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  1. Wanna Beat Diabetes?

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    Background

     

    I had a history of unmanaged diabetic condition with H A1C hovering between 8.2 and 10. In the recent months, I have successfully lowered my fasting blood sugar level by following a stricter diet and walking daily. My goal is to reverse the diabetic condition, and eliminate the medications.

     

    Diabetic condition develops over a long period of time. Hence, anything that led to this condition should be acting slowly and subtly on our system over a long period. The hysteresis effect of our environment on our biomes is still a nascent study. The number of variables and the long deterioration period makes it a complex and expensive study for isolating the root causes. The absence of commercial incentives (i.e. blockbuster drugs) makes this kind of research hardly funded, thus prompting me to conduct this experiment.

     

    I have been a heavy coffee drinker (4-5 cups a day). In the recent months, I had lowered my coffee consumption to about 2 cups a day. I witnessed significant lowering in my fasting blood glucose during the same period, though with stricter diet plan and increased activity. I wanted to verify whether coffee had been a contributing factor to my uncontrolled diabetic state, given the relationship between coffee and cortisol secretion.

     

    Experiment Design

     

    1) Measure fasting blood sugar level for 20 days continuing coffee drinking (2 cups a day)

     

    2) Stop drinking coffee and all caffeine products, and measure fasting blood sugar level for the subsequent 20 days.

     

    Each cup of coffee included fat free milk and Splenda. During the coffee drinking period, I had green-tea once in few days. No changes were made to the diet, activity and medications, except for the day-to-day variations in diet and activities across the entire period.

     

    I chose a minimum of 20 days based on following assumptions:

    1) 20 day period is sufficient for our bio-Hysteresis to reflect the effect of not drinking coffee

    2) 20 day period cancels the daily variations in diet and walking, creating statistically significant data set

     

    Experiment Result

    (Pl check out the attached pdf for the graph)

     

    Summary Data: With Coffee (No Coffee)

    Min 91.00 (83.00)

    Max 153.00 (130.00)

    Range 62.00 (47.00)

    Variance 248.66 (182.05)

    Std. Deviation 15.77 (13.49)

    Average 111.35 (103.45)

     

    Conclusion

    The test results showed a modest decrease in the average fasting blood sugar level of about 8 mg/dL, after I stopped drinking coffee. During the no-coffee period, I also witnessed lesser variations in the blood sugar levels.

     

    The decrease in average blood sugar is not as significant, compared to the decrease that I experienced with stricter diet and walking. With the current results, it is not possible to isolate whether it was the caffeine, the low fat milk or the sweetener that led to the lower fasting glucose level. It is also possible that the bio-hysteresis takes a longer than 20 days to show the true impact of stopping coffee.

     

    Based on this encourage result, I have decided to continue to stay away from coffee. I also invite the readers to validate this experiment by conducting their own test and share their findings.

  2. Foodie turned diabetic

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    Hello everyone! Just this evening I realized that I need a support group. My whole life I have watched as my, is it A1C?, numbers have climbed. For the last couple years my general physician has had me on glumetza, but I rarely took it. Mainly because I didn't want to, but there were often times when allergy season would come, and my body did things I didn't want it to when I sneezed really hard, so off the meds I went! I have a teenager and this summer I realized the importance of taking care of myself as well as I take of her. This also came after my left ankle started swelling on a more regular basis. My doctor still isn't sure what that is about. I have been doing 500 mg of glumetza a day and will start 1k tonight. I had a bday dinner to attend earlier tonight at texas roadhouse. I enjoyed a great piece of meat, a soda (or 3 - 'cause I drink a ton), and my sides were a caesar salad & a loaded sweet potato, piled high with marshmallows! It wasn't long before I felt awfully sick. I came straight home and took what I thought was obviously a well needed nap. It has been over three hours since dinner and I just took my blood sugar (the first time I've done it in easily 5 months). Mind you - I'm still new to all this and unsure of what is what most of the time. Well... my blood sugar was 456, 3 hours after eating. I was floored, scared and wanted my Mom, even though I'm 39! I'm scared to know what it was when I felt terrible earlier tonight. I've read some of the threads on here and to say I'm not scared that I've done too much damage would be a lie. I don't want to lose my legs, or go blind - but I have been having blurry issues lately (could totally be nonrelated though, right??). I don't know that I've ever felt so alone. Sorry for the rant. I figured this would be the best place to get this off of my chest, with others that may be dealing with the same issues.

  3. lispro93's Blog

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    I am 21 year old male and just started using an insulin pump again three days ago after trying it out three weeks over the summer but had a rough time after making a trip to California which resulted in out of control BGs due to the three hour time difference. I'm having a difficult time understanding basal rates and their relation to gluconeogenesis. I realize the purpose of a basal rate is to serve as a "background insulin" to compensate for the bodies natural production of glucose through gluconeogenesis and various other metabolic pathways throughout the course of the day. Upon setting these basal rates, would it be a good idea to eat the same amount of carbohydrates at the same time & exercise at the same time throughout the day? Also if basal insulin is suppose to compensate for 45-55% of my daily insulin and I were to eat a significantly more amount of carbohydrates at one time of the day more than others, would it be ideal to set a higher basal rate for this time of the day? Also if I were to skip such a high carbohydrate meal on a different day would I have to set a temp basal rate (ex.~75%) for this time of the day? Or would my body naturally begin to break down its glycogen stores by gluconeogenesis or other means to compensate since I'm eating a high carbohydrate meal at the same time of the day? I realize a good basal rate is suppose to keep BGs in target range even when skipping meals but our body's metabolic production of glucose is influenced by a number of things, it seems like this might be an even more difficult way of treating diabetes than through using a long acting insulin such as Lantus

  4. JadeS' Blog

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    So happy I got to see my little stinky today.! I'm just so overwhelmed with joy. I cried and thanked God for everything he has done for me and my family. This baby couldn't be more of a blessing. Thanks so much for all of your support guys.

  5. cbdee2011's Blog

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    My title may need work, but, anyway, I'm a type 1 and have been for 2 years,i noticed, while shopping that there are alot of foods dedicated to the type 2 and Gluten free People. My b.g. level is nowhere Near what it should be, i love to eat And there just aren't enough choices out there for me. Now I've heard that once its under control, i can eat whatever I want, my bg ranges from 26 to 400, i was in the hospital for almost a week from diabetic kedoacidosis(spelling?). I've written to multiple companies (hershey, wonderbread, etc....) To create lower carb foods, as I'm strictly on a protein and veg. Diet, that i put myself on, I've lost almost 70lbs because of this, i looked sick at 157, I'm 6`2 and 32 years old, I'm on lantus and novolog, no pump, yet. I'm just tired of spending hard earned money to buy special, very hard to find, food just to live, and it costs almost twice as much as normal, hchs stuff. A bag of peanut butter cups is around $3, same bag, more air sf is almost $6. But all the gluten free is equally priced As normal food. Our disease affects more than 3 million people, i haven't heard anything back from the Co. I've written to, and its been over 3 months. I've become depressed and angry, my wife is great support, but it doesn't really help with big money corps. I'm open to suggestions, questions,ideas..anything that can help. I've done my research and found a university that is working on a type 1 cure by rebuilding the damaged cells, but its only good for those people with the defective gene, not for those like me, with full blown type 1. It's just mean that pharmaceutical companies make insulin so expensive, when we need it to survive, even the cheap stuff is over priced, without ins. An endocronoligist won't see you unless you're loaded. ( which i am not).

    Okay, I'm done venting, for now.

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  6. Blog Elaine1

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    If the title sounds yummy, like a crunchy granola bar, sorry. What I mean by "crunch" is, like,

    a numbers crunch, crunching the carbs - making 'em lower.

     

    One member said they keep their carbs to under 50 per day. I think that is terrific.

    It's my goal, too. Yes, it's hard. But well worth the effort. Those bad numbers turn into

    good numbers with each passing day...Next thing you know, you blood work comes back

    and what a reward you get for all the hard work.

     

    Just sayin...

  7. Bountyman
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    Let's say a biker named Bountyman is attracted to a broad named Donna. He asks her out to a movie; she accepts; they have a pretty good time. A few nights later he asks her out to dinner' date=' and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and after a while neither one of them is seeing anybody else.

     

    And then, one evening when they're ridin' home, a thought occurs to Donna, and, without really thinking, she says it aloud: "Do you realize that, as of tonight, we've been seeing each other for exactly six months?"

     

    And then there's a silence in the wind. To Donna, it seems like a very loud silence. She thinks to herself: Geez, I wonder if it bothers him that I said that. Maybe he's been feeling confined by our relationship; maybe he thinks I'm trying to push him into some kind of obligation that he doesn't want, or isn't sure of.

     

    And Bounty's thinkin': Six months?! :hmmmm:

     

    And Donna is thinking: But, hey, I'm not so sure I want this kind of relationship, either. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space, so I'd have time to think about whether I really want us to keep going the way we are, moving steadily toward... I mean, where are we going? Are we just going to keep seeing each other at this level of intimacy? Are we heading toward marriage? Toward children? Toward a lifetime together? Am I ready for that level of commitment? Do I really even know this guy?

     

    And Bounty's thinkin': So, that means it was... let's see... August when we started going out, which was right after I put in new clutch discs and a new primary chain, which means...let me check the odometer... Whoa - F#&K! I am [i']way[/i] overdue for a freakin' oil change here.

     

    And Donna is thinking: He's upset. I can see it on his face. Maybe I'm reading this completely wrong. Maybe he wants more from our relationship, more intimacy, more commitment; maybe he has sensed, even before I sensed it, that I was feeling some reservations. Yes, I bet that's it. That's why he's so reluctant to say anything about his own feelings. He's afraid of being rejected.

     

    And Bounty's thinkin': You know, I think I'm gonna up this puppy to a 5-speed. Packin' this chick around just screws up my shift points; gotta wind it out more or there's too much of a lug after shifting. Yeah...I'm gonna do that!

     

    And Donna is thinking: He's angry. And I don't blame him. I'd be angry, too. I feel so guilty, putting him through this, but I can't help the way I feel. I'm just not sure.

     

    And Bounty's thinkin': Might as well drop that tranny sprocket down a tooth, too. And get her a bigger seat while I'm at it. She really puts the groceries away when we're at a restaurant!

     

    And Donna is thinking: Maybe I'm just too idealistic, waiting for a knight to come riding up on his white horse, when I'm sitting behind a perfectly good person, a person I enjoy being with, a person I truly do care about, a person who seems to truly care about me. A person who is in pain because of my self-centered, schoolgirl romantic fantasy.

     

    And Bounty's thinkin': Wonder why that is...you know...chicks just seem to blow up after awhile. Maybe I oughta find one of those chicks that stick their finger down their throat after a hearty meal and save myself the anticipation! On second thought...let's not get ahead of ourselves!

     

    "Bounty!" Donna shouts into his helmet.

     

    "What?" says Bounty, startled.

     

    "Please don't torture yourself like this," she says, her eyes beginning to brim with tears. "Maybe I should never have... Oh God, I feel so..." (She breaks down, sobbing.)

     

    "What?" says Bounty.

     

    "I'm such a fool," Donna sobs. "I mean, I know there's no knight. I really know that. It's silly. There's no knight, and there's no horse."

     

    "There's no horse?" asks Bounty.

     

    "You think I'm a fool, don't you?" Donna says.

     

    "No!" says Bounty, hoping that's the correct answer.

     

    "It's just that... it's that I... I need some time," Donna says.

     

    There's a 15-second pause while Bounty, thinking as fast as he can, tries to come up with a safe response. "Um...okay!" he says.

     

    Donna, deeply moved, hugs herself tight up against Bounty. "Oh, Bountyman, do you really feel that way?" she asks.

     

    "What way?" asks Bounty.

     

    "That way about time," says Donna.

     

    "Oh," says Bounty. "Yes."

     

    Donna leans way around to face him and gazes deeply into his eyes, causing him to become very nervous about what she might say next, especially if it involves a horse. At last she speaks. "Thank you, Bounty," she says.

     

    "Thank you," says Bounty.

     

    Then he takes her home, and she lies on her bed, a conflicted, tortured soul, and weeps until dawn.

     

    When Bounty gets back to his house, he whips up a tall JD & Coke, turns on the TV, and immediately gets into the Winter Olympics. A tiny voice in the far recesses of his mind tells him that something major was going on back there on the bike, but he's pretty sure there is no way he would ever understand what, and so he figures it's better if he doesn't think about it.

     

    The next day Donna will call her closest friend, or perhaps two of them, and they will talk about this situation for hours. In painstaking detail, they will analyze everything she said and everything he said, going over it time and time again, exploring every word, expression, and gesture for nuances of meaning, considering every possible ramification. They will continue to discuss this subject, off and on, for weeks, maybe months, never reaching any definite conclusions, but never getting bored with it, either.

     

    Meanwhile, Bounty, while adjusting the new clutch on his Harley with Fast Eddy, Donna's brother, will look up from the bike, frown, and say, "Hey, Eddy, um...did Donna ever own a horse she rode at night?"

     

     

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

  8. Blog dice22

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    ......2 Cups. plain FLOUR

    1 1/2 CUPS SUGAR

    1 CUP BUTTERMILK

    1 tsp. baking soda

    3 eggs

    1 cup cooking oil

    1 Cup PECANS (CHOPPED)

    1 cup Prune (cook till soft about 5 minutes & then chop)

    Mix toghter sugar, buttermilk, & baking soda add rest of indgerants . Bake IN greased & floured 9x13" pan (n a 375* oven for 45 minutes)

     

    Sauce:

    1 stick butter

    1cup. sugar

    1/2 cup buttermilk w/ 1/2 tsp< baking soda

     

     

    Boil 2 minutes after butter melts.....I know some are on the Celsius sale , but WE USE THE Fair-height Scale here

  9. Phoenix
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    the doctor's office just called. this is the first a1c result i have gotten since my diagnosis. 5.7. i am a happy girl.

     

    thank you to everyone here. your input, knowledge and support have helped me so much!

     

    btw, i'm not going anywhere. i'm going to come in every day. at least once. like i have doing since i found this site. why? because i LIKE you! plus, i don't want to miss anything. knim??

  10. I find it interesting how often men and women see things differently. This was a good thread. Agree that men are visual creatures Apollo. They are designed look at women and think about biology :)

     

    Mine boyfriend likes curvy girls...and that means usually plus sized, but definate shape...weight is less important than curves. Well, now that I am losing weight...I guess he gets what he gets. If he prefers a different make and model....I'll be back on the 'market' or call it a wrap and get more cats.

  11. Blog Bee

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    I was pleasantly surprised by the post-meal readings tbh. I checked again before driving - that would have been 3.5 hours post meal and was 5.6 so that seems okay to me. Was going to work so was actually a tad too low, will need to have a wee snack sometime soon as I'm working overnight :)

  12. Ok guys! I have that manual still and guess I need to look at it again' date=' but I got so freaked!

    No low battery indicated, so I guess it's me.

    I didn't exercise, but did grocery shopping, then put it al away, then cooked, so maybe just all that moving and not sitting made the difference, plus I do LCHF so I guess I didn't have enough carbs in there while I was moving and moving.[/quote']

     

    I think the metformin kicked in, and congratulations! Those are awesome numbers and not lows.

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    FBS: 97

     

    Breakfast: 2 slices Udi's GF bread; 1 tbsp. butter: 1 egg

    1 hr. PP: 121 :( Not happy with that number

    1.5 hr. PP: 103

    2 hr. PP: 103

     

     

    I consider this a breakfast fail. Will be doing protein for breakfast tomorrow.

     

    Lunch: fried "rice" (actually cauliflower, no rice) w/butter, onions & 1 egg

    2 hr. PP: 94

     

    Much better reading with LC.

     

    Dinner: sauteed shrimp, zucchini, butter & parm cheese; 1/2 c. NSA ice cream

  14. I need to get myself under control. It's been a year since I have posted on here and the same amount of time since I have taken my meds properly and even ate right. I just started again on 6/30 with my fbs being 183

     

    07/01 ~ 173

    07/02 ~ 164

    07/03 ~ 160

     

    Not great at all, but I read where I had posted that it was 216 when I first started before so this is a step in the right direction. I hope to stick with it and save my life because I know that I need to for my children and for me. Praying for better days.

  15. Blog Kenton

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    Fungal infections and Florida seem to go hand in hand and I try to not use toxic stuff on food plants.

    I found Actinovate works very very well and organic gardening control of the assorted fungal diseases.

    It's a bacteria powder you mix with water and spray the plants with. A 2 oz packet last me all year as a little goes a long way.

    And as a bonus it seems to hammer root knot nematodes too.

     

    I found ou tmy tomatoes have a fungal disease. I have to go get some spray an mulch as soon as possible. All from too much rain. I have already cut off the diseased limbs.
  16. Nightstar
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    There are two types of Diabetes, diabetes that Dx in young age Type 1 and adult onset Type 2. There are other types of diabetes, but these two are mostly diagnosed.

  17. Blog GrnEyes84

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    So its my first time writing a blog. I think this will be really good for me though. As some of you know a lot has happened in the past 6 months. I had quadruple bypass and I am now a little over 5 months out and feeling good. I will finally be starting my cardiac rehab which should be interesting and fun at the same time. Will be good to get back into a normal exercise routine. I wasn't doing well with my diabetes these past few months but I think I got it through my thick head that I need to take care of myself. It is the most important thing and my #1 priority. If I work hard things will hey better and all my complications will reverse themselves which will be awesome. I have a great job, great family and I am happy with where my life is right now. One thing is missing though, that special someone, my other half. With all my medical issues not sure I will ever find someone that will be able to accept them, but hopefully someday! I will keep this.updated about what's going on and how I'm doing.

  18. Blog jbmacomber

    You ask very pertinent questions!

     

    The book says that even if you overdo the mag and get the runs as a result' date=' you have still absorbed the necessary amount and I have not noticed a change in b.g. Under the heading: "Three things you need to know about mag and diabetes"

    1) Mag deficiency may be an independent predictor of diabetes.

    2) Diabetics both need more mag and lose more than most people.

    3) Mag is necessary for the production, function, and transport of insulin.

     

    "Without mag insulin is not properly secreted from the pancreas, and what does get into the bloodstream doesn't work correctly. At the cell level, mag is required to open pathways into the cell for the entrance of bloodd sugar. If mag is in short supply, sugar stays in the bloodstream, and as it becomes elevated, symptoms of diabetes appear".

     

     

    Sue, while re-reading this book, they talk about mag. oxide seemingly having the highest elemental mag., but the fact that ony about 4% of that amount is absorbed.

     

    "Weight for weight and dollar for dollar, magnesium citrate may be the best buy for general use. It is probably the most widely used mag supplement because it's inexpensive, easily absorbed and only has a mild laxative effect. The best form is mag citrate powder mixed in water that can be taken every day. However, if you walk into your local pharmacy and ask for it, you will be directed, usually in a loud voice to the bowel-purging section. If the pharmacist doesn't know the difference between a mag citrate supplement and a bowel-purging laxative, go elsewhere".

     

    There is a section discussing magnesium taurate and that is what I'm going to get. It is a recommended form of mag for people with heart problems. The amino acid taurine is important for heart health and may prevent arrythmias and protect the heart against the damage caused by heart attacks. BUT, I am going in the kitchen now and take what I have until I get the taurate, I'm wondering if my great b.g. numbers were great because I was on a steady regimen of mag and then I stopped.....there are hardly any numbers under 90 in the last two weeks and before when I was on the mag (steadily) there were some 70's, 80's and rarely over 110. HMMMMMMMM???? Off I go to get my mag.!![/quote']

     

    Seagal, you are a wealth of information, thanks for sharing all of it!

  19. Getting My Life Back

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    :)Hi,

     

    Where has the time gone Someone reminded me of my blog today and I thought I should update it Fill you all in on the last 18 months.

    Firstly the D well had a Hb1c of 6 last year my first ever . The last one was 6.8 I can live with that and I know my diet isn't as rigid as it was but you need to live. I swim nearly every day and I was doing either Curves or Contours . But decided swimming is for me not only iis it good for the body but great for the soul.

    I have been off my blood pressure medication since April 2011 (I had taken medication since 1989) I have gone from using lots of insulin to using very little (saving me lots of money LOL)

    Now for me I have just changed so much I have gone from someone who was too scared to drive a car at all to someone who drives 2000kms without thinking twice about it on my own Have done it 3 times now and about to do the 4th trip but more about that later

    I left my job of nearly 15 years in january to start a new job in a new city. 2000kms from family Though I have many close friends here. I walked into aged care with little expereince

    totally out of my compfort zone .

    Going from Children and public Hospital system to a Privately owned Aged Care facility was an eye opener. I managed and enjoyed the residents Learning a lot from them .

    I also started to board with someone I found on a site on the internet Not much accomadation up here and very expensive. Going from a city of 24,000 to 260,000 people

    Thinking oh well if I want to do this or go there I have to do it myself No one to do it for me

    I started swimming with friends but as we work different hours I found if I didn't go by myself I wouldn't get there Now the Pool staff all know me by name LOL

    Never in a million years would i have had the courage to do this before

    On my last trip home I decided I needed to spring my wings again So my next adventure is to go Agency Nursing This involves being sent to a hospital Nursing home anywhere in Australia The period of time varries but usually 3 months at a time.

    I do not care where I go but really want each place to last about 3 months My 1st contract is for4 months in Aged Care. The town I am going to I have been through a few years ago I know no one there (well I dont think I do but have a habbit of running into people that either know of me or are related:D) I reallly have no idea of what the accomadation will be like

    and I can't wait for it all to happen . (only next week) Someone asked me if I was nervous and I hadn't even thought of that

    There will be so many new places to see and explore in the time I'm in this town People to meet If they do not like me well that is their problem .

    I have been able to achieve this all through the support of all my wonderful friends and by becoming comfortable with who I am

    Also my belief that life is too short to waste a day being negative, bitter or angry

  20. Blog mjc1991

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    HI ' date='

     

    [i']im starting this thread because i want to see how certain foods or supplements affect OTHER peoples sugar levels. I exercise daily myself and i use a good amount of supplements as well as 3 - 4000 calorie diet. my knowledge on diabetes and nutrition is growing daily but id like to know how others are affected.[/i]

     

    Some topics?

     

     

    Supplements:

    protein powders

    pre workout supps

    post workout supps

    creatine

    nitric oxide

     

    Exercise:

    workouts

    routines

    events

    competition

     

    Nutrition:

    foods

    diets

     

     

    I hope this thread will give people a better idea on nutrition and exercise and how they can help you live an easier life as a diabetic

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    What is fibrous and low-carb? I'm particularly seeking breakfast foods. My Mom has a lot of bowel problems with constipation/diarrhea and she "needs" Kashi cereal with milk and a banana first thing in the morning. I've weaned her down to half a cup of cereal and 1/3 of a banana, but that's still a ton of carbs. We're waiting her tests to see if she's definitely diabetic, but the meter readings from a couple days ago pretty much pointed that way.

     

    I had to stop eating cereal for breakfast.

    I do eat a Thomas's English Muffin, Hearty Muffin, 1/3 daily fiber. I believe it has 27 carbs, and 8 g of fiber, net 18 carbs. I eat

    it with sausage or bacon, and cheese. ymmv

    I also found Mission tortilla, Carb Balance, has 19 carbs, 13 g of fiber. Again neither of these may work for your mom. Test

    2 hours after she eats to see how that food affects her BG.

    Just an aside, I had to limit the fruit I ate until I got my BG's under control. I have introduced some now and they are not a

    problem. Bananas were the worst. They are full of sugar.

    Good luck. This is a lifetime journey and it takes awhile for her body to adjust to all of the changes your mom will be

    making.

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    I am now a total convert. I read Gary Taubes book on Why We Get Fat. I've also become a bit of a born again. My poor mom said she wanted to loose some weight so she got the whole shpeeel.

     

    I have moved the daily amount of carb down to 80 to 90 g on some days and managed to dial back the basal and bolus enough to eliminate most of the lows. OMG...its quite fabulous. I made it through Easter dinner with nothing higher than 8.5 (153). For the first time in my life I actually did a bolus correction for an 8.2 (148) this morning. It didnt work but it's Monday and my new theory is not only do I need more wake up insulin on weekdays I need more on just Mondays.

     

    I can now run a half a km without my mind crying out to make it stop.

     

    So remember stop carb guessing!

  23. Blog Richard157

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    COMMITTMENT

     

    In the 1945-1988 years I had only one rule to follow. Don't eat foods containing sugar. My doctors never mentioned carbs. I was very committed to following that rule. I became so used to using artificial sweeteners, that a teensy taste of something containing a lot of sugar was too sweet, and I did not like it. Having only one rule to follow made it easier.

     

    In 1988 I read an article in a magazine saying that diabetics should restrict the number of carbs they ate to help keep their BGs lower. That was my first exposure to carbs. Then I found that some carbs acted faster, and others more slowly. I started eating smaller portions of the foods with faster acting carbs. There were more rules to follow, and things became more complicated. Then there was using a meter, basal and bolus insulins with carb counting, and my insulin pump. Things were very complicated then. It was so much simpler in my early years to just avoid sugar. It was hard to be committed to having tight control with all these newer rules, and devices to follow. I sometimes wanted to just drop everything and go back to the old ways. I had no complications despite all the high blood sugar I must have had during my first 40+ years, so convincing mtself to follow all the new rules and use the new devices was difficult.

     

    I did not know any other diabetics until I joined some diabetes websites, in 2006. That was 61 years after my diagnosis. That turned things around for me. I met so many diabetics like me, and saw they were struggling with the same problems I was having, or had previously experienced. There were so many not taking good care of themselves, and having diabetes related complications. I could feel myself becoming more and more committed to having really great control. I had always worked hard to have good control, but my online experience made me more committed than ever before.

     

    My committment has led to my having 66 years of type 1 with no complications except some minor nerve damage. I am very fortunate that having only the "no sugar" rule for so many years has not caused me major problems.

     

    I am definitely committed to being committed. Perhaps diabetics who are not committed should be committed to a ......umm......to diabetesforums.com. :)

     

    What does committment mean to you?

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