Hi - I am from the Pacific Northwest living in Oregon. I am 55 years old and looking at type 2 diabetes square in the face along with morbid obesity. To be honest I have ignored this part of me in my life because frankly it’s embarrassing and extraordinarily overwhelming.
My doctors would like me down to about 150 pounds. I’m 5 foot four and my all-time high was 398 pounds and I’m under 350 pounds right now for the first time in many year my doctors would like me down to about 150 pounds. I’m 5 foot four and my all-time high was 398 pounds and I’m under 350 pounds right now for the first time in many years.
I’ve developed some complications – namely I have a colostomy now due to diverticulitis. Made the eating/dieting part of all of this extraordinarily challenging because a lot of the really healthy good stuff is hard to eat because it has the propensity to get stuck.
So my first question I guess is is there anybody else out there that has a colostomy or an ileostomy and is diabetic, successfully losing weight and keeping their blood sugar even and almost normal if possible – if so how the heck are you doing it ?
My symptoms are just yucky – I’m tired most of the time, my highest blood sugar was 400 it’s now down between 190 and 200 . When my blood sugar gets down to about 150 I feel very sick like I have super low blood sugar. I feel overly emotional and tired a lot of the time.
I sweat when my blood sugar is high. I sweat my my blood sugar is low. I feel panicky if I think my blood sugar is low and then I look and it’s not.
I have developed some pretty achy neuropathy in my hands and feet which I’m told will never go away which is very sad. But the fact of the matter I did this to myself because I ignored it and I know better I lost my grandmother to this disease.
I see a doctor regularly and we are on the merry-go-round together regarding medication – I’m on Metformin three times a day. I’m on glipizide three times a day. I’m wondering if I should just succumb to insulin and just do it so my blood sugar will be normal. But then if my blood sugar gets down to 80 and my going to feel even sicker.
I’m trying to limit my carbs to 20/25 g per meal with good protein. I don’t know if that’s right. The last nutritionist I saw told me to keep my carbs at 50 g per meal per day that seems like a lot of carbs and the last time I tried that my sugars just skyrocketed.
My exercise consist of stretching, walking/limping as I’ve got a knee and hip that are giving me fits and swimming when I can.
What has been your experience – how long did it take you to lower your blood sugar and your A-1 C. My A-1 C was at an all-time high of almost 11 it’s now 7.9 I still feel crappy.
I really would like to get to about 160 pounds so I can have this colostomy reversed I’m sick of the bag. Just want to be healthy. Thank you so much.
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