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Old 01-06-2017, 22:31   #1
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Hi, everyone!

My name is Dorothea! I am married, ive in Los Angeles, and am a SAHM of a 15 year-old girl (high schooler - YIKES)!

My friend, Katieboosmama, told me about this forum and I wanted to check it out. Actually, we have never met IRL, but we became friends from another Message Board on couponing (sadly, now defunct). I hope that this forum is just as friendly and helpful!

So my story - I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in late 2013. I also had gestational diabetes 15 years ago and was insulin-dependent. So the diabetes diagnosis was not a shock to me.

My A1c was 7.1 when diagnosed and then was steady at 6.1, 6.2, but at my last checkup in December it was 7.5. My doctor freaked out (and so did I) as I was so consistent. She change my prescription from Metformin 750mg twice a day to Pioglitzaone Hydrochloride and Metform Hydrochloride Tablets 15-850 mg twice a day.

I know that part of the problem was something as silly as getting daily Mango Black teas at Starbucks. My daughter and I got hooked on them over the summer/autumn. Plus, I have not been testing like I should - my doctor only needed me to test once every other day as I was under pretty good control.

Now, I know that I am NOT eating or drinking as well as I should. Also, not exercising at all. I am 55 years old and carrying too much weight. So I want to get healthy and physically stronger!!

As a mom, I want to my daughter get her PhD, get married, and have kids. Any help and guidance to get me back on the healthy path would be greatly appreciated!! I have a LOT of reading to do on this site, but am SO happy to be here!

Thank you in advance, everyone!!

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Hey! Someone will be along soon to post some links for you to read (I haven't figured out how to do that lol) I am glad you are here, I am sure you will find help and support! Love you <3

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Hey! Someone will be along soon to post some links for you to read (I haven't figured out how to do that lol) I am glad you are here, I am sure you will find help and support! Love you <3
Thanks for all of your support and help!! This is my year to get HEALTHY!! Love you, too!!

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Welcome Dorothea

So glad you joined us. This is a great place for encouragement and help in getting our diabetes under good control.

One of the links mentioned is Blood Sugar 101 which is a good place to learn about diabetes. It has a section "How To Lower Your Blood Sugar" which is a testing method that will fast-track getting blood sugar under control.

As you read there, and here on the forum, you're bound to have questions, which we will be happy to answer. Most of us have been where you are now and can share our journey to success.

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@TiggerTeddie welcome to the community.

I have a feeling you are going to love it around here.

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Hi TiggerTeddie, welcome to the forum.

When reading in BloodSugar101, be sure to read about your medications. The Pioglitazone Hydrochloride is Actos, and does come with some pretty serious potential side effects. It is important that we know what we are being prescribed and what is the risk vs benefit. It is ultimately our decision as the patient to know the risks and if it is in our best interest to take what is prescribed or ask for something else.

Many folks here find that diet and exercise can greatly minimize or even eliminate the need for the riskier medications.

The metformin HCL is regular metformin, and many here find it to be very beneficial. If the regular version causes any digestive issues, there is an extended release (ER) version that, for some, is more ... user friendly.

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Hello TiggerTeddie.....welcome,

You have just surrounded yourself with a very large group of fellow diabetics. Within that community you will find people that have walked down the roads that you are now walking. Accordingly, we will share our experiences and knowledge to try and help you avoid some of the mistakes we have made. Most of us will also share our successes we have had and how we did it!

What we all know, and from your introduction, what you too know - is that our control of diabetes is directly tied to how and what we eat! If you eat high carb foods, your blood sugars will be high (our definition of high is anytime you are over 140!) Research indicates that when your blood sugar goes over 140 you begin to destroy cells in your body. In time this leads to all of the complications associated with diabetes.....

Modern medicine usually responds to a patient that has high blood sugars by adding more diabetic medications for the patient to take. Unfortunately, many of these medication have a 'bucket load' of potential complications....

On this forum we use what we eat to control our disease, with two big exceptions, most of us are open to taking insulin and metformin drugs that are well tested in the population of diabetes.

As you read through the Blood Sugar 101 you will learn our secrets on eating low carbs and high fat foods (LCHF). Low carb alone works well to control blood sugar, but leaves us hungry and craving carbs! But, when you add fats to offset the lack of carbs, an amazing thing happens....your hunger and cravings leave.....and that is the road to diabetic happiness! You too can learn to take control of your disease.....and you do not have to starve yourself to do it! By the way a side effect of following LCHF is that you lose weight.....I lost 50lbs. in the first six months, A1c went from 7.9 to 5.8 and...no exercise, no dieting, no hunger or cravings.....come on in the water is fine....but do your reading on Blood Sugar 101 so you have the knowledge to do what we all have done!

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Hi TiggerTeddie, welcome to the forum.

When reading in BloodSugar101, be sure to read about your medications. The Pioglitazone Hydrochloride is Actos, and does come with some pretty serious potential side effects. It is important that we know what we are being prescribed and what is the risk vs benefit. It is ultimately our decision as the patient to know the risks and if it is in our best interest to take what is prescribed or ask for something else.

Many folks here find that diet and exercise can greatly minimize or even eliminate the need for the riskier medications.

The metformin HCL is regular metformin, and many here find it to be very beneficial. If the regular version causes any digestive issues, there is an extended release (ER) version that, for some, is more ... user friendly.
That's definitely a reason that I am here! I refilled this prescription yesterday and it came with a lot of material. I definitely need to do some serious reading on it. Thankfully, I should have plenty of time to dive into all of this during the coming week when my husband is at work and daughter is at school!!

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they started me on a very expensive Rx with the possibility of horrible life altering/ending side effects, I flat out refused, and asked to try just Metformin and diet. I was told that I would have to go on insulin as that alone would not lower my levels as high as they were....asked for a couple of weeks to try, and proved her wrong It can be done!

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SO excited!! I was just Facebook messaging with Katieboosmama and realized that I have a PLAN!!

First, I have to do the reading here on the Forum.

Then, doing research on my medication - I don't like all the counter-indications.

Then I will read on the diet and get on that. My daughter has even said that she will do it with me with more carbs for her.

Finally, exercise - my daughter wants to do a walking program for her P.E. at school (so she doesn't have to give up a period for P.E.). We will start that last.

Dang, it is nice to see it all spelled out and ready to go. I have a PLAN!! Yes, I HAVE A PLAN!!

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