By BOOBIE Latest Reply 2010-01-20 08:20:48 -0600
Started 2010-01-18 23:25:35 -0600


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Kirla 2010-01-19 19:35:49 -0600 Report

This is what I do.

I was Diagnosed Type 2 on 26 Feb. 2009. My fasting blood sugar was 366, A1C was 14.1, cholesterol was 300. Blood Pressure 145/95. The doctors put me on 500mg Metformin twice a day, 10mg Lisinopril, 40mg Simvastatin and 81mg Aspirin once a day.

On March 1st I purchased a meter and started testing before and two hours after each meal.

I stopped eating sugar, using salt, drinking coffee, beer and wine right away. I started eating salads, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, sauerkraut and homemade coleslaw. Lots of coleslaw. I also started to drink at least 8 cups of water per day.

Over the next several weeks I stopped eating bread, crackers, noodles and anything that contained any kind of grains. No flour at all. I check the labels on everything I buy and will not purchase any product with more than 5 or 6 net carbs per serving with the exception of chana dal. I started to use fenugreek and flax seed on my TVP oatmeal and chana dal. I drink a low carb protien shake for breakfast in the morning and eat the TVP oatmeal at lunch. I bought like 25 pounds of it and have recently been making what I call TVP carrot, chocolate and more recently pumpkin cakes. I have a small piece at lunch almost every day instead of the TVP oatmeal. I eat about 1 oz of tuna fish every day. I have started eating peanuts, sunflower seeds and almonds for snacks between meals.

I also eat chicken quite often and eat a little beef at least once a week and occasionally will eat a little pork. When eating out I find myself eating chicken and beef a lot. Chicken wings I seem to eat most of the time when we want something fast. They also come with celery and blue cheese.

My morning blood sugar has slowly dropped from the 200-300 range, to an average of about 80. Several months ago I started testing on the peaks (1hour after eating) and most of the time it’s under 100. My 7-14-30 day averages bounce around a lot but most of the time there between 90 & 95. My lowest 7-14 day average was 88. My 7-day average has only gone over 100 only once in the last several months. My numbers are constantly changing. Like a roller coaster. They dip down and then go up and down.

Several months ago I started taking the Equate Fiber Therapy supplement. I bought it at Wal-Mart. Also taking 4000 IU’s of vitamin D, 2000 MG’s of fish oil concentrate and one multi vitamin tablet for adults over 50.

After about seven weeks of taking the meds I couldn’t tolerate the side effects any more and quit taking them. My blood sugar continued to drop week after week, my blood pressure has averaged around 110/70 and my cholesterol has remained below 200 since I stopped taking the meds. My A1C dropped to 5.9 in four months and seven months after being diagnosed it was 5.6. Got my latest results today 5.4


spiritwalker 2010-01-19 16:20:33 -0600 Report

Each of us is different. A diabetic education class and meeting with members of your diabetic support team.
They will teach you about meal planning, Carbs per meal, exercise and so on. I good rule to start with is remove all white flour products from your diet-bread,potatoes,rice,
pasta, crackers ect and replace with whole wheat.
Follow whatever they tell you and ask questions .
These programs teach one on one. Its based on
weight,medical conditions,type of diabetes and other
conditions. We all share a disease, but we are all different.
Good luck.

Iroquois 2010-01-19 11:57:54 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. Are you Type 1 or 2? I have learned what is good for me is change all white to brown (white bread, white pasta, white rice) whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, brown rice. Beans are good. Next thing cut out all sodas and as much sugar as you can. Then count carbs which I haven't started yet. You don't want more than 15 carbs per meal. I eat regular oatmeal with substitue sugar for breakfast. Some kind of snack in between - celery, carrots. For lunch I eat a half sandwhich - whole wheat bread with tuna or chicken or turkey. Try to stick to eating chicken, turkey, fish and if any red meat very lean and not often. Try drink 8 glasses of water and before you eat if possible. I know water for me is hard to drink but I drink it with crystal lite or ice tea. Then a snack before dinner. Then for dinner a small portion (small portions are important, too) whatever meat, vegetable or pasta. Try stay way from potatoes and starch if possible. And then for snack later like around 9 or 10 I have 3 crackers with peanut butter and that helps keep by BG low. I have learned all this on DC and it has really made a difference in my sugar readings and my diet with my weight. The best of luck to you. Kathy

ptsparkle 2010-01-19 10:26:39 -0600 Report

Ask your Dr. to step up the process to see a dietician. Meanwhile, browse through this site, ask lots of questions, and take it one step at a time. Without any information it is hard to give sound advice For sure watch your carb intake, exercise, get used to portion control, and make your meter your best friend. Trial and error with your food then test to see how that effects your sugars. Everyone is different. Don't get discouraged, keep your chin up and be positive abd pro-active with your diabetes. Welcome here, a great site for friends and knowledge.

BOOBIE 2010-01-20 08:20:48 -0600 Report


Hinboyz3 2010-01-19 05:39:20 -0600 Report

welcome Boobie, you've come to the right site we are all friends and help each other out with answers to all kinda questions. I started by cutting back on the bad foods and started to healthy eating, and added exercise too, if you can. You have to watch your carbs too.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-01-19 05:33:06 -0600 Report

The dietician will be a big help, but in the meantime, your new meter is your new best friend. Testing two hours after you eat a meal is a good way to figure out how different foods affect your blood sugar.

You need to watch your carbohydrates - and that's not just sugar. Things like bread and rice and pasta all have carbohydrates and can affect your blood sugar. Start reading labels. It's a balancing act - your dietician will help you understand how many carbs you can have, how much protein, fat, etc.

As Elrond said above, each of us is different. Only you can figure out what works for you. Are you Type 1 or Type 2?

And you've certainly come to the right place - we've all had that same terrifying diagnosis and have been dealing with this condition ever since. It's a learning process - good luck!

10fluffy35 2010-01-19 05:11:55 -0600 Report

I went to diabetic class at hospital. Excellent.
They will teach you to eat and test 2 hrs after
start of meal. This will show you what works
for you. I have had good results with oatmeal
(old fashion one) and 100 % whole wheat bread.

Elrond 2010-01-19 01:17:46 -0600 Report

BOOBIE, every diabetic is different and responds differently to meds. A lot will depend on your diagnosis. Basically, you will need to cut back sharply on carbohydrate intake and increase your exercise. I strongly recommend that you find a class for new diabetics. Most hospitals offer them free of charge or perhaps your doctor can help you find one. Also, there are many experienced diabetics here who are happy to offer advice. But there's no 'magic diet' that works for everybody. As an insulin-requiring type 1, my diet is very different from most type 2's. We all need to control our diets but I actually need more carbs. Browse through the posts here and read up on the answers others have asked and had answered. If your own questions aren't covered, go ahead and ask. It's almost certain that somebody else has dealt with the same thing at one time or another. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask. We're all family here so welcome to the family. :)

christynina 2010-01-18 23:40:32 -0600 Report

What did they diagnose you with? My daughter is hypoglycemic, low bs. Every diet is different, but she has to eat every two hours to maintain her sugar level. Mostly carbs and proteins, but with low blood sugar, she can eat some sugar, just not first thing.

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