Have you considered going on metformin instead of glipizide? When I was diagnosed in 2000 I was also put on glipizide, but the more I learned the more I believed that was not the way to go, as glipizide overtaxes an already tired pancreas, by forcing it to put out even more insulin. If you're type 2, you probably have tons of insulin in your body already that can't get into the cells (insulin resistance). Metformin works on that, getting the insulin already in your body into the cells where it can be used, instead of floating around where, unfortunately, it causes the food you eat to turn into that telltale type 2 belly fat. I know some people can't tolerate metformin, but many of us have used it for years very effectively. It fights the actual cause of type 2 (insulin resistance) rather than burning out your pancreas.
I was on metformin for a while. it did give me some of the side effects just until my body got used to it. The problem for me was that I gained so much weight on it. That is the reasone they changed me. It is so difficult to try and balance everything out bit frustrating!
Hi, everyone. After reading all of these posts about carb counting, no wonder I am confused. So one can lost weight, take drugs and not eating anything with very many carbs in it, there is nothing left. I don't see many labels of food with no carbs on it except cheese, oil, fish products, jello, pork, and eggs (1). Not a very exciting array of foods. I just tried for my lunch to see if I can gather a minimum of carbs and more fat. I must say, it left me hungry...not very filling. I could sure use some input here or I'll go whole hog with my diet.
I often make a stir saute(I don't really fry) as I can easily reheat it during the week. Today at lunch I reheated a bowl of saute that consisted of Italian sausage, onion, redpepper, broccoli, zuccini and spinach. There is a long list of low carb veges that can be used. Asparagus, bok choy, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, mushrooms, any of the greens, spaghetti squash are a few that come to mind quickly. Maybe someone can suggest a good low carb cookbook. It can also take a while for one's body to get use to the new way of eating. If you are eating a high carb diet, I think you will crave carbs at first. I don't know if it is better to ease into this or jump in with both feet. I am the "jump in with both feet" type of person, but I was not on medication for blood sugar. I defer to the wisdom of the others on this issue.
I eat very low carb & am never hungry. The protein & fat keep hunger away because these digest slowly. What did you eat for lunch?
Tons of great low carb recipes available. My carbs come from vegetables & nuts. I eat protein & vegetables at every meal. Lots of low carb veggies--asparagus, green leafy veggies, spinach, turnips, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, green beans, cucumbers, mushrooms, cauliflower, red peppers, avocadoes (though I guess it's not technically a vegetable), summer squash, zucchini, scallios, radishes, etc.
For baking I use almond meal, coconut flour & golden flaxseed meal. All of them are low carb/high fiber & healthy.
I eat 15g at breakfast, 32g at lunch, and 50-60g at dinner (or less if I've included a snack). I average 100g of carb per day. I found I gained too much weight and took too much insulin at the ADA recommended 180g per day.
My dietician put me on 224 carbs a day....I usually eat less than 100 though. I've lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks. Also I have high cholesteral and high triglycerides so she really limited the amount of fat...that cuts out lots of the "low carb" recipes. Add to that the fact that my microalbumen showed some kidney damage and I am to not have too much protein. It doesn't leave a lot to eat...I was glad to see that someone said spaghetti squash is a low carb veggie. I love it.
Cathy, That dietitian who put you on 224 carbs a day better do some other kind of work. I've just read Jenny's article "How Blood Sugar Control Works..." and she said a whole mouthful of very important information about high carbs that can't be ignored by any diabetic. You can find that study on www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14046621.php She also wrote "A1c snf High Post-Meal Blood Sugars Predict Heart Attack. I was interested in this because I have an athersclerotic condition. High blood sugars = higher triglycerides = potential heart attack. Metforin is a drug used to lower triglycerodes as well as blood sugar readings. I am learning that this diabetic thing is a lot trickier than it appears and gets more confusing as I suffer with it.
You don't have to eat carbs with every meal. You could have just protein/fat at times. Not that you'd want to & we need vitamins/minerals/enzymes from veggies, but you could live on just protein & fat.
May not effect you as much as a Type 2, but in the absence of sufficient carbs 50-58% of protein does turn to glucose & of course at a much slower rate. It's a survival mechanism.
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