Well, when I started using this site I was told that Byetta users tend to get their BGs figured out and leave the site pretty quickly. I guess I understand that and I have checked in often, but there is very little discussion about
Byetta and the people who use it. While taking a stress test with my Cardiologist a month ago we were discussing the state of my diabetes treatment. When he discovered that I was on Byetta his only comment was that he did not understand why more doctors were not using the drug to treat type 2 patients.
So in the last nine months I have taken part in an aggressive walking program and within the last month and a half I joined a gym. I have lost over 40 pounds since February and my chronic bronchitis has disappeared. I am 5 months away from the age my father was when we passed away from a heart attack. My stress test showed that I am in peak physical condition. Not only are my BGs under control, but I have had fatty liver disease for the better part of 13 years and that has almost completely reversed itself.
In order the last three A1C's were 6.4 May, 5.8 August and 6.0 November. My recent cholesterol was 148 with HDL at 25 (its all in the genes), LDL at 89 and Triglycerides at 159. Over the summer I experimented with red wine and was not able to claim any better results with my cholesterol numbers as a red wine drinker. All in all it has been a good nine months. On Friday my doctor told me that I was a model Type 2 patient that was doing 1000 times better than his other Type 2 patients. He told me if his other Type 2 patients did half of what I do, they would be in good health.
I have learned that you need to control your intake of carbs and all other foods, but that you cannot let the disease control your life. I am a person with diabetes who makes choices each day that effect my health. Some days it is more appropriate to allow for some of life's pleasures. In the end all that really matters is that I continue to manage this disease in such a way that I remain healthy and grow old to see my children do the things my father never saw me do.