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Hi. My name is Jeanie. I was diagnosed yesterday. I have a family history of diabetes, so have lived with it a long time. I lost my grandmother, my favorite uncle, and my dad to diabetes. My sister and my dad both lost legs to diabetes. This is a very scary diagnosis for me.

I avoided diabetes for as long as I could. My sugar was always just perfect - 94 for years and years. I was psycho about having it checked every six months. Even when the insurance company wouldn't pay for the tests. I paid out of pocket. Now it is 107. With my family history, this is my wake up call.

We are starting with diet and exercise in the hope that this will bring my blood sugar back down to normal levels. I was told to lose 14 pounds by finding and following a low glycemic diet and walking at least 150 minutes per week. He will check me again in six months. He told me now is not the time to panic. He didn't want to use the word diabetes until I had consistently high blood sugar, but with my family history, he wanted me to make major changes to my diet.

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Robert is sooooooo right.

I know exactly what I did over the years that stressed my body's ability to handle carbs. I think way back to elementary school and the vending machine with chocolate bars and Coke, and the convenience store I frequented after school, and mom's apple pie desserts with ice cream on top, and mashed potatoes, and ....

Eventually my body couldn't take the stress. And yes, what can I do about that? But I can eat healthier now, and the good thing is that I really like what I eat. It's different than before but just as enjoyable.

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Roxie, Susan,

Welcome aboard! I am also still dealing with the frustration of thinking "Why didn't I eat better 20 years ago then I wouldn't be diabetic ..." etc. etc. But that doesn't help. Forward, onward! I feel better now than before, so already I'm better off. Good luck to us all.

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SLUNDY65,

You are so right. Exercising and eating right will help you loose weight, get fit, and get your blood sugar under control.

My biggest mistake was to think that only sweet things, well basically sugar, was what I needed to cut to manage my blood sugar. That is part of it, but even things that are not sweet raise blood sugar. Even Cheerios, just regular Cheerios, which don't taste sweet to me, are 65% carbohydrates, and might as well be 65% sugar.

Would you, as a diabetic, eat a bowl of sugar for breakfast? Would you think that 2/3 (around 65%) of a bowl of sugar would be better?

Start by checking labels in your house, and when you shop. If it has a significant amount of carbs percentage wise, don't eat it or buy it.



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Thanks James,

I can use all the advise I can get. What got me here, probably making poor choices, knowing my families history and letting the pounds pack on.

I know that exercise and eating healthy is the best way to get off metformin.

That is why I am back on here to make changes.



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SLUNDY65,

Too bad. But now what? Do you know what got you where you are? Are you willing to make changes? Clearly something should change. Metformin is not the ultimate answer.

I'll be reading and replying and give you advice/support. Why do I do that? Baecause I care. I do check this group almost every day.

James

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Hi my name is Susan, My families history of diabetes has caught up with me. Being over weight does not help the fact. I just started on metformin. I am really upset with myself that I let this happen knowing my families history, but I need to move on with this and make change. I am not good at taking care of myself. I know with the support I am getting from my husband and children will help. I also hope I can make some new friends on Sparks that can help me and I can help support them through our journey to get healthy.

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Roxie,

Yup, I know the denial. I was in that state for about a year.

Actually it's not as bad as you think. I've managed my blood sugar without metformin for a little over 3 and a half years. I eat differently. I actually eat a bigger variety of things and enjoy my food more. Stay in touch here.

Have you seen a dietician yet?

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Hi, I'm new to Spark, this group, and type 2 diabetes about 4 months ago. I have metformin, which I have to admit I have not taken since the first week. I think it's because I'm trying to deny I have diabetes. But I have to get myself into better shape, lose weight (for many reasons for health), and relearn to eat better and exercise. Please be patient with me because even walking is difficult for me right now due to back issues (which I had xrays done today for so I can start walking).

I look forward to your knowledge, encouragement, guidance, and direction....and hope to be able to help someone too. I look forward to hearing from you.

Roxie

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Hi Robert.

You are not alone. There are two major factors that impact blood sugar when you are a type-2 diabetic. One is excess body fat, which somehow makes you insulin resistant. So less body fat and your existing insulin is more effective.

But the second thing is to not eat foods that raise blood sugar, and those are high carbohydrate foods. Frankly you want to limit your total carb intake to be as low as you are comfortable with. That said, the fewer carbs you eat, the less you crave them, so it isn't suffering and denial for the rest of your life.

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Hello everyone. It's great to know I'm not alone. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes on my 56th birthday. But this doubles my determination to continue my weight loss and increase my exercise.

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I'm Gigi, age 45, from south/central Texas. I had gestational diabetes twice and now it's back. My mom has it (as did her mom) so I have lots of positive support. I'm looking forward to meeting others newly diagnosed so we can help each other, share meal ideas and recipes. I'm married and have three red headed daughters.

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Hi! Just got diagnosed on Thursday. Started Metformin on Friday. Been a little down about the whole thing because I already have high blood pressure and now this. I know I have got to lose weight. I know both come from being over weight. I have recently taken up walking again now I just have to work on the food part. See a nutrientist at the end of this month to learn about diabetes. My husband is also diabetic and has been for about 3 years but chose not to see a nutrientist. He doesn't watch what he eats and eats whatever. I just hope I can do this for my health.

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Great changes for the better. What is different?

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My name is Susan, and I was diagnosed with diabetes about a month ago. My fasting blood sugar was 116 and my A1C was 6.6. Since 7/20, I'm down 24#. While my post dinner blood sugar seems reasonable, around 90-100, my mornings have been 105-110.



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Hey everyone, my name is Nicole. I am not diabetic however my husband was just diagnosed and I want to support him in every way I can. I am doing all the cooking and food planning and feeling very lost. I am hoping that I can learn from this group. I have so many questions and am hoping that this group can at least answering them.

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Hi there SSASSY40. Nice to meet you. Sounds like you're doing well already. I'm not on any meds. We'll see how it goes for the next couple of months. My next A1C will be Sept 11.When I was a teen my GTT showed I was borderline but nothing was ever said for all these years. I am now 66 and here I am with a new adventure in my life.

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Hi,
I was diagnosed Monday (6/8) with Type 2 DM after being pre-diabetic for over 30 years. My first abnormal glucose level was as a teenager. My Hgb A1c was 10.6, which really shocked me, as it had never been over 6.2 previously. I have learned to use my new glucometer, and have brought my blood sugar down from 288 (Monday) to 170 (today fasting) with starting Metformin. I have started being very careful with my eating and have exercised each day this week. I know I have at least 30 pounds to lose, but I first am focused on getting my blood sugars back to the normal range. Any suggestions are welcome!


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Thanks again James. Have a good night. emoticon

Elayne from the west coast of Fl.

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Playing my sax is how I connect with God. That gift is from God and I use it to Glorify His name. It's not bout me..it's all about HIM.




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SASSYSAX,

I knew sugar was something to avoid as a diabetic. The words blood sugar make that obvious.

It took me far too long to understand that carbohydrates that are not sweet tasting, like rice or potato chips are all about the same as eating sugar.

Take control now!

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Thank you James. I appreciate your help. At the moment I was given the glucometer that came with 10 test strips. My insurance wil pay for it, thankfully as well as the classes I'll be taking next month. It's another challenge, and I love challenges, but not this kind! emoticon

Elayne from the west coast of Fl.

"Music is the original mood-altering, non-fattening wonder drug. Ask your doctor if Music is right for you."

Playing my sax is how I connect with God. That gift is from God and I use it to Glorify His name. It's not bout me..it's all about HIM.




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SASSYSAX,

The first thing in the morning, when you haven't eaten in 10 or 12 hours is a good baseline. Your fasting blood sugar, because it gives the bottom number. As you eat or drink things during the day blood sugar tends to go up.

Otherwise you might want to take it just before you eat, log what you eat, both what it is and quantity (get a digital scale with a zero-out feature to weight each item seperately as you add things to your plate. Then take your blood sugar about 45 minutes after eating, to see how the foods impact you, and perhaps again about 2 hours after eating to see how quickly it comes down. Those test strips are expensive, so I've not done this after every meal, or indeed every morning. But after a number of times of this, (4 to 10) you get a pretty good idea of what is up, and perhaps what foods raise blood sugar the most. But you will find the the foods that raise it the most are those high in net carbs.

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Hi everyone. I've been with Spark since 2006, and today I am glad to have found the Spark part of managing diabetes. I was newly diagnosed with type 2 on Friday and don't see a teacher/nutritionist until June 29. I have no idea what to do next. Where do I get help to set up my glucometer? I'm supposed to check it once a day only twice a week? I thought it was supposed to be daily. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Elayne from the west coast of Fl.

"Music is the original mood-altering, non-fattening wonder drug. Ask your doctor if Music is right for you."

Playing my sax is how I connect with God. That gift is from God and I use it to Glorify His name. It's not bout me..it's all about HIM.




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KAYPLUS,

Have a read of my first post in this discussion:
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It relates blood sugar, insulin, and gaining body fat as a preparation for winter. The analogy, though frankly I think more reality, is a bear that gorges on carbs yet is always hungry.

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New Member. Newly diagnosed after being a pre diabetic for about 10 years. A1C 6.1 and on Metformin daily in am. Need to lose over 100 lb. Over 60 yo with OA and limited activity. I had to ask the Clinic Nurse about diabetic classes. . None available in my area she said except about 30 miles away. . Looking today for a class to join. Also limited activity so I like your goal of exercise 30 min daily. I will be more likely to do something so I wil meet my goal that because I need to or want to. Stinky thinking, I know.and I will work on that after I find something I like. Glad to be a part of the team.

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You were right James, so was Dr. Bernstein. I overhauled my whole diet. My daily intake of carbs a day is 6 g in the morning, 12 for lunch and 12 for dinner. I'm eating very clean and nutritiously. Don't mind the salads anymore but now I'm looking into Stir frys to change things up a bit. Watching my protein portions, didn't know that too much could turn to sugar. Also eating until satisfied not until full, didn't realize your body releases hormones when you are full to request more insulin emoticon So, now I'm very mindful of every thing I eat and how I eat.

We went out to eat yesterday for lunch and I ordered the steak with parmessan cheese, mushrooms and broccoli, everything was huge! I started eating, focusing on how I felt not on how much was on the plate. When I was satisfied I stopped. I had so much left on my plate! Enough for two more meals, crazy! Packed it up and took it home.


Everything is looking up.

Btw, be very, very careful what you ask God for. I asked him to change me on the inside last month out of desperation because I couldn't lose weight. Well, he did emoticon I now have Diabetes. So, again be careful of what you wish for!

Barbara

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BLCKKITTY,

I see that you want to looses 77 pounds. First of all, and I don't know why, but excess body fat really impacts blood sugar and insulin work. In other words loose the 77 pounds and things will really improve.

Easy to say "just" loose the weight. If you are like me you've been battling your weight for a long time. If you are like I was then you don't know what to do to effectively do that. I certainly was overweight for a long time, and didn't really know how to go at that.

These days, as a type-2 diabetic, if my blood sugar goes out of whack, and it did recently with too many Easter chocolates, it doesn't recover in a 12 hour period of eating "right", or even within one day. If my blood sugar goes up, it very slowly goes down, not just a meal to meal thing.

So overall, to loose the 77 pounds, and to get your blood sugar under better control, I suggest you eat fewer carbs, like the salad you wrote about. For myself it is a freakishly low 30 grams of carbs a day. You might say how is that possible? Well to give you an idea of how it isn't just misery, let me tell you what breakfast was. A two egg omelet with some shredded cheese and half a pepperoni stick in slices in there. Total grams of carbs in that was 4. Leaving a huge 26 for the rest of my day.

You will find that the 77 pound weight loss is much easier if you cut carbs, have less insulin, and your body fat is not in lockdown due to the insulin response to the carbs.

Send me a note on SPARKMAIL and I'll send you an invitation to a great low carb team.

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Hi, I'm Barbara and Wednesday morning I got the results back from my blood work for my A1C and found out that I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I knew something was wrong with me. I told him back in January when I got the initial blood work done but they missed doing that blood sugar test and I couldn't understand why he didn't do that test for me but he did all the other tests. He is a good doctor but sometimes I feel like he is either too busy or just doesn't treat me with the same seriousness as my husband or my mother-in-law and I don't understand why. He kept waivering back and forth on whether it was prediabetes or Diabetes and I got mad and took the lab paper off his hands and looked at it and read it myself. It clearly said Diabetes A1C 6.6 HIGH. He then gets mad at me and tells me to give it back to him, so I do. At this point I understood that I needed to go to another doctor for my Diabetes care. He gave me a prescription for Metaformin to take at dinner time and told me to check my blood sugar once a day and gives me a referral to Diabetes classes.

My other two brothers (one of them passed away and was a Type 1 diabetic) the other is a Type 2 and they both checked their sugars all the time. So, I've been checking my blood sugar since I got home Wednesday night, before and after each meal and it is all over the place. Always above 130, and the only time it got down to 103 was when I had nothing but a simple salad emoticon

So, went to the library and got some books on what to eat and will be doing some research on the internet too to see what else I can do, I also joined some groups on FB. I found your group so I joined it too. I'm kind of overwhelmed right now with all the information. I signed up for the Diabetes classes with the hospital but I won't be going to them until May 6th (soonest they could get me in).

I'm just glad to finally know what is wrong with me. I looked up the symptoms for Diabetes and I had all 10 out of 10, yes I have a UTI too so I had number 10 female infections emoticon . Making changes on my eating and tracking and writing my foods again and starting to get active again. I need to lose this weight, hopefully with the food changes and the Metaformin I can lose this weight, I was having such a hard time losing the weight before. One step at a time though, I keep telling myself.

I found a real Diabetes doctor who works here at the local hospital and left her a message for an appointment. Hopefully with the right doctor and the right plan I can get this under control and get healthy. Maybe undo the Diabetes, I don't know. But I am praying for the best.

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I'm Becky. Diagnosed with Type 2 about a month ago. My dad was diagnosed with Type II around my current age, so I have been trying for years to NOT be diagnosed with it too, but I failed. I am, however a positive thinker and I am reading 2 books on reversing it, and I hope to learn from those books, this group and other sources.

I'm a strong Christian, left-handed, disabled for a very long time (half my life), and I guess you'd call me a homebody because I like gardening, playing with our dogs. My husband is a long-haul flatbed truck driver, and since he's gone 3-6 weeks at a time, I don't really get out much. I'm also fluent in Spanish. I used to be a bilingual legal secretary, Spanish teacher, paralegal, when I wound up with MS. After 1 "visit" to the hospital every 6 months, I went for disability and it was approved.

About me: I've had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since age 28. I'm 56 now, so that's half my life, and I am still walking on my own, so I think I'm doing something right. I cook almost everything from scratch. I am overweight, have tried for many years to get it under control, but I crave sweet and salty things. I am using Splenda to sweeten things like tea, but I hear bad things about artificial sweeteners in general. I just know that there is just too much info out there on Diabetes, and I wish I had someone sitting next to me, taking me by the hand or at least giving me some guidelines for this new challenge.

Many, many thanks!

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Definitely a combined effort JAMES. I don't think one would work without the other. In fact it took me a long time to start exercising, I just did the diet thing alone. I see a big difference overall now. Most Doctors tell you to start walking. Honestly I feel extreme exercising like work outs, strength training, can be overdone save it for bodybuilders. I am toning just with the walking. I like the "waffling!" lol. Hmmmm never itched with D2. Come to think when I lose weight, there is a bit of itching maybe from changing weights? Not sure of that one. Like the fact you weigh and measure your food, one of the best tools here for a diabetic. I don't eat any sort of breads or pastas, they load up carbs on you fast, and it becomes difficult to keep low carbs. One sandwich can do in your carbs for the day.
It's a known fact for those who say they don't have time to exercise, do sit in front of a TV for 2 to 3 hours. Have to add that even Ezkiel bread has 15 carbs per teensy slice, unreal. I grind it up for a filler like bread crumbs for breading or for meat/or Lentil loaf.

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I did some internet searching and itchy skin can be a sign of high blood sugar. I'm no medical doctor so I'm just taking a big guess on that connection. I am a type-2 diabetic myself. What pushed me over the edge were some steroids I took for other issues. I "probably" had poor body chemistry before and was more or less pre-diabetic and didn't know it.

While taking the steroids I developed really bad pimples. I decided that the steroids were not agreeing with me and quit them days before my doctor called me to go to the emergency room for insulin. I was at risk for a heart attack, but he didn't tell me that. If he did, wel the extra stress...

So maybe your itchy skin is your body trying to get rid of something? In any case as a type-2 diabetic you can do a lot for yourself with lifestyle changes. Do make time for some exercise each day. Just a 20 minute walk helps. If you don't think you have time for that then what about television? If you watch any TV during the day then you have time for a walk.

Also, change what you eat. I've managed my diabetes without medication for 3 years now. I count my grams of carbs. This morning it was coffee with just a hint of milk, strawberry bread (made from strawberry protein powder) and unsweetened peanutbutter on top. A total of 6 grams of carbs. It just so happens that this morning I weighed every item I ate for breakfast, including the peanut butter on my "bread". In my former life breakfast would have included two slices of wheat based toast with strawberry jam, 50 grams of carbs in that alone.

Take control. Be aware of what you eat. Get yourself a digital scale, research the nutrition of what you are eating. All carbs (except fibre) will raise blood sugar. As far as I know dietary fat doesn't impact blood sugar, and protein does but to a much lesser degree than carbs.

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MJLUVSANIMALS,

I could try to weasel out of this by going back and editing my post ...

But I'll waffle a bit. I don't think that exercise burns off many calories. Let's take walking at a moderate pace for an average adult, that is about 300 calories per hour tops.
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Just being alive is about 50 per hour. So walking is an extra 250 per hour. To loose a pound of fat that is 3500/250 = 14 hours. Walk an hour a day, and in two weeks that will be one pounds lost.

However, here comes the waffle part, exercise is still good for your health. I've measued my blood sugar before taking a walk, and after a one hour walk, and it really did lower my blood sugar. It also lowers insulin resistance.


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Good Morning, My name is Michele. I live in Killeen, Texas with my fiance & puppy & cat. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a week ago from my Doctor. He didn't give me any medication yet, he wants me to wait till i go to some classes for it and do another fasting & urine testing. I have been going thru alot of itches on my forehead & arms. It's all god but driving me nuts. Not sure how to get rid of it or what to take to relax it. It's like my skin is burning with having that issue. I need a friend or 2 who i can talk to about this and vent too.. My fiance and i are cutting back on alot of foods and have changed our eating habits on alot of other foods. I went out and bought a blood sugar testing thing. was scared the first time to use it.

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I have to disagree with that JAMES I have found that walking everyday along with watching my diet helps to rid the weight much faster when your older. You know they say if your older you lose the weight much slower, because of metabolism slowing down. Eh no. Not only does exercise help with that, it does help with the disease as well. I am at this point walking 2 miles a day, working to get it to 3 miles, along with healthy choices and low carb eating. Another thing is the fact the thickness in the waist? Another area they also say is part of aging, again wrong. I see a remarkable difference in the waistline as well. It works for me. As soon as I heard the words diabetes 2, sugar in no form was no longer an option. It really scared me into reality of being diagnosed. People need to take this disease seriously. I have one on FB that is driving me nuts, because her glucose is 200+ She thinks it's all a game in how she handles it. It's not a game. But truly the most of it is your food choices, people need to know this. But for me, exercise does help too. Walking mainly.

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JERSEYJO17,

Well I guess I tried to fool myself too when I was where you are. I just denied it, that if I just cut out that spoonful of sugar in my coffee, then things would be fine. That went along for a year or more as my doctor said "watch what you eat".

As for loosing weight, it is 95% what you eat. Exercise makes very little difference in burning off the pounds. Great for fitness, but very little on body weight, so that is actually good news.

Read your SPARKMAIL under "MY TRACKERS" tab, I've sent you a note.

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Hi! I was pre-diabetic for 5 years and never made the adjustments I should have. Now I am diabetic and take oral medication to control. I added exercise to my week, but like life, I only do it when I feel like doing it. I haven't changed my diet, other than stopping soda and snacks. I have been unemployed for the last 6 years and have used that as my excuse to not deal with eating better. I "fool" myself into thinking I am not doing any harm to myself. Basically I am at ground zero and don't know where to start. Help? I have no one to exercise with and keep to myself. I don't leave the house much, unless I have to be somewhere. Oh, I have been the same exact weight for 2 years.

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Hi James,
I can't even imagine that number right now. I call it a good Meal if I can keep it under 30g LOL
We'll see how my journey unfolds.

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Awesome! JAMES Your leading by example will help others to choose their path to health more wisely. Diabetes does not have to rule us!! We rule it!!!

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CJODEN,

Either directly or indirectly I count my grams of carbs. I have a maximum daily carb load of about 30 grams. 50 on a "bad" day.

I much prefer wise food choices to taking pills all the time.

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Good for you! CJODEN that is the attitude to have with this defeatable disease. I heard too much on how many side affects that these medications have. Besides I have friends that decided that the medication will take care of their problem, and they can still continue to eat poorly, and sit on the couch. I didn't like that. I wish more people would work with trying to rid themselves of this disease. Again! Kudo's!! MJ

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Hi everybody! Here's the diabetic scoop on me. I'd tested as a pre-diabetic for about 5 years, last year, probably due to diet changes, my A1c actually went down a tiny bit. Just last October I decided to add exercise to the mix (about time right?) I started getting leaner almost right away I thought man those numbers will go down again!
Sadly, my A1c jumped almost a full point and put me in the diabetic range. What a shock! That was on February 2. After spending three days REALLY depressed, I got busy evaluating "what went wrong?". The long and short of it was that I didn't realize how many carbs lurk in my fruits and veggies of choice (and portion... I admit it). I also started tracking my blood sugars like the doctor asked.
I just had my two week follow-up with the doctor. Drum roll please... and was able to report that my fasting BG was between 88 and 101 for two weeks of diligent carb counting and continued work-outs. Here's the really cool part, my doc says there's a good chance that I'll be able to handle this Dx with diet and exercise alone! As long as my numbers don't climb again
Since I don't like to take any meds unless I absolutely Have to, this is a great motivator to buck up and stop whining about the things I miss eating. Last year I learned to prefer fresh over processed food and avoid the obvious starchy foods. I can learn to like lower carb choices too!

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Hi Meredith...thanks so much for your encouraging post... I look forward to be where you are... ! Hugs, Risa

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Risa, Three months in I'm feeling more in control and have just started branching out a bit diet-wise. First I had to get my sugars under control, then figure out how to keep them there, which is ongoing. For Valentine's Day dinner, we ate hardly any carbs in our dinner and then had a mini chocolate mousse cake (very small portion) for dessert. I tested two hours after I started eating dinner and my BS was fine. So I'm slowly figuring out how to manage things so that I can have the odd treat on special occasions. I have no intention of making it a regular thing, but it's nice to know that once in a while I can indulge in chocolate. Otherwise, my husband, who is an incredible cook, and I have been eating tasty, nutritious meals that have kept us happy and losing weight, with the help of a nutritionist. I'm not even feeling deprived most of the time. It takes time, practice, and diligence, but you can get there.

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Meredith and James, Thanks so much for the welcome... I'm meeting with my doctor next week to discuss "diet" and the result of my test, etc.... I'm trying to read up on diabetes in the mean time....here, online, books from the library, etc....

Joining this team is a great start... my birthday is coming up on Thursday... but I think I can manage without cake... and I'm going out to dinner Low Carb.... sashimi (not sushi) dinner at a Japanese restaurant... things are looking up and I'm feeling better about everything...

Happy to be here!

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Welcome Cathy and Risa!

I'm not newly diagnosed, but I've been there. I remember just ignoring it, the denial, and the "why me?".

Well what stresses blood sugar is carbs. It took me too long a time (measured in many years) to take action and control. So I hope you can learn from my bad example. I just took the prescribed medication and thought that was all I could do. Not true at all.

For the last 3 years I've taken no medication. The cost of that is to seriously cut down on carbs. If you had told me that I would have thought, oh man, I can't eat this, i can't eat that, and rabbit food for the rest of my life ... Bummed out.

The truth is by choosing to eat low carb things I manage my blood sugar, my preferences in taste have fully changed. I'm eating healthier than ever in my life and enjoying it. Fatty things are not out on a low carb diet. Prime rib is not rabbit food.

Carbs also lock up body fat, so if you want to loose weight I think low carb is the way to go.

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Welcome Cathy and Risa! I was diagnosed around Thanksgiving. I've found the support on Spark Teams very helpful. I also went to a terrific diabetes educator/nutritionist and an endocrinologist, both of whom have been very helpful. I've reduced the amount of carbs I eat - but I'm not ultra low carb and I enjoy the variety in my diet. I also exercise a lot. Those two things along with getting a handle on my portion sizes has resulted in weight loss and blood sugar levels that are pretty much under control at this point. I'm still learning a lot, but taking decisive action is definitely very helpful. Good luck with your journeys!

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my name is cathy and I was just diagnosed with diabetes 2 last week it was an emotional roller coaster but I need to fix my health I am here to get s u pport and ideas

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May need to add, I am also getting good readings on my B/P, with changing my lifestyle. At one time I had to take beta blockers because it just wouldn't go down. Now my Dr. is looking at gradually lowering dosage, as I go. Already did once, now looking at a future with no B/P meds as well. My Dr. knows I will not subject myself to the "shoebox full" like parents did, one to do this, one to do that, one that counteracts the other, good grief! I missed my calling should have had my own pharmaceuticals company!!!! lol

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Nice...the recipe looks awesome! Thank you for your response and the recipe, MJLUVSANIMALS!

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Well, it certainly isn't your weight! Great numbers there! My headaches were caused by uncontrolled blood pressure, years ago. But I did take medications for that. At that time, it was no fixing with diet and exercise like you can with D2. Sugar is in everything, all processed has sugar in it's ingredients. There is no getting away from it, unless you drop processed foods. I like chocolate, but I like milk chocolate, not the dark which they say is much better for you. So no chocolate here. I did find a recipe that sounds perfect for a diabetic, no sugar involved at all, I would just trade out the semi-sweet chips for pure cacao. But I try not to involve myself in any form of sweet foods, other than the occasional fruit. I feel that because of my "sweet tooth" That's what got me here in the first place, besides eating wrong for most of my life. You know that old saying "I wish I knew then, what I know now" My life would have been completely different. But alas you cannot turn back time. I just hope that most of our life experiences and choices these days, can help the younger ones to take a look at their lives and how they are living it today. Hope everything works out for you READYRISA and you don't have to take those medications. I will post that recipe in a blog.

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