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Old 04-29-2014, 19:03   #1
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Hi, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last year. My A1C was at 7.1 and that is what they used for the diagnosis. Anyway, I told them I wanted to try to follow their diet plan. I did for a month, then stopped. I have ignored the whole thing for a year and of course started to feel really crappy again so I went back to the doctor. Just got the results and everything shows worse, my A1C is now at 8.3. I am terrible at sticking to a diet plan and hate the idea of going on any kind of medication. I go to the doctor tomorrow to discuss my new test results and am not looking forward to this visit. I think reading posts from other diabetics will help me with my struggle to do what I am supposed to do. So that is why I am here. Thanks,

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Welcome to the forum! This is a great community with lots of knowledgable people.

We've all been where you're at but please take comfort, it needs not be as scary or bad as you're feeling right now.

You will get all the help and advice you need to manage and improve your condition.

Others to chime in shortly!

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A great resource with lots of information is:

http://www.bloodsugar101.com

It is highly recommended with excellent information.

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Hello Leyta and

Yes, we have noticed that the ADA diet plan isn't the most effective when it comes to blood sugar control. Speaking for myself, I've found that the best approach is to reduce the carbohydrate content of my meals substantially and to top them up with nice old fashioned natural fats.

Using this approach I've managed to eliminate my need for medication, lost a bit of weight and am now a lot fitter than I was four years ago when I was enjoying my last spring without a diabetic label.

Have a look at Blood Sugar 101 The site is written by a lady who has been diabetic since the 1990s and is packed with very helpful ideas and explanations for the management of this beast. It's well worth exploring.

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If you want the best response, do read BloodSugar101 and follow the ideas we discuss here! Welcome also.




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Welcome Leyta,

Hope you find this forum helpful. I've been here for four months now, and am lucky enough to have brought my A1C down to 5.3. Eating very low carbs and lots of fat is the first diet I've ever been on that has been successful. I've lost 42 pounds, and I'm rarely hungry. My doctor says that if it works for me, I should keep it up. Not all doctors are even that supportive, so I don't know what you'll encounter with yours. It helps that mine agrees with me that diet and exercise are much better than taking medication. Good luck to you--we love lots of questions here.

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Welcome! As a start, be sure to check out these sites:

Blood Sugar 101

LCHF for Beginners | DietDoctor.com

They contain a lot of great info about diabetes and the way to stay healthy.

Many of us here follow a low carb, high fat diet. It keeps your BG low and is heart healthy! Yes, you have been deceived all these years.

The Big Lie ยป The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

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What they all said!

The only thing I can add is that if you are up to the change- it needs to be adopted as a lifestyle and not considered a diet. This is it. We accept that our bodies do not process carbohydrates correctly and even if our A1Cs/FBG drop within the "normal" range, any return to old ways of eating would put us back to square one.

It's going to be fine. Just have to ditch some old bad habits. You can do this!

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Welcome Leyta,

Hope you find this forum helpful. I've been here for four months now, and am lucky enough to have brought my A1C down to 5.3. Eating very low carbs and lots of fat is the first diet I've ever been on that has been successful. I've lost 42 pounds, and I'm rarely hungry. My doctor says that if it works for me, I should keep it up. Not all doctors are even that supportive, so I don't know what you'll encounter with yours. It helps that mine agrees with me that diet and exercise are much better than taking medication. Good luck to you--we love lots of questions here.
The whole "rarely hungry" comment really makes me want to know more about your diet. What kind of fats? And I watched a video saying air popped popcorn is good for diabetics. Thanks.

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What they all said!

The only thing I can add is that if you are up to the change- it needs to be adopted as a lifestyle and not considered a diet. This is it. We accept that our bodies do not process carbohydrates correctly and even if our A1Cs/FBG drop within the "normal" range, any return to old ways of eating would put us back to square one.

It's going to be fine. Just have to ditch some old bad habits. You can do this!
Thanks, I feel like this is going to be so hard, but I think this site will help. You all have gone through it and it helps knowing that it can be done. I unfortunately feel at times that I am just not strong enough to do what needs to be done.

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