I am new as well, and have not a clue as to how to get started with the tracker. I went to the tutorials, but they really did not help much. I have type 2 diabetes, 2 metal heart valves, and AICD and a stent in one of the heart arteries. At present I am obese at 184 pounds, and I am on several blood thinners-Plavix until October, warfarin, and low dose aspirin. I think I need all the help I can get. I walk most days, at least a couple of miles, and I go to the gym for weights and biking Tuesdays and Thursday AM. I am retired but active in volunteer work. I think I am ready to try anything to lose some of these pounds. I am on metformin 2x/day. Thanks in advance.
Well, as usual SPARKFRIENDS have shared some good advice. Like Kathy says.."we are all in the same boat". One goal is to try to keep your numbers on an even keel. So the spikes and lows are dangerous. That is why more frequent smaller meals work better for some people. I find that by using the Nutrition Tracker on SPARK, I have a better overall picture of where I am, and what foods Spike my BG and make it linger up there...i.e. like Pizza, for me! I was testing every morning to get that Fasting Blood Glucose = FBG -or FBS. Track that, what I ate, drank, how I felt, any exercise, what is going on, for example -Stress. Then test your BG before, and 2 or 3 hrs after a lunch one day, and a dinner another day. And take a bed time reading. This gives you an excellent picture of what YOUR BODY is doing with handling Diabetes. Test before and after exercise sometimes too. You will learn a lot, and if you keep great records, print them out and your Dr. or CDE will really be thrilled, as it gives them a perfect track record of what is working, or not working! I love the Nutrition Tracker on SPARK! It took me a day or two to figure how to use it, but, so worth the effort. Put any vitamin, mineral, supplements, and meds into your "Favorites". Has a place to track your water, and a daily notes section, to list if you are sick, fighting off an infection, got 3 hrs of good exercise in (hey! it could happen!), or your boss was being an ogre, ..any stress. Basically, test several times a day, eat smart, wash your hands often, drink water, exercise or move more, and note, or chart everything. Knowledge is power.
Most doctors agree that "NORMAL" blood sugar range is 80-120... I'm a little puzzled that you're worried about your numbers so much, if they are "in the 95-120 range no matter what"...
Do you happen to know your A1C? If it's high enough to put you in the pre-diabetes category, there MUST be some spikes that you're not catching...
I'm also wondering WHEN you are testing.
It isn't exactly supposed to be random--your fasting blood glucose level is the first thing in the morning--before EVERYTHING. No exercise, no changing clothes first-- set that meter by the bed if you have to, and check as soon as you're awake enough. Pre-meal is pretty self-explanatory (thank goodness! LOL) The post-meal tests should be two hours AFTER YOUR FIRST BITE-- no sooner, unless you feel odd or something-- and NOT starting from when you end the meal.
Because I am on an insulin regimen that includes a sliding scale and carb count, I test before each meal to determine how much insulin I need--and I have an annoying stomach condition that requires six "mini-meals" a day. I have a pretty good picture, testing that many times, of what affects me the most! LOL
You don't have to do that, so jump for joy, girl! LOL But it won't hurt right at the beginning to try a similar pattern, testing before and after meals for a week or so, to make notes on things to avoid. Once you get used to your own patterns, you can spot the differences easier... and it might help to to catch anything you may be missing.
Just let us know how it's going--we're all in the same boat, y'know?... and we'll help each other whenever we can!...
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What works best for me is tracking my food then ensuring my nutrient requirements are met by running a report at the end of the tracking day. Many times I use the food tracker to plan my meals, then I tweak what I will be eating based upon the reports.
Are you tracking your BS 2 hours after you eat a meal or a snack. If you are and your BS stays between 90 and 120 then perhaps you haven't eaten anything that spikes your BS. It is important to learn what foods are a problem so that you can tweak your nutrition.
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I log my foods every day. And follow it. That is how I manage my food intake. This will also give you a record to refer back on what you ate when on a particular day. Is the 95-120 before a meal or how long after???
I was on 2 diabetes meds but after losing and eating right I am on none now. Cutting out refined carbs like sugar, cookie, cake doughnuts bagels etc. a long time ago helped my numbers. I only eat pasta rarely as well as rice because they raise my blood sugar. I am a vegan now, although I was also doing extremly well with whole foods. Now most of my carbs come from beans and soy products. It took a long time for me to change my diet though. There are a wide range of whole grains. To choose. I have some restrictions and cannont eat too many grains.
A lot was trial and error for me.
It took some time but both losing weight and exercise also helped my numbers.
This is what worked for me. However everyone is different. I am just sharing how I was successful.
It looked daunting for me at first but in steps it was easy.
Hope that helps a little.
Edited by: HAGIN2010 at: 5/17/2012 (19:48)
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I am fairly new to all of this. Well.... not necessarily new to the idea of being pre diabetic, but new to the idea of really trying to get on this thing and monitor it and manage it.
I 'm looking for some help What is the best approach to trying to monitor and manage your food intake and your glucose readings? I understand that the idea is to monitor at different times of the day and after different meals, etc. to see what kinds of foods seems to affect you most, etc. My issue is that my numbers seem to range in the 95 - 120 range, no matter what. I don't seem to see any real differences with any different foods, etc.
What kind of suggestions do any of you "experts" have on making this work? All info would be appreciated.
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