I'm delighted for you ceebee. That's fantastic progress, you have done wonderfully well!
6.2 is such an improvement on your previous numbers. But don't let your team talk you out of aiming even higher (lower?). HbA1c's in the 4's and 5's are not life threatening, they are perfectly and safely achievable. I've been in the 4's for a number of years now, and I'm still here!
Keep the faith!
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 2/16/2008 10:29:36 AM (GMT-7)
Congrats on the numbers Ceebee!
about the meds--you can get off them--I did. Years ago I took prednisone for asthma and aldactone for hormone imbalance. The prednisone saw my bs increase and the aldactone caused a dramatic rise in cholesterol and triglycerides (from 106 to over 300). It took a bunch of years but eventually I was able to get off the prednisone. I found certain berries (Blueberry) really helped with my asthma (still don't know why). So, I only use the prednisone now when I have an upper respiratory infection. As of the cholesterol meds--I found that the after getting off the aldactone the numbers didn't quite come back down to under 200. Instead they hovered around 250 while on the cholesterol meds and I was getting a lot of muscle cramps. So, with my doctor's permission I stopped taking the meds for a month and then had my cholesterol checked. It was down to 195, at the end of 3 months it was 106 and at the end of 1 year the numbers were 165. They have stayed between 150 and 195 ever since. It was 3 years ago that I quit taking them. My liver enzymes have been normal since quitting them. The only thing I did was watch the amount of fried foods and trans fats that I consumed.
So--if I can do it, I'm pretty certain you can do it. But, like you said, the trick is finding a doctor who will work with you on this and is open to trying things. I was lucky in the the doctor I had at the time was open to herbal approaches and trying to get off meds--its too bad he left practice to go back home.
Let us know how it goes.