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My feet were cold most of the time. Even when I wore thick woollen socks to bed my feet were often so uncomfortable that they interfered with my sleep.
Since I have diabetes, I assumed that my problem was that I had one of the most common complications of our condition, peripheral neuropathy. So I focused all the more on controlling my blood glucose level in hopes of reversing my problem some day. Good strategy in general. But worse than useless when the assumption is faulty. My problem is hypothyroidism. This means that my thyroid gland isn’t active enough in producing certain important hormones. One of the early symptoms is increased sensitivity to cold. I also had a couple more of the early symptoms -- I had a slow heart rate and my skin was dry and itchy. This is because the hypothyroidism gives me a slow metabolism, which can explain why I have such a hard time maintaining my weight loss. I can hardly eat anything without gaining weight! But different people have different sym...
The last time I wrote I was down for the count with a cold. The last bits of it are still with me, like the rain squalls left over after a storm goes through. Nonetheless, I am feeling better and the weather has even improved a bit. This morning I could see a few spots of bare ground along with the snow when I looked out over our pastures. Here in town where my office is, the sidewalks on my regular walking route are finally clear. The upshot is that I have been slowly moving back into my routine. The result showed up in the morning weigh in: 179 pounds. This is the first time I have been under 180 in years. I actually went into the guest room closet and the bottom drawers of the dresser looking for clothes that got packed away as I packed on the weight. Surprisingly, some of them were even still in fashion. I had broken down this past summer and bought pair of jeans with a forty inch waist when the 38s grew too tight for comfort and was using my belt to disguise the fact t...
A healthy well-balanced diet is an essential part of glucose
control for people who have diabetes. However, having diabetes does
not mean that you have to eat special foods or feel deprived. But
you do need to plan ahead and be more thoughtful when it comes to
what and when you eat.
Carbohydrates serve as the main energy source for the body.
During digestion they are broken down into blood sugar and so too
many or too few carbohydrates can cause your blood glucose levels
to spike or drop. It is important to include them in your diet, in
fact 50 to 60 percent of your daily calories should come from
carbohydrate sources. For optimal blood sugar control, most of your
carbohydrate should come from:
Low-fat dairy products
Eating the same amount of carbohydrates each day helps control
blood sugar. It is also important to spread your carbohydrate-rich
foods throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels
consistent. If you have diabetes, ...
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