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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