Ok so heres my long story.
First off i'm about 40 lbs over weight, 32 year old male, 6'2 260lbs. In may of this year i had an upper respiratory infection which the doctor treated with an antibiotic and steroid pill. a week later i had a follow up, and my doctor did some blood work to make sure i was getting better. The next day i received a call stating that my A1C was 8.4 which is too high and i was "pre-diabetic." In order to treat this problem she put me on Metformin. a week after taking metformin, i developed joint pain (which 2 months later after stopping metformin per my doctors orders went away), I went for a 2 mile walk with my wife which i usually do. We live in texas so lets just say i sweat plenty on this walk, and probably didnt drink enough. So the next morning when i woke up, i felt like i was having an out of body experience, something was off, so after fighting this feeling all day i went to the ER, my sugar was fine, they stated it was an anxiety attack (never had this problem in 31 years of living but ok). After 2 days, these feelings went away and i later read where metformin can cause some horrible withdraws. Long story short, i got a second opinion from another internal medicine doctor, who checked all my levels and determined that my fasting glucose was 127mg and my A1c was 9.4. She told me i needed to be on diabetes medicine and that diet and exercise could not fix my problem. I told her before i take any medicine, i want to try diet and exercise because i've seen plenty of reports and blogs where a strict diet has worked. So this is week 1 of my strict diet and exercise, and my average BG is 113 for the day. I know this is still above the 80-100 range that is recommended, but if my 1 hour after meal BG reading is 113 without taking any meds (down almost 14 points in 5 days of diet/exercise.) should i keep trying the diet/exercise, or should i break down and just take medicine because a doctor says so. I know you guys are not doctors, but surely some of you have a similar experience as for the A1C count. I mostly looking for those kind of answers, did it work, did it not work, etc. I just have a hard time accepting that my sugar level with diet and exercise cant be brought down to a normal/safe level. I've only lost 3 lbs in 5 days, my personal opinion is if i lose 20-25lbs in the next 6 weeks, my next A1C will look better.
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