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By lionspaw Latest Reply 2012-05-13 17:50:52 -0500
Started 2012-03-25 16:03:24 -0500

I was diagnosed in Nov as being pre-diabetic and was placed on metformin. I have friends that are diabetic and yet seem to be at a loss for my self. I know that mine could go away if only I could lose the weight I gained in the last year.
I had Salmonella and gained over 30 lbs after that. I have lost about 10lbs since I found out my A-1-C was 6.3. but then lost my health insurance, I'm unemployed and can't afford the test strips to test my sugar levels. Does anyone have any ideas to help me get on the right track.

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pixsidust 2012-03-28 10:07:12 -0500 Report

Follow the Adkins diet. Walk, Drink water. Pay attention to when you feel dizzy…stop and eat. Look for your test strips on Ebay to have some for an emergency. I am in your shoes exactly!

2manypricks 2012-03-26 18:41:29 -0500 Report

Take pork out and replace it with turkey. Drinks lots of water and make sure your portions of veggies are larger than your main course. Excercise 20-30 minutes after every meal. Make sure you have a bedtime snack so your sugar does not drop while sleeping. Message me I might be able to ship ya a vial or 2. Blessings always :)

denagarner18 2012-03-26 13:22:21 -0500 Report

I will need to know what type of machine you have and maybe I can help you, I will also need to know what state you're in; I'm in Georgia

GabbyPA 2012-03-26 09:22:19 -0500 Report

Your A1c sounds like a fair number so keep up with what you are doing so far. Loosing weight will help and especially if it is belly fat. That is where insulin resistance loves to live. I think you will find a little exercise will help a lot. Just going for an evening walk now that the weather is getting better is a great place to start. Take some of your diabetic friends with you if you can. That will make it more fun.

As for the strips, I use a Reli-On meter and strips. They are the cheapest ones I can find. I get 50 test strips for $19 (they just went up a buck) Testing is a very important tool that helps guide you, so if you can get some of those. You can get them at walmart or target. I get my strips from Sam's Club. Even if you just test once a day it will help.

lionspaw 2012-03-27 11:43:24 -0500 Report

Thanks I was told by the doctors office that Walmart's tester was cheaper. does it work as good. I'm not sure which one to get as there are so many. IT sounds like its a good meter. and I have looked at them at the store.. Thanks for the info.

GabbyPA 2012-03-28 09:06:43 -0500 Report

It is right on target with the meter my doctor's office uses, so I am satisfied I am getting good reads from it.

Young1s 2012-03-28 11:08:27 -0500 Report

I'm considering using Reli-On as my secondary meter (or switching to it all together) since I will need to pay out of pocket if I want to test frequently. Haven't decided as of yet, though. But it's a toss up between that or the TRUEtrack meter.

GabbyPA 2012-03-29 08:23:34 -0500 Report

I used to use the TRUEtrack meter and I like it as well. But I can get these strips for less and it does take a smaller amount of blood.

Young1s 2012-03-29 10:20:11 -0500 Report

Yeah…it really has come down to a matter of, do I want to pay slightly more for the convenience of supplies being within walking distance, or do I want to pay a reasonable shipping fee for convenience of having twice as many supplies on hand. Almost seems like a no brainer but those shipping costs add up.

Gambling 2012-03-30 13:43:44 -0500 Report

I buy mine online at walmart so far I have puchased 3 times for about each month( ok 25 days @ 4 times a day ) they are free shipping if spending $45. I believe so I have bought cereal or even the russel stovers sugar free candy to make it to the free shipping !even the sugar free jello or Also the Kellogs Special k protien cerial is about $1.50 a box cheaper that at my local supermarkets that I shop in
My next order will include I think a whey protien product still researching all about them !

Young1s 2012-03-30 14:27:49 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. About the whey, I'm hooked on the stuff. The one I use is 4g of carbs with 20g protein and just 3g sugar per scoop. I have a scoop (up from just 2 Tbsp) in my tea every morning and don't have to add sugar or creamer. I put it in yogurt, oatmeal, cream of wheat (farina), miracle whip, you name it. I thought about adding it to my cottage cheese this morning but with the CC being 13g protein and the added whey in my tea, I didn't want to over do it. All I know is whenever I use it, I barely have any rise in my BG's. I've only been using the vanilla but it comes in chocolate as well. Not sure about other flavors though.

GabbyPA 2012-03-30 13:36:12 -0500 Report

That is why I get mine at Sams. You can get them at WalMart too. But you are right, the shipping can bite you in the end.

Young1s 2012-03-28 12:01:12 -0500 Report

That's great to here. My only issue is that the nearest Walmart to me is 9 miles away from me, so I would have to order it on-line. Even still, the total cost with shipping would still only be about $34 dollars. On the other hand, the TRUEtrack is a Walgreens brand and within walking distance from my house, so I won't have to worry about shipping costs, late or lost shipments.

lionspaw 2012-04-01 11:36:44 -0500 Report

closest Wal-Mart to me is 25miles and there are no other stores near me that carry them but will look into the Wal-mart one as I have already looked there. I don't know haw often I need to test but need to be checking it just the same.

Gambling 2012-04-01 13:36:13 -0500 Report

I test 4-6 times aday especially when trying new items. Also walmart does shipping( i think you need to spend $45. for free shipping also) as I use this method also

Young1s 2012-04-01 12:50:19 -0500 Report

Generally, the least amount of times you should be testing is 3x daily. Once upon waking, once before bed and once after the meal of your choosing (alternating testing times on different days), to see how your BG's are reacting to foods. I like to test 6x but there are others in the community who test up to 14x daily. It really depends on your comfort level and what information you're trying to obtain from testing a lot.

tditto 2012-03-25 20:14:01 -0500 Report

Try the Diabetis Association, they often help you with free meters and discounted strips. Wal Mart has a meter that is only nine dollars and a box of 100 strips that cost 37.00 dollars. Diet and exercise have helped me somewhat, but because I have such crazy work hours, I cannot eat at the same time everyday or workout at the same time everyday, so I do rely on being able to test my blood sugars. I test in the am before I eat breakfast and I test at nightime two hours after eating. Weight loss certainly helps, but please know that diabetes can and is often inherited, no matter what.

lionspaw 2012-03-29 13:17:39 -0500 Report

My friend got a note from her doctor that required her to eat every 2-3 hrs so her breaks were one time and easier to hand. It still didn't help much when her bg went to high and now she has eye issues and hasn't been able to work for the last 5 mos. but the drs note helped with her breaks.

Caroltoo 2012-03-29 13:25:55 -0500 Report

Food choices and portion control could come into play with your friend's situation in addition to the breaks. Many docs do recommend we eat 5-6 small meals daily to spread the usual daily calories and carbs out over a longer period of time so there are fewer highs and lows.

Kirla 2012-03-25 17:28:36 -0500 Report

This is what helped me. I only took meds for about 7 weeks. I found I can control pretty good with diet alone. Been doing it for 3 years now. I found eating lots of low carb vegetables, drinking lots of water and cutting back or quit eating high carb starchy foods helped a lot.

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 test 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.

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

tabby9146 2012-03-27 12:31:32 -0500 Report

I have been controlling also, well, with diet and exercise for 3 years. I was put on Metformin to start with, but after about 3 months, was able to get off, after weight loss. Kudos to you!

jannehel 2012-03-25 17:02:16 -0500 Report

I live in Sweden and will become part of an exciting project, an intensive diet and exercise plan. Weight, blood sugar, blood pressure and blood lipids will be followed for at least a year. A small number of type 2 diabetes will be attending and we will start with a 1-month VLCD diet very low in calories, 600 kcal / day, this will lead to a rapid weight loss and improvement in glucose levels. After the first month there will be cooking classes focusing on the Mediterranean diet and also coaching at the gym. We will use pedometers to get up to at least 10,000 steps a day. There will be a tough year for the participants but hopefully it will lead to a significant and lasting lifestyle shift and increased general well-being. We expect if successful will be a marked reduction in the risk of future cardiovascular disease.

tabby9146 2012-03-27 12:32:18 -0500 Report

if there was something like that in my area, I would love to do it.

jannehel 2012-05-13 17:07:46 -0500 Report

This project was initiated by me, and supported by my doctor. We are also getting some support from some local shops. I am sure you could get some people together and start something similiar. Good luck!

jannehel 2012-03-25 16:36:15 -0500 Report

I'm going to try this diet for a month.

Nick1962 2012-03-25 18:39:10 -0500 Report

Best of luck, and here's to your anticipated sucess!

jannehel 2012-05-13 05:01:27 -0500 Report

After 31 days with less than 600 calories a day, I and my five companions in 600 projects started to eat again. Weight loss was between 11-16 kg per person.
The weight loss is fun, but what makes the members of Project 600's ray are the purely medical outcomes. Four of us used insulin, now none of us.
Our doctor has been removing medication after medication, the blood pressure medications and blood lipid medications. Now our project 600 goes into a training phase and a cooking class focused on the Mediterranean diet.

Nick1962 2012-05-13 17:50:52 -0500 Report

Nice work! I don't know if i could do that for life, but if it's a kick-start to getting the weight off and numbers down it sure worked. And congrats on getting off insulin and meds! Following a Med-style diet is good, as long as you watch portions. It's pretty clear that with just a little self-discipline, type 2 could be managed by many. Thanks for the update.

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 16:34:37 -0500 Report

If you eat a high protein, low carbohydrate diet and exercise daily you will be on the right track. There are some discussions on the discussion page about accessing medications and test strips when you don't have insurance. You might want to look through those suggestions and see if any fit you. There are also a number of discussions on diets and food choices. If you want, follow me so we become online friends and I'll private message you a list of food recommendations that I did for another person a couple days ago.

Another option would be to buy an over the counter A1c kit that you can do yourself and test once a month to see how you are trending. The A1c will cost about $10/test. Bayer makes one that comes with 2 test for around $20 and there is another available at Walmart that is a little under $10 for a single test. The Bayer one gives you immediate results; the Walmart one you have to mail in and then get the results.

lionspaw 2012-03-27 10:42:53 -0500 Report

I filled out one for free tester from Bayer. and the discounted test strips. not sure the cost. I'm unemployed and need to find a way to get things at a discount.The teat strips are so expensive. The doctors office offers a free One touch ultra II but the strips are over $60. Its so hard to find a place to help you without the it cost an arm or a leg.. but keeping positive and trying to learn all that I can. Thank you for your help! and the knowledge your sharing.

Caroltoo 2012-03-27 12:22:51 -0500 Report

You are very welcome. Did you see Kirla's comment further down the page about Walmart having a meter for $10 and the strips for $20/50 tests? I've been out of work for 15 months also, so I understand. Thankfully I have med coverage now, so it is no longer an issue. Looking for less expensive strips is how I found this site.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-25 22:10:46 -0500 Report

I also found an app which I was able to download for free which checks your A1c, after you have an average! Just go to the app store and input diabetes + free and you have several options! Good luck!

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 23:15:20 -0500 Report

Doesn't that just average the readings you have taken? A real A1c measures the percentage of cells in the blood that have been damaged by high BGs over the preceding three months. It's sometimes unrelated to the average of your readings because we sometimes get highs or lows that are not caught by our testing schedule.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-26 01:50:46 -0500 Report

You're probably it right, it does say a1c, but I'm not sure. You input the reading and it takes you to like 5.2 etc. So I guess its just an average. I should have known free and all! Thanks Carol!

Caroltoo 2012-03-26 02:05:11 -0500 Report

It's not so much because it's free … it may give you an accurate average of your readings and that may be helpful … but because it doesn't test an actual blood sample which is the only way you can get the full 3 month picture of everyting that has happened.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-26 05:33:27 -0500 Report

I am curious now am about 1 1/2 months without a1c checked, may try this within the next 2 weeks! Thanks carol!

Kirla 2012-03-25 17:32:15 -0500 Report

Walmart also has a blood sugar meter for around 10 dollars and a box of 50 strips cost 20 dollars.

JSJB 2012-03-26 04:10:40 -0500 Report

Even with insurance I pay 37 dollars for bayer test strips. Will have to look into this. Are they as good as the Brand name??

Kirla 2012-03-26 05:02:42 -0500 Report

I used it until my insurance started paying for my test strips. I would still be using it except my insurance didn't cover the strips. All meters are only 80% accurate. When changing meters you will notice a difference but its the same even for the name brands. Just have to get used to the new meter.

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