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Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive April 2006: Diabetes?
By Karen~moderator on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 10:28 pm:

Just found out today that I have adult onset diabetes. I am not overweight, I don't drink, there is no history of it in my family, and I eat a GREAT diet. No clue what is going on.

My blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure have been steadily rising for the past 2 years. I had the A1C (?) test last week which confirmed it.

The good news is, I've been using a fiber supplement called Profibe for about 7 weeks which has lowered my cholesterol by about 30 points, lowered my bad cholesterol a LOT (forgot the number) and lowered my triglycerides from like 200 to 118!

Doc told me to keep using that - it is sold for controlling cholesterol.

At this point, I am not insulin dependent, doc told me to control it with diet. I don't know how I can control my diet anymore than I already do though.

By Conni on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 11:11 pm:

Karen, I am sorry to hear this. But I am glad to hear that you are able to control it.

It does seem like I read that diabetes isnt always inherited- it can be brought on by environmental triggers as well. Someone correct me if I am remembering that wrong! It's been a few months since I read about this.


By Heaventree on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 07:17 am:

Karen sorry to hear about your diagnosis. In terms of your diet you have to watch your glycemic (sp?) index. Here is a book you might find helpful. This book was written for weight loss. I know you don't have a weight issue you could follow the maintenance plan in the book. This concept was designed for people who suffer from diabetes and then remarketed for weight loss.


The GI Diet

By Trina~moderator on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 07:32 am:

{{{Karen}}} My Dad has adult onset Diabetes. The only one in the family as far as we know. I had gestational diabetes and am high risk for developing Type II. In fact, I'm due to get tested again. Like you, I'm not over weight and already eat a fairly healthy diet. When I had GD I went to see a nutritionist. She worked out a meal plan for me that was very helpful. I had to monitor my total carbohydrate intake very closely. I still do watch my carbs, but not as closely as I should.

By Karen~moderator on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 07:53 am:

The thing is, I DO control carbs already, and eat almost no sugar - now I can't have any sugar, period. Go figure. I really *can't* control my diet much more than I already do, and I'm not just saying that. We eat very healthy. Jen got her blood sugar problems under control with something she got at Whole Foods. I'm going to try that and see if it helps me. Thanks for the book suggestion, Cori.

By Trina~moderator on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 08:20 am:

I know what you mean, Karen! When I had GD my existing diet was VERY close to the one the nutritionist set up for me. Unfortunately, diet alone wasn't enough for me so I had to inject insulin once a day. However, I was pregnant at the time so diabetes medications weren't allowed. My Dad takes meds and has been successfully maintaining his diabetes for years.

By Heaventree on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 08:31 am:

Karen, Trina is right about monitoring your carbs, this is why I like the GI book I suggested so much. It talks about how certian foods affect your insulin levels in your body.

He doesn't just say eat whole wheat, but you have to have to ensure that you eat stone ground wheat products. He also talks about how caffiene affects your insulin levels something I didn't know until reading this book. One of the things I found interesting was that different types of potatoes actually affect your insulin levels differently. For example you can eat new (baby) red potatos boiled, but you cannot eat them baked or panfried and other types of potatoes are out of the question.

The other reason I like the book was that it was easy, no journaling, no counting exchanges (for diabetes) or calories. All foods are listed in categories, Red Light (no no), Yellow Light foods (on occasion) Green Light foods (as much as you want, whenever you want). I have bought this book 3 times and I keep giving it away to people. It was the easiest diet I have ever been on. I don't diet in the traditional sense to lose weight. Health and nutrition is something I have been interested in for a long time. Losing weight was just a pleasant side effect for me. He has many different versions of the book out, if you are interested in this type of book I would suggest either the Family GI Diet or Living the GI Diet. I think I had both at one time.

I know it must really suck to hear you have diabetes and you are probably really upset right now, do a little reading and some research. If you are eating healthy right now you are on the right track and you might just need to modify things slightly to make things awhole lot better. The good news is that you are not on medication and if you can maintain your diesease with diet that's a good thing.

Whenever I'm out and I see a cookbook for diabetes I usually buy it because the receipes are usually much more healthy than most books and it gives me plenty of ideas.

I know this past few years have been rough and this is the last thing you need to hear. Hugs again.

By Ginny~moderator on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 08:33 am:

Karen, I have no advice, but lots of sympathy, hugs, and prayers.

By Tripletmom on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 08:56 am:

((((HUGS)))) I'm sorry you have to deal with this especially when you're already living a healthy lifesyle.(((HUGS)))

By Luvn29 on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 10:03 am:

I'm sorry to hear this Karen. On top of everything else, you just don't need this. I swear, when it rains, it pours, doesn't it. At least you are going in the right direction with it, and there is always the alternative in between. Sometimes if diet isn't enough, you can take medication before the next step of insulin.

Lots of hugs for you...

By Cybermommyx4 on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 12:33 pm:

{{{KAREN}}} I'm sorry to hear you've had *MORE* bad news ! You REALLY have had ENOUGH! I hope you are able to figure out how to control the diabetes - I don't know what more you can do beyond what you're already doing, though?! It sounds as if you are already and expert on diet and nutrition from dealing with your DH, etc. over the years. When I had gestational diabetes with #3, I went in one day for a check and it was SKY high ---the nutritionist asked what I'd had for breakfast and I said "oatmeal"...all I could stomach due to the morning sickness,and I *thought* it was healthy. But she informed me that quaker instant oatmeal has very high "glycemic index" and raises blood sugar astronomically. I had had no idea! But if you're already watching carbs, you probably don't need to worry about things like that (she actually told me that if I'd eaten one single hershey bar, my sugar wouldn't have risen as much as with the 2 packets of cinnamon-raisin instant oatmeal) Keep us posted,and "Hang in there".....(I know - you've been "hanging in there" for a LONG time now) ;)

By Hlgmom on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 01:09 pm:

I am so sorry you are dealing with this. My fil also had the late onset- it was such an adjustment for him! Best of luck!
Where do you get the that Profibe supplement? I am battling triglycerides right now and would love to check it out! I have dropped them over a 100 points on my own with diet and exercise but would sure love a non prescription boost- if that is non prescription!

By Hlgmom on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 02:27 pm:

Bump! :)

By Crystal915 on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 03:14 pm:

((((Karen)))) No advice, just many hugs!!!!

By Karen~moderator on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 07:46 pm:

Thanks Cori, I just ordered that, and two other books from Amazon!

Thanks for the support, everyone! I almost didn't post about this, I know you guys are WAY sick of my drama after the last year. LOL

By Tripletmom on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 07:51 pm:

In good times and bad times,thats what fiends are for(((Hugs)))

By Trina~moderator on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 08:03 pm:

Ditto Tripletmom!

MusicalNote "Lean on me, when you're not strong... And I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry on, for it won't be long 'til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on..."

By Tink on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 11:22 pm:

I don't have a word of advice or a drop of experience but my thoughts are with you, Karen. We'll always be here for you! {{{{{{Karen}}}}}}

By Yjja123 on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 09:20 am:

The BEST part of this group is the unwavering support!

By Karen~moderator on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 09:53 am:

Thanks again!!!!!

By Jtsmom on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:38 am:

No advice here either, just hugs....

By Kernkate on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:54 am:

Ditto Trina and Sherri. We are here for you thats what friends are for!
I am so sorry that you now have something else to deal with in your life. If things aren't bad enough for you in the past year..
{{{{BIG HUGS!!!}}}} And we are always here!
My FIL and 2 SIL's both have diabetes for years now. My one SIL is 40 and is insulin dependent. She does quite well with her diet and has just learned to live with it for the past 20 years.
I know that you eat well and it just our bodies getting older and changing I guess.

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