Bigred, that is awesome that a diabetic can get away with eating like that. There are so many who are highly intolerant of carbs that eating like this would be impossible. Two bites of a potato be it sweet or white would send my BS into the stratosphere.
I appreciate what works for them is great. Many advocates of these diets think that they will work for every diabetic. The mentality of what is right for one is right for everyone bothers me.
It is o.k. to give things a try. I know what my body can tolerate. Carbs are part of my diet, but at a very, very small percentage. Very small. My dietician gave me limits of 35-45 carbs per meal. I still think this is too much for myself and I try and stay below that.
Flute posted elsewhere regarding meal planning. What works for her works for me also.
I know you have challenges that prevent a lot of physical activity. That is what helps me the most along with the diligent carb counting.
It it works for you, more power to you. That would be wonderful. I know that for me, I cannot eat any more carbs without taking more insulin or working out four hours a day, seven days a week. That is just how my body works. My pancreas doesn't make any or little insulin, so eating more carbs is not in the stars.
Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism, meaning there are many of us who can't use carbohydrates the way they should be used for a variety of reasons. Our musculo-skeletal systems relies on carbs as fuel.
You are concerned because you wrote here and purchased a glucometer. Great idea, by the way.
Your A1c is not terrible, but it is above normal IF you are not diagnosed as a diabetic. My first A1c was 13.2. Yes, you see right. I had no symptoms and was diagnosed while hospitalized for something else. I, too, was thin, very thin. Diabetes runs in my family. Diabetes can be a silent disease, much like high blood pressure is.
A 5.6 A1c averages out to 24/7 blood sugars around 114, 115. A non-diabetic will average out at 85 day in and day out. Their glucose will rise after a carb-heavy meal, but will be back into the 80's within two hours. Your two-hour reading for a non-diabetic is way out of the normal average range.
You have noticed what carbs do to you after you eat. Your blood sugar is spiking after the ingestion of carbs and then drops. This will give you the feeling of hypoglycemia. You exhibit the standard symptoms.
Follow your doctor's orders in watching your carb intake. Look at your nutrition labels, specifically the TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE line. Keep testing often. If you can, write down what you eat and find out how many carbs are in what you eat. Take your blood sugar reading right before you eat and then record it along with a two-hour reading. You can see in black and white what carbs do to your body.
My endocrinologist gave me forms for just this thing. I was diagnosed as an uncontrolled diabetic. Things are much better now with dietary changes (mostly cutting waaaay back on carbohydrate intake), insulin and physical activity.
All of the foods we eat contain carbohydrates. Yes, even your vegetables. Most vegetables are complex carbs. Your simple carbs are breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, etc. Proteins and fats do not have carbs in them.
Along with watching your intake of carbs, along with testing, increase your physical activity. It doesn't have to be formal exercise, but just be active. My A1c came down to 5.6 with the changes I made and that includes being very active. My job entails running around, lifting and bending for a straight three hours, five days a week. Physical activity will utilize that glucose running around in your blood stream.
Not all diabetics or pre-diabetics are obese or carry extra weight. Many have no symptoms of diabetes. I'm glad you found out now and can make some changes for the better. I was genuinely surprised when I was diagnosed because I weighed in at 123 lbs. and stand 5'9". I was always active and ate relatively normal. No overeating and mostly healthy foods. Who thought carbs hated me that much? LOL.
Good luck, Shell. Any questions, we will try to answer the best we can. Most of us are diagnosed diabetics trying to improve our own health.View Thread
Good advice from everyone. I will reiterate what Michelle said. If you are able, take your BS reading when you get these symptoms. If your reading is below 70, that is considered to be low or hypoglycemic. Ingest 15 grams of carbs if you are below 70 either with OJ or glucose tabs. Read the nutrition labels to make sure you don't go over 15 grams, otherwise you might find yourself running high.
It really is a good idea to keep track of your BG readings and the amount of carbohydrates you ingest. As Bruno said, it helps you and your doctor.
I don't know any of your history, but if your blood glucose readings have been running higher than normal most of the time prior to diagnosis, you may find you have these weird symptoms when your blood sugar is running normal. This is your body having to adjust to being normal.
This happened to me because my blood sugars were really high before I was started on insulin. Even when my blood sugar was in the 90's, I started experiencing these symptoms with the weakness, dizziness, sweating, hot flashes, etc. My body wasn't used to the state of being normal. This does pass.
Test often so you know what is going on. If you see you are running lower than normal, you do need to call your doctor. Don't let it go on much longer.
So true. My doctor suspects I had undiagnosed diabetes for many, many years. He believes my pancreas secrets little to no insulin, hence my need for injections. That, in of itself, is not a bad thing for me because these injections give me excellent control.
That is why I suggested that Anon's husband should monitor his blood glucose daily in case he follow's in his brother's footsteps. Not all family members may have the disease, but I believe it is better to know and go from there. Knowledge is powerful.View Thread
There are good answers here. Please have your husband monitor his blood sugar daily.
I had no symptoms whatsoever and was diagnosed with diabetes while hospitalized for a completely different scenario. I am glad the medical team was observant enough to notice my high blood glucose readings. I would never have gone to the doctor unless I was seriously ill.
A glucometer is relatively cheap. He can purchase strips over the counter at WalMart. This will give him and yourself a little peace of mind of you both know what is going on.View Thread
These studies are just that: studies. Hopefully, in the future, the aim should be for all diabetics to strive for normalcy in blood glucose control. "Normal": close to or at non-diabetic range to prevent heart disease and other organ damage.
I was like many here with out-of-control blood glucose readings with an A1c of 13.2. I had only one risk factor for diabetes and that was heredity. My mother had it. She passed away from sepsis due to kidney failure. Dialysis is a short-term solution.
This is the main reason I strive to get my blood glucose as near to normal as possible. A lot of hard work. I had an A1c at 5.6, but that was due to a lot of lows. Lows are not good for the body either. I am striving to strike a balance with my insulin usage, physical activity and food.
My doctor realizes my struggle and after eight years has finally decided that maybe splitting my basal insulin dosages might help the lows. Half the dosage in the a.m. and half in the p.m. Before this decision was made, my A1c went up considerably (6.2) when I cut my basal to nearly half the dosage it used to be (doctor's orders.) My FBS went up over double what it used to be (in the 150's), but during the daytime, it came back to normal (between 70-80) because of my physical activity. My doctor upped the dosage once again, but split it, hoping this would prevent the lows. I also had to get my BS way higher than normal when I exercised. It seems so stupid when you strive for normalcy. These are the pitfalls of insulin usage.
My doctor also realizes that I prefer my A1c in the 5's. Lower 5's. We don't argue, but he still keeps telling me that the A1c is below 7 and he is happy. I am not. We are like an old married couple. LOL.
I do hope you can get your A1c where you need it to be. One has to be dedicated to good health. We have to let go of our wants and devote ourselves to the needs. It is not easy, for we are human and want to be normal.View Thread
Very insightful points, Nutrijoy. I don't understand the "under 7.0" range myself and why the medical community feels this is "safe" and in good control. They know for a fact that non-diabetics have blood glucose levels far below that 7-range. Even my own doctor still repeats that you are under 7, so why so strict. If I don't eat any carbs, I might, just might be able to get to 4-5. Many feel that might be low for a diabetic. In reality, it is normal for those that do not have this disease. I'd like to be normal.
As you stated, all of the above would raise my blood sugar dramatically. Dried fruit??? This is to be taken seriously? That would be like eating packets of granular sugar.
Massive overhaul at these governmental agencies is in order. Any one of them a diabetic? Any one of them truly know what these foods do to the blood sugar? If they did, these recommendations would be come into the year 2014.View Thread
If you increase your exercise to include the use of weights and more weight-bearing exercise this might have an impact on your glucose numbers. It goes without saying, that you have to watch your intake of carbs every waking moment.
You will see over to the right of this forum "A Diabetes Reversal Story." Dr. Dansinger at one time had joined some of the discussions on this board. He recommends for his patients 7 1/2 hours of exercise per week.
Weights and weight-bearing exercise are the activities that utilize the glucose running around in your bloodstream as fuel. Specifically, your skeletal muscles.
As Dave mentioned, this is a complete lifestyle change. Healthy eating habits and exercise. You will have to keep this up for the rest of your life.
I do not know where you stand with your diabetes control. A non-diabetic will average a blood glucose reading of 85 at any given time of day. This is daily. Notice this number is an average.
Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism. The more active one is, the more the carbohydrates are used as fuel rather than being stored in your body as glucose.
Test and keep testing. Watch your two-hour post-prandial number. Again (it bears repeating) a non-diabetic will still average in the 80's even two hours after a meal.
I came across a very interesting article; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2911064. It comes across as very technical, but one thing stood out to me and that was the 2-hour post-prandial numbers between two different groups of men and women. Nearly everyone I know with diabetes frets about the FBS in the morning but pays no attention to glucose readings two hours after they eat. My doctor has me watch all these readings. The one thing that did stand out was the numbers between the two groups. The normal, non-diabetics in this study had numbers ranging from 78-81 two hours after a meal. The second group had ranges from 112-113. The second groups' numbers conveyed increased mortality risk from cardiovascular disease.
I, myself, tend to be obsessive with my numbers. I would prefer them closer to 80 at all times. I am human and sometimes I just want to eat my carbs. Many times I have to talk myself out of it. It takes a lot of work physically and mentally. One can get off of medication if one keeps very diligent and honest with themselves.View Thread
Dave, that is a mighty large dosage of metformin. That's why I asked about 1500 of what because of the title of her post. If she is taking metformin, a diabetic medication, I would hope her doctor said something regarding diabetes. Perplexing post, that is for sure.
And I said she. LOL. Why did I presume that Anon was a female? Apologies. Could be a he or she. Don't you just love pronouns?
It just kills me that a doctor would say no sweets, when they know diabetes has much to do with carbohydrate metabolism. That boggles my mind.View Thread