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Old 01-03-2014, 06:35   #1
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Hi,
I'm a 47 yr-old female who really has had troubles with blood sugar since my 20's. My mother is severe diabetic as well as her whole side of her family, including kids. However, I was not officially dx until I was 7 mos pregnant in 2000. After birth, they returned to normal but not for long....first I was put on diet, didn't really stick to it, then metformin, which I could not tolerate, allergic to the sulfa meds, so went on Januvia which helped some. During the same time, I found out I had a serious lung disease and pretty much put the blood sugars on the back burner. I paid dearly for that.
I was scheduled for a hysterectomy in '09. My dr. admitted me a day early and said my glucose was over 400! I was started on insulin that day...
Fast fwd: I have been stupid with it...not logging all my numbers, eating bad things, ie fast food, sweets, etc. Now I am on Novolog sliding (15u base) and Lantus, 42u at night. My a1c was as high as 11 but last one was down to 9.5. still horrible...my glucose was 400 the day after Christmas! I don't exercise. Ive been depressed for two years due to two tradgedies,<sp> (which I am taking meds for), and also have a hard time breathing when walking even. I am overweight. Seems like the more insulin they put me on, the hungrier and fatter I get! lol My diet has been horrible, though.
I started Invokana this week and can see mild improvement so far. I went to the endo today and the np spent 1 1/2 hrs with me. I need to get this straight and have more willpower with diet. Each dr. tells me a different diet, low carb, high but good carbs, eat fats, don't eat fats, etc so the point where I just eat whatever... so im here to see how you all are succeeding in hopes I can learn and DO also.

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Hi, toosweet. It isn't surprising that you have been getting contradictory advice from medical professionals. In reality, the whole thing boils down to carbs are the culprit. The less carbs you eat, the less insulin (and hopefully meds) you will need. Most of us eat low carb/high fat and eating this way, some of us, including my husband and me have lost weight without even trying.

Next to this forum, the most helpful diabetic website I know of is Blood Sugar 101 If you spend some time there, you will be glad you did. Be sure to read the section How To Lower Your Blood Sugar. You can also go to LCHF for Beginners which will explain the lc/hf way of eating, and give you a list of lower carb foods. After that, check out the recipe section of the forum and you'll see that eating lc/hf can be a pleasant experience.

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What is the benefit of eating high fats? Thanks and I will check those out

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Old 01-03-2014, 13:41   #4
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Do yourself a favor and get GAD-65 autoantibody, and C-peptide testing. FAR too many of us on the LADA group on FB had a history of Gestational D -- like, nearly ALL! And turned out to have a slow, insidious form of Autoimmune diabetes, that was being overlooked and is difficult to control without insulin.

Recently I did some genetic testing, and therein lies the clue to WHY they related, it was quite a revelation to us ALL!

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What is the benefit of eating high fats? Thanks and I will check those out
Fats can be used as fuel by the body. So can carbs/glucose but that raises BG. But fats have no impact on blood sugar.

So if your body is using fats for fuel, then there is much less need for insulin because there's not that much incoming glucose.

If you read members' stories, and look at the stats in their signature, you'll find that many of us are able to control our BG through eating LCHF. While this may or may not be the case for everyone, it goes a long way in keeping BG low, and keeping complications from happening.

Reading on Blood Sugar 101 is the best place to start to understand diabetes and clear up any confusion you've had from conflicting theories about carbs vs fats. Bottom line - eat many carbs, higher BG, don't eat many carbs, lower BG

I'll add one more technical comment: While protein has less impact on BG than carbs, any excess from what is needed for repair and maintenance is stored as glycogen by the liver and dumped into the bloodstream at any time in the future that it gets a signal that BG are going low (whether or not that low is perfectly normal). So, for diabetics, replacing carbs with more protein isn't too wise. So replace carbs with fats.

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Hi, toosweet, and welcome to the forum. It sounds like you've had a long, hard journey with diabetes - but there is definitely hope that you will get it under control and feel better. The folks here will have a lot of good advice for you and guess what? The advice you get here really works!

Once again, welcome. Do read the links that have been furnished and make changes one step at a time. You will soon find your blood glucose levels dropping and you will feel better.

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Hi toosweet.
So sorry for the hard time you’ve been having with this disease.
Really starting with diet is the best way to go.
Certainly it’s hard to get started, and hard the first few weeks.
But as the saying goes “just do it”
Really cutting out all the sugars and starchy carbs is a great place to start.
It’s much safer than meds, and as VeeJay said, if you cut carbs you use less insulin and won’t gain the weight. If you need meds, insulin is the best- Better than Invokana.
Why did you not tolerate metformin? Did you use the extended release? Metformin is one of the safer drugs as well, although it works best with a low carb, high fat diet.
Replace those carbs with fats (saturated fats from animal sources, other healthy fats are avocado, olive oil, nuts-eliminate vegetable oils, canola, margarine, etc.). As was stated, fats are to replace the carbs you need for energy, and will not affect BG.

HTH!

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Do yourself a favor and get GAD-65 autoantibody, and C-peptide testing. FAR too many of us on the LADA group on FB had a history of Gestational D -- like, nearly ALL! And turned out to have a slow, insidious form of Autoimmune diabetes, that was being overlooked and is difficult to control without insulin.

Recently I did some genetic testing, and therein lies the clue to WHY they related, it was quite a revelation to us ALL!
i'll ask about tests...I've never heard of autoimmune diabetes?

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Hi toosweet.
So sorry for the hard time you’ve been having with this disease.
Really starting with diet is the best way to go.
Certainly it’s hard to get started, and hard the first few weeks.
But as the saying goes “just do it”
Really cutting out all the sugars and starchy carbs is a great place to start.
It’s much safer than meds, and as VeeJay said, if you cut carbs you use less insulin and won’t gain the weight. If you need meds, insulin is the best- Better than Invokana.
Why did you not tolerate metformin? Did you use the extended release? Metformin is one of the safer drugs as well, although it works best with a low carb, high fat diet.
Replace those carbs with fats (saturated fats from animal sources, other healthy fats are avocado, olive oil, nuts-eliminate vegetable oils, canola, margarine, etc.). As was stated, fats are to replace the carbs you need for energy, and will not affect BG.

HTH!
ok, so mediter. type fats? I did well so far today... not low carb but in general.. had oatmal w cinnamon n walnut n cheese stick for breakfast...2 hrs after bs-131! then 124 just now...I'm not used to seeing such low #s and im feeling like its low..i guess bc it is for me lol must be the invoke.

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Old 01-03-2014, 23:28   #10
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oh, metformin did nasty things and yes even w the X lol
I'm not sure what to do.. my sliding scale..base for that novolog is 15u, but with 124 bs , not sure I want to still take that much along with the invokana..she said to, but I only took 8 before lunch and it's 124 now....

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