SparkPeople Diabetes Self-Management Team Messageboard Please share your experience of your journey to glycemic control. SparkPeople Diabetes Self-Management Team Messageboard Weed and Diabetes Sun, 12 May 2019 08:11:14 EST from Kelly :) Good afternoon Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I wanted to take a minute to reach out to each of the clubs I’m a moderator for. I joined SparkPeople a few months back and was actively taking the challenges and making friends and accomplishing my weight loss goals. Then a few things started to change in my life. I had to deal with a family crisis, some health complications of my own, and an 8-yr old child who is suffering from yet-to-be-diagnosed health issues. I don't have healthy coping skills, so... Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:34:36 EST Prescription Assistance I found this while googling and wanted to share it in case anyone would benefit from it: <BR> <BR><BR>etes/health-insurance/prescription-ass<BR>istance.html Sun, 20 Jan 2019 05:34:39 EST What can you eat? Recently I spent a weekend with friends at their house, and they asked, "What can you eat as a diabetic." I didn't have a concise answer, how should I have answered? Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:42:02 EST Moved to questions for diabetic educator I have been yoyoing between 170lbs and 164 for about a year. My A1C is around 5.5 to 6.0 every three months. I am on Lantus 28 units (9 years) which initially has made me go from 140lbs to 183lbs - so have lost 13lbs over a long period. I have been eating too little and still not losing weight. My triglicerides are high at 2.20 g/l. The main worry was that my daily blood glucose is morning around 90 evening around 65 to 80 and you will recognise that I am having regular hypos. I am then... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:30:50 EST Diabetes and now Bipolar 2 too.. I haven't been active on here for a while. I ended up in the ER, not due to diabetes but due to Bipolar 2 and really out of whack emotions. I was crying for hours and hours, at work, at home, I just couldn't stop. They diagnosed me with Bipolar 2 and said the antidepressants I started a few months ago caused the crying fits and they made it show up like this (though I always had it but it showed up as cyclical depression). <BR> <BR> So now I am on mood stabilizers that cause a surge in appe... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:32:57 EST I'm baa-ack & not doing well... i joined this team a couple yrs ago when I 1st started taking insulin & Natalie helped me figure out and adjust it until I was doing well & brought my A1c down significantly. I travel all the time with my husband for work, so tracking my food is difficult, because we must eat out most of the time. Then more recently I allowed myself to get out of control again. <BR> <BR> As of 2015 we changed to an HMO insurance which requires us to use ONLY the docs & pharmacy in their system (regretting o... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:18:55 EST Set Back Hi Guys, <BR> Checking in and joining you for lots of reasons. I have had a recent set back after 3 years of being so good with exercising, low carb diet, and relaxation techniques. However, my biggest problem is that this past year I moved to new location which does not have a local gym and I have not made much effort to try and fill that gap. So, I have gone from 4 to 5 hours of exercising, yoga, and tai chi to only one hour of bone building and tai chi -- Yuck. Secondly, I have been experi... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:45:24 EST Hi from Charlie Hello, My name is Carletta, I also go by Charlie. I am a T2 diabetic. I was diagnosed in the mid 1990's. I was able to keep it under control with diet. In 2000 I went on metformin. In 2006, Janumet was added. I decided to go off Janumet in 2011 because my of possible increased possibilities of pancreatic cancer (2 family members passed away because of pancreatic cancer). I continued on the metformin but my BS started to go out of control. In 2012, Glimperpride was added, still wasn't enough t... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:58:14 EST Jessica's Intro Hi there, <BR> <BR> Happy New Year's Everyone! <BR> Newbie here to the SparkTeam. I am a Type 2 Diabetic and am off all medications. My diabetes is currently in control with diet and exercise. Since Oct. 2013, I have lost 140 pounds through diet and exercise and have been looking for similar people/diabetics like my situation... that have lost 100 pounds or more and are looking for continued support. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:22:03 EST Amaranth's Intro Hi, I'm a woman in her mid forties, with Type 2 diabetes and binge eating disorder, along with quite a few other physical and mental health challenges. I am looking for a group that can help me do better with my diabetes control. I've had a period of a few months where my control was bad and I caused myself neuropathy (though not extreme but some loss of sensitivity) in my feet. <BR> <BR> So I'm looking for accountability as well as information on how to best treat diabetes. I seem to have ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:41:56 EST Remission <BR> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:52:44 EST Remission At what point would a doctor consider someone with Type 2 diabetes be in "remission" ? Does that also mean off all diabetic meds ? <BR> <BR> In the last 3 months my A1C has gone from 7.0 to 6.4 (from a high of 7.4 at one time). I take glipizide 5mg twice a day and am working on losing weight.... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:56:21 EST Sugar in Baking Hi there, <BR> Could you remind me about what to do about using sugar in baking. I thought it would be all right to use cups of coconut sugar since it's a little less than brown and especially better than white, buuuutttttttt, my A1c came back a few tenths higher. Not sure if it's due to this or to eating too much of what I baked. Please advice. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:13:59 EST new to team Hi team, I am new to posting etc. But am willing to learn! I need some encouragement and would like to find others to discuss the daily highs and lows of being diabetic. I hope I am in the right place... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:00:27 EST Too much Water?! Is there a such thing as too much water? Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:07:34 EST Getting sick I think I am getting sick. I started coughing this morning and now I also have a scratchy throat. Is there anything I should do differently when treating a cold or flu than before diabetes? For example meds, the foods I eat,...? Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:14:08 EST Why are my FBG so high? Why are my FBGs still so high even when my carbs are within my limits? <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:00:45 EST So hungry What to do? I am so hungry and have no more carbs left. Dinner will not be til after 6. Anybody have any ideas? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:23:07 EST Nutritionist appt Went to my nutrition appt yesterday and got nothing but excellent reviews. I am eating right, exercising right and my FBGs are coming down however they do bounce all over the place. I was told it could take a month before I see steady results. I have only been doing this lifestyle change for 2 weeks however it feels likes months. I am so tired of measuring everything, being limited on what I eat and when I eat. I am told this gets easier in time; I am trying to look toward the future. I... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:23:27 EST New esting aid <link><BR>3/google-embarks-on-smart-contact-lens<BR>es-for-diabetics/ </link> <BR> <BR> A good read-- <BR> Google embarks on smart contact lenses for diabetics <BR> <BR> What if people with diabetes didn't have to prick their fingers several times a day to conduct blood sugar tests -- but instead could simply wear contacts? Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:24:14 EST New to this site <BR> Hi all! I am new to this stuff so please bear with me. Being diabetic sucks. I have been a diabetic for about 8 years however never really knew anything about it other then to take my meds that my doctor prescribed and everything in moderation. Well, my doc retired and I found a new one. After doing labs which I hadn't had done for a couple of years, I found out my blood sugars are way out of control. What a shock when I was told my blood sugars were averaging 398 and my A1C was 12+. Sh... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:08:10 EST Prescription conversations with your doctor(s)? I just read this Health Article about the FDA lifting the ban on Avandia: <BR> <BR><BR>th_news_detail.asp?health_day=682520 <BR> <BR> It got me started thinking. 1) Would you take Avandia if your doctor prescribed it? 2) If you wouldn't, how would you handle it with your doctor? 3) Overall, how much do you discuss prescriptions with your doctor(s)? <BR> <BR> <BR> Since I posed the question, it's only fair that I give my answers. <BR> <BR> First, a... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:45:27 EST Using the glucose reports Today I ran the report for my glucose testing this week. Regardless of when I logged the test the report gives a standard time. Is anyone else experiencing this. For example all pre breakfast are reported as 0700 and all post as 0900. I usually eat later than that. Am I doing something incorrect? Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:54:05 EST Fasting Blood Sugar I was told to eat a snack around 9. I usually have dinner between 6 and 6:30 and a snack. Because of my schedule I check FBS around 5a.m. That is an 8 hour fast. Do you think that is enough? My levels are usually good but have been better in the past. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:11:25 EST Type II Diabetic Hi all my name is michelle. I am 43 and have been diabetic for over 10 years now. I am looking forward to being a part of this team. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:47:00 EST New to this Team HI! I am turning 60 this month and I am freaked out about my type 2 diabetes. I am not newly diagnosed, in fact I have had this awful thing for almost 15 years. I have never had a good control over myself about it. I have just kept taking more meds and eating what I want. Well now, that isn't working anymore. My bg is all over the place. I am on 3 oral meds and Lantus. I have been getting lows as well as highs. I feel completely out of control. I have seen my doctor every month lately. I know... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 20:14:23 EST 10/4-10/6: Diabetes Conference for Women! The 2013 Weekend for Women Conference, hosted by DiabetesSisters Oct. 4 to Oct. 6 at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, CA, is the only conference focused exclusively on women with diabetes and the unique issues they face. <BR> <BR> The conference will host a dynamic group of speakers and session leaders, including Dr. Natalie Strand, Ginger Viera, Kelly Close, and Claudia Graham. <BR> <BR> More than a dozen different sessions run throughout the weekend and will be gear... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:01:09 EST What do u do to control blood sugars? Well until a little more than 4 months ago I could never get real good blood sugar control, <BR> and I was on insulin 4 shots, 40 m 4 times a day. <BR> <BR> It was so frustrating to feel sick all the time and feel like damage was happening, because it was. My kidney function began to fail. <BR> <BR> So I changed my food plan and began intense exercise, 136 days ago. I eat only real food now, and no sugar or sugar subs. I do not eat grains or dairy anymore. I only eat protein and <BR> fre... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 15:12:51 EST Serious weight gain Years of fighting with the doctors over not going to do insulin, I gave in Sept 2012. My BS are not any better, I am eating almost constantly and I've gained 30 pounds since then. My average of weight gain is 3+ pounds a month. <BR> I'm doing the Novolog 70/30 click pen. This has been such a disappointing journey for me and I really don't want to start doing the syringe. I sleep a lot and I can just about feel my muscles turning to jello. <BR> I'm going to team back up with the Spark People ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:13:29 EST Type 2 Insulin Dependent Hi everyone! I was diagnosed with diabetes 10 years ago. For the first 5 years I was put on oral meds, and for the past 5 years I've been on insulin. <BR> <BR> Admittedly, for the past 10 years, I ever cared a bit about my diabetes. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, and continuously poured in the soda, sweets, and processed foods. As long as I took my oral meds and then as long as I took my insulin, my sugar levels stayed under control. <BR> <BR> Well, I got extremely sick in mid-ma... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:39:05 EST Type 2 Insulin Dependent Hi everyone! I was diagnosed with diabetes 10 years ago. For the first 5 years I was put on oral meds, and for the past 5 years I've been on insulin. <BR> <BR> Admittedly, for the past 10 years, I ever cared a bit about my diabetes. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, and continuously poured in the soda, sweets, and processed foods. As long as I took my oral meds and then as long as I took my insulin, my sugar levels stayed under control. <BR> <BR> Well, I got extremely sick in mid-ma... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:35:00 EST Seniors Should Not Try for Lowest Numbers Maybe, if you're over 65 (I, personally, will be 59 years old in a few months), you should not low carb to within an inch of your life anymore ... Dementia (a.k.a. Type 3 Diabetes, referenced in the literature elsewhere) could await ... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ntia-and-low-blood-sugar-dangerous-com<BR>bo-for-diabetic-seniors-8708.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> In older adults with diabetes, low blood sugar and cognitive decline may create a vicious cycle, puttin... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 06:57:02 EST HelloI am a Type 1 I have been struggling for years of not going on insulin. Was doing well with diet and exercise and have lost a lot of weight. I have now been diagnosed with Type 1 and I am on insulin. I had to come to the realization that I was not just losing wight but actually melting away from my body starving to stay alive. I am going to get an insulin pump because I have a demanding job and it is not easy keeping my sugar levels right. I am very positive person and want to be around for a long time. So... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 09:58:48 EST Create my plate Do any of you use this technique and are you successful? Sat, 25 May 2013 20:49:38 EST New here Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in '07. My goals are to lose 50 lbs, and to keep my A1C under 6. I have taken metformin in the past to try to manage morning blood sugar levels, but I am not on it at present. During the fall I had lost almost 20 lbs and was very diligent about my food choices. I fell off the wagon in November, so I am here to get some accountability, learn from all of you, and hopefully offer you all support as well. <BR> <BR... 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So I started swimming, its been since Oct 1 and I have done 90 minutes a day 6 days a week since then...... lately I have been getting lows at night and in the morning too...... 61 was pretty low...... and yesterday after swimming too long another low, I take glucose with me and had to take some, 105 minutes, a long swim yesterday, today was better, no lows. <BR> <BR> I think I need to adjust my meds and since my medical team is like NON helpful, I think I will take 15 mg of insulin 2x a da... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:00:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:23:23 EST Trip Leaving for France the 15th. Any suggestions on managing eating on my trip? <BR> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:12:32 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 5 Oct 2012 22:19:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 3 Oct 2012 21:33:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 3 Oct 2012 21:28:09 EST New to This Team I went to my doctor this morning for a diabetic follow-up, and she's putting me on Lantus (10 units nightly) in addition to metformin. I worked my way off of insulin a few years ago, and am discouraged about being back to where I need it again. I'm going to forge ahead, though, and work on getting more active and eating better. It's good that my doctor is being agressive about getting my blood sugars back down, but I hope I can take care of business, and get my weight back down. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:41:03 EST Gadgets Hi, I was wondering if you have any advice on gadgets... like the InsuCalc <link> </link> only a program for android? I'd like something that helps with my lows. I have a panic attack every-time I bottom out, that leads to bingeing... high sugars and sudden lows when I try to get it under control again. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 07:13:08 EST Newbie Hi, Im new to this group. I finally decided that I need to take control and stop letting DM take control. I dont test like I should (supposedly Im to test 2x/day). But when I did test and started seeing numbers in the 200s, it freaked me out. So, Im looking for advice and encouragement on taking control. Maybe, I can find someone to be accountable with on here. Sat, 4 Aug 2012 18:51:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 4 Jul 2012 17:10:52 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:04:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:12:36 EST BEST Video on What Diabetes Is, BS & A1C Testing. I just ran across this Video on the Diabetes Health Website and How Awesome it Is !!!! <BR> <BR> It's a Very Basic Explaination...A Must for all Diabetics to help you understand what's going on in your body. <BR> <BR> Please do click on the link below.... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 11:51:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 28 May 2012 11:20:16 EST New to the team I have been diabetic for over 10 years. I'm starting to have problems with my feet and other health issues. I am ready to take off the weight and get healthier. Sun, 20 May 2012 10:14:53 EST Another newcomer to the forum Hello all! I'm a 47 year old type II diabetic. I have been through a phase of ignoring it, but am back to reality. I'm actively tracking my eating and medication, and looking forward to working on improving my nutrition. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 18:19:40 EST Diabetes mgmt sugars vrs carbs on the days that i ate carbs they balanced out my pie charts but i sugars jumped to the highest i have had since i started on the 21st of this month...291 on blood if i meet my carb demands my sugars are too high what to do to fix this? Sun, 25 Mar 2012 00:26:46 EST Post Your Log In Points "Spin the Wheel" !!! Don't forget your Bonus Points !!! <BR> 3-20 Sun, 18 Mar 2012 07:05:52 EST New to Team and Diabetes I was just diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in January. I am in my early 40s and taking 1000 mg. Metformin ER extended release daily in the evening. I check my fasting blood sugar in the mornings and it is usually between 90 and 130. I have struggled with weight most of my life. My mom is also a diabetic so we try to figure things out together. Glad to be on the team, Bee Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:30:16 EST What is your glucose reading pre meals? Today pre-dinner it was 114 Sun, 29 Jan 2012 02:39:15 EST New med - Glipizide My boyfriend's doctor just switched him from Metformin to Glipizide about a week ago. It seems to be lowering his blood sugar. Does anyone have experience with this medication? Any longer term side effects that we should be on the lookout for? Tue, 20 Dec 2011 20:50:22 EST Reached Your Weight Loss Goal? Question. Do you re-establish your daily caloric intake as you loss your weight. Note: I know diabetics calculate carb intake. Just indulge me for a moment. This subject is strictly about weight loss, weight gain and maintenance. <BR> 1. If you have reached your weight loss goal, should you still eat the same amt of calories as you did before you loss? I say no. You'll gain it back. <BR> 2. If you have reached your goal, should you maintain the same level of exercise, water in take... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 08:31:52 EST New Hi I am new to everything, Sparkpeople and this forum. I am a little overwhem but I am deciding to move pass my comfort zone. I have never joined any group, but I am hoping to learn and make friends. I hope I will be able to encourage others too. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:49:34 EST Anyone using an insulin pump with good results? I have been using the Disetronics insulin pump for about 10 years, sometimes it works well other times not so well. Even though I have used the pump for a while, I think I am missing out on some of the unique features that would help me control my BG better. I am also considering a continous blood glucose monitoring device. Please give me any suggestions you may have Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:31:10 EST Staying Focused on the good choices Hi everyone, <BR> I have been gone from SP for a while but now I am back. I have the million dollar question...How do we find focused and stay focused on achieving the below 7 HbA1C? I know what to do....I have been to the DE and the Dietician, I know how to find the carbs on labels....what I have trouble doing is making it a habit...I am part of the sandwich generation. I have a husband, 17yr old and 10 yr old plus my 84yr old mother all living in our 1000sq foot home. My mother can turn... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 09:15:48 EST New to posting / interacting on line Been a diabetic ( at least diagnosed) for 14 years now. But this year my A1c scores have been over 9. Each of my doctor's appointments have been after a month to six weeks of binging. <em>39</em> but i have lost 60 pounds this year due to keeping a food diary the other six months and begun using Victoza. I did not think I had binged on enough more carbs than before to raise my A1c that much. Any advice? Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:18:06 EST a different sign of low blood sugar I had a reading of 66 pre breakfast this morning which is quite low and stupidly just grabbed a yoghurt before heading out for the weekly shop. As it got close to 12 noon I started to get numbness in the back of my upper legs and around my bottom. As the numbness increased my legs got weaker and weaker until I had to hold onto my husband for support. I can only assume it was low blood sugar as a juice and biscuit I keep in my handbag made me feel better but it is not a symptom I have ever ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 07:48:06 EST 42 years on the job training Hi All, <BR> <BR> Type 1 IDDM registered diabetic educator who now lives one mile beyond the black stump with family and breed/train/educate horses. <BR> <BR> Cheers from Down Under Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:51:25 EST Should've followed the team goals! Greetings. Joined the team this morning after thinking that I am determined to take the reins of my health... and I noticed the team goals. I thought, "hey, that sounds great," so I signed on to them. <BR> <BR> You know how things get, right? Busy? Stressful? So before I headed to the university to teach the one class I've got this summer, I needed to switch bags. Ah, but the new bag didn't have a snack. No problem, really. How often do I need that thing, anyway? Hardly ever. <BR> ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:00:54 EST New to SP - not so much to Diabetes A glorious June 1st to everyone! I am 57 and was diagnosed on 8/1/1995 with Type 2. I followed the not unfamiliar pattern of being serious about control for awhile, lost 40 pounds in 3 months, etc. then went into a 10+ year period of denial. Diagnosed with kidney cancer in September of 2010 and had a kidney removed which had the absurd effect of *really* kicking me into denial on the diabetes. As a result I'm now seeing my first signs of neuropathy... tingling hyper-sensitivity in the han... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 09:47:41 EST Diabetic and vegan Hi Natalie (and all) <BR> I am 33 years old and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 4.5 years ago. I took insulin for 3 days (as my blood sugar was 581 at time of dx) and glucophage for 2 weeks. Since then I have controlled my sugar strictly with diet. I fell off track after meeting my husband and gained a bunch of weight, stopped checking my sugar, though about 2 yrs in I started having the symptoms again of uncontrolled blood sugar (excessive thirst) My question is this. Since January... Tue, 17 May 2011 13:28:06 EST Are you on Lantus? Hi All! <BR> <BR> New here. My doctor just started me on 30 units of Lantus at night with a sliding scale for meals if needed. This seems like a high dose. Does anyone have any experience with Lantus? Anything to watch for? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 12 May 2011 21:03:38 EST New to team and just started insulin injections Grr--I just had a long explanation typed and hit backspace and deleted the entire thing--hate it when that happens. <BR> <BR> Natalie, <BR> I'm new on this team, but not new to SP, and I am not new to Diabetes (I think it was about 2001 when I was diagnosed). When I joined SP in 2007, my diabetes was out of control. My doc kept saying I should add walking to my daily life and I didn't believe it would make much difference. I decided to start walking, because I was trying to lose weight,... Wed, 11 May 2011 08:51:35 EST New member, seasoned diabetic... I'm new to SP and new to this team. I am a T1 and use a Medtronic pump, have for 10 years. I am 52 and have was diagnosed with T1 at age 29. At first, it scared me so badly that I found a diet which kept my bg levels within range...and that's what I ate, every day, same thing. Then I went into denial and live there for 30 years. Even after I got my pump, I didn't use it properly, didn't test often and my A1c's were 8's and 9's. 3 months ago, I made the decision to put myself first. I'm workin... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:44:49 EST newbie HI, <BR> Just joined SparkPeople a few days ago. I saw an ad for it in my diabetic living magazine. I was diagnosed with Type @ October 29, 2010. My A1C was 7.8. I immediately stopped all soda pop (I lived for Pepsi) and sugars (also lived for chocolate, or anything sweet). I haven't been able to exercise due to health problems. My January 6 A1C was 6.7 and I have lost 25 pounds. I have a plantar wart on the bottom of my foot that has been extremely painful, and acid and freezing haven't... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 09:59:31 EST New member...really excited! I just joined this today, and I'm so excited at the aspect of having some folks facing the challenges I do to actually talk to and compare notes. I'm having some minor back surgery tomorrow; so, I'll be out of commission a few days. However, I'm eager to get back...and looking forward to success. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:28:42 EST New h ere I was diagnosed hypothyroid and diabetic about 6 weeks ago. I'm on synthroid/cytomel and so far was told to try controlling blood sugars with diet and exercise. Wasn't even told to get a glucose meter. My A1C was 6.5 and fasting blood sugar was 152. <BR> <BR> Today I decided what the heck, might as well get a meter and start testing just to satisfy my own curiosity. My problem is I have no clue when to measure. I know to do fasting, but other than that??? <BR> <BR> I did do 1 ho... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 15:59:35 EST New Dietary recommendations for Diabetics What about that much lower sodium intake recommendation? I love how easy it is to track with the Nutritional log, but it is hard to stay at the newly recommended 1500 mgs per day level. I changed my goal range once I read the article but I'm finding so many foods have hidden sodium that it's hard. I know all the long term complications are related to the stress on our arterial system from BG elevations and from B/P elevations. So I want to work hard on this one. <BR> <BR> http://www.di... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:10:19 EST Hi I'm Sonia I'm a Type I (34 Yr history) Pumper. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:05:23 EST Yes - I have type 2 diabetes I have been in denial for several years now. My Dr. suggested I attend a three evening diabetes class which I did. Now I realize how much I need to get things under control. <BR> <BR> Also suggested at the class is to join a support group. I'm hoping I can get support here!! Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:46:17 EST hello my name is stephanie. i'm 42 years old i'm a diabetic, need to lose weight, get my blood sugar level undre controled. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:02:35 EST Hello from Northeast GA! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Darlene. I am 45 years old, have had Type I Diabetes for just shy of 31 years. I have been an Animas Insulin pumper for cumulatively 9 years. <BR> <BR> I have a love/hate relationship with my pump. I love the flexibility it allows, and that I don't have as many lows anymore, but I hate the expense and wearing it. <BR> <BR> Being a "seasoned" Type I and a "marinating" female, I find I'm experiencing alot of changes in my body related to age (i.e., wei... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:40:00 EST Hello! This is my second time at SP, but I am more determined than ever...I have to be. <BR> <BR> I am a Type 2 diabetic and also have Sarcoidosis of the lungs. I've had to start taking Prednisone for the Sarcoid which caused me to be put on Insulin..! I really need to get better control of my blood sugar numbers as well as lose weight. <BR> <BR> I think this will be a great place to start. <BR> <BR> Michelle Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:30:38 EST Hello from Europe! Hi all! I'm an American living in Vienna, Austria and the diabetes that I had controlled with diet and Metformin has come back. The breads here are just incredible and there is so much delicious food here that I completely let myself go. Now I'm paying for it, my sugars out of control, my liver not doing as it should. <BR> In the USA, I never got to see the dietician. Guess the office was too busy for new patients, so I just ate very extremely low cal, low carbs. I hated it so much, but it w... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 02:43:56 EST I need help fast! Hi, my name is Wayne and I am 61 years old and have type 2 diabetes and I weigh only 150 pounds at 6 foot 1. I am on 4 different meds for diabetes metformin 2000mg glyburide 20 mg, actos 45mg, januvia 100 mg, my blood sugar this morning was 176 and it has been all over the place. i am not doing well at all controlling my blood sugar. I was sent home from my new job (as a trucker) because the doctor said my blood sugar is not well controlled. I have a dr appt today to try to get help. I... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:46:14 EST Hello I am from Indiana Hi! every body. I am having trouble getting back on track. I have change my hours at work from 7:30a.m to 5:30pm to now 3:30pm to 11:30pm. I need help. I am not getting my meds in or insulin. I am post to tack insulin 4 times a day. I am not getting it in. <em>442</em> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 20:05:01 EST Hello - New to this group Hi to all of you struggling with diabetes. I am especially disappointed that there is not a meal plan for diabetics in Spark People and wonder how can I remove myself as a diabetic so that I can get a regular meal plan? Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Carole Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:36:11 EST can you fluctuate between pre diabetic and Type II Had a visit with a new endocrinologist who says currently according to my a1c since March, I am not diabetic. I could be pre-diabetic. She says if I lose some weight my trigs & diabetes should be in normal range without meds. I currently control with diet & exercise. Sat, 11 Dec 2010 12:42:48 EST Hello from New Mexico... I joined SP over a year ago, but didn't stick with it. I joined when I lost my job and needed motivation. I lost a few pounds, but once I got another job, I lost the motivation. Then, we got a puppy that was disturbed, took a lot of attention, and a lot of walks - losing the same few pounds again. Guess what??? I gained those back again! <BR> <BR> Joining up again - or re-joining - to try to get control of my weight and to continue addressing my diabetes. I was dx as pre-diabetic in the earl... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:14:03 EST New A1C results Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Just heard the good new and decided to share. One year ago it was 6.5 which was down from 7.1 one year prior. My newest A1C came back 5.6. Yay! <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:19:49 EST New Member. Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> For the last three years my life has been on a roller coaster with the death of my father, my mother being diagnosed with Altzheimers and her passing and my health issues and having to sell the home that I grew up in and retiring from work. Needless to say, it has really been a zoo. <BR> <BR> Someone once told me that the things that happen to you along the way" is just another candle on the birthday cake." <BR> <BR> I am 64 and I believe that you are never too ol... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 19:01:57 EST How do you count servings vs carbs? Hi, <BR> <BR> I recently took your class and forgot to ask a question. <BR> <BR> I would like to find out how many servings there are in a can per carb count. <BR> <BR> Sometime ago, in a previous class (if I understood it correctly) you divide the amount of calories per carbs (15). Is this correct? If not, how do I do that? <BR> <BR> I hope this makes sense. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> Jean <em>304</em> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:23:10 EST I'm jumping in with both feet! Hi, everyone... <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I'm thrilled to have found this site. I love the inspiration it provides, the incredible tracking devices, the positive tone I find every page to which I turn. I do find it a little overwhelming, but I am getting used to navigating it bit by bit. It's a great challenge... <BR> <BR> I have been on a life long journey to lose weight; well, to get to a normal weight. Had I been successful when younger, perhaps I never would have become ... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 20:13:41 EST Hello all I am a 39 y/o female diabetic who has finally set her mind to improve her health! I am considering Gastric Bypass but have to do 6 months of medical weight management. I would love to show myself that I don't need the gastric bypass. I can do this the old-fashioned way. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 18:52:55 EST Carbs My nutritionist says I should have about 75 gms of carbs per meal (for a 1800 calorie diet). If I have that much, my post-meal BG levels are always over 200. I find that to stay below 140 at 2 hours after meals, I can't eat much more than 25-30 gms of carbs. <BR> <BR> My morning BG averages about 120. <BR> <BR> Should I be eating more carbohydrates? Will insulin help me regulate the high BG levels? Sat, 30 Oct 2010 20:41:56 EST Question for Natalie deleted Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:06:43 EST Question for Natalie moved Mon, 25 Oct 2010 23:51:39 EST Still cannot get it right. Trying real hard to get my diabetes under control. After 5 years of insulin I still sometimes forget to take my shot at night and humolog during the day! I cannot seem to get on a fixed schedule and all this becomes very frustrating. Can anyone tell me how to stay on a schedule? Thanks Thu, 21 Oct 2010 10:47:54 EST Hi Ya all I have lost 40-50 pounds by eating less and smaller amounts of food in 1 year I need to lose more, like 30 to 40 more pounds. I need to know how I can lose steadily instead of gaining. <em>437</em> Fri, 15 Oct 2010 16:38:08 EST Hey! Hi! I'm Abi. My weight loss journey started back in April when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes b(at 25, ugh). Started out at 170. I'm down to 150. Looking to get down to 110. <BR> <BR> I'm not on any meds and would like to keep it that way. More money for yarn. <BR> <BR> Besides that, I'm an Army wife, knitter, classic rock fan. And I have 2 furbabies. Sun, 3 Oct 2010 17:27:49 EST Reduce Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease I know we all know this, so just consider it a gentle reminder ... with love <BR> <BR> Natural Supplements Reduce Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease <BR> Thursday, September 16, 2010 by: John Phillip, citizen journalist <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) Diabetes is an insidious disease which greatly increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease, a condition characterized by the buildup of deadly plaque within the interior wall of arteries supplying the heart with blood. A study published i... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 18:33:59 EST New and CONFUSED My first clue was thirst. I blamed it on the South Carolina heat and I upped my intake of PowerAde to 3-4 bottles a day. I was still thirsty. When I added water to the mix, my friends were astonished. I HATE water, but I guzzling the stuff like it was water! When frequent, frantic gallops to the bathroom accompanied my gallon a day water habit, I decided I needed to see my Doctor. I am overweight but Diabetes does not run in my family. I was not prepared, on August 26, 2010, to be di... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 01:32:58 EST New Hi. My name is Carrie I was diagnosed as a Type 2 a little over a year ago. I have been managing with diet and excerise, but usually manage to fall off the wagon. My goal is to lose more weight and be more proactive in heading odd complications. Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:26:34 EST Desperately need motivation. New to Forum <em>24</em> I am going in the wrong direction with my weight and my A1C. I lost 30 pounds with WW and didn't reach my goal weight, and have now gained 20 of those pounds back. My recent A1C was 9!!! I am 72 and have eye problems, have had heart surgery once, and twice had angioplasties. I have neuropathy in feet and legs and back problems. I guess I am a mess. I really need to get back on the bright side of existence or I will not exist for much longer. Everyone tells me I look... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 17:59:09 EST New! getting on track! Trying to keep my blood sugars in the normal range. Lose weight! <em>15</em> I feel like this little guy. Betty Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:10:23 EST Newbie Here Hi All! <BR> <BR> Just got back from my doctor and have learned that what was "pre" is now full blown type 2 diabetes. Am in shock and not sure where to turn now. <em>24</em> I know that I can get right if I put effort into it. So, will be looking for lots of insight on how to deal with it all. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 16:03:20 EST Hi...New to team but not new to SP Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm on some of the other diabetes teams and thought I'd give this one a try. Feel free to read my last few blogs. It tells my story. My doctor never told me whether I was diabetic or not but he did put me on metformin a few years ago. He finally sent me to a diabetes education class and my A1C has been within normal range since. Now my goal is to control everything with diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <em>47</em> ... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 18:41:28 EST New Med started today. I am seeing a new Dr. an Endocrinologist she is starting me on Actos 30 mg a day. My blood sugar control has been a real problem. I am hoping this will help but, I have been looking up information on this med and I see many people gain weight and retain fluids. What is your view on this medication, is it safe? Fri, 13 Aug 2010 17:54:38 EST Hello Hi all, <BR> I am 50yrs old a mother of a 15yr old and a 9yrold, A wife of 17yrs and caregiver to my 82yr old mother who lives with us. Needless to say I am busy. I am used to putting myself on the back burner and place everyone elses needs first. My HgA1C shows it too. Last one was 7.8! Yikes! A nice person shared about in my diabetes support group and thought maybe this will help me stay focused on what I need to do for my health. I have lots of stress in my life and am try... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 07:33:05 EST New to Team - Changes all over the Place Thought I would stop in here and say hi and just rest a bit. Since January my life has been full of changes and stressors and challenges. Some are difficult, some are average and some are exciting. In January I started on insulin the changes have been incredible. I feel much better. I have more energy and now my body is acting more normal. This has led to the Specialist saying it is okay to try and conceive. So now, I am off of the glyburde and she has changed me over to Rapid Acting Insulin.... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 22:51:58 EST glucose readings Why do I get different readings when checking for sugar levels, pricking different fingers? I have sometimes checked twice, different fingers, and get different readings, at the same time. How do I know which is the correct one? I use ReliOn brand from WalMart. <em>38</em> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:48:08 EST Newly pregnant and type 2 Hi, I'm Rose I was diagnosed type 2 in Nov 2008. I was managing my disease with Metformin and Glipizide. I joined SP Jan 9, 2010 and within 6 weeks I came off the Glipizide. <BR> 10 weeks after joining I found out I was pregnant! <BR> This was a wonderful surprise but managing type 2 while pregnant is difficult, to say the least. <BR> I'm now on Insulin and have to follow a very strict eating plan that includes me eating every 3 hours and a LOT more carbs than I had been. I'd been on insul... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 21:15:37 EST Holofiber, anyone know if this is legit? I got an email about this product in socks and how it helps with.. (well here is an quote from the email)... <BR> Study Proves Diabetics Can <BR> Increase Circulation Without Drugs! <BR> <BR> Diabetics know all too well that they face two major issues: Neuropathy (or the loss of sensation) and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which reduces the circulation of blood in the body. <BR> <BR> Improved my Neuropathy! <BR> <BR> Frank C. Photo "I have been a Type II diabetic for 15 year... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 11:58:03 EST General Discussion I am back from a trip to W.Va. Thanks for your reply.It seems like I take boatloads of meds and I am tired of it all. I take Byetta pen before breakfast and dinner. I take Glucophage at breakfast and dinner. I just started taking Levimer 2 units at night. My hemoglobin A1C was 7 and my doctor gave me the choice to take another oral med or the insulin. I decided to try insulin thinking it would work faster but it hasn't. My blood sugar was 130 today which is better but she wants it to be 80 o... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 11:44:43 EST Newbie Here My name is Paul. I have Type II diabetes; diagnosed in Sept. 2006. At that time I weighed 287. I quit eating anything with processed sugars - my wife and I went totally sugar-free. She has been most supportive on my journey. I had a stroke in Seept 1995 and another one in Jan. 2010. My strokes are hereditary; my diabetes is not. I watch what I eat, I exercise daily. I am maintaining my weight at 215#; I am 6'6" tall (thus all my friends are short people). I have no negativity towards... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 21:55:24 EST Carbohydrate Snack What do you carry with you as a snack for emergencies? <em>38</em> Sun, 21 Mar 2010 15:28:20 EST New to the team Hello, I am new to this team. I looked it over before I joined. I am a Type II diabetic and have been for about 10 years. I have never been very good at dieting. I seem to crave sugar. I am finding that I am feeling worse and worse. I think that I know what to do but have difficulty following through. I also know that I have some information gaps that need to be filled. I went to the doctor today and have to go back in a week. I feel really bad: no energy, sleepy, blah blah. Just want ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 18:10:17 EST New to the Team! Don't have long in joining SP, just found out this team and joined............. <em>213</em> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:54:13 EST Blood Pressure Anyone have any information on the relationship between diabetes and high blood pressure? :-) Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:39:19 EST Hi! New to the group! I'm Jen! I was diagnosed in fall of 2002 and buried my head in the sand. I definitely went through the "this isn't going to change my life...NO WAY" I took the oral meds when I remembered and tested irregularly. I really buckled down the late fall of 2005 and then found out I was pregnant. Everything about my diabetes changed. I had no choice but to buck up and make sure my baby was healthy. Having to go on insulin was frightening because I hate needles, but I did and was very consistant an... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:07:48 EST Hi, I just joined! Hello, everyone. I'm 57, married, two children and two stepsons, all flown the nest. I live in the UK, tho I'm American. And I was diagnosed Type II about two years ago, just about the time I joined SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> One quick question: is this team only for (or mostly) diabetics on insulin? And is it only (or mostly) Type I? <BR> <BR> 'cause I'm not on insulin (oral medication) and I'm definitely not a Type I. :-) <BR> <BR> Kasey Thu, 11 Mar 2010 06:58:23 EST Humulin R Hi guys. I need some advice.My doc give me this new insulin Humulin R. She wants me to try it. I'm really unfamiliar with it. I would really appreciate any info, how you take it, when you take it..etc. I'm on Apidra (rapid acting) i take it 10 minutes before each meal. <BR> Thank you. Mon, 22 Feb 2010 18:46:32 EST Hello everyone Hey everybody, I'm Cody. I'm a type 1 diabetic, and father of 3+4 (3 kids, 4 step-kids). <BR> I've only been diagnosed for 3 years, since I was 27. I had a really late onset. But I've found that my BG is high far too often, so part of my Spark goals is to bring my fasting down to reasonable levels, and hit around 100-140 after meals. I need to live with my wife in health more than sickness, until I'm too old to care anymore! Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:25:15 EST Starting Over, gaining speed WOW, I didnt know there were so many teams to choose from. Determined to lose the weight and get my a1c down to 6.2...and then....go lower still which I think will work once I lose the weight. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:12:34 EST need help I'm having ahard time with breakfast carbs rise my sugar can't eat eggs to much what can i eat any addvice? Mon, 18 Jan 2010 17:41:37 EST Hi, I am new. I joined Spark People last week. Am spending lots of time in all parts of the site, checking everything out. I am over 60 years old, very overweight. I have been type 2 for about 20 years. Never can get much weight off. Lose some and gain it back. I have been on insulin for about4 years. Right now, I can't get my numbers where they need to be. See the Dr. on 1/21. Wish there was an endocrinologist closer than 100 miles, but there isn't. Just my primary Dr. My Mother's side of the f... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 20:13:26 EST New to team but not to Diabetes Hi! My name is Jennifer. I just joined Spark about a week ago. I was diagnosed with Diabetes 13 years ago when I was 19. I've been looking for information on Diabetes on Spark and it all seems really basic and I'm surprised they don't have meal plans for diabetes so I started looking for something to support my efforts on here that also knows the challenges of trying to lose weight while using insulin. And I found this group. I do not fit the profile for either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. I gu... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:06:44 EST just want to chat hi just wanted to say merry christmas hope everyone gets want they want from santa Mon, 21 Dec 2009 16:58:29 EST New to team Hi, just joined the team. I was diagnosed two years ago as a Type II Diabetic, but we caught it very early. The first year I was very diligent about getting my BS in control and also lost 40 lbs in the process, then I got lazy and complacent. My BS is still in control but slowly raising, and I've gained 15 lbs back. <BR> I decided it is time to get back on track, last week I did not change the way I was eating, but logged it all. Boy was I surprised at much I had slipped, so Saturday I starte... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 15:56:50 EST New Hi, <BR> Im new here. I was dx with DM II 3 yrs ago. I think its just really starting to sink in as to what the disease can really do to my body. I think Im ready to start managing it before it manages me. Sat, 5 Dec 2009 23:19:48 EST Insulin Pump advice Hello, <BR> <BR> I am coming up on one year to my Diabetes diagnosis and I am considering the pump. I have class tomorrow and I am a tad bit anxious. Does anyone have advice on what I should expect and what I should ask? I have not found a Diabetes Educator that I have built a rapport with, I have honestly found them to be rather frustrating. ..sorry if there are any Educators reading this. <BR> <BR> But I am a bit nervous because I don't want to deal with high's and low's EVER again -I k... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 22:43:34 EST maintenance and diabetes I reached maintenance about 7 weeks ago. My dietitian and my doctor told me to keep my carbs at 60 grams a meal and 1 15 cram snack. I am still losing and having trouble increasing calories. I am up to 1600 a day. I've stated to add all whites for an extra protein but how do I increase calories and not increase fat. I do eat a 100 gram nut snack in the afternoon. <BR> I have also noticed a slight rise in my glucose readings. Still normal but a little higher than they were. <BR> Any su... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 16:35:07 EST Fasting Blood Sugar /normal A1C My daily Fasting Blood Sugars are usually 140+ but my A1C remains normal at 5.4-----Should I be concerned about my high fasting blood sugar? Am I a diabetic when I have a normal A1C Sun, 11 Oct 2009 13:11:14 EST New Too Hope to Improve B.S. and more!!!!!!!! Hey all. <BR> I have type 2. <BR> Have had it for about 10 plus years. <BR> I am 48. <BR> I am on insulin and metformin. Lots of insulin, whether I eat or not ): <BR> I need people who understand Yes I do need exercise , but I have 2 spinal cord injuries! I am on a lot of meds and in a lot of pain. <BR> I am allowed to walk, I try. <BR> I often end up on my butt. <BR> It's not an excuse, I spend enough time in bed because of that !!!!!! Some of it is progressive. <BR> So is diabetes, or it ... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 22:38:55 EST Scales Can Sabotage A Diet <link><BR>n/scales-and-diets.aspx?xid=nl_Everyda<BR>yHealthManagingDiabetes_20090924 </link> Thu, 24 Sep 2009 08:54:52 EST Scales Can Sabotage A Diet <link><BR>n/scales-and-diets.aspx?xid=nl_Everyda<BR>yHealthManagingDiabetes_20090924 </link> Thu, 24 Sep 2009 08:53:52 EST My Doctor Visit Today Check out my blog for stats on my visit with the Dr today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2421033 </link> Tue, 22 Sep 2009 20:05:47 EST SymlinPen Hi, i'm new on this med tonight will be the 1st time to use it. Any one uses Symlin, i don't know what to expect. How you take it, any side effect? Any input would be appreciated thanks. <BR> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 16:16:16 EST My First Gain since March It’s official, my FIRST GAIN!! YIKES! It was ONLY ½ a pound, 198 to 198.5 so it’s not a big gain. I’m doing everything right and still had a gain. So, it goes to show you, your body definitely rules in this area of the scale. I am losing inches, feeling so much better, blood sugars are in range for the most part. So, it’s on to another week. Maybe, my body lost the fat and it’s still sitting in my body, waiting to be emptied out? Either way, this coming week, I’ll try to juggle thing... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 11:20:48 EST Helpful Food Tips and Tricks I have been thinking that it would be good to have a topic where we can let people know what has been working for us that someone else may find useful. <BR> <BR> For instance, to eliminate butter and sour cream from my backed potatoes I will use a microwavable broccoli and cheese package and put 1/2 a cup on the potato. It works really well and is much lower in fat and sodium. <BR> <BR> For additional fiber I have found the Fiber One Key Lime Pie yogurt to pretty tasty and easy to intr... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 18:13:50 EST Weigh In Today I weigh in on Fridays. Today I stayed the same...198. <BR> <BR> Still under 200 and going to stay that way! Lost 31.5 since March 1 this year. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 11 Sep 2009 09:58:49 EST Check out the calorie calculator! <link><BR>lculator.htm </link> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 17:18:13 EST Roses 'n' Thorns - Best/Worst Part of Your Day Roses - It's Labor Day and I'm relaxing, yet have time and energy for walking and getting things done. <BR> <BR> Thorns - trying not to do work related things on my day off, yet it's grating on me knowing it would make tomorrow easier if I do Mon, 7 Sep 2009 11:00:08 EST Pharmacy Change I need some help. I recently (three days ago)changed pharmacies for my prescription for my metformin. Well, the pills look the same except for the markings, but the worst part is now my BS readings are 10 to 30 points higher than before. They were never over 100, but now they are near 120 or higher. I haven't changed a thing as far as my eating or my exercise, just from where I got my pills from. Has anyone else ever had this happen or know what could be the problem? I thought if my reading d... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 12:18:13 EST Today's Healthy Reflection If you missed it. here it is! Worth the read. <BR> <BR> Winning victory against yourself No one likes to lose. The thrill of victory after competition is hard to match. But the wins that leave the most significant, long-term impressions are the ones where you win against yourself. Beating a friend in a game of hoops is much less meaningful than setting a personal best time while running. We live in a highly competitive world, and everything around us screams that we've got to be number one ... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 13:16:34 EST How was your Weigh-In This Week? I hope everyone had a great week. My blood sugars are staying down and I'm down 1/2 Pound since last week. Enjoying my new found freedom to eat Healthy Food, stay satisfied, Exercise and enjoy life as a Healthier person. <BR> <BR> I am now 198. Can't wait to get well under the 200 pound mark. I want to be under 200 on the Dr's scales on the 22nd of Sept. I have no idea how is scale relates to mine, so I want to be safe. I weigh without clothes here, but I'm afraid I can't do that at the... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 12:19:00 EST New to team Hi I have had diabetes since 2001 but have only had it under control for the past 4 months. I started my diet and exercise program two months ago and I've been able to reduce my insulin that I need by a little over 50% and I have lost 32 pounds too. Since I can see how much the diet and exercise has helped the diabetes I am real excited about my new healthy lifestyle. I still have 100 pounds to lose, but for the first time in my life it seems like something that is doable. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 12:20:42 EST !!!!! Major Wahoo !!!!! Since I did not have my scale with me Friday & Saturday, I brought it back with me to where I'm staying. SO I decided to get on it this AM to see how much progress I am making. Just didn't want to wait till Friday........ <BR> <BR> !!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 9 9 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> This is a new day and new dimension! I can't believe I lost 2 #'s, two weeks in a row!!! As you can imagine I am totally excited and haven't stopped smiling and thanking God for HIS help in this battle. ... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 08:11:02 EST new to spark people and this team hi everyone! I've had type 2 diabetis for @ 10 years, and up until this year, kept control with diet and exercise. This past year, numbers have crept up, and started on metformin this spring. I attended a diabetis class for 4 weeks and that helped my knowledge, but, unfortunately, I've not done very well with controlling my carb intake. i also have severe arthritis that makes it difficult to move/exercise due to pain, and just messes with any motivation for anything! I've started getting... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 13:43:21 EST Confusing Readings - Why the Difference I received a new meter in the mail. 2 hours after lunch I took a reading with the new meter. It read 170. I though this seemed high so I checked with my old meter using the same finger prick. It read 148 which was closer to what I expected. I tried the new meter again with the same finger prick and it read 160. Is there that much variability between meters and readings? How repeatable are readings and what should I be expecting? I would not have expected a 22 or even a 10 point spread... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 14:30:00 EST Hello, new here nad would like guidance Hi I recently was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and at a loss on what is going on with my blood sugars. <BR> <BR> First, can anyone direct me on the proper time to test my blood? I test it prior to a meal, now, do I test it right after eating or 2 hours after? What levels are acceptable? <BR> A few times I have checked it and it is over 200, then I immediatley checked it again and it is around 150. <BR> <BR> I do not have insurance to cover any professional so I am doing what I can ... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 20:35:02 EST New to Team - Getting Lows at Night I have been trying to get my weight down and blood sugars under control through diet and Lantus with some exercise. Using the website and the IPod app, I have been able to track better and am seeing myself eat healthier. However, over the last 3 nights (I have been on the diet for about 10 days), my blood sugars have been dropping low and last night dropped to 41! I had a snack before bed but it was no-sugar added ice cream (1 cup) and it probably did not have enough carbs. Tonight I will... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 15:49:36 EST What Diet Tips Are Available for Kidney Health? Hi Natalie, <BR> Am trying to protect my kidneys. Can you give any diet tips that help? Am especially curious about protein vs carb balances. Any special fruits or veggies that help? <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2009 11:22:32 EST Hello I was Diagnosed Type 2 on 26 Feb. 2009. My blood sugar was 366, A1C was 14.1, cholesterol was 300, and LDL was 112. I weighted 220lbs. The doctors put me on 500mg Metformin twice a day, 10mg Lisinopril, 40mg Simvastatin and 81mg Aspirin once a day. Due to side effects I stopped taking the Med's and only take the aspirin. Haven’t taken them since April. <BR> On March 1st I purchased a meter and started testing before and two hours after each meal. I now test before and 1 hour after each... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 11:29:13 EST New to this team! Hi! My name is Wanda and I was diagnosed 2 1/2 yrs ago. At first, I did really great at controlling my diet and had pretty good numbers. That was because I was terrified! The way I was diagnosed was because I got terribly sick one weekend and ended up in the ICU with ketoacidosis. Not fun. The doctors told me I was within hours of dying. Fast forward about 1 year, and you would see that I was driving myself crazy...charting, recording, and graphing EVERYTHING! So, I fell off the wagon, gained... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:27:34 EST IN NJ <BR> Left Monday morning for NJ from FL. Arrived yesterday. Uneventful trip. Will be here 2-3 weeks at least, as planned right now. <BR> <BR> I do have computer access but not as much time as when I'm home. Wed, 15 Jul 2009 09:43:06 EST GETTING ON TRACK Hi. I am back now. I have seen a diabetic educator/dietician. I am going to weekly classes and they help so much. <BR> I am now taking novolog before meals (as needed for breakfast and lunch, but before dinner I take at least 6 units plus) and before bedtime if needed. I am also using the levemire twice a day (58 units at 8 am and 53 units at 8 pm), plus 1000mg. of metformin at breakfast and at dinner plus the rest of my medications. I am following the meal plan they gave me and have... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 11:23:36 EST NEW FROM MASSACHUSETTS Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I joined Sparks two days ago. I'm still finding my way around the site. I'd like to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I live in MA, but on the RI line. I'm very happily married to my wonderful and we will celebrate our 32nd anniversary this coming autumn. We have two grown daughters, one of whom just married, the other is seriously involved. We have 2 cats and my beloved black lab, Tanner (hence the ID name.) <BR> <BR> I've been type 2 diabetic for about 15 years and ... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 10:24:07 EST Good aritcle on Exercise & Burnout <link><BR>se-burnout.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthM<BR>anagingDiabetes_20090709 </link> Thu, 9 Jul 2009 16:21:54 EST Take a look see - excellent article! <link><BR>tness-training-and-sports/8-helpful-ea<BR>ting-tips-for-jumpstarting-a-healthy-diet/ </link> Mon, 6 Jul 2009 20:24:56 EST Thought - Worth Passing On Someone sent me this today and I thought it was quite worth passing on: <BR> <BR> <BR> Anger and Love have no limits; choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life..... Things are to be used and people are to be loved, But the problem in today's world is that, People are used and things are loved... <BR> <BR> During the day, be careful to keep this thought in mind: Things are to be used, but People are to be loved ... Be yourself....This is the only day we HAVE. Have a nice day Watc... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 11:37:06 EST New New to this team, not new to SP. <BR> <BR> I am 53 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes August 2008. <BR> <BR> I am married, have 2 beautiful daughters (14 & 34), 1 son-in-law, and 2 wonderful grandsons (1 & 3). <BR> <BR> My husband loves hiking and climbing. The girls and I think that hiking is an activity best done at a mall where you can climb the escalators, not cliffs. <BR> <BR> My goal is to get my weight down and hopefully eliminate my need for medication. I know that this ... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 11:08:18 EST Mile High----HI Hi everyone, I am a 57 yr old type 2, for 7 or 8 years. This week I finally went to an endocrinolgist & started diabetic education classes. I haven't been way out of control but the last 7 months I have really not been in good control,(STRESS) I lost my mother in November partly due to her diabetic complications. BIG wake up call. So that is how I landed here. I have lost 30+ pounds already but I have a lot more to get rid of. Glad I was told about this site. Sat, 20 Jun 2009 13:49:42 EST An unusual question OK, I've searched every place I can think of to search for an answer to this question but have been unable to find it.... <BR> <BR> Is it normal to have a spike in blood sugars for a day or so before I get my period? I didn't change my eating or exercise but noticed that Sat & Sun, my sugars were running a smidge higher than they had been. Woke up this AM and.....Well, you get the drift so, I was wondering if there's a connection? Mon, 15 Jun 2009 08:54:18 EST I am questining my diagnosis I am starting to question my diagnosis and wondering if I really am type 1 diabetic. I can skip doses of insulin and still remain in the low 100's -rarely will I hit 195, not even 200. <BR> <BR> I am back to eating the same way I did before (not that it is good). I am starting to exercise and work on more fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> But what really makes one type 1 diabetic and has anyone ever been retested and found that maybe they are really not type 1? <BR> <BR> I was reading abou... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:48:29 EST Hello from the Sunshine State! Hi, all! Just the regular introduction: Was diagnosed two days after Christmas (2008) with diabetes, Type 2. Been losing weight although not as steadily as I would like (too much laziness on my part and hard time giving up some of those foods I just adore but my body hates). <BR> <BR> 34, married, no kids, 2 cats, 1 cockatiel, working for The Man, create and sell jewelry online, and guess that's it. <BR> <BR> I'd like to know if there was a way to track my BSL in Spark Streaks daily. Like... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 09:55:15 EST ENERGY BALANCE I've had many questions in regard to exercise and calorie intake. I have started this forum to talk specifically about energy balance in terms of losing, gaining or maintaining weight. I have provided a link for a calorie calculator. Please use this and be honest when filling in the information about activity level, because you will see that activity level will make a big difference in your daily energy needs. <BR> <BR> Activity level definitions: <BR> <BR> Sedentary: You spend most of ... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 18:27:20 EST YOU ARE YOUR BEST HEALTH ADVOCATE You are the only person who knows YOU. If you think there is something wrong with you, you have to keep fighting for yourself because no one else is going to. You have to make your docs listen to you and inform you. They are working for you! But remember to keep a journal (and bring it with you to your appts.!!!) as evidence in your case. Tue, 9 Jun 2009 01:19:57 EST AVOIDING COMPLICATIONS If you have questions about avoiding diabetic complications, please first take a look at the forum "OVERCOMING FEARS". I have tried to explain how high blood sugars effect every part of your body. Keeping your blood sugars in check is the single most important thing you can do to prevent complications!!! Tue, 9 Jun 2009 00:49:58 EST Hi! New to team! Hi everyone! I am 23 years old and have been a type 1 diabetic for 19 years now. I didn't start paying close attention to my diabetes till about 2 years ago. I know that's a long time, but that's just how it happen and I can't change the past right!?! <BR> <BR> My Alc is currently around an 8. I really want to get down to a 6. I am going to be getting on the pump soon so I am really excited for that because I've heard a lot of positive feedback on it. <BR> <BR> I have been a spark member f... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 23:17:05 EST MONITORING YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE Research is saying that unless you use your blood sugar number to adjust your regimen, testing can be kept to a minimum. If you are not doing anything but just checking your number, and your numbers are pretty much the same, you can save yourself the time, money and pain of testing. It is important to check your blood sugars if you have a change in your regimen or lifestyle though, like adding or subtracting a medication, changing your diet, increasing or decreasing your physical activity, b... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 22:50:07 EST DECREASE CALORIES AND FEEL MORE SATISFIED Here are some tips on decreasing the amount of calories eaten at each meal and feel even more satisfied. <BR> <BR> *Drink plenty of water/tea throughout the day <BR> <BR> *Start off with some broth or tomato-based soup (homemade preferably with lots of veggies) <BR> <BR> *Fill half your plate with veggies or eat your meal as a salad <BR> <BR> *Drink 8 oz. of skim milk with the meal <BR> <BR> *Have some fruit for dessert <BR> <BR> *Eat slowly <BR> <BR> *Stop eating when you are 5/6 of t... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 21:58:31 EST GARDENING Anyone have their own veggie garden or fruit trees? Unfortunately, I don't have a house where that is possible for me right now. I can't wait to get a house with a yard for that reason alone. Growing your own food is the BEST way to eat organic and healthy. Mon, 8 Jun 2009 20:59:10 EST HELPING OTHERS PREVENT DIABETES There are over 6 million people in the U.S. that have diabetes and don't know it. If you know someone who has ANY of the following risk factors for diabetes, please encourage them to ask their MD to be checked. <BR> <BR> * Age greater than 45 years <BR> * Diabetes during a previous pregnancy <BR> * Excess body weight (especially around the waist) <BR> * Family history of diabetes <BR> * Given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds <BR> * HDL cholesterol under ... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 19:43:01 EST METFORMIN If you or someone you know is between the age of 25 and 44, and at least 60 pounds overweight, it is imperative you talk to your MD about getting on Metformin. There is much research to indicate Metformin may help prevent diabetes or slow the progression in those diagnosed as pre-diabetic. If you already have the diagnosis of diabetes, and are not insulin dependent, you should also talk to your MD about adding the medication or increasing it to the max dose. As I have said before, Metformi... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 19:31:13 EST TEA I have been reading the book "The Ultimate Tea Diet" and they are saying that instead of just drinking your 8 glasses of water daily, that you should be drinking your water as tea. Apparently even though there is caffeine in the tea, which can be detrimental to our health, the L-Theanine and EGCG counteract it. They are saying that these aspects of tea can help with weight loss by decreasing appetite, enhancing insulin's effectiveness, and increasing metabolism. Tea also can help decrease ... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 23:33:29 EST INSULIN PUMPS If you are on an insulin pump it would be nice if you could share with the other team members your experiences. If you are not on an insulin pump and require many doses of insulin I encourage you to talk with your MD about getting one. Sun, 7 Jun 2009 20:45:45 EST INSULIN PUMPS Disregard this was an accidental repost. Sun, 7 Jun 2009 20:45:13 EST New Member I've been a Spark member for a few months but just recently was pointed to this group (Thanks Penny). I live in WIsconsin, am a nurse case manager for a work comp company, have 3 kids; all boys- 22, 21 & 15. I'm a single parent and diagnosed about 6 months ago with Type II diabetes. <BR> <BR> Since really watching what I eat and adding some exercise, I've lost 17# and dropped my A1C from 10.6 to 7.6 and my random BG from 234 to 139. NOT perfect control but getting much better. <BR> <BR> I t... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 14:17:36 EST FRUITS Many diabetics are scared of fruits because they have heard they are carbs or sugar. Diabetics however should not be scared of fruit. Fruit is better for you than whole grains and low fat dairy, which is also carb, because of the fiber fruit contains. Fiber helps us feel full, rid the body of cholesterol, etc. Choose fruits low on the GI such as apples, grapefruit, oranges, cherries, berries, pears and plums. Fruits to eat in moderation include bananas, mango, pineapple and melon. It is... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 21:46:54 EST VITAMINS I have had many questions regarding vitamins and supplements. I believe that a multivitamin and possibly a fish oil tab are about the only things in addition to a well balanced diet FULL of green leafy veggies and fruits that would be acceptable. I do not encourage people to take other supplements, as they can be costly, and many of them have a low bioavailability, which means the body can not actually use much of what is there. The only thing that I have heard good things about is Juice P... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 21:40:04 EST ARE THERE ANY SMOKERS OUT THERE? It has been very difficult the last few months for me to keep up my self-image as a nurse educator while I am a smoker. Tonight, I have once AGAIN decided to try quitting. It just so happens I will be starting a new job in the next few weeks where smoking isn't aloud, I just ran out of cigarettes, and I am low on cash. The combination of these things with the stress I deal with not practicing what I preach has come to fruition. I have been trying to increase my physical activity and have ... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 00:08:59 EST JOURNALING I had started a journal but started to fall behind and eventually gave it up all together. Tonight, as I contemplate quitting smoking AGAIN, my journaling is looking for inviting. I challenge each of you to not only keep a daily journal recording of your carbs, blood sugars, and minutes spent in physical activity, but also with at least a quick note about how you are feeling that day. I find the journals that have a large page for each day work nicely for this. Not only will you be able t... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 00:03:28 EST FOOD LABELS It is amazing the difference in nutrition content even among products of the same brand, and especially those brands that are supposed to be healthy. Some products that come to mind are the Eggo Nutri-grain waffles. Did you know that choosing the Cinnamon flavor over the plain Whole-Wheat increases your sugar intake by 7gm? Same goes for the Kashi cereals. Choosing the Go Lean Crunch over 7 Whole Grain Puffs increases your sugar intake by 13gm. I know it is extremely time consuming to ju... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 23:44:02 EST THE GREAT OUTDOORS Getting outside and enjoying the sun not only helps us get our Vit D, it can help reduce depression. Even in the cooler months, it is extremely important to get outside for the fresh air and natural sun light. Wed, 3 Jun 2009 23:28:03 EST DIABETES AND TRAVEL As many of us are preparing for our summer vacations, diabetics need to prepare themselves differently than most when getting ready to travel. I always make a checklist when packing, but you may find this particularly helpful if you have a chronic condition like diabetes. <BR> <BR> -When you travel, your eating times may change. Bring portable snacks to prevent low blood sugar levels, such as nuts, cheese sticks, nutrition bars, and small pieces of fruit. Always carry glucose tablets or har... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 23:17:42 EST THE PLATE/SALAD METHOD Unless you are on Coumadin (blood thinner) or have some other health issue that keeps you from eating leafy greens and Vit K, every meal should center around your VEGGIES. Start with salad greens and add your protein and even starch (if you like). Just watch your salad dressing. Look for vinegarettes and the spritzers in the store, or make your own at home if you can. If you are the type of person who doesn't like to mix your food, you need to use the plate method. This is where you divi... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 23:07:50 EST I would like some help in managing my diabetes... to whom it may concern... <BR> ...possibly a nurse... <BR> Hi! I am new on this site and am so glad there is a diabetes self-management site. <BR> I am a type2 , insulin dependant:4 times a day, with my kidneys being compromised. <BR> I have charcot feet (check online) which means I can't stand or walk for more than 5-10 minutes unless I want to endure tremendous pain. What I find the most challenging in losing weight is the exercise program portion...HELP! <BR> Two sparkfriends have already ... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 10:32:05 EST Hello...Bonjour Hello...Bonjour <BR> Just note to say I've just started this site four days ago and I think it's mmmmarvelous, dahling!...Don't you? <BR> Seulement un petit message pour dire que je viens de commencer à lire ce site et je crois qu'il est sensationnel! Toi? <BR> Lise <BR> <em>205</em> <BR> <em>636</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2009 10:18:19 EST Hi, New to team Hello everyone, My name is Sara and I just joined. I have been diabetic since 2005 and have done pretty well keeping my numbers down but my weight is going up. I am looking for help in learning to eat healthy foods. <BR> I use Junuvia to keep my numbers low, I do have Byetta but don't use it, that for some reason raises it...and yes I told the doctor, he keeps insisting it will curb my appetite and I will lose weight, don't matter my readings go up. <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 30 May 2009 16:12:28 EST Strange new "low symptom"? Hello, i have a question. About a month ago i "developed" a new symptom when i'm low. I have numbness in my mouth and in my chin. Exactly the same when the dentist give me injection all over my mouth. First it start with my tongue and when i'm very low it's affect my whole mouth, chin and lower cheek area. Is that normal? Is Anyone else have something like this? Thu, 28 May 2009 18:08:52 EST New to the team Hi I'm Dawn and I was diagnosed (this time around) on Monday (5/18/09). And if you read all of this it will be more than you ever wanted to know. <em>30</em> <BR> What I mean by this time around is I had kind of a scare diagnosed 10 years ago. But it had been related to coming off a ton of drugs and hormones, a bout of depression from my grandmother dying the night of my last surgery (she and I were two peas in a pod), having had to give up child baring at 29, and living on almost nothing... Thu, 21 May 2009 22:38:56 EST Monthly visitor.... Hello, <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed at a Type 1 diabetic in Novemeber 2008. I was hospitalized for a week...during that week I had my monthly visit and it has not been back sense. I show no signs of pregnancy, is this normal because of all the new medicines that I am taking or is this something that I should be concerned about? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Wed, 13 May 2009 23:16:21 EST Hi! I'm new. Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Andrea. I'm 35 and a stay-at-home mom of four. I'm excited to be part of a group that's focusing on healthy lifestyles for diabetics. I've been Type 2 for two and a half years now. I also had gestational diabetes twice before that. I've been a little slow in the process of getting my diabetes under control, but I'm ready to do that now. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> Andrea Fri, 8 May 2009 11:24:10 EST Question for the Diabetes Educator - Uric Acid Just had full range of tests and everything is ok except my Uric Acid levels are up - 77 mg/l and 458 umol/l - quoted from my test results. Just seen doctor and he has ruled out that I eat lots of liver (I dont) nor that I have gout, so says I should not worry. However, my husband reminded me (when I got home) that I have got into the habit of squeazing a whole lemon and drinking the juice in hot water at breakfast every day. Could this be the answer or am I just latching onto the word 'ac... Wed, 6 May 2009 10:14:08 EST Diabetes Book Can anyone recommend a great book on diabetes Type 2? <BR> Thanks. Wed, 29 Apr 2009 00:18:50 EST New Team Member Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Becky and I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in Feb. of this year, so I am new to all of this. I am 54 years old. I work close to full time, go to college part time (pre-nursing), and volunteer for our local police department. I thought I had things pretty much Under control and then found out how things like stress can change things in a hurry. So sometimes I feel as confused as when I started. I have 3 cats and 2 dogs, although if you asked Romey (alpha cat), he'... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 00:15:39 EST I'm another new be I'm Barbara, have had our favorite kink in our systems for 4yrs now. But I thought when I went from 235 lbs to 170,I knew I'd like to loose another 20, but I thought the word obsess didn't apply to me anymore. Imagine my surprise when checking with Sparks that it still does! My husband died a few days ago, and I now know I have to take more care, so I can keep him alive, a living memory, to all who also loved him. He just got diagnosed last yr. at least he never had to shoot up, where I do 4 ... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 04:31:25 EST exercising and bs numbers + low calories by night I feel pretty stupid, but I am trying to figure out why my bs levels are so crazy lately. <BR> <BR> What does exercising late at night have to do with bs count? Does it affect it? <BR> <BR> Actually does it affect it any time? <BR> <BR> Also...if a person doesn't get enough calories in the daytime, what does one do? I tend to forget to eat during the day and end up having to do all my calories at night. I only do 1000-1500 anyway so it's important that I have at least that much, right? Tue, 7 Apr 2009 14:57:51 EST Hi Hi I am new to the team but not to sp. In fact I've been here a couple years. I am married and have 3 kids one of which is special needs. I've been diabetic going on 8 years. I've always been very active in my diabetic care and other health conditions. Just looking for support in this battle against this ucky disease. Sun, 5 Apr 2009 08:55:58 EST Hi...I'm new Hi, I'm on Novolog and an insulin pump. I also take synthroid for low thyroid. I just got approved for the continous blood glucose sensor that works with my pump...I should get that next friday after the educator teaches me everything about it. I'm excited about that. Currently I'm dealing with retinopothy problems. I've had alot of laser, injections, and vitrectomies in both eyes. I currently have oil in each eye as they heal, so vision is really blurry. Otherwise, just trying to get healthi... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 19:16:03 EST Carb confusion I was told to watch my carbs. I know the difference between simple and complex carbs and am trying to get 45g per meal or 30 for main meals and 15 for snacks. <BR> The problem here it says I am supposed to get more carbs. I know when I have too many or even the amount that SP suggests I get my sugar is higher. <BR> <BR> How much should I have? Sun, 29 Mar 2009 18:39:00 EST MICROALBUMIN LEVEL---help! I just got my lab results back and do not understand what microalbumin level is and how I can fix it... <BR> It says my level is 50 mg/L AND that the norm is 5-23.... <BR> <BR> I am waiting for my doctor's office to call back, meanwhile, I am freaking out! <BR> Fri, 27 Mar 2009 16:39:51 EST Hi I was diagnosed in June 2008. I have lost weight but have not done much with using exercise to help me control the disease. <BR> <BR> I am a rigid food controller and am getting worried that I will not be able to control the weight loss. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to sharing ideas from all of the team members. <BR> <BR> Let's go team! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 19:35:24 EST Difference between levels I've noticed some, what I consider low BG levels on the morning BG posts. <BR> <BR> When I first began monitoring mine I was told it should be between 100 and 115. I've noticed some in the 60 & 70 range. What's normal? Is that because some take insulin? I've only recently been put on oral medications. Before I was just diet and exercise controlled. <BR> Sun, 22 Mar 2009 07:38:27 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Lee, I was recently diagnosed as Type 1 Diabetic, Thursday, November 27, 2008 to be exact-yep, I spent Thankgiving and the days that followed in the hospital. <BR> <BR> It was the scare of my life, I entered the hospital with a blood glucose reading of over 1,000. I knew that I was sick, but I thought it was a result of a sinus infection. It took almost 2 months and several doctors for me to get readings in a normal range. Diabetes has changed my life and not for the... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 20:44:53 EST Daily welcome/chat post here Just wanted somewhere we could just say hi, and welcome new members. Maybe tell something about yourself so people will get to know you better. My name is Stella, 43, type 1 diabetic,love this thread Thu, 5 Mar 2009 06:32:37 EST BG with a cold I don't know what I did wrong. My test this morning was 171. I have a cold and am taking Coricidin HBP and wasn't active at all. I wonder if that's why. I ate sparingly yesterday, 2 slices of flax seed bread with peanut butter and a small yogurt, homemade lentil soup for lunch, 1 cup of chile with 2 crackers and a small piece of cheese for dinner. At 10PM I ate another small piece of cheese in order to take my medicine. I've been drinking a lot of tea and water. Any ideas as to what it could ... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 09:00:32 EST Neurontin & Lyrica Hi Everyone :) <BR> <BR> In the neverending quest to manage my pain levels for the fibro, diabetes, and MPS, my Doc has suggested starting pregabalin (Lyrica) or gabapentin (Neurontin). <BR> <BR> looking for feedback from folks who have used either one for fibro and/or diabetes pain. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Sassy :) <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 06:45:11 EST Successes! I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread to celebrate our successes! I had one yesterday. I went shopping for the first time since I lost 20 pounds and I got to cross the aisle from the Plus sizes to the regular sizes! It felt great! Just one little success really motivated me to keep going. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> What is your latest success? Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:20:45 EST HI THERE JUST LETTING YOU KNOW! So sorry for not being here in awhile, I havent been the greatest , but I am back now and you have to bear with me catching up on things on here lol <BR> I am feeling much better and thanks for the prayers! <BR> and support! <BR> I wont be online to much today as I am going out to church and have some cleaning up to do! <BR> SPIRITANGEL <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <em>245</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2009 15:23:27 EST Posting after meal BG levels. I noticed that one of the team goals is to test and post your blood glucose levels 2 hrs after eating, which I need to start doing. Where do we post this information? Sun, 22 Feb 2009 09:50:03 EST more prayers needed! sigh Hi there <BR> someone died in my family again and she is only 16 years old! <BR> she choked on her vomit while sleeping after partying lastnight! <BR> I am so crushed its my moms great neice! <BR> everyone is taking it traggic to the heartbreaking news right now I am listening to gospel music! <BR> and my family to is so far away I cant even be there right now! <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <BR> Her dad dont even know yet! the dad just lost his both perants last winter from diabetes, I had to go... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 22:53:29 EST Exercise Hi Everyone :) <BR> <BR> Was wondering how folks here handle exercising - such as keeping blood sugars from bottoming out, what you eat before/after working out, etc... <BR> <BR> Right now my blood sugars are running very high - even when I exercise they remain high. Starting the end of 2005, I had great success in going from 100 units of lantus each night to going off of it completely in three months when I started swimming almost daily and pretty vigorously. I would have to take my mete... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 05:57:57 EST Dawn Phenomenom My boyfriend has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He is currently using diet and exercise alone to lower his blood sugar, and so far is succeeding. He has brought it from over 400 to 200's in a couple of weeks. He has had a couple of readings in the mid 100's the last 2 days. His blood sugar level has been highest first thing in the morning. I've been doing a little research and am guessing that he is probably experiencing the "Dawn Phenomenom". What can he do that will hel... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 22:10:33 EST New to team Hello. I'm actually not diabetic, however my boyfriend has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His doctor has recommended medication, however he has elected to try and control it through diet and exercise alone first. He talked this over with his doctor. His blood sugar started out at over 400 a few weeks ago and it has steadily been going down. He is averaging in the 200's right now. He has had a couple of readings in the mid 100's the last 2 days, so his plan seems to be wor... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 22:00:39 EST THE GLYCEMIC INDEX The glycemic index may be the key to our problems. If you are not familiar with the glycemic index, it is a tool for evaluating carbs. This index rates carbs on a scale depending on how they affect blood glucose levels. This information is important for everyone, not just diabetics. Carbs low on the glycemic index are better than carbs high on the glycemic index. Low glycemic index carbs are more natural, thus higher in nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. These low g... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 23:28:45 EST IT'S A LIFESTYLE Like I have said before, weight loss should not be your main objective. Throw out the scale and get healthy! I do not want people going on binge diets, and killing themselves with exercise that is not providing the results. With the new year, I hope many of you can share in my goal to live a holistically healthy lifestyle. We need to be proud of the choices we make. Eating healthy and participating in FUN physical activity because we want to, we enjoy it, and we are proud we do it! If you... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 20:24:30 EST FRANKENFOOD I have tried eating all organic in the past, and it is not only extremely difficult, but extremely EXPENSIVE!!! It is so sad we have to pay extra for NATURAL food!!! Ever read the ingredients in some of your favorite food products? You need to have a Ph.D. to read the ingredients, let alone know what they are. Ever wondered why obesity is such a problem in today's society that it hasn't been in the past? Ever wonder why we are seeing more cases of cancers and life-threatening conditions t... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 16:04:29 EST KNOWING WHAT WE SHOULD DO....AND ACTUALLY DOING IT As a Diabetes Educator most of my job entails telling people what they mostly already know; you have to eat right and exercise. I know it, they know it, but neither of us are able to do it all the time. What are your thoughts? Tue, 27 Jan 2009 15:42:37 EST Insulin and BS's I finally had a really good night. Had a BS reading of 87 last night before bed. The best ever. Sat, 24 Jan 2009 08:38:21 EST Boosting your metabolism Here are some great ideas from on how to increase your metabolism, and thus hopefully lose weight. For all of you getting discouraged about not losing weight, throw out the scale, and get healthy!!! Judge your weight by how your clothes are fitting. Don't give up on a healthy diet and exercise just because you aren't seeing instant results. Do exercise that is fun, and start enjoying good food again. Diet and exercise are not solely for the purpose of weight loss, they are for ... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 13:16:55 EST New to insulin I am joining this group in hopes that I can get some help (if I should need it) with insulin. I've been type II since 1994 and just recently went on Lantus. My doc has now added NovoLog and I think I am on the right track to getting my blood sugars under control. I am still in the phase where my amounts of insulin are being adjusted. I was 80% Lantus and 20% NovoLog. We are now trying to balance things out with 50/50. Wish me luck. Thu, 15 Jan 2009 14:04:47 EST New guy from SC Hey y'all. Been a diabetic for about 3 weeks, my doctor never mentioned pre-diabetes, too bad for me cause i have neuropathy in my feet - pins and needles and they hurt - not real bad though. I started taking corrective action ASAP. My blood sugars the past week have been ideal, I watch what I eat (use nutrition tracker and love it), and exercise; last nite I made it thirty minutes on my elliptical machine. Dec 23 I couldnt do 5 minutes. Dropped over 20 lbs and I feel better than I have ... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:30:19 EST Is this team closed ? I just wondered if this team was still taking new members or not. If it isn't taking new members, please let me know. I have so many questions and I need to get a better understanding of this. Thanks for listening. Sun, 11 Jan 2009 11:03:11 EST how many carbs should I be aioming for per day I am trying to eat 1200 to 1500 calories per day. What amount of carbs should I be aiming for? Wed, 7 Jan 2009 12:34:48 EST New to team but not diabetes type 2 Hi. I have been on Sparks for a year now. Recently I went back on my medications. I had my sugars under control or so I thought. Blood sugar is now high 300"s to high 400"s. I was on 10mc Byetta and 500 mg.x2 of Metroformin. Now I am using a long lasting insulin at bedtime and still using the Metroformin x 2. I also have high cholesterol, high triglycerides and high blood pressure. My asthma is acting up. I am supposed to track my food and sugar levels and average them out./. I wis... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 12:25:50 EST Hello everyone. My name is Rita i'm type 1. I'm a new member of this team and looking forward to get to connect with others. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 19:29:22 EST A1C's and BS # I've just been diagnosed, but it has been in family so not a surprised. I have been testing and staying undiagnosed for about 15 years. This time office A1C was 6.1 and 2 hour after eating lunch 141 and the nurse and dr thought that is good. I am used to my mom's doctor's numbers which a tight control. I have been in low 5's A1C and usually less than 126 bs after a meal. Pain, and sick, might account for today, but overall A1C?? I am not working and trying to get more active as health... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 19:14:54 EST am new to sparks Hi, I am new to sparks and diabetes, tho I have know I was prediabetic with food and exercise for the last 15 years. A1C came in at 6.1 and I am exercising more and used to be 5.2. I feel so badly like what I do isn't doing anything. Peripheral neuropathy diagnosed last fall before the diabetes was this spring. I am getting a pedometer to monitor daily activity. Tue, 30 Dec 2008 14:07:26 EST Not officially diagnosed, but worried My cardiologist mentioned that my blood sugar level was too high in a recent test. I have a testing kit so I've been doing sugar level tests 3 times a day and I'm real unhappy with the numbers I'm seeing, fasting 139-150. <BR> <BR> I've been going to a water aerobic class 6 times a week since March. What other exercises will help? <BR> <BR> I need to know if the Spark diet will work to reduce sugar levels. What needs to be adjusted to make it work better? <BR> <BR> I HAVE to get this un... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 09:23:41 EST moving forward... <em>273</em> <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople since 2006,but have been incognito since Sept. I was doing well until I moved to another area around 1 mo.ago. Kinda got out of my routine,and I've been eating too much processed food. I want my healthy lifestyle back,and there's no time like the present! Also...can't pass up on such a valuable resource as Natalie! I'm sure I'll have lots of questions. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sandy <BR> <BR> PS- I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2004. L... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 14:55:21 EST Newbie here name is Leanna and I am a diabetic. (sorry couldn't resist) Goofiness aside, I am a type 2 diabetic, diagnosed in 2005 at age 26. If you want to know more, visit my page or just ask~ Sun, 16 Nov 2008 01:03:08 EST What are ketones? *What negative affect does this have on a type 1 diabetic's body? <BR> *How to avoid ketones? <BR> *Can you get rid of ketones once you have it? <BR> *What are the symptoms of having ketones? Sat, 15 Nov 2008 16:41:11 EST Pre-Diabetic, What Now? Hi everyone. I was just diagnosed as Pre-Diabetic yesterday. I am not surprised since my Mom, Dad,two Aunts and One uncle have diabetes. But, I am left wondering what I should do. My Dr. wants me to diet and exercise to see if I can get it under control. I agree, I have 50-60 lbs to lose so I definitely need to change my eating and my couch potato habits! <BR> <em>2</em> I recently bought a treadmill and I have been walking 30 min 3-4 days per week. <BR> <BR> So, what diet do I f... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 01:14:50 EST GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE ISSUES I have recently taken a more active role in regard to my rights as a US citizen. I encourage you to sign petitions, and write your representatives on issues, especially those dealing with food safety, health care, women's health, protection of the elderly, and education. YOU can make a difference. As the presidential election nears, our focus is mostly directed there, but I want to remind you change starts right in your home towns and is taken to the Senate. Who we elect for Senate and Co... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 17:47:24 EST COMFORT FOOD FOR DIABETICS I haven't had a chance to look into this yet, but I know as winter is approaching, this is going to be a big issue. Give me some of your favorite comfort foods, and I will try to find ways to make them more healthy! Wed, 29 Oct 2008 17:41:47 EST Healthy Halloween Treats I was trying to think of some treats for my grandsons who are 7 and 9 years old that aren't just candy. I thought that I would give them some peanuts in the shell. I am going to make some popcorn balls tonight and some caramel apples. How does that sound? <BR> Does anyone have any ideas or recipes? Please post them if you do. Wed, 29 Oct 2008 09:43:34 EST REWARDING YOURSELF Once a week I want everyone to take at least 1 hour to do something for yourself for all your hard work during the week. Let us know what you did to reward yourself here. <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 28 Oct 2008 23:24:08 EST Just diagnosed - Type 2 Hi <BR> <BR> Although my doctor had said I was pre-diabetic last year, I was still surprised and shocked when he told me this Friday that I was now diabetic. The A1C measurement wasn't included in my fasting blood test for some reason, however, and now I'm waiting for that to come back, to find out how far this has gone. <BR> <BR> I had already signed up for a local diet plan for managing blood sugar and weight loss, but I haven't been on it long enough to see the effects. I'm hoping th... Sun, 26 Oct 2008 06:02:37 EST Another new member Hi I am Jenny(42) A fulltime working Mom/grandma. I am Insulin resistant and have been on Glucophage for a number of years. I NEED to lose weight. I cannot find time to do anything...guh. anyway I am looking forward to getting to know you all:) <BR> <BR> ~JEnny Thu, 23 Oct 2008 12:35:54 EST TYPE 1 AND GESTATIONAL DIABETES If you are sick and have Type 1 diabetes, or are pregnant and have diabetes you should also test for ketones every 2-4 hours. If you test positive for ketones, are unable to eat/drink, have been vomiting or having diarrhea for over 3 hours call your MD immediately. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 22:30:56 EST DIABETIC MEDICATION AND SICK DAYS <BR> If you are on medications for diabetes, it is especially important to know what to do if you should become sick. Stress on the body, such as an illness, will elevate your blood glucose levels. It is especially important to keep blood glucose levels from getting too high in order to speed the recovery process, but it is also important that your blood glucose levels do not go too low if you are unable to eat/drink and are taking diabetic medications. <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2008 22:10:32 EST GENERAL HEALTH Use this forum for discussions related to all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. If you have diabetes you can use this info to manage it. If you don't have diabetes you can use this info to prevent it. Every 20 seconds an American is diagnosed with diabetes. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 22:03:15 EST TOP WAYS TO FOSTER A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE Here are some ways you can be a role model and encourage those around you to live healthy. <BR> <BR> -Remove temptation foods from the house <BR> -Prepare meals and snacks ahead of time <BR> -Always have water and healthy snacks with you <BR> -Do not eat fast food (except maybe Subway on occasion) <BR> -Have family help grocery shop <BR> -Have family assist in the maintenance of a home garden <BR> -Don't go to grocery store hungry <BR> -Have family help prepare meals <BR> -Eat meals at the ... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 21:05:11 EST TOP WAYS TO LIVE A LONGER LIFE -Always wear your seatbelt <BR> -Don't smoke <BR> -Get your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes a day <BR> -Drink at least 2 liters of water a day <BR> -Eat and drink natural items that come from the earth <BR> -Do not drink soda pop (not even diet) <BR> -Do not eat any fried foods <BR> -Use only olive oil in your cooking (and Canola for baking occasionally) <BR> -Do not eat any type of WHITE carbs <BR> -Replace red meat with turkey, chicken, fish, or pork <BR> -Relax, destress, & have 1 (o... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 15:53:53 EST SUPER FOODS Here is a list of foods that you really should try to incorporate into your meals if at all possible: <BR> <BR> -Salmon, Herring, Mackerel, and Tuna (wild, not farm raised) <BR> -Sardines <BR> -Caviar <BR> -Avocado <BR> -Pumpkin <BR> -Nuts <BR> -Seeds <BR> -Berries (especially blueberries) <BR> -Kiwi <BR> -Red wine <BR> -Beans (especially edamame, chick peas, lima, kidney, red and navy) <BR> -Lowfat cottage cheese <BR> -Lowfat yogurt <BR> -Tomatoes <BR> -Tea <BR> -Turkey <BR> -Tofu <BR> -Soy... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 15:43:24 EST 15 gram carb snacks Can you give me some ideas of 15 gram carb snacks. Thanks! Tue, 21 Oct 2008 16:32:39 EST New Member Just joined today. I am not a diabetic currently, but Diabetes runs in my family and I would like to stay one step ahead of it if I can. I hope by exercising and eating a healthy diet I can remain in good physical shape. I am excited about getting started. Good Luck everyone! Thanks Natalie for asking me to join. Tue, 21 Oct 2008 16:26:11 EST I"m new here I"m new here to sparks people and to this group. I am hoping to learn how to take care of my diabetes . I also would like to lose well over 50 lbs. I just started to use Insulin and take my blood sugars 2 hours after each meal and in the morning. anyways, I "m hoping that we will all become good friends in the days to come. Elizabeth Tue, 21 Oct 2008 15:35:33 EST getting the shakes I thought the shakes were caused by low blood sugar. But I have the shakes today and my sugar was just 226 when I took it. Can high blood sugar also cause the shakiness? Sun, 19 Oct 2008 19:41:06 EST Just Joined Today Just wanted to drop in and say Hello. I was diagnosed in Feb 08. At that time sugar levels were well into 500. Now mostly 100-300 still up and down. Hopefully this will help with motivation. <em>249</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2008 18:04:46 EST Just joined Hi, I am joining this group because I am a diabetic who is trying to lose weight, and decrease Med's. I have been diabetic for 8 years. I find it hard to diet because of schedules and my need to eat what I want. <BR> Thanks for letting me join. <BR> Val Fri, 17 Oct 2008 09:55:18 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 5 Oct 2008 12:15:53 EST Hello from a new member I was released from the hospital yesterday after a week. I went in for what I thought was the flu, and had so many "tests" that I think...well, let's say, most places that have an "in" and an "out" were tested. So, I ended up with diverticulitis. This is not new, I had a bowel resection in December of 2005. Anyway, then "they" decided that I should be tested for diabetes. Yes, I'm obese. Could stand to lose 100#, 5'2", 215 # presently. And they came in the morning, took a poke at my finger... Sat, 27 Sep 2008 16:17:28 EST What did you eat for breakfast? I think breakfast is my favorite meal,but sometimes I don't feel like cooking,and since processed foods are taboo,I spend more time thinking about what I'm gonna eat than just fixing it! <BR> <BR> This morning,since it's getting so late,I will probably have one of those new WW breakfast items...2:15 in the micro and TOTALLY processed! <BR> <BR> Sandy <em>106</em> Fri, 26 Sep 2008 12:13:08 EST LIFE AFTER INSULIN? I still haven't introduced myself,but here's something that I posted on the message boards. I'm a sucker for new teams...especially when a professional is leading. Lots of questions to follow! I'll get around to introducing myself soon!I was "diagnosed" with diabetes,type 2 in 2003. Until recently,I was on 4-500 mg/day. Due to a sudden increase in my blood sugars,I was (finally!) referred to an Endocrinoogist. I have other health issues,and my "diabetes denial" which I suffer from occassional... Thu, 25 Sep 2008 13:56:43 EST Hi ... Sandy here. I'll tell my story tomorrow <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I've been S/P incognito lately. I have good news... <BR> I've lost 35 pounds and it only took me 2 years!!! <BR> More to follow...LOTS! <BR> <BR> Sandy <em>104</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2008 22:37:29 EST Pre diabetic - what do I need to change?! Hi, <BR> I just found out that I'm prediabetic and am very interested in making the changes to stop or hopefully change the direction I'm going! I wasn't told much more than get some exercise and start eating right. Probably works but I really don't understand the "eating right" part. What is right?! Tue, 23 Sep 2008 15:15:03 EST