I happened into our local commuity center to excercise and saw a diabetese management class posted. I attended the class and was very glad that I did. I learned quite a bit. I learned that if a food has 5 or more grams of fiber you can subtract that amount off the total carbs per serving. The doctor giving the class really impressed on us that blood pressure and eating a heart healthy diet is essential. She said that she regards diabetes as part of a cardiovascular disease. She said that by the time we are diagnosed we've lost at least 50% of the workings of our pancreas. She called it pancreas poopout expressing how very important it is to take the right kind of meds for you and to not only eat the right amount of carbs, but that you eat a heart healthy diet. She said that controlling blood pressure was just as important as controlling sugar. This really hit home with me because I'm very careful not to eat more carbs than allowed, but I often was eating foods high in salt or bleached flours. She also emphasized that (for type 2 anyway) we should have a range of 70-120. Two hours after we eat should be no more than 20 points above what it was before we ate. Anyway, thought some of you might find this interesting too. I've gone from readings 300+ anywhere now from 80-143. She indicated I should continue talking to my doctor about this range. I have my first (since diagnosed which was 11.7) AIC in April so that will tell the tale. She also said for a working person my age (50) I should have an A1C of 6. She also talked about a hormone that many overweight people contracting Type 2 lack called the something gut hormone. She talked about Byetta helping with the problem that lack of hormone causes by not allowing the person to feel full. I am very sure that's whats gone on with me. I've mentioned that several times over the past few years to my husband. She said that oftn insurance companies won't approve Byetta until Metformin and Actos are tried. Also she said that people on medicaid can only check their numbers once a day unless on insulin. I for one think that's awful. I thought I was doing well, but realized I need to make some big changes in what kind of carbs I'm eating. I lost 23 lbs just before diagnosis and another 22 since Jan 2 and thought I was doing just fine. My readings are still too high. Anyway hope you find this interesting too.
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