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Had an appointment with my doctor yesterday to go over my latest labs. My PCP was called away, so I saw one of his associates. Things are going pretty well--A1C is down to 6.9, and BG seems to be under control. But my blood pressure has been running a bit high (I check it most mornings) so we added another BP med. My cholesterol levels are creeping up too, for the first time in my life, so I'm also starting a statin med (Lipitor). I now have graduated to two pill organizers--one for AM, one for PM.

For dinner I made jambalaya and blackened Brussels sprouts. I used brown rice, so the whole thing was pretty good diet-wise. Lots of vegetables.


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Aug. 9th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
I wish for you the very best possible results as you work on your health and fitness.
Aug. 9th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2014 04:25 am (UTC)
Hope you get the meds sorted out to the bar minimal.

Love that backsplash!!

Jambalaya....one of my favs..I make Paul Prudhommes' poor man jambalaya often.
Aug. 10th, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
This is a Paul Prudhomme recipe--Chicken, Tasso, and Sausage Jambalaya. I usually leave out the ham, and use kielbasa and chicken thighs.
Aug. 11th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
I do the same thing with the poor man's recipe--I leave out the ham and use kielbasa instead of andouille. Sometimes I toss in some shrimp, or crawfish tails, if we have them in the freezer.
Aug. 11th, 2014 07:50 am (UTC)
And of course I make the Princess and the Frog recipe from the Disney movie cookbook...it's so us.
Aug. 10th, 2014 07:08 am (UTC)
High cholesterol and blood pressure seem to be common among sufferers of DM II. You should aim for an A1c of 5.9 or below.

My metformin dosage was cut in half in June and after a few days my BG levels settled down. We'll see the A1c results next month. My A1c has been consistently at 5.5 or lower since being diagnosed 3 years ago. That's why my metformin dosage was halved. It costs $2.50 for a 50-day supply of NOT generic metformin. That's full cost, not co-pay.

I asked my doctor about statins and we decided that I should watch my dietary intake of fats instead of using statins. In general they push dietary changes over medication here. By dietary changes I have been able to modify my cholesterol by 20%.

I made a number of BP readings and presented charts to my doctor last month and she said they were fine.

How much rice do you eat per serving? I limit myself to 35 g (before cooking) of whole-grain rice. Likewise I eat a no sugar added muesli-style breakfast cereal again limited to 35 g. I use Danacol, a liquid-yogurt like dairy drink made by Dannon that has plant sterols that lower cholesterol.

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