What to Eat

By Mirena Latest Reply 2013-02-10 18:49:36 -0600
Started 2013-02-06 16:58:39 -0600

Can someone enlighten me on what I'm supposed to eat. I just got home and tested and my blood sugar is 568.

18 replies

lneider 2013-02-09 09:33:27 -0600 Report

wholegrains if you eat breads pastas or cereals, low carb fruits & vegetables might add not all fruits/vegetales are created equal need to get yourself acarb counting book may I suggest The Diabetes carbohydrate &fat Gram guide put out by the American Diabetes Association for a start, L

PetiePal 2013-02-07 09:32:59 -0600 Report

So give us a little background about yourself for the newcomers to your plight.

-When were you diagnosed?
-What's your A1C?
-Current medications, doses and schedule?
-Exercise regimen?

Mirena 2013-02-07 13:09:43 -0600 Report

Diagnosed: April 2009
A1C: the last time I went to the doctor back in October 2012, my A1c was 5.4. Clearly, it's not that now.
Medications: Januvia and Lisinpril
Exercise Regimen: I just started walking very day after work for about 30 minutes before I get on the bus to go home.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-06 20:15:40 -0600 Report

Have you sat down with a nutritionist and develop a meal plan that will work for you? Mine stays down because of my carb intake. For instance if you know particular foods are going to raise your blood sugar, don't eat it or eat it in moderation.

Exercise helps. You have to exercise, it helps with stress relief, weight loss and getting your numbers under control.

Mirena 2013-02-07 13:10:51 -0600 Report

I've seen a nutritionist before, but maybe its time to go back. I do exercise, 30 minutes of walking everyday after work.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-07 13:20:58 -0600 Report

Thankfully, I have a neighbor who is a certified nutritionist and she helps me adjust meal plans as needed. I think we get comfortable with our numbers and may go overboard on somethings and in doing this we can lose track of what we should be doing. She keeps me on track.

jayabee52 2013-02-06 17:28:03 -0600 Report

How are you trying to control your Diabetes Mellitus (DM) type 2?

I had started on oral pills, and then had to switch to insulin because of Kidney issues. But I never got my Blood Glucose (BG) numbers completely under control till I discovered my pancreas was producing enough insulin that I could manage my BG without additional insulin. The following meal plan is what I developed to help me manage my BG levels without medications, plus I lost about 65 lbs as well. This may or may not work for you, but perhaps you could adapt it to your situation. Read it here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...


manapua72 2013-02-06 17:18:54 -0600 Report

Wow , last time I was high like that they wanted me in the hospital … Yes , low carb eating will have you lower your blood glucose … Being so high right now you might want to call your doctor … Be careful if anything …

Mirena 2013-02-06 17:35:23 -0600 Report

Yea I'm working on trying to lower it. If that doesn't then next week I'm making an appointment to go see my doctor. She knows my sugars are up which is why she switched me to the Januvia 100mg. She told of they don't go down in a week to come in. I drink water all day long. I don't understand what is going on.

Safari4 2013-02-06 22:13:14 -0600 Report

I agree…hospital… Lots of water…learn more by reading and having an endocrinologist and nutritionist is vital.

Mirena 2013-02-06 17:14:38 -0600 Report

Thx!! I'll try that. I was diagnosed in 2009 as well and this is the first time it's been really high like that. So frustrating…

John 2013-02-08 18:42:15 -0600 Report

I suspect you haven't tested regularly,a nd your diet has probably been all over the place. It has caught up with you. Of course I don't know this, but it happens in the majority of type 2's. *bang* they get DKA's and they don't know what happened. It's called the boiled frog syndrome.

Type 2's are generally carbohyrate sensitive. That means they have to minimize the intake of them. Many of my friends consume less than 50g of carbs a day, say a plate of veggies with a fruit on it. Simply cutting back on carbs is a semi-starvation strategy: it will fail. Hunger will overpower you, and you'll fall off the wagon hard. 97% of all diets fail within three years. What these people do, what I do, is increase my fat content. I leave protein alone and add fat to my diet. I eat whipping cream, coconut oil, butter, fatty meats, olive oil, etc. Sometimes my fat content is over 70% of my daily calories.

It is not easy to do this, but it works. You will lose weight, and if your pancreas isn't too far gone, you will normalize blood sugars. Your energy will rise, and you will get healthier. It is hard because everybody will tell you it's hard. Your doctor will tell you it's unhealthy, your diabetes educator will scold you for eating too many saturated fata and not enough heart healthy fats, and your dietitian will scream at you for not eating enough healthy whole grains and adding salt to your food. When you eat reallfood, you do need to add salt. It'ws unhealthy to not get enough.

Yah, but … THERE is no compelling science that shows saturated fats, red meats, or dietary cholesterol does anything bad to you. None. Every study has been as association study, and most of them have been found to be flawed. The real science points to sugars as the killer followed by PUFAs. We've had it bass ackwards for the last forty years.

Obesity or the storage of excess fat is a hormonal issue, primarily insulin but all hormones can affect it. Lower carbs, lower insulin, lose the weight. Ask any type 1 what happens if they don't shoot up. We loose weight effortlessly. It melts off regardless of what we eat. The science clearly shows how it's done. I'll try to post a video or two.

And I'm writing this with a straight face.



Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.




They found that MGmin-LDL is created by the addition of sugar groups to 'normal' LDL — a process called glycation — making LDL smaller and denser. By changing its shape, the sugar groups expose new regions on the surface of the LDL. These exposed regions are more likely to stick to artery walls, helping to build fatty plaques.

PetiePal 2013-02-07 09:34:06 -0600 Report

The Januvia takes a little while to start working I've heard but we need to know more…what did you eat that day? When do you take the pill?

Kirla 2013-02-06 17:06:48 -0600 Report

This is what helped me. It may or may not help you. A lot of people benefit from following a low carb diet. Over time you may be able to add more carbs to your diet once your blood sugar stabilizes.

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

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