3 Wins for Diabetics!

DrGala
By DrGala Latest Reply 2014-01-13 12:24:17 -0600
Started 2013-12-10 01:28:43 -0600

Hello Everyone~
As we are constantly looking for ways to improve our patient outcomes through diabetic feedback, we would love to hear what you consider the three most difficult challenges of being diabetic. Or, what are the three most significant ways diabetes has impacted your life?

As a thank you for your input, we will answer your most pressing diabetic question!
As we are well known for completely reversing diabetes in 2-6 months, myself and our team will do our best to answer, however, please be patient as we get many questions daily from many sources. Thank you!


17 replies

crowbird
crowbird 2014-01-13 12:24:17 -0600 Report

3 ways diabetes affects my life is, money, my health, and time. Diabetes is a big hit on my pocket book. I spend at least 1/3 of my pay on insulin, diabetic supplies and doctor visits, including blood lab work. It has devastated my body. I have had a heart attack, slight kidney disease, I heal slowly, and I have neuropathy. Finally, it take a lot of my time, figuring out what to eat, how many carbs are in a meal, and taking my time to convert carbs into units of insulin that must be injected. Now that I have converted my system to an insulin pump, I have to make sure I am trained, and have the process down right.

My challenges are staying alive through continued monitoring my blood sugar, and making sure I inject the right amount of insulin. I have to make living with diabetes a lifestyle. A couple of years ago, diabetes was in the back of my mind. Now it is a major focus in everyday living. It is my life, and I will never be diabetes free, so I have to make an effort to live with it, like it's my best friend, or even my wife! Stay healthy my friends!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-12-15 12:18:09 -0600 Report

Diabetes has changed my view of many things. One being my own health. I never much cared about it before, but now I do and strive to find ways to keep my overall health, not just with diabetes.

One of the hardest things for me is the neuropathy in my feet. If it were not for that, I would have no issues with diabetes. The pain in my feet often keeps me awake at night.

The other thing that diabetes challenges me with is accepting the finiteness of my life. I never thought about life with a chronic illness and how it brings to lite the fragility of life in general. I never had thought before about what my family would do without me. Now I have to keep that in mind. It's a good motivation to do the best I can, but there are times when it scares me a little.

DrGala
DrGala 2013-12-11 10:06:11 -0600 Report

@ guarisco66. First off, that is unfortunate you are dealing with that mess of meds/conditions. My mother is 66 years young(!) and had fibromyalgia when she was in her 40's, so our family and clinic is well versed on the condition (reason I went into the medical field). Metformin does have common GI side effects and given the IBS history and recent links of fibro to leaky gut syndrome, I believe there is a fair amount of overlap with your issues. Legally, I can not tell you to start or stop your medications. We have had many patients that use the protein formula with some guidance and are able to reduce or eliminate Metformin and inflammation. The only time I suggest reducing medications is when you are actively taking conscious steps to make the necessary lifestyle changes. In short, I have seen 100's of people completely reverse both fibro and Metformin in my career in our clinic, so I believe you can… if you are motivated. Best,

guarisco66
guarisco66 2013-12-11 01:46:52 -0600 Report

Well, my challenge is that I am 67 years old and just started taking Metformin. I have IBS and Fibromyalgia. In the past 3 weeks I have been sick, off and on, but is it caused by Metformin? Sick and tired of being sick and tired! ;) My readings WERE in 180's and now they are in 130's. Dilemma? Do I stop taking meds, or just stay sick? Grrrr..but, hey, I really am quite healthy!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-10 17:18:08 -0600 Report

What are you selling? There are so many scams out there about reversing diabetes that cause people to try them. False Hope can be very dangerous and damaging.

DrGala
DrGala 2013-12-10 17:22:10 -0600 Report

We are not selling anything- we work with patients in the state of Oregon. I am asking for feedback to improve our patient care. Our clinic works directly with diabetics. We have been around for over 7 years. Thank you,

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-10 17:28:39 -0600 Report

Did you get permission from administration to do that on this site?

DrGala
DrGala 2013-12-10 18:07:27 -0600 Report

Hi Joyce, I was not aware of any permission required to ask people what difficulties they experience being diabetic. I have asked Gabby about using some of their forms for our patients in the clinic. I am sensing you have been burned somewhere before… I am sorry if this has been the case. I am looking for candid feedback from diabetics. What am I doing that you you believe I am needing permission? Best,

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-10 18:19:07 -0600 Report

I hope you don't think I believe you. Anyone can say Gabby said they could do something. I will believe it when she says it is okay for you to be here doing this. Otherwise I think you are scamming people and if you are that is sad.

21Rose'syearsT1
21Rose'syearsT1 2013-12-15 10:37:43 -0600 Report

Just Joyce I really don't see anything wrong with what DrGala is doing. He's not selling anything nor is he telling you he will reverse diabetes. You have optioned you don't have to tell him your challenges with diabetes but I'm pretty sure some people might find his post helpful.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-15 20:07:21 -0600 Report

I do not trust anyone who does what he claims to be doing and I never share information when I am in doubt. Learned that lesson the hard way 30 years ago.

DrGala
DrGala 2013-12-10 18:34:02 -0600 Report

I understand your hesitancy in this day and age. I suggest you research me and my CV and make your own decision. Our clinic has a proven track record, published research, and a history of working with top physicians in our clinic locally. Am I selling anything here on this website, no. Do I work with patients in the state we are licensed in our clinic as does a normal physician, yes. What else would ease your concerns? Hope this helps. Best,

Yerachmiel
Yerachmiel 2013-12-10 06:42:01 -0600 Report

Being a long term diabetic (middle of my 53rd year) I've seen a huge number of developments, as well as far too many false promises of cures, possible improvements, and everything in-between.

I would say that since the auto syringe 6MP (which probably outdates 95% of today's pumpers) there have been NO major pump design improvements other than bells and whistles. The CGM, while having been around over eight years, is only now becoming more standard.

There is very little use of KNOWN infomration in helping diabetics get under good control and remain there. Using a pump (or Multi-shots) a CGM and some software, one could get their basal rates under very decent control within about six to eight weeks, and bolus levels following with about the same setup time.

1] other than the BIG companies, very little support or ability for anyone to contribute and put ideas into action. ppatients have the background and ideas and many times the technical ability, but not the money or the "degrees" to get the backing to get it into production.
2] Ideas re far too controlled by money. CGM couldn't come into patient use for a few years as minimed had a contract with the company making the compatible glucose meter. Insurance companies are not even forward thinking enough to look at their numbers with more than a thirty day view and the overall medical care system is far too overbooked to really give a patient the amount of time it would take to train them.

DrGala
DrGala 2013-12-10 14:50:48 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear that, not a fun issue to be dealing with. Thank you for the feedback. You make some very valid points. Any specific question you would like me to address?

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