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sugarfoot
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   Posted 9/2/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys,
 
I'm from the Crohn's board but 2 weeks ago my fiance was diagnosed with Type II diabetes.   Do you guys have a favorite cookbook or website with recipes to recommend? 
 
When diagnosed, his level wouldn't even read on the ER's glucometer (meaning over 600).  He's been down to 270ish the last couple days with the help of Metformin & once daily insulin injections.  We've been really careful about his diet but it's so tricky. 
 
Thanks :) 
Crohn's Colitis - officially diagnosed Feb. 2005
(Asacol, Imuran, Folic Acid, Iron, B12 shots)
Interstitial Cystitis - 2002
Raynauds - 2005
.::I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13::.
 


LanieG
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   Posted 9/2/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi meliskiss, welcome over here to our little corner.  :-)   Thank goodness your fiance got medical attention because those numbers are extremely high.  With the meds he's on, his blood sugar should continue to be coming down.  If he feels "funny" at times (like shakey or dizzy) it might be because his body isn't used to the lower blood sugar numbers but he'll be fine.  He needs to get down to the low 100's.  Diabetics benefit from a diet lower in carbs because carbs are what keeps our blood sugar high.  Added to that would be: carrying around too much weight and not engaging in regular exercise.  If you google "low carb diets", you'll come up with lots of different plans.  Independently, you could just go by the glycemic index and choose food that's on the low side, with an index lower than 50.  Or, he could try the South Beach Diet plan.  Also, Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Diet Book or The Insulin Resistance Diet.  These two books are different in their approach:  Bernstein is strictly low carb and the insulin resistance diet pairs food (like proteins with carbs).  He'll have to experiment to see which approach works best for him.  The best "diet" is one which we can actually stick to and controls the blood sugar.  So, he needs to read up on all this.  Basically, stay away from starches like bread, potatoes, rice, cereals, sugar.  Eat more vegetables with a piece of meat/chicken/fish and salad.  And.... encourage him to join HealingWell, so he can come here and talk to us, too!

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

Post Edited (LanieG) : 9/2/2008 2:44:53 PM (GMT-6)


gelchick
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   Posted 9/2/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I like the recipes in Carb Wars - they are low carb, tasty, and diabetic friendly. I also use recipes from the South Beach cookbook- Phase 1 and some phase 2.
good luck!
sandy
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sugarfoot
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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 9/2/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for your replies, I'll check those books out, and have him check them out.

Lanie - Were you ever on any meds?  I was hoping he was going to be lucky and able to control his with diet & exercise but tomorrow they are supposed to be upping his insulin dose since he's not getting down to the normal range fast enough.  We were told the insulin is temporary but I've read conflicting info that says once you're on it, you become dependent.  Besdies not wanting to be dependent, it's also a huge cost to him. 


Crohn's Colitis - officially diagnosed Feb. 2005
(Lialda, Imuran, Entocort, Folic Acid, Iron, B12 shots)
Interstitial Cystitis - 2002 (Elmiron)
Raynauds - 2005
.::I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13::.
 


LanieG
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   Posted 9/2/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never been on meds because my blood sugar levels were not that high when my doctor prescribed the glucose meter a couple of years ago.  My fasting was in the 120's.  I've been able to control it without meds but I have to eat a very low carb diet for the rest of my life because I can't metabolize carbs.  I don't eat anything made with flour or sugar, no potatoes, rice, etc.  I eat very small amounts of beans at a time with a meal.  I think your fiance's doctor wants his blood sugar to get down to as near normal as possible and level out.  The longer it's above 150 for lengths of time (more or less, depends on the person), the more his internal organs might have damage.  Does he need to lose weight?  This is a factor that also makes the diabetes harder to control.  I'm sure it's frustrating, but knowing what I know now, I would suggest that he follow what his doctor says and in the meantime follow a low carb diet and get into a regular exercise routine unless he already does this daily.  A lower carb diet should help the blood sugar get lower while the meds are also working.  It's possible that his doctor could lower the dosage if he sees that the blood sugar readings are getting lower and lower.  Another option would be to consult with an endocrinologist but that may depend on his insurance.  You'll read a LOT of conflicting information about diabetes.  You can start with the American Diabetes Association!  They still promote "exchanges" of this carb and that in their diet information.  Their diet plan will keep his blood sugar high.  It did with me.  I wish I could give you more encouragement but for now I can only say to be patient and see how the new low carb eating plan works.  (Also, I edited my first response to you.  I changed the name of Bernstein's book.  He's written two;  the one on diet is the one to get since it's got more suggestions in it.  His first one, Diabetes Solutions, has complete information about diabetes, meds, metabolism as well as some recipes.)

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

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