Hello.......great site for diabetic support!! As a registered dietitian (male) for more than 15 years, I finally came to the realization that I myself had to change my lifestyle. As my weight climbed over the past few years, I noticed my blood sugars became more sporadic. I had my nursing peers at the clinic check my sugar from time to time & the numbers were 74, 89, 101, 124, 66, 138, etc. I finally had my a1c checked & it came back at 6.8!! I said, ".....not me!!...how could this be!!?..." Doom & gloom set in. I was a bit scared. I turned on my PC & basically had everything at my fingertips, but there still were no "magic pills" or potions I may have missed. I knew what I had to do. I started eat fiber: whole grain cereals, 2 or 3 servings of vegetables per day, water all day, salads for lunch 2 or 3 times a week, etc. I threw out the white rice, honeynut cheerios, pasta, etc. I even started walking.....twice a week & most importantly, I started seeing my MD every 3 months!!! Before my next a1c check, I came down 4 or 5 lbs. (only), BUT, my a1c came down to 5.2! My point being, that with just basic changes, the benefits can substantially transform our health status. It is very true!! After 5 years of inactivity, I've finally started jogging or should I say "trotting" & have been for a little over a month. I walked first to build up my leg muscles. That lasted about 1 year until I was able to walk at a good pace for 1/2 hour for 6 days. Now, my "trotting" consist of 10 second jog followed by 45 seconds rest over & over again for 15 minutes 3 days a week. In between trot days, I'll walk as far as I can. Within the past month alone I've taken off another 6 lbs. I'm nowhere near my goals at all but I'm already seeing the benefits increase exponentially. My goals are to return to 25-30 minute jogs 5 or 6 days a week & drop back down to 175-178 lbs. I've helped everyone else without taking my health into consideration & we need to stop doing this. Even though it may takes years to reach my goals, I'm more excited than I've ever been. "Little Steps, Big Effort" So, there is my personal challenge. I even have before photos of myself from Oct 2012. I may share them as a before/after on this site. We have to start somewhere & if I can do it, so can you!! My next visit to my doctor is the first week of May. I'll report my findings then.
Welcome and it's great to see another RD here. I really like the way you're incorporating small, realistic changes into your life and looking for long-term progress. You sound excited about the results you're seeing already! ~Lynn @Glucerna
Good job! You know I dropped a Dr. a few years ago, because I saw the route he was taking. If there was a problem he would approach it with a pill. As for his own health, he was probably 200 lb overweight, and hardly moved. He is also a diabetes specialist in our area. Now would you take advice from someone who obviously can't get his own house in order? One of the reasons I give little credence to dieticians. The other is they get most information on healthy diabetic diets from ADA which has been historically slow in adapting to study findings one carbs and starches. As for myself, after dropping him and finding a Dr. more in line with my beliefs, I was diagnosed T2. I had no family history, and weighed in at 170 for 5'9". I do not take meds, dropped most all starches, exercise, eat 1-3 salads a day, and tons of veggies with some lean protein. Not perfect, I still like my cheese, meat and nuts for snacks. I also do like popcorn. We will see how things are working as blood test is tomorrow.
Great Post! Thank you, diet_boy1, for sharing your story. Sounds like you're well on your way to better results. Just by your words, alone, I can tell you're health has improved because I followed a similar track, many years ago. Most people, here, have the impression that I'm anti-doctors and anti-pharma. That's ridiculous and anyone with half a brain can clearly recognize the necessity that both entities play in society. Without doctors and drugs, we'd have chaos; people'd be droppin' like flies. The emphasis in every single post I make is, simply, when it comes to matters of health, lifestyle trumps any drug, supplement, equipment, surgical procedure, hospital or doctor. Any person who attempts to master control of uncontrolled blood glucose without, simultaneously, addressing the need to "sharpen their 'lifestyle' saw" is headed down a perplexing and scary path. It is what it is and to each their own. "Little Steps, Big Effort" is how it's been and how it always, will be.
On a side note, I always found it kinda interesting how (in the 90s & 00's) the medical, computer and aerospace industries became so obsessed over quality control (ISO 9000) and the fanatical pursuit of "continuous improvement" andendless "certifications". I often wondered how effective "quality control" might be when administered by people living "poor quality" lives? It's always been my contention, that quality control of any product, no matter the industry, begins at "home". People must, first, continuously improve, themselves. Considering the massive General Motors recall this past month, I guess that question is just as valid, now, as it was back then...
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