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Well today, I had my six monthly appointment with my consultant physician.
He didn't greet me the usual way, he showed me politely to my seat and asked to look at his computer screen.
The screen had a NHS banner with the specialist endocrinologist name on the top and the headline;
Success in trial of a gliptin with reactive hypoglycaemia.
Well to say that I was a bit chuffed, and good job I had my reading glasses on!
It went on to explain how after a year on my meds, the success of patient A (me!) and patient B were the same despite us being different sexes and differing body shape. I was obese, patient B was slim.
We both had a test to see how we coped with a high glucose load and the reactive part that our bodies dealt with the dreaded foul stuff!
Well the results showed that the gliptin lessened the hyper and spike whilst the drug effectiveness on the hypo was that the late part of the condition was later than any other tests we had done. So that the high level of awareness heightened when approaching anywhere near a hypo!
The scientific paper concerning is due out soon, after my specialist has already had meetings with health officials from different health care authorities. And also been in touch in depth with the gliptin pharmaceutical company. The response was that the drug company will do more significant trials with a larger group of patients.
Diet next, as I've said many times, that I've been in ketosis for so long and my carb count is very low. I needed to do this so that my insulin levels would reduce to very low levels because of my overshoot after the quick use of glucose, after eating, so that my body, my endocrine system could run more efficiently without the excess insulin!
The specialist has asked me to try a few more carbs as he was unsure about how long I could safely stay in ketosis. He hoped, I wasn't damaging my organs or my brain, he laughed, when I replied, what brain?
He has given me something to think about, especially how he explained the symbiotic values of certain hormones, minerals and vitamins that I have done without, that could be gained by certain low GI carbs and nowhere else. He was going to look into how ketosis affects long term and how fasting has an affect on the body.
He knew that intermittent dieting for twelve hours was very good but unsure of what 24 or 36 hours would do.
I quoted my feeling of wellbeing after my 72 (80) hour fasting test as an example.
This is the first time, that my consultant admitted that how ill I was, when he first seen me.
I keep going on about how well I'm doing and everything else, but that realisation is very profound. I didn't really know how bad I was. I was just trying to get on with my life. I was really ill! Not real life threatening but not that far off!
Everything else is fine, tickety boo! All life vital signs are normal, no abnormal readings and BP was perfect again!
He has spoken personally to my GP and had a chat about me and my treatment and the meds and how my consultant wants me to have test strips and 'diabetic' checks. My GP has climbed on board and now has no reluctance on any aspect of my condition. No bloods taken or ordered.
Ok, here's the good news, I'm down by another 3 pounds on my weight!
Slowing down but still going down, it will take me a while to get to my optimum weight. But with patience and a strong minded determination, I will get there!
5 stone (ish) has gone so far, and another one at least to go!
Bad news, got bollocked for not getting my flu jab!
On to the future, well! Carry on and be sensible, stay away from naughty carbs and keep on taking the tablets!
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