Post Edited (Rose118) : 12/31/2006 11:11:46 AM (GMT-7)
I know a type II diabetic who has managed his diabetes by exercise and eating a heart-healthy diet for 18 years now (he's 71 and still running the stairs like Rocky Balboa for 1 hour+ per day). He does not count his carbs- but he only eats heart healthy foods. He does eat some low fat meats, but not a lot. He has no complications of diabetes and his lipid profile and BP are better than most healthy folks. He was diagnaosed with BG level of over 400.
I have corresponded with another person (my doctor had her contact me when I said I wanted to move to a drug-free control regimen) who has had diabetes for over 20 years. She manages with a very low carb diet and exercise and is in her mid 60's- she has no complications that I have heard about. Both of these folks have typical BG readings in the 80-90 range and their A1cs tend to be between 4.7 and 5.5. So, it is possible to live a long and complication free life with diabetes. I think maintaining tight control of what goes into your body and daily exercise are the keys to success. sandy