Diabetes Update 8 - A1C Results
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Yet more update on my quest to cure myself of diabetes.
My weight is going down again. It had levelled out for a week or so, or perhaps my scales are deceiving me again. Anyways, after returning from a bike ride it was down, and that made me happy. I am now more than 20lb down from the weight I was at my last doctor visit. That should impress him.
I have some big news, I just got my Hemoglobin A1c test done, prior to my upcoming appointment with my doctor.
Hemoglobin A1c Test Results
Above is a chart of my results going back to October 2010. You can see I was progressively getting worse over the years. Until this year. In March when my result was 9.3 and my doctor started talking about me taking regular insulin shots. My reaction was a resounding "hell no!". It was at that time, that I decided to turn my life around.
I now got the results in, and in just 3 months, I managed to drop my A1c down to 6.4. This is the best I have been since October 2010. I have reversed 8 years of my life. This is so amazing to me, when I got the results I had to tell someone. My wife was out, so I ended up going over to my neighbour to tell them. Like the book said, I can reverse diabetes. I am doing it. My results are my proof. I can't wait to share this with my doctor, it is going to blow him away. I believe he is of the school that diabetes is progressive and incurable. I obviously do not agree with his view.
My neighbour was impressed, but they said they did not have the discipline to do this lifestyle change. They like bread and chocolate. I talked to my wife, who is also on this program with me. She said she has had enough bread and chocolate to last a lifetime, and has no problem continuing. She is not diabetic, but she is losing weight and is happy to be making progress.
This is so awesome - I cannot understate my excitement over this result.
Walking A Narrow Path
I take just enough medications and eat a lot less carbs to keep my blood glucose level in range. The same goes for my blood pressure. It is a narrow path to walk, more than I realized. The other night I fell asleep and forgot to take my medications. I woke up and my blood glucose level was 8.4, which was way out of range for me. It took me about a day to get back to normal. My blood pressure rose as well.
The other way to stray from the path is eating. I am getting better at this, but last night my wife asked for some yogourt with blueberries. I get plain yogourt and blend in some frozen blueberries. I realized soon after it was a mistake, and I got a subsequent spike to my blood glucose level. I need to halve the portions at least next time. Generally I avoid all fruit. The sugar in fruit is fructose, which goes directly to the liver and converts into fat. It sets off a program "store fat for the winter", just imagine bears eating lots of blueberries in the fall and you get the idea. I don't want or need to store fat though.
A third way to trip up is over-correcting. Example my blood glucose level is high, and I take some meds to compensate. Or my blood glucose level is low and I eat something to bring it back up. I need to be patient and make small changes or I can swing too far.
That is all for now. I wanted to get the big news out. Next week I see my doctor, and the next 3 months begin. Stay tuned if this topic interests you.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This is based on my own experience. Your mileage may vary. Check with your doctor before doing anything drastic based on what I wrote above.