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Hello - Canadian male - 70 yrs old.

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by dax6662, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. dax6662

    dax6662 Prediabetes · Member

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    Hello:

    What a great forum...new here....1st thread.

    I am having difficulty getting my glucose count down to normal.

    Learning now to count carbs and feel that I can only eat eggs & bacon for bkfst, and salmon wrapped lettuce leaves.

    Confused.

    I stopped taking all vitamins yesterday....could not find any carbohydrate counts nor indication of sugars.

    I take medications for arthritis, blood pressure, back pain, depression. acid reflux, blood pressure, water pills,

    I am confused and need support and advice on what to eat.....I have lost 25 pounds within the last two months....am concerned.
     
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  2. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    @dax6662 - Hello and Welcome to the Forum:). @daisy1 will provide you with some basic information that all new members receive. Have a read around the threads and ask as many questions as you want.
     
  3. novorapidboi26

    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome aboard.....

    what have your levels been like and how often do you test them?
     
  4. dax6662

    dax6662 Prediabetes · Member

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    I have been testing now for a week.

    they started out at 17.1, and as I learned about carbs and started counting and writing down my results, they now vary from 9.1 to 14.1.

    I test before eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner allowing at least 4-6 hours between tests and 2 hours after my dinner.

    I now keep a fairly detailed diary of what I consume....even the few times I fell off the wagon....surprisingly those instances did not really spike the normally poor results.

    I hope this assists.

    Thank You for responding to me.
     
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  5. dax6662

    dax6662 Prediabetes · Member

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    Thanks for the welcome!
     
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  6. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    @dax6662 - Hello again :). A lot of Forum Members follow the LCHF Diet (Low Carb High Fat) - it helps them to reduce their HBA1C and lose weight. You could also go to the top of this page and click on Forums, then scroll down until you come to FOOD and NUTRITION - there you see all kinds of diets hope this is of some help :)
    Don't be afraid to ask questions, there will be plenty of members to give advice and answer. Here is a link: http://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/60-seconds
     
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  7. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    @dax6662

    Hello and welcome to the forum :) Here is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. It will give you lots of information about low carbing and contains a link to the Low Carb Program. Ask more questions when you need to and someone will be able to help.


    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED DIABETICS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you’ll find over 150,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.
    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:

    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates

    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/diabetes-and-whole-grains.html

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes

    LOW CARB PROGRAM:
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/low carb program


    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to bloodglucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
     
  8. zaphod37

    zaphod37 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Its about time you got yourself on here!! Anyway welcome to the forum, lots of friendly people with good advice. Things will get better you will see.

    Mark
     
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  9. dax6662

    dax6662 Prediabetes · Member

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    Thank You Mark.
    I look forward to improvements in my diet.
     
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  10. Shelleymomma

    Shelleymomma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome.....you'll find lots of great information on here along with lovely people all willing to help. Good luck with everything!.
     
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  11. dax6662

    dax6662 Prediabetes · Member

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    Many Thanks Shelly for your kind words.
     
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