Is Diabetes always progressive?

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2014-11-28 13:42:49 -0600
Started 2014-11-26 08:18:08 -0600

is diabetes always progressive? The "experts" say. it is. But is it true? This morning I realized I had forgotten to take my usual 2 units of Lantus Insulin last evening. When I tested my blood this morning the reading was 99. That is in the normal range! Usually if I had forgotten to take my insulin, my fasting Blood sugar would be 150 or more. I have been paying special attention to my diet of late and trying to lose 5 lbs. That doesn't sound like much, but it is all around my waist

When we just except what the experts say, we will live it out what they say. It appears as though
diabetes is progressive, however just plain aging could be at play. When you get older your metabolism slows down, blood sugar goes up as a result, muscle decreases and your use less glucose. Older people usually become more sedentary when they retire. They use less glucose because they are more sedentary. My experiment with getting older and the progressing
of my diabetes has shown me that it is NOT a proven fact that diabetes is always progressive.
I have learned that I can do weight exercises and prevent muscle loss. Change my diet to be higher in protein and lower in carbs. Add a little extra exercise and activity to over come the drop in metabolism. Make a point of not sitting too much. I didn't really have to make drastic changes,
small changes like losing 5 lbs around my belly. What ever we believe we will live out!

7 replies

jayabee52 2014-11-27 10:41:53 -0600 Report

Howdy Rose
It has regressed for me for a while. I had an A1c of 5.5% for a while, after having A1c in the 6% region for quite a while. The need for dialysis has messed that up, however and I am having A1c in the 6% region again.

Praying for improving health for us all


RosalieM 2014-11-28 13:42:49 -0600 Report

I have had an A1c of about 7 give or take a point for many years. I am a hyperactive adult and felt I needed that higher blood sugar. However I decided to try not working so hard and low and behold my blood sugar went down fairly significantly. I was stressed out and ended up with an A1c of 8. in the last six months. It is clear to me that stress over a long time does raise blood sugar. I hadn't changed my low carb diet. I know it was the stress. Learned something new. The strange part of it is, I didn't know how stressed I was until I stopped over working my body. Grandma Rose

Pegsy 2014-11-26 17:17:29 -0600 Report

I hear different points of view from different sources. If I were to follow the American Diabetes Association recommendations, I know I would be taking a lot more medication for my type 2 diabetes and my condition surely would be progressive. But I learned quickly that low carb was the way I needed to go. My doctor fully supports this (but not the AMA dieticians I have consulted). I feel that I have pretty good control following a low carb, high protein and high fiber plan but I am still having to take Metformin, for now. My hope is to maintain an A1c below 6 without medication. I don't know if that will happen or not. My doctor feels that it may be possible if I can lose another 10-15 lbs, remain active and continue my low carb plan. She indicated that it is quite possible for me to live a long life without diabetes complications if I maintain this lifestyle. While many "experts" insist that diabetes is always progressive, my doctor doesn't think so. While I will never be cured of diabetes, I believe I can live a long and healthy life by maintaining good glucose control, eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep and keeping my stress levels as low as possible.

RosalieM 2014-11-27 07:46:55 -0600 Report

You are right , a low carb diet is the way to go. The ADA has some idea that the body requires as much carbohydrate as they recommend. That simply isn't true. I would be dead by now if that was true. Very few in the medical profession disagree with the ADA. You are fortunate that your Dr has the courage to support you in what you know is right. Another thing about progression. Most diabetes drugs (not metformin) cause weight gain and heart disease. Diabetes drugs cause progression of diabetes and they don't prevent complications either. It is no wonder they believe diabetes is always progressive. You and your Dr are to be congratulated.
I am hoping if enough people like you, speak up on this site, that some Doctors will see it and think about it and start to question the ADA. That is the only way things will change. I think I am an Activist!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Grandma Rose

RosalieM 2014-11-27 07:21:16 -0600 Report

You have a great doctor. Most just swallow what the
ADA says and treat you accordingly. My diet is similar to yours. Lots of fiber, protein, fruits and vegetables and some fat. I already have 30 years of diabetes under my belt (I thought it was only 22 years until I read a post on this site. The first ten years before diagnoses, I decided to lose weight and kept it off for the 10 years. I exercised and was active every day. That is what kept me safe from complications even though I already was diabetic but didn't know it. Then I started a floral design business and got too busy to exercise and gained the 55 lbs back by eating too many carbs. The Heart Association was saying don't eat fat eat carbs, the cholesterol scare was started. Once I was diagnosed in 1994, I got serious about finding a diet that would keep me complication free. I know your doctor is correct and so is your diet. Congratulations Pegsy. I am so proud of you. Happy Thanksgiving.

tabby9146 2014-11-26 10:34:05 -0600 Report

That is what the doctors told me in 2008 when I was diagnosed, that is progressive. that is also what I learned in D class. however, I always had a positive approach, like you do I am not going to let it get the best of me. I exercise every day, even on the days I work, I might not be able to have the energy after work sometimes, but I still do some. I try to eat well every day and I think when caught early it progressives much more slowly perhaps in some people. I do not see where it has progressed with me yet, just over 6 years now.

RosalieM 2014-11-26 14:51:46 -0600 Report

Do you eat a low carbohydrate diet or one recommended by diabetes educators from the American Diabetes Association?