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

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Be patient but proactive

This applies especially to those who are newly diagnosed, but also to the rest of us. It takes time to find the right amount/type(s) of meds, how many carbs to eat, how to deal with all of this life with diabetes. Be patient. Educate yourself (American Diabetes Association website/books, and dLife.

- Submitted by WANDAC2013 6/5/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 5 Comments

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Water

I have a 20 oz water bottle at work and one at home. I constantly fill them and drink at least 3 bottles while at work. then I drink out of the one at home when I eat my evening meal and take my evening meds. My Blood Sugar is lower when I drink more water.

- Submitted by LIZZIE15000 6/5/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 5 Comments

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Tight Control

When I needed 2 start Insulin after oral medications had quit working, my family doc referred me 2 an Endocrinologist. After being interviewed, almost interrogated, he gave me a couple of choices of how 2 manage my diabetes. 1 was a standard insulin control, the other was a "Strict Control". Strict

- Submitted by POPEYETHETURTLE 6/4/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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Attending a Diabetes Education Class

All the difference in the world for me. Meeting with a diabetes educator showed the ins and outs of having diabetes and how being proactive can be beneficial to your life in preventing many health and life threatening issues. Meeting with a nutritionist helped me start eating healthy w/a meal plan.

- Submitted by TAMMYTH64 6/3/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 6 Comments

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Vegtable Delite

I hate vegetables, however since I have started eating greens regularly every morning (green smoothies) my bs has never been lower. I used to be in the 300s now its pretty consistently around 125-155. By filling up on green vegetables the carbs aren't even a concern.

- Submitted by KEBRON 6/3/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 4 Comments

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Avoid sugar - eat protein

I eat protein with every meal. Then I check my sugar level 2 hours later. If it is over 120, I go for a walk to bring it down. The higher it is, the longer I walk. Usually a 20 minute walk does it.

- Submitted by JUDITH19711 6/3/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 14 Comments

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pay attention

pay attention to the things you do and stay hydrated always it's good for your kidneys!!

- Submitted by WOWEETOO 6/3/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Only On The Days That I Eat

A diabetic educator said diabetics should exercise only on the days that we eat. I try to remember this. Exercise is vital to help keep my blood glucose levels down.

- Submitted by LOVESCAMPING 6/3/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 20 Comments

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When I started my fasting bs was 360 now 117-125.
I test 4 x's a day keep carb.s to a minimum.limit fruit .and when I have carbs I eat 100% whole wheat . I drink 10 glasses of water a day.

- Submitted by GRANDMAAMIE 6/3/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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Keeping the numbers down

I focus on eating fewer carbs and taking my numbers 4 times a day. This has allowed me to drop my blood sugars to below 150 over a 6 month period.

- Submitted by VXWALL1942 6/3/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 20 Comments
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