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elibys 04-30-2014 19:20

Constant hunger
 
Hi,
I am still digesting the fact that I have a reason to be here, but doing my research and trying not to get down.

My question to the group is that since I am constantly hungry and trying to eat the "right" foods" when is the best time to test my blood? There is never 2 hours after a meal, since I am eating all the time. My weight is low, so I am not watching my calories, only the type of food that I am eating.

I also want to know when it is safe to exercise. I generally run 3 times a week, but now am feeling so tired and worried that this will cause problems that I haven't run since my tests came back on 4/25 (A1C 14.5, after dinner 439 last night)

Thanks for your help! I am so glad I have found this forum

Shanny 04-30-2014 19:28

elibys? If you adopt the LCHF way-of-eating, you'll be able to keep your hunger at bay and your energy levels up by eating high fats. When we slash our carbs consumption - which is what raises our blood sugar - we replace it with fats which don't raise our blood sugar. Here is another good guide to getting things squared away - How to Lower Your Blood Sugar

As you read through our threads, you'll find all the reasons and explanations for LCHF, and also the studies which show there is no danger in eating this way. Natural fats are good for us - they do not make us fat - and they pose no risk for heart disease.




Msfranxie 04-30-2014 19:31

If you are still eating any carbs (bread, potatoes, beans, corn, rice, oats, fruit, low fat dairy products, etc.), you will continue to feel hungry. Carbs crave more carbs, and make you miserable. If you substitute low carb veggies and lots of healthy fats for the bad carbs, you won't be hungry anymore. Avocados, olives, walnuts, almonds, grain fed meat, oily fish, full fat cheese, heavy whipping cream, mayonnaise, and eggs are all good for you and satisfy your hunger. I didn't believe it either, but since I went on this crazy "diet", I've never been healthier. Good luck on your journey!

Incognito 04-30-2014 19:42

Oh my goodness! Yes, if you are willing to give the low carb high fat thing a try your blood sugar will drop, your hunger will cease and your energy will improve - I can testify that this works.

Please consider it!

Those numbers are dangerously high!

MAO 04-30-2014 22:00

Wow yes, please look into it. Everyone is a little different of course but once you get it adjusted to you, it works great and feels so much better.

If Shanny told me to jump from the building I would, she has helped me so much as have so many others on here. Stop the carbs abuse, it is not the way to live!

JT Reagan 04-30-2014 22:03

Quote:

Originally Posted by elibys (Post 562681)
Hi,
I am still digesting the fact that I have a reason to be here, but doing my research and trying not to get down.

My question to the group is that since I am constantly hungry and trying to eat the "right" foods" when is the best time to test my blood? There is never 2 hours after a meal, since I am eating all the time. My weight is low, so I am not watching my calories, only the type of food that I am eating.

I also want to know when it is safe to exercise. I generally run 3 times a week, but now am feeling so tired and worried that this will cause problems that I haven't run since my tests came back on 4/25 (A1C 14.5, after dinner 439 last night)

Thanks for your help! I am so glad I have found this forum

Test before you eat. If you are eating 1 hr later again, test before you eat. That will give you two comparisons. If your blood test shows a large rise well over 140, then don't eat the second time. Drink water and wait. If your blood test shows below sixty, eat at least 15 grams of carbs and wait 15 minutes to test again.
Likely the constant hunger is caused by many carbs eaten without protein. Eat more protein before you eat carbs and definitely add in some good fats. (See Shanny's advice.) Good luck.

counsiler 05-01-2014 02:15

Welcome to the forum elibys

elibys 05-01-2014 18:00

since finding out I am diabetic (4/25), my glucose has not been below 250 even at fasting, and generally hovers at 350, so waiting until I get to 140 is just not possible. I have not yet seen an endo (waiting for my appointment) to find out if I am type 1 or type 2.

How would l know this besides from an endo diagnosing?

VeeJay 05-01-2014 18:26

I can conclude from your BG numbers that you have SOME ability to process carbohydrates, but not enough to keep BG below 140. Here's my suggestion:

While you are waiting for your appointment with an endo:

If you are T2 and are insulin resistant, and/or have diminished pancreatic function:
...... eat as few carbohydrates as you possibly can. Fill up on lots of fats and some protein. This will greatly reduce your need for insulin and your BG will go down.

If you are T1 and have diminished pancreatic function:
..... (see above) With less need for insulin, your BG will not rise so far.

jademuffin 05-01-2014 18:29

Only the type testing can tell you for sure if you are Type, 1, 1.5 (LADA), or 2.

However, all types can benefit from the "eating to your meter" lifestyle advocated here.

It is safe to exercise, however, what you might be experiencing is a "false hypo" which is your body has been used to such a high level of glucose, it thinks you are low when clearly you are not. This also happens as your body adjusts to medications and any and all other changes you might be making to lower your numbers. While uncomfortable, it should be fairly short-lived. Feel free to eat when this occurs, but I would advise against using sugar or carbs to "treat" it as you would a true hypo event.

And as a reminder, the "right foods" being advocated by the ADA are not the ones we condone for LCHF. They tell us to eat WAY more carbs than are actually good for us.


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