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Walls Stree Journal article on diabetes treatment trends
betatoo posted:
I thought this article might be of interest to the community. It mentions treatments and A1C guidelines for younger and older PWD's.
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flutetooter responded:
HI Beta! Yes, I read this in our copy of the Wall Street Journal and was interested in the new guidelines, but they are too lax for me. I was most interested in the ( my paraphrase)statement about well-motivated patients opting to aim for an A1c of 6% in that such agressive therapy is expected to better keep the disease from progressing. Most of the article was about allowing much higher A1c's.

This track, on my part, is occupying my interest and activity, so I am again dropping off this community in the interest of using time to best advantage. NONE of my acquaintences with blood sugar problems are doing anything at all other than eating what they want and taking more meds. It is too discouraging, so I have to retreat into my own methods and cease trying to influence others. I hope you get back to kayaking soon, and I am already looking forward to Florida in the Spring and the Ding Darling Reservation and kayaking. Meantime we are busy with famiy and planning a big 50th wedding anniversary party.
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betatoo replied to flutetooter's response:
I thought that the guidelines were too lax also. Personally, I am aiming for normal numbers both A1C and fasting. I will continue with as much of the exercise as I can, and have done a few things to help that out. Bought the wife a bike, and we not do the rails to trails with the bikes every other night. We walk on the odd nights. My kayak is out of the basement, and last week we bought my wife a single touring yak to keep up with me in. Comes in in August. All in all things are good, the soreness is minimal and the tingling just a nuisance.

Wow 50th anniversary, wife and I were married Dec. of 1972, so you know what we will see in Dec. She was working and had only a week off from teaching. We went 25 miles away in a snowstorm and had a weekend before the 1st.
kieub replied to flutetooter's response:
I completely agreed with you about the lax of the new guidelines. I have been following this community on discussion but did not participate due to the problem with loging on. Since diagnosed in 2000, I have been using the "exercise and diet" route to control my diabetes without using any drugs. My last check up in May, my A1c was 5.8 and my FBG was 104. This FBG was always my problem that I could not bring it down to 80's. Especially now that the weather is so hot, it has been in the 110's range for the last 2 1/2 weeks. I wondered if anyone has the same problem with the heat like I do. Kieub
flutetooter replied to kieub's response:
Be sure you are sufficiently hydrated because water keeps the blood thinner and therefore the sample contains less sugars. Too thick blood can also promote clots. I also cut back on food in general to match my intake to my exercise when it is hot or for other reasons when I am not as active.
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kieub replied to flutetooter's response:
Thank you flute. Will try to drink more and eat a little less to see what happen. I have been doing my exercises (running around the house weight...for 40 minutes/day) at home with the fan and air conditioning on to keep me cool. Could not go out to the local YMCA or anything outdoor any more.

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