Wow…thanks so much for all this information and the time you put into it. Let me try to answer some of your questions.
No thyroid problems, per say, but also little to no tofu. I was lacto-ovo vegetarian for quite some time but I found the more soy and tofu I ate, the more swollen my neck would get. Test were run and it appeared I had some small growths on my thyroid. The doctor suggested cutting out the soy products as I didn’t want to go on any more meds. I admit, at the time I was using soy as a main source of protein, and after 6 months and a 2nd ultrasound, no growths were found. I’ve learned, the more soy/tofu I eat…the more swollen my neck gets.
I’m more of an omnivore…this high protein/animal protein eating is difficult, mainly due to ethics and cost. I need to have variety in my diet.
In regards to the type of kidney stones…my GP calls me her “crystal patient” because I get so many different types of stones…kidney, gall stones, salivary gland stones…and she thinks I may have too much calicum in my body. She briefly mentioned Hyperparathyroidism at my last visit but never followed up. I’ve started to do my own research.
No problem with water consumption as I drink 2-3 liters a day.
My doctor told me today she felt the use of insulin was not even in the picture for me at this point. We’ll revisit this in 3 months.
In far as herbs and supplements…I already take the ones you mentioned. I’d love to discuss, in private, the use of various herbs for some of the problems I’ve mentioned with you.
I like what you said about exercise “We just need to figure out how to fit it into the jigsaw puzzle of your daily life. Think about that. It’s NOT impossible and it IS a key part of getting control.” This is so true and I do believe it’s the key for ME gaining control instead of the diabetes.
Again, thank you and thanks to all who have contributed to this topic. I feel empowered instead of frustrated and that’s such a good thing!