Welcome to the forum!from what i understand from your communque',you seem to have taken the fact that you have diabetes, quite well. I say this because you already have visited the doctor after the regular medical check-up where you were diagnosed as having Diabetes, and went thru' all the preliminary tests without any complaint.
You have already decided to exercise and go on a diet plan and that's excellent.YOUR PROBLEM IS YOU DON'T WANT MEDS!As already noted you have quite high values.There are certain critical HEALTH situations where you have to follow an expert's advise WILLINGLY!
Your body's ability to produce insulin is impaired,and whatever little insulin that is produced is not able to transport glucose in the blood to where it is needed sufficiently and efficiently.This is a fact of life for every diabetic INCLUDING YOU!WE NEED MEDICINES TO IMPROVE THIS SITUATION.
Many people, newly diagnosed as having Diabetes,are reluctant to start medicines.This happens because(A) they don't want their life to be controlled by any external means,(B)They think they are compromising their liberty for life(forever) when they start medicines and lastly(C)They are simply afraid of medicines.
Please don't turn to alternate medicine as a way out because the brutal fact of life for you and me is we have take allopathic medication to gain an upperhand over this condition!"Proof of the pudding is in the eating" is a good phrase to use here because you will immensely benefit by taking prescription medicines.In your present frame of mind it is literally "biting the bullet" or "swallowing the bitter pill".
This forum has become popular not because it wipes your tears but for positive and realistic advise based on the facts of life.Hang on tough and the forum is with you!
Thumbs up lori!
Click on this link.It may help you. http://www.kfshrc.edu.sa/annals/196/99-042A.html
Hi, Lori, and Welcome!
I sure know exactly how you feel. I begggged! my doctor not to give me the diabetic label ... just give me a chance to get my numbers down and loose some weight on my own, even for a month. I'd been told for 30+ years that I was "borderline." All I needed was just a little time to straighten up. I even cried for emphasis! He couldn't be persuaded ... I'd had three consecutive fasting levels above the acceptable norm (but not near as high as yours) and that was that. Type 2 diabetic. That was the end of August, 2003; almost 3 years ago.
That doc is my hero. He put me on glucophage, ordered blood tests, including A1c, and made arrangements for a class. I got out my old Dr Atkins book, gave away all the sodas and sweet stuff in my pantry, and got real serious about taking care of myself. I know too many people who are blind or amputees because they didn't take care of themselves.
I lost 50 pounds, random blood sugar went from 183 to 95, A1c went from 7 to 5.9, triglycerides went from 163 to 46, cholesterol went from 203 to 143. I was a poster-child for diabetes management. I looked and felt good, even tho loosing another 20 pounds would still be a plus.
My point, Lori, is that it is doable. Early detection, followed by immediate corrective action ... you just gotta do it.
Now...the rest of the story. If my doctor hadn't been firm, If I hadn't taken action, If I'd let my health continue to slide, I probably wouldn't be sitting at my computer tonight. Part of getting serious about taking care of myself included eye exams, food exams, regular blood work, mammograms, colonoscopies, stress tests and that's all I can think of right now, but there may have been other things, too. Certainly regular massages and occassional facials!
My colonoscopy in November'04 found a rectal ulcer. It was excised, biopsy said 'highly dysplasic' but not maglinent. I was just fine in a couple of weeks. My followup colonoscopy in January of this year found rectal cancer. OMG! Surgery! My anus was removed and sewn up, my rectum was removed, and I now have a permanent colostomy. Early detection = Stage 1 cancer = no chemo or radiation. Survelliance only. God is good, I am truly blessed.
If I'd had too go thru the cancer stuff early this year with raging, out of control, diabetes - the outcome would have been much more serious, if not fatal. My lab numbers have crept up a bit since my surgery - I've been very lenient with myself, perhaps too much so. Gotta get back on track!
At age 64, I know I can do it, I've proven it already. And you can do it, too. Whatever it takes. Go for it, Lori - let us know what happens next - Life is better than a soap opera!
Hi and welcome!
I think everyone has already given you some really good advice, but I just wanted to say we're all here if you need any more advice or just someone to listen to you! Sometimes it's not that easy living with diabetes but it will get better. Using insulin can be scary (i.e. the injections) but that gets so easy you won't need to think twice about it.