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2 years ago  ::  Dec 10, 2012 - 3:37PM #3
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I have had some issues with food over the years.  It is so tough at times. Especialy when there is food all around us. Interesting information Bonnie. Nancy

2 years ago  ::  Dec 09, 2012 - 11:04AM #2
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Very nice and very smart of you to start this conversation.

Why am I very different from all the type 2 diabetics that I have known insofar as success rate in treating my diabetes is concerned? Because of my background. I think that I am the only one who had the experience of completely missing food for several days when I was young. This experience taught me how to successfully handle total hunger. (This was during the Japanese Occupation during WWII of the Philippines where I grew up.)

What do I mean by success in treating my diabetes? This month marks the 21 1/2 years that I have been a diabetic and the only anti-diabetes med I have been using is daily exercise.

What have I been eating? Mostly carbohydrates which must, as much as possible, be natural foods. Do I always get high after-meal and fasting blood sugar readings caused by carbohydrates? Yes, consistently since my diagnosis based on a fasting bs reading of 468 mg/dl in July 1991.

Why have I not been harmed by these thousands and thousands of blood sugar highs? I really don't know. All I know is that most of my past A1c's were in the range of 5.2% to 6.3%, the one I got on August 28, 2012, being 5.6%. I have no diabetes complications yet.

What does hunger have to do with my way of treating my diabetes? I eat only 3x/day, breakfast being the heaviest meal, lunch is lighter, and dinner is the lightest. I eat only when I get hungry. But before I eat, I exercise first to make all the cells in my body hungrier. What seems to be the logic for this practice? To kill the weak cells and to hasten the demise of the healthy and strong ones. So what happens next? They get replaced by new ones. How do I know this process? No, I don't know anything about it. It just seems to be a natural and logical phenomenon to happen to a living body which is exposed to regular and constant hunger or fasting and then properly fed with adequate nutritious foods and then allowed to have enough daily rest time.

When it comes to eating, exercising, and most everything else that I do, all are generally measured, timed, and scheduled. Deviations from any of them are strictly avoided. In short, no food will ever tempt me to try it if it is not healthy for me to eat it or if it is not the right time to put it in my mouth.

As I have said before, I try very very hard to be DUMBER (Disciplined, Upbeat, Motivated, Bold, Empowered, Resourceful).

Believe it or not, every time I take my weight, it is within the 137-lb. to 143-lb range. My height is 5'7". In about a month, I will be 77 years old and feeling like I am half my age.

Thanks again, Sally.

Bonny Damocles

2 years ago  ::  Dec 08, 2012 - 8:23PM #1
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I am Sally and I will be 60 at the end of January.  I live in Central Arizona and it is still very warm here.
I wasn't diagnosed until a month or so after my 50th birthday with diabetes.  I had been told quite a few years earlier that I was predibetic.  I had no way to know how a diabetic is suppose to live.  I finally got sent to a small class for learning how to and how much to eat.  But I have learned most of what I know from dLife and the people on the forum.  I never really had a chance to learn things from the diabetics I knew in REAL life.  Maybe it was because they didn't know.

It is ok to admit if you don't know that much.  It is nice when you say you do.  You can share with the rest of us.  It is nice when new information is given us, or treatments are compared.  It is just ok to say anything and everything here about your diabetics and whatever you wish to share with bout your life.

 As you can see there is a lot of forums for all sorts of groups, but I am particularly attached to this one.  It also gets the most traffic too you notice?  It is ok to go to more than one forum also.

Treatments, insulins, meds, diets, and so much can vary but so much is similiar.

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