Re: Medical report today
- From: john McCoy <johnniemccoy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 18:37:00 -0400
"john McCoy" <johnniemccoy@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:g7socq$7tf$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxMaryL wrote:>
"john McCoy" <johnniemccoy@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:g7r3e3$1ng$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxMaryL wrote:I had my check-up today and am really pleased with the results. The doctor started out by saying, "You have really held it together since being diagnosed and losing weight.">
A1c - 5.4
BP - 114/78
Pulse - 68
Bone density scan - "completely normal"
Congratulations, smarty pants :) - I had mine today, also. but with an A1c of 6.3... I got hollered at.
But... cholesterol (the good/bad/indifferent) was way down, as were the triglycerides.
BOP - 90/60
Pulse - 60
Weight down 2lbs to 160.
OK - I'm gonna catch up with you on that A1c starting now. I'm outside fibrin' up the grill for some grilled chicken and nothing but raw vegetables with it - and of course my 2.6 carb cat-piss beer (hehe).
Thanks. Also, I don't see why you "got hollered at." Those numbers look pretty good.
I'd be a lot happier with yours. You seem to be in control - I'm not. Thing is, Mary, if I wasn't such a bozo with my "Oh, just this once won't hurt" attitude, I wouldn't be up there in the sixes. My doctor knows this; that's why he hollers.
I think I'd prefer your BP, also. Mine look barely alive :)
(saved you a piece of chicken)
Thanks for the chicken. I can eat that. ;-)
More seriously...if this is of any help to you. I was diagnosed T2 in May 2004. I took that as a real "wake-up call" and motivator. I completely changed my dietary habits, and I have never deviated from it. Many/most people say that diabetics can eat anything "in moderation." However, I knew my past pattern of trying to lose weight (pre-diabetes), and that was that I was a yo-yo dieter. I would start out fine, but at soon as I started eating things that I loved, I would break over and lose control. So, I essentially went on the South Beach diet of "good carbs not low carbs." *In addition,* I eliminated *all* refined sugar, pasta, rice, potatoes, and flour. I still get plenty to eat and never go hungry. In fact, I usually have a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon to avoid "highs and lows." I eat lots of fresh veggies, fruit, nuts, a fair amount of lean meat and poultry (about 3 times a week), cheese, and eggs. I even have cereal for breakfast (old-fashioned oatmeal with a handful of walnuts or fresh blueberries). I emphasize fresh foods, and my diet is probably too bland for most people. But it has worked very well for me. No fish because I'm allergic to it (or, at least, I become extremely ill every time I have tried but have not actually been tested.) I found that I lost my cravings for sweets and carbs after two or three weeks on this regimen, and it does not bother me to sit at a table and watch other people eat the kinds of food I used to eat. I lost about 50 pounds and was able to bring my BG into control. I was also able (on doctor's instructions) to give up all medication in March 2005 and have not needed any since that time. I feel better and have lots more energy than I did in the past. I really think diabetes has forced me to be a healthier person. I love berries, so that is what I use for dessert if I want something -- some fresh strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries (sometimes all three mixed) with some plain yogurt on top.
I don't claim that this will work as well for everyone. Many of us will have very different reactions. But this has been very effective for me. In the past, I was one of those people with a "sweet tooth," and I almost never went a day without dessert. And lots of bread, of course. I did find something called Ezekiel Bread at the local health food store. It is flourless and is made instead with sprouted grains. I keep it in the freezer, and if I want a sandwich or toast with peanut butter, that is what I use. It's definitely not as tasty as my mother's home-made bread, but it does not have any effect at all on my meter, whereas even true whole wheat bread caused my meter to spike.
When I was diagnosed, I had no idea what I was gonna eat - totally lost. Finding this group was a lifesaver. Like you, it wasn't long till I became accustomed enough to the new lifestyle so as not to miss things. I was, soon, craving the 'right things' as much as I'd always craved the 'wrong things.'
Over time, I found some treats, not all so healthy, but available and good for 'transitioning,' so to speak, from the old way to the new way without so much of a shock.
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