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Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Ange1a65, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Ange1a65

    Ange1a65 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to bother people...I was diagnosed last June type 2, ever since I have had reactions to meds (but was expecting that) as I have other illness and numerous allergies and in the end ad to buy my own testing unit.......
    My question is does anyone else eat to their blood readings?
    For me if I am low I eat small carbs and if high protein, sorry it's hard to explain........
    I am waiting to see a hematologist to help but not heard anything in 3 months.
    I hope someone can make sense of this.
    Any response is welcome.
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Pipp

    Pipp Type 2 · Moderator
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    Hello, @Ange1a65

    No need to apologise for making a post. Not bothering people at all.
    I am interested as I too have lots of allergies.
    Yes, lots of us do use blood glucose readings to gauge how foods are affecting them. We call it 'eating to the meter'. It is a good management strategy.
     
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  3. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    What sort of levels are you seeing, what do you call low and what do you call high?

    The best way to use your meter is to be organised with it. Test immediately before you eat and again 2 hours after first bite then look at the rise from before to after. Try to keep it under 2mmol/l, and under 1.5mmol/l if you can. Record these levels in your food diary and look for patterns,( the carbs that are pushing your levels up too much) and reduce the portion size or eliminate completely. Keep doing this until you are satisfied you have arrived at suitable carb levels.
     
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    britishpub Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome

    Don't worry questions, answers and mutual support are what this forum is all about, so you will never be a bother.

    Yes, lots of us test our BG and "eat to our meters"

    Ask anything you wish and I am sure someone will have ideas and experiences to share with you.
     
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    Lazybones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You're not bothering anyone by asking a question as were all here to try and help each other. I'm pleased that you are testing your bloods for yourself.
    Measuring before a meal and again (usually 2 hours later) will give a reasonable indication as to how you (as an individual) respond to that particular meal (carbs/protiens or what ever)
    Over time you will learn what foods best suit you and you might want to consider using the LCHF diet, which many (including myself) would advocate as being highly sucessful in controlling diabetes.
    Read through what you can about the LCHF diet, here on this forum and ask away with any further questions.

    All the best - Lazybones
     
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    Hpetal Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh I know that feeling. Yes I always know I have had a high carb day by my bg readings so rectify my diet the next day. We all need a treat sometimes,Some food I love sends me high so I have it as a treat occasionally. Try a LowCarb eating plan it does work.
     
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    Ange1a65 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    With all the medical and food allergies I basically eat cheese, ham, tuna small portion fresh pasta, belvita biscuits and sugar free jelly......loads of water and black tea.
    My readings vary from 4 - 10 mmol, but most nights wake about 3am with a reading of 3s........the worst thing is the symptoms.
    Thank you for all the lovely comments
     
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    Pipp Type 2 · Moderator
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    Have you seen an allergy specialist? Do you know exactly which foods or food groups are causing the allergic reactions? Are there no vegetables you can eat? If you can eat cheese, it seems that dairy foods are ok. I don't want to advise on diet though. Allergies are tricky. Are you choosing to restrict your diet to the foods you mention because you are afraid to try other stuff. I do understand the fear of triggering an allergic reaction..
    Can you explain a bit more about the symptoms?
     
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  9. Ange1a65

    Ange1a65 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have had food in tolerances for a long time and can only just tolerate cheese (only dairy I have and can't eat read meat)
    I have seen a allergies and wear medical ID.....I can't list everything I would be here all day.....my allergies are not just food but also medication and materials......
    Basically if I eat wrong foods (for me) I vomit or they get stuck in my throat....
     
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    Pipp Type 2 · Moderator
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    Ah, right. Sorry for all my questions, was just trying to get a clearer idea, not disputing your allergies. I know I have strange allergic reactions to all sorts of things,, including food, meds, odours, and even weather conditions. some foods are ok cooked but not raw for me, also some allergic reactions are delayed so it is almost impossible to work out what it was that caused the reaction. Hard to explain, isn't it, especially if you don't always understand what is going on yourself. My question about being afraid of allergic reactions was related to my own fear of something triggering a reaction, wondered if you were the same.

    Your question was about using a meter to adjust food intake accordingly. That is a sensible approach. It must be so much more difficult with the problems you describe. As you really are limited in the diet you are able to cope with.
     
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    Ange1a65 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It can be, think I just wanted reassurance as when I showed my nurse she just said the usual " don't test, eater more"
    Sorry for being nosey but picked up your smell issue.....do you have Fibro?
     
  12. Pipp

    Pipp Type 2 · Moderator
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    No I don't have fibro. Lots of other co-morbidities, but that is not one of them.

    I do find that my food intolerances are less since allergy consultant changed medications to include various strengths of antihistamine on a daily basis, depending on symptoms, and added a leukoteine receptor anatagonist medication. Also, that I actually enjoy some foods that I was previously unable to have.

    Health care professionals often advise not to test BG, but many choose to test because that is the only way to know which foods cause problematic BG levels.
     
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