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Old 05-10-2009, 19:37   #1
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Back in 1992 I was rushed to a hospital suffering from a heart attack (MI) and among a number of tests was a test for diabetes which revealed that I had probably been a long term undiagnosed diabetic. Apart from getting a bag full of pills I was also instructed on how to inject insulin twice a day and advised that I would have to do that for the rest of my life.So for the next 14 years I managed my own insulin intake (units taken) and had reasonable success in staying near the 7% mark.By late 2005 I decided on a different strategy based on my BMI and weight long before my heart attack when I was very healthy, played tennis, ran half marathons and much more, this review of the past led me to believe that my body was operating outside my bodies design limits. Weight was 189lbs and BMI 29.8.
In late 2005 I started on my journey of eating less and exercising more and critically making more blood sugar measurements, which allowed to to recognise that certain food types elevated my BS levels higher and for longer , and consequently eliminated them from my diet. At this stage I was deliberately reducing my insulin intake in small steps and if my BS level before meals (two hours after I had last eaten ) came out above seven then I delayed eating until my next meal was due.Very quickly my insulin intake levels kept dropping and my blood sugar stabilty was greatly improved. I could project at this stage that getting to a zero insulin intake was a definite possibility, which infact happened in roughly six months.So in six months I had come from 90 units a day to zero which I certainly had not been told that this was possible. The specific food that I eliminated was potatoes, bread, rice, bran flakes that belong to a family of carbohydrates (starchy). Now 35 months later still not taking any insulin or other diabetic medication my HbA1C has ranged from 5.8 to 6.4 my weight has dropped by 21lbs and my BMI is just below 25. I no longer wear glasses and have reduced my overall medical load from 12 medicines to 5 with two under review for elimination.
At least one of the critical elements is reducing weight which progressively becomes harder as insulin increases, much of it not properly utilised, by fighting that battle weight loss becomes possible but you have to exercise every day. My regime was was 10k steps per day.
After two years of being absolutely stable BS ) I decided to explore if it was possible to improve insulin resistance and have had beneficial results with both vitamin c and d although I am also now focused on trying to reverse the damage done by my heart attack particularily in the area of arterial plaque.

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Hello There:

Well, from reading your story, what can I say?? You're AMAZING!!! It takes a Great deal of motivation, persistance and discipline for someone with Diabetes to change their Lifestyle. This usually results in Good numbers, more confidence, decrease in IR, weight loss, possible reversal of damage from prolonged high numbers plus feeling better. All Great stuff!

I noticed that your user name is xdiabetic. Although a Feel Good name, I hope that you don't think that you are no longer a Diabetic. You posted your A1c numbers as 5.8-6.5. These are Good numbers for a Diabetic.

A Person with an A1c of anything over 6.0 is Pre-diabetic, Insulin Resistant(IR) or Diabetic. If you were to fall out of your new Lifestyle your glucose numbers would climb again. A non-Diabetic can eat what they like and their numbers would stay within the official range.

Congratulations on the betterment of your Lifestyle and results.

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Hi Terrie,
Thanks for your comments. In my third year of no insulin I have been experimenting with various food types with no adverse effects and my average pre meal BS level at 4.5 (UK reading) so my expectation is that my A1c will come out around 6%. What I am more aware of is getting my weight down further ( by at least another 16 lbs) and will be interested to see how my blood sugar levels change although my primary focus is heart related issues and arterial plaque reversal.
I have absolutely no intention of reverting to my previous style and my ediabetic tag was allocated to my when I received an honorable discharge from the diabetic clinic, so my plan is to hold on to that tag for a long time.

Thanks for your encouragement.

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In Canada, 4.5mmol/L is a Good pre-meal number. Okay, if you get a 6.0 A1c, then I will be feeling guilty here. And I'll deserve it too. My last A1c's were 6.3, 6.4, 6.4. I see my Endo next week, so I'm hoping for a 6.2 or 6.3. I've been somewhat busy looking after other stuff.

No, Thank You. I Love Success stories. Great luck on your last 16 lbs. Yes, hang on to that tag. We're Proud of you.

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Hi Terrie,
Thanks for your comments. In my third year of no insulin I have been experimenting with various food types with no adverse effects and my average pre meal BS level at 4.5 (UK reading) so my expectation is that my A1c will come out around 6%. What I am more aware of is getting my weight down further ( by at least another 16 lbs) and will be interested to see how my blood sugar levels change although my primary focus is heart related issues and arterial plaque reversal.
I have absolutely no intention of reverting to my previous style and my ediabetic tag was allocated to my when I received an honorable discharge from the diabetic clinic, so my plan is to hold on to that tag for a long time.

Thanks for your encouragement.
Hi xdiabetic
You are great ! You will inspire me to do the same. You can now pioneer work on the heart plaques. What all are u doing to accomplish the reversal of the heart disease. The fact that you lost weight in treating diabetes must have helped in easing your heart too. Pl keep us informed of the progress. Congrats for the great job.

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Hello xDiabetic , This is are what dreams are made of as I read your story as I can only wish that is true for me. Terrie and I cannot have this as we will have this disease for the rest of our lives. It's sad as we know it.
For you however is just what doctors cannot get from pharmacies. Your secret is what you have done already. Doing a sport, Doing something that you enjoy as this is so important. So you have gone and revisited your joy and so good on you!! There is another thing too. As an atherleate, You must have carbohydrates to meet your need of activity. Are you eating more and better foods?

You are the prize.
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I think an insulin resistant diabetic can reverse their diabetes but as Terri mentioned, we will always be diabetic, just having it under excellent control. As for type 1 diabetics, I believe they must always inject insulin as they aren't making any. But excellent diet and exercise should be important to us all.

Congratulations on your success. I am working towards reducing my diabetes medications, too.

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Excellent results!

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I have a history of low blood sugar,but since I have been in menopause it seems my blood glucose fasting level is always about 90.

I found some site where doctor helped me.

He answered all the questions via email and together we have found the medicine for me.

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I have a history of low blood sugar,but since I have been in menopause it seems my blood glucose fasting level is always about 90.

I found some site where doctor helped me.
qpills. net/diabetes/questions

He answered all the questions via email and together we have found the medicine for me.

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