Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
Need another reason to keep your blood glucose levels down?
But Guess What??
Why You Ask?
which raises blood sugar
|Time in Target Range|
Did You Know JOY is Learned??I did not.
There are 8 things you can do to learn JOY according to
an article in Health Psychology.
I couldn't find the article online!
NPR published this:
Here's a quick summary of the eight techniques used in Moskowitz' study:
"Watch" OutLike my little pun?
We all keep track of time, sometimes.
But this isn't about our ability to
lose track of time,
especially when surfing the Internet.
This is about
we don't have the time to
Input food to a program
All because we don't have an hour or three.
This is the ALL OR NOTHING TRAP
"I can't work out! I have to change, drive to the gym
AND that's before working out!
After working out, I have to shower, change, drive home....."
Well guess what.
Take a 5 minute walk.
Get outside and sweep the front walk.
Hula Hoop with the kids.
5 minutes is better than ZERO.
"I don't have time to write! I have to find my notebook.
I don't have fancy stationary to write that letter.
Where is that pen? It's too noisy."
Find that notebook and put it by your bed.
Tonight, write the best thing about the day.
Jot a note to a friend - they won't care you wrote it on notebook paper.
They will be happy to hear from you!
1 minute - 1 card is better than ZERO.
"Logging food takes so much time! And I can't even remember what I ate today"
Use your phone!
Try Chronometer or easy to use program.
Even if you only log on the weekends
When you eat something unusual.
1 meal or 1 day is better than ZERO.
"Meal plan? Are you kidding? I am lucky I eat.
And grocery shopping is a disaster!"
Do you eat the same breakfast like me?
I rotate between 3 different breakfasts
While I eat breakfast, since it is automated,
I think about lunch and dinner.
Planning one or two meals is better than ZERO.
What do you not do because you don't have time to complete what you consider to be the
Beware of the ALL or NOTHINGBelieve it or not -
SOMETHING is always better than NOTHING
And occasionally that something is better.
I missed my morning work out
so later that evening we went on a walk.
The walk allowed for a talk.
The talk allowed for a serious discussion while enjoying a beautiful view
(which I think actually helped us be creative in finding a solution!)
Don't allow the ALL OR NOTHING attitude
stop you from doing at least a few minutes.Remind yourself that any number is better than Zero
use whatever makes it easy and convenient
Do you have an All or Nothing attitude that trips you up on occasion?
Let us know!
Have a great numbers day,
Harvard says don't try different techniques at home.
If like me you have never had an issue taking pills - yay!!
If you have a problem, do as they suggest, get with your Dr.
ANDIf you never had a problem but do now,
let your Dr. know
as diabetics we are prone to
just being diabetic can also be to blame.
If you have problems swallowing, pills or food, ask the Dr. to help you!
I hope you have a great numbers day!
2014 a summary of research was presented to the ADA
Hello 2019!!! Where is the new research??
|Ways to say NO|
|Januvia Bottle With My Notes|
Januvia Costs About $500 a MonthInsurance won't cover.
Insurance won't pay a penny.
Not even after I pay a $7500 deductible.
I won't even go into how much a pay for this crappy health care policy
Since that isn't today's point.
Here I am emailing my doctor with options.
Metformin works somewhat but the high highs and low lows are a killer.
So I get his opinions on different meds
Oh and I Google.
A lot of Google searches.
Insurance will cover the old stuff
SulphonylureasThese drugs stimulate the insulin produced by the pancreas.
These can cause low blood sugars
I have read that stimulating the pancreas to produce more insulin
can be a bad thing if you're a Type 1.5
since it burns out the pancreas faster.
Which means more insulin later.
Right now though my concern is the lows.
I get low, really low, at night.
50s and 60s low.
My Dr. says no.
Thiazolidinedione or GlitazonesThis drug reduces the resistance to insulin.
Well, that isn't helpful!
Seems the antibodies test I had shows that I am NOT insulin resistant.
Ok, so let's not take a drug just for fun.
If I don't need it, I don't want it.
Thank you, NO THANK YOU!!!
Gliptins or DPP-4 InhibitorsJanuvia is in this class.
And it helped with the high spikes and low drops.
I called insurance and asked for help with the website for pharmacy benefits.
NOTHING is covered until I meet the deductible??
NOOOOO she says. Let me check she says.
We review what her computer says my benefits are.
Januvia is not covered, not at all.
It is in the same family as Januvia
My doctor actually suggested it
AND - SAY WHAT??!!
Insurance will cover it with a co-pay of $15!!!
The prescription is sent over.
The pharmacy wants to fill it.
The insurance says nope,
Not going to approve,
Not until the doctor fills out said forms,
Not until they think I need it.
WaitingSo now I wait.
I wait for insurance to say yes or no.
I wait for insurance to decide what they think is best for me.
I pay for insurance to help me stay well
And for what I pay
I should get the gold standard treatment.
We will see.
Have a great numbers day!
|Removal Mark From Libre Sensor|
Forcing a Sensor Off and The Mark Left Behind
My sensors stick.
I might have a bit of lifting but usually when it runs out anyway.
How can I get the sensor off without
or resorting to physical abuse?
There are adhesive removers
I didn't really want to spend money if there was something I could use
that was in my pantry or makeup box.
Baby oil to cooking oil.
Baby oil it is.
What a difference a dab of oil and 15 minutes made.
My new go to when removing sensor.
in like 14 days lol!
What do you use when it is time to change a sensor/pump/anything stuck to your skin?
Have a great numbers day!
Can Changing the Order of Your Food Help Your BG Number?
It seems, according to this small study, that changing HOW you eat your meal can change your BG number.
The test included the same meal for 3 different days
The eating order:
1. Carbohydrate, 10 minutes later protein and vegetable.
2. Protein and vegetable, followed 10 minutes later with the carbohydrate.
3. All three together.
#2. Glucose was 53% lower
Oh Crap!Had a crazy week of traveling with no schedule.
It was crazy, yes, a totally crazy week.
Have you had those weeks?
No place or time to exercise.
Fast food, dining out, eating on the run.
In a motel.
SO much to do with not enough time.
I had a house I needed to get ready to sell.
Inside needed a make over.
Outside needed TLC.
I planned a week.
I needed a month.
So every morning I woke up at a motel.
One that served a breakfast of make your own waffles with toppings.
Bagels, English muffins, toast, pastries.
Fruit juice, apples, bananas.
I passed all of that up and headed to the egg omelets.
Sprinkled grated cheddar cheese on top.
Grabbed a small serving of a raisin bran type cereal tossing the raisins in the trash.
As I ran out the door I grabbed a small green apple and 2 tubs of peanut butter.
We hit the ground running.
Moving furniture, washer, dryer and refrigerator.
Scrubbing, cleaning, scraping, washing, mopping, wiping.
Clipping, sweeping, scooping, chopping.
Hauling and dumping.
Average 7300 StepsI workout every morning on a Precor and aim for at least 6000 steps a day.
I try to do weight lifting or resistance 3x a week.
Not this week!!
In spite of no Precor or attempted exercise routines
I managed to average 7300 steps for the week.
An my muscles screamed every night for a bit of R&R.
My head hit the pillow and I was asleep.
I slept! Hard.
Adjustments Based on KnowledgeThe first day I went low.
I ate a fairly low carb breakfast
I worked, hard
And felt a low coming.
Thankfully I had grabbed the apple and peanut butter.
I planned a higher than usual carb lunch to prepare for a hard afternoon and it paid off.
I also got a small lunch to go and used that as a snack when I needed it.
Dinner was lighter carb and just plain lighter because we ended up eating late.
The next morning I made an egg sandwich with a small muffin.
I grabbed 2 apples and peanut butter.
I was trying to be prepared for a day that was a free for all!
Better Numbers Than I Hoped ForI have been eating, testing, working out, testing, eating, testing, drinking, testing
Ever since I was diagnosed and long before any meds were prescribed.
I have a pretty good idea of foods not to eat (spikes with following lows)
What to eat when I am going to be active.
It was a challenge and I wasn't perfect (who is??!!)
I did much better than I thought.
I didn't log food into my program.
I didn't complete my regularly scheduled workouts.
I didn't go to bed on time and got up earlier.
I managed to keep my BG numbers in a fairly tight range by doing what I know works.
It usually worked!
Yes, there was a time or two where I thought what I was doing was more of a workout
Went a bit high, but not so high where I panicked.
How do you. plan for a day where anything could happen?
Do you have a go to food list in your mind that you know you are safe with?
Do you have those "carby" snacks that get your number back up?
What are your tricks when life throws you a curveball?
Have a great numbers day!
|OUCH! Libre Bite|
Have a great numbers day!
|14 Day Libre Sensor and Reader|
I Got the 14 Day Sensors!I finally have the 14 day sensors and reader.
I am on the final hours on my final 10 day sensor.
While traveling and then moving my Dr appointment fell to the side.
My insurance ended in my old state and started in my new state.
New - well you know - EVERYTHING.
I brought in all my ammo
blood tests -
graphs of food and glucose numbers from Cronometer -
old sensor and meter.
I was pleasantly surprised.
More on that later
he wrote the prescription,
wrong the first time,
after explaining the system with a little help from Google,
I got the prescriptions!!
Off to Walmart with my GoodRx card.
$66.13Yes - that was what I paid for 2 sensors.
Libre, or rather Abbott, sent me a coupon for a free reader.
In it goes tonight.
Start up in the morning when my old one quits.
More on that later as well!!
Have a great numbers day
Here is Today's graph
I have started spiking after breakfast.
The same breakfast I have eaten without spiking for almost a year.
What is different?
There isn't an easy way for me right now to figure out what is different.
Sam+sung gear tracks my workouts and steps.
It also tracks sleep, food and blood glucose.
That would work but the food information is very basic
Well they have to be downloaded to my phone
emailed to me so I can open on my laptop
open each report in Excel to move data around so it makes sense
combine the sheets into one report and sort by time
so the information has a "flow" that makes sense.
]MAJOR TIME WASTER
and the worst part?
The information doesn't have everything I need.
SO now what?
CRONOMETERI am trying a program I tried before.
My Gear Fit will not sync to it but I can put in workouts manually
here are the parts I love -
MICROS and macros
Lots of Biometrics (glucose, weight, + 19 more options)
reports that are easily modified
making the final report very useful.
I can't wait for the first week to see if I stay in LOVE
I did sign up for Gold
Here I go!!
Have a great numbers day!
|Diet Dr Pepper is back|