After I was diagnosed and got my sugar down, my legs began hurting so bad that the pain woke me up every morning around three o'clock. It was awful. And it was neuropathy. I went on urontin (sp), but when I read the side effects, I did not want to take it. After a lot of research, I read that exercise helped. It DID. After a lot of study about nutrition, complex carbohydrates, etc., I went off pills entirely--those for diabetes. I kept my blood sugars down by walking or riding a bicycle after every meal. Every meal. I had lower blood sugars then than I do now taking insulin. The pain went away. I did this for 8 years. I moved and could no longer ride my bike. Some years have passed, and I have a lot of trouble just walking around. I'm 78, have arthritis, a slipped vertebrae and the neuropathy has returned big time. My blood sugars are pretty good, but I still have a lot of pain. If you can, get a stationary bike or treadmill so you can exercise inside when the weather is fowl. You cannot skip. Good luck.
I am 52 years old, overweight/obese, and have foot sores along my shins. Doctors say this is diabetes slow progress/damage. I was told by my longtime cardiologist to loose the salt. I had a 3-way bypass due to diabetes. Does anyone have low salt soup recipes? Please send links.I get neuropathy from time to time. I know it's my sugars. Because of this site I take sugar readings 6 to 8 times a day. Otherwise Doctors just recommend 2-4 times/day.
I met a friend who can't afford to pay for his test strips...any recomendations? His Father-in-law just lost his other leg also due to Type 2 diabetes.
The input from this site and you has made a difference for me.
Good for you for testing frequently!
Is your doctor ok with you using salt substitutes? Soup without salt is terribly bland unless you use a lot of herbs, garlic & onions.
Have your friend contact his meter company, or a new meter manufacturer, for their patient assistance program. Some offer help for people who can't afford strips. There's info on their web sites. The cheapest strips are the Wal Mart ReliOn brand. 100 strips for $35 & the meter is around $9.
I started using Salt Sense when my husband had to go on a low sodium diet. I use nothing else.
Adding grated parmesan cheese to your soup will make it much more flavorful; some garlic will also help and it's good for you.... plus, it'll keep vampires at bay, lol.