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I was diagnosed in early July of this month. My A1c was "only"6.9" and I barely failed the fasting glucose test, but I have seen enough with my meter to know I am diabetic.

My life was pretty bad before, so this is just another millstone around my neck. I instantly gave up the junk food, anything with high fructose corn syrup, and pretty much everything else I used to eat.

I have an Ultra One Touch Mini and no real faith in it, as I think it read really low, but its all I can have as my prescription benefit will only pay for those strips. I got several other meters, and used their freebie strips at first, and saw my morning numbers go down slightly, and now with the Ultra, I am usually in the 80's, sometimes a 70 pops up, and never anything close to 100. I use the meter for trends, rather than accuracy. Of course, when it comes to diagnosing us, the line is drawn, and it has no room for error, which I find a bit disconcerting.

Anyway, given limited test strips, I work to keep my spikes under 140, and with few exceptions, I think I am doing okay. Another A1c test is set for the middle of next month. If it hasn't dropped drastically, I think I may quit because I cannot do any better.

I work out a lot, walk several miles, lift weights, and keep moving around best as I can. I am 54, 6' 0' and was 235 when dx'd, and only one weigh in at the doctor showed I was 224 about three weeks ago, hoping for more, but at my age, its not as easy to keep the metabolism up to burn the fat like when I was 30.

So, I plug along eating crap I hate, and being hungry all the time. I am single, live alone, and don't like preparing my food, so my diet is the same incredibly boring thing, over and over again. Its pretty low carb, so the A1c will tell me what I need to know. Can't go any lower than I have with the carbs and still have the strength to move around :)

No meds. Doctor refuses, which cracks me up because when I went in for high blood pressure, he told me all about the dangers it presented, yadda, yadda, yadda, and shoved pills down my throat instantly. When he told me about the diabetes, and all the dangers it presents, yadda yadda, yadda, he said no drugs, just diet and exercise for the first year or so to see how it goes. Apparently, the thought process is that high blood pressure (not extreme) should be brought under control instantly, but diabetes, well, its okay to go a year or so before getting it under control. I am stuck with him for now, but will change doctors when I can.

That is me. Hello to all. This is hard, and depressing at times, but as I said up front, my life was so bad before the dx, that this is not anywhere near the worst thing I have to cope with. Gonna go find the right place to post a question about diet.

Thanks,

John
 

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Hello John, welcome aboard! Your care routine is very good and I think you will adapt very nicely. Keep up the good work. ask all the questions you want.

Richard
 
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