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  1. Blog eternalsunshyne

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    I am a 28 year old Native woman. I was diagnosed as pre diabetic on nov 28 2009. I wasnt surprised because i have a family history of diabetes. How i found out was i was ill for 3 weeks with nausea feeling, really tired, i could drink 2 litre pops like nothing usually 2 bottles a day and using the bathroom alot. I left from work one day and ask my boyfriend to take me to emergency. We got to the emerge doors and seen a huge line up i said nevermind lets just go to a walk in clinic. We got to the clinic and it was empty. I let the doctor know that i have been feeling like **** for 3 weeks and that i suspected it was Diabetes almost automatically.

    The doctor did the urine test and as i suspected he found sugar. :(

    he put me on metformin and i made a appointment to see my family doc for asap.

    My boyfriend and i went to the pharmacy to get the glucose meter and my metformin presciption. I sat there not even really listening to the pharmaist explaining how to use the meter.

    I didnt even know what to ask about it, my partner did all the question asking.

    I was taking 1 pill 2x a day.

    i was so shocked when i first checked my Blood sugar.

  2. Blog Stuboy

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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:

  3. Blog betsyz72

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    So my husband found out at around 40 years old that he has Type 2 diabetes. He was about 75 pounds overweight and never worked out. His tryglycerides were terrible, high blood pressure - classic issues for being over weight. Now 8 years later he's lost 65 pounds and is totally off his diabetes meds. He really watches what he eats and has his sugars under control. And exercises on a pretty regular basis.

     

    We now have an almost 2 year old son. My husband is so concerned that he'll get diabetes that he wants me to totally cut out sugars and is really becoming annoying about it. I have tried to do some research on this and tried to explain things to my husband, but so far it hasn't helped. I teach my son good eating habits. He eats a good meal, and between meals has a snack of crackers or fruit - not a bunch of sweets. Occasionally I'll let him have something sweet, but not very often. When that does happen my husband has a fit. Please give me your opinions on this. Here's what I understand - My LO still has a chance of getting diabetes because it's hereditary, and has a more likely chance of getting it over 40 and if he's obese. Am I missing something here? I can't see totally restricting a child from sugar, because once he gets it, he wont be able to control himself - not that a 2 year old can control himself anyway - haha.

     

    Thanks for your input.

  4. Blog sailorlady

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    I have just started using a pump. I am a type 2 but act like a type 1. I am also over 65 and on medicare. Does anyone know of a insurance company that handles diabetic drugs like insulin on Plan "D" the prescription drug plan for oldies!.

  5. Blog melhawk982

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    Hi everyone, I'm a freelance writer, I've started writing exculsively for diabetes awareness because I have a family history, my blog is @ Discuss Diabetes Blog, I would like for everyone to take a look and let me know what you all think, I would appreciate any comments and insight. Thank you.

  6. Blog Subby

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    I think you're right Peter, that mobile web use is hardy vital tech. However, I've been finding lots of use for the web on the go, now that it's such a fast and seamless experience. And, using it as a tethered modem for my notebook is brilliant and much cheaper than a dedicated wireless modem.

     

    Tony, that would be appreciated. It's definitely usable, but a slightly simpler format would make it easier.

  7. Blog Teeterbone

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    My current A1c is 7.6. It has been in the sevens for at least a year. I exercise about 4 days a week for 30 minutes or longer. I measure my food when possible. Check my bgs anywhere from 6 to 10 times a day. I'm on an insulin pump and have been since 2005. I need some help! I want to get in the sixes soon! Any suggestions?

  8. Blog SCC

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    Susan.....I'm not positive on this' date=' but I believe if you contact the pump companies and ask to meet with a representative, they'll have someone contact you and then you can sit down and actually take a look at the pump(s) and their features and decide from there. Good Luck!

     

    Karen[/quote']

     

    Thanks - I forgot that. I have another year to go anyway with no complaints on my 522, really. I did look at the videos for the Ping and that was really interesting.

  9. Blog kristida84

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    Yesterday I started a thread in one of the forum pages about my experience with a very bad high blood sugar. I'm very happy to report that today I had PERFECT numbers! Nothing above 200!

     

    - 126

    - 107

    - 163

    - 104

     

    I'm very excited! Now if I can just keep it up...

  10. Blog gettingby

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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!!!!

  11. Acai Berry

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    Our current culture has identified health, youth and longevity. New ways of turning back the hands of time is the spoke everyday. Everyone wants a healthier, better body and wants to slow the aging process and feel better about themselves. But all these wishes may sometimes be tall orders when you also live a busy life, requires a meeting and watching your budget. If you're reading this article, you probably look for ways to do all this at a reasonable price and you've probably left disappointed. We are pleased to report that we have a solution and a source of hope for you.

     

    The answer lies in a small, little berry called Acai Berry, which lies deep in the Amazon rain forests and is a popular food in the Brazilian culture. The Acai Berry Superfood and it is actually considered to be the fruit of all fruits because it has a huge amount of nutrients all under one roof. Contains vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2 and B3 along with potassium, calcium and magnesium, copper and zinc. The Acai Berry is an excellent source of protein and actually have the same amount as an egg, no cholesterol. This miracle berry is also rich in healthy fats such as Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9.

     

    By Acai Berry there is nothing to lose and much to gain; Health is wealth. Is evidence that people with Acai Berry in their daily diet have a lower risk of developing debilitating diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer's and cancer, as well as chronic conditions such as diabetes, high arterial pressure and Cholesterol. Furthermore, apart from the prevention against the disease, Acai Berry also slows the gene managing the aging process, helping to smooth wrinkles and give you a smoother exterior.

     

    The challenge has always been for years that would have to eat mass quantities of this spectacular Superfood to get the maximum benefit. However, it is now available to you and other health consumers to obtain one, affordable pill every day to turn back the clock and revitalize your health without having to drink or eat obscene amounts of raw fruits.

     

    This powerful supplement to offer you the opportunity to obtain great results, both internally and externally. It is completely natural and the supplement has taken all the best qualities of the fruit and brought everything into a single pill.

     

    Why not take advantage of a miracle that the Brazilians have been known for centuries. Toast your good health with Acai Berry Supplement Daily!

  12. Blog vkim417

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    :mad:just recently been discharged from hospital for serve diarherra with hot/cold chills weight loss in 3-4 weeks 18 lbs. I have been on and off metformin since dx 07/05/07.

    I was placed back on for the 3rd time with about a year on something else each time.

    I have had before adm to hosp endoscopy and coloscopy. result endo ok colonscopy--inflimation fo colon with pockets of gas.

     

    while in the hsop due to serve diarherra and vomitting i rec;vd a cat scan--results--no adverse findings. So the culprit as I have deduced is Metformin. May gastrologist swore that Metformin could not cause this.

    So may fat intake or dairy products might trigger it.

    while hospitalized no fat/low card 1800 cal diet.

     

    I just ate chillie it trigged an episode==no more chillie!!

  13. Blog micks

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    hi! I'm new to this site @ have read a few things that have me starting to wonder.

    First, I read that 50 units of Novo-rapid can kill. But I have been taking 45units plus 60 units of lantus for about 11/2 years now.

    Surely this would more than equal 50 units of novo-rapid.

    I must admit that I am very lacksadaisical about my medications.

    Maybe i should sit up @ take a bit more attention to what I'm taking.

    Micks.

  14. Blog FarmerCathy

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    FarmerCathy said: "The only extra thing I ate yesterday was a cracker."

     

    Good grief' date=' Cathy, How big was that cracker! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself with that comment. Hope things go smoothly for you at the new job.)

     

    my husband had 85 this morning[/quote']

     

    Its like a 3x5 card size, but it was the lowest carb organic cracker and it usually doesn't spike me like this, but I did have a whole one yesterday.

     

    I did go to my endo today and hopefully my A1c results come back good. He thinks I may eventually be able to get off insulin all together someday. At least when my life isn't so crazy and I have a better schedule. :D

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    Hello All... I'm looking for the best way to take both Byetta and Glyburide/Metformin so that I'm getting the most benefit from both. I've read differents posts that taking both at the same time can negate their effects. Today I decided that I will take Byetta before breakfast and dinner and take Glyburide/Metformin at lunch and with evening snack. (Both are prescribed to be taken with breakfast & dinner.) Clearly, I could ask my MD, but am looking for combinations that have worked for others. Thanks so much!

  16. Blog kare59

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    Hi all, I'm new here and new diabetic; having trouble timing my metformin doses. I never eat breakfast; have been taking first dose with noon meal and second dose with evening meal. is that too close? what if I took one in am and didn't eat, just orange juice and coffee? :confused: thanks for any input.

  17. Blog vagabond

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    so where do i find a free accu chek meter and 60 free test strips? ive been on 4 sites and all they want from me is to sign up but still no free meter or strips.

  18. Blog mbstarr

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    I have type one diabetes and am also a cancer survivor. The cancer caused me to lose my spleen to an operation. The spleen is the most important part of the immune system...so you can see i am always interested in building immunity. I found a blend of essential oils (clove, rosemary,lemon,cinnamon) which is VERY antiseptic, antiviral..and I rub it on the bottoms of my feet because thats a great way to introduce oils into your body. I also dont touch doorknobs. I tell my friends to put one drop of peppermint oil in my tea and that fully opens nasal passages with a cold, and it is very effective for keeping alert and concentration. My doc makes me get flu shots and i have done so for 20 years. I have not gotten a cold ever since i started doing the oils 5 years ago.
  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. Blog BRTY0708

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    Bristol-Meyers no longer make merformin, Mylan makes it now with a new blueberry taste. The tablets are now round instead of oval. I have begun having the same effects that I had when I first started taking the pills ( stomach ache, running to the bathroom, some headaches) Do you think my body is readjusting to the new pill again.

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    I went to the doctor’s office this past week. This was my first visit since my diabetic prognosis reared it’s ugly (half-century glucose mark) around 7 weeks ago. The disease is calming down. The Doc was impressed, though he wants to see me lose more weight. It seems extra exercise is in order. Perhaps a gym membership.

     

    I spoke to my sister Liz today. I asked her if she thought insurance would cover a health club membership. “They are not going to cover that.” She said. “People who are obese go to the doctor all the time. If Insurance paid for that, everyone who was obese would be covered.”

     

    I said, “I’m not so sure. I have a medical condition. I have a disease. A health club membership would immensely help my glucose levels.”

     

    “Well,” she said, “Good luck with that.“

     

    I then called my health insurance company to discuss coverage for a health club membership. They told me they do not have these benefits. I am not surprised, but I am incredulous: “You will cover drugs which cost more than a health-club membership, but you won’t cover a membership to a health club?”

     

    “No we don’t cover that.” she said.

     

    I said, “You will cover me if I am hospitalized, and I need an operation. You cover hospital stays… but you won’t cover the cost of a membership to a health club which would prevent these other costs?”

     

    “That is right.” She said.

     

    About 10 years ago a huge branch from the only tree on my (in-town) property fell onto my yard. I called my insurance company. They told me they would come and take the branch away, and repair the damage caused by the fallen branch. I told them that the tree was rotten and needed to come down. “We don’t take down trees which are standing,” they said, “only the branches which fall.”

     

    “I don’t know if termites or carpenter ants have been inhabiting this tree for many years, but it’s completely rotten. It is hollow inside. This is a big tree.” I said.

     

    “We don’t get rid of trees, sir.” They said.

     

    “Okay,” I said, “let me give you a little background: This tree abuts my garage. The eaves of my garage – and my next-door neighbor’s garage – overhang each other. If the tree falls, it will take out my garage, and the neighbors garage. The neighbors had a fire a few years back, so their house has been totally re-done. So it is possible this tree will take out both garages and break into the brand-new house next door. Or, perhaps it will bounce off the new house and land on my other neighbor’s house. It doesn’t matter to me, though. I am just letting you know, because you are the ones who will be paying for it.”

     

    They came out, took a look, and had the tree removed.

     

    I spoke their language! But when it comes to health insurance, the language isn’t about health, at all! If dental insurance allowed 4 cleanings a year, they would be paying a lot less in fillings. That is dental health, but it is not a language insurance agencies speak. I feel sorry to these poor workers who have to deal with me on the phone, I really do. They have no answers and no authority. They only have the ability to regurgitate policy. Before I called, they probably hadn’t even considered whether or not it made any sense. Apparently, I am the only one who has noticed the snake eating it’s own tail. I said to the agent:

     

    “You will cover drugs, but you won’t cover the activities which would alleviate the need for drugs. You will cover sickness, but you won’t cover health.”

     

    “If you want to put it that way.” She said.

     

    “It doesn’t matter how I phrase it. That is the way it is.” I said. (The rest is just semantics.)

     

    Tonight I rode my bike for 45 minutes. My blood sugar dropped to 105.

     

    Can I get a witness?

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    What is the normal amounts of type2 diabetes medicine?

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    There is much debate amongst the various diabetic online communities, as to whether or not it’s ok to reuse your syringes and lancets. I truly sympathize with diabetics that are seriously struggling financially, and can’t afford their supplies, however, it is not medically safe to reuse syringes. Our blood naturally has pathogens (disease causing bacteria); once a needle has been inserted in to the skin (for longer than a second or two) the needle is now considered a bio-hazard, and or contaminant. When ever possible, its important to use a brand new needle at all times. Reusing a needle is like using the bathroom without washing your hands.

     

    Once the used needle is out of the skin & exposed to air, the contaminants grows and gets stronger. There are no white blood cells present to fight off those pathogens, therefore, if you reuse your needles, your potentially reinfecting yourself with stronger pathogens/bacteria, and the body has to work harder to fight them off.

     

    Both syringes and pen needles have special anti-bacterial lubricants, that allows for a smoother and less painful entry. Reusing needles will eventually loose this special coding. Both needles will also eventually become dull and jagged at the tips. Once the tips are bent because of over use, you will potentially cause bruising, in addition to the infection that may be caused by the now overly contaminated needle.

     

    In NYC, unfortunately, there are no official known procedures, as to how to dispose of your used diabetic supplies. If your @ work, it is my opinion (as a courtesy to others) that you store all your used test strips, lancets, and syringes in a coffee can, or one of these 99 cent hard plastic containers. Once container is full, tape up top securely and dispose by regular means, or you can give to your doctor and have him/her dispose of your medical waste. If your hanging out with some friends, another alternative, is to rap your used supplies in a napkin securely, and dispose of waste. Be respectful and mindful of non-diabetics; make sure all needles are covered bare minimum!! No one wants to worry about being stuck with with somebody Else’s needle.

     

    Lancets are a little different. To my understanding, lancets are generally ok to reuse, because today’s lancet devices are so fast, that the needle has no contact with blood. However, keep in mind that like syringes, lancets do become dull, and can cause bruising. Try to change your lancets at least once a week. Also make sure that you are rotating ALL sites..

     

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    So' date=' i have been having some really unaccounted for spikes in my blood sugar over the past several days. I could not, for the life of me, figure it out.

     

    I even took a bottle of insulin back to the pharmacy because I figured it MUST be bad given the spikes i was having.

     

    Well, last night, I checked my blood and it was 377...which was odd because the only thing I had was my Arizona Diet Green Tea. I went downstairs, pulled the bottle to re-read the nutritional facts.

     

    Sugar >1

    Carbs >1

     

    You can imagine my confusion.

    That is, until I got to the fine read print at the bottom on the label (ahem, NOT in the nutritional facts) and it said something to the effect of NOT FOR USE IN DIABETICS WITHOUT THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN. PRODUCT CONTAINS HONEY.

     

    Um, yea.

    So, my question is, if there is enough honey in the product to warrant this disclaimer, how come sugar is listed >1?

     

    Anyone else have this issue?

     

    Crazy! I think they should put this "little" piece of info in the nutritional info, as I usually don't read the fine print on the backs of bottles...that is such important info, you would think they would put the disclaimer where they KNOW a diabetic would read it![/quote']

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