I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in January 2001. For many years after that diagnosis, I kept my blood sugar under great control, with HBa1C test results coming back at or around 6.1 every time. For those who don’t know, that number should be under 6, so my blood sugar control was considered good.
Sometime last summer, things changed. I lost 48 pounds without dieting, without trying. I felt fatigued and drank water at an alarming rate. For some reason, that did not compute in my head as a problem with diabetes. A visit to my primary care physician was all it took to find that my blood sugar had gone whacky.
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Dr. Howell advised me to increase my metformin to two tablets a day, and prescribed Lantus, an insulin injectable medication. I started out with 10 units of insulin per night, right before bedtime. The next time I went to see her, six months later, my blood sugar was still out of control. She told me to increase my insulin by 5 units every four or five days until it was at 25 units a night.
On Monday, I went for a follow up visit, and had blood drawn again. This time, my HBa1C was 9.7, a little better but still not good. That is unacceptable. The doctor told me this time to start increasing my insulin injection by 1 unit per night until my morning blood test is at 110 or below. This morning, it was at 128. I have a ways to go yet, and need to get it down by at least 18 points, or more.
So, I am asking you, my readers, who may have Type 2 Diabetes or have a family member who does, to give me some tips on how to get my numbers down. If you have links to recipes you enjoy that are good for a diabetic diet, or links to websites that you use, please do add them to your comments. If you have ideas about exercises someone can do sitting in a chair, I need that info as well. I need help as I am running out of ideas.
I am thinking about adding a little box in my sidebar to update with my morning blood glucose finger prick results. Maybe that will help me get things going in the right direction. Any other ideas you might have? Let me know.