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  • I did it their way and gained 100 pounds in a decade. Now I am doing it my way, I researched the heck out of this disease with all the newer information out there and found what works for me. In two weeks my sugars are normal and I am off insulin. Feel the best I ever have and lost weight at the same time. Never feel bad, just spend an hour a day to learn more about what your body needs. It will thank you. (I took biology courses at the college, listened to friends who had success, and watched hours of videos from whole natural doctors, plus hours of medical reports)
  • The diabetes educators I've met have handed out the same ineffective SAD that has kept my disease progressing, despite my best efforts. None of them I've met have had diabetes or even been overweight, and they only know what they've read in books. They have no idea what it feels like to follow instructions to the letter and have the disease get worse, and they have no idea what to suggest when their initial advice doesn't work.

    It wasn't until I found keto, seven years after being diagnosed, that I've been able to control and even reverse the track of diabetes.

    I'm not sure why certified nutritionists are recommended for diabetics, when their information and advice is not only wrong, but counter-productive.
  • I went to one & she didn't do a thing for me. She didn't tell me anything about my diet or exercise. She put me on a cholesterol medicine in the morning and it caused my legs to hurt so bad. So I went to my family Dr. and he put me on pravastatin & it never hurt at all. He told me to take it in the evening.
  • My endocrinologist requires all of her patients to take classes to be her patient. The classes were spread over several weeks and lasted half a day. Well worth the time spent, and luckily my insurance covered most of it! There is a lot to know about diabetes; I learn new things all the time.
  • I had a great dietitian at the local ShopRite. They offered that free service. After a year or two, she left to be a diabetes educator at a hospital, her replacement lasted only 2 weeks, and they never hired anybody else. Tanya, come back!
  • I love my diabetes educator but I refuse to go back to the nutritionist they sent me to. I am a little less then 100 lbs over weight and she tried to tell me that I can eat 60 carbs per meal. That is nuts.
  • Meeting with a good Educator can make all the difference. A good Educator will be your coach and cheerleader. I was able to manage my diabetes in just a few months with only diet and exercise by following her advise. My A1c was 9.9 when diagnosed 51/2 years ago. My latest A1c 5.3! It can be done but it takes work and commitment.
  • I would love to learn about carbs and counting them.
  • I drastically cut the number of carbs I've been eating and upped my protein intake. It has helped bring my blood sugars back to nearly normal.
  • I was referred to a diabetes ed class which was for several weeks...I learned a only concern was that the dietitician put me on a diet that included more carbs than I would ever eat on a daily basis pre diagnosis...I cut the recommendation to less than half which is a better fit for me...the class was well worth the invested time
  • insurance - medicaid / medicare did not cover her ... and the reg diatisions ( spell ?) promote carbs .. they do make my BS too high
    I too thought sugar was the enemy. Now that I know it is counting carbs that somehow makes it easier. Plus I don't have to give up my major vice, diet coke! I can do this!
  • So far, this diabetes challenge has already taught me something. I thought that eating a lot of sugar contributed to diabetes. LOL An eye opener that eating excessive sugar does not contribute to diabetes. LOL

    So, hate to say it but I binged on a package of cookies to celebrate. Today I am back on the low-carb path and glad to be.
  • I agree with JMCKAYS. Although I don't live in the US and medical referral etc. is covered here in Canada, I also know that help from dietitians is available at many of our larger grocery stores and drugstores. Many of these are specifically trained in managing diabetes and if not they are more than happy to refer you to one in your area who is. Never just give up; call every resource or agency listed in the phone book or on gov't web-sites. As citizens of any forward country we have a right to appropriate medical assistance regardless of our personal situation; BUT we have to be the squeaky wheel sometimes.
    @Annavanz ... seriously? Give me a break... you obviously didnt look very hard before you declared that there were no resources for those unemployed... did you bother contacting your local hospitals, rite aid, CVS, walgreens, ...your grocery store? (The major grocery chainn in my area has certified dieticians and at least one diabetic educator on staff for customers to access free of charge!)

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