I just got back from my doctor's appointment. I had not seen her for 18 months because of a series of changes (work, insurance, etc.) in my life. I had maintained my daily testing and done my own A1c tests during this time, so knew I was still on track with my diabetes care.
Well, after she got over her surprise that I was totally medication free for the last 18 months, she asked me what I had changed. I told her about the changes I had made in my diabetic diet, then about discovering I was gluten intolerant and removing gluten from my diet, and getting more regular with exercise which is now up to 3 miles/day walking and running with some free weights and swimming added in.
She told me that she wished all her patients could make these kinds of changes and laughingly said she had a few she would like to refer to me. That was when I told her about diabetic connect and what a wonderful support this site is. She wrote down the information about the Alliance Health Care sites with real interest.
My EKG is normal, as it also was when last done 2 years ago. No changes despite no meds. This is important because I had a mild (no permanent damage) heart attack in 2005 after being diagnosed with D in 2003. Two of the three medications I have discontinued were for my heart. The third was Actos for my D.
Note: I had been decreasing my dosages as I began to feel better and had positive test results. None of these changes were done rapidly, but as compensation for increasing health prompted by healthier life choices.
She ended our appointment by commending me for the decisions I had made and the resulting changes. (I had really wondered if she would be upset because I hadn't included her in the process.) Of course, I will be doing the usual batteries of blood tests to verify cholesterol levels, liver and kidney function, and etc. and am looking forward to that information.
I am just so happy with this that I had to share it. Diet changes, BG monitoring, weight loss, and exercise DO WORK. I really feel blessed.
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