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9/3/14 6:15 A

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YES! Testing was crucial.

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9/3/14 1:18 A

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The most helpful for me was to get a glucometer and test individual foods. I stopped eating all foods that spike my blood sugar over 120 and limit portion size on all foods that spike my blood sugar over 110 1 hour after eating.


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9/2/14 12:58 A

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I also agree with HYGEEK. The ADA is suggesting portions of carbs that are too high. They just don't want to "upset" the general public, and that includes you. But thinking drugs are the answer is very risky. I have ulcerative colitis, which impacts my absorption of nutrition and vitamins. I took Metformin for 9 years and it further impacted my absorbtion of vitamin B.

I'm now on long term disability due to permanent memory impairment from low vitamin B. That was 9 years of Metformin.

So I strongly suggest that you lower your carb intake. Aim for 30 to 50 grams of net carbs a day. The benefits are:
- you'll probably loose weight, if that is what you want to do, if you don't have that goal just eat more
- you may be able to control your blood sugar on less, if any medication
- your taste preferences will change over a few months, so many foods that you didn't used to like will taste fantastic.

So, low carb for me means I don't have a pill regimen anymore, my cravings for sweet things are gone, and a whole range of foods are now enjoyable, so I've gained more than I've lost.

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 9/2/2014 (01:10)

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9/1/14 11:46 P

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I agree with HYEGEEK and I.M.MAGIC

Testing is one of the most important learning tools you have. Test before your meal and test 2 hours after your meal to find out exactly what the foods are doing to your system. If you don't know where you are starting from, how can you know where and how far you went????

So starting off, you may need to test multiple times a day, but as you become more away of the reactions of various foods, you may not have to test as often.....

My motto is test, Test TEST


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9/1/14 2:13 A

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All great replies, as

Diabetes IS a life sentence, but it is NOT a death sentence unless we don't pay attention to details. I agree with what is said about the carbs. They are like pets, you need to keep them on a leash--preferably a short one! LOL

I have kidneys that have been damaged because there was a period of time where I couldn't get health care--no medication and no help at all, and it was pre-Sparkpeople for me. It's very difficult to eat right when all you get is what people donate to the food bank. To make a long story short, my DH and I had gone from almost six figures a year to absolutely nothing; the pickup and the work van were gone, so I spent my last $500 on a station wagon and we lived in it.

I don't recommend that, but now there is no going back. I'm no longer on a diabetic diet, my kidneys can't filter the minerals in most veggies. I'm on a renal diet.

I still learn about the diabetic stuff, because I'm still diabetic--I just have to make adjustments to suit my situation. So will you, whatever that may be.

That is why your meter is your best friend. Learn how to interpret the results.

And remember, emoticon It's not easy-- but it's not brain surgery...

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P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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8/31/14 10:04 P

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Exercise lowers blood sugar so make a point of doing some walking or anything that gets you moving.

The food part is the hardest for me. It is not so cut and dried.
If you have access to a nutritionist go for it.

Mostly you must keep track of the amount of any food you eat.
Best way is to weigh it or measure it with measuring cups and spoons.. Very often we have been accustomed to portion sizes much bigger in the past.
So it is up to you to do your homework and read articles .
If you have another Dr. Appointment coming up I suggest you ask Dr. any of your questions. WRITE THEM DOWN and use the advice given.
If you do not respond well to what you are doing you have to keep track of your progress. That way you will be getting the advice of your Dr.

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8/31/14 8:54 P

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I guess my initial reaction to things was feeling like it was a life sentence! BUT the reality is once I found SP, one month after diagnosis, I got serious about diet and exercise. I really learned that carbs (simple carbs particularly) are not my friend. Even complex carbs have to be in control. So, it took awhile, but I did get into a nutritionist and that helped me figure out the diet angle.

Always do your own research. This is a good place to read the threads and learn. That's your biggest help . . . . learning.

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8/31/14 8:17 P

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I do wish I had had a little more knowledge of a proper way to treat this from the basis of eating and exercise. I first was seen by a NP who did nothing but give me drugs and ignore me completely after, even though I was still having problems with being light headed. She finally dumped me off on a doctor there (fortunately for me) and I saw a Diabetes Educator. If I followed the ADA guidelines, though, I would be eating more carbs than I ate before. My doctor has said she likes low carb and I should follow a modified Atkins Diet. She also wants to get me off all drugs, so not ALL doctors want to put you on drugs.

I wish my friend was told the right way to eat. She told me today that potatoes are okay, but the butter, sour cream, cheese, and salt add starch to them that causes the BG to increase. She also eats mainly bread and pasta and beans.

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8/31/14 6:52 P

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That you can manage your diabetes if you can get to your ideal weight.Not all diabetes drugs are the best for you.I was on Avandia they recalled it after I had broken my right ankle,then both ankles again years later.Drug side affects were broken bones and heart attacks.And you have to be your own detective on this disease because all docs want to pill u to death.Why should I be on a drug for high blood pressure when I do not have it. Strict diet and exercise is for me.

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The main thing I wish I had been told up front was that the ADA is not the friend of the type 2 diabetic. Following their advice is a sure way to let the disease progress until your pancreas is completely burned out.

What I'm glad I was told fairly early on was that carbs are the name of the game. Keeping your blood sugar in a safe range (always below 140 in my case) requires close attention to not only the amounts of carbs but the type of carb.

Eat to your meter was the best advice I got. Find out what each and ever food does to YOU since many (most?) of us react differently to different foods. Once you know what types of foods in what amounts are safe for you, life becomes very manageable.

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What do wish someone had told you after you were diagnosed? What were the the most effective changes you made to diet/exercise? I'm reading some ADA and other materials, but would appreciate some insider knowledge from people who actually have experience living with Type 2...

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