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Thursday, March 28, 2013

On January 3,2012, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was stunned. As a healthy eater, I juiced up apples, oranges, carrots and grapes for my breakfast of oatmeal and berries. For lunch, I had melon and raisins on my salad. On hiking days, I ate dark chocolate for quick energy. Every evening, I drank a half glass of red wine for my blood pressure. As I sat there drinking tea with honey, I knew that all my eating habits must change. I have been so careful to eat small portions of cake, fudge and cookies over the holidays. My healthy eating habits have to be altered to eliminate the healthy sources of sugar.
I am trying to learn what sources of vitamin C are low in sugar. Is grapefruit low in sugar? Do you know of a website or book that can get me moving in the right direction?
My last full blood work-up had my glucose level at 149. The doctor had it checked on the 3rd, at it was at 189 (I was drinking the tea with honey). I don’t see the doctor again until April, but I will see a dietitian later this month.
My New Year’s resolution is to get my glucose number below 100. Please help me with this goal!
This year has been stressful, and currently my glucose numbers run 107-120. With discipline, I can bring it down.
I have a 3 day weekend, and I plan on focusing on eating well, going for some good hikes and runs and visiting my mother in the nursing home.
Happy Easter!
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    wow sorry i was diagnosed 12 year ago. people pro claim low carbs diets but I have not went that route. I know more or less what runs my blood sugars up and I avoid them. No white rice, flour, bread, bananas, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, sweets of course. stress runs it up. illness, etc. the Lord has healing in his wings I am awaiting my healing. But earth wise your nutritionist is the best course. Join the managing diabetes team here they are a weath of info. best wishes on your journey. The comment below is not necessarily true reversing. You can control it but if you go back to eating the old way it will rare its ugly head. so it is wise to act like you have it and stay ahead of it. There is a lot of hip concerning diabetes, much false claims. etc. You will learn what is best for you with time and a good dr.
    1881 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/31/2013 11:05:59 PM
    Check out the books of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Many people reverse diabetes with his high nutrition diet. All of the best!
    1884 days ago
    Wow! You have already had such great advice .. So I am wishing you a very happy Easter .
    Hope you enjoy your visit with yourMother . Xx emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1884 days ago
    The dietetian will be your best friend! Ditto on the sparkpeople articles. An ADA diet is the most healthy diet anyone can eat.
    1884 days ago
    I was diagnosed 21 January 2010 w/a blood sugar of 330 and an A1C of 12 (do you know what your A1C is? That gives you an idea of your blood sugar trend over the past 2-3 mths. That's important.

    Some of the things I've done:

    1. Definitely hiked up my exercise (I don't think that's a problem for you!) but for sure the consistent exercise really helps me control my blood sugar.

    2. I eat 5 times/day. . . basically 3 mini-meals and 2 snacks. That way the blood sugar doesn't rise and fall abruptly.

    3. I 2nd looking @ the glycemic index site you were given.

    4. Definitely gave up processed foods and all the "whites" -- white flour, white sugar, white rice, processed foods. Replaced them w/better choices -- whole grains, beans lentils, fruits and veggies (in moderation). I eat the bulk of my carbs in the morning, and then taper off with the rest of the meals.

    5. How often are you testing? In the beginning I found that I really had to learn what worked . . . and what didn't . . . for my body.

    I tested first thing in the a.m. (wake, wash, test!); then I tested 2 hrs. after each meal; then I began alternating the 2 hr. after meal testing between breakfast, lunch & dinner. You'll soon find out what works and doesn't work.

    6. Keep a log. It helps.

    7. Are you on meds? Be sure that you take it on time and don't skip. That's important.

    Wishing you good luck, my dear.

    Oh, and may I recommend a wonderful sparkgroup -- Managing Diabetes. It has lots of wonderful members and lots of wonderful resources and suggestions for dealing with this.

    I can only remember how I felt @ the diagnosis, and it's daunting . . . . life altering. But trust me. . . eventually it will become more comfortable taking care of yourself (not that you really haven't! )
    1884 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I was pre-diabetes.ow I switched to low carb low sugar. I cut way back on fruits and eat protein and vegetables. I stay away from refined carbs..and starchy vegetables.
    My blood sugar is normal. Hope that helps.

    1884 days ago
    This one is glycemic index and glycemic load
    Are you using the spark nutrition tracker for diabetics? You can keep readings there. It's a tough change of life.
    1884 days ago
    Eat a balanced Diet protean whole grain mostly vegetables and only 3 fruits spreed through the day Do not forget calcium or you will run in another problem You all so need some alive oil so your body can use vitamins
    1884 days ago
  • JOANIE69
    emoticon Thank you for the invite to your blog left on Editor's blog today...I will subscribe! emoticon
    Here is what has worked for me, since I returned to SP and had been pre-diabetic for years.

    1. My life was once sedentary, but since returning to SP at first of this year, I have rarely skipped one day of being more active- even if only 10 minutes on my beloved Gazelle (elliptical) was all I could get in. (eg. when I was very ill with the flu.)
    2. For years I believe I have staved off diabetes mellitis (runs in our family and I am the oldest sibling yet one is on Metformin and one is on Insulin) - by daily supplementing with Curcumin (Tumeric) and Chromium GT. (You can check these out on line.)
    3. Since Lent started I went off of all sweets except for natural ones like fruit. I did allow a sugary treat on SUNDAYS only. My blood sugar went from its usual high of 6.3 (average) to the normal reading now of 5.7 (average). In the USA that means from the pre-diabetes stage down into normal readings. HOORAY!

    I also coincidentally cut out wheat during Lent, as I have what is called "wheat belly", (can research on line), and have consistently lost weight through Lent. I will NOT return to my old habits once Lent is over, but will continue with my exercise and diet restrictions (wheat and white sugar in anything), and I KNOW I will beat this diagnosis of diabetes that always loomed threateningly over me. I have started to use "gluten-free" flours for my bread making machine. I WLL allow a (=1 only) sugary sweet on Sundays or on Birthdays, as once in a while will not harm me.

    I know YOU CAN reverse that diagnosis...and I believe if you will cut out white sugar as I did, you will get your numbers back down, because you are very active. Also look into the curcumin (tumeric) especially...I know it works. Oh yes...also can sprinkle cinnamon on your fruit...(I eat SCADS of fruit, BTW), as it too has been PROVEN to lower blood sugar.

    Blessings, Joanie (Have a nice weekend trip!)
    1884 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2013 7:49:53 AM
    I ditto the suggestions of the others and commend you for taking care of yourself. Enjoy your long Hoilday weekend! Put a sign on the door for the Easter Bunny to pass by!

    1884 days ago
    My numbers were going high and my MD put me on metformin....that was the last straw.....I would not accept another medication. I called my health insurance carrier to see if I was covered to see a registered dietician and I was for 3 visits. I saw here about every 5 weeks. I started an insulin resistance diet plan, lost 20 pounds in the first 2 months and all my numbers went down. 1200 - 1500 calories per day, carbs not exceeding 160 per day and added healthy fats and always eating a carb with a non-carb. I used Spark to track my food. Spark's Diabetes plan is very similar to what I followed. Now I am working on my next 10 pounds and looking forward to getting out walking in the warm weather.

    Even when you are eating healthy foods you still have to stay within your calorie and carbs range. Even healthy food puts on the pounds and the weight raises the blood sugar.
    1884 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2013 7:13:31 AM
    Listen to what the dietitian has to say. they are a wonderful resource. additionally ask your physician if he has a nurse specially trained in diabetic management.
    1884 days ago
    I suggest you look up Diabetes on Google or some other site. There should be some kind of help there. Best wishes.
    1884 days ago
    Spark people has articals on diabetes.... I'm sure you can find all the info you need.. good luck...
    1884 days ago
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