41 Year Old with Diabetes, Hyperglycemia, Lupus, Ra, and Osteoarthritis
I'm a 41-year-old female with several ailments. I have had type II diabetes for about nine years now, suffering from chronic hyperglycemia. Also, in the past year I have been diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I believe I also have osteoarthritis, as I snap-crackle-pop more than a box of Rice Krispies.
I have several questions and would appreciate any help or advice:
1. I have been taking ACV for a little over two weeks now. When I take the ACV (1 tsp in 4 to 6 oz of water upon rising and also before dinner) the snap-crackle-pop seems to increase, as well as the pain, to some degree (in some ways I feel better and somewhat more energetic). However, if I take 1/2 tsp baking soda with it, which I have been doing for over a week now, it stops (snap crackle pop greatly decreases). I realize due to the leeching of vitamins and minerals from your body if you take baking soda for too long, you shouldn't do this more than a week at a time. However, as soon as I leave out the baking soda, again I am in pain and bones are cracking. WHY the difference? Should I just keep taking the ACV with the baking soda in it?
2. Why would I hurt when taking calcium? I have a supplement (liquid) that has a proprietary blend of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D (and zinc, too, I believe). It hurts to take any milk or any calcium fortified foods. Turnip greens seem to be the only source of calcium that doesn't hurt me (my arthritis or lupus). I have been taking magnesium oxide for over a month now (500 mg a day...250mg at breakfast, 250 mg at dinner). I don't understand this (why calcium supplementation hurts).
3. My blood pressure used to be normal BEFORE SLE/RA struck, except on treadmill tests, when immediately as I started walking, it went very high. Since SLE and RA diagnosis, it has been high (I took Methotrexate, generic of Plaquenil, and Prednisone for about 5 or 6 months then quit last Aug/Sept). I feel BETTER since getting off those meds, however, my blood pressure is horrible. After more than two weeks of taking ACV (a little over one week with baking soda), I checked my blood pressure at a local pharmacy. It was 182/102. Should I give the ACV awhile longer? Does anybody have any advice on lowering BP?
4. Does anybody know of a diabetic diet guideline that does NOT have milk? I am lactose intolerant, plus any dairy products seem to cause me pain because of the calcium. Every diabetic diet plan I come across insists on MILK exchanges. I've tried soy, almond, and rice milk. I'm allergic to soy, the almond milk sometimes causes worse pain, and rice milk sends my blood sugar skyrocketing.
Thank you for any help.