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jujub
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   Posted 12/17/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually hang out at the thyroid and ulcerative colitis forums, but here I am. I'm royally ticked off, too!


Eight years ago I had slightly increased BG (highest was 110) while on oral steroids. That resolved when the steroids were discontinued, but I've continued to have BG and A1C monitored quarterly.



Three months ago my A1C was 5.9. This week it was 7.6. It has never been above 6.5 before! In the past six months I've started working out four times a week, cardio and weights. All of my other blood tests are normal, including thyroid. My husband has type II and a significant family history, so we've sort of walked the walk for the past ten years. Maybe I've cheated a bit, but I don't eat fast food or the things that are horribly unhealthy.



So now I'm on Metformin and hoping it doesn't upset my colon. I'll be way stringent on my diet now, and increasing my workouts. Interestingly enough, my FBS this morning was higher than my 2 hour PP yesterday.



But to me this falls squarely in the "It isn't fair!" category.



Thanks for listening, I just needed to rant.

LanieG
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   Posted 12/17/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh for Pete's sakes.  mad   Great news just before the holidays.   I don't know how much of this is because of the oral steroids from the past but you're dealing with the numbers now as you know.  I know you're very knowledgeable to begin with but browse through the old threads anyway.  The two factors that you can control are the diet and exercise.  Carbs will drive the blood sugar up and sustained, regular exercise will help control the blood sugar.  Not all carbs are equal.  The more fiber the food has, the more slowly the body will take to work with it and supposedly the longer the blood sugar will take to rise.  Different people experience this at various rates.  You might also consider doing resistance training and working with weights because if you tone up your muscles, they use up the glucose in the blood more efficiently.  Welcome to the "It Isn't Fair" Forum. 
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jujub
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   Posted 12/17/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Lanie. As a matter of fact, I just got back from the wellness center. I do cardio and weight work for 50-60 minutes three or four times a week. I do have weights at home too, and do those and abs at home also.

At least this time I didn't break down in the doctor's office. When I was on steroids and my doctor told me she was giving me the diagnosis, I completely broke down in tears. I guess I always suspected it would be coming back.

Merry Christmas! Now, let me go find that recipe for low-fat, low-carb cheesecake....

LanieG
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   Posted 12/17/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Ahh cheesecake!  Low-carb, yes but maybe not low fat, depending on what you're looking for.  I make it with Kraft 1/3 Less Fat cream cheese because for some reason that particular product has fewer carbs than the other cream cheese packages.  Check out the packages for the carb content.  I don't use an actual recipe.  First of all, I don't use a crust so that cuts down on the carbs and fat.  As long as you use a glass baking dish, the cheese cake will come out fine.  I use 3 packages of the Kraft cream cheese at room temperature and combine them with about 2 or 3 whole eggs, enough artificial sweetener to my liking, about a tsp. of vanilla and some drops of lemon juice (because I like the tartness but it's not necessary) and mix it until it's well blended in the electric mixer.  It lightens up with some air as it mixes.  If you like it even lighter, add some cream.  (At this point I always taste it to adjust the sweetness or tartness.).  Pour/spoon it into a buttered glass pie dish and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes to an hour - test with a knife in the center.  And, I have to add that some people also use cottage cheese or maybe in combination with the cream cheese.  That would reduce the fat further.   Maybe some other members have different recipes for cheese cake?  (And.... you could swirl in melted Lindt 85% Dark Chocolate for a marble cheese cake. smile )


Lanie
 
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jujub
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   Posted 12/18/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
We got in the habit of reading food labels when my husband was diagnosed and have continued to do that. Really, everyone should. I can't tell you how many people I've seen who eat Ramen noodles for lunch because they think they're healthy and easy. The fat and salt added to those things are enough to stop your heart!

I know what you mean about recipes - I really don't use them either. I may use a recipe as a starting point, but I consider them just suggestions. It used to make me so mad when my mother couldn't give me a recipe for anything ("you put in just enough"), and now I cook the same way.

LanieG
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   Posted 12/18/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
The amount of salt in prepared food (in boxes, cans, packets...) is shocking.  And I'm not even talking about snack foods, which are probably worse.  And then there's sugar in everything too, even ketchup and other condiments.  We always make meals from scratch here so I know what's in the food and it's not a mystery but I am concerned for the many families that do eat all these packaged foods.  The snacks in our house now are unsalted nuts and cheese, and some yogurt.  My husband, who's not diabetic, will eat a piece of plain cake but we keep slices in the freezer, otherwise it would get moldy.  It's easy to dress plain yogurt up with some mashed berries.  I know some people won't use artificial sweeteners but I use it in my morning coffee and yogurt about once a week.  I might make cheese cake as I've described every few months.  It's now a way of life. 
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jujub
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   Posted 12/18/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Today went well. I had a banana in the morning, then a small serving of soup about mid-morning. Grilled cheese for lunch, an apple for snack and then pasta with red meat sauce and a big salad for dinner. Blood sugar was lower today, but we'll see how it goes.

Interestingly, my husband has found, and I also remember from when I was checking BGL before, pasta with red sauce never raises my levels, while with pesto or white sauce it does. Fortunately red sauce is my favorite.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/20/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Judy,
Welcome to my neck of the woods. Hope we can help you find some answers.
~ 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


jujub
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   Posted 12/20/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Jeannie. I needed another billing code like I needed another hole in my head, but there you go. Right now my BGL is all over the place, but then I'm only on 250 mg. of Metformin twice a day. He's starting me out on a half dose for a week in hopes it won't upset my already troublesome GI system.

I'm hoping to learn by reading here.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/21/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Ahhhh, but count your blessings, Darlin'. NO insurance here... Fibro, Arthritis, DM and more. I'd take your billing codes any day! LOL!
~ 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


jujub
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   Posted 12/21/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, wow. No insurance - just the thought scares the heck out of me! My Remicade alone costs more than half my net income for the year.

I'm working on finding all those blessings. Let's see, I have good insurance. I have a secure pension. I have UC instead of Crohn's. The diabetic diet is pretty easy to follow. I have a husband who loves and supports me. I feel good most of the time.

I'm a lucky woman! Thanks for the reminder.

eddysgurl
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   Posted 12/21/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Judy! I too am newly diagnosed and fit in the its "no fair" category! I had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy (7 yrs ago) and although no history of Diabetes in our family have always been "borderline" as feel dizzy and nauseous if I skip a meal...kind of know when I need to eat! Since diagnosis challenge has been keeping blood sugars at good levels as highs/lows at times. Get headaches /dizzy feeling lately quite often...now know can be caused by dips/spikes in glucose levels. First doctors appointment tomorrow since diagnosis so will go in armed with tons of questions. Good luck! Sounds like your on the right track!

jujub
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   Posted 12/23/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
This morning my BGL was 115, so it's going the right direction. I went to a party Saturday and I was a very, very good girl. They had nibbles, and I ate meat and cheese. No crackers, and I didn't even look at the cookie table. Fortunately, sweets aren't my favorite thing. Life would be so much harder if I had something that made me limit my lean meat consumption.

I've been doing some thinking about this whole thing. Yes, we'd strayed a bit from the good diabetic diet, but not that much. My husband's BGL's hadn't changed significantly. Then mine suddenly shot up. I think I probably was diabetic all along, since the first diagnosis 8 years ago, but controlling it and in denial.

My husband stayed off meds for ten years after diagnosis, I stayed off for eight. I guess that isn't too bad, given our ages. So now Cleopatra just needs to accept and stay with the plan.
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