There is lots of hope for you, just posting here says to me you are looking to make changes and improve your situation.
Everyone has a different philosophy and motivation. There are no right or wrong answers...just find the one which works for you.
Start with the easy things first. Get the food out of the house you know you shouldn't be eating; soda with sugar, cookies, frosted breakfast cereal, candy. Then start with small steps, look at portion control, maybe call your doctors office and see if they can set you up with a dietician...every step counts. Set some goals you might start with some daily goals then progress to longer goals, maybe a week or a month. You will be amazed what meeting those goals will mean to you.
I am not someone who can change everything in one day. I have to take steps into change and as long as I keep making progress, I feel like I have succeeded.
Don't forget to reward yourself with a non food reward for meeting goals
I just typed a really defensive response to this and I deleted it because it would just draw more attacks.
You are making it sound like I have a bowl of pasta at my right hand and a box of doughnuts at my left. I don't. Even after making more changes I am not able to get the results I need. I can't tell you the last time I had rice, french fries, cookies or even whole wheat bread. I have eaten more cabbage, broccoli, broiled chicken breasts and greens in this past year than the previous 40. Its not working.
Yes, I am responsible for what I put in my mouth and have worked hard to make good choices. I have also make another good choice and set an appointment to speak with my doctor.
If I require more or different medication, so be it. I have not failed to take good care of myself and will continue to do so, one way or the other.View Thread
I have been on the same dosage of Metformin and Glyburide since 2007. My A1c has been consistently between 6-6.5. Over the last year or so it has increased to 7.5 I have taken a close look at my diet, made some changes but my fasting numbers are still too high which means my A1c will be too high. I have a call in to my doctor.
Does your body change how it reacts to medication after a while? I am pretty frustrated because I had things pretty well balanced for quite a while.
I get what you are saying here. Only you can decide it is time to make the necessary changes and only you can take the steps. I hope you have hit that point.
One of the big things I learned is I don't have to change everything in one day. I can change one thing at a time as long as I keep changing things for the positive.
Right now it probably does not matter what change you make, but make one. Set a realistic goal for maybe 1 week and when you have stuck with it, reward yourself with a non food reward. Your goal might be to take your meds correctly or not drink soda with sugar. Doesn't matter, any change is a start.
I think you have made an incredible start just by telling us your story. Please keep reaching out to us, your friends or your family. We want to help.View Thread
I have both donated blood and received a blood transfusion and I do not believe either had an effect on my A1c. My A1c has been in the 6.4 - 6.8 range for about 6 years.
Please understand there is no science behind my experience.
If you have good control and are otherwise healthy they will probably have no issue in taking whole blood or the red cells.
I would suggest having a decent meal before and drinking plenty of water both before and after giving blood. You may want to take your test kit and check your blood glucose before getting in your car to drive.View Thread
I am sorry this is happening to you, it is incredibly frustrating to have to make health decisions based on finances but I do get it.
I agree with the previous poster who said to speak to your doc as they may have other less expensive ideas.
Please also shop around to different pharmacies, prices vary dramatically from company to company. I take a med which costs $40 per month at a national pharmacy chain but my local privately owned pharmacy charges just $4.
don't wait until the last minute, this may take some time.View Thread
I am a day late here, I do agree with the previous posts about taking the med at the same time each day and not taking more until your next scheduled dose.
What I really wanted to say was go to the drugstore and spend a dollar on a pill minder. I take meds and supplements. Each Saturday I set up my pill minder for the upcoming week. One for the morning and one for the evening. I just have to look at the little compartment for that day to see if I have taken my meds. They are useful even if you only take 1 pill per day as you can actually see if you have taken it or not. No more confusion.View Thread
I think you should be talking to your health care professional before changing your medications. You could be opening the door to all kinds of problems and complications if you do not carefully control your blood glucose.
Help me understand this better. You went to the doctor and he prescribed a medication for you based upon lab results and you have decided to not take the medication but to take a vitamin supplement instead? Does the supplement do the same thing as the medication? Probably not, but then again I am not a doctor and not qualified to make that decision. Are you?
That said, you are at a turning point and if you are truly going to educate yourself about a better diet, then stick to it along with a suitable exercise program you may be able to bring your numbers into a better range without the medication.
Talk to your doctor and set some goals to see if you are able to bring down your A1C without the meds. Some people are able to do so. If your doctor is not willing to talk to you and make this a collaborative effort, it may be time to look for another doctor who will.
What you haven't told us and could make a world of difference is are you at high risk for heart or kidney disease, obese or have other significant health issues...