I don't see responses or posts, so I was wondering who was actually in this group.
Hey Laura, I'm in the group though you can tell how often I check for new threads. Given the high number of diabetics and the universal advice of losing weight to cope with diabetes you would think this group would be crazy popular. Instead, as you note, there are very few postings. Maybe we could drum up more interest and enthusism if there were a challenge unique to the insulin impaired. Like a moring blood sugar challenge maybe. Can you think of anything to get more participation? I would really like to have an active exchange and share the knowlege of other diabetics.
March Green Check Challenge 3/31
I just started the program here on CalorieKing; however, I have been a type 2 diabetic since 2006. Over that time I have researched diabetes and diabetes management a great deal and hope to have a lot to offer to the group. Recently I had a heart attack and since then I have become insulin dependent. Which is why I joined the program.
The reason I am sharing this is because I will do my best to be an active participant in this group. The fact is that I know from experience that society is not always kind to type II diabetics and we are not always kind to ourselves. Like many I went through a period when I blamed having diabetes on myself. While it is true that I have not always made the best lifestyle choices in the past I am here to say that having type II diabetes is not anyone's fault. If that were the case every type II would be fat, which they are not, and all large people would be type II, which is simply not the case. The good news is that just by being in the program we are all trying to improve our individual situations and I say more power to each and every one of us.
Hello Pdez and welcome! Glad to see you found this group. It's been my hope that we could build an insulin challenged community here on CK. I would very much like to hear from you (and hopefully others too) about what you have learned while coping with Type II. For myself, I was also diagnosed in 2006. I blamed myself but did not do anything in response other than take Metformin (sporatically). Naturally my fasting blood sugar climbed overtime. Finally it got to the point where I became alarmed enough to do something about it. I found CK through my wife who has used the program successfully for some time. Since I joined my FBS has returned to normal!!!. I attribute this to the Metformin but mostly to my life style changes and improvements. I have quit drinking, lost over 30 lbs and changed my diet to include more fruits/vegetables and a lot less meat or fat. These changes have been accompanied by other significant improvements to my health. My blood presure is now normal, triglicerides are much improved and chlesterol is returning to an optimal level. I can hardly believe just how significant and fast these improvements occured. I am very slowly starting to exercise. My Dr. says to make sure and move something everyday. Right now I try to walk everyday for 15 min. I may be able to reduce or even eliminate my blood pressure meds if my current reading can be sustained. You can well imagine how excited and happy I am about the results after joining CK. The challenge will be to maintain these improvements. I am hoping we can motivate one another to do just that.
Green Check Challenge 15/31
Thank you for the warm welcome Max! I also wanted to thank you for sharing your story. For each and everyone of us being pre diabetic or being diabetic does pose a number of challenges; however with the support of good people and the use of good tools like CK those challenges become do able.
I think it is great that you have been able to begin exercising! Like you, when I first started to exercise my duration was very limited; however, with the help of cardio Rehab I have gotten up to an average of 40 mins a day. The only thing is that due to really poor circulation in my legs I have to take short 1 - 2 min. breaks every 10-12 mins. Fortunately the breaks I have to take are not long enough for my heart rate to drop outside of my target range.
While I do not know you situation one idea to get some cardio going is to lift small soup cans above your head continuously for about 20 mins if possible. UP, DOWN, UP DOWN... While not as effective as moving the legs, the arms can produce the right kind of exercise for heart health. (Of course this is the part where I say that a person should always consult their health care provider before starting any exercise program.)
Thanks again for the warm welcome Max,