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.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 181.0