I’m off insulin!!!

kuch

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Good job on your efforts to improve your health. It's great to hear that you've been able to cut out one of your meds. Keep up the good work!!
 

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Tresiba is by far the best basal insulin I've ever used (in 38 years of having T1, my last HBa1C was 6% or 42mmol :p) but it's good to read you no longer need it, as from what I've seen over the years that does take some doing so very well done! :)
 

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I visited the doc for my pre vacation checkup and had my A1C checked. It’s been below 7% for over a year now. Last visit my Tresiba (timed release insulin) was cut in half. Now I'm off it. You’d think things would get cheaper with one less Uber expensive drug but I’m on Farxiga now to reduce heart and kidney risk. My first three months are on a coupon and samples and my doc sent me home with a few months supply of my other expensive injectable. He said to come back in three months for another A1C check and refills. Things are going pretty well right now. I’d rather pay less than more and I appreciate the handouts but I’ll pay what I have to to stay well.
Congratulations! Keep on doing whatever you're doing it seems to be working.

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Nice! My A1C crept up to 6.1. I cut bread, rice, pasta, potatoes... I keep the carbs < 30g/day from veggies.

My A1C ( just tested yesterday!) went DOWN to 6.1, from 10, 3 months ago!

- looking forward ( hopefully) to my Dr. NOT yelling at me, this time!

* been really trying to curb the carbs

Edit: just got an email last night from Dr.
He says he's never seen an A1C lower from 10 to 6 so quickly: " Please return to lab and retest..."
So, will try again
 
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Chester P Squier

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My A1C ( just tested yesterday!) went DOWN to 6.1, from 10, 3 months ago!

- looking forward ( hopefully) to my Dr. NOT yelling at me, this time!

* been really trying to curb the carbs
I TOTALLY understand! My PCP didn't like my 6.5 back in April and I got a stern lecture from him. My blood pressure was also up. I cut the carbs and two weeks later had a great visit with my cardiologist. My BP was down to normal and I had a normal EKG. He was happy.

I also have three eye doctors keeping me from going blind. I saw two of them recently and had good visits with them also. My eye pressure was down, 8 and 10 for one and 10 and 12 for the glaucoma specialist.

Cutting carbs and losing weight will help you have better visits with all your doctors.
 

Chiogtr4x

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I TOTALLY understand! My PCP didn't like my 6.5 back in April and I got a stern lecture from him. My blood pressure was also up. I cut the carbs and two weeks later had a great visit with my cardiologist. My BP was down to normal and I had a normal EKG. He was happy.

I also have three eye doctors keeping me from going blind. I saw two of them recently and had good visits with them also. My eye pressure was down, 8 and 10 for one and 10 and 12 for the glaucoma specialist.

Cutting carbs and losing weight will help you have better visits with all your doctors.
I know this too well,

My wife is disabled from bad complications from 5-10 years of untreated diabetes...
( our fault for not getting checkups in earlier years- could have prevented the severity...)
... which 'all came out' when she got a bad leg infection in Fall 2015....
The diabetes kicked in, in her weekend state.

in the hospital or nursing homes (rehab from foot surgeries) for most of 2016:

- neuropathy in feet ( can't walk w/out walker- doesn't feel her feet!)
- almost lost left foot as she broke bones when she fell walking; dislocated ankle w/o feeling the pain, wow! but multiple surgery saved it
- blind in right eye/glaucoma
- kidney disease ( permanent low % function)

- blood clot in arm, congestive heart disease - but all better here

It was like an explosion of bad!

She is stable now (sugar good, takes insulin), meds helping, good care with specialists, but can't undo damage done.

So, I'm trying to avoid this same path
 

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I'm supplementing cardiac rehab with resistance circuits at a really nice fitness center. I'm famished when I get home. I need more than 30g of carbs. My doc has an interesting take on treats. I can have a treat once in a while. "Treat" means I can't remember the last time I had it. "A" means one. One serving, not one pint, bag or anything like that. Carbs are necessary, especially when raising my activity level. It takes will power and discipline. The NP in my doc's office made a good suggestion. Eat a quick release carb breakfast and head immediately to the gym. My sugar will spike when I begin my workout and will gradually decline as I do a cardio or resistance circuit and I shouldn't be famished when I get home. If I'm hungry after the workout, move my coffee from home to the cafe in the gym and have a cappuccino and a banana. No cookies, cake, or especially energy bars. Eliminating the insulin will require some adjustment.
Congratulations! Keto bread and low carb tortillas (Mission) have improved my life immensely (opened up way better food possibilities for me). I really like the Oroweat keto bread. Try it. There are now low carb products that are not frankenfood. They're expensive as hell, but worth it if you're trying to control blood sugar. My suggestion is to focus primarily on customizing your diet with low carb foods you like (easier said than done when you're diabetic and constantly in a state of feeling starved). Good luck and keep it up.
 

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I visited the doc for my pre vacation checkup and had my A1C checked. It’s been below 7% for over a year now. Last visit my Tresiba (timed release insulin) was cut in half. Now I'm off it. You’d think things would get cheaper with one less Uber expensive drug but I’m on Farxiga now to reduce heart and kidney risk. My first three months are on a coupon and samples and my doc sent me home with a few months supply of my other expensive injectable. He said to come back in three months for another A1C check and refills. Things are going pretty well right now. I’d rather pay less than more and I appreciate the handouts but I’ll pay what I have to to stay well.
Great news JL_LI!
 

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Well, not a thing I talk publicly about much, but this seems a really helpful thread, and folks sharing info that I had heard but did not pay attention to for too many years.... lets try this without all the connecting words:
Heavy to obese my whole life - last year I topped out at 280 had a health crisis - diabetes type 2 - advanced kidney disease - vision issues - gout - terrifying. Now at 195pounds - metformin is gone - no longer in constant pain from the toxin my kidneys were not filtering out. Went vegetarian -zero drinking- low carb - treadmill (30 min) everyday - so much salad the dog doesn't even bother to beg anymore. All that effort sucks, the sacrifices suck, massive life changes..... but I can walk two blocks without being winded/in pain. I get to keep my kidney (singular) working for several more years.

2 things to note - buy a cheap TRX knockoff resistance trainer - ignore the marketing photos - they show people doing insane things, there are six simple core exercises that anyone, at any level can do. Buy resistance bands, any will do. Bolt D rings to your wall at three different heights (I used a 1x4 oak board and drywall screws) - all in (board was the most expensive thing) - $100 and zero floor space required.

Oh and all those posts from before where I repeatedly said that none of my SG's have neck dive.... well at least three of them do now
 

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My PCP had said that some of his patients are on a meat-only diet. I was surprised to hear from him that there is no ill effect.

Last week I got my hair cut. On the wall of my haircutter was a baseball-type cape with the words "hardcore carnivore." She is on a meat-only diet and is rail-thin. And still does a great job with my hair.

 

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I am unfamiliar with the science, but anything that keeps you here in our community sounds like great news to me. It also sounds like you have been working hard at the program. Keep up the good work, and enjoy your vacation!
 




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