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Tips and ideas to eat well, exercise and live healthy while managing diabetes.

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What the Doctor Says Isn't True for Me

I'm Finding that what my Dr. said isn't True for Me...I was told to eat 45 carbs at each of my 3 meals and 15 for my 3 snacks. My numbers did come down but not where they should be. I dropped my carb count to under 100 per day and now my numbers are much lower. Everyone is Different I guess...

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 8/31/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 8 Comments

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Record your insulin use

Checking your blood glucose and recording the results can help tell you how well your insulin is working.
Your doctor needs to look at your blood glucose results and your record of insulin doses. Ask about when your insulin starts to work, when it works hardest and how long it lasts.
Look for patterns of high and low blood glucose then make adjustments so that you are within the target range most of the time.

- Submitted by TEAMDIABETES 8/26/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 3 Comments

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Diabetic? You should take extra precautions when driving.

Check your blood glucose before you go out and at least every 4 hours after.
Take you blood glucose testing supplies with you, along with a fast-acting sugar source in case you go low.
While you are driving if you feel that you have low blood glucose, stop the car, treat the low and wait 45 - 60 minutes before driving again.

- Submitted by TEAMDIABETES 8/25/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 6 Comments

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Corn Syrup

I just cannot believe what Corn Syrup and Sugar Free does to me. I was not able to loose weight or stop my sugars from spiking. I started SparkPeople (WHICH IS A GREAT TOOL!!!) but had to eat mostly protein and Veggies with little Fruit. A 1/2 slice of bread would cause a 50 point spike. Now with experimenting for 3 months by eliminating any product with Corn Syrup; eating Pasta, Pizza, a Real Sandwich, Fruit my sugars are stable for a Type II but I did gain 11 lbs with all the eating I did.

- Submitted by CC0007 8/23/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 4 Comments

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Take magical steps towards your miracle

I used to kick myself for what I should have eaten or should have done. Spark People has changed me. Now I imagine every positive step I take towards being healthy as magical.
-take my meds or do a blood sugar test
-choose a fiber rich snack
-go for a walk
-make a post on a Spark People thread
Some days I "run a marathon of steps" and some days are just one or two "baby steps" but they all mattter! They all add up. Look for an opportunity and run with it!
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- Submitted by JUSTYNA7 8/21/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 5 Comments

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Many timely meals

I find it easier to keep my sugar levels average when I eat 6-7 times a day. Small meals/snacks... But eating at the same time every day helps the most.

- Submitted by STANLEYSBETSY 8/19/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment

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Smart Starts! 7 Days of Healthy, Low Carb Breakfasts

I'm NOT a Breakfast person but these sound so Yummy I had to share copy and paste the entire link.
http://www.dlife.co
m/diabetes/information/s
lide_show_pdf_files/Smar
t_Starts.pdf

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 8/19/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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talk to a dietitian!

(s)he will help you plan your meals!!

- Submitted by NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/16/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 3 Comments

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SP Diabetic Management Program

Some People sound confused about the SP Diabetic Mgmt Program...Here is the link to the Instruction page to set up for the program...Copy and paste link to an open browser..
http://www.spar
kpeople.com/myspark/insi
der.asp?spiid=114

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 8/15/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 6 Comments

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DLife has a Sunday TV Show on CNBC

August 15, 2010
Topics: dLife demystifies sweeteners and sugar substitutes. Plus, how one woman got past denial to take control of her health. And, a heroic mother fighting diabetes in her sonís memory shares her difficult and emotional story.
Click on this story title for the link.

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 8/14/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 3 Comments
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