I was diagnosed with diabetis 3 years ago, when I had my second knee replaced. I fought that diagnosis as I had been border line for 50 years so why get excited now? IT was the one thing I NEVER wanted to have to watch my diet for, as just in losing weight, I rebell, But if it is for health reasons, and trying to PREVENT worse things happening, I decided that I had better pay attention!
My energies are sorely limited, coming out of a breakdown, could barely get out of bed for four years, so my exercise plans have to be limited. I joined the Wellness Center a few months ago and that seemed to help a bit, along with a little more food restrictions, noting that potatoes upped my BS 50 to 60 points, 2 hours after a meal. I went from Metformin 500mg, to Metformin 750 mg daily, and with even more sugar cut out of my diet with little results, although it hasn't been over 190. Still not too bad, I tried to console myself, but what was really happening was I was giving up, I really can NOT make a difference by being sloppy in my program. My Dr. offered NO help, put me on Metformin as a SURPRISE, didn't know it until I went to the drug store and picked it up, then asked, "What is this??" One reason I was mad, I guess——
But slowly I decided I had better quit being so contrary and try to do something more in the way of exercise, even with my limited energy. Well, I learned to swim when I was 62 yrs., I can do a STRENUOUS dog paddle. haha—but I went for an hour, 3 times last week, (at 77 yrs of age) half-heartedly checked my BS and it was down to 100! That is the first time it has been that low for 3 years!
I was elated and wanted to share with the rest of you who walk, run, do such strenuous exercises with little result—-try swimming and maybe you will be as fortunate as I and it will show a marked drop in your BS>
However, I am finding that I must keep it up as I haven't been swimming for 4 days and my BS are back up to 150 to 170, still on my Metformin 750mg, but there has been enough of a marked difference to encourage me, if even for a few days, an exercise that is easy on the joints and body—float, use empty one gallon milk jugs filled with pool water, to help float, flop and flap, and hopefully you too will begin to notice a drop in BS.
Now, if the pool was just open after summer! I also garden a lot, spading, hoeing, so this winter may bring a whole different outlook on the subject, but for now, why not give swimming a try? Best of luck to all of you!
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