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Old 11-16-2012, 17:15   #1
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Along our journey with diabetes, we all have met with a challenge that seemed impossible to master. Could you share your greatest challenge and how you overcame it to achieve better management of the disease?

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Old 11-16-2012, 18:43   #2
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No secreet there I used my meter and checked my BG a LOT I also noted the carbs/exercise/fat/protien I eat and figured out how to make it work.

The hardest part was dealing with the *(&^&^%$ ) Fed Gov.... DOT to be exact, took me 1 year to convince them I can drive a truck while on insulin. 4 times a year I still have a 3 page form my endo has to fill out. That and the annual 150 bicycle ride I do to raise $$ for the ADA

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The hardest part was dealing with the *(&^&^%$ ) Fed Gov.... DOT to be exact, took me 1 year to convince them I can drive a truck while on insulin. 4 times a year I still have a 3 page form my endo has to fill out. That and the annual 150 bicycle ride I do to raise $$ for the ADA
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Bureaucratic Red tape can be a challenge. Looks like your endo is to be given some credit for helping you master that obstacle otherwise your livelihood would have been at stake - a serious challenge for sure. Thanks for sharing. We can learn from your perseverance.

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Losing weight and bringing down my fasting levels. In fact, I was lucky to see a number below 100 at all in the beginning. I nearly cried when I tested in the mid-90s for the first time. I think it took months to regularly get my blood sugar below 100, especially in the morning. I just kept adjusting and re-adjusting my diet, exercising, and trying everything else I could think of. I don't drink alcohol, but I was contemplating buying a bottle of red wine just to drive the FBGs down!

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Losing weight and bringing down my fasting levels. In fact, I was lucky to see a number below 100 at all in the beginning. I nearly cried when I tested in the mid-90s for the first time. I think it took months to regularly get my blood sugar below 100, especially in the morning. I just kept adjusting and re-adjusting my diet, exercising, and trying everything else I could think of. I don't drink alcohol, but I was contemplating buying a bottle of red wine just to drive the FBGs down!
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Constant adjusting diet to achieve the desired blood sugar levels is something we all hold in common. Its great that you have succeeded.

Although my last A1C was in the mid 5's and fasting blood sugar is in the 4 and 5's regularly, I still have to continue to adjust my diet. I have not quite got the results I want because I still feel hungry even though I have increased fat and lowered carbs considerably. I would like to be able to say that its mastered but it's not. Some day, like you, I may be pleased with my results.

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Shifting my paradigm from low fat to low carb took a couple months.

Seeing myself as a person with a chronic illness has also been a challenge. I spent so long thinking of myself as healthy, even if I was not.

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Shifting my paradigm from low fat to low carb took a couple months.

Seeing myself as a person with a chronic illness has also been a challenge. I spent so long thinking of myself as healthy, even if I was not.
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Yes, we were all taught that low fat was good for us.

Did you move to a high fat diet?

What is a typical day's menu in your low carb diet today?

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I think poking myself for testing was the hardest thing. As I've said before, I used to faint at the sight of my own blood. Second hardest was probably the first few days without the massive amounts of carbs I used to eat, because the cravings were very bad. Nowadays the cravings are gone, thank goodness.

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