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Diabeetus Confirmed July 28, 2009

Posted by Mitchell in Diabetes.


I got the call today (that was fast!) and the test confirmed that I have the Diabeetus.  Also high cholesterol.  But no thyroid issues!  But I do have high blood pressure on top of the other stuff.  So, I’m quite the mess healthwise.  But now I have medicines, blood sugar tester thingy, and orders to “eat healthy & exercise”.  I guess we’ll see how that goes.



1. geoff - July 28, 2009

Yoiks. A friend of mine has it – I saw him for the first time in several years just a few weeks ago. As far as I can tell he’s given up on treating it, so now he’s falling apart. It’s awful.

So take it seriously. Muslihoon also has diabetes, so you might commiserate with him.

2. gnusnow - July 28, 2009

Bad news… new diet and stuff, but you can do it.

McGoo probably has some tips, too.

3. Enas Yorl - July 28, 2009

…now he’s falling apart.

Yah, diabeetus is a whole system fucker upper.

I’m definitely taking it seriously. Ol M’hoo’n! It’s been awhile since I’ve seen him around actually.

Gnus – I’m determined to get in the best shape of my life! I saw McGoo checking in a few days ago. Any ETA when he’s back up?

4. cbullitt - July 29, 2009

Enas, my sympathies. Diet and exercise? That’s the curse of the drinking class.

5. Enas Yorl - July 29, 2009

Yes indeedy, cbullit.

6. gnusnow - July 30, 2009

Just got a comment from McGoo, Enas. Looks like Tomorrow (Fri) or Sat. before he’s back.

I hope you caught the diabeetus early enough so that lifestyle changes can do the most good. Changing the diet isn’t easy. Too much reading of labels.

7. Enas Yorl - July 31, 2009

Ah, thanks for the update Gnus! I look forward to his return.

Yah, I hope so too. I think I’ll be ok, if I commit to the changes and make them stick. Reading labels – ugh, been doing that. They’re all bad. Apparently the best way to go is to not buy anything that has a label; i.e. no prepared stuff, just all whole “natural” foods. I’m going through my cabinets and fridge tomorrow to clean them out and go from there.

8. Steamboat McGoo - August 1, 2009

Gnus – sorry, I was out. Innertube troubles. But everything is all better now.

I am sorry to read that you have the Wilford Brimley Curse. Why don’t folks like Kim Jung Il or Alec Baldwin get the diabeetus? Why is it always our best and brightest – our finest knitters? And painters? And ceramic potters? And nartists of all persuasions and smells?

I know I didn’t order diabeetus when I was picking out my life-accessories. I’d send it back, but I can’t find the return address.

Enas, your idea about eating only non-packaged foods (no labels) is a good one, but don’t throw the baby out with the blue moons!

I find that some of the Campbells pre-prepared soups (the ones ready to eat) are OK, and Ramon noodles don’t mess with the old sugar too much. Of course, you have to eat them in moderation.

Kraft Dinner – amazingly enough – doesn’t kick the old sugar too far off-kilter. I do not understand why. It should be near-lethal.

But, generally, I prepare my own food from raw materials way more often than I used to because I want to avoid or control the starches, carbs, and sugars. Since I don’t really like to cook on a daily basis, I just make batches and either freeze some for later, or eat on the batch for 2-3 days. It also helps in dieting, because I get to where I’d rather go without than go out and get raw materials and cook.

Enas – you do need to face that there is is a lot of “no, you may not” that goes with the big D, Type II. And if you “yes I can” too much, then you will indeed go the way of the Mastodon.

Someone up there (geoff!) said his friend was ignoring proper diet and was falling apart: I’ve seen that A LOT. I will tell you that I know of NO ONE who sticks to the regimen all the time, and most stick to it far les than I do (IMHO). Personally, I simply plan my indulgences the best I can to have minimum impact, and I get creative with my meds to minimize the resulting excursions in the ol’ blood sweet-shit levels.

Enas – you will find that there is a downside to falling off the sugar-free wagon: you don’t feel good. Since I went all D-like, I have learned to notice my sugar status by “feel”. But it takes a while, and until you learn that sensitivity you probably need to watch it closely.

I could babble on, but if you like I’ll move it to email so it won’t bore your other readers.

9. Enas Yorl - August 2, 2009

Thanks for the input McGoo! I really appreciate it. I’ve been doing pretty good so far with the diet I think, particularly with the sweet stuff. The part where I’ve not had complete fidelity is on the fat side – but then I’m really just cleaning out some leftover stuff. I mean you just cant throw away buffalo chicken wings can you? That aside I went through my cabinets yesterday and got rid of a bunch of stuff and today I’m cleaning out the fridge.

One of my challenges is that I have the high blood pressure to boot so I have to watch the salt intake as well. This renders pretty much all the prepared soups out of bounds too – yea even the “lower-sodium” ones. Another issue is that I really don’t like to cook, and since we went to four 10-hour days at work I don’t have time to do so during the week anyway. I guess I need to find some quick, easy, and healthy things I can make during the weekend and dole out during the other days.

Thanks for the visit and the advice McGoo! I’m sure I’ll have some questions for you so keep an eye on your e-mail.

10. kevlarchick - August 2, 2009

Take care Enas. I’m thinking of you.

11. Dave in Texas - August 2, 2009

Well crap.

Sorry to hear this Mr. Yorl. I hope you and your doc have a plan, and that you execute it accordingly, and it goes well sir. Will you be on insulin therapy?

12. Steamboat McGoo - August 3, 2009

Yes, Enas, throwing away buffalo chicken wings is a Class I felony in all fifty states and nearly all the US possessions. And it earns you the death penalty in Canada – the only capital punishment crime still on the books there, I believe.

You were wise to dispose of them properly – in a functional human alimentary canal. It’s the only way to be sure…

13. Enas Yorl - August 3, 2009

Thanks KC and Dave! No insulin therapy is necessary thankfully Dave. I take a pill twice a day (metformin) which helps the body use the insulin it makes normally.

The doctor’s complete “plan” is somewhat vague though – “exercise and eat healthy” is pretty much the entirety of that plan as it was related to me. He will then see me in person after two months.

Thank you for the confirmation McGoo. I knew there was nothing good about throwing away buffalo chicken wings.

14. lauraw - August 4, 2009

Cinnamon capsules. One in the morning, one with dinner.

There are other supplements that help too, which can help keep you on fewer/ lower dosage meds.

15. Lemur King - August 7, 2009

Well, crud, Enas. At least it isn’t the shots-every-thirteen minutes variety, right?

So you’re going to start eating them vegetib… vetegbu… vebgetsul… you know, that green stuff a lot more and all then?

16. Dave in Texas - August 7, 2009

>> “exercise and eat healthy”

Ah. A Stanford grad no doubt!

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