Dr Biggs
By Dr Biggs Latest Reply 2012-07-30 09:52:42 -0500
Started 2012-07-24 22:29:57 -0500

I am new to this group. Last week my Dr. said I had diabetes, today he called and said it is prediabetes. I wish to follow the "rules" as not to get worse. I take my blood test in the am and the night. I know I need to exercise and watch foods, what else is important?

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Tony5657 2012-07-27 09:19:28 -0500 Report

I also welcome you to the group. After my first visit to the Dr. I found out I'm a "pree diabetic." (Where is that spell checkur??) :o) I have lerned so much from these great people, the articles & web sites they post, book recommendations & encouragement. I'm going by Dr. Ripich's book, "The 30 Day Diabetes Cure" and it's working for me. I've lost about 15 or more pounds and my blood glucose is normal. He gives lots of "natural" helps/recommendations as to food, vitamins, supplements, exercise, stress reduction, etc., etc.. The book is a little expensive, $57, but it's a large book, very easy to read & understand & has become my anti-diabetic bible. (I have no financial interest in him or his book.) I hope you poke around in this web site like I'm doing and gleen from it like I have. Best of everything to you! Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

jayabee52 2012-07-27 10:21:23 -0500 Report

Tony, If you use Mozilla Firefox as or Google chrome as browsers instead of Internet Express, you have built in Spell checkers in each.

Am using the Chrome browser now and it alerts me to misspellings (continually misspelling "browser") and then I have opportunity to correct it.


DeanaG 2012-07-26 10:46:14 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC!!
Learn as much as you can and test to learn what effects your blood sugar. Diabetes is a very individualized condition.
This site contains great info and knowledgable and supportive members.

Dr Biggs
Dr Biggs 2012-07-26 20:57:16 -0500 Report

Thanks, I've sent for every bit of info I can and am reading everything on the site. But finding personal chatter the best info

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-07-26 04:48:27 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC.
Stress an really make your BG go crazy. Hope this year is the start of better things happening in your life.
When I found this site it made a huge difference in my learning curve about diabetes.
Since all our bodies treat foods differently testing is the best way to learn which foods are the ones to eat and which ones to avoid. If you can afford to use a few extra test strips you could test before you eat and then every half hour for a couple of hours after to see if it causes your BG to spike.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-25 21:30:19 -0500 Report

Hi Welcome to DC. Watch your diet, exercise regularly, reduce as much stress as possible in your life. Stress can play a role with pre-diabetes or any medical condition. These are what I think are the most important factors. Keeping a log of your test results are important also. Take it with you to your doctor so he can see progress. Make a list of questions for your doctor. I think you will be ok with this. Best of luck to you.

Dr Biggs
Dr Biggs 2012-07-25 22:06:38 -0500 Report

Thank you, this has been a very stressfull year and I think that is what brought all this to the surface. I am keeping a log, thanks, thank you for your help

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-25 23:09:29 -0500 Report

Please find a way to get rid of as much stress as possible. I know it is easier said then done. However, I did it and I am rarely stressed out.

Dr Biggs
Dr Biggs 2012-07-26 00:43:08 -0500 Report

I have tried to let stress go, we had a bad year and things are getting better so I am looking forward to a better future. Hoping streess will fly away and exercise and new activities will help

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-26 12:12:39 -0500 Report

That is great that you bad year is changing. Hope the stress flies out the window sooner than you think. Good luck

Dr Biggs
Dr Biggs 2012-07-26 20:55:14 -0500 Report

Maybe you can answer this, I take my blood test before breakfast and 2 hours after dinner. Is it normal for it to be high in the am and low in the evening?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-26 22:03:37 -0500 Report

For me that depends on what I have eaten prior to going to bed. If I have protein For instance I might eat yogurt, a boiled egg or cheese before bed. My blood sugar it tends to be lower in the mornings. If I don't eat anything before bed it can be higher. If it is low in the evenings that could be a good thing for you depending on how low it is. Low in the evenings is good for me because I know I have been paying attention to what I was eating and I went out and walked. The one thing I don't do if it is low before bed is eat protein because it will be too low in the morning so I might eat a real cookie and I am fine in the mornings.

You have to find out what works for you. Each person is different. Sometimes my highs and lows in the morning are based on what I ate before bed and how late I was up the night before. I play Words with Friends and one is in the midwest, one is in Canada and the other is in Holland and the rest are on the East Coast with me or I am watching television playing Angry Birds so I am up late. If I am up later, I might foolishly have another snack.

I have set highs and lows that I look for. If the am reading is below 70 for me that is low and I go eat something. If it is over 140 then I know to pay attention the next day. My blood sugar levels are mostly between 90 and 125.

Dr Biggs
Dr Biggs 2012-07-26 23:39:26 -0500 Report

That sounds logical thank you, My sugars are between 107 and 125. I guess it is going to take time to understand the levels

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-27 08:43:01 -0500 Report

It took awhile for me to understand them. I didn't understand that there wasn't too much I could do if it was high. He did tell me what to do if it was too low. When mine gets too high I get a headache so I walk and drink water. Too low, I eat something. Once you get a grip on things it can get easier. It did for me.

GabbyPA 2012-07-25 20:48:26 -0500 Report

Being here is a great step. I know when I was first diagnosed, I didn't know where to go. This site and the members here became my sounding board and I learned so much from everyone here.

Everyone is different and things affect us differently as well. Testing is your best friend to learn what your body is telling you.

Paul Weller
Paul Weller 2012-07-28 15:01:16 -0500 Report

Having Type 1, I test several times a day, but I think it's a good idea even if you have pre-diabetes just to get some idea of how your body handles various foods. It might be a good idea to keep a log for a while of what you eat and when you eat. Then testing before a meal may help you to see a pattern of your BG when you haven't eaten for a while. Testing two hours after a meal may help you see how your body reacts to certain foods and give you ideas for what foods might be better for you to eat. All this information may just help you to better understand your own body's dietary needs. And always drink lots of water…that's a remedy for a lot of health issues. (I wish I practiced what I preach about that!)

Dr Biggs
Dr Biggs 2012-07-25 22:07:21 -0500 Report

I have gotten so much support so fast, I am glad I found you all. I feel better allready

GabbyPA 2012-07-26 14:39:38 -0500 Report

I am so glad to hear that. Amazing what a little support and understanding can do for our fears.

Dr Biggs
Dr Biggs 2012-07-26 20:55:27 -0500 Report

Maybe you can answer this, I take my blood test before breakfast and 2 hours after dinner. Is it normal for it to be high in the am and low in the evening?

jayabee52 2012-07-27 00:01:24 -0500 Report

It can be USUAL but not NORMAL.

I suspect the high in the AM may be due to a "liver dump" overnight. When your body is fasting during the sleep hrs, it is still burning fuel in the form of glucose. What happens if you start out on the lower end of normal and your body's fuel goes lower your body detects that and dumps stored glycogen from your liver. (It is an emergency response which all people, not just People with diabetes have.)

When I had high AM readings and had low bedtime readings my PCP at the time told me if my Blood Glucose (BG) reading was below 130, to eat a bedtime snack consisting of a slow digesting carb plus a protein. Once I did that, no more high fasting BG levels in the AM.

If you mean "low in the evening" as in below BG reading of 70 (aka, Hypoglycemia) you may not be getting enough nourishment (complex carbs + protein) for your evening meal.

GabbyPA 2012-07-30 09:52:42 -0500 Report

I have that issue all the time. I can go to bed with 112 and wake up with 200. My body is a mess. The lower I am in the morning the better my day will go. But at least it usually does go down in the day. I wish my body was as cooperative as James', but a protein bar at night does seem to help me out.

Juan M.
Juan M. 2012-07-25 05:24:12 -0500 Report

Good Job Caroltoo!

She gave a great start to the how and what in dealing with diabetes. I would that this is a great forum as well. If you read what others are dealing with and the guidance, help, advice and other answers. You will no doubt hit upon things that can help you as well. Good luck to ya Doc!

Dr Biggs
Dr Biggs 2012-07-25 22:08:15 -0500 Report

Thanks., it isjust so helpful to know there is a place like this to let me know I am not alone and can get answers to questions

Caroltoo 2012-07-24 23:22:58 -0500 Report

Regular exercise, stress reduction/relief and more effective coping mechanisms, compliment the dietary changes. A lot of it is about changing your diet so you body works better. For starters, avoid most processed foods: no white granulated sugar, white flour, full fat milk, white rice. You may find other things you need to eliminate, but this is a good start.

Also become familiar with the Glycemic Index and avoid or greatly reduce intake of veggies and fruit that have an index over 50. Protein and monounsaturated fats will help stabilize your BG numbers so that you don't have peaks and lows that are as extreme as they would be without the help from protein. Learn to use vinegar as a salad dressing, lemon as a drink and a topping as both help keep your BGs lower. Season foods with herbs and spices, especially garlic and ginger, instead of heavy salt.

There's lots to share on this subject, but that should give you some ideas of how to start. You will find in time, when you have good control, that you will be able to eat some of the "no-no" foods in little bits. It's just a matter of giving your body time to adapt to the new foods and become less reactive to the triggers. Yes, do keep on testing because it tells you how you are doing and what you need to eat less of to stay in a healthy range.

Dr Biggs
Dr Biggs 2012-07-25 00:40:36 -0500 Report

Thank you. This helps alot, scared of doing things wrong. This advice is very good for me thank you

watson4042 2012-07-26 23:12:42 -0500 Report

you can rely on caroltoo's advice as it's very sound! i certainly listen to what she says. good luck to you and welcome to the family.