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Do You Know Your Diabetes Numbers?

When it comes to diabetes, numbers count. By monitoring certain aspects of your health, you can stay in control of your diabetes and help prevent future problems. Here’s a guide to three numbers that everyone with diabetes should know. 1. A1c is a blood test that tells you how well your blood sugar is controlled. While a blood sugar test measures a moment in time, the A1c gives a big-picture view of your blood sugar control during the last two to three months, so you know if your treatment plan is working. The details: An A1c below 7 percent is a common goal. Your doctor may set your goal above or below this. Be sure to get tested at least twice a year. 2. Blood pressure is an indication of your blood vessel health. High blood pressure makes your heart work harderaises the risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease, so controlling your blood pressure is important. The details: A healthy blood pressure is 120/80 (“120 over 80”) or lower. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. Blood pressure between 120/80 and 140/90 is “early high blood pressure.” Get your blood pressure checked at every health care visit. 3.Cholesterol and triglyceride tests tell you if these blo Continue reading >>

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  1. Aaron1963

    Coke Zero - Bad Stuff

    Ok, this post is maybe a bit off-topic, because it's only related somewhat indirectly to my diabetes. And also a bit long, because I just like to get carried away sometimes, so please skip if you wish to.
    I never drink cola or other soft drinks. Even before being diabetic, I didn't really like cola. Growing up, until I was in high school, I only had a soft drink a few times, I'd guess maybe five times, being my mother prohibited it from our house, and only allowed me to have it if some relative or guest brought some when visiting. By high school I started to enjoy it sometimes with my classmates, but still not that often, and beyond my college years I never drank it except on rare occasions, and then usually regular, not diet versions.
    I've never consumed artificial sweeteners either, other than once in a while whatever might be in some processed food I eat. After attempting good control of my diabetes, I figured I'd need to gravitate towards artificial sweeteners in order to satisfy my sweet tooth, but soon found I didn't need any sweet foods, save for a small quantity of berries once in a while. I don't at all mean to say diabetics who use artificial or natural sweeteners are doing something wrong. Just that I prefer to find a way of eating that doesn't include them for me.
    Well, a few days ago, Wuensche posted about a bad experience of a mix up in consuming a regular sugary soft drink rather than a non-sugar one. I mentioned then in response that I didn't drink soft drinks, but I saw on the same day how some diabetics really enjoy diet root beer with pouring cream (heavy whipping cream). Some of them went on and on about how good it was, so I had this in my mind, even though I didn't intend to try it myself.
    Then yesterday evening I met my friend for dinner. In Korea it's customary if someone is drinking at dinner, that everyone drinks. Alcoholic beverages (especially Korean soju or beer) is the norm, but even if you don't drink alcohol, you should normally order at least some soft drink in order to drink together with them. To not do so shows some lack of etiquette. Well, I've let the people at my office and around me know that I don't drink alcohol, and that I cannot drink soft drinks due to the sugar in them, so I get away with being impolite and drink just water, but I'll pour some water into a soju shot glass, and use that for toasting, being soju is clear just like water. My friend doesn't drink, and she just wanted a cola, but they had diet cola (Coke Zero), which isn't available universally but only at some restaurants, so she suggested we share that, being she knew I cannot have sugar. Trying to be polite, I agreed. And we planned to go to a coffee shop afterwards, and I knew from past experience that it's best to bring my own pouring cream, because they only give a small amount of whipped cream on top of the coffee if you order it extra, but I like a whole lot in mine. So I had a carton of pouring cream with me, and I added it to my Coke Zero, thinking it might be some simulation of the diet root beer with cream. I must say, it was very good, much better than I was expecting, and can see why some diabetics love diet root beer with cream. My friend laughed at me adding cream to the cola, and she now likes to call me "Cream Pig", being I love adding/eating pouring cream, sour cream, cream cheese, triple cream brie, etc. "Pig" used as a nickname isn't offensive here like it might be in some cultures, but is considered a cute term.
    Well testing after dinner, my BG was 75 (4.2) which is good and in-line with what I've been getting recently, so all was good. By the time I went to bed, I was feeling a bit nauseous. I woke up in the middle of the night, and knew I had a problem, and made a trip to the toilet with some bad diarrhea and vomiting. A short time later another bought of diarrhea, and maybe 30 minutes of the nausea till I felt perfectly normal and fell back to sleep. I woke up feeling normal and tested my BG and got a 70 (3.9). Well, I doubt it was any sort of food poisoning that caused my issue, because I would have expected it to last longer, and also not any flu or other illness, because it would have also lasted longer and elevated my BG. So most likely I would say the Coke Zero was suspect.
    Since getting good control of my diabetes, I've gone from being a processed food junkie, due mostly to the convenience factor, to being what some might consider to be a health nut. It's really though just out of default, in needing to eat this way to control my diabetes, being I cannot find the foods I think I need by buying them as processed and/or canned, save for a few items which are canned but all natural. So for most of the past six months I've probably have very little additives/chemicals in my food. I think my body just became adjusted to natural food, and had a violent reaction when I suddenly fed it a chemical laden drink bomb. I have no idea if it was the artificial sweeteners (aspartame, acesulfame-K), or the phosphoric acid, or something else. Whatever the case, it's seriously bad news for me, and I most definitely learned my lesson - stay away from this sort of stuff and just stick with the foods/drinks I've been using. I'm really quite surprised at how quickly my body has changed and at the level of the reaction to just a glass of diet cola. And I also wonder what effects beyond diabetes consuming these chemicals might have. So while at first I didn't consider any health benefits beyond diabetes control to my new way of eating, I now think it's probably better for me. Maybe a bit of an overreaction to just one incident, but it really made me think about the chemical additives in foods/beverages.

  2. Colt45

    I think the phosphoric acid in all colas is bad for the kidneys. I rarely drink any pop but if I do I get diet 7 Up or sometimes diet Sprite.

  3. Aaron1963

    Coke Zero is the only diet soft drink I've even seen for sale here in Korea. Though I don't know what the fast food restaurants do that serve fountain drinks by Pepsi, if there's a Pepsi version or not. I've not seen it in the stores. Years ago I recall there was something called, "Coke Light" or something like that, but I'm guessing 8 ~ 10 years ago it was replaced with Coke Zero. Koreans aren't big consumers of diet soft drinks. Even people dieting typically drink sugary versions. I don't recall off-hand, but this possibly could have been my first experience ever drinking Coke Zero. The few times I had a diet cola in the past was abroad.

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