What Are The Most Important Steps That You Have Taken To Successfully Manage Your Diabetes ?

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2012-11-01 09:43:39 -0500
Started 2012-10-23 07:21:07 -0500

I thought it would be a good idea to condense our success with managing our diabetes under one discussion. Tell us a bit about how and what you are doing, that is working for you !

81 replies

Nick1962 2012-10-31 18:26:39 -0500 Report

You (and most everyone else here) already know this, but I have a low carb meal plan also using the sugar block techniques Fedoue described below (didn't know there was a name for it). Originally my meal plan was simply to lose weight, but control came along with it as a happy accident. And, like Fefe12, I think my diagnosis has changed my life for the better - probably saved me from what could have been an early death. I try not to take my daily numbers too seriously unless they're really high or low, and that's been hard for me as an anal-retentive control freak. I'm not the crabby, unhealthy person people didn't want to be around anymore.

jigsaw 2012-10-31 19:43:48 -0500 Report

Nick, with all our discussions and conversations, I'm sure you know that I wouldn't say it unless I trruly meant it. I believe you have much to offer many people here ! We may not agree on some things, but I believe we see eye to eye on many, when the smoke finally clears ! I'm a very tough critic, and I rate you an 8 out of a possible 10 ! Now that is pretty darn good ! (-;

Nick1962 2012-11-01 09:17:03 -0500 Report

8 for 10? What do i have to do to up that number? Tough critics are necessary in life. They keep us from being too focused on what may be the wrong path. As they say, just because you're moving forward, doesn't mean you're going to a better place. Thanks for keeping me out of too much trouble!
Actually, I think there is very little we disagree on, we just enjoy a good spar now and then.

jigsaw 2012-11-01 09:35:12 -0500 Report

From my prospective, you would have to agree with me 99.9% of the time.(-; If I perceived you as having all those 9s in an agreeable percentage, then a 9 you would be ! To be a 10, you would have to be perfect, and that just ain't happening ! So, an 8, well that's simply put, quite a compliment and superb no doubt !!!

Nick1962 2012-11-01 09:43:39 -0500 Report

Geez you're tough jigsaw. If I agreed with you 99.9% of the time, we'd have nothing to talk about. I'll take the compliment then - many thanks!

Melode 2012-10-31 16:03:36 -0500 Report

Thank you for starting this discussion! It was interesting to read each person's experiences. This was a great form of sharing advice and encouragement.

jigsaw 2012-10-31 16:59:19 -0500 Report

Melode, I'm pleased you found it interesting, and hopefully you gained some worthwhile info that will help you. There is so much info available here, and so many kind people ready to share !

Fefe12 2012-10-31 12:01:27 -0500 Report

I've been very blessed. I've not hit a wall yet since i was diagnosed with this a year ago. But i come from a different attitude. My diabetes saved my life so i have to be grateful every day. So as imperfect as i am, i really work hard to control my bs. I eat right, exercise. I check my bs often and take my meds as directed. I love to eat so finding new foods is fun for me. Do i have low days, sure then i have a small piece of candy or 5 peanut m&ms. But for the most part i stay on track i want to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible i still have kids to raise and grandchildren to watch grow. That is important to me.

jigsaw 2012-10-31 13:18:21 -0500 Report

I love your attitude ! I hope you will continue to share your experiences and come by often. It seems you have much of the beneficial formula for successful management in play. A good opportunity to share and expand on good diabetic management !

tabby9146 2012-10-27 18:11:57 -0500 Report

I am interested in foods that are very good for you that any of you have tried, that really helps. I recently started eating more lentils and edamame, which I love. Like I said I am hearing about great things at the health food store and watch a segment on a show I like called Going Healthy for Good, and she cooked some soybeans and said they taste really good, and are a good high protein snack that has most of the amino acids. So that might be the next thing I try.

Fefe12 2012-10-31 14:24:28 -0500 Report

Food can be really exciting. It not only tastes good but it can transport you to another world. Food can be anything you want. A bother or a help. Go to different grocery stores and look at the fruits and vegetables you havent tried yet. You dont have to buy them at first, you can write them down and go home and reshearch it. Try recipies from other countries, buy a spice you no nothing about and take it home and look it up and use it. I think we can get bogged down by eating them same things over and over, then we hate it because its such a bother. Dont let it get that way. Its not only better for your health its also good for your wellbeing.Give it a try its well worth the extra steps

tabby9146 2012-10-27 18:10:14 -0500 Report

I just do what the others do, I am not on meds, I was in the beginning, lost the weight and have kept it off over 3 1/2 years, early next month will be 4 years ago that I was diagnosed. I do not have the perfect diet, but do the best I can, I exercise almost daily doing low impact aerobics, or walking for a half hour fast, of course, I start with a warm up first, and sometimes I pop in a Just Dance DVD and before I know it, I"ve done 30 mins, sometimes I do more, it's fun to me. I also like to go biking and hiking. I try to eat a piece of fruit most days, I have a few servings of veggies a day, I try to eat fresh as much as possible ,and I eat frozen veggies too. I drink lots of water everyday, and most of the time that is about all I drink, sometimes I like to add Crystal Light Pure to it. I do eat too much processed food still, so I am working on that. I like to go to the health food store and try different things, I like to use flaxseed in cereal at times, and other things that I bake, and I try to eat a serving of nuts per day have to watch the portions, but it is one of the best things anyone can do, I eat just about whatever I want in moderation most of the time, I do go overboard sometimes, like with the fun size candies at hallloween and other times, I think oh two a day or so, but everyday for many days in a row is not good, so I try not to do that. My daughter is selling Word's Finest Chocolate to benefit her school, and I am selling it as fast as I can to avoid temptation! But I did give in one day, and ate a whole bar! The carbs are only 25 in the one I ate, they aren't very big, but still, that is bad. They are so delicious. It is very hard for me to eat very low carb, I count them most of the time ,but I starve if I am too low carb. I do avoid everything white most of the time, however I let myself have a little white potato sometimes. I make sure to get a lot of fiber and protein every day. I like many of the Denise Austin workouts on You Tube, and I have some of her DVDs.

jigsaw 2012-10-27 18:56:31 -0500 Report

You sound like you know what your doing ! I suffer some of the same pitfalls as you, when it comes to occasional over indulging. Oh well, we're only human. 18 years later, I'm still going strong mind you.
Keep up the good work, sounds like your doing many good things to manage your diabetes !!!

tabby9146 2012-10-27 19:21:11 -0500 Report

thanks. I try to inspire others, by sharing my story, and so far 4 years and still going well with it, but I know the numbers will someday go up, sometimes now, when I have more stress I see this happening. Good luck to you

lacat87 2012-10-27 11:53:25 -0500 Report

newly diagnosed?!! you must be getting younger these days. soon you'll be my age…ha ha!!! good choice for discussion. If I want a forbidden snack (sweets) I see how many carbs it is in one serving and figure how much insulin to take according to my ratio. never had a problem with too high of a reading. i was told i could do this. and yes, it's working for me. maybe it's because i'm type 1.

jigsaw 2012-10-27 13:44:40 -0500 Report

Newly diagnosed, I wish, as opposed to the time that I was actually diagnosed ! Pretty soon I'll be your your age so you say ??? Only after I get my first time machine ! You can bet I'll travel back in time to the good ole days when I was a young stud ! (-; Then watch out !!!
Anyway, if you found what works for you, then it's good ! Take it from a young stud !

Young at heart, in either case ! (-;

lacat87 2012-10-27 14:36:15 -0500 Report

i made that remark about newly diagnosed b/c it is listed under your comment. also have type 1 listed also. didn't know you were so talented enough to have both types!! ha ha! keep up the good work you do here, big buddy. i'd say you're very young at heart!

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-10-25 20:55:07 -0500 Report

For myself,diet and exercise throughout the years really did help. When I reache dthe 38 year mark with the diabetes,one evening I started to sweat profusely while eating dinner,then afterward my whole body started to shake uncontrollably(gustatory sweats and ingestation of food). I can walk into a kitchen or restaraunt ,smell the food cooking and start sweating.Then had more comps set in. It is what it is, I keep up with the exercise daily(mostly walking and stretching). I started on 2 new types of synthetic insulin,caused weight loss(someone found what was lost)who , dunno who though).I maintained the same weight for 25 years,now at the present 114 is no good for me,was at 140,give or take a few..Thats all I have to say at the moment…

tabby9146 2012-10-27 17:48:23 -0500 Report

so sorry you have those symptoms now. I don't thnk I have heard of the sweating so long after having been diagnosed with the diabetes. glad you seem to do so well for 38 years, and I hope that you will get better soon. congrats on the weight, 25 years, wow!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-10-25 05:59:27 -0500 Report

Exercise 5 times a week, along with high protein foods with fiber, some carbs. Small portions, lots of water with crystal light. Initially for 6 months I had a journal with everything written on it, learned the #s and what foods spiked me, now I eat based on what I learned. I check my BG readings up to 7 times a day. Lots of work, but worth it!

lacat87 2012-10-27 11:56:32 -0500 Report

that scared me when i read you check your bg 7 times a day! that's a whole lot of checking compared to me…i check at least 4 times a day. love your attitude.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-10-28 13:05:40 -0500 Report

It's not so bad, that's my prescription and on bad days I have to check more. When in doubt I check, I know that not everyone can do this due to lack of resources, so I consider myself very lucky that my insurance coverage is excellent!

jigsaw 2012-10-25 07:49:52 -0500 Report

Yes !!! I believe you are doing an amazing job. You motivate and encourage me frequently with your positive attitude. It's a great feeling to be surrounded by so many that are successfully managing their diabetes with a positive attitude.

Fedoue 2012-10-24 23:54:01 -0500 Report

I eat breakfast and i snack on vegetable no white bread or white rice. I stay off refine carbs if i must have it or if i am in a situation where i come face to face with it i used the sugar blockers technic i lost 40 lbs and i am off insulin or oral med. i wAlk 30 minutes after diner on my treadmill five days a week three days light weight. I feel great to Gob be the glory

genniedevera 2012-10-25 19:47:23 -0500 Report

Awesome! What's the sugar blockers technique?

Fedoue 2012-10-25 21:00:06 -0500 Report

Sugar blockers are food that you can eat that turn off Amylase some doctors called it insulin evil twins . When you eat certains carbs amylase stores these carbs as fat and shoot up your blood glucose. Learn what the sugar blockers are and I usually have them if I know I am going around these carbs. I will name three sugar blockers technic that I do on a regular basics. vinaigrette dressing in my salad or apple cider vinegar , I drink one tablespoon daily with water. nuts (portions control with nuts) avocado . wait twenty minutes then if you are going to have a refine sugar ie bread or rice. two hrs after check your blood glucose it will be good. see this book by Dr. Rob Thompson with the editors of preventions.

tabby9146 2012-10-27 17:57:06 -0500 Report

I will try that. After 4 years, I learn something new on here quite often. I had heard of the vinegar dressing helping and apple cider vinegar but not that word amylase. I will try that

Fedoue 2012-10-27 18:59:15 -0500 Report

there are two books I would recommend sugar blockers and sugar busters. Try to get them from your local library. They are quite popular but really efficient. good luck to you

Fedoue 2012-10-25 21:02:19 -0500 Report

also walk 20 minutes after these heavy meals. I do not really eat refine sugar but sometimes we do @ party or you end up meeting the culprit then you know what to do .

Fedoue 2012-10-25 17:07:35 -0500 Report

HI Gabby
I was being warned several times about my right foot. I had circulation problem due to high gluciose
I was told that I could end up in a bad path such as amputation. I cried so many times about my health. One day after seing the vascular doctor, He told me that I can still reverse all my health issues if I control my blood glucose better. I was taking insulin 3 times a day and lantus at night. i will talk for myself, INSULIN was bad news for me. I started having all these issues after I was taking insulin. I am sure it helps some folks but me I can tell you it was very hard for me to control my blood glucose with insulin. I have been controling it better choice of food and exercise. I feel so much better and I am told that I am looking great lol

jigsaw 2012-10-25 07:22:57 -0500 Report

You have found many great approaches to diabetes mgmt, and accomplished superb results. No doubt, you are a motivating force for others to emulate. Great job, and I hope that you will continue to share with us !!!

Young1s 2012-10-24 23:02:34 -0500 Report

The most important step that I have taken is getting back to the business of control. I made some great strides within just a year of this annoyance and feel like I have fallen back to square one. But I'm not gonna let that get me down. I have the the motivation of my family and proven success to keep me going.

While I'm starting over, it's not blindly. Thanks to you all, I have a greater understanding of what foods and drinks I can and cannot handle. I have come to appreciate my meds and supplements alike. I know that my testing methods are my own and no matter what others may think, if it works for me then why doubt it. I know how important portions sizes are. I know how to recognize when I'm too high, and even when I'm too low, and what to do about them. I have basically become a quasi-nutritionist so to speak. Haven't we all?

I guess my answer is that I have hit my first wall and bounced back. But I've gotten back up.

I say my first cause I'm still a youngin' in this fight, and given what I have seen here, this probably isn't the last. But I confidently say, to hell with my diabetes. This disease will not get the better of me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-25 10:29:02 -0500 Report

Going back to square one isn't what you are doing. You have learned a lot and you are now able to put that knowledge to better use. Here is my condensed version of my favorite quote from Maid in Manhattan " What we do does not define who we are. What defines us is how well we rise after falling." You fell down but rising made you stronger than you were before you fell. We may never beat diabetes or find a cure in our life time but we can have a healthy life provided we control our diabetes instead of allowing it to control us.

So girlfriend, pull yourself up, and take care of yourself before I show up at your house and we can have a motivational boot camp…Love ya

jigsaw 2012-10-25 07:38:35 -0500 Report

That's the Young1s that I know ! Your successes have been a motivating factor for me, just for the record. I have fallen off my horse a few times over the years also. I am still here and going strong regardless. It's not as bad as we feel, and falling down is temporary at most. Going back to square 1 is not really very likely as all the info you have gained will propel you back to and beyond the point you were at ! I enjoy having you here, and I believe your up front and honest sharing is inspirational.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-24 20:50:45 -0500 Report

I started out keeping a spread sheet of the foods I ate. It contained carbs and calories and my BG test results. I did this for 3 months. It helped me track what foods spiked my bg and what didn't. I was also communicating with my doctor. This helped me get answers to what seemed like a ton of questions. Today I manage very well counting carbs, exercising and taking my metformin once a day. I can eat just about anything I want.

jigsaw 2012-10-25 07:08:25 -0500 Report

In some ways, I think that both keeping a log and communicating with your doctor is like taking a condensed course in managing your own diabetes ! It helped me immensely, and sounds like it did the same for you. As members that are managing our diabetes successfully, we can confirm, validate encourage and motivate others to do the same ! Glad your doing well !

draco59 2012-10-24 20:25:56 -0500 Report

Started to see an Endocrinologist earlier this year, after 5 yrs on the same meds and in ability to lose weight. He change meds, started losing weight, found a medical reason for my High BP, my exercise is taking care of our 2 horses, and smaller portions at meals… also talking with a health coach nurse thru my insurance. So far down 50 lbs, sugars are stable, only 1 BS med, 1/2 my BP meds
and 7 inches from my waist…

GabbyPA 2012-10-25 08:44:54 -0500 Report

That is awesome! What a change can happen with a little guidance. Great job!

draco59 2012-10-25 08:52:33 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, should of done it long before this…
Have a great day and thanks again

GabbyPA 2012-10-25 08:55:10 -0500 Report

Well, our lives are full of should have's. At least you tackled it while you still could and that will give you more years of life to do other things.

veggielover 2012-10-26 22:39:20 -0500 Report

We all slip sometimes, but keeping a Journal can help use get back on track, be sure to include everything that makes you happy too and all your blessings.

jigsaw 2012-10-25 06:52:42 -0500 Report

Glad to see that your utilizing the professional medical help and advice that is available to you. It's evident by your excellent results. Losing 7 inches is simply awesome, and I commend you for that feat and your apparent determination. Keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing your motivating results !

draco59 2012-10-25 08:34:58 -0500 Report

Thanks, I appreciate the encouragement… when they started taking Gastric by Pass surgery; I decided to see an Endo…. It gives me new hope of watching my 2 young g-girl graduate high school and hopefully married…
Thanks again and have a wonderful day

Linda crutch
Linda crutch 2012-10-24 19:28:54 -0500 Report

I talk to the diabetic nurse at primary care dr office. She helps keep me on track.

jigsaw 2012-10-25 06:57:06 -0500 Report

Your lucky to have a nurse that is concerned and helpful. I hope that you're getting good results with managing your diabetes in general.

lacat87 2012-10-27 12:01:30 -0500 Report

yes i agree with Al. sounds like she has easy access to the nurse to help her. that's fantastic!

Lizardfan 2012-10-24 14:15:11 -0500 Report

I test my blood sugar often and keep a log so I can spot trends if I need to, see my endo every three months. I exercise at least three times a week more if my bursitis permits it and best of all I eat all foods, portion control and how often I indulge is the key for me. Taking my meds exactly as prescribed is key also to staying in control. I have had diabetes since 2000!

jigsaw 2012-10-24 18:19:08 -0500 Report

You are talking my language ! You and so many that have responded here, appear to be doing many positive and beneficial things to manage their diabetes. Hopefully, some of those recently diagnosed, and even the experienced will gain from the great info here.

Walt47 2012-10-24 12:49:06 -0500 Report

I started with ABC's asparagus, broccoli, cabbage,
and cauliflower and high protein meats
But now all I need is Bitter Melon and Milk Thistle seed
and I can eat whatever I want

jigsaw 2012-10-24 18:12:32 -0500 Report

Tremendous benefits to the foods that you have mentioned here. Most are incorporated into my food plan also. I have used Bitter Melon with success in managing my bg. Milk Thistle is a liver detoxifier that I have minimum experience with, although I did try it for a short period years ago, and it appeared to be beneficial. I didn't use it long enough to form an accurate opinion however.
Sounds like your on a successful path!

awakening2health 2012-10-24 11:39:09 -0500 Report

Mindfulness, as in paying attention to food and exercise and life in a clear and unemotional (ok - less emotional) manner. The metabolic derangement which is diabetes or prediabetes or the metabolic syndrome is a result of mindless aquiesence to the modern lifestyle. It is also a wake up cal to mindfulness which not only helps us manage our illness but has the side effect of a happier life!

GabbyPA 2012-10-23 18:17:37 -0500 Report

Keeping a journal of all my day's events is what keeps me in line. Food, portions, carbs, calories, along with other things such as exercise, how I feel each day and the stress or deadlines that are bugging me. Also on the pages are my testing numbers, no matter how bad they might be. That is what guides me for my day.

jigsaw 2012-10-23 18:52:30 -0500 Report

It definitely helped me to keep a journal of my daily events at various intervals over the last couple of years. I found it offers a beneficial and detailed look of what is actually taking place. Makes it easier to see and analyze details that can easily be overlooked for many reasons.
I took a log of my daily events concerning my diet, exercise, and bg readings to my dietician. This helped her to formulate a teriffic food plan for me. It has definitely done wonders in helping me manage my diabetes. I have experienced many positive results, and I am more aware of cause and effects.
I did find that keeping a journal was somewhat tedious, and it interfered with my laziness, but boy Am I glad I did !!!

GabbyPA 2012-10-24 14:41:29 -0500 Report

LOL, yes it does interfere with laziness, that is for sure. It keeps me from guessing. Those numbers don't lie. Not writing them down can lead to mislead confidence, so I have to keep that in front of me.

Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-10-23 10:40:48 -0500 Report

Very, very low carbs, workout at least 6 times a week including 30 mins. high intensity cardio, testing 4-6 times a day, oral meds as prescribed (although they have been reduced this year), and weight loss!

Harlen 2012-10-23 09:03:05 -0500 Report

Test test test test test
And portion control .cutting the carbs ,putting it all down on papper -Its the only way for me .
Best wishes

DeanaG 2012-10-23 09:16:30 -0500 Report

Testing is also very important to me. I find the more often I test the better control I have.
Knowing that I will be testing helps me behave.

jigsaw 2012-10-23 11:33:02 -0500 Report

Same here ! I can determine more easily the effect various foods have on my bg and adjust accordingly. Personally, I would feel lost without testing !

jigsaw 2012-10-23 09:11:59 -0500 Report

When it comes to testing, it is extremely important to me also ! I test up to 4 times per day, and rarely less then two times per day. Testing has helped me immensely !!!

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