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Old 11-15-2018, 14:14   #91
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As Caesar was told "Beware the Ides of March" (substitute - complications of diabetes). Maybe you won't have to respond later with "Et tu Brute" ( substitue - I gave up some toes, not my leg now too).

I'm 63 1/2, so not exactly a spring chicken and not far behind you. I value my body parts, eyes, and organs more than I do bread. I plan on living with all of them far longer than 20 more years.

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Iím 65 and barring ac accident or illness I have maybe 20 years if Iím lucky. Itís a toss up on how to proceed. Does this make sense?
I'm 60. It was not a hard decision for me to make. Yeah, maybe it's "only" another 20 years (but do the math; that's a third of your life).

I'd rather live those years without the constant pain of neuropathy, or having to deal with the mobility issues of missing limbs or eyes, or the side effects of all the meds I have to take for my diabetes and my high blood pressure and my coronary disease...

The point we've been trying to make with you is that your diabetes doesn't seem like a major issue now but that it will be if you do not address it now. I had a friend who died at 61 due to complications of diabetes he chose not to manage. My 59-year-old next door neighbor is at the doctor's office constantly (it seems) because of complications of her diabetes, managed the standard American way with a wonky eating plan and reactive medications.

Of course, you get to do what you want. But many of us here are around your age and we all feel very differently about our future decades. With all the other negatives old age will bring our way, why complicate our lives with diabetic symptoms when it's so much easier to manage our diabetes now?

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I’m just throwing thoughts around. But for the first time my doctor came out and said out right I have diabetes. I told him I think Labcorp made an error and what I said in other post he was crystal clear this time. I went to the ER a year and a half ago once again for my back, and the ER Dr back then said do you have diabetes and at that time I said I wasn’t sure....they did a blood test right there and about an hour later he said it’s ahhhhh. I felt like an idiot. My present PCP does not seem to worried. In the past when I mentioned losing toes or stuff he chuckled and said I’m no where near there. He said take the Metformin and watch the carbs and I’ll be alright. That’s where I am right now. But I like to check in here now and then.

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My present PCP does not seem to worried. In the past when I mentioned losing toes or stuff he chuckled and said Iím no where near there. He said take the Metformin and watch the carbs and Iíll be alright. Thatís where I am right now.
While it's true that, right now, you're not at the point of losing toes and the like, the damage excess blood glucose does is cumulative.

It's not like you eat a big spaghetti dinner and something falls off your body later that night. It's more like termite damage in a house, where you don't see the insects or what they're doing until you either discover their presence by accident or something collapses because the termites ate through enough wood. Eradicating the termites doesn't bring the damaged wood back. You've got to replace it. Unfortunately, toes and new blood vessels aren't yet an Amazon item.

You are making strides in admitting you have diabetes and you are taking the Metformin; all that is good! It's just that so many of us have seen others -- friends, familly -- start their journey with diabetes the way you have, only to end up with all the problems they hoped they wouldn't have.

There is an alternative to the usual way American medicine treats diabetes. Many of us here use that alternative quite successfully. When you're ready to try it, we'll be here to help.

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When they ask me if I have Diabetes, my answer is going to be, yes but it’s only slightly high.
That sounds better. It shows I’m not over reacting and yet letting them know.

Even though I mention it on the web, it’s still embarrassing somewhat. I believe if the A1C goes past 7, I will start buckling down. Until then I will try a little like eating more brown bread. I most certainly will take the Metformin in fact I got a refill on Metformin today! Not ready to give up a cheeseburger yet.
The dieting is just too hard right now.

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When they ask me if I have Diabetes, my answer is going to be, yes but itís only slightly high.
That sounds better. It shows Iím not over reacting and yet letting them know.

Even though I mention it on the web, itís still embarrassing somewhat. I believe if the A1C goes past 7, I will start buckling down. Until then I will try a little like eating more brown bread. I most certainly will take the Metformin in fact I got a refill on Metformin today! Not ready to give up a cheeseburger yet.
The dieting is just too hard right now.
a few things to unpack here

as long as you tell doctors you have it you can say slightly or whatever. I tell them I have diabetes and I dont have elevated blood sugar or medication. its just important to be honest

Brown bread is a carb. it might be 'healthier' for people without diabetes but for people with diabetes, its still a carb. 14g per slice.

dont give up the cheeseburger.. I dont... give up the bun

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You're making some sizable changes, so keep moving forward as you are and you'll be better off.

btw, no one really knows what causes diabetes in some people but not others. No need to feel embarrassed. I don't shout from the rooftops that I have diabetes, but I don't see having diabetes any different from having migraines or arthritis. Some things just are. The key is how you respond to it.

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I’m comfortable saying to anyone who asks saying “yes but it’s only slightly high.” It’s the truth too. That’s indicates no insulin but letting them know, plus it shows I’m not over reacting. I’m good with that answer. Thanks

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Ratter, I was cavalier about my diabetes too, until last year when my fingers, toes, arms, and legs starting tingling and I was getting sharp needle-like pains everywhere. I've been a type 1 for only 10 years.
Now I'm a fanatic. My last A1C was 5.5.

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Ratter, I was cavalier about my diabetes too, until last year when my fingers, toes, arms, and legs starting tingling and I was getting sharp needle-like pains everywhere. I've been a type 1 for only 10 years.
Now I'm a fanatic. My last A1C was 5.5.
I am VERY glad you have it under control... I have a question for you.

if you can turn back time when you decided to be cavalier about it, what would you change and why?

also - how much medication did you take when you decided to be cavalier and how much and what additions are you taking now.

in my opinion , you are Ratter51's 'Christmas yet to come' ghost...

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