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Hi everyone,

Well I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the magic age of forty. That was twenty four years ago. I did what I was advised but did not take it as serious as I should have because I felt fine. I cut out sugar and kept my levels as low as possible. I was on tablets for about a month, but they had little effect. So straight onto the insulin. I relaxed my diet a bit as I soon found out that if I went a bit high just add more insulin. I was always on the high side (12- 20mmol) but felt my best at those levels, and being a truck driver felt safer.

So we jump forward a few years and in 2009 I found myself in hospital with high potassium levels for four days to lower them. I was put onto a renal specialist and had only 40% kidney function. Within a couple of months it had dropped to 10% and dialysis was on the cards. I went on the PD type and was lucky enough to get a machine at home and hooked up every night. Nine months later a kidney became available and I got the transplant. 5/6 match and is working as good as two kidneys. I was very fortunate.

Determined to do better and look after this kidney I really kept my BS low, but after four hypos in two months I have lifted them a bit. Had eye problems last year with blood on the back of the eye which required surgery. Last week I had a cataract done and was amazed at the improvement. That eye is back to 20/20 now where as before I was struggling to pass the driving license eye test.

I found this forum because I have been surfing the web for information on insulin pumps. I think it would benefit me with better control. So if I have any questions I will seek the wisdom here from the many active members. And if I can help anyone with the experiences I have been through I am only to happy to help....

Keith...

P.S. If you see a book floating around called 'Anti Gravity' do not start reading it.... you will never put it down...
 

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Well I have had a bit of a look around and think I should have looked here some time ago. I am amazed at some of the A1C readings I am seeing. Are you sure you have diabetes?. (lol) For years my A1C never went below 12. Mind you I was never told that was % and thought it was the average BS. Since my transplant I have got it down to around 7.5mmol/l. I still have a lot of work to do from the look of it.

Now can anyone suggest where I can get "willpower" from because that is what I need most....
 

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Now can anyone suggest where I can get "willpower" from because that is what I need most....
Seriously? You were on dialysis, went through a transplant, and you're wondering where to find willpower? And I thought the source of my willpower came from a dreadful place!

For me, it was the feeling miserable and not knowing why, spontaneously throwing up for months prior to dx, not keeping food down for a week, holding onto walls to walk, collapsing on the icy lawn at 11 PM trying to bring a bag of oranges into the house that were too heavy for my trashed body ... and fortunately snapping out of it before hypothermia set it ...

I never wanted to be that sick again.

Maybe once your blood glucose stabilizes at a place that has you feeling pretty great - maybe that will be your inspiration ... and willpower.

None of the foods we stay away from are worth anything I went through, much less your rugged journey.

What a blessing about your kidney! I'm guessing the original owner would like to know it is being well-cared for. Maybe doing that would be a way of giving thanks ...

Welcome to the forum. Very glad you joined us.
 

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Hello again, Keith. After embarrassing myself by not getting your obvious joke on the first reading (I'm not always that dense.), I decided to come back and give you a proper greeting.

I am amazed at some of the A1C readings I am seeing.
You may also have noticed that many of us aren't on any diabetic meds and don't use insulin. Some of us have never used them, but others were able to eliminate or reduce them by eating low carb/high fat. Here is a link that will tell you pretty much what we do and do not eat.
LCHF for Beginners | DietDoctor.com

Another great resource is what most of us consider to be the diabetic bible: Blood Sugar 101 A must-read for all diabetics. Be sure to read the section on how to lower your blood sugar.

As for willpower... the lack of willpower often comes when we think of all the foods we should be giving up. Have a look through the recipe section, that is where I found willpower for my diabetic husband.

You came to the right place. Once again, welcome aboard.
 

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Thanks for all this advice people. I was a bit tongue in cheek about the 'willpower'. Deep down I know what has to be done and want to do it. I thought I always ate well with the traditional meat and three veg diet I was bought up on, with very little junk food. It seems every few months another diet comes out that contradicts the one before. I must admit though the little bit of the LCHF I have read seems to make sense and has the foods I like in it. I have always had potatoes with dinner though so that will need a bit of work. I need to loose 20 kilos though which is what I gained after the transplant. I was warned I might as I could eat and not bring it up the next morning. Also the anti rejection tablets tend to make you eat more.
So it looks like it's time to draw a line in the sand and get as much out of this old and scared body that I can. I have four grandkids from 7 to 17, a lovely wife and two sons so if not for me I need to do it for them....
 

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DH and I both lost weight eating LCHF and we were only trying to control our bg, we weren't even trying to lose, and others here can tell you the same thing happened to them. DH lost more than he wanted, so now he often has to eat higher calorie low carb foods in order to gain back a couple of pounds. Hope you'll give LCHF a try, I know you'll be pleased with the results.
 

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Hi KeithJ,


Another substitute for potatoes is Daikon root.

You can cut daikon into cubes or half inch circles and sauté them with a little bit of onions, sprinkle a little thyme. Sauté everything until golden brown and daikon is tender. If you like spice, roughly chop a pasilla chili--add it to your browned onions and daikon. Cook for another 5 minutes. Sprinkle a little cheese on top or sour cream if it is healthier for you and it is DONE!:)

Here's a couple recipes for daikon fries:

Baked parmesan-crusted parsnip (er-daikon radish) fries | Happy Healthy Mama

This Rawsome Vegan Life: raw yam burgers & daikon fries with ketchup

Take care!
 
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