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Diabetic Dads
« on: June 22, 2009, 01:32:35 PM »
This is a forum for us dads that have diabetes. Are you a type 1 or type 2? Do you manage it with MDI, diet and exercise, or do you use an insulin pump? How long have you been diagnosed? Let's talk about our success' and failures here.
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Re: Diabetic Dads
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2009, 04:27:38 PM »
I was diagnosed with Type 1 4.5 years ago. One day before my 40th birthday. My A1c was 19.9 and blood glucose level was 650. I spent 5 days in the hospital while they tried to stabilize me.

I was on MDI until 2 weeks ago when I went on the pump. I am using a Minimed 722 insulin pump. My numbers were horrible up to three months ago. I finally got serious and started eating better and working out. It has been difficult, and I have been spending a lot of time learning as of late.

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2009, 04:36:35 PM »
Sorry to hear that.  That sucks.   

I thought I was heading towards diabetes for a few years.  My triglycerides were borderline high for a number of years in a row.   Eventually, I lost 20 lbs and moderated the junk that I was eating and my numbers came back down to the middle of the normal range.

Good luck Mike.


 

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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009, 07:08:54 PM »
i've been type 1 for almost 10 years now, also use the minimed pump. exercise is key to controlling your sugars, the fatter you are the less sensitivity you have. I don't eat very well, since I am usually behind my desk and more times than not skip lunch. I do take lipitor, viagra and baby asprin to help maintain healthy blood vessels, and my A1C is ~7.5 (190). Not great, my goal is ~6.5 (100).


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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009, 02:34:43 AM »
I take Vytorin, baby aspirin, and Linsipril (for kidneys). Also on some antidepressants, but the doctor is weening me off of those.

JMack, I understand being behind that desk all day. You are also right about the lack of exercise. I started regularly exercising three months ago and it has seemed to help. I go on Wednesday to see what my labs have in store for me. I am very anxious. Your A1c is not too bad, and all we can do is work on it. It is a tough road, but we can put it in its place.

The best A1c I have had is 6.3, but that was about three years ago. I am hoping to get close to that. If not, maybe the next time. The pump should help me get down to the good numbers, or so I hope.

My A1c as of April 1st was 8.4 (240). ANYTHING, will be an improvement.


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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2009, 02:38:05 AM »
Sorry to hear that.  That sucks.   

I thought I was heading towards diabetes for a few years.  My triglycerides were borderline high for a number of years in a row.   Eventually, I lost 20 lbs and moderated the junk that I was eating and my numbers came back down to the middle of the normal range.

Good luck Mike.
Thanks Fro! I am so glad that you didn't end up with the big D. Good for you for losing the weight and controlling the junk food intake. Both are those are so difficult. I love food, and it is hard at times to say "no more". I used to not eat things because of the diabetes. I have learned it is okay in moderation, like anything else. I do count carbs, and if something has too much, I might forgo it.

Keep up the great work. When was your last tests?

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2009, 07:03:20 AM »
My last blood test was six months ago.


 

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Re: Diabetic Dads
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2009, 12:18:35 PM »
Got my test A1c results yesterday.  I went from 8.4 (240) to 6.3 (97). All because of lifestyle changes. I am stoked! I have another in three months, and then I should be back to one every six months. I am curious to see if the pump will give me tighter control than that. If nothing else, the pump gives me more flexibility. I would love to see a 6.0!

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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2009, 12:43:00 PM »
congrats!


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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2009, 04:11:24 PM »
Thanks Jmack. I can't say it was easy, because it wasn't. I had to make myself go to the gym three times a week. I had to make myself go for those walks. It was hard weighing my food and countin calories and all that (at least for the first 6 to 8 weeks). I do miss my steak. I have only eaten turkey and chicken for the last three months. Ground turkey, sliced turkey, turkey brats, turkey bacon and sausage, chick brats, ground chicken (you get the idea) I am going to eat my first beef the 4th of July weekend. I really want a steak. My fear is that I will get sick off of it though.

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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2010, 03:22:07 PM »
Hi there,

Been type 2 for about 5 years now.  I take 3 850mg metformin daily, and 70cc of insulin at night.  I've recently started losing weight just by diet, but need to start working out now.  I developed asthma in March which in turn messed up my sugars taking steroids.  My sugar level went all the way to over 600, but after 5 months has finally came down to normal levels within the last two weeks.

Drew

 



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