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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/9/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, all,
  Am I glad I found this forum! A little background. I am 42, 5'8" and weigh about 195lbs. Back in May of this year I found out that I am diabetic. I used to drive a truck and found out about the diabetes when I couldnt pass my DOT physical. I went to the doctor, had a complete blood work up done and also found out that my bad cholesterol was high, the good was low, and that my triglycerides  were 1498 and that 150 is considered high! Oh, and high blood pressure, like the rest wasnt enough! I was put on lots of meds, given a tester and told to change my diet and start excercising. Well, I have done pretty good with the meds, and I try on the diet (although I have no idea where to start!), but I have back and knee problems that hinder the excercise portion. So, any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Especially CHEAP pointers, seeing as I had to take a minimum wage security job, after driving a truck and making 6 figures for half my life! Im sorry, Im a little bitter about the whole thing but I have no one to blame but me! Anyway, if nothing else, thanks for letting me vent!

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/10/2008 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Txcwby, I'm glad you found us too.  I know you'll find a lot of support and help here, and I hope you'll find a lot of answers to your questions here as well.  Venting is permitted!  A short answer about diet is to cut out the obvious carbs like bread, cake, cookies, potatoes, rice and pasta.  No sugar.  No flour.  If that's too strict, cut out everything with sugar first.  Don't be fooled by "sugar free cookies" - you'll still have high blood sugar readings from the flour in the food.  Then, stop one other of those foods at a time.  Like potatoes.  Substitute cauliflower - boil it and mash it like mashed potatoes, add butter, salt and pepper and cheese! - and you won't miss mashed potatoes, honest!  Go back through our past topics where we talk about food recipes and you'll understand more.  Exercise is important but you'll need to ask your doctor about what you can do without hurting your back more.  How about swimming?  Tai chi?  Lifting weights - but with guidance.  Come back and ask more questions, ok?
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

Oregon Mom
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 11/11/2008 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Txcwby,
I am 39 and have Type 1 Diabetes for about 25 years. You have a right to be mad about the diagnosis and disease. I have learned through the years that you grieve a disease just like you would a death, and sometimes rebound back to different stages. After 25 years of diabetes, I still remain optimistic and enjoy every minute of life. I keep myself active with sports, camping, a challenging career, and anything else that comes my way.
Keep your spirit up and fight back! Remember that no matter how bad life can get, THERE IS ALWAYS WORSE. Know that it is okay to get down and feel bad (I can get pretty bummed from time to time)- it isn't fair - but remember to pull yourself back up and move on. I always use the analogy that I am "lucky" I have Diabetes vs. having an immediate life threatening disease. I have a chance to fight for life. Hang in there and keep fighting :)
Medical Conditions:
Type 1 Diabetes - diagnosed 1982
Fibromyalgia - diagnosed 2006

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 547
   Posted 11/11/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi & welcome, Txcwby!

The best (and cheapest) advice I can share is.....a daily log book. Note your meds, exercise, & food/drink (when and how much), in a log book for at least 7-10 days and I guarantee you'll start seeing some patterns. I can't remember what I had for lunch 2 days ago but by logging all that info, I (can now) easily see where I need to make adjustments. I've been doing this since I was diagnosed almost 4 years ago. As my sig says (and I truly believe), if it's not measured, it's not managed.

Lanie gives some excellent advice on how to kick start a great diet. Diabetes means we can't metabolize carbs properly and the sooner you grasp a solid understanding of carbs, the sooner you'll be WELL on your way to making the best diet choices for you. Understanding portion control is crucial.

Gelchick gave some great web site links to "armchair exercising" in past posts. Hopefully she'll chime in again with the info to the links or you could try a search for it (top of the page: "search site"). They're specifically meant for those with mobility issues. Swimming is another popular suggestion, as Lanie mentions.
- 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 11/14/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
That site is  They sell DVDs, audio cd's and VHS tapes. The workout has accomodations for different fitness levels. They are a lot of fun.
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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