TYPE 2 DIABETES TIPS FOR SUCCESS

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If you are not getting enough quality sleep at night, you may be at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. When your body is sleeping, so is your pancreas. When you sleep, insulin levels drop and your metabolism (ability to burn and keep fat off) functions normally. If you stay awake at night, when you should be resting, and you eat late at night, your pancreas will never “shut off” and you’ll have a hard time managing your weight. Get a good 6-8 hours of quality sleep at night.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  – Irish Proverb

I wish I had known about the connection between melatonin levels and diabetes sooner!  I’ve been a night owl for years.  There’s just something about the quiet of night…  my brain seems to awaken and my writer’s imagination takes flight – anyone relate???  I think more clearly and do my best work between 10pm and 3am.  For the sake of my health, that will have to stop.  Now.

To be honest, anything I have to do to improve my health – I will gladly do.  Is this blog or any other writing worth losing my health over?  Um…  nope.

 Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.  – Benjamin Franklin

I guess ol’ Ben was on to something…

If you are a night owl and have diabetes type 2, I invite you to change your sleeping habits.  When research told us to limit carbs, we did.  When it told us to exercise more, we did.  When it told us to take extra vitamin B-12 along with our Metformin, we did.  Now there’s another rule that is for our own good, so we can live as well as we can – get to bed by 10pm and get a good night’s sleep.  Be kind to your pancreas.  Let it rest so it will work better when you’re awake.DEAR PANCREAS

In my defense, I didn’t eat when I stayed up late, but sometimes I did have a cup of tea to sip slowly as I wrote.  But as I said, as long as you are awake, your pancreas thinks it’s on duty regardless and it’s not at rest.

I appreciate being as well-informed as possible because information is POWER.  I like being armed with as much information as possible in this battle, don’t you?  My night owl writing ends tonight.  I’m going to be in bed by 10pm.

Can I imagine myself as a morning person?  Hmm…  not today – but give it time…  I’ll get there!  🙂

 

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TYPE 2 DIABETES TIPS FOR SUCCESS

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GOD DOES RESEARCH WITH ME

Have you ever had a NERVE CONDUCTION TEST (NCT)???  There’s a reason they keep a box of tissues in that office…  those things HURT!!!  Basically, the test didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know – oh, and I’ll never have another one – ever.

I did my research.  My neuropathy from type 2 diabetes was so severe that I was barely able to walk – and then with a cane to lean on.  I already have sciatica, but add the neuropathy to that, and it’s a recipe for major pain and difficulty walking.

Did you know that a side effect of Metformin, the most popular medication for type 2 diabetes, when taken for the long-term, is vitamin B12 deficiency???  Yep – and here’s the interesting part.  Vitamin B12 is what keeps your nerves healthy and happy!  So, maybe it’s not diabetes that is really causing neuropathy, but the medication we take for it.  Seriously?

I gotta tell ya…  I’m very excited because reversing the pain and numbness in my leg was as simple as taking a vitamin B12 pill every day!  I’ve been on Metformin since I was diagnosed in 1994, but did not realize that those 4 pills a day were depleting my B12.  Since I added a B12 pill, the pain and numbness has gotten so much better and I can walk without a cane.

Because of the sciatica I still have shooting pain down my leg, but with exercises I’m able to manage it.

I hope the information I share helps you.  Hey – give vitamin B12 a try.  It’s sure better than nerve damage and inability to walk without a cane.

My next appointment is April 13th to have my A1c checked.  I’ve really been watching my diet closely, drinking water and exercising.  I’m also taking my medicine, of course.  The goal is to ultimately get my weight where it needs to be so I can inch my way off of all diabetes medication.  I’m workin’ on it.  Doin’ the best I can!  🙂

WORLD DIABETES AWARENESS DAY

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No matter what type of diabetes we have, none of us want to be part of this “club”.  This is a frightening disease because it’s so unpredictable.  What will it attack next?  According to a recent study published online in JAMA, nearly 50% of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition where a person already has elevated blood sugar and is at risk to develop diabetes.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994 and have so far managed alright.  My hemoglobin A1c is not at goal yet, but I’m working on it.  Diabetics can only manage symptoms now.  There is no cure for diabetes type 1, and if people like me with type 2 can lose weight, it’s possible to maintain a healthy blood sugar – but a type 2 diabetic will always be a type 2 diabetic regardless.

I asked the folks in my group, A Second Helping of Wellness… with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, if they had anything in particular to add to my post today.  Here’s the one response I received:

I think every day should be Diabetes Awareness Day. It is a work in progress for many of us. You have it on your mind all the time, and if you ignore it, it can cause so many complications.  – John Manganiello

Some of us express our thoughts and feelings through the designs we make.  I guess I’m in that category.  Here are a few I’ve come up with that say what I need to say:

AS WE MANAGE

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It hurts to be judged – especially when it is something as intensely personal as your body and your weight where your health is concerned.  I had a chiropractor ask me in a very flip and off-hand manner, “Why don’t you just lose the weight and get rid of the diabetes?”  I never went back to him.  I wonder why???

Judging doesn’t help!  People think they can shame a type 2 into compliance and obedience.  It works the opposite way for me.  I’ll speak for myself – but if someone belittles me all the time – nags me about my eating habits and crushes my spirit – I’m going to eat more.  No, I can’t explain it – but it’s true.  I suppose I just think “Well, I can’t do anything right, so why try?” 

Now…  encourage me and I’ll go the distance and I will reach a goal.  It doesn’t have to be much of a compliment – just a little one will set me in motion heading in a positive direction!  It’s how I’m wired – how God made me!  If I do good and I’m told it’s good – I’ll keep it up! 

I’m thankful for the support I get online and on facebook in the diabetic community.  They seem to understand and that really helps when I feel like I’m the only one struggling.  🙂

I WILL MISS YOU…

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CELEBRATING LIFE (Andre' Crouch)

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72-year-old Andrae’ Crouch, a truly anointed man of God, the father of modern gospel music and 7 time Grammy Award winner, is now a part of heaven’s awesome choir.  That has to be the sweetest sounding choir – but it’s much improved now.  I can’t help but think that those Grammy Awards, nice as they are, pale next to the awesome crown he has now, and casts at his Savior’s feet.

 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  – John 17:4

His songwriting, singing and piano playing had a profound influence on my life!  I remember how the music in our little Southern Baptist church changed in a big way in the 1970’s because our new hymnal included some of his great songs.  We got to sing songs of faith such as “Jesus is the Answer”, “Through it All”, Take Me Back”, “It Won’t Be Long”, “Soon and Very Soon”, “The Blood Will Never Lose its Power”, “I Don’t Know Why”, and my favorite, “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)”.

Hey – I was the pianist and I literally witnessed the change in people when we sang those gospel songs!  Don’t get me wrong – I treasure the old hymns, but there’s something about singing words that echo what our hearts really feel – instead of the words of a hymn penned hundreds of years ago – well, it just means more – and we can truly worship from the bottom of our hearts.

The songs Andrae’ Crouch wrote were absolute genus because they were so simple.  His music and lyrics were not difficult to learn – and once I learned them, I could take the focus off the logistics of the written music – and focus my attention on God – on His Holy Spirit – and let Him have it – lock, stock and barrel.  Just let go and let God…  that’s when the worship really happens.  He was so wise because he kept the tunes and words simple to learn, simple to teach – so we could all get down to the business of praising our Lord!

By the early 1980’s, the music of Andrae’ Crouch was still popular.  I had a very close Christian friend and co-worker named Liz.  She happens to be African-American.  I wouldn’t mention it, but it’s important to the story.  Liz and I spent a lot of time talking about God, theology and so forth.   We thought it would be fun to visit each other’s churches when we had singspiration nights.  I don’t know if churches do that anymore – but it’s when people are free to sing, recite poetry, do skits or whatever they wish to do to worship the Lord.

We did this for a while and it was a lot of fun.  I began noticing an obvious, glaring trend and suspect she noticed it too.  When she came to my church, she sang something written by Bill & Gloria Gaither.  When I went to her church, I sang something written by Andrae’ Crouch.  I remember singing this one:

This went on for a while and I wasn’t sure whether I should say something about it or just let it ride.  I just kept thinking, “Surely she is seeing the same pattern I am”.  You’ve been there, right?  Not sure whether to broach a subject or leave it alone???  Well, I decided to just let sleeping dogs lie, so to speak.

We decided to take our brown bags outdoors and enjoy the lovely weather one Monday after we’d had a great night of singing and praising God the night before.  I still didn’t feel prompted to say anything – but apparently God was talking to Liz, because she said:

“Have you noticed that I sing songs by Gaither songs and you sing songs by Crouch?” 

Finally someone said it!  I was relieved.

We just sort of stared and grinned at each other for about two seconds – then laughed uncontrollably!!!  It was the longest I’d laughed in years!!!  From that moment on, the awkwardness was behind us.  We were finally giving each other a sort of permission to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading instead of trying to “fit in” – so to speak.

As I recall, the next time I went to St. Matthew’s for a singspiration, I played and sang a song that was not written by either Bill Gaither or Andrae’ Crouch.  I don’t remember what it was, but I remember knowing it was something God’s Holy Spirit was prompting me to do and it had nothing to do with fitting in.  I remember by that time feeling as comfortable at St. Matthew’s as I did at my church.

The music of Andrae’ Crouch broke down all sorts of barriers.  I remember some eyebrows being raised when his choir helped Madonna and Michael Jackson with some music videos.  But is it really any different from the Stamps quartet singing backup for Elvis?  I don’t know – but I do know that if we are proclaiming the name of Christ, we cannot just stay in our safe little houses of worship and proclaim it to each other.  We have to get out there in the world – the sick ones need the doctor.  Who knows what kind of impression someone in that choir might have had on Madonna???  Ya know???  

It occurs to me that this multi-talented child of God walked the path many of us walk today. He was a type 2 diabetic, had cancer and heart disease.  He was dyslexic!

My dyslexia contributed to my success.  – Andrae’ Crouch

We know a number of complications come our way when type 2 diabetes is on board, and dyslexia brings its own set of challenges, but look at what he did with his life!   He made it matter – he made it count – he followed God by using the talents and abilities he got from God. Shouldn’t we all be doing that???  Wow – I just admired this man so much. He showed us that no matter what is going on with these bodies, our spirits, our true light – cannot be dimmed because that’s where God’s Holy Spirit lives – inside us. God is so much bigger than anything that can attack this body.   🙂

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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TAKE CARE

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I believe people mean well.  Most people have a kind of “sign-off” to their conversation that goes something like this:  TAKE CARE.  It’s a rhetorical comment, not something we are expected to respond to.  We’re just expected to smile, nod and say HEY, YOU TOO – GOOD TO SEE YOU, or something like that.

It seems like all I get done is taking care of myself.  Wouldn’t it be so nice if I didn’t have to think about every little thing as it concerns my health?  It’d be great if I was not restricted by diet, activity level and the style of shoes I wear.  When I was younger, I wore pretty shoes with a nice heel.  I wore pretty dresses or suits to work with open-toe sandals in the summer.  Today my feet are more delicate and particular.  I’m forced to wear a closed toe shoe with plenty of “wiggle room” for my tootsies.  When my feet are happy, I’m happy.

Type II diabetes is such a frustrating disease.  Everyone (including my chiropractor and doctor)  tells me  if I lose weight, it will magically disappear.  That is my only incentive for losing weight because I would love to be rid of it once and for all.  I stay active and I’d set my diet up alongside anyone else’s any day of the week – I eat a very healthy diet!  The weight will not leave – it will not GO!

I don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions, but I’ll make an exception this year.  If it’s true that weight loss would rid me of type II – then I simply have to resolve to get the weight off once and for all.  I’m doing 30 minutes of cardio in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening.  I’m not a couch potato by any means.

Friends, please keep me in your prayers.  Pray that I stay strong and achieve some significant weight loss and a drop in my A1c.  How great would it be to be taken off insulin and not have to take as much metformin?  Now I’m taking 4 250 mg capsules a day and 20-35 units of Levemir every night.

The weight seems to be glued to me – that’s the only way I know how to describe it.  It really likes me and wants to stay.  I really don’t like it and don’t want it to stay – LOL! 

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.   – Doug Larson

Living with invisible chronic health conditions is challenging.  I try so hard but the effort I put in is not always visible to others.  I’ll keep trying…. and do my best.   I’m making a New Year’s Resolution to TAKE CARE.  And I hope you will take care too!  😉

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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ON THE SUBJECT OF CHEESE
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
– G.K. Chesterton

There is nothing better than to be going through a dry spell in my writing, then see a quote like this one! Thank you, G.K. Chesterton, for saying that – I am breaking the silence today! I wrote about my love for cheese.  What an awesome writing prompt!

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. – Leonard Cohen

Is it a poem that could have remained unwritten? Well, yes it is, but I chose to write it anyway. I have been to Wisconsin and at times I’m tempted to make another trip back for no other reason than pick up the best cheese in America!TL COLUMBO ABOUT CHEESE

If you ever get to Nelson cheese shop in Nelson, Wisconsin, I promise you will not regret visiting there. They have a variety of cheeses and once you taste them you will not want to buy cheese at your local market ever again.

These days I use cheese sparingly. I like to add a little to my salads or chili or soup. Melted cheese melts my heart! Most dishes are not complete without a little cheese for garnish.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.
– Unknown

Since 1994 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I have been more selective about the cheese I use. For example, I can no longer eat Velveeta due to the sodium content.

I do believe that a diet should be inclusive of all food groups, so I use cheese more sparingly than I used to, but have not cut it out of my diet – nor would I.

I need no reason to melt cheese. – Linda Palmer

I measure the portion, I count the calories, I count the carbohydrates, I melt the cheese! It’s the little things – it really is.

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THIS NEW DIET

We are never prepared for what we expect. – James A. Michener, Caravans

Well, I went in today for the dreaded A1c test (the 3 month average blood sugar). I was hoping for better news. It was 8.1 which is not as good as I would have liked. My doctor and I talked about my diet, exercise and medicines. She has increased my insulin to 30 to 35 units every night, which means I’ll be buying the Levemir even more often. That’s the most expensive of all my medicines, but I don’t know what else to do. I’m still going to eat a good diet and move every day.

I think summer is a great time to start eating healthier. The garden vegetables are abundant and at our house we don’t like to turn on the oven because it makes the house too hot. I’m declaring this a salad summer for sure!

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. – Lewis Grizzard

Tomatoes are the one food that I can have as much as I want. The problem with that, of course, is the acid content. I eat as much as I want, however, because I’m the only one in our house that likes them!

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. – Doug Larson

Oh – all this talk of tomatoes and bacon makes me want a BLT!!! You know, when that bacon is smashed up against the lettuce, it really does make it more palatable. I had not thought of it that way before!

I’ve decided that common sense needs to rule the day.  I can eat dessert – I just cannot eat ALL of the dessert in one sitting!  Take a look at this cake recipe!

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Fresh Apple Cake
3 Cups apples, cubed (do not peel)
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Cups Splenda
3 Cups flour
2 Eggs
1 Cup vegetable cooking oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (can use more)

1 teaspoon allspice
1 small jar cherries (chopped with juice)
1 Cup pecans (chopped)

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Mix sugar,oil and eggs; beat well .
Add rest of the ingredients and mix well .
Pour into prepared tube pan.
Bake at 325* for 1-1/2 hour. This is a heavy cake so be sure to check to make sure it is done in the middle. It may require additional baking time.
This cake keeps well , wrapped in foil and refrigerated, if it makes it in to the refrigerator !!!

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I have another appointment in 3 months. So, I’ll just take my medicines and keep a happy outlook and a cheery disposition. Mix that with plenty of exercise and prayers, I think things will get better. ❤