This sections of one of my favorite web sites answers many recent questions on peripheral neuropathy, eye problems, heart and kidney disease and other complications of diabetes. They all seem to happen t much lower levels than we commonly think.View Thread
Be sure you are sufficiently hydrated because water keeps the blood thinner and therefore the sample contains less sugars. Too thick blood can also promote clots. I also cut back on food in general to match my intake to my exercise when it is hot or for other reasons when I am not as active.View Thread
HI Beta! Yes, I read this in our copy of the Wall Street Journal and was interested in the new guidelines, but they are too lax for me. I was most interested in the ( my paraphrase)statement about well-motivated patients opting to aim for an A1c of 6% in that such agressive therapy is expected to better keep the disease from progressing. Most of the article was about allowing much higher A1c's.
This track, on my part, is occupying my interest and activity, so I am again dropping off this community in the interest of using time to best advantage. NONE of my acquaintences with blood sugar problems are doing anything at all other than eating what they want and taking more meds. It is too discouraging, so I have to retreat into my own methods and cease trying to influence others. I hope you get back to kayaking soon, and I am already looking forward to Florida in the Spring and the Ding Darling Reservation and kayaking. Meantime we are busy with famiy and planning a big 50th wedding anniversary party.View Thread
reitze, you say that your fasting BG is 100-105, up to 115 when eating more. This fasting number is NOT the blood glucose average number that the A1c corresponds to. That average number would also include the much higher numbers that would occur even 1/2 after eating a large meal, even thought those numbers would generally come down after 2 hours.
"Average" means every number, every minute of the day, awake or asleep, full or fasting. Therefore is your fasting is 105, your average might be in the 120's or 130's or higher depending on how many carbohydrate foods you are eating.View Thread
1. Not understanding at first how deadly diabetes can be if left to progress 2. Denial - Not believing that the consequences really apply to themselves 3. Choices - Thinking that the "feel good" choices of comfort food and addictive eating are more important to them than good health 4. Low self esteem - Feeling that they are not worth the effort to be healthy and slender, and live longer 5. Lack of ability to understand this very complicated disease, which I think is different from my reason #1, in that some people, even with effort on their part, lack the ability to sort out all the information on managing this disease.View Thread
Late night typo, David. I was posting late at night. My brain and fingers just typed "ounces" instead of "grams". I didn't do it on purpose to mislead you. I already admitted my mistake. Please let it go now! Haven't you ever made a typo? Probably not. lol.View Thread
David, Yup, I did know that it was "grams", not "ounces". When I fine-tune my figuring of my daily allotment of calories/grams of carbs, protein, and fat eaten in the Zone proportions of 40%-30%-30% of total calories eaten, and my goal limit of daily carbs, adjusted for the activity level for the day the math worked out to my satisfaction.
I choose my amounts of certain foods to fit my plan. If I need to eat only 1/2 apple with peanut butter and a hard boiled egg to reach a certain ratio, that's what I do. If I need to cut a dill pickle lengthwise in half, or throw away half a tiny bun on a sandwich, or eat only 5 carb bread, I do. If I need to add 1/4 cup of black beans to give me a slow acting carb to eat along with a small slice of melon and 2 ounces of chicken, I do.
It sounds complicated, but it works for me and is necessary for me to do because I am very sentitive to small drops and rises in carbs and calories (again taking into consideration the Exercise levels). I get brain fog or brain fry very easily although I am more stable whenever I keep my carb/activity ratio even, which is most of the time now. Experience is a great teacher.
I think that whatever works for a person is the correct plan to use for that person.
I stick to my knowledge from several sources that muscle cells can take in glucose at times without using the normal insulin. I will not find take the time to find those sources again at this time, so I will just say IN MY OPINION. Again, the process is very complicated.View Thread
To KMMac, I do understand most of what you are saying and went back to your first reply on this thread, where you said your A1c was down, but your fasting blood sugar remained about 100 and you were wondering why.
I have decided in my own case where my fasting was normal, but my A1c was in the prediabetc range, after much testing on my own and tracking precise carbs, that I am low in the phase 1 insulin response. My blood sugar will go up much higher than a non-diabetic's and that accounts for the average being higher than an occasional tester might catch. My phase 2, or slower releasing insulin would usually bring the dinnertime meal glucose back into normal range by breakfast time, but ONLY if I quit eating by 7 PM, or in the case of a larger meal, took a long brisk walk of at least a mile after dinner. I would guess that this indicates that my phase 2 insulin might also be lacking, and as you say, only the muscle uptake which does not require insulin (and watch everybody here HOPon this statement) keeps my sugar in a lower range. If I ate a normal meal, or ice cream, or pasta, or a sandwich with normal bread, I would be over 225 fast and often.
The book, "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution" goes into a lot of info on phase 1 and phase 2 insulin and precise management of type 1 diabetics with a very low carb diet which then needs a reduced amount of insulin to control. His patients suffer very few complications. He also recommends a high level of exercise, especially weight training.
In my case, also, constant exercise is mandatory to bring down the blood sugars. I eat only 1200 total calories a day, less than 100 total carbs of ANY kind, around 70 grams of protein (or less), and some added good fats. The proportion of my macronutrients according to the ZONE eating plan, which works for me, is 40 % of calories - carbohydrates, 30 % protein, and 30 % fat. Remember that this is a % by calories, so 30% fat does not add up to much when you look at in on a plate. Fat has 9 calories per ounce, where protein and carbs have only 4 calories per ounce which of course you knew, but others might not have.
This is all very interesting to me. Please keep on posting. The amazing thing to me, is that I have to buy all my testing strips out of pocket and that my doctor says I will never need medicine. She can't possibly be convinced that I have to work so hard to keep it that way.View Thread