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4/11/12 12:15 P

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4/11/12 12:59 A

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I would agree with the test, test, test. I'm pre diabetic, but it wasn't until I started testing that I put two and two together to get my numbers down. Since I wasn't *diagnosed* I got the good old...lose weight, exercise...drill. No direction. I found low carbing on my own and have been fine turning it since. I still test...test...test, but am becoming much more comfortable with what I know. Welcome to the group. Lots to learn here!

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4/8/12 11:49 A

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many of us have family history but have to manage

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It can seem overwhelming at first, but it all settles down. I too have a strong family history but that is only part of the equation, managing it is the other. So much can be accomplished by diet and exercise and losing weight. When my BMI dropped down to the healthy range, my BS dropped like a stone to normal and I have been able to keep it there with diet and exercise.

The number one place to start on Spark is use that Nutrition Tracker and use your meter to check your BS. Once you get comfortable with that, start using the Fitness Tracker and use other tools on the site one by one, one step at a time. There is tons of vetted information all here and all free.

You have the key to gaining control: attitude and willingness to take charge and you can do it!

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4/3/12 7:06 A

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Great JimJen! Your meter is an important tool in helping you on your road to good health. NASFCAB gave you excellent advise. Small steps, one at a time, will lead to overwhelming results. Rome was not built in a day and neither is our good health. emoticon carol

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4/3/12 6:04 A

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baby steps are best

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4/3/12 12:03 A

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I saw the dr today and he will prescribe me a meter. Should be getting it tomorrow. Not such a great day today. Curious to see if my bs is high and whether it makes me not feel so good. I have already noticed that lower carb days I feel a little better.Anxious to see my numbers and get on track.

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3/31/12 9:24 P

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drinking water is important

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3/31/12 3:25 P

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Thanks all. Since I haven't seen the educator/nutritionist yet I am winging it but hopefully and doing ok. Really have cut a lot of carbs already. Don't have a meter yet but hope to get one this coming week. I already feel a little better and have lost a couple of lbs. I haven't had any lows in my bs that I can feel yet but I have had them before so know the feeling. Don't know about how highs will make me feel. Never noticed. I know it will be baby steps and this one huge one of getting off the pop. A real trial but I am doing it. I tracked my carbs on nutrition tracker yesterday and I think I did pretty good. I think the metformin has curbed my appetite a lot. I think my body is telling me to eat sugar and I am not so it is confused. But I am rambling. Again thanks everyone you have all been a great help.

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The "average" recommendation for carb intake etc is 45 ea for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and 15 ea for two snacks. For most of us, that's too much.

I'm not supposed to drop below 1400 calories, and I have CKD (kidney disease) and a stomach issue as well, so I eat six "mini-meals" a day, and aim for 25 to 30 carbs each. I don't get the stomach symptoms that way--and a nice side effect is that I tend not to get the spikes and crashes like I did before I started eating this way.

The thing is, you can start with any one of the recommended carb counts you like, but it really IS an individual thing, and you and your doctor and nutritionist will have to work it out... This is where you test. And test. And test some more! LOL

And then, of course, it'll change... LOL

Life's about change, of course... and SP is going to be a really healthy one for you!... go for it!

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3/31/12 8:08 A

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Welcome! Good advice - baby steps. When you see the dietician and diabetes educator the process of testing will be explained to you. The "when" of testing is important. They can also explain different monitors and their ease of use, functions, etc as well as suggest the monitors and strips that will be covered

You have done great by substituting water for the sweet drinks! 5 stars for you!! If you haven't already, track your food on the nutrition tracker. That will help you start to understand the amount of carbohydrates you are eating. Also check the internet for the glycemic index. With the exception of ice cream, you want to select your carbohydrates from those listed as low on this index.

Each of us is different in how are bodies tolerate food. For me grains, potatoes and oranges are big no-nos. That might differ for you.

Most importantly, take you disease seriously but yourself lightly! You have taken your first big step towards better health!! Congratulations. I know that you can do this!!

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3/30/12 10:44 A

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you have got much advice take baby steps

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3/29/12 10:54 P

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My nutritionist gave me my carb allotment as 30 for breakfast, 45 for lunch and dinner and 15 to 20 Gms for each three snacks. It has worked well for me but everyone is different. Caloriewise I stay under 1500 calories. Exercise too is important. I usually walk 30 to 60 minutes a day with some stationary cycling. You've had great advice, especially the advice about testing certain foods. BBQ sauce is something that really spikes my BS. Bananas too so I only eat a quarter at a time (and I so love bananas.) I used to love soda and candy but now not even tempted and only very occasionally will I have a diet soda. Lots and lots of water. Good luck. Let us know how you are doing.

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3/29/12 9:44 P

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Also can anyone give me just a general idea of what range I should keep my carbs level in. I read some of the articles on Sparkpeople and have some idea but want to know if I am close on that.

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3/29/12 9:40 P

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Thank you all for your advice. I am tempted to go buy a meter because I am so worried about it but I know the doc I see Monday will be very helpful. He is a good one. The VA has already referred me for a Diabetic Education class. Just haven't got the appointment yet. It is so hard when you go into this blind. I do have a little knowledge and my mother had it too but I have been away from home all of my adult life so learned little about it. Except that she didn't control it well and eventually her organs failed. I don't want that. Again thanks for the advice and info in books.

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Welcome to the Team. Understand what you are talking about when you speak of the meters. many docs. provide free meters, the strips can be another problem. If your strips are not covered by medicare ( SSD ) contact the maker of your meter and ask if they have programs available for their strips, or contact the maker of your strips once you get them.
These avenues have helped me at different times, maybe they can be of help to you.

Good Luck!

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3/29/12 9:21 P

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Welcome! You've gotten wonderful advice for sure. I would just certainly 2nd the suggestion to go to a Diabetic Educator. That is going to help a lot.

Test (once you get your glucometer), test, and test some more. Keep a food log. See how your blood sugar responds to different foods.

You've gotten an excellent description of the carb craving. It DOES go away.

Another good book is by Dr. Mark Hyman "The Blood Sugar Solution".

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Hi JimJen and welcome. This is a great site. When I was diagnosed last June, my A1C was 9, my last one was 5.5. Diet and exercise really worked for me. And I had become a real couch potato. I started out taking Glypizide 5 and 500mg of Metformin twice a day. I am now down to one Metformin and my endocrinologist wanted to take me off that at the last visit. I said maybe next visit just to amke sure.
Have you been to a diabetes education class? Invaluable information. The usually have a nutrtiionist too who will help you understand your carb allotment. Ask you doctor for a referral.
I use the nurtition and fitness trackers on this website. A great tool that really works. If you need help with anything, just ask. This team is full of knowledgable helpful people.

Once again welcome. We all look forward to getting to know you!!
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3/29/12 8:42 P

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This not giving meters thing is very recent for the VA. I imagine that they will get many complaints and change their tune. It's all about budget I'm sure. Medicare may pay for a meter and strips for me and I am going to see if they will. I get a lot of ad stuff for meters so I know I can get one somehow. And yes I do get my meds from the VA but I am also on SSD and get medicare so if not one way then another. Thanks for caring.

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are you getting your other meds through the VA?? when i was first diagnosed my X was still active military and i went to local military hospital... they did not pay for meter but paid for strips.... if that is your case... then find out what they cover and go to that company and get your meter free... i used one touch brand for years all free... and now use the freestyle brand.. both of them also free... meters are as lttle as 20$ and many of them go on sale for as low as 15$...

also look for banners 'ads' in this site or possibly other newsletters you might be getting... that's how i got my last meter free...

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3/29/12 8:37 P

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Thanks, I will definitely be getting that meter. Couldn't get in sooner than monday. I want to work hard on this cause it is what killed my mother and I don't want that to happen to me.

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3/29/12 6:29 P

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Hi again! My answer was pretty short because I was on my iPhone.

Right now, your body is craving carbs because 1) you've been eating them, and 2) your blood sugar is high.

Your body doesn't believe it's getting enough energy from your food because of your insulin resistance (insulin is the 'key' that unlocks the glucose in your blood to be used for fuel) so you're unwittingly setting yourself up to crave more carbs.

Breaking the carb dependence is tough but after a few weeks your body (and mindset!) will adjust and the cravings will subside. Plus, with a lower carb lifestyle, weight loss is so much easier!

One of the best books I've read that helps with how our bodies use our fuel is Gary Taube's Why We Get Fat.

Good luck! Oh, and please make sure you get a meter soon and check your blood sugar as frequently as you can.



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3/29/12 5:33 P

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That is kind of what I thought. I imagine it will be hard because I eat a pretty carb rich diet. Just cutting out the pop will be a big deal cause I drank too much of it. Thanks for replying

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Diabetes is a carbohydrate intolerance disease. Your blood sugar will be easier to manage with as few carbs as possible. My only carbs come from veggies.

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3/29/12 5:21 P

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Just diagnosed this week. BS was 214 and A1C was 6.6. I am 48 years old now and do have a history of adult onset diabetes in my family. Because I go to the VA for some reason they have decided not to give meters to anyone not taking insulin. So now I have to go to outside dr with my medicare. I see him Monday. I stopped drinking pop entirely now and drink a lot of water. The doc put me on metformin. Can anyone tell me what foods I should avoid. I haven't seen a dietician for education yet but will be soon. I know carbs can be bad but can't avoid them altogether. I like fresh fruit and veggies so I can go that route and avoid the sugar. But I really am confused about what to do overall.

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