Red Wine

Sheryl
By Sheryl Latest Reply 2014-03-24 04:33:09 -0500
Started 2008-07-22 06:32:17 -0500

I just want to say that I read a book called "Diabetes the First Year" and in that book it said if you are not on insulin that a 1/2 glass of red wine with your meal will keep your blood glucose down.
I'm not a wine drinker but went a bought a bottle of Merlot and have been drinking a 1/2 glass with dinner and getting wonderful results.
Case in point, I ate Chinese Chow Mein (noodles) and Fried Prawns for dinner last night and my BG was 81..never been this low after a meal, always in the mid to high 100's. I am so pleased with my results and just have to share with everyone.


166 replies

walkgal
walkgal 2014-03-24 04:31:41 -0500 Report

I agree. I went low carb and it helped tremendously. Then I tried the red wine. I need 3 units of insulin with a glass but my blood sugars are 86 in the morning instead of 109. I am a type 2 on insulin and 68 years old. My a1c is 5.6, but I expect it will get even lower. I am so pleased!

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-11-22 13:59:47 -0600 Report

I haven't read ALL the comments, so someone may have mentioned this already. If so, I apologize.

If you're NOT a wine drinker, you might try "resveratol". This is a dietary suppliment that is derived from red wine. A lot of studies (including Harvard studies) have determined a lot of health benefits from this… all the ones that are touted for drinking red wine.

caspersmama
caspersmama 2008-11-03 14:00:36 -0600 Report

I do not drink a full glass, I just drink 1/2 wine glass full. It came out to 1/2 cup for my glass.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-11-03 17:39:11 -0600 Report

Yep, 4 oz is all you need to get the benefit. Darker is better, but some of the really dark ones are hard to swallow. If you know what I mean. LOL

momma_havens
momma_havens 2008-11-03 09:27:22 -0600 Report

you know i have been hearing alot of good things about drinking a glass of red wine per day,,,i think i will start and i will get back to you

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-10-03 08:01:56 -0500 Report

Gabby, you haven't posted in here lately and wondering how your doing? Is everything still working good with the wine?
I must report that I have gotten lazy about the wine cause I bought a bottle I could not stand..So my numbers have not improved even taking the Metformin. Been taking the Metformin for 2 weeks and not sure if it's working at all. Perhaps because it's only 500mg twice a day but I had such high hopes for it.
Want to see if by starting the wine again if the difference again. If so then why do I need to take Metformin!!!!
Anyway, will let you know in a couple of days.
Hope everyone is doing well!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-10-03 11:45:31 -0500 Report

Hi Sheryl,

I am doing pretty good. I have had a few days where my numbers have been below 200 pretty consistantly. Not way below, but the trend is there. It has been a high carb week, and to keep numbers in 170-190 I am very happy. I am still drinking the wine. I just buy the same one each week. That way there is no guessing. John also posted a cucumber and lemon juice drink that did a great job for me. I went from 227 to 179! wow, that was news.

Goddess
Goddess 2008-10-03 11:53:15 -0500 Report

What brand of wine are you drinking?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-10-03 11:57:08 -0500 Report

Yellow Tail (got hooked on Austrailian wine while I was there in 2000) I use the Shiraz, it works best for me, but there are other kinds that seem to work well for Sheryl and others.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-10-03 13:01:57 -0500 Report

Where was that drink posted at? Might be worth a try…
Glad your numbers are remaining low.
This crappy disease is tough. Now with winter coming up and all the comfort foods…Ahhhh.
Take care

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-10-03 14:12:50 -0500 Report

I hear you there. I am very afraid of the winter and all the winter foods...tht is where I fall down. I am hoping I can make it. I know being my first winter, it will teach me a lot.

The cucumber drink is:

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/955?last_viewed_at=2008-10-03+16%3A53%3A54+-0700

KDroberts suggested some alternatives as well that would help keep my sugars from rising. I am getting good reads. If you go to "Exercise and Diet" you will see how I am doing in a more detailed way. Exercise has helped me a lot, I am sure.

caspersmama
caspersmama 2008-09-20 08:49:12 -0500 Report

I also read that the redder the better so i looked for the darkness merlot bottle I saw. I had not bought wine in years because I thought it was bad for diabetics. Plus the Sutter Home was not expensive. My bottle was 6.99. But had to buy a wine opener too. LOL

caspersmama
caspersmama 2008-09-20 05:22:45 -0500 Report

I had been reading all of these posts for a few days now and decided to give the red wine a try. I got Sutter Home Merlot and loved it. But the one question I have is when is everyone drinking it. Before dinner, during or after or before bed. I have been drinking it after dinner and then about 10 pm I take my metformin and the past 2 mornings have been great. One was 122 and this morning was 105. The lowest I have ever been in the mornings. So if it is the red wine that is doing it. It works and I love it. Just wanted to now when everyone was drinking it.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-09-20 05:37:18 -0500 Report

I have been drinking it with my dinner. Mostly because I can't drink it alone. It makes me sweat too much! LOL
I was going to try it with my lunch also, but decided not to do that. One 4oz glass is enough for me.
Glad you joined us, keep posting the results you get.

Headsup
Headsup 2008-12-16 03:13:04 -0600 Report

Gabby, have you tried taking an antihistamine before you drink your wine? It helps me and also keeps my face from turning red.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-09-20 08:09:18 -0500 Report

Welcome ilvtony20. I am drinking mine with my dinner as like Gabby I cannot just drink wine. It seems to blend better with food. However if drinking it after dinner works for you should be nothing wrong with that.
It is wonderful that your readings are down. Something about the 'red' in the wine that is almost a wonder drug! If you were to read the articles on the red wine and diabetes I think you will agree this is one thing we can for ourselves and feel good about it.
My original post was quoting the book I read and it said 1/2 glass was enough. Seems to work and good for your heart.
Keep us posted, it's very exciting to see people get good results with something so simple, who would have thought!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-09-08 02:28:38 -0700 Report

Well here is another applaude for Red Wine. I was away for 3 days to a trade show. I walked and lifted and exercised more than I usually do. I ate less and kept on my veggie, salad meal system. I was at a FOOD show, and managed to stay away from all the wonderful smelling goodies that were passed out...and still, my numbers were UP these past few days. The only thing that was missing was my wine...my wonderful red wine. So tonight, it is back on the menu!

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-09-17 06:05:51 -0700 Report

Gabby, how are you doing? You haven't posted for awhile and neither have I. Been on vacation.
I had some issues with my BG being elevated while on vacation. Only had wine one time. Ate things I should not have, put myself through a real test.
Now I'm back home and back on track, having the wine with dinner, eating better and numbers are down again.
I see my Dr on Friday and going to ask for Metformin to get the numbers down even more.
Let me know how your doing and if your numbers are still coming down.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-09-17 06:10:17 -0700 Report

PS,
Forgot to add this site I found for low carb items. Has alot of stuff and not overly priced. I have a hard time finding products where I live so I have to extend my shopping to the net.
Wish this stuff was more available to all of us but the food industy doesn't work that way.
http://www6.netrition.com/low_carb_products_p...

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-09-17 10:03:48 -0700 Report

I have been doing pretty well. Yes, being on the road is a hard thing to do when you have a routine at home. I was at a trade show working hard, eating right and my numbers were high. I got so frustrated, I just ate Chinese food the last day there.
I am back on track now, and my shiraz is working just fine. Infact dinner tonight with wine dropped my after diner numbers by 8 points. That is so much better than going up.
Thanks for the website, I will have to check it out.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-09-19 09:00:54 -0700 Report

Went to the Dr today. My BG is actually doing pretty good. Morning readings are below target range. After dinner readings are just above target range. (sure vacation had a role in that).
Told Dr about the wine, she said it was a good thing and that it was also good for my heart. Thumbs up.
Asked for Metformim and will start taking it tonight. Hope to see even better results soon.
Will get the A1c results in a week or so. Told me if that continues to go up it would indicate that my pancreas isn't working. If it comes down then I am doing a great job!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-09-19 10:48:55 -0700 Report

that is fantastic Sheryl. I hope your A1C is good. Did you have one to compare it to, or is this your first one? I need to order a home kit so I can get one for comparrison. I need to see that number..I am afraid to see it, but I need to.
Let me know how the test went and what you plan to do next.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-09-20 02:08:09 -0700 Report

Gabby, in answer to the A1c, this will be my 3rd this year. First test was 6.5, second one was 6.7…hope this one went down.
It's a scarey number to see but it tells the biggest story on how we're doing. Hope yours will a pleasant surprise!
Took my first Metformim last night, no difference in my morning reading…in the usual area. No stomach discomfort so far…
I'll keep you posted and you keep me posted…

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-09-25 07:10:19 -0700 Report

Well got my results for the A1c today, 6.5 which is down from 6.7. Now that I am taking metformin I hope to see better results when I test again in December.
Last night I got a very low reading after dinner which was: a pork chop, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and fruit /w cottage cheese, red wine and I tested 77! I retested and it was the same. Didn't feel odd…BUT decided to test again after an hour and a half was up to 91…not sure what all that was about.
Did you get your A1c done? If so I hope it's a good reading.
Ordered the Carb Quick biscuit mix, coming Monday. Found a 5# bag for $13.99 and can't wait to be able to eat biscuits again especially with winter coming.
Hope everyone is doing good…
BTW does anyone know if 77 is around average or a good reading? I looked on the net last night and got nothing but mixed numbers on what 'normal range' is.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-09-25 08:22:24 -0700 Report

Hey Sheryl.
That is fantastic about your A1C. Next one will be better as long as you make it thru Holloween....if you know what I mean. lol
It is my understanding that 70-120 is a good range. I would say 90-110 are most desirable. But I wouldn't know, don't think I have been there for a long time.
Just watch it if you get on the low end, lower is better to a point, we don't want you passing out in your potatoes and gravy now.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-09-25 09:48:59 -0700 Report

Ahh, but what a place to be passed out…lol. And with a glass on wine in my hand…what a vision…
On the web one site said 70-99 is normal, one said 76 is normal, geeezzzzz.
I know for us diabetics getting under 100 is fabulous…not to mention the hard work involved.
So Gabby, it sounds like your still doing well with your numbers, that's great. Viva the red wine!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-09-25 12:55:10 -0700 Report

My average rise after dinner is staying pretty low, and for that I am greatful. I still am working on getting my overall numbers down. It is so very slow....but at least I am going in the right direction.

Headsup
Headsup 2008-12-16 02:06:14 -0700 Report

I have been reading all of the replys. It is very interesting but the numbers you all give as the best readings would have me shaking. I have to keep mine above 100. In fact I feel better if they are 135-145.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-31 12:09:43 -0500 Report

Here you go everyone
5 1/2 weeks have gone by on my quest to find out if wine works to help control my BG numbers. Remember, I am not taking any meds to help, this is total diet, and exercise. Here is what I have found.

Before Wine 1 month average: 229
After Wine 1 month average: 215
Before Wine AM read average: 245
After Wine AM read average:216
Before Wine Lowest AM read: 209
After Wine Lowest AM read: 187
Before Wine Highest AM read: 297
After Wine Highest AM read: 252

Before Wine I did not test after a meal, but after I started drinking wine, I found my numbers averaged over 29 after meal tests to be an 8 point raise. That is phenominal.

This does not block the high glycimic items like whole wheat pasta, potatoes, tortilla chips or rice (even brown rice) as much as I would like, but since I had no before wine after meal tests, I am not sure if it did work to keep them lower than before.

The other factors that may be part of my success are that I basically ate a vegitarian diet (for the most part) for the month of August and my exercise routine had increased from 5 min to 15 min (I am following the "no excuse exercise program" discussion)

I conclude that this experiment is a sucess for me. My wine of choice is Yellow Tail Shiraz, as the merlot and cabernet or sauvagon did not maintain my numbers as well.

My deepest gratitude to Sheryl for posting this discussion. I would have never known or tried to do this had it not been for her enthusiasim and desire to share her success with all of us.
Thanks!!

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-31 15:58:28 -0500 Report

Gabby,
Thats wonderful and thank you so much for sharing your success! You go girl!
I am not sure if or where the bottom to the red wine reduction is but what the heck, it's fun trying to figure it out.
I have also started taking Vegeterian Formula, Biotin, 1000 MCG's once a day.It is suppose to support Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat metabilism.
Like you I take no medication, my numbers are still coming down but can't tell if it's the wine or both, just know something is working here.
My averages the last week have been in the high 90's to low 100's…I am so totally amazed with all this.
Gabby thanks for being a good sport and sharing with us…I love happy stories!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-31 18:04:43 -0500 Report

I know I have a long way to go, but it is encouraging to see how far I have come in just a few weeks. I had my lowest ever weekly average last week with a 208. I know it is still high, but it is lower than I have had since march and that makes it worth it to me.

Elfin
Elfin 2008-09-04 17:30:14 -0500 Report

Since the wine didn't seem to work for me, I don't post on this thread usually. But reading everyone's stories of trying and testing to substatiate the effects of wine are impressive! How proud we are of you who adventure into non medical control of numbers. Keep up the good work!

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-31 02:31:07 -0500 Report

I guess this thread is dying..no one is posting any results to their having a 1/2 glass of wine a day.
Gabby I hope your still getting good results. I am, been testing under 100 lately, yeah!
Now the fun part, we are leaving for vacation on Wednesday through at least Sept 14th. The bad part of this fun vacation will be eating out everyday.
It will be a real challenge for me and I so hoping it doesn't ruin a long over due vacation.
If this thread is still alive I will post when I return.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-31 03:16:39 -0500 Report

Hey Sheryl,
Yep, I am going to post my fianl thing tonight when I get all my averages and can compare last month with this month. I am still doing it, it is not as dramatic for me as it is for you, but it is still working and that is the most important part.
I too wish others had posted results, but there will be other times. I think this thread broke the record on the site though...LOL
Have fun on your vacation. Drink vinegar if you can't get wine, and if you can't have that, just watch the carb count more closely. Don't stress over it...vacations are meant to be fun. Who knows, you might find a new combination that does even better. If you do, you must share!!
Post some pics from your trip on the site so we can see them. Thanks so much for this topic. It has changed my life, and though others may not have shared, there may be some that it touched as well.

Monique - 21071
Monique - 21071 2008-08-28 12:13:22 -0500 Report

That is very good information. I love wine, so that made me VERY happy!

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-29 04:17:52 -0500 Report

Monique, it's worth a shot. I'm still getting very good results with the red wine. My numbers on averages keep coming down by several points.
Let us know how it works for you. Might as well have something you love in your diet since we have to give up so much of what we love!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-21 12:19:12 -0500 Report

Good, good day. I think the stress of this week had really built up last week in anticipation. Now that some of that has passed and the storm is not so bad (though I am tired of rain) My numbers were much more in line. In fact, this morning, I had my best AM reading since I have been tracking it. I think my wine of choice is going the be the Shiraz. It seems to work best.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-21 13:50:00 -0500 Report

Good to know you are okay with that storm hanging around in Florida. I know the to much rain feeling, I live in Western Washington and we get more then enough of that here.
So glad to hear that your numbers came back down. Such a good feeling isn't it?
I find the wine so amazing. My numbers continue to improve as well. Not sure where the bottom is and if this is it I'll take it.
I haven't tried a Shiraz, is it sweet or bitter?
You go girl! I wish some of the others would report to let us know how the wine worked for them.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-23 11:17:22 -0500 Report

The Shiraz is a little more bitter. It warms me up a bit, but it seems to be the best for me. I like the taste of the merlot best, but I am not drinking it for flavor, but for results. so when I want to drink for "fun" I still like the "fake" wines of Arbor Mist. But for my serious drinking (lol) I use Yellow Tail Shiraz.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-23 15:27:37 -0500 Report

Are your numbers still improving? Mine are gradually coming down. I do a 7 and 14 day average and each week they are lower…Yeah!
Tonight we ate out, I had a petite sirloin, 4 beer battered fried prawns, baked potato, salad and broccoli and cauliflower…tested 115..that was without wine!
I see my Dr on the 10th of next month and am going to ask her for Metformim, I take nothing now. I understand if you can tolerate the Metformim it has lots of benefits besides lowering BG and it also helps with weight loss…oh la la…
I will try to get a bottle of your kind and see how that works..

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-24 03:20:30 -0500 Report

I have a little bump again these past two days. Found another food I cannot eat...tortilla chips. I did find that the bean dip I made to go with the chips is great on CELERY!! So from now on, the family can have the chips and I will eat it on celery. I still get the crunch, but without the carbs.
I am coming to the conclusion that I just have to take in FAR less carbs than the recommended amounts to keep my levels stable. I will have my weekly average tonight and take a look and compare a month without the wine and my month with wine and see how it is improved overall. And since wine takes care of my heart and my sugar, I am willing to stick with it. It will be intersting when I get to finally visit my doctor again, to see how my blood work in general is. I am expecting to see imporvements in many areas.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-24 08:06:30 -0500 Report

Gabby, also started drining Atkins Advantage, Dark Chocolate Royale Shake to take care of my chocolate cravings. It's wonderful, 11oz has 2g net carbs which is great.
Got it at Walmart and will definately keep these on hand for my urges..

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-17 11:20:59 -0500 Report

Sigh* This week I went backwards. I am kind of bummed, but still going. My weekly avereage went up 7 points. The start of the week was good, but I think the stress of the hurricane Fay, Bankruptsy hearing and all the other little junk that grabs is getting to me.
Actually last night and tonight, my after dinner numbers were lower or the same as before dinner...they were just a little higher to start with.
Tomorrow I get to start at the gym with my husband and I know that will be better for me too. I walk now but am looking forward to working some other parts of my body.
I have not heard from anyone else on how they are doing. Any input??

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-17 13:16:48 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby, so sorry to hear your numbers are not where you would like them to be. Stress can cause high BG without a doubt. Problem is, not sure how to avoid stress in our everyday lives. Maybe a bottle of red wine…haha, just kidding!!
The good sign is your numbers are not spiked after you eat, that's great. Are you still down from you pre-wine days?
Perhaps you will benefit alot from the gym in many ways. It could even help reduce your stress level.
No one is posting on this anymore. I was hoping to hear updates from some of the others.
I found a bread the other day that nets only 4 grams of carbs per slice…I am in heaven..I ate eggs with 4 slices of it toasted, which would have done me in if it had been any other bread, and I tested 101!! I was so pleased. This is the first bread I can actually eat without a problem. Any other bread, 100% whole wheat, whole grains, in fact any bread. They all have a high carb count per slice and I can't eat just one slice.
This is a learning experience to say the least and to find what works since it's not a one size fits all.
You are on the right track, you are taking control and experimenting with what works for you. Ups and downs are probably expected. I spiked the other day, ate something I shouldn't have but the spike wasn't nearly as high as it was before I started the red wine.
Hang in there sweetie and we got to keep this thread alive.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-18 13:51:13 -0500 Report

My numbers today were much more to my liking and I had one of my lowest pre dinner readings for a few weeks. Yep, stress is a bummer and I thought that I managed it pretty well, but I think the numbers tell me different. Tonight was my first big workout at the gym, and I did a good work out, so I am interested in how my AM will read...But tomorrow is the Court Hearing, and the Hurricane is going to be rolling in...sheesh. Well at least I get it all at once, and maybe after it is all done, I can be back to normal. LOL

Ginetteb
Ginetteb 2008-08-17 13:18:22 -0500 Report

Well, you all won me over. I went out and bought myself some Merlot. That was 3 days ago and I have not opened the bottle yet simply because I did not think about it at dinner. So as soon as my memory serves me, I'll let you know what Merlot did for me. Hopefully, it will be good news.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-17 13:56:30 -0500 Report

Ginetteb, welcome aboard…with all the studies done on the chemical in the red wine lowing BG, it's worth a try.
Please post back once your memory serves you to have a glass with dinner…haha

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-13 14:49:57 -0500 Report

A little off topic here but if anyone loves breads and baked goods as much as me they have a low carb baking flour like bisquick. here's a link for it.
http://www.carbsmart.com/carbquik.html
Also a link to dreamfields and on the left you will see all the low carb foods available that you can click into.
http://www.carbsmart.com/dpasta.html
With fall/winter not long off I am looking to be able to eat some of my comfort foods and these sites have alot of them.

gogobob
gogobob 2008-08-14 01:34:18 -0500 Report

I have been a type 1 since 1978 and before that I was a drunk my diet was grilled chees and a bottle of scotch daily I did not know how to cook and did not have a glass so i used a funnel for the scotch then one day I got up and said enough is enough so I quit drinking and got a g/f to teach me how to cook.

Ella Adams
Ella Adams 2008-08-13 13:08:51 -0500 Report

I am going to try that and see if my Type 2 will get good results. Thanks

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-13 13:11:50 -0500 Report

Great! Both Sheryl and I have had great results and I know the longer I use it, the more information I will have to share with people. Please join our (record long!!) post and let us know how you are doing as you try.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-12 12:57:05 -0500 Report

Gabby, you haven't posted in a while, how are you doing with your numbers? I hope it's still a success story!
My numbers continue to be wonderful and I'm so pleased.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-13 12:16:17 -0500 Report

Hey Sheryl,
Yes, I am still having good numbers, even while I was on the road, and that worried me most. I dropped my weekly average another point so that made me very happy. I am seeing many more 170's, 180's and that is fantastic for me.
I have to admit, I have not been on line too much because I have been watching the olympics. I have been to two summer games (Atlanta and Sydney), and I just love watching. In person is better, but TeeVee does okay. I think the Shivaz works better for me. That is what I was drinking last week and that combated more "high carb" foods, like a dinner roll, and potato chips. I am still careful to watch how much, but it is going the right direction still.

Charish
Charish 2008-08-09 14:19:31 -0700 Report

Wine is said to have a positive and medical affect on a woman's health. Just a small about of red wine is all needed for our good health. But I also know that some have to be careful in consuming it, just be mindful of yourself and for those who can…CHEERS.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-10 06:42:34 -0700 Report

What I have been doing is drinking up to 1/2 cup of wine at dinner. Sometimes I do it at lunch, but only if I am home for the day. My body is getting used to it, in the begining I would sweat like I ran a mile. Now I don't suffer that, and it really seems to have lowered my numbers. I am still working on which one does the best for me.
By no means are we advocating drinking if you cannot handle it or if the other effects of it outweigh the benefits. As in all things, we must be moderate and check with doctors. Though if you have a doctor like my moms...do what you think is going to help you. His words to her were (on wholistic or natural remedies) "do it if it makes you feel better." Gee Thanks! And they wonder why we do so many things on our own?

Charish
Charish 2008-08-10 07:03:08 -0700 Report

I agree totally, we are not saying for anyone to go out and start drinking any form of alcohol. That is solely up to the person who wishes to do so. It's all of free will and not forcing it on anyone by no means.

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-08-09 00:04:25 -0500 Report

Interesting... it seems that a lot of Type 1's also have allergy issues with red wine (histamines).

But there is some evidence that it has a positive effect on BG levels. See this post about a new red wine pill:

http://www.diabetesmine.com/2008/01/new-red-wine-pi.html

Best,
AmyT

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-09 15:42:00 -0500 Report

Thanks Amy, only proves that red wine does have value. Wonder if taking a pill form of red wine would have the health benefits to the heart as well.
Sure sounds promising…it's working wonders for me.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-08 13:47:31 -0500 Report

I'm still here. I have had a crazy last couple of days, but I have to say that I have had some good numbers. I had a 175 before dinner tonight, but I missed my 2 hr test, as I had to go grocery shopping. It will be intersting, as this weekend we are going to a convention. It is going to be two days, so I joked and told my hubby that we had to find a restaraunt tomorrow night that serves red wine. I am thinking I am going to be using wine on a regular basis.
It was so cute, tonight my husband was talking to another lady in the grocery store, telling her all my diet tips and tricks. It was quite funny.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-08 14:14:58 -0500 Report

Good to know your still here…So, so glad to hear your numbers are coming down. Who knows where the bottom will be and wouldn't it be wonderful it they could go back to the normal range!
I take my meter with me if I eat out or go out after I eat. I have only forgotten to test once after my meal, which for me is a miracle that I am following through. lol
Enjoy your convention and yes, go to restaurants that serve wine, enjoy.
Nice that your husband is in tune with your diabetes and is cute that he is able to share with another lady your tips and tricks! How funny…
The wine is not only beneficial to the BG it's great for the heart. In that book I am reading it states that once your have diabetes it's pretty evident that you already have heart disease…kinda scarey thought so even more reason to drink up!
Have a good time and post when you can.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-08 03:03:38 -0700 Report

Hi guys, haven't seen anyone post on this thread the last couple of days.
Waiting to hear from Butterfly and her results.
Gabby?
I'm still doing very well with the wine and guess it will become a staple for me.
Hope anyone else who tried it is experiencing good results as well.

butterfly_8
butterfly_8 2008-08-08 06:11:22 -0700 Report

Hi Sheryl,
I just came back from shopping 1/2 hr ago . I have my Merlot. Tonight I will have a glass with dinner. ( Chicken breast with cream of mushroom soup,Brown rice and steamed Broccoli ).I will be keeping my fingers crossed. I found my wine from Wal-_mart. I hope it is good. Sort of cheap. lol

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-08 11:27:46 -0700 Report

Hi Butterfly, was hoping you didn't decide not to give this a try.
Dinner sounds yummy! You'll be able to tell when you test if this is going to work for you. I sure hope so.
Let us know how it went for you.
I don't think it matters how expensive the wine is, it's the redness. I don't pay alot for mine either, just looking for good numbers. I am actually getting use to drinking it with dinner, took a while cause I don't drink…

irwinh
irwinh 2008-08-07 02:04:45 -0500 Report

Does anybody know what is in the wine that helps? Is it the flavoids? I have read that vinegar helps, could those two be related somehow?

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-07 04:18:50 -0500 Report

Hi irwinh,
I have copied in below a clip from the science daily. Hope this helps, and yes flavoids are good also however this 'resveratrol' is what they found in the skins of red grapes. The test is showing the results in mice and reported in 2007.

"ScienceDaily (Oct. 4, 2007) — Even relatively low doses of resveratrol—a chemical found in the skins of red grapes and in red wine—can improve the sensitivity of mice to the hormone insulin, according to a new report. As insulin resistance is often characterized as the most critical factor contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes, the findings "provide a potential new therapeutic approach for preventing or treating" both conditions, the researchers said.

The research group also confirmed that increased levels of an enzyme called SIRT1, which earlier studies had linked to longevity, DNA repair, and insulin secretion, improve insulin sensitivity in mice. Resveratrol is known to activate the SIRT1 enzyme."

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-03 10:05:46 -0700 Report

My first full week is done. Merlot seems so far to be the most favorable for me. I am going to share some frighteninly high numbers to most of you, but they are exciting to me.
My target this week was 200-230
I had 9 within, 5 above and 8 below target!
Last week was 9 within, 10 above and 2 below target...Improvement!
The last month my weekly average was between 233-246. This weeks average is 214!!!
Next week will be my first target week that will be 190-220. I am so excited.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-03 10:14:50 -0700 Report

That's awesome.
I will be anxious to hear the results for next week.
Hopefully lower yet and yet again!
You are doing so good and it must feel wonderful to think you have some control over the 'numbers'…simply by enjoying a glass of wine…wow.
Keep up the good job! I always look for your posts and your continued success with this approach.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-03 11:27:55 -0700 Report

Just took my blood test after eating BBQ Ribs and Brisket, corn on the cob (a real no-no) and salad. The results were 91! This is just to awesome.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-03 12:16:57 -0700 Report

Wow! I am amazed. I could never eat something like that and end up with nubmers like that. Are you sure you are diabetic?? LOL. That is fantastic!

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-03 13:19:01 -0700 Report

That's what I am told…my A1c in March was 6.5 and in June it was 6.7…I've had numbers over 200. I think I'm at the 'pre' stage. 6.5 and over is diabetic to blood Dr's, 7.0 is diabetic according to the ADA…So I'm in the middle.
Actually when I ate a french dip sandwich it went to 201! Tought me a lesson!
During the holidays and winter months before I was confimed I was bad, bad…Someone brought us over a box of sees candies…I started on those and went nuts for months. Baked cakes all the time, at candies and all the carbs and junk I wanted…then the A1c came along. Stopped all that nonsense and still yet had a higher A1c…along with higher readings.
Now my readings are coming down, curious to see what the A1c will be in September. That will tell the whole story, but I suspect it will be down.
Can't help beleive the wine is playing a positive role in all this. I'm stoked.
Sure you are to.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-03 21:01:22 -0700 Report

You bet! My morning reading was down again another 5 points. It is consistantly going down and that is what has me thrilled. I am also doing a vegitarian routine for the month of August and I know that has something to add to it, but I am searching for a combination that will keep me healthy and off meds. This was a great find.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-05 02:41:44 -0700 Report

This is just to awesome. How were was your reading this morning?
I tested a little higher last night because I ate a few french fries…a real no-no but couldn't resist.
My husband isn't diabetic which makes it hard. He doesn't understand that I shouldn't have certain things, he wants foods the way they have always been so I find it easy to cheat sometimes. It's a struggle, I have to cook for him.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-05 10:50:53 -0700 Report

My numbers today have been elevated and tonight I had a 90 point rise! YIKES. I am trying to eat vegitarian this month and I had a pasta salad tonight and it kind of messed me up I think. It is the hightest number I have had for two weeks. I did have good numbers before dinner, but I messed up. Tomorrow is a new day though.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-05 11:15:12 -0700 Report

Oh my, well nothing is perfect…Well you now know that pasta doesn't agree with you. Did you have any bread with your pasta? Bread does me in! AND I love bread. I would fill up on it if I could.
It's amazing how a simple food can cause so many problems.
Now that your testing after you eat you will be able to pin point the danger foods that's for sure.
I hope tomorrow is a better day for you…let me know. And most importantly, don't get down on yourself, your doing great!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-05 21:20:16 -0700 Report

Our grocer didn't have Dreamfield pasta and we bought a whole grain "good for you pasta", but it still doesn't do as well as Dreamfiled. No bread with dinner. I'm not a big bread fan, which is a huge help! LOL My thing is pasta, and I pretty much cut it out until I heard about Dreamfield. Unfortunately, my step daughter cooks pasta with almost every meal that she cooks for the household...so I just try to eat around it.
Nah, I won't let a bad day get me down. I was a little out of sorts yesterday, emotions all over the place so who knows. This morning my reading was lower than yesterday's and with as high as I was last night, that was a relief.
I went to the health food store to pick up some seeds for spouting and making thanini. More experiments.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-08-06 03:03:25 -0700 Report

Good to hear your morning reading is down again. I'm sure emotions play a role in this to, equal to stress.
I can eat pasta so far. I did buy some Dreamfield but haven't used it yet.
Kinda funny, you love pasta and it's turning on you, I love bread and it turned on me..seems like the stuff we really like and probably over ate all our lives is the stuff that's getting revenge…lol.
Did you get your diabetic supplies from E-Bay and were they as promised?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-06 03:10:39 -0700 Report

they have not arrived yet. I am going to contacting the seller soon if they are not here by the end of the day. I think it has been about a week.

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