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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. :)

  3. Bountyman
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    Let's say a biker named Bountyman is attracted to a broad named Donna. He asks her out to a movie; she accepts; they have a pretty good time. A few nights later he asks her out to dinner' date=' and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and after a while neither one of them is seeing anybody else.

     

    And then, one evening when they're ridin' home, a thought occurs to Donna, and, without really thinking, she says it aloud: "Do you realize that, as of tonight, we've been seeing each other for exactly six months?"

     

    And then there's a silence in the wind. To Donna, it seems like a very loud silence. She thinks to herself: Geez, I wonder if it bothers him that I said that. Maybe he's been feeling confined by our relationship; maybe he thinks I'm trying to push him into some kind of obligation that he doesn't want, or isn't sure of.

     

    And Bounty's thinkin': Six months?! :hmmmm:

     

    And Donna is thinking: But, hey, I'm not so sure I want this kind of relationship, either. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space, so I'd have time to think about whether I really want us to keep going the way we are, moving steadily toward... I mean, where are we going? Are we just going to keep seeing each other at this level of intimacy? Are we heading toward marriage? Toward children? Toward a lifetime together? Am I ready for that level of commitment? Do I really even know this guy?

     

    And Bounty's thinkin': So, that means it was... let's see... August when we started going out, which was right after I put in new clutch discs and a new primary chain, which means...let me check the odometer... Whoa - F#&K! I am [i']way[/i] overdue for a freakin' oil change here.

     

    And Donna is thinking: He's upset. I can see it on his face. Maybe I'm reading this completely wrong. Maybe he wants more from our relationship, more intimacy, more commitment; maybe he has sensed, even before I sensed it, that I was feeling some reservations. Yes, I bet that's it. That's why he's so reluctant to say anything about his own feelings. He's afraid of being rejected.

     

    And Bounty's thinkin': You know, I think I'm gonna up this puppy to a 5-speed. Packin' this chick around just screws up my shift points; gotta wind it out more or there's too much of a lug after shifting. Yeah...I'm gonna do that!

     

    And Donna is thinking: He's angry. And I don't blame him. I'd be angry, too. I feel so guilty, putting him through this, but I can't help the way I feel. I'm just not sure.

     

    And Bounty's thinkin': Might as well drop that tranny sprocket down a tooth, too. And get her a bigger seat while I'm at it. She really puts the groceries away when we're at a restaurant!

     

    And Donna is thinking: Maybe I'm just too idealistic, waiting for a knight to come riding up on his white horse, when I'm sitting behind a perfectly good person, a person I enjoy being with, a person I truly do care about, a person who seems to truly care about me. A person who is in pain because of my self-centered, schoolgirl romantic fantasy.

     

    And Bounty's thinkin': Wonder why that is...you know...chicks just seem to blow up after awhile. Maybe I oughta find one of those chicks that stick their finger down their throat after a hearty meal and save myself the anticipation! On second thought...let's not get ahead of ourselves!

     

    "Bounty!" Donna shouts into his helmet.

     

    "What?" says Bounty, startled.

     

    "Please don't torture yourself like this," she says, her eyes beginning to brim with tears. "Maybe I should never have... Oh God, I feel so..." (She breaks down, sobbing.)

     

    "What?" says Bounty.

     

    "I'm such a fool," Donna sobs. "I mean, I know there's no knight. I really know that. It's silly. There's no knight, and there's no horse."

     

    "There's no horse?" asks Bounty.

     

    "You think I'm a fool, don't you?" Donna says.

     

    "No!" says Bounty, hoping that's the correct answer.

     

    "It's just that... it's that I... I need some time," Donna says.

     

    There's a 15-second pause while Bounty, thinking as fast as he can, tries to come up with a safe response. "Um...okay!" he says.

     

    Donna, deeply moved, hugs herself tight up against Bounty. "Oh, Bountyman, do you really feel that way?" she asks.

     

    "What way?" asks Bounty.

     

    "That way about time," says Donna.

     

    "Oh," says Bounty. "Yes."

     

    Donna leans way around to face him and gazes deeply into his eyes, causing him to become very nervous about what she might say next, especially if it involves a horse. At last she speaks. "Thank you, Bounty," she says.

     

    "Thank you," says Bounty.

     

    Then he takes her home, and she lies on her bed, a conflicted, tortured soul, and weeps until dawn.

     

    When Bounty gets back to his house, he whips up a tall JD & Coke, turns on the TV, and immediately gets into the Winter Olympics. A tiny voice in the far recesses of his mind tells him that something major was going on back there on the bike, but he's pretty sure there is no way he would ever understand what, and so he figures it's better if he doesn't think about it.

     

    The next day Donna will call her closest friend, or perhaps two of them, and they will talk about this situation for hours. In painstaking detail, they will analyze everything she said and everything he said, going over it time and time again, exploring every word, expression, and gesture for nuances of meaning, considering every possible ramification. They will continue to discuss this subject, off and on, for weeks, maybe months, never reaching any definite conclusions, but never getting bored with it, either.

     

    Meanwhile, Bounty, while adjusting the new clutch on his Harley with Fast Eddy, Donna's brother, will look up from the bike, frown, and say, "Hey, Eddy, um...did Donna ever own a horse she rode at night?"

     

     

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

  4. Blog ShottleBop

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    Could have been written by the Rolling Stones: "I Don't Want No Complications"?

     

    I don’t want no complications.

    I don’t want no complications.

    So I test and I test and I test and I test

    I don’t want no, I don’t want no.

     

    When I'm orderin’ my food

    and deciding what to eat

    well, I’m countin’ carbs more and more

    to get some useful information

    to help avoid any complication.

    I don’t want no, oh no no no.

    Hey hey hey, that's what I say.

     

    I don’t want no complications.

    I don’t want no complications.

    So I test and I test and I test and I test

    I don’t want no, I don’t want no.

     

    When I'm watchin' my TV

    and that man comes on to tell me

    how good my food can be.

    Well he’s not talking to me ‘cause he don’t say

    How many carbs in that treat.

    I don’t want no, oh no no no.

    Hey hey hey, that's what I say.

     

    I don’t want no complications,

    I don’t want no situations

    So I test and I test and I test and I test.

    I can't get no, I can't get no.

     

    When I'm ridin' down the street

    and I'm doin' this and I'm eatin’ that

    and I'm tryin' to score some treat

    what tells me baby better pick something else to eat

    my meter--I am a control freak.

    I don’t want no, oh no no no.

    Hey hey hey, that's what I say.

     

    I don’t want no, I don’t want no,

    I don’t want no complications

    no complications, no complications, no complications.

  5. Blog dice22

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    ......2 Cups. plain FLOUR

    1 1/2 CUPS SUGAR

    1 CUP BUTTERMILK

    1 tsp. baking soda

    3 eggs

    1 cup cooking oil

    1 Cup PECANS (CHOPPED)

    1 cup Prune (cook till soft about 5 minutes & then chop)

    Mix toghter sugar, buttermilk, & baking soda add rest of indgerants . Bake IN greased & floured 9x13" pan (n a 375* oven for 45 minutes)

     

    Sauce:

    1 stick butter

    1cup. sugar

    1/2 cup buttermilk w/ 1/2 tsp< baking soda

     

     

    Boil 2 minutes after butter melts.....I know some are on the Celsius sale , but WE USE THE Fair-height Scale here

  6. Learn to Count Carbs in Your Meals

     

    There are hundreds in not thousands or millions of websites that allow a person to really know what is in food, calories, carbs, and other nutrients. The vast majority of them are free! Below are a few. Try to keep your carbs to about 30 g net carbs per day if possible. Let your glucose meter be your guide as to what and how much you can eat. If a food raises your blood glucose level, you should avoid it.

     

    Nutrition Facts Data - Nutrition facts, calories in food, labels, nutritional information and analysis; NutritionData.com

    Nutri-Facts is a free searchable database of food nutrition labels. ... On this site you will find more than just nutrition fact information. ... Excellent resource for knowing what is in food. Free to join.

     

    Calories Per Hour Calculators - Free Calorie Counter, Weight Loss Calculators, and Weight Loss Tutorial | CaloriesPerHour.com

    See Instructions for the Add Foods Feature. For recipes, calculate each of the separate ingredients according to the instructions, below. ... Excellent calculators and free to join.

     

    Livestong Health and Fitness - LIVESTRONG.COM - Health, Fitness, Lifestyle | LIVESTRONG.COM

    LIVESTRONG's active community can help you stay healthy and live a balanced daily lifestyle. Visit LIVESTRONG as your one-stop resource for all your health. Established as a free resource to help people develop a better, balanced life style ... Free to join.

     

    The World's Healthiest Foods - The World's Healthiest Foods

    Database of healthy ingredients with nutritional information, cooking articles, recipes, and cooking methods.

     

    Low Carbohydrate Recipes - Low-Carb Recipes - Allrecipes.com

    Looking for low-carb diet recipes? Allrecipes has more than 3050 trusted low-carb diet recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

     

    Low Carb Recipes - Low Carb Diet Recipes - Free and Easy

    Information about low carb diet and food including low carb recipes collection and discussion forum for low carb dieter.

     

    Google Low Carb Recipes to find other web sites to vary your diet. Note: Most low carb diets are rich in leafy vegetables.

     

    Eating the Correct Portions for Meals

    1. Portion Size Control Plates - Bulk and Fiber.

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    2. Portion control helps your eating choices. More bulk means fewer calories. See Pictue Below - How Plants Fill Your Up, Power You Up, and Prevent Overeating

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    3. Low Carb Pyramid - No grains or starches.

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    4. Low Carb Food Pyramid Dr. Joel Fuhrman - Only whole grains and avoid starches from potatoes except sweet potatoes.

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    I am including a handout that you can print out and carry with you called wallet portion control guide.pdf. Note: I am currently working on my own version for diabetics since this wallet portion guide is for anyone going on a diet - not for low carb or diabetic dieters.

    http://www.dhss.mo.gov/diabetes/portionsizeguidelines.pdf

     

    1. Eat off a 10 inch plate only.

    2. 1/2 plate filled with non starchy vegetables.

    3. 1/4 plate Lean Meat or Protein

    4. 1/4 Plate Grains (brown rice, millet, or vegetables such as sweet potatoes.)

    5. Avoid high starchy foods since they are excessively high in carbs - if it is white avoid it. See table below for high starchy foods.

    6. Fats and sugar foods - Use sparingly

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    5. Snack on the following. Raw is better since they fill you up.

    1. Nuts of all types - No more than an ounce. Avoid peanut and other nut butters as they are high in sugars, fat, and carbs.

    2. Fruits such as berries (Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Currants), avocado, 1 medium peach, 1 apricot.

    3. Avoid dried fruits as they are excessively high in carbs and high in sugar which will raise your blood sugar quickly.

    4. Avoid granola, potato chips, crackers and other snacks of this type as they do not fill you up, are high in calories, and are high in carbs.

    5. Vegetables such as salad, celery, sweet potatoes (cooked of course), baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, etc.

    6. Red or green pepper strips, florets of broccoli or cauliflower, mushroom caps and a dip of low fat creamy salad dressing.

    7. Dairy products such as Kefir, yogurt, soft cheese, with vegetable or berries.

    8. Seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, etc. No more than an ounce.

  7. Blog shabbie

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    Thanks for visiting my blog post, I am Sharon D. Jones.

     

    I was diagnosed in May 2006 with diabetes with a HbA1c of 9.8%, from oct 2006 I was placed on insulin therapy to control blood sugars that did not respond to oral medications.

     

    I enjoyed excellent control whilst on insulin therapy but I knew that one day I would challenge the conventional view that diabetes is irreversible.

     

    In July 2009 I started out on an experiment that would change my life, I adopted the alkaline diet and within five short weeks my insulin requirements dropped from 23 units per day to zero!

     

    ‘Alkalise Me’ is the book I wrote about my experiences on the alkaline diet during those first crucial weeks and first tentative steps into diet control after being insulin dependent.

     

    It was written in the hope that others may be inspired to do the same.

     

    Sharon D. Jones

     

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    Alkalise Me is available in Paperback and Kindle from amazon and major book stores.

     

    ISBN-10: 1456777157

     

    ISBN-13: 978-1456777159

     

    Kindle: ASIN: B0051UMG5G

  8. Blog Richard157

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    COMMITTMENT

     

    In the 1945-1988 years I had only one rule to follow. Don't eat foods containing sugar. My doctors never mentioned carbs. I was very committed to following that rule. I became so used to using artificial sweeteners, that a teensy taste of something containing a lot of sugar was too sweet, and I did not like it. Having only one rule to follow made it easier.

     

    In 1988 I read an article in a magazine saying that diabetics should restrict the number of carbs they ate to help keep their BGs lower. That was my first exposure to carbs. Then I found that some carbs acted faster, and others more slowly. I started eating smaller portions of the foods with faster acting carbs. There were more rules to follow, and things became more complicated. Then there was using a meter, basal and bolus insulins with carb counting, and my insulin pump. Things were very complicated then. It was so much simpler in my early years to just avoid sugar. It was hard to be committed to having tight control with all these newer rules, and devices to follow. I sometimes wanted to just drop everything and go back to the old ways. I had no complications despite all the high blood sugar I must have had during my first 40+ years, so convincing mtself to follow all the new rules and use the new devices was difficult.

     

    I did not know any other diabetics until I joined some diabetes websites, in 2006. That was 61 years after my diagnosis. That turned things around for me. I met so many diabetics like me, and saw they were struggling with the same problems I was having, or had previously experienced. There were so many not taking good care of themselves, and having diabetes related complications. I could feel myself becoming more and more committed to having really great control. I had always worked hard to have good control, but my online experience made me more committed than ever before.

     

    My committment has led to my having 66 years of type 1 with no complications except some minor nerve damage. I am very fortunate that having only the "no sugar" rule for so many years has not caused me major problems.

     

    I am definitely committed to being committed. Perhaps diabetics who are not committed should be committed to a ......umm......to diabetesforums.com. :)

     

    What does committment mean to you?

  9. Blog sjkurtz

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    In the hopes of understanding insulin response' date=' the effect of carbs and other nutrients on diet and getting BG under control, I have decided to experiment on myself.

     

    I hope others find this interesting and if no one does, I will stop posting.

     

    The experiment is this. Take a simple easily replicated meal and use it as the base, over time, for making small changes in order to discover how diet affects BG.

     

    Obviously, this is intensely personal, all of us are different, but it is my hope that illuminating my experience will help others.

     

    First, the meal parameters:

     

    3 meals per day

    Each meal to be near 500-600 calories.

    % of calories from fat equal to or greater than 60%

    Maximum carbs for any meal is 30g

    Eat each meal 4 times in a row and then make change.

    Nutrients noted in grams C/F/P (Carbs/Fats/Protein)

     

    Blood Glucose testing parameters:

    4 tests

    pre-meal, 1hr post meal, 2hr post meal and 3 hr post meal.

     

    Initial Meal

    2 Slices Arnold's Bakery Lite 100% Whole Wheat - C-18/F-0/P-5

    6 oz Hebrew National Salami - C-3/F-39/P-24

    Meal total - 551 calories - C-21/F-39/P-29 - C 15%/F 64%/P 21%

     

    Results (minimum/maximum/average)

    pre-meal 91/123/109

    1hr 135/143/138

    1hr rise 20/45/29

    2hr 130/142/135

    3hr 116/123/119

    Based on the premise that 1 gram of carbohydrates yields 5mg/dL of BG rise, this meal has an effective rise of 105 point.

     

    Observations: I seem to have some remaining Phase I insulin response that can cover approximately 15 grams of carbohydrate in a meal. The rest shows up as BG. My Phase II response seems to be quite impaired as BG fails to fall until after 2 hours. The fat may also be slowing the absorption of the carbohydrates. The total number of carbs is probably too high and/or the types of carbs is too high.

     

     

     

    Meal 2 will replace the bread with my V8 Bread Substitute

    My V8 drink is 8 ounces of low sodium V8 with 1 Tbl of olive oil and 1 Tbl of ground flax seed.

     

    This will reduce the overall carbs from the meal by 5 grams, increase the fat by 11 grams and reduce the protein by 1 gram.

     

    Anticipated results: I should see lower BG numbers from the reduction in carbs.

     

    Results to follow...[/quote']

  10. Blog bonnigrrl

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    Eli Lilly, December 1, 2010

     

    Since this email contact came up when I tried to contact Lilly as to my right to thoroughly understand what drug effects I may be shooting up, please allow me to express.

    I am very concerned about the meta-cresol and phenol preservatives and other possible synthetic GMO chemicals in Lilly insulin that I shoot up many times each day. Has a natural preservative even been considered, like citrus?

     

    As a consumer of your insulin, I wished to explore Humulin NPH as an alternative to Sanofi Aventis Lantus and contacted LillyHasAllTheAnswersCenter.

    I was rehearsedly told I would have to receive any info through my doctor. As a patient, who only seeks education as to what I put in my body daily...I was NOT allowed access to information and therefore the ability to decide, for myself.

     

    I DO NOT want filtered, diluted and manipulated information from any outside source. That is why I requested info directly from Lilly, the insulin maker.

    I can easily find requested info about Lantus, from Sanofi Aventis or NovoNordisk.

     

    So what is going on with info about Humulin N? Are lawyers ruling Lilly's business now even more? Your "Answer Center" restricted my access, carefully pacifying me with no answers. Why? Lilly spokesperson mentioned, we must keep our "formula" secret. This is not some game, this is about lives. I am trying to protect my health here and need info to make wise decisions. Would you not want the ability to decide for yourself and your family?

     

    Is not health Lilly's and other Pharmaceutical Industry’s priority?

     

    WHY ALL THE GLYCEROL? IS IT TOXIC, LONG TERM? I need to know, all your consumers need to know and they have that right. Correct? It makes us suspect something is being hidden?

     

    DO WE REALLY KNOW THE EFFECTS OF GMO INSULIN, LONG TERM? GMO FOODS ARE NOW DESTROYING OUR HEALTH. IS IT THE SAME WITH GMO INSULINS? I need to know.

    I really want my porcine insulin back. Sadly, natural insulins have been run out of the market with these cheap synthetic questionable insulins.

     

    Health above profit? With all this medical intervention, we remain the sickest nation on earth with grotesquely profitable epidemics of heart, cancer and diabetes. Where is the emphasis on prevention, where is that "cure"? I gladly take far less insulin eating no sugar and white flour. Why does Lilly's "source of info doctors" never reveal this lifesaving info?

     

    M-CRESOL IS RATED "POSSIBLE CARCINOGEN" BY FDA. IS THERE REALLY NOT A SAFER PRESERVATIVE?

    HOW DOES LILLY REALLY KNOW THE SIDE EFFECTS LONG TERM, why not just use something safer?

     

    Is Lilly so set in their "secret formula" they are willing to risk short term monetary gain for us dying diabetics? What will true research reveal about long term use of PHENOL?

     

    Sad state of our nation, with the drug pushers, pushing their drugs for mere profit not health. Sorry, we are dying needlessly here…

     

    If drugs are needed, let's join together to make SURE their benefits outweigh their risks.

    Health first. Blessings to all.

    Please send along email with needed answers.

  11. Blog Tammi

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    Well hopfully this is going to help me. :)

     

    For those of you who do not know me. Im Tammi, im 14 years old and have had diabetes sense i was 5. I take 24 Lantis and night and 1-10 Novolog everything I eat. My A1C is 11.3 (OUCH!) When it is supposed to be around 8. I'm trying to fix this but it just dosnt seem to be working so maybe you guys can help keep me on track?? Ill be posting my blood suger checks and then the dose i give and what Im eating when I can.

  12. Blog TYPE2DIABETIC

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    Hello to all' date='

     

    you might wonder why i ask this, me being type 2 diabetic for so many years i know all to well that todays high carb foods and fast get them and go meals are not good for the body, that is why type 2 is on the rise , people not relizeing the danger in eating a poor meal plane , even thow they think they are eating good but are really not, the other day i was at a friends house and i saw my friends son eating ice cream in the morning , by the way he is very overweight and the father also has type 2 diabetis , i wood figure that he would not allow his son to eat ice crean so early in the morning eat something healthy. Me being type 2 and thinking that it was my obligation to tell the child that he sould eat a piece of fruit with peanut butter something other than ice cream in the morning. The son returned by saying i am just a kid i am allowed to . I thought to myself after he said that what was i doing ,talking to a child about what he should eat or not eat. That is the parents job not mine. Did i have the right to say anything to him . Please i would like to get your comment on this subject.[/quote']

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    I am now a total convert. I read Gary Taubes book on Why We Get Fat. I've also become a bit of a born again. My poor mom said she wanted to loose some weight so she got the whole shpeeel.

     

    I have moved the daily amount of carb down to 80 to 90 g on some days and managed to dial back the basal and bolus enough to eliminate most of the lows. OMG...its quite fabulous. I made it through Easter dinner with nothing higher than 8.5 (153). For the first time in my life I actually did a bolus correction for an 8.2 (148) this morning. It didnt work but it's Monday and my new theory is not only do I need more wake up insulin on weekdays I need more on just Mondays.

     

    I can now run a half a km without my mind crying out to make it stop.

     

    So remember stop carb guessing!

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    My cruise to Bermuda ended up being a cruise to Florida and Nassau due to Hurrican Earl, but it was all good. I got to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (highly recommended) and do the conga line of shots at Senor Frogs in Nassau (oh how I wish we had video of that) ;-) along with a yard of margaritas one afternoon.

     

    As for the food, yes, I did enjoy all the bacon I wanted at the breakfast buffet (I was in piggy heaven) and the occasional small chocolate croissant. did my share of imbibing some alcohol but did not overdo it either. I came home just 2 pounds heavier which considering all the yummy food available .. well not too bad really. My blood sugars were pretty much in control except for the night we did some pasta, but took care of that with a few laps around the deck. I think I managed to enjoy the vacation without overdoing the sugary desserts and breads (my weakness) that were around 24/7.

     

    The 2 pounds are gone now (along with a bit more) and I am back to my "new" lifestyle eating habits. My advice for a cruise, go out and enjoy it, don't go hog wild (especially on chocolate buffet night) but don't deny yourself either - I got dessert, had a couple of bites to satisfy my curiosity and gave the rest to my non-diabetic husband ;-)

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    jjzachs
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    looking foward to interaction on site.Ill share with you my recent talk with my med students and residents.We discussed when to treat elevated blood sugars by what ever means meds or diet/exercise.Most docs will wait for diabetes to be diagnosed before start meds.Many give some conversation about diets when metabolic markers are elevated.But for the most part early or pre- diabetes gets less attention.But we know 50% of b-cells are already lost by the dm2 diagnosis.We dont have a lot of evidence for regeneration although some meds mays reduce inflammation which may help that.[so far in rat models anyway'].Are we just waiting to long to start care.Im old enough to remember not using statins until patient had a coronary event.Boy is that wrong we know about prevention in cholesterol treatments.to prevents heart attacks.Why is an elevated bs and metabolic changes not in the same treatment plan.I think early treatment might prevent the disease or slow progression. Just sharing my thoughts, jjzachs
  15. 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

  16. You are more likely to develop diabetes type 2 if you are overweight and exercise less than 3 times a week. I agree that if you have a genetic predisposition for obesity and diabetes type 2, it may be too late to change your parents.

     

    But you definitely can change some of your daily habits that cause you gain weight fast while promoting high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, two factors that will only make things worse for you. Let us see if any of these three practices are part of your daily life and which ones you can remove for good.

     

    You gain weight fast if you purchase and consume too many processed foods

    You basically know what you eat when you buy an apple, an orange, a piece of fish or a cereal that has only one ingredient. But when you eat a processed food that comes in a package or a can, do you know what you are eating? If you have decided that cooking is not for you and you are buying most of your meals already prepared, chances are you diet is not a healthy one and you are running into the following problems:

     

    1. You are getting too much fat and I dare to guarantee you it is not the healthy type. Chances are you are getting your share of saturated fat and trans fats. These two fats are the ones that get stuck in your blood vessels and your waist, two major risks for heart disease. In addition, trans fats will also damage your arteries, a factor that promotes the buildup of plaque.

     

    2. Your food will probably be filled with hidden sugars. Read the label to be aware of the different names manufactures use to camouflage sugar in their products. Hidden sugar is used by manufacturers of processed foods and medications and if you get into the habit of reading food labels, you will see that almost all processed foods contain sugar. This explains why although direct consumption of sugar tends to decrease, consumption of hidden sugars keeps going up.

     

    3. You are getting too much salt. Too much salt and little potassium causes high blood pressure. Read my article on the causes of hypertension.

     

    4. You drink too many sodas and fruit drinks. Sodas have a lot of sugar and even if you drink diet sodas, still are no good for you. And if you think fruit juices are any better, you are due for a big surprise. Most of the times, these drinks have a lot of sugar and very little fruit.Even if the drink is 100% fruit, that fruit has been pasteurized at high temperatures and has lost almost all its vitamins and minerals. If you want a fruit juice, make it at home. Add 50% water to your juice to prevent too much sugar going into your system in one sitting. And don’t forget to replace sodas with water or herbal tea.

     

    You gain weight fast if you buy the larger sizes at fast food restaurants

    You may think you are getting “a good deal” by ordering the larger size, but think about the prize you and your family will pay for those extra calories. Avoid super-size orders or the ones that indicate “25% more”. Look for regular size orders or children’s portions.

     

    20 years ago, the hamburger and french fries now sold as the children’s meal at McDonald’s was actually the normal size meal that most customers ordered. Fast food restaurants determined that Americans were more interested in quantity and value than anything else, and began supersizing everything. Get the small portion to prove them wrong.

     

    Remember that there are a lot of calories and a lot of fat when you order the supersize. In fact, the only winner when you buy these super sizes is the vendor. Sign up for the list of calories and sodium at fast food restaurants.

     

    You gain weight fast if you exercise less than 3 times a week

     

    Maybe some of these foods will not have such an impact in your weight if you were using the energy they provide with some type of exercise. Exercising not only causes you to burn calories while you are moving but it also causes your metabolism to work faster even when you are not exercising which results in more calories used.

     

    Walking is an excellent exercise not only to lose weight but to prevent or control diabetes type 2, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Just as an anecdote I will tell you that although I do not have high cholesterol, my readings for total cholesterol are in the 170 number, every time I spend time in Spain, my country of origin, my cholesterol drops 20 points. The reason? Over there I use public transportation and since the bus or the subway train doesn’t come to my door to pick me up, I have to walk to where they are.

     

    Final thoughts

    How about making time to walk and cooking more at home? Dancing will also be a wonderful way to exercise and have fun. If your daily hours at work during the week are kind of hectic and by the time you get home you don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen, how about cooking during the weekend and freezing part of that food in small containers? I do that and it really works for me.

     

    I cannot say I am a fanatic of cooking, but I came to the realization that the only way I have control of what I eat is by buying fresh foods and cooking them myself. This way I know how much salt, fat and sugar my meals have. For sure, they have no preservatives.

     

    To Your Healthy Cooking!

     

    Emilia Klapp, RD, BS

    http://www.TheDiabetesClub.com

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    Yep, that's right. 26 yrs ago, I got the diagnosis. Back then, I was told "The cure is only 5 years away". Guess what, I'm still waiting on that 5 yrs.

     

    It's been an interesting 26 yrs. I've been through DKA, a coma in which I had a near death experience, I've given birth to a child, and fought bad A1C's. It's because of this wonderful site and the wonderful people here that I'm still fighting this. Giving up is not an option.

     

    So, with the help of my friends, family, and endo, I hope to be here another 26 yrs.

     

    Love you all!!!!

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    The ADA are doing an article on counting carbs in their April Issue and so I spoke to them for about an hour on how this old diabetic counts carbs.

     

    They must have loved the discussion - as they sent a photographer to my house yesterday for some photos.

     

    What fun!

     

    So when a photographer says we need three photos - it's not like "snap snap snap" and they leave.

     

    There was a truckload of equipment and an assistant in tow.

     

    They set up a white background in my garage and a number of lights and spent about an hour and a half fiddling with lights and taking readings and so fourth. Finally they called me for the shoot.

     

    I have a new appreciation for models. The photographer was great - but they take about 100 or 200 pictures and you have to hold pretty still and in a precise location and get commands like "can you move the top of your head slightly to the right" and "chin down a little."

     

    I'm thinking - right - does he mean turn my head right or look right?

     

    So about four hours later - they all seemed satisfied that they got their shots - and proceeded to spend all this time loading what must have been thousands of dollars of equipment back into their truck.

     

    They will take pictures of three others they spoke to for the article, and one of us will get to be on the cover!

     

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    The past few weeks for me D wise have been quite well. I'm about 2 months back on MDI and it's like riding a comfortable bike again.

     

    Initially I had a heck of a time remembering to take the Lantus shot before bed. Fortunatly the sensor would catch that error and beep me awake to correct.

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    This is my blog! I have a blog, but i dont know what to write in it :D I think i'll just babble and see how that goes....

     

    I'm 26, diagnosed 4 and a bit years ago on 24th July 2006. I use an insulin pump and for the most part, when I'm paying enough attention to my results my control is good, but i still have the occasional swing or high which usually sends my head to another planet, I space out a lot. When i don't pay attention to it, close attention, it just goes out the window. It's made me realise that information is power, I've spent a lot of time trying to learn the theory's behind diabetes and it's control.

     

    I've had many a battle with hypo's but I've been lucky enough not to need the hospital for one, although it was the main reason for going to the pump. My pump has been a life saver, before my pumping days started my control was completely shot, no predictability, no patterns, random hypo's and random highs, i became "borderline" depressed and retracted myself socially, never wanting to go out or talk to anybody. It's amazing how blood sugars can have such an effect isn't it? I guess when you think about it it makes sense, after-all glucose is the only source of energy for your brain, and if it's not regulated it's bound to cause random emotions and issues with random memory. I did notice (and still do) a big impact on my short term memory. I can forget things in seconds now. I can take my BG and by the time i've turned off the meter and put it away... i've forgotten what it was. Does anyone else do that??

     

    I was amazed how quickly things improve when i started pumping. I almost immediately (within the first week) started seeing patterns in my readings, allowing me to make fine adjustments to my basal rates, slowly flattening out the base glucose level. It's not perfect even now, but it's more controllable. Many days spent starving myself and testing once every hour for data to analyse which i could use to adjust my basal rates...

     

    On the pump you notice changes in needs very quickly, it's amazes me and just goes to show Diabetes is always changing, it will always be a challenge that each one of us around here face everyday. Sometimes it feels like a relentless chore that just never ends, in a way i suppose it is. The human body is an amazing thing when you consider everything it does automatically, just taking over the control of insulin when that auto-pilot breaks is enough, I can't imagine what life would be like if we had to manage everything our own body take's care of on it's own by ourselves.

     

     

     

    Merry Christmas (or Easter x) everybody! :eek:

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    I called my sister and told her about the results and she's worried about me (even more so than before). I'm wondering if I shoulda held off telling her till I knew more about it. Oh well. I think its better that I told her now rather than something happening and her finding out that way...

     

    Btw none of my meds can cause this; I asked the pharmacist about that.

     

    Later

    Tiff

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    :)Hi,

     

    Where has the time gone Someone reminded me of my blog today and I thought I should update it Fill you all in on the last 18 months.

    Firstly the D well had a Hb1c of 6 last year my first ever . The last one was 6.8 I can live with that and I know my diet isn't as rigid as it was but you need to live. I swim nearly every day and I was doing either Curves or Contours . But decided swimming is for me not only iis it good for the body but great for the soul.

    I have been off my blood pressure medication since April 2011 (I had taken medication since 1989) I have gone from using lots of insulin to using very little (saving me lots of money LOL)

    Now for me I have just changed so much I have gone from someone who was too scared to drive a car at all to someone who drives 2000kms without thinking twice about it on my own Have done it 3 times now and about to do the 4th trip but more about that later

    I left my job of nearly 15 years in january to start a new job in a new city. 2000kms from family Though I have many close friends here. I walked into aged care with little expereince

    totally out of my compfort zone .

    Going from Children and public Hospital system to a Privately owned Aged Care facility was an eye opener. I managed and enjoyed the residents Learning a lot from them .

    I also started to board with someone I found on a site on the internet Not much accomadation up here and very expensive. Going from a city of 24,000 to 260,000 people

    Thinking oh well if I want to do this or go there I have to do it myself No one to do it for me

    I started swimming with friends but as we work different hours I found if I didn't go by myself I wouldn't get there Now the Pool staff all know me by name LOL

    Never in a million years would i have had the courage to do this before

    On my last trip home I decided I needed to spring my wings again So my next adventure is to go Agency Nursing This involves being sent to a hospital Nursing home anywhere in Australia The period of time varries but usually 3 months at a time.

    I do not care where I go but really want each place to last about 3 months My 1st contract is for4 months in Aged Care. The town I am going to I have been through a few years ago I know no one there (well I dont think I do but have a habbit of running into people that either know of me or are related:D) I reallly have no idea of what the accomadation will be like

    and I can't wait for it all to happen . (only next week) Someone asked me if I was nervous and I hadn't even thought of that

    There will be so many new places to see and explore in the time I'm in this town People to meet If they do not like me well that is their problem .

    I have been able to achieve this all through the support of all my wonderful friends and by becoming comfortable with who I am

    Also my belief that life is too short to waste a day being negative, bitter or angry

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