Type II Diabetes, Sleep Apnea (CPAP) and Cholesterol How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle on then Trail

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Hello, Everyone just wanted to throw this subject out there to see peoples responses on how they mitigate a possible medical emergency while on the trail. I'm 49 soon to 50 after my 20 year stint in the Military my health has declined a little partly my fault I admit but some ailments have come with age. My most troublesome predicament is type II diabetes which in the most part I have under control as long as I refrain from the sweets, testing my sugar levels daily are fairly simple in a controlled environment however, with the carbs sometimes needed for the trail to keep energy up this can be problematic. So when I go out out on the trail I bring diet drinks or sweeteners nothing with actual granular sugars. I also bring my test strips, along with my meter kit w/ alcohol pads, I can definitely feel the change in my body when my sugars are off up or to low. I also bring an A1C level check kit which can be found at Walgreens or most pharmacies, as long as my levels being under 7 I'm good but, there are times the levels do get higher give or take .3. Sleep Apnea is the other problem I was finally able to get my CPAP machine replaced with a newer smaller compact size which is perfect for the trail. However it is a pain to run a power supply directly to the machine which takes some figuring out usually I can run a power cord to a generator if available, but there are other times I do not have the option and I go without the use of the machine. Does anyone know if the market sells solar powered sleep apnea CPAP machines? So the last issue is controlling the two above mentioned problems along with high cholesterol ... Yep without the drugs and diet I would be a walking heart attack waiting to happen. Its difficult at best to maintain all these ailments so I would like to know who else on this forum has similar problems and how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the trail?
 

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Hi - for sleep apnea my setup is a travel CPAP (ResMed AirMini) and a Yeti 400 Lithium Power Station, which I also use for other things while camping (light, coffee grinder, compressor for mattress, ...). This setup works great but isn't the cheapest.
 

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You can get into a Pure Sine Wave inverter for 50-60 bucks. About a 400 watt unit, this well run the CPAC, it well also run most battery chargers that charge Li-Po batteries. I keep my insulin in the cooler. The CPAC pulls very little power, I don't think you well have a problem with a single 12v battery. I carry a Oxygen generator and need to be able to charge those batteries. Above 6-7k feet I need help breathing.
 

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I picked up some used cpap machines that work on 12v directly and they have worked fine. I paid $50 each. As far as the diabetes, check often, drink plenty of water, stay away from sweetened drinks.

Remember exertion and adrenaline effect your blood sugars and it varies from person to person. Check often. Keep sugar/sweets around in case your numbers go too low.

I take insulin, so I actually dial the dose back and monitor closely, adding a shot if needed. You are much better to run a touch high, rather than low. Remember to keep you insulin cool.
 

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As a Type I diabetic who is under control, I fully appreciate your predicament. I have found that my insulin requirements drop dramatically when traveling because I am not eating near as much junk and I am staying more active than my 8-5 desk job. Knowing your medication and supply use is the most critical bit of information to know so you are not trying to track down prescriptions on the road. When I am on the road, especially when driving, I tend to check my glucose more often. While running high wont cause any immediate problems a low can be deadly.

In regards to maintaining control on the trail, I always wait at least 2 hours after eating or taking insulin before falling asleep to make sure I wont have a low in the night. I'm always packing fruit snacks in my pockets and extra bottles of orange juice in the cooler (soon to be fridge to better regulate my insulin temperature :smirk:). Your travel companions also need to know how to spot hypoglycemia and sometimes hyperglycemia and how to treat it. I usually keep some honey packets available for somebody to fill my cheeks with if I pass out and not have a glucagon pen available. I've never had problems on the trail, but by-golly I want to be prepared in case something does happen.
 

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Type II diabetes can be cured with your diet. I am assuming that all above mentioned ailments could be cured by diet alone. Modern medicine has their hands deep in big pharma’s pockets. Modern medicine treats the symptoms with blockers and inhibitors. They don’t solve the problem by healing the body. Most likely one of your ailments led to the next and the next. Your doctor isn’t trained to cure disease. If it was me I would go full steam into curing these myself instead of living behind lines of pharmaceuticals. It can be done. I highly recommend www.dietdoctor.com which is the best place for the most information on a low carb diet and lifestyle.


I know that this diet works. I’ve lost 60 pounds on this diet and got rid of cholesterol medicine.
 
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I can’t agree more!! The magic pill was a revelation to me. Once I started Keto I dropped 25lbs and feel fantastic with heaps of energy!
My friends dad was a bad diabetic, he started eating Keto over 10 years ago and is now totally off diabetes medication!
 

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I can’t agree more!! The magic pill was a revelation to me. Once I started Keto I dropped 25lbs and feel fantastic with heaps of energy!
My friends dad was a bad diabetic, he started eating Keto over 10 years ago and is now totally off diabetes medication!
Mind you I know zip about this diet but one strke is I hate the taste of 89% of the veggies in the world, tried diff preps, diff sause, mixing with stuff, no good, my darn brain is stuck at 10 years old or something, now soot me or stb me I can deal with it, throw a veggie at me dude I am outta here......

So doe this diet doctor cover that? if so I will go buy it or watch it or whatever......

Thanks!

Jim
 

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Mind you I know zip about this diet but one strke is I hate the taste of 89% of the veggies in the world, tried diff preps, diff sause, mixing with stuff, no good, my darn brain is stuck at 10 years old or something, now soot me or stb me I can deal with it, throw a veggie at me dude I am outta here......

So doe this diet doctor cover that? if so I will go buy it or watch it or whatever......

Thanks!

Jim
My suggestion would be to try a greens supplement drink, it’s vegetables in powdered from one scoop into water or almond milk will supply you with the nutritional values.
But at the end of day eating real is the way to go.
Growing up I hated most things green my mom put on my plate, and looking back I know it was the better way to go versus the manufactured crap the the food industry is throwing out there calling it healthier then natural.
I’ll use a greens supplement only for a on the fly fix.
 

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Mind you I know zip about this diet but one strke is I hate the taste of 89% of the veggies in the world, tried diff preps, diff sause, mixing with stuff, no good, my darn brain is stuck at 10 years old or something, now soot me or stb me I can deal with it, throw a veggie at me dude I am outta here......

So doe this diet doctor cover that? if so I will go buy it or watch it or whatever......

Thanks!

Jim
Yes, go look at the site. Www.dietdoctor.com. It has a free section and a paid section.
 
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