Has anyone had cataract surgery

Has anyone had cataract surgery? How did you get through it? Recovery period?

Janine Russell I had both done a month apart a year ago – no problems at all. Don’t stress. Prescription eye drops for several weeks, covered eye at night for a week

Monica C. Razo Yes both eyes a month apart. Healing went really well. I kept my sugars down so it could heal with no problems.

Jake Esposito I’m kinda young had both done last year no issues quick recovery

Sherry Cochrane beginning of this year. My right eye was a breeze. The left I took a little longer in the beginning but they’re both wonderful now.

Charles Coggins It was the best thing I ever did for myself, I had both eyes done 15 years ago

Pamela Page just had both of mine done in august no pain at all my vision is so good now,a lot of drops but almost done . gl

Julie Freedman I am most worried about the actual procedure! I can’t imagine being awake and seeing it as it happens. Will I feel anything?

Patricia Burbank You are not awake in the normal sense of the word. Won’t hurt and won’t remember. I had mine done one week apart. No problems.

Mike Hogan Both eyes (not same time). Seeing better that day. Uncomfortable for a couple days and drops are a pain. Kept pump and CGM on. Just let surgery team know.

Dennis Koenig went home and took about a two hour nap and did need the drops as it feels gritty but no problems at all

Jane Arneal I just had both eyes done last fall. You are given a mild sedation and not awake during the procedure. Since it is mild sedation you wake up within minutes later. You do not feel anything. Prior to the surgery you are required to put eye drops in your eye for nine days to desensitize. You are given specific directions to follow. Your doctor or his staff will answer questions and give you all the information you need. It was the best thing ever for me. In many cases you will not need prescription glasses. Over the counter reading glasses may be needed. Best of luck in your journey.

Liz Heisler I had both done. My doctor put me to sleep and when I woke up everything was clear. My one eye was so bad I was considered legally blind in that eye. When I woke up I was amazed. Plastic patch at night to prevent me from scratching my eye. Had the other eye done six months layer. It also went well.

DonaldnLisa Lemmon Liz Heisler my left eye was so bad I was legally blind d as well my right is bad but not as bad had my left done last week and my right one tomorrow..its amazing how well you see when you wake up..I forgot how beautiful and Bright things were

Shannon Hovden I did in my left eye. Now I get shots due to me being so young I guess and having type one.

Sandra Jackson Absolutely the best gift a doctor has given me……I can clearly see once more the beautiful lights and loved ones faces and so grateful.
I had no pain at all. Drops afterwards helped the healing and I am so glad I had it done. Good luck on your surgery.

Mary Beth Foster-Moulton I did great! I had it done in my late 40’s because it showed up. I figured get it corrected sooner than later

DonaldnLisa Lemmon I did last week it has been awesome so far go for 2nd eye tomorrow ..I’d rather have this surgery a million times over than another painful diabetic retinapthy shot any day

DonaldnLisa Lemmon Melinda Singer me too but couldnt do any lifting or bending over for 2 weeks. .worst part of it all is no makeup for 2 weeks..lol

Joe Arnold Had it almost 20 years ago now. Not a huge deal in spite of some complications during surgery. You never want to hear a surgeon say “oops”.
Bottom line is that if you need it there are really no options.
Don’t worry it’s pretty routine and common for diabetics

Deborah Hill I had both eyes done, in a day or so you’ll be fine. Asprin for any discomfort

Holly Miller Fleschler It was pretty routine for me. Afterwords went to brunch with my husband for both eyes. I just have to get very intimate with eyedrops for a couple of weeks.

Jane Koker I just had both eyes done in April! It was not bad at all! I have a very special guy that gives me moral support – that being my hubby!! I think you have to trust your doctor!! Mine talked to me during the surgery! That helped a lot😊 I think the drops schedule after was a tad monotonous, but needed! It was 2 weeks between surgeries, but by the second day, I was fine! Actually , saw a difference in my sight that evening!! Good luck if you are getting yours done! I think you will be happy you got it done!

Joy Kidd I had one eye done about 4 years ago or so. It wasn’t bad although I was very nervous. The surgery itself was trippy. Afterward, you have to put drops in several times a day and sleep with an eye shield for a few days.

Jean Sones Gardner Couple years ago had both eyes done. About 2 weeks between. Did good, no problems. Type 2 since 2003.

Leigh Rollins I had both done last year with a month between surgeries. I’ve had laser vision correction in both eyes as well as laser for retinopathy. I can see better out of my right eye but the left lens no. I still need to wear glasses plus somehow during the surgery, the left iris was “thinned” leaving me with a blurred spot.

Barbara Swan-Burtch I had my right eye done on 7/30 and my left on 8/13. Recovery was a breeze. The 1st few days I wasn’t allowed to bend over or lift anything over 10 lbs. Just this week I was allowed to begin heavy (75 lbs ) lifting again. I need to work back up to 185lb deadlifts and back squats

Paul Huesing So simple. No pain. Vision back the next day. (Actually, vision not just back, but greatly improved.) Another week or so of eyedrops to make sure there is no infection.

Lynn Fry Yes. I am week post op for my second eye. So happy I did it, let there be light, everything is brighter and clearer. The down side is no makeup for a month and no swimming. Follow postoperative instructions and you’ll be fine. I am type 1. They did my eyes 2 weeks apart

Michael DeVito Had both eyes done. 6 was apart. Best thing I ever did. Surgery a breeze. 20 mins tops. Recovery is OK, just lots and lots of eye drops. Immediate and spectacular improvement!

Vicki Neiswonger Greenawalt My husband just had it done a couple months ago and he is just amazed at the difference. He needed sunglasses off and on for a few weeks, but other than that no problem. He went from wearing glasses all the time to just reading glasses. He is 66.

Brenda Neth Fantastic doc did mine yesterday. Drops in eyes after surgery, minimal pain, the surgery took 20 minutes and i was mostly awake. Didn’t take metformin or eat in the morning. BG 115. Ate snack after surgery. Tired but grateful. Sitting here wearing sunglasses waiting for the time to do the next drops. Good luck. Make sure you get a great doc it makes all the difference in the world. It has been a little over 24 hours and I am doing great reading, typing, etc pain free. Best to you.

Chris Higgins Ruby Super easy surgery. No pain… you don’t remember anything. I would say 3 days. Drops and more drops… just follow what your dr prescribes

Angie Archer I recently had 2 cataract ops 6 weeks apart. I had a problem with anaesetic for the first one where it did not work and i had 5 doses. So that was traumatic. Drops for 4 weeks. Could see perfectly after a day. The second one they injected my eye with anaesetic which was brilliant and they did it because of my problem with the first. Yes i had pain with both and i have a high tolerance to pain. But the end result was brilliant and well worth it. I now do not wear glasses for the first time for 50 years.If you live in Uk you wear an eye shield for 4 weeks at night. I reccommend to do it as it protects the healing process. Have it done for most people it does not hurt i am just awkward. You will not regret it. Bless you.

Earl Studivan I’ve had both eyes done, 2 weeks apart, and multifocal lenses inserted in place of the cataracts. No injection in eye, only anesthetic via IV. Also had laser to remove the cataract and correct an astigmatism. Surgery was a piece of cake and recovery had pressure issues and required laser to correct a minor issue. I can see like I’m 16 again.

Annette Mischitelli Thorpe I had both eyes done a couple weeks apart. The worst part of cataract surgery are the drops before and for a couple weeks after. Surgery itself was an absolute Breeze, no pain before during or after.

Pat Fierro I have had both eyes done and It was the best thing. Just listen to the doc and you will be fine. Good luck

Jocelyn Ohrn No problem at all. Amazing. 20/20 vision now. One eye at a time, two weeks in a row. A little tired after. Took a nap. Excellent.

Dawne Adams I’m a optician. Do it! No biggie! And hopefully you can be corrected to 20/20! Look forward to no glasses or contacts in how long?

Does anyone in here take Metformin? Does it make you lose weight?

Does anyone in here take Metformin? Does it make you lose weight?

Krystal Tillman I take Metformin n it does help some. But keep in mind that you also have to adjust how much your eating and exercise 20-30 minutes a day. Hope this helps

Chuck Lally I take it not sure If it did started new way of eating same day. I guess that’s no help.

Sheila Wright No weight loss but slowed down putting extra weight on !!

Brian Robbins I’m type 1 and take Metformin. It is *part* of what I am doing to lose weight. I switched to a Ketogenic diet in June, take metformin, exercise 5 hours a week and the combination of all of those things together has allowed my to lose 35 lbs in three months. The combination of all of this together has cut my daily insulin use in half and dropped my HbA1c from 7.1 to 6.1. Metformin isn’t a magic weight loss pill, but it makes the body more sensitive to insulin. Since insulin is required for fat storage, the less your body needs to process the food you eat, the easier it will be to lose weight. At some point I’ll drop my body fat percentage to a healthy level and probably be able to stop using metformin, but for now it is a small part of a comprehensive plan to reverse insulin resistance.

Marylynn Marshall Mendel I’ve been taking it for years and I’ve never had any weight loss with it

Sairekha Suresh I’m very insulin resistant. The metformin is great to keep sugars stable. It improved my insulin sensitivity. But no, the ponds aren’t dropping on their own.

Joanne Sparks Lost over 65 pounds, and yes, my eating habits are radically changed since dx one year ago. Regular Metformin made me really sick, but I’ve been fine since changing to ER last November.

Karen Denise Towers I did take it ,but it messed with my stomach. Even took the time released. We just didn’t jive .

Stacy Cole I’m trying to give it a chance, but how it messes with my stomach I can do without!

Usman Khan Metformin is also used weight reduction more over it is also used in enhancing ovulation and in keeping healthy menstural cycle

Kim Marie McReddie I’ve taken Metformin for since 2003. It helped had some awful side effects but after my son my body collapsed on me. I’m now on Synjardy a combo pill of metaformin and. Jardinace along with insulin and other various meds.

Ed Chesiak I’ve been taking it since 2004 and I don’t think it has done anything negatively or positively

Betty Phillips I use to but it upset my stomach hade to quit but been on insulin for a few years now

Sandy Schmidt Pepos I have lost 20 pounds on it. But I walk 2.5 miles per day and go to the gym for 40 minutes 5 days a week. Working out with weights and riding the exercise bike

Christina Marie Cueto I was told most people lose about 15-25 pounds. I was initially prescribed it for PCOS in 2004, but didn’t lose any weight. I had to quit after a few years due to expense. I had to start taking it again in 2012 due to diabetes. I didn’t lose weight then either.

Lorraine Carter I am perscribed a weight loss medication along with metformin I have lost 25lbs since January

Grace Ruud-Papadopoulos It’s poison stay away from it. Low carb, eat real food, none processed, gym and you will feel great.

Shara Threadgill It made me really sick. Everyday. I got penalized at work for taking too many bathroom breaks. I’d often have to stop on the way home from work to use the bathroom. The name brand was worse for me. IDK why.

Tamura Scisney Yes but makes u lose weight and side effects are awful until you get use to it

Kawashima Marie I have been taking for 6 months now and it helps loose the weight I take it with jardiance and I been losing weight.

Sandra Fingerut In the beginning , then I began the plate method, do water aerobics (3 times a week usually), sometimes use my sister’s recumbent bike, and walk around the corner. So far I’ve lost about 19 lbs.

Annette Sanabria-Archilla Im on Metformin. Its been a month taking it. I don’t think it’s making me lose weight because Im not having the runs. What is making me lose weight, in a slow pace, is eating less than 20g of TOTAL carbs.

Brenda Neth Hey, I am on metformin, 500 mg. My blood sugar hit 190 after breakfast, I worked out for an hour burning off 750 calories, then ate lunch two hours later. Thirty minutes after eating lunch I am 173. I am so depressed.Shouldn’t working out for an hour have made it a lower number in response to lunch. Can anyone give me some advice. I recently dropped from 1500 mg. of metformin and have lost some weight by dropping nearly all carbs. It seems any sugar of any kind sets me off. I really need some feedback. Other than insulin, what drops the numbers the fastest? My last a1C was 6.3 What are your numbers hitting right after a small lunch? Can anyone share a success story of a diabetic vegan? I gained thirty pounds trying to do it.

Laurie Patterson When I started taking it, I lost 25 pounds. Been on it for over a year now and no more weight loss.

Kawashima Marie Well my doctor reccomend me jardiance pre fast and 1 hour after breakfast take metformin

Renata Mearns I’ve been on it for about 10 months but I haven’t lost weight on it but I do have less of a appetite on it

Teresa Phillips Clements I do and yes it helped me lose some weight I still had to eat low carbs and exercise but I lost over 60lbs in 10 months it is rough in the beginning on the stomach but it saved my life help me to get my bs down ..I started out on high dose 2000 a day now 500 a day ..drink plenty of water while taking and stay close to bathroom at first but that will get better as your body gets use to it

Karen Gurney I take metformin and have never had a problem with it. However, it has never helped with weight loss. Cutting carbs & watching portions are the only things that helped me lose weight.

Shannon Lawler Fessler I take Metformin and I have lost weight but my doctor said it wasn’t from that medicine. Now I take Ozempic also and that definitely made me lose weight.

Diane Pezza Metformin does not “make you” lose weight, however it reduces your insulin resistance therefore you require less insulin. The less insulin you need the easier it is to lose weight as insulin is a growth hormone. Metformin is considered to be in a class of diabetes drugs that is “weight loss” insulin, sulfonyureas are in “weight gain”. Metformin + lifestyle = weight loss.

Andria Lilley I have been for the last 4 months but been took off it as of yesterday. I’ve felt bloated on it and it surpreesed my appetite but gave me one hell of a sweet tooth

Do you people even remember how life was before being a diabetic

Do you people even remember how life was before being a diabetic. The freedom of eating any thing any time, the unplanned and pricks free life. Diabetes is sort of prison. Calculated dose calculated meal, the unexpected low ones specially at late nights and the high ones(hyperglycemia) making one urinate frequently with increased thirst. Its been 10 years for me. Its a mess. Happy Dia-anniversary to me
Imagine how wonderful life would be without diabetes.


Kimberly SP Sorry you’re feeling down. It really helps to focus on the positives. I’ve been diabetic for 28 years, and I really don’t think about those things that you mentioned. This is my life; I’m going to make the most of it. I’m not going to lie. I sometimes skip checking my blood sugar, and just take insulin based on what I ate, and then the next time I eat, I try and check. Sometimes I’m a “really good” diabetic and do everything like I’m supposed to do, and some periods of time, I’m a little lax on everything, but it doesn’t last long; I want to be around for a while. I honestly feel that diabetes has caused me to take better care of myself than if I was not diabetic, so as long as I’m diligent, and don’t think about how much I spend every year on diabetes supplies, it’s all okay. 


Usman Khan Its really good that you are living a content diabetic life. Your diabetic story makes me think that diabetes isn’t a curse after all. But do you miss the freedom? the unplanned and less disciplined life?


Leigh Rollins I don’t really remember. I do know I used to eat frequently and never gain weight. It’s been 37 years with T1d.


Leigh Rollins Usman Khan I was 25 years young and in boot camp. Seems like a long time ago…..my primary care doctor (once I was discharged) did not believe I was T1. She put me on metformin, then 3 days later I was in DKA again.


Kathryn Johnson Sorry today is a bad day. I have been on this running wheel for 50 years. Having a pump has decreased the lows hugely and the highs too. I don’t remember much about life before. I was 11 at the time so you would think I could, but not really. I can remember the days and weeks leading up to diagnosis, which was horrible, but that freedom, no, I don’t. Wish I didn’t have this sometime, but all in all I have gained more with it than without. Have a blessed day. This isn’t the worst. When you see a child who has no hair because they are dying with cancer makes this easy. That was my turning point. I had a job delivering flowers. I walked in a room full of bald little girls. I was never the same. Went on to be a nurse. Diabetes is nothing in the grand scheme. Be brave, you can do this.


Shannon Hovden I don’t remember before being t1. I was 11 and going on 23 years with it. So, it’s changed my life completely.


Abdallah Bridja Actually no i do not remember , mainly because i got it when i was 3 so I’ve been in a diet my whole life , it’s not such a bad thing really I’d even say diabetes makes you healthy since you cannot eat junk food all as you please so pretty much you’ll be fit and well and of course there are times when you git sick of it , sugar going low , sugar going high and so on…
but it’s not really that bad you see , my mother always taught me to look at those unfortunate people who cannot even walk , sleep well and even have cancer . when i did i felt happy knowing that i am in a blessing so basically always look at the bright side , there are ups and downs but eventually they’ll disappear like a passing cloud 


Patricia Dunsford I so agree. My mother was diabetic, so she raised us 3 kids on clean diets/living. I have only been diabetic the last 2 years (I am in my 60’s), but I was pre-diabetic for 20 years. Mine is hereditary, so I pretty much eat the same way as I always have. I do cut out almost all refined sugars. I am not on insulin, and only recently did the Dr put me on metformin.


Jess Joyner I don’t remember my pre-diabetes life. I was seven when I was diagnosed, so I all I really know is life as a diabetic.

I think it’s easier this way for me, honestly. I don’t know what it’s like to not have this disease, so I don’t have anything to compare it to.


Karen Gurney Sometimes I do miss the freedom to eat like other people. Sometimes I really miss the treats. However, I know that I am actually much healthier now. I watched a friend of my own age become home-bound, be constantly miserable, have numerous hospital stays and die early all because she would not change her diet and mindset. I miss the good times we had together. There are things we can’t control in life, but those we can affect can make a world of difference in our quality of life. So, every time I get discouraged, I think about my friend, stuck in a chair, on oxygen, unable to do much of anything. If I get to that point, I don’t want it to be because of things I could have done to help myself.


Christina Marie Cueto What I hate is that I’ve had to be careful about what ate from the time I was in high school because I was 30 lbs. overweight. I missed out on treats, wore myself out exercising only to keep gaining weight. I had just decided to give up after 20+ years & boom! I’m being diagnosed with diabetes. I kind of regret not allowing myself treats, so I’m with you.


Payton Ogan No, I don’t actually. Because I was 17 and it was a month before my 18th birthday and I can remember as far back as probably 10 years old, always feeling thirsty, so thirsty nothing could fix it. Then having to pee all the time. I’ve probably had this disease my entire life, and didn’t get diagnosed until 17. Anyway, after being diagnosed (as type 2 at first, the 1.5 years later a cpep test was ran and boom. Type 1) and getting everything under control (with MASSIVE burnouts up to today), I feel SO MUCH better! The thirst is there, but it’s not nearly as bad as it was before hand. And life quality is so much better since being in control, and it’s gotten even better since being on a pump and cgm!


Katrena Keys I was diagnosed at 3.5. So I don’t remember a life without diabetes.
And I’m fine with that.
Sometimes I wish I could eat/do whatever the hack I wanted. But at the end of the day, I’ve got it. It’s led me to some awesome friendships and opportunities. And I wouldn’t change it.


Goranka Pearson Take each day as it comes. I have been diabetic since 1987. Was only nine and don’t remember what was it like before.
Just listen to your body and do the best you can for yourself because you are no.1


Jamie Livingston West To be honest, I am so grateful for my diagnosis. Hear me out first. I am a 3rd generation diabetic. Both my dad and 1 of my grandfather’s died due to complications of theirs. My other grandfather died from other and my mom is still alive with hers.

Sure I was fit and “healthy” at diagnoses. I was also in the Army. I was newly married and around same time also found out I was pregnant. My entire life changed, literally.

But I am making wiser, smarter, healthier choices today. I wouldn’t be if I hadn’t been diagnosed. I am sure of that. I was raised on biscuits smothered in butter & corn syrup, coblers of all kinds, yummy (miss those) 😉 but also eating just about anything I wanted, because we can, right, at least that’s what they were taught, just bolus for it 🤔 all the unhealthy trash. I wasn’t thinking about healthy food choices at all.

But now I am. 22 years later. I am facing a more positive outlook with this disease even. I am spending many hours a week caring for fellow diabetics in critical care who didn’t always make better choices for their management. I’m working on my RN and aiming to be a diabetes educator one day. All because of my diagnoses and learning I am stronger than this disease. It took me 18 years to recognize the positive side to my diagnoses. It’s not always easy but I just remind myself of one thing … I’m a Diabetic with a purpose!!! We all be. It’s simply a mindset. 💙💪💙

Take the bad days and learn from them. You got this! Hang in there.


Jamie Livingston West Usman Khan can agree. But I also would add, once i adapted a Low Carb lifestyle my calculated and planned life became so much easier with less calculations and calculated guesses. It has become natural. Sure like everyone here, we wish we didn’t have to think about shots before eating, before workout, before bed, at wakeup, etc. But I just try to not think about all that cuz it’s just natural, second nature like now for me. An automatic response. Best of luck to us all


Brenda Neth I am grateful to write here and know that I am not alone, even though I am not on insulin. I somehow believed I wasn’t really diabetic because I just take metformin, but I am badly affected by the lightest amount of processed flour, fruit, or any sort of sugar. I grieve this, openly, for the first time, with you. Food has been my friend, and has nearly killed me. Now I need to learn to love it as a friend, without codependency! It cannot be there for me. It is only fuel, bottom line.


Brenda Neth Well guess, what, I don’t. Anyone listening. Comments please.


Kate Swanberg I think that there are times that we all try to justify those food choices that we make that are less than the best for our diabetes control. That meter lets us know that it wasn’t a good choice. So many complications can come from ignoring our diabetes. It can be a struggle when there’s temptation all around.


Janine Marie Diabetes is a tough gig. I’ve had it for 12 years. Sometimes it gets so overwhelming and unfortunately we don’t always get to choose the hand we’re dealt in life. What we do get to choose though is our attitude. I try hard everday to have an attitude of gratitude. Yes I can remember life before diabetes and yes I miss it but as you can see from the many comments a lot of people can’t. Remember, it could be worse! We’ve all got this 


Joanna Miles 2015 for me. I miss enjoying food. I miss digging into a whole plate of carbonara, or mac and cheese. I miss enjoying cake with the works on it and English Christmas cake. I miss being skinny and being able to eat anything without putting on weight. Now it’s even harder to put on weight. I miss not knowing about blood sugar. I miss not wearing my pump (or not injecting). I miss not being able to just hit the gym or running without checking first where I’m at and monitoring it during a workout. I also miss having more than one craft beer…or reaching for a drink and not thinking about my. b.s….the end.


Paul J Berberich Sr. 52 years for me. The routine is so ingrained I almost don’t think about it. Having a CGM since January ‘19 has given me a new lease on life and the improved results give me great satisfaction.
The biggest challenge is to control what you can and accept what you can’t.


Leta Barton Stewart I have been a T1D for 49 years and I agree with Paul J Berberich, Sr. There have been so many awesome updates since 1970! Pumped for about 14 years, but went to MDI a year and a half ago and maintain an A1C below 6.


Donna Mayo Pierpoline 30 years for me. As I tell my brother who was recently diagnosed, you have to find a new “normal”. Many times I wish I was “normal “, but this is my reality.


Linda Gaylord When I get frustrated with diabetes, I try to think about what I would be like if I didn’t have diabetes. Would I be as empathetic to others or kind to those with disabilities and so forth? Try to think about the positive. Frustration sends my blood sugars up, so it only makes it worse thinking that way.
We’re here for you.


Charlotte Breshears Summer We all hear you and completely understand where you are coming from. I’ve been T1D for 37 years. I remember well the life before and I’m thankful I had that. God never gives us more than we can bear, and with problems, He gives us a way to stand up to it. There’s something (many things) for me to learn from this lifestyle and I try to be as positive as I can with what I’ve been given. So thankful for all the great things we have now that we didn’t have 37 years ago. Hang in there. 


Jacob Sinnott 20 years next August. Can’t believe it. I was 7 when I was diagnosed. I actually don’t think I remember prediabetic life. I really don’t. I was about to say yes, but then I surfed around in my own head for a bit looking for some memory of just eating something, but it isn’t there. I can only remember the year leading up to my diagnosis and how goddamn sick I was.


Jacob Sinnott For some insight, my most significant memory is of carrying our new puppy up the stairs out of our basement, and nearly collapsing at the top of the stairs. A 6-9 pound puppy, and I was dead and crying at the top of the stairs. I believe it was that week that my doctor finally looked into possible diabetes.


Michael DeVito 35 years for me. I practically don’t remember my pre-diabetes past. Diagnosed at 28. I get frustrated occasionally, but I keep going…whatever it takes. Pump, GCM are revolutionary. If I was diagnosed 100 yrs ago I might not have made it to insulin.


Rick Matheson My friend, I was just diagnosed with T2 three months ago. I also suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis. I’ve had that forty years. We are a tough group that, when allowed, have a lot of fun with people we love. Hang in there, you are not alone. PS, I hate it!!!


Jenni Jones I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago. So it is still fresh on my mind. Omg, the worst part about it all isn’t the food or the pricks, sticks and insertions, its not even realizing how ignorant people are and even I was regarding this disease…its the highs and lows at the worst times. In the middle of arguing with my teen, sudden drop. Gotta pick a kid up from practice, drop. Trying to get things done before leaving the house, drop. Scheduled to be somewhere, drop. Running to the arena as my daughter goes on stage, drop. Important plans the next day, stubborn high all night long. Family plans, high. Need to get things done, high. I swear my body knows when important things are happening and it works against me, lol. It doesn’t help that due to misdiagnosis, I have severe neuropathy so fluctuations increase my pain.

But yeah, before the disease changed everything, normal wasnt so boring, it was amazing.


Brian Donovan Two off the cuff thoughts. 1) My wife’s grandpa always used to say “it’s not so bad it couldn’t be worse”. Hell of a perspective
setter. This is from someone who grinded it out his whole life. Heath issues, tours on Navy ships, etc. 2) My daughter’s college essay anchored by everyone has their “diabetes.” It teaches you a lot and makes you stronger for it. Huge pain in the ass – but the fight must go on. 38 years with Type 1 I’ve learned that too. It’s OK to dream but then you have to hit your reality head on!


Martin Stolz Feel your pain. If you haven’t already, you may try finding or forming a cadre of fellow T1D’s. No other group of people can understand what you’re really going through.


Phil Mellea It’s been 53 years for me. It’s a battle every day. New Pump has certainly made life safer but the fact u walk around with a sensor and and infusion set just makes it me a little sad but I’m still very thankful. Stay strong be careful live life one day at a time.

Do any of you have compliant “trigger foods?”

Do any of you have compliant “trigger foods?” Like they are approved and safe, but you just freak out and can’t stop eating them?

I found some compliant dark chocolate that is 3g of carb per square. But I found myself going overboard and eating an entire “serving” of 5 squares. It was still within the recommended 50g carb count for the day (a normal day for me is between 12g-20g). And I didn’t spike. But I felt like I was on autopilot and not in control.

Do you have a way of limiting/controlling your trigger foods? Or do you find it easier to just cut them out?


Kathi Maynard-Abbey Yes I’ve been on a cucumber binge for the last week or so. but where is this dark chocolate you speak of


Kristin R. Dawson I limit myself to 2 pieces of dark chocolate with a little scoop of peanut butter. But I think at times I go overboard on pork rinds and guac


Patricia Lotts I have deleted comments bout cookies and other non compliant foods because we are a low carb high healthy fat way of eating group


Shalyn Leence Patricia Lotts can we change the name of the group to depict that? I think the generic diabetics support group name is throwing ppl off. Some ppl just need support and not all diabetics abide by the exact low carb the admins of this group are pushing.
I too eat low carb but have noticed the “compliant” messages are turning to be a bit extreme. And coming across aggressive and rude.


Patricia Lotts Shalyn Leence no we may not change the name of the group . By giving our members the correct answer and information is supporting our members otherwise how would you know the difference.. we are a group of moderator/ administrator administrators that does not sugar coat the dangers of diabetes.further more we aren’t rude just truthful.. But truth hurts those who don’t want change.


Patricia Lotts Shalyn Leence we are not aggressive nor rude we bring you all the most recent information and do this for free


Shalyn Leence Patricia Lotts exactly why the diabetic title is throwing it off.

I’m going to let myself out of this group. I appreciate the bits of GOOD and honest support I’ve gotten but would rather got have such strict guidelines forced when my doctors and nutritionists are telling me otherwise.


Patricia Lotts Shalyn Leence low carb in the beginning but rules never changed guidelines changed to low carb high healthy fat group


Patricia Lotts Shalyn Leence im Administrator in this group and others now 7 years I’m not trying to lead anyone astray nor jump on anyone


Jason Thomas Ok, answer this. Why is it that doctor’s/nutritionist tell us something different than you guys do on somethings? Just asking not trying to start anything.


Patricia Lotts Jason Thomas because most of them have only been trained the ADA way and don’t know anything other than that way , in which it is at least 25 years outdated.. and in fact that they aren’t diabetic and don’t know any better


Rebecca Borke Anderson well, the name is a bit disconcerting. Did anyone know it was keto just by looking at the name when you found it on fb? Maybe it needs to be keto specific in the name.


Jennifer Childre Starkey Jason Thomas In order to understand why I doctor would tell you something different than a group of experienced diabetics goes to how much you may or may not know about what it takes to become a Doctor/Nurse/Nutritionist, I could go on and on with this comment but to nip it in the bud I have been surrounded by healthcare workers of every form my whole life. Let’s take a nurse for example. An LPN goes to school for a year, she learns all they teach in only ONE year. The schools push the outdated ADA guidelines so yet again we get another nurse who strictly follows and pushes those ways. (ADA) Most do not do much learning in the area of diabetes just like most doctors don’t unless of course, that is what they are specializing in. So to answer your question, a doctor only gets so many hours to learn JUST about the endocrine system and somewhere in that class they speak a little about diabetes, anything they learn after that is hands on. This is why they teach what they learned, most do no furthering education in the study of diabetes. They recommend and script out only what they know already. (ADA) This group is founded and ran by experienced diabetics who have learned over many years and tested what works and are offering to share it with all of you. It is up to each individual to research and find out who they agree with and follow them. We do not force this way of eating on anyone and we take no prisoners. I hope this helps.


Gina Lee Mason jar ice cream gets me through the though days. Usually 1 day a month I make it when I’m just losing it. Really satisfys that sweet craving and is compliant.


Allison Templin i had to stop buying Lilys chocolate for the same reason. i really liked the atkins bars too but i would find myself eating 2 or 3 a day. so i just quit buying any of it and i dont make the keto desserts or fat bombs either


Tippi Sladaritz I was like that. But too much of the sweetners give me headaches.
I bought another Lilly bar to see if I cld manage. My best method is break off a row or section and put the rest back in cabinet. Then I carry that little piece to eat as I get back to a project


Amanda Schroeder Scissell I will easily wipe out a 2oz bag of Whisps in one sitting. Good thing the entire bag only contains 2 grams of carbs, so probably the only thing I’m hurting is my wallet! They’re not cheap!


Marguerite Epstein had to quit buying pecans unless I’m prepared to portion it out in one ounce serving bags. If you put a one pound bag in front of me It could end up being gone in a day.


Stephanie Bobak Keto no-bake cookies are my favorite! Even better than the original no bake cookies because I love coconut. But they have 230 calories each & 19 grams of fat. I tell myself I’m only eating 2 per day but yeah right! 2 in the morning, 2 at lunch, gotta have 2 after dinner & a bedtime snack? That’s an entire days worth of calories let alone fat. Wish I would never have found the recipe. But guess what, Walmart is delivering the ingredients to make more tomorrow! Why do we torture ourselves? I am my own worst enemy!

I just started taking metformin yesterday and i feel so crappy

I just started taking metformin yesterday and i feel so crappy


Jenny Helm Are you taking it with food. What dose are you on. I broke mine into 3 doses and take each dose with food. That helped tremendously


Helena Doyle-Aumenta The first few days are icky, especially with the sugar withdrawal. I felt like dirt for the 4 days and then day 5 I was fine. I’ve been on it for 7 weeks now and I’ve lost over 20 lbs, a1c is down from 8.6 to 6.4, triglycerides down 200 pts, blood pressure to normal. It’s totally worth it, just give it a chance.


Matt Carpenter I took metformin and it just made me miserable. I am allergic to it. Doctor put me on glimepiride had no problems with it.


Rosemary Ford After a week of not being able to leave my house my Dr took me off it & I started pills..No more problems,


Charlie Perry It killed me the first few days. Once all the sugar and carbs are out of you the problems should get better.


Linda Willis I’m so glad to hear that1 I’ve been on it for 2 days, and I’m miserable. Also, when I do try to eat, it makes my stomach feel awful, like I’ve swallowed a pumpkin or something.


Charlie Perry Linda Willis with me it took about 4-5 days and I started feeling like it was okay to leave home again.


Dylan Doxey My Dr prescribed Metformin for me. I never took it. I just did LCHF, and as of a few days ago my A1C is 4.9.

Maybe that’s not the right approach for everyone. But I am very skeptical about meddling around with my metabolism using some primitive pharmaceuticals.


Mary Beth Wolf Hitt Dylan Doxey I certainly understand and agree with people’s reluctance to take medication and not work instead to improve their eating, but Metformin is hardly a “primitive pharmaceutical.” It is one of the oldest and safest medications for Type 2 diabetes. It is also relatively inexpensive , since it’s generic. For many people, it’s very helpful. Many of the initial gastro side effects go away as people get used to it.


Armond Murchison I started out taking one 500#, but it gives me bubble guts, so I stopped. My A1C went back to 7.0, so I started taking 1000# once a day. Then I had diarrhea and was light-headed. So I’ve taken myself off of metformin again.


Alberto Gulino Crappy is the word is the motion… it gets better for most people been on it for 7 months


Pamela Brodsky I’ve been on it for 26 years with no problem. It helps if you take it with food. It will get better.


Annette Sanabria-Archilla I take it twice a day, 500mg. First days yeah I went to 🚽 in one day 6 times but it wasn’t a big deal for me because Prior to my diagnosis I was taking a biocleanse and probio and it was the same 💩😂. So then after taking 2 pills in 2 days of iron i got constipated. Now at least once a week I get the urge but as I say it is not bad and it is an easy clean 😂😂😂tmi. Eat breakfast, lunch or meal and after eating take it. I take it with half my meals. Then finish eating.


Stephanie Armstrong Diagnosed last week with diabetes. Took my first metformin today with scrambled eggs. Then chickfila for lunch. Had to come home and been in the bathroom since. Is this normal and can I take imodium or something for the diarrhea?


Anita Doczy It is normal to feel crappy while starting Metformin. Give it a week to 10 days and see if you feel better. Then, I would find another doctor if your doctor doesn’t do something about it.


Tyler Dove I switched from regular Metformin to their extended release version, it worked much better for me and was less harsh on my stomach. If your not using the extended release one, ask your dr about it. Might be a viable option to look into.


Sandie Lynn Metformin can work like a carb blocker and if you eat to many carbs or a high sugar food it will give you GI issues to “flush” the carbs. Keep your daily carbs under 50 per day, many do better keeping them under 30 per day, especially when taking metformin . Give it some time to work and keep your carbs low. EAt strictly from the LCHF food list, Natural Oil/Fat list, and compliant sweetener list. Eliminate inflammatory man made oils . The LCHF food list is pinned to the top of this page and the other list and more are found in the File Folder to this group. NO grains, breads, beans, pasta, rice, potatoes, milk, fruit, carrots, corn, peas, wheat, oats of any type.


Becky Atkinson Try eating before you take it and keep your carb intake low. If you eat according to this groups plan you’ll have a much easier time. If you eat too many carbs on Metformin it can cause gastric upset.


Shelley Honey Hawkins It took 2 weeks to get adjusted and I tell you what. My stomach has never been so
Empy. I miss the feeling now


Stephanie Ann Wilton I was taking that and I told my doctor about how it made my whole body swelling so I told him I am taking it of my medication plan. I have been wonderful since that day


Lisa Childs There is a ‘slow release ‘ metformin and is much kinder on the stomach.. I’m sure I asked the question ‘why wasn’t I perscribed that in the first place?’ and I’m sure the answer was ‘because they are too expensive!’ Mind you I’m talking 20 years ago now so I might be wrong but it’s obviously a better insulin so why not offer firstly? Speak to your GP and I’m sure they will change it for you x


Nik Anthony Gulizo III It will get better. I take mine with a low carb low sugar yogurt from Kroger called Carb Masters or Good Culture cottage cheese. It’s the only way I was able to stop the stomach pain.


Edward S Gordon Taking metformin 1000mg twice a day for 10 years with no side effects except when my calorie intake is too low, my blood glucose of course would go too low. Not a problem on LCHF even with 16:8 fasting


Pin Afj Nope it’s not normal. My fiancé feet began to hurt then they were looking bad. Red swollen. Stopped taking it and better. Mood was HORRIBLE. Depression. Please. Doctor didn’t care. Eat Keto


Edward S Gordon Don’t need smart water nor pickle juice. Eat Keto. View Dr Ken Berry and Dr Fung videos. My diabetes is reversing after ONE WEEK


Laura Andrews I would find out if you can take the slow release. Imodium is your friend just don’t over do it. I would not recommend stop or skipping a day, it’s like starting all over. The slow release helped me a lot. I also took it at dinner time which helped me, but I take 1 a day.


Jeanne A Wonning Eat ask for metformin extended release and. Eat low carb no sugars and grains or unprocessed foods. Metformin also

protects against cancer

Have A1c 7.2 and 160 f bg last labs.

Have A1c 7.2 and 160 f bg last labs. Been on the keto diet totally by accident. I have to honestly say I really don’t know if I’m in ketosis I have not checked it, but I’m allowed 97 carbs and at most had 76. 30/carbs, 40/fats 30/protein , have been sticking to (or not sticking), get the joke? Lol unsaturated fats and mainly no saturated fats, as I have cholesterol issues. and I’m not playing with that! This group is great because it’s a sea of information I’m learning so much, discovering Waze 2 not feel hungry on keto especially with fiber like chia seeds (must soak 1st) of course also a little trial and error, trying to navigate the waters. my macros I had pretty on target today, but had a lot of fiber(38g) supposed to stay about 25 I guess 30 wouldn’t hurt as long as you drink a lot of liquids, they said 70 grams of fiber is where you’ll have stomach distress, my carb manager app cuz where I record all this and it’s really great and easy to use, …. sooooo, I have to actually be careful with eating too much because chia seeds have high fiber and also Ole extreme low-carb tortillas high too.(sell in Target)also adding suja uber greens drink each day for a week, or few. First suja today and it actually made me feel much more alive( ya know what I mean?


Anne Liisa Lepper Sounds like you have not seen the compliant food list for the Low Carb High Fat way of eating this group follows. I’m sure an admin will post it soon and also the other guidelines for this group’s way if eating.


Paulina Buncic The suja drinks are not good for you as a diabetic.
Uber greens has 6 grams of sugar per bottle and contains cucumber, celery, grapefruit, green chard, green leaf lettuc, lemon, kale, spinach, parsley and mit tea.


Paulina Buncic Welcome to our Low Carb High healthy Fat food group. As diabetics our body no longer processes carbs correctly. So, We keep our carbs under 50 per day (many keep it under 30). We eat only the foods on this list.

We don’t eat any bread (grains), rice, potatoes (of any color), beans, corn, peas, pasta, fruit, or sugar. We also avoid milk…you can replace it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk or heavy whipping cream (for coffee). We add healthy fats to keep us full between meals. We are glad you are here. Just Ask us if you have questions


Found another really great benefit of our way of eating today. I have been listening to a book on cholesterol as I drive this week. Today I was so into it I arrived home and kept listening for a half hour. What his me was something Zi knew was good but didn’t realize how good. My most recent blood work showed my triglycerides had gone down from being almost 400 to 84. My HDL was 70 up from 35. So I noticed my ratio was in the green for the first time ever. Well I knew that was good but what I learned today it means my cholesterol particles are most likely now big a fluffy, the non dangerous kind and my insulin resistance is much better. Cool now I want to see more, there are lipid tests that can show more proof on particle size, homocysteine numbers, Inflammation- so this gets better and better.!

I posted 3 days ago about my morning numbers going up all of a sudden

I posted 3 days ago about my morning numbers going up all of a sudden. You all gave me good advice . I was hoping it was a one day thing but this is day three and they are going up more every day. I’m so discouraged . I’m hoping it is hormone related . I am in PMS right now. Either that or maybe stress. At. Even a terrible few weeks personally . Just venting


Matthew Sheehan I ain’t a girl but I do know from people that PMS does raise BS theirs a lot more factors for females that could raise their BS


Amber Kendrick Aww I’m sorry you are struggling Laura. Glad we have this space to vent and to get advice and support.

Crossing my fingers for you that it’s just the PMS and it will go away SOON… sending good vibes your way.


Letitia Meissner I’m having a hard week also. Went on vacation last week and was very complient. The worst I did was eat a bun less burger with ketchup at a restaurant and I know it was regular not low sugar but everything else was spot on. I’m not a vacation type of person, don’t like sleeping in strange beds but it was overall great. Walked a lot. Eating was good, no stress, lots of walking but came back and had readings over 200. Back on schedule, controlled eating and sleep but numbers have ranged between 65 and 225. There is no reason for it and as I have been home 6 days now, I expected to get back to consistent numbers. I can’t even blame hormones for my problem. I’m trying to focus on life long goals so staying positive. Numbers will get back on tract for both of us!


Laura Robitaille Letitia Meissner Im so sorry. We’re so hard on ourselves . For me I feel like I’m failing myself when this happens . Old insecurities come up. Have to soldier in and hope it gets better. Sending you positive thoughts


Putta Budda send me what your eating… i can probably show you why. I learned the hard way.


Laura Robitaille Putta Budda wow thank you ok here goes:
BREAKFAST: coffee with HWC, no sweetener. This is at 7am after fasting for 12 hours
9am : 1 scrambled egg cooked in bacon fat and 2 slices of bacon
No snacks
THIS NEVER CHANGES
LUNCH (yesterday):
1/4 cup chopped raw broccoli
One Keto bagel with butter (4 g carb)
1 hard boiled egg
1/4 avocado, water
No snacks
DINNER: 6pm 1 slice of pepperoni fathead pizza with some olives on it.
1/2 a sliced cucumber from garden
I had one tablespoon of all natural peanut butter for “desert”
Water
That’s all yesterday


Putta Budda Laura Robitaille the bagel and the fat head pizza crust. try cutting that out for 2 weeks. even thoo its net carbs it can still effect you. it did me i can only eat it sometimes. it took me 2 weeks to get from 344 to 287 then it just kept dropping. Im just sensitive to sugar so even “keto” items raise my levels. i hope this helps. just give it a try and see what happens


Laura Robitaille Putta Budda ok it’s definitely worth a try . Thank you so much for your help. The bagel I have quite often the pizza only once a week tops . I think I will cut them both out for the next week or so and see


Kathleen Axtman Fortner Laura Robitaille What ingredients are in the Keto bagel? It is entirely possible that if there are grains in it, you have progressed to a point in this disease that the grains that didn’t previously impact your BS do now.


Karen Belak I have read on here that PMS does effect our bs.


Laura Robitaille So that’s interesting .i went back 4 weeks(my period is very regular every 28 days) and this time last month my numbers were spiked . They dropped down the day I actually got period. The good news here is: 1- I think this is pms related ; and 2- even though I’m spiking this week it’s still lower then last months spikes so overall I am on the right track. I will now try and be aware that during his point in the month I should lower carbs even more then normal to try and counteract it.


Gina Lee The pizza raises me a little for some reason but not much. I try to eat protein for dinner. My Dr. Suggested eating a meat roll up 4hrs. Before bed and that actually brought me down from 137’s to 120. Now after 4 mos with this way of eating generally 100-105 in the a.m.


Annette Warner You are stressing yourself out. You seem to live and breathe on this page and need to go live.

I lost 50 pounds since April just by following a way of eating

Completely disgusted. part of yesterday’s farm meetings included a tour of a brand new water treatment plant, because water is such an important resource for farming and ranching (ranching is the term used for keeping cattle.). Here we see a photo of the sewage being treated through aeration (and no, it doesn’t stink as much as you think it might – that’s why I could tolerate being up this close to it).

While there, I entered into a discussion with four ladies. one of them was saying how she lost 20 pounds since January using some kind of pill that her doctor recommended, for blood sugar control. It’s not Metformin or anything; it is not prescription and you can buy it on eBay. she went on to say that her blood sugar would be in the 300s and then down to the 50s. she then went on to say that this pill regulated her sugars, and that you could eat anything on it. she said that she still eats anything she wants, including a Dr. Pepper and a cupcake for breakfast. I asked her what about all the damage that’s being done to your pancreas in the meantime? She shrugged her shoulders and said that her pill just “takes care of it.” Seriously??????

I went on to explain that I lost 50 pounds since April just by following a way of eating that restricts certain foods but not others, and that I can have bacon and whipped cream so it’s all good!

But guess who got the attention??? The other three ladies zoomed in on this one who was on this weird pill oh, and I got almost no attention. They were very interested to know the name of the pill, how they could get it, what her experience has been, etc etc. It was sickening. I think they loved the idea of being able to eat whatever the heck you wanted. Maybe the lchf plan seems like too much work for them? I’ll never understand it, is this way of eating doesn’t cost anything because you don’t have to buy any pills or books or anything. This page has made it so simple to adopt the lchf woe. Why is that so undesirable for people??


Kings Mera Mera Claudita Lazy people always look for the “Easy Fix”, that in the long run isn’t. So sad.


Yvonne File My dad is the same way. Eats whatever he wants cuz his pills will fix it.


Laura Robitaille JoelDawn Suderman I work at a water and wastewater treatment plant so I speak your language! We have three aeration pits and it’s so fascinating . Most people don’t realize what happens to poop after the toilet is flushed but it’s pretty cool to see the whole process. Our plant receives the poop and by the time the process is complete through aeration and the clarifies and then treated it goes back jnto the bay crystal clear.


Dawn Agrait Weate It’s easier to take a pill than to commit to a complete lifestyle overhaul.


Barb Tait I know a guy who is overweight, drinks a lot, has been in a diabetic coma many times and shrugs his shoulders at change. “If I want a beer I will drnk it and take a needle if I need it!” There is no reasoning with those with closed minds.


Nancy Krueger Gonzalez Pills from ebay… What could go wrong??? Mainstream medical doctors would rather you take their prescription pills than use a natural means to control disease. They really know next to nothing about nutrition. I have had doctors offer me diet pills, Slim Fast and even surgery for weight loss and not even address the disease that caused the weight gain to begin with. Ads for pills are all over TV, the Internet and in our print magazines. We are conditioned from little kids to accept that it’s natural and good to take a pill for whatever ails you.


Kelly R. Collins The best we can do is lead by example. When people notice your weight loss, extra energy, clearer complexion, higher self esteem they will ask how you did it. That’s when I explain the LCHF way of eating. I work in the medical massage industry so my clients see my changes and their curiosity gets them to ask questions. I tell them I eat to live, not live to eat


Charlie Patterson People are always looking for that miracle pills to just fix everything while they never have to make any changes, Life is all about changes and those of us that are serious about our health and living know this first hand, I have done better with thisgroup then I ever have with any other “diet” plan, Only the people who work this system and the Good Lord knows how hard it is to stay focused, I have come to realize that dedication and hard work pays off and the miracle pills come and go with the sun


Charlie Patterson JoelDawn Suderman people just dont take this disease seriously, Please don’t get me wrong, I make plenty of mistakes and my bs is sometimes all over the chart from my mistakes, but the more I read the more I realize the mistakes I make and have been making for years, I once thought that the pills would fix everything, it has been a very hard lesson for me


Barb Tait There is an add on TV for a diabetic medicine…maybe Trulicity…where the woman says she has her diabetes under control and then grabs an apple from a bowl. I sat here thinking…I don’t think so Honey.


Kay Lynn Blythe Barb Tait that’s why everyone needs to read read read . When I was in the hospital one of the many times this year LOL I was served apple juice at one of my meals, so I was under the impression we can have apples . I’m still learning . I’m finding out now we’re to find the stuff up on the menu or top of the page before I could not find them . I’m glad the admin took the time to explain it to me , anyway I know I have to stay reading everyday .


Adam Mendoza My cousin is the same way doesn’t want to listen to me about woe. Had to go to the hospital cause he’s losing his eye sight but still goes to eat at the Chinese buffet. Says all he needs is eye injections idk


Melissa Bragg My mother is nearly completely blind due to diabetes, her neuropathy in her feet is so bad she can barely walk, and she takes some herbal supplement she buys on amazon instead of going to the dr and getting her metformin and insulin……. and she tells me I’m too strict with my diet.


Nancyl Wilcocks We don’t like people telling us what we can and cannot do. We have comfort habits and don’t want to give them up. That is why so many here, even, have days when we are angry about making changes. It sucks. Everyone prefers a pill to make us better.


Gretchen Brightman Palmer I’m so sorry that this happened to you. Know in your heart that you are doing it the right and long lasting way. I have a friend who has a 25 year old son who was diagnosed as T1 two years ago. His A1C is still 11 and his numbers run 300-400. I sent him our food list and some recipes to see if his wife (who is pre-diabetic) would maybe cook with him to teach him how to help get his/their numbers down and prevent serious medical issues. He wants a Dexcon and is angry because they said they need to see some lifestyle changes before they prescribe one. He flat out REFUSED to even suggest this woe to them. His comment was that his son was too old to be told what to do or how to eat and his wife doesn’t like to cook so they eat out, plus they refuse to deny themselves anything. I ended the convo with “well, in five years you’ll wish you had maybe tried this, good luck.” People just want the easy way out.


Sue Jones Was the pill Berberine? Apparently it’s like Metformin but sold over the counter because it’s natural. I’ll bet her BS is still way out of control even if she’s taking that. Plus all it and other meds do is hide the BS and instead put it into organs. She still needs to get the excess sugar out of her system.


Lindsey Balderston Doing LCHF woe absolutely *requires* you to take personal responsibility and face your addiction, poor self treatment, and commit to showing yourself love by action and not cheap words. It is for the brave who truly love themselves.


Kathleen Carson-Asher So happy about the water treatment plant! So much better than open sewage ponds


Susan Kuhn Robinson I know, people think that all they have to do is “take a pill” and it’s all fixed. But one day we will be reading about what that pill does to ruin the bodies of those who use it and depend on it. This woe doesn’t hurt our bodies, and you don’t have to be diabetic to follow this way either, everyone can follow it and will be healthier for it too. That’s not to say that everyone will be able to get off the meds, but this woe will help the meds do their job.
I know I followed a closer form of this woe when I wasn’t diagnosed as type 2, just to help my husband with his diet. (He is type 2 also. And has trouble following a diet, so my thoughts years ago was that if he didn’t have to do it alone, it would be easier for him. Ha! I fight with him all the time about it. But I had a headstart in following it before I was diagnosed.) I will always be on meds because of other health issues that caused it, but this woe has really helped me to bring it all under control for the most part.


Diane Julia I thought I’d never be able to give up my family block a day chocolate habit. I would eat chocolate for breakfast just to give my body energy and then I’d sleep because I have no energy, (i now know high blood sugar) and so the cycle continued. As soon as I realised my body isn’t processing glucose and I’m not getting the energy I need from sugar, I was able to change my way of thinking and break the cycle. 30 min – an hour of walking a day even if u don’t feel like it has made the difference in stabilising my blood sugar as well as a diet overhaul. Breaking that cycle only took one day of not turning to chocolate and anything sweet. People are afraid to change they look for that magic pill so they don’t have to break bad habits.

My mom is 71 and has no health issues

My mom is 71 and has no health issues. She is slim hand was a vegetarian for about 30 years. She does have our “family triglycerides,” however, always high her whole adult life. She is not diabetic but her last a1c, in June, was a 5.8. So she decided to do this woe with me for the last two months.

Although she eats very little meat, she added whole fat cheeses, sour cream, butter, olive oil and almond flour. She ate a bit more protein than usual. She cut out her carbs which for her is mostly granola, apples, “bars,” whole wheat bread, potatoes and low fat ice cream.

In 50 days her a1c went from 5.8 to 5.3. But the amazing part? Her triglycerides fell 95 points!! and her LdL went from unhealthy to healthy. First time in her life! She is so excited. (She also lost 6 pounds of course).


Piper Pack-Smith Matthew Sheehan Yeah thats why she decided to do the woe. If you are older and your numbers are in the 5s it would be rare for a doctor to recommend treatment. Thats what docs have said to me, that their goals vary depending on age and other issues of the patient.


Maxine Clarke Piper Pack-Smith: My primary care Doc., does thorough blood work on me because of all the meds I take for HBP, CHD, cholesterol. 3 months before I was diagnosed with diabetes, my A1C was 5.3 then after my hospital stint and he checked my A1C it was 10.3 my Doc it is sudden onset. Who knows


Denise Parker It’s sad that so many people think meat and fat causes high cholesterol and high triglycerides. She’s proof that it doesn’t! She’s doing great!


I went to ER Friday because, try as I might my glucose would not go below 360 for 4 days. I had a prescription for steroids and a z-pack because I had a sinus infection and bronchitis after taking steroids for 3 days my blood sugar wouldn’t go down so I went to the ER because it was like at 360 I got one shot of insulin and they got it down to 284 and sent me home I went back to the ER because of really bad dizzy spells and still high bs and I have literally no energy I’ve been at the hospital four days and have learned the cells that help with the glucose are dying so they’re going to put me on insulin sometimes this shocks the cells into reproducing and everything goes back fine and the pancreas is fine, well, for the most part for a diabetic right? I am wicked scared of using insulin.


Paulina Buncic Insulin and metformin are the two safest meds for diabetics. Breathe, this disease can be controlled, you just need to cut carbs to 50 a day or less.
As diabetics our body no longer processes carbs correctly. So, We keep our carbs under 50 per day (many keep it under 30). We eat only the foods on this list.

We don’t eat any bread (grains), rice, potatoes (of any color), beans, corn, peas, pasta, fruit, or sugar. We also avoid milk…you can replace it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk or heavy whipping cream (for coffee). We add healthy fats to keep us full between meals. We are glad you are here. Just Ask us if you have questions


Adasyn Hendrix You’ll be okay!!! Insulin injections isn’t that bad, I’ve been using them for abt 3 weeks now and I’ve gotten used to them! I’m only 13 and I’m sure if I can do it so can you !! The hardest thing will be just dosing yourself, but it’s pretty easy!


Denise Parker Insulin is safer than most diabetes drugs. You can do this and it will give your pancreas a rest. Stay on this way of eating and you probably won’t have to use it long.


Savannah Veenstra I am recovering from a terrible infection and was put on insulin to tighten control while I am healing. I was told it won’t be forever and for the past month, my numbers are staying in my target zone. I am healing nicely and feeling good! Hopefully you won’t need it long either!

I’m brand new to diabetes

Not only am I brand new to this page, but I’m brand new to diabetes. That is to say, I was officially diagnosed on Tuesday. I’m so lost in all of this. I don’t know what to eat or what to do when my sugar is high. I’m still waiting on follow up appts. SOOO overwhelming…

Tuesday:
Sugar – 430
AC1 – 9.8

Today my sugar was 264.

I hate all of this. Inside of just a few days, my life is completely changed…and I’m so freaking hungry!!


Kristin R. Dawson Welcome. All of it is overwhelming at first but it gets easier. This page is very strict LCHF (low carb high fat) and has a lot of information in the “files” section . That’s where I would get started.! You got this!


Kathleen Axtman Fortner It really is overwhelming, but if you eat this groups WOE, you don’t have to be hungry!


Dave Buskirk Hang in there. It took me almost 3 months to begin to understand. This group is amazing.


Wade Zetterberg My wife has been on the keto diet for over a year now, so the transition will be somewhat smoother than other’s experiences maybe. I’m just so hungry after basically eating next to nothing this week. Looking for something I can fill up on without going against doctor’s orders and the new lifestyle… that I still know nothing about.

I’m a dude that HATES changes. Even the smallest change screws with me. I’m a big baby, I admit it. And I’m supposed to be indestructible, you know? Like this stuff happens to other ppl… not me. So I’m angry. And hungry. And overwhelmed. And depressed. All of it.

And clearly, I’m dramatic


Denise Parker Wade Zetterberg what did your doctor tell you to eat? If it wasn’t low carb high healthy fats you will continue to have high blood sugars. You may have to go against some of his orders if you don’t want a lot of drugs and/or insulin. Use our food list, show it to your wife and she can help you eat plenty and not be hungry while getting your blood sugar down. If she does Keto she can help you do this, it’s only a little different. Don’t get tied to the ADA guidelines where they push 45 carbs a meal. You’ll end up sicker. I tried to follow doctors orders..it doesn’t work.


Wade Zetterberg Denise Parker they haven’t really said yet. I’ve only been to the appts that got me diagnosed, still waiting on follow ups, classes, dieticians, etc… All in the upcoming weeks. I was basically blind for the better part of 2 hrs on Tuesday. So this is all brand new.


Paulina Buncic Welcome to our Low Carb High healthy Fat food group. As diabetics our body no longer processes carbs correctly. So, We keep our carbs under 50 per day (many keep it under 30). We eat only the foods on this list.

We don’t eat any bread (grains), rice, potatoes (of any color), beans, corn, peas, pasta, fruit, or sugar. We also avoid milk…you can replace it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk or heavy whipping cream (for coffee). We add healthy fats to keep us full between meals. We are glad you are here. Just Ask us if you have questions


Jesus De Los Santos are you hungry all the time?


Wade Zetterberg I was kind of a binge eater in that I could not eat for a day or so, then have a big meal… and then just graze on snack foods here and there. No rhyme or reason to it. Probably why I’m now dealing with this..


Brianne Dentson Start exercising…..that will help bring it down. Also, practice portion control, immediately cut out sugar and white carbs. That’s just to start until you get your head wrapped around everything.


Monique Potter Noriz Hi Wade, it shook my world a year ago. You might be instructed to follow the ADA guidelines for diet, but those can make it worse. Please don’t starve yourself. I was diagnosed at an 11.6 and I usually didn’t eat. Eating made me feel sick, and apparently not eating raised my sugars. In 2 months I brought it down to a 6.8, oddly enough, by eating more often but the good stuff. I follow a Mediterranean diet, which is similar to the LCHF diet that many in here have had success with. Please take some time and do your research. So many doctors are clueless or ADA brainwashed when it comes to this disease. You need to be your own advocate. You’re stronger than you think you are! 


Robin Bridgewater Tingley Wade, I was diagnosed July 3rd. I was a bread/cheese/sweets vegetarian for 22 years. I am learning to get some fish down now, but every time I get down or want a piece of bread or sweets, I tell myself I would rather have my kidneys, feet, etc. than a piece of bread or whatever. It has helped put it in perspective for me, maybe it will help you, too. (Plus I’ve lost 31 pounds already! )


Viv Holloway Hi Wade you can beat this. Think of it as your body telling you it’s now time to look after me. You will be amazed at what you can achieve in a short time. Start simple. Stick to the compliant food list. Use a side plate not a dinner plate. I have brought my numbers down to the normal range. Let us know what you eat and we can give you ideas in compliant versions. The first month or two is the hardest. You can do this.


David Franklin Just remember you fight this disease every meal. As you adapt to the new diet, there will be times you will mess up and cheat. Forgive yourself and get back on the horse. You will get used to the “new normal” over time. Never give up, never surrender!


Katie Ward I would spend this evening reading as many old posts on this site you can find. This is loaded wit information and very inspiring- then clean out the refrig and cupboards, then go to the food store and get started. You can not live well if you try to just take meds to get out of this. Meds are necessary for dome st first but if you eat the right thing you can actually heal and avoid further damage from more meds than you need


Carlo Santos Be patient.you still have the chance to reverse it since it was just recently diagnosed.follow a strict diet.no carbs and sweets.take metformin if prescribed by your doctors daily and on time after every meal.exercie a lot everyday as in you need to perspire kind of exercise…and most importantly,avoid stress like being sad or angry…try to find ways to make you happy.this will help you get rid of the symptoms in about a week or so.then give it at least three months and you might get your blood sugar and hba1c levels back to normal range.trust me I’ve been there.it’s a struggle but it is up to you if you want to get healthy.


Jessica Rosa I’m right there with you. Just learning about all this. Last night I literally cried my eyes out on the couch because my husband was watching a cooking show and he kept saying it looked so good. I realized I cant eat anything they were making. I was heartbroken and lost it. He thinks I’m crazy now.


Dan Brendle Listen carefully to your doctors. Ask lots of questions. If they won’t give you answers find one who will! Eat better. Have your doctor set you up on an appropriate exercise program.