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carokaye
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/22/2007 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
I'm new to this forum. Was diagnosed pre-diabetic about 4 years ago, but did nothing about it. Recently a very dear friend of mine lost all her toes on the left foot and her right leg just below the knee to complications of diabetes. Well I can tell you it was a wake up call for me. Fortunately, my condition is still pre diabetes, a true gift from above. I am on a carb counting regimen - 3 meals of 50 carbs and 2 snacks of 25 per day. Have lost about 10 lbs with about 50 more to go. Tracking my FBS in the am and once a day 2 hrs after a meal. For the first month I was using a very old meter and discovered it was unblalaced. Am now using an Accu-Check compact plus. Levels are somewhat up and down. Anywhere from 141 fasting to as low as 101. After meals running about 142 - 103. Have just begun to walking 30 mins 3x per week.
 
I'm hoping to turn this around so that I do not become diabetic - though it is very prevalent in my family - and am open to any help and pointers.
 
BTW - DH is type 2
 
 

LanieG
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   Posted 6/22/2007 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carokaye, welcome to the forum.  I'm sure you'll find a wealth of information here as I have.  You can spend a lot of time going back through past postings here and find out what has worked for different people.  I guess you're not taking any meds and are trying to control this with diet and exercise as I am.  You'll find a few of us are doing just this and that others here are also type 2 on meds and there are type 1s also.  Different foods affect all of us in a different way.  It's very important to test your blood sugar to see what effects certain food has on you.  A food journal along with your testing will help you decide what to eat and what not to.  Many of us are following a very low or no carb diet.  For me, I get my carbs from vegetables (but never potatoes) and some milk products.  I eat a lot of meat/chicken/fish, vegetables and cheeses.  And I exercise too - I've needed to lose weight and I've been very successful while following my plan.  So, congratulations with your own success so far.  You've had some wide swings of numbers.  I'm not sure why unless it's what you're eating, like too many carbs.  Take care and you're among friends here.  You can be sure of that! 
yeah  Lanie
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


carokaye
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 6/22/2007 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lanie,
I'm really excited to have found this forum. Is 200 carbs a day considered low? I'm really new to all this and trying to learn all I can. I certainly want to control it by diet and excercise. I have quite a lot of weight to lose and have just started a walking regimen of 30 mins 3x per week. Hope to add more as I become more fit.
I am 62 yrs old, married for 40 years to my HS sweetheart, 2 grown married sons and 4 of the most beautiful grandchildren God ever put on this earth!!! Work semi-part-time for DARE to C.A.R.E. Free Vascular Screening. We are a early detection program for vascular disease, screening anyone over the age of 60, (or over 50 with certain risk factors.) I love my job, but it can get a bit stressful at times, which I suspect sends my blood sugars up a bit.
Caro

Tommi
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/22/2007 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm a 70+ woman who was diagnosed as prediabetic 3 years ago. 2 years ago was upgraded to diabetic. I controlled it with diet (not much exercise) until a month ago when I was prescribed Metformin once a day. My dietician recommended only 45 grams of carbs a day for my meals - 15 at breakfast, 30 at lunch and dinner. I could have snacks of 15 grams, but not less than 3 hours before or after meals.  That pretty much cut out snacks. I have tried to stick to this, but occasionally do goof up. I try to limit my carbs to fruit & veggies, but do eat toast or cereal at breakfast.  I have found some low carb bread so I can have 2 pieces - regular bread is too high. I also have high cholesterol so limit eggs to only 2 or 3 times a week.  I eat a lot of cheese - so far my cholesterol is doing OK.  My a1c was 7.4 last month which is why I am now on medication. It had been staying less than 6.5. I'm wondering if I should try going regularly to a dietician - the one I saw was in the doctor's office and I only saw her at the beginning. I would appreciate any help.  Tommmi

 


Tommi


LanieG
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   Posted 6/22/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Caro and Tommi, we're in the same boat I think.  I'm still "pre-diabetic", not on meds and want to stay this way as long as I'm able.  In January, I started a no-carb regime and nearly daily exercise and have lost 20lbs.  I've lowered my A1c from 6.6 to 5.6, and my cholesterol is much lower too.  Most of this is because I cut out carbs.  200 carbs is very high indeed!  Even though many doctors and the ADA still recommend carbs to be a major part of the diet, most folks around here on the forum don't agree as carbs are what gives you high blood glucose readings.  If I have to snack on something between meals, it's cheese or nuts (peanuts, pecans, walnuts or pistachios).  Also, there's a tasty cheese puff that you can read about as you look over these threads on the forum.  No carbs in that at all.  Tommi, I'll bet you can lower your A1c by cutting down on carbs, too.  That's great work you're doing with Dare to CARE, Caro.  Keep us updated on how you're both doing.

Lanie

 

  


"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


4sons
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 406
   Posted 6/22/2007 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ladies!!

Another hearty welcome! I'm in the same boat as you two and try to eat a low carb diet. Today I read that even an A1C of 6% could mean potential complications in the future and boy had that scared/motivated me! (I'm at 6.2 at the moment!).

I'm reading a really interesting books called "The Diabetic Solution" by Dr. Bernstein that many others here have read. It's really making me think HARD about the way I've been addressing my Type 2 .... I need to become a lean, mean (figuratively, of course) diabetes fighting machine!!! LOL. I'm not certain I can go cold turkey (although that's an allowable food!) but I do aim to get there ...

The thing that really struck a chord with me is that people on this type of food plan feel less anxiety about their disease ... and fear is a POWERFUL motivator for me!

Welcome again!!!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

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


gelchick
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 477
   Posted 6/22/2007 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Personally, I found the money I spent on a dietitian to be wasted. She recommended 220 grams of carbs a day for me- which was more than what I was eating routinely when I was diagnosed. She was also very confused about how I could get enough protein as a vegetarian.

I went to Borders, bought a book that contains nutritional info, and began to cut down the carbs until I found the magic number that allowed me to stabilize my blood sugar.  I heartily recommend Dr. Bernstein's book- he walks our walk as a diabetic (type 1). He makes good sense. I do eat a few more carbs than he recommends, but I follow his principles 2 out of 3 meals every day.

Good luck! sandy


I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


Cali Jules
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 6/24/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Just a quick hello to the group. I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago and at the time my focus was on my ulcerative colitis (UC), fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis (form of inflammatory arthritis secondary to my UC) which was causing me tremendous pain and extreme limited ability to leave the house or the loo!

Now that those are all doing much better, my type 2 has seemed to take off and I am in major education mode. I do it in spurts though as it (for me) can be a bit overwhelming and depressing.

Anyway, welcome to the group. I have found some helpful answers and support here. Still relatively new myself.

hugs

Julia
Ulcerative colitis - Remission May 29, 2007, FM, AS, Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS, sober since 6/92, PTSD, Chronic Urticaria, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, GERD and a partridge in a pair tree.

My labels may give you insight, but they don't define me. JAFA

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