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11/2/13 8:56 P

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Peggy - welcome! You are not alone with multiple issues- it seems once we get 1 condition, it leads to another. For me, I was born with Crohn's Disease but was not diagnosed until age 40 and I think it wears the body down. I next developed Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome although I think I had the Restless Leg since my pregnancy at age 25. Then came my heart problems at age 50. I was first diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and when they investigated found I had Dilated Cardiomyopathy causing the CHF and the Myopathy they think was caused by a flu virus going into my heart ( have you had your flu shot?). My heart was only functioning at 28% but with a pacemaker/defibrilator implanted and an extra wire put in my heart as part of a 5-year study, it improved to 55% (60-65 is optimal). A few years later I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. I don't have to take insulin before meals but I do take 60 units of Levimer at bedtime and 1.2 of Victoza in the morning. Before losing 30 lbs. on SparkPeople I was taking 100 units of the insulin at bedtime. And, the 30 lbs down was before I had to spend 3 days out of town at a specialty hospital for tests and had to eat out - now I'm only down about 24 but that will change - I am determined. During the day, I take 2 Metformin pills. A year and a half ago, my heart function dropped again to 28% and tests showed that I now have Mitral Valve Regurgitation (the valve in my heart leaks). I have recently had tests (as noted above) to determine if they can fix the leak either with a procedure or if it will have to be open heart surgery that is considered dangerous for me because of the condition of my heart from the Cardiomyopathy. All my life weight has been an issue. When I would get sick with the Crohn's I'd lose as much as 25% of my body weight but then would gain it back plus 10-15 lbs. The same when I deliberately dieted. When I learned I might need open heart surgery, I decided my previous attempts at "dieting" weren't doing the trick. I joined SparkPeople and have been working on changing my "lifestyle." I already did aquafit but now I track it and on days I can't go to the pool I do other exercise to make up for it so my exercising has increased. I have had to track my nutritional intake for several years because any sodium over 1200 mg for more than a day or two and I'll go into heart failure. I've found it impossible to stay that low without pre-planning what I will eat for the day and logging what I have eaten. SparkPeople has made that super easy - way more so than the awful note book I used to keep. I track my nutrition on the Diabetes Nutrition Plan here on SparkPeople and it helps me with keeping track of my carbs and fat and protein. I was able to modify the program so it would also keep track of my sodium intake for my heart. I have found that as I started to lose weight and was keeping daily track of my exercise and diet, I didn't crave junk food as much or want to eat out as much.

One of the suggestions made to you was that you shouldn't try to change everything at once - they are right. It's too overwhelming. Just navigating on here at first can be overwhelming. I found it easiest to set up my routine by following the routine I had of exercise but now logging it, and of logging my nutrition but now on the much easier computer logging system. As I found that helpful I found I wanted to exercise more and I didn't want to cheat on my nutrition logs - why lie to yourself? I've also learned that writing notes in these forums and reading those from others to be very motivational and therapeutic. Everyone has been most helpful and encouraging and I hope you find the same. I hope that you also have a good support system either from family or friends, or both. Good luck on your journey and do a search at the top of your screen for other forums that might interest you and start making new friends here.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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11/2/13 3:58 P

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emoticon my wife has R.A. and diabetes. get clearance from doctor first . and let them know ,they should let you know about a sliding scale to use so you can start moving more . it is hard to tell when you go to walk sometimes she goes low and sometimes her sugar goes high we do not know why but keep a close eye on it she was take 12 units at each meal and now she is down to 6 of humulog and from 8 to 6 lantus at night . dont try to go to fast , we all will like to see results fast but we are in it for the long run . remember it is a life style change not a fad diet. emoticon emoticon

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11/2/13 10:32 A

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Welcome! It takes a little while to learn how best to use this site to meet your needs, but it's worth it in the end. I'm currently reading a book by a type 1 diabetic doctor who developed a system to keep his blood sugars stable and teaches other diabetics how to do it. "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution" It's a $30 book so it's best to get it from the library in case it's not helpful for you. Remember to start by tracking what you're doing now for a week or so and use that information to plan some small changes. Trying to change everything at once is a recipe for disaster.

Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habit - Charles Givens


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11/2/13 4:20 A

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I am new here I am diabetic and have heart problems and nuarapathy fibromyalgia, asthma,my legs and back are bad, I am trying to lose weight and learn more about carb and calorie c OK counting, and I am just learning about the tools used here,I am allowed 195 carbs daily'45 for each meal,15 for each smack,I takes 18 units humalog with meals and 56 unit lantus at bedtime. My blood sugar goes low and high,I don't eat right I usually only eat or 2 times daily and usually do not snack,so I need to change eating habit,lose weight,and count carbs better

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