Post Edited (4sons) : 1/22/2007 11:46:45 AM (GMT-7)
For all you newbies, sometimes Type 2 is just genetic and no matter how hard you try, you aren't going to dodge the bullet. When I was diagnosed I was 5'10, 175 lbs. with an over all body fat of about 7%. Needless to say, you don't get those numbers with any kind of a lifestyle that would be associated with diabetes. (incidently, my cholesterol and BP were normal at that time also).
So, as my Endo guy said, "If I'd just seen you walk into the office and did the standard tests, I wouldn't have dreamed you were diabetic". Sometimes, its just genetic!!!
Hi Tex-Mex girl, you'll find a lot of information when you read through these forum subjects (Scroll back over past postings.) and of course from your own doctor and a nutritionist is you're referred to one. Several of us here on the forum are not on any meds and have been called 'pre-diabetic' or 'insulin resistant' because our blood sugar readings haven't been consistantly high enough to go on meds. However, you'll also find that some doctors are more aggressive than others in wanting to bring numbers down by any means. Keep in mind that everyone might be at a different stage of diabetes and our bodies react differently to different foods. That's why it's a very good idea to have your own blood sugar meter to monitor your readings and a food diary so you will know what gives you good readings or bad. Again, you need to talk this over with a doctor. So, having said all that, what works for me are the following: 1) I don't eat carbs. No bread, no cereals, no rice or potatoes or anything with sugar or white flour. I get carbs from vegetables, beans and low-fat yogurt. 2) Small portions at meals but in between times I have little snacks of nuts, several spoons of the yogurt, low-fat mozzarella cheese sticks or a lettuce 'wrap' with Canadian bacon. 3) exercise. Once in a while, however, I eat a slice of whole grain bread with Canadian bacon or natural peanut butter - though even that will raise my readings after 2 hours. You might be able to eat food others can't eat and vice versa - you have to find what works for you at this point. It sounds like you are doing really well in the exercise, so maybe you can bring the numbers down by changing some of your diet and also reducing the size of the meal portions. Good luck!