I agree with Dave. I have family history. Aunt, 1st cousin(type1), one of my sisters, a niece and myself(so far). All from my father's side. So family history needs to come into part of the checking big time along with the age factor especially for those with history. Start early on those and monitor throughout. I never even made through the 'pre' as far as I can tell. It was all of a sudden "you're diabetic, no pre about it son". I was 58 when I got hit with the news.View Thread
Michelle, take a look at that those two sites. The first one Sparks had good information on dieting, exercises, and all kinds of things including diabetes. I mainly go there for the diabetes but they do have some good recipes that I like to share with others and I also know others who are into big time exercising. So I share all of that with them. Took a lot and I mean a lot of cutting down for me to get where I am now. My plate used to be full and growing up in a very big family we didn't leave anything on our plates, I carried that on. Wife would have too much on hers and dump onto mine. But after all that hard work of portioning and keeping my hands over my plate so she wouldn't put her excess on mine I finally got down. Mine was all walking. Won't catch me in a gym.Only way I go into one is to work on a copier or deliver toner to them. Other than that don't see me in one. Just do a lot of walking and watching what and how much.
I just like going to those sites to see what everyone else is doing and look at what the latest recipe is that I can either try or pass on to others. They like that.
I thought I had seen more than one type1 posting here before. But was really thrown off on that one. Whenever I post I never assume that everyone is a certain type. Unless someone post what they are I never pay attention and figure that all information is general and of use for all types. Guess that's the way I've always been. Just look at information and never think about it. Like you said we're all in this no matter. My sister is type 2 also and has to take both oral and shots. I lucked out. As soon as I was dx I went very extreme tight control and got myself down. I was just taking off metformin this February. So far so good. I fall out but climb back in and continue. I've lightened up some by adding more to the to eat list but still watch it big time. At least I'm not being woke up during the night by some strange noise only to find it's my stomach making those noises any longer. Was looking, no way to send pm's here like other places.View Thread
Michelle, here is one site the DE gave me. Don't know if you've seen or not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/ They also have a diabetic section. I like this one. Have plenty of diabetic friendly recipes. I would try some out if I was a cooker but wife and I don't cook that much. I was dx in 2012 and was @229. I've dropped to 169. I swing between that and 173. Was very hard but all I did was walk a lot. That and when I found out I was diabetic I went very, very tight control. I now am adding stuff to my eat list and also adding to my 'no eat' list.
"One very important thing that I believe with all my heart is that we must love ourselves enough to commit to making healthy changes."
That and with me it's wanting to be here for the wife. It runs in my family. One of my sisters now taking both shots and oral meds. I'm trying to avoid as much as possible. Already have nerve damage in the feet. I go every three months ot the podiatrist. I'm wearing diabetic shoes now. She decided to get two more pairs. One the insurance covered and the other two pair I paid for. One's for work, one's for lounging and one is for special occasions. Podiatrist told me would be expensive but when I hit her with those kids conning parents to buy them Michael Jordan shoes only to outgrow them I'm doing good because I won't outgrow them. They should last a very long time especially the dress ones. The work ones I have to get replaced every year because I really wear them out.
But when I start getting the feeling of wanting to get out of the car and sit on the side of the road a while I remember why I'm going through all of this and I get right back into that car and stay there as long as possible. It's for her and yes for me at same time.
Also way I look at it we're all in same boat no matter what type we are. We have to fight this thing. Not each other. If the fighters really wanted to look at it they would see that a lot of the research is for type one. So, don't know what the spill is all about. I don't care the type. We all have to struggle with what we have. Some more than others but each person is different in the way they go about handling it. That's why I left some forums. Couldn't stand the 'cat fights' in there. So far this one place I go to is hanging true in now allowing that from what I've see since I've joined it. You might have already seen it. tudiabetes.org. Very nice place so far. You put in an application and they review and let you join. You can read but not post until accepted. Took a couple days before I could post. But nice place so far. There are others that are good also but again there are some I got out because of the fighting between the types as to who was more whatever. I go to a forum for help, information, and maybe to help others. Not to get involved in that kind of stuff. Will leave a forum in a heartbeat when I see that going on.
Well, heading out to work. Wishing everyone a great day and the best to all on their struggles with this thing of ours.View Thread
As far as I know all of the information above applies to both all types. Irregardless. And as Auriiga1 say the OP said Yearly labs. From what I've seen due to that all information has been kept to general that fist all of us no matter the type. And yes we're all in the same boat being diabetic. Unless someone states their type I only put general that fits us all and even then tell them to talk to their doctor/diabetic team. I don't/won't offer medical advice. Nor will I tell anyone what to eat/not eat due to each of us being different. What will affect me might not affect you and vice-versa. Telling someone what to eat/not eat is the same as giving medical advice in some states due to what we eat is also medical treatment to a diabetic. So I stay away from that.View Thread
You never know Michelle. You might just surprise yourself. I had same thoughts. But one day I had been talking to my DE by phone and she said, "Oh by the way, doctor and I were looking at your latest spread sheet. We both agree to take you off the metformin and see how you handle it. But I want you to start taking a snack of one carb and a protein to prevent lows in case we have to put you back on." That was in February. Been off since. I eat three-four multi-grain crackers(Great Value brand) and a Baby Bell lite every night an hour before bedtime. Wife counts them out for me. So far keeping off of it. Reads look good to the DE, Doctor and DIetitian. All are happy with me. But as we all know it's very hard work. We fall out of the car, we stand up, dust ourselves off, get back into the car and keep on down this bumpy road. We have to. The medical team are in the shotgun seat and in the back seat giving directions if applicable but we're the drivers behind the wheel and it's actually our inner directions we start to follow once we see where the ruts and curves are. Right? So, keep plugging down that road Michelle, you already know the ropes of falling out and getting back in. You'll make it.
All of the advice is excellent. There are also some documentations as to how many carbs certain foods have. I had bought a book that Mayo had put out. Diabetes Essentials I think the name of it is. Someone else here might know the one I'm talking about. But my dietitian gave me a list of foods and how many carbs they were also. I think that Calories King also has a list of carbs in that book. Don't quote me on that one. But that is a good information due to it tells what to expect when eating out as to what kind of calories and carbs you're getting. But as we all have been saying, write everything down that you eat, the amount, do the tests afterwards on the two hour mark. I do two hour after first bite. But write everything down, do the tests and write that down. Make up a spread sheet if you wish with the times, you test, what the reads are, time the read is taken, the foods you eat, time of first bite(if you do that way). I do all of that plus I have a column for my weight in it. But all of this information will help you to see what you are doing and will also help your doctor if you take it in to him/her. I go see mine every three months. I send my monthly spread sheet to my Diabetic Educator. When she knows my appointment(she usually schedules it) she'll print out the spread sheets for me to hand to the doctor to read. By putting all of this information into that spread sheet it helps them to see if I'm needing any extra help or if I'm doing okay on my own. They use that in conjunction with the lab work they do on me.View Thread
Didn't see the edit button. But I also mark what I eat, if it's dinner, or if eating out will put where and what also. If wish I can send copy of mine for an example of how I do it. Will be blank of course.View Thread
annb54, have you been dx as diabetic? Type? Depends on what you had for breakfast also. Certain foods will do that to you. For instance I had two cinnamon rolls(glazed) as my lunch/dinner combo back in August. Two hour after first bite I had a 216. Next day I had only one to test it out. Was 156. So I decided no more of those things for me. Same with pizza. Knocked me to 212. So, some foods will do that to you. Check again an our afterwards and see what that was reading? But I would mark that down and discuss with your diabetic team also. Keep an eye on your reads after meals and see where they're heading. I mark all my reads on a spread sheet and email to my DE at end of month so she can see what and how I'm doing.View Thread
Very true brunobud. My doctor when he set me down and told me what was the facts of life about being diabetic was straight forward. Asked if I was 'pre'. Looked at me and said "no pre about it you got it and I'll never pronounce you cured, you can gain control and maintain control if you work very hard at it." Then he told me how he, the DE, and Dietitian will be here for me and help me but I have to do the work, that they can't do it for me. I liked him. Then he got out of the military and my other doctors have been very good in working with me. I even had one that took over thirty minutes explaining even more things about diabetes for me that I hadn't see when looking up things and learning on my own plus asking the DE and dietitian. I like him. He was one I went to until they assigned me to a new one that came in. He explained and told me that I was welcome to ask anytime. Just contact through this thing we use for contacting the nurses and leaving messages for doctors. My new one is very good also. Found out that this med wasn't helping with the burning in feet from the nerve damage and put me on another. But everyone is right here. If the OP don't have diabetes yet she could very well be on her way there. Needs to exercise even if it's only walking for 15-30 minutes a day and watch the carb count of foods she eats. That might help her out if not too late. But then again I'm only telling what works for me. As we all know there isn't a one shoe fits all for us diabetics. We have to decide what works for us ourselves and bring to our teams attentions. So far it's been working for me and I've been off the mefformin since February of this year. Very tight control. I do fall out of the car on this bumpy ride at times but I get back in and keep plugging along this road knowing that I can only do the best I can. If later I have to go back on meds then so be it but at least I'm doing best I can to keep that 'sleeping tiger' napping still. Sorry for the long spill. Just wanted to confirm on what brunosbud was saying.View Thread
Betatoo, you're sounding good on yours. I too avoid snacking late night. Last night stomach was talking to me. In fact it was not happy with me at all. Demanding that I put something in there. Got up, drank some water and said there shut up. Hmmmm. Worked for five minutes. But serously, I'm same way in the cut off time. I measure and count because I'm not a very good guesser. Keeps me out of trouble so to speak. I really pay attention to starch intake. As you saw, 1/2 cup of brown rice. I try to stay away from as much starch as possible. And that's mighty hard to do for a southern boy too. Starch, fats and everything that all the research specialist yell about I ate growing up. Empty Crisco can on the stove for drippings when done cooking. Next meal grab a spoon out of that can and throw in the skillet or in a pot of beans for added flavor. Fat back, and everything else we could cook. Now days you mention eating that they look at you as if you're a walking dead man. =D But now days I really pay attention to what I do and like you I'm aware of every bite and what it is. Wife still can't get over how strong willed I am on this. Says she's proud but also at same time questions why I won't eat certain things and all. Although it'll be a year this July she's still having issues understanding some of it. Think at times she has trouble grasping the serioiusness of this. Always telling me about what so and so does. I tell her yep I can see and can also see how they haven't changed their way at all. They have issues and yet don't do anything to change. Told her I'm not going to be doing that way.
Think my last A1C was 5.7. Glas to see that things are working for you.View Thread