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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-27 14:24
Subject: Feeling uneasy
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Tags:diabetes, rl
I went to my doctor's office this morning to meet with the nutritionist as this was something my doctor wanted me to do now that I'm officially diabetic. As I expected, the meeting was mostly a waste of time. I don't cook (not even to the extent of chopping up fresh vegetables to transform them into snack foods), I won't eat highly processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and with the exception of bananas, grapes, and raisins, I rarely eat fruit. The major thing I came away with was "eat less at all meals." Also I'm supposed to keep my blood sugar within a certain range, however my diabetes is not advanced enough to warrant being prescribed a glucose meter so I can either borrow my husband's meter and test strips to see how I'm doing, or I can guess and rely on quarterly blood draws and the A1C1.

Also while at the doctor's office, I noticed a display for a book written by the founder of the practice: The Re-United States of America: The Common Sense Guide for Defending America in the Age of Terror. Now I'm wondering if his political stance is at all compatible with my own and if I'll need to find a new doctor for moral reasons. If any of you have read the book and have an opinion, let me know.

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WPAdmirer
User: wpadmirer
Date: 2012-06-27 19:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Pat's blood work last summer came back "pre-diabetic" and we changed his diet. He eats blueberries for snacks (we buy frozen ones and he eats them out of the bag after they've thawed), and went on a very low carbohydrate diet. I buy him deli meats (chicken mainly) that I have thinly sliced, and he eats it without bread, just with mustard.

His snacks are edamame (soy beans - dry roasted), and Clif Bars (which are relatively high in protein and low in carbs).

He cut out fruit such as apples and pears, though he does eat bananas.

He began bicycling regularly as well, and his weight dropped and his blood sugar is now normal.

I read about what things were good, and berries were highly recommended as being the best "fruit" to eat.

We are not cookers in my house, so we had to find things "ready made" for him to eat.
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-06-27 20:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
WalMart's Reli-On brand of diabetic products are very reasonably priced. You can get blood glucose meters free from most of the major companies, but the strips cost a fortune if you have to buy them yourself. (The Freestyle ones I use are $80-something retail for 100 test strips.) Reli-On test strips are, I think, around $45 for 100?

If your doctor is saying you are diabetic, then he should be prescribing a blood glucose meter and test strips if he wants you to keep your glucose levels in a certain range. But if he won't, he's an asshole! the ReliOn m,eter and test strips/lancets are priced fairly affordably if you have an income.

I think you know that I left one doctor because he calmly told me that he "doesn't believe in evolution" when i used the word "vestigial" to describe toenails, which he himself asserted were of no use and did more harm than good to people's feet. I was outta there like a shot.

Edited to fix bad html code.

Edited at 2012-06-27 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-06-27 20:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
wpadmirer is right: high fiber, low glycemic foods are good.

I'm trying to get better about what I eat--I eat much less than I once did, but I have a ways to go. sigh
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Maia C
User: maiac
Date: 2012-06-27 21:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't have useful advice for diabetes, except that regular exercise can be as useful as diet for keeping blood sugar under control.

My kneejerk reaction his book is, "And your education or experience that makes you an expert on a nonmedical subject is...?" The Amazon.com blurb that says "non-violent jihad", whatever that is, is as big a threat as violence, makes me think he's just an Islamaphobe.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-27 22:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is exactly what I'm worried about. My husband's family is said to be the oldest Christian family in the Middle East (having been converted by one of the Apostles). Even from his Orthodox background, my father-in-law generally has nothing but good things to say about Muslims and their peaceable devotion.

I noticed two women wearing hijab in the waiting room on my way out after the appointment. I immediately started worrying that they wouldn't be treated well by the staff. I hope this not the case, in fact I hope this is evidence that the practice treats all patients as equals. I'm also wondering if I should buy my father-in-law a copy of the book and ask for his opinion. The problem with that approach is that what I would *really like* is his written opinion -- there's something about the way my f-i-l responds to important questions that makes it hard for me to hear what he's saying. It's not the accent, it's the delay between words. My mind starts to wander and as soon as I notice that I'm thinking about how he's saying what he's saying, rather than what he's saying, I become agitated and at that point I find it nearly impossible to listen. *sigh* I am SUCH an imperfect human.

Oh, your comment about exercise reminded me, that was the one good thing I got out of the conversation with the nutritionist. Dance classes are good, but I really need to start going for walks. But not tonight. Five showers in three days was quite enough; I don't want to be six for three (as would be necessary if I went out into allergen-filled world -- particularly the night before my shots).
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Maia C
User: maiac
Date: 2012-06-27 23:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, it's much too hot right now to go for long walks, and it's going to get even hotter. I'm glad I have an exercise cycle, so I don't have to risk heatstroke to stay in the habit of exercising.

...I clicked from the Amazon book page to the Amazon author page to the author's (the doctor's) web site, and learned that he's a regular contributor to a rightwing web site. My kneejerk reaction is that this affiliation makes it likelier his book is all about Islamophobia.

I also think it's inappropriate to push one's politics, or any other nonmedical interests, in a medical office, but maybe that's just me.

Edited at 2012-06-27 11:37 pm (UTC)
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NINdevotee
User: nindevotee
Date: 2012-06-28 02:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My sis started me on these highly concentrated fiber pills called PGX (I think) from the health food store-costs an arm & a leg but it went a long way to help me feel full to the point where I asked if we could go semi-vegetarian~I just couldn't handle a whole lot of meat when taking those pills. It also helps me eat less. Fortunately for me my sis loves to cook and does all the cooking-so far we have a lot of stir-fry and pasta salads.
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maddiec24
User: maddiec24
Date: 2012-06-28 08:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The doctor should definitely give you a prescription for a blood sugar monitor. And thistlethorn is right, if he won't, the Reli-on is the best value, certainly at Wal Mart, not sure about anywhere else.

Eating right has been my biggest problem. I love starches... pasta, rice, bread. We have started eating whole grain pasta, but the rice... I hate brown rice. I love jasmine rice. Haven't made that adjustment yet.

J's doing good with his. Potatoes and snacks are his main problems. He eats the Atkins Endulge snacks - - they have ones that taste just like peanut butter cups, Mounds, Snickers, Payday... and he likes their meal bars as well.

As far as that book... it sets off big red flags for me.
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