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Old 09-08-2015, 06:56   #1
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Hi everyone, I was diagnosed with Diabetes about five years ago. Although I am not totally new, my Mother was a diabetic along with my two brothers and two of my grown daughters has it also. One daughter was diagnosed at the age of 9 but back then we went by exchanges so this whole carb counting thing is so confusing to me. HELP...maybe if you could teach me, I would really appreciate it. Anyways I am just learning this App. So have patience with me please. Lol

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Welcome to the Forum, Jeanie!

Congratulations ... you're doing it right!

You'll find lots of info, support and the best kind of nosiness here.

My own family (both sides) is also pretty much all-diabetic. My fondest wish is that genetic research pushes forward to solve the puzzles behind genetic causes of diabetes.

Today is Labor Day in the US. Even though we're an international Forum, a lot of folks aren't here. More folks should be coming along shortly.

Around here, we recommend a method called Eat to Your Meter. This method will show you the amount of carbs that work (or don't) for you. No exchanges are involved.

Here are two more links on glucose control and food that many of us find helpful:

Please read a lot, and ask lots of questions, and ... most of all ... please keep us posted!

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Hi Jeanie, welcome to the forum. Diabetes is becoming more and more common place and the medical community is ever so slowly coming around to realize that excess sugar/starches/carbs may have something to do with the explosion of this disease and possibly even be the source of the high blood sugar that causes complications of organ system damage. The members of this forum have known this for quite some time. Many eat a very low carb diet to avoid having high blood sugars, some have to also add a little exercise, and all of us try to use a minimum of meds. Shalynne has shared the links to getting started.

On the bloodsugar101 website, there a section that talks about diabetes medicines. There are some really nasty ones out there.

Also please share what you learn here with others in your family and invite them to join, or at least become regular browsers of the forum.

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Welcome, Jeanie

You've come to a good place for help and encouragement toward good diabetes management.

Re: carb counting

You'll need a source for determining how many carbohydrate grams there are in a given portion of any food. Obviously, breads and potatoes, etc., have more grams of carbohydrates than do broccoli and cauliflower. The source can be an on-line calculator (which many here use) or as simple as a small book that gives the carb count along with other factors such as fiber and fat (which is what I use).

When you plan to eat a meal, you'll need to measure each portion of each food (yes, a real bother but necessary) - and a food scale is helpful for this. Then list the grams of carbs for each item on the menu, add them up and come up with a total. This would be the total carbs for the meal.

Many of us who eat low-carb/high-fat (see the link from Shalynne) will keep our total for the DAY to less than 50g, and many less than 30g.

How you will know what your limit of carbs per meal and per day will be from testing (see the Eat To Your Meter link).

It's really rather simple, but does require a commitment and a lot of work in the beginning in order to find out what foods one can safely eat (don't spike BG above 140, ever) and what foods contain too many carbs for one's body to process and so are off the menu from now on.

I started with the Atkins Induction/Phase I "diet". I printed off the food lists from their website which showed the carb count for everything on that phase of the diet. The total per day for that diet is 30g, which is about right for a low-carb diet. What they don't do is encourage eating fats, and after being on this forum for a while I started increasing fats and was better able to manage my diabetes and not be hungry (I still lost weight in spite of eating more fat).

Do read the links and some of the other members' intro threads, where you'll watch the progress of others from high BG to being successful in BG control. You can do this too.

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Jeanie,
Welcome to the forum, I just found this website in April of this year and after reading all the material suggested in the above posts, I started to live the Low Carb High Fat life on 5/1/2015! The results have been amazing for me, not only has my ongoing blood sugar improved, with my last A1c being 6.0 (down from 7.3) but my weight is now down 30lbs. Blood pressure much improved, cholesterol much improved, etc. ...my doctor has been amazed.

So do the reading, gain the knowledge and jump on in as the weather if fine!

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Hi and welcome Jeanie You've gotten the best info already, excellent reading sites. Do you have your own meter? I'm surprised at the amount of docs who tell their patients a meter isn't necessary.

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Hi Jeanie! Welcome to the forum!! Glad you found us!

Please do spend time reading the links you have already been given, maybe some of your family will read them too. They really are the best approach to getting your blood sugar under control.

If you don't have a meter, WalMart has a very inexpensive one (Relion) with inexpensive strips to go with it. It will be your BFF for a while during the testing of your meals. It is time consuming in the beginning, but as you build your safe list of foods/meals you won't have to test as much.

Best of luck to you and again, welcome!

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I want to Thank everyone for your replies. I do check my blood at least once a day. I found a meter from CVS. My doctor told me about it and I do believe the strips are cheaper than Walmart. You will have to forgive me for my spelling. It seemed the older I get the harder it gets to remember the small things like spelling...lol
I just wanted to let you all know I am reading everything you are saying and I really appreciate you all caring enough to take time out of your day for me
God Bless all of you

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Jeanie53, if BG didn't change much throughout the day, once a day might be OK, but it does change, and it can happen in minutes. Your body is trying to regulate many things continuously. Testing once a day tells you nothing of any value. It may be good (85) when you check it but it is bad (200) most of the time. Anything over 140 is causing damage. Initially it may take testing 10 to 12 times a day to see what is going on. See Shalynne's link to 'Eat to your Meter"

I'm not endorsing it by saying this, but the Relion Prime test strips are $9.00 for 50 strips, are your strips at CVS cheaper than that?

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Jeanie, I am assuming you are type 1. There is a book that you might find very helpful: "Using Insulin" by John Walsh. That book discusses carb counting, too.

I count carbs before all meals and snacks. I need one unit of fast acting insulin for every 7 carbs at breakfast. That is called a 1:7 ratio. I use a 1:12 ratio at lunch, and a 1:10 ratio in the evening. You would need to find the ratios that are appropriate for you, by trial and error. They might be very different from mine.

A CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) can be helpful in explaining carb counting, and many other things. A CDE is usually found on staff at hospitals.

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