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Old 07-26-2019, 13:51   #1
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I am retired and living in South Florida. I have been a diabetic for 26 year and have experienced just about everything that diabetes can hand you.

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Old 07-26-2019, 14:17   #2
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Originally Posted by Robert Hoschner View Post
I am retired and living in South Florida. I have been a diabetic for 26 year and have experienced just about everything that diabetes can hand you.
Hi Robert - I got 2.5 years before I retire (but whose counting) and have been living with Type 1 for 53 years. Still in the game - you gotta make the most of it

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Old 07-26-2019, 15:22   #3
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So tell us some more, Robert. What kind of diet are you using to manage your blood glucose? Are you on meds or managing without? What have been some of your big challenges in the time you've had diabetes?

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Now with less sugar!

A1c 09-15-2020: 5.6; no meds. Thank you LCHF!
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Old 07-26-2019, 16:48   #4
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I am now on Metformin, Lantus 35 units, Victoza 18, invocana 300. I was using 50 units twice a day back in September. My blood sugars with 100 units was 180 to 200 A1C 7.8. My diabetes Doctor put me on Victoza and cut my Lantus to 50. Since I went on Victoza I have lost 30 lbs. blood sugars down to 140 range don't have a current A1C
I am now down to 35 Lantus once a day. I will be honest back in September I was really worried. Biggest thing doctor said no more carbs until we get control. That's hard to do but I do it.

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Old 07-26-2019, 20:02   #5
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Hi Robert, welcome to the forum. Look forward to hearing more from you.

I too cut out the carbs, but a doctor never told me to. I learned about low carbs here on the forum. It is the only thing that has worked to reduce my BG to near normal levels. It got me off all diabetes meds, even let me get off of metformin. I did go back on metformin because of some of its other benefits (cancer risk reduction, anti-inflammatory, etc)

I tried ADA, low glycemic index, and pescatarian diets but none of them did much to get my BG numbers down. I had already quit eating sweets (cakes, pies, cookies, sodas, etc) so I learned there was more than just sugar affecting BG. I quit eating breads, potatos, rice, legumes, other starchy carbs. I thought it would be hard and I would be very limited on what I could eat, boy was I wrong. My current way of eating, the low carb high fat LCHF or Keto diet, mainly real foods and not processed, has worked very well. The variety and taste of the foods I now eat have vastly increased over my previous way of eating. I've been doing this now about to 7 -8 years. My most recent A1c was 5.2 and has been in 5h3 5.1-5.4 range for the last 5 years.

I also have more energy than I did when I was 30, I'm 64 now. I rode my bike last weekend on a 62 mile ride and have a couple of hundred mile rides in the next couple of months I am going to. I'd say what I'm doing without meds (other than the metformin) is working.

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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) 5.2 (02/2020)
TC 183 LDL 102 HDL 65 TG 52 (02/20/2020)
Supplemental vitamins and electrolytes
65 YY Love the LCHF diet. The cheese goes well with my whine

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Old 07-28-2019, 19:12   #6
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Welcome to the forum Robert. You've come to the right place. Love it here. Tons of support.

Hope you continue posting.

13 Oct 20:
A1C: 6.2%
Cholesterol: 175
Crestor 5mg
Metformin 1000mg
BP: Cozaar 50mg

Hoping to work myself back to the 5% Club.

Wishing y'all Peace & Love!
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