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Old 08-23-2017, 23:28   #1
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My Glucose test was 123 and my A1C is 6.2 so not diabetic, but heading in that direction. I have to diet and exercise. I am planning to add walking in twice a day for 30 minutes(more if time allows). But I need to know since I am not testing my sugar daily what I should keep my carbs at.. or just your thoughts for a 1200 calorie diet
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Is there any reason why you wouldn't want to test your BG daily? I would normally say you set a goal to how high you are willing to let your BG get and then just eat to your meter reading. I try to eat less than 30 grams of carbs per day.

1200 calories sounds low. I think I burn more than that just breathing and keeping my blood pumping. I haven't counted lately but was eating over 3300 calories a day, but I am pretty active most days, and my weight doesn't vary a lot week to week.

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that is such a tough question.

if your not testing, then you should reduce carbs as much as possible since you wont be aware of your numbers and you wont know what foods you can eat and what foods you cant.

I personally eat about 30g of carbs per day. I live a keto lifestyle. Should you? thats totally up to you

as mbuster said, I think you should test yourself if you want to be sure.

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Here are some good starting points to read

Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

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Is there any reason why you wouldn't want to test your BG daily? I would normally say you set a goal to how high you are willing to let your BG get and then just eat to your meter reading. I try to eat less than 30 grams of carbs per day.

1200 calories sounds low. I think I burn more than that just breathing and keeping my blood pumping. I haven't counted lately but was eating over 3300 calories a day, but I am pretty active most days, and my weight doesn't vary a lot week to week.
I am not that active, I should be but with COPD I am pretty limited with breathing.. The doctor told me the only thing I needed to do was diet and exercise, he told me I didn't need to test. It really didn't make a lot of sense to me!

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that is such a tough question.

if your not testing, then you should reduce carbs as much as possible since you wont be aware of your numbers and you wont know what foods you can eat and what foods you cant.

I personally eat about 30g of carbs per day. I live a keto lifestyle. Should you? thats totally up to you

as mbuster said, I think you should test yourself if you want to be sure.
Thank you for the links.. Testing was something the doc said was not necessary at this time!

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Thank you for the links.. Testing was something the doc said was not necessary at this time!
'the doc said.... ' - if all of us had a nickel for every time the doc said something that didnt make sense to us.... I wouldnt need to play lotto

What diet did he put you on? recommendations?

if you dont take control now, you will get full type 2 diabetes. and if you dont take care of it after that.. it will be the self fulfilling prophesy of being a progressive disease

only you can decide how to proceed.

if you stay here long enough, we will take you down the rabbit hole and you will have your eyes open to a whole new world that the doctors refuse to see

The best way to stay away from being a diabetic when you are prediabetic is to eat to your meter. you only need to do that for a short time. You will see what foods you can eat and what foods you cant.

meters are cheap but the sticks can get pricey but if you can afford it, its the best way to go. do it for about 2 or 3 months and you wont have to much anymore because you will have gained more knowledge than any doctor will tell you.

I DONT TEST MYSELF ANYMORE. thats correct... not once in the last 4 or 5 months. I dont need to. I am not eating enough carbs to believe it can be anything but normal since it was normal for over a year with the same foods I am still eating.

I will test soon again just to validate but I dont feel I have to as long as I am living a keto lifestyle.

You have a choice. if you choose it... come down the rabbit hole and see wonderland .

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https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

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meters are cheap but the sticks can get pricey but if you can afford it, its the best way to go. do it for about 2 or 3 months and you wont have to much anymore because you will have gained more knowledge than any doctor will tell you.
Sticks don't have to be pricey either. My Target meter is made by Agamatrix, which sells meters and sticks under the CVS and Kroger brands (and maybe a few others) as well as their own. The strips are cheap: I buy them 200 at a time for about $45 on-line.

I think the True meter and sticks are pretty inexpensive and, though I don't buy anything at Walmart, I know their Relion meter also is inexpensive as are the sticks.

200 strips lets you test before and after meals several times a day for just short of a month. So, d5tillery, you can do the testing hftmrock recommends for not too much money -- certainly less than it costs to buy diabetes medications and pay for doctor and hospital visits. If you're lucky, a health-care reimbursement account or Health Savings Account will pay for them. If not, it's still a worthwhile investment in your health.

Your doctor doesn't have to live with your body's insulin challenges. You do. Do what's right for you.

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My Glucose test was 123 and my A1C is 6.2 so not diabetic, but heading in that direction. I have to diet and exercise. I am planning to add walking in twice a day for 30 minutes(more if time allows). But I need to know since I am not testing my sugar daily what I should keep my carbs at.. or just your thoughts for a 1200 calorie diet
Thank you
Hi d5tillery, WELCOME! I'm a newbie. Was diagnosed in May. When I got my lab results, I was horrified to find out I was diabetic.

The lab I went to classified the ranges as such:

< 5.7 (Normal)
5.7 - 6.4 (Pre-diabetes)
> 6.4 (Diabetes)
> 7.0 (Uncontrolled)

I don't know how other labs classify the ranges. According to this, you are pre-diabetic, which should give you cause for alarm. In all honesty, my doc says that there really isn't a "pre" diagnosis. It's just something they gauge to determine if a person needs meds. Maybe someone much smarter with much more experience can explain the "pre" diagnosis better than me.

Hope to see ya around. I love it here! There are wonderful and very knowledgeable people here. I've learned so much.

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