I think I am on the right track...

By Kakie33 Latest Reply 2015-03-22 22:06:30 -0500
Started 2015-03-19 16:51:18 -0500

… but please let me know if I am just delusional.

I was diagnosed about a year ago by my then new doctor. It was a chock as I am slim built and have a fairly healthy nutritional way of eating. A friend of mine, who is a retired professor of endocrinology, told me that it was the result of a prolonged period of stress.
Anyway, I have to live with it… so I decided to educate myself about type 2 diabetes.

I hadn't been to a doctor for a few years as the one I used to go to had moved out of town, but after the result from the new doctor I decided to inquire about the blood tests done 4 years before. The lab kindly gave me the information and to my surprise, my numbers were already flagged at that time and my previous doctor not only didn't inform me but didn't even send me to do the "diabetes test"!!! That made ma mad.
The current doctor seems to be more "in tune" it seems but the first thing she said was: "I can prescribe… " to which I answered: "hold on a mn. Before taking anything, I'd like to see if there are other solutions". She wasn't very encouraging about it and felt that I wouldn't be able to manage the diabetes with just a change in nutrition (an attitude I find deplorable!), but I said "I think I can, I think I can"

I have completely eliminated potatoes and rice from my died as well as anything made with flour except for bread that I eat occasionally (but I buy sprouted wheat bread). I check my BG before meals and if the number is good I might have 1 slice of bread. I also walk more (the dog is happy).
My first A1c test in March 2014 read 7.4… my last one in Jan. 2015 read 6.6. … so I think I am on the right track - and I can go back to my doctor and say: "I knew I could!!!"

Good day to all

8 replies

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-21 22:28:41 -0500 Report

Wow, you sound like me. I was also diagnosed about a year ago at 112 pounds and healthy eating. But as a touring musician (and 2 parents with type 2) the adrenalin and subsequent pumping of sugar my body did on performance days I think led to my diabetes. My doc did not offer to put me on meds but told me to exercise more and eat less. I was only working out 4 days a week at the time so I bumped it up to every day and TWICE on 4 days of the week. With only eating around 1200 calories a day I couldn't really eat any less.

You're on the right track. Exercise is the key to staying off meds. I don't plan on getting on meds anytime soon. My a1c was 6.5 at diagnosis and is now 5.6.

Keep up the good work!

Kakie33 2015-03-22 01:16:10 -0500 Report

Hi Manto_Lyn … thank you for your message.
Funny… we have another thing in common… I too am a musician - but I had to give up the career long ago when my ex left and I became a single mom. I still play from time to time and perform for friends when I have the opportunity. It doesn't affect my BG as much as if it was in a concert hall!
I am in a hurry to have my next A1c… the past few days my numbers have been just great - makes me feel good :D
Good health to you

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-22 13:46:38 -0500 Report

What do you play? And yes performing for friends isn't enough to get the sugars up. It's the adrenalin of the big performance for 500 or more. It's the stress of being stuck in traffic and fretting about having enough time to set up and start the gig on time. Let us know how your next a1c goes!

Kakie33 2015-03-22 21:59:33 -0500 Report

I am a flutist (or flautist depending where you come from). I like to play both classical and jazz. For classical, I can ask a couple of friends to accompany me with piano… it is a little more tricky for jazz, so I play with recorded music on my computer… still lots of fun.

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-22 22:06:30 -0500 Report

Flutist here also!! (Mandolin too as per my nick here.). I also see you're a former educator. So much in common…

jayabee52 2015-03-20 00:06:23 -0500 Report

Howdy Kakie
Good for you Girl! WTG in doing without diabetes meds and affecting a change in your BG (blood glucose) readings without medication.

One of the things about medical doctors is they are too wedded to BigPharma and often get payola for writing new Rx's for meds, especially those new ones the company wishes to push. So there is a vested interest in getting you on medications of any kind.

I had a Dr (a GP) who asked me if I was on a statin as my cholesterol was "perfect" (his word) I told him no I haven't taken any med for cholesterol. I left the visit without new meds. However the next visit, he wrote me a Rx for simvistatin. When asked what that was for he said it was "prophylactic" (he knew I understood big words and liked to use them with me). I went ahead and filled the Rx and had been on it for several years till I discovered the dirtly little secret that statins interfere with the enzyme CoQ-10, necessary for proper heart and muscle function. I stopped taking it. My cholesterol is still good.

I think you are on the right track.

God's best to you


Type1Lou 2015-03-19 17:40:34 -0500 Report

Congrats on taking control and on your A1c progress. I have a friend who was just notified that she has diabetes (Type 2). Her doctor wanted to put her on metformin immediately but she, like you, wanted to attempt a dietary/exercise solution first. He did not give her a meter nor did he advise her to test her blood sugar and said he would see her again in 4 months! No reference was made to take a diabetes education class either. I stopped seeing this same MD/PCP in 2010 because his treatment of my diabetes landed me in the hospital and advised her that she should seek care from someone more competent. She agreed. (This PCP kept on increasing my Lantus dosage while decreasing my bolus insulin without considering carb to insulin ratios. When I sought care from and endo, they reduced my Lantus dosage by 25% and re-educated me on carb to insulin ratios. The PCP seemed unwilling to accept or unaware that he was not qualified to handle my diabetes.)

Kakie33 2015-03-21 23:53:53 -0500 Report

Thanks Lou for your encouragement. My "new" doctor is fairly young and I think there is a hope she might see things differently given a few more years experience. She did send me to a diabetes education class which was very informative - but there again, both nurse and dietician go with the assumption that all diabetic patients are on meds.
A change in diet and exercise are of course important but educating oneself about diabetes is crucial so as to make the right choices.
We cannot simple be "patients" we have to be participants in our health.
Good health to you.

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