If I might take a second to point out. First of all your family history indicates that you may become a T2 PWD. However, everyone else should realize that even though they don't have family history, even though they are not overweight, and live a healthy lifestyle they can become A T2. There are so many environmental and other factors that contribute to diabetes that no one is safe. Commonly prescribed drugs including statins have been shown to cause damage to organs that will leave a person with T2D. So the best any of us can do is to push to live as healthy as possible, change the classic American Diet, and get out and enjoy as much as life can give. If we are doing this well, there really is little time for social media including blogs like this, television, and other sedentary pursuits. Gotta go, time to hit the treadmill!View Thread
Yes I heartily agree that sugar is way over done. In light of recent studies of other sweeteners, ie artificial sweeteners like Splenda, equal and others, it really does not look like the human body is made for sweets. Even though we crave them. Check recent studies on the artificial sweeteners and diabetes:
google for othes. Gist of this is that these sweeteners kill bacteria in the gut that are needed to process starches. As time goes on the increased glucose in the system because of the lack of these bacteria brings on intolerance.
Hmmmm none of it looks good for us, unless of course you grab a small piece of fruit instead of that piece of cake.View Thread
So 700mg less than what you were getting before. . . should feel a big difference! I hope that your numbers continue to stabilize or drop even further. Maybe in another year you will find yourself off of medication. Keep up the good work, I think. . .you are doing well!View Thread
Since I am not on medication, I do not take a B-12.
Yes, I love Tajin, very good on my mixed veggies, and other things I cook. I like it on chicken, and stir fry veggies also. I am a big fan of spicy, ordering my grilled buffalo chicken salad with grilled onions and peppers, and a side of hot pepper relish to spice it up a bit.View Thread
Supplements are good, even though if you are eating as many veggies as you are, you are probably full of nutrients. There are some things in multis though that are not as common in veggies so take them. I also take cinnamon twice a day to help with absorption, can't hurt. Vinegar in water is also helpful, but many have a hard time with it.View Thread
We can learn a lot from the history lesson that is provide when researching the treatment of diabetes T2 in the last two centuries. By the end of the 19th century there was an approved diet for T2 PWD. Strangely enough, this diet was low in Starches, high in veggies, and moderate in protein. It was problematic, in that many people ended up very thin, and undernourished as they may have gone too far. At the same time things such as nuts etc were not as prevalent or as understood to help balance weight.
As insulin came about at the turn of the century, dr's started prescribing insulin to allow people to eat more starches-moderately for T2's. However, as usually happens, a little became more, became a lot. We as creatures seem to crave those things that we can't or shouldn't have.
As others have said here, it is really not carbohydrates that are at fault, they occur in almost anything plant based. However, starches, that special category of concentrated carbs is difficult for most T2's to deal with in normal portions sizes. Answer is to cut the portion sizes down, limit the type from white to brown and orange, and to cook them less to help retain the fibrous content slowing absorption of glucose.
Your plan of a new dr. continued life style change, and upbeat proactive attitude will carry you far. Good luckView Thread
Lifestyle changes that are adhered to are better medicine than all of the pills big pharmy puts out. Yes, you definitely need to discuss your continued commitment, your recent numbers, and your med prescription with your dr.
I give you a ton of credit for making this all important decision-to change your lifestyle and take your future health in your own hands. Always remember that you can have a more secure health situation by Partnering with your doctor and taking a proactive approach to your appointments with him.View Thread
Food does not have to be fancy to be good or nourishing. Beans are a great source of fiber and do wonders for the gut. At the same time, my wife fixes a dish with summer squash and zucchini, onious, peppers, garlic, and salsa that gets cooked in one pan. at the end she puts cheese over top and serves like a casserole. Yummy. On occasion we will add chicken to it and make it most of the meal.View Thread
Great on the river cruise, you should have a great time. Wife and I are considering a Northern Europe cruise when she turns 70. Thing different about Disney cruise, they rotate restaurants, but they also rotate the serving staff. You may eat at 4 or 5 different restaurants, but you have the same servers, and these folks know your preferences, and allergies etc.
I am a pretty simple sort of guy at home here. I do frozen veggies or fresh in a bowl(wheel thrown of my own) in the microwave. Before hand I cook a protein, fish or chicken, and add some sort of salad dressing to that. at end point of cooking and after cutting protein into bite sized pieces, cover and turn down to heat everything through. Take out the cooked veggies, pour the protein over top with the dressing. I like garlic dressings, Caesar dressings, chipolte ranch, green goddess, and others. I try to stay away from things like raspberry vine-grates as these have a tendency to be very sweet to my taste.View Thread