Human beings offer hugs to comfort and show support for their friends. Sometimes that means more than unneeded advice. I don't know what other species do to offer comfort and support. Maybe you can enlighten me.View Thread
It would seem to me if you are regularly in the 200s in the morning and the 100s the rest of the day, your A1C would be higher than 5.5 so something is askew. Maybe it's your meter - check it the next time you go for a blood test. A 5.5 translates to something between 97 and 120 I believe. Unless you're going very, very low sometime during the day, something is not adding up.View Thread
You should explore why you haven't done anything to help yourself. No one can do this for you. You have to decide that you are important enough to do this for yourself. It's a lifestyle change just like quitting smoking is a lifestyle change. It is up to you to make the decision that you want to live a long and healthy life and then make a lifestyle plan that will lead you to that end.View Thread
You should read Dr. Dansinger's discussions. They are informative and will set you on the right road.
The short version is you need reduce your carb intake. Generally a dietician or nutritionist and sometimes even your doctor will tell you how many grams of carbs you should eat per meal. A general rule is 45 grams of carbs for each meal and 15 grams of carbs for each snack - two snacks per day. Fruit is something you really need to be careful with. At the beginning, you need to test quite often to see how different foods affect your blood sugar. Basically your diet should consist mainly of lean protein, fish, veggies and whole grains. Pasta, white potatoes, and sweets are out or at a bare minimum. I like Dreamfield's pasta and there are other whole grain pastas out there as well. Make sure you read the serving size on the box and measure to make sure you are eating just one serving. It is important to read labels and I would suggest you start keeping a food diary. Record everything you eat along with the number of carbs. This will give you a good idea of exactly what you are eating.
If you aren't exercising, now is the time to start. Daily exercise does wonders for controlling glucose. You don't need to join a gym - you and your husband can go for a bike ride after dinner or take a walk around your neighborhood. Try to get in 1 hour of exercise each day. Start slowly and build up to an hour. Do something you enjoy doing and before you know it, you'll be looking forward to that hour of exercise.
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The only way to know for sure is to make an appointment with your doctor and let him/her run some tests. Skipping meals alone can cause some of your symptoms (dizzy and lightheaded) and even a drop of your blood pressure can cause those issues.
I suggest you make an appointment with your doctor to get a diagnosis. Once your medical issue has been determined, you can work on resolving it. If it truly is diabetes, come back here and we'll be happy to help you get a handle on it.View Thread
Photo - You'll probably need to take the chia seeds for a month or two to see if you really notice a difference. I started taking cinnamon plus chromium capsules and didn't notice an immediate result. It took several weeks to see a change in my daily numbers. The real shocker was when I went for my blood work and came back with an A1C of 5.3 down from 6.0. I'm still not sure if adding the chromium helped or it was just better eating habits in the summer months when I tend to eat more fresh veggies from the farm stand and less processed foods. I also added blueberries to my daily diet. So who knows but anything is worth a try.View Thread
Mine goes up when I fast as well. For example, if I have to go for fasting blood work, I can take my FBG when I get up and it's 90 and by the time I take a shower and get myself to the lab it's over 100. I experimented one day and I took my FBG when I awoke and checked once every hour. It rose every hour and then eventually started going back down. By lunch time it was back to under 100.View Thread