Type 2

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Apps to track diet, blood sugar, etc.

Started by Ila. Last reply by Ila on Saturday. 4 Replies

Have you found any apps for the iPad that will track diet, meds, efc? I want one that. An also scan bar codes. I have the Atkins app and love it for diet tracking. It scans bar codes, but of course…Continue

Too FEW carbs at a meal?

Started by Summer P. Horton. Last reply by Yvonne Mar 26. 7 Replies

I was diagnosed fairly recently and am still verrrry much just learning. I'm counting carbs per meal/snack, at least until I'm able to take a diabetes education class and see if they tell me…Continue

Lipitor and Diabetes

Started by iceberg. Last reply by Seagal Mar 24. 11 Replies

Hi there. I've just read and heard about all the possible problems with taking Lipitor. I was diagnosed with Type 2 some 4 years ago and at that time did not have any problems with cholestrol. My…Continue

Social Media and the Type 2 experience

Started by Christalyn. Last reply by David (dns) Mar 1. 18 Replies

I have been to several conference in the past weeks that were about the impact of social media. I was the only blogger that I met that was doing advocacy for a chronic disease. Met lots of mommy…Continue

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Comment by Alicia on June 12, 2012 at 12:52pm

I don't get really depressed, but I do get down sometimes.

I think it is because we can't be a "normal" person. Can't eat what everyone else does. Sometimes, can't do what everyone does. Can't get my BS to what it should be. Can't get a really good doctor in our area that REALLY understands us. Just can't get a good handle on IT sometimes. (I know many here have, but I haven't or maybe I just haven't come to grips with IT. Living in denial.) I give up and will eat something that I know that I shouldn't. Then I will get upset with myself. It's a vicious circle.

Comment by Christalyn on June 12, 2012 at 11:24am

I appreciate the comments but don't be so clinical. think about the life style changes, people perception of diabetes, how doctors treat diabetics........

Comment by Steven on June 12, 2012 at 8:59am

...following on from the depression dialogue, I think a lot of us simply get "cheesed off" with the whole diabetes experience ...and for the want of a better word, we may say we feel "depressed" at our Diabetes Reviews ...which the health professional may just take at face-value. If the word "depressed" is minuted in our patients' files, it becomes official. Depression hence conflated with diabetes.

Comment by Ann on June 12, 2012 at 8:06am
Comment by Ann on June 12, 2012 at 8:01am

Christalyn I have NO idea. Why? Because I have bipolar so cycling through depression is a given for me. I do know that when my BS is out of control it can play with my moods though. No sientific facts but maybe it has something to do with blood sugars slowing down blood flow? Who knows. I do a little reseach and see what I can find and get back to you.

Comment by Christalyn on June 12, 2012 at 7:40am

I spoke at a Women's Health Forum this past weekend about my diabetes experience and I was asked the question as to why I thought there was so much depression with diabetes. I wanted to ask Type 2 members this question too.

Why do you think there is depression with Type 2 diabetics?

Comment by Randy on May 20, 2012 at 10:15am

Has anyone experienced grabbing pains in both calf muscles at the same time?

Comment by Akiva on March 28, 2012 at 8:02pm

thanks everyone. I am glad I found this site. I was told I was diabetic and how much I should limit my carb intact but beyond that I was not really given much else to go on. So I have been reading different sites and books but I find that sometimes it is quicker to ask a community like this for advice instead of waiting until I finally read the information that pertains to my questions especially since the community can actually direct my research to what it is I need to know.

Comment by Emmy on March 28, 2012 at 6:46pm

I forgot, there are also alarms you can set to remind you to test. :)

Comment by Emmy on March 28, 2012 at 6:45pm

Akiva, I have found Abbott's Freestyle meters to be the most reliable of all the brands I've tried, matching up with my lab tests. They have good customer service too. You can get one of their meters free at most drugstores, when you purchase 100 test strips. The Freestyle Freedom Lite is a good model. They require the smallest sample for testing, and you have up to a minute to test, plus you can add more blood within that minute if needed. This means far less wasted test strips than with other brands. It does NOT require coding and test results are within 5 seconds of applying the blood to the strip. You can have a look at this model here...

and you'll find a video on this page, its the first one at the top


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