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Sat, Apr 20 4:51pm · Lighten Your Limbs With Friends in Diabetes/Endocrine System

You might think of this as a great opportunity to try new things and live less rigidly. You chastised me because dance is my exercise of choice and because I like activities that involve my mind and have a component of surprise, liking surfing and skiing. Walking is of no interest to me, and I would die of boredom on a treadmill. I now better understand that you like everything planned out and predictable. When you are unable to follow your routine, it throws you for a loop. However, like you did with your walking, you can establish new routines. As others have said, there are a multitude of ways you can still get your exercise. There are "Sit and Be Fit" and so many similar videos on YouTube. Once you learn the routines, they can be almost as predictable as walking. You can even march in place from a seated position, using soft pillows so your tender feet don't feel like you are walking on shards of glass. In all your years of teaching, I am sure you had students where you had to try multiple approaches until they finally "got it." Now it's time to turn those same talents to your current situation. You have been dealing with a great deal of stress because of your husband's health issues, and this is probably behind many of the issues you are now dealing with. You are so fortunate to have a good medical team. I would definitely take advantage of that.

Tue, Jan 8 9:25am · Have you experienced Any Side Effects from Metformin 500 mg 2XDay? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Metformin is nasty. Even just on a single 500 mg dose in the evening, In addition to fatigue and constant headaches, I had horrible stomach upsets all day, every day for over two months before I gave up. Metformin is often the first treatment given because it is very cheap and practitioners just prescribe it out of habit. If you are still having difficulty tolerating it, work with your medical team to find a better alternative for you.

Dec 14, 2018 · Lighten Your Limbs With Friends in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Whoa, Retired Teacher! If you bothered to actually read my post, I was responding to TK (@contentandwell) whose parents died at a relatively young age and was wondering if they would have lived longer had they been active. I am not a couch potato by any means and, in addition to dance, I also ski, surf, scuba dive, play a little water polo, and I'm working towards my black belt in tae kwon do. I totally support and celebrate whatever activity that keeps people moving. As I've said before, most people won't stick with an activity unless it is something they enjoy. Keep moving and enjoy! (And, yes, I am continuing to eat a not so kidney-friendly diet because that is what is right for me.)

Dec 14, 2018 · Lighten Your Limbs With Friends in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I'm so glad you have an exercise routine that you like. I agree that water classes are a lot of fun. When I was working on regaining my balance after a bout with sepsis they were a life saver for me until I could back to dancing on dry land. Don't be too hard on your parents. My dad was an avid runner all of his life, but died from an aggressive form of skin cancer that was probably in part due to his running in sunny southern California. My mom hates to exercise and would rather drive the two short blocks to the store than walk, but she is going strong at 85. Sometimes it's just the luck of the genes.

Dec 5, 2018 · Diabetics and Kidney Disease in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Thank you so much for the support. As you do with children, I think of it as setting limits as to what I will or will not do, including diet, meds, and treatments.

My sincerest apologies if my earlier reply came off as disrespectful. I used to like meat and dairy until I had a raging kidney infection. I have heard from my vegan friends that some of the "new" meat and cheese substitutes taste even better than the products they replace. But my first love has always been for complex carbs. I have been baking whole-grain breads, eating bran muffins, and having Grape Nuts for breakfast since high school. It was impossible to find the breads, etc., in stores back in the Dark Ages when I went to high school, and I absolutely could not make it through morning swim practices without them.

Dec 3, 2018 · Diabetics and Kidney Disease in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I have done all the things you have suggested. I have decided what is important to me. I am not willing to give up everything I like and enjoy, including food, and this is the life I want to live. IF it is shorter, so be it. There is always a trade-off. I see no purpose in being miserable (and hungry) for the next twenty or thirty years. I would rather live well (by my own standards) and be happy for a shorter time. There are no further changes I want to make. I am not going to commit myself to a life of horrid vegetables, fake cheese and faux meats; I doubt I could even keep them down. I am not giving up, but I am making the life choices that make the most sense to me. You have made different choices, and I respect that. Please honor my choices as well. I recently took on a new position at the same university. I love my new job and see no reason to change. Unfortunately, we don't have any other affordable choices for healthcare. The most typical comment about the HMO is that it is great – as long as you don't need them to provide actual health care.

Dec 3, 2018 · Diabetics and Kidney Disease in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I really appreciate your caring. Most of the frustration comes from dealing with my HMO. Even if I were able to get a referral to a renal dietician (which so far I have not been able to accomplish), I doubt it would be worth it. The HMO is big on vegetables and make it their official party line. When I tell anyone there that I don't eat them, it's instant game over. I did have a quick 10 minute consult with an out-of-network renal dietician. She basically told me to stop eating everything I'm currently eating and recommended a super-restrictive diet that included only a few foods I wouldn't eat if I were starving. Granted, in that limited time, we couldn't address food likes and dislikes, but I have no reason to believe it would be any different if I had a longer appointment with someone from my HMO. They do not take food preferences into account at all. It's always the same fill half your plate with vegetables advice. When I ask them about alternatives to vegetables, they consider it an act of heresy. As I said before, I'd rather die happy.

Dec 3, 2018 · Diabetics and Kidney Disease in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I love whole grains breads and cereals (oatmeal, Grape Nuts, All Bran). On the other hand, I like regular pasta and tortillas. (The whole grain ones have all the goodness of a pizza box.). I eat some dairy (yogurt, cheese) and some beans. I despise the things (onions, garlic, bell peppers, strong spices, etc.) that most people use to disguise the things they don't like. I'll eat soups that have little bits of meat in them (I'm not vegetarian), but I wouldn't eat a chicken breast, a pork chop, or a piece of roast beef. I work at one of the most diverse universities in the country, so I am always trying new dishes. I like a few, dislike most, and I wouldn't know how to cook any of them anyway and have no interest in learning or taking the time to cook.