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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/15/2007 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hidy Ho, Neighbors.  :)
I'm a big fan of the introductory thread.   Its hard for me to just.. jump in there.. adding my two cents all willy-nilly-like.
So, I'm Christie.   When I signed up, I said for my display name to be "Christie" and it told me that was already taken!   I know this is a big board, but I would like to meet this other "Christie".  There aren't many of us.   Oh, tangent.  Sorry.  Um, I'm 28 and I've been a type 2 diabetic for.. oh..  3 or 4 years now.  I can't keep track. :)  I started out on Avandamet.  Added Amaryl.   Doc was medicine happy.   Got a smarter doc, cut down to metforming and amaryl.  They stopped working.  Tried Actos.  Nada.  Tried Lantis.  Nada.  Yesterday started on..  another insulin.  I can't remember the name of it.  Huma-smth.  But not humalog (which is stuck in my head cuz I read it in another post a min back).  Seems to be doing something, but not quite enough.  Progress, though. :)  Last A1C was 8-smth.   Have controlled hypertension.  Everything is perfecto, though.  Diabetes is a major family trait.  Grandmother, grandfather, aunt...
So, ok, what else.  I'm 5'4" (doc always measures me with shoes.. hehe) and I weigh about 180lbs.  Which SUCKS.  It doesn't matter what I eat, what I don't eat. What I do, what I don't do.  I don't lose weight.
I'm interested in the low-carb thing.   But I get sooo bored!  And I hate to cook after 9 hours on my feet in an unairconditioned warehouse ( is a sweatshop, I swear it is!  Except that whole decent paycheck thing.. hehe).   So those of you who do the low carb thing... yeah, I've been reading...  any suggestions?  Right now, my only carbs are the Slimfast Optima I have for breakfast (NOT going to change, only healthy-like breakfast I've ever stuck with) and I go home for lunch where I eat a turkey wrap (turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo on a whole wheat wrap).  Dinner is my main carb-locale.  Can't seem to get husband on board...  
Help?  If you made it this far? 

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 547
   Posted 6/16/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Christie....welcome aboard! I understand your frustration with the meds not working. Unfortunately, because Diabetes is so individualized, it sometimes takes a bit of trial and error to get things right.

The low-carb thing is the way to go if you want to avoid major blood sugar spikes, as well as having more stablized levels. In my opinion, the more low-carb you go, the more savy you have to be with understanding balanced nutrition - i.e. balanced proportion of protein/fat/carbs. There are carbs and there are carbs and even there, they affect us all differently.

Do you check your own blood sugars with a glucose meter? What are your reading like fasting, pre-meal, at bedtime?

I strongly suggest, if you're not doing it already, that all meter tests, food/drink, meds, and exercise be logged for a while so that you may spot trends or patterns with which foods raise your blood sugars. This would also be tremendously helpful to a Dietician or Nutrionist who could help you set up an individualized plan, tailored to your personal lifestyle. Dr. Berstein's Diet is a popular, favorite author of diabetics. You may want to have a read there to start while you're waiting for your referal appointment with a Dietician/Nutritionist.

I don't want to come on strong but, even though you've had it for a few years, maybe a bit more effort needs to be put forth now to avoid the nasty progression of this stupid disease, 'cause it WILL progress. This is something you have to do for you, yourself, and you, too, Christie. Getting hubby on board doesn't count. You have to pilot your own plane on this one and hubby can either get on board as a passenger or not. His choice but, regardless of what it is, you gotta take control of you.

We're here for ya :-) Keep us posted.
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 477
   Posted 6/16/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   


Slimfast Optima has a lot of carbs- Slimfast makes a low carb option that tastes the same as Optima, but isn't loaded down with sugar. You might want to try it if you plan to lower your carbs.

Several companies make low-carb wraps. Dreamfields makes a low carb pasta (5 net carbs/serving).

Making simple substitutions like these will help you to lower your carb intake without sacrificing your lifestyle.  You can make small, gradual changes until you  find the carb level that is right for you and your desired level of control.

As for your husband, you can't expect him to change his eating patterns because you want him too- he has to change because he wants to. I make tasty carb friendly meals every day. He has the choice to eat- or find his own grub- 99% of the time he eats my meal.  The other 1% of the time- he waits for our daughters to visit and then they go out for pizza or Chinese- I'm happy not to have to cook and they get some nice father-daughter time together.

I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 6/16/2007 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Christie,
You'll find lots of helpful folks here at HW.
I have a question... What did you mean when you said that the Lantus didn't work? How did your sugars react when the meds stopped working? Just curious because if they meds weren't working then you may be Type1 and not Type2...? Have they cleared that up yet?
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
"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

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