Well we finally got our health issues put to rest for a while and are treating the remaining boo boos with duct tape and bandaids rather than surgery. We're setting sail on a week of rest, exercise, healthy foods (salads, veggies, lean meats, some fruits, very few grains, and no desserts -- welllll....maybe one teaspoon of ice-cream and a 1" square of dark chocolate. There will be lots of walking and some core exercises.
I haven't felt so crummy in years as I have this past fall and winter. Many doctors were sure that what they were doing would "fix" everything and make me feel great, but it didn't. So far the sleep apnea mask and pacemaker didn't add up to the advertising, yet I am up and around with no dizzy spells, so that had to be part of the problem.
I put great faith in cutting out the tyramine containing foods which can trigger my silent migraines with vertigo. Throwing out that quart jar of green olives stuffed with blue cheese that I was pigging out on seemed to make the greatest difference in preventing dizzy spells. Who knew??? Every body is different! Throughout the past 6 months, however, my A1c has kept at 5.7. My body just doesn't crave those carbs any more.View Thread
Please be aware that diabetes will not "go away" just because you lose weight. It depends on how many carbohydrates you eat in relation to your fats and proteins and weight and activity level (as well as many other factors including heredity!). Diabetes is a disease in which your body ,for many reasons, cannot process and handle sugars and starches normally.View Thread
Most of these diets have very good advice for a "normal" overweight, but not diabetic person. The foods suggested are all very good nutritionally, but many are high in carbohydrates. Even complex carbs like whole grains and lentils get broken down eventually into sugar, so you have to limit the total amount. For instance I can eat only 1/3 cup cooked oatmeal, or 1/4 cup lentils in a meal without sending my blood sugar up. So--- I find that balancing my diet with low (animal) fat proteins and adding good fats such as olive oil and salmon is necessary for me. In most of the books by vegans, you will find 1 paragraph that says "of course if you are diabetic you have to watch your total sugar/carbohydrate intake". That excuses the author from giving bad advice for diabetics.View Thread
Thanks Deb and Dave. I was in Florida for two weeks also and spent the time walking, resting, getting warm, and taking it easy. I need to start raising my exercise level slowly now that my incision is healed. It was much easier to walk the beaches. I understand that it can take some time to get back to where I was before, but it still spooks me mentally that some young techs can make my heart beat the way they think it should just by messing around with the chips in my pacemaker with their computers. I know that this can give me many more healthy years, but the "energy bunny" was a lot funnier on TV than it is in my chest. Diabetes seems easier to manage now in comparison.View Thread
I've been absent from posting for a while learning to cope with my new (8 weeks since implant) pacemaker, and now "severe apnea" sleep test results. The good news is that my A1c is still 5.7 and I am able to still eat my normal lower carb diet. The heart doctor (electrophysiologist) had said that the pacemaker would probably help my high blood pressure and my pre diabetes.
My regular internist has said I will feel "tons better" when I get my sleep mask, which will happen next Tuesday. My neurologist patted me on the shoulder and said that he was glad the visits helped "a little bit", as we discovered that limiting the tyrosine protein (pickles, olives, aged cheeses and sausages and nuts) helped a lot with my dizziness caused by silent migraines.
I supposed next a voodoo doctor will promise me fame and wealth. lol I was also in a scientific research study for pacemakers that can tolerate MRIs. Both the pacemaker and the patient (me) survived the test and the product will be approved soon I know. The doctors have all been wonderful and I have been able to schedule vacations to warm places in between event. In two more weeks we take a cruise to the Caribbean (with sleep mask, blood pressure monitor, sugar monitor, and pacemaker TSA card in tow). My only wish now is to reconnect with my friends who AREN'T doctors! lolView Thread
Cnadygirl53, You have been posting for over two years under this name and a slightly different one. Click on your picture or name on your post above and read all your previous posts where you and either in denial, in the hospital, or "just fine" . You are still young and have a good life ahead of you if you start informing yourself on how to life WITH diabetes instead of giving up or wishing you didn't have it. Start with Michael Dansinger, MD. post on the upper right hand corner. or Blodd Sugar 101 by Jenny Ruhl.View Thread
Thank you atti-editor! It's good to know there is a real community monitor and an expert now on board because it seems the advise here lately has been more of a fortune cookie and wishful thinking variety. I missed this post because of a fried computer and am now getting used to a new pacemaker which curtails my exercise somewhat for another couple weeks. I have cut down the total calories consumed during the past couple months as well as counting carbs and it seems to be working, since my A1c at the doctor's office last week was the same as my reading on a home A1c Now testing kit: 5.7. I will be in Florida for a couple weeks which sure beats the snow belt for exercise opportunities!View Thread