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Encouragement, Please!

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by GrannyG, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. GrannyG

    GrannyG Prediabetes · Newbie

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    I was told two years ago that I had prediabetes (HBA1C 44). This was a big shock to me, as I am very slim (5ft 8ins tall, weigh less than 9st) and very active. The doctor basically said there was nothing I could do about this, just take the prescribed medication when I became fully diabetic. However, I found this website, and also Diet Doctor, and greatly reduced my carb intake. Last year my HBA1C was down to 39, but this year it is back up to 42! I know these levels are not ridiculously high, but I am concerned they have gone up and not down. Total cholesterol is also up to 8.8 - I have a funny feeling the doctor will soon be wanting to talk to me (again!) about statins!

    I an now at a little bit of a loss as to what to do next. Two years ago I cut out all bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc, and have been even more careful with this over the past year, so am completely at a loss as to why the numbers are going up. I walk a minimum of three miles each day, usually more in the region of 7-10 miles. What else can I do?!!! Should I cut carbs to an extremely low level? To give some background, I am 63years old, have a heart defect (left atrial isomerism), underactive thyroid, raised blood pressure and glaucoma. Apart from all that I am really healthy (honestly!) and do not need any more health issues in my life! Any advice/encouragement would be very gratefully received, I feel pretty frustrated at the moment.
     
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  2. sally and james

    sally and james Family member · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @GrannyG , welcome to the forum. You are one of the people who break all the rules, how dare you be slim, very active and on the way to diabetes. Diabetics are all fat and lazy!!! (This is all said tongue in cheek, so no poison pen letters, please.)

    I wonder if, during your searches of the internet, you found Dr Malcolm Kendrick. https://drmalcolmkendrick.org/ He has a lot to say about cholesterol and has written at least one book on it. Could be worth looking up to put that in context before the doctor puts his/her two penny worth in.

    You have already worked out that your doctor's take on diabetes is plain wrong, ill informed and out of date, but, what should you do? It sounds like you are doing all the right things, but we all make mistakes and react differently to things. Do you have a meter to test your blood sugars? Your doctor will come up with lots of reasons why you shouldn't, but you are working blind without one. Can I suggest that you buy your own and find out how foods are affecting you. There may just be something that is tipping you into the over 40's as far as HbA1c is concerned. Test immediately before meals, then two hours after first bite. Keep a food/blood sugar diary, perhaps also note times of serious exercise. The answer may begin to appear.

    Having said all the above, your levels are really not that terrible, but now is the time to deal with them.
    Sally
     
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  3. Arab Horse

    Arab Horse Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Your lifestyle seems very good. Are you on medication for your thyroid? I would suggest cutting the carbs even further and see what effect it has. Do you test your glucose several times a day? If not it might be a good idea to start doing so and see what is sending your glucose up so that you can change your diet to get it better. I usually only have breakfast and lunch as I find if I eat a third meal my glucose stays high overnigt and is high in the morning.

    I am sure others will have ideas for you to try. Good luck.
     
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  4. GrannyG

    GrannyG Prediabetes · Newbie

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    Many thanks for your replies, and very helpful suggestions. Yes, I am taking Thyroxine for the underactive thyroid. I understand the thyroid problem, hypertension and glaucoma are linked to my heart defect, but I have no idea where the prediabetes has com from.
    I will definitely start testing before and after meals, and keeping a food diary. Hopefully that will help me pinpoint the problem areas. I do hope so, otherwise I am worried the numbers will keep creeping up, and medical intervention - ie medication - will be on the horizon.
    Thanks Sally for the link you sent, very interesting, and useful information to helpfully pass on to my doctor when the Statins subject rears its ugly head again!
     
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