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Hello fellow members,

My name is Bill and I became a member of Spark People in March 2017. I had gone into the hospital in January with a blood sugar reading of 810 and my A1C being 13.8% in a coma and having a cardiac, with almost no eye sight.

I was in the hospital for 10 days where they stabilized me. They wanted to put me in an assisted living facility, but I would have none of that, I was going to fight back this disease called diabetes. Sending me home reluctantly they had me on 81 units of insulin a day. 36 units of a long-lasting unit before I went to bed and 45 units split between three meals.

I had to go to 2 nutritional classes that ran 8 hours per session. That was where I was told about Spark People. I got on the site and got the premium subscription and followed your directions and suggestions faithfully.

Since that time I have lost 60 pounds in 4 ½ months, I have fully gained my eyesight back. As of today, 12/5/2017, I am totally off of insulin and about to get off of blood pressure and cholesterol medications. My A1C is now 5.4% and my blood sugar averages 92.

I now eat properly, consuming no sugar in ten months and exercising an average of 2 hours every day. I have built a gym in my basement. This works for me as I get up at 4:30 am to begin my routine.

Today I need to share with my SparkPeople community. On 10/22/2018 I visited my Diabetic Doctor for my 6 month visit. In the last couple of months working intensely working with weights and very carefully watching my food intake.

I was still taking 2-500 mg of Metformin (keeping in mind 20 months ago I was taking 3 Metformin and 81 units of insulin, A1C being 13.08%). On Friday 10/19/2018 I took it upon myself to drop one of my pills. Upon going to the doctor's office at 9:00am and fasting my glucose was 88 and my A1C test was 5.5% she was pleasantly surprised and said I was her poster patient to give hope to other patients of hers.

We talked extra long and she talked about my illness and finally said my disease is dormant I prefer that term rather than saying I was no longer diabetic (will discuss this a little later). The game plan is now to drop the last pill by the upcoming holidays instead of just stopping with 2 of them so quick and shocking my body, as it has been so many shocks in the last 20 months. We have set my next appointment for the end of April 2019 to see how I am doing and to see if I am keeping up with my life style.

What I have discovered with my illness that it is almost identical with alcoholism. By that it is a illness of the body as well as the mind. If I don't put anything wrong in my body (Carbs and sugars) I'm fine. Part of my problem is that my mind will always play games with me, saying you're doing great, one won't hurt you now, but now knowing just one is just the long journey backwards and being where I was 20 months ago. Personally I just need to abstain.

Thank-you for bringing me back to reality and guiding me to a healthy life style. Now everyone locally comes to me on living healthier.

Bill


Member Since: 3/14/2017

Fitness Minutes: 76,132

My Goals:
I am now in maintenance mode, having no "slips" through the summer or fall Holidays. My main goal is to give people Hope that diabetes does not have to be a devastating disease unless we allow it.


My Program:
Simple, to follow the directions laid out in this program and to constantly tweak it to fit the changes in my life.



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