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...The only thing I wanted to add is that I have metabolic syndrome which is very similar to type two diabetes. Both conditions are marked by excess insulin levels called Hyperinsulinemia caused by an overreaction of the pancreas when carbohydrates are eaten. I went on a diet where I eat meals that are low to medium on the glycemic index/ glycemic load. The glycemic index is a measure of how a carb will react in our metabolism based on Glucose being 100. Corn syrup is =100, potatoes=80, table sugar=65, etc.
...As you can see, some of the "good" foods like potatoes and rice can elevate your insulin levels. The glycemic load is the Index of a food by the amount that is eaten. So you can have a whole lot of a low gi food and a little of a high gi food. You'll have to do your own research to get more info.
...After a few months on the GI diet, my triglycerides dropped from 350 to 97 and my blood pressure dropped from 135/85 to 118/75. After being on my high fiber diet, I've seen a further reduction in my triglycerides to 72. It was the fiber also that finnally got my total cholesterol from 225 to 183. (hopefully I'm remembering those numbers right).
...But considering that you know that your husband has a carbohydrate metabolism disorder, then that might be something to consider. It was mainly reducing rice and potatoes that helped me but white breads are pretty high also. I don't eat breads because of a gluten intolerance. It may take some experimenting with different foods to see what he may be reacting too.
...The research was done by having groups eat different carbs and then seeing how their metabolism reacted. The general understanding was that our metabolisms reacted based on the simple or complexity of the carb. The studies found that different carbs triggered different responses independent of whether it was a simple or complex carb. Since your hubby has diabetes and if he has a glucometer already, he might be able to see how his blood sugar reacts to different carbs when he eats. I don't know if that would work, but if he's already checking his blood sugar, it wouldn't hurt to see if different carbs were spiking his blood sugar/insulin.
..Hope this helps
Rick
[QUOTE=Rick49]...The only thing I wanted to add is that I have metabolic syndrome which is very similar to type two diabetes. Both conditions are marked by excess insulin levels called Hyperinsulinemia caused by an overreaction of the pancreas when carbohydrates are eaten. I went on a diet where I eat meals that are low to medium on the glycemic index/ glycemic load. The glycemic index is a measure of how a carb will react in our metabolism based on Glucose being 100. Corn syrup is =100, potatoes=80, table sugar=65, etc.
...As you can see, some of the "good" foods like potatoes and rice can elevate your insulin levels. The glycemic load is the Index of a food by the amount that is eaten. So you can have a whole lot of a low gi food and a little of a high gi food. You'll have to do your own research to get more info.
...After a few months on the GI diet, my triglycerides dropped from 350 to 97 and my blood pressure dropped from 135/85 to 118/75. After being on my high fiber diet, I've seen a further reduction in my triglycerides to 72. It was the fiber also that finnally got my total cholesterol from 225 to 183. (hopefully I'm remembering those numbers right).
...But considering that you know that your husband has a carbohydrate metabolism disorder, then that might be something to consider. It was mainly reducing rice and potatoes that helped me but white breads are pretty high also. I don't eat breads because of a gluten intolerance. It may take some experimenting with different foods to see what he may be reacting too.
...The research was done by having groups eat different carbs and then seeing how their metabolism reacted. The general understanding was that our metabolisms reacted based on the simple or complexity of the carb. The studies found that different carbs triggered different responses independent of whether it was a simple or complex carb. Since your hubby has diabetes and if he has a glucometer already, he might be able to see how his blood sugar reacts to different carbs when he eats. I don't know if that would work, but if he's already checking his blood sugar, it wouldn't hurt to see if different carbs were spiking his blood sugar/insulin.
..Hope this helps
Rick[/QUOTE]

Thanx Rick, but I have so many sites already bookmarked for low GI and GL foods it is pathedic. Neither of us have used white bread for years, nor sugar, etc. etc. WE have been battling this for years, even went to a dietitian, and nothing seems to be helping. At first I really thought he may be sneaking food I didn't know about, but nope, he isn't. Neither of us go to fast food places, we watch our carbs, don't eat processed foods, so your guess is as good as our's and the drs. what the heck is going on. My personal feeling is since his dr. has been adding more and more meds., he seems to have more and more problems, and this is what I want to discuss with his cardio guy next week. I have been looking a few of them up, and at least 2 I know of are known to cause glucose levels to rise, so I think it is definitely time for a med change for him.

His reg. dr. just increased one of his BP meds. last week, and I've noticed he has been coughing his fool head off. Come to find out, she increased an Ace drug, and I think he has the Ace cough now, as he never coughed like this. I know I couldn't take Altace due to the horrid cough. Last time I talked to his reg. dr. about his coughing before, which was not as bad as now, but still a constant cough, she said he might be allergic to our cat. Needles to say I told her, we have had the cat for almost 17 years, I doubt he is all of a sudden allergic to it. Like I said, I could be very wrong, but my gut feeling is he is being over medicated and needs some adjustments. His dr. also upped his Atenolol to 100mgs. and that will also give U a cough and raise your glucose levels. Oh well, somehow we will get to the bottom of all this, or I will die trying.

Thanx for your input, always appreciated, and U keep up the great work, sounds like U got to the root of your problem.

Enjoy your evening....... :wave:
[QUOTE=Rick49]...The only thing I wanted to add is that I have metabolic syndrome which is very similar to type two diabetes. Both conditions are marked by excess insulin levels called Hyperinsulinemia caused by an overreaction of the pancreas when carbohydrates are eaten. I went on a diet where I eat meals that are low to medium on the glycemic index/ glycemic load. The glycemic index is a measure of how a carb will react in our metabolism based on Glucose being 100. Corn syrup is =100, potatoes=80, table sugar=65, etc.
...As you can see, some of the "good" foods like potatoes and rice can elevate your insulin levels. The glycemic load is the Index of a food by the amount that is eaten. So you can have a whole lot of a low gi food and a little of a high gi food. You'll have to do your own research to get more info.
...After a few months on the GI diet, my triglycerides dropped from 350 to 97 and my blood pressure dropped from 135/85 to 118/75. After being on my high fiber diet, I've seen a further reduction in my triglycerides to 72. It was the fiber also that finnally got my total cholesterol from 225 to 183. (hopefully I'm remembering those numbers right).
...But considering that you know that your husband has a carbohydrate metabolism disorder, then that might be something to consider. It was mainly reducing rice and potatoes that helped me but white breads are pretty high also. I don't eat breads because of a gluten intolerance. It may take some experimenting with different foods to see what he may be reacting too.
...The research was done by having groups eat different carbs and then seeing how their metabolism reacted. The general understanding was that our metabolisms reacted based on the simple or complexity of the carb. The studies found that different carbs triggered different responses independent of whether it was a simple or complex carb. Since your hubby has diabetes and if he has a glucometer already, he might be able to see how his blood sugar reacts to different carbs when he eats. I don't know if that would work, but if he's already checking his blood sugar, it wouldn't hurt to see if different carbs were spiking his blood sugar/insulin.
..Hope this helps
Rick[/QUOTE]

Is anyone looking at your thyroid?





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