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    Bummed About My Beties
    neesy0225 posted:
    Hey! I'm 31 years old diagnosed a little over a year ago with type 2. Started out on Victoza and Metformin, but had allergic reactions to the meds so I am now on Januvia and Glipizides. Numbers went from a 10.4 A1C to a 6.8. But for the past 6 months my sugar has been out of control and similar allergic reactions are starting up again. I have to check A1C tomorrow and am scared of the results. I've also developed some heart and breathing problems which I will be seeing another specialist for on Fri. Feeling a little bummed and disheartened that my sugars are going back up and I am unable to get them back down. I do not want to start insulin because my insurance will not cover anything until my impossibly high deductible is met. I've never been in a support group before, but just wanting to connect with others who understand. My husband and family do their best to encourage, but they still have no idea what it's like trying to keep up my job as a teacher, house, stepkids all while running in the high 200s and 300s. I feel like a zombie. What do you do to get your levels down when they go so high? I try exercise and watching carbs, but I'm definitely not perfect. Swam a ton today and sugar still was 288. Picky eater all my life, but really trying to eat new and healthier things. Sugar still stays high. Please tell me there is a light at the end of this tunnel! Need encouraged this evening for sure!
    brunosbud responded:
    You're a "teacher". If you were to teach a class on "How to Live a Healthy Life", what would you say? What would you show them? I think if you were to teach such a class, you'd find no matter subject you were initially hired to teach, if you're not teaching them how to live a healthy life, you don't deserve the title, "teacher". Educate yourself by educating them. A healthy life is to be selfless.
    auriga1 responded:
    Neesy, welcome. I hear you that you have a lot going on, BUT your number one priority should be you and your health. You cannot keep the way you are going without sacrificing something.

    Controlling your diabetes should be your number one priority so you can stay healthy in order to keep teaching, etc.

    You ARE able to get your numbers down. The recommended hours of exercise per week is 7 1/2 hours. You do need to set aside the time to do this. It does not have to be formal exercise; just keep your body moving.

    Watching your carbs means counting them all day long. Keep track of everything you put in your mouth. Everything we eat has carbs in it except for your fats and proteins. Seeing how high your numbers are, it may mean cutting back quite extensively. Look at your nutrition labels. The only line that is important is your TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE line.

    Have you been to see a dietiician? Has either your doctor or dietician set a carb limit per meal? My diabetes was out of control with an A1c of 13.2. I have gotten it down to 5.6 by being very strict on my carb intake and being active for 3-4 hours per day. I do use two insulins because for me there is no other way for me to control my diabetes. My doctor believes that my pancreas does not secrete any insulin.

    High sugar numbers DO cause fatigue. I was in your shoes with my numbers running between 400 and 600. I was so tired, I would lay down for a nap lasting four hours. I would feel worse when I woke up.

    You need to use discipline for your numbers to come down. Your plate should have lean protein and lots of veggies on it. All vegetables are not created equal. Please take a look at the glycemic index and see where your favorite foods fall. If your favorites are at the top (high) please eliminate them or have them in very small doses.

    Meds do not work unless you can be very active and eat properly. Even though I use insulin, I need to eat properly and stay active. That is how my A1c dropped. I logged everything I ate and how many carbs were in those foods. This way my diabetic team and I could figure out a plan of action and take it from there.

    I wish you the best of luck. I do understand. Make yourself number one and make yourself healthy. Take your life back. It is the only one you have.
    neesy0225 replied to brunosbud's response:
    Stating that I do not deserve the title of teacher and that I should be selfless in order to have a healthy life seems a bit rude as I came here for support on my health issues, not on how I should or should not teach.
    neesy0225 replied to auriga1's response:
    Thank you! I appreciate the support and you sharing your story. I know I've got to step things up or I'm going to really have some trouble. I just get frustrated when my numbers don't seem to go down, even when I think I've done everything I'm supposed to.
    auriga1 replied to neesy0225's response:
    Neesy, baby steps. Take it slow. It can be very frustrating when you think you are doing everything you can. When you your sugars are not coming down, take a step back and think of what you ate and have you moved enough.

    You will find all sorts of people on the forums. Don't take it personally. I, myself, did not like that message either. That is why I did not respond to that particular one. In of itself, it was not helpful. I'm sure he means well, but there are other ways to communicate how he keeps his diabetes in control and to let go of the preaching.

    We don't need to go back and forth with other folks. Ignore what is not helpful to you. Do your own research as it relates to you and read what other people do to control their diabetes. It is very helpful to read what Dr. Dansinger has to say. He is the featured expert. At least, I found it helpful. Just know, it will take work and diligence to get your numbers down and to keep yourself healthy.

    Keep coming back. Neesy, if I can do it, so can you. After that nasty A1c of 13.2, my next one was 8.2. Took three months. The next was 6.0 and so on and so on. It is a lifestyle change that we have to keep at for the rest of our lives. You will get frustrated and angry at times. Actually, you will probably say it kind of sucks, because that's how you feel. I have said it sucks myself. Lamentably. LOL. Pretty soon we will be eating grass because nothing else works. We all feel the same at one point or another.

    Take care and feel better. When you feel tired, get moving. Don't let it get you down.
    glucerna replied to auriga1's response:
    Neesy I'm glad you came here and auriga1 has given you excellent suggestions. It sounds like you're working really hard to manage diabetes and it must be frustrating to have the allergic reactions to the medications. Keep working with your doctor and get a referral to a diabetes educator who typically has more time to spend with you to figure out the best way to manage diabetes. As your blood sugar levels drop you'll be less tired and feel better overall. There really is light in the tunnel! ~Lynn @Glucerna
    neesy0225 replied to auriga1's response:
    Thank you! You're very encouraging! Made my hubby work out with me tonight! Hopefully he will keep it up because it's motivating to have someone there with you!
    neesy0225 replied to glucerna's response:
    Thank you! I know there is a light there, just seems a little dimmer some days! Are you affiliated with Glucerna?
    donpark responded:
    My doctor told me eight months ago to lose weight. I consume no more than 30 grams of carbs daily and walk one hour each day. I've lost 42 pounds and, on Metformin, my A1c is 6.0. This has become a very serious situation for me, as two people I know have had amputations due to their diabetes. Perhaps you can read Dr. Bernstein's book entitled 'Diabetes Solution', and Dr. Perlmutter's book entitled 'Grain Brain'.

    It's taken me quite a bit of studying and my resulting guidelines are: 1) Diet: Breakfast - 6 grams max net carbs; Lunch- 12 grams max; Supper- 12 grams max, Snacks - 6 grams max but wait 4-5 hours after a meal before snacking; 2) Eat the right foods, not the wrong foods; 3) Aerobic exercise attaining heart rate of 110 beats per minute for greater than 20 minutes, 5 days per week; 4) Take supplements recommended by Dr. Perlmutter, and 5) Foot car as recommended by Dr. Bernstein
    brunosbud replied to donpark's response:
    I'm glad you're following your doctors advice about walking, daily. If you visit almost every board, here, each guest specialist is advising their patients to eat more fruits and vegetables, reduce red meat consumption, stay away from sugar added foods and beverages, don't smoke, keep alcohol to a minimum, get more rest. There are no gimmicks or tricks. Outcomes from whichever "lifestyle" disease you may have don't improve without concurrent healthy lifestyle interventions. Without a patients full intentions and self help, doctors are left only to prescribe drugs. When diabetes treatment is limited to drugs, only, that's when patients have made a decision: quantity of life over quality of life. Amputation is a quantity of life treatment. The people you spoke of saw that train coming years before they crossed the tracks. Regardless how you sweeten the words, no choice is a choice.

    Doctor's can't tell a patient that. They never will. But, I can cause it's the truth that every diabetic needs to hear. Some people can handle the truth and some people want it served with cookies and warm milk. Sorry, but that's many "carbs"...
    flutetooter replied to brunosbud's response:
    bruno, I agree with most of your post above, except your statement that most guest specialists advise to reduce red meat consumption. Those who advise a much lower carb intake replace the carbs with good fats (or in some cases ANY kind of fats) and meats - even bacon and sausage according to Dr. Bernstein. For those of us who follow the much lower carb idea, it works!
    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
    brunosbud replied to flutetooter's response:
    Processed meats are red meats cured by either smoking, curing or salting. Bacon and sausage are two of America's most eaten processed meats. The American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association advise no processed meats are safe. When my sister was first diagnosed with colon cancer, a well respected cancer dietitian in Newport Beach, CA first question to her: Do you eat any sandwich meats, bacon or hot dogs? If so, stop!

    Bernstein has many followers, Flute. Someone will come along and comment I'm certain. Are you sure he wasn't talking about turkey bacon and sausage? Or, the faux, veggie (morningstar) bacon and sausage Dr. D has mentioned, here?
    hootyowl2 responded:
    Hi Neesy,

    Glad to meet you. Sorry you are having troubles getting your sugars down.

    Diabetes makes one thirsty for a good reason--you need more water to flush the extra sugar from your system. So drink more WATER. It helps! Other liquids do not work so well as plain water. ["Diet" drinks are the worst thing you can do.>

    Another way to help is more exercise. I know when your sugars are so very high, about all you want to do is sleep it off. But going for a walk, or doing other exercises is more helpful at this point. Do light exercises to help lower your sugars.

    I hope the post about less expensive insulins is helpful to you. Check into it.

    I think you will learn more about diabetes and taking care of it here, than from most doctors.

    Another resource:

    I used to know a lot of them. The American Diabetes Association [site above> will send you a free information kit with lots of good info. If you look online, you can find a lot of helpful info too. You can also find a lot of JUNK. So be wary, and careful.

    Take care.


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