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Old 01-16-2013, 06:39   #11
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Congratulations.

Those numbers look perfectly normal to me. As John has said the TGs are important. Don't worry about the LDL. First it is arithmetically calculated and second it is bound to increase if you are eating LC/HF and/or losing weight. even then, it is in a good range, so no worries at all.

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Renee,
You have me a little concerned. Why do you need a pump as a T2, if your numbers are coming down? Is it a choice? I panic when I think I might have to do the same. I found Shanny's comments on the statin to be true for me. I was fuzzy and really felt slowed-down. So I dont want it back. Hopefully it didnt have the same effect on you. I wish you well with the up-coming tests.
And thankyou for tolerating my rant. It means a lot to me.


Tish, I've been dealing with diabetes for a good many years now. I am on an insulin pump because believe it or not it makes more sense for me. I was using two different insulins since October 2011 anyway, and still having difficulty controlling. The next step was for me to go to a pump. The pump has enabled me to get better control, but my system is so weird that it has a mind of its own! I've been extremely envious of those here who in three months have brought all their numbers down doing the same things I've done. Everyone of us is unique, and unfortunately for me mine seems to be very stubborn. I'd much prefer to use insulin than all the drugs they've had me take in the past. And, trust me, I've done them all. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on the upcoming tests because I'd like to believe that everything I've done will deliver some good results for me. I had taken statin meds for at least the past 20 years, and I never really had any major side effects from it, so I guess I'd be willing to do again if only to get my numbers back down again. My biggest complaint really is that I've done all this and I just cannot seem to lose any weight. I haven't gained, but I haven't lost either. I guess if this is where my weight stays, I have to accept that. But, I'd really like to lose at least 30 lbs. I think I'd be more comfortable at that level. In reality, and if you go by the charts, I should lose at least 100 lbs. That is not realistic for me at this stage of my life.

Although I seem to have to struggle always with this darned diabetes, I will not give up and I will not be disappointed if my numbers have not fallen a huge amount, but even a little lower is better than higher. Positive thinking always!
But thanks for your concern Tish. It means a great deal to me that people out there care. (((((Hugs)))))))
Renee,

I am so sorry that you seem to be having a harder time. And yes, we do what we have to, pump or not. My doc does say that everyone reacts differently to the statin. I guess we all know that about meds.

I think weight is possibly also genetic. My dad's family are all very thin, but its from them I got the D gene. They can eat a lot and love cakes ens, but never seem to gain weight.
Renee as we get older, we know that much as some of us would like to lose a lb or two, maturity equals sensibility. It becomes less important and its about what goes on the inside that counts, literally and metaphorically. As long as you are fine and can cope with this nuisance called D, in my view, your positive thinking is encouraging and gives us hope, in the knowledge that we too shall manage.
Thankyou for all that.
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Two little details. First, since your doctor hasn't mentioned your trigs, they almost certainly are good - so not to worry.

Second, before I retired and dragged her off to France, Judy was responsible for the care and maintenance of the medical electronic equipment at one of the big hospitals in Surrey. She tells me that it's quite possible that the latest test was done just before the machine was due to be re-calibrated and that the jump was simply down to that and as such completely non significant!

Just in passing, I would strongly resist the statin. I am completely unconvinced of the value of those drugs particularly in the light of the interesting side effects. (In fairness, that view has been arrived at simply from reading, not personal experience)
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Please tell Judy that she is in all likelihood correct in her assumption with regard to the equipment here. Almost half of SA only returned to work on Monday 14th and my doc confirmed that the reason for my long wait on the results were due to the labs operating with a skeleton staff. Im sure maintenance and servicing will start now.

I have no intention of going back on the statin, if it means I should live on dry bread, no wait a minute, dry LC, and water.

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Congratulations.

Those numbers look perfectly normal to me. As John has said the TGs are important. Don't worry about the LDL. First it is arithmetically calculated and second it is bound to increase if you are eating LC/HF and/or losing weight. even then, it is in a good range, so no worries at all.
SKB,

Thankyou for those encouraging words. It means a lot. I was very very disappointed. I was of the opinion that if you do the work, the results will speak for itself.

Im in the building trade. I look at the work and see the results.
It certainly is NOT that way with D.

I am glad you think Im not doing too badly

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Hang in there tish. Remember it is not a sprint but rather a marathon. It takes time. I don't remember if you already take it or not already, but is it possible the tablet he was referring to was Metformin?
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I hope you are feeling much better, with all that pain you've had.

Thankyou for your support. I really have no idea what I would have done without this Forum. I say this to everyone over here. I doubt I would even have got to those results. The few people with D I know here, are always tired and sick and when I mention LC/HF they go into shock. Never heard of it.

I was on the Glucophage/Metformin, but it is in fact the statin he and I are debating. I just wont take it now.

I set myself up for a huge decrease in my HBA1C, but you are right, with D there are no guarantees and it is a longterm effort.
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Tish, don't have enough knowledge to speak of your other tests but will give you my opinion of bg and Hba1c. While you might have had your hopes up for better numbers, yours are still ok! You might want to improve them further but they're by no way a disaster - work to improve them but stop beating yourself down over them, absolutely no need for that! I consider the Hba1c to be a complement to home-testing only. If there's a big difference between (realistic) expectations and outcome then it's time to set the alarm and do some night time testing and between meal testing etc at home. The Hba1c is NOT a test you take to pass or fail but a tool to check if you know what's going on or not.
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Thank you for the support and detail. It definately helps. I did set myself up for a huge improvement. I need to test more often as you say and prepare better for long-term results and my next blood tests. Getting so much information here makes it all so much easier.

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Ok Tish. You have now been off Meds for a few weeks, and we had the festive season, and you had the kids visiting, and the tests are not very accurate to start with.
Seriously I think those are pretty good numbers considering. In fact they are not shabby at all. I am impressed and you have done nicely.

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I am very upset that my numbers had not improved dramatically. I thought I had better control. Here they are:

HBA1C............5.8% Higher than the last.
Cholesterol......6.2 mmol/l Same as before.
Blood sugar.....5.6 (100) After a few berries-Lab test
HDL.................1.1 Too low (should be 1.2 ? )
LDL..................4.6 Too high (s/b less than 3?)

What am I doing wrong? My doctor thinks, Ive done well. I am really disappointed at these figures.
Hey Tish,
If you look at my signature I have trodden a very similar route my numbers are almost the same as yours, it took me a lot longer to get to the 5's than others diagnosed at the same time. It is discouraging but I believe we are all too different to respond in the same way. I have to be fairly strict with starches and fruit, for example, but ice-cream and a couple of squares of plain choc seem to slide right past the meter!! You do better with fruit than me. Etc. This is a long game so all you can do is keep on keeping on. Chin up, my friend, you stayed in the 5% club :-)

I could do snap on the cholesterol too - not sure how I feel about that but staying off the statins anyway...TTFN

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Ok Tish. You have now been off Meds for a few weeks, and we had the festive season, and you had the kids visiting, and the tests are not very accurate to start with.
Seriously I think those are pretty good numbers considering. In fact they are no t shabby at all. I am impressed and you have done nicely.
Hi Rodney,

Thanks so much. It was my expectation and I wanted an improvement on my last number, which didnt happen.

I like to think that the tests were wrong and I was right

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Hey Tish,
If you look at my signature I have trodden a very similar route my numbers are almost the same as yours, it took me a lot longer to get to the 5's than others diagnosed at the same time. It is discouraging but I believe we are all too different to respond in the same way. I have to be fairly strict with starches and fruit, for example, but ice-cream and a couple of squares of plain choc seem to slide right past the meter!! You do better with fruit than me. Etc. This is a long game so all you can do is keep on keeping on. Chin up, my friend, you stayed in the 5% club :-)

I could do snap on the cholesterol too - not sure how I feel about that but staying off the statins anyway...TTFN
Hi Clea,

Hmm I like the 5% club. I think I might like the 4% club too.
So glad you like ice-cream and I like fruit. Ugh! Today I ordered an American decaf Ice Coffee. I love those. I took one sip and thought oops too much ice cream and swopped it for my DIL's decaf cappucinno I get optimistic but when Im faced with it, I think; 'dont be ridiculous'.
Im working my way into replacing the fruit with cucumber. Summer fruits are hard to resist. I have to try...really. You're right though, I dont spike too much due to the small helpings, but you again are doing well with the chocolate..

You are so right. We have similar numbers. I so wanted those lower numbers. To me its how it should be. When you feel better because your diet has improved, you have to get the desired result, as I keep saying. Never a dull moment with this monster.

As for the statins

Thank you Clea, the support and encouragement means a lot.

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