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3/25/12 6:09 P

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On behalf ot the team, if I may be so bold, emoticon I think I MYSELF learn new things here every day! LOL

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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3/25/12 1:11 P

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Thanks everyone, its greatly appreciated. I've been trying to overcome my low cal mentality as that has always been my go to *diet*. I'm shooting for a minimum of 1200, which is where my doc said I should go and targeting the 1400 mark. I still have about 50-60 lbs to lose so am still not *over-adding*. I most recently have been working to lower my carb range to under 50 a day and I gave up the wheat/grains quite a while ago as well as most processed foods.
Due to a very weak/arthritic back, I use a recumbent stationary bike for exercise 4-5 days a week. I'm trying to build up my stamina but its taking a while. I currently do a minimum of 20 mins. I AM trying to increase my number of days to a daily exercise regimin.
My sleep is good. Stress is better since being put on Zoloft. I'm learning to let go of my control issues. Being ocd creates its own problems...LOL. And no, I haven't yet added the strength training to my routine. The doc says that my energy levels should return as I lose some of this excess weight and get the blood sugars under control. I'm in a much better place than I was a year ago, so it is progress. I'm still learning lots about diabetes, and my body's method of dealing with foods, so its a long process. Thanks to you guys I have much more support and understanding of how D is affecting me. You guys rock!

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3/25/12 7:24 A

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Very well covered Kathy!

“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.”
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"Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday."
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"A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes."
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I.M.MAGIC's Photo I.M.MAGIC Posts: 12,840
3/24/12 7:53 P

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yes, being sick or stressed does raise your numbers. So can eating too much. Surprisingly, for some in particular, skipping a meal or not eating ENOUGH can do the same thing. And it works both ways with the numbers too: having them high can make you feel sick! Tricky little disease, y'know?

If you are "over" the illness, you may want to try raising the amount of carbs you're eating just for a day or two, then going back to your regimen. Shake things up a bit, experiment a bit, and test like crazy to see what's happening. Your body will let you know pretty quickly what is going on.

I was recently told--again--that I wasn't losing weight because I wasn't eating enough. My blood sugars are going nuts, rising to levels that are now causing some real concerns with my eyes and already-damaged kidneys... I just had an eye exam, and have to go back in a few, to re-exam a specific area of my retina that is showing some swelling... yikes.

My endo sent me back to the diabetic educator and my renal nutrition specialist, to revamp my eating program. Maybe that's what you need too. I know when I looked back with them at what I've been eating over the last several months, I realized I'd been gradually dropping below the 1400 calorie minimum I'd been given--and not getting enough of the right kind of proteins either. The specialists relaxed some of the parameters, to see if that would make it easier for me to get back on track.

It's vital that you (and I!) get these little glitches under control. Taking more meds isn't the best answer, though for some it's the only one. The thing is, you already tried that... You have some other tools too that I don't recall you mentioning: drinking water, exercise, stress relieving activities, adequate sleep... give your native intelligence and your body itself a chance to see what they can do!
emoticon ... and so can I! LOL

Be well...
Kathy emoticon emoticon

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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3/23/12 8:28 P

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Agreed with other posts. Sick raises my bs. So does other types of stress. I'm on Metformin also. When I began taking Metformin it took a month to affect my bs.

Feel better!!

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3/23/12 5:35 P

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emoticon sick = spike in bs for me too... hope you feel better soon :)

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3/22/12 12:05 P

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@Pynetree....I am *considered* pre-diabetic so for me, those readings are high. My normal bedtime # would be close to 100 and my normal fbg is 97-110 or there abouts. It just freaks me out that its going up. I've only been doing this for 6 months or so, so still a huge learning curve going on. I only take a total of 750mg a day with met. My doc only had me on 250 once a day and I have gotten him to increase that to the 750.....500 am and 250 pm. My last A1c was 5.9.

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3/22/12 11:33 A

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Hi CalGal,
Well these bodies sure can be confusing and contrary! And everyone handles things differently. But I agree with Hyegeek...If you are eating with in your calorie/carb range, it is most likely an infection/virus that is raising your BG #'s, and not what you are eating.
So many things come into play with body chemistry...everything changes the pattern. Stress, not enough sleep, illness, weight loss, weight gain, not enough water, your TOM, exercise, no exercise, every fluctuation in hormones...lot's of factors!

I too am on a 750 mg. dose of Metformin..2X's a day. And it takes a while for it to regulate and for your body to adjust to it. I don't think that your Dr. will be changing Rx too soon. But don't be adverse to seeing an Endocrinologist...I found out years ago, that was a big payoff for me. She gets all these changes. I've been Diabetic for over 20 yrs. And my numbers are in pretty tight control ..I give a lot of the credit to my Endo.
And you don't have to give up your regular Dr.

Good Luck, hope things even out soon...but those morning fasting numbers are only slightly high...not off the charts high. Same with the night time one...was that 2 or 3 hrs. after a meal, or a bedtime reading? Really, not too bad at all. emoticon

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3/22/12 10:42 A

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Fuel from fat will not raise your blood sugars (might be a bit over simplistic). Carbs will. Protein will (but probably slower and only after a certain amount), but fat should be a safe fuel.

The overly simplistic part would be related to overeating. I have heard people say if they overeat fat, they will get a rise, but I don't know how that mechanism works.

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3/22/12 10:31 A

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Thanks Hyegeek....didn't know if the fuel coming from the fat release would affect the blood sugar or not. I still don't understand the full workings of the lc diet.

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3/22/12 10:07 A

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Your diet is probably not the problem. Having a cold could very well raise your blood sugars. Since met takes a while to work, it may be a few weeks before the increased dose does anything you can see. I would not worry too much about going low with just met, but be sure to keep testing.

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3/22/12 10:03 A

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I have been fighting rising bs levels for the last few days. I chalked it up to a cold/allergy that got me feeling poorly. So my doc increased my met (still on low, low dose) and cautioned I could experience lows...not so! My levels seem to be increasing. I went to bed with a 186 number and woke up with a 128. Sigh. Can losing weight or being ketonic cause a rise when I lose weight suddenly? I've been dropping weight consisitently on a 80- carb diet and in slight ketosis with the carbs. Or is this just the cold/allergy still hitting me? Ugh. I am trying so hard. I will need fuel to get my doc to add anymore to my met I just am confused by all this. And No, he hasn't encouraged me to seek nutritional help or see an endo. I sooo don't want to change doctors.....:-(

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