Living With Type 2 Diabetes

Getting Diagnosed and Living With Type 2 Diabetes

Hi there. I’m a Type 2 Diabetic and I am currently in my early fifties. I was originally diagnosed with Diabetes back in 2003 and since that time I have been following my Doctor’s advice, but I have also been following a path of natural means of treatment.

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Now, I don’t personally think that I’m what you would call a ‘fat man’, although my bathroom scales tell me something different. They say that at 106 kgs and 5ft 10ins tall (178 cms) I am clinically ‘Obese’ and have a BMI of around 32-ish. To look at me you’d say I have a bit of a belly (I wear size 40 inch jeans) but I’m certainly not the biggest guy around.

My initial journey with diabetes started in my early forties, when I had no real control over my diet. I would eat pies, and takeaways, sweets, and chocolate, as well drink beer and wine. You could say I was your typical bloke enjoying the lifestyle of a good income. I’m a caucasian guy with a grandparent who had diabetes, but other than there was no predisposition towards getting the disease. My father dies at 87 and my mother at 58 (she smoked too much and it got her in the end). I’m a non smoker, and I generally eat well although I’m also a terrible binge eater at times on the wrong stuff.

My initial symptoms, weren’t your typical diabetes symptoms, in that I was never overly thirsty, nor did I frequent the toilet that often to pee. But I did suffer from regular headaches, and it was only because I consulted my GP about those that a blood test confirmed I was diabetic. I had Hb1ac levels of around 6-7 from memory back then. My doctor didn’t put me on medication, bit rather told me to watch my food and what I ate and to cut back on foods that were high GI.

This commenced a journey for me which has taken me through over a decade of nutritional and physical experimentation. I have tried various natural and nutritional supplements that supposedly help control blood sugar levels. I’ve tried various dieting regimes, and I’ve also undertaken regular physical exercise regimes.

The Purpose of this Type 2 Diabetes Control Website

The purpose of this website isn’t for me to brag about what has or hasn’t worked for me on my journey. It’s more for me to share with you what I have found has some positive impact on my blood results and what I have found to be frankly non effective.

bad food for diabeticsI certainly don’t advocate that whatever I take will cure me, as I’m not one that believes diabetes is curable, (at least not at this stage in medical science) however I do believe that if it has been my lifestyle that got me to where I am today, through poor eating, eating and drinking the wrong foods as well as doing little to no exercise, then I am equally confident that turning most of these areas around in my life and having some real self control can not only enhance and improve my blood sugar results, but also potentially even put this ‘blasted’ disease into remission, for a very long time (if not permanently).

If you are where I was a dozen or so years ago, and you’re looking for some hope and inspiration to beat this disease, then I would love for you to join my and share with me your own path and journey. I will be detailing what I learn about new diabetes medicinal advances, what I discover through my own personal research and self trialing what seems to work and what doesn’t. I’ll leave things entirely over to you as to whether you undertake to try some of these things yourself. At the end of the day, what works for me, may not work for you, and vice versa.

I know modern medicine is becoming inundated with people with Type 2 Diabetes, and frankly the impact on the health systems in any country around the world is going to be extremely stressed, therefore if I can help contribute and reduce the impact of this disease on us all, then it will have been a job well done.

My current Type 2 Diabetes Medication Situation

As we speak it is nearing the end of 2014. I am no longer on a diet only blood sugar control. I am currently on Metformin tablets and I average around 2500mg per day, taking it usually 3 times a day. My blood sugar control isn’t necessarily the best in that my Hba1c floats around the high 8’s. The interesting thing with this is that my HbA1c from 2010 till mid 2013 had dropped from around 10.5 to about 8.9 (These are read in percentages rather than the ‘new units’ of mmol/mol) (In the old units % this went from 92 to 73. The ideal goal is 53 max, or 7 in the old readings).

A Positive Effect from a Simple Diet Solution

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Now I’m quite an analytical sort of guy and I have my theories as to why my reading were on the constant decline over that 3 year period. I also have a dieting regime that I started towards the end of 2013 that helped me to lose around 5-8 kgs over the course of about 3 months, and when I look at the Hba1c results over that period, I also noticed quite a sharp decline in the readings (from 73 to 68, or 8.9 to 8.4 in the old units) over 6 months. The interesting thing with this diet regime, is that the person who invented it was also borderline type 2 diabetic, and they cured themselves by using this eating regime, which is more of a sustainable way to eat, rather than a diet. It truly is something that can comfortably fit your lifestyle and work for anyone. More on that later, or if you want to learn more about that now, CLICK HERE.

Using a ‘Natural Medication’ That I Believe Also Helped Control my Diabetes HbA1c Levels

From 2010 till mid 2013 I had been taking a particular ‘natural medication’ for  months and months during that time, and my exercise levels were off and on, so I cant really put it down to ‘working out’. My eating was also all over the place during this period, so again I cant say I was helping myself much on that front. One other thing I noticed over that period that I put down to taking that ‘natural medication’ was that my blood pressure improved so that it was usually fluctuating around the normal levels. (My Blood pressure was measured at an elevated level back in early 2011, and my GP wanted to put me on Blood pressure pills, but I refused.

They also wanted to put me on statin medications for cholesterol- but I tried that for about a week, and then took myself off them because they gave me aching joints). These days my blood pressure floats around the 120-125/75-80 sort of range.

What is that ‘natural medication’ I was taking? It was Resveratrol. Not any old resveratrol I might add. There are low dose Resveratrol supplements that I personally think have no effect. Instead I bought 500mg Resveratrol (about as strong as they get) supplement tablets from a world renown producer of them. Resveratrol is supposedly also effective at helping you live a longer life. I can honestly say that for me, Resveratrol helped me to normalise my blood pressure readings, and I also think it had a small effect over time of reducing my hba1c readings.

 

Avoid Diabetic Foot Amputation

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Why Diabetic Medication Fails -Article

Here is an Article that I stumbled across entitled “Insulin, Leptin, and Blood Sugar – Why Diabetic Medication Fails” published on Monday, August 20, 2012 on http://www.wellnessresources.com/tips/articles/insulin_leptin_and_blood_sugar_why_diabetic_medication_fails/ by Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Please enjoy it, I think it makes for some very interesting reading and potentially hope for a lot of us who don’t necessarily advocate for the common treatment dished out by modern medicine. Here goes:  Type 2 diabetes is a difficult metabolic problem. It is a…

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Can Type 2 Diabetes be Reversed Naturally?

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So What are the Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms in Men?

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What Health Supplements Do I Take for My Type 2 Diabetes??

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How to Use Bitter Melon for Diabetes?

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The Consequences of Untreated Pre Diabetes

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My Diabetic Diet Plan that Reduced my Blood Sugars and Weight

This is the Best Long Term Successful Diet Plan There is (In my Opinion) In regards to the diet regime I have implemented since the middle of 2013 and which I have found to be; Effective at losing weight Seemingly effective at reducing Hba1c over a few months Helps lower blood pressure Easy to mix into your daily life Doesn’t limit you food intake (generally) Allows you to live a lifestyle that makes for long term sustainability of the ‘diet…

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