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6/25/14 1:02 P

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Thank you everyone for you advice and comments.

I have been to a nutrition class that my doctor referred me to. The diabetic educator was awesome, but the nutritionist was...well I didn't care for her. She just kept saying "this is what I do...I don't eat sweets..I don't drink soda...look at me I'm skinny." Well not all of us have that same will power. I just wanted to knock her off her feet. The diabetic educator just kept telling me "it's okay to be mad...it's good to be mad." I wasn't mad at the fact I have diabetes or was even in that class. I was mad because none of what the nutritionist was telling me was valid for ME! She just didn't get it.

I had a 3 month check up yesterday at my primary doctor, so I'm anxious to see what all my levels come back at. Last check up my A1C was 7.6 or something close to that and my fasting blood sugar was 168. I actually got called from the Endocrinologist and they have squeezed me in for today!! YAY!

As for having something to live for...I do have that. I have friends and family that want me around for a long time. Within the last 4 days, we have had 2 friends of the family die suddenly. One was a heart attack at 55 and the other we don't know yet...she died in her sleep at only 51. I don't want this to be me. I'm going to kick it into high gear and live.

I've had some issues with my feet lately, and I'm not sure if it's neuropothy (sp) or just something in my head. It doesn't happen often and doesn't last very long. Just kind of tingling sensation in my feet.

I could ramble on...but I wanted to stop and say thank you for the advice and I will most definitely use some of it.

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6/22/14 11:29 A

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Yes great advice, what I will add and echo. Is that every person and every body is different. Take the advice and guidance you read about and see how it applies to you specifically. I would encourage you to track and test. Pick different times and different meals. Test in pairs.
If you don't know your starting number , you will not know if a particular meal affected you poorly or not. Start with one meal test your sugar before, right down exactly what you had, then wait 2 hours and test again. Record that. Keeping doing that, eventually you create your personal log of what works. Just because it's healthy, doesn't mean its a good choice for you. For example, the other day I had 2 oz of Apple Slices. Raised my sugar 30 points. So it's the occasional treat. Next time I will try just 1 oz. Someone else might be able to eat the entire apple. Again, it's all about you. You are worth this. In beginning it will be a lot of tracking and recording. Eventually it will smooth out and you will know what are good choices for you.

I will echo, that exercise is key. Start small. You don't want to do anything that you can't maintain long term. This is about creating a life style. Not a crazy fad, hop on foot diet. It's about making good choices that are right for you. If your just starting to exercise, do just that start. If you need to do chair exercises, you can do that. If you are able to walk, then get a good pair of sneakers and just walk 10 minutes. That is success. Atleast 30 minutes of exercise a day would be optimal, but start with small steps. Give yourself credit for making the attempt. This can be overwhelming. But there is a lot of wonderful support and information here.

Test - Track - Test and keep coming back.

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6/19/14 6:34 P

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Lots of really good advice so I will just say welcome and look forward to getting to know you!!

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6/19/14 11:53 A

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I personally had a very bad experience with the diabetes educator - but a few months later found a real dietitian that understood my need for a low phosphorous diet. You have to be your own advocate and listen to your body -- not all advice works for every single person.

Don't be afraid to speak up if you try something and it doesn't work.

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6/18/14 11:33 P

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I agree that a Diabetes Education class is very important. I have had Type 2 Diabetes for about 4 years, and I finally was able to take this class. It was amazing what I learned. I also made an appointment to meat with a Diabetic dietician. I think that is very important. That will help you understand what you should be eating or not eating. Good luck with your healthy lifestyle challenge.

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6/18/14 2:50 P

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Wise advice! All the good intentions are not worth anything if you don't use them and that definitely requires personal goals and commitment!



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6/18/14 2:39 P

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So here's a cautionary tale.

My late husband had diabetes, from age 17. His philosophy was to eat whatever he wanted, didn't exercise, drank too much and just took more insulin. He passed at the ripe old age of 45. Before seeing his son out of high school.

Diagnosed almost a year ago myself, I have not followed his example.

In my humble opinion none of the good advice about dieting and exercising and all of that will do you any good until you have something to live for, something WORTH taking better care of yourself.

I have a granddaughter. Light of my life. I have goals. I want to see her thru college, and maybe even married and a family of her own. I figure that makes my life span goal to live at least another 25 years. If I don't love myself enough to take care of me, I must love HER enough to be here for her.

AND I'm vain.

I want to do it with my eyesight, all my toes, and my kidneys and liver.

My Diagnosis was a wake up call, and my first symptom was blurry vision. I have a degenerative spine condition, have battled high blood pressure for over 30 years, and have been skimming kidney failure for years.

I literally had to make a list of my goal to live longer, all the reasons for living longer, and then take a harsh and searching look into myself. Not eating right, not sleeping enough, too much stress, too much drama....they were all just slow-acting suicide.

So...I changed. Everything.

So first in my opinion to get to the root of why you're not taking better care of yourself. Make a list of the reasons (I do believe some things are reasons - some are excuses) and make a list under each of those reasons what would cure that obstacle.

My main obstacle was admitting that I needed to be on anti-depressants. Once I made that step, it was easier to do the others.

But only you can make those decision for yourself.



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6/18/14 1:31 P

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Ummmm . . . . I have to put my two cents worth in here.

First of all, welcome to this forum. I applaud you for figuring out what will work for you (or not). You've taken a step in the riht direction.

Controlling diabetes requires proper rest/exercise and proper nutrition, and meds, when needed. All 3 of these things have to be balanced to work together.

Remember, diabetes is essentially a carbohydrate intolerance, so for ME, I try to keep my carbs below 50 grams/day. And remember, too, that simple carbs (think white bread, white flour, white rice, white potatoes, processed foods, obviously sugar) will be quickly metabolized into sugars and this causes a quick spike in the blood sugar, then a plummet (that's when you get hungry). So, my focus would be getting "the whites" and focus on complex carbs . . . these are things like brown rice, sweet potatoes, whole foods vs. processed foods. They are metabolized slowly, so the rise in blood sugar is more smooth, as is the decrease. That would be a start, and that's where I started.

I eat my allotted calories for the day spread out over 5 small meals/snacks/day. That helps to avoid "the hungries".

Exercise HAS to be built into the day. That has a positive affect on controlling both hunger and blood sugar.

Proper rest is important, because w/o enough sleep, your ghrelin (the "I'm hungry" hormone) is increased (increasing hunger) and your leptin (the "I feel full now" hormone) is decreased (meaning you just can't eat enough to feel satisfied.) Proper sleep helps with this.

You would do well (if you haven't already) to get a referral to a diabetic educator who could help you determine an appropriate diet.

In the meantime, don't be shy about doing research for yourself, too. One thing that would be worthwhile investigating is the low glycemic index diet -- learn what foods are metabolized slowly -- that's what you want to aim for.

Last, but not least, make sure you're taking in a source of good fat. That helps with carbohydrate metabolism and helps you get and stay full longer.

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the next time you see your doctor.. ask to be referred to a diabetes education class... most insurances will pay for it... I just took a refresher class last month... that should put you on track

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6/18/14 12:55 P

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The best way to get those blood sugars down is to eat 45 carbs per meal. Then you get 1 carb serving which is 15 carbs for two snacks. It works. Follow the nutrition tracker for diabetics and it will guide you about how many carbs you are eating. You also need to see a nutritionist to help set up a diet especially for you. The info I gave you is what I was told and Spark People back this up with their program. It works.

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6/18/14 12:33 P

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Hi everyone. I'm a new member to this forum and fairly new member to SparkPeople in general. I'm 39 (to be 40 in August) and I've had type 2 diabetes for almost 2 years now. I'm having trouble getting my numbers where they should be. My daily numbers would run between 400-500 when I was first diagnosed. This morning it was 148 which is considerably better, but not what a morning reading should be. I'm on 3 different diabetic medicine and 2 for high blood pressure and a few more for sleep. This is not how I expected to be when I turned 40.
Anyway...I'm not a very good eater...I eat what I want basically. I have a very hard time staying motivated to eat better.
Has anyone ever tried the Whole30 challenge with T2? Did it work for you?



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