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Old 12-29-2013, 23:31   #1
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Hello, really glad I found this place, tons of questions and after just a bit of searching, tons of answers. Diagnosed with Type 2 little over a week ago. Three month sugar at 264. Started Janumet. It takes getting used to. No testing yet, Dr. said he wanted to see how this oral med would work and whether it was good for me.
This diagnosis is a little(maybe a lot) overwhelming. At 63 and with years of bad habits the changes I need are pretty dramatic. Thanks for all the great ideas and thanks for sharing. Looking forward to a quality education here.

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Old 12-30-2013, 00:04   #2
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Welcome, Gman. I'd really reconsider that 'no testing' policy from your doctor. Testing is the only way that you'll know how the foods you're eating are affecting your blood sugar. How's your diet? Are you staying low in carbs?

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Old 12-30-2013, 00:07   #3
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Buy a meter and test. Forget what the Dr told you. I have worked in medical 20 years. You are the key to your management not the MD. Get a meter, test, test and test some more. Start a LCHF way of living and you will be amazed.

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Old 12-30-2013, 00:20   #4
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Welcome aboard, Gman. I agree with the others that your doc is wrong on the testing issue. In order for us to control our blood sugar, we have to know what it is, or else we don't know if we're coming or going.

I disagree with him on the janumet prescription too. If he wants to use metformin, then prescribe metformin alone - not mixed in with another drug which has some very serious side effects. Met has side effects too, but they usually subside early on, and if they don't, there's the option of switching to the extended release version of met. Januvia (which is the other component of Janumet) is a dangerous drug. Go ahead & run a search for its side effects - they can be really scary, as in pancreatic cancer.




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Old 12-30-2013, 19:16   #5
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Wow, lots to process. I stopped at CVS, there are a dozen or more testers, how do I pick one?
I am on a low carb diet. I am careful about what I eat, no cookies, no cabernet but good stuff. Three meals, two snacks, I do weigh and measure. I walk 30 minutes at a moderate pace most days.
When I was first diagnosed I was embarrassed to tell anyone,
My wife told me that was dumb, family and friends will help you stay strong. I married a smart woman.
Thanks for the feedback and help, I know I am not alone.

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If your insurance will cover testing strips, go with the meter or meters they cover. If no insurance or if finances are tight, go with the one that has the cheapest strips. If you like a lot of bells & whistles, those are available too - you'll have to go shopping & compare.

What are the foods suggested on your low-carb diet? Does it include much in the way of processed foods? How much fat is allowed on it?

And lastly, I truly hope your family and friends are supportive, but I have to tell you that many of us have experienced negative feedback from our own. Most of us have encountered non-diabetics who still seem to have all the answers for managing or curing diabetes, and they usually think the management methods we've chosen are all wrong. They don't believe we should be cutting carbs (horrors! we need all that fruit and all those whole grains! ), and heaven forbid that we would eat such copious amounts of good fats! Others often refuse to accept that we need a new source of fuel for energy now that we must avoid carbs which had been the previous fuel source. Fats are our new source of fuel for energy, and they don't raise blood sugar - they don't do any of the things they're blamed for. They just help us control our diabetes right down to the ground.




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Old 12-31-2013, 01:10   #7
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I stopped by Publix at lunch today, they have a very nice pharmacy. They sponser a monthly Intro to Diabetes that I signed up for next week.
I told the pharmacist I wanted to start testing. She gave me (no charge!)two meter's with 10 test strips and a hole puncher(not sure what to call it)
When I got home I read through the directions hit the little spike into
The side of my finger( pretty much painless)and touched the strip to it. It took about 5 seconds and read 77. It was about 1.5 hours since my almonds and 3 hours after lunch.
When should I be testing? Thanks for the help.

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Hi, Gman. The hole puncher is called a lancet. You should test your fasting bg as soon as you wake up, and test 1 and 2 hours after taking the first bite of food to see how high that food raises your bg. By the second hour, your bg should hopefully be going down instead of up. Some people also test pre-meal but I personally only do that if I am testing a new food and want to know about how many points that food will raise my bg.

I have found that when meters are free, the strips are usually pretty expensive. If you find that to be the case with the meters you have, you might check out the ReliOn meters at Walmart. They are inexpensive, so are the strips. Also, we have had a few new members who were testing with more than one meter, and the difference in readings was driving them crazy. It is best to pick one meter and stick with it.

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Old 12-31-2013, 03:54   #9
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Because strips are expensive, we want to test only when the results give us specific information that we can act on. Jenny Ruhl, our BloodSugar101 friend, lays out a plan here, which includes testing a minimum of ten times a day, and usually more.




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Old 12-31-2013, 11:20   #10
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Just as a follow up, I will check prices today, the Walmart tester seems like a plan.
I checked an hour after dinner, it was 111. I checked this morning when I got up, it was 99. I am keeping a journal and am logging
my numbers.
You are all very helpful, thanks!

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