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Old 08-10-12, 05:09 PM
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Im back now, glad to be alive...

Guys...

First of all, I need to apologize to a few people for seeming to drop off the face of the earth. There are a few people on here that I got some gear from that I never sent money for. I cant remember who it is that I owe, but please PM me if I do owe you so that we can get this straight. Let me explain WHY I havent been around.

I did get the new job with the trucking company and was driving for a while, which kept me off of the bike. The problem was, my diabetes starting getting whacky because there is NO WAY to eat right on the road...at least not for me. My sugar went through the roof. As a result, the stress from it all made my blood pressure go up very high. I had some terrible chest pains that I played off as indigestion for about a month until one day, I couldnt take it any longer. At that point, I almost went to a hospital, but it eased off. Well, I had cut my leg on a part of my truck and my sugar being as high as it was, the wound wouldnt heal. My whole left leg swelled up beyond believe and was very very infected. I made the decision to have my dispatcher send me home and was routed to my home terminal so I could see my doctor.

When I stepped in her office, she flat told me that I wasnt going back on the road, especially when she saw my out of control sugar. My A1C was over 12 (normal is less than 7 and ideal is around 5). My fasting blood sugar was over 400 (normal being between 70-100). She then asked me what I had been feeling other than the wound on my leg. I broke down and told her about my chest pain. She immediately sent me to a cardiologist.

Upon seeing my cardiologist, he had me come in for a stress test. It ended up being a nuclear stress test and there was an abnormality with the upper chamber of my heart. A full heart cath was done.

Needless to say, Ive been down and out. Havent been on my bike since then. My cardiologist just told me that he wanted me to go ahead and start some excercise and I asked about riding. He told me that riding the bike and swimming would be what he recommended for me because of my back keeping me from walking a lot.

So, that is my story. Im going to get back on my bike this weekend and ride. Even if it is just around the block. Im not going to push myself to the point of hurting myself. Im ready to get my life back, though. Im ready to get it in order from the last six months and Im ready to get what I owe out of the way to the people I owe it to.

I never meant for the payment tat I owed to you guys to not get paid. I never meant for it to seem like I was ignoring you. I never meant to drop off of this forum, but life (or a lack thereof) got in my way. I have gained the weight that I lost back and added more because of the sedentary lifestyle and its time to get down to the business at hand and get my life back. It's just time.

Guys, if I owe you for gear, please let me know. I wanna get this paid to you. PM me, please. I think CraigB was one and I think there was one more, but cant remember who. Please get with me on this and lets get it right.
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welcome back my friend. I have missed hearing from you!
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It has been a rough 6 months! Im a little leary of riding the bike, but my Dr says to do it, so Im gonna do it.
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Welcome back Allen. If possible, try to go see a registered dietician. They can help meal planning. I'm on the road pretty much weekly and it is very hard but doable. Forgive me if I've overstepped..
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Just ride it... It's the BEST thing for you - that and eating right, of course... BTW please do NOT fall for the "low-fat" diet mantra pushed by the ADA... you need low-carb, NOT low-fat... The ADA is simply wrong on the levels of carbs they recommend for diabetics... As well as the glucose limits they suggest are healthy...

If you haven't already, read Dr. Richard K Bernstein's book "The Diabetes Solution" - most libraries have it, but Bernstein also has lots of it free online. www.diabetesforum.com is also an excellent reference and the info I found there helped me lose nearly 100lbs and drop my A1c from 12.1% to 5.5% ... Jenny Ruhl's site bloodsugar101 is also great.

Diet and Exercise are the key to controlling this and being healthy - biking is GREAT, especially interval training, for this. (HIIT - High-Intensity-Interval-training has shown to impact blood glucose control more than endurance training or any other kind, fyi...)
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Originally Posted by Just_Nigel
...If possible, try to go see a registered dietician...
I'm about to totally overstep - a registered dietician will NOT help with meal planning for a diabetic. They will recommend FAR too many carbs to be healthy for a diabetic. They will NOT stray from the bad advice being dispensed by the ADA as far as meals goes. Yes, I sound like a conspiracy theorist... but do the research and you'll see I'm not.

https://www.fathead-movie.com/index.p...-to-diabetics/
https://www.diabetes-warrior.net/2012...ietary-advice/
https://www.healthy-eating-politics.c...sociation.html
https://www.nmsociety.org/

These are all excellent places to start...
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Just_Nigel...Im going to go to the dietician for sure. Gotta set that up next week.

AlbertaBeef...thanks for the suggestions! Im going to go check it out.
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Originally Posted by AlbertaBeef
Just ride it... It's the BEST thing for you - that and eating right, of course... BTW please do NOT fall for the "low-fat" diet mantra pushed by the ADA... you need low-carb, NOT low-fat... The ADA is simply wrong on the levels of carbs they recommend for diabetics... As well as the glucose limits they suggest are healthy...

If you haven't already, read Dr. Richard K Bernstein's book "The Diabetes Solution" - most libraries have it, but Bernstein also has lots of it free online. www.diabetesforum.com is also an excellent reference and the info I found there helped me lose nearly 100lbs and drop my A1c from 12.1% to 5.5% ... Jenny Ruhl's site bloodsugar101 is also great.

Diet and Exercise are the key to controlling this and being healthy - biking is GREAT, especially interval training, for this. (HIIT - High-Intensity-Interval-training has shown to impact blood glucose control more than endurance training or any other kind, fyi...)
In my case, I agree thet their carb suggestions seem to be on the high side.. ADA recommends 45-60/meal... I've had success with about 20/meal. When I do longer rides, I will eat more carbs though.
Last April my A1C was 10 and fasting levels in the 375 range. Now fasting readings are in the high 80-90's. Actually at the dr office getting my A1C reading...we will see.
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Originally Posted by Just_Nigel
In my case, I agree thet their carb suggestions seem to be on the high side.. ADA recommends 45-60/meal... I've had success with about 20/meal. When I do longer rides, I will eat more carbs though.
Last April my A1C was 10 and fasting levels in the 375 range. Now fasting readings are in the high 80-90's. Actually at the dr office getting my A1C reading...we will see.
I was DX'd with an A1c of 12.1% and fasting of 267. Fastings are now regularly under 105 and A1c is 5.5%. I have completely NORMAL readings, even though I'm diabetic.

And no, I'm not cured - there is no cure - I'm controlling it. I need to adhere to a strict diet/exercise regime to do so, so it's not a cure. I like to describe it as "symptom-free".
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It is good to hear from you Allen and I pray that you will discover the your path to good health and fitness. Maybe one day we can ride the Silver Comet again.
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Originally Posted by AlbertaBeef
And no, I'm not cured - there is no cure - I'm controlling it. I need to adhere to a strict diet/exercise regime to do so, so it's not a cure. I like to describe it as "symptom-free".
Glad to hear that you've got it under control! Yes, the "It Sucks" part is that we'll always be testing and keeping it in check. But it beats the alternative!!
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Originally Posted by AlbertaBeef
I'm about to totally overstep - a registered dietician will NOT help with meal planning for a diabetic. They will recommend FAR too many carbs to be healthy for a diabetic. They will NOT stray from the bad advice being dispensed by the ADA as far as meals goes. Yes, I sound like a conspiracy theorist... but do the research and you'll see I'm not.

https://www.fathead-movie.com/index.p...-to-diabetics/
https://www.diabetes-warrior.net/2012...ietary-advice/
https://www.healthy-eating-politics.c...sociation.html
https://www.nmsociety.org/

These are all excellent places to start...
Mine is working with me. I told her what works for me and what doesn't. I think the fact that before I saw her, I read everything I could get my hands on and was in a better position to argue with her... I may be an exception.

On the other hand... when I told my GP that I stopped taking Metformin, he told me that I should just accept the fact that I am diabetic and continue taking the pills.
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Welcome back! I had an A1c of 12.3 3 years ago and a fasting level of 210. I let my programing job stress me out. On Aug 1, 2009 I began the slow journey back. So I know where you're at. I like hearing that you're not going to hurt yourself this time. Holding myself back in the beginning was the "big deal" that made this time so much different for me.
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Glad to hear you are still kicking there Allen, we were a bit worried about you.
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Happy you are back.

Bike riding is one of the best exercises for a diabetic.

Riding is my diabetic medication.

A1C last week was 6.1

Ride slow and as often as you are able.

I try to eat 6 very small meals each day.

My 1st A1C was 13.75 and Bld Sugar level of 435.
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I'm not a doctor, but, as a Type 2 diabetic myself, and having had the chance to compare notes with others, I believe that not every diabetic reacts the same way to various foods.

I follow the ADA plan, which is to limit carb intake to 50-55 gms per meal (often I'm way under that) and 20-25 gms between meals. My last a1c was 5.6 and my normal fasting glucose in the morning is 80-95 mg/dl. I don't take any medication. For anything. I used to also take lysinopril for BP, Simvastatin for cholesterol, and Tricor for triglycerides, in addition to metformin.

There are certain foods that spike my glucose. Fruits are one of them. Bananas, grapes, oranges (especially oranges), pineapple and melon cause it to spike. Berries, apples, pears, and tart plums don't.

I tend to stick to whole grain rices and other starches. Beans and other legumes are good sources of protein, too. Fiber is key---fiber negates carbs gram for gram. Something with 30 gms of cabrs and 5 gms of fiber only counts as 25 gms of carbs.

I also have to add a caveat that I'm now averaging 200+ miles a week riding, so my carb needs, and carb expenditures, aren't the same as yours. I would agree that restricting carbs is a good idea, but, I'm not going to jump to the conclusion that registered dieticians and the ADA are all wet. Their eating plan worked for me before I started cycling seriously. And again, we're not cookie cutters. Diabetic friends of mine can eat things I can't, and vice-versa.
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When I took some isolated food test:

Potatoes, Rice, and Beans gave me a High sugar spike after 1 hour.
So I try to avoid them.

Corn products convert slowly for me, so that is what I eat.

We are all different in what is good or bad.
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Welcome back Allen,

Ive suggested this before to others - only because it works for me. 2-3x a week ride small local rides (5 miles or less) and at weekend at least one longer ride of 20+ miles. That is assuming you are able to ride those distances - adjust accordingly. Keep it simple. The more you stack on yourself to 'complete' (distance wise), the more your likely to pack it all in as you become disheartened.

So are you off the road for good? If so, it may be a blessing in disguise if life on the road means you cant exercise. If only temporarily off the road, the challenge will be to find a way to bike while living from your cab, else all your efforts will be for nothing.

Let us know how this weekends ride goes.
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So are you off the road for good? If so, it may be a blessing in disguise if life on the road means you cant exercise. If only temporarily off the road, the challenge will be to find a way to bike while living from your cab, else all your efforts will be for nothing.

Let us know how this weekends ride goes.
I am DONE with the road. The DOT will not let me drive if I am taking insulin and that is where im heading if my A1C doesnt drop when we do it next month again. My Dr. basically told me that I shouldnt be out there and the cardiologist told me to definitely find a new line of work or I would die from the stress of doing that job. Believe it or not, it isnt just bout holding the wheel and going down the road.

So, no, im not going back out. Im looking for another line of work as I type this. I need to get some things done to the bike and then im gonna ride in the morning.
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Welcome back, Allen. Best of luck with your health improvements. I'll PM you about the bibs/money.
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Allen, since you already in Marietta, look into the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. They do quite a few slow paced social, as well as strictly novice rides throughout the month. A group like that would be ideal for you to get back into cycling with. Not only does talking and being social take your mind off the exercise element, but it's a great way to meet folks in your local area with similar abilities and desires.
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