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Hi there from Philip and me.
2 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2012 - 1:40PM #2
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A great book I'd recommend to any person seeking info about diabetes is Riva Greenberg's "50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life; And the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It."

I've heard an intereting theory that through much of their lives, people with type 2 diabetes release too much insulin every time they eat.  That causes a low and so the person then eats again, or their liver makes glucose to correct the low blood sugar.  Then the pancreas releases too much insulin again and it creates a viscious circle. Eventually the person develops insulin resistance, better known as type 2 diabetes.  The only reasonable solution I've seen for the problem is low carb eating.  But that's hard to maintain long term.

Your husband is having serious complictions that are just symptoms of his high blood sugar.  That's not just part of having diabetes.  It's important for him to see a good endocrinologist who will treat his diabetes as the serious condition it is.  Even if he's overeating your husband can count carbohydrates and take insulin via injection or insulin pump to keep blood sugars more regulated.

Hope this helps.  Take care.  -Jenna


2 years ago  ::  Nov 16, 2012 - 12:51PM #1
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Hello!  My name is Ariel and I'm here primarily for advice on helping my husband Philip with his diabetes management.  I'm not a newbie to the big D - before I had a gastric bypass in 2009 I was on a super-strict diet, took multiple meds (including Byetta), tested in an almost OCD manner and kept spreadsheets like crazy.  I was very close to losing the battle though and while I was super-obese it was finally the diabetes/hypertension/fatty liver that convinced my insurance company to pay for a gastric bypass for me.

Most of the diabetes complications and anxiety went away for me, though I will always have to be careful about food (not a bad thing for someone who has emotional issues with food).  All of this has made me doubly thankful for my second chance as I try to help Philip with his diabetes management.  He hates to test, doesn't keep good records, refuses to inject himself with insulin (I do it), is having really serious problems with food and yeah, I'll admit, puts me in the not-so-great position of Diabetes Police.  We've been together almost 2 years now and it's still a bit of a raw edge that could use a little smoothing.

I understand he's a big boy (we're both 50) but... I love him and want him to live to be a lot older than 51.  He's already had an amputation (toe, gangrene), heart stents and a list of other problems that makes his insurance agent weep, I'm sure.  Tthe "in sickness and in health" thing comes in to play here, or at least that's the way I look at it.

Anyway, his approach to diabetes is completely different from mine and I would like to learn from others who have gone before me into this tricky territory.  It breaks my heart when he says "I feel like I let you down when I don't eat right" but then he just can't seem to stop giving in to the cookies and cakes at work, the fast food joints on the drive home, all of the food temptations that are around when I'm not.

Anyhoo, I hope to contribute to the gastric bypass and spouse type discussions, and hope everyone on board is enjoying a happy and fulfilling autumn.

- Ariel
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