A confession, and looking for advice.

By Dennis1963 Latest Reply 2012-04-21 00:01:40 -0500
Started 2012-04-16 18:42:32 -0500

Not really sure where to start, so, I'll start here.

I haven't seem my doctor for a year at least, I have been testing my bs and using insulin injections (not prescribed) to keep it in control. I also used a couple prescriptions (Onglyzia) which were not prescribed either, but were from a diabetic friend who had a dose increase an no longer needed them.

While I was doing this my bs was all over the place. I really didn't know what to do any longer, I was at the end of my ropes.

However the last two weeks I have changed my diet, and have been taking some supplements and my bs has been normal.

By normal I mean, an hour to an hour and a half after I eat my bs is between 85-107, today it went down to 77 so I ate some cereal. In the morning it has been around 95-101 on average.

The past week I have felt much more alive, alert and naturally high, it is as if I have more light in my eyes, things seem brighter (the only way I can explain it).

I am also in the process of quitting smoking. I have went from 2-2 1/2 packs a day to around 8-10, and am wearing the patch.

After having shared that I have a (there will probably be more) question, and concerns.

1) Is it true if I can keep my bs normal I do not need a doctor or any medication, or is there something I am missing of importance?

8 replies

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-17 18:46:36 -0500 Report

Besides the pills, are you using someone else's insulin? Were you ever prescribed these meds by a dr? I'm confussed and wondering if you are just trying to self medicate or you did have prescription and no longer have them because you won't go to dr. Yes, a type 2 can control their diabetes by eating right and following portion control along with daily exercise. You also need to do bg testing to know if you are staying within range. That being said, you may still need medication. You should get a yearly check up with the required labs to see where you are at. I don't know your health history or why you won't go to the drs, but I would be careful, especially using medicine belonging to someone else. It is also illegal to do so.

Good luck to you.

Dennis1963 2012-04-18 16:18:19 -0500 Report

red flower lady,

To your question above, I have to say yes.

Curious of one thing you said here, If I can control my bs with diet and exercise, …"testing to make sure," of course…, why may I still need medication? What would I need it for? Could you explain?

Thank you.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-21 00:01:40 -0500 Report

Some people can't get their numbers within range even when eating right and exercising so they need the meds still. You may also later on down the road need to go back on meds, the body can decide to rebel, hopefully not. If you can get that bg under control and stay there then you most likely wouldn't need meds. This is why type 2 are told from the get go to do both so as to try and avoid the meds as well as complications. Good luck

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 19:51:34 -0500 Report

My response is very similar to Kirla's. I have been controlling mine for 3 years with diet, exercise, and conscious efforts to reduce my stress level. For me, it works. I don't want to take medications and, at present, am medication free for the first time in the 18 years since I broke my back in an auto accident in 1994.

We talk much about diet and exercise. I would caution you to also add in the piece about learning constructive, healthy ways to manage stress. Guys tend more to physical activities for stress relief — walking, running, racket ball, baseball, chasing the family dog — but a hot shower, good book, funny TV program or video, favorite music, or a snuggle with your s.o. can also do the trick. It's not unmacho to take care of your emotional and psychological needs. It just helps you be healthier as a person because you are less stressed.

I, too, would recommend an annual physical where you can get all the testing done, but if you don't have insurance or there is something other reason you can't, I would get an A1c kit from the drugstore and test myself. The mail-in kits at Walmart are about $8. Longs Drugs has a 2 test kit by Bayer that gives immediate results for about $22; so that's about $11 per test.

If your A1c, done every 3 months, is 6.0 or under, you have greatly reduced your risk of complications from diabetes. If it is 7.0 or higher, I'd look at what else I could do to lower it and try that for another 3 months.

Dennis1963 2012-04-17 16:55:00 -0500 Report

Caroltoo, thank you so much for your reply, it is encouraging as well.

I believe you are correct about the stress thing. Luckily I have a physical job and get exorcize daily. I was in management and didn't get much exercise and I noticed a big difference, which is one of the main reasons i stepped down from it.

Thank you again. :)

Caroltoo 2012-04-17 19:49:34 -0500 Report

Interesting, Dennis. That is the biggest reason why I went from administration of a non-profit back to a direct service position dealing with clients. I find the client situations challenging and fun to deal with, while admin was all about making folks do what they should be and writing reports and dealing with crisis situations. I enjoyed the writing, some of the crises were pleasantly challenging, but the personnel issues were the pits — what a downer.

Kirla 2012-04-16 19:30:34 -0500 Report

I have been doing it for almost 3 years now. Controlling with diet only. I believe as long as we can keep our blood sugar at normal numbers and keep our A1C below 6.0 the risk of complications goes way down. I stopped all meds about 3 years ago and so far have been keeping my A1C below 6 with no problems. I read of people doing it for over 10 years and still going strong.

Anyway an annual physical wouldn’t hurt. Doctors know what tests are needed and how to best monitor our health. I haven’t seen mine in almost 3 years. Been having a problem with them accepting new patients and didn’t like the one I started with. So every once in a while I start calling and hopefully some day might get a new one.

Dennis1963 2012-04-17 16:49:13 -0500 Report

Kirla, That's awesome! I am glad to hear it has been going well for you. Your an encouragement. Keep up the good work!

Thank you for your reply.