A little more optimistic

diabetic diva 1975
By diabetic diva 1975 Latest Reply 2013-02-23 12:11:38 -0600
Started 2013-02-21 08:19:39 -0600

Yesterday after visiting the dr I am a little more optimistic about being able to be a better me. He upped the dose on one of my meds and I have armed myself with a new diet plan. The G I DIET.

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mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2013-02-23 12:11:38 -0600 Report

I am wondering why you are a little more optimistic about your doctor being better able to help you? He "upped" the dosage on your medication. That sounds like things are not exactly going in the right direction.

While the G.I. diet can work, it won't if you think of it as a "diet." Words are powerful. If you think you are on a diet you will find yourself thinking about the day you can come off of the diet. If you understand that a change in lifestyle is what you need to truly beat diabetes, you know exactly what those changes are (and they do not fall under the generic umbrella of "eat more healthy foods") and you embrace those changes than you can live a long and happy life.

I know. We did it. My husband is a type 2 diabetic and has been for over 30 years. He was so ill 12 years ago that I told my children in 6 months I would be pushing dad around in a wheelchair. Severe neuropathy in both his feet limited his walking more than 75 feet at any time. He was on pain medication (Neurontin) for the terrible pain from the neuropathy. He was on 43 units of insulin a day. His weight ballooned to 280 pounds (he is 5' 10"). He suffered from the roller coaster effects of high/low blood sugars - the angry outbursts, the profuse night sweats. I could go on and on.

In 2002 I read a book that changed our lives. Dr. Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution". Now I do NOT have any affiliation with Dr. Bernstein - I am including his book here because everyone with diabetes or anyone who is married to someone with diabetes needs to read this book. It saved my husband's life!

In 2003, I from reading Dr. B's book, and researching and studying I developed a program my husband could live with.

Within 3 month he came off of ALL insulin and has never looked back. Within 9 months he lost 80 pounds and since has lost another 20 pounds for a total weight loss of 100 pounds. Within 1 year he was in 2 5K races and finished. The neuropathy that he suffered from for over 15 years is gone! G-O-N-E! High/low blood sugars are gone.

Yes, it was a big change in our lifestyle that enabled us to accomplish this high level of wellness that my husband (and I) have enjoyed for the past nearly 11 years. I had to give up my ethnic cooking. We get up at 5:30 a.m. at least 3 times a week to hit the gym for a good 30 minute walk or swimming session.
We are now addicted to low carb foods and exercise.

My husband's doctors are astonished at the awesome change in his health.

We have been married for 52 years. My husband is 74 years old. No excuses - if he can do it and do it for the past nearly 11 years so can anyone else - with their doctors approval!!!

So when you say your doctor "upped" your medications, I am sorry but I cringe! My husband has come off of insulin, statins, diuretics, pain medications (Neurotin for neuropathy & Naproxen for sciatic - which we found was not sciatica but piriformis syndrome.) Coming off of medication because of lifestyle changes means you are in control of your diabetes instead of your diabetes being in control of you. Get Dr. B's book. You will be amazed at what you find in there!

diabetic diva 1975
diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-21 19:10:57 -0600 Report

Lol thanks James. It stands for glycemic index. And it's something I have tried before and did give 100%. Getting back on track tho. I am happy I joined this forum as its nice to have support and advice in knowing I am not alone in my struggles.

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jayabee52 2013-02-21 16:24:00 -0600 Report

Howdy DD! I am glad you are feeling more upbeat about being a better you!

Was the meal plan ("diet") something the Dr suggested to you? Wondering What the GI in the title of the meal plan stands for. Glycemic Index? Government Issue? Gastro Intestinal? (LoL!)