Mike, What is your current BMI and what is your target BMI?
Some quick ideas on foods that helped me lose weight and stabilize blood sugar. The idea is a higher ratio of proteins and fats as compared to carbs as you well know.
Eggs, cheese (2% fat), unsweetened almond milk and Kellogg's bran buds, roasted turkey or deli turkey (of course), 93 to 96% lean grilled burgers naked (no bread), isolated whey protein mix (for convenience when you don't have time to cook), flank steak, walnuts (2500 mg Omega 3 per 3 ounces), almonds. grilled skinned chicken breasts, olive oil, cheese omelets.
About olive oil, I just ate a very low fat lunch so I finished it off by drinking two ounces of olive oil to help keep the blood sugar stable all afternoon.
Beverages - I love orange juice. I also like tonic water or bitter lemon soda. Every morning I fill a 20-ounce cup to just near the brim with a little crushed ice and diet tonic water. Then I top it with one ounce of OJ. Very refreshing first thing in the morning. OJ can be deadly to diabetics but one ounce is not. For lunch my beverage is the same with another fruit juice or soft drink for the one-ounce topping.
Gotta go out. More later.
Hey there Mark -- this is all great information -- thank you for taking the time to provide me with so much help. I can't place your face with your name, if we've met at the AWAKE meetings. You should come up and introduce yourself at the next meeting. I'd love to chat with you about this stuff. By the way, I will take you up on your offer of a recommendation to a good endo.
Friedman Diabetes Institute on the 8th Floor of Beth Israel Medical Center has a good team of nurse educators, dieticians, etc and are flexible/accommodating of lack of insurance coverage. http://www.friedmandiabetesinstitute.com/
As for PCPs who are endos, in my 21 years of being type-1 diabetic, it's a rare thing to encounter. My experience has been that most of the endos are specialists and are not interested in the additional duties of a PCP. Also, non-endo PCPs who claim to be able to manage diabetes is often a bad choice for the patient from my experience and what friends have experienced. There is just too much to specialize in diabetes for a PCP to keep up with or more importantly, have the experience with. I can recommend an endocrinologist if you still need one.
As for 'diet' books, I don't believe in fad diets. However I do enjoy reading up on different perspectives from various diets and programs to help make lifestyle changes and better choices. The Paleo Diet is one book I'm reading now and seems to explain bad carbs well. I don't like the writing style of the author though, a lot of dramatic filler to get a point across and maybe some manipulative fact presentation to achieve some. I can pass it on to you at the next cpap meeting if you're interested.
You're on great start by keeping physically active at the gym and being mindful of carbs.
I work in the health insurance industry and am personally fascinated with health care delivery. It's sad you experienced what you did with your fasting glucose results and cpap drop shipment. I'm happy to help with any questions/insights/experience/conspiracy theories if I can :-p The OneTouch is a good meter, I use that one also. It is among the ones that are most accurate. You could seek reimbursement from your insurance carrier by mailing a paper claim with receipts for the meter and supplies without bothering with getting a doctor's prescription.
Thanks for the great website and organizing the cpap group meetings! It's been great to hear from other cpap users experiences online at the meetings.
I was just wondering how the GL testing was going. I have more I want to add, but will have to do it later on, as it has gotten late, and I'm working on keeping a reasonable sleep time. I like what Rooster and Mark added here, and there is much more that can be discussed in this group. I believe as time goes on, that will be apparent to many more SG visitors and members. For now, though, I'll have to leave all my thoughts spinning around in my head. I'll be back soon to share more thoughts.