Congratulations on your weight loss! You are right on track!
Yes, diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise when it is in the early stages and people do get to the point where they do not need meds for a while. No, you cannot 'reverse' diabetes and become undiabetic. Your body has always had the tendency to become diabetic and if you lived 100 years ago the physical labor of daily living would probably have kept your sugars in check. Scrubbing clothes on a washboard and sweeping with a broom, ironing, hanging laundry to dry outside, stairs, scrubbing and cooking with heavy pots and pans, tending a kitchen garden, walking or riding a horse... all these things that were part of daily life used calories and helped keep blood sugar level. Diabetes is the byproduct of our modern labor saving devices so now we have to go to a gym to get exercise...
Yes, you should go out and get a blood sugar meter and test at least once a day in the morning before eating or taking any meds (or smoking if you do that). I bought a meter called a Prestige IQ that is about
the size of a deck of cards. It uses strips that are about
30¢ each and regular AA batteries. I have no insurance so this was a no brainer for me. I bought 300 strips for $100 and the meter was free.
I'm going to preach a little here and tell you that your doctor isn't in charge of your blood sugar, you are, so whatever you do, you do it for YOU. We sometimes need to get a bit aggressive with our doctors about
food classes, testing, lab results and all that. If you show enthusiasm for learning all you can about
this disease you will give your doctor reason to help you manage your health care with him paying attention to you. So many patients ignore their doctor's warnings that they sometimes just go thru the motions with us.
When you go to have blood drawn, make sure you have the form marked for copy sent to patient. If you don't know how to do this ask the receptionist at the lab. These are your lab results and belong to you. Now is the time to learn what they mean and keep them in a folder to track your progress.
Losing weight is difficult because our bodies (as opposed to 'normals') will convert food to fat before it will use it for immediate glucose needs. That's where the exercise comes in. It forces the body to burn calories and either pull them from available glucose or grab some fats. Your body wants to save the fat in case there is a famine. You come from a long line of people who survived in times of low food supplies and now your body is ready for the next starvation... It doesn't know we have grocery stores... (LOL!)
Keep on doing what you are doing exercise and food wise, get a meter, start a journal of foods eaten, exercises done and blood sugar results. Soon you will see a correlation between the three and be able to manipulate one to affect the other.
Also, when you have questions for your doctor you can write them down and take them all in at one time or you can do what I do. Call the office and ask to speak to the nurse. She most likely will be able to answer your questions and if she can't she can ask doctor and get back to you. No sense in waiting 6 weeks to get an answer to something you can get over the phone. That way you can start getting positive results right away. Hang in there girlfriend! You are doing super!
~ Jeannie "People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in
, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 12/13/2006 1:33:32 PM (GMT-7)