kitkat - are you the same person as the "Anon" who began this post? You said the ER people told you that nothing showed up in the blood work? Does that mean you are not diabetic? Yet you say your blood sugar is 16.9? My A1c conversion charts do not even go that high - it must mean that your daily sugars are in the 500-600 range. Somebody else will chime in here with exact numbers. In the U.S. doctors usually will tell people to go to the emergency room if it gets much above 300 for insulin shots to bring it down in a short amount of time. For what reason are your sugars "uncontrolled"? - Are you taking any medications? Are you watching what you eat? Please help us with more information.View Thread
How about on the toilet lid? your pillow? under your car keys? on the breakfast table or counter? on top of the coffee pot?your purse/briefcase? Are you taking some meds for memory? You could try some pictures on your refrigerator door of what people who don't take their meds look like. Seriously, when people I know can't be responsible for their meds any more, then someone else takes over -- like an assisted living staff.View Thread
More posters will write in and some will suggest that he talk with the doctor about possibly being type 1 1/2 or type 1, since he is so thin. They will know more about this.
I will just talk about foods. He need to replace the calories he is cutting out with calories from protein and most important good fats, since fats do not make your blood sugars go up! Proteins will cause the blood glucose to go up much slower than carbs, but fat will not influence the blood glucose at all. I eat a lot of nuts and nut butter (no sugar added), use coconut oil to cook with, and olive oil on salads. It does not hold up with frying. Try Greek yogurt without fruit or additives, and use the kind with fats, not the 0%. Add your own fresh fruits if you wish, but count those carbs. Some of us eat bacon, sausage, cheese, etc. A current thought is that the cutting out of fats in our diets precipitated this epidemic of diabetes, because what was added in place of those fats was the awful sugary foods.View Thread
There are many different food plans for diabetics on this web site. My personal plan is to eat only the amount of carbohydrates that my remaining insulin, with my exercise and activity level can process without sending my blood sugar out of normal range. This means morning fasting glucose under 99, A1c under 6.0 (mine is currently 5.8 even after surgery 2 weeks ago) and 2 hour after meal random blood glucose lower than 126. In fact, I try not to have mine go up to even 135 even within the first hour after eating. I may be off the official versions of those "normal" meter reading, but you get the idea. Also, for a true non-diabetic, their numbesr will be even lower. So.... anyone who wants to eat sweet desserts every night or have numbers 200-300, probably will not bond with my plan. ðŸ˜°
My favorite books are Dr. Bernstein's Solution and Jenny Ruhl's books and website, which Nutrijoy and others have mentioned often. I limit my daily TOTAL of ALL carbs including leafy greens and non-starchy veggies to 80-100 grams a day. I divide my intake into 3 "half meals" of 15-20 carbs each and 3 snacks of 5-10 carbs each. Each meal will have about equal CALORIE intakes of protein and good fats. This means than the veggie portion will look much bigger and the fat portion very much smaller than the meat portion. I will eat an extra snack BEFORE I exercise or walk a mile with hills to keep my sugar from dropping and my liver from chugging out more glucose into my system than I would possibly eat.
I originally kept exact records of everything that went into my mouth plus exercise and activity notes, until the plan became automatic in my brain.
After surgery when I am limited to only walking for exercise for 7 weeks, I cut WAY back on carbs and also on portions, and made sure that everything I put into my mouth was NUTRIENT dense. The result is that I have lost 3 pound of fat around the middle, my muscles are stronger, and my sugars are still in the range I want. I am still on no meds after 4 years of being a diabetic.
I find myself unable to respond to most posts, as the wishes are so far from reality in my mind -- eat whatever they want, just take more meds, can't make time to exercise, haven't done any independent research, have excess weight, etc. Of course, Type 1 is a whole different disease, and must be carefully monitored with a doctor.
I know it takes a long time to become familiar with diabetes, but I do believe that the rewards of better health with no or less complications, and a longer, happier life can be within the reach of those who try.View Thread
Thanks Auriga, I continue to do fine. Now I can drive again and am walking 1 mi. plus a few street hills (not dunes yet) a day plus around the house , stairs and yard. Off all pain meds and am really looking forward to a river paddlewheel steamboat cruise on the upper Mississippi at the end of September for the fall colors. I get regular interrogations for the pacemaker. After the first year I think it will be every 6 mo. only and one of those will be by the monitor at home, so I don't have to go in. Its purpose for me, is to just boost my lowest heart rate up to 60 beats per minute so I don't get tired especially after a night when it usually dropped to 31! I'll write a new post on carbs.View Thread
Thanks, Debs! I am excellent. 5 procedures including vaginal hysterectomy, 3 pelvic prolapse repairs and hernia repair by open incision because it was small and near the groin - not suitable for laparoscopy also because of previous abdominal scars from another hernia (genetic weakness of abdominal wall) and a tube tying procedure 45 years ago. Also, I have a pacemaker so the anesthesiologist had additional duties. I was in surfer 3 3/4 hrs., in recovery only 1 hour before being sent to my room, and received Discharge papers from the hospital 17 hrs. after surgery. Minimal narcotic pain meds the first couple days, and now a week later, only an occasional Motrin,,. I'm walking 1/2 to 1 mi. a day plus all around the yard and house and could get myself in and out of bed painlessly the first day home. -- Almost unbelievable! I had a swimsuit on in a lounge chair the first day home to get a little sun. However, I am on strict order not to lift anything over 5 lbs, or to do exercise other than walking for 7 weeks. More on how I am limiting my carb intake to take that lack of energy & calorie expenditure into my daily carb intake count later.View Thread
Wow Hooty, it surely is interesting how many different ways people handle their sugar intake. I am still on no meds after 4 years and my last A1c before last week's surgeries was 5.7 BUT I do limit all grams of carbs (including greens and non starchy veggies, and stuff on labels) to 80-100 actual grams a day. That would equal only 6 1/2 ADA "portion carbs" where "1 carb" = 15 grams of actual carbohydrates or sugars and green leafs and veggies don't count at all. This, however, works for me and I rarely eat any grains or desserts because I don't miss them.View Thread
bruno, I agree with most of your post above, except your statement that most guest specialists advise to reduce red meat consumption. Those who advise a much lower carb intake replace the carbs with good fats (or in some cases ANY kind of fats) and meats - even bacon and sausage according to Dr. Bernstein. For those of us who follow the much lower carb idea, it works!View Thread