Not given options

By cherokee925 Latest Reply 2011-06-23 05:28:31 -0500
Started 2011-04-22 20:47:52 -0500

In dealing with being a diabetic I realize that I have never been given options by my doctors to get better. My medication have been changed a few times I have been on and off insulin also. No one has said to me if you lose weight that would make a difference even in losing weight my blood sugar level would spike. So I got depressed and gain the weight back I have developed sixth nerve palsy three times within a year having it in both my eyes. I am going through it now and this made me start to research that there has to be a better way. I saw a PBS special about reversing diabetes and going on a vegan diet I have been on it for 19 days now and my blood sugar levels have been running normal now they highest they have gotten to is 125. I feel so much better and I am seeing a speedy recover of my eye sight.

It just makes me so angry that I had to do the research and find my own solution it is like this is best keep secret to keep the doctors in business.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-04-23 12:24:33 -0500 Report


Really interesting story! Thanks a lot for sharing it. What you have described is a great example of being an empowered medical consumer, taking the initiative to be your own patient advocate, as patients often have to do.

I am not a physician but I would just encourage you to consider staying connected to a physician to monitor your condition, as needed.

Really great news!


cherokee925 2011-04-23 13:18:42 -0500 Report

I am due to go back and see her next month Gary and make her aware of what I am doing to improve things with my blood sugar levels. I find it really sad that it seems like there are limited suggestions to help diabetics from their doctors instead I have found that they rather put you on another medicine or switch you from your current medication. I have suffered enough over the years and deided to take matters into my own hands and I am feeling great now. Last time I felt this way was years ago before I became a diabetic and I am embracing life again.

RAYT721 2011-04-23 03:25:35 -0500 Report

The key to control is control. There's no going back (ie reversing) but definitely there's moving ahead. It's great that you're doing your own research, hanging out with us, and loving yourself enough to make the necessary changes. There will be ups and downs but the worst part of diabetes is uncontrolled diabetes. Welcome to our website! I am hoping to hear more from and about you.

waldoe 2011-04-24 04:48:49 -0500 Report

i am a type 1 diabetic now .i started as a borderline diabetic (controll blood sugar with diet and exercise) worked for a few years then i got sick sugar went out of controll became type 2 (controlled suger with diet exercise and prescribed meds.) worked for a short time got sick again now i am type1 insulin dependent first humilog 6 times daily testing 6times daily now 24 hour lantis with humilog as needed this is a terrible disease docters are learning from their patients i am convinced that diet exercise (30-40 min. heart rate@100 and my insulin is the way to go

cherokee925 2011-04-24 13:31:02 -0500 Report

Definitely diet and exercise is the way to control your blood sugar levels. I have to work on the exercise part I am not a fan of it yet.

waldoe 2011-04-25 07:37:23 -0500 Report

exercise is strange start slow and gradually do more after about a week you will start feeling better more energy less tired more conferdense try it you will love it!!!!!!

cherokee925 2011-04-23 11:39:11 -0500 Report

That is true once a diabetic always a diabetic however there is no encoruragement from my doctors on how to make it better I had to take the bull by the horn and do it myself because I got tired of feeling bad and being sick all the time. This has been the best thing that I have found that actually works for me and I plan on sticking with it I cannot go back to feeling bad and becoming sick again.

pkwillhoite 2011-04-23 15:04:41 -0500 Report

That is the way things are sometimes. If possible you should also look into getting another dr. That doesnt seem to be very good for you… But on the positive side. YOU are doing the right thing for you and are involved with making you better! That is to be applauded! and Congratulations on the good and hard work! It will pay off in the end! YOU GO!!!!

GabbyPA 2011-04-22 23:11:48 -0500 Report

I love that you are doing the vegan diet. It doesn't reverse the diabetes, but it helps control it so much better. I have tried and don't have the will power to stick to it, specially since the family is not as willing as I am to make it work.

What are some of the recipes and things you have been doing? I am very curious to see how you are doing it. I believe in my heart of hearts that there is a great relief for many of us in this kind of life style change. Please share what you like about the vegan diet and what you don't like.

Here is my experiment. I need to do it again.

cherokee925 2011-04-23 12:57:23 -0500 Report

Thank you Gabby for the link. My experiences so far is that I have been having great readings on my blood sugar level which is turn has really helped in improving my health. Before starting the vegan diet I was always getting sick with something from sinus infections which lasted weeks to sixth nerve palsy in one eye then the other.

It was not bad the first few days for me then about day 7 is when the meat cravings started to kick in I wanted a cheesesteak or a cheeseburger. I substituted and had a veggie burger which seriously calmed down the meat cravings. I would whine to my husband that I wanted these things and he reminded me at how great my blood sugar are and that I have to make these changes in my life to get better not worse which seem like the path that I was on prior.

Here is one of my favorite recipes for muffins:

Vegan Agave Muffins:

1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup soy milk
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a muffin pan.
2.Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl; stir in the applesauce, soy milk, and agave nectar. Slowly add the oil while stirring. Pour the mixture into the muffin pan.
3.Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick or small knife inserted in the crown of a muffin comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.

I am in day 20 of the vegan diet and I am so glad that I found something that works for me now I have to work on incorporating exercising into my program. I have to be honest I am not a fan of exercising it is a mental thing I think when I was a kid I was made to exercise and I think I am still carrying that baggage with me. I have to keep moving forward to reach my goals and stick with it and push through I know it will get better when I am able to drive again and I can take my granddaughter to the park and run.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-23 05:28:31 -0500 Report

Please put some of your recipes on the recipes section, especially different ways to fix veggies. I love veggies, and fruit but its hard to find good produce where I live right now. I can't wait till I get moved back to an area where I can have a veggie garden again. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your vegan recipes.

GabbyPA 2011-04-24 15:27:09 -0500 Report

I am so glad for you! I just found a program that is working in a town near me to view us as a whole body, not just the diabetic part. I have a meeting with them next week to see if I can get into the program and work it. It is diet driven, but looks at all of the body issues that might be causing the higher sugars. So I will share that with everyone too. I do believe this is how it is done. I just have to convince my body, mind and family that this is how it's done.

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