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Moving in the right direction

Discussion in 'Success Stories and Testimonials' started by Taxus, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Taxus

    Taxus Type 2 · Member

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    My journey started late last autumn, when my GP retired and I changed to another practice. My new doctor said that he wanted to take a blood sample to check me out, as I was a new patient and was ‘getting on’ (I was then 61). A week or so later I received a message asking me to come in for a second sample, the glucose was high, 48 mmol/mol. The second HbA1c test confirmed the reading.

    Like I suppose many others I started googling, looking to see what I could do, how to get to terms with this new reality. I quickly made all the usual mistakes, searching the supermarket for different kinds of grains, buying wholemeal pasta, brown rice. However, thankfully, I soon discovered the diabetes forum and spent late night hours reading and puzzling about diets, including low carb and keto. It took a while to get to grips with the debates, to think my way through the arguments, but I soon decided low carb was the way forward for me and when I told my GP and said I wanted to measure my blood glucose, he kindly handed me a meter and a prescription for strips. I discussed all this with my wife who (despite initial concerns) has been very supportive and has also gone low carb in solidarity and to lose some weight.

    After a few weeks of low carb, we went on a one month family holiday, where I followed a strict regime. Apart from a few days when I felt a bit weak and dizzy (cured by a handful of nuts), I quickly got into the new way of life, ditching carbs, sugars, fruit, eating full fat, loads of greens, avocado, meat, fish and eggs, permitting myself treats of almonds, berries, a glass of red. I didn’t have scales but I could see that I was losing weight, and on return home I found I had dropped from 14 stone to 12 ½ stone! My trousers were falling off and clothes suddenly looked ridiculous on me, huge tent-like shirts and jumpers. My weight has plateaued though over the last couple of months I have pushed it down to 12 stone, and am keeping it off.

    After 3 months my GP arranged another blood test and my HbA1c had dropped to 42, I have gone from top end pre diabetic/diabetic to now close to ‘normal’! To my surprise, despite increasing fat in my diet, my doctor also added that my cholesterol readings, which had been at the higher end of ok, are now even more respectable! Other benefits of low carb - I have noticed that my skin looks better and feels smoother (no more spots!) and a pain that I had in my right shoulder that I was told was due to age-related decay now hardly troubles me at all. My only concern is a sporadic itching and burning sensation on the soles of my feet, which started a few years before diagnosis. I hadn’t paid any attention to this, though after reading about diabetes I am wondering if it might be neuropathy. My GP thinks this is unlikely and checked my B12, which is fine, and now suggests I try Canesten antifungal cream.

    I think I have been lucky, that early diagnosis has made rising blood sugar easier to turn round, though my moves in the right direction are also due to the sense of support that I gain through reading the stories that so many fellow travellers contribute to the Diabetes Forum. Your experiences give me knowledge, confidence and determination. I know I haven’t beaten diabetes, but I do now have control.
     
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  2. Caeseji

    Caeseji Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh I always love a good success story! I am so glad you got on top of things early and hopefully the foot issues will resolve in time too. Keep up the good work and wishing you a happy, long and low carb life!
     
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  3. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    What a wonderful story, though at 61 I may have given the GP a sour look or two! Well done, keep up the great work.
     
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  4. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Well done, that is a good drop in HbA1c and what a success with everything else, too. Keep it up! :)
     
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    carol43 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations and keep up the good work.
     
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    Taxus Type 2 · Member

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    Many thanks to you all! I will be keeping the commitment high, carbs low and monitor my glucose levels. I think I can get the numbers to fall a bit further and will post updates. Wishing all the best of health
     
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    Congrats Taxus, hard work pays off!
     
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  8. Taxus

    Taxus Type 2 · Member

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    Many thanks. I am dogged, though I do sometimes lapse.
     
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    jjraak Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    great work @Taxus

    and i too, as have you and many others found that not just T2D benefits us from a LCHF diet.

    for me, asthma that had been there from age 12-ish subsided at 19 then returned with a vengeance at mid 30's has now mysteriously faded into the background since i went LCHF.

    amazing that a diet can do so much..:brb:

    good luck on the rest of your journey..
     
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    Taxus Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks, wishing you the best too! From a quick look around the Internet it seems that some commentators say that LCHF diets can improve skin condition and other health issues, though others assert the opposite. Maybe this is an issue that the Forum could gather members views on?
     
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    KookieMunchster Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    It is so encouraging to read!
    Thank you very much for sharing .
     
  12. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    People on here do report healthier skin. Members have also been able to come off blood pressure drugs (or reduce doses) and cholesterol levels have improved in many cases. It also helps a bit with inflammation, so mild arthritis and such like can be helped.
     
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