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No more Insulin (T2)

Discussion in 'Success Stories and Testimonials' started by ellalla, May 6, 2020.

  1. ellalla

    ellalla · Member

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    Today my doctor told me to go off Insulin!

    August 19:
    a1c at 103 (11.6)
    80 units of Lantus daily
    138 kg

    May 20:
    a1c 39 (5.7)
    15 units of Lantus
    105 kg

    I Achieved all that with one hour of light training per day and calorie restriction.
    I din't even go low carb until now. (Although somewhat carb restricted lately inspired by this forum.)

    On top of that, my company doctor cleared me to work on site again du to my good numbers!
    (My field of work was reduced to remote work during lockdown in my country, and now we can go back to work with customers, but those in the risk group had to get individual clearance.)

    I'm now very much motivated to up my effort and reduce my carbs and get even more physical excercise to stay at that a1c despite not having insulin anymore.

    Thanks for reading!
     
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  2. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    Well done, take a bow!
     
  3. ellalla

    ellalla · Member

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    That's exactly what it feels like:)
    Thank you!
     
  4. searley

    searley Type 1 · Moderator
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    Well done that’s nice

    I’m still going to hate you as you’ve now become the poster person for the group of people that say ‘your diabetic, you realise you can cure that if you change your diet’

    Seriously though good for you, long may it last.
     
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  5. ellalla

    ellalla · Member

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    Well, to put things in perspective, I've been diabetic since about 13 years.
    With a1cs mostly ranging from just barely acceptable to very concerning.
    And now I've had about half a year of very good results.
    That's a win for now. But it doesn't proof anything.

    I don't even know, why I'm now able to do this. I certainly tried harder in the past.

    And in my experience weight loss is down to diet, but a good a1c is down to exercise, sleep, and keeping stress levels down.
     
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  6. HeathKick2017

    HeathKick2017 Type 2 · Member

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    So happy for you and inspired! Well done. I’m so happy to know I can reduce my numbers by calorie counting and being “MODERATE” rather than going fully low carb
     
  7. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    Good luck.

    It seems more likely if you have a significant amount of weight to lose. It also fails for a lot of people as they give up when hungry. Or they lose the weight only to rebound back to pre diet eating and pre diet weight and now with a slowed dow metabolism too due to lack of calories to sustain it so the whole problem is worse.

    Low calorie can and does work but repeatedly in studies low carb has better and more sustainable results for more people.

    As for being moderate, would you be moderate with nuts if you had an allergy? As a type 2 your body fails to process carbs properly. And they cause damage. To me it makes more sense than to limit them - rather than limit other good stuff your body is ok with. It’s the mindset that we need carbs that’s harder to get over rather than the reality of doing it usually
     
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  8. ellalla

    ellalla · Member

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    Update:

    It's been three month without Insulin and today I had my highly anticipated consultation:
    a1c 39 (5.7)
    lost another 28 pounds
    (still doing cico with about 160g of carbs)

    Best thing is: now without insulin I just go about my day carefree, no constant checking, no lows.
     
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  9. ZESTRIL

    ZESTRIL Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi ellalla I've just started my lowe carb diet after three weeks I've lost about seven pounds I've lowered my insulin down from 22 two ten twice a day I'm a bit worried over the colestral I used to be 2.2 with the statins I hope to reach 13 st by October I was 15 stones
     
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  10. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    That's quite a frighteningly low cholesterol level.
    Why were you given the statins?
     
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  11. ZESTRIL

    ZESTRIL Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Because I'm diabetic and my body couldn't take Metformin what wrong with having lowe colestral ?
     
  12. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Because cholesterol is one of those essential things without which we can die.
    A large part of the brain is made of it.
    Also statins aren't a drug known for lowering blood glucose levels and have been know to raise it in some people.

    There's a thread about it here

    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/cholesterol-and-statins.156985/

    If you wish to dig deeper.
     
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  13. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    Statins are not a metformin alternative. One is for cholesterol the other for diabetes and blood sugar.
     
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  14. ZESTRIL

    ZESTRIL Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes I do know that I had no trouble with statins it was the devil drug metformin was my big trouble
     
  15. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 · Moderator
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    This isn’t directed specifically at you but the wording raised it in my head

    metformin can have side effects. But it also can work really well and be tolerated in both it’s normal and slow release form

    I see people who read these comments and won’t even try metformin as they are convinced it’s the worst drug ever. Thing is the alternative to metformin can be substantially worse

    I think we need more balance in how we post
     
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  16. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    Unlikely if the successful alternative is eating the right real foods.
    Agreed it might be worse if you are referring to different and maybe stronger medication
     
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  17. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    Sorry, it just read that you thought you’d been prescribed statins as an alternative to metformin.
     
  18. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 · Moderator
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    That’s what I meant. I wasn’t clear. Apologies!
     
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