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    I bought a BP Machine for home which will be more accurate than when stressed out at the doctors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    I bought a BP Machine for home which will be more accurate than when stressed out at the doctors.
    I just saw those at Costco this morning!

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    Oh, my retinal screening was good so that was a big relief. And I have a gallbladder ultrasound scheduled this week. Hopefully that goes well.

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    Wow, Geila! A lot going on, but it sounds like it's all moving you in a positive direction. Given the medical need and the ability to get yourself off the diabetes medications, I think it's a good choice to start taking them. I will assume that you told your doctor what your planned carb intake will be so he could tailor the dosage?

    If you tire of the flaxmilk but still crave some sweets, use your favorite Web search engine to search for "keto desserts". There are lots of them out there. I would guess there probably is not a dessert that exists that someone hasn't turned into a keto-friendly version (now, wallet-friendly, that's another thing but when nothing else will do...).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    Wow, Geila! A lot going on, but it sounds like it's all moving you in a positive direction. Given the medical need and the ability to get yourself off the diabetes medications, I think it's a good choice to start taking them. I will assume that you told your doctor what your planned carb intake will be so he could tailor the dosage?

    If you tire of the flaxmilk but still crave some sweets, use your favorite Web search engine to search for "keto desserts". There are lots of them out there. I would guess there probably is not a dessert that exists that someone hasn't turned into a keto-friendly version (now, wallet-friendly, that's another thing but when nothing else will do...).
    You can hardly go wrong with a nice nut-crust cheesecake, a nut milk/cream panna cotta, or a custard. I like pumpkin. Also, I make horchata with nut milk, cream, cinnamon, sweetener...You can add a shot of spirits if you like.

    If I haven't mentioned keto cookbooks by Urvashi Pitre, Maria Emmerich, Michelle Tam. Dana Carpender, and Melissa Sevigny, check those out (at your library?). There's a wealth of recipes and cookbooks out there, some better than others. Also Google D Foodie; he has a lot of recipes on line.

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    Hi Steve - my doctor told me that the dosage she prescribed is the lowest dosage. She didn't ask how low-carb I plan to go but I'm meeting with a diabetes management specialist tomorrow and a dietician next week. Tomorrow I will make sure that my level of low-carb will not cause problems with my meds. The specialist works closely with my doctor so she will be kept in the loop.

    I've searched the keto desserts and at first glance they seem to rely heavily on dairy and nuts, which I can't eat. Or coconut milk, which has been problematic. The problem with acids might be resolved in the next couple of months if my bacterial infection was causing it. Then again, given that the infection might have caused some degree of ulcers, I might be better off avoiding acidic foods in general and permanently. I'll have to talk to the dr. about that. Right now chocolate is problematic as well, but maybe in the future it won't be and I can have some of the dark chocolate that is not as sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geila View Post
    Sadly, dairy causes me to break out in hives all over my throat and neck. And nuts give me stomach cramps and diarrhea. If I eat too many eggs (or too often), especially if they are not eaten with something else that is substantial, they also give me diarrhea so I have to watch those closely.
    Then I guess you can go wrong with cheesecake, etc. My sympathies.

    But there is a wealth of information out there--Maria Emmerich has a dairy-free keto cookbook, and there are AIP and Whole 30 guides that might have some good recipes. Can you have frozen berries blended with cashew or almond milk?

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    Geila, wrong thread but the ointment is called Kynd balm. It lasts forever because you only use a small amount. Never tried it for a headache. I use it for knee pain. I think it cost 40. 6 months later I have only used half of it.

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    Donít post here often but read this thread with interest. FWIW I am a nurse practitioner for 40 years, recently retired. Agree 100% with everything Steve said. I myself (59 years old), DH (58);and 17 year old son all had pre diabetic A1c two years ago. Mine was 6.2, son 6.0 For years I had been telling my diabetic patients that carbs are poison to a diabetic and the ďcontrolled carbohydrate dietĒ espoused by the ADA pretty much insured them that they would get on meds and stay on them as their disease progressed. However I myself didnít follow my own advice. That 6.2 shocked me. I bought a cheap BG monitor and poked myself every morning and a few hours after eating and saw very quickly which foods spiked my blood sugar and which did not. Rice, for example was essentially mainlining sugar into my system.

    I stopped eating sugar, upped my veggies and fats and within year my A1c was 5.2. My teenage son lost 18 pounds and his dropped to 5.3 I personally had many early diabetic patients who reversed their disease with diet and exercise. I encouraged them to use a BG monitor frequently even though most had to,pay out of pocket. I buy my generic strips on Amazon for pennies. Do not take any meds at this point if at all possible. Learn to eat fats, avocado, butter, etc. lots of veggies. I personally think for many people a vegan diet is not healthy in that most vegans I know eat lots of breads, pasta,etc. some can handle it, most canít. You donít need a lot of meat/dairy but it provides a lot of protein and satiety. Very minimal fruit. Fruit is sugar and sugar is your enemy. Find out your A1c and check again in a few months.

    in closing I want to tell you to have lots of hope. I have seen more than a few people reverse early diabetes completely. Do it now before your pancreas poops out. Good luck! You can do it! Kim

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    Quote Originally Posted by henrysmom View Post
    Don’t post here often but read this thread with interest. FWIW I am a nurse practitioner for 40 years, recently retired. Agree 100% with everything Steve said. I myself (59 years old), DH (58);and 17 year old son all had pre diabetic A1c two years ago. Mine was 6.2, son 6.0 For years I had been telling my diabetic patients that carbs are poison to a diabetic and the “controlled carbohydrate diet” espoused by the ADA pretty much insured them that they would get on meds and stay on them as their disease progressed. However I myself didn’t follow my own advice. That 6.2 shocked me. I bought a cheap BG monitor and poked myself every morning and a few hours after eating and saw very quickly which foods spiked my blood sugar and which did not. Rice, for example was essentially mainlining sugar into my system.

    I stopped eating sugar, upped my veggies and fats and within year my A1c was 5.2. My teenage son lost 18 pounds and his dropped to 5.3 I personally had many early diabetic patients who reversed their disease with diet and exercise. I encouraged them to use a BG monitor frequently even though most had to,pay out of pocket. I buy my generic strips on Amazon for pennies. Do not take any meds at this point if at all possible. Learn to eat fats, avocado, butter, etc. lots of veggies. I personally think for many people a vegan diet is not healthy in that most vegans I know eat lots of breads, pasta,etc. some can handle it, most can’t. You don’t need a lot of meat/dairy but it provides a lot of protein and satiety. Very minimal fruit. Fruit is sugar and sugar is your enemy. Find out your A1c and check again in a few months.

    in closing I want to tell you to have lots of hope. I have seen more than a few people reverse early diabetes completely. Do it now before your pancreas poops out. Good luck! You can do it! Kim
    Thanks for your post Kim. Would you still advice not to take meds with a A1c reading of 12.7, positive test for kidney damage, and blood pressure of 158? My doctor said that it would be dangerous to not take medication at this point.

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