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What Can You Eat When You Have Diabetes Type 2?

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What you eat makes a big difference when you have diabetes. When you build your diet, four key things to focus on are carbs, fiber, fat, and salt. Here's what you should know about each of them. Carbs give you fuel. They affect your blood sugar faster than fats or protein. You’ll mainly get them from: Fruit Milk and yogurt Bread, cereal, rice, pasta Starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn, and beans Some carbs are simple, like sugar. Other carbs are complex, like those found in beans, nuts, vegetables, and whole grains. Complex carbohydrates are better for you because they take longer for your body to digest. They give you steady energy and fiber. You may have heard of “carbohydrate counting.” That means you keep track of the carbs (sugar and starch) you eat each day. Counting grams of carbohydrate, and splitting them evenly between meals, will help you control your blood sugar. If you eat more carbohydrates than your insulin supply can handle, your blood sugar level goes up. If you eat too little, your blood sugar level may fall too low. You can manage these shifts by knowing how to count carbs. One carbohydrate serving equals 15 grams of carbohydrates. A registered dietitian Continue reading >>

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  1. BingCherry

    Hello all
    My doc may put me on Metformin(Glucophage) to help with my PCOS. I find that I'm able to control what I eat for the first half of the day, but come evening, I just lose it on most occasions. I'm not totally sure if there's something wrong with me, but the doc will be meeting with me Wednesday and is addressing all my labs and starting me on something. I may need a progesterone-only BC pill and metformin to help get me back on track.
    I'm so scared of the side effects. Not because I think I'll die, but I just have to work and hope I can still function as I seem to be one of those people who always gets side effects from stuff.
    Have any of you lost weigh on this? If so, how much and how long did it take? I've read MANY reviews of metformin where the person ate sensibly and lost anywhere from 20-45 pounds the first 3 months without too much effort. Most of them just lowered their carbs and had more protein/dairy with veggies and fruits.

  2. timneh5

    20 to 45 pounds in three months? I haven't heard of anyone losing that amount of weight because of metformin. It's a nice thought, though.
    I find that I'm starving in the evening, if I eat lunch too early. Try eating a later lunch and eat something to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Also, don't forget to eat a snack between meals to keep your glucose numbers level.

  3. BingCherry

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    Originally Posted by timneh5
    20 to 45 pounds in three months? I haven't heard of anyone losing that amount of weight because of metformin. It's a nice thought, though.
    I find that I'm starving in the evening, if I eat lunch too early. Try eating a later lunch and eat something to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Also, don't forget to eat a snack between meals to keep your glucose numbers level. Have you tried taking it at night, instead? I heard that can help. I haven't started yet, but I'm worried. I hope I'm not sick as a dog at work.

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