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Managing type 2 without meds or insulin

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah 14 hours ago. 29 Replies

I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 at the end of March of 1998 which makes it 16 years, 8 months and 2 weeks that I've been living with this health condition. I remember all the naysayers I…Continue

Tags: index, exercise, glycemic, diet, treatment

Online Diabetes Course

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For those who aren't aware of this resource. offers a wide variety of online courses from some of the world's best universities and…Continue

Giving diabetes a good run for the money

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian (bsc) Dec 22, 2013. 8 Replies

I had a good day today at the diabetes center at St. Paul's hospital here in Vancouver, doing my annual checkup and meet with the dietician, nurse and endocrinologist. When I chose the title for this…Continue

Study indicates statins could increase risk of diabetes

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A recent Canadian study indicates that statins - in particular more powerful ones like Lipitor - could increase the risk of developing type II diabetes. See the attached article for more information…Continue


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Deborah replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"Thanks for sharing your story & routines. I have recently had an increase in my H1C--my doctor wants to put me on Januvia. But I want to try and be mindful/intentional in my healthy habits first . . . Your post gives me alot of good ideas."
14 hours ago
Vancouversailor replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"1 hour per day is good especially if it is somewhat intensive, say brisk walking or bicycling. I've read that the improvements to circulation and fitness are measureable even down to 15 minutes a day. But more is better and as I am retired and…"
Sugar2 replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"I totally agree with your approach. I thought my one hour daily was good till I had read your comment."
Nov 21
xring replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"I saw absolutely NOTHING judgemental about her post - only useful information. Your replay hints of negativity towards someone who has a lot of self discipline & determination. Why would that be a threat to you??"
Nov 20
Vancouversailor replied to FionaT1's discussion 'Interview'
"The impression I get from people in my neighbourhood and at work is that few people read past the word Diabetes. There are certain unfortunate stereotypes that come to mind for the majority of people, including 'self-inflicted medical problem…"
Nov 19
Vancouversailor replied to FionaT1's discussion 'Interview'
"Job interviews are a difficult area to navigate because you never know what triggers will turn the interviewer on or off. I personally find that there are more people than not that have a negative reaction when they hear someone has diabetes,…"
Nov 18
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Nov 14
Judith in Portland replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"Oh yes---I get it, my dear. A few years ago I kind of put a tentative "toe in the water" at an ADA discussion board. I posted something that I thought quite mild about how some level of carb restriction was probably necessary---not…"
Nov 14
Vancouversailor replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"Hi Judith Thanks for sharing your perspective on these issues. My comments about people with diabetes not wanting to manage it themselves but just wanting a prescription from their doctor were directed at a large proportion of the approximately 300…"
Nov 13
Judith in Portland replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"My dear vancouversailor. You are doing an excellent job of providing supportive, accurate info and I do not wish to inhibit that. But I have been giving some thought to why you got my "hackles" up with your original post. It is actually…"
Nov 12
Vancouversailor replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"A few years back people would have suggested that you have 'brittle diabetes', a diagnosis that has since been discarded by medical professionals. I still think that your best chance is to work this out with a reputable endocrinologist,…"
Nov 12
Kate replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"Interesting. I had heard about the cinnamon. My issue is a fluctuation throughout the day. I may be 123 now and on the 30 minute drive home I'll drop to 80 and have to grab a couple of glucose tabs. Then before dinner I'll be 118 and…"
Nov 12
Vancouversailor replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"I'm not familiar with Biotin but Chromium Piccolate is something most type 2 diabetics have tried over the last 20 years or so, with the same discouraging results. Apparently the original marketing of that supplement was based on a study of…"
Nov 12
Kate replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"Thanks Tor. I've requested the antibody tests but he says he doesn't do those tests and steadfastly affirms I'm type 2. I do labwork Friday and will see him in two weeks. Hopefully there is a Eureka moment in the results. Besides…"
Nov 12
Vancouversailor replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"Kate, I am aware that different people respond differently to the same diet and lifestyle advice, so there is not one type fits all with regards to managing diabetes. Has your endocrinologist suggested testing your insulin levels, in case you might…"
Nov 12
Kate replied to Vancouversailor's discussion 'Managing type 2 without meds or insulin'
"Tor, you are an inspiration for your success at maintaining your diabetes with exercise and diet alone. It seems I'm on the opposite spectrum of you with my diabetes. The more I do to control it with diet and exercise, the less control I am…"
Nov 12

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 2 diabetes
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Date diagnosed
March 20, 1998
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Diet and Exercise
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My diabetes was not the conventional type, I have a genetic disorder hemachromatosis and because it was diagnosed at a late stage damage to internal organs (rust) had occurred. So I have diabetes, and had a cardiac arrest a couple of years ago and died but woke up in in a hospital bathtub full of ice so I guess I'm stubborn. I'm married and have an adult daughter
who has not inherited my problems
. Though I was diagnosed with diabetes 12 years ago I'm still ok with diet and exercice. I do walk three hours a day and stick to a low gi diet.
Shows we are not all the same I guess.

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At 2:02pm on December 22, 2012, nel said…

Hi Vancouversailor , are you referring to my comment ??? ( looking back I probably should have started a discussion about the topic on AirMiles etc as some have responded ) ...I don't think it is the case , that people " expect " AirMiles on the part Pharmacare covers, the contrary's the part , that is paid out of own pocket and parts covered by private plans small dollar figure, believe me

At 3:38am on September 16, 2012, Vancouversailor said…

Thanks for the greetings and welcoming messages.

At 4:43pm on September 14, 2012, brokenpole said…

Welcome to the family! On this forum you will learn so much. Most of all you will learn that you are not alone. Everyone here is supportive and will provide answers to your questions. Search the site for answers. Read the discussions and blogs for information. There are videos to help you understand diabetes and its treatment. Most of all there is family to talk to and even to vent to, if needed. Welcome home.

At 3:11pm on September 14, 2012, Linda G said…

We're so happy that you're finally here!
Welcome home Vancouversailor...fellow Canadian!
This is a great place to share, to learn, and to grow...all the while meeting new people world wide, and making friends.
Take a peek at some the groups when you get a chance. Just go to the top of your page, and click on "Groups".
Once in, you can either peruse the wide array of available groups....or simply type a specific interest in the space provided.
Take in some of the blogs/discussions as well.
The resource boxes at the top of the home "Home" page, and
"About us" at the very bottom of your page and every page (the footer), offer you more information still.
Hope you find the support and information you came looking for.
Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
AND....groups for folks with more than diabetes to contend with,
such as
..."Diabetes Plus".
Hey, why don't you come join us in the TuD chat room?
You'll see us at the bottom of the home page.
We have a great time getting to know each other, sharing info and lots of laughs :)
It's on right now!
Take care....and keep in touch!

At 9:55am on September 14, 2012, nel said…

Welcome to TuD Vancouversailor from this gal in the Shuswap , another nice place to use your sailboat ? :) I so agree with you ...we are not all the same well

At 7:43am on September 14, 2012, Doris D said…

WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY MY FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway we can help just ask us! Come join us on our live chat on the bottom of our homepage. Here's a link to help u on ur way

At 6:18am on September 14, 2012, Marie B said…

hi thjere and welcome to TuDiabetes! we did have someone here a while back with hemachromatosis, here

feel free to start a new discussion about it. let me know if you have any questions about our community, and join us in the chat room on the home page anytime.

At 5:38am on September 14, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Welcome to our wonderful family. We are a very caring and supportive group. Questions? Please feel free to ask us. Please read the BLOGS the FORUMS and check out the many GROUPS for much valuable advice and information. WELCOME!!!




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