Interestingly enough, there is quite a bit of documentation that shows that in the 1800's(pre-insluin) diabetes for T2 was pretty much controlled by diet and exercise. Diabetics who were T2 and controlled were usually quite thin, but then they did not have access to the foods we have today. After insulin was invented dr's put everyone on it, it was the godsend. Yet as this happened, T2 started to think they could eat anything, and we know where that led.View Thread
Right on Nutrtijoy. ONe of the reasons I cut out all added sweeteners. It is impossible to go without sweets, but healthy choice works best. For me it is either stevia, as in some sodas, or small amounts of sugar. I stay away from the artificial, and the sugar replacements like agave nectar. However, I do chew gum, and use those that contain sugar alcohols.View Thread
I think the answer to your question lies in the carbs vs starches answer. White breads, pastas, potatoes etc are considered to be starches. They are concentrated carbohydrates. If you consume 60 grams at a sitting in the starch category you will get a glucose spike. You can lower this by eating starches that are whole grain-whole grain bread, pasta etc. or you cut back on the carbs and get carbs from veggies and fruit. These metabolize even slower than the whole grains, and have a lot more nutrients. At the same time as Dave says, cutting out protein is not good as protein slows absorption of carbs. Balance out your meal with nutrients from all of the food groups. At the same time, I try to get my higher carb load in the morning and noon meals when I have a tendency to be more active, and just go for a lean protein and salad at night.View Thread
As flute says, diabetes is with you now forever. It means major life style changes from the traditional American diet of meat and potatoes or any other diet that is higher in starches. So it is time to push away from the table, and get moving. Time to drop the white starches in your diet, cut back on the orange and brown starches and load up on leafy veggies and others. Exercise everyday, get good sleep at night and watch your food.
On an aside, I am T2, no meds, dx in 2009. No family history, not overweight. Just went to see dr. for the 6 month, A1C was 5.9, fasting was 99. Not great for normal, but good for a diabetic. Oh yeah, since dx have gone from 170 to 145 on a 5'9" male frame.View Thread
I have seen several folks over the last few years that have had the surgery, lost immense amounts of weight, and then 2-4 years later been back to their old weight or more. Life change is the most important aspect of keeping the weight off with the surgery, and if you don't make that change, why risk your health with a surgery. On the other side of the coin, if you make a life change, do you need surgery?View Thread
Good job! You know I dropped a Dr. a few years ago, because I saw the route he was taking. If there was a problem he would approach it with a pill. As for his own health, he was probably 200 lb overweight, and hardly moved. He is also a diabetes specialist in our area. Now would you take advice from someone who obviously can't get his own house in order? One of the reasons I give little credence to dieticians. The other is they get most information on healthy diabetic diets from ADA which has been historically slow in adapting to study findings one carbs and starches. As for myself, after dropping him and finding a Dr. more in line with my beliefs, I was diagnosed T2. I had no family history, and weighed in at 170 for 5'9". I do not take meds, dropped most all starches, exercise, eat 1-3 salads a day, and tons of veggies with some lean protein. Not perfect, I still like my cheese, meat and nuts for snacks. I also do like popcorn. We will see how things are working as blood test is tomorrow.View Thread
You folks have had a rough year this year, and the weather certainly does not help anyone. I hope that all of you will be recovered enough that when Spring comes you will be able to enjoy it.
Here in central PA, Winter has just kept coming back with now breathers. Same all over the nation though. I am looking forward to Spring and kayaking, but worry that Spring will be late with the Great Lakes frozen.
As to the fuzzy posts, I hope I am not one of the contributors to that. I have found that I post much less here than before, and that the forum drags a long from day to day. Without the staff that they used to have, there is very little that we can do other than voice opinions. Problem with that is that it can be taken as gospel and someone makes poor changes based on it. I still stand on my own assessment: I am basically Starch intolerant. View Thread
Hear your pain folks, I too had problems with back years ago. I was hit by a tractor trailer on while driving from college to work. Pulled all of the ribs out of the sternum, fractured two vertebrae in the back, herniated two discs, and broke out part of my lft eye socket. Told never to lift weights, never gain weight, not to exercise too much, and had to wear a back brace for 3 years and a chest constrictor for 2 years. I had days into my 50's where the only way to get out of bed was to move legs off of bed and let their weight lever me up. Four years afterward I gave up on dr. orders started exercising, working out to strengthen back muscles and gut. Kept doing it, got into ceramics and could throw 25# of clay on the wheel on a good day. Today, back troubles gone, as they left in late 50's for some reason-not to be missed.View Thread
As Dave says, starches! My Dr. told me to drop all white starches. In the end I have dropped white and now eat very little of the whole grain-brown or orange starches. I look at my disease as being starch intolerant. I exercise eat mostly veggies and lean protein, and use nuts for snacks. No medication as of yet numbers around 5.8/82View Thread