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Posted on 10/1/18 6:40 PM
I smoked most of my life. I started when I was about 10. By 16 I was a pack a day smoker. Sometimes two packs a day. I really enjoyed smoking throughout most of my life, unless I was in the Urgent Care, doubled over with acute Bronchitis. Tried to quit numerous times in the past, but was unable to, until about ten or so years ago when my right lung collapsed completely. Eight days in the hospital with a chest tube, morphine, steroids and heavy doses of anti-biotics I was able to quit smoking. Haven’t smoked since. Haven’t had the desire to or any cravings for it.
Fast forward ten or so years. I have gained nearly 100 pounds, have been diagnosed with COPD, Hypertension, Diabetes and the wonderful ailments that go with it like edema (swelling and fluid retention) in the lower legs, neuropathy (mainly in the legs), and high cholesterol. Had to stop taking the cholesterol drugs when it was determined that I had some adverse reactions to them (after 5 years) causing an increase to one of the blood proteins called creatine kinase. This little addition added some wonderful and very painful muscle cramps throughout my body for several weeks. The severe cramps started 5 months after I stopped taking the cholesterol drugs. Not including the cholesterol drugs, I take 9 prescription medications today, plus sleep with an oxygen generator to keep my O2 above the level of respiratory failure.
So recently I started monitoring my blood sugar again and fear that the next Dr. visit will have me on insulin between meals. Been reading up on different diets and schemes to lower the blood sugar, lose weight, etc. Looking for the easy way out. So here I am today, September 30, 2018, the eve of October the first, 2018. My lovely wife of 35 years has been very patient, caring and loving throughout our marriage. Quietly prodding me to lose weight as the pounds piled on. (I love to cook and eat food!) So last week I broke down and ordered the NutriSystem for men with diabetes. Started today! The food is not bad. You eat a small deliberate portion every 2 hours or so. Mostly the prepared food that they sell you, but supplemented with fresh vegetables, fruits, etc. You can add smart carbs, lean proteins, all the vegies you can imagine. And I can still have my two cups of black coffee in the mornings…
OK, so why am I telling the world this? It is because I have committed to lose weight and I now have a goal. Much the same as quitting smoking 10 years ago, my goal today is to lose 100 pounds and get off of the ten prescription medications I currently take daily. We both retired this year and are looking forward to watching our youngest grandchildren grow up. I want…I need to be around for the next 10 or 20 years to see them grow up. So, announcing my goal is to help force myself to succeed.
Thanks for listening. Will update monthly if I can.
Beginning of the discussion - 10/4/18Diabetes, Hypertension, and COPD - announcing my goal to help me succeed https://www.carenity.us/forum/copd/living-with-copd/diabetes-hypertension-and-copd-announcing-my-goal-to-help-me-succeed-499
Posted on 10/4/18 4:52 AM
Amazing! And thank you for sharing! Very happy to hear you were able to quit smoking years ago and even more happy to hear you have such a positive outlook with all the diagnosis. Having a supportive wife, I am sure, as you stated, helps tremendously!
It sounds like you are on your way to achieving your goal and what a better inspiration than to be around to watch your grandchildren grow up!
How has day 2 and day 3 been for your Nutristem meal plan? Are you adding any exercise into your plan also, such as walks or any of the sort?
Look forward to hearing from you and reading your updates.
Posted on 10/4/18 4:59 AM
@Gordon you are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story with us. How much is this nutrisystem? Does it in entail anything else besides the diet?
I am interested in it. Hope to hear from you soon and good luck! Awesome outlook and story. COPD is not easy alone. plus with diabetes. Hope all is well.
Posted on 10/4/18 5:24 AM
Thank you for your comment.
With my COPD I am limited on the exercise. We walk the dog each morning and early evening to the tune of about 1 to 2 miles per day. I have the exercise bike at home but no plans to use it until we move (long story).
Posted on 10/4/18 5:30 AM
Regarding the Nutrisystem, its more than a diet. Its a comprehensive meal plan with a change to the way I eat. The initial cost for the additional Nutrisystem food is about 3-400 per month. However, can stop the plan after the second month and make - eat food based upon their system.
The biggest problem is portion control and eating 6 times per day! Good news is that it is working. First week dropped 7 pounds ( I expect to lose the rest over a few years) but the blood sugar change was immediate. Went from and average of 190-200 mg/dL to 130-135 mg /dL IMMEDIATELY AND HOLDING!
Posted on 10/4/18 5:32 AM
I hope I answered all of the questions in the posts. Not real good in these sites keeping comments and answers straight. If I missed anything, please ask again.
Posted on 10/5/18 5:33 AM
@Gordon 1 to 2 miles per day, walking, is excellent! Better than none and at a stable rate that you can tolerate. They say 75% of the work in weight loss in diet anyways! Sounds like you are on the right path! Look forward to your updates.
Posted on 10/5/18 5:43 AM
@Gordon That is amazing! 7 pounds! Wow! So the Nutrisystem shows you and teaches you how to eat and you can order the food from them, but once you get the hang of it, you can start to make your own meals and not order theirs?
The food for 300 - 400 a month is for 6 small meals a day? Does not seem to badly priced if that is what I am understanding!
Congrats on losing the weight. I do not have diabetes (family member does), so not to up on what the blood sugar means, but heck sounds like you are happy about it, so the change must be a good one! Very happy for you! I need to learn more about diabetes so I can understand my family member better.
Posted on 10/6/18 4:18 PM
Was planning on commenting after one month, but just after one week things are going pretty well. Today is the 7th day of the Nutrisystem (diet). Weight is 280, down from 290 starting. Blood sugar was averaging around 190 to 200 in September. This morning, tested at 118. The attached images illustrates the numbers. Have been well over 120 for the last several years, bouncing up to 180-200, taking two type II Diabetes drugs daily. To reiterate my initial concerns, I have an appointment with my Dr. this coming week and with the level over 190 he would place me on insulin.
The home testing I do is the mg/dL column on the attached sheet. When they take blood at the lab, they read the A1C level in the next column labeled mmol/L. I was first put on the type II drugs when my A1C hit 7. Type I treatment with insulin hits with A1C over 11 on the chart.
In commenting on the costs, yes the 3-400 per month for their food (plus whatever vegetables you may purchase is very reasonable. I/we were spending that much per week at the market before.
I fully understand that it took several years to pack on the additional weight and will take time and dedication to the new way of eating, more for nutrition and less for the pleasure. My goal weight is 190 with normal blood sugar levels below 100 mg/dL. I figure that If me of all people quit smoking after 40 years, changing the eating habits and dropping the weight will be achievable. The next goal would be to attack the COPD head on, and work on keeping my blood O2 levels above 95...Thanks again for your comments of support. I hope my words inspire others to live healthier lives and better cope with their medical concerns.
Posted on 10/9/18 5:03 AM
@Gordon that is amazing! so your blood glucose is basically in NORMAL ranges? This is attributed to this diet/lifestyle plan?
Congrats on losing 10 lbs! That is amazing. Keep at it. Let me know if the breathing becomes easier. You cannot beat that price. I am with you; we spend 100+ easily a week in food!
What are your plans to attack COPD head on? Maybe you are on to something better than I am aware of.