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  1. cheema's Blog

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    I have diabetes from the past 10 years I try to control my diabete by the low- carbo .. I try to avoid carbo (white sugar,white flavor,soda,fast foods,rice ..) And my fasting glucose reading is 6.2 to 6.3 and in the afternoon basically after my work it goes down to 5.5 5.7 and so far I don't take any kind of medicines. Now I'm having some problems and weakness in my arms and sometimes my muscles are stiffed and it's hard for me to move my arms .. If it's due to diabetes or something else please let me know. :)

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  3. I can't help being sick, my apologies if inconveniences you, I can only do what I can do and when I do that it still isn't right or okay by you...what more can I do, what more can I do.

    so do you know what?

     

    I am going to do what I need to do to get better.

     

    {on sick leave}

  4. JimmyJack's Blog

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    Hi All! I'm new to all of this type of communicating so please bear with me. I was diagnosed w/T2 about 10 years ago but never took it very seriously. I always ate what I wanted and justified it by working out for 4 hours at the gym then immediately running to the nearest Mickey Ds. I would go to the docs fairly often and get blood work done and I never really had anything come back totally out of whack. Back then my A1C 7.2 - Fast forward 10 and I'm at 9.7. I'm tired all the time, my weight is up and down and now I'm on Glimepiride along with Metformin. I need to take control of my life as it pertains to T2D! I need to find a way to control it before the awful things I read about T2D creeps up on me. I feel great, I exercise pretty regularly but my diet is absolutely horrid!!! I'm a Chef and a foodie - the food and sweets that literally surround me at work makes eating right a far cry. My hope? To find like-minded people struggling like me, struggling like me and found a way to manage or people not struggling but can provide to insight and experiences of encouragement.

     

    Thanks All!

    J

  5. Got up early to bake sliders for church lunch. Well I was rushing around cooking and prepping and doing too much in to short of time and remembered I hadn't taken the sugar reading. Ran over to the counter took it using both meters and it was 280! Needless to say that scared the willies outta me.

     

    I eat some protein, start walking and downing water. Then 5 minutes later it comes to me.....I forgot to wash my hands first. Wash up, use two meters again and its 140. My average fasting. I love this cruddy disease sometimes. Hahaha Nawh I hate it but it did give me a laugh this morning.....after it almost gave me a stroke.

     

    No exercise today. Used my legs too much so I'm skipping a few days plus I have a migrain. Not fun. Blah blah.

  6. fillmanw1's Blog

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    This is a new experience for me. Diabetes has really sucked for me. Never been overweight, or indulged excessively with sweets of carbs. Prescribed Metfomin originally, absolutely could not handle it. Tried to control blood sugar by diet, not working so good. Trying Januvia......Hoping it works well.....

  7. SweetAndBendy
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    Been rather busy over the holidays so I haven't had time to check in here much. Had a great Christmas and New Year's, just busy with in-laws visiting and various family gatherings in general.

     

    The holidays did however go pretty smoothly even with both me and hubby indulging some and paying for it later when neither of us got the insulin dose right the first time :lol: But I was still both surprised and impressed with how smooth everything has been, this was after all the first holiday season for my husband as a diagnosed type 1 diabetic, and on January 1st we celebrated his diaversary. And yes, we celebrated. He's doing well and he's managed that first year with type 1 diabetes very well, that is worth celebrating! That first year can be the worst one as you're trying to learn everything, learn how your body reacts to certain things, all while your pancreas might decide to be a twat and start working randomly and you don't know when. My husband is still in his honeymoon phase, but we're noticing a trend that he's needing to take a bit more insulin so looks like it may be ending. And I guess both of us will be relieved about that because his diabetes has been rather unpredictable for months now. Not that diabetes is ever predictable, but when you're 100% dependent on injected insulin with zero own production, at least you might be able to get an idea unless something unexpected happens that changes the whole situation, be it just a car backfiring outside the house so you get scared, and those glucose levels can be all over the place.

     

    Either way. Busy but smooth holidays in my family, and both my husband and I are so grateful that he got his pump and CGMS a couple of months ago because that definitely made the season easier. Husband is having fewer hypos since he got the pump, much thanks to the Smart Guard that stops the insulin delivery when risking a hypo, and resumes it when back at safe levels. And yes, my husband and I have the same model of insulin pump :) Only his is black, mine is pink. He was tempted to go with Animas and the Dexcom but in the end went with Medtronic because it's a system he was familiar with before, from me, and he knew how useful Smart Guard can be so he wanted to have that as well.

     

    I'm kinda sad that the holidays are over now. Christmas time is my favorite time of the year because it's so cozy with all the lights and decorations. January is just boring and gloomy and I wouldn't mind doing like the bears: hibernate!

     

    But now, one last look at the CGMS and one last fingerstick of the day to compare the two, then some sleep!

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    To all type 1 diabetics and parents/guardians of type 1 diabetics,

     

    The "Type 1 Diabetes and Antibiotics" survey was created especially for you to answer! The survey is composed of 26 multiple choice questions, which should take approximately 20 minutes, maximum, to complete, regarding your or your child's previous antibiotic use. The goal in creating this survey was to see if antibiotics could potentially increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes in those who are genetically predisposed. If you are the parent/guardian of a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you are encouraged to answer on behalf of your child. Here is the survey web address: www.surveymonkey.com/r/type1diabetesandantibiotics

    If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or feedback, please email type1diabetesandantibiotics@gmail.com

    Your time is greatly appreciated.

     

    Many thanks for your dedication,

     

    Joy J.

  8. jbarra1's Blog

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    American Institute of Research in Los Angeles is looking for volunteers for a Type 2 Diabetes trial. (213) 481-7142

  9. 14 months after DX

     

    I missed my 1 year lab appointment so I went in early this Sunday morning and got my results back this afternoon.

     

    In short:

    1. Passed my urine test (Microalbumin/Creat Ratio) - which was borderline before and now well below the threshold. Will keep an eye on this.
    2. A1c is now 5.7. Ironic how I thought my previous 5.5 was too high and how I’m thankful it’s “only" 5.7 this time around. I had concerns tied to my significant FBG rise over the last 1-2 months. More on that below.
    3. Triglycerides/HDL ratio still below 2.0 - I don’t care much about the rest.
    4. My glucose meter comparison with lab number on FBG - more or less the same.

    My big homework assignment this time around was tied to the sudden, clear rise in FBG. I created a journal entry for it a few weeks or so ago:

     

    There has been a rather sudden and sharp rise in my FBG numbers (10-15 point rise - see graph). While many variables are in play, the main difference I’ve noticed which correlates with the sudden rise, has been a change in my daily activity. I now try to jog between 3-4 miles about 5 or 6 times a week, first thing in the morning. This started out without paying much attention to intensity, but after a scare, I started to pay more attention to intensity, at least in terms of how I feel and what my fitbit is telling me my HR is.

     

    So more recently, this is a very slow jog, almost a walking pace, and I’ve been extremely mindful of keeping the pace around 13 minutes a mile, which is not easy to do. A part of this motivation to go extremely slow is tied to a concern around over-training, cortisol, stress, etc. At this slow pace, I feel great and it seems to be okay in terms of stress (fitbit heart rate monitor, while not that accurate, shows my HR as in a safe zone).

     

    The other variables off the top of my head:

    1. Working out first thing in the morning vs. late at night. I’m a night person and used to do any sort of workout after work and in the evenings. This shift to doing a 5k jog every morning, first thing after getting up and taking an FBG reading, is different.
    2. Not eating anything before the jog. I’m actually not hungry then. At all. But perhaps I should be eating something. I’ve been experimenting with taking a single serving of a Vega One All-in-One Nutritional Shake (which I’ve used many times over the past year for other reasons) - we’ll see if that makes any difference. Still feels odd to eat when not hungry. But perhaps it is “messing with my metabolism” - though it would be good to actually measure my metabolism to confirm.
    3. Still doing a lot of restaurant eating and that involves new places. And even with repeat visits, there is quite a bit of exposure with regard to hidden sugars and such.
    4. Perhaps the running is increasing my appetite? I don’t feel that it does, but perhaps that’s causing me to eat far more than I realize.
    5. No more gym - I didn’t do much there other than walk on the treadmill for 60 minutes, but perhaps the strength training I did do - no matter how little - helped.
    6. Eating less vegetables.
    7. No more tennis on Friday with ex-NCAA tennis buddy #7.
    8. The earlier trend was there around the time A and B returned and I got back on their diet and eating habits. (Skipping sugar and grains and staying more on the lower carb side, which they are pretty good about respecting.)
    9. Increase in weight. Increase in abdominal fat. First notch on belt vs second notch. Maybe 10 pounds?

    In any case, I have tried to back down on intensity in terms of per mile pace and not working out every morning or every day/evening. We’ll see. Figure this out and dialing it in is fun in a twisted way. =)

  10. Fasting today, after a weekend of so-so eating. I have decided I really need to double down on the LC thing and get back to how I was right after dx. I've had too many slip-ups.

     

    Today I'm fasting until dinner (from dinner last night), and I'm planning on making a big ol' pile of eggs and bacon. I'm pretty hungry today. Not starving, but you know, I'm feeling it. I've had tea and water and coffee so far, and about to get more water!

     

    Being hungry during the day will certainly make the eggs and bacon taste better. :)

     

    Also, I spent my lunch hour at Starbucks (for the tea), and now I smell like Starbucks. :P

  11. I thought this might be an interesting opener....

     

    A quote I often come across in my Google travels in the realm of diabetes is, "Carbs are poison for diabetics". I would say that I am onboard with this. I can only really write from the perspective of a newly diagnosed T2 that APPEARS to still make insulin so please forgive me if I make statements that are incorrect. One goal I am looking into is helping people that are newly diagnosed. I can't save the world but if I can get information to people and it helps them then it is worth it.

     

    So I was thinking random thoughts while puttering around the store and one thought that popped up was wondering if carbohydrates are poison in general? Before you laugh my thought is that alcohol is also a poison. We can metabolize alcohol, small amounts of it seem to be beneficial, we can live without alcohol but it can make life more pleasurable when used carefully.

     

    I was wondering if the same might be true with simple carbohydrates like sugars? Never in history has there been such an abundance of convenient food (much of it loaded with simple carbohydrate) and there has also been an explosion in diabetes. So my thought is could carbohydrates be to the pancreas as alcohol is to the liver?

     

    Just today's random thought.

     

    Mike

  12. The Healing Foods Pyramid guide put together by the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Division is a step ahead of the USDA's new pyramid in at least one area - clarity.But how does it score for your health in general?

     

    For this, you can neglect that it is 10 storey high. But as with the USDA's new food pyramid and the Harvard School of Public Health's Healthy Eating Pyramid this one also suffers from economic dependency syndrome.

     

    As a diabetic, I have to wonder why the healing foods pyramid (or any food guide for that matter) has to include alcohol? Now, don't jump on me yet, just hear me out...

     

    We're talking about healing foods. Most diabetics have several things to be concerned with: high blood sugars, low blood sugars, high cholesterol, high blood pressure.

     

    Add to that the high costs of diabetes supply, and the possibility of complications. Why should we require alcohol in our diets?For many of us who are on the Western style diet, the odds are higher for getting diabetes and heart problems.Typical Western style diets are high in fat and salt, low in fiber and tastes great. It is symbolized and popularized by our many popular fast food enterprises.

     

    So why is the University of Michigan including alcohol in a food guide? Why include a dangerous drug that wrecks more lives than any other legalized substance?Healing Foods Pyramid by University of Michigan Integrative Medicine.

     

    My opinion, again?

    • It's all economics. If eggs, dairy, or alcohol were left out, the big industries would be pulling out their charitable sticks to whack their institutional dependents on the head.
    • Just take a look at the Healing Foods Pyramid. If you follow what I have been saying about the anti-diabetes diet, all we really need are the lower four levels of the pyramid.
    • This is not a popular opinion. Most of us love to obey the first 1.5 inches of our tongues - the salt and sweet tastes. We also love the feel of alcohol in our stomachs.

    If you are a diabetic, or are very concerned about your health, you need to love your kidneys even more than your taste buds.

     

    What else about the Healing Foods Pyramid?

     

    Let's look at the 10 levels, from the base to the tip...

    • WATER - This food guide suggests women drink 8 cups a day, and men drink 12 cups per day.
    • FRUITS & VEGETABLES - Five (5) servings of vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of fruit per day
    • GRAINS - This includes all parts of the grain - bran, endosperm, and germ. Can be had from whole grain foods, such as whole wheat bread, brown rice, and corn. The starchy vegetables, e.g. potato, have been included in this category as well.
    • LEGUMES - The fourth and last of the important levels of the Healing Foods Pyramid (as far as the anti-diabetes diet is concerned) is the legumes. UMICH recommends 1 to 3 servings per day. Legumes (peas and beans) are high fiber foods, and therefore, low glycemic foods.
    • SEASONINGS and HEALTHY FATS - The items on this level of the Healing Foods Pyramid do have some medicinal value. Included in the seasonings are garlic, onion, and other spices. Healthy fats are plant based oils, e.g. olive oil and mono-saturated or unsaturated fats.
    • EGGS and DAIRY - The 6th level of the Healing Foods Pyramid includes the eggs and dairy food group - your source of extra cholesterol. The anti-diabetes diet does not advocate use of this group.
    • FISH and SEAFOOD - Seafood items are some of the very highest sources of cholesterol. Still this food group is a significant part of some low carb diets used for weight loss.
    • LEAN MEATS - Poultry, beef, pork, lamb, and wild game are what the Healing Foods Pyramid builders call lean meats. In this way, you won't need to try to know what isn't lean meat.
    • ACCOMPANIMENTS - Alcohol, dark chocolate, and tea comprise this group. It is classified as an optional category sitting right on top of the pyramid. Alcohol, extra fat, and caffeine are definite things every diabetic would do well to avoid.
    • PERSONAL SPACE - This is like "whatever else you like to eat that we have not included in here" category.

    On my health grading scale, this food guide gets no better than a "C".

    For more information and explanation for each of the recommended food categories, click on the appropriate level of the Healing Foods Pyramid at website www.diabetesdestroyer.ws/diabetics-version-of-the-ancestors-pyramid-menu .

  13. OldTech's Blog

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    Normal blood glucose as defined by sampling does indeed show that people spike to 110,120,130 and even 140 and beyond. The problem that I have with these samples is that the population being sampled are not that healthy. For example, it is estimated that around half the population is prediabetic and that most people will need treatment for one of the vascular diseases as they age. We also know that high percentage of that population is also overweight and that many are obese. So how healthy are those numbers?

     

    In my opinion, they are not. That's one reason I accept Dr. Bernstien's definition of 83 mg/dl (for pragmatic reasons I just target under 100, but my average is in the mid- 80s).

     

    The second reason I accept his solution is the biochemistry of ketosis. Ketosis is a state where the body has adapted to burning fat rather than glucose. And it is that state that minimizes both circulating glucose levels and insulin levels. While I have not seen a study of blood glucose levels in people in ketosis, I strongly suspect that their levels would be close to Dr. Bernstine's. Note that glucose levels do not spike while maintaining ketosis and if they do it will kick the body out of ketosis. I know that when I am in ketosis (almost all the time) my levels are close to Dr. Bernstien's.

     

    Third since I have 'diabetic' complications, I not only want to prevent future complications, I also want to reverse them to the extent possible. So far after almost of two years being on a very low carb diet I have seen improvement, so I plan to continue to target his definition of normoglycemia for glucose.

    Fourth, is the realization that it is increased levels of insulin - likely caused by excessive consumption of carbohydrates - that cause vascular damage long before type 2 diabetes becomes diagnosed. In other words increased the risk of heart disease is not a direct risk of type 2, it is the metabolic disease that is at the root of both. It is this increase in consumption of carbohydrates that explains the obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other manifestations of metabolic disease when native people started consuming white flour and sugar (see Taubes for a description of the diseases of civilization and his carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis).

     

    So I do not think that the general observational studies are the way to define normoglycemia, and I accept Dr. Bernstien's definition.

  14. Elizabeth51988's Blog

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    Well, where to start...my name is Elizabeth, I'm a 27 yr old T1D since 1997, I've had an insulin pump since I was 14, and out of nowhere, I just haven't felt like myself. I guess I'm stressing over making sure that my son's ready to start 1st grade but I look around my house and started hearing my parent's voices saying that I need to clean my house more, that I should be on top of my bills, and if I don't watch my BGLs more closely, I'm going to end up in the hospital in DKA again; I've gotten back to the point I was at exactly a year ago because my house is a disaster, my BGLs are out of control, and the bills just keep on coming...I'm working at a nursing home (mostly night shifts), doing some paperwork for the family business, and I'm considering taking a 3rd job as a certified hemodialysis technician while my fiancé is in-between jobs due to his epilepsy (no one wants to hire him because the epilepsy makes him a liability to the job). Last year, I developed DKA and I didn't notice until it was almost too late...I had lost a lot of weight (I went from 148 to 132 in 2 weeks), I wasn't taking my insulin or counting carbs like I should've been, and when I went to the doctor because I wasn't feeling well, they gave me a steroid injection (but no one realized that I was already in the beginning stages of DKA) and my BGL skyrocketed from bad (200-300) to worse (400 and higher). From what the doctors told me and my family, my BGL readings on my pump only showed that I had checked my BGL 10 times in a month...they labeled it as a "passive suicide attempt" because I hadn't intended to but I almost killed myself. I'm very lucky to be alive but now, I'm feeling burnt out again...maybe I'm just stressed and need to take a breath and relax.. I need to get my head on straight, if not for me, for my son...any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...thanks :)

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    4 small eggs fried in ghee and red palm oil*

    spinach

    kimchi

     

    *no orangutans were harmed. Nutiva brand sourced in Ecuador.

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    Only did a 36 hr fast this time. May need more time between day+ fasts. I may have to try IF again, although in past I've found it harder than longer fasts. hmmm Experimentation needed. Goal - max weight and BG level reduction along with mood raising effects, versus discomfort level and time.

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    Managed to eat slightly more than half that plate. Eggs must be the most filling food ever. Lunch leftovers along with a bit from last nights dinner.

  16. Crystal Lee Stewart

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    Hi my name is Crystal, I am 30 years old. I have been a diabetic my whole life but was diagnosed at 16. I am type 1.5 and am insulin resistant. I have to inject an abundance of insulin daily to try to counter the insulin resistance. Diabetes has affected by life in so many ways. It's hard to lose weight (I am sure most of you know), I am always tired and never feel right, admitted to the hospital many times... and it has also kept me from having a baby with my husband. We have been trying for a year now and have not had any luck. I would love some advice if you have any.

    My endocrinologist is putting me on an Insulin Pump to help with the insulin resistance but the cost is keeping me from getting it. My insurance only pays half which leaves me with a $3,500 amount that I have to raise before they will send me it; that's not including the monthly upkeep. I have created a go fund me page to help raise money to get the pump and would appreciate it if you could pass it along on your twitter and/or facebook.

    The link is: http://www.gofundme.com/needinsulinpump

    I look forward to reading and posting and learning more about what I can do to help me get pregnant. :)

    *** Picture is with me and my precious niece Mackenzie***

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    I hate monitoring!!!! Seriously? Who likes poking themselves 20 times a day? Ok well maybe 4-6 times a day. I'm hoping for a day when it will be easier. In the mean time I got a Fitbit and it has alarms on it. So I set it for each time I need to monitor so it buzzes on my wrist until I shut it off!! It's actually annoying but it seems to work for me..

  18. Hello everyone!

    Just wondering if anyone has any tips of being a Type 1 and exercising. I wanna start running but am unsure how to do this and keep my diabetes stable!

    If any one could help asap I would be super grateful!!!!

  19. Stl-T2's Blog

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    I thought I'd try using this blog feature to keep track in a central spot my attempts at tweaking my lifestyle to suit my needs as a diabetic.

     

    So, for instance, I've been trying to start slowly with some additional exercise. I had a window of time with some flexibility available just before work in the mornings, so I thought I'd start there. The catch at the moment is a knee problem - some type of inflammation in my left knee that responds well to rest and badly to exercise. Yesterday, I managed a brief walk in the morning and limped through mowing half my yard in the evening. The knee felt fine after a night's sleep, but I could only walk about 6-10 minutes this morning. I'm walking in a local park and that seems to be working well in terms of timing, weather, and scenery. I do kind of miss using that time for a peaceful, slow start to my work day. I feel a little more rushed at work without it.

  20. hmomi's Blog

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms of mild TBI include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking. A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.

  21. Wanna Beat Diabetes?

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    Background

     

    I had a history of unmanaged diabetic condition with H A1C hovering between 8.2 and 10. In the recent months, I have successfully lowered my fasting blood sugar level by following a stricter diet and walking daily. My goal is to reverse the diabetic condition, and eliminate the medications.

     

    Diabetic condition develops over a long period of time. Hence, anything that led to this condition should be acting slowly and subtly on our system over a long period. The hysteresis effect of our environment on our biomes is still a nascent study. The number of variables and the long deterioration period makes it a complex and expensive study for isolating the root causes. The absence of commercial incentives (i.e. blockbuster drugs) makes this kind of research hardly funded, thus prompting me to conduct this experiment.

     

    I have been a heavy coffee drinker (4-5 cups a day). In the recent months, I had lowered my coffee consumption to about 2 cups a day. I witnessed significant lowering in my fasting blood glucose during the same period, though with stricter diet plan and increased activity. I wanted to verify whether coffee had been a contributing factor to my uncontrolled diabetic state, given the relationship between coffee and cortisol secretion.

     

    Experiment Design

     

    1) Measure fasting blood sugar level for 20 days continuing coffee drinking (2 cups a day)

     

    2) Stop drinking coffee and all caffeine products, and measure fasting blood sugar level for the subsequent 20 days.

     

    Each cup of coffee included fat free milk and Splenda. During the coffee drinking period, I had green-tea once in few days. No changes were made to the diet, activity and medications, except for the day-to-day variations in diet and activities across the entire period.

     

    I chose a minimum of 20 days based on following assumptions:

    1) 20 day period is sufficient for our bio-Hysteresis to reflect the effect of not drinking coffee

    2) 20 day period cancels the daily variations in diet and walking, creating statistically significant data set

     

    Experiment Result

    (Pl check out the attached pdf for the graph)

     

    Summary Data: With Coffee (No Coffee)

    Min 91.00 (83.00)

    Max 153.00 (130.00)

    Range 62.00 (47.00)

    Variance 248.66 (182.05)

    Std. Deviation 15.77 (13.49)

    Average 111.35 (103.45)

     

    Conclusion

    The test results showed a modest decrease in the average fasting blood sugar level of about 8 mg/dL, after I stopped drinking coffee. During the no-coffee period, I also witnessed lesser variations in the blood sugar levels.

     

    The decrease in average blood sugar is not as significant, compared to the decrease that I experienced with stricter diet and walking. With the current results, it is not possible to isolate whether it was the caffeine, the low fat milk or the sweetener that led to the lower fasting glucose level. It is also possible that the bio-hysteresis takes a longer than 20 days to show the true impact of stopping coffee.

     

    Based on this encourage result, I have decided to continue to stay away from coffee. I also invite the readers to validate this experiment by conducting their own test and share their findings.

  22. Foodie turned diabetic

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    Hello everyone! Just this evening I realized that I need a support group. My whole life I have watched as my, is it A1C?, numbers have climbed. For the last couple years my general physician has had me on glumetza, but I rarely took it. Mainly because I didn't want to, but there were often times when allergy season would come, and my body did things I didn't want it to when I sneezed really hard, so off the meds I went! I have a teenager and this summer I realized the importance of taking care of myself as well as I take of her. This also came after my left ankle started swelling on a more regular basis. My doctor still isn't sure what that is about. I have been doing 500 mg of glumetza a day and will start 1k tonight. I had a bday dinner to attend earlier tonight at texas roadhouse. I enjoyed a great piece of meat, a soda (or 3 - 'cause I drink a ton), and my sides were a caesar salad & a loaded sweet potato, piled high with marshmallows! It wasn't long before I felt awfully sick. I came straight home and took what I thought was obviously a well needed nap. It has been over three hours since dinner and I just took my blood sugar (the first time I've done it in easily 5 months). Mind you - I'm still new to all this and unsure of what is what most of the time. Well... my blood sugar was 456, 3 hours after eating. I was floored, scared and wanted my Mom, even though I'm 39! I'm scared to know what it was when I felt terrible earlier tonight. I've read some of the threads on here and to say I'm not scared that I've done too much damage would be a lie. I don't want to lose my legs, or go blind - but I have been having blurry issues lately (could totally be nonrelated though, right??). I don't know that I've ever felt so alone. Sorry for the rant. I figured this would be the best place to get this off of my chest, with others that may be dealing with the same issues.

  23. lispro93's Blog

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    I am 21 year old male and just started using an insulin pump again three days ago after trying it out three weeks over the summer but had a rough time after making a trip to California which resulted in out of control BGs due to the three hour time difference. I'm having a difficult time understanding basal rates and their relation to gluconeogenesis. I realize the purpose of a basal rate is to serve as a "background insulin" to compensate for the bodies natural production of glucose through gluconeogenesis and various other metabolic pathways throughout the course of the day. Upon setting these basal rates, would it be a good idea to eat the same amount of carbohydrates at the same time & exercise at the same time throughout the day? Also if basal insulin is suppose to compensate for 45-55% of my daily insulin and I were to eat a significantly more amount of carbohydrates at one time of the day more than others, would it be ideal to set a higher basal rate for this time of the day? Also if I were to skip such a high carbohydrate meal on a different day would I have to set a temp basal rate (ex.~75%) for this time of the day? Or would my body naturally begin to break down its glycogen stores by gluconeogenesis or other means to compensate since I'm eating a high carbohydrate meal at the same time of the day? I realize a good basal rate is suppose to keep BGs in target range even when skipping meals but our body's metabolic production of glucose is influenced by a number of things, it seems like this might be an even more difficult way of treating diabetes than through using a long acting insulin such as Lantus

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    So happy I got to see my little stinky today.! I'm just so overwhelmed with joy. I cried and thanked God for everything he has done for me and my family. This baby couldn't be more of a blessing. Thanks so much for all of your support guys.