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...
I've been sick with the flu which today officially morphed into a wicked cold replete with cough, congestion and power zappage. And lately, for an no discernable reason, I have been waking to vastly different glucose levels daily. I test at least once at night to keep track of overnight levels but it isn't helping. Throw a bad flu on top of all that and a trip to the doctor was long overdue.
I guess I wanted reassurance that I wasn't spilling sugars and wasn't dehydrated so I went to my primary care physician (with whom I have a rather distant relationship since my routine appointments are with specialists).
Bottom line: I came away feeling like the best advice and tips I receive are found online. The appointment was, in essence, a total bust, and certainly not much help on the diabetes front.
Here's the thing. I have sprints of really good numbers, but they seem to be turning on me lately, and I feel like I'm out here navigating it all alone. I don'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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