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Hello, all [Dec. 21st, 2009|11:39 pm]
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Hello all [Nov. 9th, 2009|11:47 am]
Diabetic Furs

[Current Mood |anxiousanxious]

Hello all.

Just wanted to say hello to everyfur here.

I am interested n learning about diabetes as my mate has it and I think I may be getting it aswell :/
So its best to get a head start on it.

I also made a new group for furs who are wanting to loose weight.
its called - helping paws weight loss.

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Diabetes Myths. [Aug. 25th, 2009|12:45 pm]
Diabetic Furs

[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

From the American Diabetes Association:

Myth #1 You can catch diabetes from someone else.
No. Although we don’t know exactly why some people develop diabetes, we know diabetes is not contagious. It can’t be caught like a cold or flu. There seems to be some genetic link in diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle factors also play a part.

Myth #2 People with diabetes can't eat sweets or chocolate.
If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with diabetes. They are no more “off limits” to people with diabetes, than they are to people without diabetes.

Myth #3 Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
No. Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. However, being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, eating a healthy meal plan and regular exercise are recommended to manage your weight.

Myth #4 People with diabetes should eat special diabetic foods.
A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is the same as that for everyone – low in fat (especially saturated and trans fat), moderate in salt and sugar, with meals based on whole grain foods, vegetables and fruit. Diabetic and “dietetic” versions of sugar-containing foods offer no special benefit. They still raise blood glucose levels, are usually more expensive and can also have a laxative effect if they contain sugar alcohols.

Myth #5 If you have diabetes, you should only eat small amounts of starchy foods, such as bread, potatoes and pasta.
Starchy foods are part of a healthy meal plan. What is important is the portion size. Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, peas and corn can be included in your meals and snacks. The key is portions. For most people with diabetes, having 3-4 servings of carbohydrate-containing foods is about right. Whole grain starchy foods are also a good source of fiber, which helps keep your gut healthy.

Myth #6 People with diabetes are more likely to get colds and other illnesses.
No. You are no more likely to get a cold or another illness if you have diabetes. However, people with diabetes are advised to get flu shots. This is because any infection interferes with your blood glucose management, putting you at risk of high blood glucose levels and, for those with type 1 diabetes, an increased risk of ketoacidosis.

Myth #7 Insulin causes atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and high blood pressure.
No, insulin does not cause atherosclerosis. In the laboratory, there is evidence that insulin can initiate some of the early processes associated with atherosclerosis. Therefore, some physicians were fearful that insulin might aggravate the development of high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. But it doesn’t.

Myth #8 Insulin causes weight gain, and because obesity is bad for you, insulin should not be taken.
Both the UKPDS (United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study) and the DCCT (Diabetes Control & Complications Trial) have shown that the benefit of glucose management with insulin far outweighs (no pun intended) the risk of weight gain.

Myth #9 Fruit is a healthy food. Therefore, it is ok to eat as much of it as you wish.
Fruit is a healthy food. It contains fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals. Because fruit contains carbohydrate, it needs to be included in your meal plan. Talk to your dietitian about the amount, frequency and types of fruits you should eat.

Myth #10 You don’t need to change your diabetes regimen unless your A1C is greater than 8 percent.
The better your glucose control, the less likely you are to develop complications of diabetes. An A1C in the sevens (7s), however, does not represent good control. The ADA goal is less than 7 percent. The closer your A1C is to the normal range (less than 6 percent), the lower your chances of complications. However, you increase your risk of hypoglycemia, especially if you have type 1 diabetes. Talk with your health care provider about the best goal for you.
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Stem cells can cure diabetes? [Mar. 11th, 2009|02:41 pm]
Diabetic Furs

[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

I heard that President Obama who overturned the former President Bush's stem cell policy. President Obama allow the scientists to continue working on the stem cells that will cure diabetes.

I am happy that.

One question:

Are you happy about that?

Here's an article: http://deseretnews.com/article/0,5143,705289981,00.html
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Score...sorta i guess. [Feb. 26th, 2009|10:24 pm]
Diabetic Furs

[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

Well i got an email today. A nice email, not spam like normal. It was from a diabetes research institute i applied for. They emailed me back saying my application is under review. So i may end up going in for testing for a possible cure. Clinical trails are set to start towards the end of the year. I hope i get accepted. That would be so awesome.

On that note. Has any one else applied for anything like that?
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low BGL and wetting? [Feb. 3rd, 2009|09:36 pm]
Diabetic Furs

[Current Mood |curiouscurious]

Hey all.

Just wanted to ask a question. Being in the medical field i know it's a normal thing, But has any one else had the blood sugar drop really low and end up wetting or messing your self?

I ask this cause it seems the last few times mine has dropped i left wet puddles on the floor.
I dont remember it cause when mine drops i black out for a while.
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Truvia [Jan. 6th, 2009|02:58 pm]
Diabetic Furs
I got a sample in the mail, and it's not to bad.
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(no subject) [Dec. 21st, 2008|06:56 pm]
Diabetic Furs

yesterday i didn't get a chance to eat breakfast. mistake.
I've got gastroparesis. one of those nasty things you get with diabeties. if my stomach is empty or too full I get super super sick and start vomiting. nothing is worse than dry heaving bile and glucose spikes. :(

anyone else deal with this?

Also... ED. anyone else have trouble with it? I tried viagra for the first time last night and it worked amazing for me. reading up on Gastroparesis on wikipedia i found that Viagra increases blood flow and is being used by some practitioners to stimulate the GI tract in Diabetic Gastroparesis. lol. maybe I should talk to my Dr. about trying a perscription for both?
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Defective Lancelets? [Dec. 9th, 2008|10:27 am]
Diabetic Furs
So long story short:

I left my locker at work open, and some bastard stole my glucose monitor (I keep one at work, so I don't have to drag one around with me...).

I bought a new one, a One Touch Ultra Mini--the green one! :P

Anyway, the lancelets that came with it seem to sting a bit more, and I've just noticed that there are a bunch of red dots on my finger tips, almost like tiny blood blisters. I'm 99% sure they're from the lancelets.

Is this just a standard feature of One Touch lancelets, or am I doing something wrong?

Help, please!
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who did you find out? [Nov. 26th, 2008|11:04 pm]
Diabetic Furs

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[Current Mood |sillysilly]

Who did you find out you had diabetes? Anything that lead up to getting tested?

I found out by mistake ... long story i don't think you guy would like to hear, But i did some looking around online and found out that doctors used to taste patients pee to find out if they had it. long story short, my mate Goliath has a meter we checked it on and thats how i found out.

Feel free to share your story with us.
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