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Tomorrow I start my diabetes self-management class, called "Think Like a Pancreas". It is for T2 on insulin. The class outline will cover diet and exercise as well. I have already been to 2 different classes at 2 different places and the class outline was pretty much geared for the newly diagnosed. I did learn something in every class, but I am looking forward to the new class because it will give me a chance to ask some of the complicated questions about insulin.
 

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Awesome! Take notes and share with us please :)

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Breeze, is the class based on Gary Sheiner's book Think Like A Pancreas ? I have talked with Gary on his weekly goup discussion. He gave me permission to use a quote in my book. He is located in Philadelphia. He and his staff help diabetics by phone, in group discussions and in various ways. He makes his living this way. He is not a doctor, but he is very knowledgable in all aspects of diabetes. A CDE of the highest magnitude.
 

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I am not sure. I will ask at my next class. I was thinking the same thing.
 

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Awesome! Take notes and share with us please :)

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The new diabetes education class is very interesting. It is unique and all of the other students were T2 on insulin. I learned a few new things although I have read some other information that contradicts what was taught. I was told that a woman can have 40-75 grams of carbs per meal if she exercises. If a woman wants to lose weight, she should keep her carbs near the lower end of the range. I was told at another class that I attended at a different place that a woman should be consuming no more than 105 grams of carbs per day. I try to keep my carbs at around 150 per day. I guess different people have different ideas. What have you been told was a good range to keep your daily intake of carbs? Sorry that I used the word different so many times.
 

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I think they're teaching the wrong method. If they were teaching people to eat to their meters, then it would be a no-brainer . . . however many carbs it takes to keep your sugars where you want them is what you should eat. If that's 100 - fine. If it's 150 - great. If it's only 75, then well & good too.

There's just no way every person can eat a set amount of carbs and expect to respond the same as the next gal does. Diabetes is too capricious, and we're all too darned ruggedly individual too! ;)
 

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I keep mine to around 100-150 per day. I have found that since my resistance seems to be lessening somewhat I actually can tolerate the upper end of that, especially if I have been exercising that day. I try not to go over 45 in a meal. However today after I got home from the gym my sugar was 89. I had a pretty high carb lunch...53 carbs...ouch! To my surprise 2 hours later my blood sugar was 112.
 

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Hi Pam ain't insulin GREAT?
 

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Hi Pam ain't insulin GREAT?
Oh yes....very much so. Before I finally broke down and went on it I was going practically completely no carb and still was way over 300. I dont know why I resisted it for so long.
 

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Pam, I never resisted newer types of insulin as they were introduced, but I did resist a glucometer and a pump when they were first suggested. I do not know why I did that???
 

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Funny how we sometimes resist the things that are best for us. Now that I have seen how much better I feel since I started insulin, I cant wait to use my pump. I hate it that it is just sitting in that box...calling to me!
 

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Tomorrow I start my diabetes self-management class, called "Think Like a Pancreas". It is for T2 on insulin. The class outline will cover diet and exercise as well. I have already been to 2 different classes at 2 different places and the class outline was pretty much geared for the newly diagnosed. I did learn something in every class, but I am looking forward to the new class because it will give me a chance to ask some of the complicated questions about insulin.
what was your number one concern you had when first diagnosed with diabetes?
 

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My number one concern was how diabetes would affect my vision.
 

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Vision was my main concern also, but looming a close second (after a few weeks of trying to attain healthy levels using the diets & guidelines offered by my doctor & the ADA) was that the amount of carbohydrate prescribed was far too much to keep my meter happy and registering under 140.
 

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Vision & limb loss!

My dad lost both legs to diabetes..and he died at 62 from diabetes(Diabetes & Alcoholic are not a real smart combo)...how I managed to convince myself that I wouldn't develop diabetes - being overweight and non active with the family history still amazes me. Becoming diabetic just might be the best thing that happened to me though, I'm healthier now than I've ever been.
 

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I had no particular concerns when I was diagnosed in 1945. I was only 6, and the consequences of having high urine/blood sugar were not given to my family. We did not know that could cause terrible complications until many years later. Then, in 1970, a doctor showed me a book with a chart that predicted I would die inj my 40's. I was 30 at that time and thought I might have less than 20 years to live. Now I am 70 and have no complications. How did I manage that? Luck? Good genes? I have my own theory, too long to discuss here. It is all in my book. Lol!
 

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what was your number one concern you had when first diagnosed with diabetes?
I dont really remember being too concerned...diabetes is very prevalent in family (my grandmother, mother and sister) so I was sort of expecting it heh
 

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I keep mine to around 100-150 per day. I have found that since my resistance seems to be lessening somewhat I actually can tolerate the upper end of that, especially if I have been exercising that day. I try not to go over 45 in a meal. However today after I got home from the gym my sugar was 89. I had a pretty high carb lunch...53 carbs...ouch! To my surprise 2 hours later my blood sugar was 112.
I have to keep my carb count under 20 grams per meal or I'm chasing my BG with too much insulin. Arghhhhhh:mad:. I don't always attain that goal, but it's really what works best for me.

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I never resisted newer types of insulin as they were introduced, but I did resist.....a pump
I'm in the pump-resister's club. But right now MDI seems to be OK - my A1C is 5.6. The only thing that makes the machine tempting is dawn phenomenon management. Being able to set a nighttime basal rate to handle that cursed rise in the morning instead of getting up at 3:00 to test and shoot may ultimately get me there:p.

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I'm in the pump-resister's club. But right now MDI seems to be OK - my A1C is 5.6. The only thing that makes the machine tempting is dawn phenomenon management. Being able to set a nighttime basal rate to handle that cursed rise in the morning instead of getting up at 3:00 to test and shoot may ultimately get me there:p.

Jen
The pump is the best. I am sorry I didnt do it years ago. I am in the best control now than I have been in years.
 
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