So I am sitting here drinking some milk,

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Dead Man walking
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   Posted 5/10/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently discovered that I have super high blood sugar. It's ussually around the low 200s.
 
I happen to take a look at the lable on the milk bottle. It has 12 grams of sugar!
 
And I drink a lot of milk. Dang! This was from a 1% lowfat milk bottle.
 
A freind of mine sitting next to me says that whole milk has a lot less sugar. Does it? Should I even drink much milk anymore? 
 
I was a milk junkie, drinking a least a quart every day,  ussually two qaurts.
 
So then I get on the net to look into "milk and diabetes". Pretty much the entire screen is filled with search results of stories saying that Milk causes type one. Something about babies not being fed breast milk and drinking lots of milk as an infant causes type 1. EEK.
 
I am curious as to our readers opinions.

AMM
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   Posted 5/11/2007 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
You can't drink milk like it's water. Milk pretty much is a food. You must account for it in your meal plan. Milk is going to raise your blood sugar, doesn't matter what kind of milk it is. Counting your carbs is a good way to manage your diet. You want to stay away from whole milk because of the fat. 8 oz of whole milk has 12 grams carb. 8 oz of 1% milk has 14 grams carb. So there are a few more grams of carb, but not that much to really matter. The fat in whole milk should be avoided by a diabetic. Milk is good for you, but it isn't something you can just drink freely. You shouldn't stop drinking milk, but you should be fitting it into your meal plan.

As for milk causing type 1 diabetes, I guess it could be a factor. I don't think the studies were conclusive enough. I was breast fed for my first year. I did not like milk as a child. I have type 1 diabetes.
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/11/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Dead Man,
You don't need opinions, man! You need a nutrition class! Call your doctor's office and have them set up a class with a dietician or a certified nutritionist or a teaching nurse from the local health department.

You have insufficient information to cope with your disease. If your doctor hasn't considered signing you up for a class then he/she is negligent. Get a new doctor. You are headed toward some heavy duty complications. If nothing else gets your attention I can tell you that diabetes is one of the biggest causes of erectile dysfunction in men. (It also causes neuropathy and numbness in the sensitive sex organs of women.)

This is serious stuff here and you need lowered numbers immediately. If you don't have insurance then speak with your doctor's office about finding you low cost education or at least a good diabetes book to start learning from. You are at high risk for stroke, heart attack, blindness, kidney failure and amputation without proper education and lifestyle changes.

We can offer support here but we can't substitute for a full nutrition class. Good luck with this.
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Dead Man walking
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   Posted 5/11/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Jeannie, I don't have a job or health insurance so the advice I get reading books and chatting in forums, is all I've got for now. Last week, I purchased the ADA's "complete guide to Diabetes."
 
In recent days, I have noticed that my sugar are consistently lower 200.
 
For instance, about an hour ago,  I had a small roast beef sandwhich on two whole wheat slices, a couple pickles, and small portion of baked beans. My BS was 187. A couple months it would of been in the mid 200's at this point in the day.

What's his name?
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   Posted 5/11/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
DMW

I am afraid you are missing what we are saying. You should be seen by somebody. Go to a clinic somewhere, if there is anyway you can. You need some medical assistance to get your blood sugar under control.

We can't do any more than inform you, but we have done so, repeatedly. You have to take the next step.

Good luck and keep us informed.

Dead Man walking
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   Posted 5/11/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I am trying to get into to a free clinic or something, but I am completely broke. I am working on it.
I am living with a friend, and don't have any resources.

Rhoda
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   Posted 5/11/2007 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Check with a social worker at the free clinic.  If you really are broke and don't have any resources, you qualify for state assistance and they will pay the doctor bills and the prescriptions.  Please check it out.

Good Luck!  Rhoda


Dead Man walking
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   Posted 5/11/2007 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been  working on it, but hey consistently find ways to "need more information from me". Moreover they are about 30 miles away.
 
And BTW, yeah, I am really am broke. confused

4sons
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   Posted 5/12/2007 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey ....

I understand limited/no resources and I understand broke. I also am BEGINNING to understand what we need to eat. Until you can get yourself some medical assistance, cut out as MANY carbs from your diet as you can. Veggies and lean protein are the way to go. Exercise however you can. Walk, run, jump up and down.

And keep trying to see someone ... your quality of life depends on it.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Dead Man walking
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   Posted 5/12/2007 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Folks, as a result of this dialogue, I tried completing my medicaid application last night. I'll find out next week if I get accepted or what other information they need from me.

Shoshana
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   Posted 6/3/2007 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I gave up milk completely and use unsweetened Almond Breeze instead .... almost no carbs and tastes just fine.

4sons
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   Posted 6/3/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Huh ... never heard of Almond Breeze. What's in it?
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Shoshana
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   Posted 6/3/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I get it at Whole Foods. It's basically made from almonds with a few other benign ingredients...very low carb,no sugar or artificial sweeteners. I stay away from most dairy and soy, so this is a great alternative.
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