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Old 07-02-2012, 17:53   #1
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Well, although I have been dx'd as a pre diabetic, I'm learning from my mistakes. I am/was also in denial about it. My thinking is that pre diabetic is not diabetic, so I really don't have to control it. Well guess what, stupid me, I'm living and learning. The reason I've said this is that I decided that I was going to binge this morning and I ate a sandwich on white bread and a bag of potato chips with a mountain dew. I checked my blood sugar before the meal and it was 111, and then 1 hour after it was 192, and then after 2 hours it was 197. I'm going to start making a list of everything that makes my blood sugar spike. And I'm going to do the diet on here. I'm going to check my blood sugar at the 3 hour mark, and hopefully its gone down, cause I feel rotten. Any suggestions on how to bring it down. Do I need to walk or some kind of exercise?

 
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You're a very quick study! And you've pinpointed exactly the problem with us type 2s . . . we gotta work it off if we go high; there's no magic bullet for us to drop it in a hurry.




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You are a smart cookie! Wish I'd done something like that just before I decided to start Atkins in the beginning so I'd have a signpost as you do! But, I came home with my A1C results and immediately dropped my carbs.




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Thank you both. I just checked it at the 3 hour mark and its come down to 164. I've noticed to that when it goes high I start getting a strong heartbeat in my head, and my feet start getting a burning sensation. I definitely won't do that again.

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In the beginning, the best thing to do is to do a food journal. Then create a good food and a bad food list. Once you spike with carbs sometimes you just have to wait it out. Some people can bring it down with exercise, but exercise makes my bgs go up not down. So in the end it is better to just avoid the carbs. But all of us deal with those daily cravings. My husband likes to bring potato chips in the house and boy do they call my name.

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In the beginning, the best thing to do is to do a food journal. Then create a good food and a bad food list. Once you spike with carbs sometimes you just have to wait it out. Some people can bring it down with exercise, but exercise makes my bgs go up not down. So in the end it is better to just avoid the carbs. But all of us deal with those daily cravings. My husband likes to bring potato chips in the house and boy do they call my name.
Thats what I've been doing. I have it on a spreadsheet on my computer. Thats the way my wife does, if she has something she knows she shouldn't have eaten, she will exercise to bring it down. But the way I was feeling and am feeling, exercise is the furthest from my mind right now. I want to go lay down and take a long nap, LOL

 
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Thank you both. I just checked it at the 3 hour mark and its come down to 164. I've noticed to that when it goes high I start getting a strong heartbeat in my head, and my feet start getting a burning sensation. I definitely won't do that again.
Tucking into carbohydrate rich snacks is no longer an option for us. But some can get away with more than others.

So, the advice you've had from Shanny and JWAGS is spot on. Buy yourself a good big notebook and use it for the next month to log what you ate, when and how much (in detail), your blood glucose before you start and then at one hour and two hours afterwards.

You'll quickly see the foods that cause you problems with spikes.

Your targets are
  • below 100 before you start
  • below 140 at one hour
  • below 120 at two hours.
You will go through a lot of test strips over the next few weeks but as your numbers come down you'll discover that your carb treats no longer scream "eat me" and that your hunger in general will reduce.

Trust me - I'm NOT a doctor - just a poor sod like you who has discovered the hard way that this system works.

Oh, and by the way, when your blood glucose is pushing the ceiling exercise tends to push it further up - not reduce it. So a brisk walk when you are on 120 is good, try it at 180 and you might well get a shock.

Good luck, John


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Tucking into carbohydrate rich snacks is no longer an option for us. But some can get away with more than others.

So, the advice you've had from Shanny and JWAGS is spot on. Buy yourself a good big notebook and use it for the next month to log what you ate, when and how much (in detail), your blood glucose before you start and then at one hour and two hours afterwards.

You'll quickly see the foods that cause you problems with spikes.

Your targets are
  • below 100 before you start
  • below 140 at one hour
  • below 120 at two hours.
You will go through a lot of test strips over the next few weeks but as your numbers come down you'll discover that your carb treats no longer scream "eat me" and that your hunger in general will reduce.

Trust me - I'm NOT a doctor - just a poor sod like you who has discovered the hard way that this system works.

Oh, and by the way, when your blood glucose is pushing the ceiling exercise tends to push it further up - not reduce it. So a brisk walk when you are on 120 is good, try it at 180 and you might well get a shock.

Good luck, John
Thanks John. I will get that notebook. I've already gone through 35 test strips since the 13th of June. Since I'm very limited on test strips I will have to go sparingly. The nurse at the doctors office gave me 50 to start, and I will have to wait a couple weeks before I can get some more. I've tested 5 times today so far. Before breakfast, 1hour after, 2hours after, 3 hours after and one hour after lunch, it was at 154.

 
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Thanks John. I will get that notebook. I've already gone through 35 test strips since the 13th of June. Since I'm very limited on test strips I will have to go sparingly. The nurse at the doctors office gave me 50 to start, and I will have to wait a couple weeks before I can get some more. I've tested 5 times today so far. Before breakfast, 1hour after, 2hours after, 3 hours after and one hour after lunch, it was at 154.
Hmmm,

The issue with this idea is that it does use test strips heavily to start.

If that's not an option and with fifteen strips left, it's not, I'd suggest that you assume the level of carbohydrates you are taking will need to be chopped down generally.

Have you looked at Blood Sugar 101, in particular at How to Lower Your Blood Sugar ? It's well worth a read.

However, I'd suggest jumping the first stage - where you see what your current diet is doing and move on to eliminating the standard trouble makers. That means bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, and particularly cereal products. If you were in the habit of having things like Cheerios for breakfast - they are out! Sugar is off the menu and even things with sugar substitutes should be used sparingly. We want to educate your taste buds away from "sweet", not encourage it, at least until we know where we are.

You do need a fasting test - as soon as you get up in the morning. Your after meal tests, you probably have to pick carefully. When I started, I did a one hour test after breakfast and two hours after lunch and dinner. But even that number of tests is going to push your ration of strips.

Have you considered trying to find another, cheap meter? Walmarts own brand is apparantly very good value for money but I can't say from my own knowledge as the nearest branch is probably about 3,000 miles from where I live.

However, tested or not, cutting back your carbohydrates to below 60 grams per day will pay off quite quickly.

Best of luck,

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Hmmm,

The issue with this idea is that it does use test strips heavily to start.

If that's not an option and with fifteen strips left, it's not, I'd suggest that you assume the level of carbohydrates you are taking will need to be chopped down generally.

Have you looked at Blood Sugar 101, in particular at How to Lower Your Blood Sugar ? It's well worth a read.

However, I'd suggest jumping the first stage - where you see what your current diet is doing and move on to eliminating the standard trouble makers. That means bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, and particularly cereal products. If you were in the habit of having things like Cheerios for breakfast - they are out! Sugar is off the menu and even things with sugar substitutes should be used sparingly. We want to educate your taste buds away from "sweet", not encourage it, at least until we know where we are.

You do need a fasting test - as soon as you get up in the morning. Your after meal tests, you probably have to pick carefully. When I started, I did a one hour test after breakfast and two hours after lunch and dinner. But even that number of tests is going to push your ration of strips.

Have you considered trying to find another, cheap meter? Walmarts own brand is apparantly very good value for money but I can't say from my own knowledge as the nearest branch is probably about 3,000 miles from where I live.

However, tested or not, cutting back your carbohydrates to below 60 grams per day will pay off quite quickly.

Best of luck,
John, I actually have 36 test strips left. I was including the test strips I had used from my ReliOn meter. I did read the Blood sugar 101, and I will use it. You would pick my favorite cereal of all time to stay away from, LOL Well that branch you're talking about is just a hop skip and a jump away, LOL

I think with all of the help I'm getting on here, I will beat this thing. I hope to soon be able to help others as much as you all have helped me. Thanks to everyone!!!

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