I Received Good News Today!

By Nonna2Three Latest Reply 2011-05-20 16:44:20 -0500
Started 2011-02-25 19:05:40 -0600

Gonna brag a minute, so get ready!!

Today is Day 40 since my diagnosis with a BG of 612 (at that time). I e-mail my BG readings to my doctor every 2 weeks and today was the day to send them. I have been impressed that he always responds to them - on a Friday afternoon, but he does. And today's reply was . . .

"The numbers look very good…I want you to stop the night time Lantus entirely."

I have worked real hard at this. I am a very picky eater and it has not been easy to accommodate my picky-ness, but I am working around it as best I can. I eliminated all sugars - all my Little Debbie Snack Cakes, all my regular soda's, all my Jolly Rancher Hard Candies - all of it. I switched to sugar-free snacks and diet drinks. I also reduced my carb foods to a minimum - limiying my carbs to 50-55g per meal. I also added breakfast, which I use to skip. And I have added exercise to 4 days of my week. I have really worked on this and I am very very happy to be off the insulin - I plan to keep to my new program and hopefully these next 2 weeks my numbers will remain good and I will not have to go back on the needle.

I will still be on Metformin also, but I can handle that a lot better than the needle, although I still have to do my BG sticks, but even that is better than the injections since my doctor preferred I inject in the stomach - and that hurts!

My goal all along was to reach a point of managing my Diabetes with diet & exercise and, to me, being taken off the insulin on Day 40 is WONDERFUL!!!

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Nonna2Three 2011-05-20 16:44:20 -0500 Report

Update to my status: I saw my doctor yesterday and got my A1c from the blood draw taken Monday - I am down from 12.46 in January to 5.78 this week. I am very very happy. I admit that some days I'm not so happy when I have to exercise ans would rather not or when I can't choose some of the high-carb high-fat foods I once ate on a regular basis, but to be perfectly honest, the results of the diet and exercise modifications has paid off and helps to to stay on track because I know what a difference it has made. And as a bonus I have lost weight. Weight loss was not my goal, Glucose control was my goal, the weight loss is just an added bonus! :)

Kirla 2011-02-26 12:54:24 -0600 Report


Congratulations on getting your numbers down. When diagnosed my numbers were running in the 300 to 400+ range. My A1C was 14.1. It only took me about 6-8 weeks for my numbers to approach normal levels.

At first I tried to cut back on starchy high carb foods and found they still spiked my blood sugar. I decided to eliminate most of them from my diet after just a couple of weeks. My carb count for several months was about 20 grams carbs a day mostly form salad and other low carb vegetables. Cabbage and broccoli I eat just about every day.

Now I eat about 70-80 grams carbs a day. In the morning I eat less than 10 grams of carbs. At lunch I eat the most. I found that I could eat a lot at lunch with out it affecting my blood sugar. For supper I found I can eat more than what I do for breakfast but not as much as I do at lunch.

Your choice of using Almond milk is good. Just check he labels. Some they put in sugar and the carb count can be high. I found if I make my own it has very few carbs. It’s easy to make. Just soak ½ cup of nuts in water for 2-8 hours or more. Rinse and blend in blender with 4 cups of water and blend on high speed for 3-5 minutes. You can strain with a strainer if you like or just shake and drink. All depends how you like it. I used to strain but now just drink it. If the nut pulp settles to the bottom I just shake and pour. I think it great and low carb.

By testing your meals is the only way I know of to see what you eat affects your blood sugar. At first I tested 2 hours after eating. When my numbers dropped a lot I decided to test 1 hour after eating to try and see how high my numbers spiked. After about a year I found that my blood sugar peaked at different times for different meals. In the morning I peak about ¾ to 1 hour after eating. Lunch I peak at about 25 minutes after eating. Supper is about 1 – 1¼ hour after eating. It gets confusing at times. Depending on what I eat these times can very. I just do the best I can.

50-55 grams of carb per meal is a lot. Going off insulin you may have to cut that in half or more. Just keep testing the foods you eat and you will learn how the foods you eat affect your blood sugar. A lot of people who I have read posts from and have good blood sugar control, eat somewhere between 30 and 130 grams carbs per day. You will have to find what works for you. Some people can go even higher.

By eating lots of low carb vegetables and drinking 8+ glasses of water each day and testing the foods I ate and eliminating foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 40-50 points after eating, I was able to quit taking meds after 7 weeks. My second A1C four months later was 5.9. All A1C’s since the first have been less than 6. My lowest last year was 5.2. I did it and it looks like you’re on your way to doing it also.

Good luck

Nonna2Three 2011-02-26 13:23:18 -0600 Report

Thank you for the great advise. Yes, I realized after breakfast today that I was going to have to watch my BG more than twice a day again. At least for a while - until I get my bearings on what is going to hit my sugar and what will not. In fact, in my blog, I had posted some of what you have recommended.

I took a look at your blog and it looks like you have some great information there. More than I have time to dig into today so I added you as (get ready to feel special) the first blog on my blog-roll. I'm sure there are a lot of great diabetes blogs out there, I just haven't had time to hunt them down yet. If you want to read what I posted this morning you are more than welcome to peek at my blog any or as often as you care to: http://awalkwithdiabetes.blogspot.com/

Thanks again! :)

Kirla 2011-03-01 21:47:04 -0600 Report

I took a look at your blog. I think your doing a nice job with it. I added you to my blog roll. I see you joined networkedblogs. I haven’t posted anything since I joined. I get a lot of visitors from the search engines now. I joined networkblogs to try and increase traffic. Not to sure when I’ll post again but got some ideas. I’m not really a blogger. I set it up to help me spread how I control my blood sugar. Not everyone can do what I did but I believe there are lots of people who can benefit from what I did. I read some of your posts and plan on reading them all soon.

jayabee52 2011-02-26 16:42:12 -0600 Report

Just a suggestion Nonna, You may want to ask your Dr to write a 'script for more test strips (if you haven't done so already). Tell Doc you need these extra strips because you plan to test more frequently to get better control of your BG#s. Usually Drs write for minimum numbers of tests, but decide how many times per day you may be testing and ask Doc to write that number.

Nonna2Three 2011-02-26 17:13:18 -0600 Report

Good suggestion. I'm okay on strips at the moment because the day my doctor gave me my diagnosis he wrote me prescriptions for everything and in my shock and numbness I forgot to remind him that my insurance requires any maintenance meds to be written for 90 day supplies. When I went back for my 3-week follow up I asked him to re-write them so I now have live 30-day 'scripts at the pharmacy that I will fill again. And as long as I don't get that 'script filled on the regular 30-day schedule then I think it will slip by insurance without issue.

If I find myself running short I will definitely call him and ask for more and knowing how helpful and informative he has been I feel sure he would not have any problem writing for more. But right now I have most of a 90 day supply in stock.

Thank you for the good suggestion though. It's the help, suggestions and thoughtfulness of the people like you on this site that makes me so happy I found it! :)

Nonna2Three 2011-02-26 10:29:10 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone. My new short term goal is to identify and replace foods that impact my numbers too much with the absence of insulin. First on that agenda is breakfast. I had my usual Special K with Almond Milk and coffee this morning & it sent my sugar higher than I want so the next test on breakfast will be tomorrow when I have a Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl. Depending on how that works out I will go from there. And, while my doctor said I only needed to test twice a day, I will be testing more often these next two weeks to be sure I eliminate or replace any foods that hit my sugar too hard!

I needed a new goal with this new journey I am on since I had become somewhat comfortable with the process and the diet modifications and all. Always helps to have a new goal! :)

MewElla 2011-02-26 09:05:45 -0600 Report

This is super…You have really been working at this, and it is showing. Keep up the good work…I am proud of you..

EJMac 2011-02-25 20:58:43 -0600 Report

That is absolutely wonderful. You deserve it after all your hard work and commitment.

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