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Old 10-24-2010, 06:03 PM   #21
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type two here, insulin dependent. i shop on line and can access the nutrition facts of each food, well most , anyway. watching the carbs is just instinct now after ten years. i know what is high and try to limit them a day at a time. i use lots of no sugar products, puddings, etc. if i want something that is over the top , i eat it. and balance out the rest of the day. on my grocery site, the salt content is listed as well, have to watch that too. beware of to many artificial sweet ed things. nasty things happen, and you will spend a good deal of time in the bathroom. many times i will eat two ok veggies in a meal and have no starchy things at all.

research on line. many helpful sites out there. if i really blow it, and i do, i have fasting acting insulin as well.

test test test. that will give you an idea what not to eat too much of. you will realize after you do this for awhile it will become second nature.
Thank you for that advice! Super. I do quite a lot of research online and regularly check on my carb count. There is an online forum I belong to that has really been supportive. On my garage's Mac I have an online carb counter, too. When at work i find this so useful. Can't be too careful even though in diabetic "years" I'm still only a baby.

I avoid many artificial sweetners, too though I simply love brown rice, by the way. Thereís far lower cholesterol in brown rice, nice fibre, also packed out with vitamins B3, B1 and trace elements such as magnesium. I have a 5lb bag of the stuff which I found at an Asian grocery store on my usual shopping session for fresh chillies and more Indian spices. I have a love for fresh green chillies that liven up my mouth. Very much into pickling them..


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The only times I had low sugar crashes was when I was on the insulin.Scary stuff there!

I don't test daily anymore but I get bloodwork every couple of months.

fasting went from 320 to 130ish
A1C went from 13+ to 5.6 at best but last was 6.something.All my other tests improved dramatically too and remain good.

My doctor said she has never seen anybody do it as fast as I did.I started with a bike and some dumbells and a lot of walking.I just did my first powerlifting meet yesterday and got first place for weight class and age.
I was the only guy in my weight class so the win wasn't what I'd call competition, but I got the first one out of the way.

Congrats on the bike club and gym use.You are no doubt more physically fit than I am.I think the weights were the esey out for me.I still do as much walking as I can but the hardcore cardio ain't for me.

As far as the doctor goes I also made the decision to take my health into my own hands and use my doctor as my assistant if you know what I mean.Doctors get about 5 min to review your file before they see you.They know less than you about the way are feeeling.Take charge!
lol I have to be charge with "Nipper", my lovely son who can effortlessly plough through two plates of chow!

my bike club is great though Iím the most junior member among much older and wiser, guys. They love my Harley, a handsome custom chrome and black coach worked Softail which I customised on my garageís Mac. After a dayís biking, all that energy burnt off just from the pure joy of getting this monster flying on tarmac keeps me physically fit in itself!

One of them is diabetic, too. Pushes iron and by the look of him, heíd walk though a brick wall. A gentle gentleman though, heís given lots of advice, especially on my slowing the carb intake to a regular daily, limited amount. Must say how I love crunchy toast. But with only a smidgen of butter. To think.. When I was 16 I used to put it on so thick it would leave teeth marks!

Unlike my country where we have to pay so dearly for meds and health advice, Iím now on the NHS. Seriously, I changed doctors because the last one sounded like a schoolmaster who lectured me so severely that I wondered if he was being racist. The new doctor is understanding, gives great advice and has a sense of humour. I am fit, and this is probably because Iíve always eaten healthily. Fresh fruit and veg in my country has always been plentiful. I love growing green beans: dwarf, runners are piled on my plate. Much as I can, I try and stay away from fats, although a slab of steak once a week or so raises the spirit. Instead of potato Iíll go for a slice of wholemeal bread although eating a handful of oven ready chips doesnít hurt the organism.

Itís been great chatting on this thread. Thank you so much everyone.

Poppi Georgina
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:30 AM   #22
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I think one big problem for most of us who have weight problems is the concept of eating even when we have no desire to eat. I have a young friend who was type 1, and I very well remember her parents having to make her eat an apple when she did not want it, wasn't hungry, etc. She was (is) slim and athletic, and insulin dependent. But she'd sit down and eat that apple.

I think one of the things that was hardest for my husband was making himself eat that piece of fruit every few hours. Before he was diagnosed, he almost never ate fruit.

But this is a cautionary tale. I repeat, my husband started working on diet and exercise when told he was diabetic about 4 years ago (he's 63), and has controlled it by diet and exercise alone. We don't kid ourselves, it may not be forever. But after a year or so of testing, he got it so right that he doesn't have to test.

My mantra is that every body is different. In this case, though, he was able to put off medication for years simply by adjusting when he eats and the amounts. Because we already do eat fairly balanced meals, he didn't much have to change what he eats.

Out of curiousity, how many partners of diabetics have temper issues with their partners? Once he started working on his blood sugar, my husband's temper really evened out. A cousin married to a diabetic (type 1 I think) called it the "diabetes meanies".
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:51 AM   #23
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Out of curiousity, how many partners of diabetics have temper issues with their partners? Once he started working on his blood sugar, my husband's temper really evened out. A cousin married to a diabetic (type 1 I think) called it the "diabetes meanies".
Shrek gets whiney...once, after I fed him, I told him I thought I would have to lend him my Tiara. And I know I have issues with mood, but for different reasons. But, yes...watching mood swings in a diabetic is a good way to know what's going on with them. He's stayed off insulin so far, taking oral meds. I've been borderline for years, but keep watch on my carb intake.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:03 AM   #24
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I am type 1 but I hope you won't mind if I put my beak in here. Over the years I have learned that listening to my health team and using portion control, carb counting and exercising is the only way to go. I have been through phases of "denial" where I would just do whatever I feel like regardless of consequences and have always been surprised at how quickly the effects can be felt. Now I am ruthless with my diabetes. I know in the long run, when bits of me don't drop off, I will be thankful for coming to my senses and treating the disease and my body with respect. Good luck to you all.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:05 PM   #25
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leanne, good sound advice. i am type two. i pretty much do what you posted. we all cheat once in awhile. just don't do it everyday. if you need a goodie, on occasion, make that your lunch. works for me.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:06 AM   #26
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My husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about four years ago then, about a year ago, my doctor told me I am, too. Now, THAT was a shock!
I was also about 90# overweight. I knew that.
Anyway, whilst trying to find a diet that would actually let me lose weight and keep it off, I found one that seems to me to be a more or less DIY Nutrisystem. It, too, is based on the glycemic index.
I've lost over 50# in the past 7 months and am still at it. You really should talk with your doctor first, by the way. Mine told me that if I get down to my ideal weight (and I will,) the type 2 diabetes would disappear. I never heard that one before, but since it gives me even more incentive to stay "good," I choose to believe him.
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My husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about four years ago then, about a year ago, my doctor told me I am, too. Now, THAT was a shock!
I was also about 90# overweight. I knew that.
Anyway, whilst trying to find a diet that would actually let me lose weight and keep it off, I found one that seems to me to be a more or less DIY Nutrisystem. It, too, is based on the glycemic index.
I've lost over 50# in the past 7 months and am still at it. You really should talk with your doctor first, by the way. Mine told me that if I get down to my ideal weight (and I will,) the type 2 diabetes would disappear. I never heard that one before, but since it gives me even more incentive to stay "good," I choose to believe him.
Your doctor is partially right. But diabetes is always there ready to raise its ugly head if you don't watch your diet and get in some exercise each day. Once you are diagnosed with diabetes, you are a diabetic for the rest of your life. The diabetes doesn't go away, only the symptoms.
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Another type two diabetic here. I was diagnosed in August 2008 and put on Metformin right away. My fight against the disease went up and down until December 2014 when my A1C was 7.2 and the doctor wanted to put me on a second medication. I don't remember what it was called but when I checked it out liver problems were among the common side effects listed. I knew then it was time to get serious and do something about it.

I joined MyFitnessPal and started counting calories. I also started walking daily. That eventually led to running. I also joined a gym and try to lift weights two or three times a week. In April I noticed my fasting sugar was getting lower, even dropping into the 60's. I'd been taking Metformin morning and evenings. So I cut the evening dose out. I kept testing daily. My fasting sugar didn't rise so I stopped taking Metformin all together. Still testing daily. My fasting sugar was still good.

I went back to the doctor in June and my A1C was 5.8. I told the doctor I hadn't been taking Metformin and he told me I didn't need it any more. So in the space of six months I'd gone from potentially being on two diabetes medications to being on none at all. In fact in November 2015 my A1C was 5.5 so it's only getting better. It's all down to portion control and exercise. I eat pretty much what I want but in sensible portions. And if I know I'm going to have something high carb or sugary I make sure I work out that day. I still test more or less every morning and my sugar is averaging in the 70's and 80's.
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