Diabetes Report Card

By grandmaducky Latest Reply 2018-09-23 20:14:32 -0500
Started 2011-09-30 16:22:12 -0500

went to doctors today while i was there i saw this thought i would pass it on.

GRADE A1C (o/o)

A+ <6.5
A 6.5-6.7
A- 6.8-7.0
B+ 7.1-7.3
B 7.4-7.5
B- 7.6-7.7
C+ 7.8-7.9
C 8.0-8.1
C- 8.2-8.4
D 8.5-8.9
F >9.0

I have never seen any chart like this thought i would share it .

171 replies

RosemaryWyatt 2016-11-07 14:28:12 -0600 Report

my A1C are 5.0 they're always PERFECT, but nobody understands why my sugars range from 20-995

MonsterToBe 2016-12-17 17:51:24 -0600 Report

It's because of what the A1c is measuring. The hemoglobin in red blood cells bonds with glucose floating in the bloodstream… the more glucose in the blood, the more red blood cells will have glucose bonded to some of their hemoglobin. The A1c is measuring the percentage of cells that have glucose-bonded hemoglobin. Since a red blood cell's life is typically 3 months, on average, the A1c is an indication of how much glucose has been in the bloodstream during that time period. I'm paraphrasing from this site, by the way: https://dtc.ucsf.edu/types-of-diabetes/type1/...

Once the bonding has taken place, it's permanent… your A1c only goes down as old bonded blood cells die off and the new ones are exposed to lower amounts of sugar in the blood, so that fewer of the new ones create that bond.

So if you have a lot of lows as well as a lot of highs, and it just so happens that your lows balance out the highs, you'd expect to see a normal-looking A1c. For instance, you could be in normal blood glucose ranges only 25% of the time, 100 mg/dL higher than normal 25% of the time, and 50 mg/dL lower than normal 50% of the time, and your A1c would look the same as that of someone who is in normal range 100% of the time. Obviously, that's a simplistic example, but I hope it helps. :o)

Anonymous 2016-01-18 19:37:01 -0600 Report

i had my gallbladder taken out and i can't get my #'s back down to were i had then i am still working toward my goal but i can't seem to get back to where i was

Esox 2016-01-17 15:54:46 -0600 Report

It seems like these grades are on a pretty generous curve. My 6.2 doesn't feel like an A+, even though it was a big improvement from the previous 9.2.

lacat87 2016-01-17 14:48:22 -0600 Report

Washed out…and then there are some of us who don't have a pancreas anymore by way of surgery. There are a couple of us like that who have had left over good beta cells transplanted in our liver.

haoleboy 2016-01-15 13:32:12 -0600 Report

I find this "chart" odd in that a diagnosis of diabetes is given at an A1c of 6.5 … an A+ according to this chart
shouldn't an A be 5.7 (which is the upper range of "normal)?

RCguy 2015-11-23 15:34:32 -0600 Report

Well just like when I was in high school… I get a big fat F!!!! But I am excited to go back and get checked again in a month and see how I am progressing. Much like going back to college after I turned 40, I only missed graduating with honors by a couple of tenths.Maybe my A1C will be improved. It was 14.6 last time.

YankeeLady 2016-01-01 19:59:04 -0600 Report

Holy Cow — are you eating right ? taking Insulin ? how can it be this high !!! You can't feel good — it's a tuff road but it can be handled — have you just given up totally? has anyone taught you the right things ?

Martbigee 2015-11-16 18:27:34 -0600 Report

Over the past 6 months I've lost 40 pounds and started a walking regimen in with I've walked almost every day. My A1C went from 7.8 to 6.4. I feel better, have more energy and more stamina. I still need to take 3 insulin shots a day, but I'm use to doing that anyway.

Jaymay 2015-11-16 14:39:26 -0600 Report

I like the Diabetes Report Card. I see I can do better I had blood work recently and my A1C was 7.7

hopeful63 2015-11-16 09:49:57 -0600 Report

I spoke with a friend with type 2 Yesterday that told me his sugar levels are very low after he started taking cinnamon pills sold over the counter- his friend also started taking them and was able to get off medication. Any comments on this and perhaps share how you were able to lower your B.S.

jayabee52 2015-11-16 10:05:59 -0600 Report

I am glad cinnamon pills work for someone. I have tried them and they had no effect on my BG (aka "sugar")

outofcontrol101 2015-10-20 22:36:03 -0500 Report

Wow… I've been failing for the past couple years now… time for a change. I'm an honors student, I do NOT fail. Time to work harder.

Kalisiin 2015-09-19 10:40:14 -0500 Report

Well, as of my last endo visit, less than a week ago, I am now an A+++++ with a 4.7 A1c!!

WASHED OUT 2015-09-17 22:44:37 -0500 Report

What works for one person dosen't work for everyone. We are individuals who have different parts of our bodies that disfunction or work better than others. There are many factors that determine where you are on that report card and what you should do to better your score. Pancreas , Kidneys, Liver each have jobs to do to keep us well balanced so there are different causes of diabetes but all lead to the conclusion that we need to take action, take medicines, increase activities and drink plenty of water to flush excess BG from our systems. If one solution worked for all we wouldn't have so many things that work differently on so many people. The main thing is to start and be dependently diligent on those things that work you. Check BG often and know when there is a problem, and do whatever it takes to regain control.

Kalisiin 2015-07-25 03:42:53 -0500 Report

Well, my last test was still an F…but four points down over two months. I expect much better results in September.

suecsdy 2015-08-03 12:23:57 -0500 Report

After a year, I have achieved A+ status. I still don't feel like I'm doing it right, but I guess as long as I keep trying, I'm ok. Last A1c was 5.5, so as long as I can keep it under 6, I'll be happy. Started at 12 a year ago.

Scared ****less
Scared ****less 2016-01-17 18:22:40 -0600 Report

Suecsdy are you on meds

suecsdy 2016-01-18 07:16:47 -0600 Report

Yes, I was on 2 insulin's for over a year. I also did the low carb eating. I am taking Victoza now and slowly coming of insulin. Off all Novalog and down to eight units of Lantus from 20. My most recent A1c in Nov was 5.7, better than I expected after a course of steroids and a heavy duty antibiotic last summer and fall. That was my third one under 6.

Ladykaye 2015-03-24 17:00:46 -0500 Report

Interesting. My A1C level that caused me to be diagnosed with diabetes was 6.6, which, according to this chart is an A. And since starting on Metformin and monitoring my levels twice a day my blood sugar has been coming down. Last night it was 91 and this morning it was 97. And I'm not even doing anything spectacular to achieve these levels. Just watching my portions and doing some light exercise. Maybe I'm lucky that it was caught so early.

Reverse Diabetes
Reverse Diabetes 2015-04-30 16:46:18 -0500 Report

Actually … you are doing something … You're taking meds… In addition to that Metformin you are taking, I would definitely supplement B12, as well… Metformin has a bad habit of depleting your B12 from your body … and over time… that could cause some heart problems… I also do not agree with the chart above… I believe 5.7 is the marker for the beginning stage of pre-diabetes…

Part of the challenge is that folks use their medication to help level out or balance their blood sugar instead of dieting… OR in addition to their medication, very little change in dieting has taken place.

I believe, if more people with Type 2 can make the right choices in their diet… and by that, I mean, a complete change in lifestyle, and understand that their body is just very sensitive to "sugar" (when the rubber meets the road), they actually could do wonders for their bodies…

Problem is … America is obese … and it's no wonder there's soooo many people on a daily basis, diagnosed with diabetes … when in fact, diabetes is only a collection of "other things" gone bad, as a result of pushing the pancreas too far for too long … Start eating right and those collection of problems will go away … Over Weight, High Blood Pressure, Neuropathy, High Cholesterol, Hi A1C… You can do it…

fancyfree 2016-01-18 11:26:26 -0600 Report

What about those of us who are NOT overweight, but still have to struggle to get those numbers down. I don't take meds because I like them, but because I need them. I would love to get off both if I could.

Scared ****less
Scared ****less 2016-01-17 18:39:46 -0600 Report

Reversed Diabetes I am a diabetic I went from 11Ac1 to a 5.4 Ac1 in three months and half of that I was off meds yes i lost 40 pnds and have a great Dr who I see twice amonth but remember not all ppl are the same what came easy for us maybe difficult for others every case is different so i praise everyone who reduces their A1c no matrer how small it is because bottom line we can be there again if were caeful and 60% of diabetics are fat 40 %are thin this is not only a fat person disease its also genetics

nebraska15 2015-08-20 12:32:02 -0500 Report

I wish when I was pre-diabetic they would have really stressed the diet change then (sent to the nutritionist) I would have been much better off. They only said just eat better and loose some weight but never stressed the importance until I was later diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Paige9smom 2016-04-16 05:41:27 -0500 Report

I agree, it was a nonchalant eat better see you in 3 months. Oh well, got lemons, make lemonade or better yet use it on fish, that's better for me

Scared ****less
Scared ****less 2016-01-17 18:56:17 -0600 Report

Dont worry as long as you dont give up you can do it ok learn all you can about this disease knowledge is power make a plan and then kick it ass lol you can achieve any goal even reversed but keep this in mind by decreasing an 8% to a 7% you may reduce the risk of eye Kidney and nerve damage so everytime your A1c goes down your adding years to your life

Kalisiin 2015-09-19 10:44:53 -0500 Report

Amen to that!! I never took "pre-diabetes" seriously, either. All I did was stop sugaring my coffee, and went to using Truvia instead.
that was the only change I made, pre-diabetes. I thought that would be enough. How stupid I was…

But how could I be smart when nobody gave me the right info? And because it was not stressed how serious this was, I never went looking for the info. Of all people, I should have known better, seeing as I work for a Nephrologist who deals with a lot of patients who have poorly managed their diabetes!

Flutterkick 2015-08-03 10:41:31 -0500 Report

I wish to point out there are some inaccuracies in your statements and a concerned regarding a one-size-fits all philosophy that is also inaccurate and can be quite harmful to recommend to others. Please keep in mind that you are one person, constituting anecdotal evidence. To extrapolate your situation and recommend your rather extreme practices to everyone else can be harmful.

Simply criticizing any particular body size is *very* harmful to peoples' health. (Please Google the Rudd Center for study findings on weight bias adversely affecting health outcomes, and on the rampant weight bias amongst doctors and nurses.) Weight bias/stigma/criticism is extremely harmful, psychologically and physically. Also, it is a very narrow view, which many have (not saying you do :), to think that people can be criticized or shamed into losing weight. The opposite occurs, as people go on destructive weight-loss pursuits, when their healthy lifestyle changes don't necessarily result in weight loss.

The most direct route to health is a focus on a healthy, BALANCED, MODERATE lifestyle, rather than *pursuing weight loss* as a proxy for health. (I hope you'll agree there.)

1/3 of people with type II are not "obese," they are in the so-called "normal" BMI category. Thus, this disproves that greater size *causes* diabetes, just as it contradicts the evidence that lesser size, let alone weight loss, "cures" diabetes, or even necessarily puts it in remission. Yes, many people go into remission with weight loss, but many more are harmed by weight loss efforts and the ratcheting up of weight and the increasingly chaotic eating that comes from pursuing weight loss.

Having weight loss goals is considered by many in the eating disorder profession to be disordered eating. And they agree that dieting—altering eating patterns for the *pursuit of weight loss*—to definitely be disordered eating, and quite dangerous, plus dieting is the greatest risk factor for developing full-blown eating disorders. The more times a person goes on a weight loss diet (thanks to the harmful medical focus on weight, rather than the healthy focus on healthy lifestyle and size acceptance), the more likely they are to develop a (dangerous) eating disorder.

The Framingham study showed that even small changes in weight, up or down, even once, significantly increased risk of heart disease. The yo-yoing that comes with pursuing weight loss goals is very harmful to health. And the yo-yoing isn't due to lack of willpower: it's commonly the *biological* result of pursuing weight loss (having weight loss goals) via restrictive eating. Since the body cannot sustain long-term caloric or macronutrient restriction, the body eventually demands eating back the calories of which it was deprived, and typically more calories, to protect against future famines.

To clarify—and this is where you and I may (hopefully!) agree—there is a big difference between eating more healthily and letting one's body size fall where it may (size acceptance)—vs. altering eating to try to lose weight. The former is health-sustaining, the latter is dangerous.

But with regard to "eating more healthily," bear in mind that "clean eating" has its health risks, including very dangerous orthorexia. Orthorexia is "an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating." It is not yet in the DSM, but hopefully will be in future editions, because it is so dangerous (increasingly inadequate calorie and nutrient consumption as the obsession progresses, electrolyte imbalances, etc.), and it is becoming so common. It is one of the most frightening eating disorders, because of the speed and degree to which the restricting obsession can quickly grow, if you've ever met anyone with it.

I met one lifelong slim woman who simply thought it would be healthier to stop eating table sugar. As she did, and read more about eliminating sugar at her natural foods store, she became exposed to ever-more suggestions for restricting various other foods, until there were almost no foods she was willing to eat. She had become afraid of almost all food, interfering with all aspects of her life and health. I've met several orthorexics, and they have typically in its grips more than all of the anorexics I've met (in the eating disorder groups I attend.)

Orthorexia is often missed or denied because it appears the person is simply eating more healthily. However, the focus on restricting and eliminating ever-more foods from one's diet, and developing ever-increasing food phobias, can quickly turn very dangerous indeed, and difficult to recover from.

While the majority of people with Type II are in the so-called "obese" category, it is also true that the majority of people diagnosed with Type II are in the (mis-named) "normal" BMI category *at the time of their diagnosis* (that study was on the ADA web site a few years ago.) It is *after* the Type II diagnosis that most diabetics move into the so-called "obese" BMI category, either due to the illness, the interventions, or to advancing age.

One of the key reasons Type II's are of greater size than the rest of the population is that people with Type II, statistically, are *older* than non-diabetics. People tend to gain weight with age. So it isn't necessarily the greater weight *causing* Type II, it simply is correlated with Type II, because *greater age* is correlated with Type II.

In other words, Type II is most often a disease of *aging,* as are strokes, hypertension, heart attacks, and cancer. They occur more often (though not exclusively) among older people.

That some of these conditions, including Type II, are on the rise is actually a product of the profound health and longevity advances our society has made. Americans are living longer than ever: long enough to contract these diseases! Our medical advances, however, plus the decline in smoking, have reduced the incidence of cancers and hypertension. http://www.cancer.gov/news-events/press-relea...

(Of course, the CDC does not point out these sort of facts, because there are well documented rampant conflicts of interest between the CDC, NIH, and the weight loss industry. Much of the CDC and NIH are in bed with the weight loss industry, and only report stats that can be skewed or cherry-picked to support the weight loss industry with "Obesity kills!"-type of headlines, which generate more sales for Weight Watchers and Slim Fast, etc. Researchers who produce such headlines are the most assured of getting further research contracts, because much of weight research in the U.S. is funded in part or full by the weight-loss industry.)

Regarding recent gains in American's weights, "Life expectancy increased dramatically during the same time period in which weight rose (from 70.8 years in 1970 to 77.8 years in 2005) [58]." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3...

(The link in the previous paragraph is to a very insightful and perhaps surprising paper about weight and health in Nutrition Journal, "Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift," which advocates shifting to a healthy-lifestyle focus, rather than a weight-loss focus.)

In the early 19th century, US women on average only lived until their late 20s (!) due to non-sterile birthing procedures, increasing to their 40s-50s by the civil war, due to Florence Nightingale's promotion of use of soap to prevent infection. http://mappinghistory.uoregon.edu/english/US/...

Now we're living to ages where Type II and other illnesses we're told are "associated" with "obesity" occur.

Next, many people have "dieted up" to greater weights, and in the course of following the sorts of restrictive eating that you recommend, end up on a chaotic restrict/binge pattern that causes or contributes to both weight gain and to diabetes. It's important to look at the long-term, not just the one year changes in diet of one or a small number of individuals.

The NIH concluded years ago that because virtually all people who go on weight loss diets gain the weight back within 5 years, that any weight study of less than 5 years' follow-up is meaningless. There are almost no studies with a 5-year follow-up, and none of them show even a tiny sustained weight loss for more than a tiny percent of the study population.

I have learned the hard way, and the studies prove it consistently: weight loss goals and dieting are more likely to cause long-term weight gain rather than weight loss.

I'm a big fan of a philosophy called "Health At Every Size (r)": eating nutritiously most of the time (no under-eating or going hungry to try to lose weight), being physically active for fun and to feel good, not for weight loss, and letting one's size fall where it may.

It results in more stable eating and activity levels, rather than the diet/binge cycle, and concurrent "health food/junk food" cycle that dieting and restrictive eating create.

I hope Health At Every Size (HAES) is something of interest to you, and that you might look into and perhaps affirm, because your personal focus on health (although I'm concerned about the very restrictive nature of your diet, and the focus on *restricting*), is in alignment with HAES.

I will post more here about Health At Every Size (HAES) over time. Thanks for reading all this :)

Kalisiin 2015-09-19 10:48:07 -0500 Report

You are so right. My focus has not been on weight loss in and of itself, or just for the sake of weight loss. My focus has been on low-carb as a means to control blood glucose levels. This has a nice side benefit of weight loss.

But weight loss, in and of itself…or just for the sake of weight loss…is not my focus or objective. And that is the mistake I think a lot of people make. It's about an overall healthier lifestyle with healthier eating and exercise habits. The weight will take care of itself.

Kalisiin 2015-07-25 03:45:00 -0500 Report

Yes, but we did not EAT our way to diabetes, you know.
The obesity usually came about as an effect of diabetes ramping up in your system.

Flutterkick 2015-08-03 02:05:04 -0500 Report

Agreed. And I dieted my way up to obesity, and the unhealthy habits (not the weight) that dieting creates, have caused my diabetes.

Kalisiin 2015-08-03 08:57:50 -0500 Report

Exactly. The low-fat LIE.
I bought it for years, too. And it probably contributed to my diabetes onset happening sooner rather than later.

Goddam the USDA. (Sorry, I know this is a family site, but there is just nothing else I can say about the USDA and the lies they fed us for fifty years!)

BandonBob 2015-06-27 14:01:55 -0500 Report

When first diagnosed with Type 2 my A1c was 14.5. I was told by the doctor to lose 10 pounds. I went on a low fat diet figuring the insn't a lot you can do about sugar in all the foods we eat. I enjoyed the diet so much I lost 70 pounds(I started at 240 and ended at 170). For fifteen years I contorlled my blood sugar a\with no meds and just diet and exercise. The I discovered that diabetes is a progressive disease and I needed meds. 12 more years have gone by and I am now on insulin. I watch my diet carefully and exercise regularly but that is no longer enough. Throug it all my A1c after the first six months has ranged from 6.1 where I am now to a hogh of 7.3 when I started needing meds. I agree whole heartedly that you need a life style change but want people forewazrned that that may not always be enough.

Kalisiin 2015-07-25 03:46:47 -0500 Report

You need low-carb diet…not low-fat.

The Fat-Is-Bad mantra we have all been told for fifty years was a big lie.

Carbs are the enemy, not fat.

I never lost JACK on a low fat diet. But on low-carb, over four months I have lost 50 pounds.

UPDATE: now more like 75 pounds over six months. By comparison, when I did six months on low-fat some fifteen years ago, I lost a whole whopping two pounds in six months.

What does this tell you?

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-07 09:05:27 -0600 Report

This a great sign, This past Sept my A!C was 13 today it's 7.1…I know the 7 is a lot better than 13 but it's still not as low as I want it to be. But I'm not sure how to get it lower. What else should I be doing? I go on the pump in couple of weeks and I hope it will bring my number down. but I love this chart..

Reverse Diabetes
Reverse Diabetes 2015-04-30 17:05:51 -0500 Report

Hi there, Sopies Grandma… FIRST… Congratulations on lowering your A1C.

I can tell that you've been eating right… OR have made a drastic change in the WHAT you were eating compared to what you've been eating.

My Dr. described the A1C as an onion… You know an onion has layers of skin… The higher the A1C, the "thicker" the onion, i.e., the more layers there are…

In a person with diabetes … as they continue to pack on the weight AND or eat the wrong foods, primarily pastas, white rices, and generally processed foods … A person's body is either sensitive to that … or it's not… When the body is sensitive to it, it tends to overwork the pancreas … and over time, the so called "onion" "begins" to pack on layers… The more layers packed on, the less the insulin can penetrate the skins of the onion … and over time, starts to leave high traces of sugar in the blood stream … thus, creating all this havoc… high blood pressure, high cholesterol, problems with the feet, eyes, you name it…

We go to the dr. and he does some tests … and voila … you're diagnosed with diabetes…

You are prescribed medication … and the medication, in turn, helps to "make" decisions for you … and helps to lower your blood sugar, as well as "get rid of" sugar which means less sugar getting into the blood stream… and so … your blood sugar starts coming down…

The challenge now becomes … "What is happening to the onion during all of this medication?"

Good question …

If somebody does not change their eating habits … The onion would stay the same OR possibly even get more layers of skin …

This STILL isn't a problem (a deception) because some medication is even designed to "trick" the pancreas into "working" … :)

Still … what is this doing to the "Onion" …

Now … back to you … Your A1C was 13 back in September of 2014, I would imagine…

IF you start eating right, i.e., eliminating a lot of things we shouldn't be eating in the first place … all the sudden, you introduce MUCH less sugar into the blood stream … Fiber and the likes … Good vegetables, good fruits … instead of processed junk…

Over time, the "onion" starts to shed its layers … BUT, the other issues you've been having start to diminish … high cholesterol, weight loss, high blood pressure, etc…

Even though all of those issues might have disappeared in a matter of 3-4 months due to your new way of eating … Your A1C index might still be in the diabetic range…

The secret, in my opinion, and I have done it, and I have witnessed others doing it, i.e., reversing diabetes, is to stick with eating right… and over time … more and more layers start to come off the "onion" until you get to the point to where your pancreas wakes up again because it can penetrate the "onion" … :)

I was a 13, and in a matter of a year, I dropped down to 4.2 … and I did this by completely cutting out sodas (diet also), and any kind of processed food I could imagine… I stuck to foods that were LOW on the glycemic index… I THRIVED on Raspberries, Strawberries, Cantaloup, Spinach, Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower … I dropped almost every starchy vegetable … potatoes, corn, carrots, etc…

All of my bloodwork, now, is where it should be… and this is what my goal was… and I was able to reverse it…

Some will say "remission" … I don't agree with this AT ALL… because, the collection of symptoms I have have gone away… no more… including my A1C…

It is very possible… but … the diabetic is the one who must make the choice… Type 2 Diabetic, that is… Type 1 is a whole nother ball game…

Any ways … that's a lot … Congratulations, again… keep at it… How are you doing these days… since roughly 3 months have passed since your post.

Kalisiin 2015-07-25 03:50:42 -0500 Report

Remission is the correct term. Because you will always be a few poor choices from being right back on the Metformin/insulin.

Cured would mean you could go bck to the way you were eating and not worry about it.

We can't. EVER.
Not that many of us would even want to after we have become accustomed to our healthier eating and healthier bodies!

suecsdy 2014-11-07 12:42:59 -0600 Report

I started at 7.8, so am hoping for a good decrease after my next blood test. Have been low- carbing since diagnosed and am on insulin for now. I am just 2 1/2 months out of major surgery and hoping that levels will settle down as I heal. BS readings are not bad, but not what I would like them to be. I am not a big veggie eater, so low carb is a little hard. Not so much cutting the carbs, but finding enough good foods that I actually want to eat.

rangerlina 2015-01-21 19:49:08 -0600 Report

Many veggies do have carbs, some rather high… if that helps. Meat is one thing I do not count, and when I checked because I did not believe the docs n nurses I found this to be true… depending on how you fix it. Grains can really bring the carbs up, of course, and fibers help out. Hoping it all goes well fro you and food becomes something you enjoy while keeping the numbers down! :)

Reverse Diabetes
Reverse Diabetes 2015-04-30 17:09:43 -0500 Report

All vegetables have carbs… Not just "many" … It is extremely important to know how many carbs in a particular serving, along with how many dietary fiber … then subtract the 2 out, and that's the carbs you should count… For example, spinach… has 1 carb per cup… Eat all you want… if you can eat a whole bag… GREAT… 9 grams of carbs is not going to hurt you…

We just need to be observant of what vegetables we are eating… A lot of people like corn… but … frankly, Corn aint that good for you… It's EXTREMELY high in carbs … Carrots are almost on the same level as corn …

So … it all depends … being aware is what's most important.

Kalisiin 2015-07-25 03:52:22 -0500 Report

Not really. 78 grams of carrots = 7 carbs
That much corn is over 30 grams.

Also, if you eat the carrot RAW…they digest slower, and the carbs are less "bio-available" than if you cook them. Good thing since I never liked cooked carrots anyway…i like the CRUNCH.

sweetslover 2014-11-11 08:50:02 -0600 Report

I am having the same problem finding enough good foods that I will actually eat. I do not like most vegetables, and I cannot swallow what does not taste good to me. I am almost at my "green bean saturation level." I am working on it, though, and my BG is improving and I have lost some weight. I consider both of those as wins.

Kalisiin 2015-07-25 03:54:09 -0500 Report

I hear that. Never was a big veggie fan myself. I MAKE myself eat more but, apart from green beans, carrots and salad veggies, I don't like much veggies…except potatoes that I can't have!

P.S I consider both broccoli and spinach to be salad veggies, because you commonly find them in salads. But I like both raw. Cooked, they are horrible.
Well broccoli cooked is okay if it is at least still al-dante.

Steaming thus is a good option if you must have your veggies hot.

Reverse Diabetes
Reverse Diabetes 2015-04-30 17:11:20 -0500 Report

Food is medicine… I can't find any medicine that I really enjoyed taking … specially suppositories! :)

Food is almost like that… Usually the things we don't like are the things that are best for us … when it comes to veggies, of course…

But … I feel your pain … The idea is to have a goal … and do whatever it takes to reach that goal… period.

Kalisiin 2015-09-19 10:58:17 -0500 Report

Hummm, I dunno about that. I have found - since I have undertaken dietary changes…a lot of foods that are both yummy and good for you. It's just that the REALLY YUMMY stuff IS bad for you.

Flutterkick 2015-08-03 01:58:06 -0500 Report

It's great that you have done so amazingly well at lowering your A1C!

At the same time, food is a complex matter, from the complexities of our physical needs to our food tastes and preferences. The body is wiser than we are, and will fight back eventually if we are too restrictive. Please bear in mind that some of us have been restricting our food intake in various ways, for years, and have learned a bit more about the problems that come with restricting. Over the long haul, moderation can end up serving us best, rather than doing extreme restriction leading to the body and mind eventually caving in and bingeing on the things we've deprived ourselves of.

suecsdy 2014-11-11 09:26:12 -0600 Report

It's nice to find someone else like me. If I don't like the smell or texture of stuff, I'm not eating it, and last time I checked I was not a rabbit. Though I will eat salads, there needs to be meat in them and even then I have my limits. Having said that, all this talk about taco salad is making me hungry.Lol

Kalisiin 2015-09-19 11:00:27 -0500 Report

Had taco salad just the other night. Incidentally, one food I HATE is peas. Can't stand them. They are okay in small amounts in soup or something, but a big steaming pile of peas on my plate makes me want to hurl. I hate the way they mush up in your mouth…the texture is horrible and I can't make myself eat them.
If I was told one serving of peas would completely reverse my diabetes I still couldn't make myself eat them. Never tried peas raw…that might be an option to consider.

I do not like MOST veggies when they are cooked. And for largely the same reason…I hate the texture.

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