my diabetes story

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harry4
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   Posted 3/26/2005 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
my diabetes was diagnosed in 1989 and came as a surprise, no one had expected it, it was initally badly managed by the wrong yablets and a leading diabetes specialist wanted to put me on insulin, fortunately I saw another specialist who realised I was insulin resistant and actually was making more than enough insulin, but couldnt use it properly, he changed my tablets and I managed OK for about 10 years, although always overweight

eventually I was maxed out on 3 different diabetes tablets and the sugar was still too high and despite my best efforts, was still badly overweight, I tried the glycemic index diet but it didnt work for me

in desperation I then tried the atkins diet, despite being told not to. It did work, I lost much weight and my diabetes is now under good control on a very small dose of tablets, ironically I eat much more food than before too, I can eat as much of the permitted foods as I want to

now , despite confident predictions that my insulin supply would soon dry up, I am still making all the insulin that I need

diabetes specialists really should be forced to stay up to date, many of mine were years out of date and refused to accept that insulin resistance even existed, I am sure that many diabetics could be taken off insulin and go back on tablets if their diabetes were properly managed

I am not saying that the atkins diet will work for everyone but it should be tried, especially if maxed out on tablets and about to have to go on to insulin, it hasnt damaged my kidneys or other organs at all either, despite some confident predictions that it would

I have vert minor diabetic eye damage and no foot damage, I often walk barefoot on the beach which stimulates the blood circulation in my feet, despite again being told not to

Pin Cushion
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   Posted 3/27/2005 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Who says being a rebel is a bad thing?!
Hang in there and keep fighting for what works for you.
Sigmoid Colostomy / Crohns / Type 1 Diabetic / Ostioarthritus / Asthma / High Blood Pressure / High Colesterol / Migraines. Ain't life a joy?



* I think it may be time for a colorful metaphor*


eva330
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   Posted 3/29/2005 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I just have to say thats great that atkins worked for you but anyone who is type one diabetic should never do atkins. I had kedoacidosis (however you spell it) when I was 18 from trying that diet to lose weight. Then despite the fact that i had perfect blood sugars when i was on phase 1 of the south beach diet, i didnt have ketoacidosis but i started throwing up like i had it. my docter told me thats way too much protien for a type one diabeteic and never to do those diets.

All of us girls want to lose a few pounds before the summer but seriously consult your physician first

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/11/2005 12:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Harry,

My doctor is a GP but she shares her office with her husband who is a nephrologist. If you could see all of the diabetes patients in the waiting room who are on dialysis you may change your ideas about the protein thing with Adtkins. I have insulin resistant diabetes and have just started on insulin. I'm getting great blood sugars already and find the insulin to be a minor hassle compared to the high sugars I was getting previously. The barefoot on the beach thing made me laugh and wish for the good old days. I live in Michigan and the beaches are covered with zebra muscles' shells. (Think of the sand being covered with the little razor blades from today's new razors.) Walking barefoot is almost like wishing for an amputation!

I'm glad you're having good results and wish you well.
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn


harry4
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   Posted 4/20/2005 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
the atkins diet has been around for over 20 years and if there were any general problems they would have shown up by now

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/20/2005 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand what you're saying about the atkins diet, I just can't live on it. Been there, done that... went bonkers without my carrots, squash and fruits and my cholesterol went thru the roof. Glad it's working for you.
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn


Chutz
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   Posted 4/21/2005 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
The Atkins diet has been around a lot longer but under a different name. In the 60's it was call the Canadian Airforce Diet. Hi protein, low carbs...same game just that Atkins wrote and book and got the $$.

For me that much protein is a hazard. For Hubby it's already a problem called gout.

Chutz
The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


Rhondak
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   Posted 5/1/2005 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sitting on a fence here myself. I did Atkins diet and lost wieght, no more low sugar attacks (I was not diabetic but had low sugar attacks) They stopped on Atkins. My cholestrol lowered and I was able to get off BP meds. I foolishly got off the diet then back on then back off again. Been off for 8 months ALL wieght is back from eating regularly back on BP meds and now last week diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I want to ask doc if I can try to go back on Atkins and control it that way as I had no problems before and when I see I am supposed to get 50-60% of my calories from carbs I wanna cry cause they affect me so horribly and getting them all from veggies is hard to do. I haven't seen dietician yet so I have no idea what I am going to do I just know I am so afraid I can't take weight off with regular diabetic diet with all those carbs, I lose wieght at about 45 carbs a day anything more I just sit at current wieght.
BTW I am new and confused lol Hi all, any advice for a newbie?

Rhondak
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   Posted 5/1/2005 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow that IS alotta wieght. Congrats. I liked my low carb I did nothing for exercise and lost 35lbs in 3 months lol I guess I'll hear out the dietician and make sure I add daily exercise to my routine. I have been really doing nothing for last 9 months except eating and laying around complaining that my sinuses give me dizzy spells (I realize now sugar give me dizzy spells lol)
Anyway I am going to make the dietary changes and add exercise and pray this will help me take off the weight. I would like to lose 60 lbs. I guess I just need to be dedicated to it.
Does it sound silly to say I worry if I CAN lose the weight? I see alot of diabetics SO overweight. I assumed it was because insulin problems prevented them from being able to lose. Am I wrong on this? I am so unknowledgable about diabetes which is shameful cause my dad has it. But in my defense he NEVER takes care of it and I do not want to be where he is now in 10 years, I want to treat this seriously from the start. Any advice from all of you would be so appreciated.

Scott1
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   Posted 5/1/2005 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on the atkins also looking good after loosing 35lbs and decided to give life a whirl again and eat what I wanted too (Went on to control sugar it works) I gained it all back have hives, a strange rash looks almost like shingles on 5 differant meds a day and doctors don't know the cause I believe it is a gluten allergy not sure yet. Sugar was not cooperating so I just went back on atkins will keep you all informed so far so good for the diabetes aspec. see you all later PS. also will do more southbeach than atkins.
Scott1

Tested
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   Posted 5/1/2005 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
    I feel the same dilemma as you all do.  I've been tempted to start the Adtkins diet...but have heard pros and cons about it.  What is the best way to lose weight?  I am a type 2 diabetic, recently put on insulin.  It has helped to lower my blood sugar.  I need to lose weight, though, and haven't been able to yet.  Up five pounds and down five pounds.  Any suggestions?

Post Edited (Tested) : 5/1/2005 9:15:16 PM (GMT-6)


devine007
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   Posted 5/3/2005 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Eva is right, Atkins diet is VERY bad for diabetics! As diabetics our bodies our different and we can't have just protein all the time. The first step to losing weight is healthy eating. Eat balanced meals with starch protein, fat, dairy, and fruits and vegetables, just try to cut down on serving size. Also cut out all junk, no more potato chips, chocolate, or sugars. Use splenda, it tastes okay and is better for you as a diabetic than sugar. Try crystal light or diet coke instead of other sugar drinks. And get outside! Even if you just go around the block to start, that's better than nothing! Also keeping blood sugars level helps too. Losing weight takes time and lots dedication. Good Luck everyone!

Tested
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   Posted 5/3/2005 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah  Thanks!!!.  I've been leaning that way.
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