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By athynz Latest Reply 2010-11-26 12:09:20 -0600
Started 2010-11-24 22:12:04 -0600

and I wanted to give a shout out. I was diagnosed 4 years ago with type 2 diabetes and I hadn't taken it as seriously as I should have until my doctor said I might have to go on insulin. I had made quite a few changes in my diet by eliminating a lot of the snack foods and sweets I used to frequently indulge in and got rid of 90% of the sodas when I was first diagnosed… unfortunately (and this is the where the not taking it seriously comes in) I backslid from time to time - especially during times of stress or the holidays.

What I'm looking to do is look in to other ways I can keep my blood sugar levels down (I've had more than a few 200+ reading when I remember to take my readings) and get some advice from those who have been able to keep their blood sugar levels down and stable.

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-26 12:09:20 -0600 Report

Hi, glad to met you. However not glad any of us have diabetes. During stress it sure seems I want the carbby eats too. I am thankful apples, carrots and cukes are sweet, crunchy, and (in moderation) don't spike me. Whenever stress eating over comes healty eating beating myself up only causes more stress. I can only try to do better the next time.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-11-25 14:32:27 -0600 Report

Welcome to our family. You can do it I have faith in you. Just take it one day at a time. Making changes when you are ready. Come and ask questions and read the many post. Have a "Happy Thanksgiving".
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athynz 2010-11-25 12:56:26 -0600 Report

Thanks for the welcomes and the advice - and for letting me know I'm not the only one who's fallen off the diabetes control wagon. Maybe taking insulin might not be as bad as I think but right now that is just a possibility, not a confirmed thing yet. I have an appointment with a diabetic specialist in January so I'll find out more then and meanwhile I'll do my best to stay on this wagon… LOL

So thank you once again and a Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it.

Harlen 2010-11-25 09:51:19 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
yep it is a job the more you know now the better it will be later
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-11-25 05:47:29 -0600 Report

Welcome to the community!! You will find all kinds of great motivation here and some fellow wagon faller offers! LOL. We all have days or weeks, and sometimes months when we get weary of dealing with the daily issues of diabetes. That is a very big boat we all share. But there are lots of us who have also turned things around, just like it is sounding that you are doing as well.

I do want to say that being on insulin is not a punishment, but a blessing. If my doctor would put me on it, I would be thrilled. You get better control with insulin (usually) and there are often far less side effects. It is not a "failure" as many doctors make it be. So you may want to revisit that idea.

My levels are down from my first diagnosis, but I still have to work hard to keep levels lower. Some people it seems to come easy, and others it is more difficult. We are all different and things that work for me may not work for you. However, the basic ideas of a healthy diet free of processed foods and daily exercise are pretty across the board ways to help gain control of your levels. Testing often will also help you start to see what is going on inside your body and how the things you do affect your levels. It's a wonderful tool.

RAYT721 2010-11-25 04:08:05 -0600 Report

Hello, Welcome and Happy Thanksgiving from the Cleveland Ohio area.

You are not the only person ever to fall off the wagon of diabetes control. I am confident we can all relate to what you've done (or not done) but there's no sense looking to the past to change things. Look at today which is the best day to give yourself that boost you need to get back on track. I hate to sound like a Home Depot commercial but you can do it, we can help. You'll find a lot of support here. You'll find recipes, products and book reviews, videos, friendships, and so much more.

I am a Type 2, diagnosed in March, and under control with my numbers while under construction with my life. I've taken baby steps in doing what I have had to do and it works… for me. I've started to drink more water, exercise more often, watch my portion control, read food labels, cut out sugar in pop and coffee, and developed a whole new attitude. I'm going to win this war and you can too! Take a little action and do it one day at a time. So often people try to change their lives in a 360 degree motion overnight. They end up burned out and unmotivated. Make change a part of your routine and embrace it. Your body can do what your mind tells it to do.

I am not always Mister Sunshine and I've got the good days and bad days like everyone else here but always willing to converse on anything that may be on your mind, in your soul or in your heart because that's what familly/friends do. Welcome to our website and to my crazy world.

I hope to hear more from and about you.

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