Diabetes Update 15 - Doctor Visit
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I just met with my doctor again for a three month checkup. I had all my results and data to review with him. I had more data than he did, since I have access to the results from the lab tests as well as my own data. I have made progress over the last three months in all areas, although in some areas I have made more progress than others. Here is a bullet point summary:
- I am off diabetic medications, managing my blood glucose level by diet and fasting.
- My average blood glucose level for the last 3 months is 5.9 mmol/L (106.2 mg/dL)
- My A1C improved from 6.4% down to 6.1%. I'm just 0.1% above normal now.
- I am off cholesterol medication.
- My Appo-B result is low, indicating my cholesterol is good.
- My weight is down about 7lbs since last visit. I was hoping for more.
- I lost 10 inches from my waistline.
- My ACR level (indicates kidney health) is way down since my last test, almost within normal range.
He mostly listened to my report, and then I told him my plans for the next three months and what prescription I needed from him. He agreed.
I am driving the bus. I am in control of my own cure, and the doctor is more a consultant. I like it like this, and I plan to keep it that way.
My doctor was again impressed. He wished his other patients were like me.
I imagine it must be hard to be a doctor. You see people who are out of control with their carbohydrate intake, and they are getting progressively worse. They gradually get more and more obese, they get high blood pressure, diabetes, and nothing they try seems to work.
All he can do is give advice and prescribe more and more drugs. For years the advice he gave me, which came from the training doctors get, was all wrong. I looked at the Canadian Food Guide, and it is wrong. If people follow that advice, they will fail, and the doctor will wonder if they did something wrong.
Once things get so bad that drugs are unable to compensate, the practice is to prescribe insulin. This is also a wrong move, and often a fatal one. It was when my doctor suggested insulin to me in March that I got off the bus that was going in the wrong direction, and found the right direction.
The first and best book that helped me was The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally by Dr. Jason Fung, link to amazon.ca. I am not selling this book, and I get nothing if you buy it. I paid for my copy, and it was worth it many times over. I've since bought another copy, and both copies are out on loan, in the hope that others will read them and get the message.
When I see people on the wrong path like I was, going in the wrong direction, I want to help them. It is easy to spot such people, anyone who is overweight for example. I am not a doctor or a specialist in any way, but I know what works for me. A lot of people do not or will not see that what they have been doing is not working.
I figure to teach by example, to be an example, especially to family and friends, that there is a way out of this mess. If they see it working for me, perhaps it will give some degree of credibility to what I share with them. Perhaps they will be willing to give it a try. It may take a while, since after all I have only been at this for six months. In another six months I will have more to show off. By then, they could take heed.
On a side note, after the doctor visit, I went to the Tilley store and got a new hat to replace one that got damaged (they come with a lifetime warranty).
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.