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uniquelyme
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   Posted 11/20/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Hi all, I am not new here but usually post on the CP forum...I had to go to see my Dr. yesterday about my Diabetes...I was DXed in March 09 with T2 and have been on so many pills and now do the Lantus Pen at 50 units a night...I also take 1000 mg. Metformin ER at night and Glipizide 20 mg. in the morning.  I hate to admit it but I have gained 20 lbs. in the past few months...My eating habits aren't the best and I know that...My readeings run around 195 - 265 daily with nothing below 195 at all...I am worried.  My vision is blurry all the time but as far as the Eye Dr. is concerned my vision is good.  no, Great!!  So it must be the high sugar... I also have trouble with my toes being numb all the time.  Although my PM Dr. says it's not Diabetic Neuropathy...it's related to my spine problems. 
 
My Dr. did a bunch of blood tests and a urine test for Ketones...it came up that I had trace amounts in my urine..He said that my body was "eating" itself for nutrition...Yuk!!
 
I am starting to eat better and hoping that it's not too late for me.  I am 42, weigh 224lbs. and am 5'7" tall.  I don't excercise much because of my CP issues and I have Knee problems and wear a brace.  I usually worry about the pain issues but need to focus on my Diabetes...
 
Thanks for listening..
 
Me.

I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 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 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen                                                                   

 


TVEditor
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Total Posts : 481
   Posted 11/20/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
What's your diet like? I'm not a doctor but from my experience, just cutting out the carbs (sugars, starches .... bread, pasta, potatoes, etc.) and losing some weight made a vast improvement in just about every facet of my health. You are taking a lot of meds so a change in diet should be done in consultation with a doctor but weight loss is almost never a bad thing.

Try a low-carb plan for a month or even 2 weeks. Judge for yourself.
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 49 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

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


LanieG
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   Posted 11/20/2009 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Rhonda, I agree with Chris.  You've been here before and we've talked about change in diet.  (And we've talked about the HBP meds that can cause high blood sugar.)  At what point do you step back and say you have to take control of your health by eating better?  If you want to focus on your diabetes, you have to start with what you're eating!  yeah
Lanie
 
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diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet


uniquelyme
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   Posted 11/21/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I know, I know...it's so hard when you have other health issues...but I'm sure that I'm not as bad as some others so I need to make a change. The one thing I did read about Ketones was that it's because you don't have the carbs in your system that your body starts "eating itself"....so cutting down on the carbs seem to make it worse.... With your help and support I am making a change...I started this past week on making my diet better.... and I've lost 3 lbs. Yippee!!!

I'll keep it up I promise...I still will need your support.

Me.
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 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 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen                                                                   

 


LanieG
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Total Posts : 5394
   Posted 11/21/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
First, you know we are not doctors or nurses here and we don't give out medical advice.  I have to say that because we don't want anyone to think we're medical experts.  All I know is what I know from being a borderline diabetic or more than three years.  Having ketones in the urine is not the same as having a condition as ketoacidosisKetones in the urines mean that your body is using its own fat as energy.  For example, a person on a low-carb diet will produce a lot of ketones because the body has no easy carbohydrates to burn for energy.  Since the body does need energy and the brain needs glucose, the liver will convert the fat to glucose to feed the brain.  And your body will also burn up fat for energy which will produce the ketones.  Burning the fat will cause weight-loss.  If you state it another way and say 'the body is eating itself' - yikes!  It does sound ominous but it just means you're losing weight!  People who are literally starving or diabetics particularly type 1s who don't produce insulin and take no insulin are in real danger.   Check this article out:   http://www.myfreestyle.com/fs/d/en_US/50.110:110/ketones
 
On another website, the avid low-carbers suggest to buy ketone strips at the pharmacy so you know when you're burning fat, which leads to weight loss.  
 
Producing ketones is not dangerous.  As a low carber, that's what I want so I can lose weight.
 
Please don't compare your situation to anyone else's.  You're better off than some and worse off than others.  What you want to do is be better off now than you were before.  Record your numbers and see if there are better trends in weight, blood sugar and blood pressure.  Losing weight will help the blood sugar as well as the blood pressure.  Do what activity you're able to do, even if it's lifting dumb bells while you're sitting. 
 
If you are true to yourself then you will be doing the best for yourself!  And we are here to help one another!   yeah  



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

Post Edited (LanieG) : 11/21/2009 1:08:04 PM (GMT-7)


TVEditor
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 481
   Posted 11/21/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Perhaps a better phrase than 'the body eating itself' is 'the body FEEDING itself' -- using all those stored resources that it worked so hard to ferret away for times when there might not be enough glucose to keep your brain running.

Stupid brain! I'm going to have that thing removed one of these days ;-)

Congrats on the negative 3 lbs. yeah Stick with it! You'll be amazed how fast it melts away. But, also be patient ... sometimes you lose 5 pounds in a week, then you put on 2, then you lose 15 in a month ... your body has to relearn how to eat and store away what it needs. This time, YOU are the teacher (not that stupid brain ;-)
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 49 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

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


Natava
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 35
   Posted 11/23/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
The only one that can control what you eat is you. You know when you are eating well, and when you are not. I have had a long conversation - well - a few long conversations with my Aunt about my Unlce whose BS average was 185. She started controlling what she cooked at home, and what he eats while they are together (he travels alot for work). Now, with only dietary chages he is getting 125. Still higher than Endo wants him - but he's getting there. He is on Amaril, Byetta, and some insulin shot before bed even though he's type 2.

My dietician said I could cheat maybe once a month and still be healthy. That way I could still get to eat some things I miss - but not over do it.

You can't rewind your days and reverse eye damage, nerve damage etc. You just can't. The only way for you to have control over it, is by taking care of yourself now. Don't wait until you are saying to yourself "I wish I would have..."
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