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4/26/14 10:06 A

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I'm a lot like CESPRINGALL.

I only used to eat vegetables because I knew they were good for me, but not because I liked them. Now I too love them.

Tastes change as you cut out the carbs. It took me quite a few months to transition. Physically just a few weeks, but the transition in what I liked was months. So though I've given up some things I've gained a whole bunch of other things that I didn't used to like. I don't feel deprived because it was a trade not just an omission.

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4/26/14 9:57 A

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Congratulations on being home from the hospital. Your body needs to adjust to everything it has been through. You can do this.

I have been able to control my sugar with diet for almost 30 years. Not easy. Yes, I still slip up and forget to eat, but the warning signs (headache, dizzy) remind me that low sugar is just as bad as high. I now keep crackers in the truck at all times.

I never used to like vegetables. Now I love them. I use lemon or vinegar on them instead of rich sauces. Fabulous. I started slowly with salads. I used different cheese to make them tasty enough to eat. Now I use cheese sparingly or not at all, depending on the salad.

You can do this. It is not a 100 yard dash to the finish line but a marathon. Do not beat yourself up when you slip, just try to avoid doing it the next time. I usually live on meat, fish and vegetables and take a multi vitamin and vitamin C. Check with you doctor, but mine encouraged me to continue eating this way. It seems to work for me.

Best of Luck. Remember, YOU can do this

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4/25/14 10:08 P

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Kathy,
what you said about insulin is so important. While I can understand the hesitation that people have to give themselves injections and/or to supplement insulin what you say about the side-effects of medications is important to consider as well.
I learned recently, that in some cases, when someone has LADA (an adult onset type of type 1 diabetes) rather than type 2 starting some insulin while there is still some insulin production may be of benefit.
I think insulin can have negative side effects as well, but at least it is only a matter of quantity, not of whether it is in our body.
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4/25/14 7:58 P

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Living with diabetes involves a lot of personal choices... if I had it to do over again, I would skip all the oral medications and jump straight to insulin therapy. At least insulin is something that is SUPPOSED to be in your body! LOL

Taking shots every day isn't nearly as scary as I expected, once I had done it--and the oral chemicals they give may help reduce the blood sugar, but there are always side effects--some side effects are manageable, of course, but some of them are worse than the diabetes itself!

Definitely talk to your doctor... and definitely give it some time. Don't be afraid to question the status quo: no one else lives in your body, and if you don't tell the doctors what is going on with you, they won't understand. Sometimes they won't anyway, because THEY don't have to live with it... but you have to start somewhere.
...and ask for a referral to a nutrition specialist or diabetic educator. That can give you a starting point to come up with your own program... but then you have to tweak it to what is going to work for YOU...

Hang in there, you're in a good place!
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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

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4/25/14 3:07 P

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I was on diabetes (type 2) medication for 9 years.

Two years ago I finally took responsibility and control. For the first 9 years I cut down on excessive sugar. Like I only had one piece of apple pie rather than 2 or 3. The rest depended on medication.

Two years ago, at the maximum dose of metformin, and insulin next, I finally took control. I wish my body chemistry was not damaged, but it is. I have to live with it. Fortunately all I have to do is avoid carbohydrates. I'm medication free for two years now.

In any case carbohydrates are going to raise blood sugar, wherever they come from. Read labels, do your research, make choices that lower your daily grams of carbs. The American average is 330 grams a day, but 100 is pretty easy to get to.

I'm super low at 30 to 50. Carbs are just energy. I get my energy from protein and fat.

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4/25/14 3:04 P

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I agree to give yourself some more time, maybe several weeks, to get over the residual effects of pneumonia.
As far as diabetes, I just know that for me my blood sugar levels were back to normal without any meds within about 4 days of eating very low-carb and checking my blood sugar before and after each meal. Once you are on meds you have to be much more careful to make sure your blood sugar does not go too low.
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4/25/14 12:39 P

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As a doctor's wife I can tell you that the "down" you're feeling right now could just as easily be due to the pneumonia, palpitations, etc. You're body has been through a lot and it's a little tired out right now. Mild exercise for the first few days will help bring your energy back up AND make it easier to control your sugar. Take an easy walk around the block - just once - and eat right, eat right, eat right. You'll feel better by Monday! BUT I have come to accept that getting my body straightened out is a PROCESS and not and EVENT! It takes time, hard work and the true DESIRE to feel better, be happier and love ourselves enough to do what we KNOW we must do. This isn't for anyone but you!!! If you get your act together your family benefits as a beneficial side effect, but this is FOR YOU! emoticon

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4/25/14 12:35 P

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Glad you're home and got treated.

My first piece of advice is this. Not knowing exactly what med you're on, I can't be specific, but speaking in generalities, I would let the Dr. know how you're feeling. Perhaps the med needs to be adjusted up or down or changed.

Without knowing your blood sugar, too, it could be a function of high or low blood sugar.

It could also be just part of your recuperating in that your body is still healing from having pneumonia.

The best thing is talk w/the Dr. to figure out what to do!

Hope you feel better soon.



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4/25/14 12:02 P

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Hello, everyone.

I have just re-committed myself to a healthy, blood-sugar-managed life. I was released from the hospital yesterday, after being admitted for heart palpitations and pneumonia. My blood sugar was also through the roof. I have not been good to myself, and the hospital stay was an eye opener.

According to my doctor I have a good chance of managing my diabetes without insulin, and I've been put on a whole assortment of pills to help manage both my sugars and my blood pressure.

I'm eager to make a change, but I feel so bad today. Dizzy, tired, weak... I've been told that this is 'normal' when adjusting to new meds, but it doesn't make me very motivated! emoticon

Can anyone tell me how long it took them to see progress with managing their sugars with pills? I'm hoping to avoid insulin if I can, and I'm scheduled for Diabetes education, but my high numbers the last two readings are bugging me a bit.

Anyway, glad to be a part of the team!





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