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Northern Kayaker
By Northern Kayaker Latest Reply 2014-02-12 15:13:47 -0600
Started 2013-04-15 12:41:34 -0500

I have so many unanswered questions and no one to ask, my primary doctor doesn't seem to have time for me. He walked out after telling me I have diabetes and to take Metformin.. I felt like I had gotten hit by a mac truck. I go to my endrocronologist and ask questions and I don't get answers there either.. I feel lost and don't know what to do.. My numbers are the same when I wasn't on meds to what they are now on meds 1.5yrs later. My a1c went from 6 before meds to 6.5 after meds. I am not gaining weight nor can I lose weight. I have changed my eating to only lean meats, hardly any red meats if I do it's like once a month. I eat lots of fresh veggies, and I work hard at incorporating fruit as well.. I do not drink soda, or any caffeine at all.. Could someone please help! Thanks for reading


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Anonymous
Anonymous 2014-02-12 15:13:47 -0600 Report

Sounds to me that your doing ok. I have a nutrisionist I go see, she is very helpful.
I only drink a half cup of caffiene coffee and no sodas. NO SUGAR FREE jello or sweets or anything that is sugar free, because they are poison for me and others. Organic Stevia fake sugar and not very often, if not at all. Eat lots of green veggies, some fruit, and salads with vinegar and olive oil, fish and chicken, no red meat. I am also Lactose Intolerant. I have lost 50 lbs, and I feel good. I used to take Glipizide, but it started to make my blood sugar go to low, past 70. I can go from 70 to 200. So I stopped that. Too scarry. I was taking the Glucerna also, to lower my Blood sugar, but it does not work anymore. I have a doctor that just takes my A1c, but won't take my other lab tests, I think it might have something to do with our insurance, only pays for part of it. So I get my best info on diabetis at WEB MD and other safe web sites for Diabetics.

ljdev3
ljdev3 2014-02-12 14:50:10 -0600 Report

I have tried it, because their is so much sugar in the salad dressings, and this is what they used to eat, just vinegar and olive oil. So why not. My blood sugar stays at the lowest 95 and I am losing weight. So it works for me. Most of your salad dressings have milk in them, I am also Lactose Intolerant. I eat fish and chicken, and lots of green veggies. And some fruit. But I started out with diabetis 1 and then went to diabetis 2 and now I am on the borderline of a non diabetic. I found out I had diabetis, when I went in for a Colonoscopy and thru that they found that the bottom part of my heart was working, but the top part of my heart was not, so I had to have a fribulation of the heart surgery, I test three times a day now. Praise the Lord.

Fefe12
Fefe12 2013-05-11 16:14:54 -0500 Report

Im a bit in a rush today so I didnt read all your answers but I think you need a new doc. I know some people say to give your doc a chance but I say life is too short. Docs are people too, they have their good and bad days like the rest of us. Some are talkative, others are not. Some have the personality of a mac truck, and some are more quiet. You need to find someone you can connect with or all is lost. This is your caregiver. Even though we do a lot of research on are own we still need the backup and guidence from our docs.. Im also a firm believer in diabetic nutionists. They help you through the ruff spots and really work with you to get your eating and meds under control. Good luck.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2013-04-24 11:55:17 -0500 Report

Some endocrinologists are known for not communicating with their patients. I was in a similar situation and 2.5 yrs. later he fired me as his patient because I asked him to tell my why he is making the decisions that he makes regarding my care. He liked being in charge of everything. My internist wanted some tests done and he (my endocrinologist) wouldn't let him order them. One of my tests were running very high and my internist took me off of Metformin for two weeks until he could run another test. My endocrinologist thought it was the wrong decision and fired me on the spot because I was following my internists orders.

Learn as much as you can from the internet, the American Diabetes Association and other diabetes related sites. Also, you can get help on the website that produces your insulin, or your blood glucose meter. In a perfect world the healthcare professionals would tell what you need to know… But they don't. They leave the learning up to you.

Schedule an appointement with a nutritionist and a diabetes educator. Your insurance should pay for some of the cost with a referral from your doctor.

Please stick to your regime. Every diabetic case is different listen to the nutritionist and/or diabetes educator. This disease is too dangerous not to stay in control.

There are several endocrinologists at Essentia Health at both St. Mary's Hospital & clinic in Superior, WI. Check out their website under find a medical professional.

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-25 10:29:54 -0500 Report

Anonymous, I go to Essentia health now for my both my DR. and Endo.. This is where I am having the problems of both not listening to me! I have done a lot of research on Dr's, I have a new Primary and an appointment coming up soon, and I will be making sure that she listens to me. Also, I will be talking to her about my meds and my endo that I just saw.. Thanks for the info! **smiles**

IronOre
IronOre 2013-04-23 22:06:43 -0500 Report

Well, I know you are up there in God's country but it's time to get your butt over to a big city doctor.
Consider going over to the Twin Cities, or even all the way to Milwaukee for one. You won't be the first one to travel hundreds to miles to do it.

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-25 10:25:53 -0500 Report

IronOre, I would probably go to Wausau before Milwaukee.. I can't see driving over 8hrs every 3 months to see the Dr. I will work a bit closer to home. =o) Thanks for the advice!

sNerTs1
sNerTs1 2013-04-24 07:24:58 -0500 Report

Milwaukee is pretty dang far or her to travel. Wausau has Mayo Clinic. Green Bay and Appleton have wonderful doctors. Twin Cities also is a good choice or even Madison.I didn't know you we're in Chedderland too Iron :)

Please let us know what happens for you. Take all your questions in with you. I don't know if your new doctor has this feature or not, but if I have questions, I can easily email the nurse (their system) and get responses within 24 hours. My physician is connected to Theda Care which also shares information with all Theda Care hospitals, so if I should have problems, they have my history right there. Hopefully you can find a system that works for you too! *Hugs* Cheryl

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-25 10:27:36 -0500 Report

sNerTs1, Menomonie has a Mayo clinic too and it is just the other side of Eau Claire.. I have been doing a lot of research lately, thanks to this group. **smiling** it has helped me out a lot..

IronOre
IronOre 2013-04-25 22:30:08 -0500 Report

I did not realize that both of those cities have mayp clinics, that is a really good choice.
I think the one problem I have here in Milwaukee is that I have so many good doctors to coose from, we are almost flooded with them here.

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-26 20:46:37 -0500 Report

Send them up north… I hear so many complaining about the doctors here.. Rice Lake has good Doctors too.. My husband said I should check there too..

Charles1944
Charles1944 2013-04-23 12:01:04 -0500 Report

Maybe you should talk to a dietician about what to eat and not to eat. Fiber is good. Also, if your doctors are not able to sit down and talk to you about diabetes etc. I would look for a new doctor. By making changes in my diet, I have been able to lower my a1c from 2 years ago and it is also near normal. I do have other health problems as well. Good luck to you.

HICHAM EL CHARKAWI
HICHAM EL CHARKAWI 2013-04-20 18:31:03 -0500 Report

hi dear collegue, I am sure you are on the right way by goining us, you will find all the answers , all what you need is to ask the proper questions to your case by priority for example the items to be avoided then the items alloweded then the precautions to be followed , do not panic we all passed by this situation and succeded to overcome all dificulties,good luck.

BB42
BB42 2013-04-20 08:16:19 -0500 Report

First thing I would do is change doctors and see a new endocrinologist. You deserve a lot more from them than what you are getting. Depending upon where you live, you should look into a Diabetes Center or meet with a Diabetes Counselor. This web site might also help: http://www.journeyforcontrol.com/. You a1C is still very good so I would not worry (Easy for me to say but I am always worried about what this disease can do. You deserve more support and input from the medical community

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-20 10:02:42 -0500 Report

Thanks BB42, I have an appointment on May 3rd with a new doctor and I will talk to her about what is going on.. I am going to ask to be slowly taken off my meds.. I am tired of taking something that is showing no signs of improvement.. and my A1C is actually hire with them.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-04-18 15:55:02 -0500 Report

Hi Kayaker, I just wanted to say hi and welcome you to Diabetic Connect. Support is power! I am a therapist and not a physician, so I don't have any helpful advice to give you. But I can tell you that you have found your way to the most supportive place for diabetics on the planet, a place where people really get what you are going through. I hope you will stay connected with us! Gary

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-18 17:11:45 -0500 Report

Dr. Gary, Thanks for the friend request.. I can use all the help that I can get. Some might say that I need a therapist sometimes more than a doctor.. **smiling** It's always nice to have someone to talk to.. =o)

MoeGig
MoeGig 2013-04-17 19:37:48 -0500 Report

Hello Kayaker: It sounds like you're doing fine. The main thing with diabetes is that you have to become your own doctor. "knowledge is power" as Socrates once said. The management of diabetes is a minute to minute understanding of where you're at…blood sugar wise. And, in order to do that, you have to know the disease intimately. You're obviously a transitioning Type 2 diabetic and you have to focus on the things that will keep you A1c in the 6's. Nothing else matters. Maintaining these numbers for the last 50 years has kept me healthy and avoided complications. If it's metformin to do that, or 10 units of Lantus insulin every morning to accomplish your goal, or if you can do it on diet alone…fine. Don't fight the solution, embrace the goal. Hope all goes well. After all, you want to be able to kayak without someone having to load you into the boat. Good luck.

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-17 19:41:44 -0500 Report

Thanks MoeGig.. My A1C is in the 6s.. I have never had one above 6.5.. I will always kayak, it is my life. **smiling**

Nursesugar
Nursesugar 2013-04-17 19:05:08 -0500 Report

You did yourself a favor by changing your doctor. The first thing you do after you introduce yourself to the new doctor, is to ask him/her how good a listener are they.Tell him/her the reason you have a new doctor now, 'THE LAST DOCTOR DID NOT HAVE TIME TO LISTEN TO ME."This will set the tone for all future interactions and put the current dr on notice.It works, and the current doctor will respect you for it and will make time for you.Write your former dr and express your satisfaction with the behavior, he/ she needs to know or the behavior will continue . I know this patient who lost her leg 4 days after seeing her doctr because the doctor did not listen or addressed her complaint of her hurting blackened foot.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-17 12:23:05 -0500 Report

Your doctor works for you because you pay him/her either through insurance or out of pocket. You have to be assertive and speak up. Tell the doctor either he/she is going to improve his/her bedside manner or you will find a doctor who will. Your doctor doesn't know how you feel about this. Discussing the problems with others can only relieve the stress you feel because of the doctors action. Go to the source of the problem which is the doctor and get the problem fixed. If that doesn't work, find another doctor.

You have to look at the glycemic index of fruits and veggies. I know citrus fruits will drastically increase my blood sugar so I rarely eat or drink them. I am also careful with corn, peas and potatoes. Foods can be sneaky. People eat a lot of salads without realizing how high in calories, sodium and sugar they can contain based on what is put in and on the salad. The same is true for foods you prepare at home.

Losing weight isn't easy. You have to have patience and be persistent. When I stop losing I look at my meal plan and caloric intake and make necessary adjustments. Good luck to you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-17 12:22:49 -0500 Report

Your doctor works for you because you pay him/her either through insurance or out of pocket. You have to be assertive and speak up. Tell the doctor either he/she is going to improve his/her bedside manner or you will find a doctor who will. Your doctor doesn't know how you feel about this. Discussing the problems with others can only relieve the stress you feel because of the doctors action. Go to the source of the problem which is the doctor and get the problem fixed. If that doesn't work, find another doctor.

You have to look at the glycemic index of fruits and veggies. I know citrus fruits will drastically increase my blood sugar so I rarely eat or drink them. I am also careful with corn, peas and potatoes. Foods can be sneaky. People eat a lot of salads without realizing how high in calories, sodium and sugar they can contain based on what is put in and on the salad. The same is true for foods you prepare at home.

Losing weight isn't easy. You have to have patience and be persistent. When I stop losing I look at my meal plan and caloric intake and make necessary adjustments. Good luck to you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-17 12:22:17 -0500 Report

Your doctor works for you because you pay him/her either through insurance or out of pocket. You have to be assertive and speak up. Tell the doctor either he/she is going to improve his/her bedside manner or you will find a doctor who will. Your doctor doesn't know how you feel about this. Discussing the problems with others can only relieve the stress you feel because of the doctors action. Go to the source of the problem which is the doctor and get the problem fixed. If that doesn't work, find another doctor.

You have to look at the glycemic index of fruits and veggies. I know citrus fruits will drastically increase my blood sugar so I rarely eat or drink them. I am also careful with corn, peas and potatoes. Foods can be sneaky. People eat a lot of salads without realizing how high in calories, sodium and sugar they can contain based on what is put in and on the salad. The same is true for foods you prepare at home.

Losing weight isn't easy. You have to have patience and be persistent. When I stop losing I look at my meal plan and caloric intake and make necessary adjustments. Good luck to you.

midgemills
midgemills 2013-04-17 09:00:13 -0500 Report

I like you had so many unanswered questions, you will find a good support group here as I have. ..I would definitely suggest start walking if possible.Walking may not help you lose weight the ideal is to get your energy level up to help burn your glucose levels or if not walking something cardio for sure. I am not a big advocate with pills either.. The doctor prescribed me metformin 500 mg twice a day..Your readings sound good though. I was just diagnosed April 11 th.. I have changed my diet and tried to start walking I am severely overweight for my height My blood sugar runs between 110-127 in the morning before breakfast and around 147 at nights.. although it has been higher since yesterday I think because I have had a headache..I don't drink soda either..Just know you are not alone here some are new and some aren't but we all can help one another

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2013-04-16 13:27:23 -0500 Report

I've also read that inflammation keeps our BGs higher. When the BGs are up, the weight is really hard to lose. Have you had a C-reactive protein test so you know what your bodies inflammation level is?

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2013-04-16 01:36:23 -0500 Report

Since 6.5 is a good A1c and you were at 6.0 without the meds, if I were you I would question why I was told to take meds in the first place?

Were you diagnosed as diabetic or pre-diabetic? Many of us manage very well with dietary changes, increased exercise, and improved management techniques for dealing with stress even when we have been diagnosed with full blown diabetes. Don't know what your situation is, but it might be worth considering.

My BG was 396 at time of diagnosis and I was told to start insulin which I refused. 10 years later, I maintain a 6.3-6.8 range of A1c by using the techniques listed above. Took oral meds for a while, then decided I wasn't seeing enough benefits for me to be willing to put so many chemicals (meds) in my body and weaned myself off them. Oh, I watched my BGs and A1c very carefully while doing this, because I want to remain healthy. Use the meds if you need them, but, if it looks like you don't, consider healthier meals, more exercise, less stress, and fewer or no meds.

Sometimes you really have to be your own advocate and do what seems best for you.

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-16 08:46:16 -0500 Report

Caroltoo, Stopping meds has crossed my mind.. I am not an advocate of medication in the first place.. I am not sure if you can see my log for my numbers that I have been doing.. In the morning before breakfast I am around 134 and after dinner at night I am in the low 100s.. around 114 118.. sometimes higher because I have eaten something I know that I shouldn't have.. I have told them that I do not want to be on meds and they tell me that my numbers are high and that my A1C is not good.. I have done a lot of reading and my A1C is pretty dang good even in reference of where they want it…To answer your question I was diagnosed with type 2 .. My old primary told me I had diabetes and said take these meds and walked out of the room ..I was horrified.. it has been a fighting battle ever since.. I had to ask for an endo dr.. I had to ask for a test kit.. I went to my husbands uncles girlfriend and ask her what to do.. She unfortunately has type 1 and is on a pump, however, she has been a great help. I have never had a high number, not even close to 200 not even after I eat.. I know that losing weight would help me some too, and I am working on that process as we speak. Like I said, my numbers have not changed they are still the same.. no matter if I have no meds, 500 mg of meds or 1000mg of meds now for about 6mns.. the only thing that went up is my A1C from 6 to 6.5.. Thanks for the reply =o)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-16 10:25:02 -0500 Report

Don't know if it is the same with all doctors, but mine explained that they wanted my fasting BG no higher than 100.
Sometimes it is sneaky foods that get us. Once in awhile I forget and use Catalina salad dressing that has 2 carbs per Tbsp (don't know if it is exactly those numbers) and I have a 132 fasting BG. If I stick with my trusty blue cheese never a high fasting reading. I can even have other salad dressings with a carb count identical to the Catalina and my fasting BG will be lower than the Catalina gives me.
Similar issue with corn products. Avoid them usually, but gotta have a few tortilla chips once in a while. Well, one day hubby left a bag of Fritos around. I snitched 10, tested my bg because about an hour later because I was going to test and see if a food aI hadn't tried would spike my BG or not. Yikes 187. I could et almost double the serving size with tortillac hips and would have been 50 points lower.
Another possibility could be the notorious liver dump. For some people their liver decides that the need some glucose during the long fast between supper and breakfast. Unfortunately the pancrease does not decide to dump some insulin to take care of the glucose. Based on the fact you are in the 100's after dinner, the liver might be dumping on you. You might want to try a carb/protein combo snack before bed.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-04-16 11:30:25 -0500 Report

Yes ANYTHING (besides fat) raises one's BG (blood glucose) levels, Tink.

Fruits have varying Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load numbers which affect your BG levels. Generally speaking the Berry fruits affect one's BG the least. Bananas and Pineapples seem to be the worst offenders for raising BGs (after dried fruits).

However fruits, especially the berry fruits are way better to eat than other sweets as they have many nutritional benefits over a cookie, cake or even pie.

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-16 10:30:42 -0500 Report

Thanks Graylin Bee. I have done protein snacks before bed. My numbers are always around 134 in the morning. As for my fasting numbers I was told to work on under 126. I can get that when I excersize in the morning. I actually get 90s. With out meds.

Gwen214
Gwen214 2013-04-15 23:12:38 -0500 Report

Wow, I'm surprised about those doctors reactions, especially your endocrinology since that's what he specializes in. I would look for another endocrinologist, and while doing that do your own research. You should be able to work with your doctor and find a nutritionist. Every body is different. Fruit does raise my BG it maintains it. White carbs like rice, pasta bring my BG up. I can eat a lot of fruit and still get a low BG reading. I've done it before, because that's all I had in the house.

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-16 08:47:52 -0500 Report

Thanks Gwen, I am looking for new Doctors now, I actually found a new primary and am going to talk to her on May 3rd.. I just want them to listen to me and stop shoving pills at me. I am not a big advocate for pills in the first place..I feel there is a natural way to cure all.

Gwen214
Gwen214 2013-04-17 20:31:17 -0500 Report

Me too! I always ask the docs what I can do, and then fir my last resort is medication. It always ended up with eat healthy and exercise.

I had high cholesterol, my endo told me if I continue to eat badly, he will prescribe me something. I changed my eating habits and no HC. I had a lower back herniated disk (low risk). Doc told me I may need surgery, and pain pills. I researched on line, and read to start low impact exercises, it will eventually get better. No surgery needed or medication

Gwen214
Gwen214 2013-04-15 23:13:19 -0500 Report

I mean fruit does not raise my BG..

Edie
Edie 2013-04-16 03:50:02 -0500 Report

Gwen is right I can eat anything and keep my BG down if the portions are small ones. It is how much you eat not what you eat for alot of us. Hopefully this helps you. Good Luck on your control.

flipmom
flipmom 2013-04-15 20:35:00 -0500 Report

welcome to diabetic connect.. .remember that a1c ( yours is pretty good btw) is taken for the three months time…so if your bg is good and then you eat fruits that might get your bg really high., then that adds up to your a1c. just my opinion..

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-15 20:38:05 -0500 Report

Ya, I agree.. I cut back on fruits.. I eat like an apple a day.. I am not a big fruit eater.. My biggest thing right now is that my numbers are the same now on meds for the past 1.5yrs then when I wasn't on meds .. It is a bit frustrating..Thanks for the reply.. Anything and everything is welcome.. I don't know much, and I am learning a lot being on this page..

Gwen214
Gwen214 2013-04-17 20:39:49 -0500 Report

Stick to eating healthy, and keeping active. The emotional part, don't isolate yourselves, talk to people who understand. When you're sick, for me it's hit or miss, my numbers are all over the place, drink plenty of water, and make sure you eat, even when you don't feel like it. And don't forget, check your BG often. And then you'll have some gray areas… The confusing parts of this disease, Just post on DC and someone will respond. Take care

95ncountin
95ncountin 2013-04-15 19:47:29 -0500 Report

Hi! I had the same problem with mine. I found an endocrinologist. I used American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists to find mine. Www.aace.com. Hope that helps.

Janie

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-15 19:49:23 -0500 Report

Janie,
Thank you for the website. I will go on it and see what I can find.
I am glad to hear that I am not the only one.. Sad to hear that at the same time. These people go to school to help us and to be this way is not a good thing..

Thanks again,
Tiffanie

KittyKristi
KittyKristi 2013-04-15 18:11:12 -0500 Report

Hi Kayaker!
I too feel overwhelmed and frustrated. I have no insurance so I have one appointment this wednesday to find out all I need to know! But I have found that google is my best friend. I research information at least 5 hours a day, I stumbled on to this site today… and I love it so far! I have been working on finding what foods work for me. I have lost 15 lbs since i got out of the hospital on the 5th of April. I eat a small bowl of fiber one and a medium banana every morning with my heart medication, then I go for a 30 min easy walk, I have a lunch of fresh spinach salad with almonds, shredded chicken and 2 tbs of fat free italian dressing, then for dinner I have 3oz of grilled chicken over fresh steamed asparagus, broccoli and carrots. About an hour before bed I have a 1/2 cup of fat free plain yougurt with berries and one splenda. This has been a very hard change for me but its working to help me lose the weight I need to lose. I still am figuring out how to keep my numbers in check but like I said I am still new. =) Keep your spirits up! You will get this all sorted out!

CHenry9973
CHenry9973 2013-04-19 16:09:43 -0500 Report

Just a friendly note, if you do a lot of searches, and would like to win money for doing them… Publishers Clearing house is giving away money on a big scale… I won't go into the particulars, but I have found their search engine to be as good as any of the others.

Gwen214
Gwen214 2013-04-17 20:43:21 -0500 Report

When you google to obtain information, make sure you're looking up legit pages, those ending in org, edu, gov.

www.diabetes. Org is the American Diabetes Association official page. Happy searching

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-04-15 18:32:46 -0500 Report

I replied to you Kristi, Under your previous posting. You have heart problems to boot? That complicates the matter. Are you on coumadin? I can see how your BG (blood glucose) levels are averaging in the 140s

the medium banana is good for your potassium levels, but is not so good for keeping your BG low. Look for foods which have good potassium content and yet are not high on the glycemic index or glycemic load. If you use coumadin you may wish to no longer eat green leafy veggies as they have loads of "Vitamin K" which interferes with the Coumadin and your INR and Protime levels (blood clotting factors — it will cause your blood to clot too quickly and cause a heart attack ). If you are not taking Coumadin, there is no worries about the green leafies.

Praying for a healthier YOU

James

sNerTs1
sNerTs1 2013-04-15 14:40:30 -0500 Report

HiYas Northern Kayaker ~. Well you fell into the right pace. There is a ton of information to be found on here as well as people who are informed and willing to help at any given second.

I suspect that you may be eating some of the wrong carbs with your protein. Bad carbs are your whites ~ flour, breads, rice and potatoes to name a few. Lots of foods have hidden carbs in them as well such as Chinese, for example.

Your food portions of your proteins sounds great! Like James said, mix in the right veggies (usually greens) and fruit (berries seem to be a good go to).

It's a good idea to keep a log with not only what you are eating, but what your BGs are following those foods so you can better understand what food does what to your sugars as we all react differently to foods.

Of course exercise is key as well. I always say that education is the best or us, we cannot know enough about this disease. Please let us know how you are doing :)

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-15 15:17:00 -0500 Report

Thank you I will, I eat whole wheat bread if any, as for rice we eat wild rice and I go by the measurements on the back as far as what a serving is.. We eat that about once a month. Potatoes if eaten are the red ones and again that is maybe 2xs a month .. We don't eat pasta (which is hard from my husband being Italian **laughing** He is a great man and stands behind me and doesn't complain at all on what I put on the table.. I have been browsing on this site and then doing some house work then coming back and browsing more.. My husband while we were on vacation bought me a book called the Diabetic Bible.. it is very good..

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-04-15 14:36:13 -0500 Report

sounds like you are doing well on the diet , you need to find a new doctor and endo also, it sounds to me. If you insurance will pay all or most of it, your doctor's office will know about classes. There are so many things you need to know. Many cities have free classes for those that have no insurance and things like that. good thing you aren't gaiining any weight. don't ever drink any soda, so the fact that you aren't doing that, is another really great thing. all I can say is stay away from all white stuff, flour, bread, rice, regular noodles, and eat protein and fiber with each meal, a healthy snack between meals is always a good thing to do to try to keep your BS more stable. Be careful with portions , eat everything in moderation, you can eat some of the things you don't thik you can, just not too much. try to check your BS often , first thing in the morning, and 2 hrs after meals, to see which foods are going to keep BS high and which are not That is what they told me in the beginning, you will get to where once you know, you can test less often, and your doctor will let you know when that should be probably. Good luck

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-15 14:42:03 -0500 Report

Tabby, I have asked for a referal to a new dr. I was told no! so I went and got a new primary by myself. As for the endo I had to ask for one of those too, I was told to test once a day.. That is all they will put in for a RX for me. I would love to go to some classes. I am not very happy in the place that I am .. I gave up for about 6 months.. I just stopped testing all together.. They got mad.. I explained to them that they are not helping me why in the world should I test.. My numbers are the same no matter if on meds or not.. I have even told them that I want off of the meds
I am at my wits end and very frustrated.. I am sick of them telling me to lose weight. Ok, well then help me.. Obviously I am not doing something right.
In the end I found this place and so far I am very pleased with all the help that I have gotten so far.
Thank you for your help as well.. **smiling**

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-04-17 10:18:24 -0500 Report

Im glad you have found this place and are pleased with the help so far. I was very concerned about you and I hope you will improve. Blessings!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-04-15 14:21:27 -0500 Report

Ask away. What we don't know we will make up and say it in such a way that you know it has to be true!
Your PCP may not know the answers. Your diet sounds pretty good. Your numbers are not bad, so what is your goal(s)? Jim

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-15 14:23:08 -0500 Report

My goal is to lose about 80 lbs and to get off of this medication.. I fought tooth and nail not to be on it..I want to be healthy and happy again ..

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-04-15 14:38:26 -0500 Report

Well, if you took your kayak out to the northern east coast and went to Flordia and only ate the food and water you could carry on your kayak (okay, we will allow you to tow another unit behind you) you would lose the 80 pounds, get your muscles toned and be off the meds (because you are not going to want to use that valuable space carrying metformin). All is good as long as the Coast Guard doesn't pick you up as an illegal immigrant.
Seriously, why are you on Metformin?

Scarlet03
Scarlet03 2013-04-15 13:49:08 -0500 Report

Agreeing with James…

And to have an A1C of 6.5 is absolutely awesome!!!

If you have a glucose meter test often, when you take your medication at best.

You've done half the battle, with a really good diet, I applaud you!!!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-04-15 13:19:55 -0500 Report

Howdy Kayaker! WELCOME to DC. NOW you have someone to ask. In fact ask away as the ONLY dumb or stupid question here is a HONEST question which is NOT asked!

Eating the meats is good, even the red meats because it is protein. That is great! I lost 65 lbs on a high protein/low carb meal plan, got off my diabetes meds and had an A1c of 5.5. (details upon request) I find the best thing to do is to severely restict the simple carbs (which generally have little nutritional value) and eat the fruit and veggies which are complex carbs and has a lot of good nutrition with it. Of course, as with anything, one can overdo it with fruit, so follow recommended serving sizes for them. You can find the recomended serving sizes on most any food here ~ http://nutritiondata.self.com/

Praying for improving health for YOU!

James Baker

Northern Kayaker
Northern Kayaker 2013-04-15 13:25:29 -0500 Report

Would love details on how you lost the weight.. I am careful with the portion sizes of everything. I read labels as well. I would love to be at the point that you are so any information would be helpful. What are simple carbs? I may already restrict them with out knowing it *smiling* Thank you for the link, I hope to talk to you soon..

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-04-15 17:55:48 -0500 Report

You may find the meal plan I devised in Feb. 2011 with which I lost my 65 here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14... All I ask is to look the plan over, and then tell us what you think on that discussion. This is no set-in-stone plan but may be freely adapted. I had to adapt it when I was trying to extend the useful life of my kidneys and now that I have dialysis, I had to tweak it again.

Praying for success in losing the weight!

James

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