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4/18/17 7:57 A

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Azure Sky the message you sent ot Scared and emotional was very helpful to me as well, thank you so much for sharing your story and the link. At 65 , and having been very overweight since 40 i also have High Blood Pressure and pre-diabetic these are new diagnoses for me since my old Dr retired and i have a new one. My sugar level was 85 last fall and 105 now . Ive also been treated for low thyroid for the past 10 years. Since February I've stopped drinking any sugary beverages and have cut way back on Fast Food from twice a week to once every couple of weeks and i get the salads now instead of the burgers. but im rambling. just wanted to say thank you for giving me hope .

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3/21/17 9:41 A

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Thank you for sharing your story and your inspirational words!

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3/19/17 1:17 P

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Welcome - It's normal to feel scared and angry when you get a diagnosis like this. And, as we age, we may experience health issues that our earlier lifestyle contributed to.

I'm 65. 19 years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 46. I was terrified, lost, angry, and didn't know anyone who had dealt with that issues. I got through it one day at a time, some days were better than others. And, I had a lot of bad days, especially during chemo and radiation. I've been cancer free since then.

In 2010, I was diagnosed hypothyroid and put on medication. It took several months to get the dosage right.

I was also diagnosed with high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and my blood sugar occasionally strays into the pre-diabetes range.

I struggle daily with healthy eating, and I hate to exercise. But I do both because if I don't, I'll gain weight, my cholesterol will go up, and I'll probably end up with Type II diabetes.

Because I do what I must for my health, my cholesterol and triglycerides are now within the normal range, I've managed to keep my sugar in the normal range, and my blood pressure is also in the normal range.

The only medication I take is for my low-thyroid, and my doctor recently cut the dosage of my cholesterol medication in half. When I go see her in July, I expect to be taken off it completely.

YOU can get through this. If your doctor hasn't recommended that you attend a diabetes education class, demand that you get a referral. That will teach you the basics of how to eat to control you sugar. Being pre-diabetic does NOT mean you will become diabetic, or that you will have to go on medication. If you can control your blood sugar through diet and exercise, you may never need medication.

Several years ago, a friend of mine was diagnosed with Type II diabetes - she was in her early 60s at the time. She was scared, and asked me to attend her diabetes classes, so I did. She changed her diet, started exercising, and now is no longer considered diabetic - or even pre-diabetic. She never took any diabetes medication because she controlled it with her diet and exercise.

It's your choice, you can stay angry and scared, or take it one step at a time and take control of your health.

There are lots of tools available. Even Sparkpeople has a diabetic meal plan, where you can build your meals according to the current diabetic guidelines.

Click on the link below to get started.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/living-
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th-diabetes.asp


In the pink box in the middle of the page, there's a link to join the Sparkpeople Diabetes Management plan. That's a good place to start.

Good luck!

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3/19/17 1:07 P

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Cathy,
Thanks for sharing your story this far in your
journey. It sounds frustrating to have had such a huge weight loss and also have the health consequences. Life has some weird curves. Keep up the good fight of taking care of yourself. That weight loss who achieved is an awesome accomishment and I am inspired.

If I can dream it I can do it.


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3/19/17 11:51 A

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Hello I'm Cathy
My last lab work was not good. For years I have never had anything but
High blood pressure. Now I'm told I am pre-diabetic and have cholesterol
Which has blown me away!!!
I'm angry cause for 7yrs I have tried to live healthier. I use to be over 400 lbs
Now I have lost 120 lbs and now I'm 61 yrs old. I'm mad cause when I was huge
I didn't have these issues now that I have lost slot I am coming down with health
problems I have fought to not get. I am doubting myself why I'm even trying when
My fears are now becoming a reality. I know I won't be able to be a diabetic I hear there is
So much to monitor and I'm not good at that. I just feel lost and panicking. I know it's dumb
People live this way all the time with the problems but I'm new to this side and I don't know
If I can handle it I barely handle losing weight. Thanks for listening.

One day at a Time
Past is gone what matters is NOW!!


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