiday with the in-laws--who knew I was diabetic and kindly made me a dessert with artificial sweetener. Three days of excruciating pain later... no thanks!

You have to choose for yourself, since while there are basic rules, what works for one person is not necessarily going to work with another. Try it and see.

LIfe is one big experiment anyway, y'know? LOL

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like plain water but will try it with cucumber &/or mint

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6/4/12 9:38 A

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@Pam

I have been thinking all weekend and wondering about your comment that Crystal Light seems to raise your blood sugar. Why do you think that is? Just curious because I use Crystal Light (or similar packets) a lot. Maybe I shouldn't be??

Anyone have thoughts?

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emoticon Villee. You have come to the right place to help you learn how to manage your new diagnosis. Every time I read through a thread I learn something. emoticon . emoticon

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Okay, now I'm confused! Is there another Kathy in the house?? LOL

I LOVE water, it's just about the only thing I ever drink--and it's a good thing I do like it, since I drink 9-12 glasses of it a day!-- I have CKd (aka chronic kidney disease) and at this stage I need the stuff to keep my kidneys flushed and happy--or a least happiER... LOL

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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Water is good for bringing your blood sugar down and assisting in helping you to feel full so that you won't eat as much. Sometimes when you think you are hungry, you are really only dehydrated. I put fresh lemon and lime slices and other fruits in my water for and it is so much better tasting than the flavored waters that you buy.

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Kathy,

A friend of mine makes the following water with cucumbers and it is really good. Since you don't really like water here is another alternative. Crystal Light raises my blood sugar a bit so I don't drink it often but I love water so that and a cup of coffee a day are my beverages of choice.

Here's the recipe A pitcher of purified water, 12+ mint leaves, and sliced cucumbers. Put in the refrigerator for 4+ hours to chill. My friend added some splenda to sweeten it a little. I haven't made it myself but she brought me some when we walked the other day and it is very refreshing. She calls it sassy water. You can call it anything you want to :-) she will put 3-4 slices of cucumber and a little mint in each large glass of water she drinks. Add water to keep the pitcher full for a couple of days. Enjoy! And welcome to sp. This group is amazing!

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I had absolutely no idea how ignorant I was/am about diabetes. But thanks to all you wonderful people I'm learning.

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Kathy has explained why we need the water find that lemon does make it more palatable

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Yes, there is a very good reason. When your blood sugar is a little high, drinking plenty of water can help to lower your numbers by assisting your kidneys to flush the excess. It also helps somewhat in protecting your kidneys from the damage the excess sugar can cause... and it can sometimes help you control your appetite, since a lot of adults can't tell whether they are hungry or just thirsty. When you want to binge, drink a glass of water and wait 15-20 minutes... a lot of times you'll find you weren't hungry, you just needed water.

There is always some controversy over whether or not to flavor the water. In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with adding flavor to the water, as long as you acknowledge that it does change your body's reaction to it somewhat-- anything IN the water will trigger a digestive response, enzymes and so on. Water by itself does not...

But then, I've been a water connoisseur for years! Water HAS flavor, based on the mineral content of the source. The best tasting bottled water is TALKING RAIN, it's sweet with just a hint of metallic--followed by FIJI, for the same reasons. Dania is just okay, and there's added potassium for those who need to be aware of that-- and Albertson's store brand (I THINK it's Cascade...) just tastes gross, kind of soapy. LOL I use a Britta filter at home...

If all you ever drink is water, you CAN tell the difference! I don't drink water in restaurants any more unless I have some lemon on the side to douse the taste of the dishwasher... LOL

Do be aware of the possible side effects of sugar substitutes--some can increase appetite. Instead, try a little of that lemon I mention, or slice some strawberries into a pitcher and top it off with water and stick it in the fridge...

And get used to sloshing when you walk until your body gets used to it! LOL

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Is there a diabetic reason we are suppose to drink so much water? I have never been a water drinker and this will be extremely hard for me. But, I will not jeopardise my health by not drinking. Is it OK to put something in there like Crystal Light or another sugar free product that will give it some taste?

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welcome again and remember to drink 8 glasses of fluid a day.

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I can't add anything to what the others have all said so well... lol

I will say this, though, if you haven't signed up for the SparkPeople D program, you may want to do that. You can find it under the HEALTH CONDITIONS tab at the top of this page. There's a drop-down menu, and you want the Condition Center for Diabetes...
It has the same choice on your nutrition tracker to use SP menus or customize (I customize! LOL), but it also has a place to record your blood sugar readings...

Welcome to the team!
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You have all the great advice so just adding about drinking enough water & that you have to change your LIFESTYLE

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WELCOME! I love your picture! I also have a shepard. I was so scared when I first found out I can't tell you! I bought a calorie king book and its a wonderful thing! I count carbs and calories and remember to exercise 30min at least a day. I also found taking cinnamon caps once in the morning and at dinner help alot. emoticon

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Welcome to the team and I agree you have been given some good advise, difinately go to a nutritionist, I have learned a lot from them. Good Luck you can do this, make a lifestyle change not a diet because this is for life.
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You have been given good advice I will not repeat it. I will agree that using the SP Diabetic tracker was the tool that enabled me to get off metformin in less than a year.
my A1c was 8.8 and my last one was 5.5.

EXERCISE is very important in the management of blood sugar . Exercise lowers blood sugar.
PORTION CONTROL is also very important.
Reading NUTRITION labels is important. I do not use any boxed ready made foods. I prefer to make my own food as often as i can. Most processed foods are problematic for me so i stick to fruits and vegetables, Protein and always the right fats, we do need them. The tracker will help with those till you get to see a diabetic councilor.
If you need support, just ask and it will be there if we have the answer. There is a wealth of knowledge on this team. Welcome again Pat in Maine.

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Welcome and good luck. I'm new to diabetes also. Joined SP last summer and stuck with it for a while, but now I am here to stay. I changed my profile to diabetes, and my food tracker changed. It's a wonderful guide to what portions to eat. The best advice I can give you is to follow the food guide and exercise guide. Also, read labels. I have found Kashi GoLean cereal and Smart & Delicious Tortillas (wraps) are a good mix of protein and carbs and fiber.
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Hi Villeeor and welcome. This is a great team to stay focused and motivated. Jerseygirl has given you some very good advice. I have been diagnosed for about year and was in the ame situation. My primary told me not to eat too much pasta or bread and that was the extent of my education. I am an RN and had some understanding of the condition but my info was old as it has been 30 years since I worked in a hospital but did make appointments with an endocrine, an opthalmologist and DM classes. My nutritionist told me 30 carbs, 45 carbs for lunch and dinner and 3 snacks of about 15 to 20 carbs with protein and so far aht has worked well for me. Other people have found it easier to eat several small meals per day. We are all so different in what works for us and how we react to different foods. I started out on three meds (Glypizide 5 mg at breakfast and Metformin 500 mg, one at breakfast and one at dinner and an A1C of 9. My last A1c was 5.1 and I am off all diabetic meds and maintaining with diet and exercise. I have lost 90 pounds and am at maintainence weight. I read every label of everything I buy as Jerseygirl said. I usually add peanut butter to my snacks but the low fat cheese and almonds are also a good idea. I aim for between 1200 and 1500 calories per day. I was a big, big Pepsi drinker and also my downfall was Hershey bars and M&M peanuts but strangely once I started my meds didn't even want them or miss them. I only very occasionally even have a diet soda. I don't think of it as a life sentence, more of a lifestyle change. I made an endo apppointment because I am a firm believer in seeing a specialist for your special condition. I love my primary but he is my go to guy for my aches, pains and colds. Just as Jerseygirl said, do what feels right for you. i would add to do to start an exercise program when you can. Start slow and increase your time daily. I walk and bike and when I started I was so winded I couldn't do much, now I walk about 2-3 miles per day and can ride my bike for hours. But baby steps are the way to go. One thing at a time so you are not overwhelmed and when you do it often enough it will become part of your daily routine

You came to the right team...everyone on this team is so helpful, knowledgable and caring and all you have to do is ask and you will have answers and advice galore. You will get the hang of it. Just remember we were all in the same boat you are finding yourself in now so we certainly understand how confusing and overwhelming all the info can be. So we are all here to help and support you!!

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Welcome to the Team!!! You can find a lot of useful information on this site and on the American Diabetes Association website. You can also check out Web MD. emoticon

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Welcome! I felt the same way you do when I was diagnosed. Very nervous and frightened. Ask your doctor to send you to diabetes class and a diabetic nutritionist. Once you learn about our disease it is not frightening any longer.

Some tips on eating. Carbohydrates are more than just sugar. They are in bread, vegetables, fruits. Read labels - first the portion size, then the carbohydrates per portion. You probably want to stay within 30 to 45 carbohydrates per meal. That is very conservative thinking and we all are different. I eat between 15 and 30 carbs. Add a protein every time you eat a carb. One ounce of low fat cheese or some dry roasted almonds are my go-to. I eat between 5 and 6 small meals a day or about 1,300 - 1,400 calories per day. And, drink water! Eight glasses daily. Won't be too difficult because you probably feel thirsty.

I was first diagnosed 30 years ago as insulin resistant. About 9 years ago I was diagnosed as diabetic and placed on medication. A few months ago I found that my diabetes had progressed and I just saw an endocrinologist. When you speak with your doctor you might want to ask him if you should visit an endo. Do what feels right for you.

This is a wonderful team with very knowledgeable, helpful, caring members. Post your questions as you have them. Post and let us know how you are doing. Good luck at the doctors! emoticon emoticon Carol

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Hi,
I was just diagnosed with diabetes three days ago. Right now I'm winging it, I can't see my doctor for another 4 days and classes don't start until June 4th. I'm totally depending on SP so I can see how many carbs I'm eating at each meal, along with counting the calories.
I have been a member of SP for about three years yet never stayed with the program. You better believe I'm staying with it this time.
I'm a little uncomfortable going to my family doctor with this and was thinking maybe I should go to an Endoctindologist. I'm 68 and I don't know if this will present more or less problems. I'm a little frightened.
Any thoughts you have on this will be appreciated.

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