Post Edited (LanieG) : 1/11/2009 5:56:33 PM (GMT-7)
Teaman, carbohydrates include sugar, anything made with sugar, flour, anything made with flour, potatoes as well as honey, molasses, high fructose corn syrup .... Vegetables have varying degrees of carbs. For example, peas carrots, potatoes, winter squash, beets are examples of vegetables with a lot of carbs. Rice, all rice, will drive blood sugar up. Most fruit are high in carbs though berries and cherries have less than bananas and oranges. Beans have carbs but they also have fiber and this may slow down the effect of a blood sugar spike. Grains, all grains and refined grain in particular, will drive blood sugar up. I think if you read through some older posts about food here, you'll understand more about why diabetics stay away from these carbs. Cereals are made from grains which are carbs. Cereals have to add vitamins and minerals back to their formula because the refined flour (wheat, oat, corn...) is depleted from their original nutrients. The bottom line is the amount of carbs. The 25g of carbs in that cereal which says it's 8% of the RDA will drive a diabetic's blood sugar very very high, especially if he's not on medication. This is a fact. But since you don't test your blood sugar, you have no idea what it does to you. You can get a free blood sugar monitor by going to the websites for Bayer and One Touch and probably others. These free monitors will arrive with everything you need to test yourself but they only give about 10 free test strips, so this is why having a prescription is helpful, so you can get more test strips at lower cost. Medicare should cover this but I don't know because I just turned 60. I was in denial about diabetes two years ago and I also didn't understand any of this. If I didn't take control of my eating and test my blood sugar, I'd be on medication right now. In all my responses to you, I've written what you can eat in order to control the blood sugar. Your body is still producing insulin but it may not be using it effectively. If you follow what Kris and I have been saying, you will probably bring your blood sugar levels down to acceptable levels. I know all this information is new and hard to understand, or at least hard to accept, but you can't fight the facts. I would suggest reading Dr. Richard Bernstein's Diabetes Solutions - this book will explain everything you need to understand. Your two fasting blood tests are way over the cut off point used for diagnosing diabetes. "Normal" fasting should be under 100, but for many years the American Diabetes Assoc. used 126 for diagnosing the disease and was very lax in its recommendations for diet. This is changing now.
Please have an open mind and understand that we are giving you the information that will help you. Kris is type 1 and I'm type 2 but the low-carb way of eating helps control the blood sugar regardless of the type.
Post Edited (LanieG) : 1/16/2009 3:16:31 PM (GMT-7)
about the numbers and tests:
Blood sugar meters have two different measurements for blood sugar depending on where you live. In the US we use mg/dL but everyone else in the world uses mmol/L. When you get your meter, it's already preset, although you can switch it over to the other system if you want. Generally, here in the states, fasting blood sugar should be under 100. However, in the recent past, doctors were looking for readings under 126. You will still find some doctors and even labs using the 126 as a cutoff point. Testing during the day is also done about 2 hours after eating and here again you'll find different parameters as to what the doctor is looking for. Some would say the 2-hour reading shouldn't be over 140, yet others are looking for 120. In general the more conservative numbers will keep us healthier for many more years because when the body sustains blood sugar over 140 too many times for too long, there is damage to the internal organs (heart, kidneys). Another blood test is called the A1c which is a simple blood test done in the lab. This test tells us what the average blood sugar has been over the past 3 months. This means we don't know just what the actual highs were or the lows, only the average. In the US, doctors are looking for results under 6.0 on the A1c- but again you'll find differences in what doctors are looking for. It used to be "under 6.6".
You do not need a prescription for a meter. You can buy it off the shelf in any pharmacy but they are cheaper if they are prescribed by the doctor. Also, as I wrote above, several manufacturers give them out free. Google Bayer or One Touch (or others) or "free blood glucose meters". However, you have to have supplies of the little test strips for the blood, so a prescription for that brand test strip is important. If you're on Medicare, check out what benefits you have as far as meters.
Post Edited (LanieG) : 1/16/2009 11:34:36 AM (GMT-7)
Hi,I'm Sydnee.Welcome to Healing Well.I don't post much lately as I have many things going on.Has your Doctor ordered a Hemoglobin A1C Test to get an idea what your mean Blood Glucose for a 3 Month period is?If not,he/she needs to.In October '08 mine was 8.2,which meant my Blood Sugar was averaging around 187 over a 3 Month period.My Doctor told me he prefers a 6.5,but will take a 7.When I had the A1C Test at my Blood Chemistry,my FBS was 129.
Lanie sent links via e-mail so I could receive free of cost Blood Glucose Meter's.I ordered a One Touch Ultra Mini and a Freestyle Lite.They only come with 10 Strips and Lancets,but your Insurance will/should cover the cost or at least part of the cost of Testing Supplies.First you will need a Diagnosis code and Prescription from your Doctor for your Pharmacy to fill.
August 12 when I started checking my Blood Sugar using the One Touch Ultra Mini Meter,I had a 224,214 and 200,but they weren't FBS.I instantly changed my Diet cutting out Carbs,Refined Sugar,Fruit,most Dairy,Starchy Vegetables and Refined Grains.I began walking,exercising and staying active/busy.My Blood Sugar is now in the 90s and low 100s and I've lost a considerable amount of weight.
My Diet consists of: Meat (primarily Fish),Non-starchy Vegetables,lots of Salads (dark Green Leafy Salad Greens),limited Fruit (a Granny Smith Green Tart Apple a Day + a few Berries),2-3 small dallops of Organic Plain Yogurt,which I sweeten with Stevia Herb and a few Berries Daily.Occasionally less than a serving of Whole unrefined Grains such as Organic Hulless Barley,Organic Quinoa,Organic Amaranth,Organic Millet,Nuts/Seeds,Nut/Seed Butters.I may eat 2 T of dried Beans/Legumes I cook and occasionally treat myself to Homemade Hummus made from Dried Organic Chickpeas,but only eat 1-2 T with Raw or steamed Vegetables..
I also try and eat an Avocado Daily as it is Healthy Fat.I use EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for Cooking,drink lots of good pure Water,couple Cups of Decaffeinated Coffee,Caffeine-free Herbal Tea and Herbal Infusions.I also Supplement..
I don't drink Diet Sodas,drink/eat anything containing Aspartame or eat Sugar-free Foods..
You don't have to take another Pill IF you put effort into changing your lifestyle,which is lifelong.Diabetes CAN be controlled (if not reversed) through Diet and Exercise.
Post Edited (Sydnee10) : 1/18/2009 9:10:16 AM (GMT-7)
Candidiasis,which I have also causes Diabetes,numbness and tingling sensations (Neuropathy) as well as many other Symptoms.