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Old 05-27-2012, 05:43   #1
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So, on Wednesday past, I was given the news that I am diabetic. Type 2. Glucose monitoring, Metformin, diet and exercise. Part of me is upset, part of me is not surprised. I have needed to lose weight for the past few years, but I'm not even at the heaviest I've ever been!! I didn't even have gestational diabetes and I was overweight then!

I'm gonna kick this disease in the butt!!

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HI, jormantha. Yeah, they tell us we got diabetics because we were overweight, and I believed it until I went to Blood Sugar 101 and read the section 'You did not eat your way to Diabetes. The real causes.' I think the whole blood sugar 101 website should be mandatory reading for every diabetic. It was quite an eye-opening experience for me since it contradicts just about everything my doctor and dietician have told me concerning diabetes and diet. I have no doubt that the advice given at that site and this forum has not only saved kidneys, feet, eyes and legs, but I believe they have saved lives. You came to the right place. Welcome aboard.
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Old 05-27-2012, 16:09   #3
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Welcome to our forum. You will find lots of success stories here. Although there is no cure for Diabetes, many of us have learned to manage it. I know we are all told Diabetes is caused by being overweigh and inactive. But many times that is not the case. Never blame yourself for getting diabetes. Many times it may be genetic propensity to Diabetes, an autoimmune attack on your pancreas or just Insulin Resistance gone awry. But no matter what caused your diabetes the one thing is once you know you have it you have to make some changes in diet and exercise. The most important diet change will be to find out how many carbs you can tolerate at one time. All carbs even healthy ones like whole grains and beans will raise bgs so you need to test all sorts of foods to see what you are sensitive to. Normal bgs are close to 100 or 5.5. So the closer you get to that the better.

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Welcome aboard, Jormantha, good to meet you. There are scads of people here whose histories are just the same as yours - me included. I've been heavy for the last 40+ years, and I still am. I always cooked from scratch and thought I was providing the best meals for myself & my family by baking our own whole grain breads, growing our own garden which included potatoes, corn, etc., canning and freezing our own foods, and in general going back to basics & natural foods. Well . . . that didn't turn out quite like the experts tell it. So as the others have said - don't EVER blame yourself for this. And if any of your medical team hints at it, you can tell them for me that they have the cart before the horse.

Make yourself comfortable here, ask all the questions you have, and I hope you'll be able to visit often.




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We could blame ourselves but it would not changer were diabetic. My mom and 2 aunts were very thin and I mean very. My 85 yr old aunt is 85 lbs and has been tiny all her life. Both my mom and aunt were dx in there late teens, they did not cause a thing so put that out of your mind. Now the next step is change some things and get control it has been done by millions, that is right about 20 million or more have type 2 and about 8 million or more do not even know they have it.

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I also have PCOS. So already a propensity towards an insulin resistance.

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I see you had some pizza with whole grain crust last night that did a nasty to your bg. Unfortunately, some of the things the 'experts' tell us are healthy to eat are unhealthy for diabetics. Besides sugar, most of us have to cut out pasta, rice, grains (including whole grains), fruit, potatoes, corn and other starchy veggies.

We use almond flour (ground up almonds) instead of flour for baking, many of us bake our own bread and make sugar free desserts. We have a fine recipe section here at the forum. When it comes to pizza, people handle the crust in different ways. As for me, I like the meatzza pizza. For the crust, you pat a pound of ground beef or sausage into the bottom of a cookie sheet, bake 325 degrees for 30 minutes, add your toppings, raise the oven heat some and bake about 20 minutes more.

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NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! No more potatoes?! LOL!! Trial and error?

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NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! No more potatoes?! LOL!! Trial and error?
I rarely cheat, and since I keep my bg so low, yesterday I was able to eat an order of french fries and get by with it (can't do that often), and yes, it is trial and error. Because each of us is different, we must let our meter be our guide. Good luck with the spud test.

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Sounds like you have the 8x10 glossy as my stepson used to say...read BS101! And welcome, by the way!




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