I find I can eat strawberries, but not melon of any type. Blueberries seem to lower my blood sugar and I eat them quite a bit when they're in season. My A1C always seems to be lower in the summer when blueberries become part of my regular food plan. However, everyone has a different experience and as Cora said, you need to eat and then check.View Thread
I've had my shots up-dated since diagnosis with Type 2. I recently had a DPT booster shot since daughter-in-law was expecting and I've also had the shingles shot. It's the same doctor that treats my Type 2. It's always best to ask.View Thread
You can eat any kind of meat you'd like. Avoid breaded meats. The things you need to really watch and avoid are things like white bread, rolls, potatoes, bagels, muffins. You should look for whole grain breads and pasta and pay attention to carb count and serving size. Most fruits need to be eaten with caution. You need to check the carb count of everything you eat. It's best to keep a food diary. You should plan on 45 grams of carbs per meal and 15 grams of carbs per snack (snack twice daily). You can pick up a carb counting book or use the internet to check carb counts. If you have medical insurance, you should consult a dietician who can help you plan meals and educate you about counting carbs.View Thread
Taking the Metformin will do you no harm. You probably don't need it, but that's for the doctor to decide. More than likely, the doctor will let you discontinue the Metformin, and test your A1C in about 3 months to see where you stand.View Thread
I agree that dementia in family history should make one pause when considering a statin. My Mom also had dementia and I am on a very low dose statin. I will discuss this with my doctor in May when I go in for my physical.
The issue is that these studies seem to change course every couple of years making it very confusing to make a good decision. What we decide to do regarding a particular study may change somewhere down the road when another study determines another result. With no heart disease in my family, my doctor will more than likely let me try to maintain my good cholesterol levels without the statin. In my husband's case, there is a very strong history of heart disease and he has already had a stent procedure and there is no family history of dementia. Of course, that could be because his parents and their siblings died at a relatively young age from heart related issues. He just makes too much cholestrol so he will need to continue on his Vytorin.View Thread
Give it time - instead of cancer you may develop emphysema. I watched my father-in-law struggle for each breath before he passed away. As a former smoker, I can tell you this - you can be happy without the "cancer stick". For one thing, you'll smell a whole lot better.View Thread
Not everyone can reverse their diabetes. Type 2s that are insulin dependent may never be able to reverse their diabetes. I think we walk a thin line here when we tell people who have been just diagnosed and are scared witless as it is, not to trust their medical team.
Just as there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" treatment for diabetes, doctors cannot be lumped into a particular grouping either. Self education is a very important part of any diagnosis. An informed patient is one that can discuss their diagnosis with their doctor intelligently and make a decision as to whether or not their doctor is right for them or if they need to make a change. I find the more pro-active I am with my own treatment, the more my doctor is to listening to what I have to say and the more likely she is to discuss her treatment plan in detail with me.View Thread
Going on insulin doesn't mean you get to eat whatever you want. You are still going to have to be careful of what you eat and now you are going to have to figure out how much insulin you need to take. You haven't been successful in figuring out what to eat. Now you're adding insulin to the mix. I fear you may have trouble getting the right dosage if you eat willy nilly. You better think this through and commit yourself to following the doctor's instructions STRICLY, or else you may be headed to the ER.View Thread
Some good snacks are: yogurt sprinkled with some berries or sliced almonds; peanut butter on a slice of whole wheat bread; string cheese; hard boiled egg; a small salad with tuna. You can see all of these are minimal prep.View Thread