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Old 07-02-2019, 03:03   #61
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denial sounds like "the Nile"

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Let me gently interject a few thoughts. I am not diabetic but I am here to learn so as to help a friend.

Here are my thoughts based on what I've learned from many internet sources:

1) Fasting BG over 100 is not normal (read: bad). A healthy person would have a fasting BG of 85-95. Over 100 would suggest (to me) further investigation, like taking the a1c test. This is especially true for someone who is obese and/or over 45 y.o. If my fasting BG was 125 I would be on a low carb diet immediately, .. and carry on that way for life.

2) I've read there is a correlation between a1c level and coronary events. Basically once a1c goes above 6.0 the chances of a heart attack increases. And so an a1c of 7.1 is not risk free.

However I have also read for elderly folks diagnosed late with diabetes (I think in this case "elderly" is someone in his/her 80s) that treating for a1c in the 7.x range is not always suggested due to other health complications, or conflicts with medication. In other words, the person is likely to die of something other than a diabetes-related event.

As for doctors suggesting an a1c of 7.1 is okay, I suggest some doctors should be fired. Seriously.

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I have accepted I am in deep denial. It’s hard though. But it’s still embarrassing to me to be called a “diabetic”. But it is what it is.

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I have accepted I am in deep denial. Itís hard though. But itís still embarrassing to me to be called a ďdiabeticĒ. But it is what it is.
People don't like labels, especially when it involves an incurable disease like type 2 diabetes. And there is always judgment laid upon you ("it's YOUR FAULT"). Your feelings are entirely understandable.

Yet what is amazing, and I hope you can grasp this, the human body is extraordinarily resilient. You might not be able to kill diabetes but there is a lot you can do to prevent it from killing you.

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May I ask why you want to learn for a friend?

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May I ask why you want to learn for a friend?
Because I am a good friend. And he is one to simply take every word from his doctor as gospel. When it comes to doctor's advice I say "trust but verify".

Oh, I also started learning for myself. 23andme told me I have a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes. Apparently I have a 80% higher chance than average of developing the condition.

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23andme told me I have a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes. Apparently I have a 80% higher chance than average of developing the condition.
Now that would be an interesting experiment - take the test and see if it says I have a genetic predisposition to Type 1 - hopefully it would reveal that, having lived with it since I was 4 but (I don't want to spend the money). Hopefully it's accurate.

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... And he is one to simply take every word from his doctor as gospel. When it comes to doctor's advice I say "trust but verify".
I would highly recommend that you (and he) read the information on www.bloodsugar101.com If he isn't one to like reading online, the author of this site has published a book with much the same information (limited only because it can't be updated and added to once published.) The author of the site does much research and reads medical papers and journals and provides the link to such, along with explaining in terms that are easy to understand. I have the book which I lend to people now and then.

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Hi, it’s deep denial Ratter51 here. Happy 4th to everyone. Yes I have accepted it. Fasting this morning was 145. Seems numbers have dropped to the 140’s fasting morning reading. My brother invited us for afternoon bar b q and and she buys no less than 3 different pies and Carvel ice cream cake. Pasta, burgers hotdogs then the pies for desert. Not sure I can resist but will eat smaller pieces for sure.this is the wrong day to start watching food carbs. I guess the Metformin in morning and 1 at night I guess is keeping numbers reasonable.

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Hi, itís deep denial Ratter51 here. Happy 4th to everyone. Yes I have accepted it. Fasting this morning was 145. Seems numbers have dropped to the 140ís fasting morning reading. My brother invited us for afternoon bar b q and and she buys no less than 3 different pies and Carvel ice cream cake. Pasta, burgers hotdogs then the pies for desert. Not sure I can resist but will eat smaller pieces for sure.this is the wrong day to start watching food carbs. I guess the Metformin in morning and 1 at night I guess is keeping numbers reasonable.
I would still enjoy the barbecue - just go for the burgers without any bread or don't eat as many carbs or calories like you would normally - (high calorie and high carb items).

It's a tough thing to do at first but eventually it becomes the new normal usually with good results.

With me - I still eat burger buns but it's a smaller bun than normal and has a lower carb count than refined white flour buns. I'll also eat cake and other sweets but a fraction of the amount that a non diabetic would normally eat.

Sometimes when I'm with other people who don't know I'm a Type 1 they are quite surprised when they see I have a very small piece of cake instead of a regular portion - I let them go on - they say you don't need to lose weight or you're in a great shape you can eat more than that etc etc etc.... I tell them I'm a type 1 and they suddenly stop bugging me about it LOL ....

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