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Needing insight on "diabetes"
July 14, 2005
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Hi all. I recently learned that a good friend of mine was diagnosed with diabetes. She is retired and raising a 6 yr. old grandchild, so, needless to say, she has plenty of stress. Add to that a husband who is less than supportive. She has bought lots of books on the subject of diabetes, yet her life is starting to sound over-run by this. I am afraid she is adding stress and making things even worse. We have a center here in town that she went to, but she said she felt they were just throwing ideas at ther too fast and she couldn't process. I thought perhaps I could find out from others whether this has to take over her life of if there are ways of handling it better than she is. She is obsessed with eating right, but doesn't always seem to understand what to eat and what not to. I have no specific information...just what I see on TV info-mercials etc., so I'm not much help. Then I thought of this website and that some of you might be willing to share. Thank you in advance for any thoughts and ideas. Bangles

(PS my friend does not have the internet so there's no chance she will connect herself up with anybody.)

July 14, 2005
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I don't really know how much help you can be to her. She went to a center and it didn't help her a lot. She needs to talk to her doctor to draw up a plan that will best treat her diabetes. I don't think giving her other peoples' stories is here is in her best interest given that she has no access to this site. Her doctor is her best source of information for her treatment. He has all the medical information about her. Plenty of people learn to live with diabetes and it does take time to take good care of yourself if you have diabetes. She can learn to live with it too given time and practive.

July 14, 2005
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I read the book by Dr. Atkins where he discusses his diet plan. There is an excellent explaination, in regular terms, about weight related diabeties. Not sure if this relates to here case but it was a very good short read.

Did motivate me to try and lose more weight but I too was just recently told that I'm walking that fine edge. It's VERY scary.

July 14, 2005
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Hi, I'm diabetic, and what has helped me to avoid becoming insulin-dependant is to never eat sugar. I had to switch to diet coke,and Inever eat sweets now. I just can't stay on Atkin's, but it made me aware of carbs, especially hidden carbs, and that has helped. For 4 years I have been successful in keeping my sugar low enough so I only have to take metformin orally.
Please tell your friend it will get better, and she will feel better once she gets the sugar out of her system.
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July 14, 2005
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Hi there!!
I am A juvenile Diabetic ((type 1))
I got it when I was four years old, and No one really knows whay.. NO ONE in my family has ever had Diabetes.
There Is Type 1((juvenile Onset Insulin dependant, Type 2, Which is Usually brought on in adults, or fokls in their early adulthood((late teens, early 20's . It can be inherited, or simply by lifestyle choices or environment. A Lot of cases are from poor diet, and exercise causing the body to wear out and not work so good((laymans terminology here...))
and then theres pregnancy induced Diabetes , which, IF youre lucky will go away sometime after child Birth.

With ANY diabetic..It is CRUCIAL, to Keep on top of Checking your Blood Glucose levels, and make the adjustments your Doctor reccommends.Such as changing nutritional habits, IF applicable, but out or cut back substantially on sugars, and Complex carbs. Pay attention to:proper food portions,keeping properly hydrated, blood pressure circulation,gums. Vision,and YOUR FEET!!!!
IF youve had diabetes for a long period of time, and /or just "pretend" you dont have it, you can and most likely will have some complications...Hopefuly not to an extreme, but you can: Lose your teeth, eyesight,toes, feet, limbs,be at a greater risk for stroke, heart disease, high Blood Pressure, Kidney disease, bladder disease,Neuropathy,retinopathy IBS, anxiety, depression and of course just reading all this can give you stress, so Imagine living with it.
It can be, bit doesnt have ot be a nightmare. IF you take your meds, keep in contact with Doctors that you trust, and like it can make things a lot easier.

A common myth of Diabetes is that Low Blood Sugar is the "bad" one to worry about, and , granted it can come on fast, and make you think the person suffering from low Blod sugar is psychotic, neurotic or even drunk, when theyre not... Having uncontrolled chronically high Blood Sugar levels have long term often irreversable effects and complications, thats is why it is SOOoooooooooooo very very VERY ((cant emphasize enough....))) to check your Blod sugar levels frequently, and do what you need ot based on what your levels are.

Insulin is far from a cure, but IF needed it can make living a lot more managed, and not make the Diabetic feel that they have lost all good qualities of life.
Making these adjustments can be a neusence, and quite an adjustment, but it is well worth makng these adjustments. aside from feeling lethargic, and like a "zombie" drooling on yourself and unable to focus becasue your blod sugars are so high, depression and anxiety can be a very common effect of takng on any new condition or disease,((another reason t okeep a log, and keep a good relationship with your doctors and personal support system.(( friends, family, significant others)) may notice things that the diabetic isnt aware of.((extreme thurst, loss/increase of appetite, zoning out, talking, acting strangely....

Some ones whose blood sugar levels are too high or low may also experince extreme mood swings and can, act out and seem quite beligerent or stubborn as this is happening, and perhaps not even remember saying or doing something.
My mom, and Hubby, and a few freinds have seen me at My shameful worst, adn IF they didnt know that I experience this at times, Id probably have no friends. IF this happens, PLEASE try t oremember that it is not personal, that it is thier Mind, and the diabetes speaking. IF you are not sure if the person is experiencing High or low Blood sugar, then have them check their blood.

some signs of LOW blood sugar are:
sweating, panic, confusion, feeling disoriented,shaky, slurred speech,nausea.
The symptoms for HIGH blood Sugar can be similar, but are different, Usualy starts with feeling tired, EXTREME thurst, feeling sluggish,mood swings that are usually a "angry" or bad mood with a shortened patience threshold, seemingly easily frustrated and swearing, whe nthey normally take things in stride....

The ADA has a lot of great resouces as well.....

I hope this helps , some, and I hope I didnt scare you.
I dont want you to focus on the extreme bad stuff, but it is there, and can happen, so being aware and informed is what always helps me.

((((hug)))))
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July 16, 2005
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. Well, my friend was never what you would call heavy. She is tall, has a somewhat large frame, and maybe could have stood to lose 10-15 pounds, but couldn't we all? Anyway, around the time she found out about the diabetes, she had begun to LOSE weight! I had never heard of that. She stopped by yesterday, and she has dropped about 37 pounds. She looks gaunt and she is so afraid that it is "eating her tissue." She had just come from her doctor, though, and he is doing some blood work on her. He isn't too worried. She did get to an eye doctor and her vision is okay. She said she just doesn't "feel right." Like when she eats, she said afterwards, she often feels nauseous. And her feet and toes "tingle." She, thus far, takes no medication for this...is supposed to eat right and see where it all leads before he puts her on meds. However, he did put her on and anti-depressant. I hope this calms her a bit as the stress, I know, does not help matters. Again, thanks to all who responded. I will tell her to stay strong, hang in there, and it will get easier. Bangles

July 19, 2005
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I am also a Type 2 diabetic with some neuropathy (tingling hands and feet). The weight loss is a common symptom of high blood glucose, because the body can't use the food being taken in for energy, and it starts to use what's already there, thus there is weight loss. It's likely that she's been diabetic for some time, and it was just now found. That's okay. I have not had to change my eating too much. My doctor says my numbers are pretty good, and I'm still young (in my child-bearing years) which helps. I take oral medication to control my diabetes at this point. I'm sure your friend will be fine. A good website that you might want to check out is DLife.com. there is also a television program associated with that.

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July 21, 2005
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(((Jastypes))) I was hopingyou wouldsee this thread.
I feel like I am often referring to "brittle Diabetic" issues, andIt doesnt really apply to everyone.

When The insulin Id been taking for some time was no longer working for me , i seemed to be waking up thinner everyday(I thought it was great, but KNEW that something just wasnt right....)
Weight loss from high Blood Glucose levels is NOT unusual.. in fact it can be quite common at first, until a "team" can figure out whats best for the patient.
I am sure that your friend will be great, and adjust well. Its just important to stay on top of things and not start slacking or ignoring things, becasue the potential for things to "snowball" is there.
Best of luck...
I'll be looking at that web site too Jastypes..Id never heard of that one, thanks!!!
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July 22, 2005
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Thank you both for responding and for your ideas. I will check out that website, jastypes. I told her I would find out from people what I can, and print things out for her. Will also look into the television program. She just obsesses over this and is afraid that she will die while still raising this child. I have never had any first-hand dealings with diabetes, so this all is new to me also. I think it will help her to know that folks are and can deal with this and live a fairly normal life. Thank you for your thoughts on this. Bangles

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