Category: Diabetes Be Proactive

Never Stop Learning

Never Stop Learning

In the early 80s, soon after leaving home,  I was an uninsured Type 1 diabetic with little knowledge of  what diabetes meant other than “limits on everything”,  from foods, to activities,  to extended times away from my apartment where my supplies were being refrigerated.  I had no idea what my sugars were running mainly due to having no knowledge of blood glucose monitors, I was still using the urine test strips, which I could barely afford.  I figured as long as I didn’t eat “sugar”  I would be fine.

I was working in the food and beverage industry in the Florida Keys when low and behold,  I learned my bosses wife was also diabetic, a well informed and insured diabetic who knew enough to help me make some better choices and taught me just enough to make me want to know more.  We talked often, however, it was evident she did not do as she preached.   Shortly thereafter,  I gained employment in a hospital setting where I was able to get group insurance, find a doctor and get my first blood glucose monitor.   One of the  main things I did learn the hard way,  was to inform the  people  I spent most of  my time with,  about my condition, as you will soon read why.

Now armed with my blood monitor, and a desire to lose weight and slay the world,  I continued working 2 jobs, little time to eat, which fit right into my plan of weight loss.  I soon came to learn what a  low blood sugar felt like, only I didn’t know that that is what I was feeling.   One afternoon, when I was suppose to be getting up to work across the street,  third double shift  in a row,  I woke but could not move, could not talk, my mouth was filled with blood.  I tried to roll out of bed, landing face down on the floor, not being able to rise.  Holy Crap!  Had I had a stroke, I sounded like it.  I drug myself across the floor, on my belly,  to the phone which, unfortunately was hanging on the wall over the kitchen table.  Pulling up on the chair to stand didn’t work, my legs were like putty.  I reached for the phone, dialed work and heard myself talk for the first time,  Oh my god!!  I must have had a stroke, next thing I know, I was tipping over backward, pulling the phone out of the wall and landing on the floor again, fortunately it was by the door.  I reached up and turned the knob just enough to unlock it, just in case someone would come,  then I just laid back down  as I had no energy for anything else.  Luckily, everyone at work new I was never late,  some knew I had diabetes, and somehow figured out that garbled message on the phone was  me.  Off to the hospital we went, again armed with  new knowledge for future reference, of what a low blood sugar felt like.  Scary!!!

Sure, I have had many since then, many, many, many, as it turns out I have  good sensitivity to insulin.  My symptoms evolved and sometimes they  even scared and confused me,  however, being told I should keep my glucose as controlled as someone without diabetes, was probably the worse thing my endocrinologist  at that time, could have told me.   It was  only just recently,  my new endo  informed  me now that I’m older,  I will not tolerate such severe or frequent  lows.  As glucose is a major source of food for our brain, it turns out I have killed off the “federal  deficits” worth over the years.   I make light of it with others, however, knowing in the back of my mind,  I need to be more vigilant,  and compliant when my husband tells me, “you need juice.”  He is usually right, even if I don’t realize it yet.

Diabetes Diet For Diabetes Symptoms

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For quite sometime, diabetes has been-and continues to be-the bane of a good percentage of the population of most countries. It affects about 20 million Americans alone, with another 40 million having prediabetes, an early precursor to Type 2 diabetes. Once food is digested, it is broken down into various nutrients which travel into the bloodstream.  Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin,  and the insulin cannot carry the glucose to the liver to be stored as glycogen, or to the muscles to be used for energy, but rather gets stored as fat.  Other times, insulin receptors are no longer sensitive to insulin, they can become desensitized, which happens after years of eating bad carbs.

There are two general classifications of diabetes, with another specifically afflicting women. Type 1 can affect an individual from childhood, often as young as several months, though many more are diagnosed as adolescents.  Fewer are diagnosed as young adults but it does occur. In this type the body produces no or very little insulin so that daily injections are needed. No amount of diet or exercise can maintain safe normal levels for type 1,  although there are now new ways for insulin delivery; pumps, insulin pens, and even pancreas transplants.  There has been no definitive cause or explanation for Type 1, however, they feel genetics plays a large role.  Read more »

Fruit Regarding Diabetes – What Are the Many Fruits Suitable for Diabetes Patients.

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Fruit is always a healthy food choice, however, when pertaining to diabetic patients, carb counting and  measuring is hugely important to prevent glucose spikes.  There is a learning curve each PWD will have to decipher for themselves, as each person uses, absorbs, expels and converts fructose differently, the “glycemic index” manuals have charts which are priceless for this equation,  to give you an idea of how fast that sugar will hit your bloodstream.   When picking a piece of fruit, small is best just to be safe.  Other factors in fruit;  pulp is good fiber, oranges, grapefruit, nectarines to name a few, which assist the transport of that fruit out before being absorbed into the blood.  Listed below are easy means to determine whether the actual fruit to be eaten will be of value to your overall nutrition or dangerous to your glucose control.

By educating yourself, keeping records at first; with time, fruit portion/size, activity after eating and for myself, I never eat anything without checking what my BS (blood sugar)is at the time, then rechecking later.  It can seem overwhelming, however, it is crucial for successful A1Cs at your next MD visit and simply just because every time I’m not feeling “right”, it is usually due to my BS levels.  Everyone’s body, especially metabolize, is hugely different, and I can only speak through my experience, that even my own varies dependent on many factors.  Do the work, keep track of what you put in your mouth.

Diabetics should pay special attention to avoiding the aforementioned foods with high glycemic value, and also include foods full of high saturated fats, trans fats, high quantities of sugars, and there are many hidden forms of sugars in nutrition labels, whether it is a sugar substitute,  (which do their own damage) or a preservative you cannot pronounce.  You can refer to the article on artificial sweeteners in this website for a full list.   Read more »

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