New diagnose for type II diabetes

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SunshineMom
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   Posted 3/8/2005 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
As a newly diagnosed persona and also new here, I would like to "squeeze" your brains.  I need some hope, everything on here is pretty bummie.  I realize that this is a life-long struggle with this disease and that it is not easy.  However, have any of you succeeded in leveling off your sugar levels?  I am on Metformin and my BG with my monitor has been pretty close to 200 for 3 mornings straight.  I have really been scared to death to eat much more than very little.  I will be going to information classes soon.  Can you give me a quick guide on what foods you can eat that will NOT jump your levels?  Can I eat popcorn, dirnk diet pepsi?  Use SPlenda?  I have looked for a LIST of YES foods and NO foods - is that be too simple minded?  I find I am very depressed about this situation.  I weigh 225 lbs.  I have no side affects of diabetes other than my sugar level being elevated.  I was 256 at the doctors office.  I am drinking Glucerna for lunch and find it quite satisfying and having a small bowl of cereal for breakfast.  Dinner I am eating just a little.  Taking a multiple vitamin, Vitamin 12B, and Metformin.  So far I have no side affects from the Metformin, but I understand that that may take a while.  Can you all be so kind as to UPLIFT me?  Give me some ideas on foods.  Thanks so much for your input.

devine007
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   Posted 3/8/2005 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
hey sunshine, i have type 1 diabetes, so i know it's a little different, but still a lot the same. I am very lucky to be in excellent control. I have a little chart that i got from my dietician that has a list of foods that won't affect your sugars. Proteins, like eggs and meat (without sauce or marinades) won't affect your sugar levels, as well as certain "extra" vegetables like cabbage, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, zucchini, cauliflower, celery, onions, yellow or green beans, bean sprouts, spinach, radishes, peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, mushrooms, parsley and rhubarb. And that's all of them on my chart. I hope you find this helpful. Good luck!

Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/16/2005 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sunshine,
I've had type 2 diabetes for about 10 years and just started insulin last week. I did the metformin and still do. My sugars would behave much better when I was walking every day. Because of foot problems that isn't possible but I'm swimming twice a week now. I discovered which high glycemic foods would send the numbers up and use them much less. I have problems with refined or easily digested starches and try to use them in moderation. These include regular rice, pasta, white breads, and potatoes. I have started including more variety in my starches. I usually make a barley, wild rice, and brown rice mixture in the microwave instead of white rice for dinner (but I have a grown son and husband who will go along with this...) I stay with the 1/2 cup amounts. Counting carbs at each meal has helped me with understanding my readings, too. I found an online tool (CalorieKing.com) that is very helpful with counting foods and meal planning and it was only about $15.00. I downloaded it into my laptop and keep it in the kitchen.

I am doing much better since I started keeping a food diary. You may want to do this until your class time so you may have something for the trainers to work with. It will show them what you normally eat and how to amend your meals to fit into your new carb needs. Also, if the metformin, diet & exercise don't do the trick, don't worry. The new insulins are really great! I have adapted very quickly and now I'm getting pre-meal readings of 119! I never saw a 119 on my meter before this week EVER! And I only have to inject once a day at bed time. I found it to be easier than putting on mascara! Only takes about 2 minutes.

So, good luck with your training and I'll try to return here oftener to see how you're doing. I'm a moderator in the fibro forum so you can always post over there and tell me to pop over here. I get kind of busy but I'd be happy to help you in any way I can. Take care and KOKO! (Keep on keepin' on!)
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn


Chutz
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   Posted 3/20/2005 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sunshine,

I started on pills in '91 and that only lasted a couple of years before I needed insulin. Mine isn't related to weight, the pills just wouldn't do the trick. There are lots of different pills your doc could try and combinations too, so don't give up too quickly. If you do need to eventually go to insulin you learn to live with it.

I agree with Jeannie. The fast carbs are what most of us have to be careful of. They send your BS up quickly compared to the slow carbs, like whole grains, etc. I spent a lot of time years back researching, trying different specialty products, studying...I have finally come to realize, and so have folks like the ADA, that diabetics can eat what everyone else should eat. Regular healthy meals, watch the portions size, and a treat now and then. (yes! I still have chocolate now and then...I just have to plan for it.) Sounds like what you're doing. I would guess it's just going to take a while for the doc to regulate your med's.

I know it's tough to have a 'disease' that no one can cure. But relax...you're doing fine! Keep posting here and everyone will do their best to help you through.

Chutz
The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


Chutz
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   Posted 3/20/2005 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, and BTW, popcorn is a great snack, diet sodas, artificial sweeteners including Splenda should be OK. Some people can't handle the artifical stuff so that's a personal choice, but they shouldn't affect your BS. Those kinds of products really help me get over the munchies at times. I can put on weight really easily.

Chutz
The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


jtu91952
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   Posted 3/24/2005 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I am type 2 diabetic and have been for 14 yrs. I also tried the pills, but only lasted a yr, then i started insulin. I am now taking 54 units of lantus(which is really great) and humalog on a sliding scale.

I read an article that says fiber is really good for diabetes, therefore, i eat high fiber low fat. I try to get at least 20g of fiber daily but not more than 50.

I also keep a food diary. Two yrs ago iwas 220lb, and my glucose was 10.9. I suffered every diabetic nighmare there is, until i started lantus, diet, and exercise. My exercise consist of walking 3 miles daily and my a1c dropped to 7.3. My aim is to get below 6.0. Of course, im on a diuretic and that causes glucose & cholesterol to rise, so i half the pill. My weight is now 145 lbs, and im doing much better.

I hope this helps.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/24/2005 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, jtu91952!

I'm jealous! Your weight loss is phenomenal! Are you a man or a woman? ( I need to know how jealous to be!) I can't walk, but I can swim and I think I'll start doing it every day! It would be neat to lose weight with diabetes... haven't really been ever able to. If this fibro doesn't stop me, I'm going to up my swimming... or at least try to....
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn


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SexySweetheart
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   Posted 8/15/2005 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear SunshineMom,
   Hi my name is serena and i am 27 i found out about a month and a half ago i was a diabetic for at least 3 months and didnt know...I didnt know why i lost so much weight like i did...I went to the doctor tested my sugar and it was very high..Lucky for me i caught it in time to where i got it under control...I used to be your weight and now i am down to 193..
I thought i couldnt eat alot of the foods i liked to eat like chilli,spagehtti and stuff like that..All i do is watch how much sugar intake i eat...when i go to the store i look at the sugar contents on the back of the boxes and lables.
   I went back to the doctor and he told me that i am doing good at keepin it under control..I still eat the regular foods i like to eat but sweets which i didnt eat much at times anyhow..I Just eat small portions so i dont eat to much sugar.LIke if i eat chilli..i eat one bowl, spagehtti one plate,i eat ice cream i have to get the kind that is low carb..I have also found prezetls that have no sugar in them...People are like wow you find snacks that have no sugar i am like yes i do
:-)  ..I also take blood glucose pills to help keep my sugar down and take blood pressure pills to help me from getting kidney disease..If you would like to talk about anything i am always here..but always remember always thinks good thoughts and remember you have friends and family out there that is there for you..
   Serena
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