Diet and Exercise Feb. 2010

By Edie Latest Reply 2010-03-20 15:37:02 -0500
Started 2010-02-02 10:02:30 -0600

Sorry I am late in starting this Months Discussion. I have been offline with no service for the last few days. We now have it up and running again so here goes.
I thought this month we could write down our feelings, our emotions and any thing that might be bothering us due to our Diabetes, and any Questions you all might have on anything bothering you at all. Some one might have the answer to your questions and then we can all use the information for our selves.

95 replies

Edie 2010-03-01 09:33:59 -0600 Report

New Discussion is ready for March join us on there. Thanks Everyone for joining us here last Month.

evie242430 2010-03-20 15:37:02 -0500 Report

This month I went to see my dietitian, she was so excited to see that I had gone from "off the charts" to 6.7%. She asked me what are you eating? How are you doing it? I told her, I do it because I have to, no questions. I choose to live everyday. I admitted to her that yes I slip but I don't get down about it. I don't "throw the day away" If I eat pizza for lunch , I'll eat grilled chicken for dinner with veggies. I don't crave the breaded things like I thought I would.
I did mention to her about DC and having my online support in between the local support group meetings. I have my friends who are also diabetic and we share our sugar levels with each other, and share recipes, new ways to enjoy "good food".

My struggle of getting my Dad on board with me, is finally easing up. The hard part is convincing him that it's not "punishment" it's Enjoyment. It's like I have to educate him on what's good and what's not so good. It's an everyday a challenge for me but I want him healthier. He may have done irreversible damage to his kidneys, we'll find out when he goes to yet another specialist.
Is dialysis in his future? I don't know yet, I hope not.

I hope everyone realizes that this is not a cold that will go away, but it can be controlled. We just have to want to do it.

I don't like having to measure out my food but I do it. I have a new saying "I AM WORTH IT". I think everyone needs to tell themselves this everyday, put it on the fridge, on the scale, in the car on their rear view mirror or their visor, on their lunch bag, briefcase, backpack, purse.etc. To reminds everyday that we are worth being here to be loved and cherished by those around us everyday.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-24 22:58:01 -0600 Report

I am finally getting into a better habit of reading those labels, instead of just buying anything, then trying to NOT eat some of it, if I don't have it, it is easier to NOT eat it.

I am back into going to the Wellness Center, the sun has been shining some, so have gotten outside in the FRESH air, cleaning on the garden debris left over from last fall, seeing bits of green underneath the molding leaves, encourages me that spring is just around the corner, and the more that I get cleaned up now, the more time and effort I can devote to planting, when that time comes. I am feeling stronger too, not on my oxygen as much, only mostly at nights—-so the world is looking Good!
I put in a phone call to my Dr today, re- my cat scan results of my cancer—no answer yet, so am taking that that is a GOOD SIGN!! Pat R

tholz 2010-02-24 23:39:13 -0600 Report

All we have is snow. No seeing any green stuff for a long time.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-25 11:36:34 -0600 Report

We seem to have gotten the best of the winter, some snow, everything is moist, yet not snowed in, icy at times, but I look for reasons to NOT go so much!! haha—Spring is coming, because HE says so. Hugs, Pat R

Edie 2010-02-25 11:38:30 -0600 Report

Pat I will keep you in my prayers that they come back with all Cancer gone and none found in the body. Love you my friend can't wait to see you in May.
Your Friend Always;

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-25 15:34:14 -0600 Report

You betcha, Edie!! I am busy making a path thru my house so we won't get lost, but you might bring a compass and pack a lunch, just in case! haha—PR

spiritwalker 2010-02-25 21:51:04 -0600 Report

Pat - I'll be praying that all is well when you get your
results. The waiting is always hard. Keep us posted. Hugs

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-25 22:20:02 -0600 Report

Thanks, spiritwalker, I am getting a bit frazzled, it has been 8 days since they did everything, lab and cat scan, but no word, not even when I called the Dr's office yesterday, had to leave a message, but guess they got it. I am trying to be patient, not something that comes easily for me. My thoughts are, no word must be a good report, but would just like to know for sure. I have never traveled this road before——Hugs, Pat R

Edie 2010-03-01 09:33:17 -0600 Report

Not here. Our snow is almost gone. can see mud and grass in the yard. Got the material for the trailer. Will have wood siding on here soon and my Quilting room will be redone soon too. Have to move everything to the storage unit this week. Got just a path to my computer and it is in the corner that needs to be torn up and redone. Floor is sloping into the corner, not good. Can't wait we also have the new tile for the floor. I can't wait to see how it looks. This is the first room inside getting done. Yeah I am so glad.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-26 22:45:00 -0600 Report

Thanks so much, the cancer Dr's nurse called me this afternoon and is pursuing that cat scan and its results. I had worked with that young lady years ago, and if anyone can wring out a reply, I have faith that SHE can. Nothing shy about Cyndi! ahah—lol, PR

evie242430 2010-02-24 09:16:44 -0600 Report

I have lost 15 pounds since December. About 65 pounds from my highest weight of 415. Yes, I am big but working my way to getting smaller. My first A1C I was over 13% range and yesterday I got my first 3 months results and I was at 6.7% my Fasting BS was 79 Monday when I had my test done.
I started walking last month with a friend, it's been off and on walking because of the weather and time. I don't let myself get down about it if I'm not able to go. I try to at least park not close to the doors at the grocery store or at work.
My weight has been steadily going down, being consistent on what I eat. I measure out almost everything and eyeball others. My highest BS so far this week was 143 after eating spaghetti with low carb marinara sauce.
My breakfast mainly is 8 oz of plain non fat yogurt, diced peaches or 6 oz of strawberries. Sometimes to add flavor to my yogurt I sprinkle some orange sunrise crystal light.
and I also eat 1/2 cup of plain or honey cheerios. I have 2 snacks a day my choice of 1 oz of beef jerky, 100 calorie popcorn, 100 calories snacks like cheezits, granola bars (peanut butter/choc chip are my favorite), or 1 oz honey toasted almonds, peanuts, pecans.(homemade)
If I drink juice like orange juice I measure out 4 oz and add about 2 oz of water to make it more without losing a lot of flavor.
I mainly eat chicken, when I make dinner I make enough for 1 1/2 meals (one dinner and one lunch) I buy the Steamers Veggie packs, or have salad.

I don't always eat the healthiest of stuff , I have a pizza day or I go out with my friends. I always carry my meter just in case something doesn't feel right. All my friends know I'm diabetic and know that I'm very careful, if they have any questions they just ask me. I don't do this as much as I use to 3 months ago.
I am very proud of the progress I have been in this short amount of time.

I set my goals for every ten pounds with an overall goal for the year to be down under 300 pounds. I expect some ups and downs so I don't get discouraged if it goes up 1 or 2 pounds I just make adjustments, like take account if I deviated more than other times, think what might be stressing me, or is it my favorite time of the month : )… I noticed I gain about 2-3 pounds before and lose it afterwards, I blame bloating, not the extra granola bar! LOL

Anne56 2010-02-24 09:55:41 -0600 Report

Dear Evie,

Thanks for taking the time to write and share. I admire your progress… but I LOVE your attitude. Hmmm…maybe there's a relation to progress and attitude?! LOL We surely know there is!

Thanks again for offering what has been working for you, and the honesty in which you share it. It all sounds good from being realistic in goal setting to accepting the inevitable "set backs" and ALLOWING yourself some space!

Best wishes,

Anne56 2010-02-24 09:55:45 -0600 Report

Dear Evie,

Thanks for taking the time to write and share. I admire your progress… but I LOVE your attitude. Hmmm…maybe there's a relation to progress and attitude?! LOL We surely know there is!

Thanks again for offering what has been working for you, and the honesty in which you share it. It all sounds good from being realistic in goal setting to accepting the inevitable "set backs" and ALLOWING yourself some space!

Best wishes,

Edie 2010-02-25 11:37:22 -0600 Report

Evie242430 You are doing great. I like that adding water to the juice to make more. When I mix up my drink mixes I make up a gal and then pour into 2 Lt. pop bottles and fill with water. Makes them go further and they taste as good but not as strong to me. My A1c was 7.? the last time they did mine and my bs was 119 this morning if I remember correctly. but they are coming down slowly as I go along. I have to be careful making Taco Salad as it goes right thru me and also makes my BS go up sometimes over 300 same way with egg rolls when I make them from scratch. I love to cook and end up freezing alot for furture meals while my husband is gone on the road.
Well my family is on their way over so got to run will answer the rest later.
Your Friend Always;

Edie 2010-02-24 06:53:58 -0600 Report

I forgot to put in my numbers for last week on Monday so here they are now.
Monday the 15th at 7:10 am my BG was 174 then @ 3:55 pm it was 239
Tues. the 16th @ 7:58 am it was 101 then @ 2:28pm it was 250 and then @ 8:26pm it was 315 We had pizza and Breadsticks for supper.
Wed. the 17th @ 4:21am it was 236 yet takes along time to get the carbs out of my system. @ 4:47pm it was 248 and then @ 8:19 it was down to 93
Thurs. the 18th @ 6:39am it was 117 and then @10:41am it was 131
Friday the 19th @ 6:46am it was 156 then @ 4:39 pm it was 222
Saturday the 20th @ 9:54am it was 108 and @ 4:28pm it was 132 then at 9:19pm it was 189
Now for Sunday the 21st @ 9:07am it was 177 when I got home from church @ 2:49pm it was 236 and then @ 3:04am the next morning it was 154
So as we can all see my numbers are all over the board and I don't see them calming down anytime soon.
I am also putting my numbers for this week so far so here is Monday's numbers @ 3:04 as you can see above it was 154 then at 1:13pm it was 155 before lunch after Lunch @ 4:22pm it was 155 still and @ 7:43pm it was 145 that was a weird day I ate the way I felt like and didn't watch what I ate at all and my numbers didn't move much at all. WEIRD ONE THERE!!! Yesterday @ 6:55am 144 then @ 4:57 pm it was 243 and this morning it was 144 again @ 7:09. What is going on with my body. Up Down and All Around.

Annie1949 2010-02-20 22:44:23 -0600 Report

I control my diabetis with my diet and exercise,and I work out at the gym 3x a week,but I need to know when you test your blood sugar should it test the same in every finger?

spiritwalker 2010-02-21 16:30:09 -0600 Report

You should change sites each time you test or you will have very tender fingers. Wash your hands before testing and you will help the blood flow to the fingers. Did anyone
tell you that you can test on each side of your finger as well as the center? Its better to rotate to save yourself
pain and tenderness. Mary

Edie 2010-02-22 10:23:48 -0600 Report

I use my fingers, and thighs to check my sugar and then I rotate around my stomach, and thighs to give myself my shots as needed. I check my BG just before meals and then set my timer for 2 hours after I finish the meal some times I set the timer before starting to eat to see if there is much of a difference in my BG levels and then take my after meal shots as needed.

BINGO 2010-02-22 16:40:24 -0600 Report


Toni the Tiger
Toni the Tiger 2010-02-20 18:22:44 -0600 Report

Hello Eddie,
I have Type 1 Diabetes and have had it since July 2001. I have 2 children 6 and 4. I have not been able to get back to where I am comfortable with my weight I really am not to bad at 160 and I am 5ft.6in, but I was used to being 125 to 130 and I was ok with 130 and I have tried since January 2010 and have cute way back on my calorie intake and have gone to the gym most weeks 4 to 6 times a week and have not lost weight, yes I have seen change in the look of my body but not a ton. Anyway I need to know what exactly should I be doing to get the weight off I know it is hard for someone with Diabetes to loose the weight but I know it can be done. I do have an insulin pump which I use 1 unit of insulin per 10 carbs. I still do not have my Blood sugars down consistantly where they need to be they do get up in the 2 and 3 hundreds at times not all the time any more since I have been watching it more and also pretty consistantly getting to the gym for most days 1 hour at the minimum doing mostly cardio they a little strength training but not much. I am not good about the meal planning and I am not big on out of the ordinary taste on food choices, nothing strange for me, pretty bland most things. But I need help, I need to get my body back that is the most depressing thing, but I truethfully am not depressed never have been with my diabetes thank goodness but like most women who are not at there fave weight unhappy or depressed with the way things look on them!

Edie 2010-02-22 10:20:30 -0600 Report

Toni I am at a weight of 261 pounds and look like I only weight 175-190 now I am told. I also have trouble losing the weight I need to get rid of but being on Insulin it hinders us from losing weight. Insulin makes us retain weight and so we have a battle of the bulge to get rid of it. I find that if I exercise to tighten down the flab that I have started to get again I find that as I get the flab tight then I lose a little bit more. Walking works the best for me with some bending and stuff like that. the Weight lifting don't help me very much. So I use the bikes, treadmill and track around the Gym or walk the area for Walking at the Mall. I hope this helps you some.


spoyld1 2010-02-22 17:31:02 -0600 Report

I have type 2 diabetes. I take novolog, and Lantus a total of 5 shots per day. No matter how little I eat, or exercise I can't seem to shed the lbs. The more I increase my insulin, the more weigght I gain. I also was use to weighing in the 120-130 range, now I weight 167 and 5'7" My last a1c was 6.0 before that 5.8. Can anyone give me tips on getting rid of some weight? I also have alot of puffiness. Thanks!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-22 22:52:28 -0600 Report

If you are puffy, are you retaining fluids? I would suggest to cut down on salt, and still drink 8 eight oz glasses of water each day—I am drinking more water and finally starting to lose weight again. Best Wishes, Pat R

Edie 2010-02-23 12:15:56 -0600 Report

Thank you for your question. I have found that insulin makes us gain weight and yes as we get older for some of us it is also harder to lose that weight we need to. I am 5' 4 1/2" and I weight 261 pounds at this time. I use to weight 155 pounds back 27 years ago. since a back injury back in 91 I have not been able to walk or exercise as long as I once did. And it also takes me all day just to get one room clean now. I use to be able to clean the whole house from 6 am to noon but no more. OH Well I am getting older so that could be part of the reason for the slower moving and then my health don't help it any.
Pat is right though. Let go of the Salt as it keeps the water around in our bodies and then increase our water as it does help us to get rid of the poisions in our systems better.

Edie 2010-02-20 14:31:30 -0600 Report

Hello Everyone;
I hope you all had a great week. I know I did. I am back to my quilting again and Bill is happy just watching me work on two Baby Buntings. Not only am I finishing up one for a Friend in Church but also one for the Paper Woman's Daughter. As I wasn't sure if they would have girls or boys I got material for both and as the Pieced Heart is not turning out the way I had hoped for I am using Winnie the Pooh pink and pale blue for both that way it don't matter what they have. LOL

Now as I have not put in the TIPS yet for this week you get all of them today. Enjoy them I know I am!
TIPS #22 & 23

TIP #22 Shoulder I Eat Less Protein To Keep My Kidneys Healthy?
Not necessarily.The American Diabetes Association recommends that you eat the same amount of protein as the general public. The Recommended Daily Allowance suggests that healthy adults eat 15-20 % of their daily calories as protein or about 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of weight. For a 132-pound person, this would be about 50 grams of protein per day. Some plant and animal protein choices are listed below.Individuals whose blood glucose levels are not on target may benefit from more protein than the RDA recommended amount. However, most Americans eat more than enough protein. If you already have kidney disease, you may want to eat less protein. Your doctor will consider the stage of kidney disease and your overall nutrition before prescribing a low-protein diet. -
Animal Proteins Protein (g)
1 oz. lean meat, poultry, fish 7
1 cup milk or yogurt 8
1 egg 7

Plant Protein
1/2 cup cooked lentils, peas, beans 7
2 Tbsp peanut butter 7
4 oz. tofu 7
1 slice bread, 1/2 cup rice 2-3

TIP #23 How Can I Use The USDA's My Pyramid System To Eat Healthfully For Diabetes?
The United States Department of Agriculture has replaced the Food Guide Pyramid with My Pyramid, a system based on the 2005 dietary Guidelines. This system emphasizes an individual approach to healthy food choices and physical activity and has a new pyramid-shaped graphic or symbol to illustrate its key concepts. The My Pyramid system recommends foods high in vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and other essential nutrients while limiting foods high in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. This system also promotes balancing calorie intake with energy needs to achieve a healthy weight. You can use the online My Pyramid system at to create an individual pyramid based on yur age, sex, and physical activity level. This site also helps you assess your current eating habits and physical activity.
The key nutrition concepts in the Dietary Guidelines and the MyPyramid system are the basis for a healthy eating plan for diabetes, which is the first step in diabetes meal planning. The My Pyramid system is designed to encourage you to include more foods in your diet from grains, vegetables, and fruity—and fewer foods from fats and foods high in discretionary calories include foods with added sugars, solid fats, and alcohol. Healthy eating for diabetes emphasizes these principles.

We are now ready to go on to Chapter 2 which is on Managing Medication. Some of the tips will include pills,and insulins too. See you later and will add between 1-3 more tips in the next few days maybe as early as tomorrow or the next day we never know with Edie here. Monday I will post all of my Blood Sugar readings for this week. See yas later.
Your Friend Always;

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-20 14:45:36 -0600 Report

Thanks for your information, Edie!! Here I was just about to instill in my head the need to eat MORE protein, in hopes of avoiding that empty feeling, thus wanting to eat less carbs—but with only one kidney, guess I had better not do that—I have been eating one egg in the morn, helps to hold me better till noon—also small amt of fruit—maybe whole wheat toast—-I had one small piece of beef for lunch, 1/4 pot. and lettuce—water—am hungry of course—at 2pm, so will chow down on a 2in piece of cheese, plus 1/2 slice of whole wheat toast, it is filling, so I won't be tempted to piece again before supper. Sometimes I use 1 tbls of peanut butter to help "fill me"—am trying to drink more water, and my itches are easing up too with better hydration——-Thanks, Pat R

Edie 2010-02-20 18:08:16 -0600 Report

I am glad to hear that Pat. Keep up the good work. Have to run am babysitting this evening for Ann Marie.

Edie 2010-02-16 12:48:49 -0600 Report

Bingo that is good that you have lost another 8 pounds. Keep up the good work and keep those steps down to stay out of trouble with the Doctors. How is Carol doing on packing up her Mother's Apartment, Oh I'm sorry that isn't her doing it it is you doing it all some more yet. What is she going to do when You have your surgery next month on your knee to help you out, nothing as usual until you end up in a Nursing Home yourself not being able to care for your self. I Hope Not!!!
There are some people that just make me so mad and she is one of them. How can a wife or Husband not help their spouce when it is for their own parent's stuff that needs packing. Don't tell me she can't go to bed later and help you in the mornings as she goes to bed when she gets home from work and doesn't get back up till you call her at 8:30 or 9:00 pm to get up to go back to work. That doesn't make a Marriage or a partner ship if you ask me. You are an umpaid MAID in that house and not cared for at all. Sorry to say that to you, but you needed to hear it. OPEN YOUR EYES BINGO BEFORE YOUR BLIND IN BOTH.

Edie 2010-02-13 20:46:22 -0600 Report

TIP 20:
Are Plant Sources Of Protein Better For Me Than Animal Protein?
Maybe, Plant proteins have benefits for people with diabetes. Plant foods are low in fat, especially saturated fat, and high in fiber. Animal protein adds cholesterol and saturated fat to our diets. People with diabetes have a greater risk of heart disease earlier in life therefore, it is important to decrease your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol. For people with diabetic kidney disease, changing the source of protein in the diet is being studied as a treatment. Whether plant protein (beans, nuts, vegetables,tofu) is preferred over animal protein (meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs) has not been decided. Discuss the latest research with your diabetes care professionals. We do know that people in other countries who eat less meat and more soy protein and rice have lower rates of cancer and heart disease than Americans, who eat lots of animal protein.
Animal protein contains all eight essential amino acids that you need to build cells in the body. Because your body can't make them, your food choices must supply them. How ever, eating a variety of plant proteins each day can also provide all the amino acids that you need.

TIP 21:
Is There A Benefit To Including More Soy Foods In My Diet?
Yes. Soy foods are low in saturated fat, have no cholesterol, and contain high-quality protein. Scientists are learning about compounds in soybeans that may reduce your risk of certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. Eating sy foods may lower blood cholesterol levels and decrease your risk for heart disease. Soy protein contains a group of phytochemiclas called isoflavones that may directly lower blood cholesterol levels. In certain stages of kidney disease, vegetable protein may be easier on the kidneys than animal protein.
Soybeans are included in a variety of foods, from ice cream to burgers, and they can be eaten whole or used in your recipes.

Soy Food; Serving Size; Calories; Carbs g;
protein g; and Isoflavones (mg)
This is the way the next few items will be looked at as this is in a chart.
Soybeans; 1/2 cup,cooked; 149; 9g; 14g; 35mg
Tempeh; 1/2 cup ; 165; 14 g; 16 g; 40 mg
Tofu 1/2 cup; 94; 2 g; 10 g; 40 mg
Soy nuts; 1 oz.; 128 ; 9 g; 11g; 40 mg
Soy Milk 1/2 cup 40; 2 g; 3 g; 40 mg
Miso 2 Tbsp; 72; 10g; 4 g; 10 mg

These are still in Chapter one Nutrition: The Big Picture. We only have 2 more Tips for this Chapter I might give us two days with tips next week. See you all later.

BINGO 2010-02-15 10:36:11 -0600 Report


cc9 2010-02-15 17:10:20 -0600 Report

thats great. keep up the great work you are doing.

donna13 2010-02-16 08:53:41 -0600 Report

I was ill one time and my mother commented that my face was thinner. Just the place where I wanted to lose.

Edie 2010-02-13 20:24:05 -0600 Report

OK here is my post for tonight. Pat and Tammy yes Bill is doing well again. His numbers are now in the low 100's below 135 most of the time. Not real low any more. All of the Lab work came back nothing going on there either.
Now for Leslie45 Welcome to the site and I hope I can help you here I use Echinacea to built up my immune system during the winter months. Also if you have had a cough since Oct. you need to get into the Doctor as it is more serious then you first thought. With a weight loss of over 20 pounds that is not good either at 5 pounds I would have been camped out at the Doctor Office wanting to know why I am losing this much weight so fast. When we are sick our BG numbers are always higher than normal but with them as high as 300 or more You need to sit down with your Doctor and get to the bottom of this before you end up in the Hospital again this time in worse shape then before.
My Prayers are with you and your Family at this time. Please keep us posted of What Your Doctor Is Doing To Help You!!!! If you don't feel your Doctor is doing enough to get to the bottom of this then go to the ER Or Check with your Hospital to see if you can get another doctor to look you over. Get A Second Oppion if need be. Sorry about my spelling not to good on words I don't use all of the time. LOL
Here are my numbers for the last week.
Sunday Feb.7,2010 @ 5:33 am 102 @ 5:12pm 204 and then @ 8:12pm 133 I used a total of 10 units of Humalog that day;
Monday Feb.8,2010 @ 5:26 am 61 That was the only time I checked it that day;
Tuesday Feb.9,2010 @ 7:06 am 149 That was the only time I checked it that day;
Wednesday Feb.10,2010 @ 8:17 am 249 @ 6:45pm 220 and @9:45pm 127 I took a total of 34 units of Humalog
Thursday Feb.11,2010 @ 6:39 am 155 @ 12:49 pm 277 then @ 5:07 pm 218 and @ 8:21pm it was back down to 171 and I took a total of 56 units of Humalog not a good day for me.
On Friday Feb. 12,2010 @ 6:04pm 129 and then @ 9:09 pm 224 I had a total of 24 units of Humalog for the day.
Now for Today Feb.13,2010 @ 7:45 am 97 and then @ 9:50pm 241 I took a total of 14 units of Humalog for today. it started out good but didn't end up that wy. I did our Tax Return today and had to run and get white out. Have to pay the State and get some back from the Federal. All in All not a good day.

spiritwalker 2010-02-09 16:37:56 -0600 Report

I need to share with everyone so I can keep myself
accountable. I lost 2# but my A1C was 6.6. That is
up .2 since six months ago. I need to work harder and
get it down where my Endo wants it which is 6.0.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-09 21:51:55 -0600 Report

Good for you!! At least it wasn't REAL HIGH—Mine was 6.0 this mo. too, 3 mos ago it was 5.9, so they are satisfied that I am keeping it fairly steady. PR

spiritwalker 2010-02-09 16:34:11 -0600 Report

Leslie, First don't give up. You may need to see a couple of
specialist. An Endocrinologist for the Diabetes. A lung Specialist for the rest. It sounds more like a lung infection.
If you can't sleep or breathe in bed that is a big problem.
You may need O2 treatments for a time. If your DR. doesn't respond to what you report to him, I suggest An
ER visit. If oxygen doesn't get where you need it to go
this can cause heart, lung, and sometimes brain function. I will keep you in my prayers. Please seek
help as soon as possible!

Leslie45 2010-02-09 08:12:50 -0600 Report

I"m new here so if anyone can help me with this it would be great.. Since october i have been sick with a cold and coughing so much i have to sleep sitting up, on top of everyting else i have lost over 20 lbs from not being able to eat. i can't sleep much and needless to say i am very tried out , i just got over having two heart attacks in nove in the same week so my health really isn't that great my my BS has been over 300 or high and i cannot get it down. My doctor has given me so any pills to take to fix this but nothing is working and personally taking 28 pills 6 shots a day just isn't working anymore. I'm to the point of just giving up. any help out here? thanks

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-09 15:02:43 -0600 Report

Sounds to me like you need a new Dr. maybe one that specializes in diabetis—that does NOT sound like a well managed case, to me. Good luck!! PR

Anne56 2010-02-09 15:09:13 -0600 Report

Hi, Leslie. I am new here too. I have one suggestion for you and that is: you might want to post your questions and comments as a new discussion. That way, I think, more people will see it and respond. You're likely to hear from someone who has experienced a period of time similar to yours.

Don't give up! For sure, that is the direction of failure. You will get this figured out.

I do have a question: are you saying that you have had a cold and/or cough since October?

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-05 17:02:43 -0600 Report

I attended our Wellness Center for my 30 min chair exercies, this morning. BS is staying around 120—-PR

Edie 2010-02-07 09:59:42 -0600 Report

I am glad to hear that Pat. Mine is below 120 again this morning. Bills is now higher than mine in the AM they lowered his meds and now his is more in the Normal range instead of so low. He had 2 that were below 60 in less than 3 days. not good and getting dizzy as well so I took his book to the Drs. Office and said I wasn't leaving till I talked to the Dr. LOL I sat there for just under 3 hours waiting to see him. Then I got Bill on the phone with Doc and they talked for another 15 mins. But I got lab work ordered for the next day and now we just wait for the results on it. Hopefully tomorrow. He is dizzy when standing or clumsy when walking even not good hopefully the tests show something and we can get it fixed. He has also lost another 12-13 pounds in the last month.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-07 13:29:00 -0600 Report

Oh, dear, Edie!! Thank heavens, Bill has YOU in his corner!! I sure hope that Bill is OK!! Hugs, Pat R

tholz 2010-02-07 13:59:04 -0600 Report

Hey you2 pat & edie how are you blood this morning wad 150. Will take later. When to car show for eircs birthday dinner at brookes for cheese cake. Megan has to go back to school today. Got 2 of 10 quilt tops done. Maybe I will make another one when she leaves. She made a bag for my friend. 25$ in my pocket.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-07 15:18:09 -0600 Report

Wow, Tammy! You must sew like the wind!!
My fasting was 87, almost scared me!! ha—been running 110 to 120—fasting—-at noon is was 120, hadn't eaten yet either!! Better take it again as I just FOUND a candy bar in the back of the fridge, and ATE IT! First candy I have had in ages!!! Will take my Glipizide if necessary—-PR

tholz 2010-02-09 08:03:21 -0600 Report

Iam up to 4 quilt tops made. Girls got a tatto last night. Eric got layed off. Drake is better. Geting 6-12 inches snow today. Darn and I will have to drive home in it.

Edie 2010-02-05 14:26:57 -0600 Report

Here are TIPS 18 & 19:
I've Heard I'm Supposed To Eat Five Fruits And Vegetables A Day. Why?

Increasing the fruit and vegetables in your diet may lead to better health, particularly in the prevention of cancer and heart disease.Fruits and vegetables are low in fat and are rich sources of vitamin a, vitamin C, and fiber. The average American eats only one serving of fruit and two servings of vegetables a day. You can find ways to put five or more servings in your salads, soups, sandwiches, main dishes, and snacks.
Fruits and vegetables affect diabetes in different ways. Fruit has 15 grams of carbohydrate per serving and affects your blood glucose within 2 hours. The amount your blood glucose rises depends on whether you eat the fruit on an empty stomach, the form of the fruit (cooked or raw, whole or juice), and your blood glucose level when you eat. Check your blood glucose level after eating fruit to see what it does to you. Non starchy vegetables contain only 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving, few calories, and lots of vitamins and minerals. Moderate portions of vegetables, have little effect on blood glucose but major effects on your health. Eat up!

Tip 19:
Why Does It Seem That I need Less Food — And Enjoy It Less— Now That I'm Older?
If you are not as active as you were when you were younger, you probably don't need to eat as many calories. However, it may be that your appetite and enjoyment are being affected by changes in one of the following:
Taste Buds—affecting taste and interest in food
Smell— affection interest in food and the amount you eat
Vision— making it difficult to read labels or recipes
Hearing— affecting your ability to enjoy the social events around eating
Touch— making it difficult to prepare food
Teeth or poorly fitting dentures—making it painful to eat anything but soft, easy-to-chew foods

For reasons such as these, you may skip meals or eat fewer calories than you need, which affects your diabetes management. Limitations on movement can keep you from exercising, leading to loss of energy and appetite. Poor nutrition itself can bring on fatigue and a general sense of not feeling well. Work with your RD to overcome any challenges to following your meal plan.

In my Diabetic Living Magazine one section says Let's get together

They are talking about a Diabetic Support Group that we all need to belong to one in our Home areas. Well the only one I have at this time is right here on DC

It says Getting together with other people with diabetes (PWDs) can make a big difference in how well we take care of ourselves. Studies have shown that people who participate in activities with others have better control of blood sugars, better quality of life, and less depression than people who don't.
"The research about diabetes , and chronic illness in general, clearly indicates that support from others enhances self-care," says John Zrebiec, M.S.W., CDE, director of behavioral health services at the Joslin diabetes Center in Boston and a member of the Diabetic Living editorial advisory board. "Likely that is just a natural human response to being able to share the burden." Participating in a support group can help you: Feel Connected; Overcome self-blame; Gain a new outlook; Learn acceptance;
Examine cause and effect; and find the right fit
Make sure that the group you join is what will help you if not keep looking for one that is a right fit to you!!!
Thank You for Joining Us here Today hope to see you all tomorrow again.
Your Friend Always;

Edie 2010-02-04 21:06:21 -0600 Report

Today I got my new Diabetic Living Magazine and have not finished reading it yet but I did read Solving the Carb Puzzle
This was written by Hope S. Warshaw, R.D., CDE
Along with the diagnosis of diabetes comes a new vocabulary. "Carbohydrate" is one of the most frequently used— and misunderstood—-terms.
"Confusion about carbohydrate still reigns," says Johanna Burani, R.D., CDE, author of Good Carbs, Bad Carbs: Lose Weihgt and Enjoy Optimum Health by Eating the Right Carbs (Da Capo Press, 2004).
She goes on to say the people she counsels are surprised to learn milk, yougurt, and fruits contain crbohydrate and are convinced that pasta, bread, and ice cream 'turn to sugar' and shouldn't ever pass their lips again."
Yet experts say that foods with carbohydrate are essential for good diabetes nutrition. Come along as we unscramble the carb puzzle.
Carb counting is a method of diabetes meal planning. It doesn't prescribe a certain amount of carbohydrate but is a way to include healthful foods, plan meals that contain sufficient carbohydrate to fuel your body, and fit in a wide variety of foods you enjoy while you control blood glucose levels.
The carbohydrate in foods is the nutrient with the most impact on blood glucose, especially shortly after you eat. A key ingredient in achieving blood glucose control is having adequate insulin. The balance between the carbohydrate you eat and the available insulin— made by your body or that you take as medication— most impacts blood glucose levels and diabetes control.
Carb counting gained support in the US when it was used successfully in the Diabetes control and complications Trial in the 1980's,says Karen Bolderman, R.D.,CDE, PWD type 1, coauthor of Practical Carbohydrate Counting: A How -to-Teach Guide for Health Professionals, second edition (American Diabetes Association, 2008).
"Most people with type 2 diabetes who don't take insulin can use what dietitians call basic carb counting." Bolderman says. "You learn the foods that contain carbohydrate and how much carb to eat each day." You want to eat enough carbohydrate to fuel your body and provide it with needed nutrients.
"Advanced carb counting helps people who take insulin several times a day ( with multiple daily injections or a pump) learn to adjust their own premeal rapid-acting insulin dose based on their blood glucose level and amount of carb they're going to eat, "Bolderman says.
Think of foods as packages of various nutrients. "No one food has all the nutrients your body needs, which is why eating a variety of foods helps you meet your nutrition needs, " Burani says. The three main nurients are carbohydrate, fat, and protein. Most of the calories in foods are from carbs some from healthful carbs and some not so healthful carbs.
Carb-containing foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber—foods that help you avoid empty calories from added sugars—are the good guys. Similar-size servings of related foods may surprise you nutritionwise.
for example, 1/2 cup of orange drink, which gets most of its calories from corn syrup. Swapping healthful carbs is smart eating.
The following chart has starting points for daily carb grams oor choices and how to divide them among meals can work for many people with diabetes. Don't limit carbohydrate to control blood glucose-low-carb eating often leads to eating too uch heart-harming fat and may not necessarily improve blood glucose or weight control over time.

Body size/ gender: smaller woman ; Carb grams/day 135; Carb grams/meal 45; carb choices*/day 9; and carb choices*/meal 3
follow the next ones like the one above.
Larger woman 180; 60; 12; 4
Smaller man: 180; 60; 12; 4
Larger Man 225; 75; 15; 5
I hope this helps every one as much as it is me!
Here are some Carb-Counting Tips:
1. Check the carb count on the nutrition facts label against the serving size. Is this the amount you eat?
2. Visualize, visualize, visualize.
At home , weigh and measure the common items you eat—potatoes, rice, dry or cooked cereal. Then you'll better recognize the right portions at home and when you eat out.
3.Be predictable and buy the same products—at least at first.
You'll learn their carb counts and the ways they affect your blood glucose.
4.Acount for the sauce. Add 5-10 grams of carbs for Asian dishes, thick sauces, and gravies. They likely have cornstarch or other souces of carbs.
5.Estimate mixed dishes. Count 30 grams of carbohydrate for 1 cup of a starch or starch and veggie base casserole or hearty soup, such as chili with beans. And last but not least PORTIONS MATTER
Watch your portions sizes Weigh and measure foods often at first to become a carb-estimating pro. With experience, you'll get better at eyeballing amounts. and Remember to do this every 4 — 6 Months to make sure you are still getting the correct portion sizes on your plate.

A Sampling Of Healthful Carbs is as follows
Popcorn , Squash, Lentils, Artichoke, Barley, Black Beans, Pear, Bran Cereal, Sugarsnap Peas, Whole Grain Pasta, and Raspberries.
Hope this helps all of us to get a good head start on Portion Control. They say if we watch our Portions and get the right amount of carb grams per day and meal then we will have better control of our blood glucose and also better control of our Weight. I sure would love to see the Weight go off of me at a quicker speed..

Good Night All will Talk More Tomorrow some time.
Your Friend Always;

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-04 23:02:40 -0600 Report

The way I understood it was to make the carb/complex by adding a protein with it to make it SLOW down and to not be absorbed as quickly with the protein. Also, Muscles handle fat and carbs more efficiently, so one reason that exercise helps —-build up those muscles!!

When I had knee replacement, trouble breathing and LOW pulse ox, my nurse told me that the body will take energy from your brain/mind, and send it to your large muscles, legs etc first, to repair them—one reason that we get a bit "dippy" when ill, as the body STARTS repairing the larger muscles first! One reason I couldn't think stratight for so long, now am on oxygen at night and off and on during the day, NOW I can tell the difference! When I START to get feeble minded, short of breath or just breathing harder, I slap on my O2 and after a few min. I begin to perk up! And I am doing so much better, stronger, am now doing more of my own housework!! Yeah!!PR

Edie 2010-02-05 13:57:45 -0600 Report

You go girlfriend! Keep up the way you are going and you will be in tip top shape when I come for my visit sometime in May. That will give Bill time to get going better. We found out the reason Werner wanted him to do more training is because they don't have the loads to send the guys out in their own Trucks at this time so that way they don't have to pay them like the Regular Drivers. Bill said no and is now checking in with Swift. I hope he gets a job again soon other wise I won't be able to go any where for a long time to come. Yuk!!!!

spiritwalker 2010-02-04 20:51:16 -0600 Report

Did anyone watch the Oprah show today? I thought they
did a great job. If you know anyone to needs to be checked for
Diabetes, Feb.5th Friday Wallgreens is doing the testing
free. Check with you loca; Wallgreens. Pat Roth wrote a summary of the show in a new discussion. You might want to read it if you were unable to view the show.

Edie 2010-02-04 14:14:00 -0600 Report

With Bill not working again I can't afford my Meds once again. I had to put all of my check this month on Bills and then nothing left for what I need. OH well I will see what happens till I do get the meds. In the meantime I am just going to watch what I eat closer and try to follow a different Meal Plan. In Diabetic Living they have a section on Quick and simple meal planning hopefully it gives me some new Ideas to pass on to all of you later after I read my Magazine today. I will also have some more information from Prevention Magazine at the same time as I also got that Magazine in the mail today. Well I will check back in later today.
Your Friend Always;

tholz 2010-02-04 00:53:05 -0600 Report

I cant believe I forgot to check my blood yesterday. I was sewing and on a roll.Getting all my meds today. Ya I cant wait

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-03 23:14:42 -0600 Report

I ate a fried pork chop yesterday, and it did NOT alter my BS! Boy, was THAT a relief as that is one of my favorite foods and am having trouble finding a meat or protein that is filling, yet no carbs—-PR

cc9 2010-02-04 04:19:57 -0600 Report

i find proteins dont interfere with my sugars at all. but of course if things are in moderation, there is no reason why u are not able to have it once in a while.

Kira_xo 2010-02-03 14:47:48 -0600 Report

I am having a hard time remembering my metformin. It irritates me at the end of the day when I suddenly remember I only took one dose.
I am a stay at home mom and I should remember these things! I feel like I am just overwhelmed chasing around a 10 month old who is going to be walking very very soon and is crawling and pulling up on things.
Most of my day is spent keeping him entertained and taking him out to play and such that I completely forget about myself. I also have not been sleeping well and I just feel tired all of the time. Everyone tells me "just nap when the baby naps" But nap time is like my "me" time. I get to take a shower, clean my self up, clean my house, work on laundry mountain, start cooking dinner, and working out on my exercise bike for at least 10 minutes. There are just not enough hours in the day! Plus my husband has been working late and has duty twice a week plus has been going underway once a month (he is in the Navy). So that leaves me here alone with the baby most of the time.
I know being a diabetic means I need to take care of myself, and I promise I do try! But sheesh! Right now I have so much going on it and it's just hard!

Edie 2010-02-03 17:03:57 -0600 Report

When you are fixing your Supper, just have a note on the Frig and the cubboard to remind your self of your meds. I have a note on Frig. on my test kit and on My stove that sets aside of it when I move it just as I start to fix the meals. That has helped me to remember better. Also that gives it time to start to work and my numbers are coming down better than before.

OK I am the mother of 5 and have been a Diabetic before any of them came along. So here is some advice you may be able to use.
1. When you get up in the Morning put a load in the washer and if one is in the Dryer fold it. I use to rotate them as the day went by with the 3 youngest were little that was 3 in 2 years. One was born on 1-11-81; one on 11-25-81 and the other on 11-05-82.
2. When I laid them down for a nap about 9:30 I would take my bath and then start another load in the washer and rotate the clean ones to the dryer and put away another load if one is in Dryer.
3. Feed them lunch at 12:30 and lay them down again at 1:30 for afternoon nap at which time I also took an hour nap and rotated wash again when I got up.
4. When I put them to bed at night after Supper I would clean the front room and then mop the Kitchen floor on Sat. nite only. I kept soapy water in sink to wash dishes as the day went by.
5. My Med schedule was always on the Frig during those days and now every where I look I see my Meds sheet for follow up. LOL
If you need more advise send me a private note and I will give you my email and phone numbers so you can get in touch more often if you need to.
Your Friend Always;

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-03 19:01:24 -0600 Report

Wow, Edie! No wonder you know how to MANAGE!! I THOT I did, but did not have so many children so close together, but the ones I had were SICK—had 20 to 30 BM's a day, and had to carry the water to heat my wash water, but survived and learned to MULTI-TASK—a fact that I was proud of until I COLLAPSED! but to each his own~~ Pat R

Kira_xo 2010-02-03 23:46:29 -0600 Report

Oh wow!! You sure do keep yourself busy! I am impressed! I will def have to try those tips because lord knows I am making myself crazy trying to get everything done and remember to take care of myself at the same time! Thank you!! And congrats on 5 children! They are certainly a blessing! Be prepared for me to message you with questions tho! lol. Thank you thank you!

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-02-16 08:53:03 -0600 Report

My pharmacist arranged a free service for me where I get an automated phone call each day at my medication times to remind me to take my meds. It has worked wonders for keeping me stable. Ask your phamacist if they know of such a program.

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