I suspected an issue for a while

By Plara31480 Latest Reply 2011-10-06 07:54:24 -0500
Started 2011-10-04 09:27:12 -0500

I have suspected an issue for a while. The hair from my knees down went away an dmy feet have been hurting for about 2 years. Recently at night the pain continues to become imense until I get out of bed. I just took my sugar reading and it was over 400 so I made an appointment with my Doctor for Thursday morning. I have spent about 6 hours on this great site reading the discussions and learning about Type 2 Diabetes. Im assuming I have neuropathy, does this go away once I start on medicine, diabietic diet and excersize? Im currently 6'4 and weigh 260 so I'm assuming losing a solid 50 lbs or so is important. This diet thing is gonna be harsh for me, though Im sure it is for most. I haven't drank alcohol in over 2 years at all, I had a stint as a bar and club owner and had my share of drinking and eating badly to last me a lifetime. I see fiber is important but not processed fiber, how can I know if my bread Im buying (I get 12 grain) is processed, same with my cereal? Thank you all in advance for answering my questions, looks like a major lifestyle change is on its way for me.

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TsalagiLenape 2011-10-06 07:54:24 -0500 Report

Well first of all, a change of lifestyle doesnt have to be a major undertaking. Do it in small steps. First do a daily food log for a week. At the end of that week look and see what you are eating too much of and etc. Then the following week replace the extra stuff with healthier choices. Especially what you can afford. Dont forget to include veggies and fruit. But watch out if you are diabetic on the fruit ok? Next week start doing exercises as part of your daily plan. You will want to eat three meals and two snacks a day. At first this may seem overwhelming but take it in stages its not. Just think of your car. You wouldnt drive it unless it had gas and other fluids right? Nor would you let it sit and not be used. Thus your body is your car. The food you eat is the gas and other fluids. This will help make your body aka car run better and at it peak performance. Thus help yourself to become better. Yes losing the weight will help yet do so in a slow moving forward way. This way you are being smart safe and wise. Keep up the food diary daily will help you along the way. Hope this helps as it was meant too.

locarbarbie 2011-10-05 11:11:22 -0500 Report

Wow, I was diagnosed Type 2 14 months ago. I too noticed that my lower legs stopped growing hair for the most part and are smooth like a babies skin. When I mentioned to my dr. that this was at least one positive outcome of diabetes (for a woman at least!!), she said that diabetes had nothing to do with it and that it was more attributed to aging. I was only 54 at the time. So now it appears that she was wrong. For me, I had sporadic intense pain in my feet, especially the right foot before my diagnosis. Since changing my awful previous lifestyle and diet I have not had any neuropathy foot pain to speak of. As much as I wish I did not have this disease, I am grateful because I feel as though I have been given a second chance. It has been a tremendous wake-up call for me, and slowly but surely am making positive changes that I would not probably have done otherwise. I have discovered the wonders of Ezekiel bread and also cereal. I microwave the cereal with some almond milk at 1 carb per 8 oz cup, you have to read labels, all almond milk is not the same. This is a very nutritious and high fiber hot cereal.
Already you are on the right track…investigating for yourself what are the healthiest choices. Good luck and god bless!

pixsidust 2011-10-04 13:53:46 -0500 Report

I buy sprouted California complete protein bread at the health food store. It has 15 carbs, 2g dietary fiber, and 5g of protein.

All flour products are processed. Anything taken out of its original state is processed

If its natural, like a raw apple thats unprocessed. Cereal is almost a no no.
Oat bran can be good vs Oat meal for its fiber and health benefits. I get Fiber One Cinnamon Cereal but have to measure the amounts. The days of the big bowl are over. Do not eat bread and cereal in the same sitting. With cereal measure!

Exercise will also help you. Just walk if nothing else. Remember loving yourself. Give yourself small successes vs making goals too hard.

Walk the aisles of the grocery store and read the labels. I found a special diet end cap of shelving that had jams, salad dressings, sugar free chocolate spreads and pancake syrup in one area. Some of the stuff did not taste good like the salad dressing. Then on the shelves where all the dressing is located are some healthy alternatives too. Watch the fats and cholesterol too. Have plenty of acceptable food on hand, all the time. I have sugar free chocolate pudding in the fridge when I get a sweet tooth.

Plan your health, your success and your life. Now is the time to make planning each week and each day a priority. Your life depends on it.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-04 12:12:27 -0500 Report

I hate these health wake up calls, but it is better than not being called. If I understand correctly, your neuropathy will subside when your sugars and weight are under control, but it is like the monster under the bed, in a weak moment she will pop out and grab you. The diet change for me is/was a pain. I am a carb man. Limiting myself to a max. of 3 carbs servings (45 grams) per meal, is not my idea of a good day. I am doing better with it all the time, but I love bread. Potatoes are one of my favorite foods. Corn—-yum. Peas-Glad I can't have them anymore! But carb control is the key. I have been done with soda for about 5 years, and, for the most part, sweet tea. some other stuff on my no-no list are fried foods, and sadly, pizza. i wish you the best in the changes. Jim

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