New T2 diagnosis

I was taking g One A Day Gummy vitamin. Until today after reading the first ingredient was corn syrup. Are they harmful and should I take vitamins while on metformin. Have you herd of any contraindications with vitamins or apple cider vinigar

That was so helpful. I needed you guys more than I knew. Thanks a Million

Right now, just focus on lowering your consumption of carbs, getting some activity most days of the week, taking the metformin, & checking your blood sugar once or twice a day.
You can try vinegar etc in a couple months. Right now concentrate on improving your daily diet.

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:point_up: What she said

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Hey, if you like broccoli that’s great for a diabetic! So many things you can do, some great recipes for cream of broccoli soup, all sorts of good stuff.

Also, asparagus, artichokes, salads, all sorts of yummy veggies that you can make your diet from. Artichoke with garlic butter… MMMMMMMM!! (see a theme here?)

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The Gretchen Becker book has a solid reputation for being excellent, and here’s another one that you can read online from Wil Dubois

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Welcome! In addition to the totally excellent comments you have gotten I’d like to also pass on some words of wisdom.

First, you may feel like your life is destroyed by diabetes but you will be fine. And you need to remind yourself that you can do this. I know it sounds totally “twisted,” but if you have to be diagnosed with diabetes it is great to be diagnosed in 2016 (as opposed to 1916). These days you can totally manage your diabetes and life a long, healthy and happy life!

Second, you should never feel shame or blame about your diabetes. You didn’t get diabetes because of some personal failing. You yourself said it, your mother has diabetes. I like to say the biggest reason I have diabetes is that I made a “poor choice of parents.” Seriously, T2 is hereditary. You didn’t give yourself diabetes.

Anyway, welcome!

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Broccoli and cauliflower are very D friendly and are a mainstay of my diet. At some point you also mentioned eggs, it’s basically safe to eat as many as you want as they are very low carb. I also find them very filling.

There are lots of folks around here who are successfully dealing with D. It just requires some changes to your diet and lifestyle. With time these changes will become second nature and you will be able to get on with your life.

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Good advice. I’m all over the place because I’m afraid. You guys have been a life saver. Thanks

Thanks Dave I would like the recipes. I love all this veggies

Just what I needed I’ll get on it today. Thanks a Million

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Big Smiles. I thank you so much. It helps to know that there are people who has beat this and who are fighting like me. Is it normal to feel light headed throughout the day from time to time? It comes and goes also I can feel slightly off balance from time to time.

I am so happy to have you guys. I like eggs and love broccoli so that’s good news for meat. I am not a big Meat eater. I’ve always been into veggies and juicing. I also like the acronym D, t2, ect. It helps. Can you tell me how to use the emoji faces

It’s absolutely true that you have to rethink what is “healthy” food. The question really is how does your body and your diabetes react to a given food or meal…on a given day. If you’re going to check BG obsessively, don’t beat yourself up about the results - instead, turn it into data: Take a reading before a meal, again one hour after you started, and again two hours after you started the meal. Record what you ate and lookup the grams of carbs, fat, and protein. Everyone reacts differently, but getting this sort of data can help you find meals that work for you. Adding fat or protein to a meal can slow down the blood glucose rise. Drinking a lot of water can help as well (you definitely don’t want to be dehydrated). Even a short 5-10 minute walk immediately after a meal can help. (BTW, I go on data binges like this for a week or two every year or so, and I’m always surprised at some food that I’ve been thinking was ok - or that I had no idea I could tolerate!)

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Thanks this sounds like what I’m doing. I like the idea of writing down what I’m eating and the effects as well as taking a reading 1andb2 hours after. I find that if I eat to much no matter the food is feel suffocated. It’s difficult to breath for me. I over did it with the coli flower and broccoli and I’m paying for it now.

Looks like you should read about dawn phenomenon.

Dawn Phenomenon

It has a different name, which I’ve forgotten, when it occurs later in the day, as it appears to have happened for you.

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Thanks a million . Yes This sound like what I’m experiencing

Missy, it’s very hard to bring BG down as a T2 without more insulin.

There are two main ways to do this for a T2: Medications that stimulate insulin production by the pancreas, or directly taking external insulin.

Metformin alone does not stimulate insulin production. Instead, it supresses release of glucose in the blood by the liver, taking some of the pressure off the system overall to clear sugar from the blood, and by increasing sensitivity to insulin and therefore its effectiveness.

This very often isn’t enough, however, for many T2s. Also, when BG is elevated, it doesn’t really help much to get it down.

Absent one of the insulin stimulating meds like sufonylureas, your only option when your BG is high is to eliminate carbs from what your eating temporarily, and try and get as much cardio physical activity going as you can.

With these measures if you still run high BG, you need discuss some additional medications, or perhaps exogenous insulin, with your doctor.

Many people with T2 are able to minimize spikes with avoiding simple carbs & getting some (almost) daily activity. I think it largely depends on the status of your pancreatic function.
Metformin, careful diet, & exercise kept me in safe range for 5 years.

Couple of things struck me about your post. 1) Stress raises your blood sugar. So calm down. Don’t panic. 2) Drink lots of water to lower your blood sugar. 3) Plan to walk, diet, and lose weight for a long-term solution to T2. My doc has put me on her “Dr. No diet”: no bread, no rice, no pasta, no sugar, no cereal and only very limited fruit. Plus the 10K steps walk 5 times per week (I’m no angel about this: I’ve only worked up to about 5000 steps so far, build up gradually). In two weeks, I’m down 8 lbs. I eat vegetables, beans, eggs, dairy including cheese, and meat and poultry. Not too bad. I know the more weight I can lose, my A1c numbers will come down and I can get off of most of my meds. I’m figuring on about year to get down to my ideal weight. Good luck and remember to keep it simple but keep at it.