What a Difference a Walk Makes

You might have been seeing that I have been doing ‘science’ with my exercising again. You might have also noticed that I have been exercising more than normal and at odd, or very odd, hours.

When last we met, I had mentioned that one of my goals is to win, or at the very least tie, battle diabetes. Without medication. As it turns out, I believe that to be a goal of my doctor as well, because he has let me run out of Metformin, leaving me to my own devices to manage my blood glucose levels.

Imagine my excitement when I had normal levels after not taking the medication for 2 days. A little bit of research later I discover that Metformin stays active in the body for at least 4 days. In my particular case, it’s actually about 6.5, which I found out after my meter read 206 3 hours after a no-carb meal. A mile walk fixed it, but that is definitely much higher than it should be.

Since then, I’ve managed to keep under 180 by walking, going to the gym and, oddly enough, drinking tequila. Yes, you read that correctly and that’s going to be for another post, but tequila actually lowers my blood glucose by a substantial amount. Of course, I am pretty sure there is not a doctor on the planet that is going to recommend I take a shot of tequila every night for ‘medicinal’ purposes. For now, it’s working.

I’m hoping the pharmacy is able to get ahold of the doc today to get my Rx re-filled so I can back on it. It’s not that I don’t think I can control it without medication, it’s a lot of work that I’m not sure I’m fully prepared to take on at this time. More research needs to be done, an appointment with specialists to help manage my blood glucose with my exercise, and how to best manage my diet. I’m doing pretty good, but I am certain that expert advice will be required to really and truly beat it into submission.

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