My doc recommended I take Zocor a few years ago and I declined; "thanks, but no thanks". She laughed, then, said, "Whose the 'doctor'?" I said, "You are!...Next question?" If your BG is solid, if there are no signs of inflammation, if you exercise, daily, if you don't have high blood pressure and you're not overweight and, lastly, if you believe Merck can get by without your money, why? Why? PS: My lipid panels are clean, now. I took care of the "problem", myself.View Thread
One piece of advice that no doctor, no endocrinologist, no diabetes educator will ever explain to you is this:
Not only is it imperative to eat fresh, whole unprocessed foods to control hyperglycemia, it's essential for the reconstruction and repair of damaged tissues, too! There are no "tips" or "tricks" or "supplements" that can do what fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins (plus, daily exercise!!!!!!) can do. They are just as essential to eat (these foods) as it is to take the drugs your physician prescribes. In fact, from my perspective, they are the most powerful "medicines" in the world. This secret is the primary reason why the Diabetes and Obesity epidemic will be difficult to slow, imo...
Generations have now been "trained" to view food as entertainment. Nobody "eats", anymore. Everyone "dines".View Thread
Erectile dysfunction is a common neurological disorder associated with type 2 diabetes. Other neurological problems as a result of chronic high blood sugar? Retinopathy (blindness), diabetic neuropathy (amputation of limbs), gastroparesis (stomach) and, now, diabetes may the leading cause of Alzheimer's...
"...Persistent hyperglycemia appears to play an important role in cerebral dysfunction. Many years ago, Reaven et al. demonstrated that performance on cognitive tasks assessing learning, reasoning, and complex psychomotor performance was inversely related to glycemic control in a small population of subjects with type 2 diabetes..." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2797942/
I agree with jandc on all counts. You said no "jokes"? OK, then, I say no "tips". Because if you think it's affecting just one "head", chances are you're forgetting the other...View Thread
Rest...slow down and make sleep a top priority. If you drink alcohol, make a decision. Getting high or getting well. Educate: Learn which foods are safe and which foods are not. Walk. Do you have a dog? You'd be doing him and you an enormous amount of good. Learn to listen to your doctor. Your doctor can be your greatest resource for learning to live & thrive with diabetes.
Learning how to live with diabetes is not your problem. 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. Good luck.View Thread
There's no known cause of T2D, so doctors prefer to talk in terms of "risk factors". HighStress Lifestyle.Age is another. (>45). Genetics and family history is another. Overweight. Sedentary lifestyle. Alcohol. Tobacco use. High Blood Pressure. High Cholesterol. Hypothyroidism. Dark skin around the neck, arm pits and groin. History of pancreatitis. Exposure to industrial chemicals (especially heavy metals). Previous use of certain statins, corticosteroids and heart medications. Allergies or poor oral hygiene. Insomnia or Sleep Apnea. Dehydration. Low Vitamin (D) & mineral levels.
If doctors determine the existence of multiple risk factors, they are likely to ask about the classic symptoms of diabetes:
Tingling or burning sensations in hands or bottoms of feet
"A1C is indicated as a diagnostic tool alternative but not superior to blood glucose, leaving to the health care professional the decision about what test to use in an individual."
My suggestion? 1. Relax and get plenty of rest. 2. How do you feel? (If you feel good with good energy and optimistic about life, you're probably fine. ) 3. Review your blood tests results with your physician, especially, other risk factors (cholesterol, and indications of ongoing inflammation (WBC, C-Reactive Protein, Liver and Kidney Function). 4. Check you blood glucose, regularly, and make certain your doctor gets copies of your test results before your scheduled visits so he/she can reconcile BG with A1C results. 5. Brisk walk (preferably in sunlight) at least 30 mins/day 6. Relax and get plenty of rest. Very important!
Thanks for your comments. imo, I don't really see the need to call "symptoms" of diabetes as type 3, type 4, type 5... Diabetes impairs the activity of neurons just like muscle cells. Should we call peripheral neuropathy Type 4? Should we call diabetic retinopathy Type 5? Should we call gastroparesis type 6? Could Alzheimer's be associated with the destructive effects of insulin resistance on the nervous system?