Diabetics, check blood before, during, and after exercise

Posted by Retired Teacher @retiredteacher, Dec 31, 2019

As I sit and wait to ring in the New Year, all sorts of emotions flood my mind. Yesterday, I saw my endocrinologist and was so glad that my A1C was still in range at 6.7. That's up from where it was, but from 6.0 to 7.0 is in range for me. I was really happy because I have cheated when favorite treats were offered, and I haven't had them since last year. We discussed my feet which are so painful that some days I cannot walk except in the house. He now doesn't think it's neuropathy, so he wants me to see a podiatrist. I have decided I am going to do that and see what the foot Dr. says; it doesn't mean I have to go along with anything, but I can get another opinion. My PCP says neuropathy; my endo is not convinced, so a third Dr. might have an answer. I am not able to exercise on my treadmill or walk any distance because of the pain, so any relief would be a blessing.
I am ready for the holidays to be over, and I am ready to get 2020 started. I hope we all are. A New Year brings new days; new questions, and new answers. I love the clean slate to start over and try to leave last year behind. It was a rough year for my husband and me. We always remind ourselves that we are so much better off than many people our ages. This year our area was bombarded with all the homeless and hungry. It just breaks my heart, so we do what we can to support shelters and children without gifts and clothes and nursing home residents' needs—whatever we can do. Every little bit helps someone—young or old.
I am thinking through my diabetes goals for this year and researching and reading in order to get my priorities straight. I need to be more positive and help myself better deal with the restrictions.
The following is a link to an article in my Mayo newsletter about checking numbers with exercise and why we should. I never thought about it, and when I could exercise I didn't check, now I know if I can get back to an exercise routine (depending on my feet), I will be more informed.
If you are a diabetic and exercise, maybe this article will be helpful.
Happy New Year to all and best wishes for improved health.
Carol
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes-and-exercise/art-20045697?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=controlling-diabetes

@retiredteacher Happy New Year to you too. That will be interesting to hear what a different doctor says about your foot pain. I hope you can find a good podiatrist. I had to see a podiatrist due to fungus. The first one I went to, for an opinion, seemed like he was just ready to prescribe the max to make money.
The second one was not much better. I paid about $800 for the laser treatment because I wanted it gone fast. It did not work and they would not re-do without paying the same amount so I went to a different podiatrist. Finally, one who was good. He no longer does laser because he found it did not do a good enough job frequently. I could not take the oral because it conflicted with my kidneys, so I was stuck with topical. It took many months to be fungus free.

With neuropathy is the pain all over the bottom of your feet? I have been having a lot of pain on my L foot, close to the outer part of it. There is nothing visible there. I hope it is just some type of irritation to my muscles there due to walking a lot in Boston on New Year's Eve day, in shoes that are not walking shoes.
JK

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@retiredteacher Happy New Year to you too. That will be interesting to hear what a different doctor says about your foot pain. I hope you can find a good podiatrist. I had to see a podiatrist due to fungus. The first one I went to, for an opinion, seemed like he was just ready to prescribe the max to make money.
The second one was not much better. I paid about $800 for the laser treatment because I wanted it gone fast. It did not work and they would not re-do without paying the same amount so I went to a different podiatrist. Finally, one who was good. He no longer does laser because he found it did not do a good enough job frequently. I could not take the oral because it conflicted with my kidneys, so I was stuck with topical. It took many months to be fungus free.

With neuropathy is the pain all over the bottom of your feet? I have been having a lot of pain on my L foot, close to the outer part of it. There is nothing visible there. I hope it is just some type of irritation to my muscles there due to walking a lot in Boston on New Year's Eve day, in shoes that are not walking shoes.
JK

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@contentandwell I never thought about a podiatrist until my endocrinologist said I should see one. The one he recommended is probably a good friend and in his age group so I am hoping he will be of the same mind. I have not made the appointment yet, but I have researched the podiatrist, and his education is from the right schools and not some unknown fly-by-night to buy a diploma. I will give him a chance and if he has an answer that does not involve invasive techniques or medicine, I will see what he says I can do. It may be as simple as changing the type of shoes I wear. My endo wants me to go and see; it can't hurt, so I'm mulling it over. When I go, if I do, I'll let you know. I don't want a horror story like yours and the laser. My feet hurt just on the soles which make standing and walking very painful most of the time. Sometimes, the pain is low; sometimes over the top. It varies and I don't know why. So I need some answers. I have work to do with my feet and my diabetes. My diabetes numbers are way too high, and I'm not sure why that's happening except that I ate some treats during the holidays and because of the feet, I cannot exercise. So it's a vicious circle right now. Hopefully, I can get myself together soon.
Carol

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Hi Carol,
Thanks for posting that Mayo article about exercise and diabetes. That was very informative and helpful.

When will you be seeing the podiatrist? I hope the appointment is helpful to you. There are some good shoes that can be purchased if you have diabetic foot pain, perhaps that will be the answer for you. I hope the answer is a simple one!

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@hopeful33250 I have not called for an appointment yet. I am waiting for all the holiday closings and irregular hours and days off to get back to a regular routine. Maybe next week or the next. I'll call. I'll post if the podiatrist has any answers.
Carol

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@hopeful33250 I have not called for an appointment yet. I am waiting for all the holiday closings and irregular hours and days off to get back to a regular routine. Maybe next week or the next. I'll call. I'll post if the podiatrist has any answers.
Carol

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@retiredteacher Looking forward to hearing some good news, Carol!

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Thank you for the link!

Have a great day!

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