Sheryl

Today's Doctor's Visit's

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Hi Sheryl. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes the same year my sclero symptoms started. It was thought at that time the diabetes was a condition of me having polysystic ovary syndrome. I do have maternal family members with diabetes so the heredity factor is there too.

 

I took diabetes education classes at one of my local hospitals. It was an excellent source of information and an eye opener of how certain foods affect the body and diabetes. You will have to monitor your sugar and carb intake, but it's really about eating smaller portions and certain foods in moderation. Initially I monitored my blood sugars three times a day, saw an endocrinologist and had my A1C checked every three months. That blood test is like your diabetes blueprint and indicates how your blood sugars have run over the previous 3 months. I have Raynauds too so I have to make sure my fingers are warm before a finger stick or the blood doesn't flow.

 

I only took Metformin for a few months (it dropped my blood sugar too low) and tried Byetta (dr thought it would help me with weight loss as well). The diabetes is diet controlled now.

 

I know it's hard to take on a new condition and more meds. You'll be in my thoughts. I hope you are enjoying your family!!!


I may have Scleroderma, but Scleroderma doesn't have me!

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Sheryl,

 

I am glad to hear good news about shoulders. Please investigate on Avandia, there are FDA alerts on it. I have been successful at managing my diabetes which I have for over 15 years.

I take three medications and each works in different areas:

 

Metformin forces pancreas to generate more insulin. I take 1000 mg each day.

Actos makes your cells more sensitive to absorb glucose, so glucose is easily passed from blood to muscles. I take 30 mg each day.

 

And, finally I take small dose Glipzide (5 mg) which is a type of insulin drug.

 

So the combination of the trio works great for me.


Kind regards,

 

Kamlesh

 

 

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Snowbird, my doctors office is suppose to be sending me a meal plan of some sort. I will see how easy it is to follow and possibly try getting into a nutritionist or taking a class on diabetes at a hospital or center.

Jensue, I also have a sweet tooth. I don't care if I have desserts per-say but I like Suckers and other hard candies almost every day. That will have to change I know. If I can even have them once a week that is fine with me. It will be interesting trying to find what changes I can make in my diet. I always eat small amounts and try to make wise food choices. My only downfall that I can think of is fried fish a couple times a month. I will try it baked or broiled but I just know I'd rather have it battered and deepfried on occasion.

Susie, my weekend was great. Everyone left befor two so that their kids could sleep on the long drive home. It was quite chilly and windy but a few brave souls played in the water yesterday. Most of the time the kids just played in the 5 yards of sand we had delivered for them to spread around unknowingly. We will keep the shrinking mound until Labor Day events are over. I can't believe how fast summer has slipped by. I am off to do some relaxing for the rest of the day. Cleanup can wait until tomorrow.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

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(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Sheryl,

 

Hey! Just want you to know that my brother beat Type 2 Diabetes by carefully monitoring his diet. There are several books that show you how to get your sugars under control. Many things factor into your glucose! I found it great reading as I'm hypoglycemic. I always test low for sugar, but still don't eat a high carbohydrate diet as it surges the sugar to quickly for my body to metabolize! If it's not one thing it's another. I've decided to embrace the changes in lieu of fighting them. It's so much easier to live that way! Hope you are still enjoying your weekend!


Soft hugs your way,

 

Michele

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Hi Sheryl

 

No, my friend has never taken that drug...sorry, can't help with that after all but I see the others have lots of good advice. Let us know how you make out along the way! :)


Sending good wishes your way!

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I'm glad you had such a great weekend with your company! You are a brave soul and alot stronger than I am!

 

I'm even more glad that you have such a great resource here from everyone sharing about their diabetes. How beneficial and helpful! I know I would be at a total loss at what to do with my eating habits if I develop diabetes as I am a terrible chocolate hound. I wish you good luck and I know you will do the research necessary to do what you have to do to maintain in this disease.

 

Warm hugs,

 

Peggy

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Sheryl,

How is your shoulder feeling now? Is your range of motion better or did you over do it this past weekend? Food regimines are so hard to follow because as soon as someone says :You have to eat this and not that", you always automatically want the that! Please let us know what is on your food list and how you are feeling.

 

Hugs,

Lisa


Lisa Bulman

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Sheryl,

Finally catching up on some of my reading. Girl - what a mess! Glad to hear the good news about the shoulder, but the diabetes thing - UGH! I had to laugh when you were talking about your diet and all the foods you can't eat because of this and that. That one hit close to home. It's a never ending battle with all of our symptoms to get a good and pleasant diet. After reading Dave's post and his success with a nutritionist, I think that might be a good idea for many of us. With all your medications and diet restriction it definitely sounds like a good idea.

 

Most of the information on diabetes that we have on this site is on Type 1. I just wanted to give you the heads up on that. Type 1 diabetics have to have insulin and possibly other medications, but Type 2 can sometimes control it with diet and exercise. Much easier said that done!!! With all the responses you received and with your recent diagnosis it looks like a section on Type 2 diabetes might be in order.

 

I'm glad you had a fun weekend! I'm sure it was draining for you, but sometimes that emotional enjoyment can give us such lift.

 

Take care of yourself.

 

Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

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Hi Sheryl,

 

How fun....Is it okay to say that I'd love to be there to play in the sand too?!lol

 

It is so nice that all of you get together as you do...not only to enjoy the seasons, but also each other!

 

Rest up and keep the glow going!

 

Hugs,

Susie


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

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Information on type 2 diabetes would be great Janey. Even food choices would be nice. I am not a web surfer and can't even find out what foods I am now suppose to eat or not eat. Maybe I am asking the wrong questions. I will work on it.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Sheryl,

 

Ooooh, aren't you having fun!

 

I've been reading about low glycemic index foods. There are a lot of resources out there on the web, especially lists giving the glycemic index of various food. There are a lot of them that would be just fine for those of us that have lots of GERD.

 

I think sometimes the doctors just put the brain in neutral while a tape loop in the back of the throat goes: you need to lose weight and exercise more, you need to lose weight and exercise more, you need to lose weight and exercise more~ I've had that without any questions about what I do eat and how much exercise I get. :huh:

 

Good luck and lots of fun with the houseful!

 

JJ

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