Monday, November 04, 2013
I went to the doctor a few months ago because I found a dark line around the back of my neck. It's a symptom of PCOS, which I have, but it's also a symptom of diabetes. While at the doctor's office, she told me that PCOS tends to push women into diabetes whether there's a family history of the disease or not. It's just what happens. So she sent me on my way for a blood work-up.
The results came back good. My blood sugar was normal, although at the higher end of normal and everything else is peachy. As a preventative measure and as a way to keep my PCOS from advancing further, my doctor put me on Metformin. That stuff is awful. I couldn't wait for my next blood work-up in 3 months.
My next blood work results weren't as nice. My blood sugar had tipped into the red zone, which didn't make sense to me at all. Wasn't Metformin supposed to keep that from happening? She wanted me to continue with the medication but I told her, "No." There was no way I could continue using a drug that made me feel sick every day. I'd rather be on insulin. When she heard that she took me off the meds and asked me to see an Endocrinologist. Ugh.
However, before I schedule my appointment with the Endo, I decided that I'm going to see what I can do about my blood sugar levels through diet first. I completely changed my carb heavy diet to that of much less carb levels. I still eat loads of veggies, so don't be concerned about that. I've only cut out potatoes, corn and peas for the time being. Everything else I still eat in large amounts. Gone (mostly) are the breads, pastas and sweets in my life.
It was pretty tough at first, but I've been doing this for one month and I feel great. It's not nearly as hard as it was in the beginning, so I'm going to keep going with it for two more months. After a full 3 months I'll schedule my next blood test. If my blood sugar is still elevated, then I'll call the Endo. If this is the secret to staying away from Metformin and Insulin, then I'm willing to pay the price. It's not like I can't eat chocolate, pasta or bread ever again, I just have to keep them in smaller doses and have them less often. Hey, my life is on the line. Nothing tastes as good as being alive and drug free.