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:canada:Hi everyone: I am new to the forum, I was diagnosed late in 2009, and put on meds right away. I don't have any great spikes in my count but have some difficulty in figuring out just what I can eat. All food has some component of carbs if the body thinks it needs the carbs. I have Diabetes 2, and have learned that diet and exercise can have more positive affect, than medicine alone. Look forward to share and learn from those that have lived with the disease.
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Welcome to DF. I think we all find trial and error and diabetes goes together. There are no real hard fast rules because each one of us are different. But testing 1,2 and 3 hours after meals helps you find out how your body processes food. I found things like pasta give me great 2 hour numbers but lousy 3 and 4 hour numbers. I also found whole grains really spike me more than pure sugar, so I try to avoid most grain products. Some other carbs like sweet potatoes and squash I can handle pretty well. Exercise does help too. Although I spike during exercise, usually within 2 hours I am back to normal and bgs are better for the next 24 hours or so. I am on metformin and do it has worked miracles for me.
 

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Hello & welcome, BB . . . without my meter, I'd never have figured out a decent way-of-eating to keep blood sugar under control. But for the time being, I'm doing well eating very low carb and high fat (that's comparatively high fat, in view of the bogus "fat is bad!" campaign that's been foisted on us for the last 50 years.)

I don't count calories, and I don't even count carbs anymore - I just don't eat ANYTHING with significant carbs. I've replaced bread with some high fiber wraps and these literally astonishing crackers from our friend Optimist. I've replaced potatoes with turnips, which is a terrific swap & they don't taste turnip-y at all, not even in "potato" salad! Whatever I eat is either protein or fat, neither of which contains carbohydrate. What little carbs I get come from high-fiber vegetables like asparagus, artichoke hearts, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. My body may THINK it needs carbs, but in reality it is perfectly healthy without them.

I was prescribed metformin at the time of my diagnosis, and it has worked well for me for two years so far. There's no other oral drug I would consider taking, since everything else can cause stress to my already-stressed pancreas. If it gets to where I cannot keep my blood sugar within safe range, I'll request insulin.
 
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