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Lisa65
November 30, 2010, 10:53am Report to Moderator

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Just a word to the wise about the sugar substitute maltitol (although I'm probably the only person here who hadn't previously realised this!)

I bought myself some sugar-free fruit gums sweetened with maltitol. I ate rather a lot of them the other day knowing I would suffer the side effect of wind and possible runny tummy. I did indeed suffer these effects but the effect I had not bargained for was my BG was 12.5 afterwards!

After reading up on maltitol I discovered it is far from being BG-neutral and still provides about 70% of the calories and BG effect as normal sugar. Disappointing, especially when you factor in the effects on the digestive system.

Looks like I'll be sticking to my once-weekly treat of a small bag of choccy buttons and giving the "sugar-free" sweeties a miss


T2, diagnosed June 2010, low carb diet, exercise and 3x500mg Metformin SR.
Oct 10 HbA1c 6.6 TC 5.59 Trigs 1.17 HDL 0.86
Jun 11 HbA1c 6.3 TC 4.26 Trigs 0.71 HDL 0.93



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TessaH
November 30, 2010, 4:19pm Report to Moderator

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I've found recently that even a small amount of anything ending in -ol has a bad effect on my guts. I don't like the taste of Splenda, so I'm getting a bit pushed for sweeteners. "Original" Hermesetas ( saccharine based ) is OK : it's a struggle to give up sweetening coffee . I stopped completely for about 4 months but found I really missed it. Dunno what to use in cooking , so tend not to do that kind of cooking.


Type 2 ; Dx Nov 5th 2009; diet and exercise;
HbA1c  5.8 May 11,5.4 Oct 10, 6.1 Feb 10 ,5.9 Nov 09;
Total chol 7.1 Dec 10,7.3 Oct 10 ,4.4 Feb 10 (statins),7.5 Nov 09 

Weight loss 42 lb, working on next 14 lb
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Lisa65
November 30, 2010, 5:00pm Report to Moderator

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I'm not keen on Splenda either Tessa, I find it leaves a nasty aftertaste. I don't sweeten tea or coffee but as you say it's hard to find a good substitute for the odd occasion you want to cook sweet stuff.


T2, diagnosed June 2010, low carb diet, exercise and 3x500mg Metformin SR.
Oct 10 HbA1c 6.6 TC 5.59 Trigs 1.17 HDL 0.86
Jun 11 HbA1c 6.3 TC 4.26 Trigs 0.71 HDL 0.93



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BATcher
November 30, 2010, 8:31pm Report to Moderator

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Tessa - go to Word Navigator and enter *ol in the search box for all sorts of (mostly non-medical) words ending in "ol".  I noticed alcohol and ethanol, for example!


BATcher

Type 2, diagnosed June 1993, on insulin since May 2005; last HbA1c 5.9% (gosh!);
early morning: Levemir, 29 u;
at each main meal: NovoRapid, ~10-20 u, with Metformin, 1 g;
just before bedtime: Levemir, 37 u; also simvastatin and aspirin;
Byetta worked very well for three weeks - then stopped working.  Sob.
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TessaH
November 30, 2010, 9:55pm Report to Moderator

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Useful for crosswords, thank you !


Type 2 ; Dx Nov 5th 2009; diet and exercise;
HbA1c  5.8 May 11,5.4 Oct 10, 6.1 Feb 10 ,5.9 Nov 09;
Total chol 7.1 Dec 10,7.3 Oct 10 ,4.4 Feb 10 (statins),7.5 Nov 09 

Weight loss 42 lb, working on next 14 lb
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sedge
December 1, 2010, 2:01am Report to Moderator

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Well alcohol defo lowers yer BG.

Have you ever tried any ethanol BATcher?

And what about scho-OL ?


Jenny

T1 DX 1972, pumping Novorapid since 24 May 2011

HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 7&11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5

Lipids - 7/10 - Total 5.6, H 1.9, L 3.3, T 0.9  Trigs/HDL 0.47
- 2/11 - Total 5.3, H 2.1, L 1.46, T 0.6  Trigs/HDL 0.29

BP - 6/10 127/79, 7/10 136/66, 2/11 125/75  Olmetec 10mg

TSH - 7/10 5.1, 2/11 8.73  Thyroxine 25mg

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