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lovethedeck
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   Posted 1/30/2017 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I am male...age 76..diagnosed with diabetes almost three years ago...with A1C of 13. Started immediately on Metformin and Junuvia.....A1C has been between 5.9 and 6.2 for over two years. I cut out sugar in coffee and tea.....and cut down on other sugars....but still eat some. Question....at my age how long usually will it take for bad complications to show up. My mother was diabetic for many years and then lost a foot at age 72. My doctor said I was doing "excellent"....just wonder. Thanks........

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/30/2017 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to the Diabetes Forum. I don't know the answer to your question about how long it would take for bad complications to show up from diabetes.

Complications vary and the length of time of having uncontrolled blood sugar varies with different people, so no one can tell you that a certain blood sugar level for so many years would lead to: amputation, blindness, kidney problems, heart problems. Neuropathy can lead to amputation and untreated glaucoma and other eye problems from diabetes can lead to blindness.

To hopefully prevent any complications, we need to keep our blood sugar as close to 'normal' as we can. This is done by diet, exercise and medications - sometimes alone or in combinations.

Diet would mean low-carb and that would be not eating a lot of food made with flour or grains like bread, cereal, pasta, crackers. And not eating a lot of potatoes and rice or any food made with sugar. In the old days, like when I was a kid and I'm 68 now, people didn't think of staying away from bread if they were diabetic. They thought they couldn't eat cakes, or pies or cookies, but reality flour (any flour: whole wheat, whole grain, oat, rye) is just as bad in the long run as sugar. Honey and real maple syrup is as bad as sugar.

Why? It's the carbs and carbs raise blood sugar very high. The best way to keep a steady, near normal blood sugar is to have protein, vegetables (not potatoes), salads, fresh leafy greens cooked or raw, some nuts, some dairy and some fruit.

Please check out the website that has a link in my profile for more information about blood sugar.

So, I hope you're doing well on the metformin and Januvia. Be sure to test and eat wisely! If you can keep your A1c lower than 6.2, that would be great - although closer to normal would be in the 5's. If you are able to exercise a little, walking, swimming, biking on a stationary bike, that would help your heart and circulation as well as your blood sugar.

My mother had a leg amputated when she was 72 also but that was over 35 years ago and they didn't have personal blood sugar meters and they weren't as knowledgeable about diet as we are today. Even if we are diagnosed later in life, we can still help ourselves and avoid complications by following a good eating plan and exercising the best way we can!

I'm glad you posted! Please ask any questions you have!

yeah
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

Sherrine
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   Posted 2/1/2017 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had diabetes for over 25 years and am still doing well. The advice Lanie gave is great. Do check your blood sugar frequently so you know how the food you are eating affects you. I can eat some things not suggested to eat but they don't raise my blood sugar like they do for some other people. I only know this because I check my sugar frequently.

Another suggestion I would have is to see your doctor regularly. My doctor sees me every 3-4 months and keeps an eye out, through blood work, to make sure my A1C, kidneys, etc. are in the good areas and everything is under good control. I also see my opthomologist every four months. I worry about my vision because I need to lip read to understand speech. Because I go frequently, my glaucoma was caught immediately and I was put on drops for my eyes and now my eye pressures are totally normal. Plus the doctor checks the back of my eyes for other eye problems that diabetes can cause. So I feel it's so important to be checked out frequently. It helps keep you one step ahead of diabetes and it's side affects. It much easier to take care of problems when you catch them early on.

It looks like you doing a good job with your eating. Congratulations! Many do not take this illness seriously or are unwilling to change eating habits. It's well worth it. And, yes, walking does help a lot and helps keep your weight down also.

Sherrine

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Tim Tam
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   Posted 2/1/2017 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't been checking my blood sugar because, my battery went out, I got a new one, but haven't put it in because I'm not tech minded and I don't like to do stuff like that.

Didn't take my blood sugar before for months because I didn't have a place in my entire house to take it.

I can come up with any number of excuses why I don't take my blood sugar, but since reading these above accounts about the need to take your blood sugar, I'm going to put that on my list.

As for the person above who was cutting back but not stopping sugar, but worrying about complications, I would try to put some of that worry into trying to cut out sugar as much as possible.

I know it's in some foods, like my pork and beans has 6 grams of sugar, but my home health care person said I could even eliminate that by opening the can, putting it under the tap water, and washing out the sugar like that.

Same with canned fruit which has fructose or fruit sugar. I open the can, and I wash out the sugar.

Ingenious. I don't have to look all over town for pork and beans, and canned fruit which are lower in sugar. I just use the cans I've got and wash out the sugar.

I gave up sugar because of another health problem, and it was pretty easy to do. I just thought about how many problems sugar gave me instead of thinking about how wonderful sugar was, and I gave up sugar.

Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 2/2/2017 9:41:37 AM (GMT-7)


Lanie G
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   Posted 2/1/2017 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
That's was a good choice on your part, Tim Tam. A lot of canned food have added sugar and salt so rinsing it in a colander in the sink will wash out the sugar and salt and whatever other additives were in there.

Can you please start a new thread to introduce yourself? I think this is the first time you're posting in the Diabetes Forum. I'm glad you did!

yeah
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 2/1/2017 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
diabetes is a silent creeper. that's what it is known as in the community. it crept up om ne and i copped most of them, heart, eyes, teeth and small veins in other areas. it does not care, nor discriminate. that's the point. take care.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

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"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
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Tim Tam
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   Posted 2/4/2017 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Lanie:

I mentioned washing out the sugar from cans of pork and beans (etc.) and canned fruit by holding a mostly opened can under tap water, as my home health care person suggested.

You mentioned washing out canned food of sugar and salt with a colander to wash out the sugar and salt. I didn't know what a colander was so I found it on the net, a metal bowl with holes in it to let water out, but not the food.

Made me realize my now deceased wife bought a strainer which I now use to poor the noodles and water into when making spaghetti. I could probably use that strainer to wash out the sugar.

Or, as I've done a couple of times, I just open the can almost all the way around, hold the can under the kitchen tap, let the water pour in, holding the can upside down with the top almost closed, and let the water/sugar pour out; do that 3 or 4 times.

Thanks for the heads up, Happy Turtle. High blood pressure, which I also have, is also the Silent Killer.

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5926
   Posted 2/4/2017 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I think it's easier to use a colander to rinse the beans.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/
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