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Hello, everyone. I'm almost as surprised to see myself here as you are. Really.

I had a psychosis, yay! I can only say, if you're offered HRT, take it. I was manic for about eight years and then too embarrassed to get in touch with anyone I'd been vicious with until... now. Still ashamed, but life goes on and is too short to ruin with regret.

Anyway, my life is now brilliant. Lovely little bungalow in Clacton, enough money in the bank to pay the bills, a whole new view of life.

My doc told me I was at risk of T2 diabetes. I was 5'2", 17 stone, 190lb, 108kg, massive. I'm now 12 and a bit stone, 80 kg and acceptable. To me. Paul has also dropped several stone and is fighting fit. Whatever that means. I have a couple of stone to go.

As a result of the doc's warning, I checked out T2 diabetes. A diagnosis means you have high blood sugar which needs to be controlled. The go-to by most medicos is drugs, of course. Metformin is the first port of call but there are others and lack of control can lead to insulin.

Carbohydrates, ALL carbohydrates turn into sugar in the blood. Of course, that includes straight sugar and fructose in fruit plus underground veg like potatoes, sweet potatoes, as well as bread, rice, pasta, anything with grains. Including,sadly, porridge (oatmeal).
Don't be fooled into thinking that low GI is healthier. It's not, just takes longer to hit the bloodstream.

Makes sense that if you have a disease which entails too much sugar in the blood, keeping the sugar to a minimum would control that disease. It needn't be progressive. There's no cure but it can be reversed to the point that no meds are needed. Not in all cases, but worth trying a dietary resolution.

The big question is, why is the government advice in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, all the Western countries, to recommend carbs like bread, spuds and pasta to fill the plate. Protein and fats are far more satisfying. Atkins was right.

Ah, could it be that the body that advises the Government on dietary requirements is packed full of representatives of the Food and Pharmaceutical industries. I sound like a conspiracy theorist. *g*

By the way, the link between saturated fats and cardiovascular events is very weak, as is the link between satfats, cholesterol and CVE's. I shall continue eating plenty of satfats. *g*

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lunabee34
Jan. 28th, 2017 03:29 am (UTC)
Kitty, hello!

I'm sorry you had a such a rough time of it, sweetie.

*hugs*

I've missed you and am so glad to see your voice here.

Have you been reading or participating in fandom at all during this hiatus?
kitty_poker1
Feb. 3rd, 2017 11:23 pm (UTC)
Hi, hon, lovely to hear from you! *hugs*

I've never stopped reading, usually J2 with a bit of Spander and Merlin/Arthur on the side. I need to dip into the communities to see what's new.

How are you? I'm working up to getting back into the swing and so sorry to have entirely failed to support my online friends.

*hugs*
lunabee34
Feb. 4th, 2017 04:09 am (UTC)
*hugs hugs*

No need to apologize, my dear.

Well, Emma is 14. She's starting high school in the fall.

I had another baby! Fiona is 3 1/2.

I got promoted to Associate Professor and got tenure.

I was diagnosed with three autoimmune disorders this past year: Hashimoto's (thyroid), celiac, and interstitial cystitis. So I'm still struggling with those changes.
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 08:22 am (UTC)
Emma is 14?! The time goes so quickly. I bet she adores her little sister. What a wonderful double, both smart and with great futures ahead, I have no doubt! I'm so very pleased for you, hon.

Also congrats on getting tenure. Don't laugh, or not much, but I first found out that tenure is a very good thing from an ep of 'Murder, She Wrote'. LOL!

I'm so sorry about the autoimmune disorders. I know a little about them from exposure to Diabetes T1, also an autoimmune disorder, as you know.

Dietary control helps many - a T1 diabetic can carb count and keep injections to a minimum - but thank heavens there are ways to control other conditions.

Thanks so much for the update. It's lovely to hear how you're progressing and makes me want to know more so I'll be logging on much more often. Really, thank you very much.

You make a difference. *hugs*
lunabee34
Feb. 6th, 2017 11:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, they adore each other so much. It's so sweet to see them together. And Emma is such a help with Fi.

LOL @ tenure. I think it's not clear to most people outside the academic community how important it is.

*hugs*

I'm so glad you're having so much success managing your health, and I hope to see more posts from you soon!
tabaqui
Jan. 28th, 2017 03:37 am (UTC)
*waves madly*
Hey, you!
Hi hi hi!
:)

It's so nice to see you back! And to hear that you're doing well! I'm glad about that. :)

Good on you, trying the (hard) old-fashioned way to get healthy. Too many drugs out there.

I hope we see you around the ole' LJ more often, now!
*smishes*

:)
kitty_poker1
Feb. 3rd, 2017 11:40 pm (UTC)
*waves madly back*

Oh, sweetie, you're brilliant and you understand. Too many drugs around!

If only I'd caught on earlier that pizza and diet coke wasn't the ideal diet for a menopausal obese woman with self-esteem issues.

Not perfect but under control now. :)

tabaqui
Feb. 4th, 2017 02:45 pm (UTC)
Wow, who'd a thunk it?
*snerk*

Under control is good. So long as you feel good, that's what matters. :)

*twirls you*
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 03:47 pm (UTC)
*lol*

I feel brilliant. No more manic episodes, no more idiocy.

I felt comfortable replying to your post because you're not judgmental. You get it.

*hugs and twirls you back*
tabaqui
Feb. 4th, 2017 04:25 pm (UTC)
Aww!
*smooches you*
:)
writan_bur
Jan. 28th, 2017 07:18 am (UTC)
Welcome back!!!! So glad to see you again, I've missed you.

As for T2 diabetes, my brother was diagnosed with it as a kid, and has always controlled it through just diet and exercise. He doesn't eat sweets and sugary drinks, but otherwise eats a normal diet with carbs and fats and vegetables.
kitty_poker1
Feb. 3rd, 2017 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the welcome!! It's so lovely to hear from you. *hugs*

Well done to your brother for his control! It sounds as if he's very disciplined and, hopefully, has a meter to check his blood sugar levels.

It's more likely to be diagnosed with T1 as a kid.
thismaz
Jan. 28th, 2017 07:21 am (UTC)
Hey you *waves* How lovely to see you here again. Sparrow and I have often talked about you and how sad we were that you had disappeared from LJ.

Well done on succeeding in loosing the weight. It amazes me that people are not more aware of the simple sum if calories in is greater than calories expended it equals more calories stored in the body as fat (and that it is carbs that provide the most easily stored calories).
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 12:06 am (UTC)
*waves back*

You've always kept in touch, even when I was at my most difficult. I can't tell you how much that means. *loves*

But, it's not as simple as calories in, calories out. Oh, if only if were. *sob*

It's all about insulin. Have a protein and fat heavy meal, no response. Have a carb heavy meal, insulin kicks in and responds to the carb that isn't used as energy by laying down the excess as fat for future use.

It's a brilliant response in times of little food but we don't have that.

Oooh, sounds a bit lectury. LOL!!
thismaz
Feb. 4th, 2017 08:24 am (UTC)
*grins at you and hugs you hard*
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 08:40 am (UTC)
LOL!! Subtle. ;)
kazzy_cee
Jan. 28th, 2017 08:57 am (UTC)
You're here!!

So sorry you've had such a rough time, well done in getting your weight down. Always hard when you are small. Sounds like you've found a diet that suits you and that's great.

Quite a few of us still here on good ol' Lj if you want to keep posting ;)
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, sweetie.

The Old Guard are still here and still kind enough to reply!

I'm so encouraged by your kindness. Thank you so much.

kathyh
Jan. 28th, 2017 10:40 am (UTC)
Welcome back and congrats on the weight loss. That's quite an achievement.

I get completely confused by dietary advice and have decided eating in moderation is key, but hard to put into practice!
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 12:21 am (UTC)
Hi, hon!

Oh, I know! Portion control really is the key. The advantage of low carb, high fat (LCHF) is that you're never really hungry.

I have coffee with double cream in the morning and an excellent meal in the evening. If I fancy it, a full English brekkie with eggs, bacon and 97% pork sausages.

I've never once felt deprived.
deborahw37
Jan. 28th, 2017 04:38 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!

And well done on the transformation!
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 12:26 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie!

My back problems went away, as did my asthma. *headdesk*

*lol*



sparrow2000
Jan. 28th, 2017 06:51 pm (UTC)
Whoo Hoo, welcome back, lovely lady. You’ve made my Saturday morning seeing you posting. As Maz said, you're often in our thoughts.

Congratulations of coming out of the other side of your crazies! I’m in my fourth year of peri-menopause and am getting really tired of my body not being able to make up its mind what it want to do.

And congratulations on the weight loss. That’s awesome and really inspiring. I’m really glad that things have settled down for you and that you and Paul are enjoying life and feeling good about yourselves.

Hugs you hard and I hope we see you here again soon. But no pressure! :)

S xx
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 12:49 am (UTC)
Honestly, hon, I look back and wonder what on earth I was thinking!

I wouldn't mind quite so much if my body couldn't figure out what to do, but my mental processes were so far away from ME that it was as if I were a different person.

Wow, that was an interesting thing to re-consider. Thanks, sweetie. Honestly.
lilachigh
Jan. 29th, 2017 11:39 pm (UTC)
Great to see you back! You've been missed.
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 12:35 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's really good to be back.
stretfordditto
Feb. 2nd, 2017 04:10 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the weight loss. Any particular eating plan? I was pre-diabetic and then last year I was diabetic. :( Sucks. I go on the Diabetic UK forum, they're really friendly and I've learnt loads.
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 12:34 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry you've tipped over, hon, but all is not lost!

My eating plan is LCHF, low carb, high fat.

You can reverse your diagnosis, or at least halt it. I really, really advise going to diabetes.co.uk and dietdoctor.com for dietary advice.

They advise a low carb, high fat diet and a meter to check what does or does not work for you.

Please sign up to diabetes.co.uk. It's free, I'm there and they are wonderful. Lots and lots of advice.






Edited at 2017-02-04 08:47 am (UTC)
kitty_poker1
Feb. 4th, 2017 04:02 pm (UTC)
I should probably be more specific.

Brekkie is a coffee or two with double cream. Knob of butter optional - I don't like it but some do.

Very filling so skip lunch or a very small bit of cheese or salmon. I love salmon.

Dinner, some protein with plenty of overground veg. No pasta, pots or bread.

Yes, I am one of those tragic people who spiralise courgettes and grind cauli into rice. Tragic, but I've headed off a T2 diagnosis and lost 60lb.

So yay me!
stretfordditto
Feb. 8th, 2017 12:47 am (UTC)
Excellent. :)
kitty_poker1
Feb. 10th, 2017 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, love your avatar! *g*

Dr Atkins is one of my heroes, along with Zoe Harcombe and Jason Fung and the increasing number of scientists who aren't bought off by the status quo lobby.

Some can eat 300g of carbs a day, and good for them, but anyone with T2, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, just can't do it without health/weight consequences.
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