Skip to comments.Pretty bad news
Posted on 06/29/2011 7:50:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Went to my doctor for the first time in awhile and got some bad news. My A1C blood sugar was almost 12 and my blood pressure averaged about 190/110. They wanted to admit me right then and there, but instead gave me a shopping bag full of medications. Since my wife had her stroke I haven't really been taking care of myself and now it's come to a head. If I don't do a complete 180 I'll be dead before the year is out. I have committed to mall walking (exercising) seven days a week for 30 minutes a day and cutting my carbs and sugars drastically. Please pray for me or think of me as I try to save my own life. Thanks!
My prayers are with you! Bring that blood sugar and high blood pressure down. You can do it!
Good luck. Get walking.
You are in my prayers
I will pray for you! Please take care of yourself! Eat healthy and keep up the daily walking!
Geez, old FRiend. I really hate hearing that news. You’re a pillar of our community, and a valued supporter of everything we all hold dear.
Please take that walk every day. We need ya around.
Prayers for you, 2D. You’ll enjoy the new you!
My numbers are not quite as high, but I am on a fairly
strict diet and have begun to exercise. To really get my weight down I need to walk for about 1-2 hours per day.
The BP is up there but not too awful. I can’t interpret A1C, but can you give us a handle on the mg/dl?
I am sorry about your wife — the burden for you must be really heavy and difficult to carry. Of course if your health is flagging, that is even more a problem and compounds your burden — let us all pray to break the cycle.
I don’t know who we ping for the prayer warriors but you have mine and a BTTT for what it is worth.
I’m pretty heavy so 30 minutes is probably all I can do at this point. Even that is going to be tough at first.
Praying for you.
Prayers for your health !
May I ask, how old are you?
You need to get that weight down to improve your A1C.
We want you here for a long time 2dv.
Prayers extended 2ndDivisionVet for your health to improve immediately if not sooner!
51 as of last February.
Well, good luck with this... I don’t understand the sugar thing and I’m a type II. I take glempride and monitor my sugar every morning and it’s in the double digits. I think the biggest thing regarding blood sugar is not to eat anything after dinner. It works for me anyway...
Your blood pressure probably is a bigger concern. Need to get it down.
Get yourself walking, but don’t push yourself too hard at first. Gradually build up to 1/2 hour a day or more.
Prayers for you, Vet!
Walking is *good*.
Cut the carbs, particularly the pasta / potatoes / bread / etc.
Go with Atkins or The Zone Diet.
Fish oil rocks.
Cinnamon can help your cells become more sensitive to insulin.
I'm not an MD, just a PhD (or an NRD "not a real doctor). But I *do* want to see all fellow FReepers as hale and hearty as possible.
You just do whatever you need to do bccause we are gonna have some celebrating to do and you just can’t miss it!!! Please know you and your wife are in my prayers.
Mr. 2D you’ve got lots of wear left on those tires. Walking is great and you don’t even have to do it all in the mall. I don’t know where you live but wherever it is, outside is good too; you can listen to music or a talk while you walk and you’ll really be enjoying yourself. It’s easily within reach.
You can do it, and we’re behind you. You mentioned A1C, do you have a monitor? You can get one for free.
Maybe pick up a second hand treadmill (and mount a keyboard on it so you can post here as you walk), then you can stay close to your wife.
Too damn young.
Get walking and eating right. Get yourself well.
You might want to research
raw organic apple-cider vinegar unfiltered.
Take 2-3 teaspoons 2-3 times/day in a glass of water or Orange Juice etc.
My BP was already low for my age but I think just once a day lowered it another 10-20 points.
There’s a list of documented benefits.
One hubby at another site took it 3 times/day and lost 12-20 lbs without changing his eating habits.
Anyway—good stuff and may well be of value to you.
Hugs and prayers anyway.
Eat a LOT of vegetables and raw fruit. Avoid or heavily reduce the salty snacks, meats of any sort, and high calorie drinks. I know, it's tough to do, but as a Vet, you already have the intestinal fortitude to succeed.
If you feel hungry, go outside and take a walk, and enjoy the day, even if it's raining. Good luck and may God bless you both.
Yo 2ndDV, I feel you, brother. It sounds like you know what you need to do. I can recommend a few books to you - PM if you’re interested. I think the change in my life that made the biggest difference was to eat 5-6 meals per day. I kept a food diary for a long time until it was second nature. It’s a daily struggle, and don’t be afraid to get help if you think you need it. Surely you can think of some goals for yourself - short and long term goals are the mark of successful people, and for good reason.
get some VERY LIGHT WEIGHTS
and do 5 or 10 pounds (to start) for lots of reps
it will kill your apetitie and everything will go up from there
Water, vitamins, PROTIEN at every meal, and you wont want those sugars
oh- and drink hot tea with honey all day instread of coffee
you will feel great in no time
Take care of yourself. Listen to your doctors.
We can’t afford to lose good people like you.
I’m in Biloxi, Mississippi. It was about 100 degrees with high humidity today. I really have to walk inside the air-conditioned mall.
I also have diabetes and it’s a constant struggle. Sometimes you do better than others. Each us is different. There are many foods that I cannot eat because they raise my blood sugar. When I look at them I think, are they worth dying for? Stress also raises my blood sugar. It’s good idea to think about walking in the mall, but I would suggest that you find something you can do around the house. It’s so easy to find an excuse not to go to the mall. And try not to sit without getting up and moving around from time to time.
Unlike many conditions, we can make diabetes much better or worse. I’m just coming out of a down cycle and starting to do better. Getting better control is not easy but it is possible. Please let us know how you are doing.
I would agree with some of the earlier comments. Start gradually, maybe plan on doing a couple of walks instead of one, and build up to longer walks as your body adjusts to it.
I walk the dogs and work in the woods to keep in shape, but I’m in the country.
You need to watch your diet also. I teach spinning and cross fit and I have seen a reverse in many cases of some of my clients that were in really bad shape before taking my classes. Blood sugar dropped, blood pressure back to normal and they are are more active and full of energy now. Some of them are over age 70 close to 80 and in great shape now.
Good luck will pray for you and hope you will take care of yourself.
As long as the pumps still running its not too late. Get on a program & stick with it.
Is it type 1 or type 2? My wife has type 2. There’s been some news about diabetes, some kind of new diet that’s supposed to be kind of like CPR for your pancreas. Speculative but interesting. You gotta stay well, man. We are counting on your 2 mil fundraiser for Sarah!
Start taking 4000 to 8000 ius of omega 3 per day, will help both the hypertension and cholesterol. If your not in the way south and you don’t have aggressive prostate cancer in the family take similar levels of D3 but if your african be careful, take 1/2 as much and get your levels checked. Have your b12 level checked. Resveritrol 500ius/day and CoQ10 200-400ius/day. CoQ10 is an immune enhancer co careful if you have any autoimmune issues.
Lastly no white foods, sugar, flower, rice bread etc. Sweet potatoes, fafo, quinua are all harder to digest carbs that will help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol.
Sorry to hear about bad news, but I believe you can do it. My prayers are with you.
What BP meds did they give you?
About five years back my blood sugar was almost 600 and my eyesite looked like I was looking through a waterfall. Went to the hospital and was given insulin and an IV. My A1C was almost 12. I was put on all kinds of meds. I immediately stopped all sugar and in six weeks could see better than I’ve seen in my life. I no longer require glasses except for reading.
When I had a heart attack in 2008 my cardiologist took me off all diabetic meds. I keep it under control with exercise and diet and eat pretty much what I want to eat. It can be turned around.
May the Lord give you healing strength. My father has been taking care of my mother, who has Alzheimer’s - he has the same problems as you do with his blood sugar and blood pressure, among other things. The stress and anxiety is unbearable, unless you take it to the Lord and put it in his hands.
I can totally sympathize with your situation. I help my father, and it has taken a toll on my health as well. It’s so hard to do, but we need to get ourselves in good condition to be able to take care of our loved ones that cannot take care of themselves any longer.
Prayers for you and your wife. Stay strong.
Welcome to the club; not quite as big as the Second Division, but pretty numerous just the same.
It’s a bit of a shock at first, but do what the doctor says and you’ll be fine.
Absolutely. Our prayers are with you and your wife. May God’s blessings be with you, and strengthen you. Take heart. You can do it. If I can survive two heart attacks, a triple by-pass and two strokes, you can survive. Give yourself to your Savior. He will answer.
Love you both.
Prayers your way, sir. May God carry you both through these difficult times.
The moral of the story is slow and steady but committed to the rehab finishes the race.
Good luck, God bless you and your wife. Do what you can and then do a little more next time and understand that the project is long term with bumps in the road.