NIce change in your attitude. Education is great, but a little caution-there are those out there that push their own agendas. Some are interested in pushing the vegan diet, others moderate starches and veggies and snacks with a diabetic medication, still others are Anti carb to an extreme. Everything you read, or hear or see on tv has to be taken with a grain of skepticism. The more you know, the better to weigh in on where the best path for you is. Than said, I would recommend that you look into Glycemic index and Load.View Thread
I don't post often here, as it seems to be much the same. I will tell you nina that your diabetes is something so many go through. It is a call to action, action that need to happen in so many ways. Change in lifestyle that means cutting out the white starches and back on the orange and brown ones, adding more movement to your daily routine with either meaningful exercise or a healthy hobby or sport, becoming aware of what effects your blood sugar by testing frequently in the early months, getting good healthy sleep at night, and over all not stressing.
I am a T2 that was diagnosed in 2009, not over weight at 5'8 and 170, taught school never from a desk, bowled, walked, kayaked and camped. However, I put in 7-10 days, ate a inappropriate times, and did not get more than 6 hrs a night. So blame on me. Now I am 145, healthier, stronger, and living a great retired life with no meds except for Niaspin. BTW doc thinks partly T2 because of Lipitor for many years.View Thread
Sounds like things are going well with you flute, even though the pacemaker may be a setback in some ways-just take care. The 5.7 is great news, and shows things are working.
I have been indisposed of late as last week I had surgery on thumb that had a cyst and bone spur. I had to prebowl all of my leagues for three weeks, and that left little time with the regular bowling. My blood work for the year is in March, we'll see if I am holding at that magic number <6. I have lost another 5 lbs without even thinking about it. Puts me at 145 at 5'8*. All of this snow and ice in central PA is making everyone look for an early Spring-taint gonna happen!View Thread
I don't know about . . . .elektrolytes and suchlike that a commercial nutrition drink has, buy I do know that as a test bed my body best responds to the more natural sources of calories and other nutrients. You may find making that smoothie with some almond milk, or soy milk would be helpful and it adds natural proteins. I would also consider adding other veggies and fruits to get a balance nutrients in you smoothie. All of this considered, the chemical soups called health drinks have time and place, but I don't like to depend on them. I do find that something comes in handy when kayaking, or biking, but water and a low carb energy bar works well for me if I need it. I have been traveling in the last few years knowing that I might not be able to eat when hungry, so have used these bars as snacks.View Thread
Emmie, several things here. First metformin in known to upset folks when they first start taking it. Later they adjust and most folks will actually lose some weight when on it. However, it does take time for any action to take effect.
When I was first diagnosed my Dr. prescribed metformin, I declined telling him that I would rather try doing things with diet and exercise. At the time I was 170 male, stood 5'9", 34 inch waist. One month later I had lost 10lbs, and an inch or two at the waist. I was doing treadmill everynight, pull-ups and pushups. I started kayaking in the Spring, Summer and Fall, riding a bike also. Now 4 years later I find I am 145-150, 30" waist. My numbers have remained in range for a normal person for the past 3 years. I continue to build core muscle, and in the Winters now bowl in 3 leagues, do the treadmill, total gym and pull-ups and push ups. It all take time, committment and a total life style change. Can you do this?View Thread
If I might add an addendum here Bruno. . . At the moment, there's 80 million pages on the subject on google. The challenge for you and everybody with diabetes is putting what you learn to practice. For me the biggest part was selecting the most reliable information out of the 80 million pages. After all, as I pointed out many times before the ADA did not recognize the Low carb diet as a viable diet until just 2010-11.
The low carb diet was a diet that was most prevalent in the 1890's before medications. After medications came about it seemed that was the most accepted treatment for diabetes.View Thread
golftlist, Many of us here have found that a diet that excludes white starches, and limits orange and brown starches works well for us. You may find that doing this will help lower your numbers before they hit the range. I am also 5'9" and now weigh in at 145-150. I used to be 170 before diagnosis and life change. My food intake now is around 9-10 servings of veggies, 1-2 of fruit(usually berries, or an apple) and lean protein. I balance my intake of calories and maintain my weight with nuts mostly. I regularly workout, doing around 50 push ups and around 40 chin ups/pull ups every other night. I also kayak in summers, and ride the bike. Winter it is hunting, and treadmill. I am retired now, but make pottery on the side. Oh yeah, I am 64 and not on meds.View Thread
ehiller, it is good to be proactive, especially with your family history, but you are probably just having to take a long time to recoup from the mono. As to concern for family history, eat healthy, whole grain, lots of veggies, moderate fats. We in the states have a tendency to have a diet heavily based on starches. Change that and eat starches moderately, also look into glycemic index and load. These things will help you avoid in all probability the onset of T2.View Thread
I am a moderator on another forum, and this sort of thing goes on quite often. We have been hit by spammers often trying to sell all sorts of things, but not by an actual person trying to win the trust of the community then hit it with a fishing link once in. This was quite subtle and intrusive on glucerna's part. I am probably going to be criticized, but my personal take was and is that this sort of invasion is just as unacceptable as a bot spammer.View Thread