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Should You Eat If Your Fasting Number Is High?

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

I haven't yapped for a while. Have been busy, tired - life has got in the way but have something to blab about this morning and we have dozens of new members who haven't been exposed to my drivel 😁

This morning my Fasting Blood Sugar was "out of range for ME".

It came in at a 6.3/113 which is a little over my (target) of 6.0/108 as set by my Diabetes Doc to maintain my level of control.

Not terrible, but a little high.

I "expected" it to be high because I slept in. More correctly I woke and… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member

Great post! I learned a lot!

posted February 27

Am I Too Harsh And Lack Compassion?

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

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

You are giving out very important information. Only a snowflake would think you are harsh.

posted November 5, 2023

How Much Water Do I Need To Drink For The Best Hydration Level.

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

Good morning from South Jersey to all you diabetes warriors
Proper hydration, a loaded question, with many answers.

Those with kidney disease need to listen to their doctors.
Those on diuretics, listen to your doctor.
Those on sulfonylureas may need extra water.
If exercising, you may need more water.

Most of the rest of us fall into these categories
In general, data and recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggest that

Women 150 pounds, BMI less… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member

Always have and a swimmer

posted March 8, 2023

Do You Worry About The Wrong Thing?

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

Over the past couple of weeks I have read a number of posts where people are hesitant to take a diabetes medication that was prescribed because they read of the potential side effects and are somewhere between uncomfortable or outright afraid

Your concerns are valid and you should discuss them with your doctor but you should also know that the Doc didn't "just decide because" when they wrote the script and it was in response to your blood work that showed you "need" the meds to manage your… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member

Very well said

posted October 4, 2023

Does Diet Sodas Cause Higher Fasting Glucose Levels?

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

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

Diet sodas 🥤 still contain varients of sugar. Ditch all sodas, drink water 💦 or orange and cranberry light juice.

posted June 19

Have You Been Welcomed Into Our Family Yet.

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

Good afternoon warriors. We enjoyed Alhambra in Granada, Spain today.

Welcome aboard and into our family. Love you. Praying for you. Want only the best for you. That's what family does. How can we help and support you. I wish for you more good days than bad and have many exceptional days too. Baby steps.

I eat to my meter, my blood glucose numbers spreadsheet, and my food journal. They tell me what foods I can eat somewhat freely, what foods I must limit, and what foods I must almost totally… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member

Just be safe and happy JG

posted May 1, 2023

How Is Diabetes Defined In The Medical Community?

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

All of us here have either been diagnosed with Diabetes or have someone close to us that have been given the news

So what is the "criteria" that separates us from Joe or Jane SugerEater?

Currently it is simply having an A1C, above 6.5% (47.5 mmol's in the IFCC scale) "twice in a row" measured 90 days apart

That's it, that's all - that "test" is all that is required for the Doc to determine "You have Diabetes"

No matter what you do after that, no matter how you control your blood sugar - no… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member

Thanks I had knee surgery both knees 7 months apart. Waited 7 years to get done. As they said diabetic at age 62. Late in life changed my world & health. Retired early. Less money. Out of pocket… read more

posted May 14

Have You Been Intrigued By The Smart Watches That Say They Do Blood Glucose Numbers. Don't Waste Your Money Or Risk Your Life And Health.

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

Hi warriors
We purchased 3 different watches touted as the next coming and game changers.

None have been approved for sale by any health system in any country in the world. For good reasons.

They do not give accurate, reliable information.

We have tested them over and over again over several months.

Last night I tested 2 of them after eating, more carbs than I can process. I can only handle 5 carbs per meal. I ate a 8 carb meal. A slice of bread is about 15 carbs.

I ate the equivilent… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member

I tried the freestyle Libre and there not accurate either.

posted December 6, 2023

Why Did My Doctor Prescribe Me A DANGEROUS Drug?

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

(2 parts and comes with one of those "viewer discretion" warnings)

I will answer that but just want to forewarn that some may find this post a little “harsh”

I work with two different Diabetes mentoring programs – a “regular one” and a “Bootcamp”

For any that have Served and had the pleasure of Basic Training they would recognize our Bootcamp technique – it’s fashioned the same way – you are told what to think and what to do to try and teach you what you need to know

To do what is expected… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member

Good post Graham..

posted October 4, 2023

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

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

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


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

I eat a very minimal amt and wait two hours retest

posted June 21, 2023
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