Flute, I feel like so often I preach, when really I know so little. I know what works for me, and where my numbers have gone. I also know that I don't count carbs, where as so many people here obsess over numbers of carbs. I really don't do much of what many of you do. I do not test anymore, I do not count calories or carbs, I do not take medications.
That said, most would wonder what I do do. First as I have said so often, I dropped STARCHES. These concentrated carbohydrates are like poison for my system, everytime I ate starches my numbers went way way up. Dropped the white ones, which is most, numbers went down. Lowered orange and white starches way down. Better numbers. Dropped sweet sodas, and dressings, condiments etc. Started eating salads or cooked veggies and lean protein.
Exercise, very important, and religiously followed will lower numbers even further.
It is all about how well you want to feel. For me, I want to live to a ripe old age in a graceful manner, be able to play with my grandchildren, and move well well into my 90s. Who knows.View Thread
Lady, My way, is my way, not that it can't work for others, but it does for me. I was dx in 2009 just before retirement with an A!C of 6.7 and a fasting of 160 . I decided to not take the Dr. prescription for Metformin deciding to go without meds for a month to see if I could reverse the numbers. One month later he told me to keep it up. have ever since now A1C is 5.4 and the fasting in the low 80's checked twice a year. HOW? I dropped all starches that were white. Cut way back on brown and orange starches. Basically I have two salads a day. One piece of toast for breakfast with eggs and 2 slices of bacon. No sweets except for chewing gum, and one piece of dark chocolate 86% each day. I have lost 25 lbs from 170 145. I exercise by walking, kayaking, biking, and total gym. Diabetes scared me immensely, so I decided an extreme disease needed an extreme life style change. I am religious about the life style, to the point I have not had a cookie since 2009 except for taste testing a bite of my wife's Christmas cookies. I had one cupcake to celebrate my daughter's wedding last year. Hated the taste, it was way too sweet, as is anything anymore. I drink coffee, water, very occasionally a Stevia soft drink and one light beer when bowling.
Yours is a tough journey, how you decide to travel it is up to you. In the long run, I am healthier and happier with the choice I made, and don't miss anything.View Thread
I have definitely do egg beaters in the morning, with two slices of bacon, and one slice of rye or whole grain toast. Before noon, one piece of 86% dark chocolate, Lunch usually a salad with chicken or fish, apple mid afternoon, dinner Salad with chicken or ham. Snacks Mixed Deluxe nuts by a handful at a time-twice a day. This allowed me to drop 25 lbs over 4 years. Easy, and much healthier. No sugared drinks, one beer when bowling, sandwiches only when kayaking or at lunch, and then only 1/2 with a salad. NO to Starches that are white, Very small infrequent orange or brown starches.View Thread
My Dr. removed me from Lipitor that I had been taking after reading my pointing out articles on the diabetic type side effects of the drug. In a small percentage of the population, statins can cause diabetes T2, I am now diabetic possibly because of the Lipitor. Other factors come into play, but as I have no family history, was 170# at 5'9" ,34"waist, it was best to get off of it.View Thread
I really haven't changed a lot in the past few years. However, this last year I have started chewing gum. Settles the sweet need some.
I have also been using a fit bit to monitor activity levels. Usually get in 6000 steps every day, and 30 minutes of vigorous activity. These are the only things that have changed other than the fact that I do eat 2 salads almost everyday. Lighter one at night. Have not had cookie or cake or any pastry type dessert since 2009. Dessert is berries and some whipped creme.View Thread
Starches vs Carbohydrates, understanding these can make a big difference. Starches are. .. . concentrated carbs. Carbs are in practically everything else we eat unless it is meat which is mostly protein. I stay away from most starches, no white potatoes, no white pastas or breads. I limit the orange and brown starches to the size of the back of my hand including thickness and even that very rarely. Carbs I eat a lot of in the form of veggies and fruit, but then these will not put on a lot of weight, as they are mostly water. I pretty much stay away from cooked corn, and other starch/carb bridge type carbs that are high in natural sugars. In the long run, much easier to be healthier without the starches that make up the "American diet".View Thread
I really don't know what to say about "being out of control". I can not imagine after seeing all of the pictures and videos on the web about uncontrolled diabetes how anyone could allow themselves to be "out of control". Control is a life style for a diabetic whether T1 or T2. To have the knowledge at our fingertips as to the consequences, and to have the understanding of what control means is only the first part of the equation. The final verdict on your future life style lies in the changes that you are "willing" to make for the rest of your life. This means setting you life style, and following that path until you die. Good or bad, your path is your choice, and that choice effects your loved ones, and yourself.
Please look at the changes needed to get back on track and realize that that is the way it has to be.View Thread
I take cinnamon in the morning and evening. I sprinkle cinnamon in my coffee when I can, often at Pannera or Starbucks, skipping all of the other stuff. I put cinnamon on nuts also.
I also drink black coffee, use lots of hot sauce, and plenty of spices in my food. Nearly everything we use in spice from peppers to onion/garlic to exotic spices seem to have flavanoid benefits to the body. So I spice it up!
Did you know that drinking 3 cups of coffee a day lowers your risk of diabetes? So if it works to lower it, why not drink it if you have it? Besides, I can't name many drinks out there that work for a diabetic, especially if you remove the artificial sweeteners. So what is left is basically unsweetened tea, coffee, and . . . . water.
As far as drinking 8 glasses of water a day, I don't. I have talked it over with my dr. and we both assume/believe that I get so much water in the vegetables I am eating in salads that excessive amounts of additional water are not needed.View Thread