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diabetes-type 2

From: linda2kk - 12 years 11 weeks ago

i would like to make friends,i am unsure about this disease,and scared to death.

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Linda, Hi I'm Susan, I have had type 2 diabetes now for 4 years. I had it well before that, but had a bad doctor. She would only tell me that I was fat and sent me post cards that said, “all was well.” Well, all was not well. Anyways I got a new doctor after I came out of the hospital for something else that I had and that was when I found out I had diabetes. I now have great control over everything I do. I am not going to tell you it was easy for me,but I have learnt a LOT and now it is very easy for me, and fun. I lost about 20 lbs. and I’m still working on about 15 lbs. more. I do not take any meds and have had my A1C’s come back 3 times in a row at 5.7, so I don’t check my blood all the time now. Let me help you with a few things that are now my bible to health.
1. If you eat you MUST MOVE after. Take a walk even if it is around the house, do leg lifts as you lay on the couch with the TV on JUST MOVE. It will use up the carbs and help control everything. I fold my towels and things one at a time and walk and put them away one at a time it adds walking, park away from the store and walk, walk, walk. (sounds nuts, but it helps)
2. This is a must and you might think it isn’t important, BUT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. Buy those picnic plates (the ones with the 3 portions on them ( 1 big portion and 2 smaller ones) In the big portion area you put…Vegetable Group: five servings each day. Choose a variety of vegetables of different colors, including dark green, yellow, orange, and red. One serving of vegetables: one-half cup vegetable juice, one-half cup cut vegetables, or one cup of raw leafy vegetables (such as spinach or salad) (one-half cup look at it as a 1/2 of baseball, one cup would be your fist) low carb group of vegetables.
In the other 2 smaller one you put…Grain Group: six ounce-equivalents or servings each day. Choose at least three that are whole grain. One-ounce equivalent or serving of grains: one-half cup cooked pasta, rice, or cereal; one bread slice; or one cup dry cereal (one-half cup look at it as a 1/2 of baseball, one cup would be your fist, one slice of bread is a cassette tape and cornbread would be a bar of soap, pancake a CD) or potatoes, peas, and corn in this group.
and Meats and Beans Group: Two or three servings each day. Lean meats, chicken, 1 egg, nuts, dried beans and peas, and fish. One ounce equivalent of meat or beans: one-half cup cooked beans (half of baseball); two tablespoon peanut butter or other nut butter (1 ping pong ball); one egg; or 3 ounces cooked meat, and chicken. 2 oz. fish (meat look at it as a deck of cards, fish as a check book) I do not eat red meat in the week only on the weekends(Friday, Sat. and Sun)
3. I eat every 3 to 4 hours and this is were I use some of the Fruit Group: 2 cups total for four servings each day. Choose a variety of fruits of different colors. One serving of fruit: one-half cup fruit juice, one piece of medium-sized fruit (like an orange, apple, or banana), one-half cup cut fruit, or one-quarter cup dried fruit (one-half cup look at it as a 1/2 of baseball, 1/4 cup for something like raisins would be the size of an egg, one cup would be your fist) and Milk Group: 3 cups each day. Yogurt, milk, soy milk and cheese (low-fat or fat-free versions are best). One cup equivalent of milk: one cup yogurt or milk, 1½ ounces low-fat or fat-free natural cheese, or two ounces processed or packed cheese 1 1/2 oz looks like a stack of 4 dice or 2 slices 1/2 cup a half of baseball, 1 cup a full baseball) I use soy milk *
4. Do not eat white foods... like bread, potatoes, and rice. Yams, sweet potatoes, and brown rice are better for you.
5. Shop on the outside aisle of your food store that is where all the good food is. All of the processed bad foods are. Just go up to get the few things you really need, like soap, coffee, and tea. AND READ YOU LABELS I do not eat more then 38 carbs in a meal, but check with your doctor on that. I hope this helps you, it has helped me out a lot I even can eat dark M&M’s a liltte at a time now. LOL

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Hello Susan and thank you for your insightful post. I'm not diabetic but my husband is and I believe it is worse for me then him,lol , so I'm trying to glean all the information I can for him.
I must say though that he is not complaining about it like I thought he would. We have decided to go low carb. and he is doing really good with that. Now if I can just motivate him into walking more and staying out of his recliner in the evenings after work we'll be doing extra good!

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That was helpful. Thankyou. Do you know how much fruit you can eat anytime and is pineapple good

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This is what I did and continue to 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 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, 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.


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Hi Susan,
I do agree with you.I am also suffering with diabetes.I read some where to increase fibre content in the diet and should be taken at regular intervals.I am following that regime.Stress releasing exercise like yoga I practiced and believe me it has created wonders.Even I believe in staying happy and it has lessen my problems a lot.
I want to discuss with you about some natural supplements.These natural supplements contain anti-diabetic herbs like bitter melon, pterocarpus marsupium etc.I have consulted my other knowings too who are diabetic and they have the positive response on this.
I thought of discussing with you too as i found your post quite closer to my lifestyle.Whats your saying on this?