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stronglady4me
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   Posted 6/9/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I ususally post on another forum but came to the experts to get some questions answered.
 
I am not diagnosed with diabetes but know that I am at risk for developing it.  I wondered if any of you have read Sugar Busters and what you thought of it, or The Ph Miracle?
 
There are occasional times when I know that my blood sugar is low and I get shaky and anxious.  I know that I need to eat but what in your experience is the best thing for me to eat?  (Protein, carbs?)
 
Thanks so much for your time and consideration.
 
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LanieG
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   Posted 6/9/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi stronglady, welcome over to this part of the Forum!  (I'm not an expert.... just someone who's also at risk.)  The only thing I know about Sugar Busters is that it's low-carb, like South Beach.  This means that avoiding carbs helps control the blood sugar in someone who's either borderline or a full-blown diabetic.  Someone who cannot metabolize carbs correctly will have high blood sugar after eating them and high blood sugar is a sign of insulin resistance or diabetes.  So, following a low-carb plan is extremely helpful.  I don't know anything about the Ph Miracle but I skimmed through something online.  That's something altogether different and I have no opinion about it.  It seems to be vegetarian and the food choices are based on their Ph - something I know nothing about.  In my opinion, however, any plan that blatantly charges money to "join" or learn more might be a scam.  For myself, I've been reading all I can online about low-carb plans and that's how I eat.  I eat all kinds of meat/chicken/fish and vegetables but not potatoes, bread, rice, anything made with flour or sugar.  I eat nuts cheese and eggs.  I also exercise regularly and with all this I've been able to keep normal blood sugar.  I am at risk because type 2 is in my family and I've always been on the chunky side, not counting some years when I was a lot thinner (and younger and before kids!).  So, my advice is that if you know that you are "at risk" for diabetes, then talk this over with your doctor, get a blood glucose meter so you can measure your blood sugar, keep a "log" of what you eat and what your blood sugar is and do some regular exercise.  If you don't measure your blood sugar now, it's impossible to know how it's running.  I hope that helps.  :-)
Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


stronglady4me
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   Posted 6/9/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
It always helps to hear other ideas. I will not pay for a membership for any of this kind of stuff but rather am checking books out from the library.

I really need to have the following question answered and can't get a dr appt for weeks yet.

There are occasional times when I know that my blood sugar is low and I get shaky and anxious. I know that I need to eat but what in your experience is the best thing for me to eat? (Protein, carbs?)

Thanks,
Stronglady4me
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LanieG
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   Posted 6/10/2009 4:59 AM (GMT -7)   
If you know that your blood sugar is very low and it's making you skaky and anxious, you should drink orange juice or eat something with sugar.  Protein will not help because it will not bring your blood sugar up.  Diabetics who have that danger of going too low carry glucose tabs or gel, available in most pharmacies.  How do you know your blood sugar is low?  Do you have a blood glucose monitor?

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


Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/10/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
To treat a low...eat or drink 15-20 grams of fast-acting carbs. Follow that up with a meal within 1-1.5 hours or eat a small snack that includes fat and/or protein to carry you though to the meal if it's hours away.

The whole idea of treating a hypoglycaemic episode is to get BGLs back up to normal as quickly as possible. Do NOT eat fat or protein as it slows digestion too much to allow the sugar to do it's job. Just eat/drink carbs only. Wait at least 15 minutes before eating a snack or meal with fat/protein; you want to let the sugar have enough time to get you back up as quickly as possible.

Be aware that if you treat and then DON'T eat a snack or meal within a reasonable time... you may go low again. Treating with sugar (carbs) is only the first part of the process. Ingesting some proper nutrition shortly after will avoid a repeat episode.

Diabetics do have a test, treat with measured amount of carbs, wait 15 minutes, test again, repeat if necessary process that we follow. We would know if we were low and needed treatment only because we test our blood sugar. There is no other way to know your BGLs.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


stronglady4me
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   Posted 6/11/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you
Stronglady4me
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