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Another fantastic HbA1c result this morning - 5.0
Insulin and tablets - with dietary changes.
Well that's another great result, that's a 4.9 and a 5.0 in the last 6 months - all the hard work is definitely paying off.
I'm still struggling with the foods I eat, I've cut down on a lot of carbs, I used to have 2 bowls of cereal in the morning, now I have a selection of cheese, cold meat, eggs, tomato, cucumber (in fact a 'continental' style breakfast without bread, or yogurt) followed by 1 weetabix biscuit and full fat milk. Some days when I've got a little more time before work I might do a couple of rashers of bacon with scrambled egg, and if supplies are available I might treat myself to a couple of British sausages (I live in Germany at the present time and I just can't quite get to grips with German sausages, an odd one here and there at a festival (without the roll of course) is OK, but more than that I can't take). Lunch time is my biggest downfall, we only get 30 minutes for lunch and if I take any more than that I have to work longer, so I've been having two brown rolls at 30g carbs each, but I think that's too many so I've just this week cut it down to one and trying out a selection of cold meats and a slab (sorry I mean slice) of British cheddar cheese (while stocks lasts). Gone almost completely from my diet are bread, potatoes, rice and pasta and I don't really miss them too much, I do have the occasional item, but if I do it is a very small portion, for example 1 new potato the size of an egg (or smaller) doesn't seem to make my readings spike, or a small handful of pasta occasionally seems to be OK.
I need to lose weight, I've been in Germany for 4 years and during that time I've had a couple of short Hospital stays (not linked to the Diabetes) and had some sick leave from work and I have lost over 2 stones, but I would like to lose at least another half-stone. I'm 63, average height at about 5' 10" and currently I weigh just over 14 stone. My target for the next 6-12 months would be to get down to where I can maintain my weight at a little less than 13 1/2 stone.
The other item that bothers me is my feet. I have lost some feeling in my toes, it isn't bad but it is enough to make me think long and hard about what I want for my future. I really don't know what to do about it, can I do anything about it? I keep researching the Internet but there's nothing to give me a lot of hope, except if I get my blood sugar levels under control, and keep them there, I might be lucky in that it doesn't get any worse. I am exercising several times a week, mostly walking or cycling, though I have to say getting in 10,000 steps a day is a huge challenge as I work in an office and so don't really get much 'exercise' during the day, I don't think that trips to the printer or water cooler really count for very much.
I would like to retire soon and return to the UK, but I want to return as healthy as possible, I don't want the neuropathy to get worse, I want to be able to have many years ahead of me with as good health as possible. I should add here that the German health care system is fairly expensive but it is good, with fairly short waiting times, so I have no complaints at all. We have specialist Diabetic Dr's and I see mine every 3 months regular as clockwork, the nurse does the blood fingerprint test, and a second test into another device and by the time I see the Dr he has my blood readings as at now, and the HbA1c reading. I was interested in how accurate the HbA1c reading would be because as you know in the UK it takes a week to get results of any blood test but some weeks ago I had a blood test at my own regular Dr's (and the results 24 hours later) and that reading was the same. We do have to pay for prescriptions including diabetes supplies, but today I collected my supplies for the next 3 months and it cost me about £25 for my insulin and related supplies.
Thanks for reading!
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