When last we met, we learned our hero, who spent the first part of 2016 behaving quite badly, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Click the link for more info. I have been to the doctor for my first quarterly follow-up.
Updating and Changes
The number we are most concerned with here, at least for now, is the A1C. Again, that is the average over 2-3 months of what my blood glucose levels were. For this second visit, about 3 months after my first, I would have been ecstatic with a single digit number. 9.9 would have been good. For reference, anything below a 5.7 is considered normal,
Mine came back with a 6.0
Since I’m tooting my own, lets look at the cholesterol numbers too. At my first visit I was at a 201. Doc said he wanted to see some improvement there. 200 is considered high.
I brought back a 157.
Doctor tells me this is usually a very disappointing visit for most people that are newly diagnosed, explaining that sometimes folks not see any improvement and sometimes even see increases. He was pleased with my results. I have to admit, so was I.
What changed you might be asking. I dropped pasta from my diet for the most part, and potatoes. I didn’t exercise any more than normal and, if anything, I exercised less. But the kicker? The 1 thing that really, really, REALLY made a difference?
I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said:
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
So, here is the thing about that. As it turns out, beer, consumed at the rate I was drinking it (about 4 pints per weekend), is bad. During the past 3 months, the biggest change in my diet was cutting back on my beer and adult beverage intake. Oh sure, I still enjoy a beer here and there, but not this weekend. Maybe not next weekend either. I keep an eye on the numbers and if I’m doing ok, then a beer or two at lunch on a Saturday is ok by me and I usually recover just like normal people do by dinner.
I’m back once again for a quarterly check in February. If the numbers stay the same (or improve), I’ll get promoted to the bi-annual schedule instead. From what I gathered, that is kind of a big deal, especially with someone that was recently diagnosed with the ‘ol Type 2.
My next goal, if it is even possible, is to manage this without having to take any medication. I’m currently taking 2,000mg of Metformin, which, as best as I can tell, is like an insulin booster, helping my body use the extra glucose my liver keeps making. I’m no doctor, but I still think part of the problem is that my liver didn’t get the “we lost 100lbs” memo, so is still cranking out the glucose, like the boss, for a fat guy. It might stop, it might not. I’m really hoping for the former, but with my family history, I won’t be too disappointed if it is the later.
I’m going to keep on keepin’ on with how I’m doing it. I am still trying to get back on track with my exercise and have been having difficulty meeting my 50 miles per week bicycling goal. I’m on track to hit it this week for the first time in at least a month. I’m going to also make a solid effort to get to the gym at least once per week, twice if possible, to continue my strength training. I still have goals that aren’t medically related that I’m having difficulty attaining. Because I’m still typing, the one goal that has eluded me the longest is weight related. I’ve been at 207 – 209 for the last year and change, seeing 205 for a week once. I really want that range to be 200 – 203.
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