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Old 05-17-2009, 11:35 AM   #211
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I have been just diagnosed with Type II diabetes and just started with Metformin twice daily,my FBS is 143.

I have 60lbs to loose and am wondering if anyone is on Weight Watchers and how are you doing with the diabetes and loosing weight? I joined Weight Watchers last Tuesday.

I go to my diabetes class on June 9th, which is the first date they had open. Overall I feel good, but have had terrible sleeping problems and night sweats, probably because I am 56 years young. The doctor thinks my diabetes is a combination of age onset and being overweight. Who knows? All I know is I want to be very diligent to work with this the best way I can. It has been a great shock and I have had no symptoms at all. I also have not gotton my glucose monitor yet as my doctor said to wait until I take the class to get all the info and insurance requirements too.

Please advise with any help for a real newbie at this.

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Old 05-17-2009, 09:27 PM   #212
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Hi Melsie and welcome! As you I'm a type II and I'm doing WW. Although their program is not specifically for diabetics for me the portion control and discipline has worked just fine. I now have an idea on how to play with the carbohydrates and keep those numbers low (unless I cheat ). Also including exercise in my lifestyle has helped me get even better numbers, I've been able to loose 10 pounds. I think the only difference is that I'm not taking any medication so I'm not sure if that would affect your weight loss, but don't worry you have come to the right place...The ladies in here are really knowledgeable and kind, I'm sure they would help you.

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Welcome Melanie! We are quite a diverse bunch, that is true, everyone has something that works for them eventually, and we are all always learning. I think that it is a great place to share, so I really like to hear what the new ones find out in class.

Ahhhhh, all is quiet now. No more drama and chaos, the Dance Recital weekend is over. It was wonderful. The 3 and 4 y/o groups are always the hit, but the big girls are always amazing to watch. They keep hinting that they want our tap class to do something at the next recital, but I don't think it will be me up there any time soon. Next will be piano recital sometime in August.

It actually didn't rain today

I can't believe my daughter has only 7 school days left, only because we had 2 snow days. Where did the year go?

Well, I'd best get to the things I have neglected all weekend before I go to bed. Everyone have a great Monday. Check up on you later!
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Melanie, I removed your duplicate posts. Metformin is one of the few drugs for diabetes that does not cause weight gain - it's actually supposed to help with loss but so far not for me! Like you, I had no symptoms so getting the diagnosis was a great shock. I am keeping my levels well now by watching my diet and focusing on better foods. Your class will tell you more but please stick around here to ask questions.

I know stress can put up FBGL but wonder if bad dreams so the same. I had a doozy between 3 and 5 and woke to a 7.5/135 FBGL reading which is high for me. I had a nearly no carb breakfast. Sometime this is a real roller coaster ride and I must stop trying to figure out the reasons.

Hope we all tap through Monday with good feelings.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:31 PM   #215
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I just started Weight Watchers and hoping this is going to be good for me. I don't eat any refined sugars and am trying just with the knowledge that I have picking low glycemic veges and fruit. I picked bulgar and a very low fat bread today for a little higher carb choice. I also exercised for about a 1/2 hour today as a beginner on the treadmil. I actually used 130 calories.

Time will tell me how to do all this with counting points and then carbs. Lots for overwhelming.

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I know stress can put up FBGL but wonder if bad dreams so the same. I had a doozy between 3 and 5 and woke to a 7.5/135 FBGL reading which is high for me. I had a nearly no carb breakfast. Sometime this is a real roller coaster ride and I must stop trying to figure out the reasons.

Hope we all tap through Monday with good feelings.
I've been suffering from nightmares since I was a child, when I was pregnant those nightmares were more intense and when I was diagnosed with "gestetional" diabetes and started monitoring my levels exactly the same happened to me: high levels after a nightmare. I asked my doctor and diabetes educator but their answer was no, but honestly I still have the same question. I'll make some research about it, if I find something on that I'll let you know. I hope your nightmares stay away.

Poeny, one of the things that I learned at the nutrition classes was to limit the carbs intake between 55-60 grams per meal and 15-30 grams per snacks. I found that really interesting, when I was diagnosed everyone told me "cut all the sugar" "no sugar" and I did exactly that but high levels would stay around. I've been following what I learned in the nutrition class and it is working perfectly, I'm even enjoying fruits again and sugar in my oatmeal! The educator said that 60 grams of carbs per meal is a good number to start knowing what your body can handle since everyone is different.

Melsie, you have a great attitude and that helps a lot! Wish you the best.
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Funny, I had nightmares when I was pregnant with my 2nd, but had gestational diabetes with my 1st. I was really terrified about the nightmares because I have had dreams and nightmares periodically through my life that are premonitions. Needless to say, I slept little. Fortunately, the only one that came true was that the 2nd baby was also a boy. I can still predict some things, but fortunately it has been awhile since I've had a nightmare. I must say though, with the stress hormones that are released in a nightmare, it can't be any different than the stress related to illness or surgery, and both of those make blood sugars go up, sometimes dramatically. That is a normal physiological response we can do little about except accept and move on.

Glad the classes are helping you, and thanks for the info, Renacer. It is hard for me to keep at the 45 carbs for meals the dietician put me on sometimes, like pizza night! I'm glad there has been no drastic change. I was shocked as to what had changed in the years since I was a gestational diabetic. There is a lot of diabetes in my grandfather's family, but I still wasn't prepared, or even really cared about it.

It was a gorgeous day here, and again no rain. Hope it stays this way for the next 2 days' school events that are outside. Get to play school nurse once again for the field day, which is always fun--especially giving out hugs to cure the little ones. Hoping to be without any broken bones again this year--the 2 years before that we had several.

Have a great Wednesday all. Kathy
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Kathy, I took the liberty of changing your text colour to blue as I just could not read the lime - old eyeballs, I guess.

Renacer, it makes sense that stress from a dream could put up the BGL. I seldom have really bad dreams but this one was a doozy - I lost a friend's child! I hope it wasn't a premonition.

Melanie, when chosing carbs, make them count by selecting whole grain. I love ww bulgar, especially in tabbouleh!

Today is not going to be fun as I am doing the yicky prep for a colonoscopy tomorrow - nothing is wrong, just routine because of my family history. Right now I am enjoying a coffee with sf Irish Cream syrup in it. The rest of the day is clear liquids, Jello and broth. I am allowed beaten egg white and am wondering if I can do something with egg whites and Jello - maybe a mousse? Anyhow I will be monitoring the BGL during the day to be sure it doesn't drop too low because I am allowed hard candies! Woo-hoo!

I'll stop whining now. Have a great Hump Day!
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Hi, all. It's sunny here, but not too hot, thank goodness. My bgl was 193 yesterday. Probably because I forgot to take my glucophage at lunch and also have been on an ice cream binge. It's almost gone now, thank goodness. A little bummed out about Gilles not winning DWTS last night. We'll probably see more of him though. Ooh la la!
Also, fell at work on Monday and banged up my knee and twisted my back. Hopefully, no permanent damage has been done. I think I should have crawled into a cave and stayed there, the way this year is going.
Ruth - That doesn't sound too appetizing - egg white and jello. The worst thing about a colonoscopy is the prep. I hope it goes okay.
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FBS 123 Down from 143
Good morning all, I am elated that my FBS is finally going down. I am the one who found out from last week I had type II diabetes. Things are going well. I decided not to do Weight Watchers, but to start Nutrisystem D for diabetics. My shipment is on its way. This took a lot of researching, reading everything I could. My sister was on it an has maintained for over a year. She is not diabetic, but has had some health issues and is doing great now.
I go to my diabetic class on the June 9th. I talked to my cousin who is a nutritionist and is excited about what I am doing. I have to get this weight off. I have already lost 4lbs, by just watching my carbs and doing some exercising. I will let you know how I progress.

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^^^YEY Melsie!!! Congratulations, you'll see how with balancing your alimentation and exercise and weight loss those numbers are going to get even better.
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Hi everyone..sry being mia..had a follow dr apt yesterday ..had my blood work done while there..sure hope the a1c is a good number..dr wants to schedule several more tests just routine.. its raining here today..have a great day everyone rosey
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Happy weekend everyone...its a beautiful day here..rosey
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Sure is quiet in here! I guess the long weekend in the USA is keeping folks busy with family and friends.

I have been remiss in popping in here - the colonoscopy plus a busy weekend sort of screwed me up. The colonoscopy results were great so I can stop worrying about that! The Colyte for the prep worked really well but I gained rather than lost! I couldn't believe it until I read the very high salt content on the stuff. Anyhow the water weight dropped off overnight - where did it go? I know I didn't get up for potty.

I've been doing lots of gardening, both in the village planters and the Fair Grounds and my knees have been behaving pretty well. Yesterday I was up and down the deck stairs too many times as I worked on the patio so they are a bit wonky this morning. That'll go away as I get moving around.

So how are we all surviving the weekend? Saturday was bad for me foodwise but the BGL has been in range so I must be doing something right.
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