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Carlene 04-25-2019 04:24

Farm grandmaa!
 
Hi, I am a woman in my 60s diagnosed with type two at 42 years old. I controlled it this long at first by not eating anything white, flour, sugar or fruits. Then running a restaurant, I began to take metformin because I had to try different foods. Now at 62, I am so confused with it. Blood sugars go up two days after eating carbs to 190 before bed. I am trying to deal with this as I have no desire to be insulin dependent unless I have no choice. My sister takes a protein injection to help control hers, but It hasnt been offered to.me. Just looking for some help here.

Runnerguy 04-25-2019 15:00

Hi Carlene,

There are a variety of effective dietary approaches to diabetes management. Have you considered making an appointment with a Registered Dietitian who specializes in diabetes prevention/management? Your physician should be able to refer you to such a person. Or, you can find a Registered Dietitian near you, through the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics: http://www.eatright.org . Just click on the red "Find An Expert" button in the upper-right portion of their website.

div2live 04-25-2019 19:33

Hi Carlene...and welcome! I am a 69 year old male with type 2 diabetes. I have had it for over 13 years now. I too struggled with 'controlling' it and tried to avoid taking meds and insulin. My older sister also had this disease and struggled to control it also. She passed away last March do to complications from type 2 diabetes.

I found this website early in 2015 and after reading through many of the posts I thought it all sounded interesting. Most on here follow a diet low in carbs and high in fats, we just use the abbreviation LCHF! The theory is that by eating low carbs you get hungry and crave carbs, we all know this from trying different 'low carb' diets. From me it was the South Beach! They always wear me down and before I knew it I was eating regular again and my blood sugar was a problem again.


What worked for me on this LCHF is that by increasing my fat intake, I had no hunger or craving for sweets or breads ect. and I quickly realized "I can do this"...and the really good news is...No you do not gain weight, you lose weight, if you need to! And No, your cholesterol will not go up! Mine returned to normal after the first year.....by the way I lost 70lbs. so far.....and my A1c, came in at 5.8 (meaning my average blood sugar over the 90 days prior to taking a blood test, was less then 108)!


We have a couple of websites that will give you a lot more information, I will include the links below. Do your own research on this website and look at these two websites....then give it a try, you will be amazed.....
Good Luck

http://www.bloodsugar101.com/
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb

Carlene 04-25-2019 21:10

Dietitian
 
I tried that first off. She said it was totally ok to eat sugar as part of a low carb regimen. Enough said? Sugar is like alcohol, it just increases your craving for it and spikes your blood sugar.

Carlene 04-25-2019 21:14

I have seen a lot of Keto ads, I have been reviewing that. Not good for long term they say. I know a lot about diet and the glycemic index. The only way to stay healthy it seems is to be a hermit. Sugar pushed at me everywhere.

VeeJay 04-25-2019 21:24

Hi, Carlene

Welcome to the forum. There are many people here who were in the same boat as you who have gained good control of their blood sugar. Many of us are able to do so through diet alone.

I would recommend you read through this website www.bloodsugar101.com which will give you a good education on T2 diabetes and clear up much of the confusion. You can trust the author of this site - she does the research and cites the sources of which much is from studies and medical journals.

As was mentioned, eating low carb/high fat is a good way to reduce blood sugar swings. When I was first diagnosed at age 63, I immediately went on the Atkins Induction diet. It was helpful for me in that at the Atkins website I could print out food lists that fit into the 30g a day program. As I got better at looking up and counting carbs, I was able to add in other foods and still stay within a total carb allowance that keeps my BG in safe levels.

On the BS101 site is an article "How To Lower Your Blood Sugar" which is a way to use your glucose meter to the maximum benefit. We on this forum refer to it as "Eat to your meter". It is discussed here https://www.diabetesforum.com/diabet...ng-method.html

As you navigate your way around a change in eating, feel free to ask any questions you have. We're here to help and support each other.

Runnerguy 04-25-2019 22:21

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Originally Posted by Carlene (Post 1318837)
I tried that first off. She said it was totally ok to eat sugar as part of a low carb regimen. Enough said? Sugar is like alcohol, it just increases your craving for it and spikes your blood sugar.


Did you consult with a Registered Dietitian, or with a nutritionist? In most states, anyone can do business as a "nutritionist", even if they have no training at all. In stark contrast, Registered Dietitians require a university degree in human nutrition (including coursework in biochemistry), an extended internship period, formal accreditation, and mandatory continuing education. It's hard to believe that a Registered Dietitian would recommend that a T2 diabetic eat added sugar.
https://www.nutritioned.org/dietitia...ritionist.html
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itissteve 04-25-2019 22:34

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Originally Posted by Runnerguy (Post 1318845)
It's hard to believe that a Registered Dietitian would recommend that a T2 diabetic eat added sugar.

I, do, too, but I think it depends on one's definition of "added sugar". Of course, no RD would recommend piling on the sugary breakfast cereals or two helpings of pie.

But in view of the amount of carbohydrates the body needs daily to function properly, many people find taking in more than 20-50 grams of (simple or complex) carbohydrates a day to be excessive -- or, in other words, "added". The ADA-recommended diet provides way more grams of carbohydrates than most of us have found healthful in managing our diabetes.

Carlene 04-25-2019 23:40

She was a registered dietition employed by the hospital who was also type one diabetic

Carlene 04-25-2019 23:45

I have had this twenty years, contolled with a doctors book, "Eat more, weigh less". My doctor said I was in Keto acidosis from rapid weight loss. I weighed 165, down to 125. About five years ago, I gained back to 140, thats when my blood sugars started going up and down. I farm, get excercise, just struggle so much.


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