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Old 08-21-2012, 03:48 AM
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Well I won't be putting any seat time for a while just got out of the hospital for an abcess that devoloped in the matter of 5 days ! Spent all day in the er and won't be back to work for a week . And I found out I have diabetes
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:12 AM
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Sorry to hear about your situation Garth. I too have Diabetes that I manage through diet and exercise so far. Definitely something you have to learn how to live with, but it can be done. The bike will be there when you get back to it though. And its not like you have a short riding season out there on the left coast.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:14 AM
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Thx man . I'm going to see my rev doctor in a couple of days to check on my wound . It also kind of explains why I have not had the energy to any thing . Any tips on diet?
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For me I just stay away from all sugar in general, and definitely stay away from soda (pop, soft drinks...whatever term they use in your area of the world for coke pepsi and the like).

I do not limit myself from ALL sugar, but I do not eat candy or ice cream or chocolate in general. I do eat fruit alot. You do also want to eat on a somewhat regular basis, this is the tough one for me as my work scheudle is a moving target at best. Typicaly on the road somewhere every day and never get lunch at the same time.

This is by no means a medically endorsed diet of any type, just what I do that tends to work for me. But then I am kind of borderline on the diabetic scale of things. Typically I never get readings over 200, and more often right around 100.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:00 AM
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Garth that is a bummer - you are on the right track beginning to plan around diet - diet and EXERCISE will combat diabetes best - regular exercise does so much to help regulate your blood sugars and can even possibly prevent you from requiring medication.

Talk to your doctor and just pay attention - avoiding sugar is great, but also watch for foods that turn to sugar easily - breads, potatoes.


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Old 08-21-2012, 10:28 AM
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It's all about carbs. It also makes a difference as to the source of the sugars. As an example, there is a big difference between eating a baked potato and eating mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes are basically pre-digested, and the body instantly absorbs the sugars from them, but has to work at getting the sugars out of a baked potato. Remember too, alcohol is instant sugar. If you drink, it's time to switch to a low-carb version.

Been type 1 since I was 5, and I have been on an insulin pump for the last 20 years. Keep an eye on it, and you might be able to avoid going that route, as type 2 can be pushed over the edge and require insulin. Do your research and learn from the endocrinologist and a dietician.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:33 AM
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Thx for the feedback guys . The abcess is a real pain in the ass pun intended
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The abcess is a real pain in the ass pun intended
Hey Garth, now you know how the wife feels! Just trying to make you feel a little better.
If you are a type two, the first thing is go to salads and meats, and cut the bread and pasta WAY down. Even a type one, like me, avoids the carbs. Like bug, I'm on a pump, and have been for about 12 years. I make it work, as it's way better than shots.
The big thing is do NOT try to change you diet overnight! You will fail, and then feel bad because of it. Just start off small, reduce the carbs, eat a few more salads and a little more chicken and fish. You can go to the diet soda if you like soda, and beer is about like a single slice of bread, depending on the beer.
As you have seen, I live a "normal" life for an XS, and I don't let the diabetes get in my way of enjoying life.
Number one thing you will learn is test. I have two meters, and will buy a new one if I forget one. The "one touch" can be had for about $20 at any RX, but the strips are about $80 per 100. The old razor blade marketing...
Enjoy, get better, and think about mid September up here for a rally.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:00 AM
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From what I have been reading the way to go is with unprocessed foods as it actually slow releasesnutrients and sugar into your body . I just want to heal up and then I will see what my doc says
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:10 AM
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On a side note when I had surgery they put me under with ketamine . Now I can see why the ravers do that stuff . Very potent and doesn't seem to be any noticeable side effects although I think I had a good ride!
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Well I'm on The mend except I have a golf ball size hole in my inner thigh . Hopefully I will be back to work on the first
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Good for you Garth! God speed in your healing! I know what it is like to sit around waiting for stuff to heal.
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I've been a type II diabetic and on oral medication for over 5 years now and just recently I was able to reach the milestone of reaching the point of being diet controlled and getting OFF the medication and being able to keep my blood sugars in the normal ranges. I've also lost over 25 lbs in the last 30 days and not only do I have more energy (and my clothes are fitting looser) but I can feel the difference in how the bike handles. Those who are facebook friends with me have probably seen my updates on the diet program that I'm on, it's fantastic and it works. Another friend of mine (a fellow alumnus from my high school several years ahead of me) who is an insulin dependent diabetic is on the same program and while he hasn't lost any appreciable weight, he has been able to decrease his insulin intake significantly.
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