Using a log book

By amyc321 Latest Reply 2014-05-31 09:46:08 -0500
Started 2014-05-27 20:50:48 -0500

I am new to Diabetic Connect but not new to DM T2 for which I began medical treatment around 1995. Over the years, my doctor used a combination of low carb diet, exercise and pills. Nothing worked. Fearing the long term consequences of diabetes, I went to see an endocrinologist in 2003. I was age 53. Immediately, this new doctor started an insulin regimen of both Humalog and Lantus. Today, I have a total of 5 injections per day. The amount of Humalog is based on a sliding scale and injected 15 min prior to mealtime. The amount of Lantus does not vary and injected 2x day. My overall goal is keeping my blood sugar within range (as determined by my doctor). Keeping a daily diary or log of carbs, BS, Insulin, and exercise is critical to keeping my BS within range. It is this use of a log book that motivated me to join DC. I look forward to improving my use of a log.

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8 replies

jayabee52 2014-05-28 13:54:09 -0500 Report

Howdy Amy.
Wow we had been Dx'd with diabetes in the same year.
In 1995 I was immediately put on Metformin and remained on it till 11/2006 when I had an acute kidney infection and was changed to NPH insulin, twice per day. That continued until 02/2011 and I discovered, quite by accident, that I could manage my T2 without the use of diabetes meds if I ate very carefully. I remain following that same basic meal plan even today.

Along the way I was divorced (2002) and remarried (2008) to a blind lady who I called "Jem". Since she also had diabetes (due in large part to her Lupis {SLE} and probably was T1) I had a large role in her diabetes care. Since she had SLE she would need occasional injections of corticosteroids or a course of Prednisone pllls whenever she had a "flare". Each of those spiked Jem and we had an Endo who put her on "R" insulin and "Aspart" insulin, each with their own sliding scales in addition to about 30 U of NPH twice a day. Needless to say I became quite adept at log books. In fact I would use a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet which I had customized to log her Blood Glucose numbers and the doses of the various insulins with which she was injected. I would then email those logs every week to the Endo and other people who consulted with her on her Diabetes. Whenever the Endo would see a trend, he would contact me and I'd help carry out the changes to the sliding scales. Unfortunately, her heart disease (also due to the SLE) caught up with her one night and she passed away in the night.

If you are interested in logbooks based on MS Excel, they extist somewhere in the pages of DC. You might ask John Crowley where they are should you be interested.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

evaziem 2014-05-31 09:46:08 -0500 Report

This is a copy from an email about iodine and kidneys. It's verbatim.
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May 30 at 9:33 PM
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I, too, had my kidney damage CURED by the iodine protocol (found on the website). My kidneys were damaged by extremely high blood pressure during a hospital stay for emergency surgery. I stopped taking the iodine when it aggravated my Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

I now take LDN to try to normalize my immune system and get rid of my Hashi and my pernicious anemia. Proof will be in blood tests for thyroid antibodies (Hashi) and for red blood cell counts/size/shape and B12 (pernicious anemia). I've only been on LDN for 2-1/2 months so haven't tested my blood yet, but have felt better since Day 1, improving very, very, very slowly. My irritable bowel syndrome (diarrhea) is just about gone, but strange autoimmune symptoms (usually associated with MS) I've had for the last year+ are still with me, like numb toes and imbalance.

I now believe my high blood pressure, high glucose, high cholesterol and triglycerides, and more are caused by my immune system gone bad — by autoimmunity, i.e. Hashimoto's. The iodine made my body unresponsive to hypertensive medications, but the LDN is gradually bringing my blood pressure down to normal.

I was lacking in TRACE MINERALS (magnesium, selenium, boron, copper, molybdenum, manganese, chromium, zinc, silica and iodine), possibly because I have had a reverse osmosis water filter for 15 years…but endometriosis has plagued me since my teens (manganese insufficiency), when I drank unfiltered city water. Food grade diatomaceous earth is a cheap, healthy source of silica and other minerals, but it's naturally diuretic, so use it sparingly after your body reaches saturation.

I plan to resume the iodine protocol when my Hashi is gone. Some of the rest of it (heavy magnesium with NO CALCIUM supplements) and selenium I never discontinued. I've since read you shouldn't take iodine and Vitamin C at the same time — but separate by 12 hours — and I never sent off for the loading test.

Just yesterday, a news report said doctors now recommend that pregnant women get more iodide. IT'S ABOUT TIME THEY FINALLY UNDERSTAND that the fetus takes the mother's iodine, and if she doesn't have enough, they're BOTH in trouble. Incidentally, Iodoral has both forms in it, iodine and iodide. EVERYONE needs to supplement some iodine — just do so carefully if you have Hashi or Graves, if you can't get rid of your autoimmunity first with LDN. A doctor would be very important in that case, if you can find one who knows anything about LDN, iodine, and thyroid disease."

evaziem 2014-05-29 11:47:23 -0500 Report

Hi James,

I found out that iodine may help your kidneys.
I am a member of this Yahoo group also:
See this:

neverlowbg 2014-05-27 23:49:59 -0500 Report

Your welcome I had that problem with sebcitivuty to insulin to has to change to u-500 concentrate I went from 300-500 units a day u-100 to around 40 units on u-500 but yeah I can see if you had to change out everyday that would get pricey on sets

neverlowbg 2014-05-27 21:41:06 -0500 Report

Log are great but have you thought of using the pump I started a pump and I love it only one shot everythree days and it logs everything except what food you eat it tracks insulin used carbs eatin and bg tests talk to your endo about it some like mine even have one for loan to see if you like it also the pump has kept my bg very even around 100 so much better control and freedom to do things as logs go all I keep now is my food log all the rest is in pump wich I upload to endo once a week

amyc321 2014-05-27 23:45:46 -0500 Report

Thank you for your reply. But, several years ago, my HbAC1 was above 9. My doctor put me on the pump. My A1C came down to 7. I stayed on the pump for about 6 months. The reason the pump was dc'd related to supplies. I had to change out almost daily in the beginning. A standard change out is 3 days. As my doctor explained to me before the pump, my body required too much insulin to stay on pump long term. Short term, the pump helped me a lot even thou I had to pay out of pocket for a lot of supplies. I have great health insurance, but they would only pay for standard change which is around 3 days. A main reason my body requires so much insulin is related to issue of my body's sensitization to insulin. This begins another chapter for me. In short, this new chapter on insulin resistance is where my Type 2 diabetes begins to enter my treatment plan which is multi-faceted - diet, exercise, insulin, stress reduction. I consider the social interaction provided by DC is helpful, especially at my age of 65+ yrs. Again, thanks for your nice reply.