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Well, I was dx'd in early July this year, with a 6.8, which I took to mean that it was caught early, or at least not as bad as it could have been. My doctor said diet and exercise, and very few strips, so I was forced to find foods that didn't spike me, and to eat them every day, every day, every day.... boooooring..... but I wanted to prove to him that I was up to the task, and I wanted to know right away how well I could control this, so I stuck with the very strict diet and ate the same thing every day. No soda, no juice. The only think I have had to drink since that day in July is water. No junk food at all, not even a cookie or piece of a brownie, and certainly no ice cream. Actually nothing good:-(

I read a lot, used the many forums and ADA site, and set about seeing how low I could get that number and it paid off with a 5.5

Somehow, I doubt I will be able to maintain that low, because I do need to shake up my diet, and without many strips, most of it will be guesswork, but its good to know I can be there if I give it my all.

I am 54, not yet convinced that I will even live long enough to suffer any debilitating effects from it if I stray and the number rises a bit, and without getting into my personal life and the depression I have been in for many years, I think this is a good thing, and hope that others can see that even someone who doesn't care that much about life, can affect their numbers in a positive way.

Mostly, I did it to prove it could be done. I don't like to lose, and I don't like the look the dr gave me when he told me he felt I needed a dietician and counseling or I would fail. I will give him credit for motivating me, but I don't really believe that was his desire.

The aggravating part is to take the test, and the lab refuses to give me the number, saying only the doctor can see it. My blood, my cash payment, my time, my number, and my disease, but I have to pay $80 to get the answer to "what was the number?"

I called his nurse and asked. She said she couldn't tell me because only the Doctor could evaluate it, and tell me, so I told her I had no intention of making any appt if I cannot be told something so simple over the phone, and that I would test myself at home, and save a ton of cash over a visit which is only going to involve him says "its 5.5, which is a good number, keep it up, now fork over the money"

About an hour later, the nurse called me and told me the number. What is ironic is that they had no problem having the nurse call after my fasting glucose test, and telling me flat out, that I failed, and am a diabetic. Bad news, they will tell, but good news is a state secret......

I pretty much hate doctors, and that is why I hate this disease so much, as it tethers me to one for the rest of my life. If only the healthcare debate was over the things that really matter in healthcare, instead of all the political lies and coercing that is going on.

John
 

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hi. just out of curiosity what type are you, 1 or 2? what exactly are you eating every day? are you overweight? do you exercise? fill us in. you are definitely doing better. keep it up. and don't give up.
 

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Do you know your test results the quality of life?

Studies have shown that if you have diabetes, your blood glucose test as normal as possible.

Quality of life also known as A1c test, glycosylated hemoglobin or HbA1c. This test measures the amount of sugar that binds to the protein in red blood cells. Since blood cells live about 90 days, HbA1c test shows the average blood glucose over this period of more than 90 days. The greater the amount of sugar in the blood, the higher the HbA1c results will be. Blood sugar high for a long period of time can damage blood vessels, large and small. This increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular complications. The blood test you do with your accountant tells you what your blood sugar level in blood for the second day. There are 86,400 seconds in a day 7,776,000 seconds in 90 days. To know what your real sugar in the blood is on average more than 90 days, over 7 million test strips worth $ 6 million. Or A1c.

Consider the results of HbA1c and quality of life, because the number of low value, the less likely you will have complications of diabetes such as kidney failure, blindness, limb amputations and heart problems. The normal range of HbA1c in a healthy person without diabetes is between 4.3 and 4.5%. The American Diabetes Association, if your HbA1c is above 7% you need to make some changes quickly to avoid complications. The American College of Endocrinologists recommends that HbA1c should be below 6.5% and as normal as possible. But if you want your risk of complications to reduce to zero, then it must be close to normal as possible, which is 4.3 to 4.5 percent.

If you want your results to your level of A1c blood sugar on the screen to compare, to know what your blood glucose levels averaged over the last 90 days will help. An A1C of 8% corresponds to an average blood glucose of 205mg/dL on your monitor and an A1c of 7% is equal to 170mg/dL, 135mg/dL is equal to 6% and 5% is equal to 100mgm/dL your monitor. For other songs, you can go

According to a new study, if the diabetes at the age of 50 years, and their level of blood sugar is not under control, are likely to die 10 years and be miserable for the last 12-15 years of his life. All this to avoid!

In another study, the EPIC-Norfolk, took 9,000 people and compared their results of A1c. What they found is that people with an HbA1c level of 6 percent compared with those with an A1C level of 5%, there was an increase of 28 percent for cardiovascular mortality, whether or not diabetes was achieved .

Under the rules of the attention of the American Diabetes Association, if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, your doctor is supposed to A1c test 2-4 times a year. Call your doctor and ask for the last two lab reports and see what was your A1c.

There is no reason for anyone to an A1C above normal with all the knowledge we have and with all the resources we have today.

The A1C test also determine whether your doctor is smart. If your A1C is greater than 6%, then your doctor is not doing its job. Not all new treatments available to you. Remember that your doctor is not trained in food or through an exercise program.

Know your quality of life today, and preventing complications of diabetes in the morning. Ask your doctor or an educator today, do not wait.
 

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I so much like your post!

Well, I was dx'd in early July this year, with a 6.8, which I took to mean that it was caught early, or at least not as bad as it could have been. My doctor said diet and exercise, and very few strips, so I was forced to find foods that didn't spike me, and to eat them every day, every day, every day.... boooooring..... but I wanted to prove to him that I was up to the task, and I wanted to know right away how well I could control this, so I stuck with the very strict diet and ate the same thing every day. No soda, no juice. The only think I have had to drink since that day in July is water. No junk food at all, not even a cookie or piece of a brownie, and certainly no ice cream. Actually nothing good:-(

I read a lot, used the many forums and ADA site, and set about seeing how low I could get that number and it paid off with a 5.5

Somehow, I doubt I will be able to maintain that low, because I do need to shake up my diet, and without many strips, most of it will be guesswork, but its good to know I can be there if I give it my all.

I am 54, not yet convinced that I will even live long enough to suffer any debilitating effects from it if I stray and the number rises a bit, and without getting into my personal life and the depression I have been in for many years, I think this is a good thing, and hope that others can see that even someone who doesn't care that much about life, can affect their numbers in a positive way.

Mostly, I did it to prove it could be done. I don't like to lose, and I don't like the look the dr gave me when he told me he felt I needed a dietician and counseling or I would fail. I will give him credit for motivating me, but I don't really believe that was his desire.

The aggravating part is to take the test, and the lab refuses to give me the number, saying only the doctor can see it. My blood, my cash payment, my time, my number, and my disease, but I have to pay $80 to get the answer to "what was the number?"

I called his nurse and asked. She said she couldn't tell me because only the Doctor could evaluate it, and tell me, so I told her I had no intention of making any appt if I cannot be told something so simple over the phone, and that I would test myself at home, and save a ton of cash over a visit which is only going to involve him says "its 5.5, which is a good number, keep it up, now fork over the money"

About an hour later, the nurse called me and told me the number. What is ironic is that they had no problem having the nurse call after my fasting glucose test, and telling me flat out, that I failed, and am a diabetic. Bad news, they will tell, but good news is a state secret......

I pretty much hate doctors, and that is why I hate this disease so much, as it tethers me to one for the rest of my life. If only the healthcare debate was over the things that really matter in healthcare, instead of all the political lies and coercing that is going on.

John
my doc just messed me up with increase in thyroid med, telling me I'm just getting older. I've been stable at 5.8 for 1.5 years, after she increased med I was @ 6.3 within 50 days. she's demanding office visit, I'm requesting lowering med to original dosage. I did this on my own after reviewing science literature (I have Ph.D. in Cell Bio) It's helped already!

I do post meal muscle work to suppress highs -- and dark choc is on my menu! @ 45', do short impulses of muscle contractions (stairs or incline treadmill) must do every time (60' spike < 140, @ 2 hrs <110), to keep liver in check from dumping sugar into blood.

I'd get rid of your doc. I might get rid of mine. Our health might not be the priority...

Great posting -- really love your candor!:D
 
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