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Old 01-24-2013, 14:19   #1
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Hello. My name is Carol. I am 67 YO, married with 2 grown step children and 1 grandson, 4 years old. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008 while in the hospital having quadruple cardiac bypass surgery. They were more concerned with my recovery from the surgery than the DM and therefore I received very little instruction. I knew nothing. They would come in and test my blood and inject insulin according to my reading. A dietician came in and explained what I should and shouldn't eat, but I was overwhelmed with all that was happening to me that I didn't grasp very much. I was very well informed about low carb eating, as I had controlled my weight for years that way. They gave me a meter and strips and told me how to test and told me to record my readings. They never let me do it, and they never told me why I was recording my readings or what to do with the information. Also, they didn't tell me what to do if the readings were too high or too low. By the time I left the hospital, my BS was under control enough that I could come home only with oral meds, Metformin 500mg 2X and glimiperide.

The first day home, a nurse came to see me and I asked her to show me how to test. She let me do it so I would know how. After a couple days I called my PCP and he asked what my readings were and when I told him, he took me off the glimiperide. So since that time I have only been on Metformin. My A1c has been running in the 6.5 range and has recently gone into the 7's, with 7.8 being the most recent. I have had my Metformin increased to 500 3X and recently to 850 3X. He has never put me back on any other meds, and said for my age and medical problems, a little higher A1c is OK. In the past I was exercising and that was helping keep my readings down but in the past 12 months I have had 2 serious surgeries and have gotten away from exercising and am struggling to get back in the mode. I know I need to do it. Most of the knowledge I have about diabetes has been from research done on the internet and from forums such as this one. There's no better way to get information than from people who are going through it themselves, IMO.

When I first came home from the hospital after my diagnosis I would get nauseated when I ate and could only eat a little bit at a time. That was actually good, because I needed to lose some weight and did lose about 25 lbs before the feeling of nausea went away. I thought it was from having surgery, but now I think it was from the Metformin. Otherwise, I have never had any side effects from it. I never really knew when to take it and sometimes took it before a meal, sometimes during and sometimes afterward when I forgot to take it before. Now that I was recently increased to 850 3X I am noticing a little bit of nausea coming back and I've started losing weight again. It's not severe and I'm using it as a diet tool as I still have weight to lose.

This forum looks like it's pretty busy and I'm looking forward to reading the posts and gaining much needed information and getting to know everyone.

Carol

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Hi Carol,

Welcome to the Diabetes Forums. You will find many friends here. Go to the many posts and put in your knowledge. That is great that you have been doing research.

I have had health problems and I know what it is like to get back in the habit.
I just have too. Complications can happen like neuropathy of the feet and legs.

Our circulation goes from our brain to our feet but then it has trouble going back up to the brain. That is why exercise is so necessary.

What kind of surgeries have you had?

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Hi Ruth,

I didn't know I had diverticulitis and my bowel perferated. I ended up with peritonitis and had to have surgery for a colostomy and to have my bowel repaired and the infection cleaned out. Six months later I had to have the same surgery to reverse the colostomy and I developed an infection and seromas in my incision. Seromas are pockets of serous fluid that drain and must be packed daily to close them up. It was a long ordeal. I feel fine now and am released to perform my normal activities, but cannot seem to get myself back to regular exercise.

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I am unable to exercise because of spine problems, but just eating right, very low carb, does me just fine. So, Carol get the diet right as a first step and then add the exercise next. Meanwhile, work on the diet. My Cholesterol dropped like a rock as my cardiologist predicted when I ate very low carb. It was not nearly as hard as I anticipated and I dropped 50 lbs. It's truly been good for me.

Welcome, by the way, glad to meet you!




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Hello.

If you are eating low carb and still running a 7.8 A1C, especially since you are losing weight, maybe you should consider insulin? How many grams of carbs are you eating a day?

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Hi Carol,

Yes, your diet is very important. If you are back to doing your regular daily activities, like housework you are doing exercise. Housework is considered exercise. You can go for short walks.

I have diverticulitis too. I do not have as extreme case as you do. That can be controlled by diet. I was told not to eat seeds or small things that can get caught in those pockets.

My last colonostopy showed that they are all right and clear.

I go by the Glycemic Index Diet and that works for me. It keeps my A1c and my cholesterol under control.

I too have other health problems, like epilepsy. I fall down a lot which has given me spine problems. When I have seizures, I have to be rushed to the hospital. You see I have several seizures in a row. I have to rest a lot, which keeps me from exercising like I want too.

So, I am going mainly by diet and it is working for me.

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Hi Carol, welcome to the forum.

Since it hasn't been mentioned yet, Blood Sugar 101 is a great resource to learn about diabetes. Almost all of us got the same intro from our drs as you did.....basically nothing useful!! The author is a diabetic herself and has done tons of research to back up everything she says. You may have already come across it but thought I'd mention it just in case you haven't. I am almost at my one year anniversary since dx and every so often I still go back there and read something. It is well worth spending some time there reading.

Glad you found us, looking forward to getting to know you better!

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Welcome to the forums! We're glad you're here. With the right attitude, we can win this one day at a time. There is a lot of support here for eating healthy and managing your diabetes as effectively as possible. We look forward to hearing more from you.

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Hello Carol,

I'd agree with most of the posters that the first thing you need to focus on is your diet. A low carb-high fat diet may help in resolving many of your issues.

I disagree with your doctor's view that a higher A1c is OK for your age and your medical problems. I have heard such remarks earlier, and I know that they say such things because they don't know better.

Good Luck. Take care.

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Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone. I have been reading a few threads and feel that I will learn a lot from this forum.

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