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TVEditor
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   Posted 8/12/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Saw my doc today -- latest A1c came in at 5.4 (up only .2 from last time but down 5.6 since July 2008) yeah
 
Also, weight, cholesterol and blood pressure are down & stable.  WOOHOO for me but more importantly, the LOW CARB DIET WORKS!
 
Being concerned about whether all this is acceptable to the medical community, I had a good talk with the doc about low-carb and a few other things.  His bottom line was "Its working for you ... keep it up!"  He's a big proponent of weight loss is the first step towards control of many health-related factors.  A rare and open-minded person in these days I think.  He heaped a lot of praise on me but I infer that doctors don't see a lot of positive results from their patients after they have been given advice.  I made him feel good just by me getting healthy (I mentioned before -- he has some form of cancer).  It was a good day all around :-)
 
To be clear and honest, I'm no saint -- I still (ashamedly) smoke, cheat on my diet once or thrice a month & enjoy a tot or 3 of rum more than I should (these are the few other things I discussed with him) but I am still awed by the results after only 13 months of relatively small changes in my lifestyle.  I mean, I haven't had a glass of orange juice or milk, a baked potato or a plate of spaghetti in over a year but honestly, I don't feel like I've missed anything.
 
The doc asked me why I can't apply this mode of thinking to the tobacco and alcohol issues and strangely, I had no answer.  He said he wasn't surprised since all health issues are not equal and/or comparable.  We agreed to work together on how to approach the other problems.
 
Anyway, I feel good!  Thanks for the use of the hall turn

Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


Pin Cushion
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   Posted 8/12/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
WAY TO GO!
You shouldn't change a thing. It is working and your numbers are alot better then mine.
I average 6.5 and my doc will not let me go for lower he believes the risks for low bs isn't worth the risks.
And I am dealing with a big increase in pain level so being able to be alittle slack on my diet is ok with me right now.
once again CONGRATS and keep it up!
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TVEditor
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   Posted 8/13/2009 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Pin :-)

Your situation reminds me that perhaps I should point out to new readers that when I was diagnosed Type 2 in July '08, it was early enough in the game to try to control the disease through diet and exercise alone. In my case (and Lanie's and others), it has worked wonderfully. If you are taking insulin or other medications, I strongly recommend that you consult with your doctor before making any diet changes.

That being said, weight loss or rather, weight control seems to be a very important factor in general good health.

P.S. Ain't Life a Joy? Great attitude Pin turn Yuh gotta have a sense 'o humor dontcha? tongue
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


loverain
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   Posted 8/13/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Chris, I don't think you can apply the same mode of thinking to stopping smoking as you have applied it to changing your diet and lifestyle. Tobacco use is an addiction and it's a whole 'nother monster. I smoked a pack and a half a day for 43 years and stopped smoking a year and eight months ago. stopping smoking was one of the hardest thing I've ever done...but it's the best thing I've ever done for myself and for my loved ones. My husband smoked for 50 years and he stopped smoking with me. I believe I am still a nicotine addict...I just don't use nicotine. I know that if I smoked just one it would be a matter of time until I was back smoking full-time. Cigarettes travel in packs. I don't miss them. I don't want them. I will not smoke them.

Joni

Phishbowl
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   Posted 8/13/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
A cornucopia of awesomeness, Chris!!! Give yourself a big pat on the back for all your efforts :-)

If you ever find a good angle for quitting smoking - let me know. I average about 4 ciggies a day (sometimes none and occasionally 10 :-( , and I think I easily justify those by all the efforts I make in other areas. I know it's not logical but as you say, sometimes you just can't compare apples & oranges (even though they're both fruit).

Wish I had your A1C but, truly.... I'm thrilled for your success! "Keep on keeping on" as Jeannie would say :-)

Cheers,
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


TVEditor
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   Posted 8/13/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Joni, you're wrong ... quitting smoking is easy ... I've done it at least 6 times this year eyes You are right ... it is a monster! Thanks for the encouragement :-)

Kris, there are some days where I'd gladly trade my A1C for your occasional numbers of smokes but I think that this is probably a topic for another forum :-) Congratulations to you on your moderation! ... and to you too Joni on your 1 year & 8 months! (I know how tough that is)

Regarding finding a good angle; my doc told me about another patient of his that

(a) thought hard about how to quit for 1 year
(b) started and continued using the patch for another full year

He said "It may sound like a long time but it worked!"

He's a real bottom line kind of guy -- whatever makes you healthy, DO IT!

Anyway, I think that's going to be my personal goal for this year -- GET HEALTHY ... DO IT!

Editor's note: Another downside to losing weight -- had my passport pics taken last week (not supposed to smile or wear glasses). I hope nobody ever asks to see my driver's license pic for comparison (40 lbs. heavier, glasses, big stoopid grin, crewcut). Might prove to be interesting on a cross-border trip next week turn
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


loverain
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   Posted 8/14/2009 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Chris, whatever works for you to stop smoking and stay quit is the right thing for you to do! When you're ready to do it you will. I was more than ready...but didn't know it until I was told in the ER that my lungs were hyper=inflated and I would probably be dead or on oxygen within a year if I continued to smoke. I don't know if that would have happened as I turned chicken and threw out the cigs on December 7, 2007. So...here I am trying to lower my FBG. I woke up with 110 this morning. I've been under a bit of stress and wonder if that's the reason it's high as it had been a bit better awhile back. Listen...I'm not going to get on a soapbox and preach to you about the evils of smoking...just tell you that if and when you decide to quit...I wish you all the luck and I know you can do it. If an old smoky train that was fast running off the rails like me can quit...anybody can quit! Joni

TVEditor
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   Posted 8/14/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again for the encouragement Joni :-) , I really do appreciate it but as I suggested to Kris, I think I should moderate myself here & take this discussion to another forum since this area is primarily about diabetes.  Nevertheless, I hear what you say & will take your advice to heart :-)
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right

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