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Old 05-05-2015, 04:42   #1
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Hi everyone. I've been a Type II diabetic for 16 years. My A1c was 10.6 at a recent physical so my endo suggested insulin. Gulp. I kept asking myself, what more needs to happen to get you to change! Insulin was my line in the sand - however - I've been worse since starting insulin (Lantus SoloStar, Metformin and Glipizide). My reading seem to have gotten higher. My doc told me to check my BS in the AM and PM - and readings have consistently been between 230-365. I've gone from 22 units to 30 and still no change. It's depressing me even more. I know what to do - and I can't seem to get myself there. Anyway, I'm hoping joining a community of folks who are walking in my shoes will give me the encouragement and support I need. I hope.

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Old 05-05-2015, 05:49   #2
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Welcome, you've joined a community like no other. People here take responsibility for their health instead of relying on hidebound conventional "wisdom" and ever increasing doses of medicine.

If you want to join us it can start NOW before you ever put the next bite of food in your mouth. It begins by checking your blood glucose immediately before you eat a meal and then at 1 hour after the first bite and again 2 hours after the first bite. (You're going to need a LOT of test strips, if your doctor won't prescribe enough for you you can get an inexpensive Relion brand meter and strips at Walmart). This is called "eating to your meter" and the goal is to keep your 1 hour BG below 140 and your 2 hour BG below 120.

You can accomplish that best by eating foods that don't spike your BG. That means meat, fish, eggs, non-starchy vegetables and "natural" fats (olive oil, coconut oil, butter, ghee, full fat dairy, and animal fats like lard, tallow, and schmaltz.

You need to avoid ALL grains, breads, pasta, pastry, added sugar, most fruit (occasional small servings of berries are ok), and starchy veggies. See LCHF for Beginners - DietDoctor.com for guidance.

Be careful that these steps WILL result in lower blood sugar and lower blood pressure, so be sure to work with your doctor to adjust meds accordingly (but don't be surprised if your doctor does not agree with this approach--he'd rather keep prescribing more medicine.

YOU can turn this around, but it's entirely in your hands.


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Old 05-05-2015, 13:48   #3
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Welcome ChrisM

You've come to the right place for help and encouragement. The members here are proof that there IS a way to gain control of blood sugar levels. But it's not the way most doctors prescribe - although there are some doctors that actually do tell their diabetes patients to eat low-carb.

Since it is the carbohydrates/sugars in our diet that raise blood sugar, it makes sense to eliminate most of this type of food. When we do that, we discover that BG doesn't rise nearly as much, nor does it stay high nearly as long. The less carbs eaten, the lower the rise in the first place. And there is less need for a T2 diabetic for drugs and/or insulin to cover high blood sugars.

The testing protocol John described is how to do this thing. I'm really shocked that your doctor is prescribing both injected insulin and Glipizide (a drug that stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin) and then tells you to test only two times a day - and doesn't even mention your diet! (shakes head is dismay)

Stick around on this forum, read the threads, ask questions. We are here to help you. Do be careful, though, when you reduce carbs that you are testing your BG because that Glipizide is going to be dumping insulin into your blood stream in unknown quantities at unpredictable times. My personal opinion is that this drug needs to be discontinued sooner than later. A LCHF way of eating is going to do more for you than this drug could ever do.

A website we like to direct new members to is Blood Sugar 101 which will give you a good education on diabetes - in fact, after reading through this site you'll most likely know more about your D than your doctor does. The testing protocol John mentioned is found in the section "How To Lower Your Blood Sugar"

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70 yrs. Dx May 2010
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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 05-05-2015, 15:36   #4
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There it is, right out straight, just the way we do it, here. "I know what I have to do, but I just can't do it." doesn't fly, on this forum.

We supply the guidance and encouragement, and you supply the will and the commitment.

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Old 05-05-2015, 15:48   #5
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Hi ChrisM, welcome to the forum. Good advice already given. Diet is the main key to controlling your BG and lots of testing at first is the only way you know what your food is doing to it.

As you eat less carbs, you will need less meds, i.e. lowering of insulin. I would advise you to read about sulfonylureas in this section of Bloodsugar101, glipizide is one. It forces an already overworked pancreas to spit out more insulin, if yours is working now or not. I would recommend considering dropping it from your list of medications. The metformin is a good and safe medication to help keep your liver from storing as much glycogen that is later converted to glucose and released into you blood.

As far as insulin usage, don't know how you are determining dosage, but guessing sliding scale. Others here that are using insulin will be along to offer suggestions on how they do it.

As others mentioned, the old ways of controlling BG do not work to keep BG at safe levels. For one thing, their safe level 180 mg/dL is about 40 points higher than what clinical studies have shown that damage from high BG begin occurring. Complications do not have to happen, but the only way to do prevent them is to work on the cause, not the symptoms.

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Think I've had this since 2003. Told I was Type 2 lean on 2/13/12.
a1c 8.8 (8/2011) 5.4 (10/2018)
TC 206 LDL 102 HDL 85 TG 96 (10/2018)
Supplemental vitamins and electrolytes
64 YY Love the LCHF diet. The cheese goes well with my whine

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Old 05-05-2015, 17:45   #6
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Welcome Chris! Sorry you had to join us, but glad to see you ... you came to the perfect place. Everyone already gave you some great links, please take the time to read the info, then apply it and you will rapidly turn your situation around.

I love the way RCG put it ... we supply the info, you supply the commitment.


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Old 05-05-2015, 20:07   #7
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Welcome from a former Minnesotan.

A lot of info has been thrown your way, and a lot of it may contradict what you've been taught up to this point.

What can we do or say to help you absorb it all?

Never anger a Dragon, for you are crunchy and go well with brie.

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.

Dosing with:
2000mg Metformin
Daily mulitvitamin
Daily antihistamine
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Old 05-05-2015, 22:45   #8
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When your cells are insulin resistant, providing more insulin isn't the answer. Reducing carbs and adding fats back in is definitely the way to go.

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Old 05-06-2015, 01:19   #9
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OMgosh, I'm overwhelmed by the support. Thank you! It's exactly what I need!! Why doesn't the endo community tell diabetics about these online resource? Probably because there isn't any money in it for them. I didn't know how glipizide worked. I take 10mg twice daily. I've been on it for years and years.
I have so much reading to you. Thank you all SO MUCH for this forum and for your emails. It's making me feel a little weepy...

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Old 05-06-2015, 19:26   #10
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I bet the reason they don't tell them is because the diabetics among my circle have no interest in figuring out the fix. They all want to just take a pill/med and BE fixed. I'm the only one who cares to fix my problem myself.

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