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Resistant starch and leftover pasta

Started by Nellie. Last reply by Georgia boy on Sunday. 1 Reply

I saw a mention in a cookbook I recently bought (Blending Science with Spices, by Gita Patel, the dietician I saw a couple of weeks ago) of "resistant starch" - which occurs in cooked-then-cooled…Continue

Self-monitoring study for people with type 2 diabetes

Started by Emily Coles Aug 29. 0 Replies

Researchers from Columbia University are looking for individuals with type 2 diabetes to participate in a self-monitoring study. The purpose of the study is to collect a set of data to develop and…Continue

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Started by Krztina. Last reply by gg Aug 4. 1 Reply

I was curious if anyone has started this new once a day medication. The part that doesn't grab me is the "diuretic" effects as well as yeast infections. Just curious what other peoples personal…Continue

Why am I peeing so much?

Started by Dee. Last reply by Dawnnikki98 Jul 30. 1 Reply

I thought this is what happens when your D is out of control. But, as soon as I started insulin + victoza 6 weeks ago I started getting thirstier and needing the bathroom more often, and waking up…Continue

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Comment by Georgia boy on October 7, 2014 at 12:10pm

Well, you guys have gotten plenty of good information here on how to go about. GRBernard, I too got the Accu-Chek replaced by my insurance. Put me on the Precession Express or something like that. I still have some strips lasting through out the end of year so I have that one at work with me. But once those are done I'm left with a bunch of lances. Unless I can find some cheap strips that will work with this one. Was at one of the grocery stores and was told they were about a buck a piece. Ouch. So, might have to stick with the new one once the strips runs out or out of date. But really do like that one though. Plus the lancer for it. The new one looks so cheap and acts up when putting the lancelet into it at times. Dropped once and has a crack on the end that comes off. Waiting until it falls again and breaks. Will have to hit for a new one then. Know will be same thing.

But Back to the bit on information for tracking. I saw that cd with the Accu-chek and noticed that about the MS vault. I'd have to order a cable plus the fact that I use Linux instead of Windows or Mac. Been using that since 2008. Just got a laptop in January. Came with Windows 7. Got tired of that sucker rebooting on me when I kept saying no. Grabbed my DVD of Debian stable and told it to wipe Windows off the thing and install that one instead. Now I don't worry about any of that. :)

But I use the spread sheet because so many of those things will only work on Windows. And with the spread sheet all I have to do is grab the master and do a 'save as' and save as the new month. Working great so far.

Comment by Georgia boy on October 7, 2014 at 11:28am

Hmmm. I just checked and on sending messages I didn't see anything to be able for attaching anything except images, links and media. Only way I can see to do so is through a posting. Unless someone else knows how.

Comment by Georgia boy on October 7, 2014 at 11:23am

Hi Rossergirl, Nellie. I made my own spread sheet up. On it I have a column for the date, one for time, one for the read, one for weight(I do a weekly weight), one for comments (such as 'see snacks', Chinese buffet, Dinner, or what have you) one for Food and then last but not least 1st bite(I put the time that I take first bite of the meal I'm taking read on). I put a title on it such as 'your name' Blood Sugar Readings. Made that blank one as a 'master' spread sheet. Then will use it as a 'save as' with new month. My doctor, DE and dietitian loves the way I do that one. I could send you a blank copy of mine if you wish and you can check it out. That is if we are able to send attachments to each other. I don't know. Haven't checked that out in the mailing of 'Mypage' yet. But, that's how I do it and seems to work for me. As I said, my diabetes team loves it. But again this is one of those to each their own.

Comment by GRBernard on October 7, 2014 at 10:43am

Hi guys - I won't go thru my whole story, it's available on my website, but I fought the book-keeping problem when I was forced into dealing with my Type-2 diagnosis by using insulin before meals. After looking for some help in making my records available as a "management tool" I decided to write my own. If you're interested it's available on the website - and the price is right :-)
I've been beaten up about including a link, maybe this will be accepted -- use Google to find WeLoop HATS

Comment by Dave Davis on October 7, 2014 at 10:17am

Hi Nellie, just saw what you wrote. Also just saw Emily's post below, so I'm going to contact her about that as well. A couple of products allow you to tack BG and Food. mySugr is excellent for tracking sugar and I'm just getting into the food aspect of it. I use MyFitnessPal for tracking food, but I used to use MyNetDiary. Which had a way to track BG in it and they were going to do more with it, but it was 60$ a year to be part of it and I have too many subscriptions now, I found what I needed in MyFitnessPal.

I was forced onto a OneTouch Ultra2 this year by my insurance (I miss my Accu-Chek) OneTouch's software is cool, but Microsoft's Health Vault is even better. It's free. You can download a driver for it, so it will read you OneTouch, and many other meters too btw. I haven't been able to delve into it, but there are a ton of features in the account. Plus you can share out your information with your doctor. And keep track of all your medicines and such. If you have the blood pressure machines that are bluetooth, you can connect them to vault and store your data there too. Nice charts and features. Hope some of that helped.

Comment by Nellie on October 7, 2014 at 9:57am

Hi, Rossergirl,

(Sorry, I couldn't find a way to directly respond to your comment. I'm still fairly new here myself.)

I've found it *extremely* difficult to find any good way to comprehensively track food intake, exercise, and blood glucose in a comprehensive way, unfortunately. I use a One Touch meter and upload the readings and use the OneTouch software that comes with it, which is good for recording the readings but wants to categorize them by time-of-day into "before" and "after" meal readings. Since I might not each lunch until 2:00 and might take a reading at 1 hour and 2 hours post-meal, it's often wrong about where the reading should be.

But I *can* export the readings into a spreadsheet and make notes. And I'm currently involved in a self-monitoring study that has me taking before/1hr/2hr readings for each meal, along with sending a picture and description of my meal. I've found that piece particularly helpful - a quick photo which I can easily send to the researchers along with which meal it is, time of day I started, and what's in it. That means I have an email record of this meals, which I can transfer later to the spreadsheet.

This summer, I spent a week carefully entering my food in Fitbit's food logger, but it's more cumbersome to do the glucose logging there, and unless you sign up for "Premium", you get only 3 readings a day to record.

I'd love to hear if anyone else has a good app or spreadsheet to include more comprehensive and personalized tracking.

Comment by Rossergirl on October 7, 2014 at 9:12am

Hey! I am new to this, so any helpful advice or info you can give will be greatly appreciated. I have been trying to find an excel spreadsheet or a chart that will allow me to track my sugar levels and my food. Does anybody have a good one they can share with me? Thanks! :-)

Comment by Emily Coles on August 1, 2014 at 3:00pm

If you are super meticulous about keeping track of your food, medications, BGs and exercise, and you're not on insulin, there's an opportunity for you to help a researcher who is creating an online platform to help people with type 2 manage their BG!  If you're interested please contact me :)  

Comment by ChinkyEyed on July 14, 2014 at 1:22pm

I take Metformin HCL ER 500MG Take 1 tablet twice a day. But I take it once a day. Usually my blood level is 135 or under. If its 108,or around that I dont take it at all. Is it okay to that? I feel like if my blood level is fine and I take the Metformin it will make it lower. I may be wrong but can someone let me know. Thanks! ^_^

Comment by Christalyn on June 11, 2014 at 7:22am

I read on another blog that a person said they didn't have "real" diabetes but had strong insulin resistance. Some how I think this is bad information. How can you have one without the other and it not be diabetes? They said their glucose levels are all over the place. How true is this?


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