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Old 03-18-2017, 20:57   #1
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Hello All. My name is Bill and I live in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. I am a 62 year old white male. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 12 years ago. To my understanding, this was brought on by age and obesity. While I can’t do anything about age, my weight for most of my adult years hovered between 240 – 250 pounds for the most part. Also, starting in my mid to late 20’s, I was developing all of the metabolic problems of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and thyroid problems. As the years went on, so did the medications and the weight. I was also a smoker of about a pack a day for 30 years. When my blood pressure started spiking to very high numbers and my doctor had no explanation, I attributed it to the cigarettes and was finally able to throw them away for good! Of course, eating took place of smoking and in no time at all, I had put on another 50 pounds. Now hovering around 300 pounds, my doctor advised that I watch my diet as my blood glucose was getting close to the 125 mark which I did not want to cross. I started having trouble with my feet at night, tingling. My doctor didn’t know what it was, thought it might be the thyroid medicine and started adjusting it to no avail. I started seeing a new doctor who immediately gave me a glucose test showing I was diabetic, type 2, insulant resistant. Said the foot problem was neuropathy, started me on Metformin and sent me to an “Introduction to Diabetes class” and a nutritionist. Learned a little bit about diabetes and food, but not enough to understand why I was now feeling so bad from the highs and lows of BG. My doctor didn’t want to treat this alone so he sent me to an Endocrinologist. He did some blood work, did not like what he saw, took me off the Metformin and started me on Actos and Prandin. The Prandin was taken at every meal, but didn’t seem to correct the problem. Then he tried me on an injectable pen, Victoza. This too was to be injected prior to every meal. It seemed to be working, but I was having an allergic reaction at the injection site. So he switched me to Humalog 50/50 injectable pen which I was able to tolerate and also took prior to all meals. The great thing about these injections was I never experienced any lows! The bad thing was the inconvenience of carrying the pen and needles everywhere I went. For quite a few years I was taking Actos and using the Humalog 50/50 pen, but mostly just in the mornings when my BG would be around 250. For other meals, I either forgot to bring it with me, or just forgot to take it. I was not taking my medicine as I should have, nor was I paying any attention to what I was eating. Now at 61, soon to be 62, my doctor says, “Your BG is constantly too high averaging 250, your A1C is constantly too high, currently at 10.1 and your weight is constantly too high currently at 311. Your blood pressure is too high and your cholesterol is too high. You have got to make some drastic changes in your life if you want to continue it.” He suggested Gastric Bypass Surgery which I declined. Instead, on the first of this year, I started a planned, pre-packaged, low Carb diet plan including a daily walking regimen. I am currently at 285 and my blood pressure has come way down to a very good range. My Endocrinologist suggested an Insulin Pump and I chose the Animas One Touch Ping. It took three months to get the insurance to approve the pump and for Animas to arrange for the training. The training was a three hour, fast paced, crash course to learn all about this device that I was really scared to use! So on the afternoon of March 1, I went home wearing an insulin pump. I’m going on three weeks now and I am growing accustomed to it. Much easier than sticking myself with a pen at every meal. The first inset change was kind of scary, but I am getting the hang of that now. My BG numbers have come down considerably, but my Animas manager and I are adjusting as needed and I think this new relationship is going to work out just fine. Can’t wait to see my new A1C number!! What my biggest problem now is, the amount of time I am spending monitoring and testing. Because of this low carb diet, I am eating 6 meals a day. Plus, because I am new to the pump, trying to get it set just right, requires additional BG tests in a 24 hour period, sometimes getting up from a sound sleep to test. My Wife is over the time I am spending on it and she is over listening to me talk about the results I am getting. So she has suggested that maybe I should find a support group! So here I am and this is my story. Thanks for hanging in there with me and this long introduction!!

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Hi Bill...

Welcome to the place where you might find some answers you were not expecting and maybe some ways of helping more. Also , your story might resonate with some and you can help them...

My first question for most people are the foods you are eating. you mentioned so much about the medications but only that you were told about what to eat.

there might be some advantages to changing some of your food choices and you might even lose some weight without even trying...

check out some of the stories here and ask as many questions as you want. thats what this is all about

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Here are some good starting points to read

Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF
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Hello Bill,

I might suggest something simple to start drinking a larger amount of unsweeten Black or Green Ice Tea to assist to lower your trigylercides. WARNING: Do not drink Green Tea, if you are on Coumadin or similar blood thinners without discussing it with your Counmadin clinic and/or Doctor. I personally drink Lipton Black & Orange Tea.

I was 350 lbs when I found out I was type 2 and went to a dietian and a endo doctor. The dietian put me on a high starch diet and the endo doctor did not send me for diabetic classes. I ended up at 590 lbs.

I suggest that you go to a Baratric Dietian that will help you lose weight. I was put on a 6 carb servings per meal (90 carbohydrates per meal). I lost from 590 lbs to 388 lbs in 3 years. I was recently told to cut back further to 5 carb servings (75 carbohydrates per meal).

I was taught by my dietian right after I was in a near fatal car accident taught me to count carb servings like they use in our local hospital in Maryland. They consider under 6 carb servings a High Protein Low Carb Diet, but understand that most on here was taught differently. They had to tailor my diet to my body with all of my allergies and other medical issues.

I had to stop taking cholesterol statins medication that raised BG levels to 600. I stopped taking them for one week and my BG dropped to 300. They ended up trying every cholesterol medication until they found "Fenofibrate" that is not a statin drug that worked for me without raising my BG.

The main thing is Bill that what works for me has worked for 15 people so far that go to our local hospital.
This is why I strongly suggest that you visit a Baratric Dietian that will help your weight and BG levels. I just suggest that you confer with your Doctor and Baratric dietian to work up a diet that your body can handle to work towards weight loss and lower BG.

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Thank You for the response. The low carb diet I am currently on is taking off the pounds rapidly!

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I am very happy you are getting good results.

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Low carb is the secret to a lot of the ailments and your BG numbers .

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You said you are low carb... that means different things to different people... lets us know what you're eating so it can help others too

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I don’t want to sound like I am pushing any particular product. I am buying a prepackaged diet plan consisting of six meals a day. Five of the meals are between 13-15 carbs and 100-110 calories each. The sixth meal is a lean protein and a vegetable that might be 20-25 carbs. I am taking about 900-1000 calories and 85-100 carbs per day. If I stay at that level, my BG stays low, below 150, and my weight loss has been as much as 14 pounds the first week and right around 33 pounds in the 12 weeks I have been doing this.

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The main thing is Bill that what works for me has worked for 15 people so far that go to our local hospital.
I'm happy for the 15 people, but there are hundreds of people who find great success in managing their diabetes by following a LCHF way of eating.

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This is why I strongly suggest that you visit a Baratric Dietian that will help your weight and BG levels. I just suggest that you confer with your Doctor and Baratric dietian to work up a diet that your body can handle to work towards weight loss and lower BG.
In all the years I have been on diabetic forums, this is the first time I've heard of this drastic diet being recommended for diabetics.

Another thing that I want to point out is that anytime one's BG goes over 140, organ and nerve damage is happening. For myself, I work very hard to keep my BG well below that threshold. 120 is my goal for highest BG, and most of the time my BG after meals is lower.

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