Confused maybe??

By brianm1979 Latest Reply 2014-12-20 13:00:36 -0600
Started 2014-12-13 09:48:36 -0600

Hello everyone,I just joined here today,looking for some guidance. I have type 2,had it for a few years now. Recently my meds have gone to 2,000 mg of metformin a day and 5 mg of glipizide a day. Now,I am 35,tired of being overweight and ready to make a change…but…everything I read about cutting carbs,and eating healthy seems to contradict itself to me. One article says "do this",the next one says "no,you shouldn't do that" Did anyone else have this problem when first getting started on getting healthy? Any advise on where to look to kinda get a guideline to start would be greatly appreciated…thanks in advance!!

11 replies

MoeGig 2014-12-20 13:00:36 -0600 Report

Good luck to the Redskins this afternoon. Maybe next year will be a better one. A low carb diet is the only one that works for a diabetic. Whether it's Mediterranean, Atkins, etc, they all have that in common…low carbs. Good luck.

RebDee 2014-12-16 01:07:39 -0600 Report

Hi Brianm: Glad you joined us. We are a nice group and you can learn much from us as altogether we
have had a lot of experience with Diabetes. Try the NO WHITE diet (no salt, no sugar, no white potatoes, no white bread, no white rice, no white noodles). Since there are so many things that you can substitute for those items (brown rice, yams, crackers, spinach noodles) you will find that you won't miss them (after a while), Eat lots of protein. Enjoy yourself. Don't get all stressed out about what to do and how to do it to combat your Diabetes. The more stress the higher your BS goes. Keep asking us questions. And you keep asking the doctor questions also. One question I would ask is how come so much metformin and glypozide? Would something else work better? I preferred insulin by pump to taking so many pills or to taking shots. But then that was me. Read about everything you can find on Diabetes. You will see that each writer differs from the next so you must decide what to follow. Have a great Holiday and New Years.

GabbyPA 2014-12-14 05:53:55 -0600 Report

Keep it simple and tailored to your needs. There is a lot of information out there, and you will find conflicting info here as well. Mostly because what works for me may not work for you.

Here is one thing that will work. Let your meter be your friend and tell you how you are doing. Going through a time of testing before and after meals really helps you see what is good for your body. Keep a journal of it, take notes on how you feel and then use that as your benchmark for future decisions. Revisit this practice every now and then to refresh and see how maybe your body is changing.

One thing I try hard to do, is eat close to the earth. What I mean is try to eat foods with the least processing to them. Fresh whole foods. Those are going to help you get the best balance of nutrients, help fill you up and even loose weight.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-14 04:34:02 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. Everyone you talk to is going to have the "perfect" diet for you. And, they all conflict. Good for you for deciding now is the time to change and start to get healthy. I will agree with everything that has been said so far, low carb is good, and seeing a registered dietician to help you get started is good. Where I'm going to differ on what the others have said so far is that I'm going to tell you that every person is different, and what works for one person may or may not work for you. You have to (hopefully with the help of a dietician) come up with the best eating plan for yourself. You have to trust your own gut and figure out what is most healthy for yourself. No one person can tell you what you can and can not eat. I wish you the best of health. HUGS, Heidi

Type1Lou 2014-12-13 13:30:30 -0600 Report

I have been told by "so-called professionals" that the amount of carbs I consume per day is not enough to sustain me and that I will suffer brain-damage. To that, I say "Hogwash!". I started to reduce my carb intake after reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution". He proposed the low carb approach long before the mainstream diabetes community even acknowledged that curbing carbs led to better BG control. My advice to you would be to determine how many carbs you are currently consuming per day. Then gradually reduce the daily amount you allow yourself until you reach a level where your BG's are better. That approach will also likely result in weight loss. There is no one "right" amount of carbs to eat per day. It depends on individual metabolism, age, gender and activity level. The right amount for me is 120 grams of total carb per day. You may need more or less. I am a 65-year old moderately active retired female who weighs 120 lbs. My last HbA1c was 6.9…I'm working to get it back into the mid 6's. Wishing you well!

gatp 2014-12-13 11:34:36 -0600 Report

Brianm 1979. I used to have the very same problems. Can't lose weight because even when I wasn't especially hungry, the Metfomin made me eat. I went on the time release Metformin and it is so much better. Doesn't take as much after awhile and you can cut food intake.

brianm1979 2014-12-13 10:45:56 -0600 Report

RebDee,the no white thing seems pretty simple,I'll definitely keep that in mind,thanks. As far as insulin,I have a commercial drivers license and you can't get a d.o.t. physical while on insulin,so that's gonna have to be my last resort.

brianm1979 2014-12-13 10:40:30 -0600 Report

Thanks Kimberly,I'll have to get with my dr and talk to a dietician. I'll see if I can research and come up with some meals like that.

Glucerna 2014-12-13 17:37:25 -0600 Report

You're right that there is a lot of conflicting about information about eating and diabetes. The latest guidelines recommend that each person individualize their food choices based on their blood sugar levels and lifestyle. Meeting with a registered dietitian is a really good idea to help you figure all of this out. ~Lynn @Glucerna

RebDee 2014-12-13 10:09:23 -0600 Report

Try dieting by NOT eating anything WHITE (its easy) meaning no salt, no sugar, no white rice (but brown rice is ok), no white noodles (but spinach noodles are ok), and no white potatoes (but yams are great). Also try to share a meal or take half home. I know you are used to eating, but you have to start somewhere. As for exercise, start by walking and build up. BTW - I took metformin and glipizide in heavy doses like you are doing and found that when I was switched to insulin, I did much better. You should talk to your doctor.

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