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Finally broke the spell

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I finally broke the 190 mark. I had been between 190 and 193 for over 3 weeks... even on vacation I lost a pound and never made it below. I increased my excercise, been walking 10 minutes in the morning instead of playing on the computer and 10 minutes at night. Also increased my fruit. That may raise my bloodsugar, but I have not noticed it much.
So which is better, losing the weight or getting the blood sugar under control? Been asking that question for a week or so.
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  • I.M.MAGIC
    I KNOW what you mean~ you just do your best and sometimes it seems you get nowhere... especially as a diabetic! It's taken a long time, but I just recently broke that 180 benchmark... Hurray! And congrats to you too!

    I've been diabetic for 17 years, and it used to be they didn't tell you that a lot of diabetic meds actually encourage weight gain which makes the imperative weight loss so much harder (go figure!) The doctors prescribe this stuff, and then tell you that you need to lose weight~ but they can't tell you how. LOL

    You do need to find a way to lose the weight that works for you, but it really is MUCH more important to keep your blood sugars under control.

    I went without my insulin and meds because I didn't have a job or any insurance to pay for them... I did exercise what I could with my FMS, and was VERY careful about what I ate~ but it wasn't enough, and now I have peripheral neuropathy, bleeding behind my eyes (diabetic retinopathy) and only 35% of my kidney function left due to chronic kidney disease.

    Is this an attempt to scare you? Sure. If that's what it takes. Because I care. I don't want anyone to go through what my friend has been facing. She'd been on dialysis for years, when they finally found her a kidney for a transplant. She has lost all the fingers on both her hands because of the circulation issues causing gangrene. Someone has to strap a prosthetic device on now so she can feed herself. Now her body is rejecting the new organs. I'm scared too, it could be me... or you.

    There's no guarantee that even if you do everything right, you won't end up with these complications~ but there IS a guarantee you WILL if you don't take the necessary steps now. Every time that sugar reading goes above 130, it's doing damage to your entire body~ the entire network of veins and nerves, every organ, and particularly your extremities, your eyes and your kidneys.

    My friend advised me that the best thing you can do for yourself as a diabetic is to stay active. Exercising can help with the insulin resistance. .. and improve quality of life in the process.

    Someone once told me that diabetes doesn't have to be a death sentence, but it is a life sentence. Sort of grim, but hopeful too.

    Stay positive, make the goals you work for mean something. Be well. I'll be thinking of you... with hope.
    Kathy
    4779 days ago
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