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Old 03-19-2014, 21:25   #1
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I am new here.

I was originally diagnosed over 4 yrs ago. At that time, my A1C was almost 9. I got it down to 6 with my numbers around 100 - 120. I have never been below 86.

About 9 mos ago, I quit paying attention to my diet, my meds (taking them when I remembered), and exercise.

My A1C two weeks ago was 7.6. My numbers range from 180 - 300 regardless of what I eat.

I am currently on 500mg of metformin twice a day.

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Welcome to the forum Sharlan. You'll find this is a great place to hang out. Lots of support and encouragement.

If your numbers range from 180-300 - then you may want to take a closer look at reducing the carbohydrates in your diet. Most of us here eat a low-carb/high-fat LCHF diet which does wonders for keeping our BG down below 140 and even 120... or lower. Since it's carbs that raise BG, then it makes sense not to eat foods with a lot of carbs in them.

A good place to learn about diabetes is at Blood Sugar 101 and especially the article "How To Lower Your Bood Sugar" - which is, essentially, using your meter to test what particular foods do to BG, and eliminating those that spike it higher than 140. It's called "Eat to your meter"

Feel free to ask any questions you have.

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Welcome to the forum Sharlan. Please visit the links given to you by VeeJay because there is very important information at those links.

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Old 03-20-2014, 06:33   #4
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Welcome to the forum Sharlan!! Besides BloodSugar101, another site that is well worth a good look is The Diet Doctor by Andreas Eenfeldt. It gives a really good introduction to the LC/Hf way of eating. This is a way of eating, it is not a diet, it will be for the rest of your life. That may sound daunting, but it really isn't so bad. It takes work at the beginning, testing everything, but once that phase is passed you will know what you can eat without spiking your bg.

Your numbers are on the high side, you might want to talk to your dr about increasing your Met. Once you get better control you can gradually drop the dose down.

Looking forward to getting to know you! Best of luck to you!

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