Frustrated with diabetes

Kim Gregory
By Kim Gregory Latest Reply 2014-10-08 04:05:13 -0500
Started 2011-05-30 12:03:10 -0500

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes on November 4, 2010. I am still struggling with it. No one in my family has it and I am just shocked, frustrated, aggrevated, irritated. I can't eat what I used to eat and I have to watch what I eat. It is just a huge life style change. It is also expensive. I hate it.

196 replies

calayx 2014-10-08 04:03:26 -0500 Report

I understand, I hate it too. It's just too.much work.I just want to tell one pill a day and be done with it.BUT if I don't work it I'll end up with blindness, amputation of limbs, loss of hearing and so many other complications!!
WELL, I made the decision to work it. The pros were a lot better than the cons.
I still hate having diabetes but compared to the other choices…


dymom 2012-11-27 11:41:32 -0600 Report

I hate it also. I have had it for 21 years now and have just really started to take care of myself more. I have gone blind in one eye was in a wheelchair for over 3 years because of a foot ucler. it sucks but I keep going. I cheat also and it is so hard sometimes when I want to eat all the candy and stuff out there and right now with Christmas and all the cookies and stuff makes it harder, somedays I give in and somedays I do not. It will always be a struggle, I wish I was perfect but I am not. All I can say is take one day at a time. I really feel it now if I eat something I am not suppose to, and then I have to take more insulin which make is so I cannot lose the weight. One day at time, one minute and one second at a time, is what I sometime tell myself.

jdla 2012-10-02 10:09:13 -0500 Report

I totally agree. I was diagnosed in Feb 2012 and have had to eat healthier and change alot of old habits. It can be frustrating and a bit costly. Biut I am worth it. I am living with instead of suffering from. Wishing all the best. Julie

mystikfairy61 2012-09-27 03:08:44 -0500 Report

It is hard to deal with at times with all the lifestyle changes that we have to go thru to take control of this disease. Part of learning to deal with this is going thru the grieving process. Sounds like you are in the anger stage, where you are just mad because it happened and you don't like the changes that have been forced on you. I know it has been 2 years but everyone is different in how they come to terms with the diagnosis of a chronic illness. Allow yourself to be angry and try to come to terms with what has to be done. Continue to do the best you can to keep your blood sugar under control. Come on DC to get support and motivation to do what needs to be done to take care of yourself. It is your body and your life. That, to me, is the best motivator around. Ask yourself, do you want to live in anger at what happened, or do you want to be happy and healthy and live as long as possible. I know it is expensive to have this disease, but anymore it is expensive just to live. There are programs and organizations that can help with the costs. Take care of yourself. Having diabetes is a journey and although I wish you had not been forced to join the team, welcome to DC. We are all here for you.

unkngrl 2012-09-21 15:55:49 -0500 Report

Been a type 1 since Oct 1990 and I have been dealing with high sugar from day one. Im the type If I dont feel sick Im not sick but I know Im sick. And its hard for me

bethanie85 2012-09-21 15:43:44 -0500 Report

I understand how you feel. I have had type 1 for almost twenty years and am going through the same frustrations. After so many years I have just gotten burned out. I am also the only one in my family with diabetes. Hang in there!

AF Retired 462
AF Retired 462 2012-09-06 22:23:51 -0500 Report

Runs in my family…Father and both his partents…have three other siblings and I'm the only one with diabetes…been dealing with Type 2 for ten years. It sucks, but we have to watch our diet and take our meds. It wish I could tell you it gets easier…

techguy87114 2012-09-02 19:46:39 -0500 Report

I can relate as I was diagnosed 2/7/2012. I understand the feelings and position with diabetes. If there was any advice I could give is the more positive you can be, the better. I know it's tough at times but that is what will get you through.

I always tell myself while my type 2 is definitely a life changer, it could be worse. There are far worse conditions and things one can have! My whole body works and isn't impared in any way

Get into a routine of what to eat and what tastes good. After awhile you won't miss the things you can't eat. I don't.

Hope this helps some. Keep your chin up. Your in great company here & have a ton of support.

All the best,


sleepygreek 2012-08-22 13:59:53 -0500 Report

Hi Kim, I was dx with type 2 more than 4 years ago and I still hate it and struggle with it every single day. I'm also the only one in my family. This disease is a real pain in the butt!. I still feel that everything about this is hard. But, that is why we are all here. We pretty much go through the same emotions and feelings at one time or another so we can all relate to you. Just think about this as one day at a time. I know for me, if I look at having to live the rest of my life with this I will go crazy. But just for today I have to go through this. Just for today. Hope this helps somebody. Would love to hear back. Good luck.

CJ55 2012-08-22 14:09:52 -0500 Report

mystikfairy61… I too take the gummy vitamins. They are chewed and they disolve much quicker. Regular vitamins usually never fully disolve so you don't get the full benefit of the vitamin. I have been taking chewable vitamins for years. They should make all vitamins that way. Have a wonderful afternoon and evening. CJ

cupcake0923 2011-09-28 13:47:34 -0500 Report

Hi: in certain way it's expensive but you could look up recipes online or ask at this website we are here to help each other. If you need a friend I'm here and also to talk if you need too

swt_nurs1 2011-08-07 21:38:29 -0500 Report

Kim Gregory,

don't feel bad I was diagnosed in Sept 1992 and I continue to struggle with it still. I have come to terms with the fact I am diabetic' but that doesn't make living with it any easier. Not being able to eat what I want when I want is the worst. I got put on an insulin pump a yr agao and it literally saved my life. I can now eat cake ,ice cream,ect in moderation. And I am type2. One day at a time is the key, keep your head up. I will be praying for you

Diaschm 2011-08-03 06:13:22 -0500 Report

no one chooses to have diabetes! That is foresure and I think we all hate it. It is always such a drag to watch diet and exercise combined with medication. But I did not believe it either, I have type 2. But sure as shooting I have it and if you have it you better believe it, because it isn't going away! But you can deal with it and you must deal with it so it does not deal with you! This is a great site for you to be on because it has great information for you to learn. Everyone is here to help you if you need them. There are great videos and super articles for you to help you understand this crazy illness. May I recommend you go to articles and read Amy's article on meditation and dealing with diabetes. Because how you deal with having diabetes will make a big difference in how successful your battle with this illness is going to be. Because you will have to change your way of eating, excersing and how you do that will be in your hands. No one can do it for you but we are there for you and you can learn alot from this site. I have. You can do this it will just take some time and effort. This site is there for you! Good luck!

Hops 2011-08-03 07:05:03 -0500 Report

Hating diabetes leads to frustration. In my case my I nearly died from my
insulin dependent onset of diabetes in 1968. My doctor explained all the complications in store for me from not managing my diabetes. I knew how severe diabetes management had to be. Too often my friends with diabetes
don't start actively managing their diabetes until they have a severe complication. By then it is too late to preserve the healthy condition you have the power to control. One day at a time learn the steps crucial to living a long, happy, healthy life. I was lucky to be diagnosed as a child. Adults have much more difficulty changing their way of life. You can change for the better. Exercise each day. This is one of the biggest hurdles for us to overcome. Walk two miles after breakfast and after dinner. Note the difference in your BG and your outlook on life. Remember their are 30 million of us in America. You are not alone. It is wonderful that you are reaching out to us. Be well.

Salpa 2011-08-02 17:57:23 -0500 Report

I have started taking my diabetes medicine on January 01, 2011. I was suprise that i was diabetes on this day at the hospital. Until today i am still taking my medicine what im afraid of that some day one of my part of my body will be cut away from me. What is your advise for me?please i need your help out there…

keith01 2011-08-03 18:13:37 -0500 Report

i was diagnosed 11-2010.i take my meds,check my sugar.yes my fingers get sore,there are times that i don't want to do it.but,if that little thing keeps me,i will live forever,with all parts intact.keep up the goodwork!you are worth it! hugs&luck to you

jayabee52 2011-08-03 05:52:19 -0500 Report

The best thing to avoid all complications like that, is to keep your Blood Glucose numbers in the normal range (70 to 130). You often have to reduce the amount of your portions you eat, and eat smarter: that is eat whole grain breads instead of white or the brown "wheat" breads, eat MORE veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, and yams, instead of white potatoes or rice. There's a lot more, but this is to get you started.

I myself control the diabetes without the use of meds by eating a low carb high protein meal plan. But not everyone is able to control it without meds, as we're all different.

Type1Lou 2011-07-25 17:50:58 -0500 Report

Hating diabetes won't get you anywhere. You have to deal with it. None of us like the fact that we have this disease. But, recognizing what you have to do to live with it and taking the right steps to avoid those nasty complications will make the quality of your life better. Learn as much as you can. This site is a great source of information and support. It is within your power to make the right decisions about what you eat and how much you exercise. It's not always easy. Wishing you the strength to make the right choices.

L Jean
L Jean 2011-07-25 16:58:35 -0500 Report

Get this I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago, it is a daily process , Im doing the right way. I hate it as well. Because I never ate breakfast before , now I have to. You have to try to eat as close as you can to the same time everyday. I have a family history of diabeties, no one enjoys it, no one ever will. I have sister, Aunt and Grandfather before me, a sister and brother after with diabeties. It does change your life, but you can keep it from controling your life. Be patient everything will come around full circle.
One of the principals in the school district where I work, couldnt beleive it when his doc told him he was diabetic. He kept saying there is no one in my family with it. I could only tell him it had to start some where, he just happened to be the one. I might add he is doing very well, he has lost about 35 lbs and looks great. He said its no big deal to him he just does what he has to. And that truely sizes it up.
You do what you have to or you loose limbs like my girl friend who has lost 2 toes. Oh and lets not leave out that she is legally blind. The last toe removal scared her cause they were talking about taking her foot. So after 10 Years of doing what she wanted, she is now doing what the doctors and I are advising her. All I can say is, do what they tell you, dont be stubborn and everyone has an opps day once in a while. Mind you, I said once in a while. Its something you have to control, dont let it control you. Is all this scaring you I hope the hell it is, cause it is no joke. If you let it, it will destroy you.

VickieF 2011-07-23 15:44:33 -0500 Report

Hi! Kim I spent many years taking care of diabetics including my Mom. I really thought I knew about diabetis then. LOL I can honestly say I knew only the basics of the disease. I mean I could empathise and try to understand, but when it came down to it I only thought I knew. I now can say I really understand what my Mom went through. God has seen fit to bless me with almost everything that Mom had as far as symptoms and threw in a few extras just for kicks. I pray he dosn't throw in the kidney failure too. Had I really understood I could maybe have helped my Mom so much more. Sorry Mom!

diabetes control
diabetes control 2011-07-24 08:38:25 -0500 Report

I am working on a project, after my brain surgery, I have been blessed with the knowledge to fight this disease. My contact info is on U-Tube 1LEWISWRIGHT2, I can't really exercise, not counting this or that just eating reasonable. I am doing this approach because my heart cry when I see individual talk about 200+ glucose reading.

VickieF 2011-07-24 17:40:59 -0500 Report

I went to u-tube and watched your clips.I found nothing in them to tell us how to controle our BS count, Sir.
Thank You,

diabetes control
diabetes control 2011-07-24 17:48:42 -0500 Report

vickie what you see on U=TUBE is the effects of the regiment of supplements I use to control my blood sugar. I am working on my presentation for doing such. People are hard to reach.

diabetes control
diabetes control 2011-07-24 18:23:33 -0500 Report

Ms. Viickie, my neurosurgeon's PCA gave me a precription for three steroid and three di latin pills at bed time and told my love ones to go to my regular doctor to get something to counter the rise in glucose that was coming, that combiation will cause diabetes, well my regular doctor refused. My regiment drop my glucose cost to 200 points in 2.5 hours. At this time I am going into details, 95 percent of the people will not listen and close their mind any way. I put my personal email and phone numbers on those video, response N.I.,,,,Not Interest. I will be putting more out put soon. I watch the movie,,,TORA-TORA-TORA,,, it is a good example how people do not listen. Trust me I would not be healing as fast as I am. My surgery bill for operation is 4 times as much as my insurance will pay. My medical insurance cost has gone up 1200 since I retired in 2001. Shame on the poor and those who can not afford it!

ladyJENbugz 2011-07-23 12:10:12 -0500 Report


Had low sugar in the 80's .Seem so much easier to control.

2005 diagnosed with high bld sugar. Not much you can do
when it's high. I just start pumping water. Yes i am on glip
and metformin.Glip likes to make me crash (35-40) he said
if that happens to take a 1/2 of one. I agreed will see how
it goes starting Monday.

I think i'd rather have a pen than
these two meds. I take neurotin for nerve pain. Still get
breakthrough pains that are so debilitating. I was just 50
July 1st. My Fathers parents were diabetic, father had heart
disease passed away at 57.My Mother had brain cancer passed
at 57 also, IRONIC isnt it…makes me wonder!!!

mystikfairy61 2012-08-21 21:39:11 -0500 Report

I am on glyburide once a day and my BG this morning was 82 and has been running between 80-110 for last couple of weeks. This med has finally been the one that has helped me. The other 3 that I was on since my diagnosis in April of 2012 didn't get my BG down and it ran in mid to high 100's. I am so glad mine are running where they are now. I feel so much better than I did when they were higher. Also my post meals have been running about 135-145, so I am pleased. I have fibromyalgia and take Neurontin 600mg 2 times a day and motrin 800 2 times a day for arthritis pain. Wish I had something that worked a little better for my chronic pain issues but my doctor doesn't do pain meds, so I am just having to deal with it. No insurance so am having to go to free clinic.

medic673b 2011-10-18 22:02:49 -0500 Report

i take 900mg a day of neurotin plus 30-50mg Lortab a day. Granted not all of the neurotin is for pain most is for seizures. Plus i am only 46 had Diabetes for nearly 3 years seizures for about 2 years

L Jean
L Jean 2011-07-25 17:05:46 -0500 Report

Just pumping water??? If your sugar is high you should go for a brisk walk that will help bring it down. Water helps with the thirst.

diabetes control
diabetes control 2011-07-24 08:43:33 -0500 Report

I have a natural sugar controller, I have fought Staph inflection, diabetes twice, and now a brain tumor,,,,my meter is going to do my talking, I am working on a website, but for now ,,,,U-Tube 1LEWISWRIGHT2 you can contact me any time.

spirit7 2011-07-23 09:16:49 -0500 Report

A DAY IN THE SUMMER LIFE OF A DIABETIC. I was diagnosed as type 2 in 2008 and since that time the docs have decided I am not a type 2 but a MODY. Diabetes does not run in my family, autoimmune with thyroid but not diabetes so I guess I hit the jackpot in the family! Sigh.What's hard is people including some of my family who don't understand what I can and cannot eat and keeping to a schedule for meals. After years of experimenting with certain foods, I know those which send my sugars flying. My sister refuses to accommodate me with meals so I always bring my own food when I go there. I do however, have another sister who makes me delicious vegan meals and shakes that leave me wanting more, she understands as well as my daughter, an excellent cook who tries to create new recipes and she is now working on ice cream! I know she will come up with something. She is so sweet.
Summer is particularly hard with BBQ's and ice cream (what is that? haha). I arrive at the BBQ with my vegan cole slaw and am directed to the food table which has mounds of food that I cannot eat. No cookies, cake, potato salad, no rolls (gave up bread, potatoes and rice) for dogs or burgers, no corn,no BBQ sauce (high sugar). So I look for the salads, hopefully not already dressed so I can use my own dressing and a lean cut of meat that has no BBQ. I see several diabetics at the table chowing down on cookies and cakes they brought and one says to me, here have a cookie and I say no. The person next to her says "why not?" and the woman, who is diabetic and brought the chocolate chip cookies says, "she is a diabetic." The woman looks at me and asks me why, at 5'2" I weigh barely 100 pounds and this woman doesn't understand why I can't eat cookies. I tell her it is not on my diet plan and she says, well, so and so is eating it and she is a diabetic. I said, well, that's her choice then. I hate BBQ's and usually end up taking a walk to get away from the food so I won't be tempted. I love chocolate chip cookies and before diabetes I baked a lot and my cookies were the best! On the lighter side I make some raw vegan nuggets with cacoa and nuts and stevia that are quite good (from Cafe Gratitude, CA) and no one else will eat them because they are not sweet enough..Yeah. All mine. There is nothing better than eating ice cream in the summer, I love ice cream but I rarely eat it. Often times my family and friends go out for ice cream and they say, look, sugar free and I say look not carb free! Am I a stickler? Yes. I grew up Catholic and was told to obey the rules. I took diabetes very seriously when I was diagnosed and changed my diet and lost the weight within 6 months. Sometimes I just want to pig out on something, not often but I miss "cheeeits" and the only thing I can pig out on is celery. I look at these diabetic snack recipe's that have people smiling while they eat their ONE cookie and say "forget that." I miss pie. I love blueberry pie and will have to come up with a recipe that works. My daughter makes these raw vegan blueberry squares that are quite good, just a lot of "prep" time. I have tried the raw food diet but it is very time consuming and with NE Winters, hot foods are a necessity, at least for me so I try to eat "seasonally."
I also hate taking meds! Newest addition is fosomax, related to bone loss probably due to weight loss. Mind you, I have been doing weight bearing exercises for years and have ALWAYS maintained an exercise routine my entire life (thank goodness for that!). Also had to add glimipride to my metformin as my numbers have been getting worse despite my low-carb diet. Could I go lower in carbs, yes, have done it and lost 7 pounds (to which all my family and friends looked at me as an anorexic) and finding clothes in size 0 for a woman in her late 50's is challenging to say the least… Size 2 a bit easier…
So, my tale of woe. My hope is for beta cells to regenerate and become healthy once more. So many people are faced with this horrible disease and eating is such a social way of life. Blame is placed on diabetics for poor eating habits and yet the food pyramid led us all astray (as well as our physicians). When I gave up most carbs, my weight dropped so fast. I find that the Zone diet is also quite helpful when loosing weight. So, guess I had a lot to say. I know there is no "magic" cure out there, there isn't for most diseases its just something we have to live with and maintain. I wish restaurants would offer more low-carb and healthy choices, even the fast foods could take a role in health promotion because so many people make poor choices. I wish supermarkets would carry more products such as liquid stevia or low carb items so I don't have to order everything on-line at exorbitant prices plus shipping. I wish everyone who has to face this daily with health and abundance in their lives and know that they are not alone. I believe that we can heal ourselves. I believe that we just haven't quite "evolved" to that point as yet. What keeps me going? My family and my deep love for them. Now all I need is some blueberry pie and ice cream! Cheers.

mystikfairy61 2012-08-21 21:43:35 -0500 Report

if you really get a craving for ice cream and can stand 13 grams of carbs for a 1/2 cup serving, then try the Breyers Carb smart. I got the chocolate and it is the bomb. Fantastic flavor, can't tell the difference.

CJ55 2012-08-21 21:49:26 -0500 Report

Mystik, is it hard to stop at 1/2cup? I haven't dared try because I would be afraid that 1/2 cup just wouldn't do it for me. However, I am not a big ice cream eater, but I do enjoy it once in a while. My bad thing is sweets.. Mainly chocolate like cake or chocolate chip cookies. i haven't had anything like that in a very long time. i thought about making a cake with artificial sweetner, but never cared much for the fake sugar. Really do not like splenda, or the pink & blue packets. Do you have any other ideas for sweetner that doesn't taste to badly?? Thanks. cJ \U+127803\U+127803

mystikfairy61 2012-08-22 12:32:52 -0500 Report

Stopping at 1/2 cup wasn't hard for me and I love ice cream but i measure it before hand so I am not tempted. It has splenda in it but you wouldn't know it. Also hubby and I use splenda, yellow packs for coffee and the loose great value of splenda from walmart for other stuff. But like you,don't care for baked goods with it in it, just doesn't taste right. Have made brownies and cake and neither one tasted right. I think next time I try to bake I am gonna use just regular sugar and cut down on the amount and see if that helps the flavor any. I don't like stevia I had tried it and find that it has a worse after taste than what I currently use. There is a brand of sugar free cookies that they have at Walmart and other stores in a blue and while package that's really good and they have chocolate chip as well as pecan sandies (which I love), vanilla creams, peanut butter, oatmeal, oh well you get the idea. Can't remember the name right now but I will check on it and try to remember to get back to you with it. Hugs Donna

spirit7 2012-08-23 09:14:22 -0500 Report

You might want to try stevia as a sweetener as opposed to splenda and other artificial sweeteners. Stevia is a plant and a natural sweetener which you can purchase in most food stores these days. It is quite sweet so a little lasts a long time. I have given up artificial sweeteners as I have read enough to know that are not healthy. But don't take my word for it. Check out online and you'll find plenty of data. There are many types of stevia that have a good taste w/o the bitter aftertaste such as sosweet and sweetleaf. Remember, stevia is a natural source while artificial sweeteners are not. Do check out the sugar-free cookies, most of them contain manitol which is "sugar". I have yet to find a packaged "sugarfree" cookie that doesn't contain some type of sugar so I make my own!

mystikfairy61 2012-08-23 14:06:30 -0500 Report

I have tried stevia and to me it has an aftertaste that I just can't stand. I wish it didn't do that to me but it does. But at least I tried it.

spirit7 2012-08-24 07:27:47 -0500 Report

Have you tried SoSweet or Sweetleaf stevia?They do not have the aftertaste and my family even loves them. When I put the SoSweet (You can get cheap at Job Lot) they didn't even know it wasn't sugar!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-23 15:46:51 -0500 Report

Stevia tastes a little citrusy to me. Its good for somethings, but other things the taste doesn't quite blend. It works good for making slightly tart Greek style yogurts sweeter. Not so good for hot cocoa, when it is hot cocoa season.

kathy77 2011-07-26 13:36:29 -0500 Report

When I was dx with Type 2 diabetes about 6 years ago, and wondering about recipes and such, you can cut 2/3 down on your regular sugar, to make the same recipe, but you have to see with this works with your best recipe, some recipes don't taste very good with the cut down of sugar, you may need to check with different recipes. I also find it hard to exercise, even though I'm not working, there are other things I do, gardening, mowing the lawn, laundry, not counting to keep track of the pets at the house, the heat has been awful, too miserable to do anything.Good luck on your acceptance of this disease, which I thought I would never get!

Republichic 2011-07-25 12:04:25 -0500 Report

It's a crying shame that food can be the death of you. I love eating and have found it so hard to give up my favorite foods. I was wondering if you have tried Wheylow diabetic sugar products. This company has a substitute for granulated sugar, brown sugar, sugar for ice cream and powdered sugar. These products are low-glycemic. I order direct from the website. I have found no fault with any of the products, so you might check it out. I have found their products at the health food store, as well. I'm with you on the pie, except I'm craving peach cobbler. I'm going to cheat somewhat and make one since I have the sugar part covered. The crust is another problem. I wish the stores would have a separate diabetic section. I totally am exhausted after grocery shopping from just checking new labels. I am allergic to MSG and must double check all the ingredients on everything. Good luck to you. Christy in Oklahoma

spirit7 2011-07-25 13:06:45 -0500 Report

No I haven't but I will check it out. Always looking for new sources! Thank you! Crust! I have made nut crusts or used almond meal (low-carb) as a substitute and it works quite well. I use butter or smart balance and for a sweetener I always use stevia. There is a liquid stevia from Sweet Leaf and they have great flavors, toffee, orange, lemon, etc. You can buy them online at Vitacost. Reasonable prices and I use the toffee flavored in my morning coffee. (something I haven't given up!)

still smiling
still smiling 2011-07-24 17:02:16 -0500 Report

Please let us know when your sister comes up with the ice cream recipe would love to have ice cream diabetics can eat. I miss it. I agree with Gabby Everyone should eat as a diabetic eats. We all could live a lot longer.

VickieF 2011-07-26 22:01:29 -0500 Report

Our Wal-Mart has Dream cycles (Blue Bunny brand) that are awsome. Would you believe the carbs are only 14grams (1 carb count). A small pack of PB/Cheese crackers are 2 carb counts. The Dream Cycles do not raise my BG at all.

still smiling
still smiling 2011-07-27 20:24:37 -0500 Report

thanks VickieF, this is very helpful…I will check out our WalMart here I am always in there one of my favorite stores stillsmiling

VickieF 2011-07-28 21:48:56 -0500 Report

My favorite thing to get there is frozen fish. They have those little vacummed packed frozen polick and other frozen fish. They look like there would be nothing in them, but there is two nice filetes in each pack. They are soo good. Do they have the 5 for 19.95 where you live? A lot of the stores down here do. lol It is the only reason we can afford to eat.

still smiling
still smiling 2011-07-28 22:19:33 -0500 Report

Haven't seen the vacummed packed fish, however I will look for it this weekend…will also look for the 5/19.95 getting those omega 3 in thanks for the tip will let you know have a good night Marshalnel still smiling

Republichic 2011-07-25 12:06:35 -0500 Report

you might check out the web site for Whey Low products. They have a diabetic sugar for making ice cream. Haven't tried it, but it's probably worth the look.

spirit7 2011-07-24 20:13:14 -0500 Report

I will! In the meantime you might want to try some products by So Delicious, made with coconut milk. Usually available in health food stores like Whole Foods and sometimes Stop and Shop.

diabetes control
diabetes control 2011-07-24 08:49:56 -0500 Report

just out of brain surgery, have fought diabetes two ways, staph infection, I have a regiment where you eat reasonable and your sugar will stay in tact, now can not be done email me at small watch my videos at U-TUBE 1LEWISWRIGHT2

GabbyPA 2011-07-24 08:21:05 -0500 Report

I love what you shared and in particular am glad you said that our nutritional food pyramid is astray. We are taught this is how to eat, and it is so messed up. Everyone should eat as a diabetic eats, and we would be a much healthier country once again.

cmjapnea 2011-07-23 17:10:23 -0500 Report

to spirit7 enjoyed your post and definitely sympathize w/your situation.How much weight did you lose after being diagnosed? I will look into the Zone plan and I wish you the BEST in your efforts. Most non-diabetics just don't "get it".

spirit7 2011-07-24 16:49:22 -0500 Report

I lost 35-40 pounds. So I weighed about 140 ish and went down to 100. Thanks for your comment, I did go on a bit but guess I needed to get it out… haha.
I am just a bit frustrated now because the metformin and glimipride are not working to my satisfaction so I am trying to figure out what to do next. I would prefer less meds so re-thinking my strategy yet again!

Mike_K9MI 2011-07-23 07:41:18 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in 2005 when I went to my GP and thought I had a kidney or bladder infection and it wasn't either. My BG was over 500 (type 2). It didn't take me too long to get it under control. I was put on Lantus and it has been my only diabetic medication. I have had A1C's in the 5's for the last 3 or 4 years. My doctor always tells me "keep doing what you're doing, you're doing great". Well, recently I have read several studies that talk about people in the 5's having more heart attacks and dying then people with higher A1C's. I read this and think, WHAT! I've tried hard to keep my a1c as low as possible. Diabetes runs on my mom's side of the family and my aunt died at 62 due to kidney failure. My mom and dad had said she didn't ever take her diabetes seriously. I wasn't around so I don't know. I'm 55 and 62 isn't that far away. Does anyone have any opinions on this? I've been thinking I've been doing the right thing by working on my a1c low or if I'm shooting myself in the foot. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Thanks… Mike

L Jean
L Jean 2011-07-25 17:19:08 -0500 Report

WOW I keep my A1C between 6 and 6.5 my doctor tells me thats great. Yours seems low to me.

L Jean
L Jean 2011-07-25 17:29:13 -0500 Report

I would also say that you can have a low A1C, but if your cholesterol is high yes, people are going to have heart attacks. One goes with the other diabeties and your cholesterol. You can eat the right things to bring down your sugar, but it maybe the wrong things for your heart and cholesterol. So if you are keeping both of those things in check. you'll be fine.

Mike_K9MI 2011-07-26 09:47:58 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for the replies. All my important numbers are good except for my good cholesterol. It runs a little too low. I'll keep doing what I'm doing and ignore the ACCORD study. I don't get a lot of excercise due to the back fusion in '93. I do all the grocery shopping and things around the house, but even something as simple as walking around the block flares up my back/hips/legs (sciatic nerve) up enough it's not worth the extra pain.

Blessed617 2011-07-23 15:12:18 -0500 Report

I had read that before as well. Much of the risk was in the people who were in the group that used intensive treatment to lower their blood sugar levels quickly. Google ACCORD which is the study that gave the information you read. Then google ADVANCE which goes behind that study and claims just the opposite. It seems like with so many things in medicine these days information is conflicting. When I was reading all this I got to the point where I didn't know what to do. I came to the conclusion that I will trust my doctor to know what is best for me and go with that. We are all unique individuals and what works for me might not work for you. If you believe that your doctor is current and up to date in his knowledge then you just trust him and go from there. Once you do research the info you might want to make a list of questions you have to ask and put your mind at ease. Knowledge is power. I have done this in the past. I take the information to my doctor and ask my questions and then get answered so I understand why my treatment plan is the way it is.

GabbyPA 2011-07-24 08:22:54 -0500 Report

That is why I keep my mind open to every thing. I try many things and then decide for myself if it works for me and if I can keep it as part of my routine. Conflict comes because doctors and people in general want to just lump us all together and put a tag on us. We are all different and what works for one, will not work for another.

L Jean
L Jean 2011-07-25 17:40:48 -0500 Report

You are oh so right. Like I have friends who can eat about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white rice and be ok. I cant 2 teaspoons shoots my sugar through the roof. So I dont touch it.

azdutchman 2011-07-23 13:38:20 -0500 Report

Mike, it sounds to me like you have been doing great if you have kept your A1Cs in the 5s. I have never heard anything like people in the 5s having more heart attacks. I think some people who have trouble or cannot tell when their BG level is too low may be at risk of heart attack. I was diagnosed with Type II when I was 48 and I am 72 now and I think I have more years left in me. I have not always been real strict with my diet and for the past year + I have been on Humolog and Lantus, but I have been much more diligent about checking my blood sugar and getting my BG in range. When I was your age I was able to keep control with diet and exercise, but as I got older, I quit exercising as much. I used to get to the gym every other day, but I guess I got lazy. I now have some deterioration of the kidneys, but I am getting treatment for that. I'm not anywhere near going on dialysis yet. So my recommendation is that you keep those A1Cs down and try to exercise regularly. Just walking at a regular pace for 15-30 minutes a day is really effective.