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7/22/16 7:20 A

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Hello group. My name is stephaney. I am technically "prediabetic" based on a1c of 6.4. Haven't tested since May. Just started testing again yesterday. 2 hr pp was 189 :/ hoping to learn to eat healthy and get rid of potatos and carbs.

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7/19/16 11:34 A

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Hi everyone!
I had been pre-diabetic for most of my late teens to mid-late twenties. Now in my thirties I am officially a type 2 diabetic. I thought I could get away with not tracking anything then my a1C crept up to 10. I've been trying to get my eating under control bc I do exercise 4-5 days a week. But I don't see much improvement in my sugars. I'm excited to be a part of this community.

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7/6/16 4:24 P

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I've been Type 2 since 2013, I thought I've been doing pretty good keeping my BS under control, I go to my Dr at the end of the month for my A1c check up and I have a feeling it's going to be higher this time, I've gained a few pounds since my last visit and can't seem to lose them.



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7/5/16 7:26 P

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Hi my name is Donna. I have had Type 2 Diabetes for 12 years. I appreciate being a part of this group. I hope that you can help me be accountable for what I do.

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7/1/16 6:45 A

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emoticon KMACK5, we're here for you, it does help to know there are others out there rooting for us. Sparkpeople has become a second family for me and I hope for you also emoticon



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I'm new the group and can relate to all of the messages. I'm 5 years in and really have been in denial, I think up until recently. I try notnot look back with regrets (although I really wish I would have made these changes years ago...ok, done...now forward ) This site and this group are a powerhouse of information and support. Thanks to everyone of you for taking time to share and work toward improved health.

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6/20/16 9:45 P

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Thanks so much for the warm welcome! Yes, that result was from two hour after eating. I've been checking before I eat and two hours after the first bite. I seem to be better able to handle carbs for lunch or dinner, but only a small portion of carbs for breakfast. I think it's because my morning (fasting) levels run higher than my levels later in the day. For example, my morning numbers may be 110 to 120, so it doesn't take many carbs to push me over 140 with my breakfast. But my pre-lunch and pre-dinner numbers are lower, between 85 and 105, so I can handle more carbs then.

I hope that makes sense. I'm having trouble finding guidelines about how many grams of carbs to have with a meal, but I'm learning from my testing results. My understanding is that as long as the two-hour post-prandial number is under 140, the meal was okay. Correct?

Thanks again!

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Hi, Rosemary. BS shortly after meals can be quite high, particularly depending on the size of the meal and amount of carbs. That's true even for the non-diabetic. My doctor has me check 2 hours after eating ( Postprandial) and has given me a range she wants me to be in. Ask your doctor what he / she wants your goal to be for fasting glucose and postprandial tests and how soon you should check after meals. That will give you a clear idea of your target and avoid the anxiety of not knowing if you're where you should be.

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6/18/16 6:50 A

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emoticon 4ROSEMARY, how soon after breakfast do you test?? I've also learned that BS after a meal can go up to as high as 185, my numbers are far from perfect and I guess I'll see next month when I go back for my 6 mo. check-up.we're here for you



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6/17/16 12:50 P

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Hello Team!

I joined this team because I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. My fasting glucose has been pre-diabetic for years, but the last one was 147. My latest hemoglobin A1c was 7.1. So, now I'm "officially" diabetic.

Just this morning I used my glucose meter for the first time. I thought I was doing pretty good with a fasting glucose of 112. I had breakfast, which had 32 grams of carbs, and my post-breakfast number was 157! I guess 32 grams of carbs is too much for me. My plan is to test before and after meals and try to figure out what meals are good and what I have to change. Lots to learn!

I'm currently on metformin 1,000 mg with breakfast and 1,000 mg with dinner.

I look forward to meeting new friends, sharing helpful tips, and learning what I can to stay healthy. Nice to be here, and good luck to everyone on the team!
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Hey Barbara,
I wanted to tell you your not alone in your struggle. My hubby is unsupportive too. I'd been telling him for months something was wrong with me and I needed to see a doctor. I had tingling in my feet and hands that wouldn't go away. I knew the signs. All four of my grandparents, and several uncles and aunts had full blown diabetes. He just said, "You're the healthiest person I know. There's nothing wrong with you." Well then he took out a life insurance policy on me and when they called and rejected me because of my A1C which is 6.8. THAT's when he decided I need to see a doctor. I'll go on Friday. My blood sugar fasting was 100. He has done nothing to help me control it. He believes in 'magic pills' and not diet and exercise. (He likes me big)
Don't get discouraged. That's what is good about this website, there are others here that know your struggles. My kids and my sister-in-law are my biggest support system. They encourage me, and my oldest son he got me a gym membership, and my youngest daughter pushes me and leads by example. If I didn't have them and the help from here I'd be lost. So don't give up.

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JANICEONE1 Posts: 12,977
6/6/16 6:41 A

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also ask about seeing one who is trained in Nutrition for Diabetes, they do help with menus and meal planning.My Dr. sounds like yours, handed me a Blood testing kit and I had to figure it out myself.



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Hello. My name is zoewmu and I'm from Michigan. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 3 weeks ago. My doctor handed me a prescription for metformin and told me to come back in 3 months. I'm researching and learning that I need to be following a diet (seems like low carb is the way to go?) and monitoring my blood sugar? I'm going to make an appointment with an endocrinologist who might be able to give me more guidance. Any help would be appreciated.

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emoticon emoticon I like to do the challenges that they have here, it does seem to help me keep going to stay on track, I go to the Dr.s next month for my A1c check.we're here for you



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Hello everyone,
My name is Barbara and I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes on May 13, 2010, at the beginning I was able to control it with medication, exercise and diet. When I lost 95 lbs in 6 months using Sparkpeople the doctor said something that changed my life "you beat diabetes". At that point cue the go back to what you were doing. Well 2 years ago I ended up in the ER with a blood sugar level of 460. I was out of control. Since then I have found a doctor and have been put back on medications but I am still in control. My sugars bounce around between 200-270 fasting. I am tired of being like this, it has prevented me from having knee replacements that are needed because the fear of throwing a clot, infection and so forth from my doctor, who I truly appreciate because he is honest with me and not only looking for a payday. Where I am getting at is other than my 16yo son that is at home with me I have no support from anyone with my diabetes. My husband does not see an issue and believes if I stay on insulin it will work itself out. I am in need of people that encourage me and motivate me who understand what I am going thru.

Today marks the day that I have come back to sparkpeople and am making a difference for myself and my health.

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Hi everyone! My name is Shellie and I've hav Type 2 Diabetes (diagnosed 1 year ago). I still struggle with consistency with diet, exercise and checking my blood sugars, but have recently gotten back on track. emoticon

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5/23/16 6:46 A

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emoticon I have to go to the Dr.s in July for my next A1c check-up and I know my numbers will be up as well, since Jan. I've had a Sinus infection off and on and my bad eating habits are back, need to get back on track AGAIN



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emoticon I'm Elayne and I'm 67 years young. I was diagnosed 1 yr. ago in June with Type 2. I am not on any medication. These past two months I haven't been eating well..choosing to have ice cream and snack size candy bars. Because my blood sugars have been good almost every day, I was fooling myself. I get my A1C checked on June 26 and see my Dr. on June 4. My last A1C was 6.1, but I expect it to be high again. I need help tp stay on track. Glad to be here. emoticon

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4/29/16 7:04 A

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same here, I lost a lb only to gain it back again



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emoticon Janice...
I am @ a standstill as of today ugh.

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emoticon Bobbi on the weight loss, I can't seem to lose more than 3 lbs at a time only to gain it back again, I'm trying different things but can't seem to find the right one.



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My name is "Bobbi"
Not really new to this team been here before and not long ago I was a member here,
and now I am back because of my diabetes but been very happy that my numbers are,
going down and getting lower and that makes me happy over that and so far I have lost,
a total of 30 lbs. since I joined sparkspeople.

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I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but have not been real active in recent years. Now I would like to get active again, particularly with handling diabetes. Mine is not really out of control, but I have not actively worked on diet for a long time. I am a regular exerciser. I have dietary questions I guess I need to ask in another area of this group? Am I right?

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Hi James and team mates,

Here's a link to a blog that expresses changes I'd like to make

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Have a great day!

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emoticon Hello Team,

I am Not New to this team been here before but my computer has been acting up and it,
will just take me off Ugh...hopefully this time it wont get deleted again frustrated when my,
computer takes me off like that.

My name is "Bobbi" and I am here because I am a type 2 diabetic and I take Metformin pills,
2 x a day for my dibeties and also so my blood sugars will stay under control..

I just need to keep my blood sugars under control with my meds.

My Name Is (Bobbi)

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Hi Carla.

Of course connecting with people on sparkpeople should I still changes in you in order to get results, or change your behaviours or actions.

What do you want to change?

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Hello, I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2006. I would like to gain better control of BS and get my A1C back down to below 7.0. Been on Spark since 2011, love the site and participating with teams.

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I love water aerobics for exercise. I am very lucky to have it available. An 8 mile drive but it is worth it. When I started I had cramps in my legs but no more. Oh--I can't remember when I did not do water aerobics! I used to swim laps but shoulder problems halted that. You are doing great with the diabetes ! I don't have it --yet. My daughter has us doing Atkins. Doctors don't seem to understand it. The newer versions are very healthy. Many doctors --and my friends say--too much fat, I believe if it is good fat it is OK. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

chris

40 lbs. GONE! But.. I have to lose 8 lbs. to get better Long Term Care Insurance. Dr. check up Feb. 22, 2016. Panic is setting in!Self-talk: Often through the day say "Stop eating; I can have more later."

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? Low carb plan with lots of veggies and water aerobics at least 3X week.

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With all due respect, I don't agree with that. My son has Type 1 diabetes (since he was 10) and I have Type II (diagnosed 4 years ago). We've taken classes on nutrition. The old school way of treating diabetes is to cut out sugar. The new way is to watch your carbs. Your blood sugar can spike by eating high carbs. For example, a bowl of grape nuts is higher in carbs that some candy bars. Seriously! I'm tracking my foods on Spark, and eating within my carb levels. I can still treat myself to foods that have sugar in them-- within reason, of course. My blood sugars have tapered way down, and I am within range. My endocrinologist has a nutritionist who teaches classes. Maybe your local hospital does, too? Good luck!

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I'm new here. I'm a food blogger-- and that means that I adore cooking, baking and photography. I've finally admitted, to myself, that I've been in denial of my diabetes. My inspiration to find ways to cook healthier and to get off my behind has been coming back to Spark People. I had a knee replacement, that had to be redone, so I stopped doing my water aerobics. Yesterday, I reorganized my swim gear and got into the lap pool that is right down the street, in our subdivision. It felt great! My blood sugars are within range. I can't wait to show my doctor the change in me. Oh, by the way, I've been cooking from Blue Apron.com... meal delivery service. Their recipes are healthy, and I'm less stressed about cooking dinner when I get home after work. I'm really excited about managing my diabetes, strengthening my knees and being less sedentary. My husband is very proud of me. emoticon

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ROSES4CLC1,

I'm curious what your healthy diet is?

First of all no sugar, right?

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Hi Rose emoticon , I love your pic of the kitty, I have one that looks like that also. emoticon on the quit smoking, just don't replace the urge to smoke with eating, try walking when you get the urge to do either



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Hi

Rose from Southern California joining the team. Not new to SparkPeople, but have been absent for a couple of years. Have been a type 2 diabetic for more than 20 years, it gets harder to deal with as I grow older. Turned 60 recently and am struggling with my weight and blood sugar, I try to walk at least a couple of miles every day and eat a healthy diet but have been putting on weight for the last few months. I know one reason is that I quit smoking ( emoticon ) finally, but now I am hungry ALL of the time.

Every day is a new opportunity to make the right choices!

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emoticon its me "Bobbi" and my page got deleted so I had to make another one,
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"Have a great day everyone and a great new week"

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Hello, my name is Chui. I have type 2 and my sugars have been high for a good while, running between 200- 300. I have a new doctor and he put me on metphormin 1000 mg per day and 45 units of novolog 70/30. I ave quit smoking and now I am working on my weight, looking forward to meeting you all emoticon

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MICKEYMAX,

besides medication, another thing that can lower your hunger is to eat few carbs. Carbs are what bears eat in the summer (like berries) to fatten up for winter. It isn't a plan by the Bears to fatten up for winter, but that carbs impact blood sugar the most. The solution to the hunger felt after eating carbs, when your blood sugar drops is to eat more carbs.

I'm sure most of us have asked ourselves "I only ate 2 hours ago, how come I'm hungry?"

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Thanks Becky. That makes me feel good to know that it subsided. My appetite is definitely dulled.

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Hi Mickey! Welcome to the team! :)

I had a choice to go on Victoza or Trulicity to be taken off Actos. I went with Trulicity because it is a once a week shot (not everyday).. and I guess it is a good thing because my insurance doesn't cover Victoza at all.

With Trulicity I experienced the nausea but it has subsided. I can definitely confirm the loss of appetite side effect, which makes it all worth it to me! LOL. My first couple of days were rough because my other meds were making my sugars bottom out so I had to move some pills around and even cut one dose out or I'd always be in the low-40s (which for me is wayyyy too low).

If Victoza is anything like Trulicity and you can tolerate it, it will be great! I hope it gets better for you. emoticon

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Hello sparkies,

In last month or so, Doc took me off of Actos and switched me to Victoza. Not having an easy time adjusting to the nausea and fatigue. Heavy on the nausea. Does make me feel full and less likely to eat though. I have lost 9 lbs on it. Feeling out of sorts though and the constant nausea puts me in a bad frame of mind. I am struggling. Hope to hear if folks felt the same, did it subside, and how far into taking it did that happen? I could use a little light at the end of the tunnel.

By the way, I am Mickey or Mar to my friends. I live north of Philly, PA. I'm married and overall a happy camper. Looking forward to getting to know folks and share thoughts along the way.



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Hello! My name is Beckie and I live in North Carolina (pretty obvious, huh?). I have been a diabetic since 2004 so I've been around the block a bit. I'm not very controlled right now but of course that is due to the effort (or lack thereof) that I have been putting into it. It has been a rather trying few years (lost both my aunts, had multiple surgeries, home life changed quite a bit) so it was easy to find reasons why I couldn't take care of myself.

I'm back on SparkPeople because it helped me out so much the last time. I was down almost 50 pounds when I ended up back in the hospital and had to have my last surgery which caused me to be bed-ridden much longer than I would have wanted. After that, the weight started coming back - and in force! I'm hoping to repeat my success with SparkPeople - and exceed it!

So far I've been tracking what I eat, exercising, and taking my medication regularly for four weeks now. It's going great. The four month mark is usually my hardest and when I start to slack. I'm trying to build a strong network of support before I get to that obstacle so I can hopefully overcome it!

Thanks for reading. I hope to be around for a while and make some great friends and contacts.

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Welcome,

yes sugar and other high carb things impact blood sugar and it is under your control to choose to eat differently. It might feel hard, as you really "like" ice cream (or whatever).

But it is the same as how smokers "like" cigarettes ...

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Hi ladies! My name is Maci. I'm a league tennis playing gma I'm 54, have 8 gkids I see almost everyday. I live in sunny Oceanside CA. I was diagnosed with type 2, Oct 5th. (#12.1. BS 230) at the dr for a back/neck strain. SURPRISE! Crap😋 Need some help ladies. Always been a sugar fiend, junk food junkie! Doing & feeling great this mo. Down 12 since the 5th! Looking forward to sparking with you all!🌺

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yes, I bring the individual packs of 100 cal. nuts and an apple or fresh fruit, usually a wrap, and I'm doing Medifast meals but I don't always get a chance to eat them because of the job that I have.( I have 6 part-time jobs at the moment) some of those jobs are just checking on elderly ladies. I do eat a good breakfast to get me going in the mornings.



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JANICEONE1,

you need some low carb snacks easy to take with you. For example those individually packaged cheese snacks, sticks.

Some low carb (or relatively low carb) protein bars.



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I've been on Sparkpeople for about 5 yrs now and discovered I have Type-2 for about 2yrs, I'm always looking for new things to help with my Diabetes. my biggest problem is my work schedule but I think I'm managing pretty well.



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FAITH-2-HOPE,

the earlier whipping cream showed 15 grams of whipping cream have 1 gram of carbs, so dividing the carbs by the quantity 1/15 = 0.066666 or 6.666 %. This is over my 6% cutoff, but I still consume a little of it in my coffee. I don't weight the cream in my coffee, but I know it is getting up there on the edge of where I need to restrict it, but I know it is just a little in my coffee so I don't think much more about it, and I've done that thinking a long time ago. So now I put a little cream or milk in my coffee without much thought, I know it is OK.

On the other hand, a glass of orange juice, say an 8 ounce glass, has about 25 grams of carbs and is about 10% sugar by weight, so I choose not to drink orange juice.

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FAITH-2-HOPE,

So if you want to keep your carbs low, you need to figure out what to avoid or limit, or you need to have a daily maximum. Either way you have to think about what you eat or drink rather than just consume without restriction, and you need to have a maximum target for your day.

My personal daily maximum is 30 grams of net carbs. If I overshoot it goes to about 50. I have eaten too many sweet Atkins bars in a day and I know from that experience, that for my body 100 grams in a day shoots my blood sugar up pretty high.

So now, how do you stay around say 50 grams? Suppose you drink a can of coke. If you read the nutrition label, then it has 35 grams of carbs (sugar). You are almost done for the day, two cans and you are at 70, never mind everything else you consume. OK, no real coke.

Suppose you have cheerios with milk, but no sugar on it for breakfast. Lets suppose the milk is the size of an 8 ounce glass. The milk has 13 grams of carbs (already about a quarter of my daily consumption) and the standard bowl of cheerios on my box is 28 grams, but 18 of those are carbs. So if I eat that bowl of cheerios with the milk, I've had 41 grams of carbs. Staying under 50 for the day is going to be impossible, and you didn't even put any sugar on that, say a teaspoon, which would have been another 4 grams of carbs.

So If instead you had 4 strips of bacon and two eggs for breakfast, that would have been 0 grams in the bacon, none, and 1 grams of carbs in the two eggs. Oh, this would leave a lot of carbs for the rest of the day.

So, either count individual carbs, or eat from a range of foods that are low carb where you don't have to think/count/weigh so much. Most cheeses are very low carb too. So breakfast of bacon eggs and cheese (think omelette) means you don't have to think about it at all, it is virtually zero carbs.

My personal cutoff, to avoid thinking, weighing, counting, is to do that thinking once and put something on my "OK to eat list" or not. Bacon, cheese, eggs are on my OK list. Where is my cutoff? I've arbitrarily picked 6% carbs. Cheerios at something like 60% carbs by weight are most definitely out.

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I do eat low carb and add protein to diet....I do not eat a snack before bed....I will try that and see if will help! Thanks for the advise.

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Are you having a snack before you go to bed? That may help the high morning numbers. Make sure you mix carbs with protein. Are you eating low carb? That will help with your overall numbers. If you have more questions just ask.

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Hello all... I am reaching out because I need some friends to help hold me accountable and I need some people in my life who have this disease that I can learn from, lean on and maybe help also.

I was diagnosed with DMT2 May 2014. The first year was a struggle in itself. I thought I would have better control by now.

I have tried to beat this thing with diet and exercise and even though my efforts where so good, I still found myself on medication. I took Metformin for 8 weeks and it totally was not for me, made me terribly ill. So, the doctor now has me on Onglyza.

The med is new I have been on it for 4 weeks. It is going well as far as side effects but not really sure it is helping.

One issue I find is that I wake in the morning with high blood sugar. For instance...
I will begin my morning with fasting blood sugar of 175 and through the day I will get it down as low as 95 by eating well and exercising... but despite being 95 when I check it before bed. I wake and it is 150-175 again every morning.

Have any of you experienced this? I have read about the dawn phenomena and think this might be it... but again not sure.

Do any of you have any advice for me?

My next appt with my doctor is in November I am just trying to figure out something I might be doing wrong in the mean time.



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Thank you James, but you lost me.
I tried to follow your thinking, but did not quite make it.
Is there another way to explain this please?

I do work on keeping my carbs low. It is a big life adjustment.

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FAITH-2-HOPE,

I look up and calculate net carbs in a food by weight. For example this nutrition label:


So if you consume 15 ml, roughly 15 grams, you will consume 1 gram of carbs, so this whipping cream rates 6% carbs by weight.

Knowing such numbers for things you eat makes it easy to calculate your carbs. If I pour say 50 grams of this (which you weigh of course) then 6% of 50 is 3 grams of carbs.

As a type-2 diabetic you want to keep your carbs low.

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Hi Rhodym! emoticon
I agree with you. It's great for us to come together and to support each other.

I have only been with Spark since August. Not too long afterwards I did use the exercise tracker. But, the day I received my diabetes diagnosis I started using the Nutrition tracker. Until then I had just been handwriting things down in a journal. The Tracker does help a lot with the carb count in particular. Those carbs are everywhere ! emoticon Like you said, it does take time but it's worth it. As I get my favorites built up in that section it is becoming quicker.

Together, emoticon !

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Hi, Diane,
I was recently diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, too. I found out a month ago. It is nice to know I am not alone and I think joining this team will be a good thing! I joined this team because I think sharing our journeys will help us all to manage our diabetes day by day together!
So far I have found the nutrition and fitness trackers very helpful. They show me just how I am doing daily. Have you tried them yet? It takes a little time to enter the meals and exercises but it is worth It.

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Hi. I am Dianne. I am from Canada.
I received a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis about 2 weeks ago.
I was quite surprised, but in retrospect can see some of the signs.
It's been a lot of researching to figure out what is happening in my body.
I am trying things out too see what works for me.
Thank you for the resources and support that you have here.

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Hi everyone! I'm Trish. I found out that I am type 2 about 2 weeks ago. I take prilosec for Gerd, meds for high blood pressure, and enzymes for pancreas. I also have osteoporosis. I need to lose about 70 pounds to be in a healthy range. I'm trying to get exercise by taking walks when I can and I'm trying to change how I eat. I find changing how I eat to be very difficult. I have lost weight before and have gained it all back. I'm not crazy about fruits and vegetables so this is a difficult hurdle for me. I have to lose the weight though. I'm currently not on diabetes meds. My doctor said I could try to do a lifestyle change first by losing weight and getting exercise. I go into see him again in a few months to check my progress.
We are all in this together and we need all the support we can get from each other! Thank you all for your support and any suggestions you may have for me! 😀

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Hi Gary here, just started back on spark people 2 weeks ago, and Im happy with the results. My Blood sugar levels have been fantastic lately. The weight is coming off faster then I would have thought. I needed to do something my A1C was 7.8 which was the highest its ever been. I have been exercising reg. and I have a lot more energy. I have a pinched nerve in my back (c-3) and pain shoots down my left hip when walking on treadmill, I listen to music on my iPod to distract from the pain, seems to work most days. Overall Im glad I came back to spark people, down Im down 7 lbs.

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Been around for a while but trying to get back into spark and the teams. I got my Type 2 diagnosis in 2010. Managed to lose a bunch of weight and have kept better than 50 off. It was enough to get my blood sugar back in control (last A1C was 5.5). Still fighting the HBP and cholesterol but those are controlled with meds.

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Hi, my name is Miller. I'm a 61 yr. old woman, married for 39 yrs., with one daughter. My father had Type 2 diabetes and only lived to age 65 because of two massive heart attacks. My husband has Type 2 diabetes and I am pre-diabetic. I'm struggling to make the necessary changes I need to make to get healthy.

I have suffered with Major Depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder almost my entire life. It's been a terrible struggle and I often feel there's no point to anything so motivation is hard to maintain. However, my daughter (who also has depression & OCD) is seeing a naturopath now and we hope the combination of our traditional treatment, alternative treatments, plus a healthy diet and exercise will set us on a new course.

I just joined the "Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge" tonight and am excited about that.

I want to again thank the team members here who reached out to me last night with replies to my post about Abilify and Prediabetes.

I look forward to being a part of this team.

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FORWARDMOTION,
Go to the "MY TRACKERS" tab, and under that to the "SparkMail" choice. You will figure it out from there. Send your note to -JAMES- (with the leading and trailing dashes).

I look forward to hearing from you. I check my mail every day.

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James, thanks so much for the info. Not sure how to message you but wold like to for more info.

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FORWARDMOTION,

I was close to blood pressure medication, but lost weight and never took got them.

I was on metformin or similar for 12 years, and the last 3 years of those 12 the maximum dose of metformin plus sitagliptin on top of that. I have been on synthroid for about 15 years also.

Three years ago I changed what I ate. I'm now low carb. My blood sugar is in the normal range without the metformin and sitagliptin, and has been for the last 3 years. What got cut out completely was bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, sugar laden drinks, sugar ... and some other higher carb things like cashews (those things have more carbs than potatoes do). When I shop I read labels on boxes, calculate carb percentages by weight, and make lower carb choices.

If I like zucchini as much as peas, then I eat zucchini. On that percentage scale zucchini rates 2.2% and peas rate 10.1%. How do I know that? The nutriondata website is loaded with information. I google "nutritiondata peas" which leads me to this entry on their site:
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetab
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s-and-vegetable-products/2521/2

I set the quantity at 100 grams and below on the page appears the information of 15.6 grams of carbs, 5.5 of which are fibre, which is not digestible, so 15.6 - 5.5 or 10.1 grams of carbs, hence 10.1%.

So at this point the only thing left is the thyroid medication. I sometimes wonder if I still need those given my change in diet.

I've read stuff that cholesterol in the body may also be linked to carbohydrate consumption too.
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Anyway, there are possibilities. Send me a piece of SparkMail and I'll reply with a link to a great team to give you a supportive group in which to cut your carbs and enjoy what you eat while doing that.

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I've been in denial but a an MD appointment today was a bit sobering. The doc wants me on four different meds. Blood pressure, metformin, thyroid med, and now Lipitor . In the past 6 months I've lost 30 pounds need to lose 50 more. I have a goal to get off all meds....... I know this will be very hard but I want to try. Has anyone been able to get off meds?

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Hi. Recently I suffered what I thought was a heart attack. I went to the ER and found out it wasn't my heart. After a visit to my doctor found out is was a result of my pancreas acting up. Now I have gone from only taking blood pressure medicine to adding three more pills to my regimen. I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes about 3 years ago. It has drastically changed my way of eating. But not enough. According to my doctor my diabetes is getting worse. Therefore I am working to eat better and lose some weight. Hopefully, things will change for me. But I am glad to find a group of like minded people to share this with. Thanks.

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Hello I am new to this group. I am a Type 2. I have been doing a low carb diet it has brought my numbers down some but I struggle with the low carb. I have lost 30 lbs. since the end of march. I need to really get more serious about things instead of slacking. I think this group is a good place to start. I can use all the help I can get..

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Hi to all in this group!
I am type 2 since Nov. 2010. I knew I would eventually have it, since parents were both
diabetics. Now am 57 and hoping to manage
my eating habits. Doctor says I must lose 20 kilos (40 pounds).I am tired of not being serious about fitness and snacking at night. Very glad to start fresh with this forum of wonderful people!
Hugs! Tina

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Hi. I have been T2 for 20 years. I have been through the pills and now am on insulin, both fast acting and slow acting. Today my doctor reintroduced me to the "diabetic diet", basically giving me 1400 calories and between 90 - 105 carbs per day. I am tracking on Spark as well as paper and pencil. I need to see what I have eaten all the time. Need to loose about 40 pounds and hope this helps. joining this group for support and knowledge - to give and to receive both.

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how do you watch your carbs? (I certainly do that). My reward for doing that U.S. Being drug free for a little over 3 years. It was 12 years of a pill routine before that.

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Hi my same is Sandra and just found out I have T2. I am watching my carbs very closely. I am on Metformin for now. Hope that will change soon.

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