Borderline Diabetic

Vegas Dave
By Vegas Dave Latest Reply 2011-09-19 20:17:47 -0500
Started 2011-05-05 15:11:37 -0500

I was told the last time that I went to see the doc that I was borderline diabetic. I am not wanting to go down that path if I can help it, so I could use a little advice on how to avoid it for as long as possible, or even forever.

25 replies

grammy215 2011-09-19 19:29:31 -0500 Report

I too,have just been diagnosed prediabetic. I'm so confused by the nutrition lables, how much is too much? Now I'm reading that Splenda isn't a good substitute because of the chemicals used to process it. Aspertame isn't much better so I'm giving up my diet ice tea. I use a teaspoonful of honey in my tea, Stevia is too expensive to switch to so I'm sticking with honey. My fasting glucose levels range from 96 to 110 and 2 hours after a meal they range from 97 to 120. I'm not entirely pleased with this new diet but I will do what I must to prevent diabetes. I am greatful for this community, this appears to be afriendly, helpful group.

jayabee52 2011-09-19 19:40:04 -0500 Report

Actually Grammy those numbers are pretty good! Just keep your BG numbers like that and perhaps you might avoid falling into the type 2 category.

also WELCOME to DC!

AuntieM234 2011-07-08 18:28:33 -0500 Report

In addition to the good advice already written below, which I heartily endorse, I recently discovered an article about vinegar and Diabetes, which I posted, "A Spoonful of Vinegar Makes Your Bloodsugar Go Down". Its interesting reading, if you wish. ;-) Mara

Jameesa 2011-06-03 08:52:14 -0500 Report

Eat healthy, exercise and drink lots of water… you are being given wonderful advice. I was dx'd pre-diabetic in Jan of this year… Take it one day at a time… I had to learn to eat more grains and less carbs which i think carbs got me in this zone… Take care and God bless you

claudiam1 2011-06-03 07:05:48 -0500 Report

Hi Dave I have read some of the replies and they are giving you good advice. I was diagnosed prediabetes 3 years ago and borderline in April. I always tell people take one to 2 steps at a time. Eat more green vegetables and start exercising it does amazing things for your blood sugar. Give up soda and dilute your juice with seltzer. Think about it like you are learning to eat like people should eat. You will be alright. I think I am borderline because of soda, not eating right, not exercising, and stress.

lovenya 2011-06-02 21:55:35 -0500 Report

Change the way you eat, watch the carb. drink lots of water, no pop, no fried food, no sweets, eat lots of green vegetable, watch your fruit, portion control your meals. This will be hard but it might save you for being on insulin like i am. while you are still have control without med. Make your changes now don't wait.

George1947 2011-06-02 20:17:29 -0500 Report

If you are boarderline, start eating and acting like you have diabetes. If you do that you will be able to keep it from getting out of control and also have a much healthier life!

MAK999 2011-06-02 19:14:31 -0500 Report

I was told I'm boarder line also. In fact my doctor told me today that it is very difficult for women to lose weight and suggested Lap Band. I am not disciplined enough to do Lap Band, I have talk to people that have had it and gained some weight back. I do not buy I can't lose weight naturally. I think by getting some tips from a diabetic diet and some good old fashion exercise I can reduce some of the bulge. I would love any tips you want to share.

ravenmoon33 2011-06-02 23:36:26 -0500 Report

Don't let them tell you that you can't lose weight! I hate that doctor's first jump to the lap band. I'm sure for some people it's a good thing but I read somewhere that 90% of people who have it have some kind of complication. I'm sure being diabetic or pre-diabetic we don't need anymore complications in our lives. Since my diagnosis in April of 2011, I have lost 70lbs by completely changing my diet and increasing my exercise program. My starting weight was 476 so don't let them tell you you can't…or it is difficult. All change is difficult at first but it becomes a habit and once that first 10 or 15 lbs drop off you start to feel wonderful and wonder why you haven't been living this way your whole life! My suggestions in a nutshell would be don't focus on what you can't have, focus on the new food and recipes that you can have and how wonderful you feel with better nutrition. Find an excercise you acturally enjoy (and if someone had told me that a few months ago I would have laughed at them too). I do water walking, lap swimming, and water aerobics 3-4 days a week and walk with my dog the rest of the week. Being active everyday is essential and it releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel wonderful. I'm not gonna lie, it's tough at first but after a week or two you will feel marveouls! I am always looking for diet buddies so if you want to message me we can talk further. Good luck with your journey and don't let the doctors sell you short…I know you CAN do it!

Samsons Mom
Samsons Mom 2011-09-19 20:17:47 -0500 Report

Good for you Amy! That's just a wonderful story!!! I love to hear people that believe in themselves and do it! You just gave Mak999 some wonderful advice for her borderline situation! I loved your post and your attitude!

MAK999 2011-06-03 13:45:07 -0500 Report

Wow ravenmoon33, your story truly inspires me. During my Lap band consultation the doctor stated with a sleeve I would only lose about 60 lbs. I want and need to lose 80 lbs. Keep up the great work. You must feel proud of yourself for that milestone, not to mention feel physically better too.

Asheenita 2011-06-02 17:59:41 -0500 Report

Listen to your doctor and what your body tells you. Eat right and excerise; keep a record of what you intake and what out for carbs., even fruits: the natural sugars will get ya!

Kirla 2011-05-08 12:18:56 -0500 Report

This is what I found has helped me.

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

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-06 01:21:38 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC, or in your case Pre-DC. I agree with sparkleplenty. Watch the carbs. Did your Dr. suggest you test your Blood Glucose? That could really help you learn if some foods make your BG levels higher. Besides refined sugars,some other bad carbs for many people with diabetes can be rice, bread, potatoes, and corn.

Vegas Dave
Vegas Dave 2011-05-06 12:33:28 -0500 Report

Of course it is always the things that I want to eat that I can't. I really like rice, potatoes, and bread. Not fair!

jayabee52 2011-05-06 23:34:51 -0500 Report

Dave, If you have a meter, use it to determine whether or not you can eat something. If you wish I can share how to test foods to see whether they spike you or not, and how bad they spike you. I've heard of some people with diabetes ("PWDs") who can eat bread or potatoes. It's learning how your condition affects your own body.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-06 20:41:22 -0500 Report

Maybe you'll be lucky enough to eat some in moderation. Rice and bread don't play fair with me. Luckily potatoes can be OK in moderation with protein added.

jayabee52 2011-05-05 16:42:24 -0500 Report

Howdy Dave glad to see you finally made it here!

Here's an article from WebMD on "borderline diabetes":