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  • Shared Experiences

    Share your experiences in the Diabetes community!

    Welcome to the Healthshare Diabetes Community for people, carers and health professionals who have experience with Diabetes.

    This is your community and we want to get to know you so please reply to this message to introduce yourself. Tell us what you hope to get out of your community experience.

    We're looking forward to hearing from you. Happy healthsharing!
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  • Neil Synnott

    Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist

    I am qualified as a PHYSIOTHERAPIST and ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST.I primarily use the McKENZIE METHOD for assessment and management of musculoskeletal pain disorders. The McKENZIE ... View Profile

    Hi everyone,



    My name is Neil Synnott. I practice as a physiotherapist and accredited exercise physiologist in Frankston and Prahran. I regularly have people referred by their general practitioner for assistance with developing an exercise program (and sort out aches and pains) to help with the management of type II diabetes and other chronic health conditions.



    By being apart of health share, I hope to help in increasing awareness of self-management strategies with chronic health conditions… I know it is very achievable with support from your health care team. I am reminded of the benefit of self-management strategies regularly when I catch up with my mum… she's had type II diabetes and other health concerns for 20+ years and managing well… Good on you mum!



    Happy health sharing!!



    Neil

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  • Lisa Taylor

    Healthshare Member

    Hi I'm Lisa and I cook, write and blog about gestational diabetes.



    I had gestational diabetes (GDM) in 2009 and the experience not only changed my perspective on nutrition, but inspired me to launch Australia's first website dedicated to GDM http://gestationaldiabetesrecipes.com/  - a hub of delicious GDM-friendly recipes, practical information, interviews and articles, written in conjunction with an Accredited Practising Dietitian.



    I hope my site can inspire women to eat well during their pregnancy with GDM and beyond.



    I'll tell you a secret though….all the recipes you'll find at GDRecipes are tasty, easy and food the whole family will enjoy, so get cookin' good lookin'!



    Here to help,

    Lisa

  • Rochelle @team healthshare

    Healthshare Member

    Good on you Lisa for being so proactive, you are an inspiration.

  • Lisa Taylor

    Healthshare Member

    Thanks Rochelle. I'm really excited to be part of it all. Such an great initiative.

  • Jenny Wallis

    Healthshare Member

    Hi, I'm Jenny. Deveolped gestational diabetes and then Type 2 a year after giving birth to my gorgeous girl. I am not a diabetic, I am a person who has diabetes! Looking forward to being an active paret of this grteat site, I always have plenty of questions!  Jen

  • Lisa Taylor

    Healthshare Member

    Hi Jenny

    If there is anything that I can help with in relation to meal ideas, let me know. How are you going these days?

    Lisa

  • Jenny Wallis

    Healthshare Member

    Good, thanks for asking. I am on a diet called BodyTrim, which is a high protein, low carb diet and my body loves it - sugar levels become very reasonable. Brekky is protein + fruit/bread, lunch is protein + salad, dinner is protein + veges, 3 snacks are protein, one free day a week then a protein only day. So not a lot of dairy except on your free day, no cakes, lollies, biscuits. It is a program designed by geoff Jowett and becoming more and more popular. Jen

  • Lisa Taylor

    Healthshare Member

    That's great you've found a diet that works for you. That's the thing isn't it - there are heaps of different regimens out there but it really just has to tick your boxes! (ie. taste/ lifestyle/ budget/ health-related/ interest). This one you're following sounds pretty similar to the GDM diet too, which worked well for me at the time. You go girl! Lisa

  • Simone Sparkes

    Healthshare Member

    Hi I am new to this forum and to healthshare. I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes since April this year (2011), I also have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) since 1991 and diagnosed with having ADHD (dreamy type) in 2005 adult adhd and most likely had it as a child as three of my sons have it, with one just about grown out of it and the youngest was diagnosed very young with it. I have four boys and all were conceived naturally I know lucky me, it had taken me a few years to conceive my second son though.  I try to eat healthy as I can, I try to remember to take my medication and get stressed very easlily. I have to check my BGL's every two hours after each meal including snacks. Due to my hubby being away now the 9th week and have only seen him for approx 8 - 14 days in the past two months. I am feeling very tired and drained of energy, I have not been to the gym since he went away as I usually go three days a week and wanting to increase it to five days a week. I have lost approx 10 kilos since April I may of even put weight back on due to the lack of exercise. I am in the process of making a daily time schedule so I can remember to take my diabex each day and so I can know which day I have scheduled for the gym and to give me an inspiriation to go again. I am also in the process of getting my old thinner me photo's out and putting on the walls and fridge as an inspiriation to do so.

    Simone

  • Lisa Taylor

    Healthshare Member

    Hey Blueangel you are a women on a mission! Good for you. It sounds like you have your mind set on some serious goals but are they realistic? I can't imagine what it's like having 3 boys let alone the 1 I have and he's a (happy) handful already at 2 years. When do you find the time to do everything you do!? Do you have people around you to help you reach your goals? That's something I find really useful, especially when you get to a point where you feel like you need a little helping hand. Hope your hubby gets back soon for all hands on deck Thanks for sharing, Lisa x 

  • Simone Sparkes

    Healthshare Member

    Hi Lisa

    Thanks for the reply. Yeah they are serious goals but I really need to loose the weight, I do think that they are realistic. I am on diabex at the moment and don't want to go on insulin. But to get to the main weight loss goal I have broken it down to small increments such as when I get to a loss of 5kg I go and buy a book, watch a movie etc or something that is not food related.



    Sorry to say I have a couple friends and some do help but they are busy with work themselves, the ones at school are in their own little groups and I do feel left out as the only time they speak to me is when no-one else is around. One friend moved away and I speak to her when we can. Hubby gets back on Friday so I am looking forward to that.  My four boys are 18 (who is hardly at home to help), 10, 9 and 6.

    When I do approx the women at school I do feel that they aren't really interested in talking to me or even seen with them, it does make me feel sad.

  • Lisa Taylor

    Healthshare Member

    Hey Simone

    As I don't know exactly what's going on with the situation regarding the school mums. But I think it would be a waste of your precious energy to spend it on worrying about that. It hurts to feel left out (I know what that feels like) but as an adult, when I cross paths with people who seem to not understand me or treat me in a way that makes me feel uncomfortable, I tell myself that I have to make even more of an effort to treat them the way I'd like them to treat me. Sometimes that's all you can do. Remember some people are leaders and some are followers. Be yourself and be true to who that is - and maybe you're still discovering yourself? Sounds like you're on a huge journey right now. I know I'm not the person I used to be before becoming a mum. Things that were important to me aren't now and vice versa. I think we forget (as humans) that we are constantly evolving. And change and challenge is actually really good for personal growth. 

    Lisa  

    Ps. Do you have an Iphone/ Ipod or something like that? If you're only option for now is walking by yourself it could be a great time to download some cool spoken books or audio programs that you're interested in? (Hmmmm, that's on my list too!) But I do know as a mum you also crave adult time too (and not just with the hubby. Keep working on it   

  • Simone Sparkes

    Healthshare Member

    Hey Lisa

    You have given me some food for thought. Yes it had worried me that I felt left out. Yes I am still on the path of rediscovering myself again. I have my thinner self giving me some good and encouraging head chatter to get through and make sure that I stick to my little goals to get to my main goal.



    I don't have an iphone/ipod yet, I might get my 18 yr olds, old ipod that he has still. I do crave adult time and suggested to a couple of school mums that actually do talk to me come over for a coffee/morning tea but they seem to say yes sounds good…. but they dont do anything about it. They just say I have my little girl or boy with me, I say thats fine not a problem,  they then just go their own way. Thats one reason why I give up talking to them.



    Anyway thanks for your support

    Sim

  • Neil Synnott

    Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist

    I am qualified as a PHYSIOTHERAPIST and ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST.I primarily use the McKENZIE METHOD for assessment and management of musculoskeletal pain disorders. The McKENZIE ... View Profile

    Hi Simone,



    Congratulations on previously losing 10kg as part of your diabetes management! It sounds like you have a busy household to run and finding little time for yourself. Great to hear you are looking to plan your day with a daily schedule.



    I practice as an accredited exercise physiologist. At our clinic we run group health/fitness classes. These are deliberately set up to commence at 8:20 and 9:20am to start the day with exercise. This is the best time to exercise as it gets your ‘motor/ metabolism’ running. As an interim exercise option, if your children are of school age, possibly walking with them to school can be a way to get your exercise for the day. Hopefully your husband is back on deck soon and you can recommence the gym -  as lifting weights is very important in muscle development for diabetes management.



    Often increasing ‘incidental’ or ‘everyday’ movements can be enough to keep exercise happening. I have one lady I am working with at the moment who is 55 years old, has type II diabetes, has her elderly and unwell mother living with her. Her exercise routine was nothing at all. In the space of 4 weeks of parking 10 minutes away from work and walking, she has lost 7cms from her waist line! So creativity in finding an exercise option can keep you moving.



    Finally, I agree with Lisa, people around you can be of great help…. try and have a friend walk with you!



    All the best.



    Regards, Neil

  • Simone Sparkes

    Healthshare Member

    Hi Neil



    Thanks for the reply, congratulations and the motivation that I need. Yes I do have a busy household and so little time in the day.



    I do walk every morning and afternoon to drop and pick up the boys from school at 8.25 am and it's a 10 minute walk. My youngest is in prep so needs to be signed in and out. When I do go to the gym I go after dropping off the boys as I don't drive I take the bus. The post office is in the shopping centre near us so I can walk around the place. I have just started growing veges & salad veges.



    I would like more friends but they just don't seem to be interested in me and I'm not sure on why and I do feel left out. I am endeavoring on the days that I don't go to the gym to walk a longer way home. The only few friends that I do have don't live near me to walk with.

    Simone

  • Neil Synnott

    Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist

    I am qualified as a PHYSIOTHERAPIST and ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST.I primarily use the McKENZIE METHOD for assessment and management of musculoskeletal pain disorders. The McKENZIE ... View Profile

    Hi Simone,



    I attended a professional info night re PCOS last night. This was about guidelines for health professionals to assist people manage PCOS and other associated metabolic conditions such as diabetes.



    One key point that was made was that LIFESTYLE is VERY IMPORTANT… From what you describe, you are doing this well. So again congratulations!!



    While medication is helpful (and essential) in managing insulin resistance, remaining metabolically active (i.e. exercising) is vital in the long term management. An endocrinologist presenting last night mentioned a phrase… It is important to be metabolically fit. I use a similar phrase with the people I am involved with.



    With regard to weight loss, 5-7% weight loss has a tremendous effect on insulin resistance and other markers relevant to PCOS and diabetes…. this is something like 50-60% improvement in insulin resistance and blood glucose levels!!! From my experience assisting people with PCOS, gestational diabetes and type II diabetes, I have found this result to be quite true.



    Maybe when your husband has returned, make an appointment with your GP and ask for a referral to an exercise physiologist. In the clinic I practice from, we run group fitness classes. Not every physiotherapy/ exercise clinic will run these sessions, so a bit of research may be required. I have a couple of ladies, that from what I can gather, are in a similar social scenario. Over a few years of running our program, I have seen a few friendships blossom!



    Keep up with your walking… you are doing a great job!



    Regards, Neil

  • Simone Sparkes

    Healthshare Member

    Hi Neil

    Thanks for that information I will look into that. I will be returning to the gym next week and in January next year I will start looking at some of their classes that they run. I am happy with the weight training for the time being and was seeing results.



    If its required they do have personal trainers so they I gather are different to the exercise physiologist that you are talking about. I will look into it and see if there is any that is in walking distance to me or on a bus route.



    Thanks again



    Kind regards



    Simone

  • Type 1 Fingerpricker

    Healthshare Member

    Hi, I am a 36 year old women and have been living with Type 1 diabetes for 6 years. I have been writing a blog www.fingerpricker.wordpress.com  I hope to gain information and a sense of community from this site. I feel that more can be done for the diabetes community in Australia…. So why not start here! 

  • Kait Boorn

    Healthshare Member

    Hi everyone, I've had type 1 diabetes for nearly 15 years, since I was a kid. I've now become a dietitian, and looking forward to sharing my knowledge I've learned over the years with others. I use an insulin pump, which I've had since I was 16, and find it's fantastic for helping get those pesky blood sugars in range. I'm also interested in talking to others about general health and wellbeing :)

  • Carol Higgins

    Healthshare Member

    Hi fingerpricker and Kait. Jjust a quick note to say hello and welcome Kait, looking forward to your input from a dieticians perspective…

  • jack fitzs

    Healthshare Member

    Hi I've had type 1 diabetes for almost 3years now levels always in 20 can't find a doctor that will help have no family or friends if something doesn't change some im going to kill myself

  • Joseph Hearne

    Healthshare Member

    Re introduce yourself

    Hi I am Joseph. I am a fairly quiet shy guy hence a bachelor at 64 and this reflects in any activity i do, but it is to my detriment where my long term health is concerned I have been diagnosed as having diabetes II for some time along with a list of other illnesses and done nothing about it beyond taking meds when prescribed. I was a motorcyclist up until recently when a few frights showed me that my thinking is no longer as fast as whe i was younger and so last Friday bought an electric scooter. I am very pleased with its getting me arround Merrylands where I live and hope to try it tomorrow on the train into the city I love the concessional excursion ticket and recoomend it to other NSW residents it is great to get out and leave those 4 walls behind doing whatever i want The scooter will be a useful accompaniment to it.

    Joseph

  • Julie Mullins

    Healthshare Member

    Hi all I am new to the forum and new to healthshare. I am a 48 yr old female, I am single, have a dog cockateil. I am a diabetic type 2 but insulin dependent. In 2009 had aortic valve replacement & back surgery. Since then I have put on over 30 kg & having trouble getting the weight of now. A few months ago I was also told that I have a cancer of the thyroid.

    I am hoping to get from these forums ideas, support, friends.



    Julie Mullins.

  • TraciH31

    Healthshare Member

    Hi
    I have had Diabetes T2 for approx 10 years. All has been pretty stable for 91/2 of those years.
    About 7 months ago things went pear shaped, totally out of control, BSL's as high as 29.6 !!!
    Been seeing my doctor almost weekly and recently referred to an Endocrinologist. Dont know why this referral wasnt done months ago.
    Also have had out of control Blood pressure, highest reading 235/123 and now on 3 different Blood pressure medications and have managed to get readings down around 165/100 ( still to high concidering medication im on ).
    Had a Barrage of tests done after seeing endocrinologist the first time…. results….mega High Midnight cortisol levels, so having more tests next week.
    Commenced on Byetta recently which i think is going to be great for me :)
    I always thought i had a good diet, good portion control, but with byetta im eating like 1/4 of my “ Normal ” meal…..must have been eating way to much. Now have to learn to put less on the plate cos i just cant eat that much lol.

    As part of my Diabetes care plan, i have been referred to an exercise Physiologist for the last two years. The doctors surgery sends off the referral, says they will call you. They never do :(.

    So i have no idea what an exercise physiologist even does to help people with diabetes.

    I have a medium sized dog who demands i walk her every day :). So we walk for approx 40 mins to an hour most days ( we only miss it if its absolutely pouring with rain ). I am hoping thats enough exercise.

    Im reading heaps, making small changes here n there and trying to get back those days of control :)

    Ill get there :)

    Traci

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