About a year ago I was diagnosed to have type 2 diabetes: fasting blood glucose (FBG) = 139 mg/dL & HbA1C = 7.1%. I was prescribed to take 500 mg of metformin with dinner and told to “watch my sugar consumption.” My next blood work was 4 months latter and the numbers had improved (FBG = 128 & HbA1C = 6.7). My doctor told me that was good control and to keep up the good work. Three months latter the numbers were FBG = 133 & HbA1C = 6.8. Once again my doctor told me that was good control and to keep “watching my sugar consumption.”
It has now been 1 year since I was diagnosed and my numbers 2 weeks ago were FBG = 148 & HbA1C = 6.9. Once more I was told that was good control. Something in my gut told be that it was not. So, I started reading. The more I read the more frightened I became. My FBG was higher than what a “normal” person should ever be able to get regardless of the number of carbs they may have just consumed. Yes, my HbA1C results were below (just below) the magic 7.0 for “good” diabetic control. But, they were well above the “normal” person’s range of 4 to 6%. This did not seem like good control to me. Keep in mind that I had not changed my diet much from what it was prior to my diagnosis.
My dad had diabetes. He got as foot ulcer that took the better part of a year to heal. During the treatment he got a drug-resistant bacterial infection that eventually killed him. So, my dad died of complications from diabetes and I was following in his tracks.
I decided that I needed to make some big changes in my life. My goal is to get my FBG & HbA1C into the “normal” person’s range preferably without resorting to insulin. So, I decided to reduce my daily food intake to no more than 1800 calories and no more than 100 grams of carbs. Then wait and see what my blood numbers were in 3 months. I believe that an 1800 cal / 100 carb diet is something I can live with the rest of my life. It sure seems better than insulin injections a few times a day for the rest of my life. Also, 1800 calories per day is about what I need to sustain my “ideal” weight (which is about 80 pounds less than my current weight).
Wish me luck.