There's a reason why they say people in the health professions make the worst patients. As a pharmacist, Nutrijoy, would you not agree? And when it comes to diabetes, I often wonder if it's better to know nothing in terms of how to "treat it", because actual treatment is so highly individualized. For me, my journey in understanding what works best for my diabetes is a trip down the proverbial rabbit hole. When I look back 10 years ago, I realize I knew jack.
And, if I should be so lucky as to look back, again, 10 years older, I know I'll say the very same thing. I don't care if you're the freakin' Surgeon General, when it comes to diabetes, the minute you think you know it all, you're dead.View Thread
What you have to do is not easy. What you should do is something different from what you have done all along. I'm sorry to break this to you but most people don't do what they know they should do. Almost every patient you see has a story but, in truth, there's really only one story..."I waited too long." Knowledge without sweat and $1.50 will buy you a cup of coffee. You think you're different from me but you're not. You're just waiting. Let's hope, it's not much longer.View Thread
Success comes to those that seek to study and understand their problems then have the patience and common sense to execute their plan. I believe conquering diabetes is one of the most demanding & complex challenges any person can be confronted with. Scubakathy, simple, concise & brilliant. Congratulations!
You play bridge or mahjong, by chance? I'm betting you do...View Thread
"Nurse almost had a heart attack"? "Go to the ER"? See a "endocrinologist, ASAP"? "BP was 90/50"?
Doctors and nurses are not drama queens. If you were to request copies of your medical records, you would see every patient instruction clearly documented as proof you were informed of your condition. You will also see that you signed off on every instruction indicating you fully understood the severity of your condition. It's called "C.Y.A.". Without your signature, no insurance company would provide your drs with malpractice insurance. Without your signature, they would be disbarred from practicing medicine. Forget what anybody tells you, here, and re-read every patient instruction, 5 times, and follow them exactly...
...Whether you (or I) have "concerns" or not.
PS: Please, take a friend or family member with you to every appointment and have them ask questions, too.
Great post! One important thing I think all participants and visitors should take hope in: Our body makes automatic and brilliant compensations as we age. Yes, unfortunately, we lose muscle as we reach mid life and beyond. But to compensate, we incrementally eat less to counteract the effects of fewer calories burned. It becomes ever more critical to move to a plant based diet as we move up in age becoming less and less dependent on abnormally calorie dense processed foods.
When I made the transition to a cleaner diet, my body reduced weight, naturally, and has locked into a balance state, weight & BG-wise, for the last 5 years, plus. I believe when your body weight is moving upwards, you can pretty much bet your blood glucose is moving up, too. If it's not, than your liver is fighting to clear the bloodstream of excess blood sugar and storing it as fat. How many times have we heard overweight people brag, "...I'm healthy because I'm not diabetic and I don't have high blood pressure..." ?
It's because their body is making magnificent compensations and adjustments for the terrible diet. But, it won't last with age.
Simple observations of key indicators like weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and A1C provide incredible information on where you stand, healthwise. The key is stability. If the numbers reach balance, chances are, you're feeling and looking good.
Note: CVS, Walgreens and Rite-Aid are all making in-roads into health screening and preventative care, ie. staffed physicians assistants and registered nurses. A1c results while you wait, I believe, for 80 bucks? All insurance accepted. Look up minuteclinic.com.View Thread
Excellent points, beta. T2 Diabetes involves risk factors. Smoking is huge. Diet is huge. Family history is huge. But, physical and emotional stress and pollution may be the biggest factors of all.
Also, I paint Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular & Heart disease, T2 diabetes, Cancer, Arthritis, Depression with the same brush. Just different symptomatic expressions of inflammation. From that perspective, who doesn't have those histories in their family?View Thread
There are people, today, that have never looked under the hood of their car. They're trying to manage life without performing regularly scheduled maintenance or preventive practice. They are entering into both marriage, even, parenthood without rudimentary preparation...education, employment, health and fitness...and are rudely finding out: Not only won't machines and electronics run without regular care and maintenance, our bodies won't, either. You disagree? Here's a 30 yo college dropout making billions on the premise of prevention (or the lack of).
I agree with your comment about testing. Test, Test, Test
Most folks have a deep fear of diabetes. And, it should command fear because, if left untreated, diabetes can destroy your life.
But, diabetes fear dissipates when you Test, Test, Test. The more you test, the more you will understand the limits of your body. The more your understand your limits, you'll eventually come to realize those limits can be moved!...in your favor! In other words, not only does testing reduce fear, it can shine a bright light on the natural healing powers our bodies store, inside. Testing is the investigative process all well controlled diabetics must traverse in order to uncover and tap into these hidden resources.
All this great advice, here, will be of no use if you don't Test, Test Test. Without testing, you can't learn. You are left to only guessing & seeking "tips" and "tricks" in a futile attempt at (diabetes) control. Without testing and gaining knowledge of your unique and individual limits, you're dependent on the advice of others for information they can't possibly know.
Type 1, Type 2 or Type 1.5...It matters little if you don't Test, Test, Test. View Thread