Post Edited (LanieG) : 10/5/2007 8:03:23 PM (GMT-6)
Welcome to the forum! I am new to diabetes... I was dignosed in April, and this forum has helped me so much! Reading advice/suggestions here will give you a good idea of what is best to eat and what to avoid. I have been able to bring my levels down to a "normal" range. I am on a low dose of oral meds thanks to following the information on here.
As for me, reading labels is the most helpful. It's great that you are starting out already understanding a lot about the glycemic index, I really knew nothing about it before. Just so you know, not all brown rice is created equal... at first I thought just changing to whole grain bread and rice was enough. I spend a good deal of time at the store reading labels and I always ask advice here. As for brown rice, if you can cook it in less than 45 minutes (10 minute types), then it isn't good for me. I found out that I can have a small portion of Basmati Brown Rice (I buy Texmati brand, but that may be regional to where I live). As for pasta, I buy nothing but Dreamfields pasta. The net carbs per serving on that brand is 5 grams, and I have that maybe once a week (it hasn't ever spiked my BG readings). For bread, all I buy now is Sara Lee "DeLightful" Wheat bread, net carbs per slice, 9G. I eat 2 slices per day at lunch for my sandwich with low fat lunch meat and reduced fat cheese with lettuce. I have completely given up CHIPS! I have a couple of grape tomatoes on the side if I want a treat, or a couple of carrot slices if I want something crunchy. I haven't eaten a potato in 6 months! I eat lots of salads, squash (I like it with onions and mushrooms sauteed in olive oil), broccoli, and beans. I know some people have problems with beans spiking their sugar, but it doesn't seem to bother me (I suppose because it's high fiber). The only fruit I've tried is a small amount of apple per day, and I always buy tart ones. I also have a little low fat milk every day and some nuts for snacks. When I have a sweet attack, I have a South Beach Diet snack bar for a treat (or some apple).
I also had issues with low energy when I tried to cut out carbs, but I also ended up having to reduce med dose and that improved.
I hope you'll stay with us!
Hmm, I don't think it would be the same thing. I believe that when your body is having trouble dealing with carbohydrates properly, it will always have trouble. The problem will not go away. (As far as the medical explanation of pancreas and insulin production, I'm going to let the others chime in and do that.) Even though everyone's blood sugar may rise and fall throughout the day with eating, not eating, exercise, etc., a "normal" person's will not swing as high as mine and it will come down faster. My pancreas is just not producing insulin normally anymore although it's still producing something because I am still able to control the blood sugar but only because I'm reducing the carbs that I eat. If I were to eat as I did before: cereals, bread, potatoes, etc. with meals, then my readings would be high. Unfortunately, not everyone has their blood sugar tested every year to catch rising trends. Those whose blood sugar is extremely high for years may have damage to their kidneys, hearts, eyes and nerve endings particularly in the feet and legs which is why diabetes can be so dangerous. A single fasting test higher than 126 might indicate diabetes, so the doctor would order other tests like the glucose tolerance test. This is when you drink a very sugary liquid and the lab tests your blood a couple of times for 2 or 3 hours. This test will see how your body deals with carbs when you ingest them and how long it takes for the body to get back down to a normal reading. Another test, the A1c, is a simple blood test which tells you what your average blood sugar was over the past 3 months. I don't know what my glucose tolerance test result was which I took a year ago, but my fasting tests were creeping up over the last few years. So, last year when I started monitoring my blood sugar, I also changed my eating plan and started a daily exercise program. Now, doctors are saying normal fasting is <100. I fell into the "borderline" range with fasting numbers between 100 and 120 generally, one or 2 higher or lower. Type 2 Diabetes does run in families, so family members should be mindful of that and be sure they have their blood sugar tested every year. They should also keep their weight down. You're wise to know everything you can about this. Know thy enemy, as they say!
Post Edited (LanieG) : 10/7/2007 7:27:27 AM (GMT-6)