Have or Had Diabetes

Bentley Green
By Bentley Green Latest Reply 2011-10-05 18:50:56 -0500
Started 2011-10-03 22:23:57 -0500

I read that title here on diabetic connect, I was told either you have it or you don't, I was initially diagnosed 7 yrs ago because my fasting blood sugar was 126, this Dr. put me on metformin, I asked if I could try diet and exercise first being I was only a point over, I knew this because I worked in a hospital for 25 yrs, anyway I changed Drs because I retired from the Air Force and went to a civilian Dr. his Dr said he would allow me to diet & exercise as long as my A1c stayed below 7, so I was good for 5 yrs, then I lost my mother, same time I went through a divorce, I went to see him and it was 8.1, I told him the stress I had been under, he said it didnt matter and put me on Metformin, I took it for a few weeks, it made me sick to my stomach, I also failed to mention I test 3 times a day, I stopped taking the medicine and worked on stress relief as well as coming to grips with the loss of my mother, went back to him and my A1c was back at 7 although I had not taken the medicine but I didnt tell him I had stopped, now my blood sugars when I awake are never above 110, through out the day never above 140, at times if I dont eat regular say within 4 hrs it goes below 80, around 70 and I feel bad so I eat, my question is can diet and exercise reverse diabetes.

4 replies

Heather44118 2011-10-05 18:50:56 -0500 Report

i kept my pre-diabetic state for 15 years ( except during pregnancy) . I did this with diet and exercise. My body made a change this year and my A1C jumped to 8. So i think things can be controled with diet and exercise but still have your A1C checked at least every 6 months, 3 is better.

jimmyjames43 2011-10-04 11:49:42 -0500 Report

You will always be a diabetic,but you can control it with diet and exercise, if your one of the lucky ones,and sounds like your doing real good,just keep checking your blood sugars.

Marytea 2011-10-04 09:21:36 -0500 Report

I was taught that once you have diabetes, you have it for life. Good management will hopefully lower it into the "normal" range and medication can be stopped. However not taking care of my diabetes could cause bg levels to rise again and put me in danger of damage again. IMO your numbers sound good, but always stay close to your doctor.

TinaC72 2011-10-04 01:55:48 -0500 Report

I have heard cases where diet and exercise have worked so well that medicine was no longer needed…but that was for Type 2. You definitely don't sound like you have type 1. I'm type 1 and I'm lucky if my fasting sugars are below 200 half the time. If you're just seeing your primary care physician for this, I would 100% recommend seeing an endocrinologist. Ny primary care physician helps some times but he has definitely given me advice the complete opposite of what my diabetes dr has told me so It's always a good idea to have a specialist. Maybe they can help you better get to the bottom of this. Good luck!

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