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Keys to controlling type 2 diabetes
Controlling type 2 diabetes is possible, but for most may not be easy. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on January 29, 2009, my blood (fs) glucose reading was 393.0 and my HbA1c was 13.1. The doctor sent me to the emergency room where they gave me two shots of insulin over a 2-hour period, released me and prescribed Metformin (Glucophage), I was to take 500 mg twice daily. On Feb 5, 2009, they doubled the dosage since my levels did not improve, so I was taking 1,000 mg twice daily.
I started doing research to find out what I could do to get rid of this problem, I do not like taking medication, so having to take Metformin was not something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So I began making lifestyle changes which included:
- eliminating most forms of sugar from my diet, e.g., sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, honey, molasses, etc. Be careful not to overdo it here, you can actually cause hypoglycemia, I try to get 5-10 grams of sugar per day from natural sources.
- reading ingredient labels to find what is in the products that I buy.
- frequent exercise; gradually built to average 1 hour per day (my nutritionist advised that I restrict it to 6 days per week).
- took my medication as prescribed, this was difficult, to get the best results it is best to take the medication at the same time each day; in my case at 12-hour intervals.
- monitored my glucose levels daily.
- requested routine lab test and insured the HbA1c was included; it is interesting that I had to ask for this, for some reason (I will not express my opinion on this in this blog) the doctors only included this upon request.
- now that I was doing my part, I sought help from God and began to use the gift of self-control (an essential part of the indwelling Holy Spirit).
I am happy to report that as of Oct 6, 2010, I am no longer taking medication for diabetes; and yes I make sure my levels stay normal. The last HbA1c: Thursday, October 25, 2018, was 6.2. So for eight years I am still officially considered non-diabetic. You CAN DO IT too!
Type 2 diabetes – articles of interest:
“Tight control means getting as close to a normal (nondiabetic) blood glucose level as you safely can. Ideally, this means levels between 70 and 130 mg/dl before meals, and less than 180 two hours after starting a meal, with a glycated hemoglobin (A1C) level less than 7 percent…”
“It’s an extremely serious condition, but diabetes doesn’t have to run (or ruin) your life. If you work with your doctor to monitor and control your blood sugar and commit to eating right and exercising regularly…”
“…the latest research on diabetes, which shows that taking early and aggressive steps to achieve tight control of your blood glucose levels — by eating right and exercising, for instance — pays off big time.”
“Treatment for type 2 diabetes requires a lifelong commitment to:
- Blood sugar monitoring
- Healthy eating
- Regular exercise
- Possibly, diabetes medication or insulin therapy
These steps will help keep your blood sugar level closer to normal, which can delay or prevent complications.”
- Get more physical activity
- Get plenty of fiber
- Go for whole grains
- Lose extra weight
- Skip fad diets and just make healthier choices
“A 2005 study from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) involving more than 157,000 people with diabetes found that more than two-thirds weren’t adequately controlling their blood sugar, which put them at risk for blindness, kidney failure, foot amputation, and other complications.”
Bless you and live healthy by controlling type 2 diabetes!
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