Let me please start off by saying do not try this on your own because I did it. This can be very dangerous to your health if you are a Diabetic and I would be saddened to hear that someone went into a Diabetic coma because they tried it themselves. I only did this because of the lifestyle I am following. I follow a 100% Raw Food Diet or close to it as possible. Sometimes I may have a tsp. of balsamic vinegar on my salads instead of my normal fresh squeezed lemon or sometimes I will use a Tbsp. of Nutritional Yeast to get Vitamin B12 as I don’t eat meat. Neither of those are Raw.
As some of you know from a previous blog the last time I had my blood tested my back in mid March. My A1C came back at 7.2 %. In January my A1C was 9.6% so my newest A1C showed a 2.4% drop in 3 months. I asked my doctor if he would reduce my meds. And he said no because I was .2% away from a level he would feel comfortable doing that. He wanted my level to be 7% or lower. Grrrrrrr!
Let me explain, for people without diabetes, the normal range for the hemoglobin A1c test is between 4,6% and 6%. Because studies have repeatedly shown that out-of-control diabetes results in complications from the disease, the goal for people with diabetes is an hemoglobin A1c less than 7%. The higher the hemoglobin A1c, the higher the risks of developing complications related to diabetes.
Hemoglobin is a substance within red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body. When your diabetes is not controlled (meaning that your blood sugar is too high), sugar builds up in your blood and combines with your hemoglobin, becoming "glycated." Therefore, the average amount of sugar in your blood can be determined by measuring a hemoglobin A1c level. If your glucose levels have been high over recent weeks, your hemoglobin A1c test will be higher. The amount of hemoglobin A1c will reflect the last several weeks of blood sugar levels, typically a period of 120 days.
Ok back to story, I explained to my doctor why I wanted them reduced. I told him I was having episodes where I was extremely dizzy, the room would start spinning, room getting dark, breaking out in a sweat where I would be drenched in a matter of minutes, got very weak, and I felt like I would pass out if I didn’t sit down. Eating a glucose tablet to put sugar into my bloodstream or a piece of fruit did not help, it would take over an hour before I no longer felt weak or dizzy.
I kept having these episodes into April so I decided to wean myself off my medicines myself. Again do not try this on your own because there may be consequences. I am not a doctor and I have no degree in nutrition to be dispensing medical advice to anyone. I did this on my own because I was tired of feeling that way and I felt it was because my meds were too high causing my sugar to plummet which is just as dangerous as too high of a sugar level.
Ok so these were my morning fasting levels when I woke up each morning. Good readings or I never would have attempted to do this:
My readings were 95 0n 4-11-12
103 0n 4-12-12
101 on 4-13-12
87 on 4-14-12
101 on 4-15-12
94 on 4-16-12
Ok now this where on April 17 I decided to cut my dosage in half. Instead of taking 1000 mg of Metformin twice a day I took 500 mg twice a day.
My readings were 98 on 4-17-12
97 on 4-18-12
108 on 4-19-12
115 on 4-20-12
114 on 4-21-12
117 on 4-22-12
112 on 4-23-12
106 on 4-24-12
103 on 4-25-12
106 on 4-26-12
103 on 4-27-12
Got kind of nervous between 4-20 and 4-23 because they were inching towards the 125 level but I said nope, Yvonne you need to keep doing this and see how your body handles it. To my relief the numbers started inching down on 4-24 and they are continuing to go down. I will not reduce my meds again until either I go back to see my Diabetes doctor for my next appointment in Sept. or if my levels drop and stay below 85 to 90 UNLESS my episodes of feeling weak and wanting to pass out return. Then I will have a decision to make.
I attribute these lower glucose readings to my Raw Diet. I will continue to follow my Raw Diet. Yes, I get sufficient protein because even fruits and veggies have protein and I am consuming heart healthy fats in my diet consisting of avocado, cold pressed oils, Raw nuts and Raw seeds all of which have protein too. The weight is melting away and my skin is not sagging because I am eating these healthy fats. My daily % of fats range between 20 to 30% most days. I consume a high % of greens daily in my Green Smoothies, Raw Soups, and my huge dinner salads. I eat the whole bowl as my meal, you know like one makes to feed their family.
I love this way of eating and how I feel. My body is loving this and I am thriving on it. Raw works for me. I also have the blessings of my doctors because they have seen how my health has improved. My doctors are also getting quite an education to Raw from me and they too are reading up on it.
However, you know the saying, “ Lucy you have some explaining to do.” I will have some explaining to do when my Diabetes Doctor finds out I have reduced my meds on my own. I am hoping for a good ending to my explanation and he won’t want to throttle me for playing doctor.