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Hello,

I just discovered this site, and have enjoyed reading the experiences of others. I was diagnosed with type II Diabetes 4 weeks ago. Over the past 20 years, my weight creeped from 160 lbs to close to 200. About a year ago, I decided to lose some weight, and over a 10 month period, succeeded in losing about 25lbs, by eliminating sugar soft drinks, and night time snack, while eating 2 meals per day. But I did not add exercise to the plan. (wish I had).

Now that I look back, I recognize that I have had symptoms of pre-diabetes for a few years. My father and uncle died from complications of diebetes in the early 1960's. My dad was only 42 years old! His kidneys failed. I had always been told that diabetes skips a generation. (stupid old-wives tale!!)

About 6 weeks ago, I noticed that I was always thirsty. Especially for sugary juice drinks. I began pounding those drinks! and constantly running to the bathroom. Also, I lost 15lbs. in a matter of 2 weeks. I now weighed 160lbs. I went to my doctor, who had me take a blood test. (I had skipped the blood test during my past couple of check ups. I considered it a waste of money to be tested so often. (had I taken the blood tests, I could have avoided the jump to diabetes!)

My blood test showed a Glucose result of 516mg/dL !

I was given a shot of insulin, and Janumet XR 100/1000 pills to take one per day. The craving for sugar disappeared almost immediately.

I spent the past 3-4 weeks, with a high protein, low carb diet, trying to get into exercising, and testing my blood glucose 3 times per day. At my doctors appt. yesterday, was told that I can just keep track of my morning fast glucose level, keep taking Janumet, and use diet and exercise to manage my diabetes.

So, that's my story so far. Right now my biggest challenge is to begin regular exercise for general health, and to build up my muscle mass.
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum, it would seem doctors just would rather we get worse. Fasting for many is always the last to go, testing should be done 2 hrs after the biggest meal and in fact other times of the day. Its the new mantra, forget testing lose a foot. Well at least that is what I have seen posted by others, doctors are telling there patients forget testing but a few times a week. Sorry I am not about to do that, you had some of the classic things happen and I am glad the internet is around for you, it was like I was completely lost 28 yrs ago.
 

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Welcome swoods My hubby too was DX Type2 the last day of this past November running between 300-500. Talk about shock I always thought him to be invincible and it had been 15 years since he had even gone to a doctor for any reason. We moved about 2 years ago for him to take a upper management position and everyday someone wanted to take him out to eat and the weight really piled on him. Then he started having the same symptoms you describe and he blew it off until his vision quickly became very blurry. That's when he went to the Dr and got the DX along with an A1C of 12.3 The Dr gave him a meter and told him to test 2 times a day and put him on Metformin 500 once a day and told him to come for a check up in 2 weeks. Nothing else was said other than cut out your sugar. Well at his 2 week check up there was no improvement so the Dr put him on Glyburide 2 times a day. That is about when I found this forumI have been following what I have learned here with his diet and testing and at his 3 month check up his A1C was 5.7 and that is when he took control of his diabetes with diet alone.
 

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Yes, testing is paramount. In fact, if we were considered to have a mantra, it might be "test, test and test some more", followed by, "eat to your meter".

Testing is the only way to learn which foods are detrimental to our health by raising our blood sugar. This is done by testing before a meal, and then testing at 1 and 2-hour intervals after the meal. If either of the after-meal tests reveal blood sugar higher than 140 (7.7), then you start eliminating the carby foods from your menus until you GET under 140 (7.7), Once you gain control, you may wish to lower the bar even further - many here try to stay under 120 (6.6).

You're wise to choose the low-carb way-of-eating, but if you're eating a lot of protein, you may find that protein can also raise blood sugar. What many of us do is replace the carbs with natural saturated fats and monounsaturated fats. One of our members has written a protein calculator so you can determine how much or how little you actually need; then you take whatever reduced amount of carbs - hopefully less than 50g per day - and fill out the rest of your meal with fats. Fats can comprise up to 70% - 75% of your caloric intake, and you'll find you're losing weight, stabilizing your blood sugar, as well as improving your cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It sounds like a lot from one lonely food plan, but many of us - me included - have our medical test results to prove it works.

Welcome aboard - make yourself at home here and ask us all the questions you have. We're here to help.

(and I agree with furball - sometimes it seems like the medical establishment would just rather see us get sicker and sicker)
 

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Hello and welcome to the club none of us actually wanted to join.

I agree with everything the others, and particularly Shanny have said. The best single step you can take to help manage your blood glucose is to cut back on the carbohydrate content of your diet. And that one step is the one thing most doctors will tell you not to do!

Eat to the meter - a very important mantra and described extermely well in Blood Sugar 101 This site was written by a lady who has been diabetic since the 1990s - it's packed with helpful information and is well worth an hour or two to explore.

Good luck, John
 

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I was dx'd 5 years ago. At the age of 50 I knew I was carrying around about 80 pounds of extra weight. So I hit the gym 2 x a day and switched to a mainly vegetarian , low fat diet. I was able to take off about 50 pounds and was so happy because I had gone from a size 16 to a size 8. Then at a routine eye exam they saw something in the back of my eyes. They referred me to a specialist who did the dye test . He knew immediately I was diabetic which was a huge shock to me. He told me damage shows up in the back of the eyes years before it starts to show up other places. So it was a huge wake up call for me because I thought I was doing so good. The first thing my doctor told me was to lose more weight. I gave him one of those, "Are you crazy looks" He said maybe you could work out more. I was already in the gym or on the tennis courts 2-3 hours every day, so increasing that was not an option. When I started to test I found out when I exercise more than an hour my bgs would spike 50-100 points. So I had one of the Ah hah moments. A few months into my diagnosis I found Dr Bernstein's book Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. Official Web Site and a new world of low carb was opened for me. I use Dr B's diet as a framework and add or subtract carbs. I do eat a few things on his avoid list like onions, tomatoes and beans because I don't spike. But the idea of living with diabetes without complications really appeals to me. Plus I have lost almost another 30 pounds and can wear an even smaller size. So finding out I had diabetes was a good thing for me. I agree with the others the way I got control over my diabetes was with frequent testing, especially after meals. Even now I rarely spike above 120, normally not above 110. If a food spikes me above that I don't eat that food anymore.
 
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Welcome, swoods! I can't really add anything to the great advice above, except to tell you that 'eat to your meter' is the best advice you'll be given. I brought my A1C down from 6.9 to 5.0 doing that. I also lost 50 lbs doing it, so I know it works.

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I was dx'd 5 years ago. At the age of 50 I knew I was carrying around about 80 pounds of extra weight. So I hit the gym 2 x a day and switched to a mainly vegetarian , low fat diet. I was able to take off about 50 pounds and was so happy because I had gone from a size 16 to a size 8. Then at a routine eye exam they saw something in the back of my eyes. They referred me to a specialist who did the dye test . He knew immediately I was diabetic which was a huge shock to me. He told me damage shows up in the back of the eyes years before it starts to show up other places. So it was a huge wake up call for me because I thought I was doing so good. The first thing my doctor told me was to lose more weight. I gave him one of those, "Are you crazy looks" He said maybe you could work out more. I was already in the gym or on the tennis courts 2-3 hours every day, so increasing that was not an option. When I started to test I found out when I exercise more than an hour my bgs would spike 50-100 points. So I had one of the Ah hah moments. A few months into my diagnosis I found Dr Bernstein's book Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. Official Web Site and a new world of low carb was opened for me. I use Dr B's diet as a framework and add or subtract carbs. I do eat a few things on his avoid list like onions, tomatoes and beans because I don't spike. But the idea of living with diabetes without complications really appeals to me. Plus I have lost almost another 30 pounds and can wear an even smaller size. So finding out I had diabetes was a good thing for me. I agree with the others the way I got control over my diabetes was with frequent testing, especially after meals. Even now I rarely spike above 120, normally not above 110. If a food spikes me above that I don't eat that food anymore.
You can't hide I know who you are, lol you gave to much info ha ha.
 
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