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Old 05-08-2016, 21:10   #1
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In my introduction I explain I have officially been a diabetic for a week, but the metformin and diet change are starting to make me feel like a new man. finding out I was diabetic has truly been more of a blessing than a curse. other than my eyes going crazy (that's another story)I Feel better than I have in years which leads me to belive this has been coming for awhile. ok enough rambling I had to give up Biscuits and Ice Cream nothing like a sausage egg and cheese in the morning and a big ole bowl of moose tracks before bed. as I am learning to eat all over again I find articles contradicting each other can a fellow diabetic tell me can I eat eggs? and is truly ok to eat those small redskin potatoes in moderation? I am suppose to get contacted to go to a diabetes class But until then I dont know what I can eat or cant. I am reading to learn as much as possible but like i said a lot of the stuff online is confusing any help or tips would be greatly appreciated

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The only way to know for sure if you can eat a particular food, is to test. If you are testing pre-meal (baseline), 1hr after first bite (to catch the high) and 2hr after first bite (to make sure your BG is going back down) - then this will tell you what you need to know.

Potatoes, and any starchy food, is off the menu for me. My meter told me so. So if I see anything that is advertised as "good for diabetics" and it has more carbs in it than I know (from testing) I can eat, then it's NOT good for THIS diabetic.

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I would suggest that you read about low-carb/high-fat, which is a way of eating that really helps diabetics lower their blood sugar, and keep it there. And the foods are delicious. Low Carb for Beginners

Don't be surprised if in the diabetes class they tell you to eat following the ADA guidelines - up to 180 grams of carbs per day. Most of us who follow LCHF are eating less than 50g per DAY, and many, even less than that. We learned what our upper limit of carb consumption was by testing.

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As VeeJay says, you will do well to learn about low-carbing. The ADA guidelines are designed to make you fail, quite honestly. On the other hand, the average American eats well over 200 grams of carbs a day, so any restriction is betterthan nothing. Low-carbing (45-60 carbs daily) puts you into a state of ketogenesis (burning fat), but it didn't work out for me.

Even if you decide low-carbing is not for you, you could do as I do and do lowish-carbing. I cap my carbs at 90, some do 100, and some up to 120. Among other things, I developed acid reflux when daily below 70 carbs. For others, if they go off the wagon, they go WAY OFF, so allowing a higher carb cap helped them stay in better BG control because nothing was off limits.

BTW, you can have a sausage, egg and cheese in the morning -just use half an English muffin instead of a whole one. I prefer ham, egg, and cheese though. There are many, many discussions elsewhere about eggs and high cholesterol. There is science that both supports limiting your eggs and not limiting your eggs. I found that my cholesterol dropped when I stopped eating beef and preserved meats with no change in 2 eggs in the a.m. My doc doesn't care one way or the other about egg usage. He simply recommends limiting high fat meats. I have to say it made a difference for me in cholesterol (but not blood glucose). These days I have beef about once or twice a month due to cost rather than health issues.

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Thx every one as soon aas my vision gets back to normal Ill do lots pf reading I did not know about 1 2 hr testing thank you that will help alont the metformin is really messing with my eyes I went to bed one night near sighted and woke up farsighted Doc said means my meds are working. I have been testing sparticly and every time I eat whole wheat bread my sugar goes up to 250-285 thx for the help

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I have been testing sparticly and every time I eat whole wheat bread my sugar goes up to 250-285 thx for the help
You should probably eliminate anything with grains (wheat, rice, corn, etc.)
and starchy foods like potatoes so that you can stabilize your blood sugar. Once your BG (blood glucose) is stable, your vision should clear up. But if you continue to have high BG and then low, then high, then low, you won't be making much progress with it.

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Once your BG (blood glucose) is stable, your vision should clear up. But if you continue to have high BG and then low, then high, then low, you won't be making much progress with it.
I can share my vision experience. One of the many clues I had that something was amiss was the change in my vision. Words looked like pepper sprinkled on a page. When my blood glucose level came down, my vision returned to what it was before my diabetes: I could read without any difficulty but I needed corrective lenses for distance.

I was not put on metformin at my initial diagnosis and brought down my A1c from 13.2 to 5.6 in 7 months by diet and exercise alone. I cannot associate vision problems with metformin, only with my high blood glucose.

VeeJay recommends that stabilizing your glucose levels will likely improve your vision. If you have not been to an ophthalmologist, please schedule an appointment. I have learned so much about my vision and fortunately do not have any retinopathy, just age-related cataracts. I never miss my yearly visits with him.

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and is truly ok to eat those small redskin potatoes in moderation?
I missed this part about the potatoes. I would wait until your blood glucose is stabilized. Then using your meter test after you eat foods. The Glycemic Index may be helpful for you, keeping in mind that everybody seems to respond differently to different foods. I know when I first was diagnosed, the doc said avoid white stuff - potatoes, white rice, white bread, white pasta, white sauce. The reality is that ANY potato, rice, bread, pasta or sauce will raise your blood sugar - the fact that it's brown rice or whole wheat bread makes no difference. In many cases, you need to learn what a serving size really is (and it's always less than you think!).

In my personal experience, I can no longer eat mashed potatoes or Tater Tots without a huge sugar jump. So, I just never have them. I can have a 3-4 oz baked or a small boiled potato without much problem usually. I just put butter and pepper on these. So, baked red potatoes aren't much of a problem so long as I watch the quantity. I can't seem to have any quantity of rice. Your mileage may vary, which is why you use your meter to help you check out carb foods to see how YOU respond to different foods as well as combos of foods.

Also, if you find yourself on steroids for any reason, you are going to have a lot more trouble with your blood sugar.

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Bunjee ,pat,veejay Thank you so much you have no idea how much help you have been it helps to hear from people who know what Im going thru .I look forward to hanging around here I love my family my grandkids need me around for another 25-30 years (or I need to watch them grow) honestly ifeel like my life changed over night and im clueless dont get me wrong im not whining and feeling sorry for my self quite the oppisite I already feel better rhan I have in years I have a cause now I am just ignorant on what to do you have helped me a lot already thx. plrase excuse my typos the vision thing is somewhat funny in a way I can tell before this is over ill have some good stories thx again

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