I recently returned from a vacation to Vancouver Island, which was wonderful because there were so many scenic places to walk. I also discovered, in a town called Parksville, an Indian restaurant called Amrikko's that had great food. (There seems to be another one in nearby Nanaimo.)
But of course great food alone is not grist for the mill of a sharepost on a diabetes site. What especially impressed me at this place was the special diet menu that one of the proprietors had created. She said she had some friends and relatives with food allergies, so she was sensitive to their needs.
The menu wasn't different. What was different was that each item was tagged with a sticker that alerted the diner to ingredients that could cause problems for some people. Included were Contains wheat, Deep fried in same oil as wheat or dairy, Contains nuts, Contains dairy, and Can be made with no dairy if asked.
What a great idea! It's so difficult to eat in a restaurant...
S o you were started on insulin two months ago, and have your next doctor's visit coming up soon. Starting insulin was a major step in improving your health, and it's time now to get beyond simply knowing how to "shoot up" -- it's time to do even better!
Here are some thoughts to discuss at your next visit to your doctor, if you haven't already discussed them with your diabetes team:
* It's about time for another A1C lab test. A1C testing is typically done every three months, and if you've been on insulin for the past two months, it's quite likely that an A1C level done at the three-month mark will be lower than it was before you started on insulin.
* Whether you are on insulin by needle-and-syringe, or by insulin pen, discuss about the opposite option. There are pro's and con's for both ways to give insulin. And ask if using an insulin pump might be a good idea for your case.
* Has your weight increased? Typically, folks on insulin can easily gain weight (insulin allows e...
You’ve developed a strange little numbness and tingling in the fingers of your left hand. It doesn’t really hurt, but it’s just.... odd. Maybe the tingling goes away on its own and you don’t think about it again. Or maybe it sticks around and even starts to slowly grow so that now your forearm is numb, too. Do you call the doctor? For some tingling fingers.... There are many possible causes of numb fingers. Let’s assume that you didn’t just break your fingers; because if you had, you’d be in the emergency room seeking medical attention. The numbness could be caused by (but less frequently) frostbite, leprosy, or rare genetic disorders, such as Haim-Munk syndrome or hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies . Do you have diabetes? Pernicious anemia? Hypothyroidism? Peripheral vascular disease? Lupus? Raynaud’s syndrome? Guillaine-Barre syndrome? Cervi...
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