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How to Use SparkPeople When You Have Type 2 Diabetes

Free Weight Loss Tools for People with Diabetes

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  • You mention some really great tools in the article. The problem is I cannot find them again without the links in the article. They cannot be found in the places the article talks about. - 11/22/2016 8:19:57 PM
  • The recommended carb amounts are way too high. My doctor and a lot of leading researchers recommend under 100 g of carbs a day. I'm not sure what this plan is based on, but it's definitely not current research.
    I wish I could adjust the recommended values based on what my doctor recommends. As it is, the daily nutrition report is useless, because it keeps telling me I need to eat more carbs, which is precisely what diabetics are not supposed to do.
    I would switch to the regular plan, but then there is no spot to enter my blood glucose readings. - 4/20/2016 2:33:40 PM
  • I have created a team for people with Type 2

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
    s_individual.asp?gid=65360 - 3/25/2016 5:09:44 PM
  • THEREAA
    So far I am really liking this site. It has made me more alert to what I am eating and it is even helping my memory, because I have to recall what I ate. Everything seems to be available on it. I don't know how the fitness goals work though, and I've got a lot to find out about before I can take full advantage of what's here. Thanks--man, does this beat weightwatchers! - 8/14/2015 12:51:23 AM
  • JUDYBEE42
    This meal plan is too complicated. I don,t think this system will work for me. - 8/6/2015 5:06:36 PM
  • BROOKLEYBELL
    I also need low sodium recipes. Is there anything combines low sodium and low carbs? - 7/22/2015 4:17:52 PM
  • GOATRODEO
    Carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables and grains, are found in dairy and meat. Pretty much everything but fat contains some carbohydrates. I'm newly diagnosed Type 2 and have been reading furiously the past week about diabetes, It's scary and I am still confused and conflicted. What I do believe is that you should pick a calorie count, eat mostly vegetables and whole grains, for your "carbs", minimize processed foods, low fat proteins and dairy, and not panic. Heart disease is a common issue with diabetics which is why we also need to be heart healthy in our choices. Finally, I'm pretty sure the Diabetic Association is being realistic in their approach to helping people rather than interested in keeping people diabetic. They know that most of us eat highly processed foods and are lazy or incapable of cooking, so they are trying to work within those parameters. If you want to be healthy, you are going to have to be proactive. No one is going to hold your hand. There are some good to great cookbooks out there and SparkPeople is a really nice tool to help track nutritional info and gain motivation. i'm so happy to have refound them and to have a free service to easily help me track what I"m eating. - 5/6/2015 3:39:34 PM
  • SANDYSEW
    Something that I find frustrating is that Diabetes can be cured just by diet. No grains at first and then when you do add them back in they need to be fermented. Fermented foods help us with digestion and they are full of probiotics.

    I have not found many recipes in here that will help out with curing my diabetes in here. Of course I can substitute out what I do not want but I might as well just use my own recipes to begin with!

    Also fat is not the enemy here unless you are using an unhealthy fat. I eat fat to loose fat and it works! I also do not get concerned about cholesterol levels. My understanding and belief is that the LDL is trying to heal inflammation which is why we get a high number. Cure the inflammation and diabetes and it goes down on its own. Mind you this is what I believe and feel to be true. And yes I did drop my levels through diet alone.

    I cant seem to get the tracking stuff to work in here so I am going to just use good old fashioned pen and paper! Maybe eventually design my own on the computer and print my own pages out.

    I do believe as someone else pointed out that the ADA is in it for the money and keeping people sick. If they were in it to help people they would say do not eat processed foods! Cook from scratch!

    Well that is my short abbreviated two cents worth. - 4/11/2015 6:56:27 PM
  • Bluefox You can do this!!!!! I did it one small step at a time from a wheelchair. I know you are better than that!
    1) You cant walk for exercise because of your disk. please try to get to a pool. Deep water running classes changed my life. Join a class and you may feel more obligated to show up. Please start slow-dont worry about keeping up with the class.
    2)whether or not you "agree" with a meal plan opinion wise is irrelevant. What matters is if your body agrees with it. Youve got to learn your body by taking lots of glucoses so you know what you can eat safely. You HAVE to cut out any grain at least at first. Try to keep under 100 carbs daily. Eat whole green veggies, carrots celery,broccoli, and plenty of protein-steak,chicken,fish etc. forget about counting fat-it does not affect your glucose. If you can handle one more change, get rid of any vegetable oil or margarine from your kitchen and only use butter,extra virgin olive oil,red palm oil or coconut oil for cooking. If you start these changes and stick with them, you will need to lower your medicine a little at a time.
    for everyone else:You are all spot on about the diabetic plan on this site. It is designed to keep us on meds.We CAN use the food trackers to keep track ourselves and use our brains to override the programs preset goals. Those goals are probably straight from the ADA whose goal is to keep selling meds to diabetics! Unfortunately the ADA has a lock(for now) on the status quo. - 3/29/2015 3:28:18 PM
  • DARLENES61
    its just to much to fill out and takes way to much of my time was better before - 3/4/2015 4:19:49 PM
  • BLUEFOX63
    im a 51 yr old diabetic type 2 uncontrolled diabetes on 2 insulins Glucophage byderoun my blood glucose control was 7.6 last lab tests. I need to loose 50-60 lbs.i have a borderline MS do not know how to really follow a good diet that a I agree with.i have physical therapy three times a week for Degenitive dislk disease.have not really did any good exercise program in 2 yrs.have not been abek to control my diet either I really need help.Last time I went to my dieabetic specialist she said I have to control my blood sugars or I will start to have complications of diabetes. IM slso insulin resistance - 12/19/2014 12:47:04 AM
  • BLUEFOX63
    im a 51 yr old diabetic type 2 uncontrolled diabetes on 2 insulins Glucophage byderoun my blood glucose control was 7.6 last lab tests. I need to loose 50-60 lbs.i have a borderline MS do not know how to really follow a good diet that a I agree with.i have physical therapy three times a week for Degenitive dislk disease.have not really did any good exercise program in 2 yrs.have not been abek to control my diet either I really need help.Last time I went to my dieabetic specialist she said I have to control my blood sugars or I will start to have complications of diabetes. - 12/19/2014 12:44:42 AM
  • DOLPHIN1965
    Curious abut BMI - 12/15/2014 5:47:59 PM
  • 2244ANNIE
    I want to be able to set a personal carb goal, and also see net carbs in foods I log. This site really needs to upgrade it's features for people tracking carbs and having lower daily carb goals. Surprisingly disapointing site for this aspect of diet tracking. - 11/21/2014 9:17:09 AM
  • I agree with the ppl on here this is really difficult to find information and menu s on here for diabetes..... when I 1st join spark people 4 yrs ago I had no problem finding menu s and help for weight loss ...... But now I have been checking ideas for my type 2 diabetes and I'm having a very hard time finding what I need like menu s and a list of good carbs, and how many carbs per meals ETC .... I am very disappointed with spark people I don't know why people have to fix something if it isn't broke

    PLEASE ADVISE
    TIA
    Saundra - 11/2/2014 10:10:54 PM

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