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2 years ago  ::  Dec 08, 2012 - 10:24AM #7
Posts: 32

Hi Faith, I try to be careful of how much fruit I eat because it raises my blood sugars, but I manage about 2 pieces a day.  As far as vegetables I get some carrots in with my sandwich at lunch, then I try for a salad at dinner as well as some sort of side.  Usually my veggie is cooked into whatever I am eating, I like mushrooms, onions, kale, carrots, peas, and corn.  I know some of those are not the best for blood sugar, but they are better than none.  I have tried to make myself like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, by putting cheese on them but still can't stomach them.  I can handle most leafy green if they are raw so I usually put them in my salad.  My doctor did say the low b12 was because of the meds keeping me from absorbing it and the low vitamin d is from where I live, in Washington state.  I am currently taking 10,000 mg of vitamin d for now.  Not sure how long she will keep me on that dose.  But I go back again in three months for more labs.  The b12 shots are every day for a week then every week for a month then once a month till my next blood test.  My husband has to give me the shot, I just can't seem to do it to myself.  I had my sister n law who is a nurse show us how to do it properly, but I still can't do it.  What am I going to do when I have to give myself insulin shots someday?   With this being a progressive diesese I know I will get there.  I am not afraid of needles and can take the shots fine, my dog is diabetic and I have to give him insulin shots twice a day which I have been doing for years just fine, but itsjust too hard to do it to myself.  Just a mental block.  I had a real hard time testing my blood sugars for a while too.  I had to have other people push the button for me.  Guess I wouldn't make a good IV drug user :).

Thanks for the support guys, I hope to be able to take supplements in the future and what would be even better would be to have my blood sugar under control with diet and exercise that I can get off all the meds.  I hate having to take one med to counteract what another is doing and would prefer not to have to take them at all.  Maybe I can keep making progress with my A1c that my doctor will consider it.  She did mention cutting back on them at this appt because I was doing so well and she didn't want my blood sugar to go too low.  I told her my lowest so far was 79 and that was a morning number.  She thought that was pretty low.  I thought that was pretty good.  She was impressed at how fast I lowered my A1c.  But I guess age, I'm only 41, and the 20lbs I have lost played a big part in it also.  Plus being in the start of my journey, not in the middle.  Ok sorry for the novel if you actually read all of this.  Merry Christmas and my all your blood sugars stay low and you get everything you wish for!


2 years ago  ::  Dec 08, 2012 - 8:49AM #6
Posts: 22

I have to take shots of B12, oral medication B12, would not absorb in me. Thanks for info.

2 years ago  ::  Dec 08, 2012 - 6:50AM #5
Posts: 660

B12 deficiencies are common in people who take metformin. It is important that you be tested for Pernicious anemia that is treated by injection . Low B12 can be treated with oral medication. They gave me the oral medication, testing in a month showing an increase. I will follow up on this when I get home. Nancy

2 years ago  ::  Dec 08, 2012 - 12:38AM #4
Posts: 212

Wow Melinda, It sounds like you have alot going on!  I don't know if the sun lamps are effective for low vit. d. or not.  I know that the tanning booth companies promote that tanning helps but I don't now if that is valid or not.  I take 3000 IU vit. d daily in the winter and 1000 in the summer.  I have never had my b12 levels tested but I do take a good b suppliment.  A friend of mine started me on an immunity boosting combo of vit. etc a few years ago because I was always sick with colds etc.  They seem to help.  Unfortunately though I do have a cold right now.  Hopefully it won't be a bad one and will pass soon.

Good work on getting your A1C down to 5.4.  The lowest I have gotten is 5.8.  I get my results next week and I expect they will be higher again. Diabetes and middle age is not for wimps eh?  I used to really take my health for granted.  Not anymore.  It is a constant concern.  I am having lots of isues with neuropathy which terrifies me.  I am way to young (48) to be hurting this much.  I am doing anything I can to try to improve the situation.  I thought I was seeing some improvements but now that winter has set in I find I am having more pain. 

How is your general nutritional state? I try to eat lots of fresh raw veg. and some fruit.  To ensure that I am getting what I need I also take a good multi vitamin and several other suppliments.  So far I have the blood pressure under control but am still working on lowering my cholesterol levels.  My Mom had diabetes that wasn't controlled and she ended up with heart and stroke issues.  I sure don't want to go there!

I hope that the changes to your vitamin d and b12 levels along with the thyroid meds will make a difference to how you are feeling.  One step at a time towards better health!

2 years ago  ::  Dec 07, 2012 - 11:06PM #3
Posts: 32

Well I'm here but not sure you want to read my post.  Right now I am feeling like a human pin cushion.  The good news is that after my visit the doctor my A1c is now down to 5.4.  I feel like diabetes is now the least of my problems.  In addition to my thyroid being to low, my heart beating too fast, now my vitamin D is way too low ( more pills to take) and my vitamin b12 is way to low, only now I get to take daily shots for that for a while.  Ugggg!   Plus in addition to all that I had Mirena iud put in today.  Wow was that painfully.  But now off birth control pill so one less pill to take and since some of them were interfering with it one less worry all together.  I feel like one big pity party right now.  As my Mom would say my big girl panties are in a bunch! :)

On another note I was wondering if anyone has tried those sun lamps people use in the winter to help with SAD, seasonal something disorder?  I was wonderingif it helped with low vitamin D as well.  Was thinking of trying one.

Good news in all of this is maybe I will have some energy again.  I kept expecting it to go up when I got my blood sugars under control but it never did.  Guess now I know why.  Feel too young to have to take soo many pills!


2 years ago  ::  Dec 07, 2012 - 4:46PM #2
Posts: 660

Hi, I am visiting my sister ,so not spending much time on line. Great post! Back home tomorrow if travel goes well. Nancy

2 years ago  ::  Dec 06, 2012 - 10:30AM #1
Posts: 212
Don't be shy folks.  The forum is a friendly place to ask your questions and share your thoughts and feelings.  We see lots of people are checking out the conversations but few are joining in.  Won't you join us?  We would love to get to know you and share your diabetes journey with you.  There is strength in numbers and support from others who are walking this diabetes walk.  Please consider joining in the conversations.  It is easy to join in and you can be as anonyms as you want to be. Faith
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