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November 10, 2011 1:47 AM
A big wake up call for me came three years ago when an MD friend told me that anyone with a rating blood sugar over 86 should be educated about insulin resistance and should start monitoring their carb and sugar intake. At that time, my fasting blood sugar was 98, and all my family doctor had said about that was, "It's normal as long as it's under 100." I didn't start seriously changing my lifestyle enough until my fasting blood got into the prediabetic range this past March. I went strictly on a "good carb", calorie-controlled diet and lost 16 pounds, but my fasting blood sugar still went up more! So I joined here and started reading about the things other prediabetics and diabetics are doing. Now I'm counting carbs and sugar at every meal. I've been finding great support and advice here in the discussions, so I thought it would be good to create a group to make it easier for us to find each other.
November 10, 2011 7:04 AM
Hi, my name is Maureen & I was diagnosed with being a pre-diabetic a few months ago
November 10, 2011 7:23 AM
Welcome Maureen. We'll be in this together. I will get tested again in December to find out if my diet and exercise regimen is working to stop the growth of the problem. I went from 98 to 104 in a year and then from 104 to 109 in 6 months. Right now I'm eating no more than 30 grams of carbs per meal, but some people here have told me they had to limit themselves to 15 grams of carbs per meal to get their blood sugar down. It looks like you're making nice progress with the weight loss. Good for you!
November 10, 2011 7:47 AM
Hello all! I have been a diabetic for about 5 years. Both parents and my brother have diabetes. To be homest it was rough for the first two-three years just trying to get it all in and then trying to understand what it all meant. I went through education classes and a nutritionist but still struggle with this. Does anyone take meds to control diabetes? Took bs this morning and it was 116. That was OK but I use to have sugars over 300 so to see 116-I AM Very happy!

I have not gone on any one specific plan I am trying to get to know the foods I choose.
November 10, 2011 11:40 AM
Hi my name is Renee and about seven weeks ago I discovered Iam diabetic.....gosh what an eye opener!!! All though, It runs strongly in my family and I had an idea that it would come....thank you for starting this group, we all need all the help we can get, there is so much to learn and so many changes to make! Iam on medication and have lost about 13 BS is running about 135 In the morning, but through the day it is doing well.....adjusting your diet is very challenging.... I have atendency to not eat enough and then eat to much at the wrong time. I have worked really hard to change this.
Thanks again for starting this group...we can do this guys...would love any nice to know we are not in the journey alone!!! Feel free to send a friends request my way, I just joined and I would love to get to know new people...espcialy the ones in my boat!!!!!happy
November 10, 2011 1:04 PM
I was diagnosed as a diabetic back in June, I'd been putting off going to the doctor for about 20 years. My A1C was at 9.8 which means my average blood sugar was about 235. The doc put me on meds and told me to diet and excercise. Three months later my A1C is down to 6.1 or blood sugar of about 128. The doc said I wasn't losing enough weight so when a friend showed me MFP a couple weeks ago I started using it. So far so good i'm down four pounds in the last 2 weeks and about 24 from my peek. I too am just learning about this diabetes thing. I'm trying to make reasonable sustainable weight lose rather than burning out and not reaching my goal.
November 10, 2011 3:55 PM
Thanks for starting this group....
my name is cathy. i was DX type 2 in 6/06. i lost just over 80# than the dr said to stop smoking, which i did and gained 30#. than lost it again. but, than life happened and from 07 to 2010 DH lost 2 jobs, we lost our house and moved 3 times. this year has been the best since. i just went to see my nutritionist and she has me on 45 carbs per meal, 15 carbs for the morning and afternoon snack and 30 for evening snack. and 1600 calories. i had lost the weigh just counting the carbs. but, i am older now and will stay on this for about a month and than switch back to just counting carbs. that i can do with my eyes closed now. i need something that i can do for life. i take victoza for my meds.
glad to meet everyone.
November 10, 2011 5:55 PM
Sustainable weight loss is the way to go.
November 11, 2011 4:07 AM
good morning everyone...
my BG was only 89 this morning. a great number. i need to eat more calories. only got in 1100 yesterday. i will get it all together very soon. cause i know if i don't i will binge like crazy.
have things to get done around here, have a great day.
November 11, 2011 4:36 AM
Good for you, Chipper! It's a struggle to walk that thin line between dieting enough to lose weight and keep you BS down versus eating enough to stave off the cravings. But using the one-day-at-a-time philosophy, it sounds like yesterday was a big success. Let us know how you handle the cravings today. I've actually been having success drinking a Glucerna canned "shake" once a day in the middle of they afternoon, which is when cravings tend to hit me. The label says the Glucerna products are aimed to stabilizing blood sugar for diabetics. I mostly eat a lot of protein and veggies, and I work from home, so I have access to the kitchen all day, but I'very found that adding just one of those Glucerna shakes about 4 pm really is helping the cravings. Also it helps me to exercise about 5 o'clock. I will burn a bunch of calories right after work and then figure out how much of a feast I can have at dinner.
November 11, 2011 7:33 AM
Started on Metformin about 6 months ago, but my doctor has not talked to me about checking my #s regularly. lthough I really like my doctoer, I'm thinking about changing. I pointed out twice that # was rising (last time 114) before he seemed to take notice. I've got to learn what/how to eat, and how to make it work for me. I have lost about 8lbs, but need to lose much more. Hope to learn from being a part of this group!
November 11, 2011 8:08 AM
GrammyK0910 - I'm surprised that your doctor put you on meds before sending you to a diet program. Many or most hospitals have diet and exercise programs for diabetics. Most of the websites I've found say you are prediabetic rather than diabetic until your fasting blood sugar reaches 125, and that is also what my family doctor told me. The thing that causes diabetes is called insulin resistance. Here's a good website that explains insulin resistance:

Here are a couple of other websites that will give you help with diets. All of the experts give slightly different suggestions, and I think people are all different, so you need to try a program and see what works for you.

My favorite book is The Insulin Resistance Diet Book. I've been following her program. I'm getting retested in December, and we'll see if it works. Here's the link for that book.
November 11, 2011 8:24 AM
Thanks - I will definitely check these out.
November 11, 2011 10:38 AM
Thanks so much Judy,,I will check this out today! Love this group....Im so new with all this and love all the helpful ideas! Hey to everybody...have a great day today, love reading your posts...I dont feel like Im all alone In this battle!!!! wink
November 12, 2011 12:02 AM
Hello, I have a family history of diabetes, and was recently diagnosed with prediabetes. All of my siblings have been battling some form of diabetes for a while, whether diet controlled of insulin dependent. I am looking for any help I can get. I am also new on here so if you want to add me as a friend that would be great.
November 12, 2011 5:52 AM
I just found out 2 weeks ago that I'm diabetic. I take metformin right now. My dr said I still make insulin but it's not effective. I also have a thyroid issue that I'm being treated for and no gall bladder. Finding a way to eat that has lower carbs and lower fat or it takes a fast track out of my system. grumble

I'm also trying to find a way to eat that's not too expensive while I'm trying to get my feet back under me from being partially employed for the last 8 years. I finally have a full time job with a usual 10-15 hours of OT a week with many night shifts of 12 1/2 hours.

I know I need to get a handle on this as my life depends on it. My dad had diabetes and didn't take care of it and he started having strokes till one finally killed him. I don't want to follow in his footsteps.

I need to establish a workable routine.
November 18, 2011 10:34 AM
HI everybody!

First let me tell you that getting your BG under control will mean that you are far more likely to gain weight since your body is now using the glucose. This is a real problem obviously. I found that Byetta really helped me jumpstart. It's a helper hormone that helps the body utilize the insulin that you do make and that you inject, It also kills appetite. Find out if your insurance covers it and if your health is such that you can take it.

I had to quit taking it because it is so expensive and I'm certain I'd be a lot further along in my weight loss if I could afford to keep taking it. I dropped 20 lbs in the first month with only diet and byetta. I was already walking about 30min a day so I just kept doing that. Before Byetta I was on 27 units of lantus (long acting) 2x's/day and my A1C was at 7. I was also taking about 14-17 units of Apedra (fast acting) with meals. After it was more like 7 units w/meals and 10 units of long acting at night only. I think my A1C at that time was about 6.

The other things that have helped me were HIIT (high intensity interval training) you basically go as hard as you can until you can't and then recover your breath while still moving and then do it again for at least 30 min. This type of excerciese has been shown to be especially helpful for women. Another is Stronglifts 5x5 if you google this or even look on MFP you will find out how to do it. It is a weght lifting program. Since starting those and w/out the Byetta, I'm off all fast acting insulin and taking 5 units of lantus on the days that I don't lift. My A1C still staying around 6 but I did have one quarter where I got it down to 5.7.
I was still having fasting BG too high. I was doing my lifting in the morning and my hiit at lunch. I've added more protien and opted for evening weights and my fasting BG dropped 10 pts!

General info you may not have been told: Gout contributes to BG issues by preventing your muscles from taking up the glucose in your blood stream. Gout which is a build up of uric acid in the blood, is aggrivated by high fructose corn syrup. I can't tell you how many diabetic/low sugar foods I have found have that crap in them. Alchaol sugar is not counted as sugar on labels, yet it will also spike your BG. Vitamins E and D are essential for diabetics Especially if you are gallbladder free. Dippystick I have seen improvement by using an enzyme from the health food stores that includes lipase. There's one called Fast Food enzyme along with some others, just make certain that it has lipase in it. They are chewables usually. I take them and then take my fat soluable vitamins D & E right after. Also add ground flaxseed (grind it yourself is best) and take the enzyme before you eat it. It's nutty and I like to add it to toast. Use extra virgin coconut oil to fry if you cook anything on high heat and it's really good spread on toast as well! When you buy E make certain to get d-alpha. My nutritionist said to think of the other one as dl de lousy. You might have better luck with a "body building" protien that uses stevia for the sweetener. Muscle Milk has a line called Natural that uses stevia and Jillian Michaels protien powder uses it. There are others but I can't think of them at the moment. lol. Google is your friend.

Weightlifting is the single most important thing a diabetic or pre-diabetic can do to get bg under control. The more muscle you have the more tissue to uptake glucose as well as burn calories. bigsmile
November 19, 2011 8:52 PM
Thanks for starting this group. I've been testing my blood sugar for a week now. I've also started eating much healthier. I was downing candy like crazy sometimes even using it as substitute for lunch. Stupid stupid stupid. I've had my numbers averaging about 115. But when I wake up before eating my readings are anywhere from 97 to 106. What can I do? Not using Metformin yet, I wanted to control with diet and exercise (I haven't been exercising yet) what do you think?
November 20, 2011 3:33 AM

Thanks for starting this group. I've been testing my blood sugar for a week now. I've also started eating much healthier. I was downing candy like crazy sometimes even using it as substitute for lunch. Stupid stupid stupid. I've had my numbers averaging about 115. But when I wake up before eating my readings are anywhere from 97 to 106. What can I do? Not using Metformin yet, I wanted to control with diet and exercise (I haven't been exercising yet) what do you think?

those are pretty good numbers. mine was 86 this morning. "I am NOT a doctor or health care provider." this is just my opinion and from experience. average rule of thumb is under 120 before meals and under 140 2 hours after meals. a diabetic counts carbs. some need really low some do ok with higher. the carbs are counted per meal instead of for a whole day total. it is easier also counting by meal. once that meal is done your done with those numbers. you don't need to memorize the whole day. you need to keep your BS level though out the day. it causes less problems. everyone is different. diet and exercise can keep BS in a normal range. has a doctor DX you as diabetic yet? if not than just eat a healthy diet and get at least 30 mins of exercise in. exercise is an individual thing.
December 1, 2011 1:11 PM
106 is acceptible for fasting, but 100 or less is what it should be. Exercise should be a part of every diabetics daily routine. Strength training 3x's a week as long as your Dr says it's okay.

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