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Old 10-19-2019, 11:39   #1
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This is all new to me and I have found myself so very confused as to what I should and should not eat. I have never been a sweet food eater and I do not drink my carbs or calories. i drink sparkling water and occasionally a diet coke. I suspect that my problem is insulin resistance not lack of insulin but don't know how they test for this or if it makes a difference. i have spent 30 years only eating dinner. I don't snack other than occasionally some cheese. if I drink alcohol it is never sweet drinks, beer, or anything high in carbs or sugar. i have had 1/2 of my thyroid removed. i just keep slowly gaining weight (now about 70 lbs) and was just told I have diabetes. any suggestions or words of wisdom would be very very appreciated. are potatoes ok? tomatoes? every other article I read seems to tell me something different. should I start eating 3 small meals a day as opposed to just dinner? wow this has me so confused as to where to start.
also, if it matters.. my iron and vitamin D are seriously low.
thanks all!!

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Old 10-19-2019, 12:53   #2
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HI there SHERW, welcome to the forum. I think you will find a lot of experience from the members here on the forum to advise, or rather share their successes and failures with diabetes and thyroid issues, that may help you in your journey of managing your diabetes.

I can't personally speak of the effects of thyroid issues and the effects on management of your blood sugar (or AKA blood glucose BG) so I'll leave that to others.

Type 2 diabetes does usually involve insulin resistance that increases over time. Initially your BG may not show changes because of it. Your body just starts needing more and more insulin to do the job of maintaining you BG at its normal level. Usually over time your resistance reaches a point you reach the limit of how much insulin your body will produce and your BG starts rising until one day you go to the doctor for something unrelated and they run blood test and find out your BG is high and you are told you have diabetes. This could take years or it could happen in a short period of time.

One test you could have done is one that tests for something called C-Peptide. It is a protein that is a result of the amount of insulin your body produces and is pretty much a very good indication of how much insulin your body produces. If your BG is high and your C-peptides is high, I think that is indicating a good case of insulin resistance. If BG high and C-peptide low, I think that indicates an issue with insufficient insulin production. If the latter is the case, more follow up should be done. Tests for autoimmune antibodies could show that maybe you are not really type 2 but actually are type 1.5, a late onset type 1 that is often diagnosed type 2 in the early stages. A lot of thyroid issues may be the result of autoimmune issues as well.

Its not just the sweet, sugary things that cause our BG to go high, most all carbohydrates fall into the guilty catagory, thinks like bread, pasta, potatoes, grains (even so called health whole grains, legumes, etc.

I could ramble on forever and not touch every base. Others will be around and I am sure can address most any question you might have.

Again, welcome to the forum, sorry you had to find us though.

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Think I've had this since 2003. Told I was Type 2 lean on 2/13/12.
a1c 8.8 (8/2011) 5.2 (02/2020)
TC 183 LDL 102 HDL 65 TG 52 (02/20/2020)
Supplemental vitamins and electrolytes
65 YY Love the LCHF diet. The cheese goes well with my whine

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Old 10-19-2019, 16:03   #3
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sherry, I'll join mbuster in welcoming you here!

mbuster covered many of the possible reasons why you have found yourself here. The good thing is that you already have some good habits which will make it easier to manage your diabetes.

Not having a "sweet tooth" made it easier for me to pass on some really-high-carb foods; I didn't miss them. Ditto for beer and sweet alcoholic drinks. Hard to miss what you didn't want before, eh?

And many folks here (and elsewhere) have had success controlling blood glucose levels by eating one meal a day, part of what's called "intermittent fasting". If you're already used to eating essentially once a day, this might be an easier option for you than for others (like me ).

You'll find there are many approaches to managing blood glucose and that what works for some may not work that well for others. Please take some time to look around this site for all kinds of resources and note that we, as a group, really support everyone's efforts to manage their diabetes (rather than letting it manage them) -- including yours.

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Now with less sugar!

A1c 09-15-2020: 5.6; no meds. Thank you LCHF!
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Old 10-24-2019, 01:45   #4
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Hi Sherry,

Welcome to the forum. I've been diabetic since 2017. I've learned a great deal on this forum. I believe everyone has something to bring to the table.

I'm on a low carb/high fat way of eating. Some people are on KETO. Read everything that is recommended.

I hope you continue to post. I've learned so much from everyone here.

13 Oct 20:
A1C: 6.2%
Cholesterol: 175
Crestor 5mg
Metformin 1000mg
BP: Cozaar 50mg

Hoping to work myself back to the 5% Club.

Wishing y'all Peace & Love!
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Old 10-24-2019, 13:07   #5
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I've learned so much here and gotten so much support--I can't recommend it enough.
It's a great place--hope to see you around in the forums in the future.

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