I am 61, have Type 2, and at the time of review in July 11 was approx 19st 8lbs. My HBA1c has been rising over the years and was 9.1 at the review. My medication is 4xmetformin plus both glimepiride and sitagliptin. My GP increased another 2mg to the sitagliptin, but said that was probably the end of the road for oral medication.
Not being the sort of person who would take kindly to sticking needles in myself, I decided that it really was time get myself together. I started researching low carb diets and in mid-July started on the Dukan diet. I found it pretty hard, but in just three weeks, I lost nearly 20lb and my fasting blood glucose fell to 5.4 mmol/l.
I went on holiday in Scotland for the last 3 weeks of August and the Dukan diet fell by the wayside a bit, even though I tried to keep the calories down. I was about 18st 5lb when I got back from hol. I continued the research and started to read one of the Atkins books.
I restarted on a low carb diet on 7 Sept 11. I had to reduce my medication a couple of days back when my BG fell to 3.4 mmol/l just before bedtime and I felt a bit jittery (I believe you call that a hypo). The bottom line is that I have ditched the glimepiride and sitagliptin. For the last couple of days, I have just been on 4xmetformins and my BG is now 5.4 fasting. I also test during the day, about 90mins after meals and it is generally 4.6-5.4 mmol/l.
I think there might be scope yet for reducing or eliminating the metformins too. I am really rather hoping that I can eventually eliminate the metformin, keep the fasting BG at 5-5.4 mmol/l by diet alone, weigh under 17st and have an HBA1c of under 6 when I go back for another blood test in about a months time.
I've bought a rowing machine too (which hasn't yet arrived). I'm sure exercise will help, but cannot get on with walking or jogging.
Last edited by andrewk
on September 13th, 2011, 11:15 am, edited 1 time in total.
HBA1c: Jul 2011 - 8.9, Oct 2011 - 6.7, Mar 2012 - 6.8, July 2012 - 6.6
Started low carb diet: 9 Sept 2011
Stopped taking metformin: 1 April 2012, Started Newcastle diet: 21 April 2012, Started Atkins induction: 13 June 2012