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

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

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

posted April 28
A DiabetesTeam Member

I keep half-liter bottles left over from Ice soft drinks and fill them with water and refrigerate them so I can easily pull one out and drink it. The more available something is, the more likely you… read more

posted November 2 (edited)

Should You Eat If Your Fasting Number Is High?

Should You Eat If Your Fasting Number Is High?

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

posted April 10 (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

The last week graham I have taken ur advice. I have been eating one pkg of plain oatmeal with a tablespoon or less of cinnamon about ten raisins not counted exactly. And a bit of stevia. Water to… read more

posted November 14

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

posted October 17, 2017
A DiabetesTeam Member

Don't drink any sugary drinks at all including fruit juices . There is about 40g carb in a can of coke that's my dinner limit.

posted September 1

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

posted November 21, 2021
A DiabetesTeam Member

@A DiabetesTeam Member
I am new to this social media and IMO (in my opinion) I do not believe that you are harsh or lack compassion
I am Neurodivergent and the way my brain has always been "very… read more

posted November 22

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

posted December 20, 2021 (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

@A DiabetesTeam Member I taught preschool, 4 & 5year olds. They are constantly on the move. We had an am class and a pm class with about 45 minutes in between so it was a lunch on the go getting ready… read more

posted November 6

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

posted January 31, 2016 (edited)
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A DiabetesTeam Member

I had the same problem. My doctor’s nurse suggested a teaspoon of sugar free Metamucil in 8 ounces of cold water daily. Problem was solved in a week.

posted October 29

Are We Sometimes Too Hard On Ourselves When We Measure Our Blood Sugar?

Are We Sometimes Too Hard On Ourselves When We Measure Our Blood Sugar?

I can’t count the number of times I have seen someone post up “disappointment” in a reading and I comment “take the win”.

What exactly do I mean?

For those that are striving for a level of control (we) can often try to “over achieve” and get upset with ourselves if we miss some mythical target we have in our minds.

If we simply take a step back, and instead of being hard on ourselves (causing some stress which is detrimental to the very blood sugar levels we are trying to control) then maybe… read more

posted February 10 (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

Chopstix69, thanks 😊💖
55 looks good on me. I take life one minute at a time but it's joy in my heart for our savior Jesus Christ that says, delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee… read more

posted February 23

Why Do Some Have Different A1C Targets Compared To Others?

Why Do Some Have Different A1C Targets Compared To Others?

In the past few years some significant research was conducted to try and determine if a more "personalized approach" with regards to A1C targets would provide greater benefits to some patients.

Depending on our particular situation the "typical guidelines" may not necessarily apply to us.

The General Guideline is to target an A1C of equal to/less than 7.0%

An A1C of >7.0 is associated with a significantly increased risk of both microvascular and cardiovascular complications (Kidney Disease… read more

posted September 9 (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

My Dr’s target for me was under seven mine is 5.5

I also have a hard time with the medical establishment settling for higher glucose numbers before medicating
And 6.9 is too high in my opinion. They… read more

posted September 11

How Much CONTROL Is Enough?

How Much CONTROL Is Enough?

Yesterday on Henry's daily call we got into a bit of a discussion about what A1C is "good enough" and I am going to expand some of my personal thoughts on that here.

There is some percentage of us Type 2's that seem to never be satisfied with our A1C even if it's (really) Good Enough.

Just like some bunch in wider society we are driven to do better, go faster, last longer, make more, build bigger or whatever. That can be a good thing because it drives innovation. Otherwise we still might be… read more

posted July 23 (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

Yes sometimes smaller goals when newly diagnosed help more then the big picture. When diagnosed in 2019 my A1C was 11.9 %, by the time I joined this group 3 months later I was down to 8.9 %, in July… read more

posted August 3

How Long Do I Have To Get My Act Together After Initial Diagnosis?

How Long Do I Have To Get My Act Together After Initial Diagnosis?

That is an important question.

Often the reaction of someone newly diagnosed is “I needed to fix this yesterday”.

That can lead to panic, confusion about where to start and bring on stress or depression – after all, Type 2 is a pretty big topic to wrap your head around.

Most times if I reply to a new member’s initial post my first piece of advice is “try to relax and take a breath”.

I go on to say that “in general” (which means that it applies to nobody really – none of us are average but we… read more

posted February 21
A DiabetesTeam Member

Graham, I hear you and understand about heart disease, stroke and kidney is why I limited my meats intake and mostly baked and without skin. Just giving my body time to digest my foods up to five… read more

posted February 22
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