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Scifimom's Diabetes Knock-Down

Eleven years ago, I had a momentous day. At the same time my husband was getting "mandatory retirement" (and, I later found out, a job offer from another company), my doctor was telling me test results confirmed I had "Syndrome X": type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure; menopause; and clinical depression.
That was a triple shock for me. My blood pressure always had been borderline dangerously low. Although my father's family all had sky-high cholesterol, mine always ...
Eleven years ago, I had a momentous day. At the same time my husband was getting "mandatory retirement" (and, I later found out, a job offer from another company), my doctor was telling me test results confirmed I had "Syndrome X": type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure; menopause; and clinical depression.
That was a triple shock for me. My blood pressure always had been borderline dangerously low. Although my father's family all had sky-high cholesterol, mine always had been low. But the diabetes pronouncement sounded like a death threat. My mother was one of six children, all battling type 1 diabetes. My grandfather had been type 1 since childhood, luckily participating in experimental insulin during World War I. Most of my cousins, my neice, and my nephew all struggled with diabetes. Diabetes doesn't just run in my family -- it gallops!
I took this very seriously, with Metformin, Monopril, scrupulous diet, and a daily exercise routine. My doctor quickly decided the cholesterol reading was an error, and Monopril just sent my blood pressure plummeting to its habitual low state, so I dropped those meds. I went from painfully dragging myself out to walk for 15 minutes to speed walking with a friend for an hour a day. I added yoga, Pilates, and working with weights at the YMCA a few times a week. The weight fell off, I got to drop all the meds, I felt WONDERFUL.
Partly for work and school, and partly for family issues, we moved to Tennessee. I lost my walking buddy, so exercise became more and more sporadic, and much of the weight I had lost crept back, in worse places. We've lost my parfents and my husband's father, and my mother-in-law has moved in with us, due to health issues. In the past few years, I've dealt with my two sons' chronic health problems, scrambling for college for both of them, and breast cancer (best possible outcome). My HbA1c has gone from perfect 5 to crappier 7.1, and I have "dawn syndrome" high glucose numbers when I wake up. So I'm back on meds (Janumet), and the doctor is threatening that I might have to go to insulin if things don't change quickly.
Enough already! I'm tired of feeling like the universe is laughing behind my back. It's time to lose weight, get active, get healthy.
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Member Since: 1/27/2012

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Short term, I want to lose about 25 pounds, add exercise daily (no whiny excuses any more!), and stabilize my blood sugar keep my type 2 diabetes from progressing... Aw, heck, I want to be buff & beautiful! (grin)

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Healthy, nonprocessed low-glycemic load protein, and a TRUCKLOAD of high fiber veg. All that water. Walking, a little yoga, but looking for more fun additions to fitness. Support from all my marvelous online friends at Spark People!!

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Hi! I'm Claudia, living in the beautiful eastern Tennessee mountains. I'm a type 2 diabetic diagnosed 11 years ago, fighting hard to get healthy.

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As you may have guessed from my name, I'm a devotee of all things science fiction. I teethed on Analog and Weird Stories (literally). I also love fantasy, mysteries, film noir, anime, and a variety of offbeat music.

 
 



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LENLEN3
11/3/2012 1:09:49 PM

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WENWASHING67
10/19/2012 1:57:27 PM

Thanks for the comments on my page the other day. It's good to know that there are others out there having the same difficulty with exercising that I do. I'm really working on it. Getting up early to work out has been my greatest challange. I would love to do it after work but it's just too close to bed time and I really don't want to get keyed up before bed. I recently dragged out my Wii Fit and have been doing the Free Run. I also bought a new fitness game for my Wii and a walking DVD so I'm hoping they will be the motivation I need to start working out

I'm glad your sugar levels dropped...a sure sign that the exercise helps (even though you grumble! LOL). Hopefully, the next time you go in to your doctor, your cholesterol will have dropped too. Keep at it girl! emoticon



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PEPPYPATTI
10/16/2012 5:03:37 PM

Thank you for your comments & support on my blog today. This was Larry's step dad but he was a great man none the less. And yes we must get together for a walk!
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PEPPYPATTI
10/16/2012 4:31:38 PM

Thank you so much for the Spark Goodie & your kind words. You are truly a wonderful friend. We still need to get together some Friday at the Lake for a nice walk.
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JERSYGRL
10/15/2012 11:46:20 AM

Hi Claudia!
Congrats to you on your weight loss of 2 pounds!! Fabulous!! How are you feeling? Have you recovered from the surgery yet? And lastly, are you still following the Sugar Soluion diet? I am (with some minor modifications) and have had some excellent results. Would love to hear from you so that I know how you are. Carol



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