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Old 01-10-2018, 18:42   #11
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I never said I wasn't trying to control my BG. Controlling my diet is exactly what I am doing, I am just doing it sans doctor or medications. I just don't get freaky about achieving numbers that I think are too rigidly applied by most doctors. I know where my BG needs to be to feel my best. I let my numbers get a little too high while going thru some family difficulties, and am now working at bringing them back in line to where I feel they need to be.
Well, good luck to you and welcome and hope you continue to post .

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Old 01-12-2018, 19:32   #13
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Welcome to the forum. You have just surrounded yourself with a very large group of fellow diabetics. Many of us have walked the road you are now on. Hopefully we can provide you with some perspectives you will find helpful.

I must admit, as I read your posts, that you were a bit of surprise. I am a 67 year old male, that has had diabetes for over 12 years. I do have some of the same feelings you have, if I find I have Cancer or maybe heart disease! I may just go out and work on my bucket list and take what comes.....but

As a diabetic, you cannot be assured of a quick death.....! If you do not control your blood sugars 24/7 you will progress into a long list of possible medical problems, many of which will not kill you quick. e.g. blindness, loss of toes, or foot, or legs, etc. etc. Fear of dying is easy to overcome, unless you may be years in the process losing a bit of yourself at a time. When I learned this, I found motivation real easy.....

I see you say you are trying to control your blood sugars, but how often do you test? The problem is that if your sugar goes over 140 at anytime, your sugar is damaging cells in your body. That is fundamental to what we all do here....Eating low carb is great, but what are you doing to replace the low carb intake? If you do not offset low carbs, you will be driven crazy with carb cravings.....been their done that!

Enough preaching....just trying to help you understand what we are all about on this website....we are all 'fighters' for a better quality life! And most of us have already reached a better quality life!


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Old 01-12-2018, 20:09   #14
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Hi Div

My 8.0 (Cdn) average is only 144 (US). With a Standard deviation of only 1.5 I dont think my control was that bad, considering I was dealing with family issues and lost my way.

However it is definitely higher than I am comfortable with so I am following a LCHF diet. 75% fat, 20% protein, 5% carbs. So far the fat and protein fluctuate by 1 or 2 %, but the carbs NEVER go above 5%. Since starting the LCHF on Monday, I can already see my average going down slowly, my std div is down to 1.3 and my FBG is down slightly. And no I am not missing the carbs as much as I thought I would.

As for testing I started wearing the Freestyle Libre 2 months ago and so have a constant visual on my BG. I have insurance so that helps pay for the sensors, but I would pay out of pocket for them if I had to.

As for a slow, lingering, painful death. That will never happen. If I ever develop complications that I cannot live with I will speed up my own death. I am making a concerted effort to avoid that. But there does have to be a happy medium between sacrificing foods I love and over indulging. Once my numbers are back in line, I will find the balance point.

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Old 01-12-2018, 20:55   #15
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I think I struck a few nerves here and that was not my intent. You asked for an introduction to let you all know who I am as a person. This is me. I love myself, my life, my husband and my children. But I also love food, love sweets, love cigarettes and hate exercise.

I dont like or trust doctors, I seriously question the role and motives of big pharma, and the science changes too often to be followed blindly. For myself, heart health is not something I concern myself with. Dying of a heart attack would be a good death in my eyes. Dying in my sleep would be better. Anything that kills me quick is nothing to be feared. I do put cancer in this category. The few doctors I have seen in the last 10 years have been told outright - they do not look or test for cancer of any description. If something is going to ruin my quality of life but not kill me quickly, and this includes Alzheimers, I can hasten death on my own terms and my own time line. Legal or not.

And yes I am concerned with the complications of diabetes. I will do and am doing what I can to avoid those by changing my diet and (even though I hate it) getting more exercise. I will find a happy medium between sacrifice and indulgence that keeps my numbers to where I want them to be. If this results in complications so be it. What I won't do is rely on doctors, meds or give up my favorite foods entirely.

Should I fail to achieve a happy place, and I do develop complications, I will deal with that when the time comes but I refuse to be a burden to my family, the healthcare system or society. If self induced death is the best option then so be it. The only peoples opinions on this that matter are my family and they fully support my decisions. They might not like them, but they do support them.

I know you all are only trying to be helpful and supportive and I do appreciate that, but this is me. Accept me or not - that's your choice.


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Old 01-13-2018, 14:56   #16
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I will speak for myself and tell you that I accept you 100%.

your thoughts on things differ from mine in some areas and we can have that discussion when we know each other better.

Your opinion on Doctors are the same as mine and I did not listen to my doctors for this disease. I have treated myself in this disease through diet and my diabetes is fully controlled. I was over 396bg and now I am under 100 all the time. no meds.

To me.. you are hear for a purpose.. to help with your diabetes. We are all here to help you. All that other stuff is good to know so we might not fall into too many traps that cause you to get frustrated. its not our desire to frustrate you to share any more than you want with us

we are here to help with your diabetes. At the moment. it sounds like you are on the right path to getting it better under control given your circumstances. I applaud you for taking these steps because change is always difficult. I also believe that making these changes will help your quality of life because I have seen what happens to people that dont manage diabetes.

Hang in there and please keep posting and asking questions. as it pertains to diabetes... we will help. in all the other information you shared, that is your business and since you are not looking for anyone to judge you or to provide help in those areas, I know I will not talk about them. You be You. No worries.

We are here for you. If I can think of ways that might improve you more that you already have done, I promise to post. I will answer any questions you have.

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Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

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vdrogers.....If I offended you in any way, that was not my intent! Your reply to my post, gave me a much better perspective on your efforts. The fact that you are eating LCHF and actually including the 'Fat' part of that lifestyle explains to me why "cravings" are not driving you away from low carbs! Many newbies skip the fat part, because of all the misinformation about 'fats'.....

I wish you the best, all of us fall off the wagon at times. The fact that you are monitoring your BS constantly, completes the circle that gives you constant feedback so that you make daily decisions based on what is going on in your body!

Well done, and best of luck going forward.....

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Old 01-15-2018, 03:34   #18
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welcome to the group, like you I was pre-diabetic, and I ignored the doctors. After all only old fat people get diabetes. How wrong I was when I went to the Doctor and my sugar was 829. Doctor's were surprised I was still standing. Have it all under control now

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