SparkPeople Newly Diagnosed Diabetics Team Messageboard A place for new diabetics (others welcome!) to learn to navigate through the ins and outs of diabetes, and what you can do to improve your health, lower your blood sugar levels and meds. SparkPeople Newly Diagnosed Diabetics Team Messageboard Does Fat Diet Cause A1c increase? 5.5 to 7.5 Can eating without fats as much as possible (margarine, mayo, lean meat, etc.) and the resulting weight loss cause the A1c to increase? Does it cause the liver to break down fat and kick out sugar instead? Thu, 30 Jul 2020 07:04:51 EST What to eat what not I am so confused. I am trying to create a better meal plan but I am nervous that it is not going to work and I am going to be forced to go on meds. My goal is to control it so I don't have to depend on meds. Thu, 4 Jun 2020 17:58:13 EST Help...vegan or vegetarian meal plans? Hi, I joined like two or three weeks ago, but had a bunch of medical stuff going on, so haven't been able to stick with this at all. I recently found out that I am diabetic, so I am trying to change my diet and lose weight BEFORE my doctor tries to put me on more meds, which I don't want, or even worse, before I have to deal with needles, which I just can't do. When I filled out that really long questionnaire, I answered that I eat vegan and vegetarian meals, but I don't see any of the meal p... Mon, 30 Sep 2019 07:06:14 EST New Here My name is Angie, and I used to be on SparkPeople years ago. It's changed around a lot, and the food tracker looks different. I just found out that I have diabetes, and I am looking for meal plans, not to track food myself. I remember before they used to ask questions like, do you want low salt or low fat, then it would generate meal plans. I can't seem to find that now. Like how to make special meal plans for diabetes, for example, does that still exist? I can turn the meal plans on and off,... Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:22:13 EST Hello Diabetes It happened. After years of being pre-diabetic and not heeding the warnings, I pushed my body over the edge during the holidays. My blood results came back in the diabetic range and now I really do have to lose weight -- like140 pounds. <BR> <BR> My doctor emailed me the results and sent in a script to metformin, but I sent her an email asking if I could try diet only. My fasting glucose was 158 and A1C was 7.3 or 7.5. (I'll have to go back and check.) She wants to see me again in 12 ... Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:46:44 EST Carbs & Holiday eatings at the Feasts <em>213</em> Hi everyone :) <BR> <BR> So, have been pondering the holiday feasts - how will you be eating? Will you increase your carbs for the feast meal? focus on other foods? What will you indulge in? Wondering how people handle the holiday feasts. Do you increase the amount you eat? change the kinds of foods you eat and indulge in more carbs? <BR> <BR> -- I have been using a my plate design for meals and the SP tracker... this is probably the 1st time ever/year that I have wonde... Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:20:40 EST weight fluctuation Hi, My scale is driving me nut. I will weigh in the morning around six, Then each time I get up till about 11. I get up late. and sometimes over a few hours it will go up or down one or two pounds. Today It went down about a pound an hour. I changed the batteries but that wasn't it. I will some times c gain 2-3 pound a day. any ideas, how do you know what weight is right thanks Sat, 29 Sep 2018 12:31:11 EST Glucose Higher After Exercising I'm so frustrated &amp; discouraged. I am newly diagnosed &amp; just got my first glucometer yesterday. I've already tested myself 3 times. At the doctor's office about an hour after eating my glucose was 129. Not bad. I didn't eat the rest of the day &amp; tested myself before having a late dinner: 136. Strange as I didn't have anything to eat, but I don't yet fully understand how my body trends &amp; cycles. This morning I work up &amp; took my glucose again, 157 after having eaten 7 hours ... Thu, 30 Aug 2018 09:40:00 EST Should i worry alot about my blood work results? So I got my results back and from what I see the normal range is 3.5 - 5.5 mmol/L and my levels were 16.8 mmol/L. I haven't talked to my dr yet abut how bad should I be concerned as I apparently have slightly elevated RBC, AST, HDL Cholesterol and very elevated Hemoglobin A1C. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:58:10 EST Sweeteners Ordinary white sugar ... well except for when you are diabetic, not that bad. Although, like all over processed things I tend to shun it because it is so far removed from nature due to over overprocessing. <BR> <BR> Honey ... its natural, the bees make it, it has to be good. Well from a diabetics point of view it might as well be pure sugar, its not much different. In theory a few other extra things in honey that make is healthier, like some anti-oxidants, but the sugar in it for a diabetic... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 00:54:38 EST What did you eat for a main meal- lunch or dinner Lettuce salad blend, canned chicken breast, blue cheese dressing diluted with Apple Cider vinegar, light sprinkle of mixed Mexican cheddar cheese <BR> Tall glass of iced tea with Apple cider vinegar,splash of vanilla, 1/2tsp pumpkin pie spice and Truvia ...some call this Good GMoonshineirl moonshine Thu, 1 Mar 2018 22:57:59 EST diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and on top of that I was told i have high cholesterol and high blood pressure so I went from taking no medications to taking <BR> 1. METFORMIN- for diabetes <BR> 2. PRAVASTATIN- for high cholesterol <BR> 3. HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE- for high blood pressure <BR> 4. ASPIRIN- to prevent heart attacks <BR> 5. FUROSEMIDE- To help with the swelling of my legs feet and hands (diuretic) <BR> 6. POTASSIUM CHLORIDE TABLETS- to help with the cramping in my feet when i walk. <BR> Cramps were so bad I ... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 04:15:43 EST Metformin Metform is a drug that makes your own insulin more effective. <BR> <BR> Insulin is a hormone your body produces in the pancreas, and it releases insulin in an effort to lower blood sugar (high blood sugar is not good). So it rescues you from high blood sugar. <BR> <BR> In type-2 diabetics the cells that listen to this hormone have become desensitized to insulin, and don't listen. So the blood sugar keeps floating around and gets too high. Metformin helps you get blood sugar out of the blood... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:53:38 EST help please I believe my diet is where it should be. 1000 to 1200 cal per day, protein 60- 100, carbs 30 or below, I tend to eat the same things. So why is my fasting blood sugar 120's one day then 150 - 160 the next? I added exercise, at a loss..... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:25:47 EST Steroid-induced diabetes Hi there, <BR> I've had insulin resistance due to PCOS for a really long time--almost two decades. Until last year. I herniated my L5-S1 disk in my back in July of 2015, and since then, I've had three rounds of epidural steroid injections, two rounds of oral steroids, and I'm set to start a fourth round of ESIs at the end of October. As a result of all these steroids to control my back pain (and it's still not completely healed yet), my insulin resistance has tipped over into steroid-induced ... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 15:59:56 EST The absolute basics With nutrition there can be information overload. <BR> <BR> How much protein to eat, but not too much. What about carbs? Isn't fat too high in calories... etc. etc. <BR> <BR> ---------- <BR> But the absolute basics, when you want to get your blood sugar under control, and probably loose weight too, is to cut carbohydrates way way down. All carbs raise blood sugar. So just don't eat them. But wait a minute you say, Isn't that unhealthy? Don't we need carbs? Well if you go to thus page in Wi... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 02:00:27 EST Eating Protein Eating protein is more of a balancing act thsn you might think. <BR> <BR> The recommended daily amount of protein is something around 60 grams: <BR> <link><BR>ein-per-day/ </link> <BR> <BR> Yes it says 0.36 grams a day for each pound of body weight. What if you weigh 300 pounds, that is then 108 grams. You don't need protein to support body fat, you need it to support muscle and mean tissue, so think of your ideal body weight, and use that number of p... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:46:11 EST Eating Carbohydrates It is recognised that carbohydrates raise blood sugar, and that is a problem for diabetics. I'm thinking about type-2 diabetics in this post, who produce insulin, but somehow not enough to keep blood sugar under control. <BR> <BR> There are a few ways to lower blood sugar: <BR> - medication to make existing insulin more effective <BR> - exercise to burn off the carbs and make muscles less insulin resistant <BR> - eat fewer carbs, but eat things that provide calories but with less, or no bloo... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 02:14:57 EST Hi Hi there. I'm Chrys, 37 and was diagnosed with type 2 on July 27. So yeah not good. just a few days ago. I spent the last couple days trying to get things in order and figure stuff out and breaking down more then my fair share. I am lucky I have a friend/sister who lives with me who seems to be more then willing to help me figure stuff out. It's funny. I am overweight but I actively watched my sugar and stayed away from them as much as I could, even eating sugar free breads and everything ... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 13:09:42 EST Fibre I follow the philosophy of Dr. Fuhrman, he's a vegitarian, and I'm not, but one of his ideas is this: <BR> <BR> HEALTH = NUTRITION / CALORIES <BR> <BR> It quantifies the saying "make your calories count". Now sugar has no nutrients, and is pure calories, so it scores the worst. But other things can be compared. My favourite is vitamin C, where green peppers have about 4 times the vitamin c (per calorie) that oranges do. <BR> <BR> A fuzzy equation, but it can help make your choices. <BR> ... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:14:14 EST Working night shift and new baby. I would the night shift and really struggle with my eating and my exercise. All trackers go from midnight to midnight and my life just doesn't work like that. I struggle with snacking at night since we have a candy/snack bin. My husband is newly diagnosed diabetic and I am likely on my way to becoming diabetic, it is just a struggle with my work shift and a 6 month old baby at home. <BR> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:30:06 EST Hi The doctor says I have crossed the magic line between pre=diabetes and diabetes and I see him in a month and talk about meds. So I am buckling down and taking this seriously, more than I have before. Just coming here and writing this is making it all very real. I know I need help being accountable and finding a friend or two on this journey would be great. I swim an hour every day now, that should help as well as the dietary changes I am making. I've taken the first step of what is going... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:19:06 EST Intro Well, it was a matter of time, but I am diabetic. Genetics suck, but to be fair I am a rather big boy, lol. I am nervous about this new change in my life, but I have a good wife, and a strong support structure here, so I will get on with living my life, this is not an end, but a beginning. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 22:17:54 EST Dexcom Has anyone started using this for continuous blood sugar monitoring? I am going to start using it in a week or two, but I am curious if anyone has had experience with it. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:26:24 EST Why me? What now? When you are first diagnosed with type-2 diabetes it can be an emotional shock. <BR> <BR> Why me? Why now? What about everyone else that eat like I've been eating, and they don't have type-2 diabetes? Yes it seems unfair, and it is. <BR> <BR> Well type-2 diabetes is a progressive issue. Your insulin rescue mechanism (to save you from high blood sugar) slowly fatigues, and an an arbitrary line in the blood sugar "sand" you officially are type-2. But ones body has a range of how well it contr... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 13:03:47 EST Metformin - some information Metformin is a drug that makes existing insulin more effective. It does not cause the pancreas to create more insulin, it works with what is already produced. <BR> <BR> Metformin makes cells, both lean cells like muscles, and fat cells, more receptive to "listen" to the insulin and absorb glucose from the blood stream, thus lowering blood sugar. <BR> <BR> The half life of Metformin is about 6 hours. So its effect is within that time frame, in other words almost instantly. Since its effect i... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 08:59:44 EST Maximizing nutrition There is an interesting idea by Dr. Fuhrman, who wrote the book "Eat To Live", and indeed there is a SparkPeople group around this. <BR> <BR> My deviation from Dr. Fuhrman is that he is a vegetarian, and I most certainly eat meat. Indeed I think it takes some work to get your protein when you are a vegetarian. Eating meat make that a non-issue. <BR> <BR> But one idea of his that I really like is his idea: <BR> HEALTH = NUTRITION / CALORIES <BR> <BR> In other words get the most nutrition yo... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:25:32 EST EXERCISE Everything I'm reading says EXERCISE is a major key in getting my diabetes into REMISSION - sounds like cancer doesn't it -- only time I've ever used/seen this word used -- REMISSION. <BR> <BR> Dr. George King (Reverse Your Diabetes in 12 Weeks: The Scientifically Proven Program to Avoid, Control, and Turn Around Your Diabetes) wants me to break out my walking into INCIDENTAL and INTENTIONAL. So now, I'm catching myself saying .... washing clothes is INCIDENTAL ... but me parking further ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:57:48 EST meal planning Hi all - I am still trying to wrap my head around reducing our carbs. I was wondering - what types of meals do y'all eat? I've been on pinterest looking for low carb recipes (atkins, keto, whole 30) and while the net carbs are low, the calories and fat are HIGH! How do you stick to the spark calorie range if you eat low carb? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:23:08 EST Picking Me UP AGAIN GOALS This is a journey .. in my case a long one ... releasing my weight isn't about eating or exercise only. It's about learning how to handle my life better, how to deal with my emotions, how to change behaviors that I don't even realize I have even though I have seen them in action. The last one is the hardest to understand - I've learned that I'm only able to focus on certain goals at one time and the others just have to wait their turn so I have a mantra that says ... IT'S OKAY, RIGHT NOW I... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:24:46 EST Confused Hi all - my husband was recently diagnosed and we have the WORST doctor on the planet - he didn't even tell us to get a monitor 3 months ago when he was diagnosed! He has not told us ANYTHING other than take these 2 meds - not even what his sugar levels are supposed to be. Can anyone tell me the basics about the disease - what are the most important things and we need to do or not do etc. I am researching on the internet but it is very overwhelming. And we just got a call from the pharmacy to... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:58:43 EST Label Reading My goal right now is to (1) Dietary Fiber - 3gr or more; (2) 45 gr carbs for each meal (per dietitian) and of course, lower my sodium intake. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was checking out Kidney Beans at the store and was shocked when I compared the brand names for sodium -- Bush's has 260 mg of sodium ... Joan of Arc - NO SALT ADDED .. has 10. Seriously!!! 10mg!!! and 10 less calories. Although, Fiber is 8g for Bush and only 5g for Joan ... but the sodium is so much lower. <BR> <BR> Questi... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:22:47 EST lowering fasting blood sugar.... Let's say I want to lower my fasting blood sugar. How do I get that done? I've been doing some reading on vinegar capsules at night or a protein snack (such as cheese) at bedtime. <BR> <BR> What have you done that works? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:31:46 EST Potlucks- what to take and what to eat Diabetes is bad enough but, yesterday I went to a family reunion POTLUCK. <BR> <BR> I was starving! Turn out was light this year but, the dishes weren't. <BR> <BR> I took a large vegetable tray, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumber, orange bell pepper, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, baby carrots and some light sour-cream ranch dip. <BR> <BR> Everything at the potluck was full of sugar or pasta. <BR> <BR> I was thrilled to see taco salad,: lettuce, tomato, seasoned meat, cheese, sour-crea... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:21:31 EST Newbie to diabetes Hello all, <BR> <BR> I found out I was a diabetic about 3 mo.s ago. I have felt lousy for a very long time. I'm a non-traditional student who has been struggling to stay on top of things, taking fewer classes, feeling more overwhelmed -thought I was depressed. Nope. <BR> <BR> Blood sugar was ridiculously high. The more rung out I felt the more I went to easy foods- Frozen lasagna and enchiladas -oops! Not the right foods but, I lacked energy and figured I had to eat. <BR> <BR> But, good n... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 10:33:00 EST How many carbs a day I have not really tracked my carbs yet James but have drastically cut them down. How many carbs should I aim for? My 4 year old grandson had surgery today and i brought him to the hospital where his parents met us. It was minor surgery and they both had to work so I took him to his Dads to care for him and will do this again tomorrow. I have been so busy that just eating low carb has been hard but doable. Not great but i did it. <BR> Now i want to learn how to eat a multitude of diff... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:07:33 EST Low Carb Diet I have type2 diabetes which is controlled only by diet, no meds. I know it won't stay that way forever and want to work on it sooner rather than later. I would like to keep it that way and was wondering about a low carb diet. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to start. I would be happy for any suggestions. also any example of a daily meal plan for low carb. <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:28:45 EST Newly diagnosed pre diabetic My Dr retired and I finally went to a new one. He ordered blood work to know where he was starting from with me. To my unhappy surprise it wasnt good. Yes I knew I was overweight but i ignored thar, but I have stage 2 renal failure and that scares me and I am pre diabetic ant that scares me too. I return in a month to check my weight loss and have been advised to start by advoiding white products but I want to learn more. I have a best friend who was jusr diagnosed as a thype 2 diabetic ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:05:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 11 May 2016 19:41:48 EST newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes Was hospitalized about a month ago with a bad infection, during my 2 week stay there I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It was abit of a shocker to me. Now i'm taking insulin every night, checking my sugar everyday(4x) and taking metformin 2x a day. Having issues understanding the whole carb situation. But I guess take it one day at a time. At first when I got out of the hospital I was terrified to give myself my needles, now I can do it without closing my eyes. Tue, 10 May 2016 10:48:24 EST Healthy snacks I don't eat snacks all the time but am looking for ideas for healthy ones when I do eat them. I love fruit, but always Herat about the sugars in fruit. Any ideas? Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:15:27 EST Diabetes 2 and Grave's Disease I was diagnosed with Grave's disease about 10 years ago and took medication for a couple of years until it went away. All symptoms seemed to disappear and tests since have been 'normal' according to my doctor. I went to my GP in January, wondering if my thyroid was playing up again and had become underactive, but she said that once again the tests proved negative. <BR> However, I am pretty sure that the symptoms I'm having now are more down to an underactive thyroid rather than diabetes. I... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:44:16 EST Diagnosed 3 days ago I knew it would come one day, but it is still a shock to my system. Now along with my panic attacks, asthma, and high blood pressure, I can add diabetes. Whoo hoo! More excitement I didn't need Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:53:33 EST new to this group Hi my name is Susan and my families history of diabetes has caught up with me, I probably have had it for a while considering my blood sugar levels are really high. I have just started metformin, but would like to be able to get off of it at some point. I know this will be a hard goal, because I am over weight and with my family history. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:25:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:41:43 EST Learning how to eat right I have really changed the way I eat and it's working. <em>224</em> I've lost 14 lbs since I started on SP in Sept. <em>244</em> . Since I started watching my carbs and sugar I feel so much better. <em>252</em> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:28:34 EST A1c So my doctor said that my A1c level 6.7 is consistent with diabetes and started me on metfortim. <BR> I read on a health site that 7.0 is considered to be the level. So what is the deal with the A1c reading? Just wondering what others experienced. Just trying to wrap my head around this diagnosis. :-( <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:01:31 EST newly diagnosed with glaucoma & type2 diabetes Hi, <BR> A few months ago I got the news about the glaucoma and diabetes. Since then, I've been reading, researching, and talking to people who have one or both. Recently, I experienced information overload and became frustrated because I felt I was spending a large part of my day focusing on finding the proper foods, looking it nutrition information, recording it, then arranging and rearrange the portions or selections to meet a whole list of criteria. Last month I joined a diabetes supp... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 15:50:28 EST Oatmeal question I enjoy a bowl of baked oatmeal with peaches, blueberries and almonds for breakfast at least 4 days a week. I make a batch and have it ready to reheat. Lately I have heard conflicting reports that oatmeal is good for you and others say it is not good for a diabetic to eat a lot of oatmeal. Any thoughts on this, please. <BR> Marge Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:08:55 EST Hi Hi, my name is Marge and I have Type 2 diabetes. I joined this team in the summer, but it didn't seem very active and I see it is more active now. I have had Type 2 diabetes for a number of years only controlled by diet. I thought joining a team like this would give me new incites and ideas & new info to help me along. I have been trying to eat healthier, low carb meals these days as I would like to continue being off meds. I just retired and hope I will have more time to get out and walk, e... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:02:59 EST Introducing myself to team Hi everyone! I'm Connie a retired Nurse and I have just been Dx with Diabetes Type 2. I joined SP a few yrs ago and was doing great but somehow drifted away. So when I was diagnosed with DM I thought what better place to get info on diet and great SP friends that more than willing to help <em>100</em> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 18:35:45 EST Hi everyone hi everyone my name is bubbles (yes its a nick name because I love bubble baths lol) <BR> <BR> sorry for the long post but I wanted to give as much info as I could so maybe someone can help me. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed in March of this year my A1c was 11.4 it may have been higher but my eye dr told me I may have a problem in Feb so I started cutting out sugar and tracking my calories I weighed about 260.By the time I saw the dr I had lost 13 lbs and was down to 247. I was terrified becaus... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 23:24:11 EST New to team My name is Marge and I have Type 2 diabetes. I've had it for a while and have been able to control it with diet only so far. I hope to get to know you and share support, motivation,friendship, recipes and advice. Feel free to stop by my Sparkpage so we can get to know one another. <BR> Marge <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:44:04 EST Tips on low carb foods I am struggling with how to eat. I am trying to control my diabetes with diet and exercise as every time I am prescribed a medication, the bad side effects cause me to have to take another! For example, I was mis-diagnosed with COPD (when what I had was stressed induced Asthma) and prescribed ADVAIR. This caused my blood pressure to go up so I was put on blood pressure meds. The kind the doctor gave me had a side effect of raising my blood sugar. I didn't know for a year and now have full-fl... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13:37:04 EST Blood Sugar My doctor told me to check my blood sugar in the morning before I eat, but I tend to forget. Does anyone have any ideas to help me remember to test it before I eat, and if I <BR> do forget how long after breakfast should I wait? Is it 2 hours after I eat? I know I can test it throughout the day so what's the rule of thumb? Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:49:52 EST New to this team and Diabetes Hello everyone! My name is AuntieLan! I hope everyone is doing well with there diabetes. I'm so far doing good. I'm not sure about if I am diabetic or not. My numbers are good. My last A1C was 6.3 which I was told is good. There was a time when it was 6.7. My question is. Once a diabetic always a diabetic? Some person told me that I can become non Diabetic. I'm kind of confused. Can anyone clear up my confusion? I'm just assuming that I have this. I talked to a nurse, and she just... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:50:55 EST trying to figure it out After a really long year and a half of caring for family, and totally ignoring my own health, I am now a full blown diabetic. I am working hard to get back on track now that things have settled down in the family department. I am tacking my sugars, and trying to eat correctly, I have broken my soda habit. <BR> <BR> Something I am finding difficult is handling the sweet tooth, and not being able to use artificial sweeteners. They make my fibromyalgia go insane. I can handle Agave physically, ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:34:27 EST Blood sugar reading from the side of the finger I just saw a few posts about taking your own blood sugar. <BR> <BR> The catapult like little machines make it pretty easy, and I hate needles. But what I've found that works for me is to poke myself in the side of the finger, close to the finger tip, but not the tip itself. <BR> <BR> There are less nerves there, plus the little wound heals easier because it is off to the side as you use your fingers, not right there on one of the tips. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 01:53:02 EST New to this site Hello, I was diagnosed with diabetes not too long ago but have found it difficult to get into the swing of things. I am not afraid of changing my eating habits because I already look after my diabetic husband. But now that we are both in the same boat I need to work harder in looking after me so that I can look after him. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 09:46:49 EST Metaformin Question! I had my first appointment ever with the Endo doctor today. I told her that the Metaformin 500mg once in the morning and once in the evening both with meals was giving me heartburn and a sore stomach and that when I tried to take the 850 mg it gave me such a horrible stomach ache that I had to take Zantac and that hardly helped. So, I went back to the 500mg twice a day. She said it wasn't the Metaformin that I have GERD and to keep taking the Metaformin and to start taking Prilosec instead of... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:00:14 EST Angry and frustrated! My husband went to the doctor...........was told to fast and they would do a blood draw. He did, they said pain in his leg was due to a stretched/pulled muscle, put heat on it........ok, so he left, came home and did just that. <BR> <BR> The phone was the doctor's office. Told him that he has diabetes and that they had called a script in to the pharmacy. ????!!!! I picked up the meds, he started taking them. One pill in the morning, one in the evenin... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:24:36 EST help I was diagnosed several years ago with Type 2 and I was able to stay off meds by eating healthy and staying active. I had surgery last winter and I’m still having trouble being active again, needless to say, my A1C is now at a point where the doctor just prescribed oral meds. I am so upset and depressed and I have been mentally torching myself since. I am so confused on how many carbs to eat at each meal and how many to try and stick to for the whole day. TOTALLY CONFUSED!!!!! <BR> Depression... Wed, 6 May 2015 14:33:56 EST Hello All! New to the team. Hello all. I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago yesterday with rapid onset type 2 diabetes. Started with a fasting glucose of 351 and am as of today down to 129!!! I have been on a low carb diet and see my diabetic educator (who happens to be a friend from nursing school) tomorrow. I am taking Metformin and injectable insulin at this time, my primary care provider is hoping to get me off the injectable insulin, and I do to. Not that injecting myself is really that horrible becau... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 12:47:08 EST how are you treated? When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes no one seemed at all concerned about it. My endocrinologist just gave me some scripts , did blood tests, took vitals and sent me out the door. No dietetic councelling, no books, no information, nothing. I ended up injecting .2 insulin all month instead of 20 so my blood sugar remained sky high all month. I did not know any better! My husband doesn't seem the least concerned about how I feel or what this is doing to me. I can hit a low blood sugar star... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:08:38 EST I am doing a little better I am doing better with my carbs count. I have two portions of milk per day and no more than two portions of carbs in the form of sweet potato and brown rice. I rarely eat fruit, but am starting a bunch of free veggies or non starchy veggies. I am learning to not eat any carbs at night. My blood glucose was 231 today instead of my normal 254. <BR> <BR> I get an average of around 60 carbs per day if I am successful in following this eating plan. <BR> <BR> I vow to go to the gym at least tw... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:19:36 EST How do I handle my birthday? Hi...I'm newly diagnosed with diabetes type II... my birthday is coming up on Feb.'s before meeting with my doctor... how should I handle it? What should I eat? Any suggestions? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:54:20 EST Kicking myself I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes a few years ago but thought I could beat it with diet & exercise but that never happened. About 6 months ago I started having trouble with my vision. Finally my eye Dr. ordered a fasting blood sugar which was 273 and my a1c was 10.1 now I have type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> I am mad at myself for not taking care of myself sooner to prevent this from happening because I knew I was at risk being 100 + lbs overweight, having a family history, etc. <BR> <BR> I a... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 15:28:36 EST Couple of questions Hi, team! <BR> <BR> There are a couple of things I've been wondering about, and I thought I'd call on your knowledge and experience. Any help very much welcomed! <BR> <BR> 1. Do carb/sugar cravings go along with diabetes? I've had those cravings for many years and have tried to give up sugar several times, always having a big backlash and backsliding. <BR> <BR> 2. I'm a recovering alcoholic, sober for 28 years, and I know that alcohol is like sugar when it gets into the system. When I sto... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 06:41:41 EST Hi, I'm Sue I just joined this team, and it looks like there's a ton of support and great information here. I got some lab results back that show me in the diabetic range: A1C 6.6, EAG 143. I guess it's not just a fluke, because I had a similar result about a year ago, but the doctor I had then didn't make much of it (I don't think she was very good!). <BR> <BR> I'm feeling kind of scared and down about it. I need to lose about 40 pounds, but my exercise is really good. Haven't seen the doctor yet to t... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:32:03 EST 10 things My name is Cathy. Call me Cass. <BR> 10 things about myself? <BR> I love my cat Morphy <BR> I love cheeseburgers <BR> I like to read <BR> I like to sing <BR> I want to lose weight <BR> I want to be healthy <BR> I like to walk <BR> I smoke <BR> I eat the wrong foods Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:01:37 EST Saying Hi. Just joining group. I am told I have diabetes. I guess I am still in denial. I bought a meter to start reading my blood sugar. I want to dedicate myself to keeping it low and losing weight. <BR> <BR> I am going to focus on this one group instead of 10 other teams like I attempted to do in the past. <BR> <BR> I hope to be an active member of this group and look forward to interacting with everyone. <BR> <BR> Have a great week!!!! <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:48:45 EST New member Hi, I've just been diagnosed with pre diabetes, I'm struggling with carbs, either too much or when I try to cut back, too little. I am controlling this with diet, I love to cook, so experimenting with different foods, it is a learning process. I'm disable and exercise is difficult, no walking or running, no aerobics, need some help there Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:42:53 EST how important are snacks I tend to forget to eat snacks mostly because I don't seem to get hungry between meals plus I drink lots of water during the day and I think that reduces the hunger. <BR> <BR> Still working out what to eat and sometimes I have fallen off the wagon and other times have slipped from making a food choice I thought was good and it wasn't..... beginners mistake. <BR> <BR> Ice cream is my downfall but I am going to try the frozen banana, whizzed until it is like ice cream receipe. I know banana ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:33:19 EST Newly Diagnosed and Struggling - Help I was diagnosed as a Type two diabetic earlier this month (9/2). Went in for my followup with my doctor and it was a joke, spent less than 10 minutes with me and told me she'd see me in 3 months. <BR> I have been following the very vague diet plan that she put me on 1800 calories and 8 units of carbs a day (was told a unit was 15g), and have lost 7 pounds so far but am really struggling. <BR> My starting sugars were 270 and I'm averaging in the 150's now but can't seem to get that any lowe... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:23:00 EST ymca diabetes classes My first class was tuesday. They introduced the course and told us what would happen at all the rest of the meetings, if we have three sessions with a personal trainer, which is free with the class, we can get a y membership free for another month. I saw my trainer today and used the exercise bike and was shown how to use the circuit training room. I like it so far. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:38:34 EST Hello :) As of this morning I have been officially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. No surprise to me, I've known this was the case for some time now. <BR> <BR> I've begun educating myself and figuring out from my readings what dietary approach works best for me, and for now I am going low carb. Unfortunately grains of any kind are causing spikes, so my dr. agreed that it's best I avoid them for now. <BR> <BR> I'm beginning my regimen of Metformin tonight, with one 500mg pill and will continue that... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:44:18 EST Hi. Hello... I'm not very good at talking about myself, so I'll keep this short. <BR> <BR> I just turned 30 on June 2nd and this past Thursday, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. To be perfectly honest, I'm more than a little freaked out and overwhelmed. I also got hit with high blood pressure at that appointment, which took me more by surprise than the diabetes diagnosis. <BR> <BR> Mostly, I just look at all the information and feel overwhelmed, wondering where to start. My reading was ove... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:51:56 EST Taking in enough good nutrients is HARD WORK! My doctor told me 1500 calorie with 200 g cholesterol and lower trans fat. My problem is getting the food in my mouth. I am just never really hungry, For me eating has always been like a chore. So I am just following the exchange diet he gave me, I have too eat so much food that I am overwhelmed. But it is my lack of nutrients that brought me to this unhealthy / obese state. <BR> <BR> As I been logging I seem to staying near or under the 150 g carbs and under 100 g total fat with zero tran... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:36:22 EST Just Introducing myself I have lost 55lbs this past year and am at a stand still. With diabetes, high cholesterol and an under active thyroid this has been a battle. However it's a battle I am determined to win! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 15:56:47 EST Difficulty Gaining Weight: Food Suggestions Please Hello. I was diagnosed Type2 about 6 weeks ago with a critically high A1C (was 15, now 13) and cholesterol. Doc has me on a severe diet until A1C and cholesterol get to safer levels: very few carbs (no rice, pasta, potatoes, bread), 1-1/2 fruits per day, lean meats, lots of veggies. But, she also wants me to gain weight since I'm at the very bottom of my recommended weight range and BMI. The Metformin curbed the weight loss and constant hunger occurring at the time of diagnosis. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 19 May 2014 15:30:38 EST Can we do a challenge? I really don't see any challenges posted on this team and was wondering if we could do a challenge. I was thinking something like how many miles did you bike, walk, run etc. this week or it could be a fitness minutes challenge. Just a thought! Wed, 7 May 2014 18:16:37 EST Hello I was diagnosed last week. I'm trying to find a way that this isn't so, but I got my blood glucose testing kit today, set it up, and did my first test. My mother was diabetic, as were all her sisters, and I have been caring for a diabetic loved one for several years, but I thought I had escaped getting the family disease since I had made it all the way to my 70th birthday diabetes free. I'm still hoping this is just a stress-triggered temporary episode like gestational diabetes, but I thin... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:40:04 EST No Engergy? I am fairly new to the pre-diabetic world. I am taking one metformin a day and I don't think it is enough. My sugar is still high in the morning and I want to take a nap all the time. Escpecially around 2 p.m. in the afternoon. I started taking B12 injections this past week hoping it would give me more energency and I have had zero energy boost from it which is not normal. No sure what to do as I don't have another doctors appointment for 4 more weeks for my bloodwork. UGHHHH Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:50:40 EST Nausea My metformin was increased to 1000 mg 2x a day from 500 mg - I'm having some really bad nausea and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions to help? Right now Alkaseltzer helps but I'm really not comfortable taking it due to my other medication for GERD - I have had underlying nausea for the last few months that is on the list my doctor is working on but right now she is focusing on the diabetes and a new heart issue and nausea isn't high on her list which I get but for the 2 hours, at le... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 08:49:46 EST Pre-breakfast blood sugar readings Does anyone have a suggestion on how to lower my morning reading? it is always the highest of the day. I take Metformin with dinner usually at 6. Last morning reading was 215- very high. I am at about 140 other times of the day. Thanks for help. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:26:04 EST Brand New Diagnosed with Type 2 10 days ago. Not much info from the dr yet as he's more worried if I still have Thyroid cancer. (Thyroid removed Oct '12.) <BR> <BR> Anyway some basic questions; how much of the following each day: <BR> <BR> Carbs <BR> Sodium <BR> Fiber <BR> Sugars (I use Sweet & Low) <BR> Fat <BR> Cholesterol <BR> Protein <BR> <BR> I'm on one 500 mg Metformin pill a day <BR> <BR> Good, filling breakfasts? <BR> <BR> Other help/hints appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:52:29 EST Another cure -- ..etc. Cure and prevent diabetes mellitus with diet, not drugs <BR> <BR> Conventionally, as diabetics are more at risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular complications, they are advised to eat 'healthily' and treated with a diet based on carbohydrates — bread, pasta, cereals and "five portions of fruit and vegetables a day". They are also told to cut down their fat intake. <BR> <BR> dot html <BR> <BR> ......The current state of the diabetic diet is in f... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:41:27 EST Found it - a cure? maybe --- I found it -- i think I found something that may work for me in the long term... <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>ure-diabetes dot html <BR> <BR> new goal aic between 4.0 and 6.0 .. <BR> <BR> I am wishfully thinking its going to be lower than it was in dec 2013 (6.7) <BR> <BR> Even though i think i now have lost 15 lbs since i found this out on jan 6 .. <BR> <BR> There is NO way I am going to take those stupid diabetic meds - not if I can find a way with e... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:01:08 EST Good news and less exciting news at dr. today So that great news is my A1C dropped from 9.3 to 6.1. The dr took me off one of the meds <BR> Also good news is my BP went from 132/85 3 mos ago to 116/74 today <BR> <BR> Not so good - my cholesterol did not drop significantly so I now need to go on cholesterol meds <BR> AND I only lost 1 lb in a month. <BR> <BR> I think someone is rationing my goodies Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:16:50 EST got a news.article in email As if we don't have enough crap to worry about <BR> <BR> The big d <BR> people are at higher risk for dementia <BR> Well if I forget who I am ....who is to say that is a bad thing lol <BR> <BR> And people with the big d have 85% chance of getting pancreatic cancer <BR> <BR> What is the point of reading about <BR> this when it seems to me this is all doom and gloom <BR> <BR> What is the point??? Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:49:55 EST got a news.article in email As if we don't have enough crap to worry about <BR> <BR> The big d <BR> people are at higher risk for dementia <BR> Well if I forget who I am ....who is to say that is a bad thing lol <BR> <BR> And people with the big d have 85% chance of getting pancreatic cancer <BR> <BR> What is the point of reading about <BR> this when it seems to me this is all doom and gloom <BR> <BR> What is the point??? <BR> <BR> Just makes me more paranoid I gonna get something.... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:48:24 EST Does taking Metformin mean I am Diabetic? I was told it was to help make it easier for me to loose weight. All I heard was pre-diabetic, but people at work have told me that if I am on Metformin than I am diabetic. I was told by the registered diatician that I should check my blood a couple times a week to see if I can find a pattern of what elevates my blood sugars. Now I am not sure if I need to test every day or get a new doctor. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:54:13 EST Hello - just diagnosed My name is Ada, I've been with Spark people for a while, sometimes successfully and sometimes (ok, a lots of times) not. My father's side of the family, he was the youngest of 13, all have diabetes. Last month, for the first time (ironically right after turning 40 none the less) my blood work came back with me as diabetic. Other things came back wrong as well and so I'm on a bit of a roller coaster. I was diagnosed because I took a biometric screening at work, the nurse practitioner diagn... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:39:43 EST Forgetting to take my meds So I am the worlds worst person to remember to take my meds. I had to get an implant because I could not remember to take birth control. I have a vitamin organizer in my bathroom so I remember to take my vitamins and allergy pills in the morning. My doctor wants me to take metaformin with my evening meal. Problem is I don't remember. I have forgotten it now twice this week. I can't leave the pills on the table because I have dogs that like to get up there. I am wondering would it hurt ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:30:46 EST Just curious... .responses to diabetes I was at work yesterday and one of my co-workers came around and asked if I would like a brownie. When I told her I no, I need to stay away from that stuff. She asked me why. Not that it was any of her business, but I told her I was diabetic. She may have been trying to be funny, but it kind of put me off....she gave me "tisk" and said oh brother and walked away! Maybe she doesn't know much about diabetes, but I was just surprised by it considering she has a major medical condition and ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 18:31:12 EST Losartan My endocrinologist just put me on a drug called "Losartan". The med-sheet says it's for high blood pressure, which I don't have---I have *nearly* medically low blood pressure. <BR> <BR> He has bad handwriting, so it could have been a mistake. <BR> <BR> He was trying to put me on a drug that's preventative for kidney damage that "all diabetes patients go on". <BR> <BR> <BR> Is anyone else on this?????? <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:40:40 EST Meters? Does it matter what kind of meter you get? I am sure some are quite simple and others you can plug into an iphone and download info. I wouldn't mind that to download onto a computer....I don't have an iphone. I see there are offers to get a free meter and some are rather cheap in price. It is the test strips and lancets that cost money. <BR> <BR> I called my health insurance company and was told they would only cover one brand....Lifescan One Touch. I have to get this if I want my insu... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:33:07 EST New to group and just diagnosed I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes this week. Feeling very lost and alone. I let this happen. I was diagnosed with Pre-diabetes a couple of years ago. I knew where I was heading. Now I have to pay the consequences. My doc is putting me on high cholesterol meds as well. Right now, I don't have to take insulin, but I have to check my blood sugars 2x a day. I get the meter and stuff on Monday and attend the diabetes class. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:42:55 EST introduce myself to team. My name is Laurie, I just had a heart attack and had to have a stent put in my lad artery, I also found out I have gone from pre diabetes to diabetes and I have to take Metformin and count the carbohydrates also. This makes it a little complicated because I have to cut down on carbs and sodium and cholesterol and fats all at once. I am keeping track of everything I eat. I need some recipes for low sodium homemade soup. All of the canned soups even the ones that are low sodium have too much s... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:10:16 EST dash diet and dentist This year just gets better every day arggg <BR> dr said dash diet no sugar 5o g carbs <BR> Most all.foods have sugar? The oramge I had was wrong to eat <BR> <BR> Dentist saud mercury filings ceacked must b removed ! <BR> See dietician later today <BR> how am I gonna do this? Its soo much overwhelmed Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:18:24 EST getting A1C below 6 is it possible to get this number down ? <BR> if a person is at 6.7 and on the meds (ick) <BR> doing my exercising starting at 10 min a day -- <BR> meeting dietician - on tues <BR> <BR> my plan is not end up with kidneys not working <BR> got lymphedema that should go away and get my skinny ankles back <BR> like i had prior to getting tothe over 200lb mark :( in 2001 and then some more <BR> <BR> even if i drop pounds i think i will be on meds forever :( and all the wonderful symptoms t... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:29:17 EST Every Day is Day #1 When trying to re-introduce cane syrup-included low sugar foods, it does not work ... <BR> <BR> When trying to regain avoirdupois weight (via getting stronger), it does not work ... <BR> <BR> Just when I'd thought I could put some weight back on ... <BR> if I keep it up, my glucometer edges back upward. <BR> <BR> I am using the American Endocrinological Association guidelines, and not the more lax American Diabetes Association guidelines ... <BR> simply because I tend on inflammation and h... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:42:22 EST Help - i dont know what to eat - when to eat . started taking metaform the D pill - on tuesday <BR> i got high cholosteral .. high blood pressure -- lymphedema (swollen legs) <BR> <BR> dr told me eat a low glycemic diet ?? what --- <BR> i dont see a dietician . till feb 3 -- so am muddling my way -- till then <BR> <BR> this is soo ridiculous -- my blood pressure is up to 174/100 -- ... <BR> <BR> he says its okay for now ? what -- before i started taking the metaform -- on tues - it was perfect -- in the 130/80 range and i was onl... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 08:57:38 EST Just diagnosed with diabetes I am not new to diabetes as it does run in my family, but it is new to me. Just received notice today that my A1C was high and that a prescription was sent in, but I want to see if there is something cheaper the dr can put me on. New year, new higher deductible to meet on my medical/rx coverage. The script was going to cost me nearly $300. Ouch!! I cannot afford this as I am already struggling financially. Also they are ordering me the glucometer and classes to attend. I also picked up... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:39:01 EST Diagnoses pending Well I have not had my official visit with the doctor that is January 22 for her to give me the news but I know what it will be. I had gestational diabetes when I was preganant 10 years ago. I gained 30 pounds last year putting me at my highest weight yet fo 230. My sugar readings in the morning after waking are in the 130's. I am hoping I will be able to control it with diet like I did when I was pregant, not sure if I can convence the doctor though. My Mom, both Grandma's, my great Gran... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:06:00 EST New and Lost I was recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes and have no idea what to eat or anything. I spent 1,000 on classes but I also had a stroke a few years ago and forget everything. I forget to even take medicines. Can someone tell me where to get written diet plan/grocery list so I cannot forget any thing. <em>39</em> I need to lose my gained weight. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:29:01 EST Glucose meters New to this and would like to ask everyone what glucose meter they like??? Thu, 5 Dec 2013 18:31:27 EST diabetic cookie and cake recipes?? Hi, <BR> I'm looking for some cookie or cake recipes for Christmas that are diabetic-friendly. I did some looking online but thought I`d come here because I`m fairly newly diagnosed diabetic and still not really sure about what I can and can`t have during the holidays. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. My parents-in-law will also be visiting for about a week during the holidays and my father-in-law is also diabetic. I would like to have some sort of cookies or cake or dessert. Idea... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:39:52 EST After lunch 177 - not good Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:13:51 EST Newly Diagnosed and Diet changes I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 and Hypothyroidism on Thursday and put on Metformin Synthroid, and a 1500 calorie ADA diet. I'm completely overwhelmed. I'm on day 2 of the ADA diet and I'm starving.. How long does it take before I'm not hungry all time? What can I do to help the hunger pangs? <BR> <BR> PLEASE HELP! Sat, 26 Oct 2013 16:11:52 EST Craving carbs!!!!! Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I've spent all night just craving and craving and craving carbs!! My g/r was 13.9 so I know I can't have any but I can't stop the cravings!! What do I do when that happens?? Sat, 26 Oct 2013 01:06:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:01:11 EST Newly Diagnosed w/ Diabetes. Hi. Back at it. Been away since 2009. Glad to be back on SparkPeople. I'll be 50 yrs old in May 2014. I'm at my highest weight- 283 lbs. I am 5 days in to my new lifestyle. Counting Cals, Carbs, Cholesterol, and Protein. Doing ok on 3 out of 4. Cholesterol is a hard one. I have a question: if I am to stay at 300 per day cholesterol and eat eggs it jumps up to 450 quick. Is eggs good cholesterol? not really huh? <BR> <BR> I have: <BR> - Bi Polar <BR> - Hypertension <BR> - sleep apnea <BR> - h... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:21:15 EST Diagnosed 5 hours ago ….. PLEASE HELP I got the call from the nurse at the doctor’s office. She said they were going to call in some medication for me because my AC1 was too high (8.4) . I asked what that was. She said it’s the diabetes test. I was confused and asked if I had it? She said yes. She said you are going to have to start checking your blood, and take this medication. <BR> <BR> That’s all I know. <BR> <BR> She also said my Vitamin D is way too low, and my liver is having issues as well. I wonder if they are r... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:10:41 EST HI Hi Everyone. I am 40 year old in the UK and was diagnosed with type 2 in July this year. To be honest I was expecting it at some point as both parents have it but I wasn't expecting it just yet. <BR> <BR> Even though I have lived with it for a good 15 year or so, I am feeling like I haven't a clue what I am supposed to be doing. Currently I am trying to control it by diet and exercise and due to go back for blood tests in October. I really don't want to go on meds but I know that is wher... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:51:28 EST Coffee Creamer I need your feedback on coffee creamer. I'm not a big coffee drinker but it is the highlight of my mornings, I look forward to coming to work and having my one cup of coffee with creamer. The problem is that it adds a lot of calories, carbs and sugar to my day. I want to be able to use something else to make my coffee taste delicious but I can't quiet figure it out. What works for you? Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:33:55 EST Newly Diagnose ....More annoyed than I expected. Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team and thought I'd introduce myself with my little story as I suspect I'm not the only one in my boat. Ha, it's probably a cruise ship sized boat and I just can't see the rest of you guys yet, lol. I was recently diagnosed with Diabetes and I guess I probably expected it to be a way more dramatic when other people hear bad news. The diagnosis actually crept up on me, much like the disease did. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with PCOS severa... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 14:00:47 EST A Scary Diagnosis I am accustomed to bad news at the doctor's office, but for some reason this last diagnosis really frightens me. My grandmother had type two diabetes, and her sister died of type one. Am I alone in feeling it is hard to know what to do? Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:09:38 EST newly diagnosed. 34, F, Indiana: Diagnosed Type 2 about 4 weeks ago. Was told pre-diabetic about a year and half ago. After a week of headaches, dizziness and sudden blurry vision, I thought to check my sugar since I have the monitor already. Reading was "HI", which according to the manual meant over 500! Went to the doctor and starting to get things in check. Yesterday was my first reading under 200 since. <BR> <BR> I am super frustrated with the whole thing. I'm a very picky eater and basically ever... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:12:27 EST Metformin I have been on a 500 mg of metformin for almost two years My dr Uppped me to 2000 a day now the problem I have is that it is tearing my stomach to pieces . Is their another med that I could talk to him bout I cant take this much longer? <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 12:29:12 EST Anyone on Bydureon? I am newly diagnosed as of May 29. I started on Kombligize and then after a month of that I was moved to Bydureon injections once a week along with metformin 2000mg a day. It's tearing me up. Has anyone had side effects from the Bydureon? Thyroid tumors are kind of scary. It has also been known to help with weight loss.. <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:26:46 EST Blood glucose monitors I have been wondering about Blood glucose monitors what kind does every one have & what do you like/dislike about them. Thu, 30 May 2013 20:31:00 EST This is overwhelming for me I don't understand one thing about diabetes. <BR> Was just called by the doc's office and told that I have a bad diabetes, that I will have to take pills twice a day, prick my fingers two or three times a day (another insult for my already painful arthritic hands) and to top it all off, have to take insulin twice a day!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am truly upset.Still don't know what to eat, don't feel like running to the store every day to try and figure it out. I can't drink or eat diet foods be... Thu, 30 May 2013 13:53:31 EST now what? I was just told by my doctor in April that I have diabetes. can any one tell me what I should expect now. Will I be put on a strict diet? will they do lots more test before deciding if I need to be on medication? How long does this normally take? Sat, 25 May 2013 20:08:18 EST Body going crazy.. not diagnosed. I'm kind of concerned. My body has been going crazy and while I've been to the ER, they blew me off. <BR> A few weeks ago I put in my contacts and I couldn't see. so I figured my RX changed and called the eye doctor. When I got there he said my eyes actually improved which was odd since I have been pretty consistant. Anyways- he said that when things like this happen could be related to sugar levels in the blood. I left the eye doctor and went to my local drug store for a free blood screenin... Tue, 21 May 2013 10:57:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 19 May 2013 22:17:01 EST Old and scared I don't know where to write on these message boards so here I am, <BR> 63, lots of health problems That I am managing with lots of pain, practically a Parent to 1 w/4 grandchildren, in my old age, All grand children have medical problems,financial problems (every day thinking of where the funds are coming from (helping to substitute when the daughter's X hubbie doesn't pay child support which is every 3 months), I quit smoking 6 months ago, which no one cares about except to be able to harra... Fri, 17 May 2013 15:24:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 16 May 2013 15:46:30 EST chocaholic to healthaholic Hello everyone, i am 53 and even knowing my risks of getting diabetes... i ate and ate. I work 10hr. days and am tired after work . I need to work..walk! That will be my challenge. I am learning about carbs and grams.. and go online for info all the time.I am scared that i won't be able to do this. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:41:43 EST I am still overeating g...please help! Hi..... I'm new to the boards and diabetes -- just diagnosed the end of February 2013. The doctor said it was pre-diabetes, but my bs numbers are in the diabetic range I understand. Either way, I'm having problems. I weigh 326 -- losing 15 lbs since that appointment in February. My goal is 150, since I am 58 and don't expect to weigh what I did in high school. <BR> <BR> I've been able to follow the diabetes management program on Sparkpeople, but I have problems at night, after dinner with ov... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 01:04:20 EST Found out today that i'm a diabetic....Now What? I went to the doctor today and saw the wrong doctor. While I was there I look at my last A1C test. It read 6.8 I was floored. I really didn't expect to see that. Then I looked at prior test results. I had a 7.2 (which I knew about) and a 7.1 in my file. At no time did my doctor say anything about those test (I guess since i'm heavy they naturally thought I knew I had it). So now I need to navigate to find answers to try to live better. I knew someone who had it and I did research to help me c... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:34:56 EST Cortisone and diabetes? A physical therapist wants me to get cortisone shots for my tendonitis. She (and some doctors) deny that there's any connection with diabetes. She claimed that cortisone *lowers* blood sugar. But everything I've read says the opposite. <BR> <BR> Yes, veterinarians aren't people doctors. But our dog got cortisone shots for her allergies, and eventually she went diabetic. The vet said that cortisone elevates blood sugar, and while it usually comes down eventually, sometimes it doesn't. ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:03:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:55:09 EST nanak45 My morning blood sugar this am was 69 and I ate over 3500 calories yesterday. <BR> My usual am has been 89 lowest and usually 98 to 120 <BR> should I be concerned??? <em>303</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 13:08:19 EST Hi my name NANAK45 Hi my name is Kathy and I am new to posting so forgive the spelling errors and typos. I was diagnosed a year ago at AIC of 10.00 and blood glucose of 270 and only weighed 154. I have lost a few pounds and am now between 145 and 148 and am taking metformin 2 x a day now latest dose is 400 am and 850 pm and latest AIC was 6.3 and this am blood glucose was 89 and today at 5 it was 80 cause I did not get a snack at 3. I plan on tracking what I eat and my blood glucose for the next week cause I... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:19:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:13:01 EST Reading Recommendations Did anyone go to the library and check out all the books on diabetes? Do you have a favorite, a go-to book that your could recommend? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 04:02:45 EST Any Vegetaria ns/Vegans here? I'm trying to make a change to become vegetarian and eventually vegan. <BR> My problem at the moment is getting enough protein and not using beans, TVP or tofu every day. Fat is under my goal too. <BR> I'd be grateful for any suggestions & tips. <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:54:27 EST Anyone on Glimepiride Wondering if anyone is taking glimepiride to lower blood sugar? Dr put me on it instead of metformin due to being misdiagnosed several years and a different dr put me on it and I got really sick from it. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if it is supposed to drop your sugar a lot or is it gradual? Mine is slowly going down but isn't exactly what I expected. do I have the wrong mindset about it or is this the way it is supposed to work? Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:22:05 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:54:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 11 Sep 2012 18:16:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:20:17 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:21:21 EST I'm excited... I had my first A1C test since I was diagnosed. I went from 7.4 to 5.5 in three and a half months with diet changes (no pasta, potatos, rice and very little bread) and a supplement called Level Right. I have also lost 20 pounds which I didn't think was possible with thyroid issues that I have. I have been riding a bicycle for 5 miles at a time, most days. I am walking more and trying to be active as much as possible during the day time. I will see my endocrinologist Thursday of this week ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:55:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:38:46 EST silly question... Does brushing your teeth first thing in the morning before testing fasting blood glucose raise your numbers? Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:41:21 EST Life's so sweet it gave me diabetes I walked into my doctor's office yesterday as a new patient after being hospitalized after a car accident and needing someone I could follow up with. At the hospital they mentioned my blood sugar was 200, so my doctor took a quick test with a glucometer and I registered 313. I admitted to having 2 buckeye balls and an english muffin with cheese within an hour before, but it was still high. <BR> She had me get a test right there saying if the result was 6.5 or above I was to get a glucometer ... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 19:59:50 EST newbie...Is this for real? Hi all, Im new to this group, and I was diagnosed two days ago...I've always loved and probably abused sugar, but this diagnosis just doesnt sit right with me. I'm taking it seriously, anyway, if nothing else it is the most motivation I've ever had to change my ways, but I'm hoping maybe some of you can help me answer some questions. <BR> <BR> My first question is did your doctor do a fasting glucose test before diagnosing you? My doctor didn't. He just looked at my labs from a week earli... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:46:38 EST nutella Does anyone know if Nutella is good or bad for diabetics? I have a whole jar and don't know what to do with it. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:23:52 EST Type 2 and Heredity Hi, <BR> I am new to diabetes as of late March. My numbers were fairly low...I am not on meds, doc wanted to put me on something, but I said no, I would work on diet and exercise. Well, now it is 4 months later...Tuesday I will get results of new blood work. March was 102 fasting BS, and A1c was 6.7. I followed the foods pretty well, but only lost a few lbs. I am not happy with myself about the exercising, fell fall short. So, now, before I go back to doc, I have decided I will still no... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:36:48 EST Newly Diagnosed--need nutrition help! Hi all! <BR> I'm newly diagnosed as diabetic. I was on steroids due to itching for several weeks & the dr thinks that this has thrown me into diabetes. For right now, my pcp is comfortable with me trying diet/exercise instead of meds. I'm also going to meet with a nutritionist on the 17th. <BR> Until then, I'm trying to do as much as I can on my own. One of the things I'm really struggling with is breakfast! Mornings are the worst for me because of other medical issues. I deal with a lot of ... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 00:47:52 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:42:56 EST new to group was just put on insulin need help My name is Dawn I am 52 and my weight is 338 pounds I am new to the group was just put on insulin need help my a1c was 12 over the top and I don't know how to start and what to eat any help would be great. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 03:13:22 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 11:49:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 5 Jun 2012 08:07:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 4 Jun 2012 23:19:23 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 29 May 2012 16:24:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 21 May 2012 16:23:30 EST Newly Diagnosed Diabetic Member Hi my name is Melanie Louise Jackson (aka Grease 31), <BR> <BR> I have joined this group, as i have just been recently diagnosed as being a type 2 Diabetic, i would really appreciate any advice that u could give me as to what i should be eating/drinking as i'm finding it very very difficult, as god knows i need all the help that i can get, hope to hear from any of you soon. <em>212</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 18 May 2012 06:16:31 EST Why is the weight not coming off?? Diagnosed about 3 weeks ago. My numbers were on the low side, so I told my doc that I do not want to start on meds. Will go back again in 4 months and see if diet and exercise will get numbers to a point where I will not need meds. So, I have been staying in my range for foods, but, I must admit, not exercising enough. I get on the scale a few times a week, and have lost maybe a pound - in 3 weeks!! My jeans fit a bit better, but the scale stays the same. I just don't get it. Is there ... Sat, 12 May 2012 17:53:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 9 May 2012 13:30:22 EST Just diagnosed and determined to kick diabetes ASS Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Colleen and i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on 4/14. I'm so upset with myself for getting to the point that i'm at now but i'm determined to beat this diagnosis and live a happy and healthy life from now on. The Dr. started me on 500mg 2x a day of metformin and ive been having a tough time with the medicine making me sick and giving me dry mouth REALLY bad. Id love to get know know everyone in the group and hopefully we can beat this together! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:24:14 EST Newly diagnosed. UGH!! Hi, <BR> I'm Deb from PA. Was diagnosed 4/10/2012. My numbers are not too high, so I told the doctor that I really did not want to start on meds, but rather, try to control it with diet and exercise. She agreed, and I will be tested again in 4 months. My goal is to never have to take diabetes meds! I joined sparkpeople in September, but fell off the wagon. Time to get back on. I have been very overweight for about 25 years. I should have known better, since my dad was diabetic, as was... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 19:40:57 EST Doing Well Today? Had a first visit with a nutritionist yesterday. Kind of frustrated me because I have really been watching and eating healthy, but still ended up with diabetes! Was bummed out last night, but today am doing well. Getting those glucose numbers down, so feel good about that. One thng at a time! Hope 'Ya'll are doin' well too! <em>30</em> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:05:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 6 Apr 2012 01:39:42 EST cofusion! Ok, so I have been testing all over the place--140s in the morning, 170-185 after breakfast, 166 after lunch, and 150s in the evening. Today, I did my test 2 hrs after lunch and it was 120!! This was DEFINATELY the lowest it's ever been. I had a pasta dish for lunch and was not overly hungry then or now. I was just wondering how to get it down to 120s or below on a consistant basis. Also, which fruits are safe for diabetics to eat? I noticed that strawberries (I only eat 4 or 5 at a time... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:01:17 EST Newly diagnosed Hi! My name is Jennifer. I was just diagnosed this week with diabetes. My reading was 214 and my A1C was 6.6. My mother was also diagnosed with adult onset diabetes and it ultimately led to her death at age 72. Her organs failed. I want to learn what to do and the do and do not of this disease. I go through the VA for my healthcare and will soon have an appointment with a dietician but in the meantime I need help. What fruits can I eat and what carbs should I be cutting back on. I have stoppe... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:54:15 EST A Long Road Ahead Just found out today that I have diabetes. Just seems so discouraging ---- I am determined to work on lowering my glucose numbers, but I have other medical issues too, and this now complicates things even more for me. <em>46</em> Any encouragement you can give is appreciated. My Triglicerides topped off at 249. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:38:01 EST metformin help I just got a diagnosis of Diabetes this week after having a life long family history. My question is regarding Metformin. It is killing my stomach. Dr has me taking one tablet daily this week and supposed to increase to one tablet twice daily next week. OMG I was up most of the night with diarrhea. Does anybody have any suggestions or advice? <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:58:26 EST newbie here Good morning, my name is Terri, I am 48. I have had a strong family history of diabetes and I had gestational diabetes 23 years ago with my 3rd child. I have always been very aware and have been tested regularly. Well, I went to the doctor this week and he finally threw the "D" word at me. My A1C was 6.2 (not sure what my last one prior was). I tend to eat healthy anyway so not changing a whole lot there, just watching the calories more. <BR> <BR> Any advice to a "new" diabetic? Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:54:12 EST Am I the only one mad? I was just diagnosed last week and I'm not over being mad and asking why me. Am I normal? Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:50:07 EST Am I the only one mad? I was just diagnosed last week and I'm not over being mad and asking why me. Am I normal? Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:47:17 EST TONS of questions Ok, I have a ton of questions about my diagnosis <BR> <BR> 1. What should my readings be? I am testing once a day, rotating the times of day that I test. <BR> <BR> 2. What should my A1C be? <BR> <BR> 3. Can i have any sugar or do I have to give it all up? <BR> <BR> 4. Can I reverse this? <BR> <BR> 5. What is a good pick me up when you are on the go that would get my sugar levels back when they are low but that I can have with me just in case? I have almonds in my locker at work bu... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:55:11 EST Goodbye - no longer diabetic After a second normal A1C without meds my doctor says I'm not really diabetic anymore. The cause - 35 pounds and counting weight loss. She explained that weight loss really makes a massive difference when it comes to blood sugar. So I'm leaving the list. Hope you get to follow! Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:58:42 EST help fellow Sparkers Hello everyone. <BR> I havent been diagnosed w diabetes but its a ver big possibility Im sure. My father was diagnosed 2 yrs ago and recently I had been unusually hungry. When I went to my annual GYN appointment I talked to her abt it, she did bloodwork, and the A1C came back slightly high - 5.7. This has me worried. Especially since my diet has changed the last few months. <BR> <BR> We had a roommate move in with us and she likes to keep sweets around. I know its self control and... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 07:38:11 EST Eating out????? What tips does anyone have for eating out? Especially in small places that don't have nutrition information.... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:24:05 EST high reading after i get up morning i took my BS when i got up this morning and i wasnt ready to eat yet so i didnt take my shot. then about a hour later i took my BS again and it was higher than it was when i got up any one else have this issue? Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:09:36 EST New to Diabete's, New to SP (SORT OF) lol Hey y'all. <BR> <BR> I am new to this group, haven't been on spark people in over a year, & am going in for some final testing to determine wether or not I'm diabetic tomorrow. This is a whole new playing field for me, so I'm nervous about it. I have no idea how to eat for a diabetic, all I know is low sugar but how low is too low? Got to get started somewhere, so here I am. Feel free to add me or give me any advice, solicited or non. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:50:47 EST new hello new to sparkpeople looking to ask some questions about living with type 2 diabetes Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:07:22 EST Gestational Diabetes? I was diagnosed with GD last week. I have been following my OBs diet recommendations and testing my glucose since then (all seem high based on the levels I have read about). I have an appointment with the diatician on Tuesday. I know that pregnant women are not supposed to be on weight loss sites but this is the only site I have found where I can record exact foods (not just carbs) and glucose levels. I don't have my account set up to lose weight, only maintain. <BR> <BR> Anybody els... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:49:46 EST Free kit in Cincinnati Hi. I have a like new diabetic testing kit by Bionime. It includes 250+ test strips and lancets. Free to anyone who wants it. My doc switched my kit...Ive only month. In Cincinnati Ohio on westside. Sparkmail me for a number. :) Sat, 21 Jan 2012 14:33:49 EST High reading in the morning? I'm am fairly new at all of this and just started testing my bs the last couple of months but I always get a high reading in the morning before I eat. My bs will be any where from 170-200 and this is after eating very sensible the day before and eating nothing from 6:00 pm till I test the next morning. <BR> <BR> I spoke to a dietician who suggested I eat a snack before bed and try stretching. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Mon, 26 Dec 2011 16:28:30 EST Challenging "Gifts" Did anyone get non-supportive gifts from their loved ones like chocolate, sweets, cookies, etc? I got a bag of chocolate from my husband. While I know it's the thought, it feels like gifts like that should be an automatic no-brainer from people who are supposed to support and encourage us. <em>39</em> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 13:09:42 EST Another question! Ok, so I took my fasting this morning and it was 104. Ate breakfast, took my 500 mg of metformin then waited 2 hrs and took my levels....97. is this normal? is it lower because of the the metformin? Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:23:03 EST Introducing myself Hi, I'm Karen, and I am newly diagnosed...what level we are still tyring to pin down. My dr says i am type 2, but went to teh nutritionist and she says just Inuslin Resistant...I have an appt iwth the specialist in 2 weeks, so i think that will be the official verdict. <BR> I had GD with my daughter, but controlled it with diet and all was well. We discovered this because we have been trying to have #2 for a year and a half and were at a loss, so ran the GTT to see if i was IR and sure enoug... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:16:17 EST Fasting levels My fasting levels are slightly above where they should be, how do I get them down farther? Since my GTT I have started taking metformin 2x a day, but that doesn't seem to be making a difference. any ideas or insight into this.. I"m newly diagnosed, so it's all new! Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:36:54 EST Timing for "2 hours after meal" testing Okay, this may be a silly question, but this is the way my mind works and I can't find the answer in any of my literature... When they say to test two hours after a meal, do they mean two hours from when you started the meal or two hours from when you finished? Because meals take time (unless you are doing them wrong!)! Wed, 9 Nov 2011 16:04:30 EST What a shock! Still waiting for results of more complete blood tests, but the fasting test was 130. I'm afraid to eat anything because I don't know anything about diabetes. No one in my family has ever had diabetes, and I let my weight creep up the last 10 years, now I am paying a steep price. I pray there are no long-term, irreparable effects. I don't eat fast food, not really fond of candy or cookies. I drink lots of water and eat whole grains. Cannot figure this out. Wed, 9 Nov 2011 10:38:22 EST Newly Diagnosed Hi! I was diagnosed as early diabetic type 2 last week. Lightest dose of Metformin 500mg was prescribed, once a day. Diet and exercise prescribed. Need to lose 30 lbs. I can do that. No BS checking with a meter - however, the diagnosis rocked my world. Not sure why it got to me so badly. My fasting BS was 114 but the test where you drink sugar liquid and get blood drawn periodically (glucose tolerance test) was over 200 at the end. So that was the basis of the diagnosis. <BR> <BR> Imm... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 10:29:06 EST Holiday Eating This will be my first Thanksgiving & Christmas as a diabetic. I want great tasting food that won't affect my blood sugar. Any suggestions. I would love tried & true recipes. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 06:28:04 EST 1st Glucose Reading (..Guess I *DO* have diabetes) It's all my own fault, and I hate hate HATE that I've done this to myself. Here goes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Reading = 339ml <BR> Took me 4 test strips, and 6 pokes to finally get a large enough blood drop for the meter to read. (OneTouch Smart). <BR> <BR> HOW IT BEGAN - Day 1 as a Type 2 <BR> 4 months ago I noticed that I was thirsty all the time. Thought it was because I had started exercising (to loose weight). Then realized I was also needing to go the bathroom every 2 hours - even at night, ... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 08:27:52 EST urgent question and i hope somebody is here online that can maybe give me some guidance. I started Metformin Wed. morning. I take 2000 mg's a day. Tonight I have a fever of 101F degrees, and I'm tired and achy. I read that these are some serious side effects requiring attention. HOWEVER, I also work in a medical clinic and I did ZUMBA both yesterday and Wed. but not today, so those two factors could be the problem instead of a reaction. <BR> Does anybody know how I know when to go to Urgent Care? Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:17:04 EST Diagnosed at work on Thursday Hi all. I'm not new to Sparkpeople but am new to this group. I joined Sparkpeople a few years back lost about 15 lbs, then quit checking in and quit trying and am now over 200 lbs. <BR> I work in a medical clinic and thought perhaps I was getting a UTI so a nurse did a stick test on a sample of my urine. The little tab that measures glucose colored immediately and turned very dark. She put the test strip in a machine and no infection but my glucose came back at 595. She did a finger stick to ... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 16:30:38 EST New diagnosis, DM2, interested in diet changes I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 yesterday, and the doctor wants to put me on all kinds of meds. I KNOW I've had a horrible diet and am overweight and I can't help but think I can control this with better diet and exercise, and I'd like to try that before jumping on the pharmaceutical bandwagon, so I'm here to learn more about the disease and changes I can make outside of meds. Will also go to a few other diet teams to learn same and find one which works best for me and my lifestyle. <BR>... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:00:12 EST New & Need Help Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been on spark for a while. I am not diabetic but my husband is. It's genetic and critical. His family on his dad side have this disease and it's an ugly disease!! They have all managed to die super young because of the disease, not making it past 50 or 55 yrs old. I'm terrified. My husband was diagnossed in 2007 when we got married, before the wedding he dropped a lot of weight. He went to the doc once I put him on my insurance and sure enough it was his... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 15:20:34 EST New, again Hi All, <BR> Well here I am again. I was diaganosed back in Feb. of 2010 with type 2. I still think I'm in denial but need to lose weight and am really taking a look at my health. Besides my type 2 I also have many health problems going on. To name a few, I also am new to stage 3 kidney disease. I have Fibromyalgia, have had 2 failed back surgeries, a shoulder surgery,High cholesterol, high BP to name a few. I know a lot of this stems from the failed back surgeries as I was no longer able to... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 22:52:14 EST Introduction Hi! I was diagnosed 8/12/11. I have been pre-diabetic for the last 10 years but am now a confirmed diabetic. I need to lose 10 to 15 lbs. My Dr. thinks that losing 10 lbs will give me a first goal I hope I can achieve. My blood glucose is hovering around 200 right now. I was diagnosed after going to the hospital for dehydration following the flu. I thought my only problem at that time was possible low potassium. The ER did blood tests and yes, I needed potassium but my blood sugar was 880. Th... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:17:11 EST G'day Hello to all. Name is Rob and I was diagnosed yesterday....but not shocked about it. I chose this team out of the many to join since I am new to ths condition, and at the same time plan to be out of it within 6 months. I can turn this around, and I will. Check outmy page and I am looking foward to the learning experience I know this group will bring. Cheers! Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:42:55 EST camping diabetics Hi All, I am new to diabetes. March 2011. I have been camping for years with my hubby and 3 dogs. And lots of friends. This year will be a little different do to my eating habits. No more of the camping junk I ate in the past. <BR> What I am looking for is help in creating meals for us. I do have a stove/grill to use. But, for the most part, quick meals are the best. We are busy with the dogs from ~6:30 in the morning until 5 in the evening. We compete in Dog agility during the day. ... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 07:57:30 EST This is me.... Hey Guys.... <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed TODAY!!!! Can I just say....sorry to all who have been living with this...but this SUCKS!!!! I have no one to blame but bad genetics and my crappy life style...but still I am in the SHOCK and DEPRESSED moments of this new way of life. I DO realize there are a LOT more serious health issues that are WAY bigger then this!!!! My doctor is kinda surprised numbers are excellent....except I didn't tolerate that glucose tolerance know tha... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:44:55 EST Colorful Plastic Diabetic bracelets Does anyone know how and where I can purchase one of the colorful plastic bracelets for Diabetes. I have been seeing ads on facebook for it, but you have to buy some to get it and it takes you through a million ads. to get there. <BR> Sun, 15 May 2011 08:28:57 EST Lunch Ideas What do you all do for lunch? I'm home all day but constantly running kids around. I have 3 kids, ages 20, 18, and 17 that I drive back and forth to work and of course they all work different schedules which change weekly. <BR> <BR> So I need lunch ideas that are quick and easy yet keep within the 45 carbs and 19 grams of protein limits. Plus I don't eat most processed foods like lunch meats. I've tried to do large salads with some protein added but I tend to get bloated from them. <BR> <B... Wed, 11 May 2011 14:41:00 EST Exercising and heat increasing numbers? I'm a hefty gal, but I like to get my cycling on :D. It's started getting pretty hot here (80s-90s) but still comfortable for indoor stationary cycling (20-30 minutes twice daily) and some evening rides outside (30-60 minutes every other day-ish), however my BG tests are staying pretty level instead of dropping like they normally do after a workout. I've increased my water and am actually eating less because it's too hot to be bothered with cooking, but still within my goals. The only chan... Mon, 9 May 2011 17:17:20 EST Weekly Weigh In 177.4 Sat, 7 May 2011 07:05:15 EST Test Strips I live in Canada, in Ontario. I am a newly diagnosed diabetic on insulin twice daily and required to test 3-4 times daily. Can anyone suggest the best source (price) for test strips? I think the industry is really 'milking' on this account. I see prices about $1 down to $.80 per strip that insane or what! Lances and needles are not a big expense and even my insulin won't be too bad with assistance from the Canadian Diabetes Association..but test strips, crazy. <BR> <BR> This Spark site ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 11:39:08 EST 151 point jump I am kind of panicking here. I took my reading pre-dinner and then 2 hours later with 151 point spike. I was careful at dinner. 1C whole wheat pasta, 1C Traditional Prego, mixed greens, 1/2C tomatoes with FF Italian dressing (2 tbls), 6oz plain FF yogurt, 1 C blueberries. I went from 108 to 259. I've only been diagnosed and tracking for about a month, but this is my biggest spike ever. It's so disheartening. I'm trying so hard to get a handle on this. Sun, 24 Apr 2011 23:06:33 EST Reading question Dr has me testing one hour after my biggest meal, which for me is lunch. We're doing this for a month to see where my numbers go. No goals were discussed other than to try and get the levels more balanced. <BR> <BR> What is hoped for at a one hour post meal test? I'm running 137 to 147 to 151. None of the meals are high in carbs. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your patience. I know I'm asking questions. Thanks again! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 22:27:22 EST An insulin question I'm curious on your thoughts of a Fasting Insulin level at 16.3 with a range of 3.0 to 25.0. I know it's in the range but at times certain levels with other hormones it can be indicative of something. <BR> <BR> So I'm putting it out there. <BR> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:58:40 EST A new FL diagnosed Diabetic Now a dx of Diabetic Type II has been made based on a 3-hour Glucose Tolerance Test. Told that Dr a year ago there was more going on that merely Thyroid and Perimenopause. Was I ever right! <BR> <BR> Turns out that in an overview of regular blood tests, I don't indicate any problems. Because of that, he turly believed nothing would be found abnormal. <BR> <BR> Fasting blood glucose is still in the Normal range despite it takes 3 hours on the GTT for my glucose to get back to a normal... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:32:42 EST Anyone else have the chills? This is driving me nuts and interrupting my sleep! I am almost constantly chilled even though it is about 72 inside our house. So I'll add another layer (or 2) and the next thing I know I'm heating up. So I take off the extra layer(s) and a few minutes later I'm c-c-c-cold again. I'm wondering if this could this be a diabetes symptom since I have not had this happen before. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:52:08 EST Newbie here... Hi all! I've been a Spark for several years, off and on. I'm back because I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last week. Diabetes runs in my family so I'm not surprised by the dx. <BR> <BR> Since 1/1/11 I've lost 32 lbs without really trying so I knew something was not right, especially since I have never in my life lost weight easily. I've decided to accept the good with the bad, so the weight loss is good even though diabetes is bad. My goal is to lose 18 lbs more. <BR> <BR> I can't exer... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:13:48 EST sugar free citricell Ok I think I may have found out why my BS is high in the am too. I took my BS 2 hrs after dinner was 109. Drank my citricell and it went to 149 stayed that way. Even tho it is sugar free it must have carbs in it. Going to look on the net and check it out because I did not see it on the container. Anyone else notice this? Ok guess I should have looked it up first. Net says 0 carbs. huh. <em>198</em> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 21:41:35 EST Hello Hi, my name is Shannon. I was diagnosed with diabetes January 11, 2011. I am taking metformin and glyburide, as well as changing my eating and fitness habits. A cousin of mine died a little over a year ago from diabetes, and my aunt has lost her leg. I have needed for years to change how I eat, and to get active, but always felt I could change things later. As I near the big 4-0 I find myself feeling better than I have in a long time. I may not have changed things as much as I have, but the D... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:04:28 EST Login Points 3 today Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:42:02 EST menu planning Hi everyone <BR> I am looking for a diabetic menu planning site. Anyone can help me out i would appreciate it Sun, 6 Mar 2011 13:43:23 EST back again as a diabetic Hi everyone. I have been on the diet roller coaster for a very long time and I have been on and off the sparkpeople website. this time I am here for good. I just discovered that I am a diabetic. Being a potato chip and bread person my eating habits need to change. I am here again to get motivated again and to motivate others. You'll be seeing a lot of me around Take care of yourselves xo Sun, 6 Mar 2011 13:38:23 EST Need help! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm here and terrified because I finally got the news I dreaded. In October, I was told I was pre-diabetic and had to lose weight. I really tried and lost some weight but gained it back. Right now I want to cry, because today I was told I had Diabetes. <BR> <BR> I'm so confused, I don't know what to do. What can I eat, nobody gave me an eating chart. I'm 180 pounds and short. Doc said my A1C is 7.6 and my FBS is 168. I don't even understand those numbers. <BR> <BR> Where can ... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:11:32 EST Newby questions - anyone else experience these? Hello to all! <BR> I was diagnosed with a blood sugar level of 311 a couple days after Christmas. Plenty of crying and frustration as I've been learning to test my blood, eat completely differently. I was never particularly unhealthy about eating, relative to my friends and co-workers - I ate mostly whole grains, lots of veggies, generally in the range of 1500 calories a day. Have always watched my thinner friends eat about 3 times what I did, and I still struggled with my weight. I was m... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 09:37:32 EST Question: My husband is newly diagnosed... My husband was diagnosed a few days ago and I'm going crazy trying to figure out meal plans. I've read about the plate method and counting carbs and the exchange method (I'm so confused!). But I'm getting overwhelmed and what I'd really like is to have someone (maybe a dietician?) sit down with me and my husband and map out specific menus for at least a two-week span. I could then use them over and over again and know that I was doing it right. <BR> <BR> The ADA website says it's better now... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 23:23:41 EST Metformin Side Effects Does the bad taste in your mouth from the Metformin eventually go away? I can brush, floss, use mouth wash, eat something, doesn't matter... my mouth tastes awful... and on top of that things I eat don't taste right. Please tell me this will pass! <em>46</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 22:06:51 EST Ten Things About Me 1. I don't tend to be a joiner (so this is a little strange for me) <BR> 2. Known for my laugh <BR> 3. Forthright - say what you mean, mean what you say <BR> 4. Creative - love the arts <BR> 5. Married with 2 daughters (a 4 and 5 year old) and two dogs <BR> 6. Canadian - eh?! <BR> 7. Love my career - Organizational Development Manager for a large organization <BR> 8. Love the outdoors <BR> 9. Kind of a picky eater <BR> 10. I think diabetes sucks! Can't believe this is for the rest of my life. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:56:28 EST Young Mother with Type II Diabetes Hello, I've been recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes. I'm 33 years old, and I have two children, a 2 1/2 year old daughter and a 4 month old son. I want to be healthy for them and for myself. I have many maternal relatives with Type II diabetes, including, my mother, brother, grandmother, uncles, and aunts. My grandfather and aunt died from complications of Type II diabetes. So needless to say, I need to get this illness under control. I'm looking forward to learning more about how to co... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:24:27 EST Glucerna Has anyone tried the Glucerna products? I just saw the commercial for the first time the other day and now my nutrition page on SparkPeople has ads all over it for the stuff. I'm curious about it and wanted to see what others think of it. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Steven <BR> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:05:12 EST Another New Person Well it is good to meet you all. The posts are encouraging. <BR> <BR> I pray for success for all of you. <BR> <BR> This new journey is definitely something I was not prepared for. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day every one. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 18:02:01 EST Progress after three months I went to see the doctor for my three month check up on December 28. (Was diagnosed with diabetes on October 1) My A1C was down from 13.4 in October to 6.1! <BR> <BR> Woooohooooo!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 09:13:02 EST I am a new diabetic! Hello everyone, my name is Shannon. I found out at the start of my husband's deployment that I was diabetic. I am here to find support and motivation to take back the control of my health. <BR> When I was diagnosed at a diabetic the doctor had placed me on Metformin 500mg. However within a week of being on this medication I couldn't stay awake for more then 5 minutes at a time and was extremely nauseated. So my doctor had me stop this medication. <BR> Then I was placed on Actos 30mg. After tw... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:22:15 EST Weight Chart Hi, <BR> <BR> I notice in the reports section, there is a chart of your weight. Unfortunately, I cannot find where you to to enter your weight. Can anyone help me? Thu, 30 Dec 2010 23:05:46 EST Newly Diagnosed in Indiana Found out the hard way. Just got out of the ICU yesterday. Trying to learn as fast as I can. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 19:19:36 EST New A1C Result I have went from 7.4 to 5.9 in less than a year, Praise the Lord. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 00:30:36 EST Newly diagnosed in Louisiana Hi everyone. I got this diagnosis this past Monday (Happy Thanksgiving week). I am still reeling in the aftermath of it. I have a nasty cold, that is what I went to the doctor for in the first place last Friday and did some blood work. They called Friday evening and said I needed to return on Monday. <BR> <BR> I am still working on getting the testing right. I have improved since Monday. Those first attempts were a joke, would have been a joke if this wasn't so serious. <BR> <BR> My new dec... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 16:55:09 EST Freestyle USB I called Abbot and they do not actually sell the usb cord to connect your meter to your computer. It is only available on and diabetic yadayada something. <BR> <BR> The cord is $30. UH no! Its a usb cord. <BR> <BR> Has anyone found it cheaper? Found a knock-off that actually works? I'm not one for writing down all these number and tracking it on this site isn't working for me either. Not interested in switching meters as I already have a bunch of strips Sun, 21 Nov 2010 00:46:02 EST Newly Diagnosed from FL Hi, I'm Cindy. I am not new to diabetes, as my father had it most of my life and I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy, eight years ago. Though usually my dad's family doesn't get it until they hit 50 and well...I'm 40. So it was a bit of a shock for me that it hit now, but knew it was coming eventually. <BR> <BR> My sugar levels have been up and down the past year, ever since I started this one medication that I need and is known to cause sugar spikes. Diet and exercise were ... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 13:26:28 EST Hi, I'm Di I've never done this before but my new (sort of) diagnosis has me wanting to reach out to someone who can help support, guide, encourage and relate to. I was told 2 years ago that I was diabetic, during a bad bout with the flu, but after testing my sugar for 6 months and only needing 1 shot during that time I decided I wouldn't be one. Well on 9/28/10 I had to decide otherwise. The first month was so bad. I was so depressed and I did feel like a failure. Doing better now but I've got all kind... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:07:48 EST new to team I'm here for support and to learn what to do next. My husband just tried to get life insurance and got blood test results back. That blood sugar test that tests for the last 3 months came back 11.6 and I just read on another topic that 10 or higher is bad. I am freaking out! This past December he weighed around 220 and he now weighs 167. I thought he was doing great because he had lost all that weight and now this is just overwhelming! We have no insurance! I made an appt for him to se... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 15:53:14 EST Great Tasting Sugar Free Syrup Is there a good tasting sugar free syrup out there. I've tasted the Cane's, Murray's, Griffins, even the generic. <em>42</em> <BR> I've taken to putting peanut butter on my pancakes, however its seems my body doesn't like that. <BR> <BR> Suggestions? Mon, 8 Nov 2010 16:15:08 EST Blood Glucose incorrectly entered! Is there a way to correct incorrectly entered blood glucose readings? <BR> <BR> TIA, <BR> nozero Sun, 31 Oct 2010 16:00:58 EST Just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I was diagnosed on Friday October 22, 2010 with diabetes. I am not new to the whole diabetes idea because both my parents and several aunts and uncles are type 2. However i spent my whole life trying to take care of myself to avoid this. Guess it was meant to be. It took me a few days to accept the results and now i feel that with sparkspeople i can still succeed in my goals to lose the weight and change my life. I am now doing all the research i can and trying to figure out all that i can an... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 10:46:31 EST new, too! Just when you think life is going along pretty good, you get the smack down...diabetes..diagnosed 6 weeks ago..fbs was 333..yay..highest ever was 429..(!). Have been hitting it hard. Nothing pasta, potatoes, rice, flour shhhugggggga..cut out bread, and this morning, I stand at 138 fasting. metaforin..And gliperide. Obsessive about testing..still, but, am thinking that will slow down. <BR> lead a pretty active life, am finding it is really difficult to loose weight with these meds..a... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:06:10 EST Take the stairs. My daughter recently moved into the dorms at college and the building she is in has an interesting rule. To minimize the demand for the elevator, they request that you take the stairs down and the elevator up. My daughter lives on the 7th floor so that's a lot of stairs, but she does it and enjoys it. <BR> <BR> It got me thinking, that's not a bad way to exercise. I work on the 6th floor of my building, I could take the stairs down too. So starting today, part of my exercise plan will ... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 11:19:35 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 17:27:42 EST There is hope...I am proof!!! WHAT I WANTED TO HAPPEN MOST.....DID!!!!! <BR> <BR> Spark friends..... <BR> <BR> As of Feb 24,2010... <BR> <BR> Just 7 short months ago...I was out of shape,in danger of losing my life as I knew it,and given the worse news from my doctor EVER!!!! <BR> <BR> Here's a little of my story... <BR> <BR> I HOPE.... IT GIVES YOU HOPE!!!! <BR> <BR> At my doctor visit the other day my test results came back from my diabetic A1C done every 3 months...It tracks the sugar peaks HIGHS AND LOWS i... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 20:04:40 EST Hi, from Colorado I've been a member of Spark People for almost a year now, and I'm just now introducing myself, I have some anxiety and depression issues, so I was kind of leary about posting, but I think it's time to start living. I was diagnosed with Diabetes a few months back and decided it's time to start doing something about my health and weight. I've lost 25 lbs so far, and hope to keep progressing and not back slide, as I'm trying to reach a goal of 115 lbs lost. Somedays my motivator doesn't want ... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 04:15:32 EST Screaming Out and Nightmares Anyone I am type 2, diagnosed at the end of last year, only because I insisted on being checked. Had a few of the signs and my GP thought I was being silly and worried over nothing until he got the results.I am taking Actos and am 60 yrs. old. <BR> Anyway.. <BR> Over the last few months I have been having increasingly frequent episodes of terrible nightmares or just screaming out loud. I have almost given my DH a heart attack. We sleep in separate parts of the house due to his snoring and he can eve... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 18:58:56 EST Just Diagnosed, Scared - Where to Start? OK, just diagnosed this week and I'm clueless. Scared about everything from what I can eat to glucose testing to the scary complications. Any words of advice or things you wish someone had told you in the beginning? Trying to be proactive instead of panicking. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 22:48:41 EST Determined to model a healthy lifestyle I am a health educator and nursing student who has been more than 100 lbs overweight for far too long. I have felt a little guilty telling my clients and patients how important it is to eat properly, lose excess weight, etc. when I am not trying to do the same myself. Then, three weeks ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. One of the "risks" of obesity had hit home for me. Now I am determined to make the changes I have been promising for so long; for myself and all the lives I touch. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 06:47:17 EST Take SparkPeople's Type 2 Diabetes Quiz I got this from another team, thought it would be interesting to do here as well.... <BR> <BR> Take SparkPeople's Type 2 Diabetes Quiz to test your diabetes smarts and to review what you've learned so far. <BR> <BR> I got 9/10... <BR> <link><BR>_questions.asp?quizid=47 </link> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:20:50 EST My 3 year old just diagnosed type 1 Hello, I've been a member of Spark for about a year now and it has been wonderful. Back in March 2010 my 3 year old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She was in the ICU for 3 days and in the hospital for an extra 2 days. It has been a dificult struggle to learn and take care of her while taking care of my other 2 children. I'm posting here to see if this can be an extra support for me and maybe I can help other type 1 diabetics with what I've learned. I don't know anything about type 2... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:38:22 EST Help please! Good morning everyone! I am hoping someone can offer some information or advice. I am sitting at my desk at work. Just finished eating my cheerios, non-fat milk and half a peach for breakfast when I started seeing stars. The seeing stars thing isn't new to me but I figured I would check my blood sugar to see if there is any correlation and it was 290! I am a newly diagnosed diabetic (about a month ago) but my sugars have been consistently under 200 since I started my metformin, diet and exerc... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 09:53:15 EST What carb/protein count is everyone on? I am curious as I read cookbooks for type II and see what people on this site are having for breakfast as to what counts everyone is on? I have been put on 30-50 g of carbs a day and 80-100 g of protein per day. Are most people eating low carb bread and tortillas? I am just curious because I know with type I insulin injections can be used to adjust for added carbs and such, but I thought most of type two was controlled through diet and oral medications that can not be easily adjusted. Would a... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 18:37:17 EST Insulin resistant borderline type II Hi everyone! I am so glad that I finally found a forum like this! I am 30 and I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome 2 1/2 weeks ago. When all my blood work came back in it turns out that my family history has finally caught up to me as well. I am insulin resistant and borderline type II. My father is type II and my mother and brother are type I. I have been having a really hard time adjusting. I also am still waiting to hear on second testing for possible liver issues. They also ... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 18:23:06 EST What is type 2 normal range I was recently told I have type two Diabetes. Well my fasting is higher than when I go to bed. Why is that? Also my blood sugars are staying around 150 all the time. Does that really mean that I am diabetic or are they trying to scare me.?????? Please let me know what you think...THANKS Sun, 8 Aug 2010 22:23:15 EST Hi. Diagnosed a few days ago... Hi. <BR> <BR> My name is Katie. I was diagnosed with type II diabetes on 8-6-10. I kind of knew I had it as soon as I read all the symptoms. Still, it came to a shock to me. When the doctor told me, all I could think was "F* f* f* f*" But that's normal, right? <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my first day on meds. And they made me nauseous beyond belief. I barely ate. Sun, 8 Aug 2010 13:57:51 EST Hello Everyone...I'm a Newbie Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm glad one of my clients introduced me to your site. I am a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Health Eduation and also live with diet restrictions (celiac disease) but empathsize with you having to focus on what you eat to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> I have a passion for helping others help themselves. If I can answer any questions, please feel free to send them my way. We all have our ups and downs in life and for me, it's the help of friends that keep me goi... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 08:22:18 EST What are my options? Ok, like I said in my intro I found out that I had type 2 over a year ago but was put on metforman and left it at that. Now I really want to change all this. I started taking 2 500 mg metforman in the morning over a year ago. My fasting range would be in the 130-140 range. And I have to admit I wasn't taking my pills every day. Well 6 months ago my dr wanted me to go on 3 pills a day. If I take 3 pills a day and take them faithfully I can get my blood sugar below 120. The problem is now that... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 08:47:52 EST New to this group Hi, my name is Sharon and I just joined this group. I was diagnosed with type 2 in Jan of 2009, but never took it seriously until now. I want to learn to control it, possibly lose enough weight to lower or eliminate my metforman and prevent some of the other things that this disease can cause. I am looking for any information and education that I can get. Fri, 23 Jul 2010 20:00:01 EST Constantly Hungry I have read that some diabetics get a symptom of being CONSTANTLY hungry. That's me. At least every two hours - sometimes on a good day I go as long as six hours without eating but I'm grouchy by then to be sure. I watch the clock for when I can eat again. It takes over my life. My body really thinks I'm starving and I'm trying to convince it .... I JUST FED YOU. RELAX already!! <BR> <BR> I slooowly eat apples, sip at peppermint tea and try not to eat. <BR> <BR> Somedays I wake up... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 18:57:21 EST Quite new - I apologize. I meant to put this in introduce yourself and guess I made a new topic instead sorry. <BR> <BR> Hi everyone. My name is Claire. I was just given my diagnosis today (Friday). I am confused. See I have sleep apnea and hypothyroidism. Well between the two I put on a lot of weight this last year. My dr believes if I lose the weight I might go back in the normal ranges. My A1C is 7.7. She did put me on medicine and wants me to try to lose about 15 lbs in the next three month... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 01:45:21 EST New and confused !! Hello everyone I am not normally the type to just jump in and start talking .. but i was told abut 6 months ago i have diabetes .. i was put on disability not long after i found out . and now i have no medical coverage . so i havent seen a doctor sence .. a friend had told me about a site where i could get a free meter . and to atleast check it once a week . so i would know what is going on .. i tested it tonight at 9 pm and my number was 244 . i was told that is very high . it scares me to k... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 22:20:10 EST Cinnamon for Blood Sugar and insulin resistance Cinnamon: Help for Insulin Resistance and Weight Loss <BR> Popular and Flavorful Spice is New Aid in the Battle Against Buddha Belly/Belly Fat <BR> <BR> <BR> by Mary Shomon <BR> <BR> If you think cinnamon is simply something to sprinkle on your cookies or cappuccino, think again. The popular spice, once considered more precious than gold, has medicinal value that is making even pharmaceutical companies take notice. <BR> <BR> Cinnamon, it turns out, has long been used to cure everythin... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 18:07:16 EST Anyone taking vinegar for blood sugar? My brother in law has elevated blood sugar but not to the level of diagnosis with diabetes 2. He says he drinks 2tbs daily of white vinegar and it dropped his glucose level. Not sure if this was legit, it it really helps or even if it is some kind of way to confuse a meter etc. <BR> <BR> I am doing the healthy diet (mostly) and exercise but I have added things like flax seed etc to help me eat in a way that is healthier for my body and was wondering if vinegar was a known supplement... <BR> ... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 21:10:43 EST Newly Diagnosed/ New to This Site/ Struggling Hi all, I was just diagnosed a week ago and I'm kind of struggling. And I'm new to everything on here basically. I hope to get more involved and actually get to know some people who understand and are supportive and vice versa. I've only told my parents and one friend so far. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I will read up on other posts and contribute what I can. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I'm glad to be here. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:18:45 EST Carbs...Good ones and Bad ones Hello and Thank you for reading and I hope answering my question.... <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosted as a "Border Line Diabetic" I have to watch what I eat and exercise...I am having an on going conversation with some members of my Weight Watchers class and with my leader....I was told when I went to classes for Diabetes I could have 30-60 grams of carbs PER MEAL...My discussion with my Weight Watcher people is that there are Good and Bad Carbs.... <BR> <BR> My issue is I was told to l... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 14:17:16 EST VIDEO: How to Use SparkPeople's Fitness Tracker <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1157 </link> <BR> For those of you that are new to SP... <BR> Here is a link on how to use the Fitness Tracker... <BR> Thought this will be usefull. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 10:04:07 EST Filling Food to Speed Weight Loss <link><BR>that-make-you-full.aspx?xid=nl_Everyda<BR>yHealthManagingDiabetes_20100605 </link> <BR> <BR> For all those who do not subscribe to Everyday Health emails. I find these very informative and I hope they help you, also. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 07:51:24 EST A Members Blog that You All HAVE to Read... What an inspiration and so worth reading the complete blog... <BR> KILLER_JOE is Truly an Inspiration and I thank Him for caring enough to share his story. <BR> You all have a SUPER, HEALTHY Weekend. <BR> OXOX <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3064520#c<BR>omments </link> Sat, 5 Jun 2010 06:57:31 EST 2 Very Good Articles for Us Newly Diagnosed The first is about... <BR> Household Staple That Steadies Blood Sugar <BR> <link><BR>e-that-steadies-blood-sugar </link> <BR> The second is.... <BR> A Thick and Creamy Weight Loss Aid <BR> <link><BR>amy-weight-loss-aid </link> <BR> I'm telling you, the best info on us, I'm finding at You Doc's sponcered by Real Age... <BR> Sign up for their emails and get a daily dose of GREAT info to help us.... <BR> Enjoy... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 16:30:41 EST Anyone take cinnamon pills? I will be asking my doctor next month, but want feedback from you -- a neighbor takes cinnamon pills which he states helps to metabolize sugar faster. i am curious about this, since I haven't heard of this before. Any information to share??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 30 May 2010 00:14:29 EST A Weight-Training Routine for Type 2 Diabetes <link><BR>2/managing/weight-lifting-get-strong.a<BR>spx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthManagingDiabe<BR>tes_20100526 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a link that I found very exciting. The why's and wherfore's of weigh training and it's benefits. <BR> I'm also, finding out the knowledge is POWER. <BR> I'm going to sit down and make a plan. Write down what I eat and how many carbs/ meal. Plan an exercise routine, cardio and weight training. Write it in a day planner an... Wed, 26 May 2010 10:41:12 EST Hello Everyone.... I was diagnosed in September of last year with type 2 diabetes. I went to the doctor after watching my aunt lose her leg and die from complications related to her diabetes. All the women in my family have been diagnosed after the age of 30 (I was 32). I am on Byetta and Metformin. For the first few months I did good, adjusted my eating habits and saw my bs numbers go down. In February of this year I fell off the wagon. I got bronchitis and quit exercising for a few weeks (which has turn... Wed, 19 May 2010 11:29:38 EST Can You Control Diabetes With Exercise? <link><BR>importance-of-exercise.aspx?xid=nl_Eve<BR>rydayHealthManagingDiabetes_20100517 </link> <BR> Here is link to an article about Diabetes and exercising. Since i'm newly diagnosed, all of this info is new to me. Hope it helps you,too. Mon, 17 May 2010 08:24:59 EST Has anyone heard of Whey Low Sugar Substitute ??? I saw Whey Low on the Hungry Girl website...(Great site for re-do recipes and just plain good ole' information...) <BR> Whey Low has Whey Low D for diabetics a blend that requires less insulin for conversion and reduces blood glucose levels by 70% compared to sugar. AND the Most Important, NO AFTER TASTE. <BR> Here is the link to their website. They also, sell it on Amazon. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I bought some and I cannot believe it. NO After taste ! ! ... Sun, 16 May 2010 13:53:05 EST Is anyone out there??? Good Morning, I have been newly diagnoses with type 2 diabetes. <BR> There are so many things going thru my head. <BR> What to Eat? <BR> When to eat? <BR> Meat vs All Veggies? <BR> Exercise? <BR> How much Exercise? <BR> How many Carbs? <BR> Etc., Etc. <BR> Any good reading material anyone can suggest? <BR> Thank you in advance of all your help. <BR> Patti Sat, 15 May 2010 07:28:50 EST Hi Hello everyone. I am not new to diabetes, but I am new to finally accepting it. For the last year I have refused to accept it or even take the medication. But within the last few months I now have high cholesterol and liver problems. I guess it is time to face to facts and do something about all this. So here I am a 32 year old single mom of one who needs a little support along the way. Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:20:24 EST Is anyone taking Duetact? I am about to begin this medicine tomorrow morning, after a terrible reaction to Metformin. Is anyone taking it successfully and without side effects? Wed, 31 Mar 2010 22:02:14 EST Denial Anyone Newbies suffering from Denial? I keep thinking, well its ok to eat the cupcake, I will really watch my diet tomorrow. or I say "well If I hadnt got the diagnosis yet I would have eaten it" <BR> <BR> Its like Im doing the same thing as when just trying to diet " I'll Start tomorrow".... Is this normal? <BR> Why cant I retrain my brain !! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:22:51 EST Hi there.. Diagnosed Type 2 3/10/10 Hi everyone, I was just diagnosed Type 2 on Wed (3/10/10) and boy am I overwhelmed. Looking for help, advice, support.. anywhere I can ! <BR> <BR> *DR inst starting me on any meds , wants to try Diet and Exercise. 1st <BR> <BR> * no test strips or Meter, and that confused me alittle.. how will I know if the changes I am making are working? <BR> She will retest in 3 months to see where I am at.. but Id like to see progress. <BR> <BR> I'm also struggling with food choices. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:28:10 EST frozen low-carb dinners Halleluah I think I figured out how to start a thread off a Soarkteam Page. My question is: Walmart used to carry a line of low-carb frozen dinners but stopped, which is hard to beleive considering all the diabetics in the world. Does anyone know who else might carry them or can I order online without breaking the bank? Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:09:08 EST Anyone else notice this? I'm a new diabetic, and so I'm new to blood testing. I'm also new to drinking my body weight in water (which is what it feels like sometimes)! <BR> <BR> One thing I've noticed, though, is if I drink 16 ounces of water (or more) right before bed, I really have to pee when I wake up - but my FBS is lower. I eat the same thing every night before bed, and I went from 110/120 to 80/90. This has been the last three nights and nothing else has changed. <BR> <BR> What's interesting is that the d... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:20:41 EST wanting to introduce my self I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on friday! I am not the best eater and dont excersise at all!!! So I have to start doing this now. I have great support from my family but i can always use more it would be great to hear from people going through the same thing. Some help getting over the hurdles and learning how to eat better and keep my sugars under control. I am glad to being part of this group and hearing from new people! Tue, 26 Jan 2010 21:30:35 EST Anyone else notice this pattern Does anyone else have a pattern that their fasting blood sugars are higher the week before and week of their menstrual cycle? My numbers jump by about 10-12 points for about a 10 days cycle then drop to my average. Just curious. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Jeannette Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:11:53 EST TYPE 2 DIABETIC Hello my name is Donna 47yo f and i am a type 2 diabetic. i have know of my diabetic status for about17 months. it is a struggle everyday to eat right and stay motivated. but day by day and step by step i keep on going Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:47:54 EST disgusted ever since i started taking glimiprimide (i know thats wrong) it doesnt seem to matter what i do, i cant lose weight, but if i eat 20 cals too much i gain! i dont know what to do, and my stupid dr keeps postponing my appts. this is a losing situation, anyone else have this issue, and how did you handle it? Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:56:57 EST Christmas Card Exchange Hello everyone, its that time of year for the Christmas Card Exchange. <BR> It was a big hit last year on my other teams and love to do here as well. <BR> <BR> The way the Christmas Card Exchange works is you send me your snail address, I add it to the list and send the list of addresses to everyone who participates. <BR> You send everyone on the list a card. <BR> I love doing this and seeing how many cards I collect. <BR> You can post your address here or PM. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 20:36:41 EST I'm new here My name is Heather. I am a first time mother-to-be, due on Valentine's Day. My pregnancy has come along well, until yesterday when I was told I have gestational diabetes. (As if being pregnant, having a husband laid off from work for 2 months now, and having a close uncle dying of cancer wasn't enough to deal with.) Anyway, I want to keep my GD under control with diet and avoid having to use medication and figure I can be most successful by goining this group. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 04:12:54 EST Scared <em>46</em> Tue, 10 Nov 2009 22:42:49 EST The rug was pulled out.... On June 30th I went to the dr for my yearly checkup. My dr, who is a long time friend, came in and said we had something important to talk about. That is when he told me that I had Type II Diabetes. It was like the rug had been pulled out from under me.... I was totally shocked. Since then I have been working on my diet and have started exercising. It is so hard...I am a pasta and pepsi girl from way back :o) I have managed to give up the sodas. I have one once a week. Since my diagnosis I ha... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 13:37:59 EST Morning bs 114 <em>41</em> I think this is not bad, right?? Much better than the 153 from yesterday morning!! What was THAT??? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to figure all the blood sugar ranges out - - mine seem to be all over the board. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:05:22 EST New to the board. . . Hello, my name is Debbie and I was diagnosed with diabetes just over a month ago. My doctor told me to monitor my sugar for a month and come back. So I am. I've begun to alter my diet and exercise - - and have lost ten pounds, which is very exciting, even if it is only a drop in the bucket. :) <BR> <BR> I'm glad to have found the group. I am a mother of 3, with a 4 year old grandson, who I spend a lot of time with on a daily basis. I turned 42 last month. Attend college full time, and... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 01:27:55 EST officially diagnosed yesterday hi, my name is renee. i had a health screening at work and my bg came back high last week, so i made an appt with my dr for yesterday and the dr confirmed it. i am in shock. im trying to get all the info i can right now. im not sure what else to say right now. Fri, 9 Oct 2009 13:38:57 EST Newly diagnosted diabetics I am very confused about carbs and how much to eat without having to try to look up everything. I thought I was doing everything healthy, then the news came last week that I am diabetic. I have a family history and even a sister that's diabetic. Any help is appreciated. Tue, 6 Oct 2009 23:36:07 EST It finally happened to me So, I am now a diabetic. I did not heed the warnings when I was a pre-diabetic. I was at first quite angry with myself for allowing this to happen. It is all because I basically have worshipped food instead of using food as a fuel to live healthy. I have no one to blame but myself. So I took a day or two to be angry and pity myself. Now, I am done with that and ready to start setting goals to lose the weight and thus reverse this dreaded disease. I have a choice. For that I am thankful. Not e... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 15:25:47 EST Scarey Call From Doctor This Morning Hi, this is Beth. I just introduced myself on 9/22/09 I believe after I had returned from my doctor where I was diagnosed with diabetes. He put me on the Metformin. Now this morning, his office calls me and says that my labs I had done on Tuesday shows low kidney function and that I need to stop the Metformin and my Mobic (which I take for severe arthritis.) Now I have to go back for an ultrasound of my kidneys and something to do with my renal function and more lab work. To tell you the... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 16:03:07 EST Questions, please help Hello, my name is Beth and I was diagnosed today (9-22-09) with Type 2 diabetes. I just turned 52 this past Friday. Last year I got a grandson for my birthday. This year I got diabetes. Can't wait to see what next year holds. :) I'm hoping that by my birthday next year I'll be much, much healthier. My FBS was 197 this a.m. My doctor has put me on Metformin and I will start it tomorrow. He has given me a diabetic diet sheet to follow. It appears to be very much like the "Atkins" diet..... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 22:11:37 EST Use an emoticin to show how you are feeling today <em>15</em> Mon, 31 Aug 2009 00:30:38 EST Last Letter, Makes Next Word (game) Last letter make next word. Post your word here. <BR> <BR> Example: word <BR> <BR> Next post: Dog <BR> <BR> Next post: goose <BR> <BR> Use the last letter to form new word. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:02:50 EST Question Game I thought we'd try a game similar to one that I play in another team. <BR> <BR> Rule is simple. Answer the question from the previous/last post with a short answer, then leave a question for the next poster (yes/no questions work best, but anything will be okay.) <BR> Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:34:29 EST A - Z Food {Game] Apple Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:32:10 EST A to Z Occupations (Game) Let's have a little fun and work our brain at the same time. Using the alphabet, name an occupation. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:29:37 EST