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Old 08-10-2012, 17:47   #1
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Hi, my name is Kim Daniel and I live in Pelham Alabama. I am 56 years old and I am a male. My name be confusing. I have been fighting type 2 diabetes since 1998. I am now on insulin and have been since December 2011. I was a truck driver and when my doctor put me on insulin I lost my CDL (commercial driver license). My source to support my family was gone.

In the past two weeks I have been drinking organic coffee with ganoderma in it. All I know is the ganoderma is a mushroom used in the China diet and that my blood sugar under control and my insulin intake is getting less and less.

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Hi Kim, welcome to the forum.

Sorry about your CDL - if you were somehow able to go off insulin, would it be restored and you able to get your job back? Would you want to do that?

I'm taking a leap, not kowing your circumstances. You could have tried a low-carb/high-fat diet and found you still needed insulin, but there are people like me who had very high bg and been able to control it with metformin or diet alone, and neither of those create lows which I suppose is the issue for the CDL.

Since your insulin intake is getting less and less, perhaps you in time could actually go off it - and work again if that's what you'd like.

Anyway - glad you're here, and thanks for telling us your story.

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Welcome to our forum. I'm sorry about the CDL liscence. Sometimes, a very low carb diet, exercise and oral meds may work . Lots of people find supplements do work. I have started using the green coffee bean extract and I am seeing lower bgs most mornings. Hope you find something that works

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Kim, there is a lady named Laura Kilpatrick who lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is the head of the American Truck Drivers Diabetes Association, Inc. She is a type 2 diabetic and drives a truck. She is not using insulin, but you might want to talk to her and see if she can help you. She is a friend of mine on Facebook. Here is the link to the ATDDA:

http://www.atdda.org/

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As Richard said maybe contact the lady he spoke of. My hubby is a truck driver. Non diabetic. He has had heart problems though. You can get insulin waivers, but it is a bit of a challenge. If you are able to come off the insulin you will probably have to have your DOT physical every 3 months to show you are keeping your BS under control with diet and exercise or oral meds or a combination of both. As you know with Federal DOT guidelines the risk with insulin is hypos when your driving per their standards. Hope it all works out and you can get back to driving if thats your goal

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