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3/30/21 9:47 P

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Hello. My name is Teresa. I am 55 years old, and recently diagnosed as diabetic. My husband and I are raising 4 grands, so it is so hard to eat what I need to be eating. I know I have a lot to learn.

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Good luck! I recently have been diagnosed with diabetes. It's a lot to take in but we can do this!

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Hello all! I'm 50 and I was just diagnosed with diabetes. The doctor put me on Metformin and gave me a blood glucose meter and I've been tasked with testing my blood three times a day with no guide as to what I should be aiming for in ranges. So I have a lot to learn so far I've tested from 114 to 163 in the few times I've taken it. I now have a dietitian I'm talking to once a week and joining spark people to keep a food diary and find a support network and hopefully educate myself along the way here.

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I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 2005. PCOS is like pre-pre diabetes for sugar levels. I didn't pay attention and didn't want to deal with the stress when I was 14. Over the years I was told I should eat healthier or switch to a diabetic diet. I didn't do any of those suggestions.
Well I was diagnosed with diabetes in November 2020. The wait is over, now time to fix it.


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Hi, I was diagnosed with type 2 a couple months ago.
I didn't take it seriously enough at first and thought I was managing okay, even though my readings were a bit high but then I had the bejeebies scared out of me.
My BSL went up to 25mmol/L (450mg/dl), my BP was greatly increased, I went back into kidney failure and headed further towards liver failure.
I now have my BSL under better control (4.9-7mmol/L or 88-126mg/dl), my BP is normal and my kidneys seem to be improving.
So not a great start but I've gotten a better hang of it now.

Setting a good example for the most important people in my world by not letting hurdles and regressions take over our lives.


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KARNYX,
sometimes people just get sick. When timed with COVID-19 you think that can be it, but not necessarily so.

Stay healthy, ... eat well.

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Hi Jan,

Thank you for the information and very valuable advice. I am watching my carbs and really trying very hard to stick to a healthy food program. I will keep in touch and let you know how things are gong. Your encouragement has no value. Continue to take care of yourself, and strive to get that count down below 100 and I shall do the same! Hugs((()))

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Oooh Angela, I don't consider 6.8 early diabetic. I suspect you've been pre-diabetic for a good while and maybe diabetic for a year or two. 6, or average of 126, is diabetic.

If starch is your issue, I encourage you to try to get on a low carb plan as best you can.

Keeping my BS under control, I am mostly not going over 50 carbs. You might even consider Keto, which is 20 carbs. I have difficulty going that low.

Just a couple years ago I was as low as 6.8 or lower, then suddenly a year and half ago it was up to 8, then this year up to 9. That's when I started getting the neuropathy.

So now I'm religious about my low carb plan, even losing weight, and when I get my a1c checked next month I hope will be below 7.

We used to have a low carb group, but it disappeared. Now I'm on Keto Clarity and Team Keto. they encourage me to get down to 20, but I rarely make it.

Still, the low carb is working for me. My FBS was 103 this morning, or was that yesterday, I don't check it every day because I am eating right.

I want it to be below 100. Preferrably 70 to 80.

I have been eating a lot of cheese, blackberries, collard greens, boiled eggs. No bread or sweets.

Let us know if we can help

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Jan

Thank you so much for your post!

I am early diabetic and I just recently got a blood sugar kit to check my blood sugar regularly. I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that the doc says I'm diabetic.

On thing interesting you said was stabbing pains in my toes. I have experienced that but never related it to diabetics but to a toe fungus?!! My A1C when last checked about 3 weeks ago was 6.8. Since getting the BS kit my levels has gotten as high as 198, but it most stays in the range of 104-145.

I'm really nervous about how to eat. I always thought being diabetic meant no sweets. Sweets isn't a problem or graving I have; however, starch is. I hope to discipline myself with the starch intake.

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Hi Angel...how are you doing with your BS?

Are you early diabetic? A1c less than 6 or greater than 6?

All I can tell you is, I was pre-diabetic for years, then went to 6, then 6.5, then 7, then 8, then 9.4!

I was in complete denial. I'd eat low carb for a few months and everything would be fine, then I'd start back on carbs, eating all I wanted, and up my BS would go!

In June I was up to over 9 a1c and doc pitched a fit and insisted I take metformin and Januvia.

I have taken the meds faithfully and stuck with a low carb diet. I bet my next a1c will be below 7.

When I was up to 9, I was getting stabbing pains in toes. Also, my kidney tests were abnormal. So I finally get it!

My advice is try your best to stick with low carb diet.

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Hello,
Just recently found out I am diabetic and there is no turning back, and I am devastated. I have been borderline for a couple of years and I just crossed the threshold on August 1st. I am still fighting not to take the medication, I am trying so very hard to stay on track through healthy eating habits. Any suggestions will be most appreciated.

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Hi All.... I'm returning to SP after my type 2 diagnosis on May 15th. My doctor started me on Metformin right away. After a few weeks trying to figure this all out, I've landed on the keto eating (hate the stigma of the word diet because this is how I will be eating the rest of my life!) , I've been increasing my activity slowly, trying to form new habits. I start with some Tai Chi, then cardio, either walking or SP video depending on weather.

I'm a teacher, so I have the summer off to focus on my health!

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Hi, My name is Jan. May 2nd started taking metFormin. Dr. said I had a 3rd high A1C reading so they consider that diabetes. Nov 1 2018 was told I had breast cancer so I had a double mastectomy in Feb. Thank God no chemo or radiation just estrogen blockers which has really messed with all of my readings from blood pressure to blood sugar. I'm back on Spark and have lost 5.5 lbs in the past month. Cut way back on my carbs, never been a sweets person. Still trying to figure out what it is going to take to get my fasting blood sugar where it's suppose to be.

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I just got diagnosed today and I am scared.

John 11:35 "Jesus Wept"
Romans 8: 28 "And we know that in all things God works
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God is good...
All the time,
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God is good.
God's blessings to you.


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Hi! Got diagnosed 2-1/2 weeks ago and have already lost 10 pounds by going low carb and tracking my food every day on SP. Metformin 1 pill twice daily. Sleep better than I have in over a year. I must be doing something right but I need to make sure I keep on the right path and lose as much as possible before my next A1c test in January. Hope this group helps.

This year is all about me and my quest to unload this extra person I have been hauling around.


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Hi James....

I have done away with the nightly snacking of processed sugary snacks, learned to "plate" with more leafy and fibrous veggies, a little grains, good fats (olive oil, walnuts), and lean meats (fish, poultry). I purchase fresh & frozen veggies, plus, fruits such as berries. The "Mediterranean" way of eating is what I lean towards. It is something that is sustainable.

I keep my carbs per day around 120g to 150g.

I check BG at different intervals to see what foods/meals cause it to spike and have checked it before and after exercising to see how it is effected as well. Building my own baseline because everyone is different when it comes to cause and effect with carb intake.

I have learned that watermelon is a no-no for me even though it's not my favorite fruit..lol..AND I've noticed that even the wheat version of pasta is not my friend so back to spiralized butternut squash noodles for my mock pasta.

Like you stated there are a "host" of things that I am now more conscious of since the diagnosis. It's still a learning curve for me but I have no choice to do differently.

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I will not complain about aging because we have no control over that, but, none of us should allow our bodies to decay/rot which is all voluntary. It is up to each of us to do three things: exercise, use good nutrition, and commit to something or someone that brings us joy daily for the rest of our lives. (excerpt from Next Year Younger For Women book). My new motto!


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Hi Pamela!

I think you are right. In my opinion (and its not a humble opinion, its just a plain ordinary opinion) not stressing the system to maintain blood sugar is key.

I view insulin as a rescue response to control blood sugar, like the fire department to put out fires. Folks who keep eating chocolate bars and cake and cheezies and have blood sugar under control don't realize that they are essentially lighting fires in their own house all the time, and the fire department comes rushing in to put the fire out, but eventually the firefighters tire out and can't do the job as well.

So you've taken a step to light fewer fires. Great. What have you changed?

One thing I don't eat are light brown or white "things", so sugar not at all, things with lots of sugar too. Then pasta and wheat products. A host of other things, but its so much to write.

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Where do I start? I am 64 years old and physically active but it seems my way of eating needed to be improved so I did just that.

I've had two tests (March, August) for A1c and Blood Glucose readings. My readings decreased in that timeframe. I'm in the Pre-diabetic range but to me that still means being diabetic.

I use a BG monitor daily to track/record.

I am not on any meds and doctor agreed that we would retest next March 2019. I'm hoping that a change in the way I eat will have another positive effect on the next tests.

I joined this group because of the title of the team and seeking info from others that are new to this diagnosis.

Pamela...Southeast Texas

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I will not complain about aging because we have no control over that, but, none of us should allow our bodies to decay/rot which is all voluntary. It is up to each of us to do three things: exercise, use good nutrition, and commit to something or someone that brings us joy daily for the rest of our lives. (excerpt from Next Year Younger For Women book). My new motto!


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Thanks Linda, I know what is wrong and what I should and do exactly the opposite. My bigist challenge is eating at night. I go to bed about 3 am and get up about 11. I craze all night naturally snacks high in everything and to make that worse because of foot problems it is hard for me to get any meaningful exercise. Also we eat most meals out. Also I don't drive so if I am not with my wife I am stuck. I'll stop whining now

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Hi Mike - welcome to the learning curve about lowering carbs and the rest of the things that go with pre-diabetic or insulin resistance.
The exercise gets harder and I have trouble with a rebellious spirit sometimes when I want what I want - not what is good for me!
But come along side and learn and share what helps you -

Today's friend has been pint of ice water with sprinkle of lite salt, sprinkle of stevia and one slice of a lemon... just hit the spot in our heat wave and wanting something 'fancy' in my life.

Linda in WA state ***John 10:10b Jesus came to give me life, an abundant life!
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Hi I'm Mike and was told by My doc I'm insulin resistant, I am looking for information'

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Hi my name is Mike and I was recently diagnosed as insulin resistant. I know from my previous time here on sparks that that is close to being diabetic. My wife was told she is diabetic. i am looking for information. I am a certified old man. I don't exercise alot Iwas walking as much as I could but I have problems with my feet and legs so that is limited.

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I guess I never did formally introduce myself - my Spark page tells a pretty good review of who and what I am - Reason for joining this team was a slow but steady increase in fasting glucose #s to the point that the heart Doc told me I was doing well with heart issues but time to get my "pre-diabetes" in control - that was a bit of a shock late October 2017 but I tackled it and aggressively began to work at getting my carbs down. nd did one of the challenges and decided I wanted more infor from others dealing with this and came to this team - Quiet in numbers but looks like loads of info in the threads of the past. Hear to learn and have an understanding shoulder to cry on!

Linda in WA state ***John 10:10b Jesus came to give me life, an abundant life!
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DARIAROFFEL,
Metformin makes existing insulin more effective. That helps get blood sugar out of the blood and into cells, either lean muscle type cells, or into fat cells.

I took metformin for years. What I do now is to reduce my need for so much insulin in the first place. Here is how things go:
- dietary fat needs no insulin to be digested
- protein, up to about 60 grams is needed for lean body parts, not as fuel, excess protein does not raise my blood sugar, but it is added to my body fat
- carbs (except for fibre) raise blood sugar and need insulin to lower blood sugar


So I seriously cut my carbs. I must add that it is possible that excess protein also raises blood sugar, but since I don't have carbs as a major fuel source, I think my excess protein goes to body fat. I've eaten a lot of protein powder and not seen a change in my blood sugar.

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1/28/18 12:29 P

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Hi everyone,

I just got diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on Friday and am not sure where to start. I'm filling my prescription for metformin today and have been reading up on as much as I can.

Luckily, I've got a good nutritionist who can work with the fact that I have nasty reactions to certain foods (I can't eat meat, cinnamon and chia seeds, just to name a few).

Looking forward to meeting everyone, and learning, learning, learning! :)

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Sherri,
have a look at my rather long post here, a reply to someone else just diagnosed with type-2 diabetes:
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It's actually quite manageable. But it needs a "Take control" attitude.

Don't stick your head in the sand and deny it.

By the way, being a diabetic, or not, is an arbitrary line. So it might not take much to get to the other side. I'm always here to chat and give advice.

First piece of advice, cut out sugar and high carb things. Then work your way to less and less carbohydrates, it makes a huge difference.

James
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Hi. I was just told yesterday that I am diabetic. I managed to make it out of the doctor's office and into my vehicle before I started to cry. My church was having a luncheon, so I decided to go there because I knew that I wouldn't eat when I got home. I was too upset. I had a good meal, surrounded by friends, and poured my heart out to a couple of people. I ended up feeling a lot better. By the time I got home, I was ready to try to fight. I am still struggling today, but I exercised, and I am trying to eat. The nutrition part is a struggle though. I tend to skip meals. I also realized that I have a lot to learn. It is all a bit overwhelming right now.

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You don't loose 24 pounds of "water", even when you are fully carb loaded that is only about 5 pounds of water. We might add another 3 or 4, but honestly a good 15 to 18 or 20 is body fat!

Great going!

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I am 55 and was diagnosed in August. I have lost 24 lbs. through diet and exercise. I know a lot of the weight loss was probably water and that the loss will slow down significantly. I don't want to let that discourage me. I have started exercising again (swimming and hiking.) I get much more tired than I did the last time I was exercising regularly, which was 8-9 years ago. I am pleased to be in good enough shape to be able to do it, however slowly, though. When I started exercising at the end of August, I was in such poor shape that I couldn't even swim a lap! That broke my heart, as I was a competitive swimmer through college and for many years as a younger adult swam 4-5 days a week. When I started back, since I couldn't swim yet, I jogged in the pool and even though I was in water to my neck, I was still sweating! I hope I never let my endurance get that low ever again!

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YSEAULT,
My impression is that one's body wants to lower blood sugar by getting that out of the blood, and into fat cells with the help on insulin.

At some point the fat cells just get so full that if is harder to get more in.

The options are to take medication to make insulin more effective, which makes looking weight harder, to exercise off some carbs, or eat fewer carbs, or some combination of those.

In my opinion eating fewer carbs is the most effective method.

I'm here every day, or almost every day.

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HI! I am 46 years old and I was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and started on metformin which is making me sick right now. I am trying to eat very low carb but with a sick stomach and stomach cramps, I am taking in some carbs. The doc says the side effects shall pass and then hopefully I can get rid of the rest of the carbs.

My maternal grandmother, my father and 2 of 3 sisters all had diabetes. Nonetheless, I am feeling like I caused this by being overweight. :( I am trying not to feel to sorry for myself.... So I am glad to find this board.

My goals are to increase exercise to at least 5 days a week and to lose 80 lbs which will put my BMI solidly in the normal range.



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ELJAMISON (Erica), hi.

It's depressing to get that diagnosis. Why me? What about all those others who don't have diabetes, why can't I be one of them? Maybe it is a mistake, maybe a one time bad blood test...

However, take control. Keeping blood sugar in a normal range is mostly what you eat. As a type-2 diabetic I stopped 14 years of medication, and managed to control my blood sugar with food choices only for 6 years, and I was at the maximum dose of oral medication after 12 years, so that just shows you how much control you have with food.

Yes it means eating differently. I'm here everyday. Hope I can help guide you.

- James

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Hi, I'm Erica and I was diagnosed last week. I did have gestational diabetes in 2002. My numbers right now are horrible, but I am ready to make some more changes to my lifestyle. I look forward to getting to know all of you more! emoticon

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31


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MONTHURS,
calories are not all equal. Yes calories matter for weight loss, and in that sense they can all be used for energy, but the body is so much more than a furnace just burning fuel.

So you need some protein for muscle and lean mass. Your body will burn excess dietary protein for fuel, but unto about 60 grams is needed for parts maintenance. Your body needs some fats, not just fuel again, but lubrication.

Carbohydrates? Pure fuel to burn, not required. If you want to loose weight this is the place to cut. So your husband not drinking sugar filled drinks, ... exactly.

I think of sugar as "pure evil". OK, not quite that bad, but totally useless and bad for me. As I've mentioned sugar is 100% carbs, so the closer something is to that, the more its the same as eating sugar. So I take the weight of carbs in a serving size, divide by the serving size, and figure out the fraction or percentage of its weight that is carbs. Bread for example is about 50% on that calculation. So half as bad as pure sugar.



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Welcome Larry,

I was on medication for 14 years. I had no idea just how critical food is to blood sugar. I just accepted that my body was not working right, and accepted that medication was the only answer...

After starting a diet to loose weight, which just happened to be a low carb diet by chance, I found my blood sugar to be under control without medication. That started a life long journey for me. I've never eaten the same since that discovery, and its not all denial and misery.

I eat prime rib, and bacon, and any meat really. I eat plenty of healthy veggies, and cheese and loads of stuff. I just don't eat colourless unnatural things, like bread, pasta, rice, sugar.... Yes you could say, what, no bread, or similar, but my health is worth a few restrictions.

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Hello...my name is Larry. I was diagnosed as being diabetic today. I am a diet controlled diabetic. I started to lose weight last month and have lost 14 pounds. I am fighting other problems ...high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and weight. So I have been on track for about a month....eating right and losing weight. Just gotta keep it up. No meds for now,

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Hello, my name is Janet and my daughter was recently diagnosed with Type 1. She has actually dropped some healthy foods she used to eat, like avocados, because she doesn't want the extra work of having to figure the carbs out. Looking to connect with other parents of Type 1 diabetic children.

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Hi all. I am 62 years old, had a heart attack 3 years ago and have just been diagnosed with Type 2 this week. I am WAY overweight, and though I am somewhat familiar with diabetes, the whole eating thing is a little overwhelming. I couldn't get an appointment with the diabetes educator until April 6 so I've been all OVER the ADA website. Doc is holding off on meds since he thinks I am early on, will do labs again in 3 months and I'm trying to juggle exercise with the whole starch thing. It seems half of what I've eaten for YEARS is some sort of starch, lol. I have read that timing and regularity of meals makes a difference so am working on getting that down and getting in some exercise daily. No matter what you think you know about the disease, it's a little overwhelming at first. The whole lifestyle needs to be overhauled and I sure look forward to the support of this group.

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MORSEY2,

You know, your whole set of issues kinda goes together. Look at my weight ticker. I used to be about 50 pounds heavier than I am now. Type-2 diabetes, ignored for a few years, then on medication for 12. I have hypothyroid.

Anyway, with all of those similarities, I'm here to tell you that you can take control. That you can eat healthier if you just know what to eat. I'm here to help guide you, I love helping.

Post some more and so will I.

But as a first crack, I'll tell you the obvious. Cut the high sugar and high carb stuff. So none of this:
- soft drinks with sugar
- rice
- potatoes
- sugar
- pasta

Any carb is essentially the same as sugar as fat as blood sugar goes, even if it doesn't taste sweet.

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Welcome Morsey! Don't be afraid to ask questions. I've learned that someone here has usually walked the same path as me so I can learn from them.

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Ten things about me:
- diagnosed with type-2 diabetes 17 years ago
- ignored the diagnosis for 2.years and cut back on sugar anyways
- my metformin dose went up for 13 years, to the maximum
- my last 5 years are drug free, but eating low carb
- I like dogs
- I have a daughter born in France, and one in Germany
- my wife is German
- I am Canadian
- I have a Ph.D. in Physics
- I love the science of nutrition and biochemistry

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MOMLYN,
You take care of your daughter. I've got no advice for type-1 diabetes, which is no insulin. That is a balancing act between carbohydrates (sugar being just one of those) and insulin.

Type-1 diabetics produce no insulin, so external insulin is required,mand it is a balancing act.
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For type-2 diabetes, and pre-diabetes, I have plenty of advice. Don't just take pills as a management. Food choices are huge. My advice is to read labels and always make lower carbohydrate choices. All carbs will raise blood sugar. Insulin will try to lower it, but sometimes not enough. So avoid high blood sugar in the first place.

I read all labels when shopping, I divide the amount of carbs in a serving by the portion size to calculate the percentage of weight that is carbs.

Fibre is technically (memo a molecular structure) point of view, is a carbohydrate.

However few animals can digest it. Termites can, which is why they can eat wood, for humans though, we can't. For the above scientific reasons they are listed as a subcategory on nutrition labels, but subtract them out from total carbs to get the digestible, or net carb count.

Here is a label:


So 28 grams of this has 6 grams of carbs, so about 21% of its weight. But when you forget the 4 grams of fibre, 6-4 is 2 grams of net, or digestible carbs. One of those 2 is sugar, the other is something else. Labels don't always give a full breakdown of the total carbs.

But 2 of 28 is 7% of the weight as net carbs, which happens to be my personal cutoff. Above 7% and I don't eat it, and hopefully not buy it.

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My 13 year old daughter just nearly died from Type 1 that we didn't know she had. It was horrible. Her blood sugar was 677 and pH was 6.8 a1c was off the charts, too. We had planned to be on vacation this week and I had already purchased a couple diabetes books to read during the trip. I was diagnosed pre-diabetic a few months ago. My Dr. said "here's some pills, they'll take care of it." That was IT, no advice, no info, nothing. So I knew I needed to learn more. Then, I stopped home on my lunch hour to find my daughter had turned gray, her skin was sunken and leathery, eyes sunk in and rolling in different directions like a chameleon, and she was panting. Even then, she insisted she felt fine. Due to the holiday, a lot of the people we should have spoken with before leaving the hospital are on vacation. My daughter's personality is very different and a lot of her developmental delays seem gone. She went form about a 6 year old level to a 10 year old level. But her vision is blurry and she is ravenous all the time. Eventually, I'll get back to learning about type 2 and pre-diabetes, for now, I'm focusing on keeping her alive.



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I have not felt well for about 4 weeks.....had blood test sugar was 565.....I was not a diagnosed diabetic.....never.....so after 3 days in the hospital......I am pretty much in shock that I am a Type 1 diabetic...and pretty clueless! Got the basic training the hospital...but SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN.

Looking forward to reading posts and being a member of this team! I am a retired school teacher-Mom to twin 36 year old guys. Great hubby of 40 years! Live in Washington State on the peninsula. Like to read and quilt.

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Thanks James. I REALLY need help with the food because there's so many good things that I like that I send my sugar through the roof (Simply Lemonade, chocolate, potatoes, and fruit). I'm still trying to figure out how do you eat half of a banana! emoticon I've had a couple of bad run-ins with watermelon and I had a granny smith apple take me down! So ANY advice you have would be well received.

Oh and please, call me Loren. emoticon

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MRSLATHAM1,

Even if this is often a quiet team, I watch it like a hawk. I check it everyday.

So, like you, I too was in denial for about a year. But a couple of high blood sugar tests finally forced me to reluctantly face the truth.

I hate needles too. By the way, if you prick your finger on the side, say half way between your finger tip and your finger nail, it hurts less. There are fewer nerve endings there, plus the side of a finger is more out of the way for regular life, like picking up a drinking glass. That way the small prick heals easier on the side too.

If you only test once in a day then after you wake up, but before eating or drinking anything is the best time.

I have plenty of advice on what to eat. Just return and I'll guide you.

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Hello. I finally got the courage up to face my demons and accept that I am a diabetic, and that I should join the team. I've been diagnosed since late December 2015 and I still have food struggles. I work full time and I usually take two college courses a semester so depending on the course load, workouts can be impossible and non-existing. In contrast, I am very good about taking my meds (Metformin 500mg, twice a day), and even though I HATE needles, I'm even better about checking my levels; so good in fact that my diabetes coach suggested that instead of testing twice a day everyday, that I test once in the morning one day and the next day test at night after dinner. Did I say that I HATE NEEDLES?? emoticon

Anyhoo, what made me finally join the team was an email I got about an 8 week challenge and I love a challenge! Well, actually I like anything that is going to help me get on track with my diet and exercise regimen... emoticon Also, I would like someone who can help me when I'm down about my numbers and meals being out of whack. My husband tries really hard but it's not the same when he's eating anything he wants... emoticon In closing, I'm looking forward to being a part of the team. emoticon

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Oh yes, and if you decide to test yourself, of course wash your hands first, let completely dry, and prick yourself just off the side of a finger tip, not right in the middle of a finger tip. It hurts less (just a few less nerve endings there), and the side of the finger tip has less"traffic", it is less touched as you do regular things in life.

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If you have a prescription, and health care coverage, then some of the expense of the meter, lancettes, and test strips is covered.

If you don't have that, I'm pretty sure you can buy it yourself. The meters seem to run around $40, and the lancettes are cheap, but where I am each test strip is around $1.

When I test myself, and it isn't often these days, it is first thing in the morning when I wake up. That gives you a good indication about overall general levels. My body is such that if I eat too many carbs one day, it is still high in the morning, about 12 or more hours later. Then of course I resolve to eat fewer carbs, which I do, and the next morning it is yet better.

Another thing to do is to test after a meal, say just to see if rice is bad for you (it is). But do a test before the meal. That way you know what it was before eating, and can see just how much the meal impacted your blood sugar. I mean if you ate toast with jam for breakfast, then had a chocolate bar at morning break, then had lunch of an egg omelette, and then measured your blood sugar after lunch, it would be really wrong to blame the eggs.

So test just before a meal. But then how long afterwards a meal? Apparently if you are not a diabetic your blood sugar peaks around 45 minutes after eating, but for a diabetic it is peaks higher and later, so about 90 minutes after eating. If you missed the peak at 90 minutes,Mel all the better, it means you are closer to normal. On the other hand if it is still high, then you probably need to figure out what did that and change your eating habits.

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Basically you are looking for morning fasting numbers, which is a good overall indication of things, then you are loin to see how high a meal drives your blood sugar, and if you can afford the strips, how quickly it comes down. The closes time between subsequent measurements, to see how blood sugar comes down is about 1 hour.

For a non-diabetic, everything settles down to pre-meal values in about 2 hours. Not for me though. I settle down after about 20 hours.

I my case I rate foods by the percentage of their weight that is carbs. I can spot the culprit pretty easy that way. Bread is about 50% carbs, sugar is 100%.

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I don't. The doctor didn't tell me I needed to test. I was thinking about getting some anyways, but wasn't sure if I needed a prescription for insurance or if I should just go buy one.

How often and when does one test? And what would I be looking for?

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ZOEWMU,

Do you have the test strips and all that to measure your blood sugar at home?

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If you cut carbs and take your medication your blood sugar could get too low, so careful there. But you will feel it if your blood sugar gets too low.

Weak, dizzy, perhaps even sweaty. If that happens, eat some carbs to bring your blood sugar back up.

But in general fewer carbs and more fat, that will both lower your blood sugar and help with weight loss. One way to reduce carb intake is to count and watch grams of carbs, say 40 or 50 grams of carbs a day. But these days I just choose low carb things. I read labels. If it has more than 6% of its weight as carbs I just don't buy or eat it. A few exceptions, but then I'm super careful with quantity. Like one square of very dark chocolate, like 85% cocoa, not 3 or 4 squares.

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Thank you so much for the information. When I did low carb before, I was trying to lose weight. I didn't count calories; I only counted carbs. I also used artificial sugar, which I am not doing this time around. I love fat....the fatty part of a steak, butter, cream. What I don't like is eggs unless they are hard boiled.

I'm going to get there. I just need to figure out what to do. If I'm doing low carb, do I need to take my blood sugar? Can I take the medicine and low carb or is that a bad plan?






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Ok, I found it. A Big Mac, medium fries, medium Coke has 151 grams of carbs.
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Times 4 for calories in the carbs, 604.

If you walk at a normal pace probably two hours of walking.
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If you actually wanted to burn all the calories in that meal, then about 4 hours of walking.

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So stuck between a rock and a number of hard places. I myself have eaten low carb for 5 years to manage my blood sugar. But I also eat quite a bit of fat. So I eat all sorts of meat, fatty or not, and cheese, eggs, whipping cream in my coffee, you name it. So I'm not hungry all the time, no.

I'm guessing that your previous venture into low carb was also low calorie, with a focus on weight loss rather than blood sugar management. Am I right?

You can ask "why me?", you can be in denial like I was for a few years. But in the long run it is better to take control, and sadly make some dietary changes. I know you probably don't want to hear that. I myself was on metformin for 12 years with some bad long term, permanent side effects. So I really dislike that stuff. I'm always annoyed with the diabetes adds on TV, they alway have the line "when diet and exercise aren't enough, take ..." The truth is diet makes a huge difference.




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Good morning, and now I've got some coffee in me.

So there are a few angles to this. Here are the macro nutrients and their impact on blood sugar:

- dietary fat has no impact on blood sugar
- protein, up to about 70 grams a day has no impact and is used to maintain muscles and organs
- carbohydrates up to about 30 grams a day are used by part of the brain, but after that raise blood sugar

Your body needs some dietary fat, about 60 grams a day as a minimum. How high you go is really whether you want to loose weight, whether you want to eat more nice things, whether your spdigestion can handle it. But a lot of flexibility on dietary fat.

Your body needs protein, like about 70 grams a day. Meat is typically about 30% protein, so roughly triple this to say 250 grams of meat, about half a pound.

So let's say you want to eat more than 30 or 40 grams of carbs a day and don't want your blood sugar to go up. You have a few options:
- exercise it off
- take metformin

Metformin makes existing insulin more effective. Insulin helps get carbohydrates (blood sugar) out of the blood, and into cells. Both lean cells and fat cells. So, though I've read about metformin helping with weight loss, I can't for the life of me understand why, insulin has the nickname of "fat storage hormone".

Alternately you can exercise carbs off. Let's look at a Big Mac, medium fries and a medium Coke, how many grams of carbs it has, and how long you have to walk to burn just the carbs in that.



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ZOEWMU,

I'm exhausted at the end of my day, and time for bed. But I will be back and post more tomorrow.

For now I will just try to answer the why now question. Type-2 diabetes is a sliding scale. It isn't like you've got it or you don't. In reality ones ability to manage carbs and blood sugar slowly degrades, and one day when you cross an arbitrary line in the blood sugar "sand" they say you have type-2 diabetes.

Excess body fat also is a factor. Your body tries to store excess carbs away, out of the blood sugar, and into body fat. Sort of like nuclear waste in a salt mine. But again, at some point insulin finds it harder and harder to do this.

Oh, I wrote more than I thought I would. I'll be back with some advice. Bye for now.

James

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Hi! My name is Susan. I'm a 48 year old woman from Michigan. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 3 weeks ago. A week before that, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure.

I was on sparkpeople last year and lost about 25 pounds. Then, all of a sudden it seemed like, my motivation was just gone. I would start out with great intentions and then, by evening, if it wasn't nailed down I was eating it. I didn't realize at the time that an increased appetite is a sign of diabetes. Neither did my doctors because I told them what was going on and they all treated me like I had a moral failing or a character flaw, not a symptom of a problem.

I'm on metformin now. I still struggle with hunger after dinner, but not nearly as bad as before. My doctor didn't tell me to get a meter or check my blood sugar. He didn't do an a1c. He didn't tell me to follow a diet. He just told me to take the pills and come back in 3 months. (time to get a new doctor). So, I know nothing. I do go to the specialist in 2 weeks because I also have fatty liver disease. I'm going to set up an appointment with an endocrinologist too, I think. I would like to know why this is happening to me. No one in my family has diabetes, not even my parents or grandparents. No one has liver disease. It's weird.

For now, I'm following a sensible calorie diet. I try to eat an apple and some walnuts every day and lots of veggies. I'm thinking I'll end up on low carb, but I'm just not ready to commit fully to that right now. I've done it in the past, and it's hard to do long term. I do try to low carb dinner, just because I'm used to eating that way. I'm trying to avoid sugar both regular and artificial. So I'm drinking lots of water and tea.

I'm not sure if what I'm doing is right because I really don't know what to do. Any guidance would be helpful.

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FIDDLER4JESUS,

yup, my denial lasted for about a year and a half. If I just ate a little better, didn't have ice-cream day before the blood test ...

Well, it was a lot more than that. Get your blood sugar under control. It is a very slow sort of rusting from the inside. Not your catastrophic injury that you see the difference from one moment to the next. No, so slow that it is imperceptible, but over time it adds up.

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Hi everyone! I am new,, hope to accomplish the right way to eat before I see my doctor again on June 10th. He is just a medical doctor. But, he informed me that I needed to start the medication because of my blood work. My blood sugar was 132, too high,as he said. And, it runs in my family. I have been borderline for many years and have had plenty of warnings. So, here I start and am really glad I found this team. I do look on the internet at American Diabetic Assoc. for recipes. Thank you for any help you can give me!



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Hi to all and hope you have a good day.
Tues is weigh in day for me. I'm down 2.5 this week.
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I totally agree with Susie.

The old saying is "you can't exercise away a bad diet". In the case of type-2 diabetes, any carbs raise blood sugar and contribute to a bad diet. So exercise for fitness, or because you like it. I do.

Get yourself a digital scale, make it a numbers game.

Carb counting works great. Absolutely investigate the nutrition of what you eat. I have a digital scale at home, with a zero out feature, so in this case I can weigh the cheese on the plate without the weight of the plate.

I ate breakfast of 30 grams of cheese on one egg:







Yah, I know that the scale should say 74 grams, but freakishly close, maybe the egg was 2 grams short of 44?

Cheese and egg (180 calories)
Carbs (0 g)
Fat (14.5 g)
Protein (12g)

So still 30 g of carbs for the rest of my day. If I eat 30 grams a day or less, then my blood sugar is under control drug free.

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Hi Artsky,
As James said, take extra B12
You might want to follow a ketogenic diet, and follow it as close as you can. I rid my house of processed foods, beans, rice, bread and other starchy foods, sugar, any sweets, even high sugar fruits.
Ketogenic is like counting calories, you count your carbs. I suggest you read Jimmy Moore's Keto Clarity book. listen to his podcasts. Please explore this this group and saturate yourself with keto knowledge.
It has been proven to be the best for type II diabetics.


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Hi I have just been dianossed with type 2. I've been heading that way for a few years. I', 70+ and can not walk well. I do lead an arthritis swim class 5 days a week. Thats my best exercise.
Onice and a while I 'll walk a short way. Most days I put from 2000 to 4000 steps. I know not much but the best I can do.
I'm on Metform also. I didn't know about the forgetfulness. Thats nnot good for me. I' already forgetful.
I'll try this team and see if we can help each other.
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I can't really tell you what to do.

I however was on metformin for 12 years, due to low vitamin B12, a possible side effect of taking taking Metformin my memory is irreversibly damaged and I'm n long term disability due to that. (Just google metformin and B12 together). Needless to say I was p*ssesd and depressed for a while.

So if you take metformin be sure to take extra B12 to counteract that. It is a very gradual decline in memory.

So that is one path.

The other path is to change what you eat. I am now free of diabetes drugs, and have been for the last 4 years. No more remembering to take my pills, which quite frankly by the end of my first 12 years I was forgetting 1 or 2 days out of the week.

So now I have chosen to eat healthier, no sugar, few candies, just a little dark chocolate. No rice, pasta, potatoes. Low carb stuff only. Yup life is different, life is healthier.

Now it is your choice.

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My A1c was 6.7 and I started eating cleaner fresh produce. No caffeine, no dairy, very little meat. Some coconut oil, cold pressed evoo and avocado. I stay clear of sugar alcohols too. Also did not eat less than 3 hours before bedtime.
It's 2 months later and now my A1c is 5.7

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Well, hello all. My doctor called today and said my A1C is 6.6. My question...is that number truly considered Diabetes? She has prescribed Metformin but I'm not sure I want to start that. The A1C was done as a result of having high blood sugar results more than three times over the last year. She told me three months ago to watch the sweets but obviously I didn't do that well. And, so, here I am. I guess I am just wondering if I can correct this without medication at this point? Just don't know whether to start the Metformin or not.

P.S. My daughter has Type 2 and is insulin dependent and my son is on the diabetic diet but for other health reasons. So, I have a good grasp on the diabetic diet and carb counting yet I still find myself in this situation.
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look at www.fattoskinny.net , It shows some great meal plans with 20 net carbs a day.

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Susie,

That doesn't make sense to me too. 20 grams a day is quite low, in fact very hard to get lower because lots of healthy vegetables have a few grams here and there.

I wish I could provide some suggestions. But it puzzles me too.

Only one idea. How many grams of protein do you eat in a day? One's body typically needs about 60 grams a day to maintain lean tissue, like muscles. More than that will turn into glucose via gluconeogenesis. In other words more is not better. Easy to get too much protein if you drink protein powder shakes. Just a thought... Maybe?

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Hello, I'm Susie. I lost over 90 lbs slowly on low carb(20 carbs/day), fresh healthy foods. Now my doctor says I am diabetic. A1c at 6.7. This does not make sense since I been low carb for years. Now I have cut out most dairy, sugar-alcohols, caffeine.

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I don't know! I 've not been in the habit of counting them. As yet, I haven't been told to llimit anything except sugary things (which I avoid anyway, as I don't have a sweet tooth), and eat a healthy balanced diet! 'Try and lose some weight' they said - as if that was a novel idea. (it isn't!).
I'm waiting to see a diabetic nurse next week, but I've also booked an appointment to find out about gastric balloons and weight loss surgery. I'm seriously thinking of going down this route, which I gather can 'turn off' the diabetes.



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CING56,

Watching you carbs ... excellent. How many carbs, or rather grams of carbs, do you eat in a day?

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Hi,
I have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which is obviously not welcome. I'd gone to the doctor having had 5 months of one virus after another - really bad colds mainly. I'd put on weight - mainly because I'd not felt well enough to exercise (which I enjoy), but couldn't lose it and felt pretty rubbish.
About 10 years before I'd been diagnosed with Grave's disease (overactive theyroid) and had to take medication for about 2 years. I thought maybe my thyroid had become underactive but apparently my thyroid is fine - not so my glucose levels.
I had 2 lots of blood tests 6 weeks apart and by the time I had the second lot it appears I had developed fully blown diabetes, which is strange because I feel so much better now that I've got over the virus I had in January.
I'm waiting to see a Diabetes nurse specialist and have just been told to lose weight if I can. I'm trying, but the think is, I have a pretty healthy diet (I think) and love swimming, cycling, tennis and walking. I don't like sweet things so I don't eat them. I also watch my carbs and everything else and know I don't eat more than I'm meant to (about 1200-1400 a day on my diet). I'm feeling very unsure about what to do for the best.
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IAMSUNNYHOWARD,

Those percentages for fat, carbs and protein, are those percentages of the calories in a day?

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IAMSUNNYHOWARD,

Steroids (prednisone) was likely a big factor in my developing type-2 diabetes. Although I had problems that seemed to need steroids, if I could do it all again I would have left my body heal itself and never have taken the steroids.

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Hi,
My name is Sunny. I live in Mesa, AZ. I am 66, retired and today my Endocrinologist put me on Metformin, and told me I have Type 2 diabetes. I have many appointments in the next 2 weeks, and in the back of my mind, I am thinking, no it is something else that is causing this.

Tomorrow I meet with a nurse for training on how to read and interpret my glucose readings.Oh boy. I was recently diagnosed with parathyroid disease and will be discussing surgical options soon. I have scans this week on the parathyroids.

I have another test to see if my adrenal glands are OK, because if they are producing too much cortisol, that could be why my A1C was so high.

I know I feel like I am falling apart. I started Sparking in earnest in September 2015. In October 2015 I quit smoking and am still smoke free. I saw a dietician at the hospital and she gave me a food prescription. In a nutshell is it 18% protein, 25% percent fats, and 57% carbs. I am comfortable with that amount. I will see her mid-March. I completed the 1st Spark Coach program and really felt that I had this! I am not feeling that way at the moment!

I am trying to maintain a positive attitude, although am thinking at this moment, what is the point. Every step I have taken to improve my health feels like a step backwards.

Anyway, I am here to learn about diabetes. Adjust my 'tude, and hopefully get back into a supportive role for my fellow Sparkers.

I realize God doesn't give us more than we can handle, but right now I am feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Thanks for listening to my rant.

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Amber (WOODSPRITE63),

T2 diabetes is a line in the sand of ones ability to handle carbs and keep one's blood sugar under control. So "full blown" is just crossing that arbitrary line. That said, it is still an indication that something needs to change.

You had a cortisone shot, I took prednisone, but both are steroids, and both seem to either cause or expose ones blood sugar issues.

I agree with your instincts on carbs per day, the lower the better. At around 30 per day, if you can get there from a practical point of view, you should be in great shape, not 30 per meal.

At 100 in a day my blood sugar is out of control, and if persists being high until the next morning. So they are right, the morning is a key time to measure. That said, if you want to measure at other times (before a meal, 90 minutes after a meal ...) then as long as you don't mind the pokes, or the cost of the test strips, go ahead. All information is good to have.

I personally rate foods by the percentage of their weight that is carbs, and higher ones, well I just don't eat them.

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Hi all! My name is Lisa. I'm 52, a web developer for university. A week ago I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes and hypertension. I started Metformin this Monday, and am supposed to start Lysiniprol next Monday.

Ever since having gestational diabetes 16 years ago, I've tried to balance proteins and carbs, so I think the rise in BS was stealthy. I was warned that I would probably develop full blown T2 in the future considering my family history and my own health history. Didn't notice anything until I had a cortisone shot in my shoulder in October and ended up peeing for a week and a half. Don't know if that would have still been in my system enough to have skewed my A1C higher or not or if I'm really sitting at 8.4. I definitely don't want another shot unless I have to have it. I am supposed to go in for shoulder surgery for a torn tendon 1/29, but the diabetes and hypertension diagnosis may cause a reschedule (I hope not a total cancellation). I'm not quite eligible for retirement yet and who knows, I might want to be a trapeze artist when I reinvent myself into Lisa v2.0!

Eighteen months ago I started doing a walking program at work (10K steps/day) and did low carb. That brought me down 27 lbs and I've dropped another 4-5 lbs since the last visit to my docs on 12/19. I went to the nutritionist today and was surprised how many carbs she wants me to aim for. I'm actually a bit uncomfortable with it - 30 at every meal and 15 at each snack. Another thing I was told was that I only need to test my BS in the AM. I'm testing more often because I want to know how certain foods/exercise affect it. I may back off later. Fasting runs between 144 and 166. My best (which was before lunch) was 128.

I have lots of reading and lots of learning to do! I do like to cook and have a family who is pretty tolerant of new foods and recipes I try. I ordered 2 of the Amer. Diabetes Cookbooks, so we'll see what I can come up with!

Glad to be part of a group where I can ask questions and learn as I go!

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Hi all, my name is Patty. I was officially diagnosed with Type 2 in August...but I knew it for quite awhile before it was official. I'm having a tough time balancing the right things to eat...but I'm working on it. I do very well for several days in a row then just don't pay close attention. Same thing with my meds...I often miss 2 days in a row after a couple of weeks of remembering every day. Next then I feel crappy..groggy, irritable. OOPS! time to get it together again! And so it goes. I hope checking in with this group will help keep me on the straight and narrow. Another step in the right direction. Thanks in advance for keeping an eye on me.

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CROUCHINGFLEA,

I know that overwhelmed feeling from 15 years ago.

Here is how I motivate myself to eat right. Let's say I used to eat a peanutbutter and jam sandwich for lunch. Everyone knows that a diabetic, or someone with blood sugar issues shouldn't eat pure sugar by the spoonful.

Pure sugar is 100% carbohydrates, so logic dictates that carbohydrates are what is bad for blood sugar. What if you eat something that is essentially half sugar. How much "better" would that be than eating pure sugar? Again, logic would dictate that while better, that this still wouldn't help a whole lot.

So let me look at that sandwich, and what fraction (percentage) of each constituent is carbodydrates, and is therefore about the same as sugar:
- bread (48%)
- butter (0%)
- jam (65%)
- peanut butter (14%)

Yikes! So I look at the carb percentage of everything, read labels, etc.

As for your veggies, virtually all of them are great. I love zucchini, just cleaned, sliced, and I dip it in ranch dressing.
- zucchini (2%)
- ranch dressing (6%)

For myself 6% s my "typical" cutoff.

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Hi, I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and am just like you just described James, just barely above the line considered diabetic. I'm not on any medication, the doctor wants to try diet and exercise first and really wants me to lose weight. I agree, I don't want to be on medication unless I have to. Right now I'm only checking my glucose first thing in the morning and if I get feeling bad. I have been working on trying to change my diet since the diagnosis first became a possibility a few weeks ago, but now am much more serious about it. I'm really at a loss on how to tame my sweet tooth and how to introduce new veggies that I don't know how to prepare. I love veggies, so I've got that going for me, now to figure out more ways to eat them.

I had an echocardiogram done last Wednesday, same day I was diagnosed, because of an irregular EKG. Not sure what is going on there, but my heart rate is too high.

There is so much information out there, I'm trying to learn all that I can. I'll be going to the education classes soon too. I guess you could say I'm a little overwhelmed.

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SUSEEE,

you sound like you are at a point where you are just on the edge of being considered a diabetic. Really it is just a soft transition from "normal" to "diabetic". Let's make a comparison with being overweight. At what point are you overweight. Say 180 pounds. So if you are 179 then you aren't technically overweight, but it isn't like suddenly everything is fine.

Same with diabetes. It is just a line in the sand.

Absolutely, eat real foods. If it gets ground up, processed, or comes in a box, like breakfast cereal, bring it to question. If you must bake it or cook it in order to eat it (like rice or wheat) the same thing, probably don't eat it. Don't eat white things (this cuts out bread, rice, sugar ..)

If you can eat it raw, then eat it, even if you choose to cook it. Meat is something you can eat raw if it is fresh enough (think sushi and steak that is very rare on the inside).

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Hi. I was just diagnosed and am feeling overwhelmed. I am a nurse and know some--but not enough. I will be starting on Metformin and am worried about the side effects. My initial A1C was 7.1 Since diagnosis in November, I have lost 5 pounds on my own. I am scheduled to see a nutritionist and diabetic educator as well as podiatrist, ophthalmologist. I have been walking regularly and cutting out the "white" foods- though not completely. I also got a pneumonia vaccine even though I'm not old enough by age criteria. I'm just wondering if this is overkill. My FBS on diagnosis was 126. Two years ago it was 124 so it has been gradually coming. Do I really need all these specialists now when I don't have any symptoms and am in the early stages?

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WALKIN4JEANIE,

Exercise is good but eating healthy things is key. My experience with the glycemic index is that it is a good idea to avoid blood sugar spikes, but my trouble has been general carb load. My body can't manage carbs well, and my blood sugar goes up and stays up a long time.

So I need to have my total carb load across the whole day very low. Read your labels, look at where your carbs are coming from.

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