I am not a good diabetic ... HELP PLEASE! (from strawberry 69)

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TVEditor
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   Posted 9/3/2009 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
(strawberry, I moved this so that you might get a few more responses - Chris)
 
I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in November 2008. I am not a good diabetic. I have lost about 40 lbs. The doctor put me on metformin 500 mg twice a day. I had felt really bad for months. I am not good about the diet or exercise or taking my meds. I feel partially like the doctor was wrong.....but know he is probably not. My husband just yells about how I need to be more responsible and not selfish. He only wants what is best but not much help. He tries but I am stubborn. this makes me know I am wrong, but knowing and doing are different. I am a bad, bad sugar addict. I do cheat. I have been exercising 3 to 4 times a week. My sugar runs about 110 in the am. When they did the 3 hour test, (it wasn't the first time)....it hit at 165 and only went down to 135. After I eat, it usually is around 125).an chat with I am try to find a place where I can chat with others who are stuggling. HELP PLEASE!
 
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I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right

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TVEditor
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   Posted 9/3/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the forum :-)    You're in the the right place if you want help & support.  We are all struggling in one way or another.  Its not easy to take control of your health but it is possible. 

Read through some of the old messages.  They're full of good advice and information. 

Controlling your weight is the first step towards improvement and you're doing great!

 


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~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


Natava
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   Posted 9/6/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
It takes some getting used to. When people are on a diet, its hard - but at least the dieter chose to diet....we were told we have to. So its not on our terms, and can be more difficult to swallow.

I am newly diabetic, and am still going through some of the mad phases...but as many times as I have said "I can't have that" I find things I can still have...like crab legs, and ice tea...without sugar.

My dietician said once you get to controlled sugar levels, you can cheat one meal once a month. It's not over, but you have to be careful. If you find yourself in a grave, there are no do-overs. Make some changes while you can so that you are still here to enjoy your family....and your hubby.

And don't forget to remind me to take my own advice once in awhile! :)

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   Posted 9/7/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I too am a bad diabetic. I love my sweets! I have to have one a day.
I've been classified as pre-diabetic and Hypothyroidism since august. I've battle my weight for years. 3 times weight watchers drop out and never lost more than 18 pounds ( that took 2 years). I followed the meal plans, but it wasn't working for me.
I know that the two can affect each other.
I can't exercise for long because I have OA in my back. However my weight makes my OA hurt more. I feel I'm trapped in a vicious cycle.

Joy

TVEditor
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   Posted 9/7/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Joy, stop eating the white foods (flour,sugar, potatoes, pasta ...).  I did.  It works :)
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


LanieG
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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I like what Natava said:  If you find yourself in a grave, there are no do-overs.  Exactly.  I don't know how to make it more simple than what Chris just wrote either:  stop eating the white foods (flour, sugar, potatoes, pasta...).  Joy, you say you feel trapped in a vicious cycle.  But you just wrote that you're a bad diabetic and you have to have some sweets (I'm presuming a dessert?) everyday. Then, you're trapping yourself and until you face the fact that only you control what goes into your mouth, then you'll continue in the same vicious cycle.  Sorry to be so blunt but if you're dealing with high blood sugar readings and you need to lose weight, then you're the only one who has control over these things, but it depends on your motivation.  If you can't exercise for long, find something you can do: swim, just walk, lift weights.  Those will help you lose weight along with the diet we've talked so much about here.  If you had bad headaches because you banged your head against the wall, wouldn't it make sense to stop banging your head against the wall?  confused
Lanie
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couchtater
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   Posted 9/8/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
True....
I've guessed I've played the blame game so long that I forgot when I point my finger that three fingers are pointing back at me.

I'm going to get up from this computer and get on my treadmill for as long as I can do it.
My lunch will be as carb free as my cabinets will allow. Maybe eggs and some turkey bacon?
I'll give my hard candy to my niece and lock the freezer door so I won't touch the ice cream.
For dinner tonight I'll avoid the starchy foods and focus on the meat and veggies.
I'll miss my carbs. I'll probably cry. It took two years to make me stop whining over shellfish, because of my allergies.

Wish me luck!

Joy

worriedgirl
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   Posted 9/8/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
please dont take me the wrong way and know i am trying to help. my grandma was a diabetic and she was very brittle, mainly cause she didnt take care of herself. i watched her suffer because of it. she had to have her legs worked on because of poor circulation and almost lost her leg, the only reason she didnt was because she had a heart attack and died at the age of 54. your husband is right you need to take care of yourself because the consequences of not doing it are severe.

my aunt is also a diabetic and has lost one leg and i think some toes and is in and out of the hospital all the time. there are snacks out there that are good that you can have. i was a diabetic while pregnant and the sugar free jello and popsicles are really good. there is nothing wrong with having a sweet everyonce in awhile but all the time is a big no no for diabetics. please take care of yourself for your kids sake and yours.

Natava
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   Posted 9/10/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
There are some really good no sugar chocolate and sweets. You still have to watch the carb count - (at least I do - thats how my dietitian is working with me).

Werther's candy comes in sugar free - and five pieces equals one serving.

I just had one mini reeces peanut butter cup - sugar free...and they are not bad at all. There is a 'coolness' kind of like a peppermint would give you mouth - but it's only slight, and that's the only difference I notice...and it's not bad.

My dietitian has me not exceeding 45 carbs per meal. So, I could fit some sweets in there and still be within "budget" if I didn't exceed 45 carbs. HOWEVER of course the smart way is to use good carbs like veggies and whole grain stuff...rather than a quarter of a twinkie.

couchtater
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   Posted 9/10/2009 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Is 45 carbs the average per meal?


Joy

LanieG
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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Joy, dietitians who follow older guidelines for diabetics will recommend about 45 gr. carbs per meal.  I don't do that because I follow a low-carb plan.  All I can say is everyone makes a personal choice.  If I were to follow that guideline, 45 gr. carbs per meal, I'd be on meds and my A1c would not be in the 5's.  I would not choose to take medication in order to eat like that.  It's my choice.

Lanie
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couchtater
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   Posted 9/12/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, what's the new guidelines levels? I'd like to move to a no-carb diet, but it's hard to go cold turkey.

Joy

LanieG
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   Posted 9/12/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
See my answer in a new thread.

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eddysgurl
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   Posted 12/22/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I too am newly diagnosed and at times finding it hard to resist sweets and treats.  Especially when I have four boys and a hubby who like to indulge.  I have decided for ME that I will choose differently and although they tease and taunt with the sweet treats every now and then. I remind them that if I dont go cold turkey I will always crave them.  I also remind them that I want to be around to watch them grow and maybe see some grandbabies one day.  I lost my Mom at age 56...not to diabetes but the other nasty disease cancer and really miss her.  She was a wonderful Grandma and the kids have a lot of wonderful memories of her.  However my 7 year old has none as she passed when he was only 9 mths old.  I  want to be around longer then that and know if I don't begin to make some different choices I won't have that option.  Good luck and best wishes!  This is a great forum and if you listen to advice and accept support of others with similar issues you'll get through the rough spots!  Chin up! Sugar free isnt all that bad and there are still many foods you can enjoy that offer better energy for your body and are better for you! 

LanieG
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   Posted 12/22/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Eddygurl, that is a good answer.  It still makes me mad when I hear others actually tease or taunt someone because they're following a diet plan to keep them healthy!  Thankfully, I have not experienced that.  (Probably because I've been known to give people "The Look" which I developed while teaching.)  Even so, the bottom line is, again, I'm responsible for what I put in my mouth and when I test my blood sugar, the reading is from what I ate.  There's nothing amusing about having complications from diabetes.  I used to be a little embarrassed about not eating a whole slice of birthday cake but not anymore.  Remember:  to thine own self be true. 
 yeah
Lanie
 
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Amaristo
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   Posted 12/23/2009 2:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck! It's no easy task. At first I was a terrible diabetic. More in shock and thinking, why me?

But with the support of my wife, family and current doctor, I have gotten serious about my condition. I now actually LIKE diet pop. Though I still try to avoid pop completely, I truly enjoy a diet pop, when in my previous sugary life, I detested them!

If I want a treat, we find me something sugar free, or bake something special. We've learned over time what works and what doesn't. We also just got The Great Big Book of Diabetic Desserts from a friend for Christmas ( http://www.flipkart.com/big-book-diabetic-desserts-jackie/1580402747-usx3f9l1wi). Some wonderful recipes and tricks to make a sweet without blowing up your sugars.

There is certainly adjustment to be made. But better to make those adjustments, than regret it 10 years from now.

Do what's right for you.

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   Posted 12/23/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Whatever works for you and keeps your blood sugar in control is important.  I don't make any of the 'diabetic' desserts like cakes, cookies or pies because of the flour.  Keep in mind that flour, even though it's not sweet, will raise your blood sugar just as sugar does.  Still, I enjoy desserts, ones that are not based on flour in the ingredients.  I make cheesecake and pumpkin pies without crusts, just as I do quiche now.  I make a substitute 'fudge' with cream cheese and protein powder.  Those of us who are not taking meds will have more of a reaction to carbs in food than those who do take meds but this doesn't mean we can't eat desserts!
Lanie
 
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