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Thank you Sweet Lips. I am just beginning to have BS reading consistently around 100. My son who is in medical school is amazed at my good #s and the effect of a group like SparkPeople!



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I am so happy for you! That is fantastic!



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I am so enjoying great numbers - I took a page out of my own book and I did what I preach. although I am still on medication, I have never had 85-90 fasting blood sugars and have it return to that within 2 hours after eating. Sparking with the nutrition guide is really working for me, preparing my food at home and if I go out, ordering a veggie salad and determining mostly to use oil and vinegar has been helpful. I also will order cooked veggies as I am not full time raw - I stay satisfied. I also have eliminated anything not naturally sweetened and if I want to add something, it is done with stevia. As the weight reduces, I know that the medication will too as I am only doing gentle flow yoga now. I do hope we continue on this journey together. It is worth healing.

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Thank you for having this forum to discuss diabetes and pre-diabetes. My blood test numbersmare going the wrong way and I need to get more diligent about this.I appreciate how open you all are. chris

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? By not eating added sugar, using Omega3s, base meals on veggies, water aerobics at least 3X week and using NuStep when I can't get to the pool.

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Thanks for the info. I will check the Pre-d forum

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Wow these stories are all pretty powerful! I truly believe we can combat this disease with the foods we eat and don't eat.

A huge emoticon to Sweetlips for instituting this very important thread. All of the information that we will be able to access in this Forum will help us as well as our family.



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Oh thank you so much, Terry! And I'm so sorry to hear about your niece. That is a very dangerous illness- potentially fatal!

My family certainly had many other issues- so my leaving home and being alienated (still to this day) from my family was not entirely because of their reaction to my illness. I'm sure your family did not mean to hurt your niece. It's really hard to know, in those circumstances, how to react... and it's easy to make assumptions.

Blessings, my friend!

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"It was a really bad time in my life. My parents and all of my teachers accused me of just being lazy. I'd like to see how THEY would feel with a blood sugar of 1000!"

My niece can relate to your experience, Marie. During her teenage years she seemed so tired all the time and we attributed it to laziness (I'll admit, I was even guilty of thinking that...I think because she was young and you just don't usually think of a young person as being sick.) She says she will never forget when a relative took her on a trip and then scolder her because she could not keep up with all the walking they were doing.

Weeeellll, a few days after this trip she ends up in the hospital... turns out she had a rare blood disease call antiphospholipid syndrome in which her blood clots too easily. The poor thing had several blood clots in her lungs, but thankfully they were all "melted" with medicine.

She's fine now, married...but still not a bundle of energy (but nobody gives her a hard time anymore about that!) We all feel so bad that we had no idea she was suffering so much and in such a serious, life-threatening condition when she was being accused of being "lazy"!

I'm sorry you got that same treatment too! But I'm so happy to hear you are doing better, under the circumstances of having an illness. The fact that you went to nursing school and created a better life for yourself is something to be very proud of!!! You are beating the odds! Keep up the good work!


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Hi Marie!!! That is awesome. My hope is that eventually my partner only uses her pump for her basal insulin and we can get rid of bolusing except for special occasions!

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Hi everyone! It's great to see so many who suffer with Diabetes being pro-active in fighting this illness! And it's great to see all of those who have had success thus far! Congratulations!

I was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) diabetes at the age of 16, but am sure I was diabetic at least 4 years before I was diagnosed... maybe longer. My blood sugars, when diagnosed, were up around 1000 and I was very often lethargic and sickly. I don't know how I survived as long as I did before getting treatment. It was a really bad time in my life. My parents and all of my teachers accused me of just being lazy. I'd like to see how THEY would feel with a blood sugar of 1000!
Anyhoo- I was diagnosed and started on insulin, but the damage to my life was already done. I dropped out of high school and got my GED and moved out of my parents home at 16 (it was a dysfunctional situation). Then I worked and put myself through nursing school.
I take really good care of my diabetes, though I did have a period of about 4 years where I ate anything I wanted and just 'shot up' insulin. That led to my weight gain.
My A1c's are good, but I have no hope of ever completely getting off the insulin. However, with raw food my insulin needs significantly decrease. Also, like WOOFGANG, I follow more of an ETL program... incorporating beans and some cooked veggies into my diet. The closest actual "diet" I can say that I subscribe to is the Eat Right 4 Your Type diet for blood type A- and by strictly following these guidelines I've come very close close to zero insulin (close... but not all the way off of it).
I remember when I was fat, I would have to take 50 units of regular insulin to cover just ONE meal at Golden Corral. Now it takes a couple months to get close to taking a full 50 units of regular insulin!

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I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last fall. My numbers were not horrible (147 fasting glucose and 7.4 A1C) but enough that my doctor wanted me to go on meds immediately. I've seen firsthand the devestation of both Type 1 and Type 2 as I've lost family members to Type 1 and have seen many family members struggling with Type 2. My Uncle has Type 1 and has suffered from strokes, heart attacks, forced into early retirement from his law office because he had a couple of wild swings in court. I've lost other older members who died from complications of Type 1. My nephew was diagnosed with Type 1 at 4 years in age. My Dad was diagnosed with type 2 at age 40 and he followed the letter of the law in terms of the medical advice he was given at the time. He was not severely overweight (maybe 20 pounds) but he lost all excess weight and exercised faithfully. He is now 78 and has had three heart attacks, has diabetic retinopathy, and many issues resulting from the drugs he takes for his diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension etc. What I learned from this is that the medical and nutritional advice he was given 30 years ago, although he followed exactly, did not help him at all. He gets shots in his eyes every 5-6 wks and he his quality of life has suffered in many ways due to side effects of some of the drugs.

I told my doctor I was not going to take the meds (I did not feel my numbers were so high that I was in a "dangerous" level to try my "experiment") - he was furious but of course, the only option he had was to fire me as a patient as he could not force me to take the meds. I radically changed my diet by following the Eat To Live program from Dr. Fuhrman. Coincidentally, I was already increasing my raw intake in an effort to lose weight and improve my health in general. I still follow the basic premise of Eat To Live but my raw intake has increased and I don't eat the pound of steamed/cooked veggies he recommends as I am usually eating them raw.

After 3 months, my fasting glucose was below 120 and my A1C was high normal (6.0) Unfortunately, my cholesterol was still high (although my triglycerides dropped signifcantly from 128 to the low 80s) so I added exercise to my daily routine. I am sure my numbers have improved even more since my last test. Used to be my morning blood sugar reading was around 105, since I've added exercise, it is now typically below 90. My recovery rate after eating is much better too. It is still not that of a non-diabetic, but my blood sugars will normalize (with a healthy meal) within 2 hours.

One of the most exciting things for me is the attitude of my family. My sister who has been diligent in my nephew's care, and in educating herself (she's nuclear phycisist working in radiation oncology - she's very intelligent, very pragmatic, and since working in a hospital, has access to medical opinions, advice etc.) is now open to an alternate way to manage this disease. My nephew who is now almost 12, is also interested in what I am doing. Based on my sister's medical background, she has followed the JDRF recommendations, goes to diabetes meetings and educates herself primarily with what the traditional medical practitioners recommend. She's also tried to balance that with giving her son a "normal" life. Today, that means that his diabetes is managed not by diet, but by adjusting insulin to accomodate his diet. That's putting it in a somewhat simplistic form, but bottom line, that's what it is. They are now both very open to discussing diabetic management by major diet changes, and using the insulin to support that, rather than the other way around. From what I know about Type 1 today, I doubt that my nephew will get off insulin completely, but I do have high hopes that he can drastically reduce his intake, and he can stabalize his blood sugar swings in order to significantly reduce the damage being done to his organs every time his sugar goes high.

My Dad hasn't really shown any interest, but I am going to spend a week with them in early June. My sister and the boys will be joining us, and her husband will be there for a few days. They've asked me to be head cook/chef for the week. They will of course pitch in and help, but the idea is for me to do the grocery shopping and meal planning, and organize the prep so they can see how easy and delicious it is. I'm certainly not an expert yet, but I'm hoping that even some basic stuff like green smoothies, big salads, almond/hemp/rice milk instead of dairy, getting rid of cheese, and of course meat, will make a big difference. I do think my Dad has "given up" and that kills me, so am hoping I can get him amped up when I am there.

Now my question to you magnificent ladies is: What do you mean by the Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes "Forum"? Have you created another team or is this basically a new thread in the raw team?

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"You are so sweet! And by the way my friend you ARE a warrior"

From your lips to God's ears! I thank you for that, Ynonne...it kinda made my day! emoticon

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"We all could be just a few choices away from serious health issues, or a moment away from better health as well. Make each moment count!"

Wow, that statement is powerful, Erin!!! I need that statement on my fridge!!!


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This is our lives and the only one we get. There is absolutely no reason that we should not do our best to live it healthy, with what ever we have to do for quality and longevity.
To me too this is serious. I have one living parent with type 2, all my sibling have type 2. You bet on your life I watch what I do, because of this and my own issues I have with my health.
Not everything is about diet choices, but life choices. This is why I am here. I have to surround my life with people who are supportive and helpful, that care enough about themselves to be able to benefit my own journey. I need serious loving people, that care enough about me to do and create what is best for my own journey.
Anyone who sticks this out and also contributes in any way adds to this. People wanting life changes and not living stagnant or motivated completely of self is a benefit. The knowledge is valued greatly. We all could be just a few choices away from serious health issues, or a moment away from better health as well. Make each moment count!

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You are so sweet! And by the way my friend you ARE a warrior! emoticon emoticon



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Oh, I wish both of you, Travelnista and Sweet Lips, the very best of success...and if nobody has told you two this lately: I'm VERY proud of you two!!! You are not taking your disease lying down and crying--you have taken up arms and are fighting! You are doing what it takes to turn your circumstances around--so to me, you both are "Amazon Women", true warrior's and I salute you!!!

Sweet Lips, I understand your fear of what an illness can do to you. I don't have diabetes, but my dad had a heart attack when he was overweight at 60 (I'm overweight and 58 years old) and my brother died of cancer...so I have two scary things hanging over my head that can come without warning. I also struggle to stay on track, but keep trying to become a warrior myself. Being a warrior is the only way to go, unless we want to submit to the illness and let it drag us down to where "it" wants to go. But when we fight back, and become the best we can be (physcially, with the food we eat, etc.) then that illness can sometimes throw it's hands up and say, "I surrender!!! You win!!!"

My well wishes and prayers are with you both! Don't lose heart, take up the torch and run with it!

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Vegfaery, what a wonderful story. I am prediabetic, Type 2, and not taking medication, thank goodness. But am hoping to get healthier as I know it could get worse if I don't take care. Your partner deserves a big pat on the back!

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Vegefaery that is emoticon it is not common for Type I to get off their medicines so I find that so uplifting and I know that Sweetlips and I are on the right track for reversing our Type 2 Diabetes.



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that is great

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I got chills - that's fantastic!!



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I should add that without exercising, she's also lost 32 lbs. :D

You're right, there is no cure for type one, but she can improve her chances 100 fold by adopting a low fat vegan (mostly raw) diet. :D

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Thank you so much VegFrey for posting this and how awesome as Type I is one that they tell us can not be resolved. We as diabetic and other sick people, need these success to keep us going. Bless you!

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My partner was diagnosed with type 1 when she was 19, she's now 43. She's only really taken care of her disease in the last two years. She no longer needs Metformin and she's off another two medications as well. She's cut her insulin needs by half and we hope to cut them by half again as we incorporate more and more raw foods into our diet.

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Two of your co-leaders Travelnista and I are diabetics and we are working very hard to get this disease in remission. Success is our choice and we will overcome!! We need all the support we can get.

Several months ago, I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis. That means stomach (gastro) paralysis (paresis). Other terms used to describe this condition are: gastric stasis, gastropathy, slow stomach, sluggish stomach and diabetic enteropathy (in those patients who have diabetes mellitus). It was an indication that I was in some very dangerous waters. I have a horrible fear of insulin, blindness and losing limbs,so I made a recomittment, renewed my contract to live my full life and really be serious about doing the right thing, right now.

Accordingly, with gastroparesis, I should eat blended foods and although I love green smoothies, I also like to chew. Another problem is extreme constipation. I prayed, that is what I do, and then I hunkered down. I am not where I want to be, but I am now eating whole foods and while my system is sluggish, it is far better than it was and daily I am getting better.

Diabetes is the precusor to death if untreated and along the way, it is said that diabetes is like a person having already had a heart attack as it contributes to heart, kidney, pancrease, nerve damage, disease that affect all of our organs. So, while this is entitled Diabetes and Pre-diabetes, which means that anyone can be pre-diabetic, it will also discuss anything to help us heal from those negative indicators.

We also want to hear what is making your journey of life successful, so please contribute, ask questions. These is a peaceful zone, because stress causes disease and we won't you feel comfortable asking questions, and giving information.

Be blessed and have a great day on purpose! emoticon T.E.A.M. ( together each achieves more)

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