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
You are replying to a post that is 3 years old. IMO a person answering a post on insulin should be careful about just suggesting 15 units or thereabouts and see what happens. Diabetes is a very serious disease which requires serious and thoughtful management. But that's only my opinion.Also I don't think that running out of meds is helpful to you. What is your A1c and average fasting sugar?View Thread
I will be off the site for quite a while and will miss the regulars. Diabetes is SO hard to conquer as a nation because of misinformation from companies which sell high glucose products, and because of the ever-changing "pyramids" on the amount of carbs, proteins, and fats recommended. Also because of doctors who find it easier just to medicate, and patients in denial or wanting an easy cure.
My personal way of dealing with high blood sugar is simply to eat only the amount of carbs (counted mentally by exact grams, not portions) in each meal and snack that the remaining beta cell producing insulin in my body can handle. For me that is 80-100 grams of all carbs a day divided into 3 smaller meal and several very small snacks. More is needed with heavy exercise.
This ways of eating is not acceptable for most newcomers on this site and I am not a psychologist who can give support on personal issues or denial problems. I feel that diabetes is so complicated and so individualized that a person needs to be his own advocate and be willing to research good health and information for his own situation. This requires a lot of commitment and understanding.
I am also going to be very busy recovering from multiple concurrent surgeries for a hernia, prolapse issues and a hysterectomy this coming week. It will require much attention to diet, as I can only walk for exercise for quite a while, and I am used to burning up the sugars with movement! SO, see you much later.View Thread
I'm confused. How does eating more calories bring your blood sugar down? Are you very thin? If I get under the weight I would like to be, I do have to eat more protein and especially more good fats. Fats do not influence your blood glucose at all. Proteins will make the blood sugar rise, but not as fast as carbohydrates.If I would add more carbohydrates of any kind, my blood sugar would go up.
When you say that you will "gradually add (calories) till I reach met goal" is that a weight goal or a blood sugar goal? and is that goal less or more than your numbers are presently?View Thread
When a person first starts not a being able to process sugars exactly correctly, one of the first symptoms is feeling "hypoglycemic" - Note that I said "feeling" , not necessarily real hypo below 70. My doctor called it "reactive hypoglycemia" meaning that my body reacted that way after eating a meal with too much sugar for my system and then dropping rapidly because of a large influx of insulin. Are you a large person or very active physically so that you would normally eat 89 grams of sugar at one meal?
My numbers also dropped down quickly as your did. In fact on a glucose tolerance test I measure only 90 after two hours, indicating that I was not a diabetic. HOWEVER, now I know that those feelings and responses can often mean that you are on you way to becoming a diabetic. You have an excellent opportunity to avoid that disease by becoming informed and cutting way back on white foods such as bread, rice potatoes, as well as desserts and candies and excess fruits.View Thread
That is exactly how a person may feel if their body does not process carbohydrates well. The disease is called diabetes. I consume only 100 grams of all carbohydrates a day, including sugars, sweets, bread, cereals, fruits, dairy products, and fresh greens and veggies. In fact everything that is not strictly a meat or 100% fat, contains carbohydrates. So, when you are counting the grams of carbs your ate, be sure to read the labels on all commercially produced foods, and look up the fresh things in a food count book. You may have actually eaten more than 89 grams, which for me is way too much for my body to handle.
I, too, would get dizzy and nauseated and sleepy. When I eat no more that 15-20 grams of carbs per meal (10 for a snack) I am alert, not hungry, and am on no meds for diabetes.
Your fasting glucose is already in the pre diabetic range. Your body is handling the excess grams of carbs by causing your pancreas to chug out mammoth amounts of insulin to handle the digestion of the carbs. Eventually your liver will not be able to handle them, and you will go on increasingly bigger amounts of meds, and then on insulin injections. Some people choose to eat whatever they want and just opt for more meds, but my friends to do this have gotten sicker.
You are very wise to have begun investigation this early!. I applaud you for your efforts. Look up as much info as you can, starting with Dr. Dansinger at the top right of this page. A very good book is Blood Sugar 101 by Jenny Ruhl. She also has a great web site by the same name. Keep us posted as to your progress and information gathering. I'm sure many more people here will chime in with advice.View Thread
Thanks debs, I will look for that. I also found information in Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution which I will post in detail later. No Gatorade or Sports drinks because of the sugar. Seltzer water, diluted tea and no glucose broth O.K.with added electrolytes. I'll post the recipe later. Nap time now!View Thread
What is a good dehydration liquid for diabetics - one that doesn't contain too many sugars/carbohydrates? --Either homemade or a product from the drugstore.
I am now using water, organic low sodium chicken broth, and the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, dry low carb Toast - 5 gm per slice with some when protein powder mixed in to balance the sugars). I quit all coffee and teas, even decaffeinated and herbal. Right now I'm cutting out nuts, a staple for me. I was eating very small snacks of regular foods during the day but this diarrhea is still going on several times a day and makes normal activities very limited. I have no fever or pain and this is likely caused by a dose of doxycycline (for a tick bite), plus doctor prescribed meds for GERD and cough, but enough is enough! I have surgery for other issues scheduled in 5 weeks and really need to get this under control.
I have been in contact with my doctor who told me to get probiotics, which I had already started taking yesterday, and make an appointment for next week, which I did. Also some digestive enzymes.
I am NOT asking for an "illegal" diagnosis, just help with good suggestions for electrolytic liquids. I am now checking Dr. Bernstein's and Jenny Ruhl's books.View Thread
To joom- You didn't exactly say what condition the result of 14.9 was for --an A1c ? which is a test from which you can tell the average over the past 3 months of your glucose level , or some other condition? You had mentioned your microalbumin level. What does "expected result is 0-3" mean? Who is telling you that number is "early diabetes"? A number that high would be very serious diabetes, so maybe that number is for something else.
If you received a written or printed order for the tests, each separate test should have been marked with a dot or small circle or some mark next to the name of the test, which indicated if fast is necessary. Unfortunately you probably had to turn in that order when you got the tests, so there is no way to check now. Look at the result sheet now and tell us what words or condition is exactly across from those numbers. If they did not give you the results, you can to sign a release sheet to get a copy of all medical papers for your personal use. I do that with every lab I take, so that I can better understand. I would be freaked out also when I get news of something I dan't know about. Please get back to us with more information.View Thread