NO, and YES. No you should not stop taking your meds until after you have called your dr. or had an appointment to hash this out. I refused to take meds in the beginning, but refused verbally to my Dr. Made him part of the team to keep me off meds. In the long run much better off for it, and I still have his confidence that I will follow his opinion on other matters. He also listens more closely to me. Win Win. Hope you can end up the same.View Thread
Sad tales Flute. I especially feel sorry for you, as you know what to do, and probably have been trying to guide them to better health. What do they say about the horse and water?
This is so scary, sickening, and senseless. Too often do we hear of people ignoring the signs, because they are not willing to change! What is the problem, are we too self involved that we cannot see what our lack of responsibility does to our loved ones?View Thread
I am certain that there are folks here that need to use the medications for one reason or another. Most may be more 1.5 or 1. I am a coward, at heart. I saw the pictures and videos the first year of people with amputations, lesions, organ failure and other horrific consequences that I was anxious for months. Further reading revealed the drug side effects, and the unknowns as many of the drugs have not been around long. So I opted to try without drugs. Cowardice won out.View Thread
Experiment away, I have come to this pretty much on my own, as you can see from my posts. I severely limit red meat-maybe once a month. I eat chicken, fish, nuts/seeds for protein. I do not eat starches with the exception of a 1/2 of a sweet potato or dark roll maybe once a week. No sugared drinks, No starches, and mostly salads for two meals a day. My only failing as I see it is two pieces of bacon in the morning with eggbeaters and 1 slice of rye toast. My numbers have steadily gotten better. I do eat out, especially on bowling nights, but salads at Pannera or Chipolte are pretty good, and the chicken is without hormones or antibiotics-pretty healthy. I did this with consent of my Dr. and he is amazed at the latest A1C. I am not ready to drop my meat, but have really gotten rid of most of the red meat and eat mostly lean cuts when I do.View Thread
Brunosbud, I totally agree with you. My diagnosis came on after 10 years of working as set design and construction for the drama club at the HS I worked at. About 5 months out of the school year I was there until 10pm then went home, ate, went to bed, and did it all over again. My day started at 7:30 and went til 10. Very long, and tiring. When I retired, knowing of the diabetes I dedicated my time to improving my health as I had the time to do it. I believe, and don't think you would dis me that the reversal/cure depends on Total lifestyle, not just diet or exercise. It means getting proper sleep, nutrition, exercise, and moderation in so many of those things that people indulge in.View Thread
Hmmmm. . . watched the video, it does solidify my stand on my present life style where I have removed any white starches, and highly limiting the brown and orange starches. My diagnosis was at 6.7 A1C, an last A1C was 5.4 3 months ago. I had stopped testing in 2010, and have slowly been bringing the numbers down on this diet that has also caused weight loss of 25-30#. I feel much better, am stronger than for many years, and have a waist now that is 29-30inches for a 5'9" man of 66. It can be done. Reversal is the word, not cure though. As far as I am concerned I have beaten the disease, but have not cured it. I tell myself this so that I do not go back to bad habits as I had before. So what if I eat mostly veggies and protein. in the long run I prefer it and am healthier as I said because of it. However, I wish I had seen this in 2009 as I would have moved to this path I have taken much sooner. . . I floundered around arriving where I am today.View Thread
Whipped cream was unsweetened. Berries, are really high in anti oxidants, fiber, and fructose is slower on sugar rise. After a day of tours, etc. Really so little in the way of carb value. Check the glycemic index and load for berries.
I do occasionally get a thirst for something other than water. I will ice a glass and use a stevia beverage(Zevia). Pretty low, and does not spike, and is most natural sweetener. Also look at the carbonated no sweetener flavored waters out there. More of these are appearing in supermarkets by coke, and others.View Thread
Sucralose is just the generic/chemical name for Splenda. Even though artificial sweeteners do not contain calories, studies have shown that the sweetening power of them messes with brain/body signals. All too often these "weightless"sweeteners end up telling your body to eat more.
Your dropping starches is really big. Try dropping sweeteners also. The taste adjusts after about 3 months and you really don't get as much craving. As Dave says coffee with cream. I do berries and whipped cream when I want a "friendly" dessert. When on cruise last year, Disney fixed me a bowl of fresh mixed berries and cream for every meal-yummy.
Good luck, long journey, more of a life style, not ever a diet.View Thread
Flute, I feel like so often I preach, when really I know so little. I know what works for me, and where my numbers have gone. I also know that I don't count carbs, where as so many people here obsess over numbers of carbs. I really don't do much of what many of you do. I do not test anymore, I do not count calories or carbs, I do not take medications.
That said, most would wonder what I do do. First as I have said so often, I dropped STARCHES. These concentrated carbohydrates are like poison for my system, everytime I ate starches my numbers went way way up. Dropped the white ones, which is most, numbers went down. Lowered orange and white starches way down. Better numbers. Dropped sweet sodas, and dressings, condiments etc. Started eating salads or cooked veggies and lean protein.
Exercise, very important, and religiously followed will lower numbers even further.
It is all about how well you want to feel. For me, I want to live to a ripe old age in a graceful manner, be able to play with my grandchildren, and move well well into my 90s. Who knows.View Thread
Lady, My way, is my way, not that it can't work for others, but it does for me. I was dx in 2009 just before retirement with an A!C of 6.7 and a fasting of 160 . I decided to not take the Dr. prescription for Metformin deciding to go without meds for a month to see if I could reverse the numbers. One month later he told me to keep it up. have ever since now A1C is 5.4 and the fasting in the low 80's checked twice a year. HOW? I dropped all starches that were white. Cut way back on brown and orange starches. Basically I have two salads a day. One piece of toast for breakfast with eggs and 2 slices of bacon. No sweets except for chewing gum, and one piece of dark chocolate 86% each day. I have lost 25 lbs from 170 145. I exercise by walking, kayaking, biking, and total gym. Diabetes scared me immensely, so I decided an extreme disease needed an extreme life style change. I am religious about the life style, to the point I have not had a cookie since 2009 except for taste testing a bite of my wife's Christmas cookies. I had one cupcake to celebrate my daughter's wedding last year. Hated the taste, it was way too sweet, as is anything anymore. I drink coffee, water, very occasionally a Stevia soft drink and one light beer when bowling.
Yours is a tough journey, how you decide to travel it is up to you. In the long run, I am healthier and happier with the choice I made, and don't miss anything.View Thread