NEWLY DIAGNOSED HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH SUGAR IN CAN GOODS OR DRINKS ARE OK

KLGARISON
By KLGARISON Latest Reply 2011-03-24 01:59:42 -0500
Started 2011-03-23 07:54:44 -0500

I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT TYPE 2 LAST WEEK AND I'M ON METFORMIN 850 MG TWICE A DAY, BUT NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT TESTING MY BLOOD. AND ALL I KNOW IS THAT I CANN'T HAVE REG POP AND RICE, POTATOS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

CAN ANYONE HELP ME OUT ABOUT DRINKS AND ING. ON CANS?


13 replies

Kirla
Kirla 2011-03-23 20:31:44 -0500 Report

This is what I did and my A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in 4 months and has remained below 6.0 ever since. I wish you the best. Good luck.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck
Kevin
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KLGARISON
KLGARISON 2011-03-24 01:59:42 -0500 Report

THANK YOU FOR THE INFO. I CALLED THE DOCTOR AND I'M A LITTLE HIGH, HE WANTS ME TO COME TO THE OFFICE AFTER A WEEK ON MEDS. AND TEST MY BLOOD.

lkh6951
lkh6951 2011-03-23 12:04:29 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site. I'm surprised your Dr. didn't order testing supplies and explain the importance of testing to you. Watch out for rice, potatoes, processed wheat flour…all these raise blood sugar levels.

Gemm
Gemm 2011-03-23 11:21:25 -0500 Report

Welcome - ask your doctor about testing (I'm surprised s/he didn't talk to you about that at diagnosis). I test 1x a day for now most days but he has me testing 7xs 1 day a week just to see what does happen after meals. So far I haven't been on meds for mine - my last A1C was 6.1, just a couple of weeks ago. I've been told and see here a lot about keeping up with that number. Doc said it's edging up but he won't see about meds for me until it gets close to or at 7, so guess my diet is doing fairly good as that was only up .2 from a year ago when I was 1st diagnosed. Actually his biggest worry for me has been my cholesterol - been high for as long as I've had it tested (runs in my family too as do most of my health problems - see profile)

As has been said, read ALL labels. It is surprising how many things have added sugars in them. That's why whenever possible I prefer not to use prepackaged/prepared foods but make my own from scratch. It may take a little longer but the results are better for me and I don't have to worry about all the added sugar, salt, preservatives etc.

As for drinks, we mostly just drink coffee (black for me), decaf tea, fruit juices with no added sugar, and good old-fashioned water. When we do want a treat and a soda there is Diet Rite that has no sugar, no caffeine, and no carbs.

We keep packets of Splenda or generic alternative with us when we go out to eat (rarely) or go visiting friends or family to use though most other people make their tea sweet with sugar so we tend to just have water.

Good luck and HUGS to ya
Gemm :)

KLGARISON
KLGARISON 2011-03-23 11:48:49 -0500 Report

THANK YOU FOR THE INFO. I'LL CALL THE DOCTOR TODAY AND FIND OUT WHY I JUST GOT A PHONE CALL AND MEDS.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-03-23 07:57:36 -0500 Report

Look for carb values. Carb raises your blood sugar. The lower the amount the less it will raise your blood sugar. You will need a glucose meter though so you can see what happens when you eat certain foods.

KLGARISON
KLGARISON 2011-03-23 08:04:17 -0500 Report

HOW DOES CARB VALUES HELP WITH DRINKS AND THE AMOUNT OF SUGAR IN CAN GOODS, LIKE BEANS, TAMOTOES?

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-03-23 08:18:07 -0500 Report

Because they are listed on the packaging. Sugar is a carb.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-03-23 10:02:23 -0500 Report

That's what you need a glucose meter to find out, there is no magic number. A starting point is often 45g at meals and 15g for snacks. You should eat it with fat and protein though, don't eat snacks or meals that are 100% carb.

MewElla
MewElla 2011-03-23 10:19:50 -0500 Report

I drink lots of water every day…about 4-5 16oz ice cold water. Pop is not good for you, check your labels on anything you drink, stay away from the sugar, etc. Good Luck to you..

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