getting back to testing my blood sugar on a regular basis - by Tim Tam

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Lanie G
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   Posted 2/4/2017 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Tim Tam wrote:

"(I meant this for a new thread, and instead of new post I must have hit reply. I don't know if Lanie can change this to a new thread or not. I tried to cut this post and start a new thread, and it didn't work.)

In the "Bad Complicatons" thread by lovethedeck, the importance of taking blood sugar readings was mentioned.

I wrote in that thread that I had not taken my b/s reading in months, but since reading the above post my attention was focused on the importance of that.

I have a learning disability and my attention can wander. But after reading that, I put the new batteries in my meter, took the reading about 60 to 90 minutes after lunch, and it was 125. I looked in my notebook, and I last took my b/s 5 months ago.

One thing, I got discouraged. I couldn't seem to get enough blood for a reading, took me 4 or 5 attempts sometimes. I wanted to write in here and say, "Does anybody have trouble taking their b/x reading?"

I can get discourage pretty easy. One I've tried to learn to have a good attitude. Two I've learned the "most needle" is the 5 setting. Three, I've learned to jab it harder into my sensitive finger tip, which I really don't like to do, but I realize I have to.

I got enough blood for a reading on the second time this time. This forum really does help because you realize you're not by yourself.

My blood pressure was 114/73 (pulse 62), which is good.
A few days earlier it was 140/over I can't remember because I was laying off 1/2 of my b/p med (carvedol/ sp?) because of another ailment I had. I'm back on all of it now.

This forum does help.

The reminder by Lanie that carbs turn into sugar and are bad for diabetics was very important, also.

I haven't been checking my blood sugar because, my battery went out, I got a new one, but haven't put it in because I'm not tech minded and I don't like to do stuff like that.

Didn't take my blood sugar before for months because I didn't have a place in my entire house to take it.

I can come up with any number of excuses why I don't take my blood sugar, but since reading these above accounts about the need to take your blood sugar, I'm going to put that on my list.
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 2/4/2017 11:59:07 AM (GMT-7)"

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/4/2017 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Tim Tam, how often do you see your doctor? I'm wondering if he is following your health close enough since you have high blood pressure and diabetes.

Are you on medication for either blood pressure or diabetes?
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

Tim Tam
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   Posted 2/4/2017 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Lanie:

Thank you for changing my reply to another post to a new thread. I hit the wrong button.

I don't see my general practitioner but about twice a year. She must have me on the right b/p medicine (Carvidol, sp?) because I took it yesterday and it was 114/73 and 62 pulse.

I'm not taking a diabetes medicine, we're trying to control it with diet.

Just ran into a duel problem with diet, in that, I have two health conditions that conflict as far as diet. One, diabetes, if I avoid carbs, I'm thinking it's going to throw me into food that hurts my other health condition.

I do understand what you're saying about little or no carbs, since, as you say, carbs (bread, potatoes) turns into sugar, which is bad for diabetes.

My son told me how he had lost some 40 pounds on his own, made-up, no carb diet. That convinced me where no 200-page diet book could, where you can only eat carrots.

He said, in effect, you can eat all the meats, veggies, soup, you want, just don't eat carbs (bread, potatoes). I did that for 2 or 3 months. I don't rem. losing an ounce of weight, but I know that diet gave me more energy, and you say helps with diabetes.

Lost weight with just eating less, cutting out peanut butter (25% saturated (bad) fat) as a snack at lunch but substituting pop corn (which has about 2% fat), and tips like that.

Reading the backs of food boxes to see what was high in fat, sugar, and as you say, carbohydrates.

Exercise, walking my dog everyday.

In a number of years, I went from 205 to 160.

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/4/2017 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, if a person eats protein like meat/chicken/fish and all kinds of vegetables except potatoes and lots of fresh greens like lettuce, spinach, etc. he would probably lose weight especially if he adds some kind of exercise.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

Tim Tam
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   Posted 2/5/2017 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Lanie: I said I don't rem. losing an ounce on no carbs diet.

But my memory is not very good. Thinking about it again, I do rem. I lost weight, maybe 15 pounds. I seem to recall that at about 173 I hit a wall, and could not go below that.

(Also, maybe I ate too much of the non carbs stuff like meat, pecans, etc., to fill up).

At some point I went off the no carb diet, and just used tips, eating pop corn instead of peanut butter for a snack at lunch, for instance, reading the back of food containers for sugar, fat, now carbohydrates, and I went from 173 we'll say, to my present about 160.

Maybe, by eating carbs, I don't have to snacks as much to fill up, that's a guess. But for some reason I've gotten down to 160 for a few days, anyway. I do the exercise by walking my dog everyday, with exercise burning glucose which helps reduce diabetes.

Oats breakfast cereal also, I think reduces colestoral, by taking taking it off the blood vessills, I've read.

But to help my other health condition, I've tried to cut out wheat, cows milk and sugar (which I've already stopped) and those 3things are the ones everybody is allergic to, I've heard.

Instead of regular bread, I eat wheat-free bread, instead of cows milk, I drink goat's milk, both of which help my other health condition. But then trying to take out or reduce carbs, also, for diabetes, seems to conflict, like, I've taken out all or enough things to eat for variety.

For instance, on my no cows milk diet, I can't eat cottage cheese, for it has cow's milk in it. But cottage cheese is no carb, so I should eat that to help my diabetes. Gosh. There's no food to consume.

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/5/2017 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sure that it's hard to have two conditions which have some food restrictions for you. I can only advise you about diabetes/blood sugar. It's always best to eat fresh vegetables if you can or frozen if you can't find the fresh variety. Last would be canned - mostly because of the added salt or sugar that we find in the cans but then we know we can rinse it out. Nearly every vegetable has carbs but some more than others. For instance, potatoes and other root vegetables (carrots, beets) have many more carbs than zucchini, bell peppers or tomatoes. Corn is actually a grain and it has a lot of carbs, too.

In any case, eating a variety of vegetables and greens (like spinach, lettuce - all different kinds) will give you the nutrition you need. Eating some nuts everyday is good, too. Boiled eggs and some cubes or pieces of cheese are good. Some people who cannot eat dairy seem to be ok with yogurt.

In our house, we drink a blend of almond and coconut milk by Almond Breeze, the unsweetened kind. It has a lot of calcium and it's non-dairy.

In the beginning, I realize it's tricky to figure out what affects your blood sugar but if you test before and after eating a particular food, you'll know how it affects your blood sugar!
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/
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