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tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/14/2007 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
My test results came in today. The REALLY good news is my A1c is 5.6 which is way down from the first one (it was over 9). The bad news is my cholesterol only dropped down to 264 (from 300). I was hoping for a lot better on that one, I've been taking Zetia and Fish Oil capsules for that, not a lot of change. My triglycerides dropped down to 381 (from 675)... still a LONG way to go. I bought some non-flushing niacin today to try it... the pharmacist said if it gives me flushing, I can take it back (hurray!). Well, mainly, my sugar is under control, so I guess I should be happier than I am... I was hoping for better news on the cholesterol, but it's only been 3 months so far, so maybe I can get it down more.
 
Thank you all for the support and help in getting my sugar down :-)
 
Bear
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tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/14/2007 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Thank you so much Granny... You make me feel so much better, I was feeling quite like a failure because all my numbers aren't down yet. Thank you for the encouragement!
 
Bear
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LanieG
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   Posted 7/15/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, Bear!  Your hard work and dedication has paid off!  It's a great feeling to be successful and you'll do fine with your new training, too.  Smile!
yeah      Lanie
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following low/no carb diet, no meds


4sons
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   Posted 7/15/2007 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
WOW, Bear!!!!!!! That is FABULOUS news!!!!!!!!! I'm hoping to be in the 5's myself next month!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

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


Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/15/2007 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Bear,
The new numbers for blood sugar are awesome!!! And don't you worry so about those cholesterol numbers. They will come down. Just takes some time... Has your doc talked to you about statins? Mine started me on one, Lipitor, and it, along with gallons of olive oil for cooking, fish oil each night and flax seed oil each morning has brought me to numbers well within the normal range. As long as I stay on top of my liver tests, I'm lovin' this statin stuff. Research is showing that it may also protect against heart attack ans strokes, too.

Anyway, about those glucose numbers. Looks to me like you are on top of your game. GREAT WORK!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/15/2007 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone!

Thanks so much for all the encouragement! I am happy about my sugar numbers and I owe all that to you guys! As for my cholesterol, it's been bad for years. I tried Zocor a few years ago, but my liver readings went way crazy, so I had to stop, and it took about 2-1/2 years to get them back to normal. I'm trying Zetia and Fish Oil capsules, and also I started the Niacin last night on my own. The doc wrote me a note that she has some new Rx for me to try and she has samples, so I guess I'll try whatever that is. I'm hoping the numbers will come down over time. confused I still doing my best... we'll have to wait and see what happens next time... I would be so happy if I could get my numbers even CLOSE to normal.

My hubby keeps telling me at least everything came WAY down, so we're doing a lot better!....

Bear


"It's a jungle out there....." 
Theme song from "Monk" by Randy Newman
 
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LanieG
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   Posted 7/15/2007 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Bear, I'm so happy for you.  Your lab results are really good.  As for your cholesterol, it may come down more soon because of your low carb diet.  My own went down over 30 points because of the diet (and I also exercise but I don't know if that affects it).  It was 5 months between lab tests and I'm hoping it can go down more.  It was 173 in May.  According to Dr. Bernstein (and I know you must be tired of his name by now.....), it's the carbs that make the liver produce the blood cholesterol.  In any case, you have every reason to celebrate good lab results. 

  yeah   Lanie


"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


gelchick
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   Posted 7/16/2007 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
 
  cool   
Did you do the happy dance????Congratulations! sandy
 
 
   


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Ramsour3
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   Posted 7/16/2007 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
WTG....that is awesome bear...you should be really proud of yourself!

Patti

Phishbowl
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   Posted 7/16/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Right on, Bear! Kudos to you and all your hard work! Wish I had your A1C :-)

Cheers,
Kris
Cheers,
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kim123
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   Posted 7/16/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Congratulations, Bear! You mention you are worried about your high chol. readings. I agree that with a low carb/sugar diet, that will probably come down. Have you considered trying natural antifungals instaed of the pres. statin drugs if you can't tolerate them? Statin drugs are antifungals, ....why they work, so perhaps a natural way for you would be tolerable? Dunno...just a thought. Some naturals are caprylic acid or olive leaf extract. No known side effects either like the presc. drugs. Continued good success!

Kim


tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/16/2007 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Lanie, Sandy, Patti and Kris,
 
I would have been doing the happy dance, but was too disappointed in my cholesterol. I'm feeling a lot more like dancing after reading all of your replies yeah . My hubby also told me that almost 30 points down after 3 months is pretty good... I guess I was expecting a miracle. I am happy about my sugar. I'm sticking with it and I've made a pledge to myself to keep it up and not cheat or give up. When the diagnosis first hits us, we don't realize how many times we are going to be tempted.. my new training class already had cake on Friday for the boss's birthday, will be getting doughnuts tomorrow and pizza on Thursday. Obviously, I didn't participate, and I don't plan to either, but it really makes me feel like I stand out sad . I've known diabetics my whole life, but never realized what they go through until now. On the upside, my good readings far outweigh the little bit of "fitting in".
 
((((HUGS)))) to all of you for your continued support,
 
Bear
"It's a jungle out there....." 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/16/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
TB,
I noticed too, that it's that social food thing that makes you crazy. When I'm home by myself I can wrap a piece of turkey in some spinach, pop a few olives, grab an apple and call it good. Out in the REAL world if I eat like that ... well, let's just say I don't eat like that. Right now I'm having carb attacks like crazy. Don't know why... just want noodles and popcorn and Cheerios....
~ 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...
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LanieG
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   Posted 7/16/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Bear, I understand completely what you're saying about facing the cake or donuts or pizza or cupcakes.  That's exactly what I faced at school for any occasion.  A meeting, a birthday, a Friday, a day before a holiday, or for NO reason other than someone baked a cake.  There was always something.  I finally came to realize that having a bite to appease them didn't do ME any good because when I went home it was between only me and the meter, and then I'd be sorry.  (BUT - there were times I'd take a miniscule piece and if I had to explain, I'd say I had to watch my blood sugar.  Then, there'd always be someone who would say well, they were told at one time that they should, or a family member had diabetes, blah, blah, or a friend, etc.  and sometimes a discussion would be started.  At least then they understood.)  So, keep strong.  I am actually thankful for the glucose meter now because it's instant result.  I can see how good I've been and it makes me strive to do better.   (Of course, it'll also tell you how BAD you've been.........)  I'm happy for you and I know you'll stay on track.

  yeah    Lanie

 



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following low/no carb diet, no meds

Post Edited (lanieg) : 7/16/2007 6:48:14 PM (GMT-6)


tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/16/2007 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,

I totally understand that CARB attack! I sit there at lunch watching people eat their "normal" food, mac and cheese and sub sandwiches and pizza, and it makes me a little crazy, me with my low carb "diet" sandwich and baby tomatoes instead of chips ... it's hard not to be envious. I've been craving FRIED RICE... I can live without potatoes, which was a huge surprixe... I thought I'd miss them more than I do. But... PIZZA... I'm so wanting that and they are having it for a "treat" for us on Thursday... Hubby said just eat the toppings, but I don't even want to go there... I'll just take my lunch.

Lanie,

I figure I'll just tell them I'm diabetic and that will be the end of it. This site has made me strong... I can do it... I can live without it, and I'd rather have the respect of my peers HERE than worry about what people at work think... If I'm going to cheat, I'd rather it be on MY birthday LOL!

Bear
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Theme song from "Monk" by Randy Newman
 
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LanieG
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   Posted 7/16/2007 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Bear!  Make those cheese puffs (Have you tried them yet?) and take a couple with you with your lunch.  They're like eating chips, nice and crunchy and cheesy with NO carbs.  Now, I make sandwiches with 2 of them with a couple of slices of cold cuts (the ones with no carbs).  They can be the 'bread' for a sandwich or as a 'side' with your lunch.  Everyone will be jealous.  Here in the house, my kids asked me what I was eating.  They tried it and now they make them too.  (!)
Lanie
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


gelchick
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   Posted 7/17/2007 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Bear,
One time I watched a skinny girl at a company party. She took the biggest piece of cake, forked off a bite- and raised and lowered that bite to her mouth no fewer than 5 times- never ate a crumb, talked the whole time, and pitched the whole piece of cake in the trash on the way out!
 
I've had some practice at food avoidance since I am a vegetarian.  When people push me I say things like, "That doesn't look appealing to me right now" "I'm not hungry for it", "I've never been a big fan of _________" "That'll probably upset my stomach right now" "That's too pretty to eat!" and just walk away.
 
I don't usually get into the whole I'm a diabetic and choose not to eat that-thing because everybody has their own idea of what I should eat (or not eat). I'm very active in my church and many of our functions revolve around food- and I've heard the church ladies go on and on- and they already think I'm odd because I don't eat meat or their jello salads.
sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/17/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kim.

I'm sorry I totally missed your post... Thank you for the encouragement! I am trying the niacin right now, but I will ask the doc about your suggestions or maybe just try them on my own. I'm trying the niacin because my cardio doc had tried me on that at one time after the statins caused problems, but I never had heard of the "non-flushing" type until someone here mentioned it. Another reason this site is so great!

Gelchick,

I completely relate to the food avoidance thing. I was a vegetarian for a year to get my liver readings down, and it was the same thing then. Luckily, there were 2 other vegetarians on my project so we kind of stuck together. As for my diabetes, I experience a bit of that today. At lunch when someone offered me some pineapple, I mentioned that I can't have any... she asked "Are you allergic?"... I said "No, I'm diabetic"... then I got a lecture from a co-worker who used to work in a doctor's office..." I hope you don't get carried away with the meter like so many others do..." I just said that I won't and let it go... if you don't have diabetes, it's so easy to have opinions about people who do.. I suppose in some way she thought she was helping.

(((Hugs))) to all my friends here,

Bear


"It's a jungle out there....." 
Theme song from "Monk" by Randy Newman
 
OCD: Obsessive...Compulsive...Diabetic
 
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gelchick
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   Posted 7/18/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Bear
 
Yep- as soon as you say I can't- they all want to know why- it must be human nature. My husband won't tell anyone how old he is (he looks at least 10 years younger than you'd think by looking at him) and the folks at work try and trick him out of his age about 3 times a week. My youngest daughter just took a nice job in Charleston and didn't need any current job references so she resigned and didn't give any info about where she was headed- the rumor mill has her going to Vegas, California, and back to live with me- none correct- she is so perplexeed that people don't have anything better to do than talk about her.
 
A good line to use with food- I find is "it doesn't agree with me. is _____________ one of your favorites?"  Once they start talking about themselves, they almost always forget about you-lol sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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