Thank you, flute. That post had to go; I knew it when I wrote it. It's just I feel better, sometimes, when I put my thoughts to keyboard. I tried to not get angry. I tried not to be insulting. I tried and failed. I'll do better, next time...View Thread
The person who challenged you to walk 30 minutes knew something most people don't know. Movement is key. Every board at Webmd...obesity, diabetes, depression, arthritis, cancer, copd, dementia, parkinson's, IBS, etc...every one is littered with posts of desperation. "I've tried everything! I know I have to eat healthy and I know I have to move more but..."
Every one of the conditions I mentioned above improve dramatically with improved health and fitness. Thus, every treatment begins and ends with lifestyle change. Everyone.
I'm glad to see you'll one of the few who "get it". There isn't a doctor in the world that can make you eat green and walk 30 minutes a day (or more). That's the beauty and symmetry of each and every one of these awful conditions. Nobody gets a free ride. Nature plays no favorites. There is no "but"...View Thread
A1C of 6.4 equals an "average" blood sugar reading of 137. So, keep this in mind. If you normally test at 79-103, for your "average" to be 137, you're are experiencing very high numbers during the day (when you don't test).
This chart taught me very important lessons: 1. Eat for fuel and 2. "Carbs" are not the enemy.
For me, there is no such thing as breakfast, lunch or dinner. A "superfood" is good anytime of the day and that includes healthy carbs. When you "follow the trail to lower A1Cs" and stop thinking of diabetes as a disease of "carbs", then, you will eventually learn there aint too much anyone can tell you that you don't know about what's good (or not good) for your body. Our body yearns for consistency (in diet and movement) and high nutrition. Western culture advertises and promotes the complete opposite. &, thus, the beauty of American medicine because this goose lays only golden eggs.View Thread
Your question is like someone showing a picture of you kicking your dog and asking others, "Is this person a bad dude?" Without context, without history, without extensive evidence, it's impossible to fairly and accurately assess.
Besides, from my perspective, the diagnosis of diabetes, today, is an arbitrary threshold. When that threshold is reached, we run like chickens claiming the sky is falling. Then, our doctors place us on drugs and sternly instruct us to stop eating and drinking (and smoking) our favorite "stuff", exercise, everyday, and lose weight!
Who do we know change their lifestyle, preemptively, before the dreaded call from the doctor? Thus, the way diabetes is addressed in this country is do whatever and eat whatever and snort whatever you want and, then, once diagnosed, get depressed and angry while we miserably chew on fruits and veggies and pound a treadmill for hours on end.
So, to answer your question, I suggest you look upon diabetes as a spectrum similar to autism. It's diagnosis simply represents a single address on a long, busy blvd. What difference does it make if your two doors past or two doors beyond? The bottomline is, from this day forward, learn to take good care of yourself.
The sky isn't falling just because some doctor (or stranger) says its so... View Thread
1. I'm diabetic. 2. I know how to cook, and 3. I know which foods are bad for me.
"Smoke and Mirrors" pasta is no solution because the sauce (sugar, oils, sodium) can pose problems equally as troublesome as the noodles, imo. When I prepare spaghetti, it's delicious, nutritious and good for anybody...within reasonable portions, of course! Barilla and Dececco; it's how we roll, baby!View Thread
"...There could be many reasons for high morning reading other than dawn Phenomenon..." Exactly!
Now that I've firmly established (in my mind) the various "sources" that lead to poor blood glucose control, I've learned to monitor my health for signs or "indicators" (that my body is "compromised" and, subsequently, vulnerable to high readings). Exs....emotional irritability, depressed mood/negative thoughts, joint pain, acid reflux, teeth gnashing, susceptibility to colds or flu, intense sugar cravings, insomnia, headache, excessive urination, headache, drowsiness, coughing, sneezing.
These days, it's rare when I show signs of diabetes weakness so I no longer get ambushed by inexplicably high blood sugar readings. Still, I don't schedule blood work (A1C) during periods where I've been sick or during the Spring/Summer when pollen count is high or during times when I'm emotionally or physically upset. Knock on wood, I have not had a cold or flu for several years, now.
PS: I can't address this question, directly, because, again, the poster provides too little information. What information needs to be included? Well, if you don't know, then, whatever answer you get may work! (...or may not.)View Thread