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Old 04-07-2019, 16:48   #1
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Hello my name is Carl and I am 57 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 2:diabetes on March 6, 2019. Mynadukt daughter has Type 1 diabetes and my brother hasnTyoe 2, but he does not manage it well. I was prediabetic for 5 years. Although I am sire my PCP mentioned that when I had my ohysical and she reviews my blood tests, there was no discussion about it (and there should have been). I have seen a nutritionist/CDE twice and am scheduled to see an endocrinologist on April 18, for the first time. I have lost 14 lbs so far. I am in the process of losing 127 lbs, 1 pound at a time! I have adjusted to eating low carb fairly well. My challenge has been trying to figure how how to get my wife’s Support. Whenever Imsay anything about my diabetes or weight loss, she has no/minimal response. I should note that she is overweight and has problems with her knees (and BAD dietRy habits)

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Old 04-07-2019, 17:49   #2
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Hi Carl, welcome to the forum.

Unfortunately doctors don't realize the impact of increasing BG over time and apparently don't realize that T2 diabetes is becoming an epidemic. They are also not aware that there are ways to control the disease that doesn't require simply writing a prescription for a modern medicine. Such as eating low carb as you have found. Be wary of the dietitian's advice on what low carb is. Although what they may be calling low carb is lower than what you were eating, it is usually way too many carbs to really be effective at getting control of your blood sugar..

It is sometimes difficult finding support from friends and family members who are not currently affected personally with T2 diabetes. If you and your wife use the same PCP then maybe she too has gone un-notified of possible issues with her blood tests and finding out will change her response. My wife is not diabetic, does not eat low carb, but is very supportive of my means of dealing with T2. I guess I am lucky in that respect. Maybe you can get her some exposure to the Bloodsugar 101 website. I am sure you can find a lot there to educate you and her more on diabetes. I like to refer newbies to that website and mention the subtitle, "What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes"

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Old 04-07-2019, 18:07   #3
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CarlT2.....welcome I am glad you are researching for information and taking this seriously. By the way, we share the same first name and I too am a type 2 diabetic. I have been diagnosed and taking meds for over 14 years now.

I have been on metformin for all of the 14 years and about 10 years ago my doctor put me on insulin (slow acting one injection before I go to bed). That helped me a lot with my blood sugar control. Because it is slow acting you have almost no chance of having unsafe low levels of blood sugar, unlike when you take fast acting insulin with meals.

Even with my drugs, in the Spring of 2015, my fasting (morning) blood sugar had creeped up to 7.9 and I could not seem to be able to get it down. The bottoms of my feet were burning at night and I was very concerned. My doctor wanted me to go on more meds....I instinctually resisted that...but I was concerned!

Around April/ April of 2015 I found this website and did lots of reading on this websites (Posts from other diabetics) and reading the recommended websites(see below). I got very interested when I found out that what they recommend is a radical reduction in all carbohydrates we avoid eating anything with...sugar, honey, or syrups, avoid any thing with grains (bread, cake, pie, rice, cereal, etc.), no fruits (except maybe a few strawberries or blue berries), and avoid most all root crops like potatoes, carrots, etc......BUT what was different from all other low carb plans, that most of us have tried, is that we then eat more fats to offset the lack of carbs, you know like, steak, eggs, bacon, ham, heavy whipping cream (in coffee), Avocado, Fried Pork Rinds, etc. etc.....Having tried low carb diets and over time, failing due to feeling hungry all the time and/or cravings for carbs….Upon learning about this plan, I thought, "I can do this" I love fats! AND if I crave or feel hungry I can eat some snacks...that are low carb, but high in fats....Yep, I can do that!

So I did lots of research with my wife (who is not diabetic, but she wanted to follow it to try and lose some weight) getting a good menu set up for myself...and on 5/1/15 we started an honest effort to eat the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) model! I found right away two things happened....1. My blood sugars dropped into normal ranges 105 - 85 and even after eating, the seldom went over 120 and never went over 140! Also, I lost my cravings for carbs after about the 3rd day. Anytime I wanted to eat something car-by, I had some pork rinds, or a few Pecans, or walnuts (I got the nuts in the shell so cracking them slowed down how fast I ate them). And the cravings went away.

When I started this lifestyle I weighted 320lbs, at 6'1", my A1c was at 7.9, my blood pressures ran around 135/95 even with my meds, and my Cholesterol numbers were border-line high, but luckily, were within the top of safe limits for diabetics. My waste was at 52"....and at night my feet burned....! I was taking 2,000g of metformin daily and had increased my nightly injections of insulin to 126u (and that's a lot of insulin)!

My next doctor appointment was in July.....I was amazed, my weight was at 270lbs down 50lbs, I did no exercises (and I was never hungry), my A1c was at 5.8 (welcome to the 5% club), my blood pressures improved to 125/70, and amazingly my Cholesterol numbers were a bit higher, still in an ok range for diabetics. My waste was at 46"....and at night my feet still feel warm, but not burning....! I was still taking 2,000g of metformin daily but had my nightly injections of insulin I had dropped to 25u (that's a minimum dosage for this type of insulin)! I believe in time I will be able to completely get off of my insulin and maybe my metformin, it is all about what I eat.

I had lost over 20% of my weight in a few short months...I could not believe it nor could my doctor! AND, my wife also lost over 20% of her weight. She is 5'1" so for her that was a really big deal....( I can never tell what her weight is, she'd kill me, .. but she is within 10 lbs. of her weight in college, were we met, over 50 years ago)

Learning and following this lifestyle saved my life! I now weigh 250, my A1C is between 6.2 and 5.8 and my waste line is now 42”. All my other health indicators have improved (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.) I was told by others that after 12 months my cholesterol would improve. And they were correct, I am no longer border line, my cholesterol is in the normal range.

I love what I eat and I eat what I want, except very few carbs....my doctor calls me his 'poster boy' for diabetic "old guys".....I have a new wardrobe as none of my close fit and cannot be adapted down that far....!

Check out the below websites and get the knowledge you need to join us! It really works, and you will not get hungry or crave carbs…as long as you eat enough added fat in your daily eating. Good luck....

http://www.bloodsugar101.com/
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb

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Old 04-07-2019, 18:12   #4
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Hello, Carl. Welcome!

It is puzzling, isn't it, that doctors can let patients go for so long in a pre-diabetic state or even with early Type 2 without saying much of anything. I was diagnosed T2 years before I took it seriously but it's not like my FP was hounding me at each doctor's visit to do something about it.

What finally did it for me was hitting an A1c of 6.9 and realizing I had to do something if I wanted to be around to see my grandchildren grow up. Everyone has their own reasons for finally taking action -- though you took action faster than many (kudos for that!).

It's hard to know what might get your wife's attention in the self-care department. But can you can continue to eat more healthfully without her? I mean, spousal support is great, but you have your own reasons for wanting to do this. Your wife needs to find her own reasons. You can help by modeling better self-care, but you do that primarily for yourself.

My wife is not diabetic but since I'm the cook in the house, she eats a largely LCHF/keto diet that she supplements with carby snacks. The snacks don't tempt me (well, hers don't ) and my wife doesn’t have to feel like she's on an involuntary diet. I have no problem knowing both of us are eating moderate amounts of protein, good fats, and good vegetables. Could you two agree on a baseline of foods in the house that you could eat with your wife adding on or substituting what she wants?

I will add that there is plenty of support here for people trying to manage their blood glucose better. There's a wide variety of people and experiences and I'm looking forward to seeing you add yours.

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Old 04-10-2019, 18:10   #5
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Hey Carl, welcome to the forum! I hope you continue to post. As you can see, folks here are very helpful and supportive.

I was diagnosed in May 2017. I cannot believe that it's going on 2 years. I probably was T2 way before that. In hindsight, my only symptom was very dry lips about 2 years prior. I thought it was menopause

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Welcome, Carl!
I'm also a T2 who was told my blood sugar was a little high, but nothing to worry about years before my diabetes diagnosis. I wish I'd known enough to worry!
You've found a very supportive, encouraging group of people. I hope you stick around and hang out with us.

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Old 05-23-2019, 09:13   #7
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Hi.

I got diagnosed 8 years back and have a very bad fight with diabetes. I was just 17 then. It's quite difficult for me to get low carb meals as I live in a hostel with limited amenities and medicines is a mental fight.
I am working towards a better life and weight loss,but it is hard.

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