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4/9/14 9:20 A

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I agree with CATTIECANNSLUGG,

Managing diabetes is 99% you. My doctor, or over the years, doctors, just prescribed medication. One of them did send me to a nutritionist about 5 years ago, but the nutritionist was not specializing in diabetes and didn't really help at all.

If she had simply said avoid carbohydrates I would have been much better off a long time ago. After doing my own research 2 years ago, and doing experiments on myself with my blood sugar test equipment, and being on the alert for how bad carbs are for blood sugar (in that 99% part) I changed what I ate and what groceries I bought and had in the house.

Now my rule of thumb is not to buy, or eat things that are more than 5% carbs by weight. It is easy to calculate given a nutrition label, and easy to find information on things on the Internet for things that don't have a label, like apples. (I choose not to eat apples).

I also look at this as "I choose not to eat X" rather than "I can't eat X", so much more empowering.

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LADYDARYA!

Welcome! I understand the frustration of having "complex" care. I have many medical issues (some resulting from the diabetes and others not), but I try to deal with the diabetes first. That will prove to be your downfall if not taken care of in the long term. There is so much that the doctors and nurses leave out when one is diagnosed that it really is a wonder how they get away with it. Anyway, all you can do when you wake up in the morning is take it a day at a time and find friends and support. Here there is tons of support! And friends! The people here are great. Keep seeing the docs and nurses and all those medical staff peoples. But remember your diabetes care is 99% you. The docs and all are great backup. Keep testing and getting to know your diabetes.

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Thank you for the warm welcome and words!

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4/8/14 2:00 A

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LADYDARYA,

I took some prednisone about 11 years ago to deal with some chronic inflammation problems. During that time I also developed some of the symptoms you described as my body tried to get rid of the excess sugar. In fact it was so high a day or so after a blood test I got a call from the hospital in the middle of my working day and wanted me to come there immediately, and not to drive there. They didn't tell me, but were going to give me insulin.

What they didn't tell me, because they didn't want to freak me out, was that I was in immanent danger of a heart attack. Fortunately I had stopped the steroids about 3 days earlier and my blood sugar was already dropping, but never back to normal.

9 years of metformin later I finally got my blood sugar under control without medication. But from experience theses days I know that 90 grams of carbs a day is too much for me. About 300 is the North American daily average, so 100 is low compared to that. However I think you'll find a big improvement if you go to the 30 to 50 gram a day range. That is what works for me and I'm finally free of diabetes meds.

James

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Welcome!
I was diagnosed in early January. I go to my doctor on Thursday for a follow up.

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I was diagnosed on January 19th - after getting a biometric screening done at work. I have had blood work done an a yearly basis so I expected no issues with this one but pretty much a lot came back with problems - a huge surprise to me. So the nurse practitioner wanted me to see a doctor asap but work wouldn't let me off so I sat up an appoint for the middle of February and the nurse practitioner wrote me a prescription for metformin 500mg 2x a day - at around the same time I got pink eye (which I've never had) and an ear infection. At the beginning of February I got the flu and missed a week of work - a week later I had a recurrence of my Bell's Palsy and was sent home. I worked in a call center and was basically told the only thing I could do was talk on the phone and if I couldn't do that for 8 hours they were going to place me on short term disability, which they did. That next Monday I managed to get in and see the nurse practitioner for the new doctor I had an appointment with to go over my lab work with since work wanted a doctor reviewing my bells. The nurse practitioner was all over the diabetes thing, I had no monitor, had not been checking sugars, nothing since I wasn't able to get time off from work. She had me into see a dietitian the next day, got two blood sugar monitors and started keeping track of things. Than I saw the new primary care doctor who politely described me as "complicated" and we narrowed down to the things she wanted to focus on - my diabetes and these weird things I had been having going on with blackouts and dizzy spells and so I got a heart monitor to wear for 2 weeks and a referral to a neurologist for my bells. Turns out my bells is my bells but he is my primary care for it so I have to keep seeing him until it goes away - the short term folks keeps asking for when it's going to go away and we are all like - uh??? my first flair up last 7 months. Anyway, tracking my sugars, my meals and walking and saw my doctor a few days ago - she increased my metform to 1000 because nothing was stabilizing and I also saw the dietitian who was very supportive and after looking over my meal planning and so forth was very forth right and told me that diet didn't appear to be contributing one way or the other with my diabetes - my fasting/non fasting sugars stay about the same no matter what. She really reassured me about my diet and I felt like a weight had been lifted after talking with her. To be honest I was a bit miffed when people kept focusing on my diet, yes I went out more than I should (and by that maybe 2x a week) but at home I had no premade food or anything like that and it was all fairly low carb so when people kept telling me to work on my carbs I kept getting frustrated because my carbs were always less that 150 and usually less than 100 so..... but genetic wise diabetes runs on both side of the family - my dad was the youngest of 13 living and all of them have diabetes and a lot of my cousins do to. Anyway, that wasn't as short an intro as I would have typically gone for but I hope to learn a lot by being on this team.

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