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By WillONeil Latest Reply 2015-02-26 10:41:24 -0600
Started 2015-02-24 22:07:09 -0600

I'm a 76-yo male, diagnosed four months ago with Type 2, with an A1C of 10.1 pct. Since then I've lost more than 30 lbs and my A1C has gone to 6.0. My endocrinologist is pleased and says she rarely has patients get that much control so fast. A great deal of the credit goes to my wife who has removed a great deal of the carbs from our meals while keeping them attractive and delicious. My major problem has been business and social affairs that sometimes spike my BG over 140 mg/dl.

I'm taking Metformin 2x850mg/d, no insulin.

I believe that a significant factor has been my exercise program. I have an elliptical and now exercise on it at moderate intensity for an hour a day, in three 20-min blocs.

I'm interested in any suggestions.

6 replies

GeekonBoard 2015-02-25 15:41:10 -0600 Report

Congrats WillONeil! Sounds like you are very motivated & more than on the right track of getting your numbers down! I, too, was thinking of getting an elliptical machine, but live in a small one bedroom & wonder if I would use it when times that I'm not at the gym or not able to make it to the gym. Anyway, just wanted to add to the praise of how great it sounds like you are doing! Well done!

Type1Lou 2015-02-25 11:45:03 -0600 Report

Congratulations on the excellent progress in controlling your diabetes! Eating out and festive occasions do present us with a challenge. I usually pass my potato (usually baked) on an event meal to my husband (who loves taters and doesn't have diabetes) or I take it home to make him a twice-baked potato later. We no longer are required to belong to the "clean-plate" club so, I will usually leave any high-carb portion of the meal on my plate unless I can substitute it with a lower carb option (many restaurants will give you a 2nd helping of veggie rather than a starch.)…just some of my "coping" mechanisms.

Mallacai 2015-02-25 10:18:35 -0600 Report

Hi, i salute you Will. I am 52 years old and was diagnosed May 2014. I bought an elliptical trainer and for the past 8 months i can not do more than ten mins on it. I do very brisk walking for an hour or 45 mins bike riding with ease.. You did great with your A1c. keep it up.

WillONeil 2015-02-25 12:37:39 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble getting full use of your elliptical, Mallacai. Of course what really counts is exercise, regardless of means.

When I first got my elliptical I did find that it took me a while to adapt to its different pattern of muscles exercised, but with time adapt I did. For me it has several benefits. First, of course, I can use it regardless of weather. Moreover, it makes it convenient to split the exercise into three 20-min periods so that I don't run any risk of hypoglycemia from a long stretch of strenuous exercise. And I can conveniently read or watch video on a tablet. But whatever works for you is great.

Mallacai 2015-02-26 10:41:24 -0600 Report

Thanks Will, I will keep trying, as you said the elliptical is convenient., i don't have weather issues but time constraints.
For me i changed my diet drastically after diagnosis as i realized that eating out was a no no for a diabetic. At social or business functions i just nibble on something or use water with my scotch or just go with non alcoholic drinks. What i do is eat something low carb and filling before i venture out. At the movies i either have plain water or black coffee. I have developed a mindset ( i had a very sweet tooth ) and i think with some effort you can too. Keep at it and best of luck Buddy.

jayabee52 2015-02-25 00:05:57 -0600 Report

Howdy Will
If you learn what foods tend to elevate your BG (blood glucose) levels at business and social soirees you may well successfully navigate those functions as well without elevating your BG levels.

God's best to you and yours, Will,