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Old 03-17-2019, 22:36   #1
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Hi. Just a little about me. For years my doctor has told me i am pre-diabetic but never suggested anything until a month ago when she told me i am Diabetic 2. Already i m having a problem with being bored and really need to find a way to enjoy my eating. I did low carb years ago and that is now my problem as i got sick of eggs and such. Not to crazy about chicken either. I am on Metformin 500 mg twice a day. Not sure what that really does for me but i am not as hungry as i used to be. Lost a little weight which is good.I am going to start some classes next week. One class a month for 3 months. I know diabetes is dangerous so i am taking this serious. Thanks for letting me join.

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Welcome aboard, vernag!

Metformin is a drug that increases the ability of your cells to use the insulin your body produces and also helps lower the amount of glucose your body produces. Losing a little weight is a common side-effect of metformin, though it's not its primary purpose. Many people posting here use metformin and a low-carb diet to manage their diabetes, so I'm sure you'll find answers to the questions you have and support for figuring out what to eat and so on.

What kind of classes are you taking?

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Welcome, vernag

Taking diabetes seriously is a giant step for the newly diagnosed. Another good step is joining this forum. You'll be among others who are doing what it takes to gain good control of their diabetes.

Another good step is to become educated about what this condition is. And the best place for that is www.bloodsugar101.com The author does the research and cites her sources. We have learned to trust what she presents. (There is so much out there on the Internet that is just plain wrong.)

I, too, did low-carb years before my diagnosis. So I immediately went back to Adkins Induction (Phase I) way of eating. What I learned on the forum is that increasing fats when doing low-carb is the best way to go. It makes the food yummy along with filling one up - and makes one satisfied.

You might want to see what those of us on low-carb/high-fat (LCHF) are eating. Check out the meal sticky threads in the Diet Forum here.
https://www.diabetesforum.com/diabetes-diet-nutrition/
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the variety in these meals and snacks.

Do stick around, read the threads, and ask questions. We're all here to support and help each other.

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Old 03-18-2019, 15:20   #4
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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. 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 plans, that most of us have tried is that we then 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!

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 amazingly my Cholesterol numbers were border-line high, but within the top of safe limits for diabetics. My waste 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!

My next doctor appointment was in July.....I my weight was at 270lbs down 50lbs, 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 still ok. My waste was at 46"....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 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....!
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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It is just a couple of classes explaining this diabetic thing. I have been reading and getting recipes already and i really do not know what they can tell me. I already saw one woman from the hospital that gave me a test to see what i knew and i got all but one. I asked her a few questions but when i left i felt i really did not need the classes as i know i can get all the info from the internet. But i will go at least once just to see. Who knows i might learn a lot.

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The www.bloodsugar101.com site will give you more information than a diabetes class - IMO. The classes usually suggest way too high carbohydrates than most T2 diabetics can handle. Then they suggest more medication.

But, as you say, you may learn something. If nothing else, a point of comparison.

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Hi vernag, welcome to the forum.

It is a good thing to take diabetes seriously. The big danger is that it doesn't cause damage swiftly. It slowly, but surely, does its damage if you let it, and you don't realize that it is happening. That lulls you into a false sense of security about dealing with it.

The good thing about diabetes is that it doesn't do its damage swiftly. It doesn't have to happen if we get serious about managing our BG (blood glucose). I was trying to manage mine following the ADA recommended ways. That was an utter failure because it was not lowering my BG.. I figured there had to be a better way than continuing to keep eating carbs (the very thing that is converted to glucose) and just take more meds. I found that if I reduced carbs to a bare minimum, my BG numbers over time got lower and lower and back to near normal numbers. Added a little exercise and I had a little more improvement.

It is possible to get and maintain normal/near normal numbers, as long you avoid getting back to the previous way of eating. There is a lot more to eat than just eggs and chicken. There are many things I gave up eating to get control, but there are a lot more things that I have added than what I gave up. There are also things that can be used to substitute for some of those things dropped from what I gave up.

Just some advice for the class, they are going to tell you things that will not work. One of the things is that you do not need to test your BG very often. Well I think there is a little conspiracy to that advice, because testing will show that their advice does not work to keep your BG at safe levels. Another thing is that you have to have so many carbs. That is so not true. You have to have fats, you have to have proteins, but you do not have to have carbs to live. I have not attended any diet or nutrition classes they offer, but I did learn to smile and nod when talking with most medical professionals.

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Welcome to the forum vernag. There is a wealth of information on this site. I love it here, and I hope you do too.

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Welcome Vernag, like you I was pre-diabetic and never paid attention to the doctors warning because, only old fat people get diabetes. Well, I'm not fat or old. All of a sudden my blood sugar is 830. have it under control now, with medication and exercise.

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