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Old 02-01-2016, 01:13   #1
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Hey y'all,

The name's Daniel. So, since September of last year, I've been having all sorts of strange symptoms (notably post-meal pains in hands and feet). I've got a family history of diabetes (Grandfather had -- and died of— late onset Type 1, and my waay older half-sister also has some form of DB, though I'm not sure of the type). Tried self-testing, but kept screwing it up. Repeatedly. Mostly E-3 errors. "Test strip outside of vial too long or blood sample on top of test strip." So, I quit the attempts to self-test. A couple days ago the pains got bad enough that I went to an Urgent Care, they ordered labwork, and lo and behold, my BG came back at 161 (the blood was taken maybe 45 minutes or so after a meal).

So, I take it I need to change my diet (currently crazy high-carb), and get better at using a meter in order to figure out what my glucose levels are doing on a daily basis? But I'm not really sure where to start with either of those things?

(Also, I'm in Arizona for the next few months. But I normally live in New York. So, insurance, primary care physician, everything is in NY.)

Sorry if this is ramble-y. I look forward to interacting with (and learning from!) you all.

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Note for mods: Please don't delete me. The HAc1 one figure I don't know. Fasting levels were basically normal when I last ran a successful test (but that was close to Thanksgiving).

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Hi Daniel, welcome to the forum.

I see you know what you need to do if you want to control your BG, and that is to cut out the very thing that makes it go up. Carbs have got to go if you don't want to advance the complications that are associated with diabetes. Many of us on the forum have changed to a low carb high fat way of eating. This is a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet. The secret to sustaining the LCHF way of eating is to replace the calories one gives up in carbs with calories of healthy natural fats. Most of us eat less than 50 grams of carbs a day, many under 30 grams. LCHF for beginners is a good place to read about things to eat and not eat. There are other places as well, but avoid those say you should eat 45 grams per meal. That may be less carbs than you currently eat, but you certainly won't get control of your BG with that many carbs.

You can read thru Bloodsugar101 to learn a lot about diabetes and its management. You need to get back to trying to test BG yourself. The most common error is not getting enough blood into the strip. You may have to set your lancet a little deeper, most are adjustable. It also helps to stick the side of your finger next to the nail and not on the tip. The importance of testing is to know your BG value. BG over 140 mg/dL is allowing damage to slowly occur to your body.

Others will be along, so if you have any questions, ask away, someone here will have "been there, done that" experience that can explain what has worked or not worked for them.

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Mbuster,

Thank you, sir! *goofy smiles* I’ve bookmarked both the sites you linked. Will start in on the recipes tomorrow, and have begun reading through Blood Sugar 101.

Increasing needle depth sounds like a good idea. Suggestion much appreciated.

I’ll let you know how testing goes…

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A bg of 161 is elevated but, by itself, doesn't mean a lot.

They could have done a HgA1c test to see your average glucose levels over the past couple of months.

There are a few tests your doctor should do for a diagnosis but getting a handle on that meter and your own tests will set you on the right path in the mean time. Lowering carbs is a good move, even if you are not yet diagnosed.

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Update 2/2/16 --

Fastings: 85
Ate bran muffin (first bite @ 9:55)
1 hour (10:57): 159
2 hours (11:58): 115
3 hours: Ran out of strips. Couldn’t get an accurate read. *sighs*

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That 159 is above the safe level of 140, and is quite a rise from 85. If you had started out with a high BG before you ate, you could have hit 200 or more.

You might not want to eat such a carby food again. Eggs, bacon, avocado, nuts, LC muffins made with almond meal... are all good breakfast choices for a diabetic.

Now that you know that a food/meal with the amount of carbs as that muffin does you no favors, you can purpose to not eat that many carbs at one time again. This is what testing does for one. Helps one see what foods are good (don't raise BG) and what foods are not (spike BG too high).

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Hi again VeeJay,

Apologies for the slow response.

Doing a forum search on low-carb muffin recipes as we speak…

Poked about some, and this (a Grant Schofield URL that apparently I can't include yet) plus the link Mbuster posted earlier seem like good places to start. Any food sites you especially recommend?

My biggest worry at this point: test strips. Without a prescription, the corner Walgreen’s charges essentially a dollar a strip, and my current success rate with actually getting a reading is about 1 in 5. It’s very frustrating, and not sustainable. I need to stop screwing up so much...that and find cheaper strips. Online, maybe?

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We are familiar with Prof. Grant's advice and we recommend it, apart from his 'whatever day' suggestions. You need not be posting links quite yet.

As for expensive test strips, I suspect Walgreens has a house brand of meters that is fairly cheap, as strips go. And if those aren't acceptable for you, go to Walmart and get their house brand - ReliOn. These meters prob'ly don't have all the bells & whistles that big expensive name-brand meters have, but if all you need is to test your blood a lot, they're fine.




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Hi Larry,
Welcome aboard, you have been given lots of good information from many of our more experienced folks. Do the reading, gain the knowledge and you will know how to take control of your diabetes.

As for meters and strips I order my on the internet. Using usually search on Amazon for Truetest and order 500 strips at a time. The cost less then $0.19 each. The testing meter works well and did not cost to much either....

As you read you will see that as diabetics we stay away from carb filled foods....all grains, all food with sugar and many with substitutes for sugar, all root crops (e.g., all potatoes, carrots, beets, etc.), all fruit, except some of us can handle a few berries..., of course as you read you will learn more about what we can and cannot tolerate. Most important you will learn how to 'eat to your meter' as since we are all a bit unique, we can all tolerate different foods...testing a food is the only way to be sure it is ok....

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