My age---

Pat Roth
By Pat Roth Latest Reply 2009-07-06 22:22:05 -0500
Started 2009-07-04 20:21:18 -0500

AS I read the interesting and sad stories here, I notice that I SEEM to be the oldest? I am 77 years old and was diagnosed just 3 years ago. I was borderline for over 50 years though and was so sure that it would not develop any further. My parents, no siblings, did not have it, but my first cousins have it—big time, one lost both legs then died about 6 years ago, my age. Does anyone think that it is possible to really come out of this as my emotional status changes for the better, better eating habits and more exercise? I started 2 years ago on Metformin 500 mg once a day, but had to go up to Metformin 750 mg a day. Now, that isn't too bad, is it? I am still working on accepting this, I guess. I am slowly losing some weight too—-is this due to the Metformin or my better coping skills? Or am I asking impossible questions—-will I just have to wait and see? Just Curious, but slowly accepting diabetis. Pat Roth


11 replies

tabby9146
tabby9146 2009-07-05 18:32:49 -0500 Report

First of all, welcome! I know what you mean about trying to accept this. Great that you are following a good diet and exercising. That will help a lot!! But in time, it will progress. But, I have known people to have diabetes 30 years or more, and are still on pills and never had to be on insulin and they have not had any major problems. So it doesn't mean you will definitely have something happen like neuropathy, heart disease, etc. not necessarily at all. No, the metformin does not have an appetite suppressant. I asked my doctor, because my appetite decreased once I was on it. I know that Byetta, the injection that isn't insulin, but a lot like Metformin, does suppress appetite some. Good luck!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-05 18:59:36 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for the positive input! I had been on Metformin for 2 years but only started losing weight 2 mos ago, lost 8 pounds, putting me DOWN to`214 pounds so we are not far apart—-And to think that when I was in HS I was so skinny that my Dr. said that I was malnourished! Heavens, what happened??!! ha It helps to hear even the simplest things regarding diabetis, now I don't feel so hateful, resentful and "picked on!" I am NOT ALONE!! ha—PR

PAT L
PAT L 2009-07-05 17:44:24 -0500 Report

WELL PEOPLE I AM ONLY 68 SO SHE HAS ME BEAT. BUT GENERALY SPEAKING MOST MEDS WILL NOT CAUSE YOU TO LOSE THE POUNDS, BUT WHEN YOU WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AN WALK AROUND THE BLOCK A FEW TIMES A WEEK YOU SEE THEM COME OFF!!!! 6 MONTHS AGO I WAS AT 235 AN NOW I AM WORKING ON 216, A COUPLE OF POUNDS A MONTH COMING OFF IS GOOD FOR YOUR BS AN BP. ITS JUST CALLED— WE ALL NEED TO CONTROL WHAT WE DO SO WE CAN PESTER THE YOUNGER ONES…LOLOLOLOLOL

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-05 18:54:57 -0500 Report

Hi, Kiddo! Ha, might as well enjoy being the MOM of the group! ha—-It just seems that I THOUGHT that I was SAFE at MY AGE! Guess I am proof that anyone can become a victim—no, that word sounds depressing, that anyone, no matter the age, needs to not divulge so in SWEETS, no matter the reason. I am starting to do abstract paintings etc, just for the FUN of it! I bought a book on painting Abstracts, that suggested looking at a square window, then painting it round, instead of green trees, paint purple ones, etc. just opposite of what you are actually seeing! Right down my alley! ha At least it gives me something else to THINK about! hah—Thanks for your encouraging input! I am going to exhibit my 2 Abstracts this summer at our County Fair, just to see IF I MIGHT win a ribbon!! I think that that would be a LARK!! Hugs to ALL—mom, Pat

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2009-07-05 12:01:23 -0500 Report

Hello Ruth,
Welcome to Diabetic Connect!!!
You will meet alot of wonderful people at this site!!!
I am glad that you have implemented diet and exercise into your regime to fight diabetis. Don't feel bad that you had to raise your dosage of metformin. I am also on the same medication. It will fluctuate accordingly. It sounds like you are taking all of the right precautions!
There are no impossible questions… Someone here will be able to answer or point you in the right direction… There is alot of support here also. I wish only the best for you and I look forward to getting to know you.
I might add that you look absolutely beautiful at 77 yrs. of age!!!!
Your Friend, Leigh

Avera
Avera 2009-07-04 23:04:30 -0500 Report

Hi Pat—-

Reading your post made me think about an article that I read last week. It is on that web site called Web MD.

They have a doctor on there who is starting a weekly blog. His name is Michael Dansinger, MD and he will be there to "provide hope, inspiration, and knowledge for people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes who want to conquer their disease and reclaim their health."

He says that "The aim of this blog, "Conquering Diabetes" is to discuss all topics related to overcoming and reversing type 2 diabetes."

He plans to share what he's learned "about weight loss, nutrition, popular diets, exercise, obesity, diabetes, medical research, and medical practice."

I really enjoyed his first post. If you would like to read it, here is the link:

http://blogs.webmd.com/life-with-diabetes-2/2...

Avera

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-07-05 07:56:17 -0500 Report

That's very interesting. Thanks for the link. I'll keep reading.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-05 11:40:27 -0500 Report

Me too, I find that the more info I read, the more secure I feel! By the way, Avera, I have wondered after reading your MANY posts and helpful input, when do YOU sleep? ha—PR

tabby9146
tabby9146 2009-07-05 19:01:46 -0500 Report

That's some very interesting reading. Thanks for posting this! According to him, I have pre-diabetes. My A1C is 5.6 but my doctor says full blown diabetes. I don't know what to think about what this doctor says.

Next Discussion: bsl stable »