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Having diabetes is no big deal. Or is it? A man in one of my diabetes classes say that he wishes that what he knows now, he knew back when first diagnosed with diabetes.
He gets concerned when he hears friends or family members who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes make a comment that it's no big deal, they can just take a pill for it. He is correct when he says it's a big deal.
Often, we hear people say that they have borderline diabetes or a touch of diabetes. More than likely, if you have type 2 diabetes, you had pre-diabetes before diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. You didn't realize it because there are no clear symptoms. The only way to know if you have pre-diabetes is a blood test.
Pre-diabetes is serious because it increases your risk for heart disease and other diabetes complications. Having pre-diabetes also increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but the good news is, early treatment ( usually diet and lifestyle changes) can return blood glucoses levels to normal range
The gentleman that I mentioned earlier wishes that he'd taken diabetes more seriously when he was first diagnosed because he's now dealing with complications of diabetes.
Whether you have pre-diabetes or have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, making lifestyle changes can prevent or delay diabetes complications.
If you're overweight or obese and have pre-diabetes, losing just 5-10 percent of your body weight will reduce your risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent. If you have diabetes, losing weight will decrease or delay risk of diabetes complications.
Follow a healthy diet that is low in fat and sugar and get regular exercise. It will keep you physically strong and healthy, help reduce stress and help with blood glucose control.
Happy New Year!
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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To Alan: Here is an article on cinnamon by Mayo Clinic endocrinologist: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-answers/diabetes/faq-20058472
I've recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Since the diagnosis, I've dramatically improved my diet and continue to exercise.
Here's my question: I read online that eating cinnamon helps to lower blood sugar. Is that true? Is there strong scientific evidence that cinnamon is helpful? How much cinnamon do you have to consume for it to help reduce blood sugar?
My name is Lordly Jules.
I have recently begun a blog http://www.mytype2diabetesmanagement.com/ where I will be posting about my diagnosis of being a type 2 diabetic, my experiences and how I have managed my glucose levels. I will post things I've done that were successful and I'll also post my failures. Visit my site, it's in the infancy stage but we can learn from each other.
yes i said same thing after five years but in our defense in my case my doctors are very ,oh well about it ,now i have even more issues . all i ask was for direction and info and got very little.yes i have some blame to carry here .people be willing to call out the drs for more info while doing your part ,too
When I finally went over the line from pre to diabetes, I found my 2 hour class a waste of time except for learning to use the blood checker. The diet teaching was not helpful, since you get that from a pamphlet. However, I was surprised and scared and wasn't sure about those glycemic numbers until a few months later when I went to a "TCOYD" seminar by Steven V. Edelman, MD I learned what I needed and heard a lot of information from those that had gone through it all, including Dr. Edelman. I had suffered hypoglycemia for years and had learned to always have protein in the mornings before any item that had carbohydrates or sugar and cereal was not good for me.
I will say if it wasn't for my diabetes II diagnosis I would have a lot more complications than I do now. I lost 73 pounds and really changed my lifestyle. My advise is follow your doctors advice and learn as much as you can about your disease. I have talked to people that do not consider type II a disease.
I also wish I had been made aware of the attack that my oral medication was having on my kidneys before I became Stage 3. Kidney disease is not reversible. I also wish more attention was given to the emotional toll dealing with diabetes takes on folks. I find the two dietitians I have encountered were so anal, stiff, rigid and uncaring that they were of absolutely no help. I cannot spend my life counting every single gram or miligram that I consume. Trying to do so causes so much depression. Also, where is the research in Type 2 diabetes - we have been neglected.
I've lived with type 1 insulin dependent forgoing on 35yrs, wrongful diagnosis by Urine test only, while I was sick with the flu, at the young age of 7yrs old, I was twice daily given beef origin insulin, which I was found quickly to be highly alergic to, also since my pancreas was pushing insulin I was visiting Children's Hospital a lot, my mom finding me on the floor suffering an insulin reaction, being Hypoglycemic, many things went down with my treatment, and finding Purified Pork Insulin being the only thing available at the time I wasn't alergic to. Called Actrapid, and Lente. I was being treated by a World known now Dr Juan Sotos, and a caseworker that loved me dearly, I hate to say I only remember her first name I believe being Winnie, I actually participated in the study of use of the blood meter called the Glucometer, b4 it was released to the public, anyway I just wanted to share that information with you all, but life happens and I developed my own bad habits, and I have not been the poster child for a type 1 Diabetic, though I've got my own unique story of how it a became, I'm now trying again, but I may've waited too long continuing with my bad habits, such as a horrible diet, smoke cigarettes, drink beer, and a very obscured routine of medication, and testing of my sugar, I'm now showing signs of my bad ways with my sugar, and I'm a basket case on many other problems that's developed during my lifetime with type 1 Diabetes, that as the preaching on this site of what really needs to be stood by when it's brought to your attention of your ailments, and there is no in between, and if not you yourself are to blame, and be happy there is a treatment for your, YES, "Disease", many years ago they use to label you, lock you up in a room, and let nature take its course. Now with my stubborness ways I'm afraid without help, I may be a loss cause, but you don't have to be, try to keep that in mind ahead of everything else... Thank you for reading, and I hope this may help anyone who get caught in the path I carved out.
How can you still recommend a low fat diet? This is old, old news and is based on products with a very high sugar content (without the true knowledge of the person eating these products). Low Carb, eating many raw products, NON processed food, with healthy fats is the only way forward for humanity for ALL ailments
I wish I had been properly advised of the consequences of diabetes when I first contracted the disease. My longevity is now severely compromised, let alone my enjoyment of life
Most all I hear about diabetes is loose weight well I am 83 5'7" weight 158 with type 2 so let me hear about how to control my numbers. My monthly A1C is 7.4.
Actually the Carbohydrate intake should be of more concern than any of the above mentioned.
Considering a diet to me personally is what benefits my body the most. So ltake a look at my foods I eat this way,will create more glucose to be stored in my body that will not be used or is the healthy choice better for energy,nourishment,satisfying. So many fruits and vegetables from all over the world to chose from along with different cooking methods for these and meats. Different grains and proteins. I say explore the options out there in this vast world we live in and enjoy. Be open minded to try new things and new ways of doing what's good for you but make a family thing. Doing good to ones self which will help you. Just saying.
I agree wholeheartedly. This past year I have had high glucose readings. Your diet and activities you do regularly are key to keeping those numbers low. Dealing with fatigue, mental sluggishness,lack of energy and more besides the effects on my organs,to much to take on daily basis. The encouragement is to everyone is take seriously before you can not. Do while you are able and no one will have to do for you.
Precisely what my doctor has told me. She wants me to lose 14 pounds, so I'm being super good and exercising 4X/ week. My A1C was 6.6% last August, so I'm hoping it will have improved when I see her again in a month's time. I'm a 67 year-old female.
Last year my glucose level was high enough that I was diagnosed as prediabetic. My mother and brother both have type 2 diabetes. I went to the local Diabetes Management Clinic, at my doctor's suggestion. They told me about the diabetic diet and showed me how to use a glucometer to do a finger stick and how to track my daily food intake. I have also joined a gym and have worked out an exercise program with a trainer and I have also started doing yoga.
As a nurse I worked with diabetic people and know how serious this disease can become. Thank you for your reminder that diabetes is something that cannot be ignored. I also thank my family physician, my endocrinologist, and the Diabetic Management Clinic.
I have been a type 2 diabetic for a number of years and have read often about the importance of diet and excersize yet it is so hard to find the appropriate diet. This information should be shared for free, but even the Mayo Clinic charges for this critical information. What is that about?
I believe that everything has some value - thus I simply sift [thru'] it, retain what I need and toss the rest away if necessary. Peggy, thank you for the basic reminder and prompt to not take this condition for granted prior to or once diagnosed. It is so easy to ignore something until it progresses to a state that gets our attention, rather than avoiding progression by just following some simple (even superficial) advice. Sometimes being reminded of the obvious comes in the nick of time just when someone needed it.
I don't find this advice stupid. You all are snobs. If you know so much about diabetes, then why don't you add useful information?
This is obviously directed at people who do not know about diabetes.
What I got from this is:
Do not underestimate the seriousness of diabetes
Get your blood tested.
Lose weight if you are overweight
Stop eating so much sugar
Is that bad advice for people that may be pre diabetic?
Unless the reader has never heard of diabetes, this provided no useful information.
Very superficial treatment of the subject. not worth including in Mayo Clinic blog.
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