I third the low carb approach. I started it 4 years ago, and within a year was off all meds, which has been the case for 3 full years this month. My A1C has been between 5.2-5.4.
Yes, diabetes is the cause of many ailments that you don't think of. When you get your blood sugars under control, you will notice that you get less infections, get sick less often, breathe better, and feel better. Aches and pains that you thought were part of getting old, go away, and you get loads of energy. The biggest worries are still blindness, kidney failure, and amputation, but the benefits are much greater than just preventing those things from happening.
I used to say that diabetes didn't do anything to me. My heart problem caused me shortness of breath, and sometimes chest pains. The problems with diabetes are " invisible ", because you don't think that the hundreds of little things are all related. So day to day, you credit other reasons as the cause of these ailments, when in truth, if you get your blood sugars under control, you won't have these small problems as frequently, if at all.
For me, just not having to poke my finger 4-8 times a day was enough..lol. Feeling better on a daily basis, was a huge bonus.
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Birgit gave you very excellent advice. I was able to get my A1C down in that way, as well asincreasing my exercise. Hoping that you get to feel better so you can be as active as you want to and need to be! HUGS
Loriviola, the fastest way you can bring your A1c levels down is to cut out most carbs, definitely all grains, beans and sugars and hugely increase your fat intake, something like Atkins or other high-fat/low-carb diet. It should take about a week for all your daily blood glucose levels to normalize. For about one week you may experience carb flu symptoms that are the result of your body having become overly dependent on sugar. After that your body will be used to burning fat and you will have much more energy to exercise. By the way, shoot for A1c levels of 5.5 because 6.5 is still diabetic. Best wishes, Birgit
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i finally made a connection. between my type 2 diabetes and the various infections i have been getting. now i hope I CAN REMEMBER THIS when i am faced with less than the best food choices.
my A1C numbers have been up and down but still within an appropriate range for a few years, then all of a sudden there was a huge jump. from 7.1 to 8.0!!! i was flabbergasted. but, started working harder, doing better and was able to get it back down to 7.3. i am still working on lowering it even more. my goal is 6.5 or lower.
it's difficult right now, because i dont feel well, (and am on antibiotics), to exercise as hard as i would like to, as hard as i NEED to, right now. all i can hope for is to not go too far off the rails until i am better. hope that is soon.
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