Please go back to your doctor and ask him/her to explain more to you about diabetes and your condition. It seems that you are well in your pregnancy and are not well informed. Your baby and you may need extra care. When you say you are doing everything you can to lower your levels, what would that include besides taking insulin shots and pills? You and your baby can be healthy enough for a fairly normal life, but only if you can get help in understanding and managing this disease.View Thread
I realize those aspects of privacy, Dave. I had been away for the site for a while, and in coming back I encountered many opinions that led me to wonder how those methods of controlling diabetes were really working on the persons who were posting them. I do enjoy post of members who give their current A1c, etc. along with their struggles and diabetic history so we can see some real life success stories. I also realize that different methods work for different people.View Thread
I've often wished that a poster's avatar would be automatically accompanied by their A1c, fasting blood sugar, and weight. That might be a clue as to how their choices and life style were affecting their control of the disease and might give better information to those really wanting to control the disease with as near normal numbers as possible. Just wondering......View Thread
Yay Red!!!!!!!!! I totally understand. I have traded my 1/3 cup cooked oatmeal each morning (which I loved) for smaller, more stylish clothes. With that came an increase in self worth! I'm easy to please and clothes will do the trick just as easily as donuts! Shoes, earrings, whatever. Also good books, art, music and more cerebral stuff. It also tickles my sole when friend say, well you CAN'T be diabetic -- you've always been slim!View Thread
Thanks Debbie. I'm doing fine with the pacemaker that keeps my heartbeat above 60 beats a minute. It was not mandatory but does help a lot in allowing me to exercise and do normal activities without getting tired or lightheaded. My multiple lower abdominal fixups went fine and I am gradually getting more exercise. I never was in pain so that helped a lot. My fasting sugars went up a bit with not so much activity, but the A1c probably stayed the same because I wasn't eating as much. I had a blood test this morning (required by Medicare to fill a statin prescription), so I'll know in a few days.
Mostly we are trying to maximize the nutrient value of all our calories! Tonight we had braised pork chops with red cabbage and sliced baby eggplant. Earlier we had salad and Brussels sprouts and sliced turkey. We try to eat 5-7 1/2 cup servings of non starchy/colorful veggies with minimum grains. I try to have 4 oz. of low sodium V-8 each day for the potassium. I know that you are really limited in your food choices. Could you have a "soup" of red lentils, shredded carrots and chicken broth (blended)? or is that too much fiber?View Thread
It amazes me to discover that many people don't realize that diabetes is a disease in which our bodies do not process carbohydrates normally. Oatmeal of any kind, in fact grains of any kind are heavy carbohydrate foods. Steel cut oatmeal may digest more slowly than rolled oats but it is still loaded with carbs. The Complete Book of Food Counts lists steel cut oats (1/4 dry) as having 29 grams of carbs. That makes up into about 1 cup cooked. The book lists 1 brand of rolled oats as having 25 grams of carbohydrates for 1 cup cooked.
The number of grams of carbs per meal that my body can tolerate without my blood sugar going up a lot is 15 total grams for the whole meal. I usually stick to veggies, not a lot of fruits and almost no grains for that reason.View Thread
Dear Debs -- What a mountain of challenges you are dealing with! You are always so supportive of all us us with minor problems and I am sending many prayers your way also. I do have the Magic Bullet also and it does help blend unlikely mixtures together into something palatable. I use "Designer Whey" Protein powder in cream soups, sauces, and shakes to add protein. It has 19 g protein per scoop, only 2g carbs, and only .5g fiber. Natural has little or no taste. It does come in flavors and chocolate also. It is the brand recommended by Dr. Bernstein, in his advanced information on diabetes.View Thread
SO sorry about your nephew, Bruno. It surely isn't fair, but as your post beautifully spells out, not much about the medical system and our care for our bodies falls under the heading of "fair". It just "is", and some of it is luck (good or bad); and some things can be prevented and some can't; and there are good doctors and bad; and there are proactive patients and reactive -- and a lot of the time non-active. It would help humanity a lot if prevention could be taught early and honestly instead of the glut of easy cures and damaging meds; and food industries which advertise dishonestly the unhealthy choices; and industries which pollute the planet.View Thread
I [posted my solution to blood sugar drops with exercise before, and one poster cautioned others. So..I will say not to do this if you don't understand how this works. I test just before leaving for water aerobics, a mile walk, or an hour of heavy raking,etc. If my blood usage is near my fasting number, I take in enough carbs to raise it 30 point on the meter. Because I have found from testing before and after a 1 mile brisk walk, that I always lose 30 points! This to me seems easy and NOT dangerous. I also carry glucose tabs (Walmart, Walgreens, etc.) (4 grams sugar) in my pocket at all times. 5 grams will raise by blood sugar 10 points. Again, TEST for yourself. If my sugars are fairly normal, but not high before water aerobics, I eat 1/3 of a Builders 20 gm protein bar, which also contains 29 carbs. By the time I am finished with the class, my blood sugar is the same as when I started. If you are "fueling forward" just before exercise, eat mostly a fast acting carb because it will be burned up in the next hour. If you add a lot of proteins and fats, the sugars may not reach your blood stream and BRAIN for 1 -2 hours. Also, I do eat some protein (one hard boiled egg, or 1 oz. string cheese) within 15 minutes AFTER exercise to start replacing the muscles I used up.View Thread