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Hey, Bev
March 24, 2007
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cyndra820
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Hi Bev,

I remembered you're diabetic. I have a friend who has just been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Do you have any books that you recommend? I recommended she get a book on the glycemic index.

She doesn't do a lot of cooking, but I think she should get one diabetic cookbook, but I'm not sure which one.

My mother is diabetic, but she fastidiously monitors her blood sugar and eats right. I don't have a lot of advice to offer, so I'm coming to you.

Thanks!!!

Cyn

March 24, 2007
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Cyndra,

I would just recommend that she read whatever she can get her hands on. The glycemic index is good.

My doctor and nutritionist had me go on the Atkins diet first, to see if we could get my glucose levels down. It did. They started me with Glucophage, and I have stayed on that since. I don't stick to Atkins- because - I just can't, but I always keep carbs in mind.

I avoid pasta, rice, potatoes, corn. Corn!! Is in everything. I never eat sweets or drink beverages with sugar. I have found that if I can have a snack that is protein, instead of starch, my sugar doesn't swoop up then plummet. I have found that those wild fluctuations are very hard on my system.

Because I have been able to totally eliminate obvious sugars from my diet, I have not had to become dependent on insulin. I still take Glucophage, but I don't need to every night- it depends on my glucometer reading, and what I eat for supper.

I learned to read labels, because corn syrup is the flavoring for cough drops and syrup. And fruit juices!! (But- when I cheat, it's with potato chips.)

The most important thing is for her to do what her doctor recommends, so he can monitor her and educate her. She will learn as she goes along. At first, I kept a meal log- along with my glucometer readings. This helped me to make correlations between what I ate and the spike in my sugar. Like- aha.

I found a carb counter list online and printed it off. I'll see if I can find that.

You say - pre-diabetic? It's my layman's opinion that it everone would be better off cutting out sugar. If she could do that and hold her glucose levels within normal range, she would feel alot better.

I have a friend who is hypoglycemic, and she sticks to low-carb and says she feels much better for doing that. She had her recipes printed up bound in a cookbook for her friends - I will look for that and see if I can paste them to you.

I'll be back with some websites in a few.

March 24, 2007
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http://www.atkins.com/carb-counter

This is the one I had.

These can be purchased from a bookstore, too.

March 24, 2007
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Thank you so much!! I will give her the website.

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