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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lost My Sugar but Still Have My Honey

                     DSC_2431For the past couple weeks I have been doing the yearly doctor thing, and test results are showing I have onset diabetes. So that is where I get the title “Lost My Sugar”. Seems like I gotta change my eating habits substantially and walk at least 2 mile a day ‘religiously” as the doctor put it. That won’t be as hard as changing the diet because in this lifestyle, we walk a good bit already. With some of the other blood work, the doc said my GFR was 2.5 times higher than what it needs to be and if I can’t get that a good bit lower it could lead to chronic kidney disease. Seems like all that is causing the pancreas to work overtime and instead of the sugars being turned to energy for my system, it’s being turned to triglycerides and fat. So I am now a pill popper hoping to avoid, as the doc put it, full blown diabetes.

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Gee, all this because I was feeling tired and a little fuzzy thinking. Well, the second part of my title “Still have My Honey” is Gerri & I are working together to stop this and by doing so we will both be healthier. She is a big support in this and a good encourager.  So, I still have MY Honey!

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Sorry we haven’t posted for a while, but been kinda busy!

22 comments:

Carol K said...

I'm sorry to hear your news, Mike. I like your positive attitude and I really like how you titled your blog tonight! That's the way to look at it. It's very helpful when your spouse is supportive.

Sue and Doug said...

glad you are on the right path..together!!!

Rick and Paulette said...

Well, that's no fun - changing the eating habits I mean. I guess it's pretty good advice for all of us though - consume less sugar and exercise more. Come to think of it - I've been hearing that all my life!

Jessica said...

Changing one's eating habits is definitely not easy, but the positive results in how you feel will be worth it. I've been trying to make those same changes over the past months - I've even gotten used to drinking water instead of soda or juice. I think your great attitude about it will be a great first step. :)

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

San had to do the same thing a few years ago, but is doing great without sugar and all that stuff,You will live a lot longer too. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

That diabetes stuff is a real worry for most of us now at this age & stage of life. One of those things that slowly sneaks up on a person.

Karen and Al said...

It's good that you found out before it got worse and I'm sure between the two of you, you'll do what you need to do to prevent further development.

I really like your pictures today, especially that Rose breasted Grosbeake. Beautiful!

Cruzin2some said...

It will be a lot easier if you guys works as a team. Love, Love the bird pictures.

Stay Safe and watch your sugar intake

Phyllis said...

Missed that you have not blogged lately. Whenever we have to make a life change, it is easier when we have the most important person in our lives work along with us. Best to you and Gerri.

Jim and Sandie said...

Changing a lifestyle is hard work but the rewards are so worth it. And if you have a spouse that supports you, you can accomplish anything. Gorgeous pictures. Glad to hear from you again.

Judy and Emma said...

Good title today, and how true! :)

Merikay said...

I've been fighting the battle with high blood sugar for years. Every time I have a test the say "it's a little high!"

I cut way back on drinking wine over the last year. Then in August i stopped completely so that it would be safe to take some of the medication I need to give me relief from pain.

I drink gallons of Pellagrino water.

Getting older is a B....

Gin and Syl said...

To show my support, I'll give up sugar too... for a day. :) No, seriously, two days... oh what the hey, a whole week...

Syl

Levonne said...

You can get on top of that diabetes thing! May the force be with you as you move forward! Great pics by the way. Love that first picture. Come meet Bonnie and Butterfly when you have a minute. http://acamphosthousewifesmeanderings.blogspot.com/2010/09/meet-bonnie-and-butterfly.html

Dennis and Donna said...

You can do this, Mike!! Four years ago Den's BP was 200/100...Doc told him to lose 30lbs, walk every day..or go on BP meds...
He lost 35 lbs, we walk 2 miles daily and his BP is back to normal...Also moderated the eating habits somewhat..We try to stay away from white sugar and white flour...but Den still has a beer, and I still have my cocktails...Hey, you can't give up EVERYTHING!!

Susan said...

Early diagnosis is very good...plenty of time to reverse some of the numbers. Good luck with the new eating plan.
The bird pics are beautiful!
Where are ya'll in Pint Mtn. GA? We're heading down that way on our way to Florida in October.

Susan & Sam

Dennis and Donna said...

You can do this,Mike! Dennis's BP soared to 200/100 about 4 years ago. His Doc gave him the choice of losing 20% of his body weight and excersizing, or going on BP meds. He lost 35 lbs and we walk about 2 miles every day. (We still have our wine and beer though...Hey, you can't give up EVERYTHING!!

Margie M. said...

Just getting back online after a day off. Sorry to read this news, Mike. However....the good news is that you now know the situation and can get to working helping yourself. I know that Gerri is right there with you every step of the way. We, too, have to maintain certain healthy lifestyle habits even on the road as fulltimer's so I can totally understand your situation and appreciate it! I'm sure that with the positive steps you have already started taking that when you return to your doctor for a recheck things will have improved for you. It may not happen overnight, but it can happen. With God in your corner how can it not? Good luck to you my friend!

The Gypsy G-Mas said...

I love your title! I'm sure changing your diet will be no easy task, but at least you're discovering it early. And with the wonderful support system that you have, I'm sure you can accomplish anything! Good luck, take small steps and before you know it you'll be there.

Wayne and Maureen said...

Changing eating habits is not easy...the wife thought I was being selfish by not taking better care of myself...My health affects her too. I don't remember her being right this much when we first met.:>)

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

It seems like after a certain age, every time we visit the doctor, he develops another wish list of things we need to change.

Still, I guess this is better than the alternatives.

John and Carol said...

We hope you are adjusting to life without sugar. Give your honey a big hug.

I saw a television interview with Michael J. Fox several years ago. They asked him how he had adjusted so well to Parkinson's and he said "you learn to accept what is...is" I thought it was really good advice. Take good care of yourself.