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paneltroll
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/3/2005 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother has diabeties and is now taking insulin shots 2 times a day.
She was at the Dr. and they did a sugar test and told her that it was 500.  The dr. gave her some papers (by the waay she is 73 yrs. old) and told her to drive home and get her meds and go home and take a shot.
 
I was so mad at the dr. for his neglegance, what if she passed out coming home and then just giving her scripts and telling her to go and do that by herself.  I wanted to call someone but I didn't know what to do.  She lives in another state than I do.
 
Well, today she called and told me her legs have been giving out on her and she spent all day at the dr.s and took all kinds of tests and they didn't find anything wrong with her.  They said they would call her tomorrow and see if she was all right and if not maybe admit her into the hospital. 
All this sounds crazy to me.  Her sugar goes from 500 to 90 the other day and she cut her insulin in half and the dr. said that was the right thing to do.
 
Please someone help me to figure this out.....please

Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/5/2005 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry I can't help you. I'm on Lantus and it's a long acting insulin. Sounds to me like your mom may need a new doctor...
~ Jeannie

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


jtu91952
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   Posted 5/5/2005 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear you mom is having trouble with her therapy. Before i got serious about my disease, i used to get 500 readings occasionally. Once i understood about portion control and carbs, i rarely go up to 200.

You said your mom is taking insulin, what kind and how much. Your mom may need to get a referral to a good dietician. Is your mom taking any kind of diabetic pills, some of them can cause leg pain. I was on avandia, amaryl and glucophage (not all at once) and i had severe knee and leg pain.

Why not do a web search on your mom's meds. I take humalog and lantus now without any side effects.

b boo
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   Posted 6/15/2005 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I'm b boo, I was told wed by my doc that I have type 2. I could really use some help figuring out whats right and what's wrong. I do not start nutrition classes until next month. How does the carbs work?
I'm really confused

dolphin_lover
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   Posted 6/18/2005 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
hi b boo ..i am type2 diabetic and i am on astosand metformin i have to take metformin 3 times a day and astos once a day but my reading was from 29.8 and it isd very high all i could tell u taht carbs u have to watch like bread and potatoes rice ,,sayat meal time u have a choice to have one carb not all at once ...if u have a potaoe u can't have bread or rice ok u can eat all the veggies u want but u can eat everytthing but in small portion ok ...i hope i help u in that just keep me posted how u r doing ok and good luck and take care....
dolphin_lover
................Take Care All....GOD BLESS and KEEP you WELL...................Franny


Jeannie143
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   Posted 6/18/2005 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
b boo,
There are a number of websites that offer nutrition help for diabetics online. Also, you could check out a book on diabetes from your library. The first one I got was from the teen section of the library and helped a lot because it didn't have too much information.

As far as carbs go, everything that isn't protein and fat is treated as a carb. You can look on the label of most foods and see how many carbs they contain. My food plan allows me about 180 carbs per day. I usually have about 50 at breakfast and split the rest between lunch and dinner. Until you learn your food counts it's usually best to use a carb counter in book form or from a computer program. I use Calorie King and it's great! I found it online for about $15.00. It helps me plan my meals for the day and just record them on my computer. Lets me see where I'm out of line and what I need to add more of.

If I have a fried egg sandwich on toasted wheat with a glass of milk and 1/2 an orange for breakfast I'm right on target. I cook with peanut and olive oils because they are best for keeping cholesterol in line. Don't be afraid to use good monounsaturated fats like these in your diet. They slow the absorbtion of carbs from your intestines and prevent hunger.

I use lots of fresh vegetables in salads including mustard greens, beet greens, broccoli and raw spinach. They add a lot of flavor to the salads and are great for your vitamin needs. One way I've found to keep carbs in line is to use flour tortillas for wraps. A wrap made with some deli turkey and stuffed with green stuff along with a sprinkling of motzarella cheese is good eating and super healthy. Instead of a lot of mayo I like to dip it in salsa or sprinkle it with a bit of good olive oil.

For my dinners I try to limit my potatoes and rice since I have found that they really spike my sugars. Instead I make a barley, brown rice, wild rice mix about once a week (it takes about 45 minutes to cook) and keep it in the fridge. I use that when my hubby and son are having baked potatoes. Because the mix is cooked grains it takes the body longer to access the carbs through the seed cell walls. This leads to a slower release of carbs into the bloodstream from the intestines and keeps the blood sugars more level with less spiking.

I hope this will help you get started. The whole food thing is a bit confusing at first, but with a bit of time and some good label reading you will get the hang of it. I am still learning a lot myself so come back often and we can share. Take care.
~ Jeannie

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

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