I, too, walk 6 miles, daily, & take no meds, so I'd be less inclined to suggest dehydration since I'm drinking throughout the day. I've had occasional bladder or kidney infections through the years. When infection runs high, blood sugar often rises. Are you running a temperate? Blood in the urine will cause pee to darken. Urinary tract infections, kidney stones, high blood pressure and certain meds/antibiotics can result in hematuria. Since you give so little info, everything's a guess, really...View Thread
Appreciate the comments, Dave, but... ...I think you underestimate the power of subliminal messaging. Why do you suppose reality stars (gosselins, kardashians, housewives, etc.) all wind up in rehab or in court? Because, "Livin' the Dream" is a House of Cards. We live "bipolar" existences because we all aspire to work for businesses that actually make money. Unfortunately, any business, today, that makes money has 10 new competitors the following quarter. So, we all come home exhausted from the double shift and snack between "crashes" (on foods with indefinite shelf-lives). And, finally, one partner suggests "Lets have a baby (so we'll have more fun)!!!"
Whenever we've had surgery, the doctor always tell us in the recovery room, "Take all your pills, drink plenty of water, eat bland, healthy food, no smoking, no drinking and get lots and lots of sleep...And, absolutely no work for two weeks!"
Does anyone ever notice it most always works? Well, it works for everything, else, too!
In other words, I don't think we're the "culprit", Dave...View Thread
"...In 1923, Dr. Elliott Joslin said, "Insulin is a remedy primarily for the wise and not for the foolish, be they patients or doctors. Everyone knows it requires brains to live long with diabetes, but to use insulin successfully requires more than brains...Diabetes is a hard disease to understand for both patients and doctors. Too often, we boil it down to insulin, or the lack thereof, but there is so much more to it than that. Even if you are very careful with what you eat and are right on top of your insulin therapy, good A1C control can be difficult to maintain. That's something that even medical professionals have a hard time understanding, partly because we're just beginning to grasp all that goes into internal glucose control..." http://insulinnation.com/treatment2/medicine-drugs/t1-diabetes-is-complicated-even-for-doctors/ imo, the proper use of insulin is a highly specialized skill...It takes serious "brains".View Thread
Sure, they (cold meds, ibuprofen) can. But, the question becomes a "chicken and egg" scenario. Did the meds cause your sugar to rise? Or, was high blood sugar the cause for your bad colds? Or, is there additional, ongoing "inflammation" in other places of your body (High Blood Pressure, Gout, IBS, Arthritis, Osteoporosis) that further compromised your immune system and caused the disruption of blood sugar patterns you're normally use to seeing?
Let's not forget that one of the common symptoms of diabetes that people first observe are recurring colds, rashes, yeast and bladder infections...a lot of missed days from work. Was your sugar high because of the infections? Or, did the infections cause you sugars to elevate?
I don't have a definitive answer for you but for what it's worth, I don't expose my body to too many things that have the potential to compromise or defeat my body's natural defences against disease or infection. The list is long and food & drugs (diet) are just two of many.View Thread
The medical community addresses the treatment of diabetes through the manipulation of blood sugar. Thus, we measure "control" through glucometers and A1C. But, I think of diabetes in terms of health status rather than blood sugar. If my health is compromised, my blood sugar may be out of sorts regardless what I eat! When viewed from this perspective, "diet" is just one part of many puzzle pieces in treating diabetes.
Someday, they will make "sleep apnea-meters"..."stress-meters"..."fitness-meters"..."prescription drugs, vitamins and supplements-meters"..."intestinal bacterial flora-meter"..."process food preservatives, unnecessary food colorings and other unpronounceable food additives-meters"..."air quality, pesticides, toxic household chemicals-meters"...and, through these "meters", we'll be able to pinpoint the culprits that are compromising the organs that regulate our blood sugar...the heart, the endocrine system, the liver, the kidneys, the digestive tract, the pancreas, etc, etc...
But, until these "meters" are available, we are left to only focus on perfecting the execution of daily fundamentals of good health, then, let the chips fall where they may. By treating diabetes, holistically, blood pressure becomes just as important to the treatment of diabetes as blood sugar. Same applies to HDL. Ditto for WBC counts and CRProtein. Ditto for Bilirubin & Blood Urea Nitrogen. Ditto for Electrocardiogram and Lung X-ray. Because, if my lungs, heart, liver and kidneys are not functioning, optimally, blood sugar can be high, all the live-long-day, even if I'm on the "Rabbit Food Diet".
I'd eat a fruit. Sure, there's fructose in fruit that will raise blood sugar so any fruit should be eaten in moderation. But, fruit is loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber that are essentials for a healthy metabolism. Ritz makes a "whole wheat cracker". It's "junk" wrapped in a pretty package...Wouldn't feed it to my pups.View Thread
Great Post! Thank you, diet_boy1, for sharing your story. Sounds like you're well on your way to better results. Just by your words, alone, I can tell you're health has improved because I followed a similar track, many years ago. Most people, here, have the impression that I'm anti-doctors and anti-pharma. That's ridiculous and anyone with half a brain can clearly recognize the necessity that both entities play in society. Without doctors and drugs, we'd have chaos; people'd be droppin' like flies. The emphasis in every single post I make is, simply, when it comes to matters of health, lifestyle trumps any drug, supplement, equipment, surgical procedure, hospital or doctor. Any person who attempts to master control of uncontrolled blood glucose without, simultaneously, addressing the need to "sharpen their 'lifestyle' saw" is headed down a perplexing and scary path. It is what it is and to each their own. "Little Steps, Big Effort" is how it's been and how it always, will be.
On a side note, I always found it kinda interesting how (in the 90s & 00's) the medical, computer and aerospace industries became so obsessed over quality control (ISO 9000) and the fanatical pursuit of "continuous improvement" andendless "certifications". I often wondered how effective "quality control" might be when administered by people living "poor quality" lives? It's always been my contention, that quality control of any product, no matter the industry, begins at "home". People must, first, continuously improve, themselves. Considering the massive General Motors recall this past month, I guess that question is just as valid, now, as it was back then...View Thread
You have a serious infection. Most people in their lifetime come down with a serious infection at some point...Not a big deal if you follow dr's orders. Pneumonia is a common infection. Urinary tract infections, yeast infections and kidney infections are a few others. Two years ago, one of my dogs was attacked by a pitbull and I got bit in the hand when I jumped in to separate them. Even though I treated the wound, immediately, after two days I developed headaches, fever and considerable swelling . I went to Urgent Care, got shots (antibiotics) and was given common sense instructions to perform, afterwards. Take all antibiotics prescribed. Keep the wound clean with fresh dressings, daily. Drink lots of water. Get plenty of rest. No alcohol and stay away from cigarette smoke. No junk food. Go to the ER if swelling grows or fever continues after a couple days (or if you pass out while sitting on the head)...
Whatever "-itis" you have, your body has been-there-done- that more times than you can count. But, because your body is under seize and badly compromised (diabetes, hypertension, obesity, dyslipidemia, IBS, gout, etc, etc), at this moment, it needs your full attention and cooperation, now. In other words, "How's about we pull from the same end of the rope, this time...".
You have a potentially life threatening condition and by taking simple, healthy, common sense lifestyle precautions, you'll be right as rain, soon. Good luck.View Thread
My body reacts to any source of irritation or inflammation in a very noticeable way: blood sugar spikes. Common causes would be an oncoming cold...Exposure to certain pollen (unfortunately)...Whenever I take advil...If I move some heavy boxes or furniture the previous day...When I had difficulty sleeping the night before...Whenever my wife is having a particularly bad day...When I have one drink, too many...Whenever I eat spicy chinese. It's funny how people search for new places to dine, every weekend, but know better than to dare change the brand of dog food they've been buying for years. If you want to get a simple demonstration of "inflammation", in action, just change your dog's kibble, cold turkey. You'll be cleaning "inflammation" off the carpets, next morning, guaranteed. Changing to a healthy lifestyle is good, provided, you stop changing, anything, after that.View Thread