Salt intake

By saramj Latest Reply 2010-04-26 03:50:34 -0500
Started 2010-04-24 20:36:26 -0500

I have been struggling with so many issues concerning my diabetes and other conditions, but I became really sick this winter. My doctor scheduled a CT scan of my chest, belly and pelvis, but my blood work revealed that my sodium levels were almost non-existent. I have never been a regular salt user, I am a Yankee cook, which means nothing is presalted. Most of my homemade meals call for salt and I just don't use it. My food is quite tasty with other seasonings other than salt, and in seemed like such overkill to watch by sugar, salt, grain, etc. intake, but I eliminated a few things from my diet, I just took a couple of things off the grocery list and let it go. At my last appointment my doctor told me that I am drinking too much water and that I have diluted myself! I need to cut back on my water intake and incorporate more sodium into my diet! I asked her what I could drink and she offered a few suggestions. Diet coke was first up, but I would not drink that at gun point; Gatorade was next up, for that I think a grenade launcher wouldn't convince me to drink that. How about V8? Well, I could drink a glass of that a day. I went grocery shopping, and added back the few things that I had cut. So I am back where I started! My doctor did take me off of one blood pressure pill, and I have a feeling that the second one is about to go away as well as at least 1 glipizide a day, if not both. My numbers have been excellent for the last two years for cholesterol and diabetes, and my blood pressure is very low. My diet has never been better, and I am actually having fun trying out healthy entrees. I still crave baked goods, but it is manageable. I think everyone's diabetes is unique to them. There may be some things that have to stay in your diet despite other medical advice. It does seem to be one of the isolating factors of diabetes, we can't all follow the same regime, we are not as easily classified as the medical community may believe.

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Robbibird3 2010-04-25 16:27:36 -0500 Report

Could you give me an example of your diet? I have sevral things to manage and right now my sugars are up and I have to test regularly again to get an idea of what they are and how my diet is effecting it. It's going to take an analysis for me because I am currently not able to take all of my prescribed medications because as of June 2009 I started having vomiting, severe nausea and diarrhea issues and quit taking my medications until everything stopped. But every time I tried to take my meds the issues would return so now I am only taking some of them and have a list that I am told by my gastroenterologist and primary doctors to add one of them at a time, take them for a week and if I had no issues to add another until the issue returned and I had the culprit identified. So I have this I am working on as of today. Added my weight conscious multivitamin back. And wroking to get sugars down.

Miminv 2010-04-26 03:50:34 -0500 Report

Type 2 for 15 years. When I first started my dr wanted me to take 1000mg of medformin two times a day. That made me ill so he cut it down to 500mg and the worked for awhile. When I got used to it it was raised. I also found that I had to take my vitamins after dinner because the morning my stomach was too sensitive. I am now on twice a day prilosec for my stomach. That is the only way I can handle all the meds. About 7 years ago I found that I could no longer eat pork. It would go straight through me.
You should be logging everything you eat, the meds and the times. You might get a clearer idea of why your body is reacting like it is. Some meds need to be taken a couple hours later from others to not get a reaction. Some foods like sweetners can cause a reaction.
As far as a diet goes, I suggest working on eating the basics, veg., fruits, meat some grains. Look at some recipes online here. No fast food the meds or your body might be reacting from that.
Best of luck, keep asking questions that is how we all learn.

GabbyPA 2010-04-25 13:34:43 -0500 Report

Congratulations on your 2 year health record. That is a testament to you and your efforts.

I have to agree with Skip. Science gets so involved in micro managing our lives we get confused and lost. I am glad that you have added some salt back in, we all need it. Everything needs it to some degree. Did you know that celery is a high sodium vegetable? It is a main component of your V-8.
Feeling good, eating close to the earth is all good. That is what we need to be doing and as you said, no two people are going to benefit the same from the exact same diet. I like to think that I am "special" LOL!!
We were having another discussion on how we get iodine in our diets and I just discovered watercress is very high in iodine. So the more we explore things, the more we find what will work for us.

SkipT 2010-04-25 09:04:51 -0500 Report

Here I go again ranting about more faulty science. There is nothing wrong with salt. It is essential for life. I use kosher salt, sea salts of every type, and blood pressure is 120/72. Lack of salt in you body can actually cause blood pressure problems.

Miminv 2010-04-25 05:10:26 -0500 Report

It sounds like you flushed most of the sodium out of your body. You can have some major health problems if you don't have salt in your body. You can die from this.
Sodium is a electrolyte along with potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, and bicarbonate. We need electrolytes because it controlls the fluid balance within the body.Sea salt and kosher salt are good ways to get some sodium in your diet.
Diabetics also run low on potassium (found in cottage cheese and bananas) and calcium(dairy and supplements).
Yes you are right every diabetic is different from each other. One can eat one thing and the other can't. I sure wish doctors would stop lumping us in just one type of diabetic.
Sounds like you are doing well other wise.

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