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Cazo
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   Posted 11/11/2017 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi
I have started to take januvia 100mg a day but it seems that is not working for me. Has anyone experienced the same result?
Cazo

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/12/2017 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell, Cazo! I'm sorry this seems to not be working for you. I am not on Januvia so I don't know specifically how it works but all diabetes meds do work in conjunction with what you eat. Your food choices directly affect how your blood sugar rises. Can you tell me more about yourself? What do you eat for our meals?
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

Cazo
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   Posted 11/12/2017 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Lanie,
Thank you for answering my message.
I am a kidney transplant patient therefore I take a bunch of immunosuppressive medication to make my immune system vulnerable that only that way the new kidney works. Overall my health is good and I got to see my Nephrologist Doc every 4 months but I have labs every 2 months. I am aware that food choice is directly affecting my sugar level.
In the morning I have my coffee with no fat milk and I have only no fat yogurt and few blueberries. Lunch I have a salad or some vegetable with a slice of whole wheat bread. At the dinner I have a vegetable soup and just a small amount of meat or fish with veggies. I am from Italy and I have been living in USA for many years. I have also an American passport. My diet is quiet health and use only and exclusively pure extra olive oil. I work out and exercise 5 days a week and walk at the weekend instead. I suppose my sugar level must be high because of my medications. Today I measure the level of sugar in my blood and it is 141, yesterday 123. I just would like to point you out that it is a week since I am taking Januvia 100 mg.
Do you reckon the sugar level will go down eventually? Thank you for your support and interest. Cazo

Post Edited (Cazo) : 11/12/2017 9:49:13 AM (GMT-7)


Lanie G
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   Posted 11/12/2017 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Benvenuto Cazo! I don't know about a specific diet for kidney/kidney transplants or if there are diet concerns regarding the immunosuppressive medication you are taking. However, I will tell you what works for blood sugar control, which has been working for me.

First, please read the "stickies at the top of the diabetes forum" for general information and also the link in my signature below. The link goes to a website which has many areas including research if you are interested.

You understand that the more carbohydrates you eat, the higher the blood sugar rises. This means any food made with flour and/or sugar, potatoes, and rice. Honestly, it's this simple.

So, proteins like meats/fish/chicken are great. Most vegetables and greens are great: bell peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, cucumbers, cabbage, spinach, lettuce and all the leafy greens we eat as salads. Also, olives, radishes, most cheese, unsweetened yogurt, nuts, celery are good.

I don't know if there is a specific reason you are having no-fat milk and yogurt. For blood sugar these sometimes have more carbs than regular milk or cream and yogurt. A few blueberries or other berries a day should be fine if eaten with food and not alone.

Other factors to consider: working out and walking will help control blood sugar (and blood pressure) in the long run but if you test your blood sugar right after exercise, it might be elevated and that is normal. Wine is ok if it is not sweet.

Of course, please consult your doctor. I am not a doctor but I am writing what works for me to control my blood sugar.

Where in Italy are you from?
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/12/2017 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome and I can understand the frustration. I was just put on Januvia as well as I am staying on victoza and I am seeing some results. Lanie is right the carbs will bring your sugars up. I used to be able to have some bread and I am now noticing if I have bread at all no matter how small my sugars go up. meds may impact your sugar. the few numbers you mentioned are not to bad, but I agree anything above 120 is unacceptable but I was told to give Januvia a month to give it time to start working and bringing down. keep up the diet and exercise and also good luck.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Cazo
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   Posted 11/13/2017 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello there,
I would like to thank Lanie and worriedgirl to have answer me and support me in this new adventure which requires a lot of attention in what I eat.
Today my sugar level, fasting, was 133 and I hope that is going down after a month of taking Januvia.
I will look the the link that Lanie, kindly sent to me, and follow the advise to stay away from carbo all together. To answer worriegirl I am from Naples in Italy. You know how difficult form, as an Italian by birth, to stay away from pasta and bread...but it's ok I will survive.
Thank you so much for your support.
Good luck to you both.

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/13/2017 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, you will survive! You will survive because you are asking questions and are concerned about your health. We cannot control some of our health factors but we can control our fork! For me, the most difficult part of this is no bread. As a child, we had bread at every meal, so this was a difficult change. However, now I understand that it raises my blood sugar to dangerous levels.

If you can keep a journal of your blood sugar, the time, and what you eat, this can help you understand what food causes problems and which food is fine. For me, I do best with a piece of meat (or chicken, fish), sauteed peppers and onions or any of the vegetables I listed, and some salad food. What I mean by "salad food" is that it's not necessary to make a salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. I put a plate on the table for us to pick from and it will have any combination of these: cucumber, raw broccoli, cauliflower, olives, radishes, pieces of bell pepper, mushrooms, parsley, fresh basil (in the summer), fresh spinach, small piece of cheese...

(My family is from the mountains west of Torino. smile )

Have a great day!
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/13/2017 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Instead of spaghetti noodles make spaghetti with spaghetti squash instead. I hear you can do it with zucchini to. I find i can have 2 small slices of digiorno pizza yet i can't have bread go figure
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Cazo
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Date Joined Nov 2017
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   Posted 11/13/2017 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Sure worriedgirl..Thank you

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/13/2017 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Also to log your foods i use myfitnesspal it will add up the calories, carbs, fat, etc
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Cazo
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Date Joined Nov 2017
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   Posted 11/14/2017 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you worriedgirl,
I am using Januvia 100mg per day it is starting getting better...123 today fasting.

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/15/2017 2:16 AM (GMT -7)   
that is better cazo. keep it up. I am also seeing better numbers. now I may have 1 or 2 highs but not extreme high as I learn what I can snack on and what I cant snack on.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5970
   Posted 11/15/2017 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
That's great that your fasting is coming down! Remember that it reflects what is eaten, so choose your food carefully.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

Cazo
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Date Joined Nov 2017
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   Posted 11/15/2017 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
My sugar level start going down, today it was 123 and I am pleased Januvia is starting working. Diet and no carbo apart for two slices of whole wheat bread at lunch.
Thank you for your update.
Have a nice day.
Cazo
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