Need Clarity

By Thebanth Latest Reply 2010-01-30 11:12:36 -0600
Started 2010-01-29 21:49:42 -0600

I was just diagnosed with being a Type II diabetic. Now my AC1 level just reached 7.0. So my doctor, who I can't stand, says I'm now a diabetic. I take my blood twice a day in the morning, fasting. Those levels are at 130-140 typically. The second time I take my blood is right before I eat my dinner, as my doctor reccomended. Those readings are between
90-120. He told me to take 1 500mg of meta IF my blood was over 120 before I ate. He then told me to get a can of soda, and glucose pills next to my bed, as I might go low during the night due to the pills? What? Risk going to low at night? I just don't get it. I am overweight, but not obese. I weigh 248 and I am 6'1" tall. I used to body build when younger. I have started to REALLY excersise again.
So I guess my real question is what really constitutes becoming a diabetic? A AC1 test that is over 7.0? Yes there IS a family history of diabetes in my family.
I also take as suplements, 1000mg of chromium picolinate, 1200 mg of omega 3 fish oil, and 1200mg of alpha-lipoic acid to help in the blood sugar and triglisoride levels.

Any help from others out there would be greatful.


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Kirla 2010-01-29 21:52:57 -0600 Report

This is what I did, Good luck.

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 110. 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, 3000 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 on 1/19/10 5.4


Thebanth 2010-01-29 22:01:37 -0600 Report

WOW! How the heck did you learn about what to do? I know not to eat the starches and carbs, sugar, and such. If it's white, I don't eat it any more. Everything is whole grain, or wheat. Don't drink, mabye a beer every 2 months or so. Eat cheese, and yoguart, and whole nuts like walnuts, almonds. Gave up coffee and only drink tea, without milk or sugar. Actually our family uses ONLY splenda. We consume 50% chicken, 10% beef, and 40% turkey.

Your cole slaw, how did you make it? With light mayo? Yoguart? The vegitables, raw or steamed?

Kirla 2010-01-29 22:44:12 -0600 Report

I test before and after each meal. Any foods that spike my blood sugar more than 30-40 points 1 hour after eating, I don’t eat anymore.

Whole grain is a no no for me. I learned by testing that they spike my blood sugar.

Low carb beer and wine will not affect your blood sugar too much, in moderation. If taking meds or insulin I don’t recommend drinking alcohol at all.

Meats will not spike your blood sugar.

I did not plan on going low carb. It just happened. I find that food high in carbs spike my blood sugar. I don’t eat any foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving.

I recommend you test test test.

Coleslaw is made with 1-2 pounds of shredded cabbage. ¼ - ½ cup of grated carrots. 1/2 – 1 cup of regular mayonnaise. With 4-6 tablespoons of apple coder vinegar and one tablespoon of splenda.

Right after being diagnosed I microwaved broccoli or cauliflower, which was not to good. Now my wife stir-fries several low carb vegetables and it has been a lot better than the microwave. I recommend you eat about a cup a day. Also I eat about 2 cups of salad every day with a low carb dressing and 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar. I believe eating the vegetables and drinking 8-10 glasses of water each day lowers insulin resistance.

Good luck

Anne56 2010-01-30 11:12:36 -0600 Report

Dear Kevin,

I'm being repetitive, but I wish to thank you heartily for your contributions to the site. You sort of "speak my language" — your responses are thorough, to the point, experientially founded, and without sermon!

I was diagnosed mid-Dec 2009. I joined this site soon after, thank goodness. Doing lots of things right didn't seem to be enough to lower my glucose levels to a normal range. You inspired me to test test test, learn about myself, make additional changes as weeks went by, and all that good stuff. I felt confident that I wasn't going to stroke out if I didn't do Every Single Thing properly and immediately… its a journey.

For the past week to 10 days, my GL's have been in the 85-120 range. I have a great deal more to learn that will expand my diet safely. At this point, I am tremendously grateful for the sense I have gained from so many folks here. That is, don't be overwhelmed; take the time you need to learn; experiment; and stay connected here. Thanks again to you, Kevin, and to All contributors — including question askers!! Your supports have mattered to me enormously.

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