A1C of 6.4 equals an "average" blood sugar reading of 137. So, keep this in mind. If you normally test at 79-103, for your "average" to be 137, you're are experiencing very high numbers during the day (when you don't test).
This chart taught me very important lessons: 1. Eat for fuel and 2. "Carbs" are not the enemy.
For me, there is no such thing as breakfast, lunch or dinner. A "superfood" is good anytime of the day and that includes healthy carbs. When you "follow the trail to lower A1Cs" and stop thinking of diabetes as a disease of "carbs", then, you will eventually learn there aint too much anyone can tell you that you don't know about what's good (or not good) for your body. Our body yearns for consistency (in diet and movement) and high nutrition. Western culture advertises and promotes the complete opposite. &, thus, the beauty of American medicine because this goose lays only golden eggs.View Thread
Your question is like someone showing a picture of you kicking your dog and asking others, "Is this person a bad dude?" Without context, without history, without extensive evidence, it's impossible to fairly and accurately assess.
Besides, from my perspective, the diagnosis of diabetes, today, is an arbitrary threshold. When that threshold is reached, we run like chickens claiming the sky is falling. Then, our doctors place us on drugs and sternly instruct us to stop eating and drinking (and smoking) our favorite "stuff", exercise, everyday, and lose weight!
Who do we know change their lifestyle, preemptively, before the dreaded call from the doctor? Thus, the way diabetes is addressed in this country is do whatever and eat whatever and snort whatever you want and, then, once diagnosed, get depressed and angry while we miserably chew on fruits and veggies and pound a treadmill for hours on end.
So, to answer your question, I suggest you look upon diabetes as a spectrum similar to autism. It's diagnosis simply represents a single address on a long, busy blvd. What difference does it make if your two doors past or two doors beyond? The bottomline is, from this day forward, learn to take good care of yourself.
The sky isn't falling just because some doctor (or stranger) says its so... View Thread
1. I'm diabetic. 2. I know how to cook, and 3. I know which foods are bad for me.
"Smoke and Mirrors" pasta is no solution because the sauce (sugar, oils, sodium) can pose problems equally as troublesome as the noodles, imo. When I prepare spaghetti, it's delicious, nutritious and good for anybody...within reasonable portions, of course! Barilla and Dececco; it's how we roll, baby!View Thread
"...There could be many reasons for high morning reading other than dawn Phenomenon..." Exactly!
Now that I've firmly established (in my mind) the various "sources" that lead to poor blood glucose control, I've learned to monitor my health for signs or "indicators" (that my body is "compromised" and, subsequently, vulnerable to high readings). Exs....emotional irritability, depressed mood/negative thoughts, joint pain, acid reflux, teeth gnashing, susceptibility to colds or flu, intense sugar cravings, insomnia, headache, excessive urination, headache, drowsiness, coughing, sneezing.
These days, it's rare when I show signs of diabetes weakness so I no longer get ambushed by inexplicably high blood sugar readings. Still, I don't schedule blood work (A1C) during periods where I've been sick or during the Spring/Summer when pollen count is high or during times when I'm emotionally or physically upset. Knock on wood, I have not had a cold or flu for several years, now.
PS: I can't address this question, directly, because, again, the poster provides too little information. What information needs to be included? Well, if you don't know, then, whatever answer you get may work! (...or may not.)View Thread
2. My body grew stronger and more efficient when I started walking more so I bought myself a pedometer and started tracking daily steps. I started off with a modest goal of 4000. Almost 10 years later, at age 58, I'm up to 13,200 steps (6 miles) a day.
3. My body grew stronger when I worked fewer hours, got more sleep and drank more water. The walking made my sleep, immediately, far "deeper"and easier to come by. By setting clear, simple daily goals, I became more efficient at work and went home, sooner. By focusing on reducing stress and relaxation (by taking short walks periodically throughout the day) my blood sugar control improved, dramatically.
Today, I already eaten a few bing cherries, 2 strawberries, some fresh avocado and a soft boiled egg. For lunch, I'll eat a few cashews and an orange. For dinner, I'm making fresh salsa.
Notice no cooking. No buying junk! Not a single thought about what's "safe" to eat. These are raw Superfoods!Grab-Bite. This is how man ate at the very beginning.
Simple, direct, no-nonsense diabetes control by re-building your body from the ground up. You see, I don't believe in "treating" diabetes, sofiavg. A strong healthy body has everything you need to take you through life safe and happy...everything! So trust it.
And, when your body functions with power and efficiency, there's no reason to be "stressed", "depressed", "frustrated", "dieting", whatever because everyone will be watching you, now. They won't be able to take their eyes off you. Good luck!
Typical question on a diabetes board. It implies that carbs are bad. This is exactly the same mistake that was made 25 years ago when doctors said fats are bad because it raises your cholesterol.
No two people react the same to food. These are complex chemical reactions with multiple variables. My answer has little to no relevance. It depends on what kind of carb. It depends on age. Depends on sex. There are many genetic factors. Depends on fitness level. Depends on present meds. Depends on sleep quality. Depends on stress. Depends on exercise. Depends on co-morbidities. Depends on % body fat. Depends on Winter or Summer. Depends on your present state of blood glucose control, etc, etc, etc....
If a teen reads this post, they will conclude they've learned something. Hopefully, they're read mine and realize...
The only thing matters is how they react to the food they eat. Then, make the necessary adjustments, accordingly.View Thread
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