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Old 07-03-2006, 11:34 AM   #111
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Originally Posted by Drama Queen
What are some foods that I should be eating? What to avoid other than pasta and other starches?? Is my sugar level considered too high at a fasting reading of 142???? I have not been diagnosed as diabetic, but this sounds serious enough so I want to avoid becoming diabetic.
Lots of fresh frutis & veggies and whole (unprocessed) grains. Each meal should have a veggie/fruit and a protein source.

Increasing your activity will also help in reducing your chance of becoming diabetic. Daily exercise will help burn excess calories.

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Old 07-04-2006, 08:07 PM   #112
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For hubby it has been more about balancing the carbs and choosing better carbs, not elminating them. In fact for him it hasn't even been reducing them. Just making better choices and spreading them through the day.

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Old 07-16-2006, 07:27 PM   #113
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Yes, with diabetes, you gotta try to learn how to exchange some things for the other in order to keep your system evenly balanced.

Do well, and you can cheat a little bit now and then. For instance, if you want pasta, you have to give up bread, sweets, or vice versa.

The other day, my blood glucose level was kind of dangerougly low - in the 50s, so I had to deliberately eat something sweet to get it back up out of the danger zone - and it worked!!

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Old 07-17-2006, 03:48 AM   #114
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Hubby has not had to give up pasta. I use a measuring cup to serve it and he can have one cup for dinner, or a half-cup for lunch. That means no bread with the meal, no wine or beer, and no desert, but he's happy to choose the pasta over the bread or desert. Luckily he isn't a sweets lover anyway. As we learned with the attack of the killer wasps, many meds wreak havoc with the blood sugar levels. When they pumped him full of adrenalyn and steroids the numbers went ballistic. But it beats death! LOL.

DQ, hubby has gout as well. Takes alopurin every day to keep it at bay.

One thing that as you age you have to recognise is you simply cannot follow a restricted died for every thing that is wrong with you. Some things are bad for gout/arthritis, some for cholesterol, some for blood pressure, etc. You wind up having to make decisions. You have to have a life, and as you can tell from my posts, food is a big part of ours and we're not willing to become cattle and just eat grass. We give the diabetes priority because the day hubby needs to take shots is the day my life goes to @#**.
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Old 07-17-2006, 05:43 AM   #115
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Which is why your husband MUST try to maintain his blood glucose level at safer readings, take his medicine if he's on any, and keep his sugar level evenly balanced - to avoid having to take insulin shots.

If it begins to slide either way, it could push him into dangerous levels of either too high or too low! And if it stays there, then his doctor is going to put him on insulin shots. That is the only thing left that can be done, I think.

But nonetheless, I still wish you and him a healthy happy life and lifestyle!

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Old 08-05-2006, 12:46 PM   #116
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Just wanted to say Hi to all you sweethearts out there. I have type II diabetese and have had it about ten years. This spring my G.P. sent me to an Endocrinologist (diabetes specialist), when it became a fight to keep my blood sugar under 200.

I have been put on a low carb diet, but they haven't bothered me with the low fat thing YET!

I have tried the jicama fries which I didn't care for. They seemed quite tough. Zucchini potatoe pancakes were ok and faux mash wasn't bad at all.

I have some recipes which are low carb and quite good if you would like them like them.

I am sure I can do this, but it isn't easy and there is a lot to learn and relearn.

By the way they did tell me that a teaspoon of cinnamon enhances the action of the insulin. I don't know if Cassia has the same result (no it's not the same)?
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Old 08-07-2006, 07:57 PM   #117
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Biggest change for hubby has been that cup of fruit twice a day. This time of year it is not difficult, in the winter trying to get something and not be boring can be ... welll, yawn. I have a young friend (16 I think) who is a type one and she cheers my husband on. I can remember when she was very young, and she was always good about eating that apple twice a day ... even if they were mealy, even if they weren't great, even when you're bored stiff. Hubby takes inspiration from her, and his numbers are great as a result. As I've said before, it helps a lot that I was raised to "cook and feed" healthy. Too much, but all of it good. When the aforementioned young lady was diagnosed, her mother thanked me and my mom for the fact that we make great food for diabetics. We were just cooking the way we always do. I do wish I could get us into whole grain pastas and brown rice, but at some point you have to draw the line. But I am very, very happy that my husband has learned to love the three things he had to add to his diet (a cup of fruit at around 10 a.m., another at 3 p.m., and three triscuits with peanut butter before he goes to bed). It is ironic that he had to add food to his diet and lost weight. I have some cute ceramic measuring spoons that look like vegetables that I have hanging as decorative accents. Since we now use a measuring cup to get him the right amount of starch for meals, we're going to start using them for serving spoons.
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Old 08-07-2006, 08:03 PM   #118
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We would love to have your recipies Silvercliff and thank you in advance.
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Old 08-08-2006, 09:31 AM   #119
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What a wonderful and informative thread this is!!! My youngest son has juvenile onset diabetes, his biological father was diagnosed with diabetes a couple years later, and just recently my daughter has been diagnosed with this also!!

She is on DisussCooking now and I know she is learning so much from all of you - I wish she would share some of the things she has recently learned. She too, was very depressed when she was diagnosed, but she also got hit in the face with high blood pressure and a few other things that just knocked her for a loop - at the same time!

I'm happy to say she is really coming to terms with all the changes she has to and is making in her life. A big part of her mental attitude, I sure of as anything, has been being able to read all of your posts - what you all are going thru and the great ideas you are offering.

So...as her mother, you have no idea how much I thank you for all you are doing.
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Old 08-08-2006, 09:35 AM   #120
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It was amazing to me to find that many people don't know they are diabetic until they are hit broadside with another illness. We met a man in the cardiologist's office who had his leg amputated and had only learned he was diabetic when he had extreme pain in his leg. Many more suffer heart attack, stroke, eye problems. We truly must be the keeper of our own health since it seems doctors don't look out for us like in the past.

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