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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Received some health news yesterday I didn't want to hear. I have been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes. I was afraid something like this would happen eventually, since my eating habits haven't been consistent. I tend to eat for "convenience" instead of "health" at times. I don't know how long I've had this condition because I hadn't had my blood tested in about 3 years since I had no insurance. Hopefully the Metformin that my doctor is putting me on will help with my weight loss, and, as she put it, "delay the inevitable".

So, I'm going to enjoy the Halloween candy for another day or so until I can go pick up my prescription. My doctor is also setting me up an appointment with the Diabetes Guru and the Nutritionist at the County Hospital. I'm sure they will have good ideas on how to eat healthier. It's going to be SO hard to cut down on carbs! Even my Lean Cuisines tend to have quite a few!

I need to find healthier options when I eat out. I have activities 4 nights a week and don't get home from those until 8:00 or later most nights. The good thing is that 2 of the 4 nights I spend at a Hoop Fusion class for an hour. That really gets my metabolism up, although not as high as it used to be!

It is going to be quite challenging in the months to come, but I need to focus on my health. I have several good friends who are Diabetic and seeing what they have to go through is tough. I want to delay reaching that point for as long as I possibly can!

Happy Halloween, all! Hard to believe tomorrow is NOVEMBER!! 6 more days until the election...THANKFULLY!! Not sure how much long of the crap-ola I can stand!!

BRING ON THE CHRISTMAS COMMERCIALS!! I've already started playing Christmas music!!


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    Sorry to come to the party after it's long over, but I haven't been on Spark lately. Saw a status and decided to catch up with you via your blog.

    I'm no dietician or doctor, but I would sure question someone who thinks diabetes is inevitable! If you can get your numbers under control through healthy eating and exercise, there is no reason to think you can't avoid diabetes. I realize it's been some months since you posted this--has the medication helped you lose weight?

    1935 days ago
    Thanks for the comments! I am meeting with the County Dietician and Diabetes Educator next week. I start my Metformin tomorrow. The Dietician said that the Metformin will help me lose weight quicker. YAY!! Having PCOS on top of Pre-Diabetes is a double whammy. I need to lose weight, but PCOS prevents me from losing it as regularly as I should be, especially with all my exercising!

    Am discovering other things my stomach will no longer tolerate. Example: Hadn't had Fazoli's Italian for a long time. Won't do it again...I got SO sick! It's the creamy sauces. Can't very well have plain pasta there! Oh well...I'd rather not be sick. I'll just have to stick with the "safer" foods!
    2033 days ago
    I am sorry to hear this - and I am type 2 diabetic under control. While there is not 'bad' food, it resolves as choice - a plant empowered diet is optimal for diabetic, pre or full fledged. Exercise and remaining hydrated are also the keys to keeing it at bay. There are wonderful resources on Spark that will do you well. Mny blessings to you. Also if you do a green smoothies - they will help much.
    2033 days ago
    I am diabetic and my A1C is pretty good. I do use Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice meals most days. While sometimes my total carbs slightly go over what they should, when I subtract the fiber I am back in proper range.

    The main trick for sugar levels that don't go way high or way low is getting enough but not too much protein and getting enough fiber. The reason you don't want too much protein is that if it exceeds what is advised you are more likely to get kidney problems.
    2033 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the news from your doctor. It is difficult with a busy lifestyle to change things. SP has a lot of nutritional information to help you choose the best choices for you at restaurants and fast food places. This link should help you get to that info on SP. emoticon
    2033 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Good luck
    2033 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis and wishing you all the best as you make lifestyle changes! You can do it!
    2033 days ago
    My daughter is studying to be a dietician and wants to specialize in diabetes and gluten allergies. These conditions run in my husband's family and we've been very aware of the lifestyle changes that they have had to make. Since I do cook for them occasionally, I have also learned various recipes and menu items. It does take awhile to get used to, and you will have adjustments to make, but you can do it. You actually will start to feel better eating the proper foods and will want to have that healthier feeling.

    Learn to check nutrition labels when shopping. Check for high fiber foods, this will help. Good luck you can do this.
    2034 days ago
    I am considered pre-diabetic also. I just decided eating healthy and staying away from all the sweet treats are better for me than any medication at the moment. Try changing your diet completely and notice that once you lose a few pounds you can get off the meds.
    2034 days ago
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