Archives for: October 2006, 28
Hey I have another T-shirt idea: "Somewhere, lurking on your plate, there's a lectin with your name on it!"
Anyway... I still don't know the results of my glucose tolerance test, but the doctor's office won't give them to me over the phone. Hmmm. I've been re-reading the health library diabetes book and did find a few things in it enlightening.
For instance, it states that insulin resistance can damage your thyroid. I've had thyroid trouble for 12+ years, but this year my TSH number doubled in a matter of 3 months, so that is suspicious right there. It also states that the cutoff point for pre-diabetes is 100 for fasting blood glucose, I had thought it was 110 and I had just missed the cutoff back in '99, but apparently I qualified for prediabetes, especially considering my high cholesterol and triglycerides at the time. It all came down, but I'll find out if this last pregnancy weight-carry may have pushed up the glucose again. Maybe I just have no room for error, that's the essence of being a non-secretor, isn't it?
The other interesting thing is how many lectins interfere with insulin, the main ones being wheat and corn. Wheat had a lot to do with my problems years ago, and I have noticed that any bit of corn, or indulgence in some other lectins, does make my symptoms worse...whether or not the food is high in carbs/glucose. Maybe that is at the root of some of my problems with corn, as well as the nation's problem with corn syrup!
I can tell you that I'll be a bit angry if it turns out to actually be diabetes...I eat better than most people I know and even those with the worst diets don't get diabetes until their 60s. Genetics can bite you sometimes, but then, it could be a whole lot worse! Life isn't meant to be fair or easy, and there are good reasons for that, yet my life is good.
Wow...did I just say that in October? I'm doing pretty well with my SAD this year I guess, this is my worst time of year (which is a bit unusual, but hey, that's me). So far I'm just a bit emotional at times, and having trouble with carb cravings...but not really sinking like the old days. I've still managed to get some things done, I finally cleaned out the garage! I'd like to do so much more, which is an unusual sense of ambition for this time of year, there are just many things I'd like to improve and change in my life. I'm crossing my fingers (and moving my legs on daily walks) in preparation for the next few weeks after the time change. It feels like constant jet-lag, but not a black hole.