After a doctor’s visit on July 29th, I posted here. I just had a follow up visit/annual wellness appointment yesterday afternoon, and so I’m posting this as an update. Backstory: I had a heart attack August 28, 2014. At the same time, I was diagnosed with uncontrolled Type II diabetes. Two days later, I had a quadruple bypass. It was a definite wake up call. I took responsibility for my actions that led to my condition, and took steps (figuratively and literally) to change it. I wanted to do as natural an approach as I could, and getting doctors to go along with that was a challenge at first. But 3+ years ago I found a medical practice that wasn’t about just pushing drugs, and I have thrived under their care. I changed my mindset and therefore lifestyle, and started improving my glucose readings. I was losing some weight, too, although that was but a happy byproduct of my purpose, getting healthy and living without drugs. As I progressed, my doctor reduced my dosage of Metformin, from 2,250 mg (3 x 750 mg tablets twice daily) eventually down to 500 mg (1 tab per day). Then, at an appointment in September of 2019, as the director and founder of the medical practice was reviewing my records, he made a statement that really challenged me, so much so that I can still quote him verbatim: “You are an excellent candidate for reversing your Type II diabetes with diet and exercise.” (Emphasis his.) Well, challenge accepted. I maintained healthy eating habits, and I steadily upped the level of exercise I do, to the point that now I walk at least 3 miles per day in town, and more like 5-6 miles per day hiking when I go on camping trips. In addition to diet and exercise, I followed his counsel to do intermittent fasting. I eat my supper at 5:30 pm, give or take, and while watching a program will eat an apple for dessert. Then nothing but water until I break the fast the next morning. So, returning to that appointment on July 29th, my A1C was then 5.7%, right on the cusp of normal range. My doctor took me off Metformin, and said to schedule an appointment in six months to see how I was managing sans drugs. And for three months, I’ve done just that, managed my glucose levels by diet & exercise, sans drugs. On the 5th of this month, I had lab work done, and yesterday afternoon had a follow up appointment/annual wellness checkup with my doctor, and I got the results of that lab work. My (fasting) glucose reading at the time of the lab test was 95 mg/dL, my A1C was 5.2% (a reading completely within a normal/non-diabetic range). My total cholesterol was 142, my HDL was 45, LDL 85. Triglycerides, 42. PSA, 1.7. White blood cell count, 4.0, red blood cell count, 4.37. Oh, and my disciplines of eating right & exercising have been done to be healthier and get off the drugs, not specifically to lose weight. But as I said, I have lost weight as a result, but again that is but a byproduct of my lifestyle change. My weight yesterday was 169 lbs. (as it also was this morning), my BMI 25.0 (Smart BMI 36/70). I’m celebrating just a bit here, indulging myself by posting about this here on TDPRI. But a case could probably be made that in truth I am bragging just a bit. Okay, maybe more than just a bit. So if you've read this self-indulgent post, thanks for reading this and putting up with my indulgence/bragging.