I'm a type 1.5 diabetic on insulin and I can tell you from my before and exercise blood glucose tests that exercise has been super for me. When my BG is slightly elevated, I can usually lower it approximately one point for every minute walked - up until my insulin runs out on me, in which case my BG starts going up instead of down! I am gradually learning under which circumstances I should exercise and when I shouldn't. If you are still "normal" and not diabetic, you will likely not get as extreme results as I get nor the immediate results, but generally exercise will help one's blood sugar.View Thread
I've had frozen shoulder three times. The first time was in about 1986, about 25 years before I was diagnosed with diabetes. The first time it started out with bursitis. I just don't recall the last two times. I believe the last time was about eight years ago.
I really don't recall whether I used NSAIDs or not. I usually avoid them, so I'd guess I did not. My doctors each time referred me to a physical therapist, who treated me with heat and manipulation. I didn't recover total movement while still in therapy, but over time, meaning months or years, I have. I had most of my movement back by the end of therapy, though. I don't recall now how long that was. Six or eight weeks perhaps.View Thread
I'm definitely not overweight. Most of my working life I was underweight, though I got up to normal weight after retirement when I was no longer under so much stress. At the time I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 70, I weight was 122. I'm 5'5". My A1c at diagnosis was 11.5.
My doctor treated me as a type 2 but in spite of increasing my meds to maximum dose of both Metformin and Glimepiride, the only way I could keep my BG from reaching the stratosphere was to practically starve myself. Over the next year and a half I lost 15 pounds, so I was down to 105. My doctor finally referred me to an endocrinologist. Antibody tests showed me to be late onset type 1. I've been on Lantus now for five weeks and have gained back two pounds. I added Humalog for two meals a day yesterday, as my after-meal BGs were still running over 200.
I have no idea what caused my diabetes, though I've been on a statin for a number of years and I know risk level is higher if one is on a statin. I think one of my blood pressure pills also puts me at higher risk.View Thread
For those of you who give yourself daily basal insulin injections, I'm wondering if you had specific reasons for choosing the time of day you did. Most likely people who are employed would choose a time they are likely to be at home rather than at work, but beyond that did you have specific reasons?
When I started basal injections five weeks ago I set 7 pm, which is usually shortly after the evening meal, mainly because I'm a retiree with very strange eating and sleeping hours and that is one time that is consistent year round that I'm never eating or sleeping. But now that I've learned that Lantus insulin doesn't always last a full 24 hours for all people, I wonder if that is a bad choice. I really don't know if it does or doesn't last 24 hours for me.
I started my Humalog mealtime injections today, so I now will have that, but since dinner is my largest meal, maybe it would have been better to make the basal injection at a different time so I'd have both working after dinner. I'm wondering if some of you have recognized other factors that I should perhaps have also considered.View Thread
When I found out I had diabetes, I was disappointed, but not at all surprised. Another doctor had ordered other blood tests and since it had been more than a year since my previous fasting glucose test (which was 101, incidentally), I called my doctor's office and asked if she would order a glucose test at the same time so I didn't need to have another blood draw soon. I'd been mildly suspicious about diabetes, as it seemed I'd been more thirsty then usual. But we had also gone through some very hot weather in our usually cool coastal summer, so I thought there was also a possibility that the heat was the only reason for my thirst. I'd also been experiencing more fatigue especially on uphill climbs in walking, but again, after age 70 it was easy to blow that off as "the years are finally catching up with me." The result of the glucose test? 289. A subsequent A1c was 11.5.
My doctor treated me as a type 2 diabetic. She put me on Metformin and Januvia and an 1800 calorie ADA diet. (I was already of low normal weight.) My BG shot up to the 400s and 500s. That ADA diet had way more carbs than I was used to eating. My doctor increased the Metformin to maximum dose, dropped the Januvia and added glimepiride. I still had to practically starve myself to keep my BG within reason. I lost about 17 pounds, and got down to 105 pounds at 5'5". I convinced her to increase my glimepiride to maximum dose. Finally after a year and a half, she referred me to an endocrinologist. He put me on insulin, did some blood work, and a week later called me with the results of the antibody tests. LADA! My reaction? FINALLY I can make some sense of what is happening!View Thread