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9/21/15 2:14 P

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Trying to lower blood sugar and get a better A1C reading...
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1/19/15 12:36 P

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Croyle,
how great that you are making such a difference for your whole family. Diabetes can be prevented with the right food and exercise and it is so important that young people find out about this. My daughter was in the pre-diabetic range at 15 and is now in the normal range by eating a low-carb/high-fat diet. We caught it before she even gained any weight. Some of her peers aren't so lucky. I can recognize it early now, some are very athletic but are developing some belly fat. It makes me sad that their parents don't do anything to encourage them to eat better, just sending them to Mc Donalds and letting them eat horrible school lunches where french fries and pizza count as vegetables.
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1/19/15 1:15 A

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hi bridgit

I do yoga and meditation for stress and it has really helped. I lost a son in 1985 so when my grand daughter was dying it brought all those feelings and memories back. It was a roller coaster with her. She would go in the hospital and the doctors would say this was it. She hung on for 10 months longer.

My husband has two diabetics who work for them One type 1 the other type two One injects extra insulin to eat what ever he wants and The other thpe 2 an drinks and eats all kinds of sweets.

I eat all kinds of vegetables. and if I can not eat all of them I juice them an eat with a protein. I have no problem with bs juicing. Endo suggested it. Also bought the juicer that he uses.

My 19 year old grandson is living with us. He took me to my diabetic meeting. I thought he would be bored. I have been trying to teach him about diabetes. It is rampant on both sides of the family. he found it very interesting. I got him off soda the last 4 months. Exercising etc. He talked to the diabetic educator after the meeting and he wants to go with me again next month. In just the last 3 days has upped his exercise and is eating healthier. I do not want him to become a diabetic. I am happy he is taking his health into consideration.

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1/19/15 12:59 A

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I'm glad you have taking so many steps toward health. I do think that eating lots of vegetables are great for people with diabetes but I have never heard from anyone that a vegetarian diet is a good idea. It is not the fat that hurts our blood sugar at all, only the carbs and to a small amount excessive amounts of protein.
It is sad that many people don't take diabetes seriously as they may get many negative health consequences without even being aware of them. I know you are right that extreme stress can have a huge impact on our immune system and thereby on our ability to have normal blood sugar levels. So many hormones are involved that affect insulin.
I think relaxation exercise can be a great way to reduce blood sugar issues for many people.
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1/19/15 12:27 A

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I normally do not eat macaroni or brats. That is why I said I was bad. BS was 108. But my endo wants me checking my bs 2 hours after eating especially after eating some thing new that I never eaten before to see how it effects BS. I went to an educator meeting the other day and they were telling the new people you can eat grain and pasta as long as it is whole grain or multi grain. They also say the best diet for diabetics is vegetarian. Which I do not eat that much meat any more but I do like my protein. We each have to see and decide what we can handle I worked hard to get off insulin. As of 10 Jan I have been off insulin for a whole year. Endo very happy. We are working towards getting off diabetic meds slowly. I went from getting out of the hospital on 6 shots a day finding out I was diabetic within the first month down to 1 shot 2 second shot if before meal over 130 sliding scale. down to one shot and gradually lowing it down to getting totally off. I am sure there are foods that I can eat that have no effect on my bs and foods you eat that do have an effect. It is just a learning curve that works for our bodies. My diabetes was brought on my extreme stress. In Mar of 20`0 Had AlC done in was in the normal range. In 6 weeks I ended up in the hospital with Ketoacidosis I was dealing with health issues of my husband and elderly mom, my 4 year old grand daughter was dying my brother and sister in law dying of cancer. I fetl over whelmed. My BS was 860 and ended in ICU. When I got out could not see for a month so I take diabetes very seriously. My doctors and diabetic educator says I am an A student when it comes to diabetes and said they wish more of there patients were like me. I do what is best for me. I am the one who controls what goes into my mouth I am the one who has to live with the bad side effects of diabetes if I do not keep it in control. I had a friend did not keep bs in control lost limbs an died. I miss her.

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1/18/15 2:38 P

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Croylee,
I hope you don't mind my giving my input on a second thread you started. I agree with some of the tips in this article but also know that any grains, including whole grains and steel-cut oats, raise blood sugar just as much as white flour as you can easily tell by looking at the glycemic index of all of them. I guess all it takes is to test your blood sugar after you have eaten them. I never want my blood sugar to be any higher than about 120 and 30 to 60 minutes after eating any grains it would be far higher, at least 180 if not above.
If I would eat brats and cheese they would not raise my blood sugar, if I ate the macaroni it would go through the roof.
I usually have brats and cheese with green leafy veggies to keep my blood sugar low. Macaroni have no taste by themselves anyhow.
High blood sugar levels kill brain cells and cause neuropathy, just not worth it.

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1/18/15 1:44 P

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your all welcome I will pass on more articles when I feel you all would like them. I have to tell you yesterday I was bad for dinner. My husband and grandson wanted mac an cheese and brats. I decided to have a brat and mac and cheese 1/2 cup since I was scared it woul really raise my blood sugar ate an apple. check BS two hours later and it was 108. I normally do not eat that kind of food. l was happy that it was almost in the normal range.. I did also go for a 10 minutes walk which I am sure helped also.

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1/18/15 8:19 A

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Great! Thanks!

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Thank you! that's very helpful.

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6 Diabetes Food Swaps That Can Help Lower Your Blood Sugar
By Athena Philis-Tsimikas, M.D.
Published Dec 30, 2014

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If you have diabetes then you know how important a healthy lifestyle is. However, a diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean you can’t eat the foods you love. Instead of completely ditching your old diet, resolve to make a few small substitutions. By replacing a low-fiber food with a high-fiber version, for example, you can help keep glucose levels under control and feel full sooner so you eat less. Other little changes can help with portion control and weight loss.

Try making a few of these easy changes and see how small swaps can make a big difference in managing your diabetes and your overall health:

1. Eat Whole Grains Instead of Refined
White rice and white flour get their pasty color as a result of being refined, or having their fiber-rich husk, bran, and germ stripped away. Fiber helps prevent blood sugar spikes. Research has shown that eating whole grains can lower your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease by 20 to 30 percent. Replace white rice with whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa, and choose bread with a whole grain listed as the first ingredient.

2. Eat Dark Leafy Greens Instead of Light Ones
Unlike nutrient-poor iceberg lettuce, dark leafy greens such as spinach, arugula, kale and Swiss chard are packed with vitamins and nutrients such as vitamins A and C, as well as magnesium and potassium. Darker greens also have more fiber. Toss a couple of handfuls of dark greens into your next salad, or add them to a smoothie — you won’t even taste them.

3. Eat Baked Chips Instead of Fried
Cut some fat out of your diet without giving up that satisfying crunch. Potato, tortilla, and pita chips come in baked versions that are lower in fat. Some are also higher in whole grains than others. Keep in mind, though, that these snacks are not the most nutritious food choices, and portion control is especially important. Instead of eating straight out of the bag, place a serving in a bowl or buy single-serving packs.

4. Eat Whole Fruit Instead of Fruit Juice
Apples, oranges, and grapes are good sources of fiber, but you need to eat the whole fruit to get the benefits. Juices have all of the sugar of the fruit, but not the skins and pulp — so they lack the fiber that slows down sugar absorption and controls insulin levels. Go for the whole fruit, and include antioxidant-rich dark berries as well. If you need something to drink with meals, try water with lemon.

5. Eat Steel-Cut Oats Instead of Boxed Cereal
If you start your day with a bowl of cereal, try a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal instead. Boxed breakfast cereals, many of which are made with refined grains, are often low in fiber and high in sugar. Steel-cut oats are higher in fiber (even higher than instant oatmeal) and will slow down the rise in insulin. Newer varieties of steel-cut oats take just a few minutes to cook, or you can prepare them ahead of time and reheat in the morning if you’re short on time.

6. Eat From a Small Plate Instead of a Large One
Controlling portions is just as important for people with diabetes as choosing healthy options. So much of eating is visual, and a few small changes can help you feel satisfied with less food. Try using a smaller plate for meals, which will give the illusion of more food even though the portions may be smaller. Instead of watching television, working on the computer or doing something else distracting while you eat, focus on your food and how every bite smells and tastes. Slow down and enjoy it, and you will likely eat less.

Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD, is an endocrinologist and the Corporate Vice President for the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute.

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