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Sep 23, 2022 - 11:16:53 PM
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I have been feeding my face with junk foods most my life.  Occasionally I eat right, but I have a vitamin deficiency, I'm overweight, diabetic and the list goes on.  Most of the really yukky stuff is a result of taking anti-psychotic meds for 25 years, though, which at this point I can't stop doing that.

I have some extra money coming in each month now, and I'm going to do a lifestyle change.  Besides trying to eat better, I've come up with a plan to reduce my A1C and weight naturally.  I'll still use medicine and insulin where needed.  But my goal is to reverse this type 2 diabetes as much as possible, and to "treat" myself to some good supplements that I know I'm deficient in.

1.  Golo Release is a proprietary blend of blood sugar controlling supplements.  It helps you lose weight, reduce your A1C, and revive beta cells in the pancreas, allowing it to produce more insulin and decrease insulin resistance in the blood cells.

2.  Bitter Melon Extract, used sparingly, can also revive beta cells in the pancreas, allowing it to produce more insulin and decrease insulin resistance in the blood cells.

3.  Turmeric, used sparingly, is also a good blood sugar support supplement.

4.  Vitamin B Complex with C helps give the body B6 and B12 which is good for diabetics.

5.  Cinnamon is a popular blood sugar supplement also.

6.  Viva Triple strength Omega-3 fish oil, is one thing I'm treating myself with that doesn't have a lot to do with diabetes, as far as I know.

 

We're going to get this metabolism going.  Right now my weight is about 325lb and going up doing the traditional exercise/insulin/diabetic meds/low carb diet thing.  I'm more than willing to fork out the money for a few months and see if this works. It would improve my quality of life so much.

 

Most of this is research I've done on my own. They always say to bring up to your doctor what supplements you're going to add.  So I have, and he was all for it.

 

I'll keep ya'll posted in the future.  Wish me luck!

 

-doug

Edited by - wanttopick on 09/23/2022 23:19:42

Sep 24, 2022 - 1:30:23 AM
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191 posts since 8/9/2022

Diet has a huge influence on our health. Not just the ingredients we ingest, but also at a microbial level. Healthy gut bacteria are precursors to our bodies synthesis of neuro chemicals such as serotonin.

Junk food contains only what is profitable to the vast junk food industry not what we need to sustain nutritional and psychological health. Combined with (and reliant on) lack of education it is a form of cumulative commercial abuse that undermines that subtle but vital dietary-mood relationship.

Good luck with your dietary changes.

Sep 24, 2022 - 4:13:16 AM

slammer

USA

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Sounds like a great plan Doug and you sound determined!!! Taking the first steps is the most important part of the battle. Keep us posted on your progress and know you’ve got a lot of support here!!!
Slammer!!!

Sep 24, 2022 - 4:56:22 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

27995 posts since 8/3/2003

Be sure to have a good, healthy diet while you're doing all those other things. Eating junk food while trying to diet and get your diabetes under control is a losing bet.

Eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits. Lean meats (NOT fried!), stay away from the desserts (too much sugar). Limit drinking any kind of carbonated sodas (again, too much sugar).

Exercise!!! Start off slow, don't try to do too much too soon. Take walks and limit the time you walk at first and then, as you get used to it, increase the time.

What you'll have to do is make a life change.

Go for it. I know you can do this and make your life better.

Sep 24, 2022 - 6:29:21 AM

191 posts since 8/9/2022

Increasing physical activity in combination with an improved balanced diet is the ideal.

But if you’ve been inactive and are currently 325lb it’s sensible to get checked and take medical advice and maybe follow a gentle and tailored exercise plan.

As your weight decreases the stress on your circulatory, energy and muscular-skeletal systems decreases.

Sep 24, 2022 - 6:34:03 AM

BobbyE

USA

3162 posts since 11/29/2007

I too wish you well in your 'getting healthy,' endeavors and can't stress, as some of the others have, to get into an exercise routine, even if limited at first. I have an adage that says, "you don't exercise because you don't feel like it and you don't feel like it because you don't exercise." Even if you have to begin by sitting in a chair just start and 'move something.'

Bobby

Sep 24, 2022 - 6:56:01 AM
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rinemb

USA

14977 posts since 5/24/2005

Good for you! Wish you the best of progress. Enjoy it, be proud of it. And, keep us posted on the golo stuff. Brad

Sep 24, 2022 - 7:31:31 AM

Owen

Canada

11916 posts since 6/5/2011

... just an irrelevant (?) tale from my past.   Apparently I'm borderline diabetic.  At a consultation with a specialist in internal medicine, my wife started to ask about diet for diabetics. The doc sorta cut her off and with a couple of finger/fist thrusts toward my chest for emphasis said: "Forget that diet bull****! ...  Your job is to get fit." 

 [Fwiw, for me, I think his advice was spot on. yes  YMMV.]

Edited by - Owen on 09/24/2022 07:40:42

Sep 24, 2022 - 10:34:18 AM

chuckv97

Canada

67078 posts since 10/5/2013

Good for you, Doug. Diet changes are good, , I’ve gone on a low carb diet since late June and lost 25 lbs. I quit the sweets and junk snacks that I used to inhale every evening. I also intermittent fast (eat only in a 8 hour window,, fast for 16) four days a week. Best of luck with that new plan, Doug!

Sep 24, 2022 - 12:41:12 PM

AGACNP

USA

367 posts since 10/12/2011

quote:
Originally posted by wanttopick

I have been feeding my face with junk foods most my life.  Occasionally I eat right, but I have a vitamin deficiency, I'm overweight, diabetic and the list goes on.  Most of the really yukky stuff is a result of taking anti-psychotic meds for 25 years, though, which at this point I can't stop doing that.

I have some extra money coming in each month now, and I'm going to do a lifestyle change.  Besides trying to eat better, I've come up with a plan to reduce my A1C and weight naturally.  I'll still use medicine and insulin where needed.  But my goal is to reverse this type 2 diabetes as much as possible, and to "treat" myself to some good supplements that I know I'm deficient in.

1.  Golo Release is a proprietary blend of blood sugar controlling supplements.  It helps you lose weight, reduce your A1C, and revive beta cells in the pancreas, allowing it to produce more insulin and decrease insulin resistance in the blood cells.

2.  Bitter Melon Extract, used sparingly, can also revive beta cells in the pancreas, allowing it to produce more insulin and decrease insulin resistance in the blood cells.

3.  Turmeric, used sparingly, is also a good blood sugar support supplement.

4.  Vitamin B Complex with C helps give the body B6 and B12 which is good for diabetics.

5.  Cinnamon is a popular blood sugar supplement also.

6.  Viva Triple strength Omega-3 fish oil, is one thing I'm treating myself with that doesn't have a lot to do with diabetes, as far as I know.

 

We're going to get this metabolism going.  Right now my weight is about 325lb and going up doing the traditional exercise/insulin/diabetic meds/low carb diet thing.  I'm more than willing to fork out the money for a few months and see if this works. It would improve my quality of life so much.

 

Most of this is research I've done on my own. They always say to bring up to your doctor what supplements you're going to add.  So I have, and he was all for it.

 

I'll keep ya'll posted in the future.  Wish me luck!

 

-doug


Doug,

I definitely wish you well. Metabolic Syndrome is a collection of issues like obesity/high BP/diabetes, combined with a specific waistline measurement. Many high quality medical sites have good information and advice on how to manage it, such as the Cleveland Clinic:

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/10783-metabolic-syndrome

Weight loss is not easy and requires discipline, with a lifestyle change...I agree with the advice above that simply "going on a diet"  is bull%%*t.

A lifestyle change itself also requires discipline. Please know that regular exercise can help lower blood glucose irrespective of weight loss...perhaps it would be best not to be fixated on the scale readout initially.

Also know: with these changes, you will be doing many of your body systems some good, as well as your mental health.

All the best...

Edited by - AGACNP on 09/24/2022 12:44:33

Sep 24, 2022 - 2:39:37 PM
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donc

Canada

7077 posts since 2/9/2010

I was once a sugar and junk food junkie. My lucky break was when my wife was at home with 2 youngsters and for her to go back to work would have been too hard on everyone. One thing we realized was that keeping a second vehicle would unbalance the books for good. As a result I had to resolve to using the bus where the bus stop is a 15 minute walk from here. The other alternative was walking to work... 55 minutes each way. I was about 40 by then. I decided to take my 9 speed bike out of the basement and give it a try. I could get it to work in about 11 minutes because it's all downhill. The bad news was at 4:30 where I was faced with a low gear slog up a 5 kilometer hill which took 40 minutes . The first few trips felt like I was flirting with death but I soon got use to it. Today at age 75 I can now make 40 km round trips and enjoy the whole 4 hours. I do stop after the first hour for a coffee and bakery reward.  The  reluctance to drink pop or eat candy probably does the most good of all. 

Edited by - donc on 09/24/2022 14:47:52

Oct 6, 2022 - 5:49:43 PM
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7331 posts since 2/14/2006

An update on my blood sugar levels...

My A1C started at 8.4% and has fallen a tenth of a point every day since I've started. It's at 7.7% now. Average glucose is in target range most of the time. I'm really happy with the results. It should just get better as time goes by. Much of the average A1C number has 2-1/2 months of high numbers before I started.

Oct 6, 2022 - 5:54:07 PM
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AGACNP

USA

367 posts since 10/12/2011

quote:
Originally posted by wanttopick

An update on my blood sugar levels...

My A1C started at 8.4% and has fallen a tenth of a point every day since I've started. It's at 7.7% now. Average glucose is in target range most of the time. I'm really happy with the results. It should just get better as time goes by. Much of the average A1C number has 2-1/2 months of high numbers before I started.


Amazing progress Doug! Keep at it!!

Oct 10, 2022 - 9:44:19 PM
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A1C is 7.1% down from 8.4% in two weeks of using supplements and insulin.

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