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shekkie
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   Posted 11/6/2007 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm shekkie and I'm new to these message boards. As a matter of fact I"m pretty new to talking to anyone about my diabetes. I was diagnosed last December with Type2 Diabetes.

I was then 31 years old, 5'10" and 255 lbs. Correction, I was around 230lbs which is why I went to the Doc in the first place. I had dropped about 20-25lbs for no good reason and decided to get it checked out.

My bg level was 323, AIC was 11.8 and my lovely Triglycerides were mid 400's. My GP immediately gave me 4mg of Amaryl daily and referred me to a specialist.

Well thanks to my wife I changed everything from what I eat to when I eat it to some exercise and dropped close to another 30lbs and now sit around 200lbs.

My last test was 3 months ago and my bg was 101, A1C was 5.1, and my Triglycerides were down to 167.

All that said, there is a whole other level to which I can go with taking care of myself. I"m pretty active but don't do any regular exercise which I can start. I am down to 1mg in the AM and 1mg in the PM of the Amaryl (short stint with Januvia which produced obscene gas levels) and 1000mg of Metformin a day. ON active days I will skip the Amaryl altogether to keep from dropping too low.

So I"m wondering if I step it up even further...could I actually be downgraded to Pre-Diabetes and possibly get off of meds?

I know it's wishful thinking, but does it happen?

LanieG
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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shekkie, welcome to the forum.  Wow, what a big change in your levels from your change in diet!  Give your wife a big hug!  Many people wonder the same thing, whether they can get off meds if they can improve their blood sugar readings.  There's no definitive answer for every person.  It seems your meds have already been reduced.  If you lose more weight, get a little more physical exercise and keep to your diet (Is it low carb?), then maybe you'd be reducing the dosage even more.  Maybe off meds if you can keep normal blood sugar levels?  This is unknown but I would say that since you know how your body reacted, that is, having high blood sugar, then you know it can go right back up there if you put the weight back on and don't watch what you eat.  You will probably always have that hanging over your head but this can be your challenge to see how much and how long you can fend it off.  Good luck.  And, you might look through the past topics here for food and preparation which would be compatible with a healthy diet to help keep the blood sugar lower.  We CAN have tasty food, just like normal people!
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Lanie
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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


shekkie
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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the response.

No I don't think that my diet is 'low-carb' I'd say more 'balanced carb'

My diet ranges a lot but these are the constants.

-2000-2300 calories per day
-55gm or less of fat per day
-80-90gms of Protien per day
-260-275gm of Carbs per day

My latest step has been no smoking (2 months now) and no more sugar substitutes in my morning tea.

Its an ongoing thing for me as I was apparently born with a sweet tooth.

But I watched diabetes take both kidneys, a foot, and 3 other toes from my grandfather before he finally gave up on Dialysis and I refuse to go down that path.

shekkie
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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
slight correction...

I was supposed to shoot for 55 or less grams of fat a day but most days I find it hard to eat more than 30 grams.

LanieG
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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand what you mean.  Diabetes killed my grandmother and mother - and it didn't have to, at least in my mother's case, if she had watched what she ate more carefully.  This is why I'm thankful my doctor prescribed a glucose monitor for me last year.  So far, I'm a little ahead of the game.  IMHO you're eating a lot of carbohydrates.  You could eat more protein and vegetables and fewer carbs and your readings would probably be lower.  I have a sweet tooth, too.  I use Equal tablets in my morning coffee only.  I don't drink any carbonated beverages at all, so I'm not overloading on the artificial sweeteners, but according to a diabetes diet book by Dr. Bernstein the artificial sweeteners in tablet form don't cause much rise as the powdered forms do.  It seems to me you'd have to eat or drink lots and lots of artificially sweetened things to have bad effects. 

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


shekkie
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
it may be a lot of carbs but honestly they are mostly good carbs, I eat steel cut oats for breakfast and all whole grains if there is any bread.

I eat brown rice (1/2 cup servings) and well...apples are my weakness. I eat one apple a day (keeps the doc away they say) and that hits me arond 32gms of carbs a shot.

But I also take in a lot of fiber. My understanding is that anything with 5gm of fiber or more can subtract 1 for 1 with carbs.

I try to keep my proteins down because of my family history with kidney problems but as I start working out more I will increase them and drop off on the carbs.

LanieG
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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, got it.  You're on top of things!  And drink water!
yeah
Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds

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