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5/11/13 9:35 A

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wish could follow you, Russel

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5/10/13 1:23 A

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Russell, you said it all! Nothing to add. emoticon

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5/9/13 7:45 P

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I went to a diabetes educator, and took an 8 hour class. They put me on 150 g a day and for 7 years I didn't lose a pound, or get a healthy A1C. Then 4 years ago, I started Atkins, and have stayed below 50 g a day most of the time. One year later, my doctor took me off all diabetes meds, and that was May 2010, so 3 years this month. Carbs are the cause of diabetes. The more you eat at one time, the higher you spike your blood sugars, and release Insulin, which stores excess glucose as triglyceride, as body fat.

Diabetes is manageable. Not by halving carbs and slowly waiting for blindness, or kidney damage while you have a A1C of 7. By cutting most carbs except for low glycemic fruits and vegetables ( under 50 g a day ), and dropping the A1C below 5.5, which mine has been for 3 years now.

My only concern now is keeping my FBS over 70. So I eat mushrooms with my breakfast, an apple with lunch, and a can of tomatoes for supper. The rest is meat or eggs.

If you can accomplish a 5.5 A1C with more carbs, that is great, but I rarely see a diabetic who eats over 100 g of carbs daily, and has low blood sugars.

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4/29/13 11:32 A

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Thanks again-good to know.

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4/28/13 10:39 P

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I round up too.


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4/28/13 5:25 P

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Thanks Mary - I so appreciate your help.

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4/28/13 1:40 P

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i always round up but that rarely happens to me for sure
the lady mary

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i can do that, but not on a tuesday
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4/28/13 1:24 P

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Thanks

One more question please.
When your carbs are not whole numbers are you rounding up or down or does it depend on how you sugars are reading? I am on a 1:10 ratio and just reduced my A1C from 7 to 5.7.

Thanks,

Holly
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4/28/13 12:40 P

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my endo says..a carb is a carb is a carb and treat every single one of them the same..probably the reason my a1c stays mid 5 range always
HI VALERIE!!!!
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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4/28/13 10:18 A

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Thanks Valerie,

I had not heard of that approach to carbs and I like it so I am going to try it as I am having some lows and am never sure to round up or round down. Your solution sounds like the best of both worlds. Take care, Holly

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4/27/13 8:45 P

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I'm type 1 and my husband is type 2 on insulin (by choice). We both subtract half the fiber from our carb counts, as directly by our dieticians.

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4/27/13 7:50 P

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Question: Is anyone calculating their short acting insulin at meals on net carbs vs regular carbs? I was wondering if this would yield tighter control? I am a type 2 diabetic.


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3/7/13 10:34 P

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this all depends on what your body needs many have other problems

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3/3/13 10:03 P

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i maintain my a1c with diet and insulin that does not mean i go out and eat everything in sight and cover it all by any means it means i weigh and measure portions even out to eat i do insulin bolous only fast acting only because any amount even a unit of basal causes drastic drops in blood sugars..a lot of that is because i had a seizure (first one to my knowledge ever several years back and it caused me to have autonomic neuropathy) so fastacting is determined by carb count..however i presented with chronic kidney failure 5 years ago and had to deal with the kidney diet and that was low protein low sodium low phosphorous and low potassium another wrench iun the works i regained back all kidney function after three years which rarely happens but diet was everthing i have noderated that diet at this time but its likely i will never have the lost calcium back it's just gone,,however i have kidney function again and i maintained my a1c through it all and all there was to eat on that diet were carbs,,the endo told me the kidneys were more important so it was a constant adjustment of insulin and still is but i maintain always
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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3/3/13 9:39 P

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I will say it again as I have many times on here before, the fewer carbs with diabetes the better. What Valerie said, that diabetes is a carbohydrate intolerance disease, is correct.
Maintaining low HA1c levels should be done without medication as quickly as possible. For me to stay below 5.7 without meds requires me to eat no more than 30-40 grams of carbs ALL DAY. This is NOT AT ALL difficult once you get used to it and stop keeping high-carb foods in the house. There are still a ton of food choices: most veggies, all meats, fish, eggs, a little lower carb fruit (1/2 cup berries or a small apple), lots of nuts, healthy oils and of course lots of herbs and spices. Instead of sugar you can use Xylitol or my new favorite: Just Like Sugar, made from Chicoree root, carb and calorie-free.

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3/3/13 9:08 P

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Wow, WOWEETOO, I am totally impressed with your A1c levels. If I may ask, how much insulin are you one? I am just getting started on SparkPeople and can use all the motivation I can get and I must say you are motivational. :)

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mine is posted on the fridge i weigh and measure everthing serving sizes nowadays are listed on every thing i do my insulin injections according to the carb count but the doc recommends for me 45 to 60 per meal and 15 to 25 for snack and he wrote it on a prescription pad to remind me..my a1c remains in the mid fives for years now and i maintain without too many problems
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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3/3/13 8:43 P

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When I was with the diabetes educator I was told to eat between 100 & 134(?) don’t remember for my weight, age, and how much I work out. I don’t use the tracker here. I have a memo pad and keep track that way. I started many years to do that and just continued.

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3/3/13 8:18 P

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I have my diabetic tracker set at 161-205 carbs a day. I do find I go over with it I did just once last week. I am never under the lower number.
I very rarely eat bread, no white potatoes and no rice. I do eat fruit though. I came to this sit to get healthy and of medications and I have dome that but despite the amount of exercise I do.
I have not lost any more weight in over a year. Summer is my best time for losing I will admit. I am sitting around because these days i do not like walking on ice.

I was happy to hear you have seen a nutritionist we also have had diabetic education at our hospital. Your hospital might have evenings when Diabetics get together and some one talk to the group. You might look in to those too. Take care Pat in Maine.

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3/3/13 7:48 P

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I am a type 2 diabetic and I recently saw a nutritionist and she suggested that I consume no more than 190 carbs per day. Hope this helps.

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Are you using the diabetic tracker it helps you to see how many carbs are recommended for your meals and for the end of the day when you post for the day.

Snacks for me are 15 and 45 for a meal. Have you been able to go to Diabetic counseling . My Dr insisted I did that . It really helped me a lot Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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Thank you so much :) That really helps me alot i am a type 2 but try to watch my carbs really close so I was just making sure I wasn't going to mess up :)

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3/3/13 5:12 P

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First of all, you can eat as many carbs as you choose; you're a free person! ;)

I don't enter my food in Spark but I'm guessing they're using a carb exchange-type formula, where your "three carbs a meal and two carbs per snack" means One Carb Exchange Equals 15 grams of Carbohydrate, so you'd eat 45 grams per meal and 30 grams per snack, for a total of 195 grams per day.

However, as a type 1 diabetic, I'd never eat that many carbs in a day! Diabetes is a carbohydrate intolerance disease. You don't need to consume a certain number of carbs per day. The only carbs I eat are from veggies.

Hope this helps!

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I was under the impresstion that I was to eat just 3 carbs a meal and 2 carbs a snack ? When i do my meal's I am way over .On this site do they stell use the 15 grams eqal 1 carb so is the total carbs real carbs or grams .I hope someone can help me :) Really confused right now :(

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