I went thru all the medications for a year e.g. Glucophage (Metformin HCL) 500 mg 3 per day- to increase insulin sensitivity in the muscle tissues & decreases liver production - one of the oldest and most effective drugs
Lipitor (Atorvastatin) 10 mg 1 per day lowers cholesterol
Actos (pioglitazone) 45 mg 1 per day- increase insulin sensitivity
Amaryl (Glimepiride) 4 mg 1 per day. Stim b cells in pancreas- sulfonylurea like glyburide and finally as my morning blood sugar levels
climbed from 150 to 275 started a slow acting insulin at night called
Lantus (insulin glargine)10 ml ... it wasn't working anymore and my doctor
said that I had developed an insulin insensitivity and needed to control my weight. When the normal eat less/exercise more program didn't work we tried
xenical (orlistat) 120 mg fat blocker which turns fat into motor oil (very messy). Finally he put me on a low-carb diet and cut back the meds (I stopped the Actos, and Amaryl). It is pretty simple - all the meat/dairy I want, plenty of salad/vegetables, some fruit. No pasta, potatoes, bread, peas, corn, desserts (except sugarless), sugar drinks (except diet)...
The change was miraculous... in the last 3 months I lost 25 lbs and my morning sugar count went down to 110-130 levels again. My wife went on the diet with me and also lost 25+ lbs (it is helpful when everyone eats the same way). Our desire for sweet stuff is gone and we feel great.
Chet Cox wrote:
Stacy (don't anyone else look, y'hear?) asked where to find more diabetic products. Well if you believe the deputy sheriff from Brigham City, a place called Liberty will deliever diabetic supplies right to your door.
For the rest of us, it's one of the first things I do when we move to a
new town: check out what's available for diabetics. For the basics
(glucose tablets, sugar-free cold medicines, skin lotion) the Reli-On
products at Wal-Mart are great - and inexpensive. I cannot recommend
their body wash more highly. Wal-Mart also carries the best "healing
lotion" for diabetics I've found: Neoteric's Advanced Healing Cream. All the above is with the meters and test strips near the pharmacy in
every Wal-Mart that exists.
As for the not-so-basics, I guess it depends on what you're looking for. CVS pharmacies carry (or can order) teflon-woven socks which really help
on foot maintenance. I always call up the local diabetic section of the
closest hospital and find out what there is in the way of a local support
group. And I always - ALWAYS - try to find a Safeway or a Wal-Mart
Supercenter because those are the only two groceries which carry the
world's best sugar-free ice cream (Blue Bunnie -- especially their
Your doctor or her staff ought to be able to point you towards some other helps. And I highly recommend logging onto Rick Mendosa's website (www.mendosa.com) for his monthly magazine Diabetes Update. Rick is the most prolific writer on diabetes out there, and usually has news and reviews of new products and developments before ADA's magazine does.
Best of luck!
(OK - the rest of you can peek now.)
*jeep! --Chet "Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you
are doing the impossible."
On Tue, 30 Sep 2003 10:01:07 -0500 Stacy Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
I want to know more about how to get more diabetic products because I can't find them in my local supermarket.
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