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08-06-2005, 09:07 PM
hi everyone. i have been gone a long time. hope everyone is doing well.
i fell off the wagon but i have resolved to climb back on and i amgoing to need some support. how are you rosey and rosetta? nice to meet everyone else. i am having trouble with my cholesterol? cannot tolerate statins? any help out there? pat

08-06-2005, 11:21 PM
Hello everybody,

I'm doing good, but having trouble with my sodium. im trying to get and keep it low but its hard. wat can i do?

08-07-2005, 01:19 AM ( I have had a real hard time sleeping latley. My sugar has been high and I am having a hard time keeping it down. Lots of stress latley. Maybe things will settle down. I hope. Any suggestions?

08-07-2005, 11:54 AM
nosugar stress is a big factor in not sleeping also for you bs. try to block out stress at bedtime, don't go to bed hungry try some milk at bedtime a slice of toast also helps. sometimes a white noise helps.

bb i love salt. guess you have to read labels and throw the salt shaker.but we need a certain amount of sodium for our health.

so far today i have been good, salad planned for lunch.but the kids are coming for supper and don't know what to make.?

08-07-2005, 03:32 PM
Thanks for the advice. I will try it tonight. I am going to my moms for supper tonight we are having hamburgers and grilled zuccini. It is really good and I can eat as much as I want. My husbands birthday is tommorow. I have to back a cake for him. Maybe I will make a sugar free one he will never know. LOL. I feel pretty good today and my sugar was 108 this morning. Better than yesterday. See ya'all later. (

08-08-2005, 07:38 PM
Hi Pat - welcome back. Sorry you can't tolerate the statins. I take Zocor and that's doing a good job for me. I guess you'll have to do it with diet and exercise. (which is what we all should be doing anywy.)
BB - the best thing is to read the labels, cook as much from scratch as you can. Use spices (like lemon pepper) to season your food. I've noticed I've been eating more sodium than I should lately.
Well, that will soon stop. I'm going on a medical fast, starting Wednesday. I've been so sedentary the last few years because of orthopedic problems and now that they are somewhat resolved, I've gotten too fat to walk. So I need to lose at least 40 lbs as quickly possible so I can start exercising. I just signed up last week so have only had a few days to get in my last meals. lol. Actually haven't done too badly.

08-09-2005, 08:32 PM
What is a medical fast? I have heard of this twice now and I do not know what ya'all are talking about. Could ya let me know. Thanks. i have been at home now for a week I kinda like it. But I do get bored sometimes. I have been reading the new Harry Potter book. I am up to chapter 15. My sugar is still wacky it bottomed out yeaterday and boy it makes me really tired when it does that. I just want to sleep. I am going to bed now at a decent time so I am getting some sleep at night. Gotta go have to fix supper for the masses. LOL catch ya'all later. ( Me

08-10-2005, 02:47 PM
Hi everyone.. well things have settled down around here trying to get back to my lowcarb lofat diet..after eating whatever i wanted for several months now :?: its time to get real and quit denying im a any of you ever do that??after a particulary high fat content foods yesterday i spent a good share of middle of the nite in the bathroom not fun :o :( :o ..but a good wake up for me.. my dd is coming over and we are cooking dinner for our neighbors.. they are in poor health and have a house full of company so im helping out.. i dont plan to eat what im fixing tho..its pretty and sunny here today but nippy out.. i can feel fall not far off..hope you are doing something you love for yourselves today (((((((((hugs))))))))) rosey :wave:

08-10-2005, 04:25 PM
Hi, all. Rosey, glad to see you back on track.
Nosugar, a medical fast is a very lo-cal diet made up solely of food supplements (like powdered Slim Fast) and supervised by a doctor. It involves weekly weighins and medical checkups plus behavioral classes. It's expensive but I reached a point where I needed desparate measures. I start it today. :fr: The doctor took me off two of my diabetes medications and I'm a little nervous about that since I've been in good control. Have you discussed your fluctuating blood sugars with your doctor? Maybe you need more medication.

08-10-2005, 05:15 PM
I have been gone for about 2 years..... I am back again and I need help!
Holy Cow! :(
I have gained a few more pounds while gone and I think I am finally out of denial that I have Diabetes..... :^:
Its time to deal with it I guess.
I've had a "vision" if you will, of what I may become in the next 4 years or so if I don't do something! I'll be 50 then, probably even heavier...not able to walk, and it scares me! I have a 5 year old and I want to see her grow up.
I quit smoking,a really major thing to do, I know, so whats wrong with me! Why can't I lose weight? I thought quitting smoking would be the hardest thing I would ever do, but its not. I have gained and lost the same 10 lbs for the last 2 years, I am getting no where fast. Anyone have any ideas on how to get myself going again?
I am so ready to try again.

08-10-2005, 08:29 PM
Hi, all. Rosey, glad to see you back on track.
Nosugar, a medical fast is a very lo-cal diet made up solely of food supplements (like powdered Slim Fast) and supervised by a doctor. It involves weekly weighins and medical checkups plus behavioral classes. It's expensive but I reached a point where I needed desparate measures. I start it today. :fr: The doctor took me off two of my diabetes medications and I'm a little nervous about that since I've been in good control. Have you discussed your fluctuating blood sugars with your doctor? Maybe you need more medication.

Thank you for letting me know what it is. I go back to the doctor on friday. Will discuss it then. Will let ya'all know what happens. k. (

08-11-2005, 01:33 AM ( today, I did some thing bad, I ate toaster strudell and boy did it hike my sugar. All the way to 181. I won't do that again. I have been so depressed latley. I feel like I can not do anything right. Maybe this depression will get better soon. I sure hope so cause I gotta quit eating like this ( Well I better go now catch ya'all later k.

08-11-2005, 04:43 AM
I will find out one way or another in just over 3 weeks if I am a diabetic or not! On a routine blood test it came back after fasting for 12 hours my blood sugar was on the high side, and I had to take a test again, the second came back high also so I now have to have a GTT to confirm it. I have been waiting 3 months now and the appointment is booked in for end of August at the hospital for the GTT.

I have changed my eating habits a lot in the hope it might help but have been testing my own BS in the morning and they are still higher than they should be.... so I fear the worse!

My mum is a type 1 diabetic so I pretty loaded with information about it.... ;) but am still worried for myself.... :(

08-12-2005, 07:28 PM
well i went to the doctor today He put me on Avandamet hope it works

08-15-2005, 05:36 PM
Hi everyone..i too had a fasting blood sugar early this am.. i was told i was suposed to have this 6 weeks after my chkup which was in may.. and didnt know about it till i tried to get refills on rx,s..and as usual they had trouble with getting blood so im all poked and black and blue ouch :?: by the time i was done i was weak and shaky so dd brought me home so i could eat something..still dont feel up to par yet..i am making better choices lately..and things have calmed alot and have more time to focus on how are all of you doing.. rosetta i think about you and hope that the medifast is going ok for you..nosugar hope your new meds are working.. do you have any hobbies tha would help with being problem is i have to many and the housework well theres always tomorrow :lol: mazarin good luck on your tests too..welc0ome back everypne else.. well im rambling so will sign off for today..the lab people told me to drink water till i sloshed :lol: so drink up everyone (((((((hugs)))))))) rosey :wave:

08-15-2005, 08:05 PM
Well so far so good. My meds seem to be working but I slept all day today. That is a bad thing. I hope everyone is having a good day. And everything is o.k. I have to start cooking supper for my husband so I will have to make this short. School starts thurs here YEA:cb: Maybe I can get some of the house work done with out having my son under foot. I pray for ya'all everyday. (((((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))))))))
I hope everyone is doing o.k I will see ya'all later K. (

08-15-2005, 10:58 PM
Hi all. I made it through the weekend, but it was rough. Physically, I was okay, but psychologically I was wanting to continue with my usual weekend food fest. But I didn't. Wish I had all those hobbies you have, Rosey. I have a lot of time on my hands now that I'm not shopping and eating or going out to eat. Sigh. The only thing I'm concerned about now is my blood sugar. The fasting sugar has gone up considerably since I stopped taking Actos and Glucotrol. I may want to go back on it, although I need to be careful about getting low blood sugar. It's especially frustrating since I worked hard to get it down.
How are the rest of you doing?

08-15-2005, 11:28 PM
hi everyone we are having beautiful weather. wish i enjoyed it more i am having a bad depression problem otherwise i am in a holding pattern. go to dr, in three weeks maybe i canget some help.
oldest son moved back in the area from kentucky that has got me running plus he is an excellentcook tomorrow he is having us for stuffed pork nchops this is going to make it tough on food choices.
well no sugar sounds like things are going well for you.
rosey i know about the blood draw can't find my veins.the girl almost runs when she sees me. try drinking lots of water before test that helps a little. also take some glucose tablets so if you are shakey you can bring sugar up fast till you get to eat.
rosetta that fast really sounds interesting i wish something like that was offered around here.
catch you all later. pat

08-17-2005, 01:48 PM
Well I am back to not sleeping very well. I guess, it will be like this forever. My husband teases me about sleeping my life away. I guess he is right. I went and applied for a job at the school for sub.teach. but I don't know if I will get it. Wish me luck. Pat, everything will be o.k. are you taking med's for your depression? if not maybe you should go talk to your doctor. I hope you are o.k I know how hard it is to battle depression, I do all the time. Just remember we are all here for ya. :grouphug: Everyone have a nice day and chin up.

08-17-2005, 10:10 PM
Hi. Just a quick note to say I've lost 11.8 lbs on the fast. I know I won't lose this much in future weeks but it's a good start. Today I'm a little down and missing food. Have been hallucinating sauerbrauten for some reason :lol: Pat, I hope your depression subsides. I have problems with it myself.
Nosugar - I hope you get that job.

08-17-2005, 11:22 PM
I have been depressed over money and now my sis may be losing her 4 yr battle with cancer. Both our parents died of cancer and Joyce is my only sibling.
When mom got sick I ate so much I gained 40 lbs. I don't see me doing that especially with different meds and other vit I take .
My sugar is nuts right now. Found out the natural sugar in my tomatoes was most of it. I think, 35 cals med tomato-right? So I was nibbling roma and other tomatoes all thru the day. :o :nono: :rolleyes:
Doc is working closely with me to get it under control. It was 355 :yikes: at 9pm one night, so i took 1/2 pill and called him next day.
Cut back sharp on tomatoes. Got the pressure canner out to deal with some of the temptation. :yes: Trying to keep busy and will go visit my sis for several weeks. She is on very strick organic foods plus herb vitamins.
Nosugarmomma-have you been tested for sleep apnea? I wear a c-pap mask so I get more room air to keep my throat open. It can cause lots of probs-stroke-heart attack-high blood pressure. They found mine after a mini-stroke.
Will keep a better eye :mag: on my numbers.
Praying for a good day for all of you.

08-18-2005, 11:50 PM
i dont eat salt. it just the sodium in the foods i eat. my mom dont cook my food with salt or butter.

08-19-2005, 08:51 AM
Well hello everyone. Yesterday I checked my sugar and it is staying between 110 and 100 I felt pretty good yesterday my son went back to school yesterday and I was not hungry cause I was alone. When he is home I am starving I guess that is because I am cooking all kinds of things for him it makes me hungry. ( ( Well here goes another day I am going to go weigh at the doc office today because I have not been to WW in three weeks. Just can not afford it right now. Well catch ya'all later. (

08-19-2005, 08:23 PM
My sugar is 2pts lower each morning.Today it was 209 and I had lost a pound. I am now 268. That is 11 pounds from my highest weight. I felt like my cuz that told me- he keeps losing the same ten pounds over the years.

I have new hope of getting my figure found-even if it sags a little. :o
Maybe I better join the weight lifters thread too. :lol:
Have a blessed day.

08-20-2005, 12:38 AM
Hi sorry i have not posted..ive been so b-day partys..and my dh brought me 18 more salmon to take care of..we gave my dd 8 of them and we are smoking and canning the rest..quite a project..but nice in the it s coming up on our fall hunting season so the dh will be at the cabin with male hormones flying trying to get a moose :lol: he loves to hunt and be at the cabin..and our grson will be hunting for the 1st time this yr..its the way it is here with us alaskans..anyways im pooped.. and havent got my test results yet..the increase in meds has helped some but not like the dr wants..sure hopr i donthave to take insulin..that moring before my fasting blood test i tested myself and it was 168..we shall see..its nice to here from you all..rosetta am glad u are getting results from your must be hard..dont know if i could do that..oldwriter am sorry u are depressed..that could be affecting your sugars too..stress can affect it too..just do the best u can..nosugar..are you still not sleeping..dont know your age but i started that when i started going thru the that possible for you.. also depression can do it hardly ever depressed but my dh takes meds for it so know alot about it..and can sympathize.. hello to anyone i missed and a big((((((((hug)))))))))) for all rosey :wave:

08-20-2005, 10:43 PM
Hi there :wave:
Had the nibbles today-thought someone might show up to see the tiller I have for sale so stayed downstairs and home and too near the kitchen. :nono:
Doing better on the stress. :stress: I am 58 and have diabetes 2, high BP, some
Arthur's :) itis in my feet, one ankle and one knee, carbul tunnel, neromas of the feet and some tingling, restless legs, sleep apnea and a hiatal hernia-oh yeah- I'm OBEASE too. :lol: Just a few things-surprised even me when I wrote it down-oops forgot asthma. :dizzy: :lol: :p
There's hope! :dance: :dancer: Need to :strong: :ebike: more and run from the kitchen. :scooter:
Hit the old lady change( :tantrum: :crazy: :hot: ) years ago. Take herb stuff now for it.
Hope all of you are doing well today and that tomorrow will be even better for us all. :balloons: :grouphug: :goodvibes

08-23-2005, 11:55 AM
I lost another pound! :dance: :hat: :dancer: :woo:

Did everyone go on vacation?

Have a good day.

08-23-2005, 02:41 PM
Morning everyone.. :coffee: its a rainy drizzely day here..and im by myself and enjoying it all.. the dh is at the cabin and i dont have one thing on my to do list that cant wait till tomorrow :cb: :dance: :dancer: :cp: :cb: its been a while since ive taken a day to do nothing.. carol congrats on the loss..way to scared to get on the scale and have been avoiding it.. to much on the go eating the last few months..sooooooooo hows everyone else doing??? have agreat day (((((((((hugs))))))))) rosey:wave:

08-23-2005, 03:21 PM
my bday is thursday :hb: and im going to the doc on my bday. :fr: this is my first visit to him since i found out i had diabetes type 2 3 months ago. im scared! i hope my sugar low so i dont have to get on meds. in the last 3 months i had lost 46 lbs. :cb: is that to fast? this week i weigh in at 209 lbs, last week i weigh 220. so i hope and pray my sugar is good. :cry:

08-23-2005, 09:53 PM
bb way to go you are doing fantastic and happy birthday!

carol i am 57 so we are close in age

rosetta you are doing so good on that fast. how long do you keep on?

rosey a day of nothing pressing. how fun is that bet you found something fun to do?crafts?

no sugar hi how are things going?

i am still depressed and struggling. but the weather has been really nice and i went to cajun fest sat. ate some spicy food . listened to music and did a little gambling. was fun. pat

08-24-2005, 01:59 AM
Well today I cleaned my kitchen....boy when I was working so much my family sure did not take care of things very well. But now it is so clean and that makes me sooooo happy ( could jump for joy. Tommorow I will start on another room in my house, if I keep busy I do not think about eating ( is a good thing. I hope everyone is o.k My sugar has been o.k but I go to the doc in two days for my AC1 results. Scary hunh. Well I better go cause I need to go to bed and get up and start over in the morning.

08-24-2005, 09:34 PM
can anybody tell me how much gram of fat should a diabetic eat a day?

08-24-2005, 10:07 PM
Hi, I've been busy at work and no time to post. I'm down another six lbs. This fast is sure boring, but I just keep reminding myself of the reasons I'm on it. I don't know how long I'll stay on it. My original plan was to stay on it long enough to lose enough weight so I can start walking again. But I'm so happy to see the scale go down again so I may continue. It's expensive though and that might be a factor in how long I stay on it. Just going to take it one week at a time and not think too far in the future. (ooh I am so craving pizza right now!)

Rosey - glad to see you back. I hope your test shows good numbers.

BB - WTG on those 46 lbs! Happy Birthday. :hb: For answers on nutrition you might want to go to the library and look it up.

Pat - Sorry you're still depressed. Glad you had fun at the festival.

Carol - I have some of the same health problems you do. Your sugars are awfully high. Are you taking medication regularly? Actos did a good job of reducing mine.

No sugar - congratulations on the weightloss. Good luck with doc appt.

08-25-2005, 10:27 PM
BB- I think it depends on the person how many grams of fat to eat.
Sorry not much help there.
I got off Actos b/c i was sick of being bloated and wanting to eat all the time.
I am on Amaryl and we are still adjusting it. My nerves were shot last week which doesn't help-better now. My face isn't bloated with Amaryl and I don't get the munchies. Feel Like I at least look more like my old self.

08-28-2005, 01:17 AM
Hello everybody,

I just found this board today and am so glad to see a "Dieting with Diabetes" thread. When I was first diagnosed a little over a year ago, I became a total food **** and got my diabetes under control almost immediately. My doctor said it was the fastest he'd ever seen anyone get their H1AC back to normal. I lost thirty pounds over the course of several months, through diet and exercise, and I just felt HIGH. It wasn't that hard. Having diabetes seemed, in a weird sort of way, a blessing. I've been seriously overweight for most of my adult life and nothing ever seemed to work. The threat of complications from diabetes did ... for a while.

Then I had to do a lot of travelling for work, and I was tired and wanted GOOD FOOD, and before you know it ... I was almost back to my starting weight. Not good.

The good news is that my diabetes is still under control. Doctor says that if he didn't know I was on meds, he'd think my chart was normal. But I am almost back to square one with the weight, and I am also battling high blood pressure and slightly elevated LDL cholesterol (that last is a new development).

I've gotten back on the diet and exercise wagon, and re-lost 9 pounds so far. But it's harder this time, and I find myself getting angry that I have to be so careful about what I eat. I hate thinking about food. I want food to be a non-issue. And yet, I know this is never, ever going to go away.

How do you deal with that idea? I mean, none of us would need to lose weight if we didn't love food, but now the wrong kind of food in the wrong amounts can literally poison us. And it's often the foods we love the most. We can't just stop eating, either. Another issue for me is that I often don't experience stomach hunger, but will have a low blood sugar episode with no warning.

I look forward to getting to know this community and sharing ideas and stories!

BBD :smug:

08-29-2005, 07:29 PM
Hi, BBD, welcome to our thread. Sorry that you fell off the wagon, but now it looks like you're back on track. I, too, resent having to always think about what I'm eating and how it will affect my blood sugar. But I already have one complication of diabetes (gastroparesis) and don't want anymore. As for signs of low blood sugar, hunger is not necessarily a symptom. More like shakiness. If you're exercising and taking diabetes meds you need to test your blood sugar regularly before and after exercising. Do you have glucose tablets? Have you been to a diabetes educator to give you an overview of living with diabetes? If your insurance covers it that would be a good idea. Anyway, please post often. We look forward to it.
Carol - I had swollen ankles with Actos. Don't believe it caused munchies tho (although I used that as an excuse when I first started taking it). I'm off it now and my ankles are back to normal. I took Amaryl once but got off it when my blood sugar got too low (in the days when I had lost weight and was exercising).

08-29-2005, 10:18 PM
Hi everyone

My sugar is getting better-my nerves are better but my weight is up a little-don't panic like I used to b/c it's usually temporary. As long as it slowly goes the right direction-cool.
Out of Amaryl till 1st. Took my old Actos today. Better than none.
Been busyier tho.
Have a great day all.

08-29-2005, 10:39 PM
Thanks Rosettastone. Yes, I went to the diabetic educator when I was first diagnosed. Like so many others, I have truly crappy insurance which does not cover a nutritionist or my diabetic educator, so I don't make regular trips. But I do have glucose tablets stashed in every car, purse, gym bag, etc. !

What is gastropareisis? That does not sound pleasant. I'm sorry you have to deal with it.


08-30-2005, 01:36 AM
Well here I am again. I put my resume in for that job. Have not heard anything yet. I keep getting these headaches and man I had a bad one today. Lasted allday! So now I am here again not sleeping. I do not iknow how some people can not sleep at nite and still function during the day. ( Cause I sure can not. I ate cereal and hamburger helper with ranch style beans. Drank lots of water, and still got heartburn. Maybe I need some more milk. But my sugar was good today. ( I still have not gone to the doc yet for my check up. Just have not done it yet but promise I will this week. I hope everyone is doing o.k. Just remember one day at a time girls. ( ( ( Friends are Forever!!!! (

08-30-2005, 01:47 AM
Hello everybody! Long time no see. I am all finished with my move across country. Back home in good old Thunder Bay. Hubby and I have started taking our health very seriously, it helps to have his support. We have been walking every second day for 5KM (I am not sure how many miles that would be). My sugars have been low lately I have not had any readings above 200 in more than 6 months now.
One thing I don't understand. We have been exercising for almost one week and both of us have gained 6 pounds. Our eating habits haven't changed either.

Nice to see you all again. Hope to come on a lot more often.


08-30-2005, 07:04 PM
hi all i am back i was in the hospital for 3 weeks. i had pnonia and congestive heart failure. i couldn't 2 feet without gasping for air.i can breathe now and i lost 25 pounds. now i need get my legs and arms stronger. my sugar levels are normal. :) glen

08-31-2005, 02:53 AM
I hope you are feeling better. I am sorry ya had to go to the hospital. I will be praying for you.

08-31-2005, 05:56 PM
Hi everyone.. its cloudy and cold here this am..i feel winters breath and the leaves are starting to change color..this summer sure went by fast..the dh is at the cabin moose hunting..ive been working on x-mas presents.. mr so sorry you were sick and am glad you are home recuperating :grouphug:..hello everyone else..have agreat day everyone (((hugs))))) rosey:wave:

08-31-2005, 08:21 PM
BBD: Gastroparesis is when the nerves in the stomach stop functioning. I started waking up in the morning with the previous night's dinner in the back of my throat - undigested - and sometimes I threw up. Went to the doctor and he diagnosed it. I now take pills (Reglan) before meals and before bed. Ugh. It's a side effect of diabetes (and not one I had ever heard of).
Glen - sorry about your hospital stay. Hope you recover soon.
Hi Rosey - you smell winter coming on and we have summer finally down here. It's been in the 80s the last couple of days. Would trade places with you but I wouldn't know what to do with all that salmon and moose. :lol:

09-02-2005, 04:52 PM
Well today I am going out of town, for a football game. The only problem is that the rest of the people I am going with are going to want to eat fast food. I guess I will pack me something to eat. Cause my sugar is good and I have not gained any weight since I have been off work. And I want to keep it that way. So I am going to have will power and stick to my guns. Wish me luck (

09-03-2005, 12:58 PM
BBD: Gastroparesis is when the nerves in the stomach stop functioning. I started waking up in the morning with the previous night's dinner in the back of my throat - undigested - and sometimes I threw up. Went to the doctor and he diagnosed it. I now take pills (Reglan) before meals and before bed. Ugh. It's a side effect of diabetes (and not one I had ever heard of).

Yikes, Rosettastone. That does not sound like fun AT ALL. I am so sorry you have to deal with that. Do you find that there are certain foods that you must avoid? Is it like acid reflux, where some types of food make the condition worse?

I am lucky to be healthy so far, but in the back of my mind I am always waiting for the other shoe to fall. Two of my relatives died from complications of diabetes --- but they also neglected themselves to death. Still, it's not a pleasant way to go.

Hubby and I have gotten into a good regular exercise routine. We go to the gym and/or swim daily, and if we don't do that we go for long walks. When I overindulge, I try to exercise as soon as possible to bring my blood sugar down. And with gas prices so high, I'm thinking about getting bikes for us ---we could ride to the gym instead of driving! ;)

09-03-2005, 05:23 PM
Morning everyone..its raining today and im babysitting a very bored 7 yr old i decided to teach her how to make clothes for her little beanie baby bear..just handstitching..kept her and i busy for hours :lol: but now grma needs a break so cartoons help..i finally got the results of my blood test.. my fasting sugar was 163 and the ac1 was 8.1..sooo instead of med changes the dr wants me to see a nutritionest and try by diet to get the ac1 to 7 and bs to under 140..shouldnt be to hard and any help or re-education will help..i know my eatings been out of control for a while now and maybe this is the wake up call i needed.. :?: also need to get back the exercising thing too.. i really have not had alot of motivation lately..and am content with me the way i am :?: thats not good :lol: isnt the news of the flood and huricane survivors just awful..i feel so sorry for them and wonder where are all those countrys that we have helped over the yrs?? how come they arnt rushing to our aid like the USA does for other disaster victims in other countrys???i want to help but can only do so with prayer and money donated to the redcross..when i see all that devastation makes me truly greatful for the family i have and my home etc.. on that sad note hope you are having a greatful weekend too..(((((hugs)))) rosey :wave:

09-04-2005, 09:40 AM
:wave: i am doing better. rosey try eating less carbs (bread potatoesand rice) they haave sugar. eat a balanced meal and three times a day. exercise and drink water.
:) glen

09-04-2005, 11:56 PM
Hello everyone :twirly:

Rosette- are you sleeping on a wedge to keep the food from backing up?

Glen-glad you are feeling better.

I had two bouts of sweating reaction sweating today. The one time my sugar was 159 and later was 163-but i haven't seen numbers below 200 very often so assume that I will react less if I can keep my numbers low over time. Just so happy to be in the 100s. :dance:

Keep on keeping on-we'll get there. :)

09-05-2005, 01:32 AM
Have any of you tried some of the holistic medicines and supplements that are available? I'm a big believer in holistic medicine (though I also see an allopathic doctor). Lately I've done some research and have come up with the names of several supplements that are supposed to help lower your blood sugar:

Extract of Asian bitter melon (Momordica charantia)
Ayurvedic gurmar (Gymnema sylvestre)
Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia spp)

1,000 mcg / day of glucose tolerance factor (GTF) chromium is also supposed to lower blood sugar and suppress craving for sweets. (I didn't find that it helped my sweet craving, however).

400 mg/day of magnesium (a powerful antioxidant that can help lower blood sugar; it has also been studied in improving diabetic neuropathy at doses of 600mg a day, according to Dr. Andrew Weil).

100 mg/ day of alpha-lipoic acid at a starting dose of 100 mg.

I'm giving the bitter melon a try and have added extra magnesium (my multi-vitamin has some, but not enough). We'll see whether it has an effect!

09-06-2005, 08:10 PM
BBD and Carol: My gastroparesis is under control as long as I take the Reglan before meals and at bedtime. I just need to be careful about portions. I got it because I had let my bs get out of control. That scared me straight for sure. I don't use a wedge. I use a CPAP machine but can only lay down part of the night (I get uncomfortable) and usually sleep reclining in a chair for the rest of the night. I have terrible sleep problems.
Carol - is the sweating because of the higher blood sugar or is it harmonal?
BBD: I've heard of the supplements recommended by Dr. Weil but not about the other remedies. Let us know how they work. Another one you might want to consider is co-enzyme Q10 - it's good for the heart.
Rosey - I'm sorry to hear about your A1C. Can you get back to Curves now that the summer is over? I hope the nutritionist helps. As for the N.O. disaster, I am horrified at what's happened. Actually, many countries have offered help, including Sri Lanka, which is a poor country still trying to recover the from Tsunami. The real problem is here in the U.S. - it was unconsionable to have left all those poor people in that horrible situation for so long. We have the resources necessary to take care of them, it's just nobody seemed to be in charge and knew what should be done -- and they should have. It's going to be a long time before all those displaced will have normal lives. Now I'll step down from the :soap:

09-07-2005, 12:10 AM
Hi everyone..just wanted to let you all know that i just got out of the hosp..i was helping my dh install a new door and the dang thing fell on me knocked me backwards and i hit my head on a small hutch..i have a concussion and spent the night in the ok.. big lump on my head and stitches still having some dizzyness..nothing broken..boy was i if im absent for a few days thats why..((( Hugs))) rosey :wave:

09-07-2005, 02:17 AM
Rosey, I hope you are feeling better. (((((hugs))))))) I will think about you often and pray for your recovery...... (

09-07-2005, 04:33 PM
Rosey - :yikes: Bumps on the head can be tricky. Take care of yourself and get lots of rest. :goodvibes

09-08-2005, 01:52 AM ( is how I feeel today. I have not been eating right today at all. I had a sandwich and a bowl of cereal. Not much but that is all I could handle. I have heartburn everynight and am not getting alot of ( Went out today. But had to come home and eat cause my sugar was dropping. But I know that is because I did not eat enough today. Maybe tommorow will be better.

09-08-2005, 02:16 PM
Well I gained 5 lbs. since I have been off work.

09-08-2005, 05:18 PM
Hi everyone.. im doing ok.. still have a cone head..but dizziness is gone..i was feeling sorry for my self today.the why me why did it happen etc etc.. and was watching Dr Phil about the huricane people.. and it all came into proper perspective.. im ok.. i had expert medical attention imediately..i have my home and the most loving truly blessed.. think of all those poor folks..many laying days without medical help..loosing family and more pity party..just a bump on my head.. i have scheduled my dieticain classes for next intitails one on one and 4 days of classes..i will share what i find out..nusugar am sorry you are having it ruff and for gaining the point is dont you have any hobbies that you like to do to keep you busy? i love my crafts..also how about taking a pepcid ac befor bed it takes care of the heartburn..hang in there.. hello to everyone else(((((hugs)))) rosey:wave:

09-09-2005, 04:57 PM
Hello.... I have popped in here before but thought I would again, I am Alison and I am 28 living in the UK!

I was diagnosed today with type 2 diabeties have been dieting and exercising for around 4 months and dropped 22 lbs. Have not been all that good this past 2 weeks and gained 3lbs back...

I need to get back on track!

09-10-2005, 09:42 PM
welcome alison. my legs are getting's nice to have real food again. :)

09-11-2005, 01:43 PM
The reason I use a wedge is I have a hiatial hernia. Without it I will have acid backing up into my esophagus and that could burn it. And, I am chesty and feel like they are trying to take my breath away. :faint: Also have asthma so feel a little short of breathing room at times. :shrug:

My sweats for hormonal are a little different. I heard others whose numbers were higher had some sweating as they came down to lower numbers but that the body adjusts.

Hefty1-glad your legs are stronger. :)

Alison-you're doing wonderfully. :cp:

((((((Rosey and Nosugar)))))

I lost another pound-every little bit helps.
Have a nice Sunday.

09-13-2005, 09:33 AM
No, I ain't my motivation seems to have flown off.... I've been stuck for two weeks gained a couple of pounds back and can't motivate myself to do a lot....

I have my first appointment with the nurse this afternoon at the diabetic clinic so we shall see what happens....

09-13-2005, 06:51 PM
Hi doing pretty good.. had my stitches out still feeling a bit tired but im taking it easy..have apptment to see diebetic nutritionest thursday..hope i can learn some new things and i will share..sugars have been around 140-160 better than what they have been..ive been trying a bit harder..anyways its a sunny day here and i have been working on making dolls clothes for my grdd..i luv to sew and its relaxing..hope you are all doing well ((((((((hugs)))))))) rosey:wave:

09-15-2005, 09:23 AM
HI All, I'm new to this thread. I was diagnosed with Type II last month, but have real issues with my doc diagnosing just based on my HbA1c, which was right on the borderline at 6.0. Looking for a 2nd medical opinion if I can't do metformin or something else other than injecting insulin twice a day.
I started SBD 9/5 and have lost 7 lbs in 10 days - which is a great start for me. I find it's hard to talk about the diabetes with people who don't have it, which is why I joined here.
I'm on so much insulin my sugars run in the 80's and 90's mostly. I think they're almost too low as I get low blood sugar reactions at 75 and I really can't be having LBS reactions every other day, they freak me out.
Mom had diabetes from having her pancreas removed due to pancreatitis. Dad has Type II, diagnosed when he was about 60. Grandfather had Type II I think it was. Mom and GF died at 62 and I am 43 with a 2 year old, so I must stick around much longer than that!
Hope to get to know you all!

09-15-2005, 11:10 AM
welcome to the boards. it's good start losing weight. eat less carbs and desserts.
:) glen

09-15-2005, 04:17 PM
Kim - welcome to the thread. Why are you on insulin if your A1c is only a 6? That's pretty extreme. Is your doctor an endocrinologist or a GP? I agree that you need a second opinion from an endocrinologist. The usual treatment for Type II is to try meds first. Also, if you're a six, diet and exercise alone should be able to control somebody with a 6 A1c. I'm not a doctor but I would certainly question the insulin prescription. Good luck and keep posting.
Hi to everyone else. I'm still on my medical fast program and as you can see from my tracker I'm losing weight steadily. Temptations don't abate though and right now I could go for one of the toasted bagels with cream cheese that are floating around the office. :devil:

09-15-2005, 07:07 PM
Thanks, Rosetta, I think the same thing. I was pg at the time I went to the endocrinologist (since miscarried, that's why I didn't start SBD til 9/5) and she said I couldn't take meds while pg. Course now I find out that metformin is routinely given to women up to 12 wks pg. I am so glad to hear that I'm not crazy. Looking for a 2nd opinion now.
OH NO, I would have a terrible time with bagels right now, don't send any to Colorado!! Be strong!

09-15-2005, 08:00 PM
Hey! Glad to meet you Kim,

I agree-a second opinion is a good idea.

The only time I've been on isulin is when I was in the hospital -easier for the nurses i guess.

The girls here have a lot of good suggestions.
Take care.

09-15-2005, 11:02 PM
Hello, I was diagnosed last year with diabetes my a1c was 6.5 told to exercise and watch my diet and during the year I have had about 3 bladder infections, does anyone else have trouble with these? I try to keep my numbers low sometimes in the early morning its a bit high 120 but lowers during the day any input would very appreciated, thank you for listening :?:

09-17-2005, 04:57 PM
Hi everyone.. i was at my dd house near anchorage for a few days just got home..our guys got a moose and we had to process sorry if there are any anti hunting people here but its a way of life for us here in alaska at least for my family.. we hunt and fish and put it up for the winter..its alot of work as we take care of it ouselves..dont want to affend any one or gross them out.. moose is alot like beef only leaner and no perservatives pooped as its along way up to her house 4 hr drive and several days to buthcher etc..but its sure a good feeling to have a full freezer and pantry :D ..welcome to the new guys :wave:.. im rosey..hey rosetta thats an awsome weight loss .. :cp: :bravo: :cp: i agree you need another opinion..ill bet you can control your sugars with diet and exercise..meadow.. i dont know about the bladder to your dr.. the higher numbers in the morning happen to me too..not sure why education classes are monday -thurs this week and am excited(wow did i say that :lol: )to learn some new things..ill share the info..hope you all have agreat going to do as little as possible :lol3: (((((hugs)))) rosey :wave:

09-19-2005, 05:46 PM
Where is everybody? Is this thread usually pretty quiet? I had a low blood sugar reaction last night and wondered how everybody else treats those. I just hated to eat hard candy, since it's totally Non-SBD, but had to get my sugar back up pronto.
Also, has anybody found a sugar free gum that's not full of sorbitol? That raises your sugar too, just slower than glucose.
Meadow - I have heard of yeast infections being related to diabetes, but never bladder infections. The early morning rise in blood sugar may be the dawn phenomenon and you may need to adjust your evening meals/snacks. Or it could be a rebound from lows during the night. Definitely something to run by your doc, I think.

09-19-2005, 08:02 PM
Otto - yeah, this thread has been kind of slow lately. People must be busy with Fall things. There's really no way to treat low blood sugar except with glucose. Glucose tablets, which are available at pharmacies, are recommended by diabetes experts. You can also use fruit juice - keep a supply of those mini cans of juice around. Or in an emergency three sugar cubes. It's more important to bring your sugar back up than to worry about following the diet to the letter. Besides, I don't think one small ingestion of sugar will spoil all your good work.

09-20-2005, 05:14 PM
Hi everyone.. rosettas right when that happens you need to get sugars up fast.. at my class last night they said glucose tablets.. juice or soda..i found the class informative.. besides all the basics that we all know we were told every ones diff.. so we are to test before a meal..keep a journal of what we ate paying attention to portions and carbs and then test 2 hrs later to see if the sugars are to high.. they should be around 160 after eating so if they are considerably higher then what you ate was not tolerated by your doing this for several days you will know what foods causes elevation for you..makes sence to me.. also to read labels serving size and amt and the carb content one serving is 15 grms..and its recomended that you have 4-6 servings a meal..and your plate should be 1/2 vegetables 1/4 protein and 1/4 starch..also you should avoid high sugar foods but to pay attention to the carbs not the sugars in foods..anyways not sure if this is new info for us all but it helps to refresh our minds..another class tonite.. hope you are all having a great day and dont mind me sharing my info(((((hugs)))) rosey:wave:

09-20-2005, 08:46 PM
hi... i'm new on this site too but unlike most of you I have been type II for over 10 years. I have never understood proper diet for me tho. I go overboard and freak out over any carbs, then I forget to look at fat and calories. I did have everything under control and was within normal limits for a while, at the time I was working out at the gym 5 days/week and having grilled salmon or salads for dinner every night. That was several years ago tho. I guess maybe I've been fortunate that I've never had any complications or felt sick at all, or maybe that's not so fortunate cuz I have pretty much ignored my diabetes for years. hmmmmm can you be in denial for 10+ years? I do take Actos and also Lipitor for high cholestoral. My bp is great! I quit smoking in March which led to an almost 30 lb gain is what shocked me into action.

So here I am, ready to start eating right and shaping my frame of mind :) In reading your posts, I see a lot of help and inspiration. Best of luck you all of you!

09-21-2005, 01:12 AM
Wow, iwmonn, you are AWESOME - quitting smoking that is. I quit 6/6/05 and still struggling. In teh past I have always gained 20 lbs when I quit. I didn't this time, but i never lost the 60 from the past 3 major quits!
You will get a handle on the diet/diabetes thing if you put your mind to it. If you can quit smoking I REALLY believe that you can DO ANYTHING!
AKrosey - my doc would FREAK OUT if I got to 160 after a meal. I really think she's much too much into tight control for me. Thanks for the info!
I had an unexpected visitor today - Aunt Flo. Perhaps she is the reason I haven't lost anything in 5 days even after being pretty darned good on the eating and walking. We shall see when she leaves.

09-21-2005, 03:51 AM
Hi everyone.. another class tonite..we had to test our blood when we got there.. then we had ameal provided by them.. we had to figure out the carbs etc..then we exercised yup in front of strangers :o and then we learned about colesteral and good fats and bad and protein portions.. before we left we tested our blood again.. mine was the only one that was lower after i ate.. it must have been the exercise.. which they stress as very key in controlling your diabetes.. they ecomennd at least 15 to 30 mint aday of moderate exercise .. i think i can do this..hope this is helping some of you.. will let you know what i learn tomorrow..its all pretty basic but im learning new ways to manage and like the the guide lines that they use are from the american diabete ***..your sugars should be below 130 or more fasting.. but when you eat they go up.. and they dont want the up cycle to be more than 160.. then they come down a roller coaster..up down up testing before eating and 2 hrs after you can find our what foods make your sugars go crazy high and avoid them..or control the amount of carbs you can tolerate as we are all diff..even tho we all have diabetes..of course you should always do as your dr wants..but if your unhappy get a 2nd opinion..((((((hugs)))) rosey :wave:

09-21-2005, 03:10 PM
Ottoette: thanks! I'm happy I was able to stop this time. I've tried many times over the last 20 years! This time was different tho. When it got time to order cigarettes (we get them on line cheaper), I just told my hubby not to lol... i was tired of paying so much for them. We could do so much more with that money. And I haven't looked back. I think one day at work I was desperate for a smoke and my friend stuck a stick of Big Red in my mouth instead. I guess I was just ready this time. Now If I can get my food cravings under control as easily............. lol.

Things there are going well, I see my nutritionalist next week and will be taking her a list of questions this time. No more just saying I understand when I really don't!!

Good luck to everyone and you all have a wonderful day!!!

09-22-2005, 09:58 PM
Hello everybody,
Welcome to the board Kim. I have had numerous bladder infections over my lifetime as well as yeast infections, these were the only signs of diabetes that I ever really had and my acanthosis nigricans.
My sugars have been pretty high lately (for me) between 7-12 (125-160). Lots of stress to deal with. Looking for a good job, living with inlaws, other things. On a good note we have been getting more exercise.
Nothing much more has been really going on.


09-22-2005, 10:30 PM
Hi Rosey. Thanks for the information from your classes. Most of it I've heard but it's good to be reminded. My doctor doesn't really get into the details of what to eat etc. He leaves that to the diabetes educators who are very good.
Iwmonn: Welcome to the thread. Congratulations on quitting smoking. I finally did it in 1978 and it was the hardest thing I've ever done (except keep my weight down and stable :lol: ) If you go back to that diet you were on a few years ago and step up the exercise, you will probably be able to control your blood sugar without any medication at all. I was taking Lipitor, now take Zocor (HMO made me switch). Until I started a medical fast 6 weeks ago, I was taking Actos (15 mg.), Glucotrol and Glucophage. Now I'm just taking Glucophage. It's not as good alone as the Actos in controlling blood sugar and now my morning sugars average about 146. But I'm losing weight.
Kim - Congratulations to you, too, in quitting smoking. You will feel so much better. I don't test my blood sugar after meals. I guess I should but my meals are so wierdly scheduled now that I'm on this program.
Melissa - Once your life settles down you will be able to work on your diet easier but in the meantime you are getting in good exercise time which will help relieve some of the stress.
I'm plugging along on my fasting program and losing steadily (but not fast enough to suit me :lol: ). I'm not exercising right now but will try to start soon.

09-24-2005, 06:04 PM
Hi everyone.. sunny and windy here today..its really fall out.. the leaves are blowing everywhere :smug: i finished my classes.. when my dr first persribed them for me i was not a happy camper.. didnt think i needed them :?: but after completing them i realize i was so far off the wagon its pitiful.. am now keeping a journal and testing bs more often and really counting those carbs..and exercising at least 15 min a sugars are still bouncing around while i figure out what works and what determined to make this work tho.. so how are all of you doing?? hope your all having a great weekend((((((hugs)))))))) rosey:wave:

09-27-2005, 04:17 PM where is everyone????? its still windy and cold here..ive been trying to stay busy so i stay away from the trying to use all the info i learned but am finding that this carb counting (altho easy to do) that im hungry all the what do you all do to fill up.. im eating salads and vegies some fruit but crave bread and crackers etc sl,s have come down some but not like i want :?:..hope you are all having a good the one with no finger nails..hmmmmm are there carbs in them :lol: seriously im frustrated cant you tell..i guess i want instant success..and i know thats unrealistic..hope to see some of you back its to quiet in here.((((hugs)))))) rosey:wave:

09-27-2005, 04:44 PM
Hi Rosey. This thread has been kind of quiet for awhile. Our weather has warmed up a bit. Cools down at night though, which is good. I lost another couple of lbs between Saturday's weigh-in and this morning so my clinic weigh-in tonight should be good. Rosey, you don't have to give up bread and other carbs, just keep them in moderation. All the sample menus I have been given allow for bread, just not a lot of it. Maybe half a bagel or one slice of whole grain toast will satisfy your cravings. A little brown rice -- not a whole big bowl full. The point is to make thim good carbs, not processed ones. Have a good day.

09-28-2005, 12:50 AM
Hi rosetta.. yes it is quiet in here.. folks must be busy.. thanks for the support..i have not given up carbs.. it just that i was used to eating more thats why im the shapei am in.. and for months i have been eating what and how much i want and now REALITY sets in and im trying real hard to pay attention to what and how much i just hungry :?: for example tonite i had baked chix breast(skinless) 1/2 small sweet potatoe( about a cups worth) and a huge salad with a small amt of fat free dressing..and altho im full im not satisfied.. whats up with that.. maybe its more mental.. anyways im determined.. way to go on your loss.. thats so awsome and i hopw you have good weigh in..((((((((hugs))))) for all rosey:wave:

09-28-2005, 10:31 PM
Rosey, I know what you mean about feeling unsatisfied. I'm rarely hungry on my program, but about once a day, I start craving a big sandwich. Just want to get my teeth into something substantial. It's comfort food. It's gotten easier but I'll always have to watch those urges. It seems like you're on a good path. Stick with it and you'll see the rewards in improved health. My weigh-in was a little disappointing because it showed 9 lbs more than what I weighed at home in the morning. :?: I expected a 6-7 lbs difference (because I'm undressed at home and it's first thing in the a.m. as opposed to 6 p.m. at the clinic). I wish those clinic weighins were in the a.m. Maybe next week I won't eat at all before weigh-in. :lol: :goodvibes

09-29-2005, 09:39 AM
:wave: last week i saw a dietican and she gave a diet. i'll know today if it worked. my sugars are up and down. wtg rose. :) glen

09-29-2005, 08:45 PM
I've been visiting my son's and my sis's familys.
I have lost 3 lbs.
My numers have been as low as 129.
Never thought I'd see that.
just thought I'd chek in quick.
Have a good day.

09-30-2005, 12:45 AM
Hello all,

Well i know i havent being on. Hurricane katrina stop me fora while. My power was off for a month so my diet went away because i have no way to cook or fix my food. we didnt have no food to eat so i have to eat whatever i could get. i think i gained a few pounds over dat time but i was still excercising. Well take care

09-30-2005, 09:56 AM
wecome back bb. how much did you lose in the flood?
wtg carol. :) glen

10-03-2005, 12:45 AM
Hello y'all,
I hope everyone is doing well. I have been working a lot again so sugars have been harder to control.

10-03-2005, 10:53 AM
:wave: melissa try making your meals ahead so you don't eat the wrong foods.
:) glen

10-04-2005, 04:06 PM
Morning everyone..its a crisp fall day here.. we had our first hard frost last night..winters not far away.. we usually have snow for halloween..not sure im ready for winter :( i am still struggling trying to stay on the locarb portion control diet.. my sugars have come down in to the 140,s better than what they were and im feeling better..hope you are all doing good too(((((hugs)))))) rosey:wave:

10-04-2005, 04:14 PM
Hi. The sun's out here with the pretty autumn light but it's a little chilly. Like it like this. I went off my program last weekend. Just needed to do it. Didn't gain but didn't lose, so I've set myself back a week. Oh, well. Found out the reality of eating doesn't live up to the fantasies and that I really want to say on the fast. So learned something.
Went to my doctor's yesterday. My A1c was 5.5! And that's without Actos or Glucorol. My blood pressure is lower without the drugs and my cholesterol is lower (still taking the Zocor though). So I'm doing the right thing. Only thing is, my morning sugars are up - sometimes as high as 160s. I'll confer with the endocrinologist next month. Well, weigh-in tonight and I have to fess up to the cheating. :o

10-07-2005, 06:10 PM
;)Hello how are ya'all doing today. Well I have good news I got a the school in the lunch room. I am doing well and wanted ya'all to know that I was o.k. I am going back to weight watchers soon, So I should start losing weight again. I sure miss ya'all. My computer will be back up soon so I will be here more often. I am at another computer so i better go. See ya'all soon.....:D

10-10-2005, 02:42 AM
Well we lose a lil but and a lil bit of damage during hurricane katrina but we made it. i bought me some weights so i can help with my exercise. i lose 2 lbs and i feel good.

10-10-2005, 10:33 AM
glad to hear you are ok. i celebrated turkey day yesterday and i ate too much. :lol:
my sugars were ok. :) glen

10-10-2005, 08:38 PM
HI everyone!
I just started my diet yesterday...I found out Sat (late) after getting my mail from being out of town, that I was prediabeties or borderline. I am 40 soon to be 41 on the 16th. I never imaged I be this fat...I am 238 pounds! I was 180 for about 15 years prior to this weight gain. I was on depression drugs and I ate alot, but I also found out I had a bad thyroid too! So I am on sythoid and also am taking singular for my asthma. I just never thought I have so many health problems. I use to smoke alot, about a pack a day 12 years or so ago...But food is much more addictive I think! AT least for me! With this new scare on my health adding to all the other problems, it was a real wake up call. I am doing the W Watchers diet, not attending meetings cause I can't afford it, but I am doing the counting points and I just found out what the ranges are. I feel very motivated to lose it and I am on several support boards too., nice to meet you all!

10-10-2005, 09:37 PM
Hi Kimberlee. It's good that you are doing something about your pre-diabetes. You don't want to get diabetes. It's a real pain. You are going in the right direction. Although WW is a good choice, you might want to modify it somewhat, as the points system allows you food like pizza, etc. that isn't really good for diabetics. Instead of eating white bread, potatoes and white rice, substitute whole grain bread, brown rice and legumes (beans) in moderate proportions. Also, instead of drinking fruit juice, have the whole fruit instead. Juice loads up your system with sugar (fructose). Control your fats and red meat. Eat fish like sardines and salmon. Also very important is exercise. A comobination of exercise and diet will keep diabetes at bay. Good luck and keep posting.

10-11-2005, 01:10 PM
Ok i ran out of things to eat. i eat salad everyday, lean hamburgers with whole wheat bread 100%, non fat yogurt, oatmeal, eggs white, and crackers. Can anybody give me some advice on what else i can eat? Is it ok to eat peanut butter?

10-11-2005, 10:34 PM
Hi! I Am new here and I just started my diet yesterday. I am on the WW change of lifestyle program! I am going to my first meeting tomorrow nite! I just found out that I am prediabetic, so I want to lose what I can before it gets ugly...Many in my family are insulin dependent and a few died from it, so I want to be proactive here and get a good start on things! I currently weigh 230 pounds and my goal is to be 130 in ten months from now! Kimberlee

10-11-2005, 10:40 PM
Thanks for the welcome! Yes...I have been eating whole grains and wheat, skim milk for bout ten years or so...the problem I had was with craving pepsi and cake and donuts and etc! Now that I can't have those anymore, I have a good feeling weight loss might work now!

I also have a bad thyroid that I take generic sythoid for and asthma which has me on singuliar. I had heard both don't help with weight gain! And I am turning 41 soon! Oh no! I do excercise every day now and I stay in the 26-28 point range on the WW plan!

My monthly visitor tacked on almost 8 pounds this month, which is now gone! SO i am now back to 230! WHew! And the scale was was two pounds off in my favor! So It does help to know that today, I am 230 and not 238! I look forward to getting to you all here.

Hey, how to get those little people at the bottom of your message?! ;)

10-11-2005, 10:44 PM
Hi everyone. Admittingly I did not read the previous posts on this board. There are just so many... that I would never get to the end of the board lol. But I do have to ask what diet plans you are all following if you don't mind. Last week I was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic from some blood work results. So since I seen this board on the list I thought I would jump in and just ask what you all do for your plans. :) Thanks in advance... and sorry for butting in.

10-12-2005, 01:49 AM
welcome tracey. you join in anytine. glen

10-12-2005, 06:31 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome. :)

10-12-2005, 08:53 PM
Hi everyone welcome Tracy and rosey from alaska.. i just took a 4 day class for diebetics and i was told to count carbs labels.. portion control and exercise.. so i might suggest that you take a diebetic nutrition class.. as even tho i thought i knew what i was suppoose to do after 5 yrs of being diebetic.. i found the class very helpful..most ins companys will pay for now im back to counting carbs.. im allowed 2-3 servings per meal.. and one serving of carbs is 15 grms..its not so bad once you get used to it.. its the smaller portions i have trouble with..hope that helps some.. its freezing cold here today.. ill bet we have snow soon..brrrrrrrrrr ((((hugs)))) for all rosey:wave:

10-13-2005, 08:30 AM
Welcome Tracy and Kimberlee! I'm Kim from Colorado. Rosey, we had our first storm Sun/Mon, but it's almost all melted now.
My sugars have been in pretty good control, my eating has been in pretty good control, but my darned weight is just STUCK. I am trying to fit in more exercise, but mornings are just too darned early (I get up at 4:45 already) and evenings I have been too tired. Walking at lunch is my best bet, as long as I don't have errands to run. I will keep trying to workout when I get home.
Only 39 days til the doc's appt. I don't think I can hit my goal. :-(

10-13-2005, 05:54 PM
Hi, I am new here, actually I am new to posting on any type of site so please bear with me. I have been diabetic for over 2 years now and not really watching what I was doing. Now it is two years later, I am 20 lbs more than I was two years ago and am on all kinds of meds to try to get it in control. My real problem is getting started - how do I get it all back in control? Looking at WW, JC and doing it on my own - any ideas on how one finds the right program for them and the encouragement to go on?

10-13-2005, 07:12 PM
Hi, I am new here, actually I am new to posting on any type of site so please bear with me. I have been diabetic for over 2 years now and not really watching what I was doing. Now it is two years later, I am 20 lbs more than I was two years ago and am on all kinds of meds to try to get it in control. My real problem is getting started - how do I get it all back in control? Looking at WW, JC and doing it on my own - any ideas on how one finds the right program for them and the encouragement to go on?Welcome! I can't completely answer your question. But I can tell you I started WW online today. I went to ( and joined online. It is cheaper then meetings... and I don't have local meetings in my area so I use these boards for support. I think doing WW and eating several smaller meals a day is going to make a difference. I am a prediabetic. So I am not as far along as you are. But you can go to the WW site and check it out. :) Again welcome and good luck.

10-13-2005, 10:25 PM
Thanks for the encouragment TMunday. I know I have to do something as I now weigh 271lbs and I am sooo tired and sore all the time from lugging all this weight around. I guess the first step is doing something... so I think I am going to join JC for a short time to get on track. Looking forward to the support from these boards and hope I can give some back. Good luck with ww online, keep me posted on your progress. ;)

10-14-2005, 12:16 AM
Your most welcome. Keep us posted as to how your doing as well. :)

10-17-2005, 06:14 PM
Hi everyone.. ive been out of town for a few days.. was visiting my daughter and grandkids.. managed to do some shopping at wallmart(we dont have one :( ) had agreat time but glad to be home.. it sure is easier to maintain diet when you are at home..hello to the newbies im rosey from alaska.. i count carbs.. used to follow ww but after a dietician class i realized i was eating to much and too many carbs..i really recommend a diebetic eating class for anyone starting out and a refresher for us who have been at this awhile.. i learned alot..anyways welcome to our group.. havent heard from nusugar or rosetta in awhile hope you are both doing ok..its raining today but i feel like being lazy so its a good day for a pot of soup and a good book..(((((hugs))) rosey :wave:

10-17-2005, 09:06 PM
Hi, Rosey. I've been around, just haven't been posting. I lost 5 lbs. last week. Hoping for another good weigh-in tomorrow night. Welcome to all the newbies. I'm a Type 2 diabetic and am currently on a medically supervised fast which is working well so far. Haven't started exercising yet but that will come. Bye for now.

10-19-2005, 11:12 AM
Congrats on the job nosugarmomma! :) that's good news! :dizzy:

10-20-2005, 04:42 PM
Morning everyone..hope you are all having agood day..its really cold here happy to report that my s-levels have come down the classes must have motivated how about some motivation to do house work :lol: (((((((((hugs))))))))) rosey:wave:

10-20-2005, 10:55 PM
wtg rosey. i need help getting to my house work and matches too. :) glen

10-22-2005, 10:32 PM
Hi everyone..its snowing.. i feel like singing x-mas carols :lol: i could feel oldman winter creeping on us..hope you are all having a great weekend((((hugs))) rosey:wave:

10-22-2005, 11:32 PM
Ugghhhh winter! It is coming way to fast now!! It sure is pretty to see the snow fall when your home and safe though! ;)


I have a question for you guys. I went shopping today and I have been wanting a chocolate chip cookie or an oreo like cookie! I was recently diagnosed with prediabetes so I am seriously trying to control my sugars so I don't have a serious problem with diabetes later. I read all of the sugar free cookie labels in the store. ALL of them have some kind of sugars in them! I was going to make my own but of course the new splenda brown sugar is not available at our Krogers yet. And I don't have a recipe (there is one on the splenda brown sugar package) for it either.

Do you all buy the sugar free cookies? What do I need to watch out for when shopping? Of course I am following Weight Watchers so I would like to keep it low in points. But I want to make sure whatever I do is safe for diabetics.

Thanks in advance for everything!

10-23-2005, 12:44 AM
watch carbs and sugars. eat less pasta,peas and bread. go to diabetic classesand they will tell you what to watch. good luck. :) glen

10-23-2005, 04:00 AM
Hi Tmunday..i just took those diebetic classes and i learned to count carbs..just becuz its sugar free doesnt always make it the best choice.. read your labels and compare the carbs..some sfree stuff is higher in carbs than the real deal.. you should have 3-4 servings of carb per meal.. one serving is 15 divide that into the carb per serving and you get the carb count..portion control is impt too..its easy once you get the hang of it.. of course avoid high sugar foods sodas and deserts etc but was told if i wanted a cookie kike you have been craving then have it but count the carbs as a serving and eat less carbs your next meal..its kinda of abalancing act.. hope this helps you.. i find if i have a craving i might as well eat a small amount of it as i usually eat to much of other things trying to satisfy that one urge..good luck.. ((((hugs))))) rosey :wave: its still snowing but melting as it hits the ground ugh im not ready for winter.. :?:

10-23-2005, 11:17 AM
Glen, thanks but all of the people in the dietition/diabetic feilds around here only care about money! If you don't have it they don't want to help you. :(


rosey.............. Thanks! I was reading the sugars content on the package and it was pretty high. I am learning that I have got to eat several small meals/snacks in a day or I end up feeling blah. But I am trying to watch everything. I really do not want to become insulin dependent. I printed out your post so I can remember what you said so I can put it to use. Thanks again. I sure apprecaite your help.

Gotta go get some breakfast. :) Thanks for your help.

10-23-2005, 04:35 PM
Just a quick check in: I have lost another 3 lbs.
Was gone visiting for almost a month. Got lots to do berfore winter and thru it on the inside. Most of my bs numbers were in the 100s range. My doc tried to get me on another pill b/c he wants it to 100. I bulled him as I want to stay on this new one only as it doesn't bloat my body and cause me to gain weight. I feel great for the first time in about 3 years and I'm not chancing going bact to bloated and miserable. I told him I'd keep working on it. If I can twik my diet more, exercise more and lose more- I feel like I can get there eventually and we can both be happy.
Have a great day!

10-23-2005, 06:32 PM
hi, i watch my carbs, solidum, sugar, fat and calories. i was wonderin is splenda safe for me and do i stay with sweet-n-low? i lose 3 lbs so im doing good.

10-23-2005, 07:07 PM
hi, i watch my carbs, solidum, sugar, fat and calories. i was wonderin is splenda safe for me and do i stay with sweet-n-low? i lose 3 lbs so im doing good.Sweet & Low makes me sick and is not that great for you. Splenda is a great substitute. My doctor recommended it. All I can use though is also splenda. It does not cause headaches and it is a healthier choice for sugar substitutes. Plus it tastes better. Good job with the loss of 3 pounds!

10-23-2005, 09:04 PM
is the Atkins diet a good diet for diabetics?

Valerie Joy
10-23-2005, 10:33 PM
I was just recently found to have diabetes. I'm currently taking metaformin once a day. My sugar has been around 115-120 most of the time. I haven't able to see my doctor. How do you think this is.

When I first got tested on a fast it was around 200 so it's definetly went down!

10-24-2005, 09:23 AM
BBWonWheels................... My personal oppinion with the atkins diet is that it is very unhealthy and could harm someone. If the atkins diet was any good for you they would not have more and more lawsuits and they would not be filing bankruptcy. I have done it a couple of years ago. However, it is not realistic or healthy at all.


Valerie....................... sorry to hear. I think you should see your doctor on a regular basis if your on medicine especially. I have just recently been diagnosed with prediabetes, test my blood daily, but no meds at this point. But I would see your doctor. I was told anything around 120 or above is not good news!! So you might want to mention that to your doctor. You may need a difference medication... though I am not sure. But I would check this with your doctor and see. I would think your sugar levels would be lower then 100 if you were taking the proper medication for it. But again, I am not your doctor. You really should go and see your doctor. You don't want to risk your health. Diabetes can cause way to many problems if left untreated.

10-24-2005, 03:46 PM
Hi everyone.. these are very good questions to ask.. and even doctors give conflicting info..we need to remember that each of us is diff and what works for me might not for you.. and to follow your drs advice as they know you.. my dr is happy if i can keep my slevels below 150.. she likes my ac1 to be 7 or lower and the last ck up mine was 8.1.. so she sent me to a diebetic nutrion class where i learned alot even tho i thought i knew it all :lol:.. my slevels have come down alot and when mine is 120 im dancing for joy :carrot: :lol: :carrot: ..if mine go below 100 i get shakey and disorientated and feel like crap.. i feel best around 120-130.. so i try and strive for that.. thats me have to experiment and see with your drs help what works for you..hope this helps some..i think a slevel of 120 is awsome ..its nice to share info ((((((((hugs))))) rosey:wave:

Valerie Joy
10-24-2005, 05:58 PM
Unfortunatly right after I was told I had diabetes I lost my insurance so I was never able to go back to my doctor for a follow up visit.

I'm almost out of medication so I will have to try and get it refilled somehow. It's embarassing but maybe my doctor will talk to me on the phone for free and refill.

I really don't understand what an ac is. Most of my information I've gotten from the net.

I just recently lost my job due to health issues and of course my insurance was canceled right after :(

10-24-2005, 06:20 PM
Hi, all. This thread is perking for a change. Hi, Rosey. Snow. We have alternate overcast and sunny days. Love Autumn. My s-levels are in the low hundreds during the day but the morning fasting levels are in the 140s, 150s and 160s since I went off the Actos. This bothers me and I'll take it up with my endocrinologist in a couple of weeks. On the other hand, my A1c was 5.5 which is terrific.
BB - forget Atkins. It's terrible for diabetics and most everyone else. If you want a name diet, try the South Beach. That's much better. Just watch your calories and carbs.
T - An occasional cookie won't hurt you although I'd stay away from Oreos and other packaged cookies because they contain a lot of transfat, which turn the free radicals loose in your body. (Bad).
I had a little slipup this weekend on my fast. Hope I still lost some this week.

10-24-2005, 11:44 PM
thank you all

10-25-2005, 08:44 AM
Unfortunatly right after I was told I had diabetes I lost my insurance so I was never able to go back to my doctor for a follow up visit.

I'm almost out of medication so I will have to try and get it refilled somehow. It's embarassing but maybe my doctor will talk to me on the phone for free and refill.

I really don't understand what an ac is. Most of my information I've gotten from the net.

I just recently lost my job due to health issues and of course my insurance was canceled right after :(Hi neighbor! I just realized your in Illinois too! :) Anyway, I don't have regular insurance either. You can go and get a medical card though! That is what we have. Just go to your local public aid office. All you can do is apply. They help people alot. This way you can hopefully still see your regular doctor (if they will take that card if not see another doctor and take your records from your old doctor) or you can get a new doctor. At least you will still be able to get your needed medical attention. ;)

10-25-2005, 08:47 AM
T - An occasional cookie won't hurt you although I'd stay away from Oreos and other packaged cookies because they contain a lot of transfat, which turn the free radicals loose in your body. (Bad).Thanks for telling me this! I had no idea! I am going to read those labels like crazy. I am hoping to make the chocolate chip cookies with the new splenda brown sugar one day. :) I can only eat one cookie.... and that takes forever lol. So it is nice to know I can do that still. :carrot: Lol.

10-25-2005, 06:27 PM
:dance: :woo: Lost another pound! :goodscale I'm so relieved that my scale is going the right direction since I came home from visiting.
I hope things go right that you'll be able to get a medical card.
Gotta go-company.

Valerie Joy
10-26-2005, 02:35 AM
I just wanted to chime in about the atkins diet. When I first found out I had diabetes a little over a month ago I had heard that atkins was good for us so I tried it.

About a couple days into it I was in such bad shape. I became horribly depressed and my thinking was foggy. I was forgetting names and doing stupid dangerous things like leaving the oven on. Since carbs affect serotin it affects mood and thought processes.

I'm not saying it's bad for everyone but it took me about a week to get back to normal after doing it.

10-26-2005, 10:18 AM
Yes, atkins does that. :( I got really, really sick with it. Even with the south beach I got sick recently. I have heard to many negatives about these diets (lifestyles). My one doc is for them but my other doc is against them. It is a catch 22. But if you want to stay healthy you just follow the food paramid and portion sizes. :)

10-28-2005, 04:25 PM
Hey hows everybody today? Well i was just wondering is cream of wheat and granola bars good for diabetics?

10-28-2005, 09:21 PM
Hi everyone. I am new. I just found this forum today. I have found so much encouragement from reading you alls posts. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in March. I did very well on my diet and exercise for several months. My doctor told me if I watched what I ate, exercised, and lost weight, I could probably avoid taking meds. So I gave it my all.When I went back for my checkup, I had lost 35 lbs. My a1c had gone from 7.1 down to 6.1. My doctor was very pleased and told me to continue with whatever I was doing.

Well, then I started eating some sweet things again. I pretty much stopped exercising. I know I have put on at least 10 of the lbs that I had taken off. I haven't even felt good for at least a month now.

I decided yesterday to get back on track. I worked hard stacking wood. Then took a walk. Today I had company, so didn't get a chance for a walk, but plan on taking one tomorrow. I have been watching my diet. I am at the beginning stages of diabetes, so feel it is very important to get myself in better shape while I still have that opportunity. You know what I mean? I hope to learn a lot from all of you.


10-28-2005, 09:30 PM
Winona, :welcome2: We have all fallen off track once in awhile, but it's good that you're determined to start over. Sweets are not forbidden to us diabetics but they should be in moderation. Your doctor probably told you that exercise is great for reducing blood sugar and how to monitor yourself so that you don't get hypoglycemic. We look forward to your posts.
BB - Cream of Wheat is fine - just don't load it with sugar or other sweet things. Watch out for granola bars. Some of them have a lot of sugar and carbs. There is a brand made for diabetics - Glucerna. You might check them out. I found them at Walgreen's.
Happy weekend.

10-28-2005, 10:21 PM
TY Rosett :)

10-29-2005, 03:54 PM
Hello everyone, I hope we are all having a good weekend!

10-31-2005, 11:01 AM
happy halloween maybe we all need a scare into getting back on track. my sugars normal. i was at a lunchoen yesterday and didn't have the dessert. :) :wave:

11-01-2005, 02:50 PM
Hope everyone enjoyed Halloween!