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I am 63 and have been a diabetic for 4 years. I am not taking any medication. Fortunately, to this point, I have been able to control my blood sugar through exercise (minimal really) weight loss and diet. Naturally, the weight loss was as a result of the diet. After being diagnosed with diabetes, I lost 50 pounds in the first few months and my weight pretty much stabilized at that point. I never consulted with a dietitian, but I did keep a log of everything I ate every day, including the time. I ate breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a morning snack, afternoon snack and a before bed snack. My purpose for keeping the log was to review it with my doctor on my regular monthly visits. Both my doctor and I found this to be effective. In a few short months, not only did I lose 50 pounds, but my blood sugar went from unreadable on my doctors glucose meter, to a stable morning blood sugar in the low 100's. My diet was nothing tricky or fancy. I did not accept that there are diabetic foods, but rather, just regular food taken in moderation. With a little trial and error through eating foods and testing my blood sugar, I was able to isolate foods I could not tolerate and those I could. One group of the foods I was able to tolerate was fresh fruits like apples, pears, bananas, cantaloupe and watermelon, all fruits I really enjoy. So, there you have it. That's my story.
 

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Welcome Zeb! That's a very no-nonsense approach and I congratulate you on your success! Thank you for joining us and I hope you'll keep us posted on your progress.

I have to admit I envy you being able to tolerate those wonderful fruits! More power to you! :D
 

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He Zeb! You have done a great job. It is easy to see that you will do whatever is necessary to maintain your good health. Keep this up and you may be able to avoid diabetes medications for a long time. Keep us posted on your progress.

Richard
 

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Hi, zeb! Welcome! Long before I was diagnosed, I tried the Atkins Diet. Although I lost weight, I could not maintain it, and one reason was that I missed my fruits and those banned veggies so much. I am glad to be able to eat them now and still keep my numbers in check.
 

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Welcome Zeb! That's a very no-nonsense approach and I congratulate you on your success! Thank you for joining us and I hope you'll keep us posted on your progress.

I have to admit I envy you being able to tolerate those wonderful fruits! More power to you! :D
Thanks for the welcome. I didn't mean to make you feel bad about those fruits. :( I hope my tolerance lasts a long time. :)
 

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He Zeb! You have done a great job. It is easy to see that you will do whatever is necessary to maintain your good health. Keep this up and you may be able to avoid diabetes medications for a long time. Keep us posted on your progress.

Richard
Hi Richard and thanks for the welcome. When I was diagnosed with diabetes I decided right then and there to "take the bull by the horns" rather than to go sulk in a corner somewhere. And, yes, I hope those medications are still a long way off.
 

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Hi, zeb! Welcome! Long before I was diagnosed, I tried the Atkins Diet. Although I lost weight, I could not maintain it, and one reason was that I missed my fruits and those banned veggies so much. I am glad to be able to eat them now and still keep my numbers in check.
Thanks for the welcome. It was good to hear that, you too, are able to tolerate those wonderful fruits.
 
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