Lanie and Ruth,
Yes- she did tell me that I needed to get to 5 or below if I wanted reasonable assurance that I would bypass all of the nasty complications. Of course there are no guarantees and she was looking at a woman with 2 in-office stabs in the 460s who kept telling her that she had a UTI not diabetes
We have had several conversations about A1c goals since then, and she really believes that all of her patients should try to get to 5.0 or less. She is a type 2, her daughter is a type 1, and they both push for the higher end of normal. (She takes metformin and uses an insulin pump; her daughter is a pumper).
She was resistant to my low carb approach at first. She wanted me to eat at least 120-130 carbs a day- which I did for 14 days and then showed up with my horrible numbers. I also had my 75-80 carb numbers and my record of what I ate for those 4 weeks (with nutrient breakdown). The main difference was the amount of B vitamins I was eating (grains have a lot of B vitas) and the amount of sugar (surprise-not!). I now take a mixed B supplement, but have added beans back to my diet since then, so it may be unnecessary. She didn't think much of the Insulin-Resistance approach either- but she cannot argue with my results. She actually asked me if I would talk to one of her new patients about how I eat -lol.
As for my drugs - I take 100mg of Januvia 1x/day; 500 mg Metformin with breakfast and dinner and 1000 mg metformin at night. Once I hit the magic number (5 or less) we will cut back on the meds. I was hoping that Jeannie's banana remedy would work for me since I take the evening met to help combat my dawn phenomenon.
I just heard about a study that showed that ALzheimers might be a form (Type 3) of diabetes- i.e. diabetes of the brain. The research team found that the brain produces insulin just like the pancreas and that it can get insulin resistance too. This was shown in rats, not humans. The brains were shrunken and showed the same amyloid tangles that are seen in humans- and that it repsonded to diabetes meds just like the rest of the body - how scary is that?
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett