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Hello all,

I've been lurking for a short bit and thought I would take a minute to say hi. I am a pre/T2 diagnosed in 2012. When my A1c hit the mid 6s, my doctor put me on Metformin and the last year have been working towards control. My last two A1cs have been 5.8/5.9 and my next draw in November I am shooting for much better.

Based on my browsing of this forum, I have learned to 'eat to my meter' and work at lowering my carbs further. I now test 1 hour post meals to ensure I stay below 140 and working at staying under 120. The one hour testing has opened my eyes on some foods that I did not realize what an impact they have (BBQ sauce, I'm looking at you...). I've also started walking 30+ mins a day which my dogs love.

My main concern is kidney lab results that put me into stage 3 territory. My primary refereed me to a specialist I will see this Friday for additional scrutiny. I was a bit freaked out at first but I read a great kidney thread on this forum that helped to tamp down my concerns.

I look forward to learning more from this very friendly and helpful group.

John
 

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Hi John!

I just Googled in here myself, searching for information on metformin. Sounds like you're on your way to better health and I, too, hope your kidneys are A-OK. Keep us posted.
 

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Welcome John. We're glad you joined us :) Congrats on delving into eating to your meter and starting a walking exercise. I do hope that all goes well at your specialist visit and the kidneys turn out to be fine.
 

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Welcome John!

I am so glad this forum has been able to provide useful advice....and that you are putting it to good use!

Please join the discussions whenever you wish. And please let us know what happens when you see kidney specialist!
 

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Welcome John, glad you came out of lurkdom!!

Since you have been lurking you have probably already seen/read these links, but just in case I'll give them to you here:

BloodSugar101 and

TheDietDoctor

These are excellent resources for learning all about diabetes and an excellent way to get control through eating low carb/high fat (lc/hf). You seem to already have a good handle on things so I'll just say keep up the good work and keep posting and reading here!

Best of luck to you, hope the kidney issue is not serious.
 

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Thanks all for the welcome and well wishes. I'll post a follow-up on my kidney status.

GrammaB - funny thing on the links you posted - before I found this forum, I was doing google searches on the topic of "am I doomed no matter what I do with this diagnosis" and found a page from the bloodsugar 101 that addressed that topic. The first search results found the studies that showed long term decline even under 'good' control' which was very depressing and it was afterward that I found the bloodsurgar link and read the info regarding the faults with the previous studies and the importance of lchf and getting BS to less than 140. That is what motivated me to start taking care of myself and then finding this forum and the support and success stories found here solidified that resolve.

Look forward to sharing with you all.
 

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Welcome John,

I wish I was as proactive as you are. I was not Dx to the pre-diabetic stage before I went to the hospital with full blown T2, but let me tell you I am not sure that would have made a difference to me (really sorry to say but true). You are on the right track and the longer you can keep to the pre stage the better. Visit often and ask a ton of questions, believe us when we say that keeping your insulin intolerants as low as possible will be a great benefit and taking measures now will help in the long run.
 

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Just a quick update on my kidney specialist visit today (mentioned in my original post). The good news is that the Dr believes that the latest kidney test results were caused by my blood pressure being too low. Being on LCHF I have lost around 20 pounds which has lowered my BP enough that I get dizzy standing up after bending. I had meant to talk to my regular Dr about it but keep putting it off.

He has pulled me off my current BP meds (Azor) and put me on Losartan with a follow-up in a month. He thinks my Kidney numbers will respond better with a more normal BP.

Thanks again for the warm welcome.
 

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He has pulled me off my current BP meds (Azor) and put me on Losartan with a follow-up in a month. He thinks my Kidney numbers will respond better with a more normal BP.
That is *outstanding* news! :bounce: I am "Yaying" for you over here. :D
 
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