blood sugar readings

rayven pagan
By rayven pagan Latest Reply 2014-04-03 18:16:45 -0500
Started 2014-04-03 02:10:31 -0500

I am a type2 -diabetic. About a year ago I lost my insurance and have not been on my insulin or oral medications. I still test my blood sugar twice a day. I am wondering if I am actually diabetic. My levels range from 62 to 129. I exercise and watch what I eat. My monthly average reading is 118. Is it possible to reverse diabetes. I feel fine but am worried that not taking any medications will hurt me in the long run.

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Glucerna 2014-04-03 18:16:45 -0500 Report

It's great that you're continuing to test your blood sugar, eat well and exercise. Perhaps you qualify to see a physician in a community clinic? You might contact the local hospital and find out what options you have for seeing a physician. That way you can also have your A1c tested and talk with the doctor about your strategy. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-04-03 08:37:40 -0500 Report

Howdy Rayven
I have a lady friend who was Dx'd with T2 in the summer of 2012. She has not been on any medication to manage her Blood Glucose (BG) levels, she had been managing her diabetes strictly through her meal planning and what daily activity she happens to do. .So far her BG levels have been much the same as yours.

I am not a MD (nor do I play one on TV LoL!) so please get a Dr's opinion on this, but it seems to me that you may have prediabetes. You may have arrested or at least slowed your progression into T2 diabetes. You may be able to maintain your current way of eating and exercise and postpone further slide into diabetes, perhaps for the rest of your life.

Regarding medications: Meds like pills and injectables and insulin are great if you need them. However as with any medication there may be some side effects, and it is my view that if one can manage their condition without the use of medications of any kind, that is the far better way to go.

My personal experience was I was put on Metformin after my Dx in 1995. I was taken of the Met in 2006 when I developed kidney disease and needed dialysis. I was put on NPH (medium acting) insulin injections twice a day. I continued on those injections until, quite by accident in 02/2011, I discovered that my pancreas was producing enough insulin to manage my BG levels if I ate very carefully. I discontinued my insulin and have continued that way of eating to this day. I have written up my meal plan I follow as a discussion. If you are interested in looking at it, just ask me and I will link you to it.

Eventually I may have to return to the insulin injections, but I pray that day will be far off for me.

God's best to you and yours
James Baker

Nick1962 2014-04-03 08:07:49 -0500 Report

That thought has occurred to me as well, and I’ve spoken to my doctor about it. What really makes me diabetic if I can maintain an average 5 A1c without drugs while still eating relatively normally? I guess there is no other term for elevated blood glucose levels other than “diabetes”.
If you have at least some medical professional’s guidance for not taking insulin or meds, and can manage through diet and exercise, I’d say you’d be far better off, but I’d still find a doctor to confirm it, even if it is out-of-pocket for you.

wilson007 2014-04-03 06:12:14 -0500 Report

I don't know if it's reversible but you can always hope for the best

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-03 09:55:34 -0500 Report

Diabetes is not reversible. You can get to the point where you can maintain it without medications as Nick does but you still have to monitor what you eat.

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