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Old 03-17-2019, 02:00   #1
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I am an 60 year old woman with Type 2 who is not medicated. I am overweight and have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I am on meds for the Blood Pressure and Cholesterol. My fasting sugars have been poor 130-140. My doctor is holding off on meds hoping that I will loose some weight and exercise before medicating me. I am on meds that do make me tired and feeling down. I would like to try intermittent fasting, I have read many positive success stories. I would like to educate myself and do what I can to improve my situation. I am from Connecticut, am married with two adult daughters. Thank You.

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Old 03-17-2019, 02:22   #2
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Welcome, cutestuff2 -- you've come to the right place. A number of people posting here are using IF. You can find their posts/threads by clicking on Search on the black bar near the top of this page (on the Web version) or the magnifying-glass icon on the red bar (mobile version) and entering intermittent fasting . Let us know your questions and please tell us about your experiences with it.

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Old 03-17-2019, 03:04   #3
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Hi, and welcome

I was 63 when first diagnosed with T2 diabetes. i also cannot do much exercise due to physical issues, but have been successful in lowering my blood glucose (BG) levels, and in losing weight.

A great website for learning about diabetes, and what to do about it, is www.bloodsugar101.com Do check out the article, How To Lower Your Blood Sugar. This testing method is what most of us here do to make sure we are not eating foods that can cause our BG to spike high.

You'll want to read through the threads here, especially the new member introduction threads, and ask any questions you have. We're all here to help and support one another.

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Old 03-17-2019, 03:49   #4
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Thanks for the Warm Welcome Steve and VeeJay!! I appreciate your suggestions and advice. Have a Great Sunday!! Laura

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Old 03-17-2019, 10:25   #5
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Hi cutestuff2, welcome to the forum. Taking care of diabetes can be complicated and it can be easy. Exercise can be, and is, beneficial, but as VeeJay says, it is not as big a necessity as they make it out to be. Losing weight can also help but that too is not always the answer that works for everyone. The biggest thing that helps control diabetes is controlling your BG (blood glucose or blood sugar). The easiest way to do that is to control one of the major things that contributes to higher BG, that is to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you are eating.. That part may be the hardest part if one is used to eating the Standard American Diet, SAD, that many of us were doing for years and years prior to being diagnosed with D. But the good news is that it can be done and it is sustainable for life. There are other things that make controlling your BG a little harder to do, but I think there has been a lot of diversity in what people have found that worked for them, that some wnere, and maybe everywhere on this forum, there will be something that works great for you. Check out as many threads on the forum as you can and if a question pops up, don't be afraid to ask. Someone here can help.

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Old 03-18-2019, 21:16   #6
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Welcome cutestuff2! Listen to the mods. They know what they are talking about along with a lot of other informative folks on this site. I hope you continue to visit and post.

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Hi cutestuff2...love that name!

I am a 67-year-old male and I have been a type 2 diabetic for over 14 years now. I have been on metformin for all of the 14 years and about 10 years ago my doctor put me on insulin (slow acting one shot before I go to bed). That helped me a lot with my blood sugar control. Because it is slow acting you have almost no chance of having unsafe low levels of blood sugar, unlike when you take fast acting insulin with meals. In the spring of 2015, my blood sugar had creeped up to 7.9 and I could not seem to be able to get it down. My feet were burning at night and I was very concerned. My doctor wanted me to go on more meds....I instinctually resisted that...but I was concerned!

Around March of 2015 I found this website and did lots of reading on the websites that were recommended (see below). I got very interested when I found out that what they recommend is a radical reduction in all carbohydrates we avoid eating anything with...sugar, honey, or syrups, avoid any thing with grains (bread, cake, pie, rice, cereal, etc.), no fruits (except maybe a few strawberries or blue berries), and avoid most all root crops like potatoes, carrots, etc...…BUT what was different from other low carb diets, is that we eat more fats to offset the lack of carbs, you know like, steak, eggs, bacon, ham, heavy whipping cream (in coffee), Avocado, Fried Pork Rinds, etc. etc.....Having tried low carb diets and failing due to hunger and/or cravings for carbs….Upon learning about this plan, I thought, "I can do this" I love fats, but have always been afraid of eating them.

So I did lots of research with my wife (who is not diabetic, but she wanted to follow it to lose some weight) getting a good menu set up for myself...and on 5/1/15 I started an honest effort to eat the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) model! I found right away two things happened....1. My blood sugars dropped into normal ranges 105 - 85 and even after eating, the seldom went over 110! Also, I lost my cravings for carbs after about the 3rd day. Anytime I wanted to eat something car-by, I had some pork rinds, or a few Pecans, or walnuts (I got the nuts in the shell so cracking them slowed down how fast I ate them). And the cravings went away.

When I started this lifestyle I weighted 320lbs, at 6'1", my A1c was at 7.9, my blood pressures ran around 135/95 even with my meds, and my Cholesterol numbers were border-line high and I was on a statin drug. My built line was at 52"....and at night my feet burned....! I was taking 2,000g of metformin daily and had increased my nightly injections of insulin to 126u! Yep, that's a ton of insulin and was it expensive...

My next doctor appointment was in July.....I my weight was at 270lbs down 50lbs (I am now down to 250), I did no exercises (and I was never hungry), my A1c was at 5.8 (welcome to the 5% club), my blood pressures improved to 125/70, and amazingly my Cholesterol numbers were normalized. My waste was at 46" (I am now at 44")....and at night my feet still feel warm, but not burning....! I was still taking 2,000g of metformin daily but had my nightly injections of insulin I had dropped to 25u! I am completely off the statin drug. I believe in time I will be able to completely get off of my insulin and maybe my metformin, it is all about what I eat.

Learning and following this lifestyle saved my life! I now weigh 250, my A1C is between 6.2 and 5.8 and my waste line is now 44”. All my other health indicators have improved (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.) I love what I eat and I eat what I want, except very few carbs....my doctor calls me his 'poster boy' for diabetic "old guys".....I have a new wardrobe as none of my close fit and cannot be adapted down that far....and a new outlook on life!

Check out the below websites and get the knowledge you need to join us! It really works, and you will not get hungry or crave carbs…as long as you eat enough added fat in your daily eating.

http://www.bloodsugar101.com/

http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

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Hi cutestuff, welcome to the forum. There's a lot of good stuff here with very knowledgeable people, so look around, ask questions and I'm sure you'll find the help you need.

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