Just new to this whole diabetic scene

By lindalou01 Latest Reply 2012-09-15 15:52:19 -0500
Started 2012-07-14 17:53:55 -0500

I just recently like six months ago found out that I was type2 diabetic. I really had to make big changes in my life. Changes in eating and lots of exercise.After much research I found that switching to wholewheat-brown rice and eating the ancient grains like barley-black beans-lentils- chick peas that my blood sugar numbers are in more control and I so far have lost 56 pounds. Has anyone else out there experienced this. I also take Metformin 4 time a day.

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mystikfairy61 2012-07-31 22:18:56 -0500 Report

I had heard that Metformin helps with weight loss, which is why I am sorry I couldn't stay on it, my body just didnt like it. Sounds like you are heading in the right direction.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-19 05:52:37 -0500 Report

Wow this is great! Weight loss and motivation to get your D under control doesn't always happen with people with D! So pat yourself on the back! Welcome to DC!

Mmorningstar 2012-07-17 19:13:02 -0500 Report

WOW! you averaged losing 10 lbs a month? ( it took me 18 months just to lose 18 1/2 lbs, and I have a normal metabolism)! if you can keep that weight off, then good for you! because that is the HARDEST thing about dieting, is keeping the weight off. Congrats on your success!

lindalou01 2012-07-17 21:22:20 -0500 Report

Thanks-The high fiber foods really work. But you have to really like them and if you don't you have to force yourself to like them. And salads , fruits and veggies work too. My husband says he would just die if he had to eat the way I do.But IT REALLY works along with exercise.!!!!!

old biker
old biker 2012-07-16 11:44:08 -0500 Report

First let me say well done, You have obviously been making the right life style changes and diet choices to manage your diabetes and are now reaping some of the rewards for your efforts.. Most people find that taking a responsible approach to managing their diabetes will lead to positive results..You are proof of that. Much continued success and good fortune in your journey through life

Kirla 2012-07-15 11:27:18 -0500 Report

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. I control with diet only. It can be done. You just have to be able to stop eating the stuff that spikes your blood sugar. I found it easy to do. But a lot of people have a hard time controlling what they eat.

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

lindalou01 2012-07-15 11:56:06 -0500 Report

Yes -You are so right. I also eat lots of veggies. Infact half my plate is veggies and 1/4 meat(chicken or fish) and 1/4 starch(brown rice or sweet potato.It really works

Walt47 2012-07-16 08:45:09 -0500 Report

I did the ABC's for Diabetes
30 day cure eating asparagus, broccoli, cabbage,
and cauliflower. High protein meats 0 Carb 0 Sugar
No more meds needed
I found milk thistle seed now allows me to have Sugars and carbs without an increase in my glucose
I sprinkle it on my eggs first thing in the morning
In the late afternoon I had a real Root beer float
2 hours latter I was 100
I bought it in seeds and ground it to a powder
But now it can be bought as a powder
There are a couple of warnings for it
If you have fibroid tumors or high estrogen levels you can't take it
do a search on Google before you try it

lindalou01 2012-07-16 10:03:20 -0500 Report

I have never heard of that. But will do some reasearch on milk thistle seed. Has anyone else tried this?

dietcherry 2012-07-16 12:17:44 -0500 Report

Ive used milk thistle for over 20 years to aid liver function. Its particularly helpful for those with fatty liver disease or have had their gallbladder removed.

Walt47 2012-07-16 10:28:39 -0500 Report

Also look for Fig leaves
I have used the small leaves in salad and the large ones I pressure cook and mix with stews
I also tried drinking the the fluid as a tea
it will lower your sugar
But the milk thistle seems to build up in my bloodstream and prevent any spikes

Walt47 2012-07-18 17:11:31 -0500 Report

Today I had a Chocolate Ice cream soda
Dark Chocolate syrup and 2 scoops of turkey hill dutch Chocolate
2 hours latter 98
This morning I had 2 slices of pizza and coffee
No milk thistle today
Yes it is in my blood stream and working great

Walt47 2012-07-19 05:16:28 -0500 Report

I had done these test a couple of months ago and my sugar went to 209 for the float
and 198 for C Ice Cream soda

Caroltoo 2012-07-16 11:21:51 -0500 Report

Milk thistle is also one of natural sources of substances which help our livers function better to detox our bodies from the metabolic results of having to process so much BG and cellular BG damage.

Walt47 2012-09-15 15:09:25 -0500 Report

Now I am eating Lima Beans and my sugar is really good
The beans stop the sugar from attaching to the red blood cells
I am still taking the milk thistle and eating the ABC' S at least once a day and a fig leaf when I can get them
my A1C was 6.1 and 89 for my last test
I am hoping the next one will be below 5.8

Kirla 2012-07-15 12:20:47 -0500 Report

By testing before and after eating I found that I couldn’t eat the ¼ starch. Sometimes I can eat a spoon of this or that, but to eat much more than a small spoonful spikes my blood sugar. Looks like your eating right, a lot of people have problems making the changes. I didn’t. I figure if it will spike my blood sugar then I will not eat it. I have had lots of people try and get me off my diet, but 3 years now and I eat my way, which gives me pretty good blood sugar control. All my A1C’s have been 6 or less for over 3 years now. Even got off the meds.

Controlled 2012-07-16 13:11:51 -0500 Report

This is so great. We all follow general rules and practices to control our BG, but it shows that each of us are unique. I've had many people (having no training, knowledge or information) that I'm eating "too few" carbs, perhaps assuming I'm following some modified "Zone" or "Atkins" restricted diet. I no longer explain that I can physically feel when my BG is higher (100 for me is high). I feel better, lost weight and verify my results with my meter. It's great that we all share how we live with this condition.

lindalou01 2012-07-15 15:54:30 -0500 Report

Yes when found out that I was diabetic my A1C was 12.1 but had it tested in June and it was 6.1. I find I can eat some starch but it has to be the right kind like pot barley-sweet potato-quinoa. No white potatos-white rice or white flour. I even make my own whole wheat sour dough bread. Alot of work though.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-07-16 17:43:49 -0500 Report

Have you tried making no knead bread? There are several recipes for it if you gooogle the web.
One is from the King Arthur Flour website.

I haven't tried any no knead breads yet. But have read a book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, I think that was the title, that I checked out from the library several years ago.

Walt47 2012-07-16 11:44:50 -0500 Report

Try using lemons I pressure cook my white rice {yes White} with a whole lemon
and it also doesn't effect my sugar But add in the fig leaves and your sugar will go down
I use the lemon after in my drinking water and sometimes add sliced limes
Down goes my sugar
And yes you have to watch your sugar carefully. I hit a 64 yesterday
Had to eat some semi sweet chocolate chips to get it to 90

lindalou01 2012-07-16 17:48:27 -0500 Report

No- have not tried no knead bread but made my own starter from scratch and the bread I make is kneaded just once.

Walt47 2012-07-16 18:15:46 -0500 Report

yes lemon Real sliced lemon including the peel will lower your sugar
I use it for about 3 days and then eat the wedge peel and all
Lime works too

Caroltoo 2012-07-15 00:38:44 -0500 Report

Yes, dietary changes can really do wonders to help you reestablish control of your BGs.