I went to my doctor last week and was diagnosed as being diabetic.
My fasting blood sugar was 150. I had already stopped eating sugar and cut my carbs to very low 5 days prior to that. That means no bread or high-carb food. I also had been testing my blood at home. It just happened to be running higher that day for no reason, and had been in the 120-135 range mostly. Prior to cutting out the carbs & sugar, it had been as high as 266. Since I've stopped eating sugar and high-carbs for over a week now, it's been running closer to normal.
Here's a few readings from the last 2 days...
101 - Before bed at 1am
98 - At 6pm before eating
130 - After being awake an hour and not eating yet
113 - After eating cabbage soup all day (early evening)
129 - After waking up and not eating
117 - At night
124 - Late Afternoon
120 - Waking up
Are those numbers really THAT high or abnormal? I know they may be on the high-range of normal, but MUCH MUCH better than they were before I caught the problem. Like I said above, when I checked my blood-sugar one day after eating hotdogs for lunch, it was 266. That's how I knew there was a problem and THAT was when I stopped eating sugar & carbs. I literally gave away ALL my pasta, sweets, etc.
That leads me to my next question..
Since I've been keeping my carbs to a minimum, and the blood sugar is staying down for now, how many carbs can I safely consume in a day? The highest carb thing I've been eating is regular Zesta crackers with my light meals. Is there any kind of scale to show how much a given number of carbs will raise blood glucose?
Obviously I want to keep the carbs mega-low as Im losing weight, and have a LOT to lose. I probably weighed 380 before this. I know Ive lost a good chunk of weight already, probably 20 lbs or so. But its difficult to avoid them completely and have ANY kind of choice in what to eat.
For over a week now, my "diet" has consisted things such as...
Broiled Pork Steak (1 as a meal)
Beef Patty with cheese (1 as a meal)
Fresh Pinto Beans
Sliced Tomato (only a small one)
Fresh Cooked Greens
Cabbage Soup (look up Dolly Parton Soup in Google)
Fresh Steamed Asparagus
Salad with grilled chicken & shredded cheddar
The only Fast Food I've had was a "low carb burger" from Hardees at 420 calories and 5g Carbs. I'm trying to watch carbs AND calories at the same time, not always easy. Today I didnt feel like cooking anything so for lunch AND dinner I ate a small can of Potted Meat on probably 10 crackers at each meal. Later in the evening I opened a can of black olives and munched on a few of them. All day long I didnt even consume 1000 calories.
Give me some ideas of other menu items I can include and NOT raise the carbs & sugar. My doctor wants me to control this disease with my diet, weight loss and daily exercise. I have to go back in 2 months to see how I'm doing. I have every intention of losing weight and getting this under control using the natural method if possible, and I believe it is in my case. I LONG for the day that I'm a normal weight and my body is able to handle normal amounts of sugar & carbs again. But for now I'll give my pancreas a rest by being "sugar-free"
I'm turning a bedroom in my home into my workout gym. I'm buying a treadmill next week and I've been told to walk everyday (im not an outdoor person) and I've even bought an old copy of a Jane Fonda workout (used to do that EVERYDAY 'back in the day' hehee).
Any advice you can give me on exercise and what effects it has on insulin, gluclose levels, etc, would be appreciated. Oh, and my cholesterol was HIGH too. It was 209, and the good part was low and the bad part was high. LOL, so I shouldnt be eating too much meat, but I'll work on the weight loss & sugar levels first, then start on the cholesterol
Post Edited (ChuckR) : 6/21/2006 4:03:17 AM (GMT-6)