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Old 07-15-2014, 20:47   #1
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Hello. I was recently diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic needing all the information I can possibly get to help me on this journey.

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Welcome to the Forum, Tbeard!

You'll find lots of info, support and the best kind of nosiness here.

Before we can help much however, we need to know what kind of inso you need right now. So, getting straight to the nosiness:

-- Are you on any meds?
-- Are you on an eating plan?
-- How is your treatment regimen working for you thus far? (If you're running into difficulties, or you have trouble getting started, we should be able to help you with that!)

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I am on Metformin. I have been on it for 2 weeks. Completely changed my diet. Went low carb and cut out soft drinks completely. My A1C was 8.7 when this journey began. I have lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks. My blood sugar is averaging about 140 which I know is still high but was averaging close to 300. It drops into the 80's when I swim which I am trying to do for at least 30 minutes a day. I am 35 if that helps. Thanks for the links articles were very informative.

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Sounds like you're heading in a good direction! It will take a month or so until the Metformin kicks in completely. You can do it!

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Old 07-15-2014, 22:52   #5
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You're on the right track, tbeard. As you adopt the low-carb way-of-eating (WoE), be sure to combine it with high fat so you get enough fuel for energy - LCHF for Beginners. Low-carb alone is difficult and often results in hunger and lethargy.

A very good system is to eat to your meter.

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Thanks everyone the hardest part for me is giving up coke. I am allergic to aspertame so most diet drinks are out. Anyone got any great drink ideas? I don't do tea so that's out also. I have tried some of the drinks made with Splenda but they tend to be to sweet. Any suggestions are appreciated!

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How do you feel about water, maybe just trying to flavor it with something if you don't like it plain. I love adding a slice of fresh cucumber to my ice water in the summer.

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I have went all water but I know realistically I don't think this will last forever. I have tried a few flavor packets but they all taste so sweet it's weird they are much sweeter than the regular sugar drinks

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I use half a pack in 16 oz and it works well for me.

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Old 07-15-2014, 23:57   #10
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Without knowing why tea is off your list - there are so many diverse and distinctly different ones it would be hard for me to assume at least for me personally, that all teas are out - I'm going to go ahead and say that unsweetened iced green tea is one of my go-to thirst-quenchers. The longer I stay on LCHF, the less I want sweet drinks. This summer I've been pretty strictly on iced water and the aforementioned green tea. But then I have our own well water, so I don't have to drink what the municipal water district offers.

My better half uses Mio flavoring drops, which can be adjusted to however weak or strong you wish, and I don't think they contain aspartame.

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