What IS Going On Inside Our Bodies?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2017-03-20 11:50:28 -0500
Started 2017-02-08 09:15:26 -0600

It can be so crazy to try to keep tabs on why we feel a certain way or why our levels are nuts or why exercise seems to cause more problems than it helps. It is the mystery of our bodies that make us want to pull out hair out sometimes and at other times makes us stand in utter amazement.

I have been seeing a naturlalpahth/Holistic…what ever you want to call them, practitioner for several months now. It has been such a lesson beyond glucose and diet. It has also allowed me to make better choices based on my individual body, not the "norm" or the "typical" diabetic. She tests me, my body, my needs and it is just amazing what my body reveals to her. She combines that with what my brain and emotions are also saying and comes to some astounding conclusions.

The reason I share this is because we all kind of understand that things like stress, illness, emotional stability and more can affect our levels. When the ability of the body to make the corrections needed fails, it falls into our hands and we too often cannot see what is really going on inside. So like me for years…I guess. Stab at something, Try something new. It's maddening.

Even when I am feeling good, sleeping well and eating right, I can get weird readings and cannot find an external reason for it. Going to my practitioner on a weekly basis has really put me more in touch with what is happening that I don't even realize. I have so many ah-ha light bulb moments with her that I feel like a Broadway Marquis. She is teaching me to pay even more attention to my body and what it's telling me.

Our bodies are barraged with things from viruses, bacteria and parasites on a daily basis, even if they don't make us feel bad, they can still be at work inside. Things we don't like to think about until we are flat on our backs and sick. But these things all have say in what our glucose levels do as well and getting rid of the offenders can bring great results.

My body is amazing. It knows what it needs. Not what the mind or emotions say, but what it needs to repair what is damaged and get back on the road to true optimal health. It knows how to prioritize what needs help first and when I tackle that part, it opens up so many other things.

My goal with her has been my glucose levels and it turns out my body is in agreement. My pancreas has been asking for the most help and it gets hit the most with the things I never thought would cause issues directly with that organ.

Parasites were my first battle with it and once they were gone, my levels started to really stabilize. Food sensitivities was another thing. She testes me on all kinds of things, even things I bring from home and it guides me more clearly on what helps my body heal instead of what holds up progress. Yesterday it was a bacteria bug that is going around. Even though I am not feeling sick, I was having some signs of battle. So it was caught early and is being dealt with and even today, my glucose numbers are improved. These things manifest themselves in all kinds of ways that until now, I just glossed over or ignored or worse yet, never even realized.

So I am learning to understand that even things I don't see are really busy inside, either messing me up or helping me. It gives me less frustration in my diabetic journey to know that just because I can't see why I get a crazy reading of high or low, doesn't mean that I am doing something wrong. It could be that there is a battle going on inside that I need to address.

19 replies

Lori0919 2017-02-12 09:29:43 -0600 Report

Hey Gaby, your post caught my eye and helped me decide to sign up for Diabetes Connect. I am so glad to have found this site. I am a Type 1 who was diagnosed at 48 years old, I'm 63 now. I have been a health nut my whole life, but I am really baffled by diabetes, now more than ever. Your words really spoke to me.
I feel like I need a clean start, and I'm wondering what you or other readers would recommend (on this site). I am at the gym 5 mornings a week, but I find I am shakey and fatigued to an extreme. I never know what it is… did I need to drink more water? did I throw my electrolytes off? am I getting sick?, etc. I'd actually like to step up the exercise to build more strength and endurance, but the thing is… whatever 'holistic' or conventional doctors recommend for this, doesn't necessarily work for a Type 1 Diabetic. I've tried too many potions, shakes, vitamins/herbs that had devastating effects on me. (the most recent, CoQ10). I think I finally understand that it will take a practitioner who actually deals with Type1s… and understands that we are a little weird.
This year I took up rock climbing. It's an exhilarating sport, and has inspired me to get strong… really fit. I cannot show up for a climb shaking and quivering from a high or low… nor can I get halfway up a rock and decide I don't feel right. I need more stability!
Thank you for letting me vent. I am sitting here, before breakfast, with an unexplained 230 blood sugar… no reason… I haven't eaten anything new or different… it just 'is'. If anyone has any suggestions for a fresh start, really grabbing hold of this thing, learning it better, and having a 'life' again, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

GabbyPA 2017-03-20 11:50:28 -0500 Report

You are too kind. There are lots of great members here and I am sure you will find all kinds of support here. I love this site.

For me, the thing that is helping me the most is slowing down on trying too many new things at once. I am also not patient and tend to want to move on to something different after only a month or so. I am learning to change fewer things and to keep at it for at least 3 months and better if I keep at it for 6. That way, I can work through things that might be flukey and honestly annoying. If stability is what you are seeking. Focus on that. Find ways to get a routine set that gives you that.

Type1Dude 2017-03-20 07:56:05 -0500 Report

Boy do I wish I had a crystal ball. I like you, was diagnosed in my 40's. I was exercise guy… For the bad news… we are all so different that there are very few rules of thumb. The good news is you can crack the case best by writing everything down for 1 month. Days when I exercise (now in the mornings, no food, maybe some protein, and very little fast working insulin because I go up when I train strenuously (cardio), then water protein drink after, eat lunch with reduced insulin because my body is so active the whole day of training. Test, test, test every hour to understand the bodies trends (I have a Abbott Libre sensor for the past 6 months so that is easy now). Eat the most standard things you normally eat, taking note of the carbs. These are you safe foods that you always know how you body reacts when you take them. It is a hard and boring month (food wise). As far as your morning highs go, is that typical? Maybe your 24 hour insulin is not doing the job suppressing the glucose production in the liver at night… therefore you are high in the morning (I am). I am switching from Levemir to Lantus after Easter to fix that. Holistic stuff… well it is not me. I am into my omega 3's, multi-vitamin and a couple of things to promote vascular circulation but that is it. Sorry… I think I am rambling now… better go get a coffee. :-)

Pegsy 2017-02-12 08:56:42 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing this Gabby. I'm glad you are finding good results via natural methods. I really think it is the healthiest way to go.

I have certainly gone through a lot of changes over the past 5 years since diagnosis. I now enjoy a few foods such as beans and certain fruits that I wasn't able to just one year ago. I believe that dealing with diabetes is a life long process that will always be evolving as I age and as circumstances change. I have had huge stresses in my life that have done awful things to my glucose numbers that no amount of carb counting, exercise or sleep could change. As my stress comes down so does my A1c. My sleep improves as well, which also affects my glucose readings. Recently I realized that so much testing was actually stressing me and I stopped doing it so much. My plan of action is in place and it isn't going to change much so why test so much? I control my eating in such a way that it isn't going to change depending on a glucose reading. I exercise religiously and that isn't going to change either. Stress and sleep are what they are and I just deal with that the best I can. With less testing has come less stress and with that, better sleep. So…it is what it is and I am learning to just accept that and live with it. As a result, I am experiencing better glucose control without really changing much.

Perhaps some day a naturopath is in my future but for now it is too costly. However, I practice a lot of natural methods through what I learn from books and internet.

GabbyPA 2017-02-14 06:12:02 -0600 Report

I agree with the testing causing stress, it certainly does. Like all this week I was doing great, then one day I ran out of insulin, and even though I got my bottle and only missed one dose, it is taking days to make that up. It's nuts sometimes.

Sticking close to natural is a more comforting way to go for me. I made it a priority, so as long as I have the funds, I will go to her. As I improve, the visits get spread out, so that part is good. I like having guided results. She keeps me on target.

Type1Lou 2017-02-09 09:02:55 -0600 Report

In my 40 years with diabetes, one thing I've recognized is that it is not predictable. What works one day may not work the next for a variety of reasons. I just try to "roll with the punches" and adapt to maintain balance…sometimes I succeed and sometimes I have to re-examine what I've been doing/done. Living well with diabetes would be so much easier if 1+2 always equaled 3…

haoleboy 2017-02-08 11:05:42 -0600 Report

I kinda agree with you here.
the emotional connection (mind and body) for good health is, to me, irrefutable.
I recently (6 months ago?) reevaluated my way of eating … something I do regularly. I hadn't been feeling as well as I had been and my A1c had been stuck at 5.7 - 5.8 for years. I looked back at when I was feeling my best and my A1c was declining. contrary to what seemed logical I decided to reintroduce grains and legumes back to my "diet" on a much more frequent basis. the results have been an A1c of 5.4 (and best lipid panel ever) as well as tripling the distance I can go on my walks.
you really do need to "listen" to your body …

☮ Steve

sistah123 2017-02-08 23:49:56 -0600 Report

That great your A1c 5.4… I thought after 5.7, u no longer consider a diabetic is that true?

WASHED OUT 2017-02-09 08:39:15 -0600 Report

No, that A1C is just a measurement of your glucose levels. It could be that your diet and medication are working and keeping you under control, not that your problem has gone away or been cured. What you speak of is a diagnostic upper limit to diagnosis without medications. I also improved my A1C to a 5.4 but used diet and insulins to maintain it, not the same as not being diabetic.

GabbyPA 2017-02-08 15:46:20 -0600 Report

Yeah, weird things have popped up for me. Potatoes, rice, and honey are okay with my body...I am still not going nuts. But I have added some wild rice to my soups this winter without issue. I have added an occasional sweet potato back in. It is crazy, I do miss my eggs very much however. I hope that my body gets over that overload and allows them back in.

Kakie33 2017-02-08 10:53:51 -0600 Report

Very interesting - thanks for sharing. I totally agree on all counts! Some days, the "I don't get it" feeling gets to be more than frustrating.
I was raised in a country where homeopathy is very popular, and I've learned to listen to my body for many little things… but diabetes is a little harder. I don't feel that our western med. is doing it quite right by prescribing meds that do the job our organs should do - I rather like the approach of herbal meds that help our body do it… as well as a thorough research on what food is helping - and as we all are different, one size fits all doesn't work.

I have done a few "treatments" (if you can call it so) with traditional Chinese med. My last one was spring 2016. I has helped tremendously and my A1c went from 7.4 to 6.2 (without any meds)… of course with the help of "eating right" for me.

I can imagine that seeing a naturopathic doctor on a regular basis would be great - I just can't afford it (same with regular Chinese meds)… but it looks like all the research I've done as far as nutrition, is paying off - and I am learning constantly.

I'm so glad you found the help you needed! A positive view on the situation is also a great boost!
Keep it up! … and have a great day

GabbyPA 2017-02-08 15:43:01 -0600 Report

The cost scared me at first, but to be honest, it's only $25 for an office visit and she allows me to pay in advance and that drops them to $20 each. She sees me as needed, so when I change something, she will see me weekly, and she will spend up to an hour with me. I would never get that from a doctor's office. I love that I can talk to her and she doesn't stare at me like I'm nuts. There is the cost of supplements, and whole food treatments, but those decrease as things start getting back to the way they are supposed to be. Thankfully...I was up to almost 10 different things I was taking at one point. Now I am down to three only and they have dropped from several times a day to 2 times a day. I still take my insulin, but the goal is to slowly get off of that as my body doesn't need it so much. I can't wait. Getting it all worked out takes time. It has been since I've been doing this that I have had my crazy lows, so we know something is working, just not consistent yet. I need to get in for labs at my GP, so I can see what is happening that way. Should be good.

WASHED OUT 2017-02-08 10:48:12 -0600 Report

You got it Gabby and you are heading in the right direction. Our bodies are a very complicated living mechanism that reacts to all things we put inside and are around. I have felt so much better after getting over the shock of changing what I eat. I like you never understood until digging deep into many of the body's reactions to things we eat. Many of the wrong things take a good while to show up as an illness although they have been causing trouble inside for a long time. We fail to be observant enough to see something is wrong until we are flat of our backs then we don't know why. I guess we may be going really deep into a complicated subject that most may not want to pursue, but you are on the right track my friend.

GabbyPA 2017-02-08 16:02:10 -0600 Report

Yeah, this is a whole layer deeper than I ever imagined I would be looking. So between low carb way of eating, getting rid of stresses, and getting my body in line...it just might be my perfect storm. LOL

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