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  1. 3 points

    Why I accept Dr. Bernstien's definition of normoglycemia

    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.
  2. 3 points

    My life

    I have to admit, I haven't tried to blog before, but thought I'd give it a shot (pun intended). Having had type 1 diabetes for about 9 years, I thought it was about time to write some about my experiences with it. I am by no means an expert, I just know my own body and my own case of diabetes, and as for experiences I can only talk for myself. I have to say though, I find it funny how a lot of non diabetics I've come across through the years get all shaken up by the fact we have to stab ourselves with needles. We have to check our blood glucose a lot and all type 1 diabetics and many type 2 have to take insulin on top of that. I've had my fair share of "oh, poor you, I couldn't do that!" from people. But in all honesty, the needles are what bothers me the least when it comes to managing my diabetes. Even back in the days where I could actually feel my abdomen and legs, the needles did not bother me at all, except for the occasional ouchy insertion of a CGM sensor, but as for injections... Those needles are so incredibly tiny they really just slide right in, unless of course you happen to find a painful spot, which may happen. Now I don't feel needles at all, at least in the common injection areas. I'm a T10 complete paraplegic since a while ago, it's no big deal but does complicate things a bit, like when I'm having a high blood glucose... Those of you knowing anything about spinal cord injuries will know why. It has its perks too though, so I'm not complaining. But it's just funny how people get stuck with the needles, when there are other aspects of diabetes that is way worse than acting like a reverse hedgehog. My biggest fear when it comes to diabetes is to have anything happen to my eyes because of my diabetes, and the annual checkups on the eyes is something I think is way worse than sticking myself with needles all day. I really do hate the dilation eye drops with a passion! But I still go have it done, because my vision is more important than those few hours of discomfort and the migraine that often comes afterwards. Another thing about diabetes that I really kinda hate is having to calculate everything all the time! Life is a never ending maths lecture! I really don't mind taking insulin by pump or injection, but that process of calculating how much insulin is needed for each given time, gosh I hate it! I wish there was an app that would tell you how many carbs there is in a meal just by using the camera of your smartphone! Just like there's now apps for measuring your heart rate by the camera. People tend to take pictures of their food all the time anyways, so why not have an app that uses the camera for letting you know the carb count of the meal?! In general, I live a really good life! I have a loving family, I'm married to the love of my life, we live in an awesome house together with my parents and that's by choice and mutual agreement from all of us because both the house and situation suits me very well. To be honest, I wouldn't want to change a thing about my life. While yes, I live with a few chronic conditions, artificial heart valves and I've lost the use of my legs, but all those things have just made me a stronger person! You will probably never hear me complain about my situation... I'm a very positive person by nature! And I'd be even more positive if you could see the carb count on your phone screen by using the camera
  3. 1 point

    about Cancer

    Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer, and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected. Cancer harms the body when damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors (except in the case of leukemia where cancer prohibits normal blood function by abnormal cell division in the blood stream). Tumors can grow and interfere with the digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems, and they can release hormones that alter body function. Tumors that stay in one spot and demonstrate limited growth are generally considered to be benign.
  4. 1 point

    So glad the blogs are still here!

    I totally forgot about the blog feature, and I was happy to see that mine is still here from 4 years ago! It was funny to read those first few entries, when I was so terrified. And a good reminder, because my current attempt to get the BG down is going exactly as it did when I was dx'd. Best numbers during the day, bad numbers at bedtime and fasting. History repeats itself! Today I went to a Greek restaurant that's within walking distance of my office. I had souvlaki chicken, a side salad, and a few green beans. It was absolutely delicious, and my BG barely moved. Yay!! I had to pretend I didn't see the rice or bread on the table. The next step in my attack is exercise. It's more difficult this time around, because my old office building had a 2-mile track around it, and this new office is smack-dab in the middle of an industrial area. There is a park nearby, but I have to get in my car to get there. I don't want to exercise after work, because my dogs are alone all day, and I need to get home. I'll figure something out!
  5. 1 point

    Nighttime thoughts

    It's a new year and oh my did our life change for hubby and me as he was diagnosed with diabetes on January 1st, confirmed positive GAD65 earlier this week. But no worries, he's fine, we're both fine and he's taking it all very well and his levels are generally pretty good now considering everything. We fell asleep relatively early tonight, but of course I didn't get all that much sleep before waking up randomly so here I am now, writing a little before trying to go back to sleep for a few more hours. Figured I might as well use the time to do something since I'm rarely able to just go back to sleep instantly if I wake up like this. Hubby is still asleep, he's still a bit more tired than his usual self even though he's feeling a lot better now when his glucose levels are down to more normal levels, than he did just a week ago when he was running high and we didn't know. We've made a smart deal with each other now too, he keeps his monitor by his pillow so if I wake up like this, I can easily check his glucose levels. It's a bit cumbersome for me to reach his monitor if he had kept it on the bedside table by his side of the bed, I can't walk at all and would have to transfer into my wheelchair to go there. But now it is on the bed, right between us. I just checked him and he didn't wake up from it, and thankfully he's at a good level now so I don't have to wake him up. If he wakes up at night and I'm asleep, he checks my CGM to see where I'm at, that's something he's been doing since we moved together, just for peace of mind. He doesn't wake up at night very often though, but when he does, he checks on me if I'm still asleep. Now we'll simply check on each other at night if the other is asleep. It feels safe! But we're not setting any alarms to check on each other, we'll just check on each other if waking up anyways, like I did now. He's already mentioned looking into getting a CGM as well to be able to keep track better, and to have a system that warns if he's going too high or too low. He doesn't mind the finger poking, it's just that it's limited in a way, it can be a long time between tests and things can happen fast. He's a little bit afraid of glucose levels going all over the place while sleeping because he knows far too well what a bad hypo at night can do to your following day, after seeing me being like a zombie most of the day on more than one occasion after having battled a nighttime hypo the night before. Beginning to feel really sleepy again so think I'll just check my CGM and check manually as well while I'm at it, and then go back to sleep if I can. Well, my blood glucose is all good as well, so off to sleep I go, again!
  6. 1 point

    Just thinking and thinking some more

    When I ate 20 carbs or less I peed every hour all night long, I stayed dehydrated no matter how much water I drank and my legs hurt all the time. I know I have been sleeping better lately and my feet and legs have hurt less and I have no problem with dehydration but..........here it comes..........I am now eating from 50-75 carbs a day. Yes my sugar is not as low staying around 115-120 during the day instead of 90-110. Planning on working in some type of exercise so I can continue with the higher carb count. 90% are good carbs but it's been the holidays so I have had a sneaky cookie and other such garbage food. All in all I feel better with more carbs. Starting exercise tomorrow. We will see how it goes in a week.
  7. 1 point

    (almost) Six Months After That 13.2 A1C DX

    My thoughts 6 months after DX: some of my lingering worries based off decades of brainwashing around my cholesterol and diet are gone now that I've maintained a good triglyceride/HDL ratio for a good number of months and "despite" eating what I have been eating and do not really do much to move my HDL (i.e. my triglycerides are low) do not know if I can, but really want to do better on my A1C and dial in my diet and physical activity - working smart, not just harder (right now, I'd give myself a C- on the working smart side of things; clearly a passing grade, but nothing to be proud of and so much more to learn, keep learning, correcting, etc. it boggles my mind in a good, fun way. just unfortunate it is in the context of such a serious condition.) drastically reduced diet soda consumption (I know it shouldn't matter, but I'm okay with it) protein consumption matters far more than I thought (i.e. I can eat too much protein, no question in my mind at this point) portion control matters eating only when hungry is far more difficult than I had anticipated, even when I anticipated it being potentially difficult, all relatively speaking (this is a #firstworldproblem of enormous size) as a game and worst-case-scenario of sorts to help with A1C estimates when missing PP numbers or even for missing spikes in general, I have been playing with my data by adding extra spike values not based off an actual reading, calculating the estimated A1C, comparing to lab numbers, then adjusting the spike value, and seeing how that closed loop converges vs. not - all for fun, no extra credit involved, but no extra work involved either All of the standard disclaimers apply - everyone is different, what works for Luke may not work for Leia, observing A leading to B doesn't prove anything, there is no cure, etc. [ my boilerplate below, slightly updated, as usual ] [earlier] had some mild but clear symptoms for a few months, did some exercise, symptoms went away; but was worried enough to see a doctor given what I had read online about diabetes; diet up until this point was LOADED with carbs (200+ grams of carbs per sitting quite common) and close to 100% restaurant, fast food, and all-you-can-eat catered food and snacks. DX'd with Metabolic Syndrome ages ago, but no symptoms, didn't pay attention or make changes. BAD MOVE. Last FBG on record was 83 on 2012.09.17. 2015.05.28 DX'd A1C at 13.2, FBG at 194 - The Wake Up Call !! 2015.06.08 [11 days after DX] FBG mostly in 80s, all below 100 2015.06.27 [~1 months after DX] A1C at 9.8 & FBG at 88 2015.08.28 [~3 months after DX] A1C at 6.0 & FBG at 87 2015.09.28 [~4 months after DX] A1C at 5.7 & FBG at 95 2015.11.21 [~6 months after DX] A1C at 5.6 & FBG at 83 Diet: low-to-moderate carbs; eat a ton; love my fats, especially given my love of hard boiled eggs, all kinds of cheeses, nuts and meat; though I try to get a lot of veggies in too; personally have found that the amount of protein does matter; much more mindful of overeating and also try to only eat when hungry; not strictly following any given LCHF, Paleo, Atkins, or Diet X, but learning from all of them and trying to figure out what works best for me over time Exercise: daily mild, but deliberate walking, or 80-100,000 steps per week on average, extremely light strength training, occasional but well beyond recreational intensity tennis; intimately familiar with HIIT and various exercise vs. training routines, but not going down that path for now Medication: have never taken any medication for diabetes or non-diabetes; I realize this may change significantly over time Weight: as of 2015.08.28 roughly at 190 pounds, down from an all time high of ~245 around 8/2013 this is technically the lightest I've been in since at least March 7, 2005 (the earliest records I have) - as a 6' male, given my activity level, athletic exposure, and genetics, need to figure out a reasonable steady state given my muscle mass, sustainability, and age; though more recently, given a number of the strength baselines I've used over decades, I really should turn to the good old fashioned hydrostatic torture test or better (DEXA scan), or maybe just keep track of my waist size. =) On sustainability, it's way too early for me to tell. Ongoing homework, understanding, measuring, corrections, experiments, etc., especially given the progressive nature of this disease.
  8. 1 point

    How Men Think...

  9. 1 point
    It doesn’t look like I’ll be able to make as much time as I’d like to give this topic a proper post, but I did want to start with something vs. waiting for that day to arrive. A bunch of this started much earlier, but was jiggered in my mind via this post - http://www.diabetesforums.com/forum/topic/77325-finally-decided-to-read-bernstein-with-reservations/?p=939297 - which, in a nutshell, called out higher intensity training as the best way to go on the exercise front. As I mentioned then, I found the article very well written and great advice in some contexts, but strongly believe it’s not the best advice in other contexts, in particular sustainability in those without the equivalent willpower [1] of Dr. Bernstein, or physical capability to safely engage in higher intensity, more efficient physical activity. To be clear, there’s almost no question in my mind based off personal experience, exposure, and research over decades that higher intensity, “purpose training” [2] obtains superior results, especially per unit time. And by results, I mean the same class of outcomes as what Dr. B observes - in his case, running further, faster, having more of what he calls stamina and capacity. So the best bang for the buck in many ways. But if your goal is sustainability, and not necessarily this efficiency (results per unit time, best use of our busy schedules, etc.), consider some of the downsides of prolonged high intensity training: Ability to maintain high intensity over truly long periods of time. Five years would be the absolute, obscene minimum I’d consider “long term” - it really should be measured in decades. Correlation of intensity and injury, even for those with perfect form, knowledge, experience, and so on. Ironically, I see analogies with this correlation and a variant of The Law of Small Numbers theme in his book. Big intensity, bigger potential for things to go much “more wrong more quickly” before you realize it (and “right more quickly” to be fair). =) I'm seeing a TON of this with the new Cross Fit generation at my gym. Tons. Even outside my domain of fitness and athletics, I think there’s something to be said about the longest lived populations on the planet and some of the things they have in common. None of them train in this way. Certainly nothing remotely similar to HIIT or variants. But all of them maintain a relatively high level of daily, regular, activity. Exercise or activity vs. purpose training with no analogous goals (speed, strength, stamina, capacity, etc.). [3] Lest you think I’m not a fan of efficiency or even HIIT. Quite the contrary. I think it has unbeatable usefulness in many contexts and even some analogies to periodic or 5:2 or abc fasting, jump starting xyz, and so on. I.e. where the ratio of the activity vs. the non-activity and the benefits is extremely compelling. Incredibly useful and almost irreplaceable. I just think there’s an alternate motivation in play here, another viable option to integrate fitness into one's lifestyle, and that there are benefits beyond the great ones associated mostly with higher intensity routines. In my n=1 situation, I keep intensity as one of many tools in my toolbox. And it's not an on/off situation either, there is obviously a spectrum of intensity. In general and to date however, I've gone down a far more mellow but NEAT [3] oriented route. I enjoy regular walking and using some of that time to catch up on podcasts, news, shows, learn or hear about new things, and so on. And just unwind. And while diet is my number one "go to" tool, there are certainly many benefits to physical activity that go beyond or don't even involve blood sugar levels. For some reason, I've been hitting more towards 100,000 steps per week vs. my baseline minimum which was around 88,000. Not intentional, just happens, I don't notice it. -- And sorry about the vomit in the entry title - just a catch line given how many folks have clearly never done high intensity training or are surprised that vomiting absolutely, definitely comes with the territory. While most of this is friendly joking - you can obviously do intense anaerobic exercise without vomiting - without exception, 100% of all competitive athletes I've known over the decades experience what I'm talking about with regard to vomit and intensity. If you've never pushed this hard and crossed that line, you have NOT come even remotely close to your limits in terms of anaerobic intensity. As always the inverse or the converse are not true - you can certainly vomit and that does not mean you're exercising with intensity. Many just spend time hanging out in the aerobic zone and use a heart rate monitor to measure intensity. =) And to be clear: This vomiting is not tied to the GI distress so common with distance running. Totally different root causes. You also don't have to vomit every time you engage in high intensity exercise. Or even most of the time as you become more familiar, know your body a bit better, and gain better fine control and awareness over your routines, how you feel a given day, etc. But if you do hang out in the highest intensity zones, it's just a matter of time.... My current take and use (or relative lack) of intensity in my routines has nothing to do with vomiting or avoiding vomiting. It has to do with sustainability, my own observations, and my own perceived results. No scientific rigor is involved. At all. [1] Or whatever you want to call it - I don't mean to be derogatory, merely pragmatic for the general population. [2] This is another huge topic and was somewhat controversial decades ago. In short, it’s tied to training specifically for an event, season, and competing. There are elements of time, both in terms of how much time is available to prepare, along with peaking with regard to peak performance for a given schedule of events, tournament, or related scenarios. There’s also an element of specificity [3] Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. <EOF>
  10. 1 point

    Just stick with what you know Kooka

    Okay I am tired of experimenting on when to take the pills, to take or not take the pills, to take one pill and not two pills, to eat late, to eat early, a snack, no snack. It boggles the mind. If the mind is boggled to much it goes quietly away. This morning because of my "experiment" Friday my fasting was 138. Higher than it's been since I restarted the WOE and cut down to 20 or less carbs a day and now 15 or less. I am eating way to many low carb vegetables and not enough fat and protein to offset the carb intake. Henceforth 128 yesterday morning and could not get under 110 the rest of the day even if my carbs were ultra low . Getting the cold weather lazies and don't want to cook. That is not good. When I don't cook I snack like a bird. All day. Went to bed at 127 and woke up at 138 this morning. Now I am back to a comfortable 101 after breakfast and it will settle in through supper. I just do not want lunch. Who eats lunch at 3:00 p.m.? If I did I would want no supper and that would mess me up again on the Metformin. What works for me: Eat breakfast sans any carbs Eat lunch with 1/3 of the allotted daily carbs Cut coffee out by 4:00 p.m. Eat supper at 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. thereby seeing a lower fasting in the a.m. Drink water even if I hate it Exercise when I can Think positive Be grateful to God for the knowledge to help myself
  11. 1 point

    Pickle juice continues and 8:00 Metformin

    Took the pickle juice and it most definitely cured my indigestion in a few minutes. LOL Took the metformin again at 8:00 -2 hours after dinner. I was tired and couldn't sleep and wanted food because I was having a pity party for myself so I had a cheese stick. Then I had a stick of celery with all natural peanut butter. I then considered getting up out of bed later and making some flax crackers. I didn't. I drank water instead. It was an unusual evening. Missing my late husband and my Mom and my brothers and sisters and getting depressed to a point. Finally just turned off the light and called it a day before I raided the kitchen. Peed all night long. I was yawning in ladies group and in Church this morning. How embarrassing. Anyway my fasting sugar was 121 this morning. Not happy with that to a point because my goal it 120 or lower for fasting. I ate an egg and slice of ham for breakfast and it instantly started going down until it landed on 91 and has stayed there and will til I go to bed again. Lunch and dinner will raise it to 101-110 for about 15 minutes and then down it will go. Weird disease.
  12. 1 point

    Morning BG's and things to try.

    I have researched the Dawn and 50% of type 1 and 2 diabetics suffer from it. Many worse than others. For most diabetics their BG's go up after eating and fall within the 2 hour mark. Though non-diabetics have it as well their system takes care of it but mine does not. This morning my BG's were 128 for the fasting read. I decided to take it again 15 mins. after breakfast and it was 131---15 more minutes (1/2 hr.) it was 121- another 15 minutes it was 116 and then at the hour mark it was 102. That being a 26 point drop in one hour after breakfast. Now three hours later it has settled down to 98. I am sure it will be the same within 5 points throughout the day until when I go to bed. I have read much and starting tonight will start to try different things. I am aware how this will Dawn will affect my A1C and because I have no clue when the sugar starts to go up during the night I don't know how high it does go up and how long it stays up. Time to work on it though so off we go. I will start with the pickle juice before bed. Try each suggestion for 1 week: Take 2 TBS. pickle juice before bed Take the second Metformin before bed with a small protein or nut snack Have a bowl of nuts on the nightstand to eat when I wake up in the middle of the night Exercise 2 hours before bed Have dinner by 6 p.m. and one snack afterward 2 hours before bed. Have a small snack of LC, protein and fat 1 hour before bed.
  13. 1 point

    My pancreas and why it contols my life

    Almost time for another CT/MRI on my pancreas tail. I know the tumor continues to grow but in the islet cells of the tail it grows slower. Last year it had doubled in size from 7 years before when it was first found. They tried doing a biopsy but could only get to the margins which were clear. They prefer not to take it out even though it's 1/3 of the tail because it's still benign and it's a massive operation which my health is not really strong enough for. I used to blame my diabetes on the tumor but if that were the case I know this HFLC eating would not be consistently bringing the numbers down. Just one of the things I have blamed for my current condition. I am finally just coming around to accepting the neuropathy and living a day at a time unless I am in some massive pain and then I am taking it one minute at a time. Life goes on and so do we unless we check out so why worry. Monday I am going to the Podiatrist for my diabetic foot check and Tuesday to the ENT. Thursday going for the Biotic shoe inserts. I hope I can adjust to them really fast. Like 5 minutes. lol Just keep on keepin' on. "one day I will soar like the wings of eagles, home to my Lord and the place He is preparing for me."
  14. 1 point

    And another fairly good day

    Still doing good except for the ear. Made an apt. with the ENT but could not get in until next week. This stresses me out because of the head and neck cancer I already survived. Now an earache for almost 20 days? It makes me nervous. Sleeping still is not going well with the legs. Once I wake up in 2 hours or so I then hurt so much I drift in and out of sleep the rest of the night and stay tired all day. You just can't win them all. I opened a can of Gold Star chili and dumped half a cup on a bowl of shredded lettuce and motz. cheese. I know it sounds gross but it was not really to bad plus it was quick. Sitting here now waiting for the Met to absorb so I can take my Gerd medicine. In other words waiting for heartburn. LOL Onward and forward.
  15. 1 point

    Good news is not always "good" news

    Well got a workout at PT this morning. Foot was swelled around the ankle like a fat sausage roll and it hurt a lot oh yes. I have 9 more to go. I ask Jessica just exactly how this was going to affect my neuropathy and the pain of it and she said "none." I think I went into some state of shock at that moment. Why am I here then? "To strengthen the muscles and tendons in your legs because they are hard and tight with knots and adhesions. You will still have the neuropathy pain because nothing we can do for you will help it but your muscles will be more flexible and you will be able to balance and walk better." I guess it beats a blank. I guess my hopes were way to high. So there will never be another pain free day. How sad is that. I know I need to get into one of those riding carts at the store but when I do I am sure I will cry the first time. Kinda like giving up a smidge at a time. It makes me wonder how many smidges I have to go. That's all good and well what she said but I felt like crying and this ear pain didn't help anything. So after all of the hour I came home unhappy and whipped. I am so thankful I am getting my BG's in control. I know at least I will be able to walk longer and the future will not look as bleak even with the pain. I won't be in a chair. Embrace the pain Barbara. My new mantra is ohh. Ohh ohh ohh ohh while seeing the beach and hearing the waves in my meditation I told the PT. She likely believes I am nuts but I am really only hanging on by a thread trying to keep the depression at bay. I cannot allow myself to get depressed. No not !
  16. 1 point

    Sometimes I could just scream and punch somebody!

    Why am I so docile? Never taking up for myself. Never saying what I really want to say when somebody insults me or tries to make me feel stupid or uneducated. My feet were red, dry and painful this morning as well as my knees being crushed while I slept....or tried to anyway. Like an a$$ I had to mention it to Sheila who sighed and said "well maybe my legs hurt too and so do a lot of other peoples. " "I said maybe yours hurt from riding a bike down the street after 45 years." Basically she cut me off then and changed the subject and of course I just let sugar drip from my lips as usual like it never hurt my feelings or anything. I think sometimes I have to talk about it just to wrap my head around the fact that this is my new life. Hands are aching but I am typing and later will clean the house even though I will be down then for hours afterward. I need to just embrace the pain as my ankles are already going numb in the front. A few spots on the bottoms of my feet as well and part of the top of my right foot. They say as the numbness continues then the pain is gone. I am thinking I would much rather have the pain than be in a wheelchair in assisted living. perish the thought! On someone who has this could truly understand it. Meds just mask it and make you less aware of your being. Not for me. At least I still have full control of my mentality. I hope they legalize cannabis this year. My doctor said 1 puff 3 times a day would rid my pain for 24 hours. I can't even imagine an entire day without pain. It's been a long time.
  17. 1 point

    Decided to break fast last night

    I decided to break my fast last night when I remembered my brother is due to come by today. And that means we will go to his favorite Vietnamese restaurant for Shaking Beef. Yum. Had a very tiny dinner last night - 1/3 cup greek yogurt (2% ugh) but it was in the fridge and yogurt recommended as a first food for breaking fast. Had a small reaction to the yogurt TMI ALERT - small watery bowel. Apparently typical but unpleasant when breaking multi day fast but ewwwww. Will be prepared next time Waited 1/2 hour and ate 2 oz of trout and 1/2 cup greek salad. 5.5 gms carbs. Tiny meal but I was very full. Overall I'd say the fast experience was good and I'll do it again. My energy was excellent on the third day. Yesterday energy was down in the AM and I took a nap. After that I felt great and would have continued, but brother visiting and shaking beef is too good to pass up. 7/27 12pm 111, 6pm before dinner 95, 2 hrs PP 113 (gotta love my liver!), started 500 mg met in evening, before bed 103 7/28 FBG 104 2 eggs, 1/2 avocado and salsa verde, black coffee this morning 8.5 carbs, 3.4 net. Getting used to eating again slowly. I don't know how fast metformin works but between it and the fast and lc (and not binging on ice cream!) my fbg is down 102 points since last Monday.
  18. 1 point

    First 30 days....

    Seems like this blog area is the right place for this sort of entry vs. my first post on this DF site. Yikes! (though all of you were quite accommodating and just went with the flow) Anyhow, I did want to snapshot a entry after my first 30 days after DX and see how things change over time. I've already uploaded my FBG chart in my images gallery but here are some raw thoughts at Day 30. What seems to help, at least as I look forward from today.... Ultimately focusing on doing whatever it takes to be strong, supportive and to be there for my family. Considering the hardships so many others face each and every day which make my situation look like a walk in the park. Think about mom's cancer situation and how far she went with so little education, so little support, horrible doctors, and so on. My love of numbers, measuring things, hitting targets. It's a large part of we as engineers do to solve problems. Fitbit, blood works, fitness metrics, various vitals, glucose meter and carb counting - all align very nicely with this. The act of writing. Putting thoughts down on (virtual) paper, via forums, etc. - and the sense of community via WWW online forums. What I worry about.... My family worrying about me. Stress on my family. Complications. Eye problems, cancer, amputation, kidney failure, and the list goes on.... Fatigue and low energy due to diet changes. Getting sick (or throwing out my back, etc.) for a long enough period where things can't be controlled as much via exercise. Perhaps diet will have to be enough. Or diet plus meds. What seems to be working for me, or at least what resonates with me.... There has definitely been a huge reduction in carbs and also almost complete elimination of junk and processed foods. That said, I like the idea of not eating as many carbs if I know I cannot work out. Eating a bit more if I feel like it and I know I will work out afterwards. Exercise cannot always overcome diet, at least given what I'm not willing to do on the exercise front. Not eating too close to bedtime. Letting my body enjoy the low BG as I sleep, even though I may encounter some DP situations. In the same vein, take a nap only after measuring a low BG level. This seems to have been demonstrated in my real-world data points. Strength training is important in terms of the pump and for building muscle. Don't let perfection become the enemy of the good enough. Can't always achieve a perfect schedule or pure sustainability. Life gets in the way. shoot happens. Need to adapt, use your creativity, intellect, and figure things out. Take what you can get, when you can get it (vs. only looking at 100% sustainable solutions) - this is especially true for exercise. If I'm going to eat more carbs, try not to mix with fat. (Though I'm reading TOTALLY conflicting data/studies on this.) Not eating if I'm not hungry (i.e. social situations, "time for lunch" routines, etc.). Okay to do short fasts. Related to the bedtime rule, but so far, I haven't done anything beyond that. Adding this here as a contrast to my prior eat-every-2-hours brainwashing. Proper management of sleep, stress, exercise, and diet seem like the way to go - the usual suspects! [earlier] had some mild but clear symptoms for a few months, did some exercise, symptoms went away; but was worried enough to see a doctor given what I had read online about diabetes; diet up until this point was LOADED with carbs (200+ grams of carbs per sitting quite common) and close to 100% restaurant, fast food, and all-you-can-eat catered food and snacks. DX'd with Metabolic Syndrome ages ago, no symptoms, didn't pay attention, bad move. 2015.05.28 DX'd A1C at 13.2, FBG at 194 - The Wake Up Call !! 2015.06.08 [11 days after DX ] FBG mostly in 80s, all below 100; routine and details below; visual graph in my gallery 2015.06.27 [~1 month after DX] lab A1C at 9.8 & FBG at 88 ; lipid and metabolic panels 100% normal 2015.07.28 [~2 months after DX] lab A1C at x.x 2015.08.28 [~3 months after DX] lab A1C at x.x Diet: low-to-moderate carbs; eat a ton; love my fats, especially given my love of hard boiled eggs, all kinds of cheeses and meat; though I get a lot of veggies in too; much more mindful of overeating and also try to only eat when hungry Exercise: daily mild, but deliberate walking (~12,000 steps a day on average, very light strength training, occasional but well beyond recreational tennis)- intimately familiar with HIIT and various conditioning routines, but not going down that path for now; that said, I do need to spend WAY more time on stretch/flexibility routines - otherwise really bad things happen Medication: currently not taking any medication for diabetes or non-diabetes Weight: as of 2015.06.28 roughly at 200 pounds, down from an all time high of ~250 not that long ago this is technically the lightest I've been in since at least March 7, 2005 (the earliest records I have) - as a 6' male, given my activity level, athletic exposure, and genetics, need to figure out a reasonable goal given my muscle mass, standards, sustainability, and age Way too early to talk about sustainability, but so far, things have been encouraging, with minimal signs of craving, fatigue, cheating, etc. Though being so new, all of this requires much more homework, understanding, measuring, experiments, and so on. Also rough for me to be away from ridiculous amounts of rice, pasta, ramen noodles, and so on. I grew up with that stuff!
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    The Future.....

    I honestly don't know why I didn't have this epiphany earlier in my life. Before the neuropathy and retinopathy set in. Before I gained a ton of weight and totally stopped taking care of myself. I've said it a thousand times before. It so easy to do everything that the doctors tell you to do when you are pregnant and trying to save another life. Once I finished having children, I just stopped caring about myself and spent all my time caring for my kids needs. I never once thought about The Future.... What does that hold for me? Will I be here to see my children grow up and finish school and college and have their own children? What about when they are gone and have their own families? Will my quality of life be good? Will I be healthy and able to travel and do all the things that I had planned for myself? I stopped monitoring, I stopped taking my meds, I stopped going to the doctor. I started to die.....Mother's Day 2012 I ended up in the Cardiac ICU with DKA. It's been a long road since that day and it was a horrifying wake up call for me. I finally stopped denying and made a plan to be here for my children for as long as possible. This is my journey.....my hopes and dreams and struggles and accomplishments and victories!! I want to Inspire!! I want to be a beacon of hope and share my story so that it can help others in any way possible. I'm passionate about being a good friend and listening and supporting all who need it. Let's all help each other through this.....
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    Memorial Day....

    Today is a special day for my family. Not because we BBQ or go to the towns parade. But because I come from a very strong military family. Every man in my life has served. My son is now serving and my daughter is talking about joining the Navy next year. I was especially sad this year because no one was able to place flags on my Grandfather's grave this year, due to a very bad storm hitting Texas. He was a WWll vet and one of the greatest men I have ever known. I am very happy that my father (Army Vet), and mother were in attendance at the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier today at Arlington. They had VIP seats and had a wonderful experience. I just wanted to take a moment and thank Every Vet In Every Branch and Every War and Peace Time too. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Thank you to the spouses and children as well, you also sacrifice.
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    About Arthritis

    About Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints and can affect anyone from young children to seniors. It is typically characterized by joint pain and stiffness that make movement painful and difficult, though newer treatment options have helped many patients deal more effectively with symptoms. Additionally, joint health can often be improved with exercise, medication, and the right lifestyle habits.
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    About Arthritis

    Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints and can affect anyone from young children to seniors. It is typically characterized by joint pain and stiffness that make movement painful and difficult, though newer treatment options have helped many patients deal more effectively with symptoms. Additionally, joint health can often be improved with exercise, medication, and the right lifestyle habits.
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    12 weeks

    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.
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    Carb Crunch

    If the title sounds yummy, like a crunchy granola bar, sorry. What I mean by "crunch" is, like, a numbers crunch, crunching the carbs - making 'em lower. One member said they keep their carbs to under 50 per day. I think that is terrific. It's my goal, too. Yes, it's hard. But well worth the effort. Those bad numbers turn into good numbers with each passing day...Next thing you know, you blood work comes back and what a reward you get for all the hard work. Just sayin...
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    Testing while driving? Whaaaaaa...?!


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