Diabetes and your heart!

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2013-02-05 06:55:43 -0600
Started 2013-01-30 11:17:06 -0600

I had to post this info and video under discussions. I thought this might be valuable for all, especially those of us that are new to diabetes.


8 replies

Flustrated 2013-02-04 09:29:38 -0600 Report

I am working with a cholestrol issue. I've always been in a safe range. My total is 232 and I never had it this high. My A1C read 7.2. Not happy because I know I have to improve. Started eating oatmeal and I hate it. Got a doctors visit coming up and I know what the issue is going to be. More pills but I am always looking for an alternative.

jigsaw 2013-02-04 18:17:40 -0600 Report

I know how you feel about more pills! Seems to be so common amongst many doctors, to simply prescribe more meds. Here's what worked for me. You may not think it's the answer for you, but it helped me tremendously. About twenty years ago, my total cholesterol was also 230. By cutting out excessive carbs, and doing aerobic type exercise, I was able to get my total cholesterol down to 160. I maintained that number for many years. Most of my doctors over the years, including endocrinologists felt that since I had diabetes, and my HDL refused to go above 36, it was imperative to get my total cholesterol even lower! My total Cholesterol is currently 120. Now, and many years later, I am taking medication to help out.
As far as carbs go, there are many varied opinions here as to what is correct. Since we are all different and with varied opinions, I'll leave that up to you, your body's response, and your doctor. Maybe you can extract some info fom my experience to be helpful.

Flustrated 2013-02-04 19:04:22 -0600 Report

Thanks everything is something to look at. Looking at something already has made me making changes like eating yuk oatmeal. Shoveled snow today that's excercise. I count walking dog has excercise but I'm going to make sure I add something else. Not willing to give up at my age.

GrammieMags 2013-02-03 19:51:11 -0600 Report

I got possible heart disease from my mom's side. She developed angina, and died because she didn't get a stent in her arteries fast enough. (Age 80) The same side of the family has blood clot problems.

My doctors have been keeping an eye on me for the past 15 years. (I'm now 58)

Finding out that diabetes ups my chance of a heart attack is not encouraging. Knowing that I have known about the heart disease for a long time is a comfort!

And I am glad that the diabetes was discovered as early as it was.

I was 48 when my mom died, and it hurt. I'm aiming for 90 so that my kids don't have to hurt so soon.

jigsaw 2013-02-04 07:07:35 -0600 Report

Fortunately, and with good mgmt, you just might make it to age 90, who knows!
Concerning blood clotting conditions, My wife was diagnosed with Factor 5 about 13 years ago. Factor 5 Leiden ia rare blood disorder that contributes to easy blood clotting. It was discovered as the cause of a stroke when she was only in her late 40s. Upon examination, and some scans, it was also discovered that she had a silent stroke previously, that no one knew about. I was home when she had the second stroke, and I rushed her to the hospital. Fortunately, I got her there in time. Today she is doing quite well and there is no apparent brain damage! She has been monitored while on blood thinners ever since , and should continue to do well according to her medical team.

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