Diabetes; journal #5
Monday, October 03, 2011
This is like a science experiment.
I have been playing around with the # of carbs I take in and I am finding it has a direct effect on my blood sugar levels. It is easy to verify because I test at least 3x per day and record what I eat on Spark.
BUT . . .
I am finding something else that has even a BIGGER effect. EXERCISE. Yes, I know, we've heard it before. In fact we hear it all the time. BUT IT IS TRUE. I walk the dog every day. 20-30 mins, leisurely. In the last 2 weeks I have added additional walks, some strength training, and biking. For the first time since I was diagnosed in Aug '11 my blood sugar levels have been under 100. They were over 200 when I started.
But there are side effects:
I guess the treatment is worth the side effects, don't you think?
Now, I still take medication. And I also understand that it takes awhile for the meds to really do their job. But it is clear to me that eating better and getting off my behind is the better remedy and it seems to make the biggest difference.
I found out this week that when you have your blood sugar tested after fasting, and your blood sugar is high and you are diagnosed with Type2 Diabetes that you actually could have been diabetic YEARS before. The only test that can truly determine early if you have diabetes is the A1C test. The A1C is a simple blood draw that can show your blood sugar levels over the previous 2-3 mths, not just the morning after you fast.
Just this year (or recently last year) the insurance companies are now recognizing this test as a diagnostic tool and are covering it as routine. If you have a history of diabetes in your family or have any of the symptoms (see Mayo Clinic link www.mayoclinic.com/healt
) ask your doctor for an A1C test.
Seriously, the longer you wait the greater the risk that your resistance to insulin will be irreversible.