As Diabetics we all live our lives by numbers if we are working to control the disease. I thought you might find some of the numbers I know so well to…well…maybe be interesting.
Take that number – 297. That was the first blood glucose number I have recorded. My A1c from about three weeks before was 12.9 or 13.0 – it took that long for me to get a glucose testing kit. But I had been on Metformin, already changed my diet, and was walking at night.
As I began my work to control Diabetes, I concentrated on my glucose readings. They were what I could see everyday. They were my ‘grade.’ Lower and I passed; higher and it was back to the drawing board. Fortunately, my numbers only went down. Of course, they only had one direction to go if I wanted to live a normal life.
I will tell you though, that my first unrecorded reading was 312. 297 or 312…HIGH. These were taken at night before bed.
Taken after about three weeks of walking and diet change. I had lost about 13 pounds. The glucose readings were headed in the right direction. My nightly walks and diet were working. But not very fast. Truthfully, I did not care about fast. I was just happy that the numbers were headed down. I was pretty happy. I was on a daily dosage of 2000 mg of Metformin at the time.
Was my doctor happy? Not really. Oh, he was pleased that I was losing weight and that my A1c had come down to something like 9.0 after a month, but he wanted more progress faster. So, he changed my medication to Janumet (Januvia plus Metformin). Now, that was a Silver Bullet!
Three days after going on Janumet that was my evening number. I was continuing to lose weight and walk. I followed my diet and was incredibly pleased. It was all pretty simple when I answered the question: Am I afraid of the complications of Diabetes. That answer has always been a resounding, “YES!”
But, by this time I knew that number was still very high. Anything I looked at almost screamed at me. So, what did I do? The very same thing I was doing. Diet, Exercise, and Meds. The numbers were going down. The doctor told me to just keep doing what I was doing.
About five weeks after starting Janumet, I was consistently seeing that number at night. My A1c was 7.0. Still high. Still in the Diabetes range. By this time I had lost about 40 pounds, and just continued to do what I had been doing. Everything seemed to be working. The doctor switched me back to Metformin.
After 2 1/2 years as a Diabetic, that was my average number from all tests – 3 – 5 times a day for a period of 90 days. I had lost about 65 pounds. My Metformin dosage was 1500 mg daily, but I was taking about 1250 mg – I cut pills. Then, I took it down to 1000 mg, without any effect on my readings. My A1c varied over the course of about 18 months at between 5.9 and 6.1. What did my doctor do? He made another med change – no more meds. He took away my wonderful Metformin. But, he knew what he was doing. I had been stable for almost two years. He still wanted me to lose a bit more weight – just a bit less than 10 pounds, but was pretty happy with the progress.
The number I saw yesterday before dinner. I only test every two days, or so, now, just to make sure everything is okay. If my doctor had his way, I would not test at all and just live my life following my diet and walking with a bit of resistance training thrown in for good measure.
I expect my next A1c to be about 5.8 to 6.0. I am still struggling with about 2 pounds based on my weight this morning. Total net loss of weight for me as of this moment is 68 pounds. By the way, I am still a Diabetic – I will be for life. I just control it through diet and exercise.
The whole point here is that not many start off as high as I did. With a bit of work and commitment you can fight your War On Diabetes and win. Please, declare your War On Diabetes today…now. Start the fight to control it for yourself, your kids and your grandchildren. Please?
And, if you have been diagnosed with Prediabetes, fight it back! Declare war and win your life back.
As always, thank you for reading.