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Old 12-15-2018, 15:09   #161
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Even if it is progressive, if it progresses extremely slow I guess it would take years to show anything. I’m not going to complain with my good numbers.
Your numbers aren't terribly bad, yet, but, ahem, they are not good.
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A1C highest ever was 7.1 down to 6.4 and I did little eating wise. The next bloodwork will tell the tale.
I'm sure that it will and I hope that you decide you need to get serious about doing something proactive before complications do set in.
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I don’t know what to do right now. I change my mind everyday.
Read this, also in the recent diabetes news section of the forum. In the end (and why I usually dismiss most all diabetes news articles) it is promoting developing a drug, but if you read the cause, it's high blood glucose that causes the damage. Diet changes early on would also lower BG, they always seem to ignore this, and would be a better choice than developing another drug.

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a1c 8.8 (8/2011) 5.4 (10/2018)
TC 206 LDL 102 HDL 85 TG 96 (10/2018)
Supplemental vitamins and electrolytes
63 YY Love the LCHF diet. The cheese goes well with my whine

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Old 12-17-2018, 18:09   #162
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Hi,I’ve been taking this Metformin a long time, I wonder if my doctor knows how long I’ve been on it? I wonder how much longer I have to keep taking it??
I don’t want to be on it forever. Thanks

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Don’t change the way you eat and not only will you be on it forever, you will keep increasing the dosage and adding more medications and potentially insulin

Diabetes is a progressive disease especially if no dietary changes are made

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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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Ratter51, there is no magic pill for diabetes.

Diabetes is progressive. It is not reversible. It cannot fix itself like a broken bone in a sling; you can't take a bunch of pills or chemo to cure it like cancer; there's no surgical procedure you can have after which you'd be able to say, "I no longer have diabetes." You can manage your diabetes and minimize its effects -- really slow down the progression -- but you can't cure yourself of diabetes.

As diabetes medications go, Metformin is fairly free of side effects and long-term conditions related to its use. The newer "wonder drugs" -- probably your doctor's next step when the Metformin doesn't work anymore -- have serious side effects which make most of us think twice about ever taking them.

That is why we on this forum go on and on and on about managing diabetes early through what you eat and how active you are. Some of us are even Metformin-free. Maybe you could be, too, but it would take a serious change in the way you eat and (likely) in your activity levels (not sure you've ever discussed that).

You don't want to take Met forever. You don't want to change what you eat. But if you don't manage your diabetes better, you'll be on some other medication (or injecting insulin a few times a day) and you will have to change what you eat or the new medication won't do its job, either, leading you to the severe complications of diabetes. I'll guess you won't want those complications, either. So what is it you do want to do?

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I DO eat lots of fruit and tomatoes. It’s the sweets I cannot control. Now I’ve been invited to a dinner and she has all catered foods and that certainly means pasta and lasagna and all that goes with it. Not gonna be able to turn that down. I gotta see what’s up on the next bloodwork in January. If it goes down again..... there is no explanation. Wonder what other people who think like me have to say???? This diabetes thing is hard. My A1C has never been above 7.1 like you all had at one point. Your folks had much higher numbers. Then sure.... time to make changes and you did successfully.

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You are 100% correct: this diabetes thing is hard. We either push big changes on ourselves or diabetes does it for us later.

Ratter51, don't think for a moment that you're alone in wanting to hide your diabetes. Or that it was easy for any of us to give up that big bowl of ice cream for dessert or pretzels & beer with our buds at the end of another hard week at work. Or that we like passing on Aunt Kate's amazing coffee cake. We've all been there.

It is hard. I do see the progress you've made since you've joined this forum, and that progress is good. But we push and drone on and on about what you eat because, at some point, the Met will no longer be able to help you reduce your blood glucose levels.

Then it's on to stronger medications -- with significant side effects of their own -- or injecting insulin, maybe several times a day. Even with those, if you don't change what you eat and how much you move, you're likely looking at the classic symptoms of diabetes. We've seen those problems in our family members and our friends and we wouldn't wish them on anyone. But let's see what we see in January's bloodwork.

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Ratter, fruit isn't a really good thing to eat. What fruits are you eating?

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Ratter, fruit isn't a really good thing to eat. What fruits are you eating?
Hi, I eat an apple everyday, canned low sugar pineapple and once in awhile fresh pineapple, but’s its expenvie, green and purple grapes whatever is on sale that day, and I guess that’s it. I admit I sprinkle a spoonful ful of sugar on everything. In my salad lettuce tomato onion sometimes and cucumber once in awhile and low fat mayo and vinegar and again sugar.
This afternoon I ate Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips and their fries that come with it and tartar sauce at the food court at the Mall.

Been just lately eating McDonalds dollar hamburger, fries and just the last two to three visits their Sunday with hot fudge. But hardly ever just had a craving the last few times for it.
We always eat WaWa or McDonslds egg sandwich and sometimes egg sandwich with bacon of course at a local diner. The diner charges more but puts two eggs on a hard roll.
Then a typical super. I cannot use artificial sugars because of the BPH but my prostate is back to normal...more or less... and the artificial sugar makes me pee like 25 times a day.
By the way symptoms for diabetes and enlarges prostate seem to mirror each other exactly.
I get the bacon crispy to get any bad stuff out but have bacon almost every day in the morning and toast. That’s about it.


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Have you ever heard of monkfruit? It comes in granules and is very sweet, but it's all natural.

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Ratter,

It looks like you're carb loading yourself. Have you heard of Monkfruit? It comes in granules and is very sweet, but all natural.

Can you order a burger without the buns? French Fries, sundaes, and canned fruit are very high in carbs.

Unless you change your eating, you're not going to get control over your blood sugar, I'm afraid.

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