Excited to celebrate my birthday 6-yrs after diabetes diagnosis

Posted by chocolate5lover @chocolate5lover, Sep 29, 2018

Can I get a Happy Birthday from anyone? Today I am 51. A Type 2 diabetic for almost 6 years now, it has been a very long road!

Happy Birthday (mine was yesterday) and I have been a Type2 diabetic for 30 years. I am 77. I take Metformin,watch my diet and exercise and drink lots of water. You have to adjust—good luck and perseverance.

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Hello @chocolate5lover and @susu2🎈

Happy birthday to you both and congratulations on the good job you have done controlling your blood sugar levels.

If you care to share, can you tell me how you are feeling? Also, what has been the biggest challenge for you in developing a diabetes-friendly lifestyle?

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Hello @mariemohar. I see that this is your first post on Mayo Connect, welcome!

I'm glad that you joined in our birthday celebration today. 🎈 If you care to share more about yourself, do you also have Diabetes?

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@chocolate5lover Happy Birthday! Mine was last week on the 25th – I wish it was only my 51st. Sounds like you are doing great with your diabetes too, congratulations on that also.
JK

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@contentandwell

And happy birthday to you, too! 🎈

Balloons to all!

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@susu2

Happy Birthday (mine was yesterday) and I have been a Type2 diabetic for 30 years. I am 77. I take Metformin,watch my diet and exercise and drink lots of water. You have to adjust—good luck and perseverance.

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Wow! Thirty years is a very long time to have diabetes, congratulations on all those years of success! I too follow the same pattern that you do–I take Metformin, watch my diet, and exercise 5 or 6 days a week, and drink water all day long. You are my new hero. I still have trouble with some very big drops in sugar–especially during any kind of exercise. I will keep you in mind when I get discouraged. Happy Belated Birthday–may God bless you with many, many more.

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@hopeful33250

Hello @chocolate5lover and @susu2🎈

Happy birthday to you both and congratulations on the good job you have done controlling your blood sugar levels.

If you care to share, can you tell me how you are feeling? Also, what has been the biggest challenge for you in developing a diabetes-friendly lifestyle?

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Thanks for the birthday wishes. On most days, I feel pretty good. I live in the "South" where fat and grease are on most people's plates here. Louisiana is known for its delicious food. My biggest challenge is the state I live in–where celebrating any occasion usually means large amounts of delicious food (prepared by some of the best cooks in the world). I suffer from huge drops in blood sugar–100 to 150 points, at times. It usually just happens when I am trying to do any physical type work–and I have found that the extreme heat and humidity here causes my sugar to rise drastically and then fall. So, i would say my location has been the biggest challenge for me over the last 6 years.

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@chocolate5lover, have a Happy, Happy, Birthday! I am grateful for every one the Good Lord gives me. I am 74 and have had diabetes for 2 1/2 years. I can appreciate your problem as I live in the South too and food is always a part of any celebration whether a birth or a death and everything in between. I also find that even relatives and close friends are not as tolerant if people don't eat and praise all the illegal foods. But, I have changed my eating completely to everything roasted or baked and lots of chicken and green veggies. I am lucky so far that I don't have to take any meds for my diabetes. I am just over the line and check blood twice a day and watch what I eat. At my age, I do not have an exercise routine, but cooking and housework are enough. I need to lose weight, but so far I have stayed basically the same. I have just had to accept my situation and deal with it. I do occasionally cheat but just a bite or two. One thing about living in the South we have wonderful fresh veggies and fruits—so lots of choices. Good luck and have a wonderful year!

@retiredteacher

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@chocolate5lover

Thanks for the birthday wishes. On most days, I feel pretty good. I live in the "South" where fat and grease are on most people's plates here. Louisiana is known for its delicious food. My biggest challenge is the state I live in–where celebrating any occasion usually means large amounts of delicious food (prepared by some of the best cooks in the world). I suffer from huge drops in blood sugar–100 to 150 points, at times. It usually just happens when I am trying to do any physical type work–and I have found that the extreme heat and humidity here causes my sugar to rise drastically and then fall. So, i would say my location has been the biggest challenge for me over the last 6 years.

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@chocolate5lover Oh no! Here I am about to head south for a quick vacation and I hear that! I will have to try hard to be good. Of course there is a lot of very fatty food everywhere these days. Up here in the northeast fried seafood is popular, but alas, I no longer eat it.

I love your name, I too am a chocolate lover. I generally have a piece of dark chocolate in the morning. My excuse is that it's good for my heart and since I can't drink red wine the chocolate will have to do.
JK

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@retiredteacher

@chocolate5lover, have a Happy, Happy, Birthday! I am grateful for every one the Good Lord gives me. I am 74 and have had diabetes for 2 1/2 years. I can appreciate your problem as I live in the South too and food is always a part of any celebration whether a birth or a death and everything in between. I also find that even relatives and close friends are not as tolerant if people don't eat and praise all the illegal foods. But, I have changed my eating completely to everything roasted or baked and lots of chicken and green veggies. I am lucky so far that I don't have to take any meds for my diabetes. I am just over the line and check blood twice a day and watch what I eat. At my age, I do not have an exercise routine, but cooking and housework are enough. I need to lose weight, but so far I have stayed basically the same. I have just had to accept my situation and deal with it. I do occasionally cheat but just a bite or two. One thing about living in the South we have wonderful fresh veggies and fruits—so lots of choices. Good luck and have a wonderful year!

@retiredteacher

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@retiredteacher If you have a health club, Y, or facility as part of a local hospital, you might be surprised at how many people your age and older go to exercise. I go to a health club and there are many people there in their 80s. I myself just turned 71 and go about 6 days a week — three for water exercise, and three in the gym. Oddly I don't think of it as being for my mild diabetes but I guess it must help too.
I have had diabetes now for at least 12 years, maybe 13 or 14. I believe it was the first indication of my silent cirrhosis which the hepatologist told me I probably had for about 10 years before it was diagnosed. My A1c is good so my endo only has me checking my bg once a week, two hours after a meal, and I take no medications.
I do really miss some of the starches that I limit and of course the sweets, but I eat most meat and fish, just not fried.
If you actually do want to lose weight, I suggest using myfitnesspal.com. You keep track of EVERYTHING that you eat. It helped me enormously. I lost a lot of weight.
JK

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@contentandwell

@chocolate5lover Oh no! Here I am about to head south for a quick vacation and I hear that! I will have to try hard to be good. Of course there is a lot of very fatty food everywhere these days. Up here in the northeast fried seafood is popular, but alas, I no longer eat it.

I love your name, I too am a chocolate lover. I generally have a piece of dark chocolate in the morning. My excuse is that it's good for my heart and since I can't drink red wine the chocolate will have to do.
JK

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Enjoy your vacation! A day or two of indulgence won't kill you, but try to keep it in moderation. Here in Louisiana, I pass on most of the food here about 85 to 90% of the time–but, the other 10 to 15% is Heavenly!!! I love milk chocolate, I never did like dark chocolate very much; but even that, I only have like once a month. Unfortunately, I have 29 more days till my next bite of chocolate! Of course, I break all of my rules from time to time–no one is perfect Is that a Snickers bar I see sitting on my counter? : )

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