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I got lost in the upgrade shuffle. I've been living with diabetes for 12 years and have been poorly managing such. Got off my duff to make an effort about 12 weeks ago and results are good.
 

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I got lost in the upgrade shuffle. I've been living with diabetes for 12 years and have been poorly managing such. Got off my duff to make an effort about 12 weeks ago and results are good.
:welcome: RayH! So glad you decided to join the forum! You will find a wealth of information here on the forum. Well, better late than never to start managing your diabetes. Are you T1 or T2? What kind of medication do you take or do you manage with diet and exercise?

I am sure that you will feel comfortable here and we all help each other here. I hope you have time to visit often and take care!
 

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I got lost in the upgrade shuffle. I've been living with diabetes for 12 years and have been poorly managing such. Got off my duff to make an effort about 12 weeks ago and results are good.
Hi Ray! Good to meet you :) So glad you found us. Tell us a bit about yourself. Its always good to have more voices of experiences around! Hope you can visit often and I look forward to getting to know you :)
 

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Good to meet you, Ray. And good that you've made up your mind to take control. Tell us more about yourself and your new managing methods.

Thank you for joining us! :)
 

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I’m 60 y/o and have been living with Dx Type 2 for about 12 years. My body has gotten older along with the disease and my lifestyle has radically changed; so has what I have to do to control it. I really didn’t recognize that until now. I didn’t realize the complete disarray of my health until I began to improve it. Now realizing I was actually very close to stroke/heart attack or even death, I am now very diligent in taking care of myself.

The controlling circumstance for my journey to improved health was my extreme drowsiness. I would need at least two or three long naps daily. I could not drive 20 miles without a 15-20 min nap. Such would begin by 9:00 AM. My A1c was 10.2%. I was using 50-75 units of 70/30 x2 daily. My lipids were at best at acceptable limits and usually a bit over the limit. My blood pressure was 135/90 and weighed 252 lbs. I’m 5’10”. Such was my condition at the end April.

Researching drowsiness, I suspected a major culprit to be sleep apnea. I was taking excess insulin and another medication with drowsiness side and weight gain side effects. I was also subject to sugar spikes. Thus began my journey to attack my drowsiness.

In the ensuing 3 months, I have been Dx Sleep Apnea and now use a BiPAP machine to sleep. I am actually now sleeping. Under medical supervision, I have eliminated a medication with drowsiness and weight gain side effects. That medical condition is able to be controlled without medication now. I control my diabetes with diet and exercise. I am now using 12 units 70/3 x2 daily.

My current stats: Novalin 70/30 (12unitsx2); Metaformin (850x3); Slo Niacin (500x2); Simvastatin (40mg); Asprin (81mg); Loratradine (10mg); Salmon Oil (1000mg); A1c (7.2%); Total Cholesterol (121); Triglycerides (67); HDL (28); LDL (80). Weight: 210 lbs. Same height.

My current diet is very Spartan. I don’t expect others to want to do it. It’s what works for ME. Any reasonable diet will work if practiced diligently. I drink copious amounts of water. When I consume, I try to avoid sugar (including artificial sweetened), fat, and salt. The focus of my diet is to prevent hunger, not controlling eating. I am not concerned with what those items do down the line to my health. It is their immediate effect to have me overeat. I have evidence based results. I am an avid walker; walking between 4-6 miles daily, along with some morning calisthenics. I believe what I am doing is sustainable. That’s me in a nutshell…and I am a nut!
 

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Thanks for filling in the details, Ray . . . sometimes when we're cruising along from day to day, we're apt to forget the progressive nature of this diabetes beast. Glad you posted a good reminder for all of us! And kudos for taking the reins & regaining the upper hand!
 

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I think I have a lot of what not to do, misconceptions, and errors in diabetes Tx. But I think I'm also demonstrating that in a short period of time, a little effort could dramatically turn things around.
 
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