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Old 04-06-2018, 03:42   #11
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... I've allowed myself to get to this state of affairs
Not so at all. Diabetes develops because of some weakness in the body. No matter what uninformed people say - you did not do this to yourself.

Read this article http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14046739.php "You Did NOT Eat Your Way to Diabetes!"

The good news is that you can do something about it. We're here to help and support you while you make the lifestyle changes that will have a positive outcome.

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effieh, I am also Aussie, 68 and obese. I have a lot of other medical problems as well as diabetes (in fact I kinda see diabetes as being the end of all the other stuff, having started with autoimmune Thyroid disease)... I dont get any exercise, can't walk without a stick, and cant even make it to the bus stop 300m from the house. Which is a bummer, I dont want my car anymore, but still need it.

I'm rambling... I want you to know that you are in good hands with the denizens of this forum. There's wonderful advice to be had, and help when things arent going right. I was diagnosed 13 years ago, now and was given rotten advice by people who should have known better. Sadly, in Australia, they still don't know, and will advise you to eat things that will raise your blood sugars. Do visit dietdoctor, and blood sugar 101. Fabulous information and recipes.

Hang in there!

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My doctor started me out on Janumet immediately also. When I questioned it he seemed offended and said "I have my mother on this medication!" Eventually my insurance wouldn't pay for it and I couldn't afford it. I switched to Metformin Extended Release and have done better on it and LCHF. Metformin usually causes some digestive issues at the beginning. The extended release is supposed to ease that a little and it is usually recommended to start with a lower dose to get used to it and then increase it if needed.
This group has been a lifesaver for me! I hope you stick around!

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Old 04-06-2018, 16:33   #14
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effieh....

Well you have heard from many already, most of these are very well experienced diabetics who provide great leadership and information for us all to use....

You commented that you felt, in some way, your lifestyle caused this disease...

I have read, and I believe, that being diabetic is initiated because you are genetically prone to it! Seems that lifestyle choices can slow or speed up the onset of this disease, but if you have the genes for it....sooner or later, if you lie long enough, you will become diabetic.

Now to my knowledge none of my relatives had this disease, that I know of...but both my Sister and I have type II diabetes....looking back my Dad and his Dad died young from heart related problems, as they were heavy smokers all their lives, so they never had time to show diabetes....
and my Dad's sister, who also died young, had multiple amputations in her legs and feet that led to her death...she smoked and lived in Alaska...so she could have been an undiagnosed diabetic....regardless, I am convinced it comes from one's genetics....

But, you can take control of it! That's what we are all about...

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Further to my introduction
I take medications for - my heart (had a heart attack in 2006 resulting in a double stent to break a 100% blockage) and arrhythmias.
- Severe GORD
- and Cholesterol.
Add to this, non medicated severe stomach problems due to lactose intolerance (use lactose free dairy products where possible) and suspected IBS
Consequently my diet while pathetic consists of things which give me minimal stomach problems.
I am well aware that my diet is appalling but if I can eat it without discomfort I do. Lots of bread and potato.

My doctor has been sending me for blood tests maybe 3 times a year. I was under the impression he was monitoring my cholesterol because of my heart. But several times he mentioned that my BS was a little elevated. He didn’t do anything about it so I didn’t realise there was /may be a problem.
Hence my surprise when he told me I am diabetic. As previously stated he has put me on Janumet but there was no explanations about diabetes no dietary recommendations. Although I have been complaining for the last couple of years about my leg problems, he has always ignored them. Since joining this forum and doing my own research I’ve learned my leg problems are a side effect of diabetes.
There has been no suggestion of self testing before or after meals, in the morning etc. When I read others posts I don’t understand the terms people use. When I have tried to explain how I feel to my family all they say is change doctors but the idea of going to a new doctor who doesn’t know my history is frightening. They simply don’t understand what I am feeling.
When I read posts by the folk in here I just want to cry (I am crying right now) because of my ignorance, my lack of understanding, my total confusion about everything.
Please forgive my whinging but I just needed to vent. I will be positive again soon I’m sure.

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Further to my introduction
I take medications for - my heart (had a heart attack in 2006 resulting in a double stent to break a 100% blockage) and arrhythmias.
- Severe GORD
- and Cholesterol.
Add to this, non medicated severe stomach problems due to lactose intolerance (use lactose free dairy products where possible) and suspected IBS
Consequently my diet while pathetic consists of things which give me minimal stomach problems.
I am well aware that my diet is appalling but if I can eat it without discomfort I do. Lots of bread and potato.

My doctor has been sending me for blood tests maybe 3 times a year. I was under the impression he was monitoring my cholesterol because of my heart. But several times he mentioned that my BS was a little elevated. He didnít do anything about it so I didnít realise there was /may be a problem.
Hence my surprise when he told me I am diabetic. As previously stated he has put me on Janumet but there was no explanations about diabetes no dietary recommendations. Although I have been complaining for the last couple of years about my leg problems, he has always ignored them. Since joining this forum and doing my own research Iíve learned my leg problems are a side effect of diabetes.
There has been no suggestion of self testing before or after meals, in the morning etc. When I read others posts I donít understand the terms people use. When I have tried to explain how I feel to my family all they say is change doctors but the idea of going to a new doctor who doesnít know my history is frightening. They simply donít understand what I am feeling.
When I read posts by the folk in here I just want to cry (I am crying right now) because of my ignorance, my lack of understanding, my total confusion about everything.
Please forgive my whinging but I just needed to vent. I will be positive again soon Iím sure.

please dont take it out on yourself. there is no one here that didnt trust their doctor at one point or another for something. We have had our eyes opened as well.

congratulate yourself that you found a place like this that will listen to you, will guide you with our experience and give you options on what to do that worked for us.

WHat I would recommend is to keep a food journal of everything you eat and then start substituting carbs with no carb foods and document how your other symptoms are. In my opinion you need to control all these symptoms and I think there is a way to do it without carbs

start a journal. put in every food you eat and how you are feeling especially if you start feeling bad. after a while you will figure out what low carb foods will help you without symptoms and you wont need to journal anymore.

one step at a time... you took the first step by joining this group. when you are ready, you can take more steps.

dont feel down or upset. we are here for you and you are doing something about it now . many people never do anything. you should feel empowered that you took the first steps.

ask questions... and when we give you our thoughts... ask more questions.

dont stop and this will get better . I do believe that

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https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

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Don't worry about venting, it does oneself good. You may find it hard to believe, but many, if not most, of us here have gone through just what you described and have experienced the same exact feelings. And most of our doctors have been just like yours has been.

Do not worry about not knowing about things, we didn't expect that we would be diabetic and had no reason to learn about it. There was so much more in life we needed to know or learn about. What little I know about diabetes, I've learned directly or indirectly through participation on the forum. If there is anything here on the forum you have a question about, please ask. Someone here will be able to answer most any question(s) you may have. The hardest question to answer is the one not asked.

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Thank you hftmrock. Since posting earlier I have found what look like some good recipes for KETO bread. Recalling that KETO has often been mentioned in here I have taken down several recipes and will certainly look into other food recipes.



Thank you mbuster. The positivity I see in here makes me so glad I found this forum


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Thank you hftmrock. Since posting earlier I have found what look like some good recipes for KETO bread. Recalling that KETO has often been mentioned in here I have taken down several recipes and will certainly look into other food recipes.



Thank you mbuster. The positivity I see in here makes me so glad I found this forum
no worries effieh!!

I have been keto for almost 2 years. its the best way to go for a lot of issues including diabetes. ask for any questions you want. we are here.

its a mindset to go to Keto and once you do and see the symptoms lessen, you will be hooked!

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