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The Deal with Diabetes
Learn How it Affects You
4/11/2013 1:16:30 AM
Been a type 1 diabetic for almost 30 yrs never gone to hospital or anything for it, the thing that sucks about having it is now that obamacare has kicked its going to cost me almost $6,000 a yr to stay alive....anyone know of ways I can get gov't assitance on paying for my medication to stay alive? Sad part is I apparently make to much money to get any help.
i was diagnosed over 10 years ago, but I believe I was diabetic when I was pregnant over 22 years ago. The doctor did not have me tested and I was thirsty all the time, always going to the bathroom and always wanted some kind of sweets. Yes, some of those affect pregnancy but it was more so back then.
I don't agree with the statement that it "won't go away." I have read many studies, and even my doctor stated, that diabetes can be cured with diet, medication and exercise. I know 2 people who, through diet changes and moderate medication, have been able to reverse their course and are no longer on any medication for diabetes. I think that qualifies it as "gone away." One of them lost over 100lbs in about a year and a half and has been off medication for almost 2 years. Fasting glucose, A1C levels have been normal. He only has to have tests once a year now! If it's possible for him, it's possible for anyone. It takes determination and a different approach to food! Good luck to all of those struggling with pre-diabetes and diabetes. It CAN be overcome!
5/11/2012 9:47:36 AM
to finish--but the diagnosis is still pre-diabetes.
5/11/2012 9:46:38 AM
I agree with UREST12009--Doctors don't always explain things, instead they give you papers to read. It can all be very confusing--they told me I am pre-diabetes, I take blood tests which consistently give good readings. But the
I was diagnosed with type 2 about 2 years ago but haven't been good about eating a balanced meal. The hard part was even with eating wrong my blood work since has been good as the pills are controlling it. However, I know the effects from bad choices will add up so I have signed up with SparkPeople to take responsibility for myself. I want to lose the excess weight and commit to a healthy lifestyle.
Good article, I'd forgotten exactly how diabetes affects the body.
It seems that all of the medications for my type 2 diabetes makes me really sick. So, I haven't been taking any metformin or Victosa and my sugar levels have been fine. I must be controlling it with diet.
i found out i was diabetic in late january 2007. at first i was on inslin shots 4 times a day. i did a lot of studing and learning on my own on how to get my BS down. in january of 2009 i was so in control of my BS that the doctor put me on pills so i do not have to inject inslin anymore. my A1c is at a 6 which is very close to being what a normal persons should be without meds. the more i have learned about what i have and how to deal with it is the key to my success. ask question if you dont undersand something and if you dont get answers keep asking other doctors until you get answers. it is you body you have the right to know how to take care of it. good luck everyone.
12/31/2009 9:58:27 AM
We have more experience with diabetes than just about any family I know. My husband has type 2, our daughter has type 1, and I had gestational while pregnant with our daughter. I hope to see a cure in at least my daughter's lifetime, but the disease is treatable. You can live, and live well, with diabetes. Our daughter is my inspiration and living proof of that.
I am also newly diagnosed as a Diabetic, and having problems understanding what it all means. It is confusing reading about pre-diabetes, dibetes, and the glucose tests are confusing to me. My doctor just told me, "you have diabetes", and they gave me papers to read. I am confused about my A1C Fasting Glucose test results and if they do mean I have Diabetes or pre-diabetes. From what I read, the numbers at the different times during the test, (fasting/1/2 hr/1 hr/2hrs/3hrs) I don't know if what my numbers show for sure. Anyone knowledgeable about these numbers and what they show? I have already started eating better, losing weight slowly and exercising more, so now need to have my qestions answered for peace of mind. I am not happy with my doctor over how she handled my latest heath issues.
I was just diagnosed with having diabetes last Tuesday. I have been afraid to eat, and VERY emotional. I went to the grocery store and was in tears. :( I am getting mixed feelings and stories about whether or not diabetes can "go away". My doctor told me that if I lose weight then the chances are terrific that it will go away, however, I have read in several different places that it does not. I don't want you all to think I have been starving myself or anything, b/c I am not I am eating every 2 hours. I just am eating 1 tiny carb 2x a day. This seems like a great article, but like I said I just am on the fence about so much now.
3/6/2009 10:46:14 PM
It seems I can control my sugar readings for a time and then I lose control with the carbs. It is a constant struggle. I always said, if I were a Rabbit, I wouldn't be a Diabetic! The problem is, I can't eat salad and greens all the time. I got motivated and I am on a roll to lose weight right now. This is my third day of controling my bad habits again and my sugar readings are very good and stablized. I believe the secret is portion control. Blessings to all of us!!!
To Jibbie49 - I had thought the same thing (that because I am following a sensible eating and exercise plan I will never get diabetes), but I was diagnosed with diabetes this past November (what a Thanksgiving surprise!). Looking back at my labs from the last four years, it is likely that I have had it since at least 2004 (at the time I was 50 lbs lighter than I am now and worked out 4 times a week - 2 of those workouts with a trainer) but had ignored my MD's suggestions to have it evaluated until 3 months ago (because of vanity and fear I suppose). Even though I am a nurse and knew better, I couldn't face the idea that I may have diabetes.
Please stick with the program, but if you or your doctor suspects this chronic illness don't ignore it - have it worked up and follow the advice!
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