Trying to LIVE with diabetes, a personal struggle

By ChrissyRI Latest Reply 2012-03-15 08:30:55 -0500
Started 2012-02-01 12:18:02 -0600

I usually don’t hate. But man, whether I brought my glucose level (A1C) down or not, I STILL hate diabetes. Hate it, loathe it, despise it. People say “you can live with it”. Let me be the first to tell you, when you have it, it’s the ONLY thing you live with. There is nothing you can do, it is on your mind every single minute of every single day. You go to a party, you have to “watch yourself”. You go to a club you have to “watch yourself”. You go shopping you have to read labels and of course, “watch yourself”. If you want to go back to school you have to “watch yourself”, and be careful not to go back to “bad eating habits” (in my case, it wasn’t eating enough). Every meal has to be carefully planned. Every cut, injury, cold, ache and pain has to be “looked into”. Screw this disease.

Whether I eat right, lose weight, use sugar substitutes, sleep, talk, walk, breathe, I STILL have diabetes. With that having been said, let me bring up a few pointers:

ADA: American Dietetic Association ( Corporate sponsors include: Aramark, Coca-cola, Pepsico, Hershey, and Mars; just to name a few.

ADA: American Diabetes Association: Endorses dietitians certified by above mentioned people.
(I find this disturbing)

Above and beyond all that, something no one hardly tells you: In order to effectively lose weight and keep it off, you must cut out sodium. The fact that you are counting calories and fat is great, but please read labels. The sodium content in most fat free products is astonishing. People should not consume more than 1500 mg per day. Some people get that amount in ONE MEAL!

I am battling this disease for reasons that are unknown to me, other than perhaps I should have eaten more than what I did, considering that is how I gained weight in the first place, (by eating once per day), and my mom was the lipton noodles and sauce queen, or the mac and cheese queen, love her to death, but that is what was made economical back then, and even still today. I struggle daily, but am here, and am succeeding in the battle. My life is way too precious to do anything other than succeed. So is yours.

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annesmith 2012-02-03 01:59:36 -0600 Report

Yeah, it's one big pain in the you-know-what. I have been feeling that way lately, too. I mean, even when I smoke my cigarettes, my blood sugar changes while I am smoking. I am a brittle diabetic. I'm at work, standing and talking to customers, co-workers, and my blood sugar changes. I feel like a channel that's being changed every 5 minutes on television. My vision yesterday—-I was in some serious high, not even aware of it, then later when my vision became clear again, it dawned on me, it was the darned DIABETES again. It FOLLOWS us, it screams, if it does quiet down, it's only for about 20 minutes , maybe an hour if I am lucky. I have to watch my caffeine, as pure black coffee or too much of the wrong kind of chocolate sends me into a tizzy. I'm standing at a wedding reception hall, filling my plate moderately with a little bit of everything, when I run across walnuts..can't have them..they screw around with my blood sugar and they never want to leave my system. I still have days ( and this is wrong), where I glance at my darned blood sugar machine and say " I'll take my blood sugar tomorrow—it's a pain the rear, it's kind of boring, and it's darned expensive." HA…I am normally a positive person, but lately, I don't know…I rarely get into a big shouting argument with anybody, but even then, heck even during a normal argument, I start to feel the RUSH of my blood sugar—-then someone tells me " BE careful—-you're diabetes!" I then have to force myself to calm down, don't always succeed..most arguments , being they rarely occur between me and anybody, when they DO happen, I rarely calm down..I admit it. Then, my blood sugar either FALLS so low I feel like I am SINKING, or it SOARS so unbelievably high so QUICK that it hits the MOON!!!——A little humor there—-I feel for you, and am going to keep refocusing on the positive…ANNE

nzingha 2012-02-16 10:37:29 -0600 Report

i tell people i would not wish this diease on my greatest enemy.. i love food… yes and i am not ashamed to say so. i am not greedy never been but i love to see, sample, taste food especially from different cultures… now u r right.. have to watch and count everything i put in my mouth and am now on insulin.. i've gotten used to taking it but i hate having to do so…

my numbers are greatly controlled but i would have prefered beiing able to do so with just tablets and excerise.. but u have to stay strong and hang in there and just change the way u consume food.

as a rule now i hardly eat out.. it throws out my numbers.. i stick iwth my own food at home and i try to measure everything i puti n my mouth. i'm into eating mediterranaoian style and its working for me.. tho every now and then i get a little wayward especially when i go to family gatherings… but i try my best.. and i keep excerccising because otherwise i feel like my feet r seizing up…

u have to get that new attitude and then it becomes a way of life and then diabetes isnt such a curse on u anymore.. i can even sit in a room or aroundf a tabel and watch other people consume in abundance the foods i used to love and it doesnt bother me.. i look how fat they r and i use that as a consulation… lol!!!

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