Type 2 diabetes & questions about how to better manage diet

Posted by nancywhite @nancywhite, Oct 25, 2016

Started with Metformin and had intense diarrhea and lost a lot of weight. Dr changed me to Januvia and it seems to be easier on my body and AC has come down to almost normal. Any suggestions how to better manage diet?

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I had the same reaction to Metformin. Congratulations on your A1C being near normal!
I manage diet mostly with portion control. I don’t restrict or deny myself my favorite foods, but I eat less of everything. I only drink water and coffee as well. No pop/soda or juice generally.

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You make me feel better as I am eating less but not missing out completely on things I really like. I am still having Diet Coke but I have really cut back. Water, iced tea and coffee. No juice except grapefruit once in a great while. Wine 2 or 3 times a month playing bridge. Metformin would have killed me if I had continued to use it, bad stuff. Thanks for sharing

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Hi Nancy and Amy, welcome to Connect. Great questions about managing diet with type 2 diabetes. Nancy, would you mind if I changed the title of this discussion to “Type 2 diabetes & questions about how to better manage diet”? I think it would help bring people into the conversation.

@panicek @lesiel @minda77 @bogdel @ihatediabetes and @cowen150 I’m tagging you on this conversation to see if you might have thoughts to add to the ideas that Amy and Nancy are sharing.

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@colleenyoung

Hi Nancy and Amy, welcome to Connect. Great questions about managing diet with type 2 diabetes. Nancy, would you mind if I changed the title of this discussion to “Type 2 diabetes & questions about how to better manage diet”? I think it would help bring people into the conversation.

@panicek @lesiel @minda77 @bogdel @ihatediabetes and @cowen150 I’m tagging you on this conversation to see if you might have thoughts to add to the ideas that Amy and Nancy are sharing.

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OK.

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@colleenyoung

Hi Nancy and Amy, welcome to Connect. Great questions about managing diet with type 2 diabetes. Nancy, would you mind if I changed the title of this discussion to “Type 2 diabetes & questions about how to better manage diet”? I think it would help bring people into the conversation.

@panicek @lesiel @minda77 @bogdel @ihatediabetes and @cowen150 I’m tagging you on this conversation to see if you might have thoughts to add to the ideas that Amy and Nancy are sharing.

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I stopped metformin and statin. Now i am taking red yeast rice supplement and co q10 gummy chews instead. I read that lovastsin comes from red yeast rice. So trying to take because statin caused leg cramps. Interesting that metformin can help lose weight. I stopped taking because got a1c under 7 with diet and exercise. Might try again if helps to lose weight.

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I have reversed my diabetes. No medication. A1C was 8.5 now 5.4. I follow the Wheat Belly way of eating. No sugar no grains. I feel great again.

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@kbart I had never heard of this eating plan prior to your post. How long did you follow this eating plan before noticing a change in your blood sugar numbers?

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@hopeful33250

@kbart I had never heard of this eating plan prior to your post. How long did you follow this eating plan before noticing a change in your blood sugar numbers?

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Wheat Belly was created by Dr, Davis. He has several books out but I learned mostly from his Facebook page. It only took a few weeks and I had no cravings and numbers are under 100. It is easier than counting carbs for me and I did not like the way I felt on meds.

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@nancywhite

You make me feel better as I am eating less but not missing out completely on things I really like. I am still having Diet Coke but I have really cut back. Water, iced tea and coffee. No juice except grapefruit once in a great while. Wine 2 or 3 times a month playing bridge. Metformin would have killed me if I had continued to use it, bad stuff. Thanks for sharing

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When they informed me I had Type 2 Diabetes, I decided to go cold turkey on sweets, and soda. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with diet Coke, but I followed the doctor’s instructions. It was sort of hard at first, but now I don’t miss it. I gave up chocolate years ago, after my heart attack. I was really hooked on on that, big time. When I found out about Type 2, I gave up all candy. Licorice had been my crutch for years. Today, when I look at a bag of licorice, or smell a chocolate bar, I still want it, but fight the desire. Good luck on your change. Whether you do it slowly, or all at once, do it. It’s worth it.

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Hi anyone, I am new to this site and hope I’m all in. I am type ll and control it w/ diet and exercise and must be doing o.k.as I am conscious about keeping my A1C low and controlled and lot lbs. two years ago. I seldom go low but do treat accordingly. I feel the symptoms usually while at the gym. Q- does anyone have ideas for home made salad dressings and variety infused water?

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Hello @marb,

I moved your message to this discussion in the Diabetes/Endocrine System group, so you are ‘all in’ now; welcome to Connect!

I’d like to introduce you to @nancywhite @amy75 @panicek @lesiel @minda77 @bogdel @ihatediabetes @cowen150 to see if they have any ideas to share.

If you go to this Mayo Clinic page, http://mayocl.in/2bCOarR, which is about self management for type 2 diabetes, and scroll to the bottom, you will see a number of links about diet options, and some recipes.
You may also wish to view The Mayo Clinic Diet online: http://mayocl.in/2oR2S6I

@marb, it’s great to know that you are committed to managing your diabetes, and we would love to get to know you better. Do you have any suggestions or tips for this group?

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It’s not easy and takes tremendous discipline. I am just learning to put my health/ diabetes on a schedule w/ my Dr. NOT their schedule of 6 mo. a year or longer. I need to know my #’s. Constant focus on each meal and research of labels and new recipes to keep the variety going takes focus. And I feel so good < my 2 hrs. of ahhhh time activity. It all sounds so selfish but I don't like how I feel w/ out this discipline. Sometimes I need someone to help me just get through a tough, lazy day, too.

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