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JonasStax, I think you should be posting this in the thread about the Mediterranean diet vs the food pyramid, rather than in the thread about diabetes. Did you confuse them?
 

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""I don't think it's necessary to go quite that far. But, to be honest, I'm a little confused what your links about "Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy" has to do with diabetes and/or Trulicity.'"

"First I tried Keto, and Mediterranean. I didn't know that the % of calories from fat would make such a difference."

The Mediterranean Diet is like saying how long is a piece of string. The culinary variations are infinitesimal.

I have collated diabetic recipes with ordinary recipes. Diabetic recipes are just ordinary recipes tailored for health.

If people don't know the basics of using ingredients then they will always be eating second class food.

If people are genuine about the quality of life, managing diabetes then start with the best available recipes and ingredients and tailor the recipes to suit dietary requirements.

People receive awards for being contributors for culinary excellence.

Learn from the best.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ann_Esposito

"Recognitions:

She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Culinary and Cultural Arts of Italy by the Order Sons of Italy in America. She is in the Hall of Fame for the Italian Trade Commission.

On June 2, 2013, a knighthood was bestowed upon her by the President of the Italian Republic under the title Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy)."
 
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""I don't think it's necessary to go quite that far. But, to be honest, I'm a little confused what your links about "Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy" has to do with diabetes and/or Trulicity.'"

The last time I looked at a global map, Italy is part of the Mediterranean Basin. If you want the most authentic Italian cuisine outside the Mediterranean Basin, Ciao Italia is the place for authentic recipes.

https://www.ciaoitalia.com/about-me

"Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito and the author of 13 cookbooks including her most recent, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy.

This year, the series celebrates its milestone 30th year of production; making it America’s longest running television cooking series

Through Ciao Italia and appearances on other programs including The Today Show, the Food Network, Discovery Channel, Fox, RAI International, The Victory Garden, and many others, she has been able to share traditional Italian cooking, history and culture with audiences around the world. Mary Ann has worked beside world-renowned chefs like Julia Childs and Jacques Pepin.

In addition the Mary Ann Esposito Foundation was created to help culinary students achieve their goals, and most recently, the Foundation announced the creation of the Rebecca Alssid Award, named for the founder of the culinary arts program at Boston University. This annual award is presented to qualifying students who are part of the gastronomy and culinary arts program." END.

Maybe improving literary skills and less yap will go a long way.

AS STATED DELETE MY PROFILE.

Maybe improving your 'people skills', and not acting like a 3-year-old by resorting to insults, would go a long way for you as well.
 

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""I don't think it's necessary to go quite that far. But, to be honest, I'm a little confused what your links about "Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy" has to do with diabetes and/or Trulicity.'"

"First I tried Keto, and Mediterranean. I didn't know that the % of calories from fat would make such a difference."

The Mediterranean Diet is like saying how long is a piece of string. The culinary variations are infinitesimal.

I have collated diabetic recipes with ordinary recipes. Diabetic recipes are just ordinary recipes tailored for health.

If people don't know the basics of using ingredients then they will always be eating second class food.

If people are genuine about the quality of life, managing diabetes then start with the best available recipes and ingredients and tailor the recipes to suit dietary requirements.

People receive awards for being contributors for culinary excellence.

Learn from the best.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ann_Esposito

"Recognitions:

She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Culinary and Cultural Arts of Italy by the Order Sons of Italy in America. She is in the Hall of Fame for the Italian Trade Commission.

On June 2, 2013, a knighthood was bestowed upon her by the President of the Italian Republic under the title Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy)."

You've made your point. Thank you.
 

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JonasStax, I think you should be posting this in the thread about the Mediterranean diet vs the food pyramid, rather than in the thread about diabetes. Did you confuse them?

Yes, it confused me a little. Not everyone has vast knowledge about the Mediterranean diet and I didn't get his point at first.
 

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""I don't think it's necessary to go quite that far. But, to be honest, I'm a little confused what your links about "Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy" has to do with diabetes and/or Trulicity.'"



The last time I looked at a global map, Italy is part of the Mediterranean Basin. If you want the most authentic Italian cuisine outside the Mediterranean Basin, Ciao Italia is the place for authentic recipes.



https://www.ciaoitalia.com/about-me



"Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito and the author of 13 cookbooks including her most recent, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy.



This year, the series celebrates its milestone 30th year of production; making it America’s longest running television cooking series



Through Ciao Italia and appearances on other programs including The Today Show, the Food Network, Discovery Channel, Fox, RAI International, The Victory Garden, and many others, she has been able to share traditional Italian cooking, history and culture with audiences around the world. Mary Ann has worked beside world-renowned chefs like Julia Childs and Jacques Pepin.



In addition the Mary Ann Esposito Foundation was created to help culinary students achieve their goals, and most recently, the Foundation announced the creation of the Rebecca Alssid Award, named for the founder of the culinary arts program at Boston University. This annual award is presented to qualifying students who are part of the gastronomy and culinary arts program." END.



Maybe improving literary skills and less yap will go a long way.

Less yap? You mean these endless quotes you post from other sources with no explanation or context? Sure, I think we'd like less of that.


AS STATED DELETE MY PROFILE.
That's not how this forum works. You can delete your own account or just stop posting and coming back to the site.
 

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I'm a Type 2 diabetic (diagnosed a couple of years ago) and I've been taking Metformin for a good while now. It's been okay at keeping my sugar levels down, but, according to my doctor, it's not quite good enough. My latest A1C was 7.1. So along with the Metformin, my doctor has prescribed me Trulicity and I was wondering if anyone else here uses Trulicity and how it works for you, including any side effects you may have experienced.

I haven't started it yet because, truthfully, I'm a little afraid to. That and I'm not crazy about sticking myself with needles. Thankfully it's only once a week, but I still want to gather more information and opinions before I start using it.

Would like to hear any experiences with Trulicity if there is anyone on these boards currently taking it.

Thanks :)

I'm in exactly same situation you are A1C is 7.1 at the last check up, but mu doctor said he wants to wait 6 more month before adding something else to the Metformin.
about the Trulicity, my wife uses it. First of all do not worry about needle. Second of all it definitely helps. Last but not least is the price. It is crazy expensive. I hope you have better insurance than we do.
 

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I'm in exactly same situation you are A1C is 7.1 at the last check up, but mu doctor said he wants to wait 6 more month before adding something else to the Metformin.
about the Trulicity, my wife uses it. First of all do not worry about needle. Second of all it definitely helps. Last but not least is the price. It is crazy expensive. I hope you have better insurance than we do.

Thanks, Charlie. Although my doc says that a 7.1 A1C isn't horribly high (she called it "mildly uncontrolled" diabetes) she still wants it to be lower, which is why she added the Trulicity.

I started it yesterday, picking Sunday as my week day to take it. I was a little nervous at first, but I barely felt the needle at all. And, so far, no side effects. I read many people have digestive issues on Trulicity, being the biggest complaint I'm seeing. The only thing I've noticed today is that I don't have much of an appetite. But then Trulicity is also supposed to help with weight loss, making you feel fuller longer because of the way it acts in your body, so maybe that's why.

Does anyone still care about Trulicity, or would y'all rather just continue sniping at each other?

I care! :)
 

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I am on metformin (breakfast & dinner) and Ozempic (shot 1X a week and needles come with the pen). I'm very happy with these meds.



The doctor tried several other pills (prandin, actos and can't remember the other one) beside the metformin every day). And victoza shots (1 shot every day and I had to buy the needles separately from pen $60 just for the needles!) that I had bad reactions to, most notably bad yeast infections.



Now I'm down to just metformin 2X a day and Ozempic once a week. I've lost weight and lowered my A1C.
 

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I am on metformin (breakfast & dinner) and Ozempic (shot 1X a week and needles come with the pen). I'm very happy with these meds.



The doctor tried several other pills (prandin, actos and can't remember the other one) beside the metformin every day). And victoza shots (1 shot every day and I had to buy the needles separately from pen $60 just for the needles!) that I had bad reactions to, most notably bad yeast infections.



Now I'm down to just metformin 2X a day and Ozempic once a week. I've lost weight and lowered my A1C.

That's fabulous! I'm happy for you :)

I read a little bit about Ozempic as compared to Trulicity and it said the medications are similar, but that Ozempic is slightly better at lowering A1C. So we'll see how I do on the Trulicity and will suggest the Ozempic to my doctor if my A1C doesn't show much improvement after a while of use.
 

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First and foremost, you need to understand that diabetes can not be cured, and it can not be reversed, it can only be controlled. And that's a fact, Jack!

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 10 years ago. At that time I was put on metformin and insulin. It wasn't under complete control, but at least I wasn't drinking excessive amounts of water and peeing every hour. I finally switched to a primary care physician who specialized in diabetes, and he was good. Every visit he'd take my Accu-Chek meter and dump it into his computer to keep track of my blood sugar level. The only problem I had with him was he couldn't understand that I am Sicilian. Sicilians eat bread with macaroni!

Okay, to the present day. When COVID hit, doctors insisted on video visits rather than office visits. I'm sorry, but I can't work that way. I had my PCP refer me to an endocrinologist, who had me video chatting with his physician's assistant, who didn't know $hit about diabetes because all she did was keep changing my med dosages.

Well, I changed medical plans and my primary to a doctor who would do office visits. I have been double vaxed and boosted, and we both wear a mask in the office, so minimal danger of spreading infectious diseases. I tried Ozempic a couple of years ago. It was ineffective and cost prohibitive ($500 co-pay). My new doctor said I didn't need an endocrinologist and she could deal with the diabetes her own damn self. She put me on Trulicity and it worked. My blood sugar level and my A1c both went down, but then I fell into the doughnut hole, and I didn't get even one lousy doughnut. The co-pay went to $700.00! That is when I found out about the Lilly Cares Foundation. Because I am considered low income, I can get my Lilly medications, both Trulicity and Humulin, free-fer-nuthin! You need to fill out and submit a six page form, then they EMAIL a form to your doctor, who is required to fill it out, sign it, and FAX it back to Lilly. Don't ask me why they have to email the form to your doctor, but the doctor has to FAX it back. I have no idea and I don't think they do either. You will start to feel like you're jumping through more hoops than a circus act, but hey, IT'S FREE!

So, if you are considered low income but you don't qualify for the Extra Help program, fill out and submit the form. All it will cost you is some time, and it's not like they can take away your birthday, the worst they can do is say no.

Damn., I'm getting more long winded than Chief Rain-in-the-Face.
 
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First and foremost, you need to understand that diabetes can not be cured, and it can not be reversed, it can only be controlled. And that's a fact, Jack!

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 10 years ago. At that time I was put on metformin and insulin. It wasn't under complete control, but at least I wasn't drinking excessive amounts of water and peeing every hour. I finally switched to a primary care physician who specialized in diabetes, and he was good. Every visit he'd take my Accu-Chek meter and dump it into his computer to keep track of my blood sugar level. The only problem I had with him was he couldn't understand that I am Sicilian. Sicilians eat bread with macaroni!

Okay, to the present day. When COVID hit, doctors insisted on video visits rather than office visits. I'm sorry, but I can't work that way. I had my PCP refer me to an endocrinologist, who had me video chatting with his physician's assistant, who didn't know $hit about diabetes because all she did was keep changing my med dosages.

Well, I changed medical plans and my primary to a doctor who would do office visits. I have been double vaxed and boosted, and we both wear a mask in the office, so minimal danger of spreading infectious diseases. I tried Ozempic a couple of years ago. It was ineffective and cost prohibitive ($500 co-pay). My new doctor said I didn't need an endocrinologist and she could deal with the diabetes her own damn self. She put me on Trulicity and it worked. My blood sugar level and my A1c both went down, but then I fell into the doughnut hole, and I didn't get even one lousy doughnut. The co-pay went to $700.00! That is when I found out about the Lilly Cares Foundation. Because I am considered low income, I can get my Lilly medications, both Trulicity and Humulin, free-fer-nuthin! You need to fill out and submit a six page form, then they EMAIL a form to your doctor, who is required to fill it out, sign it, and FAX it back to Lilly. Don't ask me why they have to email the form to your doctor, but the doctor has to FAX it back. I have no idea and I don't think they do either. You will start to feel like you're jumping through more hoops than a circus act, but hey, IT'S FREE!

So, if you are considered low income but you don't qualify for the Extra Help program, fill out and submit the form. All it will cost you is some time, and it's not like they can take away your birthday, the worst they can do is say no.

Damn., I'm getting more long winded than Chief Rain-in-the-Face.

:LOL:

Actually, that was a good and informative post. Thank you.

I have Medicaid, which pays for all of my prescriptions. Thankfully. Ever since my husband passed away in 2018, I've been struggling to make ends meet, no longer having his monthly income. So I was thankful they approved me for the Medicaid. If not for the Medicaid, I'd be up a poopy creek with no paddles. I have my PCP, a cardiologist, a podiatrist (my feet are a mess) plus various other doctors my PCP sends me to for tests. I would literally be drowning in medical bills and wouldn't be able to afford my prescriptions.

I do have a small savings, but that's slowly disappearing, especially right now with inflation as bad as it is. I don't know what I'm going to do once that money runs out. If I can't pay my rent, I'm in the street.

But I digress. Back to the diabetes thing, I've been on the Trulicity for 2 weeks now (2 doses). I haven't checked my sugar lately. Figured I'd give it a little more time to see if there's a difference, as it said it can take up to 4 weeks for a noticeable change.
 

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I started on Trulicity again last week after a 3 month hiatus waiting for Lilly to approve me, and then send me the medications. After approval I had to call them 3 different times before they finally found me in their system. So I have labs today and a DR appointment tomorrow. My blood sugar has been in the high 100s except for Saturday when it was 93 in the morning and 113 in the evening. I hate it when that happens! We shall ascertain my A1c now. It has been hovering around 9, which is no bueno.
 

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I started on Trulicity again last week after a 3 month hiatus waiting for Lilly to approve me, and then send me the medications. After approval I had to call them 3 different times before they finally found me in their system. So I have labs today and a DR appointment tomorrow. My blood sugar has been in the high 100s except for Saturday when it was 93 in the morning and 113 in the evening. I hate it when that happens! We shall ascertain my A1c now. It has been hovering around 9, which is no bueno.

My blood sugar readings are the opposite. For some reason, my morning (fasting) blood sugar is always higher than the rest of the day.

*shrug*
 

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Back to the diabetes thing, on the Trulicity for 2 weeks now (2 doses). I haven't checked my sugar lately. Figured I'd give it a little more time to see if there's a difference, as it said it can take up to 4 weeks for a noticeable change.
My aunt measured her blood sugar four to five times a day. My dad said that keeping such a close eye on it, and responding with diet and medication when needed, contributed to her living as long as she did.
 
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My aunt measured her blood sugar four to five times a day. My dad said that keeping such a close eye on it, and responding with diet and medication when needed, contributed to her living as long as she did.

I'm admittedly very forgetful about it. I checked it 3 nights ago, but you're right, I should check it more often.

I've actually had a glucose meter for many years. Reason being is because my mom had diabetes and it also runs in our family. So as I started getting a little older, I would often check my sugar just to see if mine was starting to creep up there. It was always normal - until I hit menopause. That's when I noticed my sugar readings going higher. I was like uh-oh, here we go.

When my sugar readings were above normal levels on a consistent basis, that's when I knew pre-diabetes was setting in. Despite eating better and trying to lose a little weight, I was eventually diagnosed with Type 2.

So I've been checking my sugar for about 10 years now. I was diagnosed with Type 2 about 2 or 3 years ago.

Thanks for the good advice. I'll start keeping a closer eye on it.
 

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First and foremost, you need to understand that diabetes can not be cured, and it can not be reversed, it can only be controlled. And that's a fact, Jack!

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 10 years ago. At that time I was put on metformin and insulin. It wasn't under complete control, but at least I wasn't drinking excessive amounts of water and peeing every hour. I finally switched to a primary care physician who specialized in diabetes, and he was good. Every visit he'd take my Accu-Chek meter and dump it into his computer to keep track of my blood sugar level. The only problem I had with him was he couldn't understand that I am Sicilian. Sicilians eat bread with macaroni!

Okay, to the present day. When COVID hit, doctors insisted on video visits rather than office visits. I'm sorry, but I can't work that way. I had my PCP refer me to an endocrinologist, who had me video chatting with his physician's assistant, who didn't know $hit about diabetes because all she did was keep changing my med dosages.

Well, I changed medical plans and my primary to a doctor who would do office visits. I have been double vaxed and boosted, and we both wear a mask in the office, so minimal danger of spreading infectious diseases. I tried Ozempic a couple of years ago. It was ineffective and cost prohibitive ($500 co-pay). My new doctor said I didn't need an endocrinologist and she could deal with the diabetes her own damn self. She put me on Trulicity and it worked. My blood sugar level and my A1c both went down, but then I fell into the doughnut hole, and I didn't get even one lousy doughnut. The co-pay went to $700.00! That is when I found out about the Lilly Cares Foundation. Because I am considered low income, I can get my Lilly medications, both Trulicity and Humulin, free-fer-nuthin! You need to fill out and submit a six page form, then they EMAIL a form to your doctor, who is required to fill it out, sign it, and FAX it back to Lilly. Don't ask me why they have to email the form to your doctor, but the doctor has to FAX it back. I have no idea and I don't think they do either. You will start to feel like you're jumping through more hoops than a circus act, but hey, IT'S FREE!

So, if you are considered low income but you don't qualify for the Extra Help program, fill out and submit the form. All it will cost you is some time, and it's not like they can take away your birthday, the worst they can do is say no.

Damn., I'm getting more long winded than Chief Rain-in-the-Face.
It needs to have a proper signature. So a fax is required. Can’t get a proper signature in an email unless they scan the signed papers and send as an attachment with the email. Which is probably to much work for them.
 

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Quebec house selling used to require signed papers for each document. That meant an awful lot of running back and forth for the agents everytime there was a counteroffer or an add-on/deletion. Now there is an app for your signature that is legal.

I'm sure that the medical world should and could get on board with that.
 

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Quebec house selling used to require signed papers for each document. That meant an awful lot of running back and forth for the agents everytime there was a counteroffer or an add-on/deletion. Now there is an app for your signature that is legal.

I'm sure that the medical world should and could get on board with that.

This I'm in 100% agreement with.
 

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