For diabetics reversing diabetes

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I have had my blood sugars under good control for about 6 months now with a combination of weight loss, diet and exercise. Yesterday afternoon I kept noticing I was extremely thirsty and checked my blood sugar and was somewhat dismayed to find it was up to 220. Being the problem solving nurse that I am I tried to figure out why;

We had lunch with friends after church so a morning that had been totally without exercise. It was a vegetarian lunch, most of which came from their garden and the total calories were less than 400. We had green beans from the garden, a small baked potato from the garden, tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden and a vegetarian "loaf". This was followed by a simple dessert of peaches over ice cream. I noticed that she had sweetened the fresh peaches. My portion of ice cream per my request was about 1/4 cup. I had also asked what was in the loaf and she said croutons, celery, onions, seasonings and some cream cheese. Nelda and I are good friends so I gently suggested that their wasn't much for protein in her vegetarian entree. I make this type of loaf frequently but they usually have nuts or legumes of some sort in their make-up. For a beverige we had water. The meal was followed by a visit where we sat around and chatted. When we went home I checked my blood sugar.

My educated guess was that I had a day totally devoid of exercise when at home I would at least have been moving around straightening up, cooking and serving a meal, etc and probably would have taken an after breakfast and after lunch walk about the yard at the very least. Then we had a meal which was reasonably healthy but almost totally without protein or fat. For diabetics this is not a good way to eat.

I got up this morning and checked my BS and found it normal as it was 2 hours after breakfast at 150. Today after breakfast I walked around the yard and pulled a few weeds, then walked down to the garden and hunted out squash and watermelon that needed picked, loaded them up for my husband and then walked back up the hill. It would seem that if you want to keep diabetes "reversed" you have to stay with the program. Your exercise is literally your insulin and by combining fats and proteins with the carbs in your meals you slow down your digestion enough to keep those BS levels down in the safe range. It doesn't pay to get too complacent!
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    Lots of good advice for control ... I usually do pretty good, but have been sick for a few days and it's jumping all over the place ... should be back on track in a day or two.
    2205 days ago
    Great analysis! Great tips. Thanks for sharing. I don't have diabetes, but I think what you suggest are sensible for anyone trying to be healthy.
    2252 days ago
    Great info and thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge.
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    2254 days ago
    You make me so glad that I have avoided diabetes so far. I was very heavy for several years and inactive for approximately 4 years of that time and blood sugar was okay. My two best friends are fit and active and due to genetics they are having to deal with the issues.
    2255 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing. I try to have a low cal protein (string cheese or a boiled egg) as my last snack at night and my fasting blood sugar is almost always lower than if I have carbs only.
    2255 days ago
    Millie - This is a good reminder and indeed, what I have discovered as well! Without the protein our numbers will go up, as well as skipping the exercise or at least - as you allude to . . . some movement! I was fooling myself these past 3 months . . . it doesn't take much . . . although I was exercising and counting the cals I was ignoring the need for protein with my evening "cherry snack," as well as just having way too many of them - those fruit sugars/carbs will kill us if we get out of control. As soon as my dr mentioned it, I knew it was true. I'm hoping continued eating "right" and exercise, will bring my blood sugars as well as my triglycerides back in control. (My a1c wasn't terrible - 6.8, but my triglycerides had actually gone up!)

    We need to be ever vigilant - Similar to living scripturally ;)

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    2255 days ago
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