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    Improving Fasting Blood Sugar

    As many of you know, I'm T2 diabetic (just in case anyone new who doesn't know me wants to chime in)

    With that said, I think my blood sugar during the day is pretty darn good, especially since I'm not on meds right now. Examples:

    SATURDAY:
    7p: 109 before dinner
    9p: 126 after dinner/before bed

    SUNDAY:
    8p: 95 before dinner
    10p: 124 after dinner

    MONDAY:
    8p: 110 before dinner
    10p: 109 after dinner

    but here's the kicker. My fasting blood sugars SUUUUUCK. They are in the high 120s/low 130s. Is there anything I can do to help lower them?
    We normally eat dinner around 6, but the last few days have been busy so we haven't gotten to dinner until later.
    I've been trying to eat better, too, and will be really cracking down in July.
    Exercise has been lacking lately (I HATE THE HEAT!), but when hubby says "let's go for a walk", I pull myself together and face mother nature, and we go for a 3.63 - 4 mile walk in just over an hour.
    Going to try to make it to the gym this morning though.

    Is there anything I can do, diet or otherwise, to bring down those fasting blood sugars into the 90s?
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    In, because my fasting numbers have been creeping up.

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    Eat sugar? Not seriously, thought it works.

    From what I understand (mainly Bernstein influenced) if you aren't going over 140 at your peaks (and that's really going to be closer to 1 hour after eating, for me anyway) you're really in a good place. That's what I worry about way more than fasting (though I'd like to see my fasting come down too). That 140+ area is where the biggies in diabetic damage is happening. (And actually Bernstein and friends recommend staying under 120 if you already have diabetic damage).
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    Yeah, but my doc was raggin' on me last checkup about elevated fasting sugars (ie: in the 130s), and I need to get them down to the 90s for pregnancy.
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    Some supplements that have been shown to help lower BG levels (fasting or otherwise) include

    R-Lipoic Acid
    http://www.iherb.com/Life-Extension-...Caps/9824?at=0

    Cinnamon
    Doctor's Best, Best Cinnamon Extract, 125 mg, 60 Veggie Caps - iHerb.com

    Vinegar caps
    Now Foods, Apple Cider Vinegar, High Potency, 450 mg, 180 Capsules - iHerb.com

    WellBetX Glucose Balance
    Natural Factors, WellBetX Glucose Balance, 60 Packets - iHerb.com

    Check out the Review tab on each link for testimonials.

    Also, I don't know if it's appropriate for you specifically, but if you don't already do intermittent fasting (IF), that has been shown to have beneficial effects on lowering fasting BG levels.
    Last edited by healthseekerKate; 07-02-2011 at 10:49 AM.

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    I have found cinnamon and chromium nicotinate to be helpful.

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    marcadav, I agree that chromium supplementation can be beneficial:

    Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University

    "In 12 out of 15 controlled studies of people with impaired glucose tolerance, chromium supplementation was found to improve some measure of glucose utilization or to have beneficial effects on blood lipid profiles... Generally, chromium supplementation in a variety of forms, at doses of about 200 mcg/day for two to three months, has been found to be beneficial..."

    However, be sure that you limit your daily intake of chromium to 200 mcg/day (including multivitamin sources); I've read that renal damage can occur if this limit is chronically exceeded...

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    Also, diabetics get pregnant. So you might need drugs to get to 90. I think that's okay. I can't see saying you can't have a baby until you're "not diabetic" (as they say if you control your disease without drugs).
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    I've found that even if I eat well during the day, if I eat too late in the evening - it will spike my fasting morning sugar the next day. I'm quite sure that it's because my digestion/metabolism lowers after a certain time of day. For me it seems to be at around 6:00pm. If I eat near that time or after - it shows up the next day in the B.S. numbers.

    I've found that I work best on a breakfast with 50g of protein and a late lunch/early dinner, 5 hours later. It usually ends up being 9am and 2:30/3pm. I don't eat again until the next morning. My fasting b.s. is in the low 90's so far and seems to stay there if I don't eat too much protein and keep my carbs under 50g.

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    Thanks guys! I'll definitely look into the chromium. I've heard different things about cinnamon, so I'm glad there's another option out there.

    I do enjoy IFing. Yesterday I ran my brother in law on errands after breakfast, and thought I'd be back in time for lunch. When I got home, it was closer to dinner, so no point in lunch (wasn't crazy hungry anyway).

    loafingcactus, I know diabetics can get pregnant (I maintained an hA1c under 6 for my first pregnancy), but I'd like to stay as drug free as possible during my next one, so it's really important to me to buckle down on numbers now.
    My doc says she won't hesitate to put me back on drugs the second I get knocked up, so I really want to show her that we have other options.
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