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I am 58 years old. I have always had a weight problem like everyone in my family. In December 2008, after feeling strange for several months, my sister (who has been diabetic for 25 years) tested me with her meter & my blood sugar was 491. She dragged me to the ER where I got 2 shots of insulin & a meal that included turkey, gravy, a box of sweetened cranberry juice & chocolate pudding which my sister advised me not to eat. After paying the $2,400.00 tab, I was instructed to make an appointment with an endocrinologist & I was sent home with a prescription for Metformin, daily aspirin & NO dietary advice. My sister suggested buying a meter on the way home. None of the two doctors or RN's suggested getting a meter & testing. I started taking the Metformin as instructed.My appointment with an endocrinologist a few days later was another eye opener. As soon as he walked into the room, without even looking at me or my meter which I brought with me with 80 stored blood sugar readings, he said "You need insulin." Then he started to do a physical & said "You need to be hospitalized with an IV because you're dehydrated; do you have medical insurance?" When I said "no," he said "Get some Pedialyte and Gatorade & drink 6 glasses of each per day." I asked "Don't those drinks have sugar in them?" He said "Not really." He gave me a prescription for "Januvia" ($400.00 for 100 tablets) & directed me to take two/day. He then handed me an 1800 calorie/day diet (complete with drug ads on each page)& disappeared. After paying the $1,200.00 for the visit & labs, I started taking the medication as directed. Luckily, I chose not to follow the doctor's advice about drinking Gatorade or Pedialyte; an RN I spoke to later told me "6 glasses of liquid sugar per day might have put me in a coma or killed me." After two weeks, the medication made me too ill to drive or exercise. I also had to get up 3 or 4 times each night to eat. I phoned the doctor several times over the next week to get a different medication but he never returned one single call so I stopped taking the medication. I was afraid to eat anything because I was afraid my blood sugar would climb. At my next visit, when I told him the medication was making me sick, he said "Just keep taking it, the symptoms will subside when your body gets used to it." He said my A1C was 8.9%. One week later, I found a different doctor but my new doctor wasn't interested in seeing me unless I paid him another $1,200.00 to repeat the physical & labs from two weeks ago even though I had a copy of my labs & he could consult with the other doctor. I was running out of money after spending $4,000.00 in two weeks. I'm not insurable due to "preexisting conditions" — diabetes and carpal tunnel. While doing research on the web, I came across Dr. Fuhrman's website (www.drfuhrman.com) & ordered "Eat to Live" & "Eat For Health" & started the program. With all the weight loss/nutrition books out there from Atkins & a bunch of others, I was skeptical. I started following the recommendations in the section "Advice for the Diabetic Patient" weighing 220 lbs on 1-8-09 — the same day I stopped taking all diabetes medication. Within 3 months, I weighed 195. I had new blood work completed on 4-8-09 with a new doctor. She downloaded my blood sugar numbers from my meter & said "Whatever you're doing, keep doing it because it's working." I explained "Eat to Live," my typical meals & snacks & told her I stopped taking medication on my own three months ago. She later phoned me with my lab results: A1C: 6.0% which she said was in a non-diabetic range (4 - 6%). She also said, "There is no reason to take any medication." The improvement from 8.9% to 6.0% in 3 months on "Eat to Live" was far better than I expected. I would have been happy with 7.0% or 8.0%. I now weigh 177 lbs.

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