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Old 03-12-2014, 15:00   #1
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Hello, all. First off let me say thank you for this forum. I've learned a ton so far and am very thankful for the great people and information shared on this site. It has help me realize that Diabetes is controllable and not something to necessarily fear.

I was diagnosed on Feb. 27. I started losing weight unnexplainably in January and didn't think much of it. I then started urinating constantly and thirsty all the time. Eventually my wife pushed me to see the doctor and start testing my blood sugar (she's a labor and delivery nurse). I was getting blood suger readings of between 300-500. Initial meeting with Doctor was a smack in the face and depressing. He ordered blood test and said we'd meet again in a week to discuss. He put me on Metformin 2x a day and mentioned I'd probably have to go on insulin, but we'd wait for that till after the test results came back.

I started doing research immediately. Started taking blood sugars as described in all the website research (Morning, 1 hr, 2hr after meals, etc.). I started limiting my carbs and trying to eat LCHF (which I'm sold on big time). My blood sugar started dropping immediately. Within a few days I was getting blood sugars in the mid 200's, a few days later seeing numbers in the 100's. I started feeling better, less urination, more energy within about 5 days.

Met with Doctor again on March 7th. My test results showed an A1C of 12.8, and lipids and cholesterol high. He was prepared to put me on insulin. He was very impressed with what I'd been able to do in a weeks time by eating LCHF he decided to hold off on the insulin and see me again in 3 months. This was wonderful news.

Since then I've been pretty diligent in my diet. My numbers are slowly working down now to closer to normal numbers. Last couple days numbers:
3/11 out of bed 136
1 hr after Bfast 150
2 hr after 140
before lunch 115
1 hr after lunch 133
2 hr after lunch 125
1 hr after dinner 147
2 hr after dinner missed
3/12 out of bed 127
1 hr after Bfast 154

I think I'm on the right track, my goal is to lose about another 30 pounds and get my glucose numbers under 100. I'm not happy about being diagnosed, but I consider this my warning to start living better, eating better and exercising.

I was 260 #s in December 2013 (5'10"). I'm now at 218 #s as of yesterday morning. My eyesight has become blurry as of about 3/8. I'm wearing reading glasses all the time so I can read things (phone, computer, papers, nutrition labels, etc). I'm keeping hope that the blurry dissipates once I level out a bit. Posts I've seen say it might, in about a month give or take.

Couple questions, how long until I should expect numbers to get below 100 if eating LCHF?

Normal time for eyesight to go back to normal?

Thanks again for all your input.

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Old 03-12-2014, 15:46   #2
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Welcome ddizzler.

I've been here about the same amount of time as you. My diagnosis was on 3/3 with an A1C of 9.4 and BG readings between 250 and 400.

Not having any real of experience with this, I'm not sure I can tell you what to expect. However, I can tell you that my fasting numbers have gotten under 100 in the past two weeks with help from this board, and Metformin. I've read Metformin takes a week to two weeks to kick in. So the improvements I've seen are mostly from this information presented here.

For me - keeping carbs under 20g/day and eating raw veggies and salads appears to drive my BG lower. Sugar free stuff like gum, atkins bars, cough drops, etc - appear to drive my BG higher.

So, it can be done. Good luck with your effort.

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Old 03-12-2014, 15:49   #3
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Hello ddizzler and welcome to the forum. You have done a wonderful job in taking control of your diabetes. Keep this up and you will be at your goal sooner than you think. As for the eyesight thing, I was told the same thing as you and my blurred vision did get better after about a month or so. But keep the levels down or it could return to blurred vision. In fact sometimes I know I have eaten the wrong things by my blurred vision returning. As far as the LCHF that varies from person to person. I have been down below 100 many times and sometimes depending on what you eat it may go back up. You will need to test the foods to see which foods spike you and which food are safe to eat without spiking to 140 or above. I understand that if you keep it below 140 at all times, the risk of complications from diabetes decreases so keep doing what you are doing with the LCHF and you will see more results soon.

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Old 03-12-2014, 15:59   #4
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Hello and but sorry you qualify to join us.

You've got two great advantages already. You are taking things seriously and not pretending that it's not an issue and your better half is ready and able to provide the support and backup we all need.

However, that doesn't mean that the next few weeks will be easy. To knock your numbers down to the normal zone means you need to pay close attention to everything that goes in your mouth. How quickly will your numbers come down isn't easy to answer as it depends on a lot of variables.

Your HbA1c is quite high and that suggests that your body has been running with high sugars for quite a while (so, now tell you something you don't know ). As you start your low carb diet, your body will protest all the time that it wants sugar and you will sometimes worry that you are going too low. Trust your meter!

The question that we can't answer at this stage is how much insulin response you have left. The fact that your numbers have improved significantly suggests that you do have a fair response left as long as you don't push your luck with high carb foods. That improvement should continue as long as you stick to the rules you've set yourself but that last little bit may be fairly slow, so don't be disappointed if you seem to plateau for a week or two.

A great site you might want to explore is Blood Sugar 101 and this bit in particular will give you some ground rules to consider for your own meal planning How to Lower Your Blood Sugar

Again, and do explore the forum and ask any questions that come to mind!
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Old 03-12-2014, 16:00   #5
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Welcome! You do look like you are definately on the right track, nice job. To address your questions:

1) Blood sugar numbers: Unfortunately, YMMV. Some members have stories of 6 months, others have 3 months, others have over a year. What is the dose of Metformin? It does take a couple of weeks to kick in, it's a marathon drug, not a sprinter. And with your very high A1c, it has a long way to come down. However, with the VERY EXCELLENT progress you've shown so far, I would not be surprised if it was there in another month. And with numbers like that, even if your A1c was a little high the next text blood draw, your doc should be impressed enough to let you continue without adding insulin at this time.

2) Your eyesight is trickier. It's possible that you've needed glasses for a while, and your elevated glucose was masking that need. I would suggest you do what you can to compensate for it, and get your eyes checked out by an Opthamologist sooner, rather than later. You may have glaucoma, which when caught early enough is VERY treatable. Wait until your blood sugars stabilize to actually spend money on perscription specs, as your eyes and brain may compensate. But the Opthamologist can help you with that. Just be sure to tell them you want a "full glaucoma workup" and they will want to know your diabetic history. Keep in mind this is not your "Lenscrafters" Optometrist, but an eye whole-health specialist. (I see mine in April, and will probably be seeing him every 6 mo for the rest of my days, even if I never get glaucoma. My sight is very important to me.)

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Dx 10/2013 : 12/2013 : 4/2014 : 10/2014 :5/2015
A1c 8.0 : 5.6 : 5.5 : 5.5 : 5.5
FBG 180 : 97 : 109 : 97
TCh 196 : 146 : 208 : 211
Tri 220 : 107 : 108 : 96
HDL 48 : 47 : 58 : 61
LDL 104 : 78 : 128 : 130
LDL Pattern A!

LCHF and striving for ketosis since Feb 2014.
Next testing due 11/2015.

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2000mg Metformin
Daily mulitvitamin
Daily antihistamine
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Old 03-12-2014, 16:37   #6
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Wow,
More great info and encouragement. Thank you all for the replies.

As for Metformin, currently on 500 mg 2x per day.

As for eyesight, I think my eyesight was great before. Never had issues seeing at all and always better than most people I was around. This has been one of the hardest issues for me to come to grips with, although my wife thinks I look smart and sexy with weight loss and glasses which is a plus! Going to Maui soon for vacation and hoping the eyesight at least clears up some so I can see the beauty without glasses. We'll see. I'm very committed to controlling this.

Thanks Again All!

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Old 03-12-2014, 16:42   #7
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A point of detail.

As your blood sugar goes down to normal values, you may well find that your eyesight will change (mine did), so don't invest a huge amount in new glasses, contact lenses, eye examinations....

Stick to only what is absolutely necessary in the short term. Save the real investment until things settle down.

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Old 03-12-2014, 17:09   #8
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Welcome! I'd suggest you read Blood Sugar 101 (all of it in time) and I'm so proud of you and what you've done so far! Keep it up and Maui won't be a blur to you. Each of us is different somewhat hence YMMV.

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Old 03-12-2014, 20:52   #9
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Hi ddizzler.

Congrats on such wonderful progress so far. The fact that you got a head start on your dr and that he/she is willing to let you try the LCHF way of eating before taking any further action makes you one of the lucky ones. Your wife's support is also a major plus.

I am just over 3 mth mark since Type 2 diagnosis, also found this forum quite quickly and am seeing great results. I live in Australia so most if our numbers work a little different - my A1C on DX was 11. Most of the time I manage to keep my BG under 7.8(140) and my fasting BG is usually in the 5s ( often under 100) - this has been the hardest number to bring down.

I am on the same dose of Met as you - I take the Extended Release version as this is gentler on the gut for me. So far I have lost 11kgs.

I got caught out with the eyesight changes. I have worn glasses for a decade but prior to diagnosis started taking them off for driving. Once I started getting my BG under control I asked dr if it was ok to get new ones (I was managing just, with 3 pairs of cheap ones of diff strengths, depending on what I was doing). I spent a lot on a new pair then over the next 2 months my eyes changed again. They are close to being back to my original script so I am wearing my pre-DX glasses. The others will have to wait until I am sure my eyes have stabalised - then I will get new lenses.

Keep up the good work - enjoy the challenge and the weight loss. I am getting lots of compliments now and it feels great.

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Welcome ddizzler.

What a great story - talk about taking the bull by the horns!

You are well on the way to good control with all the benefits of healthy longevity.

Kudos to your wife for that push - you are very fortunate that you got your Dx sooner rather than later.

Please visit often and keep us updated on your progress.

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