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Hi. I'm 40 and recently had a blood draw to confirm I am not diabetic or even pre-diabetic. But at 37, I had gestational.

I am not obese although since I stopped breastfeeding, I've gained about 8-10 lbs I'm not too happy about and can't seem to drop easily.

I know the importance of diet and exercise, but I have an awful, awful sweet tooth. :( I crave sweets.

Type 2 runs in my family. My dad, his brother and their mom. And one out of two first cousins.

I need the help NOW before fate is handed to me in a candy dish.

Argh.

-Susan
 

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Hi Susan . . . welcome to DF. I understand your anxiety about this, and wish I'd had the brains to recognize my own predicament years ago when my mom was diagnosed at age 70. She thought she had dodged the bullet too, but alas . . . Her diagnosis didn't move me to action though, and last spring I was diagnosed myself.

Dodging the diabetes bullet doesn't mean just cutting out the sweets. I think lowering carbohydrate consumption all the way around is a good healthy course of action, and avoiding processed foods as much as possible. Start reading labels and avoid anything that contains high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup solids. Those are the most used additives in processed food today & they're nothing but pure sugar.

If it would help keep you on track, you could go so far as to get a glucose meter & check yourself every now & then. Walmart has them for about $9, and the strips are $39 per 100.

But when I just can't resist my sweet tooth anymore, I do have a candy recipe that I can eat without doing a lot of damage, and the Atkins people have some sweets called Endulge bars, which are close enough to the real thing to fool me, when I can afford to buy 'em.

Thanks for coming to post here. I hope we can get better acquainted & you can get a plan of action for pushing diabetes away for a long long time.
 

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Thanks.

I have wondered... or rather... based on my gestational experience.... by nature I had failed that 1 hour sugar drink test. For the three hour test, my one hour was good but my two hour shot up and by three hours it did not come down enough. Almost, I basically barely failed.

I suspect I have more difficultly with sugar spikes later rather than sooner. My fasting numbers were always good. And I never needed insulin. Diet and exercise really, really helped while pregnant. To a point where I'd eat Breyer's Carb Smart ice cream bars some days.

I try to balance any sweets with proteins these days. I know I need to cut the sweets WAY more than I do. I need a kick in the pants before the diagnosis. I just can't seem to do it myself. It's stupid.

I barely drink juice.... once in a while I have a small amount diluted with water, as a treat. I'm a diet coke girl. I eat nuts. I love South Beach Diet prepared stuff, and any frozen lunches I eat I aim to keep below 50 grams of carbs, which is what my GD diet allowed me.

I eat whole grain everything when there's a choice, and that includes pasta. I look for fiber content. And yet, I still reach for the peppermint patties.

And I don't exercise ENOUGH. I wish I could hire a personal trainer and a nutritionist to motivate/help/force me.
 

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perchy, my kids gave me a Wii Fit Plus for Christmas and I have actually been enjoying getting exercise for the first time. Like you, I thought I needed a personal coach, but this has been working for me. Is there anything like that that would work for you?
 
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