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Remission.

Discussion in 'Success Stories and Testimonials' started by mymuk, Nov 17, 2021.

  1. mymuk

    mymuk Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Following on from https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/almost-in-remission-i-think.177857/#post-2328473

    It's well over a year since I was last tested, so I chased the surgery and said I want an annual follow up. Bloods given last Thursday and I've an appointment at their Diabetes Clinic tomorrow morning. However, as I'm in Scotland I can see the results already.

    HbA1c is down from 38 to 36.
    Given I've relaxed my dietary control a little for the last 10 months (I no longer carb count or regularly do finger prick tests) I think I'm justified as regarding myself as in remission.

    Cholesterol (non-fasting) :
    Current result: 4.9 mmol/L on 12/11/2021
    Previous result: 4.8 mmol/L on 05/11/2020

    HDL 1.3 same as last year.
    LDL 2.5 down from 2.8
    Triglycerides 2.4 up from 1.5
     
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  2. Ronancastled

    Ronancastled Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I see in the post you linked that you've lost 25kg along your journey.

    I know for some of us that weight loss is the magic bullet

    I won't get into the definition war but if you can eat moderate carbs & hold your A1c in the mid 30s some would say you're not just in remission, you are reversed.

    Now don't do it again.
     
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  3. mymuk

    mymuk Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Just had that annual review with the doctor.

    "Well I'm amazed. You're no longer a diabetic, in fact I would say you've not been one for the last year. I'm removing that active flag on your medical records and taking you off all the drugs".

    So that's the Metformin and blood pressure drugs gone, I'd already got those reduced anyway. I'll still get an annual check to make sure no backsliding.

    Then a discussion on "So how did you do this?" She has clearly got the message as she said "I actively tell people not to follow the NHS 'eat healthy carbs' guidance now".

    Obviously I'm still going to act on the basis that I'm "allergic" to large amounts of carbohydrate/sugars, but it's nice to know I did it :)

    Many thanks to the various supportive and informative people on here.
     
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  4. KateS14

    KateS14 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Wow. Fabulous news - well done. As a relative newbie still (or at least that's how I feel) it gives me real hope that I can beat my T2 into compliance when I read stories like this!
     
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    Outlier · Well-Known Member

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    That's brilliant, and your Dr. is a superstar too!
     
  6. mymuk

    mymuk Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Here's an update :

    Have been slowly increasing the carbs. Not really as a plan but just by not being strict. Weight has stabilised at 105kg or so.

    Thought I'd spring for a Libre to see what the blood sugar levels are up to nowadays. Interesting results. Take today :

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    First spike after 8am is breakfast (Greek yoghurt with a big tsp of black cherry jam plus a coffee with a bit of milk).

    Second spike after 1pm was a single party biscuit (weak moment).

    Third spike after 2pm was lunch. Two croissants filled with mayo and sliced roast pork.

    Fourth (biggest) spike was me deliberately eating the remaining two (unfilled) croissants with a glass of water.

    Everything (apart from the final spike) well within reasonable levels and even the final one (9.4) back down within the hour.

    That looks, to me, like a slightly above average sensitivity to carbs but a broadly "normal" insulin response.

    Any comments? :)
     
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    mymuk Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Party biscuit = oaty biscuit.

    **** phone.
     
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    finzi1966 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh, bit similar for me! My lunch was a fairly healthy prawn salad but I had two pieces of fudge afterwards and some chocolate. And then we went out for dinner at a Chinese tonight - wasn’t super careful other than avoiding obvious pitfalls like rice or sweet&sour. This is a fairly typical pattern for me these days - a high carb meal or treat does result in a big spike, but usually comes down very quick (and I find quite often I “overshoot” and end up a bit low - not scary low, just maybe like 3.2 or something like that). So I think that my insulin response (and maybe sensitivity) has improved since losing weight (I’ve gone from about 118kg to 88kg). Still overweight though. IMG_8192.jpg
     
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  9. Ronancastled

    Ronancastled Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely normal response to eating croissants without fat/protein to soften the spike.
    Normal to a non-diabetic looks like this while eating 300-350gs of carbs per day.
    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/th...221/?msclkid=07ba8c9bc53611eca11b8cb44ebfc9f9
    They spike above 7.8 too, normally for 30 mins a day.

    My own personal feeling is to avoid obvious carbs if possible, it's nice to know you can put them away but I don't wish to poke the bear. So if birthday cake goes around the canteen I don't have to make an excuse, like a secret superpower.
     
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  10. mymuk

    mymuk Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    In other news. I'm in Siena. Breakfast was a cappuccino, croissant with prosciutto and ham then a fruit tartlet.

    Almost no effect! Well, a reasonable rise then fall.



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