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Offline fairyhedgehog

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I'm new
« on: 07 August 2017, 07:16:46 PM »
Hi!

I'm here because I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic in June; my Hba1c was 42.

I was told to eat a low GI diet and that's my main focus now, although I'm also trying to up my activity levels. I had CFS a few years ago and had to get into the habit of resting a lot which is not good for my BG. I do cycle most days, but not far and not fast, so I'm trying to add in some extras like climbing and swimming, and I hope to start Pilates soon. It sounds a lot more than I'm actually managing!

My BMI is in the normal range.

Fasting level of BG is from 4.2 to 5.1, mostly around the 4.7 level. After meals it occasionally goes up to 7 or 8, but I've been very careful so I haven't had horrible spikes. I'm hoping to find a sustainable way of eating that will keep it at normal levels.

I'm here mostly for recipe advice and support! I really don't like cooking, which is a bit of a drawback! I really like desserts and dark chocolate, so ways to feed my sweet tooth would be welcome. I've found some low GI "scones" (more like rock cakes) made of almonds and walnuts, oh and cocoa!, so that's a start.

I'm not sure how much I'll be around, but I couldn't find a way to put any of this in my profile or add a signature and I thought you might wonder who the newbie was.

Offline Pattidevans

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Re: I'm new
« Reply #1 on: 07 August 2017, 10:11:10 PM »
Hello and welcome to the forum.  Sorry you had to join the club.


42 is really a diabetic Hba1c.  Since you quote various BG levels I assume you have a test kit?  We do say "Eat to your meter" as everyone has different tolerances.  We can help with food suggestions etc.  Sorry so tired tonight and I will give better suggestions tomorrow!  Just wanted to welcome you.
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Offline Venomous

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« Reply #2 on: 08 August 2017, 06:42:21 AM »
Hello, your fasting levels are really great! What do you like for meals?
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« Reply #3 on: 08 August 2017, 07:53:28 AM »
PS... have a look in the recipe section.  Lots of sweet things there that do not have the the texture of Rock Cakes.... sugar free jelly is always handy.
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 April 2016.


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Offline nytquill17

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« Reply #4 on: 08 August 2017, 12:30:00 PM »
Agree your fasting levels look great! And your post-meals look pretty good too TBH. Generally speaking a rise after meals of 2 or so mmol/L is about perfect (well, in an ideal world it would be no rise of course but that's not really humanly possible for most people).

Is this what your numbers were like when you were diagnosed or have they come down to these levels thanks to your efforts at low GI and exercise? I ask because if they have always been around these levels that suggests that you are having higher BGs somewhere else during the day (during the times you're not testing) to get the A1c that you had, and your next step would be to try to track that down. If they've come down since you were diagnosed then you can expect your next A1c to be lower!

As to food - like Venomous says, what do you like to eat? Or what do you typically eat on a given day? And do have a look at our recipe section, it can be a bit overwhelming to start with because people have been adding recipes for so long now, but there should be some good ideas for you!

I feel you on the sweet tooth, I'm the same. I tend to prefer having a small (in theory! haha) amount of a "regular" dessert to having a low-carb dessert (avoid sweet things in stores that say "sugar free" though, if you haven't already been told! Sugar free chocolates and the like. They're not very good and too much will give you the runs!) but there are lots of low-carb desserts in the recipe section that have gotten rave reviews from other members.
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