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Simple Diet Primer for Type II Diabetes

I'm looking for recommendations for simple introductory books about managing Type II Diabetes through diet and exercise. The book I have in mind would be written for someone who knows very little about the disease, and which explains what you can and can't eat, the reasoning behind it, and some guidelines about modifying your diet. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Aug 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me replace my bum-around, easy on/off, handyman shoes!

I have some great shoes I love that are ... falling apart. [pic] Unfortunately, they've been discontinued! I can get something sort of similar but there are still some drawbacks. Diligent searching hasn't turned up my perfect work shoe, though. In short, I want something tough like a work boot, easy to put on and take off (i.e. velcro straps), but with walking-shoe type soles and as light as possible. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Aug 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Omnipod vs. Medtronic?

Asking for my girlfriend, who will be checking and possibly replying to this post: I'm looking into starting on an insulin pump and I'm pretty sure I've narrowed it down to the Omnipod and the Medtronic Minimed. Looking for any first hand experience with either. I'm also open to any other suggestions to other pumps to consider as well as which ones to avoid. [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jul 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Can I sell my deceased cat's new insulin & new needles?

We have brand-new, unused needles and a new, unopened Lantus insulin vial that we had bought for our cat, but our cat passed away late last month. We can't seem to figure out if it's legal to resell these prescription items. Is it? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Best magazines for diabetics with a low-carb philosophy

Looking for diabetes management magazine with a low-carb or controlled-carb diet. My family member was relatively recently diagnosed and is not getting great diet education. [more inside]
posted by emkelley on Jun 3, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I get cheap glucose testing strips? Is there any low income aid?

I am a 58 year old diabetic woman. The strips I use for a glucometer on ebay example link here are about 50 cents each, it's the cheapest I've found. Occasionally I even buy a whole new glucometer, because it comes with "free strips", and then I throw away the glucometer when I'm done. I'm willing to use expired, or soon to expire strips, or any off brand generic, or what about reusable strips? What is the cheapest way for me to test my sugar? I test my sugar about 5 times a day. I am willing to order online, and I am also low income, if there is any income based support I usually qualify.
posted by kikithekat on May 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Recommend low-carb or diabetes food blogs

My husband was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Can you suggest food blogs that focus on low-carb recipes, or cooking for someone with diabetes? I specifically want weblogs -- not books, magazines, tv shows or other kinds of websites. Thanks!
posted by OrangeDisk on Feb 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Any problems with changing brands of blood glucose meters?

I'm a person with diabetes and I have my blood glucose data going back for more than a year. If I change blood glucose meters now will I still have a basis for comparison with my old data? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Dec 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Am I prediabetic?

Should I be concerned about my recent lab results? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Baby Shower Baking! Complication: Gestational Diabetes!

I'm providing the cake (??????) for a good friend's baby shower on Sunday, which I'm very happy to do. The complication is that I just found out that the mother-to-be was recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I don't know anything about how to bake for people diabetes in general or gestational diabetes specifically, and I don't have time to do a ton of research before I have to start baking whatever it is I'm baking. Panicking a little! HELP! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Nov 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Nutrition and health aspects of white versus wheat bread

Most people have heard the mantra that wheat bread is "good" but white bread is bad. However, virtually all commercial wheat breads contain added sugars in some form (molasses, etc.) while it is possible to obtain commercial white breads with zero added sugars (e.g. scali or Italian bread) and sugar is meant to be "bad" for us, contributing to cancer, obesity and diabetes. From a scientific or evidence standpoint, how do the relative merits of sugarless white and whole wheat breads stack up assuming one buys the best quality option from each category?
posted by mintchip on Oct 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Vegatarian diet for a Type 2 Diabetic

Asking for a friend... [more inside]
posted by Samizdata on Oct 11, 2013 - 7 answers

No sugar tonight...

Mefites who have given up sugar (or some other beloved but harmful substance): does it get any easier? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Sep 26, 2013 - 26 answers

Eye see what you did there

I recently discovered that I have diabetic retinopathy. I have been a diabetic for the last fifteen years or so and have feared this moment since my initial diagnosis. Several recent changes to my vision have caused me problems and I am trying to learn to cope with this new development. (Apologies in advance for the flurry of snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by BrianJ on Sep 17, 2013 - 12 answers

90 Days and still no diagnosis. Maybe MeFi can help?

My wife has been experiencing fairly severe edema and pain for 3 months, and proteinuria for about the last month. The doctors are all stumped. On the long shot that somebody here has experienced something similar... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me heal my fatty liver? IKYANMD

I'm a 57 year old Mexican woman with "fatty liver". My liver enzymes are elevated (790.4) and I'd like to heal this fatty liver but it hasn't changed in the past 8 months. I am diabetic, non smoker- non-drinker, 150 lbs, I am mostly vegetarian and exercise 3 times a week. I am on insulin and janumet. Thanks (I know you are not my doctor)
posted by kikithekat on Aug 23, 2013 - 17 answers

What do you feed a queasy stomach with pre-diabetes?

My doctor asked me to try the South Beach Diet to help my pre-diabetes. I'm about to take an antibiotic that makes most people queasy or worse, and I'm wondering what to eat if I start feeling bad. Normally, such as when I get the flu, I stick to the BRAT diet of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. I can't eat any of those now without protein with them and only the whole grain versions of rice and toast. And when I'm nauseated things with flavor or fat like meat, stir fry, and salad are really unappealing. So South beach followers or diabetics/pre-diabetics -- what do you eat when you're feeling sick?
posted by Margalo Epps on Aug 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Insulin and Low Carb diet

Can anyone point me to research that shows that the beta cells become "lazy" and become dormant because of a low carb diet? Or even better a LCHF diet? This is pertaining to type 2 DM. Thanks! BB
posted by bright77blue on Jul 9, 2013 - 3 answers

A durable blood glucose meter to carry in my pocket?

What blood glucose meter can be reliably carried in a pocket, handle the wear of being jostled around, and avoid being activated when not actually in use? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen on May 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Blood sugar issues because of anti-psychotics, what to do now?

What should I do in the immediate short term before my appointment to talk about blood sugar issues with my psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Time Travel With An Insulin Pump

My wife, who has had an insulin pump for almost 18 years, has somehow never traveled more than one time zone with it. Next week she has 5 day business trip to the West Coast, and we live on the East Coast. Any diabetic MeFi's have experience crossing 3 time zones with a pump? [more inside]
posted by COD on Feb 17, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I find out more about what Polish people eat?

Can you think of any good sources of information on Polish daily eating habits, dietary trends, frequently used ingredients and dishes etc.? Bonus question: how much overlap is there with other Eastern European countries? [more inside]
posted by sively on Jan 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Why is suck

Always hungry, except when I eat meat - then I want to throw up. What is wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Nov 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Can prediabetes cause weight gain?

Can prediabetes cause weight gain? [more inside]
posted by davisnot on Oct 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Insert recipe suggestions here!

Recipe suggestions for chaotic new family lifestyle with a number of dietary restrictions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2012 - 20 answers

What should a doctor's note say so that I can acheive my morbid obesity fitness goal?

Obese and diabetic is no way to go through life son, so I want/need/have to exercise. Problem: Most entities (exercise programs, gyms, trainers) want a doctor's note from me to prove I won't drop fucking dead while attempting to exercise. I want to get a note (one singular note) from my doctor that will allow me to participate in as many different exercise programs as possible. What should the note say? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Sep 27, 2012 - 27 answers

Help! Why are my blood sugar levels rising as weight falls?

Help! Why are my blood sugar levels rising as weight falls? [more inside]
posted by mmorelli on Sep 22, 2012 - 37 answers

Think John Kelly Chocolates but without the sugar.

I *love* buying chocolates or candy for friends and family on special occasions. It's kind of my thing, and the fancier the better. The problem is I have a diabetic in the family, and I want to send them something to celebrate an anniversary. Is there such a thing as fancy sugar-free chocolate or candy? I need something nicer than a bag of sugar-free Lifesavers.
posted by phaedon on Sep 19, 2012 - 27 answers

Cookie Dough + Cheesecake = ?

I need to create a cookie dough cheesecake with an American theme - help? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Sep 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Health-focused, fat-friendly dietician, pls

Can you recommend a registered dietician in NYC (or who does Skype appointments) who focuses on health at every size instead of weight-loss and fat shaming? [more inside]
posted by AnonymousPervert on Aug 29, 2012 - 6 answers

How do other cultures deal with diabetes?

I recently discovered that I am well on my way to Type 2 diabetes. So I am taking the steps recommended by my docotor and everyone else: trying to lose weight, cut out sugar and simple carbs, etc. I am curious about cross-cultural recommendations for pre-diabetics. For example, perhaps some European countries seem to think that taking B vitamins can keep diabetes at bay? Or there is some folk wisdom that recommends using teaspoons of vinegar before (after?) meals to help regulate blood sugar? And yes, I realize that type 2 diabetes is much more common in the US than elsewhere. I'm hoping to steer this conversation away from "Americans are lazy gluttons" and more toward "here are some potentially helpful things to do that an American doctor wouldn't know to mention."
posted by Jane Austen on Aug 23, 2012 - 25 answers

Lowcarb diets for diabetes control?

High-fat low-carb diets for diabetics? [more inside]
posted by zennish on May 27, 2012 - 18 answers

The cure for diabetes: McDonalds?

What is the possible explanation for a type 2 diabetic eating 237 grams of carbs in a meal and not seeing any significant spike in blood sugar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Healthy recreational cooking ideas...?

My wife loves baking cakes, but I'd really like her to stop. What other things could she cook that meet her requirements and mine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2012 - 76 answers

I don't want to give up pasta, but I don't want diabetes either!

Is there any point to eating whole wheat pasta? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Apr 26, 2012 - 27 answers

iPhone App that tracks Blood pressure, weight, Type II diabetes, exercise routines and calories?

Is there an iPhone App that tracks ALL of the following aspects of health: Blood pressure, weight, Type II diabetes, exercise routines and calories (aka food consumption)? There's plenty of apps that track 2 or 3 of these things, but is there one that tracks ALL of them?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 23, 2012 - 3 answers

e coli ESBL+ urinary infection

After multiple knee surgeries, my mom was just diagnosed with e coli ESBL+ infection. [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Apr 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Hot cross apples

What healthful treats can I give at Easter? [more inside]
posted by Trivia Newton John on Apr 1, 2012 - 8 answers

School me, please, for I am ignorant.

I am a nutritional newbie - I never took any classes on the subject, I'm a lifelong selective eater, and what little I know has been memorized, mostly in the last two months. I'm in need of some specific schooling on my current peculiar weight-loss situation. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Mar 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Why does higher blood sugar feel more healthy?It's been 2 years since it got stabilized.

Why would my dad feel worse after getting his Type II diabetes elevated blood sugar under control? It doesn't seem to be an adjustment-period thing - he's been in the proper range for almost two years and still feels far worse than he did with high sugar. [more inside]
posted by dust.wind.dude on Feb 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Safe, simple recipes for diabetics.

I need safe, simple recipes for a friend who has just discovered she is diabetic. [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Dec 20, 2011 - 16 answers

Please help me avoid needles by eating healthier breakfasts!

What are some delicious high-fiber (and ideally high-protein and low-carb) foods I could eat for breakfast? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol on Dec 17, 2011 - 44 answers

Flying While Diabetic

Beyond knowing what the TSA says here, what should I know about domestic air travel and diabetes? [more inside]
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese on Dec 9, 2011 - 12 answers

I need a drink

From time to time I enjoy an adult beverage, but I don't like to taste my liquor. Basically, I like drinks that taste like candy. What would you suggest for me? Additional requirements below the fold. [more inside]
posted by spinturtle on Nov 27, 2011 - 56 answers

Curse you, diabetes. Stop cockblocking food!

Suggestions for healthy weight-gain-friendly foods/recipes? [more inside]
posted by zennish on Oct 4, 2011 - 8 answers

I know I'm on a diet, I just don't know what to eat

I've just been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. What are your favorite diabetic-friendly foods/recipes? Any advice on keeping on track with my new diet? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Sep 28, 2011 - 17 answers

Because I don't have enough problems as it is...

I am going in for a doctor's appointment tomorrow, where it's likely I'll be told I have diabetes (or pre-diabetes, or diabetes caused by medications, or something like that.) What questions should I be asking? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Sep 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Lost 60lbs & Fixed insulin resistance with Atkins. Will juice fasting hurt my progress??

I Lost 60 lbs and cured metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance) quickly on a modified Atkins diet. Can I start juice fasting without raising my sugar/insulin levels and "blowing up" again. I am down to about 5% bodyfat with normal blood sugar and LOVING it. How can I juice without upsetting my sugar/insulin balance again? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Sep 21, 2011 - 21 answers

What does a fasting blood glucose of 102 mean?

What does a fasting blood glucose of 102 mean? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Sep 7, 2011 - 23 answers

HELP, with diabetic diet.

I need clever ideas to help someone with diabetes make better food choices. This person is supposed to be on a low carb diet. Catches: Obviously i can not force them to eat any certain thing. or deprive of food.
posted by misformiche on Jul 19, 2011 - 21 answers

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