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Old 11-20-2014, 20:24   #1
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Oregon, USA
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I tried to join over a year ago, but never got the confirming email. Tried with different email addresses with no luck. In the meantime, this forum has been helpful, since it pops up in my searches. I tried again a few days ago, and all the emails came through this time.

I was diagnosed in June, 2013 with an A1C of 7.2. Since my grandfather had "sugar diabetes" when I was young, I was pretty sure I needed to cut way back on the carbs. It came as a shock to me that there was any controversy on the subject. Anyway, I've been low carbing since about August of '13, and reading many of the references suggested here. I've been stable at 5.5 for some time now, and believe I'm healthier for it. Some of the complications (cataracts, periodontal disease) don't seem to care though, and have progressed regardless. I think that's a long enough of an intro. Hello, and thanks for the past and future help.


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Old 11-20-2014, 20:42   #2
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Welcome as an official member. (There was a period of time last year when confirmations were a problem.)

Good to see that you've taken good control of your diabetes and now belong to the 5% club. Come often and join in the discussions.

My low-carb recipe collection on Pinterest
70 yrs. Dx May 2010
Diet controlled: VLC/HF
BG steady with no highs or lows.
A1C in the 5% range.
Gluten intolerant, sensitive to dairy & eggs.
Eat no grains
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Old 11-20-2014, 20:59   #3
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Glad you are finally, officially with us, Steve!

Congratulations and happy dance that you have taken such impressive control of your BG. Sympathies that all is not well.

Join the discussions. I am sure you have a lot to share from your journey.

- Nancy

wf, 63yo, 5'4", 110 lbs
LCHF diet-controlled T2
DXd myself with PP BG over 270
DX 12/13 with A1C 5.9
8/26/14 HbA1c 5.5
avg BG: 90 - 95 before meals, 100 - 110 one hour PP, 95 2 hours PP
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Old 11-20-2014, 21:03   #4
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Hi Steve,

Glad you didn't give up trying to get in.

Guess since you're down to the 5% club (congrats!) you're an old hat at this

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Old 11-20-2014, 21:35   #5
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Hi and welcome Steve. Glad you made it and wow, you are doing an impressive job managing your BG.


A1C at DX 2002 7.2
7/14 8.8
10/14 5.2
1/15 4.8
4/15 4.8
9/15 5.2

3/16 5.4
Weight was 280 now 186, 94# lost so far
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Old 11-20-2014, 21:48   #6
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Welcome! Congratulations on keeping good control, I look forward to hearing more from you!


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Old 11-20-2014, 21:49   #7
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Originally Posted by stevenal1 View Post
Some of the complications (cataracts, periodontal disease) don't seem to care though, and have progressed regardless.
Welcome Steve! Don't forget that the conditions you stated also have taken a long time to progress, and usually take a longer time to "heal" or "reverse" depending upon genetics and individual sensitivies. (The "140" damage point is an average, so there are folks who are sustaining damage to themselves who are below that threshhold, and above.) So the D might be just a contributing factor, and not a cause.

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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!

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Old 11-20-2014, 21:55   #8
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Welcome Steve, glad you were finally able to join us! Looks like you have a great plan in place and it is working well for you. Congrats on joining the 5% club!!


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Old 11-20-2014, 23:41   #9
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was diagnosed in June, 2013 with an A1C of 7.2. Since my grandfather had "sugar diabetes" when I was young, I was pretty sure I needed to cut way back on the carbs. It came as a shock to me that there was any controversy on the subject.
I'm still in shock about that. In my former career in healthcare I worked with seniors in their homes, and many of my elderly patients had "the sugar diabetes". People on a "diabetic diet" avoided bread and sweets. Suddenly, some time in the mid eighties, they were being told that fat was the enemy, and bread, crackers, pasta, cereal and the like began appearing on the menu again. My patients were surprised and so was I.

Part of my job (as an occupational therapist) was to help people learn to be self sufficient. I got especially good at helping people learn to draw their insulin with just one hand after a stroke, or with very poor eyesight due to diabetes retinopathy. (Pre-filled syringes and insulin pens were not common back then). The need seemed to accelerate after the dietary recommendations changed.

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