Help please... How long before blood sugars drop?

joolez
By joolez Latest Reply 2012-07-18 18:19:27 -0500
Started 2012-07-08 05:02:43 -0500

Hi

I have just been diagnosed with diabetes and would really like to control it with diet rather than medication. Currently my glucose readings vary between 7.2 mmol and 11.0 depending on what I eat.

When it is higher, I do about 30 mins of exercise to bring it down. But even when I eat really low carb, ie no veg at all (and I hate that as I love vegetables), I can't get my level below 7.2.

I was wondering if it takes time for the blood sugars to normalise or is it that diet only won't work for me.

thanks
Joolez


49 replies

Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2012-07-15 14:21:16 -0500 Report

With me, my blood sugar stay's up no matter what I do. It's a stubborn case. I exercise every other day. I feel that I have stay on a very restricted diet also. I start out the day with oatmeal, tuna for lunch and a salad for dinner. I have been doing that for about two months. It doesn't bother me. I know that is how to get mine to stay below 200. Rarely…It just depends on the time and how much I consume. Portions is a biggy for me. If I over it then my numbers go up. Takes about a week before they get back to normal. We are all different though.

flipmom
flipmom 2012-07-12 21:10:39 -0500 Report

what do u mean no vegetables for low carb? vegetables are low carb…except starchy ones like potatoes…anyway, what kind of food you eat that you think are low carb?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-07-12 15:38:54 -0500 Report

this is what I had done to get off all diabetes medications. You might want to look to see if it'd work for you. Read it here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...

let me know if it is useful to you or if you have questions

IronOre
IronOre 2012-07-12 22:32:55 -0500 Report

You are off all diabetes meds ? So Basically, does that mean you are not diabetic ?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-07-12 23:10:50 -0500 Report

no it means that while I still have diabetes I control it by meal planning and exercise. There are several folks on DC who manage their diabetes without meds through what they eat and don't eat.

If I depart from my meal plan, my Blood Glucose (BG) levels will rise to hyperglycemic levels.

Debbiejf
Debbiejf 2012-07-11 15:48:08 -0500 Report

Hi Joolez and welcome to one of if not the best diabetes support 'group' there is :), I may be a little prejudiced lol. I had to google mmol, no clue what it was! Still don't know the exact conversion (unless I wanted to download a bunch of stuff I didn't want) so I don't know what your numbers are in mg's. I've been diabetic for 28 yrs, since back in the day when no one knew much except you couldn't eat sugar :(. It's only been the last 17 yrs that things have started getting better as far as how to adjust your food etc. I got much better at eating and then it all went up in smoke for many years so now I pay the piper with neuropathy and insulin and my symptoms changing all the time as to whether my bs is high or low :(…so if anything I am a great example of what not to do when you are diagnosed. I still have trouble with highs and lows although the highs are not as high as they used to be 300+! I finally realised that my 'fast acting' insulin-novolog doesn't act quite fast enough so I have had to give up ALL white foods; breads, pasta, etc. I don't like the wheat so I just don't bother with any of it. Mostly I eat a lot of salads and I mix it up adding this and that or changing it altogether :). I do still eat some meat, never a big fan of beef, but I do okay with homemade tacos made with corn tortillas and yes I fry them in oil but I don't eat them often. I've had to give up fruit, it seems any sugar is like poison to me anymore. I can eat regular potatoes on occasion, baked or mashed, the butter (I only use real butter cuz I don't use much and I hate all the chemicals in the phony stuff) does me no harm. So in essence what I'm saying is you will figure things out and this is the best place to get support and the best information :). Just stay away from the stuff that will eventually break your health down and don't be stubborn about it. Don't learn the hard way like I did ♥

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-07-12 15:33:01 -0500 Report

Howdy Debbie! I have found a converter between the two systems of measurement. I have found it handy when folks from outside the USA post their meaurements. You may find the converter tool here ~ http://diabeticgourmet.com/Tools_and_Calculat...

And BTW you're not prejudiced if it is true, and I believe this is the BEST place on the 'web. I wouldn't have hung around here for nearly 4 yrs otherwise.

Debbiejf
Debbiejf 2012-07-15 14:08:19 -0500 Report

thanks jayabee :), when i tried to google it all i got was something to download and you always get an extra toolbar when you download stuff like that :(. and if you get rid of the toolbar you lose what you wanted in the first place. I copied the link, thanks again :)

joolez
joolez 2012-07-12 06:44:22 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing your story Debbie, it sounds like you have been on quite a journey - I have been quite lucky in that I was being tested every year because I had gestational diabetes with my daughter, so I think I was caught quite early. It's so useful to hear about how everyone eats and what works for them. I'm trying to find my own path at the moment, but had already cut wheat out of my diet, so thankfully don't have that battle.

I'm finding the diet the most challenging part in this in terms of choosing the right foods to eat as I am currently not eating wheat or dairy, don't like to eat too much meat and am hypothryroid so there are lots of foods that we're supposed to avoid as they suppress the thyroid. It's all got a bit ridiculous, so I have just decided to eat how my body tells me rather than follow a particular plan. So far things are improving.

Luckily I've never had any super high readings with my highest reading being 11 mmol (198) and today I had my first normal reading of 6mmol (108). So I think slowly but surely I'm getting there. I have found that if I eat fruit after a pure protein, it doesn't cause my blood sugars to go up which has been a blessing.

I'm glad you've found what works for you and thanks again for sharing your story.

Debbiejf
Debbiejf 2012-07-15 14:20:24 -0500 Report

also, diet alone doesn't work for anyone for anything. Doctors have told me even if you can't exercise regularly any movement is better than no movement. So while i'm not able to exercise at present, I do try to move around as much as possible. Doing little things, walk as far as I can, which isn't far but if I do it as many times as I can, it's still moving :)

Debbiejf
Debbiejf 2012-07-15 14:16:12 -0500 Report

I didn't realize you had been at dc for so long :), I haven't been here all that long, but been diabetic for far too long :(, it was upsetting at first because both of my parents and I were diagnosed in the same year. My mother was 22 years older than me and I could only think how unfair and that I should have had 22 more years before having to deal with something like this. But like I said there wasn't a whole lot of choices out there concerning foods and sugar-free products.
I recently googled and downloaded a 'book' on Neuopathy-Treatment Myths Revealed and found so much more information about certain issues I have. Diabetes is only one related cause and I think all diabetics should read this e-book.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-07-10 22:21:01 -0500 Report

Getting a balanced approach is what you want. Eat your veggies, they are good for you. Just avoid the starchy ones and if you couple that with protein, then you will have a winning combination. The exercise is a great thing as well, and sometimes it will push your numbers up. So test before and after to see what your body is doing.
Hang in there, it does take time for some people.

IronOre
IronOre 2012-07-09 21:57:55 -0500 Report

You may want to add protein to your diet to help level things out . . . but it's really hard to tell from here if that's an issue.

joolez
joolez 2012-07-10 01:56:52 -0500 Report

Thanks IronOre … I have recently added meat into my diet as I did need more protein but I'm not keen on a low-carb diet as I don't like having too much fat in my diet - mainly because it makes me feel queasy

Onlylivinglife
Onlylivinglife 2012-07-09 10:15:48 -0500 Report

It took a little research and after 5 years, I finally found what works for me. Please note I'm a work in progress and am not off the glucophage, but I no longer take insulin shots (it was twice a day). On recommendation from my cardiologist (I developed congestive heart failure from lack of knowing I had diabetes) I started with the SunBeach Diet; you have to eliminate what I call all high level carbs: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, melons (all), bananas (I love), white flour products, white rice, sodas (even diet), ice cream and manufactured juices (ones with sugar added). Any pasta I eat is buckwheat, though I like the spinach noodles, too. You'll do a lot of label reading; I found that my favorite yogurt had quite a bit of sugar so I had to let it go for one called "Carb Master" sold at Kroger Supermarkets. I love bagels, croissants and pastries, but I gradually gave those up, too. The only bread I eat is multi-grain or on rare occasion, wheat. I had to switched my baking to Splenda for sweetening (carrot cake, cheesecake and cookies) that I make from scratch, wheat flour instead of white and they taste just as good. I fry with extra virgin olive oil and try not to eat any deep fried anything (fish, chicken, fries). My salad dressing is Balsamic Vinagrette or oil & vinegar only. It was a very difficult transition since I like eating out, but I've become quite the chef. When we go out for fast food I try to eat a salad - it's safer. I still drink my wine (a glass a day, if at all)! I'm on a diet where I have a meat the size of 4 fingers and mostly vegetables (1/2 to 2/3 of plate): salad (watch the cheese), greens (mustard, turnip, collard and kale), Chinese cabbage (regular cabbage gives me a lot of gas), broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus steamed. I like eggplant, but it has quite a carbohydrate content, too. When I cook vegetables I use lots of bell peppers (green, red, yellow and orange), onion, leeks, and garlic for flavor. I eat mostly fish/seafood and poultry (chicken and turkey), I sparingly eat beef (maybe once every 3 weeks) and no pork. In all of this keep exercising. You'll find eating right can be a little expensive at first, but what is your life worth? Good luck and always ask questions, it could save your life.

joolez
joolez 2012-07-10 01:57:58 -0500 Report

thanks! It's great to see ideas about what other people are eating and certainly gives me a good guide

DeanaG
DeanaG 2012-07-09 11:12:08 -0300 Report

Welcome to DC!!
This site has tons of info and the most supportive and welcoming group of members you can find.
I know when first diagnosed it is very scary and overwhelming, but it does get better the more you learn. You are not alone in your fight.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-07-09 04:48:30 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC.
Like others have posted what works for one person might not work for another. Some people can eat oatmeal, some can if they add berries to it, some can eat it if they have some protein with it. Oatmeal spikes me, along with most grains, rice, corn, potatoes, tomato paste, and juices.
Since vegies and some fruits have lots of fiber, they are usually good choices. Some have higher carb counts than others. Some cause spikes for one person and not for others. Luckily carrots and apples are not spikers in my case. Testing, testing, and more testing is how to learn what spikes you.
Some BG problems can also happen if your liver, pancreases, or other body part decides to give the dawn phenomenon. It dumps an excess of stored glucose because it thinks you haven't eaten for awhile. People find out with trial and error that a bedtime snack of carbs, protein, or both helps.
Learning what to eat and what to avoid is very frustrating. Sometimes it takes medicine to gain control despite our best efforts.
Kirla's advice has always been helpful. He helped convince me to go lower carb. I would love to try his soy recipes, but I avoid soy because of estrogen issues.
I have been experimenting with almond meal and almond flour.

joolez
joolez 2012-07-10 02:00:33 -0500 Report

Thanks Graylin … I also can't eat oats, in fact I've not found any pulses or fiberous carbs that I can eat yet, but I guess I'll keep trying. Lentils next. BTW, what constitutes a spike? As my levels don't really get much below 7.8, is it a spike if I go up to 10?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-07-18 18:16:39 -0500 Report

Sorry for the delay in responding. I am not sure about changing from US BG measurement to your measurement James gave a good link I saw you used. Another DC poster has a chart in a discussion, just read it and did not save it to a document like I should have.
In US measurement I try for a 30 or so rise. But in the last week have made a few unwise choices and gone over what I want as an aftereating spike. Sometimes the french fries just can't be resisted…sigh.
Lentils worked out for me and so have kidney, black beans, and pinto beans.

Kirla
Kirla 2012-07-09 11:04:24 -0500 Report

Shortly after being diagnosed my plan was to use almond meal to make cakes, pancakes, waffles and such. When I bought my first container of almonds my plan was to grind them down into a meal and use it for baking.

At bulk foods online I found I could buy TVP (Soy Product) for about $2.00 a pound. It came in a 25 pound bag. Right after being diagnosed I started to eat oatmeal every day. By testing I found oatmeal wasn’t doing me any good as far as my blood sugar was concerned. I read on about.com a recipe for TVP oatmeal. I tried it and found that it was something I could eat.

Then one day I noticed the Atkins low carb shakes. I read the label and it was only 2 net carbs per serving. It was on sale for $12.00 a case. So I bought a case to try it. I soon found out by testing that it had a minimum effect on my blood sugar. At first I was drinking it with my lunch. Then one day I got the idea to drink it first thing in the morning. I soon figured out that the Atkins drink was better for my blood sugar in the morning than the TVP oatmeal. So I drank the low carb shake in the morning and ate the TVP oatmeal with my lunch.

After several months of eating the TVP oatmeal I was kind of getting tired of it. I started to search the Internet for recipes to use it in. Only recipes I could find, used it as a meat supplement. Not what I was looking for. Then one day I got an idea to grind it down into a flour or meal type of product. My first cake I made with it was a spice cake. It came out pretty good. The second cake I added the carrots and made carrot cake that led to the chocolate, pumpkin and lately pound cake.

After a couple of weeks of eating whole grain bread I soon realized that whole grain bread wasn’t any better for my blood sugar than regular bread. I was eating a tuna fish sandwich with my lunch. I soon went from 2 slices of bread to one. I didn’t see any advantage of trying to make a sandwich with ½ a slice of bread so soon decided to eat the tuna without any bread. I had some small containers that the tarter sauce came in when you ordered a fish fry. They were just the right size.

I soon searched the Internet for low carb bread recipes. I found one that had only 2 net carbs per slice. It used al kinds of stuff of which soy flour was one of the ingredients. One day in walmart I noticed a container of soy flour. Cost $1.33 a pound and bought a box. Several months later Thanksgiving was soon approaching. I always made pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving time. I thought about making it crust less or maybe with almond meal. Then I noticed the box of soy flour. I decided to make the crust with soy flour. I just replaced the regular flour with soy flour. It came out great. Just as good as the real thing.

Several pies later I went back to walmart to buy another box. Walmart didn’t sell it anymore. So again I searched the Internet and found a place where I can buy it for $1.00 a pound. Only thing was, had to buy a 50 pound bag. I soon found out that 50 pounds was a lot of flour. Realized I needed to find other uses for it. That’s when I decided to use it for baking my cakes. They came out just as good as the TVP. I soon replace regular flour with soy flour and started to make waffles and pancakes. Everything came out pretty good.

I once ground down the almonds into a meal and used it to make an almond crust pumpkin cheesecake. The cheesecake came out great. But it was a lot of work in making it. It kind of tasted like the pumpkin pie. So I only make the cheesecake once. The pumpkin pie was so much easier to make. I had some leftover almond meal and added it to one of my soy cakes. Came out pretty good.

As you can see form my story that I never got around to making stuff with almond meal. Soy flour cost like one tenth of almond meal. Even if I make my own by grinding the almonds it still cost about $3.66 a pound. Soy flour is so much cheaper I see no reason to experiment with the almonds. Anyway my snack at night is 1 or sometimes 2 serving of plain almonds. I buy them at BJS for $3.66 a pound and have found the nuts work great for my night time snack. Blood sugar in the morning is ok also.

I post my recipes on my site because that’s what I eat. Some of my readers of my blog have used almonds for making muffins and such and they love them. I found that if I google almond flour recipes or such, there are hundreds of them online. I found by experimenting, what works for me. I figure if the time comes when soy flour is more expensive that almonds you’ll see almond flour recipes on my site. Sometimes the path we start on isn’t always the one we follow in the end.

So far I have had great success experimenting. From my writing I have influenced some people to experiment, which I believe has made some of their lives better for it. Sometimes I think I’m wasting my time but every once in a while I get a little positive feedback from someone which keeps me motivated to do what I do.

For this I thank you. Your kind words mean a lot.
Kevin

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-08 22:44:46 -0500 Report

This varies with each person and what if any meds they use. You will need to do a bg check before eating and then do some more after to find your answer. Of course, how much the go up or down depends on what you have eaten as well as how much.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-07-08 15:50:03 -0500 Report

You might also wish to read Suzy Cohen's book "Diabetes Without Drugs". She's a registered pharmacist and has some great insights into our health problems and offers some suggestions and recipes that might help you cope with and manage your diabetes. You should be able to borrow it from your local library. Also, Kirla's advice about eating some vegetables is great. The stuff to avoid is the higher carb/higher glycemic index items like potatoes, corn, maybe beets and carrots and peas. Things like string beans and broccoli and salads are great options even though they may not be totally carb free. My husband bought me a paperback carb guide that lists foods and their individual nutritional info. It's been a great help to me in "counting my carbs". Mine is called Dana Carpender's New Carb and Calorie Counter. He bought it on-line. There are many other good ones out there as well. With the right info and decisions, we can manage our diabeast! Good luck!

Controlled
Controlled 2012-07-08 14:16:25 -0500 Report

I vividly recall being "just diagnosed". It was a very disquieteing interval. I can't give advice regarding "diabetes" medication; I've managed to control blood glucose without meds. It was not easy for a while. Like others who have posted, you read as much literature as you can and you "test" foods to determine how you react to it. I greatly reduced carbs and had success. Waved "bye-bye" to pasta, corn, cereal, chips, cookies, candy, "everything white"…for a while due to obvious exceptions. I also cut out "starchy" vegetables. I noted what worked and didn't. Now I keep a very low carb diet (lower than most here) because that works for me. I have "normal" blood glucose for two years as evidenced by frequent testing (which I personally choose to still do). Two years of A1C's at 5.3 or 5.4 and I know my approach works for me. Perhaps it will continue and perhaps not. The biggest thing that I can tell you, and I do respect your preference, some of us control this condition with medication. They are no less successful than others who are not able to, or choose not to. It's not a race, we're all winning every day that you control this condition.

Being a newbie is scary. I hope you find information that helps you here and elsewhere.

joolez
joolez 2012-07-09 04:26:44 -0500 Report

Thanks :-) … It is quite scary - particularly when you read about all the risks. I desperately want to get this under control - though it's proving tougher than I had expected. Still I guess it is going to take time to find the right diet for me and I just need to be a bit more patient

Kirla
Kirla 2012-07-08 10:27:21 -0500 Report

Blood sugar dropping may be different for everyone. I dropped mine from A1C 14.1 to 5.9 in less than 4 months. My blood sugar went from the above 300 (17 mmol/l) range to almost normal numbers in about 4-6 weeks. I made lots of changes to what and how I eat but a lot of people either don’t know or will not make the changes for any number of reasons. Some people never learn to control their blood sugar no matter what they do. Drugs, insulin, diet, exercise or whatever.

Why you stopped eating vegetables. Vegetables help with lowering insulin resistance. You should be making vegetables a large part of what you eat. Low carb vegetables are best. I read somewhere that high carb starchy vegetables are what should be avoided. Potatoes, corn and peas come to mind to what should be avoided.

I found that pasta, bread and anything made with flour or sugar should be avoided. Some people can switch to whole grains and some can’t. I’m one that had to give up eating even whole grains. Recently been using low carb wraps and pita bread. Just need to make sure there low carb. Most are not.

This is what I believe has helped me the most. It may or may not help you. I just believe cutting high carb starchy food will help most people. Some people can add smaller amounts back into their diet one their blood sugar stabilizes. That’s going to be determined by your meter.

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
Kevin
http://kirla.wordpress.com/

CJ55
CJ55 2012-07-08 23:00:42 -0500 Report

Hello Kirla, i just read your post. I was told to eat oatmeal for breakfest everyday. Is this not good to do? I have had a very hard time eliminating carbs and sugar from my diet. Hence, bad Bs!! I get angry at myself all of the time. I can do well fr a week or so, then oops, I have a brownie. It is tough having the willpower. I am going to check out your site. Ty.

Kirla
Kirla 2012-07-08 23:40:20 -0500 Report

When first diagnosed I ate oatmeal for about a week or so. By testing before and 2 hours after eating I found that oatmeal spiked my blood sugar more than 100 points. I decided to not eat oatmeal. Some people claim that steel cut oatmeal works good for them. I bought some, some time ago but haven’t tried it yet.

A lot of people have problems with eating carbs in the morning. I’m one of them. I try and not to eat to many carbs in the morning. I found drinking a low carb shake like Atkins or EAS protein shakes works great for me. Then an hour or so later I eat 1 serving of sunflower seeds or peanuts along with some coffee. The protein drink I found helps stabilize my blood sugar so my snack only raises my blood sugar about 10 points.

Everyone is different in what they can and cannot eat. That’s why testing before and either 1 or 2 hours after eating helps to determine if what we eat spiked our blood sugar or not. I found I can’t eat to many high carb starchy foods. Soon after being diagnosed I came up with the plan not to eat any foods that had more than 5-6 net carbs per serving. My Blood sugar dropped from over 300 to almost normal numbers in about 6 weeks or so. 3½ years later I still don’t eat any foods with more than 5-6 net carbs per serving.

locarbarbie
locarbarbie 2012-07-08 11:44:47 -0500 Report

Kevin…Just re-visited your blog page. I must have visited quite a while ago and forgotten about it. Your recipies look to die for! My mouth was watering just looking at the picture of the channa dal dip! I used to buy bags of channa dal snacks that were hot, spicy and delicious, so I can not wait to try this.
Wonderful blog site!

Kirla
Kirla 2012-07-08 14:30:31 -0500 Report

Thanks

The Chana Dal I like a lot. Used to eat it like a soup. Then one day while trying to gage down the broccoli, I decided to dip it in my soup. Been dipping ever since. I eat broccoli mixed in Chana Dal and reheat with some cheese and hot sauce and it taste great. If you like things hot you can always add more of the red pepper. I also add a teaspoon or 2 of crush red pepper. I find a lot of recipes I modify a bit to the way I like to eat. Haven’t had to throw out anything yet.

I don’t post any of my recipes here. I use soy a lot. About 2/3 of my recipes contain soy. I buy the soy flour online and they ship for $5.00. Only thing I got to buy 50 pounds at a time. With the e-mail coupon I pay about $50.00. Lasts about a year. The cakes most of the time, come out pretty good. Sometimes they’re a little dry or moist. But they still taste good. Lately been eating pound cake. Haven’t posted the recipe yet on my site. Don’t really know if I will or not. Will have to see. Anyway soy is a food a lot of people here think is no good so I hardly ever talk about it here. But pie, cakes, waffles, pancakes and someday cookies, muffins and cupcakes I think are great.

If you like chana dal I found that buying it in an India store is cheapest. I used to buy a 2 pound bag for $4.00 a bag, but the store closed. Then the one time I went to Albany NY, I found an India store there on Central Ave. Paid a dollar a pound. The first time buying it there they sold a 4 pound bag for $4.00. The second time I bought a 8 pound bag for $8.00 a bag. I got like 40 pounds of it stored away in my house. I just about eat it everyday with broccoli. The recipe on Mendosa’s site that I use the most makes about 2 quarts. I freeze it in 1 pint containers. Lasts for a few weeks. I tried several recipes and found all taste good. If you read the recipes you should be able to get a good idea if you will like it or not. So far everything I made taste good and haven’t had to throw anything out yet.

I haven’t heard about the snacks you mention. I googled chana dal snacks recipe and this is what came up. http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&am... Looks like a lot more recipes to review. Thanks for the info. Always looking for more options on what to eat and since I got 40 pounds I think I’ll be trying to make some of the snacks. If they come out good I could always post a review on my website.

joolez
joolez 2012-07-08 11:42:25 -0500 Report

Thanks Kirla! I'll check out your blog and what you recommend is what most closely resembles what I'd like my diet to be :-)

MAYS
MAYS 2012-07-08 05:51:59 -0500 Report

Welcome to the family!

How long has it been since you were diagnosed with diabetes?
Right now, I would suggest that you work with your medical team to start you on a plan for managing your diabetes.
That plan may consist of any one, or more combinations of methods to manage your diabetes such as, medications, exercise, diet and/or insulin.
Let your medical team determine this, do not rely on a personal analysis yet.

Have you been given an A1c Blood Test, if so what was the result?

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Counting carbs and the foods that you can eat:

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Discuss your care, and your concerns with your diabetes management team, together you may come up with a working solution for managing your diabetes without medications, but even if you must rely on medications to manage your diabetes it's not a bad thing, the main objective is to manage it so that you may life a long, happy, productive life free of the complications that can be associated with diabetes!

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~Mays~

joolez
joolez 2012-07-08 11:29:33 -0500 Report

Thanks Mays for the welcome and the comprehensive list of resources! I have literally only just been diagnosed last week and it was a total shock - though in hindsight I guess there were clues. I have been given Metformin to take and have a blood test scheduled for the 19th to test my A1c levels. I'm struggling to find the right way of eating as everything I read is conflicting with each other. I had just started juicing a couple of weeks before my diagnosis which of course is off the menu now - though from the looks of it, I might still be able to do smoothies. Historically I've struggled with high fat, high protein diets as they make me feel ill and I miss fruits and veg too much. At the moment, I'm doing lots of veg with some meat and eggs - I'm reading Eat to Live by Dr Joel Fuhrman at the moment which advocates a vegan diet…

I guess it will be a bit of trial and error and at least now I'm aware of what I'm dealing with and monitoring my blood sugars so can assess how I react to things…

I appreciate the support
Julie

MAYS
MAYS 2012-07-10 21:46:00 -0500 Report

Why is juicing off of your menu?

joolez
joolez 2012-07-12 06:32:53 -0500 Report

Because when I juice it causes a spike, even if I make it a smoothie and add avocado and spirulina … but i have found that if I eat an apple or orange after eating eggs my readings are fine. I might try doing the juice after eggs in the morning tomorrow to see if that keeps it low.

Today I had my first 'normal' reading of 6 mmol/l (108 mg/dl) which I'm thrilled about - it means that I can get my readings down as long as I am smart about what I eat

Kirla
Kirla 2012-07-08 15:18:39 -0500 Report

Some people claim berries in small amounts are ok for them. Maybe start with a ¼ cup. If that’s ok then try ½ cup and so forth. I found I can eat almost any food if eaten in a small enough serving. It’s just hard to eat ¼ slice of bread or a spoonful of corn or potatoes. Some people claim sweet potatoes or red potatoes work ok for them. I have tried a small amount and did ok. Not sure if I ate a regular serving what would happen. Sometimes when eating at family gathering I cheat a little by adding a spoon of this or eat I chip of that and do ok. From now on eating should be like an experiment. Your meter will let you know if your experiment came out ok or not.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-07-08 10:28:44 -0500 Report

I like your approach! With all the info displayed here, the only way to not get helpful info is to not read it!!!