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Posted by: Tom1964, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 7:36pm
OK so you can catch up by reading the thread just prior on "Non-fasting blood 369, trigs > 300, HDL < 15"

My question here is what I might need to consider with a A1c reading of 12.9 which translates to at least a 300 blood glucose reading on average for the last three months.

What schools of thought are there?  Obviously I'm being taken down the road of insulin (lantus in pen injection form), metformin and Janumet as pathway to bring blood glucose reaidng to a better place.  I know exercise will make a huge difference and will do that either way starting now and be consistent.

Are there other schools of thought when the A1c is at this level as far as how to get to a better place?  My understanding is my pancreas is not making enough insulin.  I know the diabetes thing can be a system you get stuck in or feel resigned to and I will take the path of empowerment, but need to learn more.

Any thoughts?

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:38pm; Reply: 1
Something THAT high, I think the side effects of the meds may be less than the effects of leaving it untreated, at least for the short term. A single high BG reading wouldn't worry me- but between the repeated high readings and the A1C at double the "normal" level, I wouldn't play around.

You may be able to avoid the use of insulin by cutting your carbs WAY down.  When you re-introduce carbs, see which kind you do best with. You may do better with beans and a few grains and completely avoiding the fruit- the opposite of what you've been doing, IIRC.

If I were in your shoes, I'd probably start eating a low carb diet immediately to see if that would bring my numbers down fast. Like, go on Atkins induction starting with your next meal. It shouldn't take more than a day (maybe far less) to see if that's working.
Posted by: Tom1964, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:51pm; Reply: 2
Well the good and bad news is that my diet has been spot on with carbs only from fruits, veggies or a very occasional slice of Ezekial bread or black beans.  So its already very low carb which means I'll take the insulin and also means that the 27 pounds I've lost since going on the low carb diet two months ago was likely a result of my liver converting my own fat to sugar or something like that.  Truth is I think as bad as my numbers were yesterday, they were probably much worse earlier in the year so my diet change likely made a severe situation just bad instead of extreme so I'm sticking to it and truthfully its not difficult.  I like how I eat now and how I feel!  And even moreso today after walking a half mile last night and running a half mile this morning before my appointment.  And my sleep has been steady at 9 hours for the last two months so that's in line too.  I'm encouraged that I'm maxing out what I can do so not much more to control.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:41pm; Reply: 3
run your swami pro accordingly and follow that
Posted by: Tom1964, Thursday, September 19, 2013, 2:08am; Reply: 4
I've run it and gave both my SWAMI Client Chart and Diet Report (after updating with Diabetes) to my doctor today along with my complete 23andme genetic report.  
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, September 19, 2013, 2:17am; Reply: 5
Posted by: Cristina, Saturday, September 21, 2013, 3:26am; Reply: 6
I have not experience with it, but I attended a few permaculture gardening classes, where some people attending were using bitter melon to get them off diabetics medication.  Apparently it is a blood sugar regulator ... (book2)
Posted by: SquarePeg, Saturday, September 21, 2013, 12:53pm; Reply: 7
There is the blog by Diabetes Warrior who was threatened with legal action to prevent him from suggesting that a lo-carb diet alone can manage blood sugar.  One thing to note is that the guy is heavily into exercise.
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