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My dietitian told me to cut the pure orange juice ai also nd fruit juices.they have to much sugar.so I just drank water yesterday.my blood sugar went from 200 to 140. I also lost a few pounds.

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  • earlnabby
    earlnabby Posts: 8,171 Member
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    My dietitian told me to cut the pure orange juice ai also nd fruit juices.they have to much sugar.so I just drank water yesterday.my blood sugar went from 200 to 140. I also lost a few pounds.

    Eating fruit instead of drinking juice is a great and easy way to reduce sugar consumption. It isn't necessarily that sugar is added (unless it is something like cranberry) but more that the sugars are concentrated when the solids are removed and only the liquid remains.

    Congratulations on making a simple but effective change for the better.
  • Fuzzipeg
    Fuzzipeg Posts: 2,298 Member
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    Concentrated fruit juice concentrates the sugar too, juice is one of the things which can be good in moderation for most of us if we can find moderation. If one eats an apple or an orange for example and you consume the usual fibre in them this helps to slow the rate of absorption as well as filling you up so you are less inclined to go back for more, there will be fewer calories and sugar in a fruit than in a fruit juice. I hope you were given thoughts for alternative sugar free drinks. May be twist a slice of orange into your water if you like flavour. Well done on reducing your blood numbers. With changes like those you will soon be on your way to the very best of health. Congratulations on embracing the change.

    I don't know if it would be permissible for you, I start the day with the juice of half a lemon in glass of water I find this helps with digestion. (Please don't over do the lemons because a person I worked with really upset her stomach many years ago.) If you use any prepared foods you are best advised to read the labels of the foods you do because manufacturers can sneak sugar into the most unusual places.

    Keep up the good work and follow your dietitians advice.
  • jimsessions8
    jimsessions8 Posts: 41 Member
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    Your replays were very helpful.its interesting.my regular doctor just gives me more pills to take because that's the way they are trained. My dietician uses a completely different aproach.she uses food to fix your problems.it seems to work better, fortunately she isn't controlled by the drug companies.i think I'll go with my dietician.it seems to work better and that's all I really care about.
  • MPDean
    MPDean Posts: 99 Member
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    Sweeping generalisation.

    Doctors use medicines
    Surgeons cut you up
    Dietitians use food

    We need all of them but if all three approaches are trying to get to the same result I would like to talk to the dietitian first.
  • earlnabby
    earlnabby Posts: 8,171 Member
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    MPDean wrote: »
    Sweeping generalisation.

    Doctors use medicines
    Surgeons cut you up
    Dietitians use food

    We need all of them but if all three approaches are trying to get to the same result I would like to talk to the dietitian first.

    I consider myself really fortunate in that my PCP is an APNP rather than an MD. She comes to patient care with the mindset of a nurse which tends to be a bit more holistic and patient oriented. She is not as quick to prescribe medication for things that can be treated with a lifestyle change or, if medication IS needed, she works with the patient on lifestyle change with the goal of no longer needing the medication.
  • jimsessions8
    jimsessions8 Posts: 41 Member
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    Yeah.i wish they had doctors that will use anything to get you will.it seems the medical community is being run by the drug companies. My blood has gone down from 200 to 145 to 142.today no juices just water.125.it's really dramatic.
  • nutmegoreo
    nutmegoreo Posts: 15,532 Member
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    Yeah.i wish they had doctors that will use anything to get you will.it seems the medical community is being run by the drug companies. My blood has gone down from 200 to 145 to 142.today no juices just water.125.it's really dramatic.

    I think part of the problem is that doctors get frustrated with people wanting a quick fix, give me the pills and let me get out of here (I'm not saying this is you, just that it's common). They also tend to have a much shorter appointment time. In many situations, it really is on the patient to advocate for themselves. The unfortunate part of this is that often people don't know what to ask for, so things get lost in the shuffle. I'm fortunate that my doc is not a fan of pills, and rarely prescribes them, unless I ask for something specific, and then I only get a couple at a time.
  • jimsessions8
    jimsessions8 Posts: 41 Member
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    I don't blame the doctors.there trained that way.but I feel they should be allowed to use holistic and other ways to treat a patient.whatever works.im glad I found this dietitian that looks at it from a food intake point of view.last week my blood sugar dropped from over 200 to to 140 just by drinking water instead of fruit juice.that is dramatic.
  • Fuzzipeg
    Fuzzipeg Posts: 2,298 Member
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    What happened to the saying, You are what you eat. Some of the UK Universities providing medical training, have students who are demanding more information on nutrition and setting up their own societies with this aim, they want to be able to offer more when they qualify.
  • leejoyce31
    leejoyce31 Posts: 794 Member
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    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    Doctors are trained in medicine...very little of their schooling involves nutrition or diet. It's not that the drug companies run the show...it's that doctors are trained in medicine. That said, all one really needs to do is advocate for themselves when discussing things with their doctor. Years ago my doctor suggested I go on statins for my cholesterol...I told him I wanted to try diet and exercise and weight loss first and he was just fine with that and set another appointment for 12 weeks later to see where I was at and things had improved quite a bit so he was more than happy to let me continue what I was doing...but I had to advocate for myself.

    A dietitian on the other hand is trained in nutrition and not medicine and can't prescribe medicine even if they wanted to...it's not their job...and it's not your doctors job to monitor your nutrition.

    I totally agree that we must advocate for ourselves. It makes a world of difference in overall treatment.
  • CalgaryMac
    CalgaryMac Posts: 19 Member
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    A diabetic diet is great for anyone - it is mostly a healthy,balanced diet. However I don't drink any juice as it often is packed with sugar but lacks benefits like fibre. My diabetes educator suggests no more than 1/4 cup of juice per day and frankly that's too little to be worthwhile. Also it is recommended no more than 25 gm of additional sugar (e.g. baked goods, sugar, etc.) per day.
  • jimsessions8
    jimsessions8 Posts: 41 Member
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    By skipping orange juice and fruit juice my sugar count went from 200 to 130.now I'm working on my blood pressure.i lost some weight and my blood pressure is 142 over 90 down from 180 over 120.So now I'm trying to only eat when I get hungry and trying to eat more veggies.
  • missysippy930
    missysippy930 Posts: 2,577 Member
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    I almost exclusively drink water, black coffee and diet pop. Haven’t had any juice in over 7 years. To me, it’s not worth the calories.
    Every day, there’s new posts about the “demon” sugar. I will, and have, overeaten all foods I love. Moderation works for me, and no feelings of being deprived. Barring no medical issues, it can work for most people.
    Win/win!
  • psychod787
    psychod787 Posts: 4,088 Member
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    I almost exclusively drink water, black coffee and diet pop. Haven’t had any juice in over 7 years. To me, it’s not worth the calories.
    Every day, there’s new posts about the “demon” sugar. I will, and have, overeaten all foods I love. Moderation works for me, and no feelings of being deprived. Barring no medical issues, it can work for most people.
    Win/win!

    Agreed.... skip the juice and eat the fruit!
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 27,952 Member
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    Yes, I get "sugar crashes" from apple juice (100% juice), but not apples.

    I don't find apples alone especially filling, but I do when paired with cheese or nuts. And this satisfies my sweet tooth.
  • lemurcat2
    lemurcat2 Posts: 7,885 Member
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    For whatever reason I often have a small glass of orange juice when traveling (with a breakfast including protein and fat and some fiber). I never drink it at home, but it's like a special occasion thing, as I do enjoy it. It has no negative effects on me, but I do prefer to get calories from whole fruit and not from beverages usually.