Hello. I joined this site yesterday because I just need some support and understanding.
I am 38 years old and the product of diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia in four great-grandparents, three grandparents and my father. I always assumed it was a matter of "when" rather than "if" I would have issues. I have been trying to stay in control of these conditions since I was eighteen,…and did a grat job until two years ago when all the numbers just suddenly skyrocketed.
I have always been very active,…running, biking, sports, etc. I am 5'10'' tall and until two years ago was a very, athletic and muscular 180 pounds. Despite my best efforts of working with my dietician sister, and endo and my gp, my weight rose with my glucode, bp and cholesterol and I now weigh a depressing 220 pounds. I still bike 20+ mile day, count my carbs, calories, ect religiously and have adopted (to the dismay of my husband) a diet without red meat, dairy, oils, butter, or salt. Without a huge description, my sister wholeheartedly agrees with my diet choices.
The weight alone is enough to keep me depressed. However, in the last week, I was bombarded by three medical professionals. My (now former) pharmacist confonted me with the classic "eat less, move more" after I rode my bike 12 miles to even get to his store! A physical therapist told me three minutes after I met her that my recent falls MUST be due to neuropathy because being dibetic means I OBVIOUSLY don't take care of myself. And lastly, despite the fact that my physical just came back with a bp of 109/75 and A1C of 4.8, LDL of 65, HDL of 45, my doc got angry because my number are not near low enough and wants to double all my meds.
I am just frustrated because it seems like the harder I try, the worse things get and the more people critize. Argh!
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