Jun 25
Sandmom3
Sandmom3 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Heart attack and Type 1 diabetes

Hello Everyone,
My name is Sandi and I am 52 years old.  I have had Type 1 diabetes for 34 years and two months ago I suffered a heart attack.  I had an angioplasty done with five stents placed in my arteries.  I have been recovering well but I do experience some discomfort in the upper middle part of my chest occasionally.  I had the Cardiolite stress test done and everything was fine to do with my heart.  The doctor thinks it may be irritation from the stents but I haven't been able to find any information about that so I do wonder if that's accurate or if something else is causing the feeling.  I would love to know if anyone else on this site has had that experience.  I would also love to hear from others who also may have Type 1 diabetes along with their heart disease.  There is a lot of information out there about Type 2 diabetes but that really is a different disease than Type 1. One of the most difficult issues I am having is how to eat now.  I have done low carb eating for so long to help control my blood sugars but now I need to cut out or cut down on saturated fats.  I have taken to eating vegetarian/vegan, but it's hard to do that AND keep the carbs low.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!  It's been pretty overwhelming at times adjusting to having two chronic illnesses now andd keeping up with the routine and doing everything "right".  I find that it isn't the physical things so much as it is the mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges that are the most difficult.  Thank you for letting me post my story and the opportunity to know I am not alone in this.
5 Comments
  • carolonowens
    carolonowens,
    sounds like you need help from a cardio/nutritionist. Is there one you can contact from your cardiologist? good luck with your health issues. sending you prayers & good thoughts too. Carol
  • offthewall
    offthewall,
    Hi Sandi, have been eating 90% vegetarian for last 15 years and keep carbs low by getting most of carbs from vegetables. I make a vegetable & bean "salad" for 4-5 meals/week. Use many different fresh and frozen veggies with different beans and eat it room temp with olive oil & balsamic vinegar. (a vary large serving of this for an entire meal). Got the idea from the "3 bean salad" - but this is a 10 veggie salad with beans. Still have some health problems, but am 75 and need to cut out the after supper eating!! Bev
  • Bevrly
    Bevrly,
    Sorry you are having problems with your diet. Maybe a Dietition could help get you on the right food track. I have Type 11 Diabetes and have to watch my carbs. My downfall is bread. I love my toast. I was in a program with Women's Health Program for 15 years and learned how to read labels which was a big help. I was diagnosed with Diabetes less than a year ago and am doing okay. I am 85 years old and I go to the YMCA 3 days a week and work out on 8 machines and do 1 hour of Aqua Zumba each day. I feel so much better since I started that. I still do all of my housework and mow my lawn which is almost an acre. I do have Mitral Valve Prolapse from Rheumatic Fever I had at age 11 but so far I am doin okay with that, too. Hope you can get help with your diet. Beverly
  • LesterS
    LesterS,
    There are many healthy recipes and a wealth information about s many different topics---on the Hallelujah Acres website., It is also beneficial to try the Food Babe website. Buying a good Juicer and Blender is a wise decision. The Hallelujah Acres website tells what and his to juice to remain healthy. Beginning by seeking the Lord first for guidance/direction/ finding the right doctors. Ask the Lord to direct you in finding a good Bible believing/highly anointed Man or woman of God to pray for you and cover you. Get a King James Version of the Bible and The Amplified Bible. Pray for understanding and what to read first. Get in a good Bible Study and church. Ask the Lord to send you to a very good concerned/thorough cardiologust and nutritionist. The Lord will lead you. You need much discipline as I did/ still do. You need God to help you with the duscipline to eat healthily. Ask Him. He will do that with your cooperation. Watch online--Kenneth Copeland/Mark Hankins/Bishop TDJakes/Jerry Savelle/Sandra Kennedy ministries/Sheryl Brady ministries. You will be truly fed bountifully the Word of God to enable you to grow in the Lord/faith. May God richly bless and heal you in every area of your life, in the Mighty Name of Jesus!
  • mk187
    mk187,
    Definitely look to a dietitian for some help/guidance. If you switch to exclusively vegetarian diet, keep in mind that you are reducing your overall CoQ10 intake. CoQ10 has been shown to help blood sugar control and strengthen your heart. Maybe you can ask your dietitician for advice whether you might be a good candidate to supplement with it? CoQ10 has reduced cardiovascular mortality in HF patients and healthy seniors by 43-54% in two large gold standard studies. Those studies used a pharmaceutical-grade CoQ10- myoqinon ubiquinone. Maybe that can help you?
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