Welcome aboard Va-Gram. You've already made a giant stride forward - simply by joining this forum! Many of us have been banging the drum for a low-carb diet and regular exercise as the only truly reliable method of countering the effects of diabetes. More and more people are discovering this now, although the ADA and Diabetes UK are shamefully slow on the uptake.
I'm reluctant to comment on anyone else's dosages or medication, but I had to give your Lantus dose a double-take when I read your post. 150 units a day? There may be reasons why you're using this volume of basal insulin, but just to put it in perspective, I'm using 7 units of Lantus daily. I'm a Type 1 diabetic with no self-made insulin at all so I'm getting no help from my pancreas here. My low dosage is simply down to a low-carb diet and regular exercise.
I think you should should bear in mind that insulin is the fat building / fat storage hormone. In other words, the more you use the more you will gain weight. You ought to be able to significantly reduce your dose (please talk to your Doctor!) the fewer carbohydrates and the more exercise you take. Try some of the eating suggestions on the forum. Not only will you find tons of great tasting food, it's nutritionally so much better for you too.
All the best,
Thanks so much for all the help. I have been reading a lot of what is on this site. But I am having trouble finding diet related topics. Years ago there was a printout about 7 pages that was very well balanced that was given to diabetics, does anyone know what I am speaking of? Do most of you follow a specific diet such as weight watchers, atkins, etc. or mostly just watching how many carbs you eat each day? And what range do you most of you follow?
As far as the Byetta, I take 5mcg 2x a day. I haven't lost any weight. In reading I feel I have been lucky. I had one very bad night, but other then that just slight nausea occasionally. I just recently started taking the Byetta on 9/14/07.
All of you are so friendly and helpful. I am glad I found this forum and all of you.
Granny, most of us follow a low carbohydrate diet. This helps keep your blood sugar down and will also help you lose weight. And remember that some kind of daily exercise is also important. There are several topics from the past you can read on our Diabetes Forum here including breakfast ideas and dinner ideas. You can look up Atkins, South Beach (Phase 1) or Dr. Bernstein. Here is a short list of do's and don'ts:
Ok to eat: meats, fish, vegetables, cheese, nuts (not too much at one time)
NO: bread, cereals, cookies, potatoes, yams, sugar, flour
Another eating plan you might wish to look into is the Insulin- Resistance Eating Plan (The book is written by Dr. Cheryle Hart, and Kay Grossman R.D.). This is a simple plan that allows you to link carbs with proteins in a way that doesn't cause blood sugar levels to rise. I eat this way. I am able to eat most whole grains, potatoes, beans, lentils, nuts, many fruits, low carb yogurt, starchy and non-starchy veggies etc. on a regular basis while maintaining an average blood glucose level in the 80 - 95 range with an A1c of 5.0.
My sugar levels are lower when I eat like this, than when I follow a very low carb eating plan. You really need to test the food you eat to see how it affects you personally- we're all different. I have nothing against very low carb eating- but I find it too restrictive for my lifestyle, especially when I am traveling for business and pleasure. I am able to enjoy a wide variety of foods without jeopardizing my numbers.
I want to say Thank you so much to all of you who have helped me get a grip on this diabetes and make some changes. I have been so busy at work this past week that I couldn't get started on some of the suggestions you all have made. But now that I have read a few things and put things in prospective a bit I will be starting today to make some changes ~ especially when it comes to exercise. I have to be the worst person when it comes to exercising so I know this will be a struggle each day! I enjoy reading the post on this site. Everyone is so helpful and so many topics are covered. So how is everyone doing? And with the upcoming holidays what special recipes do you prepare for a festive holiday but where you can still stay on plan?
Post Edited (LanieG) : 10/7/2007 10:30:36 AM (GMT-6)