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8/7/12 12:49 P

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Thank you I am on no meds yet!
I have until October to prove that I do not need any meds.

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8/6/12 9:53 A

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7.1 gee i would give anything for a number like that... when i first started with my new doctor 3yrs ago i was 12 and i am down to 7.6 most doctors would like it to be 6... but that is not bad... just watch your food intake and take your meds... exercise and lots of water.. you are not that far off.... so you can do it...

we know you can

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8/6/12 9:24 A

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Ac-1 number is 7.1
I do think that i can correct this with diet and exercise
before next blood test in October.


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8/4/12 4:02 P

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Itake the fish oil 3 times a day & cinnamin in the morning too,
results in Oct to see if they help.
Will begin my swimming classes as soon as my Doc approves,
my pool jellies will be here Tuesday so i am thinking Wed. class.

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8/4/12 8:59 A

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don't know what you A1C was, but I take cinnamon caps and they really help, exercise 30 min a dayy at least and watch what I eat.

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8/3/12 1:07 P

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On my own I have been hypoglycemic for most of my life.
I do not know my AC-1 results yet.
I am wierd If i hear, write or say a number my head hurts,
So i bought the meter that keeps 500 readings
I will take the meter with me
Have two appointments this month
Diatition and an Diabetes Educator.
I am on track. So many questions
I have solved my low bs readings at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Finally my DH heard my request for,
low fat yogurt, graham crackers, dry roasted peanuts and bulk string cheese.
Portion control. is the key as i undertand.
What to eat before I exercise?
Once in the 'Y' pool I will be on my own.
I certainly do not want to drop my bs below 70.
I am taking no diabetes medicines at this time.


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8/3/12 6:40 A

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I agree with the others who have suggested a diabetes educator. It is so worth the time and effort. Knowlwedge is power.

If chair exercises are all you can do right now and the doctor is okay with that, then continue--it's better than no exercise at all. It's important to monitor the amount of carbohydrates you're eating. Did the doctor give you a range?

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8/3/12 2:16 A

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if you live near walmart they have just lowered the cost of their meters meter and 50 strips 9.00 not bad at all
the lady mary

TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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8/3/12 2:13 A

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Something not mentioned here so far, is home monitoring of your blood glucose levels.

If your doctor has not suggested this to you, you can still go ahead and do it. I don't know where you live, but here (in Alberta, Canada) the pharmacies often provide a free meter with the purchase of strips, or other places have very inexpensive monitors. Do some homework to find a monitor and strips that will fit into your pocketbook.

Start by testing your blood first thing when you wake up. Many people also test immediately before their meals, then test again 2 hours after the meal. This will help you to know how various foods affect your sugar readings, so you can limit those foods. Many of us do not test before or after every meal, maybe just random, like lunch and before bed one day, fasting and dinner the next, and so on.

Keep a log of what foods you eat and what your BS readings are and take these to the doctor and diabetes nutritionist. This will not only help them set up a program for you, but will also show them that you are serious about getting this under control.

Don't forget to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. This really helps the body flush the toxins out of the system. And as previously mentioned, try to incorporate some exercise into your day.

It may seem daunting at first, but don't forget we are here and willing of offer any help we can. Read the articles here on Spark, check in daily and ask any questions you may have. All the best to you. emoticon

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8/3/12 2:02 A

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emoticon Make a list of all the questions you have and take it with you to your next appt. I bet after being on here you have a few. And make sure you understand the answers before you leave. Drink water and good luck.

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8/2/12 10:28 P

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I never heard of A1c until March of this year, when doc said I had type 2. She said it should not be over 6.5, and mine was 6.7. She wanted to put me on meds immediately, but i refused in order to work on diet and exercise,and hopefully never use meds. Just this week, i was tested again, down just a little to 6.6. Probably would have been better if I exercised more..I followed the food plan quite well, but must admit, I've been a slacker with the exercise. Getting better with it now, it IS VERY IMPORTANT!..helps to keep the sugar level....you don't want spikes.

I believe most people can make a huge difference by changing their lifestyle.
Cutting carbs is a must.
Exercise is very important.
And, drink water.
There's more to it of course but these are basics.

Best wishes to you.

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8/2/12 8:33 P

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ladymary has such good advice...

when you go to the doctor, at least when they finally decided i WAS type 2(they'd been saying i was headed that way for awhile--and i did little about it i am not proud to say), i was a little in shock, so i may not have paid as much attention as i should have but i also was suggested to go to a diabetes educator...this i did do as soon as i could get in.,.she was sooooo helpful, took her time with me...about an hour(actually closer to 1 and 3/4 hours, but only charged me for the 1)...she FIRST explained the disease itself...in usable terms...then gave me a gameplan for my weight and how many carbs/meal & snack and explained about getting protein in with the carbs ... and more... it made me calm down and realize it could be done...she didn't lecture me on losing weight/adjusting calories in, well, not directly...she worked with my present weight and gave me lots of pamphlets for other resources and gave me a plate that was segmented for veg/protein/grains...

i want you to know your diabetes educator is a great resource...take questions with you when you go, but let her/him impart info that will calm you and let you feel like you have an idea what is going on and needs to go on...

good luck, keep asking questions... emoticon

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i would say if the doc wants it changed he should at least let you know where you stand and waht you can do about it as i said google a1c so at least it will let you know what affects the a1c and how you may counter it
the lady mary
my doc writes it on the prescription pad for me and i take it home and add it to my file

TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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8/2/12 5:37 P

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I do not know my AC-1. I should know that?
I'll find out tomorrow
It has been high for the past 2 blood tests or since last fall.
New test due in October

Edited by: VJH-W65 at: 8/2/2012 (17:39)
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a1c is a three month average of the amount of sugar carried around in your red blood cells and the reason for three months is that is the lifespan of the red blood cells in our bodies and shows how much sugar is there in actuality as they never lose that sugar but at three months they are gone gooogle the a1c and read all about it it helps to know what these things are for sure
and please PLEASE DRINK THE WATER
the lady mary

TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

if i stitch fast enough do


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what was your A1c?? and what does he want it to be??

are you newly diagnosed??


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chair exercise is all for now,
As soon as i find shoes that i can wear in and around a pool I will be swimming.
I can not risk a fall

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If you're asking how to use the VerioIQ meter, that I can't help with.

But if you're asking for ideas about how to lower your A1C:

1. Measure and weigh. Know your portion sizes! Eyeballing things just leads to eating more calories than intended.

2. Cut out "the whites" from your diet (simple carbs like white potatoes, white rice, processed foods) and opt for complex carbs (like brown rice, sweet potato, whoe grains, beans). Even too much red meat in the diet will raise blood sugar.

3. Have you been to a diabetic educator? That would be a really good first step. The more you learn, the more tools you'll develop to handle this.

4. I recommend the book THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION by Dr. Mark Hyman and WHY WE ARE FAT by Gary Taubes. Both full of information the could be useful.

5. What exercise are you doing? Exercise is such an excellent way to control your blood sugar.



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In Indiana,
Doc has allowed me 3 months to change my diabetes AC-1 results
Hoping I can do it after 2 weeks i am averaging 100bs meter readings
I have the Verio IQ meter that keeps the records for 500 total [approx 4 months]
It said it can fax. However my computer must have a Big biz internal fax modem.
Any suggestions?

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