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4sons
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/4/2006 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 18 months ago. I am not on any oral medications and am able to control my bs with diet and exercise. After the initial TERROR (I'm a single mom and have learned to depend only on myself) I kind of settled in, changed my diet drastically and lost 15 lbs. My A1c went from 7.00 to 6.2 to 5.5. Then life got crazy ... work, kids, my former spouse all came crashing in and I went back to my old eating habits. I regained ten lbs and my A1c went up to 6.0.

I KNOW that is considered "stable" by my doctor but I also know that I made the wrong choices and now can see the consequences of my decisions. I've been "good" for the past week and my bs readings are much better (although not where I'd like them to be). I recognize I'm good at 'gearing up' in spurts but kind of lousy at long term discipline.

I guess I'm looking for ideas on how to ACCEPT that diabetes will forever be part of my life and that I CAN'T alternate between "good diabetic" and "bad girl."

So hi ...
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons


LanieG
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 12/5/2006 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Ruth,  I'm also a "pre-diabetic", controlling blood sugar with diet and exercise since this came about a couple of months ago.  I think your dilemma is more behavior oriented than particularly diabetic related.  I'm in my mid 50's and have succeeded and failed on diets for a long time and now at this age, I know it's me and my committment that's the problem, not the diet.  However, when this high blood sugar reading came about, it scared the patooties out of me, so for the first time in my life I realize I have to stay on this for my health and for my life.  Previously, I yo-yoed more times I can count.  Now, there's more reason for me to stay on this regimen than getting back into shape on the outside.  I'm concerned about that, true, but I'm deadly scared about what's going on in the inside.  I'm taking one day at a time.  After nutrition counseling. roaming through this forum, the South Beach diet and just commen sense, I know that I'm doing this for me as well as my family because I want to see grandkids and be as healthy as I can.  I know that I'm the only one in control over what I put in my mouth.  The trouble is I used to be so good in public but when I was alone, I seemed to make stupid choices, as if it didn't count if I ate the cookies and no one saw me.  The high blood sugar results alarmed me into realizing I have to do the best to control what I can now before my body decides for me.  I'm not sure how this will pan out but so far I've done pretty well in the numbers and that's encouraging me to keep at it.  Yes, diabetes might very well be a part of our lives forever but try to be true to yourself because it's only you who has control over what you put in your mouth!  Sometimes, just a bite of a cookie (even someone else's!) is ok and you'll be glad you didn't eat ten of them.  Good luck!

Lanie  


Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 12/5/2006 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Ruth,
You are absolutely normal and doing what all of us have done when we started out on this voyage into the unknown called "Diabetes". You have sailed thru the honeymoon period when it's easy to behave because there is a big fear factor... but after a while everyday life settles back in place and you are back to the old habits... Part of this may be because your cells aren't getting all the glucose they need and they are screaming at you that they are hungry. This is what insulin resistant diabetes is. The sugar is in the blood stream, the insulin is there but your body's cells have become resistant to your insulin.

One thing you can do to help yourself is to put in some exercise each day. Grab one of your sons and walk away from the house for 15 minutes then turn around and walk home. This creates a perfect one-on-one with each of the boys as you rotate thru the week. You will have your magic 1/2 hr. of exercise daily and hardly even notice it. Exercise increases the body's ability to use it's own insulin and lowers insulin resistance.

Another thing you can do for yourself is buy a complete toothpaste like Colgate Total. You need something that fights cavities, gingivitis, gum disease and plaque. These conditions have been linked to heart disease, especially in diabetics.

Also, because of the way that diabetes is often passed down father to daughter and mother to son, your boys all have a good chance of inheriting the disease. You can start now to teach them how to count carbs, which carbs are best for low glycemic index, how to substitute some yummies for normal carbs, which veggies are best, etc. They are never too young to learn to like non-sugared cereals and how to prepare well balanced meals. Any of them who are old enough to use the internet can help you learn your food plan as well. All of a sudden it is a family project and becomes a win-win situation for them and you.

You are doing very well for 18 months. I hid my head in the sand for about 10 years, bouncing between good choices and bad and I'm on insulin and have the eye glasses to show for my stubborn non-acceptance. You're miles ahead of me at your time.
~ Jeannie

"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


4sons
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 406
   Posted 12/7/2006 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your input, Lanie and Jeannie! I feel good knowing that my diabetic emotional history is normal. tongue This may be as normal as I get!! And I will definitely follow up on the dental care thing! Heart disease runs in my family too ... so this is a good reminder for me!

Enjoy your days!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Nolife
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8
   Posted Yesterday 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear 4sons
You sound a bit like me but I'm now down to about 4.2. I am able to eat anything really but I am careful with my choices. If I eat bread then I eat grainy bread. I'm Australian and in my country you can buy a lot of low carb pasta. I check the sugar and fat content of the products. I have found that many of Weight Watchers products are great for diabetics.. I buy their cheese, I drink non-fat milk and use low fat olive oil in my cooking. Weight Watchers have many different programs, but I found them to be a good investment. I don't follow their plans daily any more, but I learnt a lot about how to make the right choice and know how to balance my food. I live in Japan now and these foods are not available to me but I have found other products (mainly organice) that I can survive with. Weight Watchers gave me low fat recipes and showed me how to make my food tasty. When I first knew I had diabetes I had no idea what to do, my blood sugar escalated to over 13. I took a year off and for almost 2 years now I've kept between 4 and 5.

4sons
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 406
   Posted Today 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nolife ...

Thanks for your input. You're really made a HUGE difference in your own life! Are you on meds or do you get such fabulous control with diet and exercise alone? Keeping your A1C under five is wildly successful! Congratulations!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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