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MattsPop
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   Posted 6/18/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Fifteen year ago, I was diagnosed as a diabetic. I went to a clinic for an introductory session where they did a blood test which was normal so I was a little leery of the diagnosis. This doubt was reinforced by subsequent visits to my doctor who had prescribed A1C tests every 3 months. He told me that my diabetes was "well controlled" after each test. I told him that I wasn't doing anything to control my condition and I wasn't.

During those years, I was an avid golfer and played 3 or more times a week. Then, I incurred an injury that prohibited me from playing and I became rather sedentary, because I'm not much interested in regular exercise. During this period, my waist size expanded from 34" to 38" and my A1C's went up to 8's, then 9's. He put me on Metformin 500mg and then 1000 mg per day.

BY this time, I realized that I was in fact diabetic and decided to do something about it. During my research, I came across this site, amongst other, and learned quite a bit about the disease.

I got a glucose meter and a batch of test strips and tested several times a day before meals, after meals, before bed and immediately on rising in the morning. I was more than a little concerned when I saw the readings. There were 9's on waking up and up to 13's after meals.

After reading several threads on this site, I realized that I was on my way to having to Type 1 unless I did something about it. Although, I'm not overweight by some standards, (I'm 6', 185 lbs), I did have a waistline that showed I was not in good shape.

So on the information I gleaned from this site, I decided to try a low carb diet, mainly because it looked like something I could handle without much stress.

Well, I only started this diet on the 28th of May and have seen considerable results. My BS levels have gone down from the 9's to a 7 day average of 6.7. I don't know what an A1C would show because it an average of 3 months continuous levels, but I imagine it will be close to the 7 range that my doctor suggested that I should have for my age (67).

I haven't had any problem with the diet, except that it excludes one of my all time favorite foods: Kraft Dinner. Another problem was the headaches that I got during the first weeks, but these have gone away.

Another benefit has been a drop of 20 points in my blood pressure, which was in the 150's.

So all in all, I'm pretty pleased with the results so far and would like to thank those that participate in this forum for the information that made my progress possible.

Cheers

Warren

uniquelyme
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   Posted 6/18/2009 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
MattsPop,
Welcome from one one Newb to another. I was DX'ed March 16 2009 and I have been on several oral meds. I am currently on Metformin ER 1000mg/nightly, 20 mg. Glipizide daily, and I was just started on Lantus insulin 10 units at night....luckily I have one of those Solostar Pens instead of syringes... I was so freaked out when I was told I was type 2, although I had suspected it for about a year, it still scares me. I have had trouble with my levels being high even though I take oral meds...that's why the Lantus. So far it's not doing much, but that will get better when he ups the dose.

I don't think you can go from Type 2 to Type 1 Diabetes..... I think they are seperate types. Just be careful and take care of yourself....Good job on the diet, I wish I could follow one...

Me.
 I hate Boats!!!!
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 5mg. 2X in the morning
                                                                    

 


TVEditor
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   Posted 6/19/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Warren,

It is amazing what a few simple changes in eating habits can make isn't it?

Chris

P.S.  I wouldn't be surprised if your next A1C comes in at near normal.  Mine dropped about 5 points after I started the low-carb routine.

Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July/'08
~ Dropped 35 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head
~ My doctor thinks HE is responsible (Don't tell him! He's happy ;)

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right

Post Edited (TVEditor) : 6/19/2009 6:41:02 AM (GMT-6)


Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/19/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Kudos to you, Warren!! The efforts and progress are all yours my friend. Keep on keeping on, as Jeannie would say, and you'll be looking and feeling better than you ever thought possible :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


MattsPop
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   Posted 6/19/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the encouragement. I'm just at the start of this journey and in what some call the honeymoon period. But, two things give me reasons to believe that this life style change will last. One is the fear of what will happen if I don't take action and the other is that the change in diet does not impact the food choices that I have to make in any major way.

Cheers.

LanieG
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   Posted 6/19/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Warren, I'll tell you what, fear is a great motivator!  It certainly was for me.  Still is.  And that's exactly what I told my doctor when she asked how I was able to bring my A1c down from 6.6 to 5.6 in 6 months about 3 years ago when I started using a blood glucose meter because of high fasting readings.  I was shocked how my blood sugar reacted to the food I ate at that time.  I floundered around and started low-carb.  Fast forward.  I cut out bread, potatoes, corn, anything with flour and sugar, and I do exercise regularly.  I have been able to control my blood sugar so that my doctor did not put me on meds (as she said she'd have to).  Although I do nibble on a piece of bread now and then, I have to say I am true to the diet.  Other benefits have been weight loss and reduction of blood pressure medicine.  Don't fret about the Kraft Dinner.  I'm guessing you mean the macaroni and cheese?  Well, once in a while, make part of a box and just eat a small serving with a salad and a piece of chicken or other meat.  Use it as a little treat and if you eat it with some protein and not very often, you might still be able to keep good readings on average.  Glad you found us!  :-)

Post Edited (LanieG) : 6/19/2009 9:04:13 PM (GMT-6)


MattsPop
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   Posted 6/19/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chris,

I've found the diet rather easy up to this point. I haven't had to forgo many of the things I like, except my wife's mashed potatoes and some pasta dishes.

I grew up in an era where you had to finish everything on your plate (because there were children in other parts of the world weren't so lucky) and as a result could never push away from the table when I had had enough. That is a very hard habit to break. So for this past month, I have taken charge of portion size of my meals and have actually left some when I have felt full. As a result, I've lost a few pounds.

MattsPop
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   Posted 6/19/2009 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
LG.

Thanks for the advice. I'm thinking that as I learn more about BS reactions to different foods, I might be able to incorporate some of my fav's into my diet in the future. But, from what I've read so far, it will definitely have to be in a limited way. I've always had a big appetite and a raging metabolism that allowed me to eat as much as I wanted without putting on weight. Obviously, that changed years ago, but since I was golfing so much even my doctor thought I was controlling my BS.

Times have changed for me so I'm going to have to change my eating habits to control this disease. Cheers.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 6/21/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healingwell! Glad to see you are having some great success with your food plan. Something you should know... even though you don't golf so much anymore, can you still walk a bit? Walking is free and one of the best things you can do for your diabetes. Many guys like to stroll through the big "Manly" stores like Lowes or Mennards... Hiking trails and nice subdivisions will work just as well.

The thing is this. Exercise enhances your body's use of your own insulin, lowering insulin resistance and helping to burn blood glucose before it can be converted to fat. This is also the way that metformin works so you can help your meds along if you walk a bit. Just my 2ยข.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


TVEditor
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   Posted 6/21/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Editor's Note to Lanie:  I suspect Warren is Canadian like me -- Kraft Dinner is hard to explain ... its sort of macaroni & cheese (we Canucks suspect ;-) 
Kraft also makes the cardboard box it comes in confused
 
Think: Rice-a-Roni ... same idea.  Quick, easy and bad.
 
(I don't even want to touch upon another national treasure -- poutine: deep fried potatoes covered with cheese curds & gravy -- better stop here, I'm regressing to my OLD way of thinking nono )
 
Anyway Warren, I feel your pain but stick to the diet.  Believe me, the results are worth it!
 
My personal motivation was; like Lanie's; fear,  but I've since changed it to confusing the medical community.  I just love it when I show up for my appointment with my Doc & he asks me
 
"Why are you here?"  smilewinkgrin
 
P.S.  Jeannie is bang on about the exercise thing too.  It doesn't take much work to produce results.  I'm living proof of this -- a walk here & there is a good start.


Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July/'08
~ Dropped 35 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head
~ My doctor thinks HE is responsible (Don't tell him! He's happy ;)

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right

Post Edited (TVEditor) : 6/21/2009 4:40:14 PM (GMT-6)


Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/21/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG - not know Kraft Dinner? Mmmm... bowl of sugar & fat. Love the stuff :-) Sigh, epitome of processed food and all that's bad about it but, one of those (ok, iconic Canadian) things ya just gotta have a few times a year (even if just in small quantities).

Mmmmm... poutine. (Stop it, Chris :-)

The exercise thing is so true, too. Park at the end of lots, get off the bus a stop early, take the stairs, walk to the end of the block and back... all "little" tips for how you can sneak in some body movement. A little does go a long way (and it usually leads to a little more - all good).

Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


LanieG
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   Posted 6/21/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, what on earth? confused    Isn't "Kraft Dinner" macaroni and cheese mix in a box?  A bowl of sugar??? and fat?  What?  And poutine?  (Sounds like it might be a little maudite to me!)  Does anyone know the percentage of Canadians with diabetes?  Just curious.  Anyway, Warren, we're all in the same boat.  When I was growing up, we had to finish what was on our plate too because of the 'starving Armenians'.  Dinner was eaten with a piece of bread in one hand, always.  And now, it's all a memory.  cry   At the same time, I've done what my mom and grandmother couldn't do: control diabetes.  You'll come to terms with the disease and how you deal with it.  The fact that you found us and haven't been scared away is proof that!  So, keep coming back!  yeah
Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds
                                                                 


MattsPop
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   Posted 6/21/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the welcome.

Actually, my golfing days were curtailed because of a condition called turf toe. At the end of the golf swing, the back foot is in a position where the big toe is bent back. I'll probably need and operation to fix it. I do get out and about, but not nearly as much as before.

Cheers.

Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/22/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Lanie's question: "Does anyone know the percentage of Canadians with diabetes? Just curious."

I just had to do some poking around - thanks for piquing that curiosity :-) - and this is really the most recent stats I could find (I'm still poking around :-)....

Public Health Agency of Canada's web page:
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/cd-mc/diabetes-diabete/face-eng.php

"The face of diabetes in Canada
In 2005-2006, approximately 1.9 million Canadian men and women had been diagnosed with diabetes. This represents about 1 in 17 Canadians - 5.5 % of all women and 6.2 % of all men1 (Figure 1). In 2005-2006, the prevalence was highest in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and lowest in the Yukon, Alberta and Nunavut (Figure 2). The number of people with diagnosed diabetes continues to grow, with almost 200,000 new cases of diabetes diagnosed in 2005-2006 (Figure 3). In addition, it is known that a large number of individuals with diabetes have not been diagnosed and are unaware that they have the disease.


Older Canadians are more likely to have diabetes. In 2005-2006, twenty-two percent of people (approximately 1 in 5) in the 75-79 year old age group had been diagnosed with diabetes. This was almost ten times the proportion seen in Canadian adults aged 35-39 where the prevalence was 2.3%, or 1 in 432 (Figure 1)."

The vast majority are Type2 but, it's still interesting to note that the Diabetes epidemic still continues to rise internationally.

Cheers,
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


LanieG
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   Posted 6/22/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
(Sorry, Warren, for hijacking your thread, my fault.)  Kris, I'll bet there's a higher percentage in the States and I think it's absolutely true what the website said, that many many more people don't know they have diabetes or are on the verge.  If more people were tested earlier and if those who do have diabetes controlled their blood sugar better, then there wouldn't be so many people with complications years later.  Yes, it's now in countries that didn't have many cases before.  Sad.

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds
                                                                 

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