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Can Type II diabetic disease be defeated?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

This month marks my 1st quarter of tracking my diet and exercise on SP but Iíve improved my healthy eating habits since learning I was a type II diabetic in May 2011. It was then that my A1c measured 7.2 and my physician put me on 1,000 mg of Metformin a day.

This month my A1c measured 5.3 and Metformin was reduced to 250 mg a day. How did this happen? I thought diabetes was a progressive disease and yet it seems my efforts to defeat it are working.

For starters, after learning of my predicament I enrolled in a nutrition class for diabetics and took eating healthy seriously. Some of the measures immediately taken were the elimination of sugar cereals from the house and replaced with oatmeal and other healthy hot cereals. The ingredients to sweeten cereal now consists of adding ľ teaspoon of cinnamon and a 1/3 cup of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, blueberries, etc.) Ė No sugar. Whey and Casein protein supplements have also been added to my diet to accommodate the requirements of strength training and moderate cardio exercises.

White breads, pastries, candy, and KFC and other fast food eateries were eliminated. Other processed quick meals whether in cans, frozen or packaged were eliminated from our grocery list. Restaurant eating 3-days a week was stopped; now when we do partake it is on special occasions and with selected locations known for serving healthy meals.

Using SP tracking has helped in monitoring my activities, learning more about health issues and keeps me on target.

Being 6í tall, I topped the scales at 206 last May with my body fat pushing 29% (measured with ďAccu-MeasureĒ calipers). Today Iím 177 pounds with body fat at 12%. My goal is to increase my body weight to a healthy 185 pounds targeting body fat downward to 9%.

To achieve this goal I monitor several strength training sites while continuing increasing my knowledge of staying healthy. Iíll be 73 years old on Saint Patrickís Day and this goal is my birthday present. I donít know if I can defeat diabetes but I sure as hell am going to give it a run for its life! Earl
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JOYCECAIN 5/31/2012 1:01PM

    I AM A TYPE 2 ALSO. WHEN I WAS 33 YRS. OLD, I HAD TO GET GLASSES. THE EYEDOCTOR TOLD ME I WAS DIABETIC. I WENT TO THE DRS. AND IT WAS CONFIRMED. AT THE TIME, I WAS 320 LBS. I GOT OFF THE COLA, AND JUNK FOOD. I WEIGH 240 LBS NOW. BUT I DO KNOW WHAT I CAN AND CANNOT EAT. I DO NOT TAKE ANY MEDICATION, MY BLOOD SUGAR IS BETWEEN 98 AND 118. DEPENDING ON WHAT MY LAST MEAL WAS AND HOW LATE I ATE DINNER. I BELIEVE, SOMEDAY YOU SHOULD BE OFF MEDICATION. MINE WAS WEIGHT RELATED. SO GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

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RINA2002 4/20/2012 10:32PM

  Hey Earl,

Thanks for stopping by my page, and I hope you had a great birthday celebration last month. You sure have accomplished a lot by taking all the right steps in all categories of mastering your health. I wish you continued success.

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GEORGIEGURLZ 3/24/2012 11:37AM

    You are taking life seriously. I am also a type II diabetic. This disease can be defeated through lifestyle change. I believe it is almost always caused by bad eating habits. The fake and processed "foods" out there are certainly a culprit. Alot of what is out there is not even real food. I like to see someone taking charge of their life. I have always eaten real food. I raise and can my own. I just ate to much of it and became quite heavy. When my weight is off, my diabetes is under control. I occasionally eat a chip or some junk like that: which is not real food. Pop is an occasional treat, not a daily instead of water drink. God made our bodies to run on real food and water. Not fake foods and carbonated drink. Thanks for your post.

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WINDY01 3/17/2012 11:15PM

    Wow! That's awesome! I appreciate your dedication and determination. You have given me a knew motivation to follow in your steps! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Birthday!

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ALIHIKES 3/15/2012 9:01PM

    Congratulations on improving your health! What a gift of life you are giving to yourself and your family! Keep up your amazing progress emoticon emoticon

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