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8/5/14 12:24 P

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exercse doeshelp in keeping the blood sugat low

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8/5/14 1:39 A

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Diana,
so glad you are willing to learn more about all this.
One important thing to study for you may be how your body responds to different foods. All grains and legumes (beans, lentils etc.) as well as sugar are high on the glycemic index. This means that they spike blood sugar a lot. Fats, including saturated fats, do not raise blood sugar at all. Protein only raises blood sugar very little compared to carbohydrates like sugar, grains etc.
There are lots of people here who have found that the more they limit carbohydrates of any kind in their diet, including whole grains, the lower their blood sugar levels are.

You are right that if you lower your carbohydrate intake a lot you may have to reduce your dose or metformin as well as your insulin. Avoiding blood sugars that are too low is extremely important so if you have any doubts about this you want to consult with your doctor and let them know that you are lowering your carbs.
How often do you check your daily blood sugar? If you can find out how your body responds to individual foods you will know what to avoid.
I highly recommend the book by Dr. Bernstein about diabetes to learn how to manage your blood sugar with far less or no medication and insulin:
www.amazon.com/Dr-Bernsteins-Diabete
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Hi Birgit, thanks for your reply. I am a type 2 diabetic. I have never experienced being able to lower my insulin until just recently. I have been diabetic for about 20 years. This is new and very foriengh to me. It gets a little scarey at times too. I have cut out all sugar now and stay pretty close to the spark diet. I do eat bread or tortillas and it is not affecting my numbers much at all. It is going very low in the morning and that's why I have been taking less insulin at night. If it's low I eat oat bran before bed or toast and peanut butter. I eat completely different that my husband now and he cooks for himself when I follow a strict diet. He eats so much sugar and saturated fats that I decided to just let him eat that way and I eat mine. Sometimes he will eat a meal I cook but gets oh so hungry and goes for ice cream at night. I have to be strong to stay away from his eating habits. I did get a craving for sugar but made some refrigerator muffins in mini muffin tins and that worked. So as far as the grains I have to get educated on that and keep trying to get my insulin down and out. I am also on metformen. Maybe I should ask to reduce that now too? Well thanks for your reply and hope to hear from you often. Diana

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Diana, are you type 1 or type 2?
Many type 2 diabetics can get off insulin and even meds by eating a very low-carb (and usually high-fat) diet.
My blood sugar stays in the normal range as long as I don't eat more than about 10 grams of carbs 3 times/day for a max of about 30 grams/day. Most of my carbs come from veggies, a few from nuts or very small servings of fruit.
But I don't eat any of the higher carb foods like grains, legumes or sugar.
It works great (also for weight loss and maintenance) and many people who do this need to drop their insulin levels or even get off insulin in a matter of days, so close monitoring is important.
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Hi Carol, I have never heard of being able to go off insulin completely. Can you explain how your eating habits changed? I am on spark diabetic diet for about a month now and have lost 5 pounds and decreased my insulin by 8 units at night and a couple in morn. I have been walking 15 to 20 minutes for about a week x 2 or so. I didn't think I would be able to get off insulin at all. If this is true I sure want to be there! The last time I seen doc he had increased my insulin to 22. at night and 20 in morn. Now I take 11 at night and about 18-19 in morning. I am worried about it going too low as I had a ceisure a few years back. Well thats my story and in time I hope to be just like you. I will take any pointers you have to offer.! Thanks for your post. Diana

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thanks for the idea walking thrice a day is better as its three times your metabolism gets a boost

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8/4/14 8:32 P

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I would agree w/Birgit that it IS a combo of CV and ST that will ultimately add up, but walking is a great way to start. That's my "go to" and I also do light weights, resistance band, body weight and other ST exercise as well.

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I would walk at anytime, not just after meals.

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I'm sure walking 15 minutes 3 times/day is a great start. My own experience has shown me that resistance/strength training can lower my blood sugar much faster. I try to do some every morning when my blood sugar is typically the highest.
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i think ii will help . i might start to just that . can not hurt .

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I started walking 10 minutes after each meal when I got out of the hospital 4 years ago. After the first month I went form 8 shots of insulin down to a sliding scale and 1 shot of insulin a day.

I have been off insulin since Jan. I finally got a referral to see an Endo. He took me off right away and said it should have been done 2 years earlier.

Since Jan an being off insulin I have lost 40 lbs without even trying.

I am sure you will get great bs results walking 15 minutes after each meal. Love and Light Carol

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From what I've read, it seems 15 min. walks after each meal are as effective as one 45 minute walk/day. I think the advantage here is that you're going to get more folks to walk for 15 minutes 3 times/day than 45 minutes at a crack. I think the overall point is to WALK . . . it helps control blood sugar.



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I read today that walking 15 minutes following each meal willhelp stablilize blood sugars more than a 45 minute walk daily. Any input on this?

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