My husband was diagnosed about a week ago with diabetes though looking back he had symptoms for about 2 months.His fasting blood sugar was 22mmol and was put on novomix 30 pen 12iu in the morning and in the evening before dinner.we test 5 times everyday.He already has lost 40 pounds and also lost muscle mass and even tone.Wwe have changed our diet completely and are on high protein ,lots of vegetables ,fruits(for now just berries as other fruits are causing a huge spike and… read more
We are all so different. We process what we eat differently, we burn energy differently because of how we exercise and what we do for work or daily activity all has an impact. How we sleep, how we play, how we rest.
We change our ways in our own time and when we are ready to - or not - we make our own choices.
I agree with @ Robert Meachen these things can take time for some and less time for others. It is a journey not a race. We have each got to do our journey. We can each expect support and help and advice from others. We can choose which things feel right for us by experimenting and learning or by guessing and hoping. I have tried both. I am 67 nearly 68, and have been diagnosed as type 2 for 40 years. Taking medication for 20 years. I consider myself to be ok and life is good. The alternative not so good.
Things that have helped me have been drink plenty of water and tea - take exercise, watch your portion size, try a healthy non processed diet, whole grains, pulses and lentils, split peas chick peas, brown rice, brown pasta,soya, chicken, fish, eggs, fruit and berries in moderation, vegetables, which i grow on my allotment i eat as much as i want but not too much of the same stuff at the same time, boring, go for smaller portion of say green beans but add more types of veg and salad on the same plate, watch out for those sweet parsnips and swedes, i keep an honesty diary of what i really eat every day, every meal and every time i eat or drink something. I love to use almonds and walnuts as a snack, a treat is zero yoghurt and a small spoon of nutella, with crushed almonds underneath mixed with a cholesterol lowering spread, this makes a cheese cake. I weigh daily, take bp daily, test before meals only these days as i know what i can eat and what spikes my glucose. At celebrations YES i have a piece of cake or a glass of champagne for the toast. If i gain weight today i adjust portion size tomorrow or exercise more.. Hope that helps. Have halved my medication over last 3 years and hope to reduce it from 2 to 1 gliclazide next month, then in 12 months reduce it to 0 gliclazide. I will probably still need the Victoza. But who knows - my journey will unravel as it is meant to. Good luck to you all.
There is a Facebook group called "Reversing Diabetes". They are so helpful and supportive, the success stories are amazing. By following the low carb, high fat (Keto) way of eating that they adhere to, I have dropped my HbA1c from 9.4 to 5.2 in less than 1 year, dropped 52 lbs. and am no longer on any medications for diabetes or high blood pressure. If I can do it, anyone can - you just have to want to help yourself.
You're 80% of the way there....GET RID OF ALL GRAINS IN YOUR DIET>>>>>try it....wheat is the enemy....don't believe the BS of "WHole Grain Goodness" we as a species are NOT adapted to eating modern and highly processed grains.
Robert I was diagnosed 6 years ago, my A1C was 13.1, three months later it was 6.8 I really didn't cut a whole lot out of my @diet I still eat potatoes,occasionally I eat sparingly but also since they turn to sugar and go into ur blood stream as soon as u eat them, I eat a smaller portion and eat a veggie that is slowly absorbed which slows down the absorption of the potatoes.I do the same thing w/pasta. (brocccoli,cauliflower,carrots,green beans,tomatoes,zucchini, ) also instead of eating white bread I switched to multi-grain which is delicious, wheat bread is not so good for u because it is modified man made not like the wheat that used to b grown in the field. as far as desserts u can use splenda instead of regular sugar, dark chocolate takes some getting used to but is good to help control BL u don't really have to give up things u like switch them out for something better for u, eat lots of salad and lean meats ,fruit and drink a lot of water (I got tired of just drinking water and so I started buying sparkling water sweetened w/ splenda ( I've read aspartame artificial sweetner causes cancer), I mix some with regular water to give it taste, if u eat by the plate method (lean meat size of deck of cards, half of plate veggies and fruit strawberries, tangerines or oranges,black berries, blueberries, raspberries) and a grain and that balances out ur meal.) saurkraut or ne thing w/vinegar is very good for diabetics,I do on occassion eat a piece of cake or pie or whatever just a very small piece and savor every bite and drink 16 oz of water after. today my A1C is 6.3 and has been there of below for four years, my Dr. wants it below 6.5 so far so good I'm not bragging just saying. it just takes time. Everyone has to move at their own speed. Yes u will get there we all do, slow and easy does, it take it one day at a time, don't stress as this also raises blood sugar. Soups r real good for levels also. Take care and God bless
It seems that telling someone to cut out foods that are, or were, part of their daily staple diet seems not the best advice. I am type 2 and my BG is too high. I know what foods are causing the spikes but it's how I have eaten all my life and my wife is the same. It's very hard to just "cut out" bread, rice, potato etc. and the best I have been able to do without becoming so bloody miserable that I want to "pig out", is to cut down on portions, cut out alcohol and try my best to stop eating candy of any kind. Let's be reasonable and rational here and understand that big changes are difficult for everyone and incremental changes are a lot easier. It's nice that some folks can make giant steps and major changes but for most average human beings, change is simply not that easy. I also find the whole theory and best practise behind the diabetes debate to be very confusing and trying to understand the basic concepts of food and calorie intake is just very daunting. Good for all of you that have been able to manage this disease and hopefully I will also conquer this too but for now, please don't ask me to just "cut out" all the foods I love.