When you are in the process of disease reversal, there are many indicators, both quantitative and qualitative, that tell you that you are on the right path. Things like allergies and pain tend to subside or disappear, entirely. Your fingernails get harder. You feel more refreshed after sleep. When your diet improves, there's less gastric upset & reflux. You see better. I won't bore you with my details. I'll only say these "indicators" are many, they're obvious and they are undeniable.
All through our lives, we have "experts" that tell us our "status". Teachers tell us how smart we are. Employers tell us our worth. Sellers tell us which line to stand in. Officials tell us what's legal and how much we need to pay for the privilege. And, of course, doctors tell us how healthy we are. When you're on the right path to healing yourself, it's a revelation. You realize, those "experts" all my life? They're just people, no better, no worse, than me. What I'm trying to say: You don't need anyone to tell you your "status" because it doesn't matter what the experts say, anymore.
Like going to a restaurant where the menu has no prices...If you gotta ask how much, then, you can't afford it. View Thread
1. If brown seaweed had, in fact, the healing powers suggested by Ocean's Bounty's scientific team, then, wouldn't every man woman and child be gnawing on seaweed all the time? ie., Why wait before you have diabetes? 2. Would there even be such a condition as "diabetes"? 3. Out of the thousands of generations of the human species, how is it that our generation had the smarts to notice the miraculous powers of brown seaweed? 4. If brown seaweed was truly the panacea represented in Ocean's Bounty's advertisements, what does that say about people living in the Midwest?
What good is sustaining a diet with (or without) saturated fats if you do this??? http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/16/health/feat-bad-is-booze/index.html30%! "Text neck" restricts up to 30% breathing capacity of lungs. What effect, long term, could this have on high cholesterol? Heart disease? &, Diabetes?. Stress, air quality, water consumption, alcohol consumption have just as much impact on your vital organs as would eating saturated fats.
I'm not suggesting that maintaining a healthy diet is not important in controlling diabetes. On the contrary, it's the most impactful measure one can take to establishing safer blood sugar levels. I'm just suggesting that any "diet" study is compromised and can never be fully trusted because all lifestyle disease are effected by "lifestyle", never diet, alone. People are still eating red meat, today. How much do you wanna bet they'll be eating red meat four years from, now? Studies involving diet, only, are looney tunes, imo. View Thread
1. Did you notice when Dr. D posed this question? 2. Are we any closer to determining whether we should be eating meat or not eating meat? 3. So, because Polynesians are "healthy", does that allow us to conclude that saturated fats are not bad for us? 4. In 2019, do you think we'll be any closer to finding a definitive answer to Dr. D's question?
This is why I go to cnn.com when discussions turn to "diet" on this board! It's like arguing, what's the most important part on a car. Two days ago, I had a zit under my nose. Today, it's gone. Is it just because of what I eat?View Thread
Your question can't be answered based on the limited information you've provided because there could be mitigating circumstances that could cause your endo to recommend more "liberal" control of blood sugar. Remember: The whole point of tight control of blood sugar, ie. lower A1Cs, is to prevent complications (neuropathy, blindness, renal failure, heart disease) from developing later in life. Thus, age of the patient matters. Also, co-morbidities like kidney disease, liver disease, pancreatitis, etc can play a big role in determining what your doctor may recommend for you. Many people who visit, here, rely, exclusively, on their doctor's recommendations for controlling their diabetes because they have very limited understanding on how this disease progresses and how to best treat their condition, safely. "Safely", meaning not kill yourself while you're trying to improve your health.
Just realize that many members of this board have extensive experience with the use of insulin and metformin. They don't fear it. They've had experience using it and know how to avoid going too low (in blood sugar). Doctors must assess what's in the best interests of their patient based on their complete medical history and stage in life. Although the maximum dosage for metformin may be 2000mg/day (in some cases, 2500mg), I personally believe that each patient using this drug reaches a "point of diminishing returns". In other words, there comes a point where the use of metformin may cause more harm then good. And, that "point" is not same for each patient, either!
The bottomline? Based on the information you've provided? I wouldn't be throwing any doctor under the bus, just yet...especially, if it was mine.View Thread
Late in my father's life, he'd occasionally have me bring one of my kids or my sister's to his doctor's appointments. He had T2 diabetes and Parkinson's so retirement was not easy but he thought it was a good idea to bring them along just in case, one day...I think a lot about some of the "stunts" my old man use to pull. He always wanted things a certain way and they were usually a big hassle at the time.
If your husband has any kids (or better, still, grand kids), invite them with you to his next dr's appointment. Then, let's see what happens...View Thread
No need to apologize, stich4ever. There's been many, many questions, here, as to why cortisone injections raise blood sugar levels sky high. Cortisol, a glucosteroid, is often referred as the "stress" hormone released by the pituitary gland. It increases blood pressure, causes the body to break down muscle and fat to create sugar, reduces inflammation and weakens natural immune system response...
...Gee. Am I the only one who suspects that the genesis of Type 2 Diabetes may, in fact, have little to do with "diet" (and, everything to do with lifestyle)?View Thread
Michelle, There can be any number of reasons why a person can have numerous co-morbidities including diabetes. There can be any number of reasons why a person does not have insurance and can't get access to diabetes meds or testing equipment. Some of these reasons can be due to no fault of the patient's and some can be due entirely to neglect on the patient's part. I prefer not to speculate nor judge but rather respect each individual's decisions. Fedupandworried is worried that her husband's health has reached a very serious point. I would concur. The combination of uncontrolled blood sugar coupled with early stage kidney failure and signs of neurological impairment makes it imperative that her husband take immediate action to (1.) Seek medical treatment, asap, and (2.) Lower blood sugar to safer levels.
He was diagnosed in 1999. He knows better than anyone what he needs to do, imo. I think "fedup's" screen name tells me precisely why she posted and I truly understand and sympathize with her plight.
"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters." Audrey Hepburn (Every human being does this...It's just that we need to be reminded of this from time to time.)
When we first married, the missus asked me once, "Why do you hike in the mountains in the middle of the night. You're nuts! All you do is expose yourself (and our kids) to unnecessary risk! Why!!!???" I replied, "For the same reason you go shopping at midnight after Thanksgiving." I worry about her. She worries about me. 25 years later, I still swim and she still shops. We just make sure the doors are locked and go back to sleep.
If your husband was first diagnosed in 1999, imo, his issue has zero to do with "having insurance" or "access to meds". He just likes swimming in the ocean in the middle of the night, and noone can change that but him. Please take care of yourself and be ready to help him when he decides to come in from the cold.View Thread