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Old 09-06-2010, 02:08   #41
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Doesn't you mom need her meter for her own monitoring?

You know that those numbers are too high. A non-diabetic person would not have gone over 120, and would have been back down under 100 by two hours later. That 182 you clocked awhile later is too high too. You are diabetic, my dear. Stop eating all those carbs and give your body a break if you ever want to walk again.
Yes I know those are high. I'm glad someone finally said that I was diabetic. I've known it in my own mind for a few days. That's why I've done so much research and joined a few diabetes forums. :sigh: I am starting to monitor and see what certain foods do to me. I can then take that data to my doctor. I should probably be on metformin. I'm not going to diagnose myself though. :P Just a thought.

I know I need to do a lifestyle change but that's drastic and I don't think I'm mentally ready for that yet. So I'm giving myself time to monitor and see what it does to me and my levels. Since I *just* started testing today I'll give myself a good week of data and then give it to my doctor for analysis. I only have 4 strips left and I wont have my new ones until later in the week (amazon.com). So I'll make good use of the ones I do have. I'll test before bed tonight and t hen when i wake up and then 2 hrs after breakfast, assuming I actually eat some kind of breakfast. I don't always.

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Brittany? It isn't going to help to keep testing if you continue eating the high-carb diet you're used to. It's a waste of good strips.

You can get a counter-offensive started right now by limiting your carb intake. You know it and I know it. The excuses have got to stop. You are a young woman and you deserve a long healthy life. Once you curb your carb intake, you'll start losing weight, and the other health issues will begin to resolve. This is not a pep talk - this is factual information as many of our members can testify.

You've already expressed relief at dumping the low-fat dieting. Now pull yourself together and build some menus of foods you like from the protein and fats side of the board. How do you feel about bacon? Excellent food for diabetics! How do you feel about deviled eggs? Excellent food for diabetics. Cheese? Excellent food for diabetics. There is no shortage of fine delicious food for diabetics. The trade-off is no bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. But you can eat all you want of protein, fats and high-fiber vegetables. Okay?

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Brittany? It isn't going to help to keep testing if you continue eating the high-carb diet you're used to. It's a waste of good strips.

You can get a counter-offensive started right now by limiting your carb intake. You know it and I know it. The excuses have got to stop. You are a young woman and you deserve a long healthy life. Once you curb your carb intake, you'll start losing weight, and the other health issues will begin to resolve. This is not a pep talk - this is factual information as many of our members can testify.

You've already expressed relief at dumping the low-fat dieting. Now pull yourself together and build some menus of foods you like from the protein and fats side of the board. How do you feel about bacon? Excellent food for diabetics! How do you feel about deviled eggs? Excellent food for diabetics. Cheese? Excellent food for diabetics. There is no shortage of fine delicious food for diabetics. The trade-off is no bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. But you can eat all you want of protein, fats and high-fiber vegetables. Okay?

(((Brittany)))
I'm sorry, yes you're right. I think I'm scared. No matter how much research I do it will not affect things if I don't change my eating habits. I think I'm stalling. A sort of denial. I'm afraid of change and this is new and scary. Food has always been comfort for me and I'm afraid to change that. I've had tons of great advice from this message board and the chat on another site. It's not yet sunk in though.

I guess I'm just not ready to change, but I do have to. And it needs to be soon so I don't continue to harm myself. I have a lot of thinking to do. A lot of mentally reasoning with myself. I'll work on that.

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That's the spirit!! Hold onto those thoughts . . . you're getting the upper hand already. Don't let go, Brittany, and we'll support you all the way.

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I'm sorry, yes you're right. I think I'm scared. No matter how much research I do it will not affect things if I don't change my eating habits. I think I'm stalling. A sort of denial. I'm afraid of change and this is new and scary. Food has always been comfort for me and I'm afraid to change that. I've had tons of great advice from this message board and the chat on another site. It's not yet sunk in though.

I guess I'm just not ready to change, but I do have to. And it needs to be soon so I don't continue to harm myself. I have a lot of thinking to do. A lot of mentally reasoning with myself. I'll work on that.



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Thank you Shanny. I'll need it.

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You are diabetic, my dear. Stop eating all those carbs and give your body a break if you ever want to walk again.
I would let the doctor decide Sharron.

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I know I need to do a lifestyle change but that's drastic and I don't think I'm mentally ready for that yet. So I'm giving myself time to monitor and see what it does to me and my levels. Since I *just* started testing today I'll give myself a good week of data and then give it to my doctor for analysis. I only have 4 strips left and I wont have my new ones until later in the week (amazon.com). So I'll make good use of the ones I do have. I'll test before bed tonight and t hen when i wake up and then 2 hrs after breakfast, assuming I actually eat some kind of breakfast. I don't always.
Yes Brittany as this will be a real caulture shock but take this in with the meter and experiment. Learn to count carbs and be adventurous in other foods and look at foods that are not taxing with carbs. The color white is carb loaded and look for books that shows the value what foods that have carbs in them.
Look at low GI as this site has a good database about the value of the amount of carbs are in that food and for how long.

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You've already expressed relief at dumping the low-fat dieting. Now pull yourself together and build some menus of foods you like from the protein and fats side of the board. How do you feel about bacon? Excellent food for diabetics! How do you feel about deviled eggs? Excellent food for diabetics. Cheese? Excellent food for diabetics. There is no shortage of fine delicious food for diabetics. The trade-off is no bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. But you can eat all you want of protein, fats and high-fiber vegetables. Okay?

(((Brittany)))
The Ackins diet may work as this will make you slim but it will have a devistating effect on your kidneys over time. I would do this for a while as soon you can walk then get on the wagon to exercise as you will be happier. This will take some conciderible time to gather momentum. For now I would look at the doctor and get thier decison on your diagnosis. At this time you are hungery & thirsty as this will drive you insane. Once that you have seen the doctor we should look at this and look at what to eat.

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I just checked my fasting glucose. It's 114. I had some potato chips at around 9pm last night. It's currently 6am. I wrote it down in my log.

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I just checked my fasting glucose. It's 114. I had some potato chips at around 9pm last night. It's currently 6am. I wrote it down in my log.
I think its great that you are doing some research and trying to learn all you can about diabetes. Learning what you are dealing with is the first major step. I also realize that of course, your doctor needs to diagnose you after the proper blood tests. Its a good idea to keep a log book. Write down pre-meal blood sugars, exactly what you eat (no cheating...no matter what it is...write it down), also look up the carb count of what you ate and write that down also. Write your after meal blood sugars with it. This information will be invaluable to your doctor. You will also need an A1c test done at the doctors office. One fasting sample or random sample is not enough to properly diagnose diabetes.

While I cannot diagnose you....I have to agree with Shanny...if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck..it is most likely a duck. Even if by some chance you are not diabetic...then something is causing your high blood sugar. The best thing for you to do is start to do what you can to take control of it NOW even before you see the doctor. I am not trying to scare you more...and its understandable to be frightened...but uncontrolled high blood sugar is literally like a ticking time bomb in your body. You may not feel sick now...but the damage it is doing is very real. I have complications today that I probably would not have if I had taken better care of my diabetes years ago. I dont blame myself for being diabetic...that isnt my fault...but letting it go uncontrolled (or poorly controlled) for so long is my fault. I can only be grateful that all I have to deal with is some neuropathy, for now at least.

Sometimes it helps me to actually visualize a skull and crossbones on that bag of potato chips. There are certain foods that I do not even keep in the house because I *know* that it will be too hard for me not to eat too much of it. heheh, I have even been known to purposely ruin some sort of food that I had in the house just so I wouldnt eat it....like the bleach I poured all over that yummy looking bread pudding someone so kindly gave to me Sometimes you just do what you have to do

Start cutting back on your carbs...I promise you will see a difference. There are plenty of other excellent snack choices. I just found one the other day I am absolutely addicted to. I love almonds...and I found these Blue Diamond brand almonds with habanero BBQ seasoning. OMG!! To die for! I swear they almost taste like my favorite deadly BBQ potato chips! They are my new passion

You can do this You arent alone. Most have us have been exactly where you are now. I dont talk about it often because honestly I am ashamed I let it get that bad...but I topped out at a max weight of 335 pounds on my 5'1" body. So I have been there...I totally understand. I am not a super model now by any means..and I could stand to lose another 50, but its miles away from where I was. Its scary, and confusing....but it gets better. Once you control your body instead of letting it control you...you will be amazed at how empowered you will feel. We are here with ya! Keep us posted and please ask any questions you might have!

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Hello, this is my first post here. I am pre-diabetic according to my A1C (6.2) and fasting blood glucose level (107). I drink one 12-pk of Diet Coke (or Pepsi) a day due to my constant thirst. Yes, it would be wonderful if I could switch to water but I am so addicted to the caffeine and bubbles of soda that I really don't like water at all. I am extremely overweight, at 340 pounds. I am 5'2". Female.

I am wondering if my constant hunger and thirst is a symptom of diabetes. I can eat and be full and then 1.5 hours later or earlier I'm hungry again. I doubt it's "real" hunger but it feels the same to me. Is that normal for being pre-diabetic? I've been like this for quite a few years. Oh, I'm 26 years old.

I am constantly trying to lose weight, mostly unsuccessfully though. I have been on almost every diet under the sun but my downfall is the fact that I'm always hungry. It's so frustrating!

Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and ask a few questions. Hopefully someone will be able to help me. Thank you for reading my post.

Brittany

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Good for you. Getting proactive about your health. I have a few food suggestions.
Fiber breads make me feel full longer. I like ezekiel.
Snacks: Apples(low glycemic) almonds and dark chocolate (2 squares) pretty low carbs.
I add stevia to grapefruit. Tastes like candy to me.
Dessert: Angel food cake I put chopped strawberries and stevia together to top. A little whipped cream goes a long way. Use the package guide to count the carbs. I's a big treat item.
Breakfast:
I eat the scrambled egg whites on top of fresh spinach top with fresh salsa. A little fresh parmesan goes a long way.
Lunch: I use a red pepper(bell) as a vessel for my tuna or chicken salad.
There is a new soda out. Zevia. It's sweetened with stevia. It's at health food stores.
Stevia is the sweetner we use.
Keep looking for low carb healthy choices. You will find a rhythm.
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Hi, I'm prediabetic as well and I know what a struggle it is. You don't want to cross the line into becoming a full fledged diabetic. Basically, if you want to beat this, you simply MUST control your carb intake. This includes all sugars and grains and all fruit and starchy veggies. Cut out all processed preprepared foods. Eat fresh meats and fish and plenty of fresh/frozen veggies. Carbs make you hungry all the time. Eat a bowl of pasta and an hour later you'll want more. But if you fill yourself with protein, it will stabilize your blood sugar and will fill you up and keep you satisfied much longer. Oh and PLEASE stay away from the soda. It is the absolute WORSE thing you can drink, whether it's diet or with sugar. Don't use the excuse that you're addicted. You can fight the addiction if you are serious about your health. You're obese as far as weight is concerned and if you don't do something about it soon, you'll have much more to worry about than Diabetes. I was obese, at 210 lbs. and 5'7" tall, but I lost 60lbs. by going on a strict diet (just fresh meat and plenty of veggies) and fighting my urges and addictions. Oh, and I exercised daily. So next time you're tempted to head for the fridge, head outside and go for a walk.
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