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7/29/15 8:59 P

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I am the same way.sugars higher in am

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7/28/15 10:09 A

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Same thing with me. This is what my Dr. said. My liver releases sugar while I am sleeping and that is why my BS is high in the morning.

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Maybe some advice, I was just recently unofficially diagnosed type 2. Dr didn't want to put me on meds just yet. So my problems is I have been watching my carbs and glycemic index and last night my BS was 122 before I went to bed. Then this morning my fasting was 163. Why is it going up when I'm eating and exercising the way that the nutritionist and doctor instructed me to. Any suggestions. I have also lost 14 pounds since starting this.

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7.1 A1C in Dec 2014 to 7.4 A1c on June 19, 2015--weight 130 to 145.......

back to basics of counting carbs and calories, remember, "Total carbs minus fiber equals net carbs"

Where to start?.

185 on my fourth anniversary of July 7, 2010
Joined weight watchers on 10/18/10 @ 188.0/after multiple 17 week passes took a break on 2/11/12
Weight Loss in 2011--24 lbs.
01/01/12--162.0
02/08/12--159
Plan to lose 12 lbs in 2012
4/19--157
5/18--150
7/07/12=6th anniversary
2012--lost 12 lbs this year!!!
1/04/13--149 :-)
4/11/13--147
5/28/13--145
9/29/13--138 50 lbs
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I think I will try Glucerna products (mainly protein shakes) to see if it helps lower my blood sugar level emoticon

Hopefully they will and I can get my protein and lower my blood sugar at the same time emoticon

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Thank you for posting this for us. emoticon emoticon

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Re artificial sweeteners, including those in diet soda - a study came out in August that found using artificial sweeteners changed the bacteria in one's gut in a way that affected the metabolism of glucose. I stopped using them after reading it (as did the researcher after examining her evidence) and my sugar cravings diminished remarkably. I'm not really missing the hyper-sweet in my coffee, etc. either. Never been a soda drinker, but I suspect it's similar. Here's an article about it: www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view
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I forgot to track my taco shell yesterday and when I remembered to add it to the tracker I was at 150 carbs for the day. This morning my FBS was 142. That is better than how I was doing before this week, but higher than I want. I'm trying to stay at 30-45 carbs. per meal (trying to stay around 30). I'm making better food choices and I worked out for 45 minutes yesterday. I agree with everyone, it has to be a lifestyle change. I'm trying!!! emoticon

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I checked my FBS this morning and it was 110! I don't think it has ever been that low!!! Yesterday I didn't drink any pop , and i kept my carbs low (121) . I'm very excited for my numbers.

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Thanks for the response. I love tea too, hot or cold. I will see if I can find that brand. I've been drinking crystal light tea, but that is sweetened too. So I know it's not much better. Did you get it at the grocery store, health food store, or online?

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I read recently that drinking diet soda tricks your body into thinking it has carbs but there are no carbs. The article also said that the diet stuff is 600 times more sweet than the real stuff.

Somehow, diet soda enables you to gain weight! Perhaps it is similar to increasing one's blood glucose?

I am unsure, but what you report doesn't surprise me. I try to stay away from the stuff. I drink a tea that is a naturally sweet/hot cinnamon tea. I drink it warm or iced. It is really good stuff, and enables the cravings to stop somewhat.

It is Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea. It is like Good Earth Original Tea.

Try harder--in everything that you do!

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I've been taking my FBS every morning for 3 months. I just looked at them and found my numbers have been up the last month and realized in the beginning of the month I started drinking diet pop again. So tomorrow no more pop and I'm hopefully going to reduce my numbers. I never thought that diet pop would increase my blood sugar, since I'm not having all the sugar with regular pop. My blood sugar has increased by 50 or more! Has anybody else had this happen?

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Went to Dr. today and last week the girl told me that my FG was 120, Dr. tells me no it was 220. My A1c was 5.7 so she says I am not diabetic, yet my fasting morning glucose is anywhere from 119 to 174. And I had a 200 at bedtime.. So she wants me to give her a months worth of bs checks and dietary. Believe me my diet has been pretty good since January. But I don't like these elevated sugars at all. I am wondering if my medication is driving this.


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Thanks!

Try harder--in everything that you do!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!


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Total carbs minus fiber equals net carbs.

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I don't know about net carbs or how to do them.

I've been trying to eat no more than 2 to 3 carb exchanges a day (15 g carb per exchange). My milk exchanges add a few more carbs but usually no more than 11 to 15 carbs per snack.

How do you do net carbs?

Thanks for responding. :)

Try harder--in everything that you do!

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so, ok, with net carbs--you are really eating a higher amount of carbs, right? The protein just off-sets some of the carbs? Right?

185 on my fourth anniversary of July 7, 2010
Joined weight watchers on 10/18/10 @ 188.0/after multiple 17 week passes took a break on 2/11/12
Weight Loss in 2011--24 lbs.
01/01/12--162.0
02/08/12--159
Plan to lose 12 lbs in 2012
4/19--157
5/18--150
7/07/12=6th anniversary
2012--lost 12 lbs this year!!!
1/04/13--149 :-)
4/11/13--147
5/28/13--145
9/29/13--138 50 lbs
1/13/14--131.5
3/26/14--diagnosed with diabetes
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Hi, I am new to the team, and have been learning a lot by reading this thread. My last A1C was8.4. I hope to decrease that number. Any hints are welcomed.

Try harder--in everything that you do!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!


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this seems to be a good thread....hope this will continue emoticon

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Thank you.. Just really struggling right now.. It will get better.

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Every diabetic should know exactly how their body reacts to carbs. Try an experiment and take a fasting sugar reading. Then eat a few Jelly Belly jelly beans (each jelly bean contains almost exactly 1 gram of sugar). The take your BS measurements at 30 minutes, 1 hour, and 2 hours. Take your peak level and subtract your fasting BS level. Then divide that number by how many jelly beans you ate. This is your sugar tolerance baseline and you can use it to calculate how many grams of carbs you can eat at a meal.

For instance, your BS starts out at 100 and your blood sugar rises 7 points for every gram of sugar you ingest. If you want the spike to remain under 150, then you can only have 7 grams of carbs in that meal. Everyone will be different and some type 2 diabetics can tolerate more carbs. The important thing is to know how your body reacts and plan to keep you BS spikes under control. I use 150 as a guidline, but since I take insulin, I can take an injection prior to eating and it knocks off the spike. The key there is to know how your body reacts to the insulin as well.

I hope that helps someone. BTW - if I ate 130 grams of carbs a day, I'd have to take over 90 units of insulin a day to cover it. I think I'd be blind or in kidney failure in a couple of years. So don't be afraid to throw the guidelines out the window if they are not right for you. Keep those blood sugars under 100 as much as possible and you will avoid many of the long-term diabetic complications.

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emoticon I am gonna try this

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According to the american diabetic association, 130 carbs a day, and I find that is 2 high, I stay in the 50 to 75 range, which might be too low, stay away from the starch, that will keep your numbers up, so when you eat your carbs make sure they are not starchy ones. This will help.



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Have been on 1000 mg of metformin for about a month when will my morning bs be lower ? Carbs are low .

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cherij diabetes must eat less carbs from wheat & grains and more from veges..
since i eliminated bread pasta and potatos only cold potatos sometimes i lose weight.. I tried to eat whole wheat pasta and brown rice but it diodnot help me i kept putting more weight on so i went low carb and high fat and its been nearly 2 months and i lost alot of weight, plus my bs has gone down.. and i dont forget anymore... I was forgetting and not feeling happy inside with the diet from the dietrician which was whole wheat bread and pasta and rice,,.. they say you need it to burn but you can also burn with the high fat...the only grain i eat is oats but not everyday and occasionally a brown rice cracker from healthy store...
It was daunting in the beginning i thought i would miss bread and pasta but after 2 days even i just didnot miss it.. but i went from skimmed and light food in 1 day to full fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter and cream, i use alot of cream now aswell..
i started to steam or boil veges and when done add a blob of butter and i took iodine supplements for the cell function... i take B vitamins seperately andand d3 at night... i try to eat as healthy and real food that i can.. but the month i could not eat properly as i could not chew so i made alot of broth in the beginning with lots of meat fat and bones and added a mixture of vegesso that was my first week from there i just continued and i dont miss any bread, i scramble egg in butter and then add a half soon of honey.. i didnot dare do that before but my bs is ok with it.. or i use the fat of pork to cook with or coconut oil, so im still learning everyday but im glad i started..
Dr perlmutter on his website or FB page gives alot of info about grains and wheat how it inhibits weight loss.. there are alot of info to find... i just joined a keto club on FB and they post all kinds of recipés low carb and delicious ones if you like sweet deserts etc...My B-day is next week and i was looking for a desert for my foster son as he likes sweet things.. and i wanted to prove him that low carb and no refined sugar does not mean not sweet.. thats how i found it..
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I have been allowing myself 150 grams of carbs per day as stated on the nutrition tracker but I try to get high fiber carbs. I always use whole wheat breads and pastas but I am also getting too much fat and sugar in my diet.

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James, im still not sure how much carbs i have a day i just know that through adding healthy fat has helped me tremendously.. i think i proboably eat too many and i may begin to stall shortly but i feel so much better and my dr and diabetes nurse are excited and want to check me each month because my weight loss and my decreasing bs counts have done a turnaround in such a short time..
I dont eat bread anymore, and avoid most grains except oats but that is not everyday, and i have an occasional rice cracker.. but i do buy more organic when i can afford.. I eat as real as possible no additives, only through supplementation ( but i never ate junk food at all and have not liked fizzy drinks since i was a child)..So i was a pretty healthy eater before i became diabetic..
But the last month ive gone full into lc(grains) and mostly HF and have seen a result that ive been trying since the last 6 years.. so if im eating too many carbs from veges and fruit i dont worry as my body is telling me its happy with this arrangement hahaha..
plus my results on bs and cholesterol is good..
I dont really know what to call it as i never did atkins was scared for the induction,and all the restrictions... i never did the south beach induction or any induction i just went into it...
I never touch soya of any kind i dont use protein powders i just use real milk.. I'm maybe gonna start to make kefir one of these days to do a detox but i will never stop dairy i think as i dont have too many problems with it..
I was worried when i changed from skim to full but my body tells me all the time its happy..The only drawback if you can call it that is the big mama toilet, she doesnt come as often and as easy.. but she does come hahaha...
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CHERIJ16,

HALAPEANO is exactly right. Carbs are your enemy and they really don't stress that with new diabetics. Too easy to leave your diet pretty much as is, but add some pills.

By the way, how many grams of net carbs do you allow yourself each day? My target is 30.


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I have had Type 2 diabetes for about 10 years now. I was doing quite well and thought I knew a lot about this disease and myself. I took the diabetes education classes, lost about 20 pounds, and have been trying to do 10,000 steps daily. I know I need to do more cardio and strength training as well. My A1C has been below 6 most of the time.
This past year I slowed down a little and gained back 10 pounds. At my last medical appointment my A1C was 7.7. I have begun to run numbers as high as 200 but stay mostly around 160-170. I have tried to eat protein before bedtime to lower my morning levels and sometimes it works and sometimes not. I am now on 2, 500 mg. of Metformin am and pm.

So here I am at 66 years of age, feeling like I really don't know as much as I thought I knew. I need to start fresh with a new plan. Does anyone feel like that and does anyone have any suggestions. I am feeling frustrated! emoticon


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I cannot seem to get my number down stays within 175-223 ugh and I gave up all white,
stuff bread, potatoes and pastas rice what to do ugh.

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Basically, in a nut shell, carbs are your enemy, and they never stress that enough to new diabetics.



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ADA guidelines are for 45 grams of carbs per meal and 15 for snacks. That is 165 carbs or more per day depending on how many snacks. For most people who want to get off medication that is too many carbs. Carbs are what can spike your blood sugar and the crash will want you to eat more carbs. If you stick to eating your carbs as vegetables you will avoid the spikes.

The ADA is trying to keep the blood sugars up so people don't have lows (which can happen anyway). By keeping the carbs low you can avoid most of the complications of diabetes. Some will come with age and the length of time you have been diabetic.

If you keep you calories within range and do exercise you will lose weight even with eating a lot of fat. Check out the Sparking Low Carb team.

Unfortunately there is no one size fits all for diabetes. Each person has to find out for themselves what works for them. Try talking to your doctor about getting more strips for a while so you can test more.

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I only have test strips for 3x day covered by my insurance. I can't afford extras, as much as I'd like to.

Why would the ADA guidelines be too high? I don't understand that. I thought that they were the experts. My Dr sent me to the ADA website.

I know fat doesn't raise blood sugar, but if you eat to much then you don't lose weight & that's part of lowering BS.

None of this stuff makes sense. There should be rules that work. Is everyone just out there floundering around, but doing a better job of it?

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To start a new thread you click on create a new topic.

As for your numbers don't worry about the fat. Fat does not raise your blood sugar. The ADA guidelines are too high for carbs. If you are eating anything white (potatoes, bread, pasta) stop.

Even though you doctor said test 3 times a day you may need to test more. Especially when you want to find out how a food effects you. When you try a food, test before you eat it and then 1 and 2 hours after. If your blood sugar is not down to where it was before or very close you probably don't want to eat that food.

Any more questions just post and someone will reply.

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I don't know how to start a new thread. I really need help!
I'm so confused by all the conflicting information. I was diagnosed about 6 weeks ago now as Type 2. I was told to test 3 times a day. I test when I get up, first thing and before I go to bed. I tend to forget before lunch, but do test at some point between 12 and 3. I have had no problem staying within the SP (& ADA) carb guidelines , but my numbers are all over the place. Some as low as 110 and up to 215, mostly in the 130-150 range. Some mornings are higher than when I test at night and other mornings are lower. I have no idea what I'm doing right or wrong. I am on metformin Am & PM.

This is all so frustrating! I am having trouble eating enough calories (1200) because I'm so worried about carbs and fat.

Even if you are on the right track, you�ll get run over if you just sit there.

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I want to try the asparagus drink

Sometimes my numbers are ok, but I feel strange, so I eat something and then I'm better? Make sense?



Edited by: BYEPOUNDS at: 7/18/2014 (11:14)
185 on my fourth anniversary of July 7, 2010
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7/07/12=6th anniversary
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I am finding I am insulin resistant in the mornings, is there any thing I can do about this, doesn't seem to matter how much I take, my numbers just won't drop. The insulin doesn't seem to work until I take my second shot before lunch, and then it works sluggishly, my dinner shot works great. Is there anything I can do to fix this?



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I just read an article that said to throw asparagus (fresh, canned or frozen) into a blender and juice it....and it will lower your BS

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I have yet to try it; but a few days ago my mom told me she saw on the news that asparagus can reduce your blood sugar by about 100 points. What they actually said is to take a piece of asparagus and soak it in a glass of water overnight and drink it in the morning.

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I've been running high since a manic/low blood sugar overcorrecting episode. I got new test strips, and have been checking pre-post meals.

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I don't think I've ever "met" anyone who didn't like ice cream! I too am learning that eating better overall makes a big difference. My problem is I doze off watching TV and when I wake up eating is the last thing on my mind. So I tried an experiment where I bring something upstairs with me earlier in the evening. If it needs to be kept cold I put it in a lunch bag with an ice pack. It's all a learning process for sure.


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My mornings are always high as a cats back. The snack at night helps but I do a higher protein snack. My Dr. said try a no sugar ice cream but I don't like ice cream. Still it is a hit or miss at best. Would help if I ate better all day too. Right now I'm in a denial fit. They come and go. I recently went gluten free and have lost some weight. Any weight lost is good but we are not talking drastic poundage.

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Thank you to everyone for your tips. There is so much information and some of it's so controversial. I'm realizing not everything works for everyone so many things are learned by trial and error. I just get so frustrated ... On top of trying to learn what works and what doesn't, Dr has also put me on Victoza which I'm plagued by the nausea and no appetite. I eat and the nausea subsides somewhat but the trick is eating when you aren't hungry ... I have a whole new respect for people with diabetes ...

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Hiya Libby,
Dr Hyman solution, you can find on internet and click on recipés he has some really delicious ones, I have the same problem with high bs in the mornings.. so I'm searching for way's to control it also...
clean eats Team here on SP also have a recipé thread..

George its true sometimes you can have a good control and all of a sudden your bs reacts different to the same plan that helped before... I have read in one post from you that you eat alot of food in the morning..... do you still do that??... I my self can't eat much in the morning its usually trying to find food that fills enough for me not to get too peckish in the evening.. I guess eating alot in the morning keeps you full for a long time ..
But, i've understood from most info here on SP from info and friends that its best to eat every 2 to 3 hours and then always carb,protein and healthy fat...
I still have difficulties to reach this due to my budget and what i can afford, but i do try with baby steps....

Due to my DD baby passing when she was 8 months pregnant i'm still struggling to get bak ontrack, My pc is also not relyable either... and i do my exercise with the video's here on SP, and lesley; So i havent as yet got back to where i was a year ago..

MsGayle, that was great advice, thankyou emoticon
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You got it. I have a sister with the same spelling of your first name. You can do it!

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It's definitely worth a try....just remember you only want approximately 15 carbs total in this snack. so one piece toast and 1 Tblsp. peanut butter. I don't normally eat Greek yogurt but check the carb count; you want no more than 12 to 15 grams carb.

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Thank you.might a greek yogurt or piece of toast with peanut butter work?

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Thank you.might a greek yogurt or piece of toast with peanut butter work?

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Some folks do have high morning sugars; this is often attributed to the "dawn Phenomenon".
Click this link:

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You'll find an explanation of the dawn phenomenon and some ways to manage this cause of high blood sugars. You may also want to check the SparkPeople resources for diabetes management. Sometimes eating a small snack, i.e. 1/2 cup whole-grain cereal and half cup of milk. No fruit or sugars added. This may supply the small amt of carbs you might need during the nighttime hours but won't spike your blood sugars.

Good luck!

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OHDJOY, often my FBS numbers in the morning are high. I had a visit recently with a dietician who suggested to monitor the carbs. Sometimes it seems too many carbs at night spikes my numbers. As a result, I eat too few carbs. This to spikes my number. We are all different. i still take metformin. I for the time being, will consume more carbs than before and look for better numbers in the morning. Good luck!

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Hi Libby,

Found this message this morning and I apologize for not sending you a reply. We've been busy with a major holiday, Thanksgiving. It was delightful and full of food as always though I tried to limit what I ate. Did very well this year. You were asking about veggies and how many you can eat....Surprise! You can eat all the veggies you want. Vegetables, your greens, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. have very few carbs. A half cup serving of any of those veggies contains approximately 5 carbs each. It's the starchy vegetables that you need to limit: corn, potatoes, etc. Even watch your legumes such as kidney beans and other types of beans. Limit your white foods: white flour, white bread, white rice, etc. Those foods are very high in carbohydrates. Not sure what is available where you live but, if possible, find a small book that lists most major foods and their carbohydrate counts. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits too....tho, keep an eye on the quantity of fruits that you eat....but roughbly a daily 5 vegetables and 3 or 4 fruits. Don't forget protein: fish and lean meats. Always have some protein, carbs, and fats at each snack and meal. It takes time to get used to eating this. Lots of veggies but don't add lots of butter etc. because you need just enough fats to keep your weight in control. I confess I eat too much food sometimes.....it's hard not to but I concentrate on eating what is good for me rather than sweet, fatty, or starchy. You will need to practice and maybe find a low-fat recipe book to add new dishes (and interest) to your diet.

Keep in touch and have a wonderful December.

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Does anyone else have difficulty managing morning highs? For the most part I can manage my BG but my morning fasting readings are usually high. I was diagnosed with T2 about 3-4 years ago and haven't really been eating & keeping active like I should. I've been on Metformin since being diagnosed and was also recently put on Victoza.

Any suggestions?

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mrskate- I have the same problem. Every time I try to cut calories and exercise more my glucose levels drop -- very low. I've cut back on my insulin and that doesn't seem to work. The thing that upsets me the most is when they drop, I have to eat something to bring them up to a normal range, which adds weight on. It's a vicious cycle.

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Hi MsGayle,
thanks so much for adding me, I am sure I will be talking a lot with you over the course of my journey. I like that saying and will surely remember it. I agree with it:) What types of exercises do you do and for how long?

I seem to be struggling some what to add in more foods to my daily intake without them being a carb at the same time. I love vegs so do you think it would be safe if I had like to different greens at say dinner time, like kale and broccolie together? I use to eat about 5 different greens with my lunch and dinner but not sure if this is still such good thing to do now? Would welcome your thoughts:)

Thanks again.

Libby

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TO LIBBY

Thank you for writing to me and I'm glad to have you as a friend. I will add you to my list also. Glad you are coming along so well in learning what you need to know. It's always very confusing for most of us and one phrase I like to say....even if something works well for me and others, just be aware "your mileage may vary". So I wish you luck and I'm happy to share my experiences with you.

Thanks again for writing,

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I was wondering if anyone else has trouble keeping their blood sugar normal while cutting calories? I am technically done eating for the day, but my blood sugar is 96. it will go lower before I go to bed in about 3 hours.

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Hi Mgayle,

thank you kindly for your reply. I am learning already which foods seem to spike my blood sugars. I have been keeping track of everything I am eating and taking my readings 4 times each day. I have been getting morning readings between 179 and had a few low ones like 151, and 149. I have been doing 5 minutes of walking between each of my meals and thru out the day. Most of my meals have given me numbers of 203- 179 after certain meals.

However I have not had the 251 -300 ones like when I was in the hospital, none of my numbers came down while in the hospital at all and based upon the types of meals they had been giving me, like mashed potatoes etc for each of my meals, along with bread I can now see why.

However, the readings I am getting are also based upon the fact that I am closely watching my carb intake for each meal as well. But my total calories have also been coming in between 1,100 and 1,000 which I do no is too low.

I am trying hard to do this without going on the metformin. It just seems that if I can do this by changing my diet around, and exercising ( by walking for now at least) then perhaps I can avoid even starting the medication for now anyways.

However, I will give this another week and if the numbers do not come down some more than I will take your advice and make an appointment to discuss these options over with my doctor.

I am going to take the classes here that is for certain. I learned some things while in the hospital but not enough I realize that.

As far as my other health issues, for now I have postponed getting the test with checking if my arteries are clogged and if I need a stent or not. I still do not feel that test is yet warranted, I have not been getting any chest pains while I am walking for the 5 minutes at a time and have managed to work up to doing 30 minutes for the past 4 days so I will see how that goes for few more weeks.

I agree on the banana and oatmeal I have had to cut both of these down a lot. I am only eating 1/4 of the oatmeal, and measuring out 1/2 a banana, but I want to keep these foods if I can, as I noticed when I did not eat them while in the hospital for 4 days that my potassium levels dropped so much they ended up giving me 40 grams of pill form to bring it back up. However I had been maintaining it by eating foods until then.

I thank you once again for taking the time to reply back to me, and sharing your story with me. I have added you as a Sp friend as I sure can use all the friends I can to help me get a grip with this new condition.

Libby



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Thankyou gayle for putting it more clearly than me; but i do think that some damage has already been done with so high glucose counts.. I get scared for anyone with high sugar counts... I don't like anyone to find out after how they have got damaged or a diabetes complication...

I was reluctant when i was pre-diabetic, i didnot forsee the problem ( plus i had not used the internet before that.. so been a learning process aswell).. and i was in denial, thats how i know about damage, i had no idea until 6 years into being pre and then a diabetic that there was damage done; you dont feel it it's very sneaky as you say, after taking metformine a few years i discovered where my nerves were damaged.. That frightened me as my BS was not so high to think damage could be done...
In the US you do have the advantage of a diabetes education class which is good,and if i was living there i certainly would go to one...

Everyone reacts differently to food..so its best if posible to test how food reacts on BS..

The low carb diet seems to help with keeping sugar counts down with alot of people.. But its not the same for everyone...It is best to be moderate with white carbs though.. they do tend to bring BS up quickly..
I do eat white potato's in moderation and i do eat bread, mostly dark brown all in moderation.. I also enjoy sweet potato's so i try with a low budget to eat a variety...
I love fruit and have difficulty to eat them in moderation.. that's where i get go off track alot, specially in the summer months..

When i first got on SP i did try the diabetes diet on the tracker for a few months 10 mnths, as well as i could as some foods were not easy to find here in holland, so i just put my food in and got the calculation from the whole day..
It had helped me alot, i lost some pounds and felt really good, peanut butter?? i learnt to appreciate through SP, eating almonds, walnuts etc, and it had a big impact as i felt mentally and physically different , better than before..
Then my daughters baby died in her belly at 8 months pregnant and i was devestated and its still ongoing a little so I'm having trouble to get back ontrack... and the stress its not helping my BS..But i still try every day....
I am fortunate though to have a natural low BP, so when its high for me its on a normal count, so no meds for me there..
My mother also was dying back in england, so had to rush over ther aswell which added more stress...
Well sorry Gayle and Libby i been going on about me, was'nt intended..
I am here to help Libby make the right decisions for the high BS..
What i have learned here on SP is that drinking enough water is so important for diabetes, and moving, even going up and down the stairs a few times a day is good.. a walk around the blok..also the daily chat here on daily sign in had helped me alot...

But Libby I advise to at least take the metformine while the BS is so high..It may be normal after the other issues are resolved..
Like my daughter had insuline during her pregnancy as soon as the baby was out she never had to use it again...
I agree with Gayle that it takes time to manage diabetes and taking baby steps each day.. also reading alot of articals from SP members and other news like mayo clinic, diabetes living, there is so much and i found this all since i found SP..Plus made some great friends along the way..

Goodluck Libby in your choices
Gayle great advice thankyou..
Tisha

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Hi Libby,

I've been a member of this board for quite a while but don't usually post. Today I saw the comment from Sweetisha and others about the struggles you are having. It does seem that you don't quite understand how all these different medical issues you have are actually working in synergy together to sabotage your efforts. Diabetes is a sneaky disease and it's the rare person who can assimilate all the habits a person needs to acquire to handle their diabetes.

Metformin is your first line of defense against Type 2 diabetes. It's been around for a very long time and many people take this medication. It assists you in handling the blood sugars which come from two main sources; carbs that you eat and the glucose produced by your own body. Eating fewer to no carbs will not solve your problem. You need vegetables and to learn which foods you may be most sensitive to. Bananas can be super-sensitive and you will have to eat a few and see how your blood sugar reacts. I sensitive to bananas as well as oatmeal. Both of these are healthy foods but I can only eat 1/2 of a small banana if I want to control my blood sugars.

Please consider asking your doctor to enroll you in a diabetes education class. Most insurances will cover the cost and you will learn so very much. You'll also be shown just how to manage your diet, which foods can be problematic, how to make menus as well as the appropriate amount of food you should have for your age, weight, and body type. This is the beginning of learning how to manage diabetes.

Use the metformin and when you know you can absolutely deal with your foods, exercise, other health issues, then your numbers will improve. You will then be able to consider if you can handle all of this without the metformin.

It's your life and this is my opinion and is how I had to deal with my diagnosis 14 years ago. I know what to do and how to manage it but I do get lazy. That's my current struggle and one I don't wish anyone else to have to deal with.

Good luck to you and don't despair. It takes time and sometimes just one step at a time to learn to manage diabetes.

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Libby,
Despite what you are going through with the stent question... YOUR B/G IS WAY TOO HIGH!!
You will get damage to your organs which will not be reversed if you do not take med's for it...
Believe me you do not want that..
(Not sure if the doctors are worried that you refused the metformine ??.. maybe thats why they want to do the test to save something for you)????

Take the metformine( it will bring your glucose down so the damage will be less) you can eventually get off it.. there are plenty people here on SP that have got off with a change of lifestyle and diet.. You can always ask questions on the forums here there are daily chats aswell...
Congrats for stop smoking etc, but open yourself now to realise the damage high blood sugar gives, can be devastating, and yours is way too high... I take 4 a day, but my sugar is not so high, the highest is what your lowest is, so really agree to the metformine please save your organs even your sexual organs can get damage( the nerves, sensitivity, no libido),
So Libby don't want to scare you but if you agree to the metformine maybe the doctors will back off a little..
You can ask anything you will always get an answer
Lots of success goodluck today with your decisions
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