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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*



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.
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*
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.


I'm so glad you're having so much success managing your health, and I hope to see more posts from you soon!


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