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Been coming on for a while,blood sugar went from 123 last year to 250 today.Doc wants to do one more test,but said i would end up on meds.I am 48,doc says i am not overweight,on blood pressure meds,chlorestrol meds,but in reasonable health.What do you eat for snacks that give energy? I do not drink,but what are some other things i need to stay from (beside the obivious) .Any pointers will help.
 

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I am a Type 1 diabetic, but it really helps to stay away from high starch, high fat, processed foods. I eat ALOT of raw, fresh fruits and veggies for snacks and over 1/2 of every meal. Brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, and wheat bread are good subs for white starches (potatoes, white rice, white bread). Pay real close attention to serving sizes.

Exercise is a biggie also. Portion control also.

And by all means listen to your Doc. Especially if you want to keep your legs and eyes.
 

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Thanks.My grandmother had lost both legs and died by 59.my younger sister is on dialisyis,complete kidney failure,diabetic,heart issues...I am taking this serious.
 

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I am a Type 1 diabetic, but it really helps to stay away from high starch, high fat, processed foods. I eat ALOT of raw, fresh fruits and veggies for snacks and over 1/2 of every meal. Brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, and wheat bread are good subs for white starches (potatoes, white rice, white bread). Pay real close attention to serving sizes.

Exercise is a biggie also. Portion control also.

And by all means listen to your Doc. Especially if you want to keep your legs and eyes.
X2 on this advice. Diet and exercise is your best friend now listen and follow everything doc says otherwise your health will be a down hill spiral
 

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I am a Type 1 diabetic, but it really helps to stay away from high starch, high fat, processed foods. I eat ALOT of raw, fresh fruits and veggies for snacks and over 1/2 of every meal. Brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, and wheat bread are good subs for white starches (potatoes, white rice, white bread). Pay real close attention to serving sizes.

Exercise is a biggie also. Portion control also.

And by all means listen to your Doc. Especially if you want to keep your legs and eyes.
X3.....Kinda got the same news a couple weeks back. I am on medication ( Metform) and it was still uncontrolled. I'm Type 2.

I know what to do and have started back, exercise, eliminate Starch's ( Basically anything white) and lose weight for me. My BS is running between 90-101, the more I do of these 3 things the better it get's. I got to the point a few years back I got off meds completly, lost 90lbs........time to get back to what worked.
 

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Well,they declared me diabetic,i brought my blood sugar down from 250 to 220 in a week with diet.On metforim and seeing better,but still got a ways to go.
 

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I was declared an adult onset Type I eleven years ago....went from healthy to daily insulin shots overnight....from a blood sugar of 85 to 500 in about 6 months.

Once I got it under control I have kept it there. Hemaglobin A1C was 6.5 last week and average 14 day blood sugar was 105.

4 essential variables in your control:

Quantity of carbs input.

Quality of carbs input.

Insulin input.

Exercise/Calories out.

Those are all part of the math problem.

Every change in those four variables results in a different blood sugar reading.

Take your readings as often as you can afford, and make ongoing adjustments to the four based on those results.

Good luck with it.

Plan B is pretty grim.
 

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Thanks I am watching quantity of carbs and exercise,i need some assistance on quality.Doctor has kinda left me on my own.
 

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Thanks I am watching quantity of carbs and exercise,i need some assistance on quality.Doctor has kinda left me on my own.
Not sure on insurance coverage and what not, but if you can get in and see a specialist, I REALLY love mine at the Little Rock Diagnostic Center across the parking lot from Big Baptist Hospital. PM me and I can pass on her name and maybe you can get an appointment. She has me under pretty good control. Asks for weekly Blood sugar logs, insulin changes each week with each log, and just keeps me on my toes... Really good.
 

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Thanks I am watching quantity of carbs and exercise,i need some assistance on quality.Doctor has kinda left me on my own.
Cheap carb calories with little nutritional value such as from soda, refined sugar, white flour products, starchy foods, etc. are to be avoided.

Higher fiber carbs with higher nutritional density like oatmeal, whole grain breads, and fruit can be eaten in limited quantities. The same is true for drinking milk.

High nutritional value foods with low to medium carb values are where you need to be.

Proteins are your friends.

Colored vegetables and meats are your friends.

It would be unrealistic to think you are never going to eat a donut or a piece of birthday cake or never eat pasta for the rest of your life.

The key is to do it infrequently and then it's all about portion control.

Drinking one beer won't wreck your BS. Drinking 3-4 will.

Eating a slice of pizza won't wreck you. Eating the whole pie will.

Bacon & eggs with a slice of whole wheat toast and a 8 oz glass of milk make a good breakfast for me....but not orange juice or pancakes & syrup.

Mickey D's meal with fries, coke, & white bread buns will put you over the top. Order a McNugget meal, diet coke & pitch the fries (or eat 5-6 if you have the willpower).

Test your blood sugar before and after each meal, so you can see what you eat does to you.

Try not to get over 200 tested 1 hour after you eat.

Try to hit 100, plus or minus 10 as your 14 day average.

Once you get it under control and get a little exercise in, you can go to Texas Road House, eat a ribeye, drink a small light beer, have the salad and a baked sweet potato, and still be in control. Leave the rolls and dessert alone.

Diabetes is like gravity...it never sleeps. Don't turn your back on it.
 

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I appreciate everybodys advice.Keep it coming.I am trying to learn more everyday.I do not drink,so that is one issue that is out.I ate a light lunch the other day,about an hour later felt "half buzzed "(i used fo drink) ,checked blood sugar it was 230.Starting to figure some of this out.Thank all of you for your help and keep it coming.I can retire in about ten years and plan to enjoy it.
 
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