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11/29/19 10:08 A

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Hello, I'm a newly 56 year old with T2DM, and struggling with insulin and resistance. Finally got referral back to Joslin Center here and am doing the Freestyle Libre CGM 'trial' so nurse practitioner can see what is going on. She's approved me to get one permanently. Will go back on Tuesday with readings, and printout of Spark nutrition tracker. I added NPH and Reg on my 'favorites' list, so can have insulin dose more prominent. I'll see the dietician next Friday. Kidneys are acting all stupid, and obviously carbs are a mess, so not sure what that will be like. I'm disabled now, but have been an RN since 1985- no problem taking care of others with diabetes, but living with it has been a series of surprises over 25 years.

Glad to get to know some folks with the same stuff going on.


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Hi I'm in my med 70's and have been trying to get my blood sugar under control.
I've lost 40 lbs but need to loose about 15 more. Right now all I do is yoyo.
I live in deep south TX and lead a Exercise class for Arthritis in the pool. I have a hard time walking so I do it in the pool

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Hey everyone. I am 46 years old and was just diagnosed with diabetes yesterday. I am the first person in my family to have it. Yesterday, I went from being devastated, to ok, to ready to fight. Today, I went from ready to fight to feeling really overwhelmed with everything and a bit scared. I have a workout that I am doing, but right now I am trying to work on nutrition. Thank Heavens Sparkpeople has a nutrition tracker for diabetes.

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3/23/17 11:46 A

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Hi everyone - I'm trying this again - A1C was 14.1 last week - I have been battling this health issue since I was almost 40 also and I also have to admit taking the meds and checking my levels (well don't happen that much) I'm trying take bot my meds daily now and still working on the checking the levels (maybe once a day) sometime twice - so that is my 1st challenge to myself and to everyone else out here that is bad about keeping a closer eye on your readings -
My Dr. wants to me to check mine 5 times a day - how many times are you suppose to check yours?
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3/11/17 6:26 A

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emoticon I'm Barbara and I am not new to Sparkpeople but new to this group. I was diagnosed with Diabetes in May of 2010 just before I turned 40. I was a little beside myself because I grew up with my grandmother "living" with the disease. When I first heard those words I panicked I did not want to sit around and wait to die. I had to relearn everything. That was the first time I was on Sparkpeople and lost 90 pounds in 6 months. I was told 3 words that changed me "you beat diabetes." So back to the way things were. I have since learned you don't "beat" diabetes you are a diabetic all your life its just under control or out of control.So 7 years later here I am once again trying to get it under control and get off the insulin shots. I know I can do it but I need the support of people that can understand.

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Hi Pam (MAILE66).

It it hard to say "welcome" to a someone coming to a diabetes group, since nobody wants to have diabetes, but welcome.

I also had a hard time taking my medication consistently. I forgot so often that they changed me to a time release type. My poor memory is due to some other medical issues and I had brain surgery about 7 years ago. I'm smart but my memory is flakey.

Anyway, the key to good blood sugar control is to avoid carbs. They themselves are pure energy, but have nothing else the body needs. I'd rather eat cheese.



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Hello! I'm hoping someone is still left in this town.... (group)! After reading a few entries I am relieved to hear that I'm not alone in my struggle. My challenges have been taking my readings and meds consistently. I'm really hoping there are still some people in this group. It's my first time ever to join something like this. emoticon

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Hello! I'm hoping someone is still left in this town.... (group)! After reading a few entries I am relieved to hear that I'm not alone in my struggle. My challenges have been taking my readings and meds consistently. I'm really hoping there are still some people in this group. It's my first time ever to join something like this. emoticon

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2/11/15 12:07 P

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Good morning all,
My name is Lisa and I, like many (if not all) of you, have type 2 diabetes. Right now I'm taking Metformin, 2,000 mg and Glipizide 20 mg. daily. I bought me a new meter and am testing myself every 3 days before breakfast. Today's glucose reading is 133. My reading before this was 103, the best I've ever had. I will work to get back to that number.

I wanted to say "hi", but I have to be honest. I notice that the last entry was Jan. 6. I'm hoping I didn't join an abandoned team.

Have a SP day.

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Hello to all. I'm trying SP again, hoping this time I can stay with it. I have a bad habit of giving up. I hadn't taken my glucose readings in months. A few days ago my reading was 201, not a happy number, and this morning it was 180--better, but still too high. I am taking Metformin and sure hope I don't get to needing more than that.

Wishing everyone a great week.

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Hi everyone. I am Type 2 on Levemir insulin injections twice a day as well as Janumet. I also take Bydureon injections once a week. I need to lose almost 90 more pounds (I've lost 26 since July, 2014). I have been logging my food on MyFitnessPal, but Sparkpeople looks a lot more social so I decided to join up in the hopes of finding friends to share the journey with me. I am seeing my endocrinologist today. For once, I'm actually looking forward to speaking with her about what's next on this road!

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Wow, James! That is great!

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Hi. I joined this board a couple of years ago, and then I stopped Spark. Well, I'm back! I am interested in what you guys do about carbs. I am finding out that the American Diabetes Association guidelines are way too high for me. What about you all?

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10/30/14 12:37 P

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Hello, I'm new to this team but not to Sparks or to being a diabetic...been diabetic for 27 years. I'm on Metformin, Victoza, Lantus & Novolog....Will soon start seeing a Diabetic Specialist hoping to be able to work with this new person in reducing some of my meds...it is one of my goals as well as to lose some weight.

I'm Not Where I Need to Be...BUT...Thank God I'm NOT Where I Used to Be!


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Like BREJEANE,
I'm also in my 50-s and a type 2 diabetic. I was on metformin and januvia for 9 years. I switched to eating low carb and for the last 2 years my blood sugar has been better than those previous 9.

Oh yes, and the last 2 years have been without any diabetes medications. I also lost 30 pounds. I have a new life.



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Hi,
I'm 51yrs old, been diabetic for a little less, then 4yrs, for the most part, my numbers are pretty good, I'm currently taking metformin 500mg twice daily and Januvia 100mg daily. but I'm having a hard time losing weight. Hope to see that changing soon, now that I'm back here on sparkpeople

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Hi my name is Cher i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 6 years i need to get my diabetes and blood pressure under control ...I will lose 142 pds

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4/23/14 3:56 P

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My name is Patti and I'm nearly 63 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a couple of months ago and I'm having a hard time getting on track. I've not had much information from my doc so I'm kind of flailing along on my own. Any input from other Sparkers to help me get my sugar in the safe range would be just great!!

I'm putting myrself first! The healthier I am, the better I am for everyone else in my life.


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Took a few days off around the Spring Break time. It has been easier to manage my Diabetes 2 due to this time off. It is difficult to manage it though!

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I have been a diabetic since 2004. Keeping my bs steady is a challenge!

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Hello, my name is Deborah and I come from a long line of women in my family with diabetes...most were type 1...I was diagnosed with type 2 just about 3 years ago. At the same time I got told I was bi-polar (manic-depression and anxiety), had 2 carcinoid tumors, and our youngest child headed off to college. I was in turmoil for months. I have since gotten things under control, except getting in exercise daily. Today has been a milestone for me...I got an evening BS reading of 95! I have not had a reading this low in over a year. I take Metformin 1000mg twice a day along with Januvia 100mg daily. My goal is to keep my BS down for the next year and hopefully I can get off the Januvia.
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When you feel like quitting: Think about why you started.

It does not matter how slow you go...So long as you do not stop.
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Good luck Brenda. Being diagnosed isn't always a bad thing. We can do something positive now to be better. Kind of roll with the flow.

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I am very newly diagnosed as of Friday 11/15. Working at understanding all of this.

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Welcome and Good luck!

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Hi everybody. I was diagnosed when I was 41. I am on Metformin 1000 mg twice a day but I feel like if I can get off this weight (about 96 pounds to go I think) I will be able to keep in control with just diet & exercise because my A1C wasn't that horrible. (Was 6.4 when I was first diagnosed. Has been 6 to 7 range.)

I walk for exercise and do an occasional sparkpeople fitness video.I try to follow a highish protein, low- glycemic diet. It's hard because I've never met a carb I didn't like.

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Thanks George. I find many of us (including you) have encouraging tales but what I think is so wonderful is the hope so many have discovered, especially later in life. I lived in denial for so many years that it is like having an unexpected second chance to be accountable for my actions. Sparks and the people here have helped a lot with my self-confidence and ability to change. You can't go it alone and being honest with yourself and others is a big part of it too.
It took a lot of courage to put my picture on my profile, now I have a weight ticker and next I plan to update my picture. My motto is to stay visible and smile - hiding in the shadows is no longer an option or a choice.
My best, Holly

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Way to go Holly. Our stories are similar. you are an encouragement to us all. Welcome.

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Hi Everyone,

Just trying a new team. Diabetic T2 29 years - on small amounts of insulin- dumped 40 pounds with Food Tracker in 5+ months and made many lifestyle changes - still have 35 to go. My diabetes is much better. A1C was 11 in the beginning of being diagnosed, then 7 for a long while and then as I dumped my Land O Lakes exterior and all my excuses nly to clock in at an A1C of 5.7 after almost three and a half months. Living proof this horrid disease can be managed. I am here for encouragement and to offer support to others. -Holly

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Heard of the glypizide. A diabetic nurse said if the Metformin needed some more help,the glyp would be just the thing. It has been tough with the problems you mentioned. I have found atleast 3 balanced meals has reduced some difficulties.
So glad your off this stuff!

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No, I couldn't take it-gave me alot of gastro problems so they had me on Actos and glypizide.

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Hey Carol, great post. Wanted to chat about weight loss concerns with Metformin. Despite focusing on some weight loss challenges at the beginning of the year, they haven't resulted in my weight moving southward. Were you taking Metformin?
Congrats on getting weaned off the oral meds. Good for you!

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Greetings to everyone new and to those who have been here for a while.
I was diagnosed in 2000 with T2 diabetes and was on oral meds for it. Due to the medications I gained weight. I exercised but could not get it off. I watched what I ate and so no problem there. Just could not lose the weight due to the meds.

Last year I got on the program here at my hospital that I work at to have WLS (weight loss surgery) My insurance approved and paid for Laprascopic Gastric bypass for me which I had in Dec 17th, 2012. When I left the hospital I was no longer on any diabetic meds. I do my fasting blood sugars when I first wake up. They run 88-106.
It is good not to have to take the oral meds anymore. I have lost 60 pounds since my surgery.
So, I am doing well. My labs continue to come back good.

After the surgery my feet swelling have stopped, my back aches and sore knees have stopped plus quite a few other benefits with it.

I am glad I had it done and if I had it to do over again I would say Yes to it again.

It is a tool for me to use properly like everthing else.

I am glad they had the program to get me ready for it before I had it done. They taught me alot with it.

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Hello! Live in the Mile Hi city, Denver. Diagnosed with D2 July of 2012. Working hard trying to keep all the balls I can up in the air. Exercise, sleep, nutrition, 8+cups of water, self monitoring of blood sugars, etc. Just when I think I can manage D2, something else unexpected happens. What a condition.

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Hi from Sunny Southern CA. I was diagnosed in 2000 with T2 and have been "managing" it with oral medication and some exercise. I recently discovered the Spark app and SparkPeople. I am 54 years old, A1C of 7.0 (going up from 6.3, uh-oh) and I have a more-than-full-time career which is VERY sedentary. Need a buddy to keep me motivated to always eat the right thing and always be active some way, some how each day. Also I have a few questions re: BG readings. Looking for the right thread to ask them...... emoticon

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HI, my name is Sara I'm 51 yrs old, today I decided to get back in shape so I did walk away the pounds with my 29 yr old. I took my sugar and it was 250. Is there something I can do food wise. I used to walk alot but I also have a inflammatory disease, so of cause I feel everything. I take medformin 1000mg, predonisone. glipimide. I weight now 177lbs but a few months ago before taking the steroid I was 165lbs gained 12 lbs. I'm also in night school. Help I feel like I'm out of contro;, when my sugar goes up I crave more sugar.

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Hi. I'm 62 years old and have had T2 diabetes for several years. I control mine with diet and exercise, but would like to lose weight and control it better. My mom has T2 also and lost her leg 5 years ago which scares me. I want to be around a long time and be able to enjoy my grandkids growing up as well as be able to live a healthy life. I enjoy coking and reading cookbooks. I work part time as an appointment coordinator. emoticon

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Hi, I am 6'01" and am 322lbs. pre diabetic. (Seeing the signs and doctor keeping a close eye on me and scaring me.) I got married late in life (35) to my best friend and had twin boys. Who are 8 years old now. Both with autism. I am retired now for 3yrs.(except from being a mom) emoticon I want to be healthy for me and them. Lot of family members with diabetes and bad health. I don't want to be like them. I want to do it this year... lose this weight. Get down to a size 14 or 16. not picky. emoticon and to not be diabetic. looking forward to any help along the way. Dee.

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Hi I am 47 years old and have type2 I have 2 wonderful children 1 boy 23 and 1 girl 19 who is in college to become a neonatologist (baby icu doc) my kids are my life. I have been divorced for a little over a year after 25 years of being married. I have a great boyfriend whom I love very much. When I went to the doctor the other day he told me not to have any starches and to exercise. I am only taking pills for my diabetes and trying to stay away from insulin for as long as I can so I am looking for help with this website to help me with my diet and exercise plans. I currently weigh 155 and he would like for me to lose at least 30 pounds to get down to 1 pill. I know I can do this with support. Looking forward to meeting a lot of people.
Beth

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Hi everyone, my name is Sue, I am 52 and from England. I was diagnosed as T2 in March this year. Not on medication, just diet and exercise.

Have found that limiting my carb intake has really good effect on my bg's so try and not eat much in the way of starchy carbs.

I am looking forward to getting to know you all

Sue

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Hi Everyone,
My name is Michelle. I have been T2 diabetic for 11 years. My attempts to control this goes up and down. I'm having more and more problems controlling my sugars. So I have to drop some weight. Eating healthy is the only thing that will help me. I am beginning again. Yes Thanksgiving is in only 2 days but it doesn't matter. I have to begin. Have a sucessful Thanksgiving.

"When the sun comes up, we better be running with excitement to improve who we are and what we do as group members and as a group." Abe Gubegna

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Hi! My name is Helena and I have had type 2 diabetes for about twenty years. I decided this year that I needed to make healthier choices. So as of May 2012 I have lost 60 lbs.. I hope to lose 20 pounds by April. I feel so much better since losing the weight and have so much more energy. I'm happy to be able to communicate with other people who have type 2 diabetes and are trying to lose weight also.

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Hello everyone! I'm Nancy (TWO-TOO-MUCH) and new to diabetes but not new to Sparks. My fasting glucose reading when I recently had routine blood work done was 7.4 -- not hideously high but high enough for concern. My doctor wants me to lose some weight before thinking about medications -- I like that approach! So, it's time to get serious and shed these excess pounds once and for all. While I'm at it, I figured it would be a good idea to join a group where everyone else is in the same boat. So, here I am. I'm 57 years young and live in NS, Canada. I'm happy to have found you!

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Hi everyone. I'm Jackie and new to Sparks. I've had Type 2 for years but haven't really put much effort into controlling it. I'm now to the point where I'm worring about the effects of it and have decided to pay attention. I look forward to meeting you all.

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Hello all, although not new to spark, I am new to this team. I've been diagnosed with type II diabetes a couple of year. I controlling it through diet and exercise. I look forward to meeting you all, as well as getting and giving support to you. Good luck you you all.

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Hello...I've been a T2 Diabetic for more than 20 yrs...
My A1c is 7.1 coming from an A1c of 13.
I'm not new to Sparkpeople but I am new to this Team.

I'm Not Where I Need to Be...BUT...Thank God I'm NOT Where I Used to Be!


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Hi my name is Christy, I am 46 and was diagnosed in 2007. I am currently taking Kombiglyze - which is Metformin with Onglyza. My A1C's are doing well in the low 6's, but struggling with Dawn Phenomenon so my fastings are great. I have realized that although I am eating fairly well, my portion control isn't where it should be. I am also never been one for exercise but I am in the process of remedying that. I am currently a fulltime college student, just starting my senior year and will be taking a yoga class when classes start at the end of August along with my academic classes. I also will have access to a terrific fitness center on campus that for once I am going to make use of.

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Hi, I am 60 years old this year and am a Type 2 diabetic on Januvia and glypizide. This combination seems to be working well. I was on Actos with the glypizide before and had a problem with weight gain and then we heard about the big problems popping up with the side effects of Actos and my doctor changed my med from the Actos to Januvia. Now, I am starting to lose weight better without the extra problems I was having before.

Watching what I eat, portion control (big deal), and exercise. I use my indoor cycle as I need to exercise my legs a good bit due to my circulation problem in them. I also use my Ketttle bell and dumbbell (I alternate), resistance bands. Walking is done at work. I usually get in anywhere from 38,000-60,000 steps per work night.

I cannot run due to both my feet have fractures. Foot pain is a big problem. I wear special shoes to work in.

I have been on Spark People for a while along with 2 other diabetic forums. I just found this one.

I was first diagnosed with Diabetes in 2003 in Florida. Then I went to the Joslin Center there for diabetic management training. They were great. I am glad I went.
A real incentive for keeping it under control and trying to get off the meds is that I see patients all the time with the problems caused by Diabetes. Blindness, amputations, dialysis, etc..

I hope everyone new to diabetes is getting their education on it.

I am working on my weightloss journey. It takes bit by bit. It takes time and effort-but it is worth it all to lose and to be diabetic free. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I am new to sparkpeople. I was diagnosed with (marginal) type 2 DB in Feb. 2011; my A1C came back slightly elevated, so doc began BS testing 4x's/day and placed me on Metformin. I also received a little help from a dietician. I never tolerated the Metformin - too much gas and diarrhea. My BS were always normal. However, in May of 2011, I had a reaction to another medication that I was taking and woke up in the ICU on a respirator. I had been found in my apartment unconscious, had aspirated and had aspiration pneumonia.
I also couldn't move my left foot and I have numbness and tingling in my left leg. Turns out I had somehow damaged the sciatic nerve in my left upper leg and the peritoneal nerve in my lower leg from lying too long in a position that compressed them.
Fast forward to now: It has been a yr.since I almost died and I have had to make many, many changes in my life. Most of them didn't seem good at the time, but now I am glad that I have made them. When I was recovering, I had lost my appetite - probably due to the medication that had almost killed me - and I lost 40 pounds in 1 mo. My hypertension went away and all my BS were normal, plus the A1C was also normal the last 2 times I've had it done.
I am now a Type2, Diet-Controlled. (They tried to keep giving me Metformin while I was in the hospital last May, and it made me so ill I started refusing it. Finally the diabetic nurse specialist called the doc & got it stopped.)
As of today, I had lost 114 pounds in 12 months! Learned to walk again. Participating in a fitness plan of my own design from all the PT training I received. But over the last 2-3 months, I have been relapsing - binge eating due to cravings. I had also developed a bad case of bursitis in my right hip that has markedly interfered with my activity level. I have only begun to walk again in the last week after having 2 injections in my hip. Still have alot of pain, but now know what kind and how much activity aggravates it.
Actually, I am in the best physical condition that I have had in the last 15 yrs.!
However, I have been experiencing alot of LOW BS!! The dietician thinks it is due to increased activity, need more calories. I have always had hypoglycemia episodes off & on since I was an adult. But now that I am "older", the symptoms seem to hit me worse and my sugar really doesn't get that low before I experience symptoms. Anytime I am below 80, I begin to have symptoms and there are alot of times that I can barely get myself something to eat to bring my sugar up because I am so weak. But I force myself - try to keep healthy items in fridge that I can just grab.
Have planned for snacks in my nutrition track. Learned today on Sparkpeople how to know what kind of snack to have based on BS and type of activity. It's not just caloric - it has to do with the type of food and how it is metabolized.
Thank you so much - I am going to try it and hope that it will make a difference!!
Glad to join you and hope to learn alot and be able to help others if I can!

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Hi there!

I'm almost 30 days post-diagnosis (145 fasting bg and 6.9 a1C, triglycerides off the charts) and I've been learning everything I can possibly learn for the last 3 1/2 weeks! WHEW... what a LOT of information and MIS information is out there!

I rejected the idea of Metformin/Glucophage in favor of dietary/lifestyle changes. Please feel free to read my blogs if you'd like to learn about what I've discovered... I'm trying to share what I've found, there, for others to read.

I'm 15 pounds lighter since April 2nd and the lightest I've been in the last year! Woohoo!!! I'm also feeling better than I've felt since my injury which caused me to gain all this weight and become super-sedentary, thus causing the diabetes. I'm trying to exercise daily (or at least MOVE daily) and really have changed a HUGE amount of things dietarily... it's been an adventure in April!

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Hi there, my name is Melissa and I was just diagnosed last week with type 2. My sugar was 200 and my AIC was 9.1. My doctor put me on Metformin and for the first 3 days and I was ill so he switched my medicine to Glipizide 5mg. I have no problems with that. I am completely in the dark about diabetes. No one in family has ever had it and I know nothing about how to eat right yet. I still have to get my monitor and then I will be testing before breakfast and before dinner. My weight is 334 and I am 5'4. I gained a lot of weight in the last 2 years due to a lifestyle change. So here I am hoping that I an learn from others how to eat and be successful at weight loss. I know many of you are experienced and I am willing to take any advice you may have. Thanks and Good luck to all of you! emoticon

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Hi! Another newbie here. Sort of. I was on SparkPeople before and I have returned because I find I need to support to stay on track. I have gained back 20 pounds and they must go along with their friends. My name is Shari Lu by the way. I am struggling with the diabetes at the moment. I was controlling with diet and exercise, but, fear I'm going to need to start back on the meds, at least for now, until I get everything under control again. I'm hoping this group will be a good fit.

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Hi my name is Debbie and like so many others have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was placed on metformin and seem to be doing ok with the meds so far. Had a touchy 3 day's with a few side effects but I'm much better now. My A1c wasn't gigantic 6.9 to begin with. I usually run a FBC of 140 - 150 in the mornings upon wake up. Around 120 - 140 in the evenings before dinner and take 500 mg of metformin every evening with dinner.
I have a hard time planning breakfast and lunch. Dinner is fairly easy for me. I plan ahead and try to crock pot everything I possibly can. I have a terrible lazy streak especially when I'm stressed out and tired. I have a hard time understanding the whole wheat carbs Iím suppose to eat, when, and how much.
I care for my 89 year old mother, husband, daughter (still living at home), and a daughter with 4 awesome children that my life revolves around.
I battle small boughts of depression, hate cleaning, and make up as many excuses as possible to keep from exercising. In other words I'm a mess......
I say all this because I have been here at SP for over a year now and haven't tried to make friends or accomplished much of anything really but when the doctor said " Your Diabetic" my whole outlook shifted.....
I'm looking for a place that will help me crawl out of this isolation I have built around myself and make some new friends and branch out to get better.....
I am apparently long winded as well..... :] sorry!


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Hi, my name is Andi and I have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am at my wits end trying to figure out what is best for me. I am hoping to get some inspiration from all of you so that I can make myself better.

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Hi I am Nimma, I am 50 and have had type 2 diabetes since my 30th birthday. I went on 2 different types of insulin in 1998 and I tend to suffer from pancreatitis. I have had it 7 times in the past 13 years. And no I do not drink......LOL (the Dr always ask this first). I also take 3 different kinds of oral medication.
Since joining SP I have lost 67 pounds but I still have about 45 more to lose. I got very sick in 2009 and spent 6 days in ICU and 9 more in hosp all due to not taking good care of my diabetes. So I have done my best to really change the way I control my diabetes but it is sure hard.
When you are on insulin (the fat drug as my Dr calls it) it really gives me an appetite and I have a real battle trying to not gain back what I have lost over and over again.

I know I need a good team like this to keep me honest and on track and to find some new recipes so I continue to eat well. So here I am.
I live in AR with my husband who is from England and I have no children but I do have 2 fur baby rabbits (house trained) and a new kitty cat.

I love to cook, walk, read and watch good TV, I am a published poetess and am right now writing on 2 books. Oh and I am a real chatterbox..........I look forward to getting to know my team mates here.

Nimsy, AR

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Hi, I'm John. I just got diagnosed with type II diabetes a few days ago and am now on Metformin. Also have high blood pressure and am on Atenolol. I'm 48 and male. Having ridden the weight loss/gain roller coaster for the past 20 years I wasn't all that surprised. I wasn't motivated enough to permanently change my lifestyle when I was just overweight. Now that I face the serious implications of diabetes I'm really motivated to change. I'm very fortunate to have a supportive family. My wife is a nurse and moderately overweight herself and is going on this journey with me. Son is 20 with a few extra pounds and this is a wake up call for him to go on this journey with us so he doesn't end up in the same place. Daughter is a 19 year old collegiate distance runner who gets lots of exercise and eats a Mediterranean diet and is eager to coach us along. I have actually lost about 40 lbs since 2007, mostly just by walking 4 times a week. Since my diagnosis I've been walking every day! And, I gotta admit, it feels good. I like to hike in the local Southern California mountains and shedding some pounds is going to make that even more enjoyable than it already is. Appreciate the opportunity to learn from all of you.
John

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I am Debbie and was diagnosed in early April with Type 2 diabetes. Also have high blood pressure. My blood pressure has come way down since then. I have been really good about counting carbs and watching what I eat. So far, pretty good, I will know for sure after July 7th. Have also lost 25 pounds since then and want to lose more.

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Hi everyone! Although I am not new to SparkPeople, I have been away for a year and kind of gave up! I'm back because after weighing in for the first time in a year at my Dr's office, I had gained 16 pounds! After beating myself up for gaining back 16 of the 46 pounds I had lost, I decided that I HAD to get back to SP and start living right again. I could use all the support I can get!

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Blood sugars run high in the morning but are usually ok the rest of the day. I did talk to my doctor and he didn't help. He had me taking this med 3 times a day but I have gone to taking it only once. My A1C went from 6.5 to 6.7 when I stopped but that was with the holidays and my several family birthdays. One of my doctors wanted to put me on a med that is suppose to kill hunger but I am leery of that since I am alright on 5 or 6 other meds.

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Don't give up Canlemon! See if your Dr. has an alternative medication than the one that is causing you to gain weight. Also, talk to your Pharmacist - he might have some suggestions for you. Pharmacists know more about drugs than some Dr.'s. Keep walking, it is the best exercise. How are your blood sugars? Are you eating right?
Let us know.
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I am canlemon10. I am new to this site but not to Spark-people. I have been a member off and on for about a year. I am a retired teacher who has become a part time secretary for a small church. I am very frustrated as I have tried to lose weight for over a year and can;t seem to lose any. I talked to my doctor who says that one of my meds is probably the problem. I am trying to start walking but this week I gained weight instead of losing it. I am really ready to give up.

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I am canlemon10. I am new to this site but not to Spark-people. I have been a member off and on for about a year. I am a retired teacher who has become a part time secretary for a small church. I am very frustrated as I have tried to lose weight for over a year and can;t seem to lose any. I talked to my doctor who says that one of my meds is probably the problem. I am trying to start walking but this week I gained weight instead of losing it. I am really ready to give up.

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Hi everyone, I'm Trisha, and like Kathleen I have cats (seven) and hope to lose weight and get my blood sugar under control. I am married (18 years) to a type 1 diabetic. He helps me out by warning me of sneaky carbs (like peas! and grapes!). I am a new diabetic, just diagnosed two months ago. I was just fooling around with my husband's meter and, since we just got up, I asked him to check my blood sugar too. Sure enough, it was at 136, and we got me into the Dr. the next day. My three month average was 175. I got a meter for myself and I'm still learning how to get enough blood from my ring and pinkie fingers.

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hi, everyone i'm kathleen from southern California have lived here since around 2004. i'm currently engaged to a wonderful man named danny we have been together since i moved here and he is a wonderful person. we have 3 cats which is wonderful and we love very much. i'm hoping to lose some weight and get my blood sugar under control.


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Hi everyone. I am Debbi from Ohio. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2005. Was really good for the first 18-24 months and then became lazy. Have been on the spark site for a little over a month and just found this team. I am anxious to do a better job of controlling my bs and to become a much healthier person.

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Greetings ...My name is Paris and I am a 50 year old mom of two tweens! I was diagnosed diabetic several years ago and immediately lost 70 + lbs and maintained an A1C of 5.5 for about a year and a half. Now......I have found the same 70 lbs and am afraid to even go to the doctor to find out what my A1C might be...sigh Soooo.. I am motivated to lost that same damn 70 lbs and and additional 50 lbs....I am giving myself a year. Gotta be around to see my grandkids ( who I hopefully will not have for at least another 20 years...lol!!) emoticon

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Hi, My name is Becky. I am 51 years old last October. I too have type II, diabetes. The sugars are pretty much in control now but the weight isn't. I could probably get rid of some of these medications if I could get the food incontrol. I need to lose about 120 pounds now.

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I'm a 50+ year old woman diagnosed with type II diabetes in October of last year. The news was tough to hear but something I now look at as a blessing. I immediately hit the ground running, determined to drop the weight I needed, and in return gain a whole new life. I have lost (as of today) 71 pounds and am looking forward to losing another 130 (yeah, I really needed to lose it)! So here I am, looking for another way to maintain motivation and hopefully gain a little support in my quest! So far (I've been a member just a couple of days), I'm really excited about this site! So many tools to use and help to be gained. Thanks so much!

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Hi, I'm Debbie and was diagnosed with diabetes about 5 years ago, and I have to admit, I don't keep it under control very well. My average bs in the mornings is about 250, which is awful as you all know. I have neuropathy in my feet, my eye sight has changed so much in the past few months, and with all this happening to my body, I just don't know what it's going to take before my brain kicks in and I start realizing it's only going to get worse if I don't do something about it. So here I am. I'm going to get serious about my diabetes and TAKE control instead of it controlling me. I did have it under control a couple years ago, and had lost 75 pounds and had it down to 7, and was off all the meds. Now it's double that, BUT I know if I did it once, I can do it again, so that's what my plan is. To control it thru diet and exercise. Good luck to us all!

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Hello my name is Areesha and I am 45 yrs old and I have been Type 2 diabetic for 27 years and I have also suffered a major heart attack (100% BLOCKAGE IN WIDOW MAKER) in Nov 2009, have 2 stents and now I am trying to lose weight , 150 pounds and am on a good diet. I walk now daily but my distance has to be built up slowly but I am trying and that's what counts. I take many meds per day for diabetes and heart and insulin and hope to be off many after i lose weight, I eat protein, some carbs no salt, sugar or dairy and all fresh vegis and fruits nothing from can or bag or frozen and I make lean turkey patties, a friend of mine doing the same diet lost 60 pounds in 3 months so its a good diet plan.

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I joined the group here... 45 and when I started SP a few years ago - I went from 252 to 185. I got off most of my meds and was eating right and exercising. Last year, I had a bike accident (getting in cardio for fun!) and had to had major knee surgery. I had to return to work early (or lose my job) and walked back into a (insert word of choice here) work environment. i was stressed, overworked, no time for exercise etc etc. I went in for annual blood work (and lovely bladder issue) and my sugar is completely out of control. A1c went from 7.7 to 10.3. Fasting bs was over 300. Triglycerites and HDL LDL are out in the upper atmosphere. So I've revamped my food over the last two weeks, taken bs 2x a day per dr - and I doint see it coming down. I am currently (still) taking 2 metphormin a day - and I go back to the dr on Monday morning. I am beyond upset. Trying to figure out what to do... and all the strict diet for 2 weeks, hasnt brought the sugar down below 275. I'm sooo dreading what this doc is going to say. So I joined up here to help me get my head back i nthe game here. So yeah... thats it.
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I am 46, almost 47, and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about three weeks ago. I am taking metformin and watching my diet and trying to get regular exercise! Still feeling overwhelmed by all this at times. Trying to face the challenge and get this under control!

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Hello,

I am Julie and live in Appleton, WI. Me and my husband, Ron, were recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at the end of January. I am managing mine so far with diet and exercise, my husband was placed on metformim and is also watching is diet and is exercising more. We have already lost about 10 pounds each and we are both feeling much better and in less than a months time. It is nice to have a partner to talk to about the ups and downs of managing our diabetes.

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Hello, My name is Dianna. I'm 47 years old and have Type 2 diabetes. Right now I'm trying to learn to control with diet and exercise. I hope that's possible. I really don't want to go on meds unless I have to. So I guess you could say I can use all the help I can get. I lost my father, 6 uncles and an aunt to this. I dont want my name added to that list for childrens sake. I know what it's like to watch a parent loose a legg, heart proublems, kidney proublems, death, and the list goes on to deabetes. So I've changed my sparkpage to the one for type 2 diabetes, and asking for help/support. I know this can be beat and I for one plan on doing just that.
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Hi, my name is Sheryl and I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes since 2003. I am on oral meds and have not needed insulin yet... More often than not, I am not in control of this disease. Recently, I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis. Which is a complication of the diabetes. So now everything that I have been learning over the years about healthful eating: fruits, vegtables and whole grains are no longer options for me. I am very unmotivated, frustrated and confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

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Hello, my name is Joannine. It is a cross between my mom's Name Joan and my aunt Jeannine. I am 47 and sick of being a larger size than I want to be. I have been diabetic for 11+ years. in 2004 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have just finished my chemo drugs as of Oct 17 2010. I have had no re-occurance and am doing well. I have been taking off my Oral medications and I am just on Humlog and Levemir. I carb count and Sparkpeople have been a great help.

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1.) Log in everyday and get login points and Bonus Spin
2.) Do 30-45 minute on WII Fit Plus
3.) Contine to drink 4 glasses of water before each meal
4.) Burn at least 265 cal a workout
5.) Take it one day at a time.
6.) Take time for me.


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1/20/11 5:45 P

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Hi, I'm Donna. I've been a SP member for awhile, but not active lately. I just joined this forum recently.

I was diagnosed with Type II over ten years ago. At times I have had good enough control to go without meds. Currently I take Metformin. For the last several years my A1C has been below 6, but has risen to 7 my last two check-ups. My doctor is threatening to add another med, but I told her I would get it back down.

I was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2008 and had surgery to remove my right kidney in December of that year. No recurrence of the cancer to date, but I haven't take care of myself like I should. My doctor says the biggest danger to my survival is high blood pressure which I'm battling now.

I'm hoping my return to SP with all the tools and encouraging folks will jump start me. Thanks to all of you and to Chris for starting SP. If you haven't read his book, I highly recommend it.

Edited by: ANGLING4MORE at: 1/20/2011 (17:47)
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1/20/11 5:18 P

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Hi there! I'm not quite 45 yet (I will be in five months)so I hope you all don't mind me joining you.

I was given the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes this morning. I am going to be seeing a dietician as soon as she calls me back with an appointment, and was given my medication today. I really want to get this under control, and to say I'm a little scared wouldn't be stretching the truth. Any help and support I can get would be very much appreciated.

Lynn

Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps you Glowing,
But Only Friends Keep You Going!


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MELINDAJ1065 Posts: 2
1/13/11 8:42 A

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Hello, I'm fairly new to SP and enjoying the site. I must admit I have been very lax with my Diabetes and I'm only hurting myself. I've been very unmotivated and know the consequences. I'm trying to get back into completing daily blood sugar readings, eating healthy, exercising, and taking my meds (3-Metphorman, Glipizide, and Byetta). Last year, I was going through some difficult times and just gave up out of frustration. However, this year I need to begin taking care of me again. I am the type of person who likes to see results quickly. So losing weight is very frustrating for me because I want to accomplish this healthy but know it takes time.
Some introduction, very long winded but had to write it.

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1/11/11 11:57 A

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I'm new to SP, I have had type 2 diabetes for 10yrs. I'm on meds only. My reason for joining is to give support and receive support to get fit. I'm the proud mother to a daughter and have two grand children.

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1/7/11 9:22 P

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I have been on SP since 2/2010 but went MIA a month or so in and now taking things seriously as of 1/1/11.

I am trying to catch up with the teams I joined back then.

Was diagnosed about a year and a half ago with Diabetes.






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1/6/11 1:05 P

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I was diagnosed with Type 2 approximately 5 years ago and did not have to take medication until about a year ago. I now am on Insulin and Metformin. I initially lost weight and then gained it back. I am now making better choices and hoping to lose weight and have my diabetes under better control.

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these
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