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davidlee

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Hi, I'm a diabetic and have been for 12 years. Basically, eat a non sugary cereal for breakfast, (300 calories) with semi skimmed milk, a piece of fruit for a morning snack (100), a sandwich for lunch preferably on danish bread, (300) another piece of fruit for an afternoon snacks, or a cereal bar, raisins, or a pack of crisps (100), a balanced meal, for dinner, e.g.. Jacket potato, chicken fillet and salad, or chilli con carne with salad, or a pasta dish, (approximately 600), then a digestive biscuit, or more fruit, or a piece of toast for evening snack (100). There you go, 1500 calories, 3 healthy meals and 3 snacks! It's not hard if you just completely cut out sweets and chocolate!
 

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I've been told more than once that the so-called diabetic pattern of several small meals a day is healthier for most people than the tradional three meals - or worse one big meal as many end up doing.

The problem for many people is time - when you have an illness or condition, it forces you to find the time; otherwise, modern life often means "grab something when you can".
 

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DavidLee,

I am interested in learning more about this topic, as my wife has recently been diagnosed as pre-diabetic.

She has attended some instructional classes to learn about the lifestyle changes she needs to make.

Are you managing your diabetes with diaet or do you require medication?

How do you deal with dining out in restaurants?

I'm looking forward to learning more about this.
 

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I am on a diabetic diet because of gestational diabetes and I have to say.... I am starving! The three snacks just aren't doing it for me! Maybe it's because I am pregnant, I am sure if I wasn't the snacks would be more than enough. I must say though that the diet itself cuts down on the total amount of insulin that I have to take in one day.
 
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maybe something to discuss with your doctor, bbjre? if you are starving (which i can totally relate to when pregnant :D) you might not be getting enough nutrients for the baby. in addition to that you aren't getting enough for you since baby gets first dibs. when are you due? :)
 

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I have discussed it with my specialist but the strict diet is neccessary I guess because how high my blood sugar level has been (even with insulin). Now thats not to say I don't cheat every once in awhile after all I am pregnant!!!! It is certainly a great diet to follow when your not pregnant.

My son is due on the 16th of March but the plan is to induce two weeks early, around the second of March. Very excited!
 
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so are you limited in the amount of food at all or just purely the types of food?

yes a baby on the way can be very exciting :) is it your first?
 

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I have also heard the diabetic diet is a really good general diet. Kudos for following it!

Steve, my mom was also diagnosed as "pre-diabetic" by one doctor, and then told by an endocrinologist that you either are or aren't, you cannot be boderline. Then he told her she WAS. One year later, he told she was NOT. So anyway, I was just curious if your wife took one of those tests where she had to drink some liquid and then get her blood tested every so many minutes and maybe only some of them came out positive? Is that what happened? I'm just curious since different doctors giving different information about it being a black and white thing or there being a gray, borderline area.
 

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I am limited to the type of food AND how much food. The diet is based on food values as well as caloric intake. The dietican gave me a sample menu to follow and that helps. It gives me a good idea of appropriate portion size, as well as what I should be eating. I guess when your diabetic carbohydrates are limited as well as fruit because of the sugar potential in both.

This is my second child my daughter is 19 months old.
 
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wow that's tough going bbj! it must be hard being hungry all the time. but all for the baby, right? got to make sure he stays healthy. :)
 

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Is anyone here using the Atkins diet to treat their diabetes?

I've lost weight with this before, it's a decent diet and got rid of a lot of my problems, but I went off of it. I am now prediabetic and thinking about going back to it, but not sure. My dr. said she wanted me on a diabetic lowcarb diet, but she didn't give me anymore information than that. She also agreed and supported me when I was on Atkins.

I've thought about other diets as well. I'll probably call her the next time she's in her office and ask, but was checking to see if anyone else has done well with Atkins for controlling diabetes?

I need to lose weight, dr.'s orders.
type II diabetes mellitus
 

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Is anyone here using the Atkins diet to treat their diabetes?

I've lost weight with this before, it's a decent diet and got rid of a lot of my problems, but I went off of it. I am now prediabetic and thinking about going back to it, but not sure. My dr. said she wanted me on a diabetic lowcarb diet, but she didn't give me anymore information than that. She also agreed and supported me when I was on Atkins.

I don't know how long ago you were on the Atkins Diet with your doctor's support but increasingly the evidence is that this is not "a decent diet" at all but rather a dangerous diet.

See, for example:

Atkins Diet damages blood vessels - Psychlinks Psychology and Self-Help Forum

Low-carb diets can be unhealthy - Psychlinks Psychology and Self-Help Forum

Return of the carbs: The Atkins craze is over - Psychlinks Psychology and Self-Help Forum

Side effects with Atkins diet after six months - Psychlinks Psychology and Self-Help Forum

Atkins Diet Alert - Psychlinks Psychology and Self-Help Forum

Low-carb diets unhealthy and a ripoff - Psychlinks Psychology and Self-Help Forum

Atkins - Depression link? - Psychlinks Psychology and Self-Help Forum

You'll also find some information on better diets and weight management strategies at Dieting, Nutrition, and Weight Management - Psychlinks Psychology and Self-Help Forum
 

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I am on a diabetic diet because of gestational diabetes and I have to say.... I am starving! The three snacks just aren't doing it for me! Maybe it's because I am pregnant, I am sure if I wasn't the snacks would be more than enough. I must say though that the diet itself cuts down on the total amount of insulin that I have to take in one day.

If you were not at your healthiest weight when you got pregnant...It is normal to lose some weight or not gain some weight during your pregnancy. With a gestational diabetic diet, you might lose weight just because it is the healthiest diet you can be on while you are pregnant. In general, controlled diabetics who follow their meal plans are eating how the normal population should eat.

I had my son 2 1/2 years ago, and I am a type 1 diabetic and was for 1 year before we conceived our son. I was a little lower than healthy weight when I conceived and was aloud to gain a little more, but I was told that if I wasn't at my healthy weight, they would have to concern of weight gain or consistent weight loss.

I think typically women who are happy about their pregnancy (gestational or not) may lose weight just because they are eating healthier for their baby.

I wouldn't be concerned unless the ultra-sounds are showing a baby who is significantly underweight or underdeveloped. I imagine you will be seeing a Perintologist soon or already have, and they are the key in detecting possible problems for your baby.

Just stick to your diet plan; gaining 15 lbs during your whole pregnancy is healthy, for someone who is at a healthy weight. And remember that doctors are crazy about avoiding malpractice suits, and if you don't like your doctor find another.

More: Type II Diabetes Mellitus
 

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