Debs, I'm, sorry that you had so many complications. So many of the "old timers" and even the "more recent timers" are no longer posting, so I'm sure they would be wishing you well besides me. I really miss the posters who really knew about diabetes. Thanks also for your good wishes for my husband. He fell on the ice on Jan. 6 and is STILL in rehab, although the reason is now to return him to the excellent physical and hopefully mental condition as before the fall. He qualified for another period of rehab after the original Medicare 20 days, since we have insurance and he is still improving by leaps and bounds.View Thread
Diabetes seems to be a disease in which a favorable outcome depends almost solely on the patient:: seeking info on the disease, questioning doctors and choosing a doctor who is on your idea of treatment, choosing foods carefully, exercising, and taking responsibility for your health.
Sad to say, a cousin or nursing home trying to control the disease for another person almost never succeeds. Just look at the menus in hospitals and nursing homes. I can hardly find a diabetic favorable food choice even in the hospital where I was visiting my husband with his brain hemorrhage. I had to carry snacks in my purse at all times.
Have one's blood checked for glucose less than once a year show a complete lack of understanding of the disease. All doctors can do in that case is to give increasingly more and more meds until the patient reaches the dialysis or amputation level. To help your cousin, you would almost have to prepare all meals, or hire help to do so, supervise med intake and exercise programs, and choose a good doctor. Bless you in your efforts.View Thread
I am maintaining my A1c and fasting average under extreme duress, since my husband slipped on the ice and landed on the back of his head on Jan 6. It is a miracle that he survived and is now out of the hospital after 3 weeks and checked into a rehab center for muscles redevelopment. He had lost 10 pounds and was slim to begin with.
He had subdural and subarachnoidal hemorrhages into the brain for the 1st three days but now is showing improvement on each CT scan and MRI. His memory and daily activity of walking, dressing, speaking, writing, reading, comprehending, etc. have started to improve by leaps and bounds and he can now function normally - but not as quickly as before. More improvement is expected.
My reason for mentioning this in a diabetic column is that I realize how very hard it is to take care of one's self with outside traumas, but it is still possible and necessary for all who surround you. As the airlines preach, "Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First!"View Thread
When I would like a bit of ice cream, etc., I figure out the grams of sugar contained in a certain amount and how it would compare with a half sandwich containing 1 slice of 5 carb "Healthy Life Bread" and which one would satisfy my hunger better. I can make room in my 80 to 100 TOTAL carbs a day (including green veggies and all prepared food ingredients) plan. I can fit in anything I want, so I never feel deprived! I just make choices to have mostly healthy filling stuff with the most nutrients per calories. I have also learned not to use food as a reward for anything. If I treat it just as a necessity for sustenance, it loses it's glamor.View Thread
This is what I am trying to do - not just something that is happening that I want to stop. My fg has been in the 80's maybe a third of the time now. This morning it was 82. I will check again an hour after breakfast to make sure it goes up enough to be comfortable for me at church and I will bring glucose tabs and string cheese with me. I also carry my testing kit with me some of the time.I eat a balanced meal or snack (40% carbs 30% protein and 30% good fats) every 3 hours or so throughout the day. It will be interesting to see if my lipids normalize after several moths of lower sugars. Dr. Bernstein suggests that high lipids come from high sugars rather than high fats. Again, since I am generally in very good health, I fell that a bit of experimenting on my own body is not dangerous. I would not suggest this for anybody whose sugars jump around from highs to lows. Thank for for all the information, Nutrijoy!View Thread
These are some very important and good questions from both both auriga and illinoislady !!!
The ADA and many physicians stick to the higher numbers so they cannot be sued for a low caused by insulin or diabetic meds which cause the pancreas to create more insulin thus causing the lows if the patient is not careful or not knowledgeable about matching up their intake of carbohydrates to the amount of meds and/or insulin they take.
I am on neither insulin nor any diabetic meds other than very minimal metformin which does not cause the pancreas to produce more insulin. Therefore my body will not take a dive in blood sugar that is too low for safety. I do get hungry when it is lower than I like for comfort, and then I can eat a small amount (like 1/2 glucose tab/2grams sugar every 15 minutes) to carry me through an exercise session, etc. It is very unlikely than a normal person or a pre diabetic NOT on meds at all or just on metformin would go low enough to cause damage. Many people who are on insulin on this site, and are very careful and knowledgeable, try to keep their A1c as close to normal as possible (4.5 to 5.7). There is also a 5 % club for those those are trying to avoid the complications which can come from higher A1c's.
For a doctor to say that no one should have an A1c below 6 or 7 would cause all non diabetics to have to keep eating donuts to keep theirs higher. It is the same for me and other controlled prediabetics. I have enough insulin to handle a low carb diet and I would have to consciously eat 1/2 cup of pinto beans daily and a second piece of toast or a small piece of pie each night and stop exercising to make my A1c go up above 7 and then guess what, I would have graduated to a full blown diabetic. All to keep my doctor from possibly getting sued by patients who don't understand the mechanism of the disease!
Nutrijoy -- please chime in here to help. I do not have the numbers and links that you do, but I think that illinois lady and auriga have raised a very important topic.View Thread
My extra personal trainer session, and water strength classes with a more demanding leader, plus cutting back still more on carbs over the holidays, plus the 500mg daily metformin are finally paying off. My A1c went from 6.4 during the surgery months, down to 6.0 and yesterday down to 5.7. That is what it has been several times during the summers when I get lots of exercise and eat more fresh foods. I hope I can keep it there or even lower now.View Thread
We woke up late and are still washing dishes after having 23 people here for the dinner portion of a progressive New Year's Eve party. We are now off to the local gym for a hydro strength class -- in the warmer small swimming pool with styrofoam noodles and weights and a lot of activity and muscle building.
I read somewhere reliable (I think Dr. Bernstein) that the glycosylated red blood cells don 't hold on to that day's excess sugar molecule for the first 24 hours and a work-out can "shake" them loose so that they don't contribute to one's higher A1c. I am banking on that. We had green salad, fresh multicolored slaw, and green beans on the menu along with the meat, potato casserole and French bread. Everybody ate some of everything. Hors d'oeuvres were at the previous house and deserts at a later house, so at least myself and other diabetics had a chance to eat the proper stuff.View Thread
Getting ready for a progressive New Year's party in which the dinner section is at my house, I checked the recipe with the lady making a large green salad. I had assumed that the salad, a slaw dish, and a green bean casserole would all be better choices for me tomorrow night than the other menu items of French bread and potato casserole. To my surprise the home made dressing for the salad will contain 24 grams of sugar in the amount of salad dressing suggested on the commercial bottles as a "serving"- 2 T. I usually eat no more than 15 - 20 grams of carbohydrate in the entire meal. SO...for me probably a small dab of salad, a slot of the slaw that I am making, a lot of green beans, no bread, and grilled beef tenderloin (yum). At the desert section I will probably have a sip of champagne and a small bite or two of chocolate.
I realize that many diabetics "splurge" over the holidays, but I find it better for my own diabetes management to eat cautiously, no matter what the occasion so that my body is not always reacting to sugar ups and downs. Have a happy and healthy New Year!View Thread
Cinnamon works better than your "spice" to possibly lower blood sugar in diabetics. That is probably the limit of "official" knowledge for most WebMD Diabetes Community members. Cinnamon also does not show up on a blood test.View Thread