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ScooterFL
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/20/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
I am new to this forum and have been diagnosed with type 2 diabrtes about a month ago. My blood sugar has been high for several years.
 
After being diagnosed and started monitoring my glucose level I developed an Excel spreadsheet to track my sugar levels twice daily. It is laid out as a monthly chart and includes a graph for each month as well as a year to date graph at the end. It works pretty well. It does have one bug in it that I have not had time to fix. If the first day of the month is not filled out the daily average for the month does not work. I will make this available to anyone who would like it. It does not have any macros and is safe to use. I have also protected the worksheets so there is no worry of messing up any of the formulas. 
 
Moderators; If there is a problem with this please let me know and I will pull this post

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/21/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Scooter,
Shouldn't be a problem if you are sharing this for free... (If you're selling it there will be a problem.) How are you doing with your sugars? What kind of food plan are you on? Meds? Exercise regimen?

Anyway, welcome to HealingWell. We share ideas and gripes about diabetes but we have some fun, too.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


ScooterFL
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 3/24/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
I offer this absolutely free. If anyone thinks they could benefit from it. I found it easier to track my sugar levels just by looking at the chart. I can sure tell when I over eat.
 
As far as special diet I'm not on one. I have reduced the amount I eat and have cut out late night snacking. I think th biggest factor contributing to this is I have not benn working over the winter and I have horrible eating habits. I found most days I may not eat until 3 in the afternoon. and then eat dinner about 6 or 7 and go until the next day before eating. So I have made sure I eat breakfast every morning. I now eat 4 times a day smaller portions as well as taking Janumet 500mg with my evening meal My blood sugar has been averaging 135 for the month. Last month when I was diagnosed my blood suger was 187 fasting and my A1C was 8.7 My goal is to keep my sugar under 120. I do see that the numbers are trending down yet.
 
I made a mistake the other night and made pancakes for dinner.  My sugar was quite high that night but returned to 123 by morning. I am finding the right diet for myself. I know as wamer weather approaches I stay a lot more active and I would expect My sugar levels to drop into a better range with the help of medication.
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/24/2008 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Scooter,
I'm gonna "mother hen" you here and tell you to set a new goal of a morning blood sugar of under 110 and an A1C of under 6.0. There are other members here who will ask even more of you. I am not trying to be bossy or unkind. I only want to help you to understand how diabetes works and how patients and doctors deal with it.

Most people spend the time early in their diagnosis pretending that it's just another disease and these little pills will help it. That's what I did... for almost 10 years. I sort of was good, I mean I didn't eat too much 'bad' stuff and only drank once in a while or while on vacation... Basically I stuck my head up my behind and tried to ignore the fact that I had a progressive and possibly fatal disease. The list of complications that go with this disorder is endless. So what did I get for my behavior?

First they added another med to my list to help "fight the high blood sugar". Then they upped the dosage. Then I had to get glasses because of eye changes (not readers but distance glasses.) Then I started insulin. HELLO JEANNIE!!! Time to wake up!!! That's when things got interesting and I took another diabetes class and learned that I had to start being pro-active if I wanted to keep my feet and my eyesight and not get put on dialysis. I worked really hard to keep things in line. I kept a log of foods and exercise and tried so hard.... But the doctor had to keep upping my insulin to keep the numbers down. Then to add to my stress (and help elevate my blood sugars!) my husband lost his job and we lost our insurance.

All of a sudden my metformin, Avandia and Lantus insulin was costing me over $500.00 a month and I still had 6 other prescriptions to fill for the rest of my health problems! So I came back here to ask my buddies to help. There's a funny Scottish man and several very smart people who are chemists and rocket scientists (or something). Anyway they put me on the path to the 'nothing white but cauliflower' food plan.

No rice, potatoes, pasta,milk, nothing that is made from grain except some occasional oatmeal in the meatloaf. Breakfast is an egg with cheese and an orange. Lunch is about 4 oz of deli meat rolled up in spinach leaves, romaine lettuce or collard greens & mayo with an apple. Dinner is meat, two or three kinds of veggies & salad. Snacks are a banana slathered in peanut butter or a one inch block of cheese with 20 peanuts or 6 almonds.

My sugars dropped like a stone! I stopped the Avandia at the same time I started the new food plan. (Good thing, too, since some people were getting heart attacks!) I had to cut my lantus down right away and slowly dropped the dosage until I stopped taking it (with my doctor's permission). And, along with my better sugars, my weight dropped which also helped lower my need for the amount of meds I was on.

This plan doesn't work for everyone. But this plan has helped many people on the forum. Read back in the posts and see what others say about their eating plans and meds. You will learn a lot.

~Jeannie a.k.a. Mother Hen

ScooterFL
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 3/27/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
Thank you for your guidance. I read through past posting, and am beginning to understand about the eating plan. I must admit I do love to eat lol. I will have to become more creative in my cooking as I cut out carbs. It isn't all about caloric intake as I previously thought. It is more about eating the right calories that your body can manage better, while not overdoing the calorie intake. I understand this as being a version if the adkins diet. In the past I knew a number of people that were doing their own version of it. They would cut out the carbs and then pig out on the protien. We still need to watch how much of anything we eat. I think I may have some dificulty adjusting to this without craving certain things. I have a weakness for cookies... The first week after being diagnosed I had a craving for a candy bar. Something I never eat to begin with. I suppose it was the realization that I should not be eating them. I think tonight I will have a diet beer with dinner and see how that affects my bg this evening. I average about 1 drink every 2 months. Now I need to think about what to make for dinner. I'm thinking grilled pork chops stuffed with apple slices and a salad.
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LanieG
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/27/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Scooter, you hit the nail on the head with what you said:  low carb intake, more creative cooking, don't overload on calories.  But as you get into your own "groove", you'll find it easier to deal with this change in eating.  Make sure you read food packages for carb content.  It's surprising what you'll find in seemingly simple food as far as the additives.  Even ketchup has carbs, as Robert noted in one of his posts.  In any case, think nice vegetables with melted butter or cheese, a piece of chicken or any meat or fish with lemon and dill or parsley.  Cauliflower looks like a carb and mashes up nicely like mashed potatoes.  In past threads we've talked about good food and recipes, so check back on them.  And, as always, check your blood sugar to see how different food affects it because we're all different.

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 3/27/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
When you start this food plan you may miss the carbs for a few days but very soon that fades away. When you go off the plan for Christmas or Easter (like I just did!!!) you will find the carb craving returns. I believe that this is because our bodies are programmed to think that carb availability in big quantities means that it's harvest time so we should pig out because the long lean times of winter are coming.

Unfortunately, our bodies are getting the wrong messages because we have pasta, potatoes, bread and pastries available all year round at the market. There is no longer a need to store fat for the winter. We are not bears! (LOL!) I usually double or triple up on the veggies each night and use melted cheese or sautéed garlic as condiments for the veggies. Fills me up and tastes yummy!

Don't forget to add in the extra olives, olive oil, dabs of butter, real mayonnaise, avocados and nuts that you need to delay stomach emptying time and help with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins. This also helps keep you regular and keeps your skin smooth. Hope this helps.!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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