Remission

locarb
By locarb Latest Reply 2014-01-29 06:05:20 -0600
Started 2014-01-21 02:05:53 -0600

As many of you know, I have been relatively active on this site for a couple of years. I've learned a lot, ignored a bit and found resources to many questions that developed as a result of living with this condition.

Although I'm prepared to hear a litany of comments contrary to what I'm about to tell you…I'm posting this anyway.

I have managed T2 without medication for about three years. I followed an eating plan, exercised moderately (and at time much more than that) including walking and yoga. For the first year or two I tested almost obsessively. I learned the expression "eat to your meter" here and adhered to that concept. I have been treated by my endocrinologist and continued a healthy lifestyle. More recently, after every conceivable and medically appropriate blood test, examination and medical test I was told that I exhibit no symptoms of diabetes. As I've posted, my A1C has been around 5.5 for more than two years. Multiple daily tests were routinely within the range of "normal" and I now know what foods to moderate.

My physician is highly regarded in my state and serves as faculty at a prominent national university. His credentials and experience are renown. I have read similar experiences on this site and, to be very candid, received the information with some skepticism. There is constant debate regarding remission or "curing" diabetes; and rightly so.

I will continue activity on this site because I am interested in how this condition effects people differently and the diagnosis and prognosis of this condition in general. I also want to continue to advocate for those diagnosed with this condition and their family members and community.

Naysayers notwithstanding, I am comfortable and relieved by the results of my medical tests, labs and medical care. I wanted to share my experience and encourage everyone to take care of themselves and the relatives and/or others you serve as care givers. I realize that resuming my former lifestyle could be an invitation to living with this all over again, but I have not forgotten the shock of my original diagnosis.

Best of health and luck to all of you.


21 replies

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-25 14:23:32 -0600 Report

The result of some excellent action on your behalf. Just goes to show what can be accomplished by getting and staying informed. Congratulations!

locarb
locarb 2014-01-28 20:39:49 -0600 Report

Thank you. I have read your frequent posts and suggestions through the years and always considered your suggestions, perspective and experience amongst the most helpful sources on this site.

kakimeal4
kakimeal4 2014-01-24 23:30:32 -0600 Report

You are giving me hope. I was just diagnosed with pre-diabetes. My A1C is 6.2. I'm pretty scared and don't really know what to do. I'm signed up for a webinar with Kaiser and hope I will find out more at that time. Meanwhile I'm doing what exercise I can do and trying not to eat sugar.

locarb
locarb 2014-01-28 20:42:25 -0600 Report

I was very "scared" at first too. I would be worried if you weren't. Learn from the webinar, "eat to your meter" and begin to observe the changes that you can make to your health. You will begin to lose some of your fears when you see your ability to control some of the symptoms of this condition.

Most of all, please just start believing that you can be healthier than you are today, because you really can.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-01-21 17:00:19 -0600 Report

Congrats. Hope your remission continues. I hope when I go to my new doctor (insurance changed and last one not included) that they will be saying the same to me…if I continue doing what I have learned.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-21 15:23:47 -0600 Report

Well, you certainly won’t get any contrary comments from me! I’ve had the same experience and success and continue to be told “there is no cure”. My question is often “what makes you so sure?”

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-21 14:21:42 -0600 Report

This is always great to hear. I get excited when I hear that someone has beat the odds and is able to control their diabetes with their diet and exercise to that extent. It is an inspiration.

Please share with us more specific about your diet and the exercise that you do. We all are looking for ways to improve our overall health and in the end, find a way to manage our diabetes better.

locarb
locarb 2014-01-28 20:48:29 -0600 Report

Diet was essentially "low carb". I did develop a kidney stone along the way and now have to reduce protein. I hope everyone considers that variable. So I essentially eat vegetables and some fruit and nuts. I do eat limited fish, chicken and pork. Your tastes change over time and you honestly don't crave the things that you were previously enslaved to.

For those who are ambulatory, I still think the single best "exercise" is walking. Harvard had a study that as little as 11 minutes a day of walking had a positive effect on blood glucose. It doesn't even have to be all at the same time. I grew to enjoy walking. I started yoga a little over a year ago. It is not as easy as it appeared. A good trainer can teach you how to learn specific poses. Recall that our joints are specifically intended to limit motion. You just learn to work with your own body and you will be surprised that you're able to do an hour of yoga at a time and feel stronger and more rested.

I have no secrets or short cuts. As many of you know, I started here three years ago in a very different frame of reference and state of mind. Probably my last small attempt at advice is to try to start believing that you can manage and improve your health; because, you really can.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-01-21 14:06:55 -0600 Report

so are you saying that you are resuming your pre-diagnosis lifestyle?

locarb
locarb 2014-01-21 20:16:08 -0600 Report

As I stated, I won't be doing that.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-01-21 21:00:57 -0600 Report

thanks for clearing that up. it was not clear to me on the first read.
thanks for sharing. my goal has been to get off meds and have my BGL at some semblance of normal through a healthy diet and exercise.
nice to hear from people that have accomplished that. my determination to succeed is even greater now.

kimfing
kimfing 2014-01-21 09:53:11 -0600 Report

Congratulations. I've heard of someone w t2 many years ago went into remission the same way you did. Lost contact w him so i don't know his current status.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-21 09:43:39 -0600 Report

Congratulations! You share my same beliefs. My situation is very similar with the exception I am still taking a medication.

I truly believe that I will be able to stop the meds when I stabilize my blood sugar by dieting, exercise, weight loss. Although I will still carry the diagnosis
of Diabetic, I will be in control.

For the remainder of my life, I will monitor on a regular basis to ensure nothing changes for the worst.

Hoping the best for your future good health!

ladidianne
ladidianne 2014-01-21 06:46:15 -0600 Report

THANKING ALMIGHTY GOD FOR YOUR DELIVERANCE THAT'S THAT WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING DURING MY SHORT TIME ON THIS SITE I WAS DIAGNOSED 3 MONTHS AGO WITH A LEVEL OF 165 AC1 WAS 6.5 NOW MY RANGE IS 94 - 117MY ACAI IS 6.1 I REFUSED TO TAKE MEDS AT THAT LEVEL MY DOCTOR CALLS ME A DIET DIABETIC I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU WATCH YOU DIGEST ,PLENTY CARDIO AND WALKING AT A MODERATE PACE IS THE KEY BEFORE MY DIAGNOSE I WAS NEVER A SODA DRINKER I BELIEVE WITH ME CONSUMING TOO MUCH ORANGE JUICE DAILY TOOK MY SUGAR UP I DON'T DRINK THE STUFF NIW I DO 1 ORANGE A DAY SO TO YOU KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ENJOY YOUR LIFE ABD STAY FOCUSED ON YOU STAY BLESS