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T2 - am I correct these are my two options?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Adm_Mad, May 20, 2019.

  1. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Bingo.

    I believe that @Adm_Mad is doing a sterling job and it can only get better from here.
     
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  2. Cocosilk

    Cocosilk Gestational · Well-Known Member

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    This may help you understand what your body is up to https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/fasting-blood-glucose-higher
     
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  3. ert

    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You have reversed your diabetes with an HBa1c of 5.3%. Huge congratulations. It's an enormous achievement and so soon after diagnosis. Intermittent fasting, which I'm doing too, spikes your waking blood sugars. Dr Jason Fung supports fasting for T2DM's and suggests ignoring the morning spikes as your sugars are only elevated a couple of hours with the dawn phenomenon. I recommend his books.
     
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  4. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    Am I correct in thinking you’ve lost 9kg in a month? And that you are now 64kg. How tall and what sort of age are you? It doesn’t sound to me like further weight loss is desperate. It can be taken at a much more reasonable rate. And correct that your current regime is making you feel terrible? Ever considered that you may be doing more damage than your diabetes is in the short term at least? Your muscles will likely be being ‘eaten’ for fuel and your metabolism slowed meaning it’ll get harder and harder to lose any weight you may still need to lose. Are you eating fats as well as low carb? You’ve got great predicted hb1ac. Your fingerpricks are slightly confusing but as several,other have listed there are a number of possible explainations, none of which will be solved by starvation.

    Please make sure you tell your dr exactly what you’re doing eating wise and weight wise. It has a bearing on your mental health the appointment is about.

    The 3 months is to see improvement not full remission. A 9kg loss is a big change as are your estimated hb1ac. Perhaps ask for more blood tests now for peace of mind and to convince you that it’s going in the right direction, as well as GAD and c peptide to rule out (or confirm) LADA.

    At the end of the 3 months no one can force you onto meds for diabetes and likely won’t even try if you’ve improved. More likely congratulate you and give you more time if needed or further testing then maybe.
     
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  5. Adm_Mad

    Adm_Mad Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m currently at 66 kg so still have two to go to my first goal weight, then I’ll see if I’m able to keep managing my blood sugar levels without having to lose any more. I’m 35 and 165 cm so not exactly wasting away. My first goal weight will still be at the high end of the normal range.

    At this point I feel there’s not much I can do but carry on like I have been and see if my fasting level keeps creeping up or whether it drops back down again or does anything different.
     
  6. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    I’m not meaning to be rude here but have you read all comments above? And really thought about them? There’s plenty of other options to consider beyond carryon on with the extreme approach you’ve had so far. Talk to your dr, she sounded one of the good ones, and good luck.
     
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  7. Tophat1900

    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    To me it seems you are obsessed with FBG levels and basing all health related decisions on it. Diet, how much, how often you eat etc.

    If carrying on like you have been means starving yourself to the point of being so deficient in food and fasting for very long periods to the point of feeling dizzy and seeing spots. Feeling tired and hungry all the time, then I think you need to rethink that decision.

    Your body is clearly not happy with this. You are tired because you don't eat enough to generate the energy needed to keep organs healthy and get through the day. You are hungry for obvious reasons, your body is trying to tell you to feed it, but you are refusing to do so because you seem so obsessed with numbers.

    If you lose more weight it will most likely be due to muscle wastage from a lack of protein intake. Your organs will start to struggle if they don't get the needed nutrients.

    It just seems to me you are unable to see this. I hope your appt goes well and you do get back to eating in a sensible manner, life doesn't revolve around your FBG level. You are really risking damaging your health. People are trying to tell you that and I'm not trying to be rude about it.

    Good luck.
     
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  8. 1spuds

    1spuds Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I would steady up the diet.First thing I would do.You are all over the place and your bodily reactions are scary to me,I worry that isnt helping you by not having consistency in nutrition.

    Homeostasis-'A property of cells, tissues, and organisms that allows the maintenance and regulation of the stability and constancy needed to function properly.'
    https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=88522

    I break issues into units....diet,weight loss,Im a do one at a time kinda guy so I dont ask too much at once,and I dont overextend myself to the point of being overwhelmed.Think marathon,not a sprint

    Hope the Dr appt. gives you more information to make this work.I believe in you,I do,now you need to believe in you too.

    YOU CAN DO THIS,
    I really believe that.Dont give up.
     
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    1spuds Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    THE most important point being made on this thread IMO is right there in the passage above.
     
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  10. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    @Adm_Mad - I have read your thread and agree you seem very focused on weight loss and fasting blood sugars. In my world, fasting is only a timy part of my day, and may not reflect the rest of how my body is performing.

    On another front, when I was diagnosed and reduced my carbs, I lost weight, even though that was never a goal for me. Now, that's not to rub salt in the woounds of anyone finding it hard to lose, but what did then happen was I found it quite tricky to find a balance where my bloods behaved and I stopped losing weight. As a result, I am very slight indeed, and skirt around the bottom of the healthy BMI range.

    So, I think what I'm trying to say is that having, at your current weight got yourself into the Healthy weight range, why not try to maintain your weight? That will take some dietary adjustment and likely it will take a few weeks to get that balance right.

    That way, if your weight is more stabilised, you could be in a better position for making longer terms strategies for managing your prediabetes.

    That's my 2p worth.
     
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  11. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    You do realise - I hope - that your weight has got nothing to do with getting 'good' blood glucose levels?
     
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  12. MEValentijn

    MEValentijn Type 2 · Active Member

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    It's not uncommon for fasting blood sugar to be higher than it should in diabetics who otherwise have excellent control, and it's often not really a problem. It's just how some bodies react to waking up. Pre-meal readings before lunch and dinner, when I haven't eaten for several hours, have always been far more indicative of the quality of control for me.

    In my case, I was just testing fasting for months and assumed everything was the same as usual because fasting levels didn't really change and I was taking the same meds and eating the same foods. Then I got much higher HbA1c results at a checkup, so I tested the rest of the day, and my other values during the day had gotten much worse.

    I'm pretty sure guidelines here in the Netherlands even tell doctors to disregard elevated fasting levels in diabetics if HbA1c is telling a different story.

    Basically - fasting blood sugar is being strongly influenced by variables other than your diet, exercise, weight, meds, etc, and can't be relied upon to show you the full picture. Test at other times of day, and wait to see what your real HbA1c says before assuming that your blood sugar isn't suitably controlled.

    And take care of yourself. No making yourself sick with starvation.
     
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  13. Arfie

    Arfie Type 2 · Member

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    Hi,

    I'm newly diagnosed T2 and constantly confused over what I can and can't eat etc. My other half had a mini stroke a few months back and has hypertension so this confuses us even more about who can eat what.

    I've always feared diabetes as I have a sweet tooth and a fear of needles, but sadly I ate with impunity so here we are.

    Firstly you seem obsessed with avoiding the meds, I understand this fully, BUT I am on them, why? because they are helping me control sugar while I lose weight and adjust to my new normal lifestyle. Going on meds isn't a life sentence, there's enough people on here managed to come off withing a year or less to back that up. If you can manage without the meds, then great but fearing them to the point that you are making yourself physically (dizziness, vision problems) and mentally ill is not good AND stress can increase your BS and BP and other nasty side effects.

    I had around 30KG to lose just to get DOWN to overweight, in 3 weeks I've lost 6.4KG with a small amount of exercise and a mainly low carb diet, I also set myself a target by the end of this month and have 1.7KG to go, but it wont hurt if I miss it.

    Eating full fat greek yoghurt (add a few blueberries or strawberries for flavour) rather than low fat normal fills me up for longer with less, hard boiled eggs are the snack of the gods, in fact I'm getting by with this for breakfast and lunch without feeling hungry. Overall a much lower calorie count than ever before in my life, but still leaving me full and able to jump on the bike for 20/30 minutes.

    What you are doing now has stopped working, why not try something different? Give eating a go, you dont HAVE to add butter to your coffee or eat lard, but dont stress over it. The stress will kill you faster than the blood sugar (or meds) can!

    Arfie
     
  14. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    @Adm_Mad calories are important to a certain extent however you can have too few as well as too many. When I was younger I went on a vlc diet and lost very little weight in 3 months (about 7 lbs) despite being overweight. However I felt so ill that I went to the Dr who told me to go home and have a good meal as my metabolism had gone into starvation mode and was trying to preserve my vital organs by shutting down the rest of it. He also sent me to an endocrinologist who confirmed his diagnosis and I was told to ensure that I always ate enough calories but eat healthily which I did (or thought I did until T2 made me rethink the theory that low fat etc was the way to go!). Although he softened the blow by telling me I was one of his few patients who could honestly blame their metabolism for their weight it still meant that I had little chance of losing weight. My thyroid was also yo-yoing between too high and too low which didn’t help and that finally sorted itself out 8 years ago when it was definitely confirmed as being under active. I am still over weight although the thyroid medication and lower carb diet has helped me lose approx 3 stone albeit very slowly but over the years I have accepted that my metabolism will never let me be a size 12 but I will be healthy and my weight is still dropping by about 1lb per week
     
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  15. Viv19

    Viv19 · Well-Known Member

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    @adm-Mad
    Be kind to yourself. I was told In February that I had tipped over from pre-diabetes to T2. Tears, fears and yelling at OH for things he hadn’t done wrong.
    I’m aiming to lose quite a few kilos to try to get my T2 into remission but I’ve discovered that slowly is the best word. I’m nearly 9 kg down, with another 6 to go to my initial goal.
    Others on this thread have lost serious amounts of weight by controlling carbs and eating more (good) fat. Listen to them - although they’re (mostly) not medics, they’ve all had a lot of experience and done loads of research to work out what works for them personally. It sounds as though you’re trying to reach your goals in an unrealistic time scale. Check your bg levels by all means so that you know if there’s something you are eating that has an unexpected effect on your levels.
    You can do it, but do it more slowly. Eat healthy food, have a glass once in a while, take some exercise and relax. You will get there. It isn’t necessary to beat yourself up about it. Good luck.
     
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