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Does Diet Sodas Cause Higher Fasting Glucose Levels?

Does Diet Sodas Cause Higher Fasting Glucose Levels?

I have recently experienced higher fasting glucose levels over the course of about 6 weeks. Normally, I am at 80- 120 in the mornings, but lately have been about 140- 160. The only big difference of late, I can pin point is,.. I have been drinking, maybe 1 can of diet sodas with my evening meals. I have also had sinus/ allergy issues about the same time (farmers in the locale are harvesting- kicking up dust & mold). Just trying to get a grip on whether the issue is in the sodas (as my diet has… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Anything with steroids will bump bs readings.

posted 9 months ago

Is Having Bowel Issues Common With Type 2 Diabetes?

Is Having Bowel Issues Common With Type 2 Diabetes?

Goodevening all.... I am new to this site and have a sorta uncomfortable question to ask. I have Type 2 Diabetes and take Metformin 1000 mg. 2x daily, Glimepriride 4mg once daily, plus 20 mg Lisinopril for high blood pressure. I have chronic constipation, followed by diahrea. I sometimes don't have any movement for 4 to 5 days. I get bloated, have stomach pain at times. Periodically I take magnesium citrate to get things moving, but after a couple days I start slowly plugging up again. I… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Try taking Restoralax .put capful in hot or cold drink .No taste . works for me

posted 5 months ago

Why Does The Dietitian Tell Us To Avoid Bread, White Potato, Rice And Pasta?

Why Does The Dietitian Tell Us To Avoid Bread, White Potato, Rice And Pasta?

The simple answer is, 70% of Type 2's don't follow their treatment plan, much less any kind of "friendly diet" anyhow so it's kinda like the "eat less fat" mantra to try and protect people from themselves when they want a simple answer.

The real answer is "complex" but not complicated.

White Bread, Potato, Rice, Pasta and a few other "processed starches" metabolize to sugar almost quicker than table sugar and they keep us "high" even longer than table sugar. So it is sound advice for those… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Type 1 diabetes is treated differently as it is autoimmune disease, so maybe it is why they did not give you specified diet to follow as you have no choice but to be on insulin. Also so many other… read more

posted about 1 month ago

Am I Too Harsh And Lack Compassion?

Am I Too Harsh And Lack Compassion?

Most who read my posts become very aware that I don't tend to sugar coat anything.

Maybe that is because I have been dealing with Diabetes my entire life. My Parents, Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Uncles/Aunts and cousins all have/had diabetes, at least the overwhelming majority of them, so if you are a "normal" member of the family, you likewise have Diabetes.

It didn't mean your life was over. It didn't mean that you life was limited, it was simply a genetic trait no different then… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I opinion compassion natural instinct. Find out and develop. The other way, serious is to meditate you are with total honesty. Buddha's loving-kindness blossoms.

posted 2 months ago

Do You Consider Skipping/delaying Breakfast If Your Fasting Number Is High?

Do You Consider Skipping/delaying Breakfast If Your Fasting Number Is High?

I have seen many post up this concern when they woke up to a high fasting number.

I never, as in never-ever, skip breakfast because of a high fasting number

Why?

Because as I have posted many times, Fasting Numbers are the result of sugar released by the Liver when we are not eating for extended periods (sleeping, more than about 5 hours between meals).

There is a number of reasons why the Liver might get a little too generous with the sugar supply BUT the only way to "turn it off" is to eat… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Elizabeth D'Arcy says Thaks for posting the I live in Durban South Africa and I want to thank you for your kindness in the Discussions about your future Diabetes and cures for Diabetes.

posted 13 days ago

Guys My Feet Are Burning And Can't Sleep At Night. What Can Help Me?

Guys My Feet Are Burning And Can't Sleep At Night. What Can Help Me?

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I use a foot bath 3 times a week with Epson salt along, along with using a foot cream that has a cooling sensation and then wear thick cotton socks. Gives my feet a rest and they feel much better… read more

posted 10 months ago

What Is Metformin And How Does It Work?

What Is Metformin And How Does It Work?

Metformin is the most common diabetes medication on the planet.

Some hate the stuff, others question it, some can't tolerate it, most of the rest simply take it and get on with their business.

Since just about all of us have at least heard of the stuff, I put together a piece on it to shed some light on this medication.

The source of today’s Metformin is a traditional and natural/herbal remedy that was first medically researched in 1918 - so if you want "natural" this is it.

The plant was… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member unfortunately there is somewhere between 5 and 10% of patients that just never tolerate metformin (made my father violently ill and he really tried to give it a good shot).

Metread more

posted 2 days ago

Why Are Ranges For Fasting Numbers Lower Then After Meal Numbers?

Why Are Ranges For Fasting Numbers Lower Then After Meal Numbers?

Have you ever wondered?

First off, what are good or acceptable fasting numbers according to the guidelines?

A "normal" fasting number is any reading below 100/5.5 mmols.

A "good" fasting number is anything below 108/6.0 mmols and an "acceptable" number is anything below 126/7.0 mmols.

But WHY does that cap out at 126/7.0 if ANY NUMBER below 144/7.8 causes "zero damage"?

The "thinking" actually makes quite a bit of sense. Typically our Fasting Numbers will be some of the lowest numbers we… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Sorry been brain vacations not into going online or reading nor talking to anybody. Im just not quite myself. I'd like to find (if any) diabetes group maybe making friends someone to talk to. I lives… read more

posted 11 days ago

Hi All. Two Questions About Mealtimes And Diabetic Body.

Hi All. Two Questions About Mealtimes And Diabetic Body.

I have heard so many people say they have to eat at specific times, (Scheduled) that it worries me. I am very likely to eat breakfast at 11 AM I if I'm not working on the day. Is it really important to be scheduled. I am not the least interested in eating in the AM, and often have no appetite at 5:00PM either but have to feed my family... 😣
Also, I have days when I will be burning hot one minute and freezing cold to the bones ten minutes later. Is this possibly related to diabetes?

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Eating regularly helps regulate BS. Gives your body time to burn the carbs with keeping away lows.

posted almost 2 years ago

How Many Carbs A Day Should I Eat?

How Many Carbs A Day Should I Eat?

That is a common question for the newly diagnosed as well as some of us veterans.

The answer is, nobody knows what "you" can tolerate and there is no consensus even amongst the professionals because they all have a different view of how your diabetes should be managed.

For those that intend to medicate to deal with excess carbs, which is the working theory of most Diabetes Organizations the daily limit is recommended to between 200 and 300.

Anyone that has been dealing with diabetes for a… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

thanks i meet with my nurse and dietcian Wednesday hopefully they will get me on the right path i do eat apple for breakfast. Snacks almonds hand ful small hand ful of sunflower seeds shelled, beef… read more

posted 8 days ago
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