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2/1/13 9:31 P

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and have managed to bring it down to pre-diabetes in the last 8 months, thanks to SP. I found that seeing a Certified Diabetes Educator helped, and I consider the act of taking my blood glucose reading on a daily basis is one of my "dashboard indicators" for my health. I've been able to reduce my daily Metformin dose from two to one dose a day (at night). I also joined the SP 8-week Diabetes Challenge, and I have learned a ton about the diagnosis. Continue tracking your nutrition and your blood glucose. Connecting the two has been the most helpful for me. And keep checking back for support - we are all in this together!

CMADELINE1 SparkPoints: (36,590)
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2/1/13 3:35 P

I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes too. Try to look at it from a positive perspective-- you are PRE diabetes. You are NOT there yet. You have the power to turn things around, to make sure that you turn a healthy corner and eat better, exercise more, etc., so you do not become full blown diabetes. Look at this "pre" diagnosis as a gift. Now take the gift and work it. If I can do this, YOU can too. And, I know you will.

2/1/13 8:11 A

Diabetes runs in my family. I have a history of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) that I have to watch like diabetes AND my doctor has always said it's a pre-cursor to diabetes later in life. I went to a dietician and it helped me so much. I also us the Spark Diebetes nutrition information. I don't have to track my glucose but it helps by putting snacks in there and calculating them for me.

Like many have said, work with your doctor, try to see a dietician and use the tools on here that you can.

GOOD LUCK! You can do this.

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2/1/13 2:34 A

This is about me, but you will undoubtedly see YOU in places here.

I have always eaten in a very healthy way - very little processed food - lots of fruit/veges, whole-grains, quality lean protein, very little saturated fat ........ AND in a healthy calorie range - 1650-1850 cal's. Unfortunately, I kept gaining weight, altho' slowly. For a lot of years my cholesterol levels had been really high (except my HDL was really low) and that was even tho' I was on statins for it. I was also borderline pre-diabetic. In the end, and partly because of severe pain caused by skeletal issues, my Dr referred me to a Registered Dietician. I had been a member of SP for about a year at that stage, and so for my first appointment I took a few printouts from my Nutrition Report, so that she could see exactly what and how much I ate. This enabled her to see straight away what the problem was - my metabolism. She gave me the advice that I needed to get me on the right track and I never looked back. Without any change to WHAT I ate (except now with Omega-3 Fish Oil to help re the HDL) and without extra exercise, I started to lose weight. It took 16 months to lose the first (just over) 50lb and I happily sat there for a year before deciding to move on down again. I am now at my goal and have been for a long time. My Cholesterol and HbA1c (I think you guys refer to it as A1c) became totally normal when I got near to my goal weight.

Just as a Dietician helped me, one will be able to help you, taking into account YOUR specific needs!

As I have already mentioned, I use the Nutrition Tracker. If you don't already, I strongly suggest that you start doing so and also weigh all of your food for increased accuracy. This is because often when we rely on eye-balling for portions, our guesses are often on the wrong side of favourable, so we can add quite a few more calories than we otherwise thought we were consuming. This can have a major impact on our weight!

Good luck,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 2/1/2013 (02:48)
SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
1/31/13 11:31 A

Please seek the advice of a professional, especially someone you can show your food logs to since you say you already are eating low carb. I had the same diagnosis about 8 years ago. My mother and her side of the family were all diabetics and that's my body type and predisposition. I was never very overweight, but I did learn that I have a setpoint for my weight and if I go any higher, I start having issues.

My doctor gave me a blood testing kit so I could monitor my progress as I made various tweaks. It really helped me get in touch with how my body processes things. I didn't test every day but I was able to see patterns and resolve issues. I don't do it anymore since I've been well under for a long time, but it was quite helpful. It was a wakeup call when I made poor choices and I also learned how it felt if I didn't eat and my blood sugar went too low,

I have found daily exercise helps quite a bit. Perhaps just walking 30 to 60 minutes a day, even broken up, might help you. A bit of strength training also might be helpful as well since we lose so much muscle mass as we age. It really slows down the metabolism.

I am sure you can make the changes necessary to prevent this from developing into diabetes. And even if your genetic programming makes that impossible, the longer you can delay it, the fewer the complications. At some point, I still may get it. But every year I manage it, it doesn't have time to do damage. My guess is that if you focus on losing that 14 pounds and get back to your exercise routine, you'll be fine. Make sure you have professionals as your allies in this process and seek more advice from them.

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
1/30/13 5:47 P

My hubby has just been diagnosed with it too. His is a weight factor though and the dr said he can reverse this with weight loss and a strict diet. It's hereditary for him. So sorry to hear that you fall in this catagory.

I would really work on the weight factor and body fat percentage and then get retested in like 3-6 months. That is what we are working on with my hubby.

MOOSLADY Posts: 208
1/30/13 2:23 P

Just Monday I had a conversation with my dr about the subject of who gets diabetes. My husband and his mother have it and I was asking in the context of what are the chances that our kids will have it.
He said that there is a genetic factor, a weight factor, and other lifestyle factors but they aren't able to set percentages of risk. You might have all the risk factors and never get it and you might be like the PP and have none and get it. That said, he said weight is the biggest risk not carbs consumed.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,300
1/30/13 12:20 P

My DH is skinny as a rail and has Type 2 diabetes. No family history either. Just the "luck of the draw" maybe.

Like the previous poster said, many people with pre-diabetes can reverse it through losing weight. I would second the suggestion to see a registered dietician or diabetes educator. We live in a very small town, but the local hospital has a diabetes center and the people there are fabulous. When DH went to see the dietician, I went along-- it's well worth the time, and most insurance plans cover at least one visit since what you eat and obtaining/maintaining a healthy weight are directly related to your condition.

Spark has a special section for diabetes-- you can find it here:

JUSFOLK Posts: 1,830
1/29/13 8:34 P

Before I lost my weight, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Two years in a row, my doctor gave me an A1C test, and it showed the borderline number. After the second high reading, he had me get a glucose monitor and begin checking my sugar levels 4 times a day. After getting my weight down (I lost about 25 pounds and have kept it within a couple of pounds of that), my A1C scores have come back normal, thank the Lord!

I'm assuming you had an A1C test...? It shows a composite score for blood glucose levels over several months, instead of just depending on one high level. If you didn't have that yet, ask your doctor to do one. If you had one and it confirmed the diagnosis, don't despair. A modest weight loss will probably get your levels where they need to be, but please stay on top of the situation.

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1/29/13 4:16 P

Hi Sunny,

You may also want to ask your doctor for a referral to a Registered Dietitian or nutritionist who can guide you through this diagnosis.

Coach Nancy

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1/29/13 2:59 P


Do you have a family history of diabetes ? While eating a wholesome diet and maintaining a healthy weight can help a person decrease their risk for diabetes, that's not a guarantee they won't get it. So, don't beat yourself up because you've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. it happens.

Where to start ? Your doctor should have given you some guidelines as far as what to eat. If not, start with them. If they don't have an recommendations, you might join one of the Spark teams for diabetic members. This is just one, there are others.

You might also check out the Spark People Diabetes resources and information page.

SUNNYONE41 Posts: 60
1/29/13 2:51 P

This blindsided me. I eat healthy and low carb. I haven't had a french fry, hamburger or a carbonated drink in years. My weight has gone up this past year about 14 pounds because I started off the year with 4 months of severe bronchitis and no breath capacity for exercising. So how do I approach this new bump in the road?

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