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#dsma Chat n Reply – W29

>Diabetes and Food

Q1. What is the biggest misconception about diabetes and food?
That we can’t have anything to do with “regular” sugar thus all we can have is artificial sweeteners. That or can’t have regular pop can only have diet crap, I mean diet pop.

Q2. What is your favorite bg “friendly” food/dish ?
I love my veggie cakes, not 100% friendly but load it up with a chicken side and the protein helps even it out

Q2.5. what is your favorite food that you love to hate and why?
Corn on the Cob, love it because it tastes so good, hate it because it shoots up my glucose levels

Q3. Are food labels important to you? Do you trust them?
I’ve always read labels, got into the habit when i was younger, and to a degree they are important as it gives me an idea of the contents so I can make an informed choice, as to do I trust the information not 100% but then I take all labels with a grain or two of salt because I know how much manufacturing and processing can change from day to day so nothing is 100% as its stated.

Q4. Does caffeine make your bg’s to spike? Do you bolus for it?
I haven’t noticed it having an issue with them, only thing I do know is that to much sugar added has its effect (though not much if I stick to my 1 tsp per cup).

Q5. Do you subtract fiber from carbs? If so, why or why not?
No, I’ve never understood how its dun, nor has it been something that was ever talked about by the CDA, only really ever heard of it though the ADA so never paid much attention to it.

Q6. What type of experience have you had with sugar alcohols/sugar free food?
Not had great experience with the sugar alcohols in general, they tend to have a negative side effect on me so I tend to avoid them. Sugar free again if it means its using artificial sweeteners I avoid it since I’m allergic to that junk.

Q7. Do you follow a gluten free diet? If, so what does it consist of? Have you noticed any changes in your bgs?
I don’t follow a gluten free diet fully – to a limited degree I do but its like soy hard to avoid less you are making everything at home from scratch in an kitchen free of contamination.

Q8. What advice or insight would you give to a newly diagnosed diabetic about food and diabetes?
Same advice I was given … You can eat everything and anything you wish to eat like before you just have to find the foods which spike you more and once you do those are the foods you watch in moderation (aka eat healthy choices, get in your servings of veggies and the occasional splurge isn’t a bad thing).

#dsma Chat n Reply – W18

TOPIC: Managing Diabetes during Activities

Q1) How has diabetes affected the activities you do? Have picked up new interests, or stopped pursuing others?
Being diabetic hasn’t changed what activities I do but then again I’ve never not know it as part of my life so its just normal to me in general.

1.5) Are there activities, sports or hobbies that you wish to but haven’t pursued because of diabetes?
There are a few things I’d like to be able to do that I can’t do thanks to being diabetic or I could do but the risks are to high for me to even go there.

2) In what ways has being active helped or hurt your health? Has your a1c been positively affected?
Well I know being active helped me be a good candidate for surgery years ago – had I not been as fit and working out I was told they wouldn’t have looked twice at what was going on and might have delayed the surgery till I was at a more accaptable weight to do it at.

3) What tools, methods or people have helped you manage diabetes care for your activities?
I use SparkPeople for the most part when it comes to recording what I do day in and day out, since they have a great fitness tracker and their food tracker is also helpful for recording what I eat and the carb load in general (though its not 100% diabetic friendly its better then most other tracking methods out there online).

3.5) Do your doctors and medical professionals support or provide encouragement for these activities?

4) What online or offline resources do you use for more information about managing diabetes to help be active?
I keep my eyes pealed on the CDA and the ADA site for information that is coming down to PWD I also read the national newspaper and in general watch the nightly news, plus I pick up ever few months various diabetic mags as I have a chance to do so.

#dsma Chat n Reply – W12

Topics: Diabetes and Nutrition

Q1. What are the 3 things you wished your CDE, dietician or nutritionist told you about diabetes and food?
I can’t say since I grew up with someone who was Diabetic I never had anyone other then my mom for learning what to eat with being a Diabetic, endo didn’t think I needed any program or the like since I’d been living as a diabetic long before I became one.

Q2. Where do you get information on diabetes/nutrition? What’s missing?
I get the info from life, trial and error, plus reading the information from the CDA on treatments and nutrition in general

Q3. Should there be a law that requires all restaurants to carry nutritional information-including carbs counts? Why?
Well I know that there is someone on the books here in Ontario about having nutritional info on hand for anyone who asks for it – but yes a federal ruling of the matter would be welcomed.

Q3.5. What is your definition of a diabetes friendly restaurant?
One that gives you the carb load plus protein load so you can make the best possible selection

Q4. How do you choose food for bg control and overall health?
I try to make the pairing of carbs and protein as close to even as possible to keep the levels within range – so far so good on that.

#dsma Chat n Reply – W10

Topic: JDRF and ADA

1. Describe your experience with your local JDRF and ADA chapter?
I have no contact with either the ADA or the JDRF since I’m not American, and the only contact I’ve had with anything to do with the CDA hasn’t been all that positive unfortunately.

2. Fundraising is needed to find a cure-is there a such thing as “too much” fundraising? support group needed?
Yes there is such a thing as “too much” when you get many charities vying for people money it can get annoying hearing how much they need to make X so they can hit Y. I do not see a cure of diabetes happening, but I do see more effective treatments being out there then are currently in use.

3. How can we, as pwds, reach out to national orgs like JDRF, American Diabetes Association and medical groups to show support for PWD’s?
No idea, but forming networks that help pwd and connecting with those within the medical community is a good start to helping in the long run.

3.5 What are the 3 important things you look for in a support group?
Knowledge of the condition from various points of view
Good organization
Relevant to where you are located

4. What changes would you like to see from the ADA and JDRF?
I have no idea since I know nothing about JDRF and next to nothing about the ADA other then its counter part is the CDA.

#dsma chat Qs n my Responses – Week 1

#dsma stands for Diabetes Social Media Advocacy, it is a twitter based deal which every Wednesday at 9PM est we get into a twitter chat room and talk about various topics related to diabetes. The following are the topic questions that where covered for the very first group meeting.

How do you feel about the false advertising for diabetes cures? ie snack oil, herbal med’s and diets
I think it does more harm in general then good, since there are many diabetic’s who have bought into it and been worse off then they started. That and it can give the outside world the wrong info in dealing with someone with Diabetes.

To me its no different then those out there who offer cures and treatments for those who are epileptic and the bad info they also give that has lead to more then one epileptic person having issues that effected their future health.

What are your thoughts on the Media’s perception of T-1 and T-2 diabetes?
Some of the media stuff I’ve seen over the years hasn’t been as good as it could be. But then again some of the local CDA ads I’ve seen have been very good and well put out for the populace to see and get info to understand in general.

How can we as a community (effectively) change their perception?
All I know that I can do is keep my tongue and answer as best as I can what ever Qs are asked. But when it comes to other Ds that much harder to deal with since you’d think they’d wont to help educate as much as you do but the shocker is many don’t seem to give a darn about helping to giving good press for the condition in general, some even make it worse for all of us because of their actions.