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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 11/13/2006 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the diabetes forum if you haven't received a formal welcome before this. We are glad you found HealingWell and hope we can help you with the way you handle your disease. We also would like to learn from you about what you do to keep your sugars in control, shortcuts for following your food program and other health issues that affect us all. We have found that if we pool our knowledge we can all benefit from our shared experience.

We are all about sharing and education here... so anything you can share will be welcome. We do like to have our posts be diabetes-related but heaven knows it's affecting every aspect of our lives so that pretty much leaves the discussion topics wide open. Also, be careful about sharing too much personal stuff for your own security and safety. If you want to post an email address it will be shielded from spam robots on your personal page or you can use this format -> jeannie143 at healingwell dot net (that's mine.)

If you are a newly diagnosed Type 2 read back in the posts and find out what you can from others in how they handle their diet, exercise and medication needs. REMEMBER!!! Regardless of how you cope with the disease the bottom line is blood sugar control! Don't get sidetracked by 'cures', herbals, or people selling stuff 'that the doctors don't want you to know about'! Every day, every day, you want to keep the sugars under 150 maximum any time more than 2 hours after a meal.(If you're an American.) Alternative numbers are 8.3 mmol/L if you use the Eu. scale. If your doctor has given you a different set of numbers to work with, fine.. just keep on getting those sugars in line. Many of our Type2's here try to eat less starch and do more exercise rather than add more medications. This may work for you, or as Warren, a member would say, "Your mileage may vary."

If you are Type 1 or a LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) also known as a 1.5, please note that in your subject line so the other T1's will see your post and respond. There are fewer of you than us other guys and your needs are radically different from the Type 2's so be sure that you accept advice from people who understand your diabetes is Type 1 or 1.5. Your sugar control, diet and complications are different because you produce no insulin so don't get confused by advice for Type 2's that is not intended for you. And as always, when in doubt... ASK!

Those of you who have been told your are Pre-Diabetic or reactive hypoglycemic are in categories all of your own. We may not be clear on all of your needs but we will certainly try to help you find answers to the best of our ability.

Diabetic education is a must. If your insurance covers a meeting or class with a dietician GO FOR IT! They know their stuff and the training will cover many diabetic topics from food portion sizes to foot care. If you have food, exercise, health or medication questions you can ask on this forum and we can usually help out. No question is too dumb. confused Ask anything you like and if it's something that you don't want to discuss on an open forum you may email any of us. Clicking on any of the mods names will take you to our personal page with our email address. Just remember, none of us can substitute for your doctor. That is the person you are entrusting your health care to, so consult with the person with the diploma on the wall in all things important. We can only help educate and offer moral support.

Don't be surprised if you go through a period of mourning before you finally get a handle on this disease. It is normal to go through the grief process before we finally get to the point of accepting and living with our diabetes. There is a website about coping with a new health concern that I found especially helpful.

One of our former mods, Warren, has found some excellent web info on new diabetes studies and results out of Harvard. Check out his post here and see if you don't learn something very useful about how we acquire diabetes and some new treatments that may be in the future.

Diabetes is a bit scary at first so read all you can here and get some books at the library as well. You can also find lots of good information at the American Diabetes Association website. Just don't take anything from any source as gospel. Each person reacts to the disease differently and has to tailor their own treatment plan according to their own numbers. We don't all follow the same food/exercise/medication regimen and often mix and match what we learn from our fellow forum members. Please come back and share often so we can learn from each other and try out different avenues of diet and care. Sometimes diabetes is a pain in the patootie but by making some new friends who understand your feelings and thoughts maybe it won't be as tough as all that.

These links are to help you find your way around the site:

Site Navigation 101: A quick tutorial

Chat 101 ~ How to chat

And finally, one of our members signature contains a really useful idea. Phishbowl says, "What's Not Measured Is Not Managed" and that just about says it all. Keeping a journal of your food plan, exercise, blood glucose readings and medications will help you learn how your body is handling this disease and make it easier for you and your doctor to plan a course of action. Finally, if you are new to the diagnosis TEST, TEST, TEST! The more you learn about your body and the way it handles glycemic loads the easier it is to acquire the weapons you need to battle this beast. Test first thing in the morning, test before a meal, test two hours after sitting down to a meal, test if you are feeling strange, test, test, test. The knowledge you gain about YOUR diabetes will help you learn to treat yourself better and improve your chances of dodging the nasty complications that come with this disease.

Anyway, welcome and take care.


Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 9/16/2008 10:03:27 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 52
   Posted 8/25/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much Jeannie for the welcome yeah
I started the pill yesterday and last night b4 bed my BS was 144 This AM fasting was 110
I feel a little better today no I feel alot better today yeah   I was worried and scared because I did not know what I was doing, but today after talking to all you wonderful people I feel so much better. I will have an appt with a nutrictionist spelling wack today LOL
I will feel alot better after seeing them.
I am 5'3 and weigh over what I am suppose to I would say 70 to 80 pounds over.
I lost 8 pounds the first 9 days afetr my first reading in Drs office that's from cutting out my pop and all sweets.
I have had a real low potassium and am taking pills for that to so between the 2 of them I was tired, wore out and scared to death.
But things are better and I am so happy I found you all!
Thanks again for all your help and I know I will have more questions on down the road eyes
Have a great weekend all!!
sleep apenia, restless legs, IBS, PLM, high blood sugar, chronic depression, anxiety,
Trazadone 1oomg, requip 3mg, Effexor xr 75mg,Dyazide, aprazolam when needed, cpap machine, lipitor

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 9/27/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Help. My husband, after enduring roller coasting readings and trying to manage this horrible disease on his own (by this I mean that he has been working with an internist whom he has been seeing every 3 months for the past year..but he has given up and referred him to an endocrinologist), has finally gone to an endocrinologist. The endo has evaluated his condition and pronounced him as someone who has "non insulin dependent diabetes who must control it with insulin". ???? This in and of itself is very confusing but....what "category" should I put in the subject line when posting further in this forum? (This forum looks great...if nothing else, it helps me as my husband's caregiver learn more about this disease). I can go into further details about his condition later, but...thought I'd first ask for some advice on how to get started on this forum. Thanks!

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 11/2/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Three years ago I found out I have diabeties. I was often tired and slept alot. Had a lot of pain. The fact is I had went to long without knowing what was wrong. To my understanding, Type 1 diabetics is found in very young children and It has to be managed. Type 2 is found in adult either inherited or life style (eating habits). There are different ways to manage type 2 diabeties. If a person is not producing insulin it has to be given in a form of a needle according to what each individual need. Without insulin the body will dehydrate, not from water but from insulin not getting where it need to be. Now, if the body is producing insulin but don't know how to use it properly, a pill form might be used so the system can move the insulin throughout the body where it need to be so that area of the body will not dehydrate. It might take up to a year before your body adapt to the new work it has to perform as you adjust to the medication. But resting will help with stress the body is going through at that time. I found that keeping hydrated with water also help. I also urinated a lot but it was corrected after I started taking high blood pressure medicine.

I hope this help someone and I hope I posted in the right forum. If not let me know and I will make the needed adjustments.

Please read the forum rules.  No advertising.

Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 11/3/2008 6:09:45 AM (GMT-7)

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/3/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
You can learn a lot about diabetes here.  Please read through the old posts and learn about how diabetes affects us, what kinds of food you need to eat, etc.  What kind of medication are you one? 
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 2/13/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
thankyou for your welcome very nice i am struggling a bit at the moment come off byetta after 9months very ill seeing my specialist again next week massive bloated abdomen trying everything is anyone else got problems after coming off byetta been off 3 months i am so ill but anyway nice to meet new people best wishes vivkaroo just joined iam 62 and open to all help and advice

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   Posted 2/22/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
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