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Old 05-28-2015, 15:06   #1
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My name is Chris. I've had Type 2 for about 15 years now and for the majority of those years really never took it seriously. I did try to watch what I ate. Tried to exercise as often as I could. I took the medication I was prescribed (Actos) and thought I'd be fine. Well, last year I changed jobs and had a gap in health insurance coverage, so I ran out of meds and figured I'd be okay until I had my new insurance coverage and I'd get them refilled. Was just at my doctor last week...A1C at 15.1! and now on 1000mg Metformin 2x daily and Glimepiride 4mg 2x daily. My BG is now around 200 in the AM fasting, and I average between 140-190 throughout the day. Been on these meds for only 4 days. However, today my vision is blurry and I noticed that I am a little more tired than usual. I've read that when your BG is lowered, your body can go into a "false" hypo state...going to see if the blurriness goes away. Anyway, glad to have found this forum and hope to engage with some of you. Have a great day! Chris

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Hello Chris and to the forum.

Yep, it is easy to let diabetes drift for a while but it does cost us in the end. So taking control is the only approach and hopefully the forum will be able to offer you some ideas that you might not yet have considered.

First of all I'd just say that getting rid of the Actos is possibly a useful consequence of the job change. If you explore that link, you'll see that it seems to come with a serious package of side effects.

That link on the drug comes from a site that we've found very helpful - Blood Sugar 101 - well worth exploring.

On the forum most of the members have found that the single most effective approach to control is managing what we eat. Note that I said "what" not "how much". Starvation diets don't work.

What do your current eating habits look like? If you can give the forum some details, our cooking experts may be able to make some suggestions to help.

In essence the suggested approach is to cut back on the thing that causes blood sugar spikes - carbohydrates - and replace the missing energy by increasing the amount of healthy natural fats. Now this isn't a diet - this is a permanent life style change. Explore Diet Doctor - Real food for your health for more detail.

Now, first of all, note that eating sensible levels of fats (natural fats - not petrochemical industry abortions) do not increase our risk of heart disease (unlike Actos), do not cause us to gain weight nor screw up our lipid profile.

But there is one detail you do need to be aware of. Glimepiride stimulates us to produce insulin. But in an uncontrolled manner, so if it works, you could get a big surge that might bring your blood sugar down faster than is desirable.

Anyway, on the forum you'll find a bunch of folk from all round the world. Explore away and ask questions - you'll find a few answers, some of which might surprise you.

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Welcome Chris. John has given you the important information and I'm here to tell you it works! Good luck…do let us hear more from you.




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Old 05-28-2015, 20:53   #4
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Experience shows that diet is the key to controlling blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes.

We define diet as severely reduced carbohydrate intake (<50 gm per day) and significantly increased animal fat intake. Fat is not the enemy it has been portrayed as. We think of this as a "Way of Eating" to which we commit for a lifetime.

Continuing to make poor dietary choices, and piling on more and more medications, is not a viable way to control our disease.

You will find a wealth of information, and guidance here, and we hope you will take advantage of them.

It would help to know some of your food choices, and your BG readings.

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Chris, I also would like to recommend a UTube video for you…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da1v...ature=youtu.be

Most of us like visual learning!




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Once you've started eating low carb and high fat, your false hypos will stop and your vision will clear up too! You definitely need to test before and at one hour, two hours after meals and try to get those numbers all below 140. Feel free to ask us anything!

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