Wednesday, November 07, 2012
It's been a year since my last entry, and what a year it has been!
A year ago my doctor took me off of my cholesterol medication because my liver enzymes were high. My blood sugar was also out of control (A1c ranged between 7.9 and 8.9). My thyroid was underactive and I just didn't have the energy to exercise. I was hardly eating, but still wasn't losing weight.
Finally she referred me to an endocrinologist. That was probably one of the biggest turning points in my life.
First, he put me back on (a lower dose) of Actos. He also put me on Victoza. Within 3 months I had lost 20 pounds and my A1c was down to 6.2. He raised my thyroid medication from 75 mcg to 100 mcg and said it should improve my metabolism even more and I should have more energy.
When I first went to see him, he said he wanted to get my A1c down below 6. My regular doctor said "I don't think that's going to happen." Well, if I can get it down to 6.2 I can probably get it below 6.
Anyway, I'm pretty happy with my progress. I've changed my goals a little here. I want to lose a pound a week and I set my goal to 130 instead of 140 (which I had before.) 140 is at the top of my weight range and was probably realistic when I was younger and did strength training and had solid muscle mass, but now (age 56) I think I will never have those kind of muscles again so I think a lower weight goal will be good. (my range is 105 - 140 based on the BMI charts)
Oh, I almost forgot! I am also off the pre-meal insulin!