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!