Getting Diabetes

@suspenseful (40314)
Canada
October 7, 2008 6:34pm CST
I am on the borderline of diabetes. Oh and that is not the only problem I have, I also have br* st cancer. So now I have two things wrong with me and the latter is worst. My husband told me his father had it and it was a series of don'ts, you will have to go on a diet of lettuce and cottage cheese, etc. So I am a little concerned. I did pick up a book that told how to reverse the diabetes by natural foods, etc. But now I have a problem. I sometimes do baking and I do not like the sugar substitutes because I heard they are bad for you. So are there other sugar substitutes that are better and what are the proportions that one should use?
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@Munchkin547 (2778)
8 Oct 08
It sounds as though you really are having a rough time of it! Before you start panicking about strict and bad tasting diets you need to get the diagnosis confirmed, there are different types of diabetes, types on and two, some diabetics are insulin dependent and others are diet controlled, some even keep it under control by taking tablets. There are millions of people out there who have diabetes but still manage to maintain a healthy, tasty and balanced diet, you will more than likely still be able to eat the things that you enjoy, you just have to be a bit more careful about what you are eating. Although i have not been in your situation i remember when i was trying to give up taking sugar in my tea by using sweetener instead, at first i found it had a bitter aftertaste but after a while i got used to it and now it is the real sugar that tastes strange to me! Try and stay positive, things are obviously not great for you at the moment, but i urge you to get all of the information from the professionals before you panic and start imagining the worst. xxxx
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
I am pre=diabetic or borderline diabetic. I bought a book on how to control it thorough natural means. I do not want to rely on pills, because that will mean that we have to just stay here in Winnipeg all the time. I mean if my husband gets better, we have to be able to get the pills or have a three month supply so I am trying to get myself healthy. I am not that great on sweets, so I should be all right.
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12 Oct 08
well prevention is better than cure, i think a healthy diet cutting baon sugar etc is a good thing anyway, but if you have read around and know specific things that are good for "pre diabetics" then it's probably wise to follow it! xxx
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
I have a book that will help. I will have to stock up on some the food, because a lot of it is found on health food stores, and I will have to buy much of the fruit myself as my husband does the shopping and he is the not need it kind and I do not have that much money, just the pension and what I make here on mylot and I also need some of it in case we have to increase our health insurance so it is going to be tight. I do have a berry patch but it is now at the end of the season and I do not have that much.
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• United States
7 Oct 08
you can look for recipes that use fruit juices and apple sauce.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
9 Oct 08
I do use apple sauce. Unfortunately our tree produces mostly leaves this year and so I just have the apples in the freezer from the year before. So I guess I better get out and trim it. I did find some recipes, but I cannot use sugar with them. I bought some Stevia but it is quite concentrated. So I will have to bulk up the squares another way.
• United States
9 Oct 08
I read somewhere that Stevia is not good for you.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
11 Oct 08
I also read that Splenda and the other sweeteners are not good for you either. That just leaves honey. But have you seen the price of honey lately? I mean it costs over five dollars a jar when I went to the store last.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I am so sorry to hear that. My husband is borderline diabetic also. I am not sure if I am or not. I have not seen a doctor in years. We don't have health insurance. I hope you are able to manage yourself with. I will pray for you.
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I didn't know that Steph, How are you I hope all is well with you and your Family. I glad your Husband don't take the shots.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
11 Oct 08
My doctor gave me some pills that I have to take one a day and I found a book that tells me how to reverse diabetes by eating natural foods, so I hope by following that, I will be able to reverse it and also I might also remove another problem that I have been having recently. I have been losing weight though, but I found I had a hard time getting rid of it. NOw all I need are some healthy recipes like diabetic squares and cookies, etc.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
8 Oct 08
The best substitute for sugar that I have found is Splenda. It is not aspartame and is actually made from real sugar which has been render calorie free somehow. It is even touted as best in Dr. Atkins books. My brother in law has diabetes and he uses Splenda exclusively. Hope that everything works out well for you. My prayers are with you.
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
8 Oct 08
That is good you are on the Borderline that means you are watching your Diet which is a good thing. How are you these days, I hope you are well? Keep the Faith!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
I am not that good. I heard I have a tumor and that is another thing to worry about.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Splenda is supposed to be derived in some way from sugar itself yet has no carbs. You can bake with it and it can be substituted and measured the same as sugar. My husband is diabetic and he likes it. Diabetes can be held in check with the proper diet for a long time. It can even appear to be in remission at times. But as with many diseases, it can be progressive. Many people eventually have to go on oral medication or even insulin. It is not a failure on the part of the patient but rather on the part of the patient's pancreas. There are many ways to manage it with the help of your doctor. I pray that all goes well with you.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I have truly struggled with my weight ALL of my life, and I applaud you for the efforts you have been making. Keep it up!
@chinna533 (309)
• India
8 Oct 08
oh very sad .. diabetics have became a common now a days.. and its very cause to health..
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
That is the trouble. It runs in my family and even though I am careful about what I eat, I get it. I hope to get rid of it.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
honey - a stick of honey
Hi there! I think honey would be the best substitute for sugar. It's a natural sweetener and good for the health. I'm just not sure if you can use it in baking.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
I can use honey for some cakes or cookies as long as they are soft, but not for meringues or hard cookies. I wonder what it would be like for shortbread - oh darn! Can't use butter, but it is once a year for Christmas. Maybe one would be enough.
• United States
8 Oct 08
I am a great believer in "Stevia" it is a natural herb and I have been using it for years. I prefer it in the liquid form as I find it easy to get the correct amount. I can get it at Krogers and and at any health food store. "Stevia is a South American herb that has been used as a sweetener by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay for hundreds of years. The leaves of this small, green Stevia rebaudiana plant have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar." Here is a link for you all about it and also has recipes http://www.stevia.com/
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
I went to the bulk store (get a 10 percent discount every Wednesday) but they were out of the liquid. So I have to buy the package. I will see if it is also available at the health food store in our mall. I know I can get it at Zellers, but usually I buy things there just at senior's day. i hate it when the government seem to think it is a supplement, and think that you just use it to sweeten coffee or tea, but since I like my tea straight and coffee with milk just sometimes, I want to use it for baking.
@marzoeki (138)
• Indonesia
8 Oct 08
where are u come from ?? come to my country indonesia.. then askin about person named gus muh,, he is an traditional doctor,, but he have many experience with disease in yours... it's also don't need operation... just come to his place,, then you will get his care.. hope u satisfied...:)
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
I live in Canada and my budget is such that we cannot afford to fly. Thanks for the help anyway.
• United States
8 Oct 08
From what I have tasted, splenda is one of the best. Still a slight aftertaste but not bad at all. A good thing about it, is that it is portioned equal to sugar. HOWEVER, it does not brown like sugar so it is a little deceiveing when you are making sweet breads and cakes.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
8 Oct 08
HAve you had a biopcy for the cancer yet? You havent said that you have been diadnoied yet for sure. And Darn I read some where of a good sugar replacement and now I forgot where it was but it did say ya can get it in a place where they sell the health care meds.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I agree with you about the substitutes, they have a nasty aftertaste! I don't know of any that don't, I'm sorry. Your husband is partially right but there is so much that you can eat! Mostly it's controlling the amount of sugar you ingest. You can eat like a queen on a diabetic diet, just not candy and stuff and high carbohydrate foods. I wish you luck in controlling or getting rid of it!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
I want to get rid of it. And I will do all I can to do so. Tomorrow is going to be hard because we are going out for Thanksgiving dinner. So I will have to be careful at what I eat in the am and at lunch. I only am pre diabetic right now, so there is a good chance it will not get worse, but it will lessen in impact. And I hate the substitutes.
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• Philippines
9 Oct 08
i am from the Philippines..here we substitute sugar named MUSCUVADO sugar..its really a very good substitute sugar for the diabetic. we also use it as a moizturizer in our skin. we can just found and buy it here in our groceries in a mall. i am also a type 2 diabetic and long time using muzcuvado and em using it in baking. God bless you..
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
We cannot get Muscuvado sugar here in Canada, but I would not be surprised if it is soon available as we have a lot of Filipinos here in Winnipeg. So when it is available, I will try to get some. I will have to look it up on the net and see what it is like.
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I think that - from everything I've read - most of the sugar substitutes are horrible for you. We don't really know the long-term affects of most of them. I would recommend trying stevia. In the U.S. it's sold in health food stores and labeled as a dietary supplement, but it's a great sweetner. http://www.stevia.net/ If I were you, I'd ask the doctor for a suggested diet. My hubby's doctor was able to give him one after he was diagnosed with diabetes II. He tried to do that for him when he was still borderline, but at that time he was single and stupid. :-)
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
I do not like the artificial sweetener. Even if people say they cannot tell the difference, I can even with Spendea. I bought some once to try it out, but found that I did not like the taste. They do have a slight metallic taste though. So I got some stevia and will see how to substitute it in baking.