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9/25/13 8:13 A

Thanks. I will pass this on to my mother and others.

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9/23/13 4:19 P


SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,301
9/23/13 3:49 P

Trying to prevent and control diabetes through diet? Snack on magnesium rich, almonds have 20...or Walnuts have 4 ...Brazil Nuts have 1 daily

Cherries are foods that lower blood sugar, Mushrooms are a low calorie and low glycemic index food. They are 80%+ water content. A Portabella mushroom has more potassium than a banana with no blood sugar complications.

Onions and Garlic are some of the white foods you should eat. These are both full of nutrients, flavonoids, chromium, and anti-inflammatories. These are heart healthy, low glycemic foods

Avocados have very low amounts of sugar and starch and do not raise blood sugars.
Green beans are one of the low glycemic index foods

Broccoli is high in fiber, it has cholesterol reducing properties that help maintain heart health and can aid in digestion. It may also boost levels of vitamin "D", important to diabetics

Walnuts are a great source of omega 3's. Eating just 4 walnuts per day can keep your heart healthy. Start doing this today. Add to yogurt, salads, or just eat them plain.
Flax Seeds reduce inflammation and help regulate blood sugar and may help reducing insulin resistance

Some vinegar in your diet may improve your blood sugar

Barley lots of fiber helps to significantly reduce the glycemic index of a meal it is added to. Add a handful of barley to soup or steamed veggies.

Coriander is a good spice that helps boost your pancreas's production of sugar controlling insulin..... add to eggs, salad dressings, soups, avocado and guacamole, and into hot can spice beets, onions, potatoes, sausage, clams and oysters & chili sauce with coriander

Rosemary is a spice that promotes energy by boosting circulation and aids in speeding up digestion. Rosemary can also reduce inflammation.
Popular in: Eggs, egg whites, stews, roasted meats, pork fish, lamb

Berries have the least impact on blood sugar.

Anything sugar free raises my blood sugar.......keep testing and keep a log......

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 9/23/2013 (15:51)
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9/15/13 7:00 P

Awesome. Tell him to keep the good work up.

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9/15/13 9:27 A

emoticon for him.

VGIMLET Posts: 2,580
9/15/13 12:07 A

My husband has been diabetic for 20 years, and my recommendation is to get in to see your doctor, and see if he can recommend a diabetes specialist in your area.

It has made a huge difference to my husband being treated by a specialist. The GP he was going to treated him for a few years, but going to a specialist was the best thing he ever did for himself. He also goes to a nutritionist every 5 years or so, because they are finding out a lot of things about how to treat diabetes, and better ways to manage blood sugar. His last visit to the doctor his A1C was 6.4. He is not on a special diet (far from it, I am trying to encourage him to eat healthier along with me) but the way they have him doing his meds has changed a lot.

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9/9/13 4:53 P

I agree with you eating right and exercise. Loosing weight willalso help. My doctor told me I had to loose some weight and exercise. But I was exercising until my left hip started to mess with me.

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9/7/13 7:18 P

Well I am diabetic and some times things do not work out like you think. I'd never run out and buy any book unless I knew personally it worked and then I'd still be cautious! I would not recommend any person under a dr care to be laxed in there care. Diabetes is serious and should not taken lightly. We are told to eat according to the diabetic meal plans. Certain foods does affect us differently. With time and blood testing you will know what foods to omit or eat on certain occasion. Most of us are on meds including insulin that need to work around foods including Whole grains, lean meat/ proteins, fruits and veggies. This person ask for help. She is not in control and seems not to take her diagnoses serious. If I can say so...She can decide for herself what direction she want to go there are many.

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9/7/13 6:03 P

I very much agree with you Woofgang. It is important to keep an open mind. My son-in-law is a Dr. and they studied nutrition for 1 month in school, not exactly a lot of training in that subject. Unfortunately it is left up to us to do a lot of research on our own. I, like you, feel it is best to get medical & nutritional advice, along with reading different authors and Internet forums and then incorporate what you feel best works for you, obviously always using the medical advise as your base starting point. I was told by the dietician that I could eat up to 140 carbs per day. I did do this and my numbers were just ok. She also told me beans were a great choice of complex carbs, well for me they send my BS off the richter scale. After reading many books on diabetes including some you mentioned, I experimented with my carb counts and found that if I eat no more than 60 carbs per day my numbers are very
good, plus I was able to drop my A1c. I think it's important to keep an open mind because diabetes affects each person differently. I am very carb sensitive so therefore although 140 carbs is the standard daily
intake according to the ADA it is too high for me. Visit your Dr., research, cut those carbs, exercise. Find what works for you personally and you will have success.

Edited by: SOPHIEMIA at: 9/7/2013 (18:08)
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9/7/13 4:40 P

not knowledgeable about diabetes but do know it is important to schedule regular eat times many people carry something with them at all times
one day at a time
best wishes
love prayers peace

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9/7/13 2:53 P

GODZDESIGNS95 I can appreciate what you are saying however I have followed this whole food, plant based diet and have done myself a world of good. There is no gimmick here, it's all about eating lots of healthy fruits and vegetables and getting rid of the processed foods and minimizing animal fats. Not sure how that can be a gimmick or how it can be false hope. Anyway, you say you've heard of "this guy" before - which one specifically? You say you are not knocking it but actually you are. I merely suggested checking into it. My own doctor was very against it when I told him I was going to do this, but after he researched what I was talking about, although he was skeptical, he agreed that absolutely no harm could be done by following this philosophy. When I did a follow up check up for bloodwork in 90 days (which my doctor requested) he was amazed to see the improvement in my blood sugar readings, A1C, and my cholesterol. While I agree it's always a good idea to be cautious, I don't recommend closing your mind because "some of these guys make false promises" - the world will never get anywhere with that kind of an attitude. And as mentioned above, many so called professionals don't have a clue about how nutrition can help disease as nutrition is at the bottom of the barrel in terms of curriculum in med school, although it is finally starting to improve. Most of these professionals went to school with big pharma backing every study, donating equipment etc. to the school, and working their way into the curriculum. There is a time and place for medicines, but most doctors have been taught to prescribe a pill for everything. Part of the problem is lack of compliance from patients. Although my own doctor changed his tune drastically and did a lot of additional research on his own after seeing my success, he did tell me his biggest concern is whether patients will comply with dietary and exercise recommendations. Most don't want to make the diet and lifestyle changes, and would prefer to eat their processed foods and lead their sedentary lifestyle and take a pill to manage it all. However he felt that if he could convince even one patient a year to follow these recommendations, he would be doing a great service to his patients.

Sorry if I'm coming on a little strong but it's very annoying to hear someone say "I've heard of this guy" when I've mentioned 4 names and you provide no data to back up your comments.

Anyone who is genuinely trying to manage their health beyond taking prescribed meds owes it to themselves to do the research and find a healthy diet and lifestyle plan which will support their recovery.

Not talking about snake oil or anything crazy here, just eating properly. It is detrimental to criticize something when you don't even know what it is you're criticizing.

Edited by: WOOFGANG at: 9/7/2013 (18:13)
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9/7/13 12:45 P

I have heard of this guy before....Not knocking it. But some of these guy make false promises and send some folks/those with diabetes false hope and into a tail spin. I say this choose wisely. Do not buy into gimmicks that may not work. Check with the professional that deal with the disease and is not trying to sell certain books. JMV,

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9/7/13 11:55 A

I have a couple of suggestions regarding books to read which discuss diet and diabetes. One is Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Dr. Neal Barnard has a number of books out relating to reversing diabetes through diet. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (cardiologist) has been very involved in the Forks Over Knives movement and has books out regarding heard disease. As a diabetic, heart disease is a real concern. Rip Esselstyn (Dr. Caldwell's son) was a professional athelete and has written books regarding diet from that perspective.

I started out with ETL and started incorporating some of what I learned from the other books. The philosophy is basically the same, a plant strong diet of whole foods, and very little animal products. I cannot tell you the difference this made in my BS. After I lost 30 lbs or so, I added exercise to the equation and this took my BS down to the middle of normal, not to mention the improvements in my cholesterol and triglyceride levels. I am not on ANY medication.

The great thing about this is that it is not anything faddish like eliminating all protein or all carbs or whatever. It's a very healthy, balanced way of eating and allows you to eat until you are full. No counting calories or worrying about carbs vs protein vs fat. Just eat good stuff until you are full and the rest sort of falls into place.

Not a specific answer to why your BS is increasing I know, and hopefully others have answered that satisfactorily, but something to think about going forward.

Good luck !

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9/6/13 11:45 P


WESTIEGAL1 Posts: 3,143
9/6/13 4:14 P

My Hubby is a type II and goes in quarterly to be seen by our Dr. I would certainly advise this and also see if your dr can get you with a nutritionist. That really helped us. I went with him since I plan the meals. Everyone here has given you great advice. The biggest advantage is to eat good healthy food, don't skip meals, and keep moving. My hubby hates traditional exercise, but enjoys walking and clearing trees out of a piece of property that we own. Find what you enjoy. emoticon

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9/6/13 7:22 A

I have had type 2 diabetes for 12 years. Started with ameryl 4 mg once a day when I First diagnosed. I was allowed to stop using it and do exercise and diet only...because I was in good but in 2007 I had to start metformin 1000 mgs. Go and get help Quickly. See your dr and get a meal plan from them. Be all means take your meds as prescribed. actos, junevia and now byetta can cause pancreas problems and thyroid cancer. NO WAY would I take them and advandia or how ever it is spelled can cause heart attacks. I had an a1c of 8 a year ago. Got to a good dr and it went down to 6.7 then 6.6 and as of this year just a few months ago it was 6.4. I did take Onglyza 5mg twice a day and glimepiride 4 mg once a day. I am down 11 pounds and kept having extreme lows with the glimepiride so the dr changed my meds to Kombiglye XR twice a day. and I only take glimepiride if I have eating more carbs than I needed. So I only take one prescription. Diabetes does not have to be a death sentence. Take control before it controls you. There is hope! I am living proof. Oh I have no complications and been diagnosed 12 years. I am very active and currently doing the BLC for 12 weeks. That is the Biggest Loser Challenge. Best wishes and take control.

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9/5/13 10:46 A

I also have Type II diabetes. I attended diabetic nutrition classes at the local hospital and this was helpful to learn about the disease. The thing that helped me by far the most is a book called Blood Sugar 101. The books author has Type II herself. It is extremely informative as it educates about the disease itself, the different medications, nutrition etc. I can not say enough good things about this book. It taught me so much. There is also a Blood Sugar 101 website with tons of information and forums. I found for myself that a moderate low carb diet, for me meaning 60-70 carbs a day has helped me to drop my A1c and when I eat that way I am not constantly hungry and having cravings. I eat that way 6 days a week allowing myself to eat whatever I want 1 day a week, which helps me to adhere the other 6 days.

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9/5/13 8:16 A

Hi Debra I agree with Sunshine. Don't skip any meals. You suppose to have three meals a day. Watch what you eat. Go to the doctor so they can help you with your eating. Exercise is great for diabetic. I had it but oraise god he took it away fron me.

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9/5/13 12:44 A

Debra... when you see your doctor, you might ask for a referral to work with a Registered Dietician. They can provide so much help, and support, as you get yourself stabilized again!!
Best of Luck, and Take Care!!

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9/4/13 7:28 P

A lot of people *think* that they can't take Metformin. Really, it takes a while to get used to, it MUST be taken with food and the time-release variety is much better tolerated. Don't write off this very good drug unless you absolutely must.

Are you seeing an endocrinologist? Are you keeping close track of your carbs? What kind of carb goals are you aiming for?

I agree that shakes are likely not the way to go.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
9/4/13 1:16 P

Well, good for you that you've decided to take control of things! I think that's wonderful! You are taking a great step towards better health. :)

Now, I'm not a human doctor and I don't pretend to be one on TV or in any online forum, but, I, like the previous poster, am puzzled by your doctor's choice of medications for a couple of reasons:

Actos, in individuals who use it for more than one year, may be associated with an increased risk of cancer (I think it's bladder cancer). Januvia--this is a pretty expensive drug to pick as a first treatment for Type 2 diabetes, which is why (to my understanding) it's usually added on to help other medications if they aren't lowering BG as much as is needed. My husband was on Januvia for a while and we had to jump through hoops to get the insurance to pay. His last doctor took him off and there was no change in his A1C (many doctors question the efficacy of this drug). Anyway, I guess I just don't understand why your doctor picked this combo for you instead of starting with something like metformin (cheap, effective and it's the first-line drug of choice for treatment of Type 2 diabetes). But, again, I'm not a human doctor, so... I'd say talk to your doctor and maybe consider getting a second opinion if your doctor wants you to stay on these two drugs.

If your BG was lower before you went to bed and then raised overnight to 251, you may be having something called the dawn effect. Your doctor should be able to help you verify this (or determine if it's something else and there are a couple other things that could be causing this) and give you some help getting this number down. If it's going to be a couple of days before your doctor can get you in for an appointment, you may be able to provide your doctor with some helpful information regarding your high BG in the mornings if you start testing (just for a few days) before going to bed, testing again at about 3-3:30am (you'll have to set an alarm) and then again before breakfast.

In the meantime (until you can get in to talk with your doctor), I'd recommend you turn on the Spark People meal plans for diabetes (you enter your information into Spark People, including the fact that you have diabetes) and use them as a guide for what to eat (you can substitute things--e.g. if it says to eat apple, but you have pears, you can change it to pears or if it says to eat turkey, but you only have chicken, you can change this to chicken). I'd also recommend that you start (if you aren't already) doing a little exercise. Many diabetics find that something as simple as walking will really help to bring their BG down. But, I do think a doctor's visit is definitely in order as it sounds like you need some more help than your medications are currently giving you in order to bring down your BG and you need some help managing your diet (so get a referral to a registered dietitian or diabetes educator at your doctor's appointment).


Edited to add that I was writing while you posted that you cannot take metformin. So, hopefully, your doctor can give you some assistance with some different medications if the ones you are currently taking aren't helping like you need them to.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 9/4/2013 (13:19)
TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
9/4/13 12:57 P

It is great that you are taking control of your health through controlling your diabetes! Many times medications are prescribed based on prescribed eating patterns (number of calories, grams of carbohydrates, protein and fats) for balance. Trying to add shakes as a meal replacement before you have found that balance is very difficult and makes it difficult to know what portion of your shake is causing your reaction/increase in glucose levels.

Do you have a meal plan prescription? Have your starting taking your meds the way they were prescribed? These are your starting points for taking control of your diabetes. You can make a shake work but you have to know what macronutrient intake you are shooting for to help you come up with something that will work. Here are some resources that might help as well.

SparkPeople Spark D program resources -

Eating Well with Type 2 Diabetes
Nutrition Know-How

Carbohydrate-Counting Chart for People with Diabetes
A Single-Serving Reference Guide

Coach Tanya

Edited by: TONKA14 at: 9/4/2013 (12:58)
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9/4/13 12:45 P

Thank you for replying. Hmm seems like I'm making some dumb mistakes and need to get better information. Unfortunately, I cannot take Metformin. I haven't seen my doctor in a while so I guess I should call and make an appointment. Thanks for your help.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,301
9/4/13 11:10 A

Yes I can... Low fat cottage cheese has sugar, sugar free food can raise blood glucose so the sugar free pudding could give a spike as well and a few drops of sugar free hazelnut flavor.

Januvia and Actos? Some people are suing as they contracted pancreatic cancer...get better informed on these drugs....or switch doctors and see an Endocrinologist as well as a registered dietician...........Metformin is an older drug and people have taken it for years without much ado with side affects.....did you read the warnings that came in the packaging?

Don't skip meals you need to balance your blood sugar.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 9/4/2013 (11:42)
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9/4/13 10:37 A

Hi. My name is Debbie and I'm new to sparkpeople but I have been dealing with Type 2 for about two years now. I'm only on Januvia and Actos and I haven't always taken them like I'm supposed to and I haven't always been testing and eating like I should. I am now determined to get control of my weight, health and diabetes (since I've just turned 46) and I have been testing, taking meds and trying to eat properly and trying out different meal plans and diets for a few weeks now and I'm having some issues. Most recently, I'm trying to replace some meals with protein shakes. My fasting BS this morning was 251. At 7:30 I had a shake that was made with 1/2C low fat cottage cheese, 1Tbs sugar free vanilla pudding mix, 1tsp instant coffee, 1 scoop whey protein powder, 3 packets of stevia, and a few drops of sugar free hazelnut flavor. My BS is now 366. Can anyone tell me why it's so high after only having consumed this? It seems to happen a lot that the better/less portions I eat or even when I skip a meal that my BS ends up being really high. I don't understand. If anyone could help, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks

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